Hi everyone! I’m Alec, a beagle! Here are some tips to share with your families.
Stick to a routine – I like routine. I know what’s going on and what’s expected of me at any given time. Repetition helps me stay on top of my obedience and behavior issues.
Unleashed dogs a no-no – some people trust us way too much. That’s until we catch a scent of another dog, squirrel, or sometimes the ice cream truck (That’s good stuff! Yummy!). And we’re off! Think about my safety always.
Microchip – Please identify me in some way, so if I get lost; people can call you to come get me. I’ve seen it before, no tags, no microchip, and no owner. On your tag, include: Dog’s Name, Address, Phone Number, even the Vet’s Phone Number can be listed. If going away on vacation, ensure the dog’s tag reflects a correct contact number. My mom creates a tag reflecting the person’s contact information I stay with while she’s gone. This way, the people who find me can call my caretaker and they can come and get me.
Make safety a priority. Some pesticides on yards or chemicals in pools can be detrimental to my health and can result in my death. If I have a pool, please make sure I know where the exit is so if I fall in, I can get out.
Exercise – Please walk me either early morning or late afternoon when the sun isn’t at its highest intensity. I get hot. I have a lot of fur ya know. Bring water for me to drink!
Relax & play with your dog! – Enjoy my company, your school’s out! It’s a great time to put me through doggie school. I love to play with my family. They laugh and I cock my head from side to side.
Contributed by Stacy Ramsdell
Trainer Pawsitive Focus