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How Does Back To School Affect Your Dog?

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Back to school is a time fraught with excitement and anxiety. Your children are excited, and you may be too (we won't tell!). But for your dog, back to school may mean a big shift in his lifestyle. 

Your dog has gotten accustomed to the children being home this summer and maybe you were home more frequently than you are during the rest of the year. Your dog sees the family every day, he gets more play and snuggle time. Then, all of a sudden everyone is rushing out the door and he's home alone. 

Don't forget, too that dogs sense excitement and anxiety and it makes them anxious. Have you ever wondered if your dog is impacted by back to school? He just may be. 

How Does Back To School Affect Your Dog? 

  • Separation anxiety is real. Your dog will be lonely when he is left home alone. He may act out by clawing the doors, chewing the window sills and maybe even barking all day long. When this happens your pet parent anxiety kicks into high gear. You worry about what type damage you will come home to because your pup is acting out. 
  • Pet parent anxiety is real. As mentioned, if your dog has acted out once by chewing your shoes or clawing the doors you worry every day what he will do when he's left alone. You don't want to crate him because he doesn't like it and that makes him more anxious. 

What's a pet parent to do? 

  1. Hire a pet sitter or dog walker. Having someone visit your dog during the day to give him some playtime and take him for a walk may alleviate his separation anxiety. 
  2. Give him a puzzle food toy and let him work his mind, keep him busy and give him treats while you're away. 
  3. Leave him with an article of your clothing so he can have your scent when he's home alone. 
  4. Get him slowly accustomed to the change that will be happening in your household. Make leaving a non-event. Resist the urge to hug him, kiss him and make a big fuss as you walk out the door. He will pick up on your anxiety when you leave and that will make him more anxious. 
  5. Protect your home with CLAWGUARD products. If your pup is scratching the door and causing damage because he wants to get out to find you, using a CLAWGUARD on your door will protect it. Use CLAWGUARD Tape and Shield to protect furniture and window sills. 

Embrace the fun and excitement of a new school year but keep your pup's peace-of-mind front of mind and help alleviate that when you leave home. Give her a lot of love and attention when you return home and your family will enjoy a happy, healthy start to a new school year! 

CLAWGUARD builds shields that help protect homes from damage caused by dogs and cats. Products include door shields, couch guards, and universal protective tape that protects commonly scratched areas like window sills, furniture, banisters, weatherstripping and more.  Check us out on Amazon and read our many FIVE STAR reviews!

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Do You Have Pet Parent Anxiety?

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“Why does my dog chew my shoes?” “Why are our dogs scratching the doors as soon as we leave for work?” Why won’t my cat stop scratching the couch?” If you feel anxious when you leave for work because you simply don’t know what kind of destruction you will come home to, you have pet parent anxiety.

What’s a pet parent to do?

You certainly aren’t going to surrender your beloved pets, but you certainly can’t continue to replace doors, window sills and furniture. Who could? We had pet parent anxiety when we rescued Foster, our first dog. We didn’t know what his level of separation anxiety was until he came home to live with us. Foster caused us to lose a LOT of money in pet deposits in the homes we rented. When we bought a new home, we didn’t want to have to keep replacing doors because he was so nervous when we left him home alone. Because we loved him and because we had a lot of pet parent anxiety we created CLAWGUARD -- because of the love of our rescue dog.

Do You Have Pet Parent Anxiety?

  1. When you leave for work do you hear your dog barking and scratching at the door and worry about the damage he will cause?
  2. Do you feel guilty for having to leave him home alone?
  3. When you pull into the driveway do you have to take a deep breath before you open the door because you’re not certain what type of damage or mess you will see?
  4. Do your neighbors complain about the constant barking when you’re gone?
  5. Have you ever wondered, “How much longer can we put up with this?”

If you’ve thought any of these -- you do have pet parent anxiety.

It is stressful -- for you and your dog.

How can you alleviate your pet parent stress?

  1. Get your dog a friend -- another dog or a cat.
  2. Hire a pet sitter or dog walker to stop by and visit and take your dog for a walk.
  3. Protect your home with CLAWGUARD products.
  4. Tire your dog out before you leave for work. A tired dog is a happy dog.
  5. Give him food puzzle treats.
  6. Turn on the television or the radio so he won’t be in a silent house all day.
  7. Crate train him. Some dogs absolutely love their crate.

Living with, and loving a dog, means you will have times when your shoes get chewed and your dog barks a lot, but the good times always outweigh the bad. And who can resist the lure of a snuggle with your dog after a long, hard day at work? We know we can’t!

