Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

Every week, I love meeting the dogs and cats that my hard working friends at local animal rescues share with me so I can introduce to you!  My effort is to share stuff about them to help find a "Forever Home" for each one!  I have a barkingly great time doing this- 

This week, my friend at the Lab Rescue brought two dogs by for you to meet!  Marley and Peanut! 

"Marley and Peanut"
Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Marley and Peanut are 2 year-old Labrador Retrievers, Black and Yellow! These two characters were litter mates and have always been together! A bonded pair of buddies that will need to be adopted together!

These two play together all the time-zooming around the house just like brother and sister fighting over the toy the other one has!! All playful though. Walking should be done on an Easy Harness as Marley is very strong, and they both get super excited.
"Marley and Peanut"
Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Marley and Peanut know basic commands and are house trained- they have never been crated but if they needed to be left, it would be in a gated room!

Marley and Peanut need a fenced in yard to play- NO ELECTRIC FENCES! They enjoy a dog park, while Marley goes in and plays, Peanut tends to be shy and check things out first- Marley will come back and check on his sister making sure she is alright.

Although it may take a few days for these two to adjust to their new surroundings, they will make the change well. Peanut takes awhile to warm up to men and children need to be calm when coming to meet them as too much noise or jumping around will make her run.

Peanut loves to cuddles and will spend the evening on the couch next to her human while Marley likes to spend time on the floor with his toys. Barkingly well, when Marley wants to be next to you, he has no qualms with sitting right on top of Peanut! She doesn't seem to mind much, just adjusts to get comfortable and is good to go!

They are good with other dogs and children but have not lived with any, so they're approved for kids 10 and up. No cat experience other than a stray which can into the foster’s yard, but they never expressed any interest in the cat.

They're current on their vaccines and will need a Lepto booster between 2/7 and 2/14. Marley weighs 64 pounds and Peanut weighs 50 pounds.

If you would like more information about these two great dogs, please contact the Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc..

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Washington Humane Society

My friends from the Washington Humane Society in Washington D.C., introduced me to a really cool dog looking for a Forever Home- Duncan!

Credit: Washington Humane Society
Duncan is an enthusiastic, cuddly 1 year old, 41 lbs., Terrier/American Staffordshire mix!  He is a smart, in tune with humans and strives to please them kind of dog!! Really cool, in my opinion!  WOOF!!!!  

Duncan loves to play with tennis balls- for hours on end I might add and learns new tricks quickly.  

An active home with steady exercise and constant human affection with be the best fit for Duncan. He would love a running partner and have a back yard to call his own for some fetch!

Meet Duncan at our New York Avenue Adoption Center! 1201 New York Ave, NE, Washington, D.C., (202) 576-6664 or visit Washington Humane Society

Friday's Friend: Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

Happy Friday!!!  I am so excited it's Friday!! And, I heard on the radio yesterday, we're in for a heat wave this weekend- temperatures will be above 20!!  More time outside with my human- we're going to have a great time!!  

My friend Cat Lady from PetConnect Rescue brought one of her buddy's by for me to introduce to you!  A cool kitty, though a bit shy at first, meet Ginger-

Credit: PetConnect Rescue
What a pretty face this kitty has!  She was
rescued from a rural shelter after sitting there for 39 days.  She may have been overlooked because she hid in a corner, as she was frightened- can't blame her for that as I've been there! WOOF!!  This has caused her to be a bit wary at first.

Ginger loves to be pet, held and to sit in a human's lap.  She has a cool purr while being cuddled.  And, you'll love petting her super lush fur!! 

Ginger loves playing with other kittens while in her foster home and has heard dogs barking though she hasn't actually met one!  She is a curious kitty who loves to play with all kinds of toys!

A healthy girl, she  is up-to-date with vetting, tested negative for FIV and leukemia. 

