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Monday, July 10, 2023

Dog Training Tips and Resources 2023

The Evacuate with Your Dog's Help book explains how-to evacuate with pets. How-to make a bug-out (survival) bag for owners and dogs to carry. Every dog of any age or size can help its family evacuate. Be prepared for disasters with your pets. Learn what to expect at disaster shelters and from pet rescue during disasters. Included is a detailed expanded list of survival items for pets and owners with step-by step instructions to train your dog to carry a saddlebag to hold items to evacuate and "bug-out" with. Plus Pet CPR instructions and how-to calm a frightened pet. How-to find a lost pet. USA Evacuation Law for pets. 

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What is a Family Disaster Dog? It is Your Dog trained to Find and Rescue You!

Let me tell you how easy a pet dog of any age, size or breed can be your very own Search and Rescue Dog!

The Family Disaster Dogs book is full of fun and easy lessons that are tailored for the family to learn rescue skills in the comfort of the home during daily activities. Your pet dog is a Family Disaster Dog! 
Any size dog from the little Chihuahua to the Great Dane can help its owner survive..and they find you every day already when they want to play or eat so why not learn what else they can do to help you !

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Sunday, July 9, 2023

Tips and How to Evacuate with Your Dogs Help

 How to Evacuate with Your Dog's Help

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If you live in an area that is prone to natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, wildfires, or earthquakes, you may need to evacuate your home at some point. Evacuating can be stressful and chaotic, especially if you have a dog. However, your dog can also be a valuable ally in helping you and your family get to safety. Here are some tips on how to evacuate with your dog's help.

1. Prepare an emergency kit for your dog. This should include food, water, bowls, leash, collar, harness, ID tags, microchip information, medications, vaccination records, first aid supplies, toys, treats, and a crate or carrier. You should also have a photo of your dog and a contact number for your veterinarian. Keep this kit in an accessible place and update it regularly.

2. Train your dog to respond to basic commands and cues. Your dog should know how to sit, stay, come, heel, and leave it. These commands can help you control your dog in stressful situations and prevent them from running away or getting into trouble. You should also teach your dog to wear a muzzle if needed, as some shelters or transportation options may require it.

3. Socialize your dog to different people, places, and situations. Your dog should be comfortable with being around strangers, other animals, loud noises, and unfamiliar environments. This can help reduce their anxiety and fear during an evacuation. You can expose your dog to different stimuli gradually and reward them for calm and positive behavior.

4. Plan ahead for where you will go and how you will get there. You should have a list of pet-friendly shelters, hotels, or relatives that you can stay with in case of an emergency. You should also have a backup plan in case your preferred option is not available. You should also know how you will transport your dog, whether by car, bus, train, or plane. Make sure you have the necessary documents and equipment for traveling with your dog.

5. Keep your dog calm and comforted during the evacuation. Your dog may sense your stress and panic and react accordingly. You should try to remain calm and confident and reassure your dog with praise and affection. You should also keep your dog close to you and avoid letting them roam freely or get separated from you. You can also use calming aids such as pheromones, music, or toys to help your dog relax.

Evacuating with your dog can be challenging but not impossible. By following these tips, you can make the process easier and safer for both of you. Remember that your dog is not only your pet but also your partner in surviving a disaster.

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Saturday, July 8, 2023

How to Keep Your Pets Safe During an Emergency Evacuation

 How to Keep Your Pets Safe During an Emergency Evacuation

Hi everyone, welcome to my blog! Today I want to talk about a very important topic: how to evacuate with your pets in case of an emergency. Whether it's a hurricane, a wildfire, an earthquake, or any other disaster, you need to be prepared to take your furry friends with you and keep them safe. Here are some tips to help you be prepared.

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1. Make sure your pets have ID tags and collars with your current contact information. You can also get them microchipped or use a GPS collar for extra security. This will help you find them if they get lost or separated from you during the evacuation.

2. Have a pet carrier or crate for each pet, and label it with your name and phone number. Get your pets used to being in their carriers or crates before the emergency, so they don't panic when you need to use them. You can also put some familiar items inside, like toys or blankets, to make them more comfortable.

3. Pack a disaster kit for your pets that includes food, water, bowls, litter, medications, first aid supplies, vaccination records, and any other essentials they might need. Keep this kit in a convenient place that you can easily grab when you need to leave.

4. Plan ahead where you and your pets will stay if you have to evacuate. Many public shelters and hotels do not allow pets, so you need to find pet-friendly options in advance. You can check online resources and search for listings of pet-friendly accommodations. You can also ask your friends, family, or veterinarian if they can take your pets in case of an emergency.

5. Follow the instructions of local authorities and emergency workers when evacuating. They will tell you the best routes and places to go, and they will help you and your pets get out safely. Do not ignore their warnings or try to take shortcuts that might put you in danger.

6. Do not leave your pets behind, even if you think you will be back soon. Disasters can be unpredictable, and you might not be able to return home for a long time. Leaving your pets alone can expose them to injury, starvation, dehydration, or worse.

7. After the evacuation, help your pets adjust back to normal. They might be stressed or traumatized by the experience, so give them lots of love and attention. Monitor their health and behavior for any signs of illness or injury and contact your veterinarian if needed.

I hope these tips will help you and your pets be prepared for any emergency situation that might arise. Remember, your pets are part of your family, and they depend on you for their safety and well-being. Stay safe and take care!

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