CLAWGUARD builds shields that help protect homes from damage caused by dogs and cats. Products include door shields, couch guards, and universal protective tape that protects commonly scratched areas like window sills, furniture, banisters, weatherstripping and more.  Check us out on Amazon and read our many FIVE STAR reviews!

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Want To Take Your Dog To Work: Tips For Success

Posted by Beke Lubeach on

Paws up if you know that June 22 is National Take Your Dog To Work Day. If your place of employment will open its doors to your dog and you want to take your dog to work. Will it be a success? Is your dog “office ready”?

We’re not talking about whether he can pull off wearing a suit and tie (lol), but instead:

  1. Will he get along with your co-workers?
  2. Will he play nicely with the other dogs in the workplace?
  3. Will you be able to concentrate on your work or will you be trying to entertain Fido all day?
  4. Will he “stress poo” in the elevator?
  5. Is he a stress-barker who will give the other dogs anxiety?

If your dog is accustomed to spending his days on the couch with his other fur siblings watching the world from the comfort and safety of the house, he may not appreciate heading off to spend a day with you in the office. You need to know your dog’s temperament and his ability to adjust to change. Some dogs simply are better off at home in a familiar surrounding rather than being at the office place with other dogs who are stressed out.

A stressed dog, surrounded by other dogs who are nervous can lead to barking and fightings as well as “marking their territory.”

Here are some tips for Take Your Dog To Work Day success:

Ask if your workplace is participating. There could be office policy against dogs in the workplace -- even on Take Your Dog To Work Day. If you can bring your dog to work, ask your co-workers if they mind if you bring your dog. You may have co-workers who are allergic to dogs or who are afraid of dogs. Find that out first.

Don’t force your dog on your co-workers. Sure, you love your dog more than you can explain, but that doesn’t mean your co-workers will want your St. Bernard to slobber on their keyboard or their shoes. Let your co-workers know you will be bringing Fido with you and they can stop by your cubicle to meet him if they’re so inclined.

Know your dog’s personality. If your dog is not accustomed to other dogs, it could be problematic. A dog who is not socialized is one who may bark, mark his territory or lunge at another dog. If your dog is nervous when she’s not in her familiar location at home, she may be better served to stay there. Just plan to show off photos of her, but let her spend a quiet day at home. If you know your dog doesn’t play well with others, that will not change just because you’re in the office -- in fact, being in close quarters with other dogs can lead to fights and potential injuries. If you know your dog isn’t fond of other dogs, please for his sake, leave him home.

Know where you will take your dog so he can relieve himself. If your office space is on an upper level of an office building and you will need to ride an elevator to get outside, do you know where your dog can relieve himself once you get out there? Have a plan before you bring him to work.

Bring toys and a water dish. If your dog doesn’t typically eat during the day time, don’t bring him food; keep him on his regular schedule. Do bring a water dish and keep it by your desk. Bring a toy or blanket from home so your dog can play and so he can lay down on a familiar surface.

Have an exit strategy. If you have never taken your dog to work and aren’t at all certain how she will behave, you need to have an exit strategy if it’s not working out. In many instances, bosses maybe flexible and let you take your dog home if it’s not working out. If this isn’t the case or if it simply doesn’t make sense to leave work and make that trip, you need to have someone you can call to come and pick her up. Or, better yet, make certain you socialize her before Take Your Dog To Work Day rolls around; this way you can know whether she will enjoy her day at the office.

Know yourself. We know pet owner anxiety can be higher when your dog is stressed. If you are worried about how your dog will react at work, he will sense your stress and that will lead to his having anxiety. If you’re worried it will be a stressful situation for you, please leave your dog at home. Spend a little extra time when you get home giving him belly rubs and tell him about your day at the office. Sure, he may smell other dogs on you, but that’s okay -- it’s only one day!

Are you taking your dog to work? Share a photo of the two of you at the office on our Facebook page!

CLAWGUARD builds shields that protect homes from damage caused by dogs and cats. Products include door shields, couch guards, and universal protective tapes that protect commonly scratched areas like window sills, furniture, banisters, weatherstripping and more. Our products relieve pet owner anxiety! Look for us in the pet hardware section of your local retail store.

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How To Deal With Dog Separation Anxiety

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Pet parent guilt is real.

When you have to leave the house and leave your dog home alone, chances are you’re worried whether:

  1. He’s lonely
  2. If she will chew your favorite shoes
  3. If his separation anxiety can be addressed to make being apart not as traumatic for either of you

Dogs who suffer separation anxiety get either overly excited when you leave the home and are overly excited when you come back. They can be destructive, have bathroom accidents in the home, lick or chew themselves to the point where they’re missing fur and could be “overly” clingy aka velcro dog when you’re home.