Will you consider being her Forever Friend and giving her a Forever Home?  If so, or you would like to know more about Cat Adoption or other cats available, please visit, PetConnect Rescue and an Adoption Coordinator will contact you.
Credit: PetConnect Rescue

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Product Review - VetIQ - Minties

WOOF!!! I've got to tell you- there's this most barkingly beautiful Golden Retriever named Myia who lives just down the street around the corner and up the block from me!  I see her each time my human and I go for a walk by her house.   She is so beautiful I love watching her from afar or up close or any way that I can!!  And, I do my best to get my human to walk by her home every day!

Lately, she hasn't been paying as much attention to me- I know she was unhappy with me for chasing her cat, but I apologized for that and we've been getting along really well.  Now, all of a sudden she started staying away again!

And, I've noticed, it's not only her but my human hasn't been cuddling with me as much and looks at my mouth frequently.

Recently, my human started giving me a treat called, VETIQ Minties Vet Grade Formula. They taste good- just like a treat!!  And, my mouth began to feel minty fresh!

These treats not only keep my breath fresh, but help to clean my teeth, and remove plaque and tartar or any other stuff.

I walked by Myia's house the other day.  She was outside walking around and noticed me- and of course, I noticed her- I was a bit nervous much like a school boy.  She noticed my fresh breath and stayed around a while.

Later in the evening, my human cuddled with me on the coach to watch TV and relax at the end of a long day.  He mentioned "Noah, your breath smells great!"

Minty fresh breathe, while cleaning your teeth and removing plaque and tartar!

Disclaimer:  Opinions expressed here are mine!  I was given a bag of these VETIQ Minties Vet Grade Formula and asked my opinion- which is always honest!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Happy Birthday Mozart!!

Amadeus Mozart, posthumous portrait
by Barbara Krafft, 1819
I am not quite sure why my human does this, but it's his studio and I put up with his nonsense or craziness and insane desires in taste of music, art, and so forth.  Of course, I love my human but I would prefer the likes of the Newsboys while I am working- maybe my human can't think with that music on- who knows.

While he loves to listen to classical music from various composers of the Baroque and Classical periods, Mozart is one of his favorites.  So the weekend before his birthday, it's nothing but Mozart playing on his stereo.  Constantly. All weekend.  Symphonies, concertos, sonatas, masses and the requiem.  WOOF!!!!
Be sure to take a minute today to listen to some of Mozart's music- barkingly ruff!!!

All of that being barked, you must know that I love my humans and wouldn't trade them for anything even if Dad is a bit odd- WOOF!!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Noah's Houndisms

HUMANS:  When your dog takes you for a walk, be polite and leave your devices (except for a cell phone to use in an emergency) off or at home!!  Enjoy the few minutes of exhilarating time with your dog.  And I think you could use the break from your devices!

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Your Pet Dog May Just Be Your Friend for Life

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Dogs come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are as big as a baby horse. Let’s take the Saint Bernard for example. They are very big dogs and weigh more than 200 pounds (90kg). Others are so small that they can fit inside your purse just like the Chihuahua which is as tall as a grownup’s hand and weighs about as much as a chicken. There are just so many breeds or kinds of dogs, that it’s almost hard to believe that they are all the same animal.
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No matter how different one breed is from another, however, all dogs belong to the same family. In addition, dogs are mammals that belong to the same family as coyotes, foxes, and wolves. Like most mammals, they have hair or fur. Their hair could be curly or straight. It may be long or short. It could even be thick or thin. Their hair might even feel rough or smooth and maybe wiry or silky. It is usually the hair that comes in many colors such as black, brown, red, yellow, gray, white, or even a mix of all of these colors that makes these lovable animals stand out.

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Today, most dogs are kept as pets. Keeping a dog as a pet is a huge responsibility. You have to feed it, care for it, and give it all the attention and the space it needs. Therefore, it is important to choose the right dog for you and your family. Some dogs are very friendly and gentle. They even like to play with children. However, there are others that make good watchdogs like the Doberman pinscher or German shepherd. Some dogs need lots of space to run. Others can live in a small place like the Dachshund.

