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A big “Thank You” to all who supported ZeroBites Dog Training blog, in 2016.

A big “Thank You” to all who supported ZeroBites Dog Training blog, in 2016.

ZeroBites Dog Training blog had a good year, come the 31st December 2016. Zerobites had 41,546 visitors and 59,859 views. To celebrate I am offering a “Blog only Special” (Manawatu Region Only) for a limited time only.

From 9am Friday 6th January to 6pm Sunday 8th January 2017

Private Dog Training (one on one)  to help you with any basic behaviour or training problems, you maybe having with your dog

(Aggression issues are not included, as more time and work is needed) 

Training will be held in either Ashhurst or Woodville


I will be offering one 2 hour, dog training session

OR 

two 1 hour, dog training sessions, for $89.00 including FAQ sheets. This is a great deal, for a limited time only, usual price $160. Offer closes 6pm, Sunday 8th January 2017.

Please fill out the form below, if you would like me to help you, with your dog.

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2017 in About

 

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How to Introduce dogs and cats to each other

Zues

Zues

I have had a few inquiries lately on how to introduce cats and dogs. So I thought I would repost this article.

The ideal way of course is to have both the puppy and kitten grow up together. Dogs and cats can become great friends but just like with people, there are some who may not get along, no matter what you try to do. I have both cats and dogs and yes some play well together and some don’t.

It can take a while for your cat and dog to become used to being around each other, there are no quick fixes, it could take weeks or even months. One of the main things not to do, is try to force your cat and dog to meet each other, they have to do it on their own terms. Both the cat and dog need their own space, somewhere safe where they can go. A dog crate is ideal for your dog and the cats need a bolt hole too, such as another room or the like.

When first introducing your dog to your cat, make sure the cat is safe in another room and your dog is on the leash, you must have control of the situation, so you need to be confident in what you are doing as there really is no room, for human error.

If your dog isn’t great at listening or focusing on you, work needs to be done, obedience training and enrichment games such as Canine Parkour will help with that. You need to have your dogs full attention.

So now it begins, let your cat out of the room and let it wander around, you should have your dog on a lead and focusing on you, have it sit, if your dog starts jumping around make it sit and tell it to Leave It” if it starts barking tell it to be “Quiet” if that doesn’t work, try some water and vinegar in a squirt bottle. Squirt it in your dogs face. The dog crate is also a useful tool, crate your dog and let the cat in the room to wander around.  You have to be watching all the time in other words no distractions. If your dog starts barking you can also cover the crate so the dog can’t see, until it calms down. Depending on your circumstances the introductions may have to be little and often. If you are out all day, never leave the cat and dog home alone together. Make sure they are both safe and away from each other.

After a few weeks of constant and consistent training, you maybe able to let your dog off the leash or out of the crate with a muzzle on and watch how the cat and dog interact.

Some may think this is harsh or not fair on the dog but its better than finding your cat dead. Even after all this training, your dog and cat maybe ok when you are around but when you are not around, all bets are off.

I personally have a dog in the house with me, who killed a cat in his past life before he came to live with me, that was why he was rehomed.

My cat has grown up with dogs but it took her 3 weeks before she even came to check Zues out. I used the crate or put him in the kennel when I was’t around. After quite a long time they lost interest in each other,

I corrected Zues every time he even looked at my cat the wrong way. Now I can leave both of them, home alone together. They are not friends but they tolerate each other and both have their own space. I have on occasion caught them sleeping together, if you can call it that, Zues at one end of his couch and Turbo at the other.

Here are a couple of good articles, one written by Ed Fawley, from Leerburg Dog Training and the other by HEART animal rescue and adoption team Inc

Introducing Dogs or Puppies into Homes with Cats by Ed Fawley

Introducing a new cat to Pets  by HEART

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2016 in About

 

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Going away over the Christmas Holidays? Now is the time to start thinking about the needs of your dog. Boarding Kennel Stress in Dogs: Things owners need to know!

Going away over the Christmas Holidays? Now is the time to start thinking about the needs of your dog. Boarding Kennel Stress in Dogs: Things owners need to know!

With Christmas just a few months away, many people will be taking a holiday break and maybe going away. Now is the time to start thinking about your pets and who is going to look after them, if they can’t go with you. Dogs can and do get stressed, so if you are planning to leave your pets in a boarding facility, now is the time, to start looking around.

If your pets have never been boarded before, day stays and day/night stays are recommended and should really, be started now. Boarding kennel stress is real! Dogs become stressed the same as you and I and putting your dog into a boarding kennels, can be very stressful for them.

Imagine taking a young child to a strange place and leaving it with people it doesn’t know. The child will more often than not, become distressed and upset. The same thing, can and does happen to dogs.