We certainly want our dogs to be happy when we come home, but we don’t want them to make themselves ill when we’re away nor do we want them to destroy our homes.

Here are some signs that your dog might have separation anxiety:

  1. They destroy your home and/or furniture
  2. They bark incessantly while you’re away
  3. They lick or chew themselves
  4. They pace
  5. They try to escape by breaking through a window

How can you help ease your dog’s separation anxiety?

If your dog has mild separation anxiety you may be able to address it through behavior modification and short separations, followed by longer times apart. He may come to realize that even though you’re leaving, you are coming back and that may ease his anxiety.

Talk with your vet to rule out any medical conditions. Your vet may recommend anti-anxiety medications if your dog is truly having a hard time coping with your being away.

Get a pet sitter to come and stay while you’re gone. This may not be economically feasible, but if you have a friend or family member who can come and stay with your pup, that might help.

Give your dog a special toy or treat that he only gets when you’re leaving the house. He will come to equate this special and unique treat with your being gone.

Turn on DOGTV. This is special television programming scientifically developed to be of comfort to your dog when you’re not home. Rather than leaving your dog in a completely silent house, DOGTV will provide companionship that will help calm your dog, keep him company and keep him entertained.

Put them in “clothing” that will help with separation anxiety. Items such as the Thundershirt or Surgi-Snuggly’s Wonder Suit wraps your dog in a comforting embrace and that can help him deal with separation anxiety while you’re away from home. Wearing a Wonder Suit might make it possible for you to come home to a house that remains intact!

Use CLAWGUARD products to protect those areas of your home your dog destroys while you’re away -- doors, window sills, furniture. There will be some dogs who simply will suffer separation anxiety and as a pet parent it’s up to you to keep him safe and secure and still protect your home from damage.

CLAWGUARD builds shields that help protect homes from damage caused by dogs and cats. Products include door shields, couch guards, and universal protective tape that protects commonly scratched areas like window sills, furniture, banisters, weatherstripping and more.  

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Winter Pet Safety Tips

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Much of the country recently experienced an unprecedented “deep freeze.” Even areas of the country that don’t normally get snow or ice or sub zero temperatures were impacted. Pet parents who live in those areas -- even those accustomed to winter -- were faced with the need to take their pets out of doors, but also needed to know how to keep them safe in the frigid temperatures and snow.

Winter Pet Safety Tips

Here are our best tips in case Mother Nature hasn’t dealt the final hand of an overly-cold winter:

Use a paw protectant. This is important if you put ice melt on your steps or sidewalk; even pet-friendly ice melt can cause discomfort to your pet and his paws.  Some pets will allow you to put boots on them, if they will, use that to protect their paws. When you bring your pet back in, wipe their paws and remove any snow or ice that may have built up between their pads.

Put your pet in a coat. If you have a short-haired dog or one who truly isn’t suited to the cold weather, putting her in a coat will keep her core warm. If it’s raining, a coat will also keep your pet warmer and obviously dryer while outdoors doing her business.

Don’t leave your pet out-of-doors. This is a controversial topic as there are dogs who thrive in the frigid weather. You need to know your dog, the breed and its ability to stay warm and healthy in the frigid, snowy temps. Even if your dog loves to be outside in the wintery days, make certain you check on him frequently and that you have provided shelter from the storm.

Take shorter, more frequent walks. If your pet thrives on exercise but you’re in sub-zero temperatures plan shorter, more frequent walks rather than a long walk all at one time.  If you have to take shorter walks and your pet isn’t getting the exercise he is accustomed to, you may want to cut back on the amount of food he gets during the limited exercise times. Don’t forget, there are many fun ways to exercise with your dog indoors.

Don’t forget the cats! If you have “outdoor cats” or feral cats, provide a space for them to get out of the snow and cold. Before you start your engine, beep your car horn; cats will sometimes crawl up into the engine to keep warm. Make sure there is fresh water available for the outside cats; you may want to invest in a heated bowl to keep the water from freezing.

Stay warm. Stay safe. Enjoy the winter with your pets!

CLAWGUARD builds shields that help protect homes from damage caused by pets.  Products include door shields, couch guards, and universal protective tape that protects commonly scratched areas like windowsills, furniture, banisters, weatherstripping and more.  In fun colors too!

CLAWGUARD is easily customizable, whether you get the clear, frosted clear or Grape or Blueberry. We have had one customer tell us they decorated their CLAWGUARD with stickers and designs to match their favorite basketball teams’ colors.

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