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What to do when a Puppy Chews Excessively

Encourage Acceptable BehaviorRedirect your puppy’s penchant for nipping and biting byoffering her more acceptable objects (such as chew toys)whenever you pet her. This technique can be especiallyeffective when children want to pet her. As you or thechild reaches out to scratch her behind the ears with one hand, offer the chew toy with the other. This will notonly help your puppy learn that people and petting arewonderful, but will also keep her mouth busy while she’sbeing petted. Alternate which hand does the petting andwhich one has the chew toy. You may need to start off by petting or scratching your puppy for short periods of time, since the longer she’s petted, the more likely she is to get excited and start to nip. Discourage Unacceptable BehaviorYou must also teach your puppy to be gentle with hands and show her that nipping results in unpleasantconsequences. Teach your puppy that nipping “turns off”any attention and social interaction with you. As soon as a nip occurs, look your puppy right in the eye and yell“OUCH” as though you’ve been mortally wounded. Thenignore her. Leave the room if you must, but ignore heruntil she’s calm, and then try the chew toy and pettingmethod again.Jumping UpWhen your puppy jumps up on you, she wants attention.Even if you push her away, she is still getting attention(even if it is a response that you might consider negative).When Your Puppy Jumps Up:■ Fold your arms in front of you, turn away from her, and say “off.”■ Continue to turn away from her until all four paws are on the ground, then quietly praise her and give her a treat. If she knows the “sit” command, give thecommand when all four paws are on the ground, thenquietly praise her and give her a treat while she’s in the sitting position.■ If she begins to jump while you’re praising her, simply turn away and repeat the second step, above. Remember to keep your praise low-key.When your puppy realizes that she gets no attention fromyou while she’s jumping up, but does get attention whenshe sits, she’ll stop jumping up. Remember, once you’vetaught her to come and sit quietly for attention, you mustreward her behavior. Be careful not to ignore her whenshe comes and sits politely, waiting for your attention.   BEHAVIORSERIEST’S NOT ALWAYS EASY TO CONVINCE A NEW PUPPY not to bite thehand that feeds him…pets him…or plays with him, for that matter. Whenpuppies play with each other, they use their mouths, so they may also beinclined to bite or “mouth” your hand during play or when being petted. This is rarely aggressive behavior meant to do harm, but it is a difficult habit to breakunless you encourage your puppy to try an acceptable alternative behavior. Thegoal is to redirect your puppy’s energy onto acceptable chew toys and to teachher to be gentle when a hand is in or near her mouth.For complete tips and advice on pet behavior and other pet care topics, visit www.petsforlife.org.Dealing with Normal Puppy Behavior Nipping and Rough Playcontinued on reverse sideI

Keeping Pets safe over the Holidays

rDecorationshat brings you and your family joy over the holidays could be deadly for your pet. Below is a list of holiday items and the symptoms they cause if they’re ingested. As you’re celebrating with your family this holiday season, be mindful of the items below and keep your pet out of harm’s way. Depending on the dose ingested, chocolate cancause vomiting, diarrhea,seizures, hyperactivity, increased thirst and urination, and an increasedheart rate.Candies or gum containingthe sweetener xylitol can cause a drop in bloodsugar, resulting in depression, loss of coordination, and seizures.Bones can splinter andcause blockages. Greasy,spicy, and fatty foods cancause an upset stomach. Alcohol can cause a pet to go into a coma, possiblyresulting in death from respiratory failure.Aluminum foil and cellophane wrappers can cause vomiting and intestinal blockage.Toxic lilies can causekidney failure in cats. Mistletoe and hollyberries can cause gastrointestinal upset(vomiting, nausea, diarrhea), cardiovascularproblems, and lethargy. Considered very low in toxicity, poinsettiasmight cause mild vomiting or nausea.Christmas tree watermay contain fertilizers that can upset a pet’sstomach. Stagnant watercan also be a breedingground for bacteria.Decorations like ribbon or tinsel can becomelodged in intestines andcause an obstruct

Pet Mobile Schedule for Delray Beach, Boca and Boynton Beach

     Request the PetMobile for your event or business here!             Scheduling details
If you would like to schedule the PetMobile at your place of business, please submit a PetMobile Request Form here.  
You  may also print our PetMobile Request form and fax it to us at (561) 472-8859. Please submit requests for the PetMobile at least three weeks in advance. Requests are subject to approval based on availability and location details.

