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2222 5th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama  35233

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Small Dog Syndrome

When we get a new large-breed puppy, we always think, “We’d better get that puppy in Training as soon as possible because when he grows up, we won’t be able to handle him.” It is often a different story when we get a small breed pup. We think that because he will still be small as an adult, we will be able “handle him”, and that we really don’t need to get professional training for him. I think that is a common mistake by many small dog owners.

COMMON SMALL DOG BEHAVIOR

I’ll bet you have some friends or neighbors with an annoying little yappy dog? You know the ones I’m talking about… As much as you love dogs, whenever you see the little “ankle biter”, it’s not at all enjoyable. He’s constantly yipping. He’s all over you… jumping on your leg and in your lap when you sit down… getting in your face. And how annoying is it when he’s licking your face repeatedly? You keep pulling him away from your face and he keeps coming back. It’s not cute. The one I find particularly irritating is the one who growls at you for no apparent reason, except that you’re in his house or that you are too close to his owner. You just never know if he’s going to snap at you or what! These behaviors, and many others are all typical for what we refer to “Small dog syndrome”.

WHAT EXACTLY IS SMALL DOG SYNDROME (SDS)?

Some of the behaviors that make up SDS include jumping (on their owners, on others and on other dogs), growling at other people or dogs, not listening to commands, acting nervous or even neurotic, constant or frequent barking, lunging, snapping, or nipping, demanding attention (affection, treats), etc. These behaviors can occur in any size dog but are more prevalent in smaller dogs.

We’ve all heard the term “Napoleon” syndrome, referring to Napoléon Bonaparte, a 17th century French emperor and military leader, who apparently was just over 5 feet tall, but was a force to be reckoned with. Because of his small size, over the years people have used the phrase “napoleon syndrome” or “napoleon complex” to describe someone who attempts to overcompensate for his size or stature. The term “Small dog syndrome” comes from its correlation to “Napoleon Syndrome”.

It is debatable whether small dogs who suffer from SDS literally realize that they are small. Are they acting the way they act because of a need to overcompensate for their size – like Napoleon? Or are they acting that way because, well, to put it in plain terms, because they’re spoiled rotten? Many Trainer’s believe that the behavior displayed with SDS is simply learned. We have allowed our small dogs to break all the rules… things we would never allow a big dog to do. And although we think we are showing love and affection by not correcting them and letting them to have their way, the result is that they are actually feeling very nervous, anxious and insecure.

HOW TO “FIX” SMALL DOG SYNDROME

Here’s the good news… It’s not genetic and it can be “treated”. How do we undo what we have already done?

Here are a couple of suggestions for “untraining” your dog. First of all, don’t pick him up. Small dogs are so much easier to handle because we can simply scoop them up when they are misbehaving. Picking your dog up when they are barking at another dog, for instance, can be seen as a reward to your dog and make them feel that barking is a good behavior. If you are always picking your small dog up when they are misbehaving OR when they seem scared/insecure, you will only see more of that behavior occur.

Next, teach your dog to start walking properly on a leash. I mean, fess up… You’ve been carrying him a lot, right? Dogs who walk on a leash are more confident and that’s something we need to develop. Put him on the ground and if he becomes frightened for any reason, resist picking him up, but stay close beside him so he has the assurance that you’re right there. If he takes a few steps on his own, reward him with his favorite treat. If he whimpers and jumps on your leg to be picked up, correct him by calmly and gently placing him back on the ground and proceed to walk with him. Remember, we use praise and affection to reinforce good behaviors. So when your pup responds to the behavior you like, reward him quickly.

Thirdly, establish yourself as his leader. Up to this point, he has been the leader and you have unknowingly reinforced that belief by your treatment of him. By avoiding picking him up and teaching him to walk properly on a leash, you will begin to establish yourself as the leader. Your dog needs a strong leader. Don’t be afraid to set boundaries and to firmly but gently teach him what is acceptable and what is not acceptable behavior.

