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Potty Training? No Problem!

More awesome good-to-know stuff from Dr. Karen Becker: “10 Steps to a Housetrained Dog.”  Click here to see the informative slideshow that every new dog owner should see!

Here’s an intro to the article/slideshow:

  1. Never leave an un-housetrained dog unattended.  Not even for a minute.  If you aren’t actively engaged with your dog, having her in the same room doesn’t count.
    A crate is a wonderful house training aid and provides a safe, warm “bedroom” for your den dwelling pet.
    If you don’t want to use a crate, you should tether your pet to you so no matter where you go, he’s right there with you. Put a clip on your dog’s leash, put the leash on your dog, and clip it to your clothing or belt. The leash should be no longer than 4 feet.
    This won’t be a practical solution for many people, thus the advantage of crate training.

  2. Why a crate is a good idea for you and your dog.  A crate allows you to work with your pup’s natural desire to be a den dweller. Dogs in the wild seek out small, dark, safe spots to inhabit. And dogs are programmed by nature not to soil their dens.
    In the wild, nursing wolves and coyotes teach their pups to relieve themselves outside their dens. This keeps predators from investigating inside their little homes, and keeps messes outside the sleeping area.
    And that is exactly why crates are so useful for un-housebroken dogs. A dog with her own made-to-order den will not want to soil it, so by purchasing a crate for her, you work in harmony with your pup’s natural instinct to keep her little space clean.
    As long as your dog is getting consistent and frequent trips outside to relieve herself, nature will prompt her not to soil her den space in between potty trips.

  3. Overcoming hate for the crate.  A dog who has experienced a crate as a form of punishment or has been locked up for inappropriately long periods must be gently and patiently reconditioned to view his crate as a good thing.
    See Part 2 video on How to Housebreak Your Dog Without Losing Your Sanity (below!) for step-by-step tips on how to help your pet learn to love his crate. (Curious for Part 1? Click here!)

  4. through 10…click here to see the remainder!



Thanks for the great welcome, Pewaukee!

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of preparation and hard work to get the Pewaukee store’s door open.  Meeting our new customers and seeing familiar faces walking in makes it all worth while!

Thanks to all of you for wonderful support.  We truly do have the greatest customers—now in two towns!


This Week’s Adoptable Pet

The lucky family that adopts this pet featured here on our blog will receive a coupon from Lakeland good for a “congratulations” gift bag from End of the Leash!

To learn more about how to adopt through Lakeland, please visit their adoption page.  You may also give them a call at 262.723.1000.

Helen from Lakeland is featured here today.

My name is Helen. Please go slow with me for I can’t see very well and get scared of loud noises and fast movements. I arrived at the shelter in January of 2011. I went into a staff foster home for observation and they learned I was mostly blind. I can get along with other animals as long as they give me space, but it would be nice if I were the only pet. Even though it’s difficult for me to see, I have no problem finding my food and litter box. I am all four declawed, which is not necessarily a good thing me being found wandering about outside and all. I do prefer a canned food only diet, but will eat dry food if necessary. A quiet home is best for me; I would be a delightful companion if we could only take time to get to know each other’s habits!


Claudeen McAuliffe at EOTL-Mukwonago on Thursday, July 19th

Dr. Claudeen McAuliffe from HAWS will be in Mukwonago every third Thursday of the month to answer your questions on behavioral issues and offer techniques and supplement suggestions that may help. Her next visit is Thursday, July 19th with special hours from 3-5pm.

Starting in August, she will also be at the Pewaukee store every fourth Thursday of the month from 4:30-6:30pm.

Claudeen E. McAuliffe is a teacher, lecturer and author. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is a Level 2 Tellington TTouch practitionerTM.

She owns and operates Kindness Canine Behavior Consultants in Oconomowoc, WI, a consulting practice providing holistic behavior counseling for dogs and their people, along with educational programs in behavior, nutrition and Tellington TTouchTM.


Chiropractic Adjustments & Holistic Consultations
for your pet at End of the Leash

Thursday, July 19th, Dr. Deanna Witte with Witte’s Natural Veterinary Care will be at the Mukwonago store to do consultations and/or spinal manipulations for your pet.

You can also make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Witte to discuss holistic options for your pet (nutrition, supplements, essential oils etc…).

About Witte’s Veterinary Care:

Veterinary service providing traditional and alternative treatment options for your pets. Services include spinal manipulative therapy, wellness exams with individualized vaccination schedules, medical treatment, aromatherapy/therapeutic oils, western herbs, nutrition counseling, and whole food supplementation.

Appointments are for 20 minutes and include a consultation and adjustment. Call the store to reserve your spot: 262-363-3338.



We still have a few Back to Basics coupons left!  Grab ‘em while supplies last!

To learn more about what makes Back to Basics so special, visit their company website at backtobasicspetfood.com.


Have a lovely week!

Your Friends at End of the Leash

Please remember that us folks at End of the Leash are not veterinarians, and no information on our website is intended to replace the indispensable and professional advice of your veterinarian.

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