Dogs are highly emotional creatures. They react to the various emotions that surround them. We can easily spot situations like these in movies and TV shows. They are very sensitive creatures that they can notice if their owners are sad or

angry. You will usually be able to detect their response to each emotion through their tails. They wag their tails wildly if they are in a happy or playful mood. They hide their tails between their legs if they are scared. Also, they go all tense if they happen to be angry. Responsible owners should be sensitive to their pet dogs’ emotions as well. After all, your pet pooch may turn out to be your lifelong buddy.

Mark Perry is a dedicated veterinarian for Canada Vet with over 20 years experience. A farm boy born and breed, Dr Perry loves all animals but he has a special place in his heart for working animals, particularly working dogs and horses.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

I am excited to introduce you to a buddy of mine from Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc., CLYDE!!!

This strong, athletic, playful, handsome 7-year old Black Labrador Retriever is looking for a companion and his "Forever Home!!"  
Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. 

Clyde is a responsive dog to verbal directions combined with praise!  He responds when and knows "sit, stay, and down." He will also give you his paw and he likes to "hold hands" while he's sleeping.

He isn't a fan of small dogs and has a prey drive, so Clyde will chase squirrels and rabbits and other little critters. Based on that- best to say NO cats.  Though he's lived with other dogs and gets along fine, he isn't much of a dog park kind of guy!

He can be finicky about the dogs he meets, so humans should go slowly when introducing him to other dogs.  Mostly likes to vocalize his opinions!! WOOF!!!!!

He loves his walks, but does not seem to require a lot of exercise. He doesn't seem much on playing with toys- eating and sleeping seem to be a priority- very content to be on a dog bed near his humans!

He needs an experienced owner who will set limits for him and lavish him with praise when he complies. He does well with a crate but has excellent house manners and really doesn't need one!

If you would like more information on Dog Adoption or Clyde, please contact Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc..

Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. 

Friday's Friend: Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

The subarctic freezing temperatures hasn't stopped "Cat Lady" in bit in doing her loving work with cats for PetConnect Rescue!  This week, she has brought Sherlock for me to introduce to you!

Credit: PetConnect Rescue
The inquisitive look on this guy's face tells me how he got his name!  Sherlock was born in late February 2013 and rescued from a Carolina shelter.

A sweet cat, he's a purr machine and will roll over for belly rubs and tickles under his chin.  Though he is a bit shy with strangers, he's got that lap cat potential with someone who is patient to give him time!

Sherlock is an excellent big brother to his sister Elsa!  He loves to wrestle, groom and play with her. He does well with adult cats and would love the companionship of another kitty.

He is a champion with any wand toy racing to apprehend (often doing flips in the air to catch it) it. After he's finished and tired, he finds his favorite spot is a warm lap for serious cuddle time.

Sherlock is healthy, neutered, has completed his vaccinations and has perfect litter box manners.

To complete an online application, please visit here and an Adoption Coordinator will contact you.
"Don't YOU Want to Take Me Home?"
asks Sherlock

Credit: PetConnect Rescue

Friday's Friend: Cat Adoption, Washington Humane Society

Wow!  What a long, cold, snowy, and icy week!  The first time in the years I've lived with my humans that we've missed two morning walks in a row!  But, its been too cold to be out for very long.  Cold weather means snuggling and snuggling with a "Forever Friend!"

My friends from the Washington Humane Society introduced me Ashley Young, an Adoption and Rescue Coordinator, who is introducing us to this weeks "Friend"- please meet Butch........

Credit: Washington Humane Society

"Butch is serious about getting adopted. He says, 'This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no fooling around!' Butch is a lover, not a fighter, and wants to share his sense of wonder with an awesome person. You see, Butch came to us a little beat up...poor guy is on a six month quarantine because he was found by a WHS Field Officer with a bite of unknown origin. All this means is that he can't go to a home with other animals during this time, but he told us he would love another kitty friend once his quarantine is over."

Meet Butch at our Georgia Avenue Adoption Center! 7319 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington D.C., (202) 723-5730.