We recommend you consult with one of our Professional Dog Trainers for help in breaking the bad habits that have been allowed to this point. Retraining your dog is not an easy task. With your Trainer’s help, consistent enforcement of good behavior, proper socialization, and establishing yourself as a leader, your little guy will make a huge improvement.

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Why Socialization is So Important for a Growing Puppy

Why Socialization is So Important for a Growing Puppy | Everything is new to puppies. From the moment they’re born, like any human child, they’re learning. They learn to trust Mommy and to watch out for their little brother when he comes around with those sharp teeth! They learn the difference between playing and real danger. They learn which noises mean good things are coming (Dinnertime!), and which mean that something bad is about to happen. As they grow and venture further away from Mom and the clan, their fear instincts drive them scampering back to the safety of their mother and littermates until they can differentiate between real dangers and innocent things.

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Why Puppies Have Fear

Their fear is a defense mechanism until they gain the knowledge and experience to stay safe. The strongest period of active socialization for a puppy is from the age of three weeks to twelve weeks. Learning, of course, continues after that. But those weeks are crucial for puppy to begin to understand that people, other animals, children, and typical situations aren’t something to fear. They are positive experiences to be enjoyed.

Socialization Keeps Dogs Out of Shelters

Poor socialization is one of the primary causes of behavioral issues in dogs, and unfortunately, behavior problems are the number-one reason dogs wind up in shelters. In order for your relationship with your new puppy to develop into a lifelong companionship, good socialization is essential. Of course, most owners don’t even get possession of their puppies until age 6 to 8 weeks. That means you have barely a month to make the most out of that critical socialization period.

Socialization Versus Overwhelming Your Pup

But socialization isn’t about immersing your new pup into tons of new people and experiences. Young puppies are easily overwhelmed with “sensory overload,” and coming on too strong can trigger that fear instinct — having the opposite effect of good socialization. That’s why it’s wise to balance good socialization with smart exposure and plenty of safety, security, and rest in between new people and experiences.

How to Properly Socialize Your Puppy

Exposing your new puppy to a variety of people, animals, events, and experiences should be done slowly, one at a time. Each day of that critical month, make sure your puppy meets someone new or goes somewhere different. Venture out and meet new people when puppy is well-rested, well-fed, and under no other stresses. For example, don’t expect him to have a positive experience with someone new just after he gets his shots or right after a bath he really didn’t want.

Good socialization exposes your pup to a variety of safe, positive experiences. Consider introducing them to:

  • People of different colors and cultural backgrounds
  • Men and women in uniform
  • Children and babies
  • Older people
  • Other animals, particularly those he’ll see regularly, such as nearby horses, other dogs, and the neighborhood cats
  • People he will regularly be exposed to, such as the mailman, your in-laws, and the neighbor kids
  • Places you regularly visit and want to take your dog when he’s grown, such as local parks, the vet’s office, the pet supply store, and other public areas where dogs are allowed
  • Get him in doggie daycare as soon as possible, so that he gets used to the people and animals there during the critical socialization period

Socialization: Slow & Easy

Introduce puppy to only small groups, perhaps one or two at a time. Start with the people you know who are used to dogs, especially those with calm demeanors and gentle personalities. You might want to wait until Pup has had many positive experiences with new people to introduce him to particularly boisterous kids or adults who tend to be “loud talkers” or have energetic personalities. Dogs naturally pick up on the emotional climate of the people and animals around them, so be sure those experiences are overwhelmingly positive as your puppy gets well socialized.

Puppy’s First Prances in the Dog Park

If you have a local dog park you’re excited about visiting with your dog, use caution when introducing him there. Make sure he’s gotten all of his vaccinations first, and that your vet okay’s the excursion. Begin taking him during the least-busy hours, such as early in the mornings or in the middle of the weekday, when everyone’s at work. Don’t go on Saturday afternoon until your pup is well-adjusted and acclimated to other animals and people. A new puppy could be traumatized by a bunch of big dogs before he knows the drill!