Volunteering at Peggy Adams in Palm Beach County


Benefits of Volunteering
Develop new skills while exploring the field of animal care.Meet new people with similar interestsAcquire work experience for future endeavors.Receive support and guidance from professional staff.Most importantly, volunteering will make life brighter for the pets in our care, and better for the people and animals in our community.Available Volunteer Jobs - Click Here!
How to Get Started Volunteering! * RSVP and attend a volunteer orientation.* After orientation we will review your application and schedule you for training for the volunteer position you are interested in.

Tips for managing aggressive Dogs

 Most Dogs in Delray Beach, Boca and Boynton are totally content to just relax and enjoy South Florida's laid back lifestyle but sometimes Dog's display some unwanted behavior.   Dominance and aggression are motivated by a challenge to a dog’s social status or to his control of a social interaction.Dogs are social animals and view their human families as their social group or “pack.” Based on the outcomes of social challenges among group members, a dominance hierarchy or “pecking order” is established.

Local Cat from Delray Beach Safe After Being Lost in The Everglades

Delray Beach, FL— He's a death-defying cat who stayed put and stayed alive — for two days in the Everglades.Sam, an 11-year-old gray feline, was feared lost after he ran into the bush after his owner Nikki Saltzburg's minivan was involved in a wreck with another vehicle on Alligator Alley east of Naples Monday.Now, thanks to social media and the generosity of strangers, the cat will soon be reunited with his owners."I couldn't even believe it," Saltzburg said of Sam's rescue.

Protect Your Pets From Salmonella

Posted: 07/17/2011
  • By: By LINDA WILSON FUOCO, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Do you feed your cats and dogs in the kitchen? Do you wash their food bowls and water bowls in the kitchen sink?I do both of those things, and now a report in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) warns that I'm putting my family and the family dog at risk for salmonella infection.Many reports of salmonella outbreaks tied to pet foods and treats have been reported in recent years. Is the pesky bacteria increasingly prevalent, or is everyone becoming more vigilant?

Importance of Walking Your Dog in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach

Walking your dog is the very first thing you should do when you become a canine owner. That first walk, whether he is a puppy or not, tells him that you are the leader. It starts the relationship on the right paw from day one.Walk your dog before he ever enters your house. Before you go inside, stand at the doorway. Make the dog wait, and then bring the dog inside. This tells him it is your house, not his. He’ll respect you and the house more.Every dog needs a leader. It’s a part of their DNA. If they don’t have one, they will take over.

Pet Safety in Delray Beach, Boca Raton and Boynton Beach for The Fourth of July

une 29, 2012|By Susannah Bryan, Sun SentinelFireworks on the Fourth of July may spark our patriotic spirit – but they can leave our pets downright petrified.Frightened pets left outside may try to escape the yard, so animal experts urge pet owners to keep their cats and dogs in the house on Independence Day.The days after July 4 are some of the busiest days of the year for animal shelters taking in lost pets. Make sure your dog or cat wears a tag at all times. It will help you find your pet should it go missing.

What to do when you Lose a Pet in Delray, Boca or Boynton

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In Memory of Dr. Richard D. Berman and His Friend "Logan."Losing your pet is a heartbreaking experience, and choosing a final resting place for your friend is a very personal ... and sometimes difficult decision. The Berman Memorial Pet Gardens, located at the Animal Rescue League, was created to provide a lovely, serene setting for your beloved companion’s final resting place. The Garden is composed of the Pet Columbarium (Mausoleum), Memorial Brick Walkway and Friendship Wall.
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