If you would like more information about Butch or others for cat adoption, please visit, Washington Humane Society.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pet Hygiene Tips

These days a huge number of people own a pet. Only in the UK the number of dogs is seven million and cats are over ten million. Owning a pet is indeed a lovely thing and pets do bring a lot of happiness and love in a home. However, it's extremely important for pets to be taken good care of, meaning they have to be regularly fed, walked, washed and taken to the veterinarian. It's quite a responsibility to have a pet at home but once you've learned how to do it, you will be able to fully enjoy your coexistence and provide your family with a pet-friend that won't affect their health. Pet hygiene is essential. Animals are providers of many types of bacteria and viruses that can be transmitted to people as well, with or without direct contact. Here are some important tips on how to prevent your family and pets from health problems.

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Dog Hygiene
When it comes to your dog's hygiene at home, there are a few main things you have to consider. The first thing is that you have to set a rule and limit the access of your pet to certain areas, such as sofas, beds and kitchen. You can either self-train your dog or hire a professional to do it. In case you're okay with the idea of your dog having access to every part of your home, then allow it, it's up to you. But keep in mind that this is how dogs spread bacteria in you house which can have a negative effect on your health. Therefore it's preferable to keep areas you have a lot of contact with germ-free. You may put a blanket on a part of sofa and teach your dog to only use that certain area to lie.

Another important thing to take into account is keeping your dog clean. After walking it, never forget to wash its paws. Brush its teeth regularly and deworm it when necessary. Also, if your dog stains the carpet, make sure you clean it thoroughly, using appropriate detergents. It's a good idea to consider flooring that is easy to clean.

Cat Hygiene
When it comes to cat hygiene at home, things are less complicated. Cats don't get as dirty as dogs do for the fact they stay in. Cats are very clean animals and self-clean their fur, therefore they are the most preferred pets to have at home. However, an important thing you have to do is to take good care of your cat's litter. Make sure you change it regularly. It's preferable for pregnant women to keep away from cat litters, since cat faeces transmit a parasite which can lead to miscarriage.

Also, make sure you take your cat to the veterinarian to examine its health regularly.

Hygiene Of Pet Birds
To maintain good hygiene of your pet birds at home, keep a few things in mind. The first thing to take into account is keeping the cage clean. It's important to clean it properly and thus reduce bacteria at your pet's own space. Another important thing is to always wash your hands after touching your bird and be careful when sharing food. There are several diseases that can be transmitted from birds to people by close contact.

Hamster Hygiene
To take care of your hamster's hygiene, make sure you clean its cage and accessories regularly. Remove droppings and leftover food daily. Washing your hamster is not advisable, since this can cause death. In case your pet is very dirty, use a toothbrush with soft damp bristles and gently clean it.

About the Author: Rose Finchley is passionate blogger and writer keen on topics about hygiene, pets and cleaning. She currently runs blackheath tenancy cleaning and she knows a lot of fresh stories.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Dog Photography and Rescue Dog/Cat Photography

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I want to share one of the photographs today my human created of a Labrador Retriever who was looking for his "Forever Home."   My human loves to photograph for animal rescue groups in the Northern Virginia area.  He enjoys helping dogs and cats!

Also, he enjoys working with humans who want photographs of their great and grand furry children.  While some humans may think having this done is expensive, well it's barkingly not- you pay a session fee to reserve a date and time.  After the session, you have your own private gallery to select products.  Some products can even be specially created.

You can see my human photography work or contact him at Allen Pearson's Photos.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

When You Notice Hair Loss in Your Pet Dog

Alopecia or hair loss is not uncommon among dogs. This condition causes your pet to go through complete or partial loss of hair. It can affect your furry pal’s immune system, lymphatic system, endocrine system and the skin of your pet. As a matter of fact, no matter what gender, breed or age your cat or dog is, alopecia can affect your pet.

One common alopecia cause is due to mange. This is caused by the Demodex mite. In addition, there can also be loss of hair when there is a disruption in the hair follicle’s growth. This is often due to abnormalities in the endocrine system, an immune disease, trauma or infection. If there are many missing hair patches, this could be related to hair follicle inflammation. A more specific pattern of disease might be indicated by hair loss with a pattern that has spread more widely.