Safety Comes First in Socialization

If you have small children, introduce them slowly, allowing both the child and the puppy to learn the scope of acceptable behavior. For example, instruct the child on how to treat the dog (No, no! We don’t pull Rover’s fur!) and make sure the puppy isn’t too aggressive with the child. He’s used to being able to wrestle and nip with his littermates, and won’t yet understand that it isn’t okay to nip the baby. Prepare a safe, comfortable place for puppy to go if things get out of hand and he needs to settle down.

Be ready to remove your puppy quickly from any situation if things get out of hand. For example, toddlers often don’t know the difference between “fun play” and hurting the puppy, such as pulling his tail or poking him in the nose. While the child absolutely means no harm, these experiences might cause him to shy away or become defensive around children in the future, which is unhealthy for both the dog and the children.

How Doggie Daycare Plays a Critical Role in Good Puppy Socialization

Honestly, most new dog owners find it difficult to get the time to expose their new babies to all the different people and situations they need to get used to. That’s why doggie daycare is such a blessing. Not only will Puppy benefit from a well-trained and highly-knowledgeable staff of caregivers, he’ll have easy, safe access to other well-adjusted dogs. Nothing helps a new puppy learn the ropes more than being around older dogs who know the score.

Additionally, they’ll meet a wide variety of other pet owners as they come to drop off an pick up their pets. He will meet the nice lady who smells like baked bread, the big guy in the shiny officer’s uniform, and people of all colors, nationalities, and personalities. Doggie daycare is also the best way to assure that he doesn’t develop any separation anxiety or shred the furniture when left alone at home.

Looking for an excellent doggie daycare for your new pup? At Just Happy Hounds, your new best friend is our new best friend. Contact us for more information on the perfect doggie daycare for socializing your new pup!

Because we love em’ like you do!

Just Happy Hounds, LLC – Midtown – where we make sit happen!

We’re located at 2222 5th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama  35233

your premiere dog fraternity providing doggie daycare, dog boarding, dog grooming and dog training.

205.777.3699

The Business Traveler's Guide to Owning a Pet | Business travelers often long for companionship, & what better companion can you have than a loving pet whose greatest thrill is seeing you come home? Frequent business travels don't necessarily mean you have to give up your dream of owning a | Dog Boarding 205.777.3699

The Business Traveler’s Guide to Owning a Pet

The Business Traveler’s Guide to Owning a Pet | Business travelers often long for companionship, and what better companion can you have than a loving pet whose greatest thrill is seeing you come home? Frequent business travels don’t necessarily mean you have to give up your dream of owning a pet. But there are several important considerations for you, your job, and the adorable love you bring into your life. Here’s the ultimate business traveler’s guide to pet ownership.

Can You Realistically Care for a Pet?

Just like opening that box from Amazon and realizing that the shirt you purchased is a dim replica of what you envisioned when you clicked “Buy,” sometimes owning a pet when you travel all the time can be disillusioning. Take some time to visually walk through a week of your life with a pet. What will you do when you come in exhausted and they’re ready to play? How will you handle flight delays when the sitter has an obligation and has to leave? Make sure your vision of pet ownership matches reality. Consider some options to owning a pet. For example, you can pet sit for another friend sometimes, so that you get snuggle time without feeling guilty when you have to leave. Or, you can volunteer with the local pet shelter, or adopt a pet for a local child in need, and visit sometimes. Just be sure that your life is conducive to pet ownership before signing up for the job.

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What Kind of Pet Best Fits Your Lifestyle?

Would you prefer a dog to walk and wrestle with when you’re home? Or a cat who’s basically self-sufficient for a few days at a time? Can you afford to board your dog during your trips? Would it be best to adopt an older dog, or raise a puppy who can learn to adapt to your lifestyle? Also, consider some alternatives to cats and dogs, such as ferrets, rats, aquariums, hamsters, gerbils, or reptiles (lizards and snakes). There is an amazing variety of pets that aren’t the traditional cat-or-dog option, but still bring love and joy to their owners!

