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Bathroom Duties
Skunk Cocktail
Before Puppy Arrives

Bathroom Duties
Doggie treasures - hate the thought of searching your backyard for clean-up, then why not designate a specific spot for Dog Duties.  It's simple to accomplish with just a little time and effort on your part.

A)  Decide where you'd like Ruff to go.  Preferably away from the house in a secluded corner of your yard.
B)  The space should be approx. 5' x 8' , layer this space with approx. 2"-3" of pea gravel.   Don't use sand, as it holds odor quite badly.  Place poop bags and a small garbage can close by for immediate pick-up. Immediate pick-up keeps everything clean including paws.

C)   Take little Ruff to the "Pee Place" each and every time you take him out to do his business.  The key is to TAKE Ruff there so he learns he only goes in this area.  Either carry him or take him on a leash, but make sure he gets to the place before he goes.  He can't learn to go in any other area in the yard.

D)   As Ruff  looks like he is about to do or is doing his "Duties", this is your opportunity to put the behaviour on command.  Pick a word, preferably one you don't mind saying in public such as: Get Busy, Do Duties.  As Ruff is doing his business keep repeating your word.   When Ruff is finished reward with a treat or GOOD BOY.

E)   You MUST TAKE Ruff out until the behaviour is learned and he completely understands where his "Pee Place" is.  Don't just let him out the door or you may have a treasure or two as you step out the door.  If you are diligent and work hard it should only take about 3 weeks to accomplish the "Pee Place" and the doing of duties on command plus your  little Ruff is now housebroken as well.

No more doggie TREASURES to step in.



Before applying the Skunk Cocktail put on a pair of rubber gloves and wipe off excess skunk oils with a disposable cloth. This will help to keep the oils from penetrating further down to the skin and also keep the oils off of you.

1 Quart of 3 % Hydrogen peroxide, which is about $2 ?? at a drugstore
1/4 cup of Baking Soda
1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap (i.e. Dawn)
 which breaks up the oils in skunk spray and allows
 the other ingredients in the solution to do their stuff.

The solution should be rinsed off the pet with tap water.

Take extreme care to cover eyes and ears please.




You're about to go and get your new puppy.  Have you done your homework and are YOU prepared.  Below is a brief list of supplies you might want to have on hand and ready before you bring your puppy home.

Food, food and water bowls (2 or more of each).  Air tight food storage container.
* Crate with crate pad -- I like to use old blankets or towels at first as they're easily washed.
* Chew appropriate toys; puppy Kongs, chew bones
* Puppy collar and leash, with an identification tag (family name & phone number not the
   puppy's name)
* Small bite-sized treats for training and rewards.
* A Baby gate or two even an exercise pen for safely confining puppy.
* Small Medical kit with reference guide or book
* Puppy Training Books for reference
* Veterinary's telephone number or Emergency Care number

* Cleaners, disinfectants, odor neutralizer,  carpet cleaner, mop
* Poop bags for picking up after puppy.
* Paper towels

* Grooming equipment; such as comb or brush suited for your puppy's coat, nail clippers
   and a puppy toothbrush.
* Doggy Towels for drying puppy if he happens to get wet outdoors or needs a bath.

When traveling with your puppy either to pick him up or for your visits to the Vet, it's always  a good idea to crate your puppy in the car.  This will ensure in case of sudden stops, your puppy remains safe and doesn't become a projectile, hurting themselves or you. Make sure the crate is secured in place and will not tip.  Puppies often get carsick in the beginning so pick the most direct route to and from the places you go.  Allow for potty breaks if traveling a great distance (the number will depend on the age of your puppy).  Pick an area for potty breaks away from traffic.  Remember to have the leash securely attached to his collar when letting him out of the car. 

Travel Gear Bag
You will also want to bring along a bag of dog-related supplies with you just in case:
*  Water, water bowl, single serving of food and some tasty treats
*  Paper towels,  pooper scooper bags, waterless shampoo for emergency cleanup if puppy
    gets carsick, and an air freshener spray.  Extra trash bags.
*  Extra leash and collar.
*  Extra blanket and chew toys for crate.

NEVER leave your puppy or dog unattended in the car.  He could become overheated, chilled or very frightened.


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