5 Fun Facts about Dachshunds

Sausage DogBeneath the squatty, streamlined body of the Dachshund, is a strong and nimble hunter. Although they resemble the frankfurter, these pups were originally bread for their stubborn tenacity to hunt a very ornery critter.

Learn more about the beloved Dachshund with these 5 fun facts:

  1. The name “dachshund” is German and literally translates to “badger dog” but they were also referred to as “hole dogs” as far back as the 18th century. Originally larger than their modern counterparts with longer legs, these fearless warriors were used to exterminate badgers throughout Europe.
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    Waldi, the mascot of the 1972 Summer Olympic Games

    Because of their strong association with Germany, the dachshund was the symbol of the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich. His name was Waldi.

  3. As of 2012 the dachshund was the 10th most popular dog breed in the USA, according to the American Kennel Club.
  4. Prone to back injuries, a specialized laser surgery developed at the Oklahoma State University Veterinary Hospital was used in clinical trials to correct defects in injured Dachshunds, with a goal of expanding the treatment to all dachshunds as a preventative measure against spinal injuries.
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    Wiener dogs race to finish line

    Known for their speed, thousands of dachshunds and their owners compete dachshund races around the country. One of the longest running is the annual Wiener Nationals which has been held in Orange County California for over 20 years. Locally, the annual Weinerfest held in Orlando, includes entertainment, food and a dachshund race.

Windermere Pet Sitter Says: Don’t Forget Your Pet’s Care

Summer here is here and it’s time to finalize those plans for summer vacation. You’ve made packing lists and have your passports, birth certificates and boarding passes all set to go. New toothbrushes, travel size everything has been purchased. But…

Did You Call Your Windermere Pet Sitter?

2013-11-25_1385392018Big Paw Pet Care has been serving Central Florida since 2011, bringing it’s loving brand of care to your pets, in your home. If you’re worried about the effects of boarding your pet, you’re not alone. Cats find new environments to be stressful. Dogs can be taught to potty inside with most indoor-play yards at local boarding facilities. And we haven’t even discussed diseases and fleas picked up at local boarding facilities.

Hiring your Windermere Pet Sitter means your dog or cat enjoys all the comforts of home…at home! We try to keep their routine as normal as possible with dog walks throughout the day, playtime and more.

Keeping Your Home Safe Too

Pet Sitting In OrlandoDays of no movement at your home makes it enticing to burglars. With Big Paw Pet Care’s services we always include free concierge services like plant watering, bringing in the mail or newspaper or packages. We also rotate lights, and open/close blinds to give your home that lived in look.

But My Friends and Family Watch My Pets

pet sitterYou love your pets and treat them like family. But don’t be fooled into thinking your friends and family love your pets as much as you. We’ve worked with hundreds of clients and many of them use us because they no longer can trust their friends or family to be there when they need them.

Some clients even tell us they’re surprised that the neighbor’s child didn’t perform as well as expected. Big Paw Pet Care’s pet care providers are experienced pet care professionals trained in pet health, safety and CPR/first aid. Do you believe your pet’s are getting the best care from the neighbor kid?

Big Paw Pet Care makes it easy with online reservations, predictable care and daily updates from your pet care provider. Never worry about your pet’s getting the love and care they deserve with Big Paw Pet Care.

Create your profile today by clicking here and schedule a FREE Meet & Greet with a pet care provider. Big Paw Pet Care services pets and their families in Dr. Phillips, MetroWest, Gotha, Ocoee, Windermere and Winter Garden.

Give yourself some peace of mind this summer vacation and call Big Paw Pet Care for your pet care needs.