Training is the Key to Making Pet Ownership Work for Business Travelers

Most people do settle on a cat or dog, and if you choose a dog, training is essential. Training will help the dog connect with you, learn to anticipate your schedule and adapt well to interruptions in the normal routine. Plus, you’ll have a much easier time boarding your dog or getting someone to agree to pet sit if your canine is well behaved. Both puppies and grown dogs benefit from solid training, and there are several options available. Business travelers might prefer doggie retreats, where the dog spends several weeks in intensive spa-like training. Or, you can take a dog training seminar and go it DIY. Alternately, you and your dog can meet with a trainer, either one-on-one or in a group, and enjoy the bonding and training experience together while you’re in town.

Can You Take a Pet With You When You Travel?

A well-trained dog (and many well-behaved kitties) can go along with you on all or most of your business trips. Many hotels and motels have pet policies in place to allow you to bring Fido or Fluffy. Be sure to invest in all of the essentials, including an FAA-approved pet carrier (preferably one you can use as a crate in the hotel), travel food and water bowls, automated feeders for when they’re left solo for long periods, toys to keep them comfortable and entertained, and treats to reward good behavior. Many pet owners alternate between boarding their pets and bringing them along, giving the dog a wide variety of entertaining and enriching experiences.

What are Your Options When They Can’t Tag Along?

There will almost certainly be times when you can’t bring your pet with you, and that’s okay, because there are tons of safe, secure, rewarding options. When you use the same boarding facilities all the time, your pet will come to expect it. They will even bond with the workers and look forward to their visits! Most facilities also offer additional services, such as grooming, so that you can return home to a dog who’s already had his bath and is ready to snuggle! Alternately, you can have a pet/house sitter, or hire a dog walker to visit your pet frequently while you’re away. Just beware of pet sitters you don’t know personally — there are too many scams out there on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and other public sites. Cat owners can often get by with a couple of litter boxes and an automatic feeder, if the business trips aren’t too long. Petcams are another excellent option, allowing you to keep an eye on your beloved pet while you’re away. Many even allow you to talk to them and interact with them right through your smartphone.

Be Prepared for Emergencies While You’re Traveling

Flights get delayed. Clients take longer than they should. Pet sitters get sick, and the next-door neighbors have to suddenly leave town to care for a family member. The bottom line is, you should always have contingency plans, whether you bring your pet along or leave them at home with caregivers. The ideal situation is a professional (not in someone’s backyard) pet boarding facility, with a staff of trained and experienced pet caregivers who will love your pet just like you do. There are several advantages. First, if one worker gets sick and can’t make it in, they have a full staff of other workers, so your pet won’t go without! Second, they are able to train your pet, not just “pet sit”. Third, they have access to veterinary care in case your baby gets ill while you’re away.

Last, but not least, these people aren’t just “in it for the money”. They have dedicated their lives to taking care of animals! For the pet boarding options every seasoned business traveler needs, visit Just Happy Hounds today.

Because we love em’ like you do!

Just Happy Hounds, LLC – Midtown – where we make sit happen!

We’re located at 2222 5th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama  35233

your premiere dog fraternity providing doggie daycare, dog boarding, dog grooming and dog training.

205.777.3699

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How Does Matted Fur Affect Your Pet’s Health

How Does Matted Fur Affect Your Pet’s Health | Long-haired cats and dogs are immensely popular, because long, luscious coats are simply gorgeous. Who doesn’t love to snuggle up with a super fluffy pet? But many pet owners don’t realize that grooming simply isn’t optional for their long-haired lovies. They start out brushing daily, then weekly, and eventually even a monthly brushing is rare.

How Does Matted Fur Affect Your Pet's Health | Long-haired cats and dogs are immensely popular, because long, luscious coats are simply gorgeous. Who doesn't love to snuggle up with a super fluffy pet? But many pet owners don't realize that grooming simply isn't optional for their long-haired lovies. | 205.777.3699

Since matting occurs at the base of the hairs, not the outer ends that are visible, it is common for mats to build substantially without the owner even being aware of it. Not only is the extent of the matting hidden, those mats can hide a multitude of issues that aren’t just unsightly — these can be downright dangerous to your pet’s health. Here are some of the ways fur matting affects the health of your dog or cat.

