<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=1289632567801214&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">

The Cone Zone: 14 Days in a Cone


The Cone. Cone of Shame. E-collar. Whatever you call it, your dog is bound to have to wear one at least once in their lifetime due to spay or neuter, an injury, or skin condition. Elizabethan collars (e-collars) help your pup heal by stopping them from licking, scratching, or rubbing the affected spot.

Elizabethan collars were named because of their likeness to ruffs popularized by Queen Elizabeth I in the Tudor period. While your pup doesn’t look as stylish as the Queen, it does protect them from licking, scratching, or biting areas they shouldn’t, promoting faster healing times.

My puppy Mary Berry, a mini Goldendoodle, celebrated National Spay Day by getting spayed! With a bunch of extra hugs and some tears (mine more than hers), I left her in the capable hands of our veterinarian. I picked her up about 6 hours later — loopy, sleepy, and wearing a cone. She was very excited to see us, and her cone was flopping around every which way.

Read More

Topics: Puppy, Socialization, Dog, Surgery, Skin problems, E-collar

How to Help A Dog That’s Missed Early Socialization


Missed the early socialization window? – There's still hope!

Considering or just adopted a timid older puppy or adult dog that clearly didn't have the best early life socialization? Or recently got a new puppy but were told to keep them locked away and not introduce them to any other dogs or bring them out and about until all of their puppy shots were done and you've now missed their early (3–4month old) socialization window? Sadly, these are scenarios that are (still) far too common. But all hope is not lost!

Yes, there’s no doubt or debate about it … proper early life socialization (i.e., before 16 weeks old) is very important for a dog’s wellbeing and development and, if you’ve missed their critical early “socialization window,” you’re definitely starting behind the proverbial "8-ball." But people have made some pretty impressive shots from behind 8-balls actually, and you can too!

Here’s some information, tips, and resources to help you help your previously under- or unsocialized dog get more comfortable with the world. (And be sure to check out the encouraging and heartwarming video and story at the end to see just how far some of these dogs can come, even when getting some of the worst starts in life possible!)

Read More

Topics: Dog Health, Socialization, Training, Dog Behavior

Choosing the Right Puppy Class


Early socialization and training are essential for setting your new puppy up for success, but it can be overwhelming to choose the right class with all of the options out there.

Simply taking your pup to the dog park isn’t enough to properly socialize them — an uncontrolled environment can often lead to bad experiences and can expose your pup to harmful illnesses! It’s important to manage their experiences during the important socialization window known as the imprint period. You want to make sure that your puppy learns how to interact appropriately with dogs and people, and group classes provide a great environment to do this, as well as a perfect place to practice basic training skills around distractions.

Read More

Topics: Dog Trainers, Puppy Training, Socialization, Puppy classes

Bringing Your Dog to Work, How to Do It Safely


Many companies now allow their employees to bring dogs to work, and more workplaces are doing the same. According to the 2015 Society for Human Resource Management survey, 8 percent of American workplaces allowed employees to bring pets to work, which was up from 5 percent that had such a policy two years earlier. 

Amazon, for example, has not only opened its own downtown dog park, but “more than 2,000 dogs are brought in regularly to Amazon's main campus where about 25,000 employees work,” according to CNBC. 

You could even say that modern workplaces have really... gone to the dogs (cue rimshot).

Read More

Topics: Dog Training, Dog Safety, Behavior & Training, Puppy Training, Socialization, Benefits of training, Dog Tips, Pet Hazard, adult dog tips, puppy tips

What You Should Know Before Taking Your Puppy to the Dog Park


Dog parks can provide excellent exercise and social interaction for most dogs, and even their owners! But not all dog parks are created equal. Certain parks aren’t safe (or fun) for every dog, and situations within the park can change quickly... even drastically. Depending on the type of dog and the type of person, the experience can vary wildly. Some dogs take to the new environment with ease, while others take longer to adjust. And some just aren’t going to take to it at all — not now, or ever.

Read More

Topics: Dog Safety, Behavior & Training, Puppy Training, Puppy, Socialization, Dog, Vaccines, Vaccination, Dog Leash

Puppy Shots — What Vaccines Your New Pup Needs (and When)


Is it time to go to the dog park, or take a puppy class?

The places your new puppy is allowed to go and the other pups and people they can meet along the way is influenced, in part, by what vaccines they’ve had. So we've put together this overview of the "shots" (vaccinations) that puppies should have during their first several months of life, as well as the "why" and "when." Take a peek and discuss with your veterinarian to ensure that your new pup is as protected as they can be from the conditions that can sicken or cause them (even you) harm.

Read More

Topics: Dog Health, Puppies, Socialization, Vaccines, Vaccination, Vet Exam

Help Your Dog LOVE Their Spa Days


Warm water gently flows down the body. Strong, yet tender hands massage the perfect combination of soaps and conditioners from head to toe. Each hair is expertly styled—bringing out all the beauty that hides beneath. Finally, the nails are shaped, filed and finished to rival the best mani-pedis around. 

Read More

Topics: Puppies, Dogs, Socialization, Anxiety in Dogs, Blog, Grooming

Finding A Dog Groomer Your Dog Will Love and Trust


Your dog and their groomer—a relationship of trust

Since the day you got your newest four-legged member of your family, you have (hopefully) been preparing them for the outside world and all the experiences that’ll come ahead. One of the more important aspects of their socialization is relationship building. Relationships with family, friends, their veterinarian, other dogs, maybe even a kitty or two. Another important bonding experience that they’ll most-likely have is with their groomer. After all, the dog/dog groomer relationship is based on two-way trust. Each have to be—not just comfortable with the other—they need to have confidence in each other. Neither the dog, nor the groomer, wants to have any fear whatsoever from the other. Remember, there’s a lot of personal space being invaded while your pup is getting all cleaned, cut and coiffed!

Read More

Topics: Dogs, Socialization, Anxiety in Dogs, Blog, Grooming

When To Start Socializing Your New Puppy


Many people ask when to start socializing their new puppy – and receive many different answers!

It’s possible that you’ve received a different answer from your breeder or shelter than you have from your trainer, and it’s equally as likely that you’ve even received an answer from your vet that’s different from both of those. So who’s right? When exactly should you start socializing your new pup?


There’s no doubt that puppy socialization is an important topic.  We’ve all seen the sad results of dogs who weren’t properly socialized, and many of those dogs end up abandoned or in shelters.  The need for proper socialization for dogs just makes sense inherently, doesn’t it? And now a building mountain of scientific evidence is helping to prove it, too.

Read More

Topics: Dog Training, Safety, Puppy Training, Puppy, Socialization, Dog, Vaccines, Vaccination, Puppy classes

How To Socialize Your New Puppy and Why It’s Important


Congratulations!

You’ve added a new puppy to your home and family. What a wonderful feeling and what a great adventure you’re in for!

That adventure can be that much better – both for you and for your pup – if you take some simple steps and invest the time necessary.  You want to get him used to his surroundings and the life he will now be living – both with you specifically, and within society generally. This process is called “socialization.” It’s easy and fun to do, as well as vitally important, too.

Read More

Topics: Dog Training, Puppy, Socialization, Training, Dog, Vaccination, Puppy classes, Dog Behavior

Photo Credit: Preventive Vet

Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

Please share your experiences and stories, your opinions and feedback about this blog, or what you've learned that you'd like to share with others.