Jul 15

Benefits of exercising your dog

IMG_0041Yes, I know, everywhere you look, listen, and read these days, someone is preaching about the benefits of exercise.  We all know they’re right, but guess what?  Its great for your dogs too!  So let’s take a few minutes, and talk about the benefits of exercising your dog.

It’s not just about the obvious physical benefits we hear so much about, such as, losing weight, lowering blood pressure, gaining strength, and cardiovascular health.  It’s also about the mental health benefits, such as stress/anxiety reduction, and just plain old “feeling good”.  When you exercise, your body releases something called endorphins, which, among other things, makes you feel good.  Guess what?  The same is true for your dog, and we all want our dogs to feel good, right?

Dogs get bored just like we do, and as a result, some will become depressed, and/or  become destructive.  The best way to avoid/remedy this, is to get them good and tired, and the only way to get them good and tired, you guessed it, EXERCISE!

Any dog can, and does, for one reason or another, experience stress/anxiety.  A trip to the vet, a thunder storm, being left alone, and vacuum cleaners :(  are some reasons dogs experience stress/anxiety.  Rescued dogs will lots of times, for many reasons, experience stress/anxiety.  The results of their stress can be displayed in some really bad behaviors, and health conditions.  The best way to give them relief from this is, loads of love, patients, training, and lots of EXERCISE.  Not only will you be reducing their stress levels and improving their health, you will be creating a very important bond with your new furry friend.  Very soon, seen here will be pictures of Blade, my daughter Stephanie’s fur baby, whom she rescued.  In these pictures you will see the healthy transformation that took place, and all this was the result of LOTS OF EXERCISE, mega amounts of love, compassion, and training.   Both of my daughters, have adopted older, rescued dogs (I’m so proud of them and my grandpups). You will get to meet them very soon, and hear the “Tale of Two Dogs.

Don’t forget to check out my page, Dog Exercise Ideas, for some fun ways to exercise with your dog.

So get up, grab the leash, and go have FUN exercising with your dog!IMG_0040

If you have any health concerns about your dog, please consult your veterinarian before starting an exercise program or activity.

Wishing you a lifetime of happiness with your dog! ~Deb~

Jul 15

My dog is housebroken but….maybe not.

IMG_0045You may be asking yourself… When can I believe that my dog is truly housebroken?

To answer that question, you have to answer yes to these next two questions:

  1. Has your pup been accident free for at least 4 weeks?
  2. Is your pup effectively “signaling” to you, (letting you know) that they have to go “out?”

If the answer is “no” to either one, or both of these question’s, then… you’ve guessed it… your pup is NOT housebroken yet.  But never fear, Deb is here! lol.  Seriously, I am here to help.  If your pup is not accident free, check out my page on “How to housebreak your puppy” and “How to crate train your puppy.”  If your pup is not signaling to you that they need to go out, then check out my page on, “training your pup to signal to go out.”  I believe you’ll find plenty of help, and answers here at goodoledogs.com for all your housebreaking needs, and questions.2015-07-18 14.07.10

As always feel free to contact me at: deb@goodoledogs.com

Wishing you a lifetime of happiness with your dog!


Jul 15

Housebreaking Your Puppy- Successfully

How to housebreak your puppySo, you have a beautiful new puppy or dog and it was love at first sight.  The soulful eyes, the wet nose, puppy kisses, and yes even the puppy breath, it all just makes your heart melt.  Until….you quickly realize that your endearing little ball of fur is a peeing, pooping machine or the dog you just adopted and were told was housebroken…yea not so much.

In my opinion, one of the biggest reasons people give up on and get rid of their dogs or banish them to the backyard, is because they did not successfully housebreak them.

Let’s face it, no one wants to be cleaning up pee and poop everyday for say 12 to 14 years.  AND…Let’s be very clear, housebreaking your puppy or new dog takes time, commitment, and understanding.  There will be accidents, mistakes, and possibly illness and old age related issues along the way.

So here’s the good news,

With a good plan, provided here at goodoledogs, “How to Housebreak your puppy,”  “How to crate train your puppy,” and “How to teach your puppy to signal to go “out,” some patients, and a few supplies you can housebreak your puppy!

Wishing you and your puppy a lifetime of happiness and love.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at: goodoledogs.com