Extremely Noticeable
A condition that is very noticeable, alopecia is characterized by either symmetrical or varied loss of hair. It can be apparent as circles that are bald accompanied by inflammation and crusting around this area. Some pooches that go through hair loss may even notice that their skin is scaling as well.

Alopecia Patterns
The severity and pattern of alopecia is needed for the correct treatment and diagnosis. When there is generalized or patchy loss of hair, the most common cause is mange. Other causes can include ringworm and bacterial infections. This is accompanied with inflammation and redness of the skin.  When the loss of hair is symmetrical, the cause can very including excessive steroid levels in the body of your pet produced by low oestrogen levels, low thyroid levels, hair loss that is related  to testosterone.  When hair loss occurs in many areas, this usually comes with mild scaling in skin reddening. Generally, bacterial infections or ringworm could be the cause of this type of alopecia. Scleroderma is another common cause, which is a condition of the skin that results from recent vaccinations or scarring tissues.

Treatment of Alopecia
Usually, loss of hair or alopecia is treated with antibiotic therapy or topical shampoos. If there is an underlying cause that indicates other issues, there might be a prescription for other treatments. When there is cancer or skin growth, this might be removed surgically. Once there has been a prescription for treatment, you must buy antibiotics, ointments and topical shampoos and administer this according to the instructions of your veterinarian.  As healing begins, ensure that no infection occurs by constantly monitoring the skin of your pet.

Steven Perissinotto is a passionate pet lover and a pet health professional. Since establishing Vet Shop Online with his veterinary surgeon brother in 1999, Steven has helped establish the business in to one of the world’s leading online retailer of frontline plus cats.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Operation Paws for Homes

Oh. Wow. Beautiful.  Just beautiful.  A Redbone Coonhound. WOOF!!!! ARF!!!! Well, uh, 'xcuse me, am a bit distracted by a friend from Operation Paws For Homes!

A gorgeous, adorable, cute, sweet, barkingly pawtastic, I think I'm in love with the Red Head Charlie Brown, uh, er, please meet Jennie!

Credit: Operation Paws for Homes
Jennie is about 1 1/2 years old and is a bit shy or skittish when meeting new people.  When she warms up to you, she's full of love and doggie kisses.  She loves to cuddle and follow you around!  Jennie is showing progress in meeting people while staying at her foster home.

Jennie does well on a leash but does pull with odd noises- she loves time to roam and explore.  She would do best in a home with a fenced yard and a family willing to work on her trust issues.

She is housebroken, crate trained, spayed and up to date on shots, heartworm negative, microchipped and ready for someone to show her the good life! Is that you?

If you'd like more information about Jennie and dog adoption, please contact Operation Paws for Homes!
"Jennie Exploring the Yard!"
(C) Operation Paws for Homes

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

Are you looking for a young, calm, super-friendly Chocolate Labrador to be your friend and companion?  My friend at the Lab Rescue introduced me to Lana, a 2 year old looking for a Forever Home!

At 70 lbs., Lana is good with childrens ages 10 and up as well as with dogs but do
Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
not know about cats!!

She seems to be well-trained and listens very well.  She enjoys going for a walk, does well on a leash, and likes meeting others on the way.  Lana enjoys the opportunity to go for a ride.

She is up to date on shots and vaccinations, 4DX negative, spayed and heartworm negative.

 If you would like more dog adoption information and about Lana, please contact, Lab Rescue!

Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

Friday's Friend: Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

Credit: PetConnect Rescue
Got to catch up with my friend Cat Lady from PetConnect Rescue this week! She introduced me to a beautiful, happy cat name Camille!

All of 8 lbs., she is one cool cat!! Black cats are really great!  Camille will meet you at the door rubbing your ankles- which is her way to welcome you home!  She's ready for you to pet and scratch her head.  

Purring is one of her favorite activities which is bound to sooth and relax you at the end of a long day.  