Matted Fur Causes Pulling & Discomfort

Obviously, matted fur makes brushing very painful for your pet. But even if you aren’t brushing it out, the mats pull at the skin and make it uncomfortable to walk, run, lie down, or sit. Since pets, dogs especially, tend to hide their pain from their family, you might not even realize those mats are hurting. If the mats get too bad, groomers have no choice but to shave off the fur. This can sometimes cause permanent changes to the look of your pet. Regular brushing and professional grooming prevents this from becoming an issue.

Matted Fur Can Cut Blood Flow to the Legs & Tail

Once the mats are embedded in the fur around the legs, posterior, and tail, the pulling can become so intense that it literally cuts off blood flow to these extremities. Though rare, in the most serious cases this can lead to the loss of limbs. Long-haired breeds like the popular Labradoodle, Wheaten Terrier, Bearded Collie, Yorkies, and others can become this seriously matted, even while the top layer looks smooth. Without regular brushing and grooming, mats this severe can develop unnoticed.

Matted Fur Can Cause Open Wounds

As the hair follicles pull against the skin, and the mats prevent air circulation across the skin, that area never fully dries. Like any skin that is constantly exposed to moisture and heat, wounds can develop. Open sores are then susceptible to foreign matter, like stickers and burrs, which aren’t just exceptionally painful, they also contain germs that introduce even more potential for infection. Conditions like this can lead to loss of limbs and even become fatal if not addressed properly and promptly.

Matted Fur Can Hide Disease & Pests

Matted fur tends to catch up any germs and nastiness that the dog or cat happens by. It’s like a catch-all for yuckiness. Additionally, mats create a safe haven for pests, including fleas, mites, ticks, and even fly larvae (yep, maggots). Matted fur also hides any skin issues that are indicative of the pet’s overall health. For instance, certain diseases like Diabetes and Hyperthyroidism often exhibit signs on the skin. Being able to detect these changes in skin color and condition (such as redness or dryness) helps catch these problems early. Early treatment means a much more positive outcome in the long term.

Grooming doesn’t have to be a big deal, though. Set aside a regular time to brush your pet, just like you schedule time to mow the lawn or check your fire alarms. It’s just one of those things you have to do on a regular basis. Partner with a professional groomer who can keep your cat or dog free of mats that can lead to health problems. This has an additional benefit: the groomer gets used to your pet’s skin condition, and is another valuable set of eyes when it comes to detecting changes that could indicate a change in their medical condition.

Clean, well-groomed pets are happy pets, and happy pets make happy owners. Get started on your better grooming habits at Just Happy Hounds today!

Because we love em’ like you do!

Just Happy Hounds, LLC – Midtown – where we make sit happen!

We’re located at 2222 5th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama  35233

your premiere dog fraternity providing doggie daycare, dog boarding, dog grooming and dog training.

205.777.3699

 

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5 Reasons Why Your Puppy Misbehaves

5 Reasons Why Your Puppy Misbehaves | You return from a quick trip to the store, and no longer own a living room couch. You do, however, own a pile of shredded upholstery and ripped foam padding, for which you have no use.

You doze in front of the TV. Wake up 20 minutes later, and your kitchen trash is spread from the basement door to the guest room, including a used coffee filter, grease from last night’s chicken dinner, and an oh-so-smelly baby diaper. Lovely.

You get down in the floor to play with your adorable new pup, only to get gnawed, chewed, scratched, barked at (and not in the cute way), and nipped on the nose. That’s it! You say, as you retreat from your little monster and return your attention to Netflix.

If you have a puppy, chances are that more than one of these have happened to you, and recently. Unfortunately, these misbehaviors are the primary cause of puppies and dogs ending up in shelters. What can you do so that you can enjoy this (seemingly) sweet bundle of energy and enthusiasm? Most bad behavior in puppies can be attributed to one or more of the following causes:

5 Reasons Why Your Puppy Misbehaves

  1. A Lack of Adequate Play & Exercise

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If a 5-minute walk or play session is all you’re giving your pup, this just isn’t enough. This is even more true as they move from the “baby” stage into the “adolescent” stage, from around 5 months old to about 18 months old. Larger breeds need more exercise, as do “working” breeds, like collies, German shepherds, huskies, terriers, etc. Boost their daily walk and exercise sessions up to 30 minutes to an hour, whatever it takes to wear your active baby out, and you’ll likely see a decrease in aggressive play and misbehaviors. They get the excess energy out and calm down significantly, just like a toddler after a rigorous session on the playground.  

