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BlogPaws Bound with Zeki the Pet Safety Cat!


When you have cool cat with an important pet safety message, you must travel. And, this week, Zeki and I are making the road trip to Las Vegas where we will speak and give pet first aid demos at the must-attend BlogPaws conference.

Now, the thought of making a five-hour drive with a cat may not sound like it would make your Top 10 list of favorite things to do, but Zeki frequently travels with me by car and by plane to assist in my pet first aid and pet behavior talks. We are very excited to attend our first BlogPaws and mingle with some of the top two- and four-leggers in the pet industry. We look forward to seeing long-time friends like Janiss Garza (of Sparkle the Designer Cat blog fame), Tina Martinez of the Morris Animal Foundation as well as finally getting to meet the multi-talented blogger Carol Bryant and business savvy Shawna Schuh, president and chief pet wrangler of Women in the Pet Industry (to which I happily belong).

As many of you know, Zeki is a former Dallas stray who survived a brutal knife skinning and now is a certified therapy cat with Pet Partners (formerly the Delta Society) and the first feline of pet first aid. Zeki is a confident cat who lives in the Me-NOW. Please check out her adventures by liking her Facebook page – Zeki the Cool Cat. She also lives for turkey treats! I have tried, without success, to convince her that there are NO turkey-payout casinos in Vegas. She has her feline sights set on winning a big turkey jackpot. I think I heard her meowing about it being like Thanksgiving every day. TDZekiH🙂

Zeki and I will have a booth with a pet first aid/Pet Life Radio show theme.  Each week, I host the Oh Behave Show on Pet Life Radio, the No. 1 pet radio network on the planet!  Look for Zeki and I to give a mini pet first aid demo to attendees at 2 p.m. Thursday (May 8) followed up by a fun dog party demo at 4:30 p.m. Yep, one of the many ‘collars’ I wear in the pet world is founder of National Dog Party Day. Dogs and their people get to revel in the moment, raise money for grrr-eat pet charities and learn some fun new canine games. This year, we are expanded NDPD and will be unleashing details on how you can host a party in your community soon. But mark the dates: National Dog Party Day will be celebrated the weekend of Sept. 13-14 – you pick the date/time that weekend that works best for you!

Our big talk comes Saturday (May 10) from 3:45-5:15 p.m. where we will give a hands-on, veterinarian-approved pet first aid class. We welcome people who want to be their pet’s best health ally and we welcome well-mannered dogs. Zeki loves teaming up with d-o-g-s in our pet first aid classes. We have fun and I will ‘reveal’ why every pet first aid kit should have an orphaned white sock, sneaker shoelaces and an Ikea plastic carryout bag!

PFA2114ZekiClassRedMuzzles2The pet first aid class is a sneak peek at the full classes we offer as part of Pet Tech, the world’s premiere leader in pet first aid training. As a master instructor, I travel all over North America (often with Zeki and sometimes, my dog, Chipper). Students earn two-year certification in pet first aid. I customize classes for professional pet groups: pet sitters, boarding kennel staff, vet techs, dog walkers and more. Find out more by sniffing around my Pet First Aid 4 U site.

Whew! It’s time to pack! Zeki and I hope to meet you in purr-son at BlogPaws!





Tips for dog lovers

tips for dog ownersTIP 1: Dogs come in all sizes, shapes and temperaments. The 150-plus breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club range in size from teacup to linebacker. Some breeds – such as corgies and collies – have been genetically engineered to herd, while others – such as beagles and bloodhounds – are geared to be supreme sniffers. Although there are plenty of exceptions within breeds, a Labrador retriever is far more likely in general to jump in a lake after a tossed tennis ball than is a Japanese chin who prefers snuggling in your lap to swimming laps.

TIP 2: Basic Training: The best way to make your dog happy and content is to give him a clear idea of your house rules. Basic obedience training is the foundation of your relationship with your dog, but there’s no need to act like Moses and bark out doggy commandments from the mountaintop. Instead, practice the three Cs: be clear, consistent and concise in your training.

TIP 3: If your dog is up to mischief, practice redirection instead of yelling at him. Call his name to focus his attention on you. Then ask him for a more appropriate behavior (“sit” or “gimme paw”) and reward his good behavior.

TIP 4: Test your dog’s IQ by playing blanket peek-a-boo. Have your dog stand. Then drape a small blanket over his head, covering his eyes. Time how long it takes him to shake off the blanket. Brainy dogs figure it out within 15 seconds.TIP 05: Reinforce commands during training sessions with tiny pieces of treats. The small size is easy to chew and swallow quickly, and little treats won’t cause major weight gains. After each gulf, your dog should be eager for another and more motivated to pay attention and respond to your next request.