puppy1A fundamental rule of house training a puppy successfully and quickly is that you should know at all times exactly where your puppy is – which isn’t difficult, since there are really only three places the puppy should ever be during the house-training period. First, she can be in her crate (resting after playing or waiting for you to take her out). Second, she can be outside with you relieving herself. Third, she might be eating (Halo Spot’s Stew for Puppies is tip top!) – while you watch, waiting to take her right outside when she finishes.

The best way to know the puppy’s whereabouts at all times is to plan to keep her with you. The “house rule” needs to be that when the puppy is out of her crate, she cannot be left unattended. Not even for a second.. Keep the puppy’s leash tied to your belt or loop it around your wrist. You go to the bathroom, she goes with you. You sit down to eat or read the paper, she’s right there on her leash beside your chair— and when she’s not with you, she’s in her crate.

There has to be a basic, inviolate rule about how to utilize the crate for house-training: the puppy NEVER roams free in the house. No Exceptions. None. She is in that crate unless your full attention is on her, and full attention means just that—a totally focused “quality time” of playing, grooming, feeding and/or taking her for a walk. In humans, we are critical of that kind of helicopter parenting, but with puppies it is a necessary element of succssful housetraining.

Here’s the perspective: anytime she is not under your direct control and she eliminates in the house, she has practiced (and therefore reinforced) that behavior. You have set back your house-training progress. This cannot happen if the puppy is in her crate or under close supervision. It’s cruel to a puppy to be inconsistent – you are setting her up for failure by giving her a freedom she can’t yet handle. By keeping her right at your side you remove the opportunity to pee anywhere, and you have gone a long way to developing house-training habits.

Take the pup out to her potty area frequently and give her generous praise and an especially delicious treat immediately after she has relieved herself. A puppy’s accomplishment in relieving herself outdoors should be the cause of celebration and congratulatory treats. Halo’s Liv-a-Little freeze-dried protein treats fall into the category of Super Dooper “high value” treats and should be part of your toolbox in raising the best puppy you possibly can.

Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.

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cctodayWe would like to share this letter from Bonnie about her kitty with our blog readers:

My 10.5 year old kitty also had this problem [nightly hacking episodes] since kittenhood – got her from a shelter. Tested negative for fiv, fev, etc. Initially we thought she had dust allergies so I vacuumed like crazy (she also shredded a lot), but then the lite hacking escalated over the years in …every now and then a ‘got-a-fur ball’ gagging but non- productive.

Numerous vet visits found nothing wrong, until about a month ago…bad coughing, liquid vomit. Thought she was trying to cough a hair ball as there was a wee bit of fur. The attacks escalated quickly to very frequent so took her back to the vet and this time vet did an ultrasound and found a mass on her middle intestine that was large enough to compress her lungs.

Off to a specialty hospital and they removed a cup of fluid off her lungs and began her immediately on chemotherapy..yes my fur baby has the “big c” now. The fluid removal effect was amazing, no wheezing or coughing for 4 weeks now. Easy breathing. Immediately preceding this she had been eating dry weight control [store brand]-the stuff that was recalled. Supposedly the bag we had was not on the recall list but who knows.

Her feces had become foul smelling, bouts of diarrhea etc, tried science diet dry weight control new and improved and bad reaction was very severe. Saw Ellen show about Halo and bought a couple cans of pate spot stew…so far it looks like a miracle cure …totally normal non foul smelling ” poop”.

Holding it down, not fast elimination run to litter box and she loves it. We switched her “cold turkey” out of necessity, and aside from a wtf look/smell of food for out 5 seconds, she tried it, smacked her lops, paused in thought, then gobbled it right up and begged for more!

This from a cat whose chemo is supposed to diminish appetite. Kitty is still early in her cancer treatment process but that is going” well” too, tumor has shrunk in size by half, a little less than a month since we started the chemo treatment process. I am praying all continues to go well and gives me a little more quality time with her, but I think the Halo canned cat food may be her nutritional savior.

Thank you Bonnie for sharing your story with our blog readers. Wishing you all the best with your cat and her treatments.

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miley2-lgThere’s an unusual staff member at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center at Fort Miley in San Francisco. He had virtually no job experience before he joined the team, but he’s uniquely qualified for his position.

He’s Miley the Cat and, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, he’s been roaming the halls of the center, calming, comforting and keeping the residents company since 2010.

“He calms me down,” resident Clark Wood told the Chronicle. Wood, like many other residents, enjoys Miley’s company and waits patiently for his turn to hold the cat on his lap for some furry therapy.

Click here to read the complete story

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Pomeranian 3Question: My dog is on science diet ID, I want her off! Her breath smells awful on this food! She weighs 6 lbs. And is a mini pom with a very bad tummy. She gets the poo’s very easy! She only likes can food. I would like her to eat some dry but can’t get her to. She was very abused so I want the best for her any advice? The Vet keeps pushing the ID.

Answer: Thanks for your question. If you are not thrilled with the i/d diet, my suggestion would be to speak to your vet about the characteristics of the diet he wants your dog on.

Dogs prone to digestive disturbances can often do very well on a natural diet that contains a highly digestible protein source, are low to moderate in fat content, and have added fiber (a blend of both soluble and insoluble).

Natural diets that contain no artificial preservatives or dyes can help minimize adverse reactions. A high quality probiotic is often very helpful at maintaining gastrointestinal health as well.

Hope this information helps.
Dr. Donna Spector

Answers provided to pet owners by Dr. Donna Spector should be considered information and not specific advice. Answers are to be used for general information purposes only and not as a substitute for in-person evaluation or specific professional advice from your veterinarian. Communications on this site are very limited and should never be used in possible cases of emergency.

Halo, Purely for Pets will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on any information or content contained in a blog or article post. If you have consulted your veterinarian and if you are still concerned about your pet’s condition or if your pet has chronic, complicated or undiagnosed problems, Dr. Spector can offer consultations for you and your veterinarian via

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Shelter_Me_EdieSHELTER ME: Second Chances” the 3rd episode in the series sponsored by Halo, Purely for Pets premiers on PBS.

SHELTER ME: Second Chances” is the 3rd episode hosted by Edie Falco in the inspiring series about shelter pets improving people’s lives. The 1st episode Shelter Me was hosted by actress Katherine Heigl and the 2nd episode “SHELTER ME: Let’s Go Home” was hosted by Jane Lynch; all three hosts are animal advocates.

Shelter Me is about helping others and making a difference. They focus on the success stories to bring more people into the shelters to give these incredible animals a second chance.

Here is this coming week’s airing schedule:

San Francisco: KRCB
Episode 2 – Thursday, April 17 at 8pm.

West Palm: WXEL
Saturday, April 12 at 8pm.
Wednesday, April 16 at 12pm.
Episode 1 – Wednesday, April 16 at 1pm.

Saturday, April 12 at 8pm.
Episode 2 – Saturday, April 12 at 9pm.

Chicago: WTTD
Sunday, April 13 at 3am.
Chicago: WTTD2
Friday, April 11 at 4pm.

Monday, April 14 at 1pm.

Toledo: WGTE2
Friday, April 18 at 11pm.
Episode 1 – April 11 at 11pm.
Episode 1 – April 12 at 3am.

Austin: KLRU3
Episode 2 – Tuesday, April 15 at 9pm.
Episode 2 – Wednesday, April 16 at 1am.

Salt Lake City: KUEN
Tuesday, April 15 at 9pm.
Saturday, April 19 at 1am.

Casper-Riverton: KCWC
Saturday, April 12 at 4pm.

Click here for the complete Episode Three Broadcast Schedule – 2014 Schedule

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