This is Pudge. Isn’t he cute? Pudge is our 2 year old Basset Hound, and don’t let his cuteness fool you. He can be a handful sometimes. Have you ever heard of the “Basset 500”? It’s a thing. You should google it. The videos are hilarious. Anyway, what is my secret to a calm dog? I am going to tell you what we do at our house.
There really isn’t a single secret, but there are a few things I do that help Pudge be the best dog citizen he can be.
Training – Since Pudge was a puppy we have crate trained him. This gives him a “safe place”. He knows where he sleeps, he is more comfortable when we leave him, and helped us house train him faster.
Fight Boredom – Boredom is one of those dangerous things, no matter if it is humans or dogs. If they are bored they are more likely to find trouble. We have always made sure that Pudge has a chew toy, and that he gets outside to run the Basset 500 everyday. A tired dog is a good dog.
Adaptil® – There are sometimes that, even though Pudge has been trained and has his energy out, he is still wound up. Pudge has the hardest times when we have company, or if he knows we are getting ready to leave for the day. He starts whimpering and demanding more attention. He can’t sit still and that is usually when he gets into mischief. That is when I pull out the Adaptil®.
Adaptil® replicates the pheromone that is naturally produced by mother dogs after giving birth. This “Dog Appeasing Pheromone,” a familiar scent, helps dogs and puppies feel calm and secure. In fact, Adaptil® is recommended at the earliest puppy-stages to help ease the transition into a new home and assist with training. Adaptil® comes in several forms that offer both long and short-term help: Adaptil®: Diffuser, Collar, Spray and Wipes.
It is truly amazing how fast Pudge can go from panicked to relaxed after I put on his bandana with a couple of sprays of Adaptil®. It really does keep him #FearFree. You can Check them out on Facebook. Find out more about Adaptil.