Every other month our pet expert and Canine Coaches dog trainer Jill Bailey will answer your pet questions. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Canine Coaches visit caninecoaches.com.
I have heard that sidewalk salt is bad for dogs, is this true?
Yes, ingredients commonly found in ice melt can be harmful to your pet if ingested. Be sure to wipe your pet’s paws after a walk. You can also buy booties or socks for your dog. There are pet-friendly, non-toxic ice melt options available. Search those out to be sure you are keeping your pet safe. And remember, even when there isn’t a lot of salt, the colder temperatures will still affect your dog’s paw pads. There are balms available for dog’s paws; check with your veterinarian for what would work best for your dog.
My dog counter surfs – what can I do to stop this behavior?
A behavior like this is self-rewarding for the dog. To stop it, you need to manage your dog’s environment. Keep all food off the counter, if you have to leave food out, be sure it is in a container with a lid and tightly closed, as far back on the counter as possible. Try gating off the area so they can’t get on the counter when you aren’t able to watch them. When you are working in the kitchen, you could try having your dog hang out in the kitchen with you and reward them when they are behaving.
I’m worried that my dog doesn’t get enough activity and is bored while I am at work all day. I’d like her to get more exercise, any suggestions?
There are definitely options out there: doggy daycare, a dog walker, a friend or relative that could play with or walk your dog while you’re at work. Check with friends and co-workers to see if they have any suggestions. Depending on your budget and how many times a week you’d like to do this, you can find a way that works for you both.