Hello out there! As some of you may recall, I’m working on a nonfiction book entitled Prepare Anywhere. Life, however, sometimes means that a part-time writer needs a bit more parts of time than originally expected. 😉 While this manuscript is in progress, I enjoy giving little snippets and sneak peeks to those who are interested – and with summer coming, I know a lot of you will be attending events and traveling all over the place. I thought I’d share a few things that will help you feel more prepared for any upcoming trips, or give you ideas of things to look for at touristy spots that you can check off as both fun and preparedness-related. As for the number I chose? Well, that’s just because it’s May 16th and I thought it would be a fun way to make a list. Remember – I’m all about preparing on a dime and in small spaces, so don’t feel like you have to spend big bucks and please, please, please don’t whip out the credit cards to do any of this! Do what you can with what you have, mmkay?
So let’s get going, shall we?
Hip hip hooray, it’s almost May! It didn’t feel like it during the month, but I just realized that April has flown by. Wow! I’m going to go ahead and get my wee list up for this last week of the month, as I’m not sure what day a post will be up at The Prudent Homemaker. Congratulations to Brandy, who had a son just a few days ago – and to your whole family! Such exciting news! Continue reading
In my mind, basic obedience training is absolutely vital for dog owners. Sit, down, stay, and the like are often taught to pets – but what about muzzle training? Not many people train their dog to willingly accept wearing a muzzle. That can mean that the first time an animal has to be muzzled for safety reasons, they panic. Can you blame them? I would certainly panic if someone wrapped something around my mouth and nose, holding my mouth closed and even slightly limiting my breathing!
Knowing this, and also knowing that muzzling an injured dog is vital for the protection of those humans transporting and/or providing emergency treatment, we made the decision to begin muzzle training Violet. Now, to be VERY clear, Violet is not forced into the muzzle. She is also not left muzzled for any longer than her desensitizing training takes place. She is muzzled for training only, praised and handled calmly the entire time, and rewarded immediately after removal of the muzzle. She is clearly uncomfortable with the muzzle on, but is willing to wear it for longer and longer (measured in seconds) each session.
I discussed my planned method of training with our veterinarian, who approved wholeheartedly and appreciated the effort. If you consider muzzle training, please take the time to discuss it with your vet so they can make you aware of any concerns for your pet(s) based off of breed, such as length of snout and nose v. breathing concerns. Lastly, NEVER leave your dog muzzled at length in hot weather. Panting is their natural method of cooling themselves and you risk creating dangerous overheating if leaving them muzzled inappropriately.
That said, here’s how I began muzzle training our dog: Continue reading