“Ruff” Week? Time For Yappy Hour in Dr Phillips

Yappy Hour in Dr PhillipsThe week has barely started and you’re already looking forward to a weekend of wine and spending time with your dog. Well, Big Paw Pet Care and Woof Gang Bakery Dr. Phillips have a TREAT for you! Join us Wednesday May 20, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm for a Yappy Hour at:

Woof Gang Bakery Dr. Phillips
7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 8
Orlando, FL 32819
(located in the Dr Phillips Marketplace next to Publix)

Bring Your Dog to Yappy Hour in Dr Phillips

This isn’t your normal happy hour. Our Yappy Hour in Dr Phillips will be a great time for you AND your furry best friend. Explore the shop and it’s delightful fresh baked treats. Mingle with other pet lovers like yourself. You’ll also enjoy:

  • Free wine and snacks for people and dog treat samples for your pup (while supplies last).
  • Bring your dog training questions and learn a new technique from Big Paw Pet Care’s Dog Trainer, John Standefer
  • Learn how a simple weekly wellness assessment can keep help keep you better informed about your dog or cat’s health with Mike Meibuhr, Certified Pet Tech Pet First Aid and CPR Instructor.
Please RSVP For You and Your Dog Too

We can’t wait to meet you and your dog this Wednesday!  For more information please call Big Paw Pet Care at (321) 345-7387 or Woof Gang Bakery Dr. Phillips at (407) 363-5550. RSVP on Facebook by clicking here.

About Woof Gang Bakery Dr. PhillipsYappy Hour Dr Phillips

Woof Gang Bakery Dr. Phillips is your neighborhood pet store! Your dogs will love their full service dog spa for a simple bath or full groom. Woof Gang Bakery Dr. Phillips offers a full line of natural dog and cat food, fresh baked treats, chews, bones, cool collars, leashes, toys and more. Don’t forget: All four legged friends welcome.

About Big Paw Pet Care

Big Paw Pet CareBig Paw Pet Care® is Central Florida’s Total Pet Care providing pet sitting and daily dog walking services 365 days of the year. Big Paw Pet Care® provides pet sitting services for cats, dogs and small mammals like hamsters or guinea pigs. Big Paw Pet Care also offers a “PAWsitive” approach to dog training with both private and class room style dog training. And as Orlando’s best resource for Pet First Aid and CPR training, you can learn skills that may save your pet’s life taught by our PetTech Certified Instructors.

5 Fun Facts About The Chihuahua

ChihuahuaOne of the most popular breeds of dog in the world is the Chihuahua. They actually hover around the 20th most popular breed in the US for each year surveyed.

Small and spunkiness are the key features of this breed. They are also known to be loyal to a fault – it’s said a Chihuahua can die of a broken heart if separated from it’s owner.

Here are 5 Fun Facts you may not know about the much loved Chihuahua:

  1. Chihuahuas were originally known as the Arizona Dog, for the predominance along the present day Arizona and Mexico boarder.
  2. Archeologists have found remains of the Chihuahua in dog effigy pots buried deep in ancient Mexican tombs. Scientists have a consensus that the breed may be a descendent of the Techichi breed, who’s remains have been found dating back as far as 300 BCE.
  3. Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dog with a average weight around 10lbs. For show dogs, the suggested weight is 6-7lbs. Chihuahua puppies can weigh just a few grams at birth!
  4. The “Taco Bell Dog” served as Taco Bell’s mascot from 1994 to 2002 and is credited with the breed’s popularity explosion over the last two decades. (Bonus Fact: The Taco Bell dog was a female named Gidget.)
  5. Small breed dogs outlive their larger counterparts, but the Chihuahua can live 10-18 years with many living a long and full life of 20 years.

5 Fun Facts About The Chihuahua If you’re considering adding a Chihuahua to your family, here’s a couple things to know about owning the breed:

  • These small dogs are susceptible to serious dental conditions. A program of brushing their teeth early on his a good way to prevent illness or sickness caused by gum and tooth infections
  • Known to be nippy and protective, a good dog training program is required from puppy to adolescent ages.
  • The Chihuahua is highly susceptible to separation anxiety and boredom. Lots of exercise and walking is key to the foundation of managing these conditions. A bored or anxious Chihuahua can also be very “barky” and aggressive towards strangers or other dogs.