  1. Unknowingly Reinforcing Bad Puppy Behavior

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When puppy yelps and barks, demanding attention, what do you do? If you’re like most pet owners, you immediately drop what you’re doing and give them the attention they’re asking for. Oops! You’re unknowingly rewarding, thereby reinforcing and encouraging, bad behavior. Instead of giving in to their demands, save the lovin’ and pettin’ for when your dog is behaving. Deny it when they are demanding or misbehaving. This isn’t cruel; it is exactly how a mother dog teaches her pups good behavior.

  1. A Lack of Behavior & Obedience Training

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A famous TV dog trainer often jokes that he, “rehabilitates dogs and trains humans.” Puppy and dog training is more than just teaching your new BFF how to behave. It also teaches you to be a better, more knowledgeable, well-informed dog owner. The investment you make early on in your relationship in behavior and obedience training will produce dividends throughout the life of the dog. Training is available for every stage of the dog’s life, from basic weekly sessions with their owner to doggie retreats that last several weeks and involve intensive training and nurturing for your dog. You can also take dog training seminars so that you and your furry friend can DIY it together at home.

  1. A Lack of Adequate Socialization

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Socialization of puppies is perhaps one of the easiest things to overlook for an owner. At first, you want to show your new pup to all your friends and family, but then you settle into your usual routine, and puppy begins to believe that only those living in the home are acceptable, viewing outsiders as intruders. It’s important that your puppy is regularly and consistently exposed to different people — men and women, different ethnic groups, people of all ages, people wearing uniforms, different sizes and breeds of dogs and other animals, etc. Socializing your puppy can easily be incorporated into your regular exercise routine. Make a point to exercise your dog in a puppy park, on city streets, and anywhere you can expose him or her to a wide variety of other people and animals, especially those different from the people living in your home. Better yet, use a doggie daycare that’s filled with all types of people and animals!

  1. Playing Too Roughly with Your Puppy

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Rough play encourages roughness. Tug-of-war is particularly bad, because it literally teaches your puppy to fight with you over things! Tired of puppy grabbing and running away with your socks while you’re trying to get ready in the mornings? It’s likely because you’re teaching him this behavior while roughhousing with his stuffed animals and rope toys in the evenings. He doesn’t know the difference! Encourage more loving, gentle play, and disengage from your puppy when he gets to rough, to show him that isn’t acceptable behavior. Continue playing again when he calms down and is ready to pet sweetly and snuggle.

5 Reasons Why Your Puppy Misbehaves | That’s a lot to remember, isn’t it? There are many tips like these that new puppy owners need to learn so that they can raise a great dog who is able to stay with the family forever. Reach out to us at Just Happy Hounds so that we can provide you with the training, tips, and services you need for your dog’s whole life.

Because we love em’ like you do!

Just Happy Hounds, LLC – Midtown – where we make sit happen!

We’re located at 2222 5th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama  35233

your premiere dog fraternity providing doggie daycare, dog boarding, dog grooming and dog training.

205.777.3699

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JHH New Spring Prices  | Unfortunately, the temperature is still falling, but fortunately so are our prices!

Unfortunately, the temperatures are still falling. Fortunately, so are our prices!

Starting Wednesday, March 21, 2018, all boarding prices have been reduced.

JHH New Spring Prices

Kappa $28 / night
Delta $32 / night
VIP (Pi/Chi/Sigma) $38 / night
Lambda House (Beta) $42 / night
Alpha Dogga (Sir Winston) $44 / night
Sigma Nappa (Executive/Presidential) $48 / night

3 night stay will get you a free bath!

Be sure to take full advantage of our new prices at Just Happy Hounds this upcoming Spring Break!