Emergency Planning

Over the weekend there were huge storms through DFW and a tornado pretty much leveled part of Rowlett. On Facebook there are tons of posts about lost pets.

It’s gratifying to see the number of people stepping forward trying to rescue them and reunite families with their pets. It’s also nice that various vets, individuals and businesses have come forward to help by holding pets until they can be reunited.

This brings up what is on my mind: Do you have an emergency plan for you whole family in case of an…Emergency? Say you got a call telling you that a tornado was on the ground heading in your direction and it was about 5 minutes away, do you have a plan to make sure everybody is safe?

In our case grabbing all of the dogs harnesses and moving them in to the master bedroom closet is pretty easy. The real problem is getting the three cats in to a carrier. Good luck. All of our animals are microchipped so there is a decent chance of recovery if any are lost.

What about medications? What about your valuables? What about your data?

Something else to consider: do you know basic first aid? Do you know how to treat a broken bone? What if somebody get a piece of rebar rammed through body? How do you treat serious bleeding?

It’s all worth taking a small amount of time and planning out. Hopefully it’s just a fun exercise you never actually have to do. But should the shit actually hit the fan you’ll be glad you took the time.

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Teaching your dog its name

How do you teach your new dog its name? This is a pretty normal problem for adopters and in general it’s not really a big deal. If you just keep calling your dog by the name you plan to use it will eventually just figure it out. However you can speed the process up so your dog will know its name in a couple of 15 minute sessions over a few days.

The way to teach a dog its name is called Puppy Ping Pong. You’ll need two people and some high value treats. The two of you get about five to ten yards apart facing each other. The dog will start next to one person. The person without the dog calls the dog by its name. Say nothing else. Just say the name in an excited manner. When the dog comes over reward it with a treat. Now the other person does the same thing. Do this back and forth about twenty times and repeat three or four times even after the dog has started responding to its name. Dogs learn through repetition (4 sets of 20) and reinforcement (the treats).

Now that your dog knows its name you can move on to obedience training.