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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Learn to Train your Pet Dog to Rescue You!

Did you know a family dog can come to your aid during a disaster?

One of our biggest fears and chores during a disaster is losing or finding a loved one.

Every dog has the ability to find its family members or friends.

Dogs do this on their own everyday without us noticing.

So, let's pay attention and "Follow your Dog ! "

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learn how to save your family, neighbors 
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Dog Backpacking for Disaster

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Everything You Need To Know About Leaving Your Dog Home Alone

Everyone has contrasting opinions on the topic of leaving your dog home alone. Some say you should never ever do it, others have a more flexible approach to things. To help clear things up, here’s everything a dog owner should know about leaving their dog home alone.

Give Them Some Space

The worst thing you can do is leave your dog locked in a cage all day long. Instead, you should really give them a little bit of space so they can move around and have some fun. If you’re worried about them running all over the house, then try restricting their space with indoor dog fences. Give them a section of a room to start with, then gradually increase the space they have when they’re more at ease on their own. 

Don’t Leave Them Unattended For Too Long

Leaving your dog on its own can be okay, but you can’t leave them unattended for too long. There are many reports that dogs shouldn’t be left alone for more than four hours. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible for busy people that own dogs. If you care about your dog's well-being, then try and stick to that four-hour mark as much as you can. If you think this is impossible due to work commitments, then there are two ideas for you. Firstly, consider putting your pup in dog daycare, so they’re looked after throughout the day. Alternatively, get a dog sitter to either watch them all day or come in after four hours to spend time with them and let them outside to walk and pee.
Walk Them Beforehand

Before you leave your dog alone, make sure you take them on a nice long walk. Give them the bulk of their daily exercise right then, so they’ll be nice and tired when they get home. Hopefully, they should sleep for a few hours after that, which helps you know that they’re not bored or wreaking havoc in your home!

Leave Them With Some Food & Water

Clearly, you don’t want your dog to starve or go thirsty when you’re not there. So, leaving them a little bowl of food and water will do the trick. Don’t pile the food on, and don’t leave too much water. Otherwise, your dog will just eat too much and drink loads, making them fat - while also making them need to pee more!

Install A Dog Door Flap Out To Your Garden

One really clever idea is to install a dog door flap on the door that leads to your garden. This allows your dog to go outside if they have a burning urge to go to the toilet. It also lets them go out if they get too hot inside. Dog flaps are like cat flaps, just a bit bigger!

Personally, I think you should try and avoid leaving your dog home alone as much as possible. Obviously, it’s unavoidable in some scenarios, so make sure you pay attention to the tips mentioned above. I also suggest giving your dog plenty of attention when you get home, so they know they’re loved and appreciated.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Your Dog Is A Family Member Too !

It can be essentially important to regard your dog as part of the family, not just a pet. This doesn’t mean you need to throw a birthday party for them each year, or take them on every vacation you might be interested in. However, it can simply be a much more welcoming environment for an animal (and fun for you too!) if you simply regard them as such. 

After all, why else bring an animal into your home if you can’t enjoy the connection and love you will share, even in the first instance? 

With the following tips in mind, you can be sure to regard your dog as someone important and essential to your household:

Personalize Belongings

Your dog might not own any belongings. However, they might be gifted some fun items to be treated to. For example, custom dog bowls proudly displaying your pets name can be a fun method of differentiating between your pets feeding plates. 

It could also be that you have a personalized collar made, detailing the name they respond to, and all of your contact information. This means if the dog is lost, they will sooner rather than later come into contact with someone willing to reach out to you and return the pet. While your pet likely cannot read English, it can still be a fun thing to brand their items for them. Consider it a quirky activity us humans enjoy doing in the effort to name everything around us.

Own Space

Your pet deserves their own space. Of course, they don’t pay rent, so there’s likely no need to give them their own room. However, allowing them a large bed in a space considerable for their own relaxing at night can help them sleep more easily, and can help them understand where to go at certain times. 

The same could be said for where they eat - a regular place is always better. Sleeping in a certain room can also prevent them from coming to sleep on your bed, or jumping on the sofa - which is both either unhygienic or damaging to your property. If your pet becomes defensive of territorial of their space in your family home, that behavior needs to be quickly discouraged. However, a peaceful dog should be afforded a sense of comfort and regularity in where their areas of relaxation, sleep and feeding are.


A dog might not come with the utmost best behavior. For this reason, ensuring you invest in their training will help them adapt to the family better, and become more tepid or relaxed around your family members. This can be especially important if they are around children, they frighten easily, or you hope for them to act as a form of guard dog. No matter what you choose, it’s important to know just how beneficial this can be to the life of your entire home.

With these simple efforts to make your dog part of your family, they will become less of a pet and more of a cherished companion. That’s what all dogs deserve to be.

Author Amber Higgins

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Welcome UK and worldwide visitors and friends to Family Disaster Dogs online! Although I'm an American author and dog professional the worldwide web has given me the opportunity to connect with some wonderful folks who have contributed pictures for my books. The "Start Mantrailing" book features RRI K9 North Scotland trained Search and Rescue Dog "Amber" on the cover and her teammates training in the book, plus American dogs using my training methods. A portion of sales of the Start Mantrailing book or copies were donated to RRI North Scotland. The children's picture book "My Puppy Can Find Me" has my daughter and bloodhound as illustrations by UK cartoonist Scotty King. You can find the books on Amazon UK or use the contact page to order from me. When you click the links will take you to your own county pages of this site.

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