This week's Day Training Extra Credit: Summer Storm Safety! We've already had several severe thunderstorms and tornado watches in the Denver/Metro area this year! Although actual tornado strikes are rare within the city, you should have a severe weather plan that includes your pets! Are they leash, carrier/crate, and muzzle-trained? If not, start now. Even if you don't use crates or muzzles most of the time at home, knowing how to be comfortable with these management tools can be a literal lifesaver during severe weather or other disaster (including wildfires). Put together an emergency kit for you and your pets including food, water, bowls, first aid, documentation, and first aid kit. If you already have an emergency kit, now is the time to check and update- refresh food and water supplies, update vaccination records and medical info, and make sure other supplies are in good shape.
This Week's Day Training Extra Credit: Participate in some awesome canine science! The more we know about dogs, the better job we can do to help them live their best lives with us! Here are two cool studies you can help with from home:
This week's Day Training Extra Credit: Rattlesnake Safety! We're lucky to have such great open spaces in Colorado to enjoy with our dogs, but we have to remember that we share them with native wildlife that isn't always dog friendly. To reduce your dog's risk of rattlesnake bites, keep them close and on leash, consider getting the rattlesnake venom vaccine which may reduce the severity of symptoms if your dog does take a strike, and consider snake avoidance training using positive reinforcement methods. Also find out what emergency vets in your area have rattlesnake antivenin (most don't!) so you know where to go in an emergency.
This week's Day Training Extra Credit: May 7th is National Foster Care Day! Have you ever thought about serving as a foster home for a homeless pet as they find their way to the perfect forever home? Fostering is a great way to make a huge impact even if you're not in a place to adopt a pet. Commitments can be as short as a day or two, or much longer depending on your ability and the rescue's need, and supplies and vet visits are generally fully covered by the rescue. Foster homes receive training and support before and during a foster placement to ensure they have what they need to provide for their temporary guest! And who am I kidding- it's a blast! I won't tell you it's all fun and games, but it's an amazing way to save lives and meet some wonderful souls in the process. If you can't foster, consider volunteering to transport animals between placements so they can safely reach the next stop on their journey. Several Noble Beast trainers and staff are involved in foster and rescue and can help find contacts with reputable rescues if you're looking for a place to start- contact your trainer for more information!