When you meet a new dog for the first time, of course the impulse is to run up and pet him right away, and make friends. But a dog’s version of getting to know you is a lot different than a human’s! A pack leader never approaches followers, the followers should come to the leader. Don’t make eye contact right away, this is too much too soon. Let the dog approach you and sniff you, and wait for a signal such as a gentle nuzzle or rub as a signal it’s time to be affectionate. Then you can pet the dog and tell her how beautiful she is! Remember that taking the time to get acquainted on the dog’s terms will lead to a much better long-term relationship.
Happy Memorial Day
Hey everyone, we wanted to let you know that the office will be closed on Saturday and Monday for Memorial Day Weekend. Enjoy the holiday, and remember our troops!
Happy Spring! It’s still pretty chilly at nighttime here at Fido headquarters on Long Island, but the days are getting longer, the pollen count is getting higher, and all of our dogs are getting a little cabin fever. Your dog is probably spending more time outdoors, and may be starting to test the fence boundary as they get distracted by the sounds and smells of springtime. Taking a few preventative steps now might help you avoid some headaches with your pet containment system.
1) Collar Adjustment
– Make sure your dog’s collar fits properly. In our experience, 90% of the time when dogs escape their boundary, it’s because their well-meaning owner loosened the collar to keep them more comfortable. For your pet containment system to work properly, the metal probes of the receiver collar must be in contact with your dog’s skin at all times – even when he lowers his head to smell something.
2) Fresh Batteries – You might not have thought about battery replacement over the winter when you were not relying on your pet fence quite so much. Doublecheck your batteries by holding them close to the fence boundary (remember to hold it at dog-height, not your height!) and listen for the warning beep. That will let you know your battery is still working for now. In any case, if it’s been more than 3 months, you need a new battery. Contact us for a replacement or to sign up for our convenient battery subscription plan.
If you have any questions or if you’d like one of our obedience trainers to work with your dog, please call us! We’re happy to help with all of your pet questions. Monday through Saturday, you can find us at 516 922 7272 between 9am-