You will enjoy Camille's company as you go around the house doing whatever as she will follow you to be close most of the time.  When you sit down, she want to be in your lap or when you go to bed, she'll sleep near you.  

She loves to run and play with about everything but her favorite toy is the feather wand. 
Credit: PetConnect Rescue

Camille's fur is sleek, soft black with striking hints of chocolate with almost invisible darker tiger-stripes, along with white on her chest and belly.

She is spayed and up-to-date on all of her vaccinations, and has perfect litter box manners!  Now, she just needs you to adopt her and give her a Forever Home. For more more information on cat adoption, please contact PetConnect Rescue Cat Adoption! An Adoption Coordinator will be in touch!!

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Washington Humane Society

Looking for a friend to go for a jog or play in the backyard?  My friends from the Washington Humane Society introduced me to Daphne, a 2 year-old, 45 lbs., Shepherd Mix who is looking for her "Forever Home."

Meet Daphne-

Credit: Washington Humane Society
One persistent athlete, not even a torn ACL can get keep her down! Daphne is recovering from surgery to her knee, though she won't make it to the Sochi Olympics this year, she is still full of energy and a competitive, athletic nature.
Daphne would do best in a home without other animals where she can have room to leap into your heart! Though she may never train for the Olympics again, her athletic spirit will keep her going for the speed walking competition!

Daphne is up to date on her shots and vaccinations.  She was turned into the Washington Humane Society when her human became very ill.

Would you like to be her family? If you like more information, please contact the Washington Humane Society.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

6 Tips To Ease Up Puppy Potty Training

Getting a new puppy is an exciting time in you and your family’s life. They are absolutely adorable and can bring an instant smile to your face. That said, they are also a lot of work and you need to start training them as soon as they arrive in your home. One of the first things that they need to learn is toilet training. It can be a stressful time with a lot of mess and accidents however there are a few things that you can do or use which will make your job a lot easier.

1. DESIGNATE A SPOT: Designate a specific spot for your puppy to go to the toilet. If you have an outdoor area, make it the garden. If you are live in an apartment, place puppy training pads or news paper on a tiled area such as a balcony, laundry or bathroom.
  • TIP: A good tip is to ‘scent-mark’ this place. Place a bit of fabric with the puppy’s urine in the designated spot the first time you take them there. This will encourage your dog to go there.
"Puppy Pads"
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2. USE TOILET TRAINING PADS: If you do not have an outdoor area or need to keep your puppy inside while you are out, a great way to minimize mess is to use toilet training pads such as the below. Puppies prefer to pee on something soft and absorbent and these pads encourage them to use the same place again and again. These toilet training pads make your job a lot easier. They offer maximum protection, are made out of high quality non-woven fabric and are extremely absorbent. They neutralize odours, are tear resistant and easily disposed of so perfect for your new puppy.

3. THE WAITING GAME: When you think your puppy needs to go, take them to the designated area and wait for them to do their business. If they do not go within five minutes, bring them back inside and try again 15 minutes later. If they do go, give them a treat and lots of praise so they know it’s a good thing.

Signs a puppy needs to go potty.
  • After a meal or nap
  • If they are sniffing
  • If they are circling (looking for a place to go)
  • Coming to a sudden halt
  • Dropping his bottom
4. ROUTINE ROUTINE ROUTINE: The most important thing for you puppy is creating a routine. Take them to their designated potty area as soon as they wake up, after a feed or when you get home from work. They’ll soon learn to hold until these times.

5. DISTRACTION: Distract your dog if you think he’s about to go in the house and quickly take him outside or to his designated area.

6. DON’T PUNISH: Don’t get angry if your puppy forgets where to go to the toilet as they won’t understand what they have done wrong. Clean up the mess with a paper towel and take it, along with your puppy to its designated area, then let them sniff the towel. If you then praise them, your puppy will associate the area as good place to go to the toilet.

About the Author: Melanie has 2 dogs and loves blogging about tips and tricks to make their lives easier and more fun! When not blogging, Melanie is a reviewer for Real Smart Dog Products.