I hope the enclosed link: Titled “Boarding Kennel Stress in Dogs: Things owners need to know!” will help and inform dog owners, so everyone including your pets, will have a stress free holiday.

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2015 in About

 

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Are you Quake ready? Do you have a survival kit for your pet?

Are you Quake ready? Do you have a survival kit for your pet?

Lately we have had a few shakes around the country, so it got me thinking, how many of  us are disaster ready and have survival kits for our pets, If you had to leave your home quickly, or the power or roads were out, how would you manage, what would you do? As it can be a stressful time for all, including our pets.

I have put a list together of the basic things you will need for your pets.

1. Water, make sure you have enough for a week.

2. Food, Buy some canned food and before many of you throw your hands up in horror and say “I am not feeding that”. Canned food has a higher water content, so it will reduce the amount of the water your pet will need. Don’t forget to include a can opener in your kit. Keep in mind, if you feed a total dry food diet. your pet will need more water.

3.Proof of ownership and vaccinations, ID Tags, papers etc

4. Leads/collars and some form of portable containment

5. First Aid Kit

6. Medications, if your pet is on any medication, make sure you have enough, so stock up.

7. Contact list, boarding kennels, friends, vets, etc

8. Toys, blankets, anything that keeps your pet happy.

9. You should have bowls for food and water but it may pay to buy some portable bowls.

Of course this is just a basic essential kit list but you may want to add more to your own pets survival kit.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2015 in About

 

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Pet Support Group, for owners with challenging pets: Nurturing and caring for a pet with problems

 

Do you find, you are living your life around your pet? Often, owning, loving and caring for a pet with problems can be challenging. Sometimes you may feel frustrated, isolated and you may begin to doubt, your own pet ownership abilities and instincts and often ask yourself, “am I doing the right thing”?

The Pet Support group welcomes all people who struggle with the challenge of living with and caring for their difficult pet. This group is dedicated to supporting you in managing and honoring your bond, no matter how delicate or difficult. We aim to achieve this by providing a supportive social network to help reduce isolation and stress and by encouraging you to mind fully notice and cherish the positive aspects in your relationship with your pet.

While I strongly believe that training is a great way to further explore your relationship with your dog, our group focuses on the emotions involved with your relationship and does not include training advice.

I will facilitate monthly meetings that will incorporate member-to-member communication and support in a safe and open environment. Group attendees are invited to relate their own challenging, personal struggles while vowing to offer a non judgmental, empathetic ear and coping strategies when requested by peers.

What better group of people to connect with than those who walk in the same shoes?

The advantages of attending this support group are limitless. Some of the best reasons to join include:

  • Sharing common experiences and exploring problems
  • Learning new coping strategies and healthy emotional outlets for frustrations
  • Forming new friendships and discovering a sense of community
  • Learning to thrive in spite of your pet’s issues
  • Being surrounded by a love based approach to repair and nurture your bond 

 

Meetings, First Sunday of every month

Where: Wetlands Café, Ashhurst Domain, Ashhurst

Next Meeting:

Sunday 3rd May from 3. 30 – 4.30

Please fill out the form below, to reserve your seat, or if you would like further information

 *Pet photos are welcome but please leave your furry family home.*

I would like to thank Rachel Bow, Ruff Mutts Portland, Oregon, USA, for her assistance and advice on setting up this Support Group.

Gold coin donation, proceeds to go HAVEN Bull Breed Rescue & Education

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2015 in About

 

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Support, Haven Animal Support Services, Palmerston North & Wellington’s Raffle

 

 

Haven Support Services Palmerston North & Wellington

Raffle

Hey folks Haven is having a raffle, ticket sales will be starting tomorrow October 25th and the draw will be held on December 23rd.
The raffle has 2 prize groups Dog owner and Cat owner each consisting of a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize.

Tickets can be purchased online by sending money to ANZ Bank Haven Animal Support Services 06-0729-0645233-00 please specify which prize group your interested in or can be purchased from a Haven representative please message the page to find someone near you also tickets can be purchased at any Haven fundraising event.
Tickets are $3 each. Click on the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1493812050885325/

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2014 in About

 

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Pet Photography

We all love our pets, they are a big part of our life, they are great company and always manage to make us laugh, even when we are down. If you would like have some great photos of your best friend. Photos can be taken in your home or outdoors, in a more natural setting, such as your garden, local park or dog friendly cafe.
Visit my website for more information or click on
Pet Photography:Focused Fotos
http://www.brightchicphotography.com

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2013 in About

 

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Pet Photography: Focused Fotos

Having fun at the river
Pet Photography:
We all love our pets, they are a big part of our life, they are great company and always manage to make us laugh, even when we are down. If you would like have some great photos of your best friend.
Visit: https://zerobitesdogtraining.wordpress.com/about/pet-photography-focused-fotos
or my website: http://www.brightchicphotography.com

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2013 in About

 

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