 

Orlando Dog Trainer: The Positive Interrupter – A Tool More Powerful Than No

Nobody Likes To Hear No

Many people get frustrated when they can’t seem to communicate with their dogs. Often times they will fall into a cycle of saying, “No” “No” “No” when their dog is doing something they don’t like. Unfortunately, dogs don’t speak English.

Dogs can certainly tell by the tone of your voice that you are displeased. In all likelihood, telling or yelling “No!” over and over will increase stress in your pup. Most likely, Sparky may even tune you out.

This Orlando Dog Trainer Believes In Positivity

Orlando Dog TrainerLet’s do a little Classical Conditioning with your pooch. (Remember Pavlov’s dog?)

For the next few days make a kissing noise and give your dog a really delicious treat-for NO reason.

His behavior is irrelevant. He doesn’t have to look at you. He doesn’t have to sit. He doesn’t have to stop what he is doing.

Just walk up to your dog, make a kissing noise and give him a piece of grilled chicken or chicken hot dog. Make sure it’s something extraordinary, not his normal treat. Do this a dozen times a day for several days.

Happy Results

What you will notice very quickly is that when you make that kissing noise, your dog will swing his head around in anticipation of the really delicious treat. Now you’ve got a “Positive Interrupter” that you can use to get your dog’s attention away from unwanted activities and you can redirect him to something YOU want him to do.

Instead of inducing stress with “No!” You are interrupting him with the positive feelings of your Classically Conditioned kissing noise.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, feel free to call me any time at 321-345-7387 ext 2.

Classical Conditioning: A Foundation Of Dog Training

2014-10-13_1413210572My dog, Chase is a “rescue” dog in the most literal sense of the word, rescue. We learned about Chase when we were just launching Big Paw Pet Care. All we ‘knew’ about him was from a frantic email exchange from a friend; an older German Shepherd Dog with a broken leg, and he had 15-minutes to live.

What we got was a one-year-old possible Australian Cattle Dog mix that had been living on the street with a dislocated toe and a huge fear of diesel trucks.

The Adoption

The exchange went down like a hostage swap in a Hardee’s parking lot halfway between Orlando and Sebring, FL. Chase was 35 pounds of skin and bones and looked like a malnourished coyote even after 10 days of dog-pound food . We found on the ride home, Chase’s fear of all things truck. When we would approach a semi truck driving down the highway, this soon-to-be 53-pound dog would try desperately to crawl under the back of the passenger seat of our Saturn Vue.

After letting Chase acclimate to his new ‘foster’-home, our first plan of attack to work on his fear of trucks was to try and create positive associations. We had to desensitize the poor little street urchin through Classical Conditioning.

What is Classical Conditioning?

Classical ConditioningClassical Conditioning is defined as: In Psychology, a learning process that occurs when two stimuli are repeatedly paired; a response that is at first elicited by the second stimulus is eventually elicited by the first stimulus alone.

Think Pavlov’s dog. Ivan Pavlov, a Russian physiologist. A short version of what Pavlov did: Pavlov would ring a bell immediately before giving his dog food. He found after repeatedly pairing these two stimuli that when he would ring the bell, his dog would salivate even without the presentation of food.

Putting Theory To Work

With this in mind, Chase and I loaded up in the car with a stash of chicken hotdog bits and went out hunting down diesel trucks and semis. Every time we neared a truck, I would quickly start flipping little pieces of hotdogs into the back seat. It helped that Chase was extremely food motivated. Chase would squirm and get as far away and a low as possible when we got too close. But, it didn’t matter. As long as we were in the presence of trucks, hotdogs would fall from the sky.

Unexpected Result

A few short weeks later, as I was stopped at a stoplight and distracted with my own thoughts, I noticed Chase standing with his front paws on the center console. As I turned to him, I noticed a semi-truck directly next to us. In my blissfully unaware state, I had failed to see the truck pull up beside us.

But Chase didn’t. Chase knew that the truck meant something. In his mind, he was saying, “Hey, where are my hotdogs? Hotdogs should be falling from the sky!”

We successfully modified the association Chase had with trucks from one of fear to one of pleasure. Trucks no longer meant terror. Trucks meant something delicious.

It’s Tough Being A Dog

Don’t get me wrong, being a dog is AWESOME. Not a day passes that I don’t wish to trade places with my pup.

But we sometimes underestimate what it takes to be a dog. It’s a lifetime commitment of training, eating and sleeping nothing but D.O.G.

The video below shows some of the hardships dogs experience each day, but still pull off being AWESOME.

These hardships include:

Doors

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Doors aren’t always your friend. How do they work anyway?

Reaching

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Sometimes selective breeding puts your toys out of reach.

Retrieving

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What is this? A force field?

Fetching

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Top heavy puppies should always pump the brakes.

Catching

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You can’t be 100% all the time when showing off your sick skills. Witness how tough it is being a dog, handled by dogs who are professional at awesomeness :

source: youtube.com

Dog Catch Fails

Poor Fritz. He’s a golden retriever who can’t catch his treats.

For a golden retriever who can’t retrieve, it’s almost like a cat that can’t land on his feet or a hamster who can’t run in a wheel.

Time and time again his owner tosses him treats that get bigger and more crazy. From pizza to tacos – nothing seems to get in the right spot.

That is until…

 

 

Meeting Your Pet Sitter

Pet owners are naturally wary about leaving their pets in the care of people they don’t know particularly well. That’s why we at Big Paw Pet Care do everything we can to alleviate some of that worry and set your mind (and heart) at ease when entrusting us with the four-legged members of your family. One of those is setting up a pet sitter Meet & Greet with you at your home.

During these approximately half hour consultations, you will get to learn everything you need to know about our service and the sitter assigned to care for your furry loved ones while you are away from home. Almost any question or concern can be addressed here until you feel fully comfortable with your pet in our care. Conversely, our pet sitters will learn all they need to know about you and your pets.

What Does a Pet Sitter Meet and Greet Cover? 

There are potentially an infinite amount of topics to cover when you meet our sitters, but there are a few necessary ones you’ll want to make sure you highlight during our visit. Since our sitters will normally visit the pets while you will be gone from the home, knowing where all the essential materials are located will be important. Leashes, food, litters or trash receptacles to dispose of waste, medications if necessary are all things you’ll want to make sure is pointed out during the visit.

If you have an alarm, the code and location of the keypad(s) should be discussed. It also doesn’t hurt to actually test the key you give to the sitter in the door lock just to make sure it works. (Sometimes those copies the hardware store makes for you aren’t quite right!)

Like humans, pets are persnickety creatures and often like certain things a certain way. Tell us what they like, what their favorite route is to take on their walks, how they like their belly rubbed. All of our pet sitters are qualified and trustworthy, but it sometimes it just comes down to feeling. Your pets won’t know if we arrived within the designated time block or whether we properly locked the front door, but they’ll know if they like us and can get along with us.

Win 3 Months Of BarkBox

Don’t you wish you could spoil your dog like it’s his/her birthday every month? Well, now you can with BarkBox, a monthly BarkBoxservice that delivers dog treats, toys and other goodies to your door.

Big Paw Pet Care is proud to offer our readers a chance to win 3-months of BarkBox home delivery for FREE! That’s right, by clicking the registration button below, fill in the form and you’ll be entered to win! We’ll announce the winner in the March Monthly Scoop newsletter!

BarkBox is Like a Birthday Every Month

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Don’t wait and register today and we hope you win 3-months of BarkBox courtesy of Big Paw Pet Care. (Registration ends at 11:59pm on February 28, 2015)

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