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Gentle Pet Solutions Is your dog afraid of strangers? Does he pull on the leash? Gentle Pet Solutions can help with those issues and many more!

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At Gentle.Pet Solutions, no dog is ever left behind! If we run errands and your dog likes car rides, we all go!!!.(All d...
03/06/2022

At Gentle.Pet Solutions, no dog is ever left behind! If we run errands and your dog likes car rides, we all go!!!.(All dogs are always leashed inside the car and windows rolled up with a/c or heat on. These photos were taken while parked.)

A busy week with dogs for Gentle Pet Solutions!
02/22/2022

A busy week with dogs for Gentle Pet Solutions!

02/18/2022

Recently we had a case where a 3 year old had cortisol poisoning and unfortunately had to be Euthanized. I do not recommend that often, but in this case, it was best for the dog. Cortisol poisoning is when the pregnant dog is so terrified that she is flooded with cortisol and it can affect the fetuses. Usually puppies are fearful, but in some cases they can be aggressive.

A few words of advice to those who have a dog is becoming more aggressive as they get older.

Always rule out any pain. Always. Do everything to make sure pain isn't causing sudden aggression. For example In Doxies it's often their spine: check from their neck/shoulders down to their tails. Check their knee caps. Doxies can get sliding patella (kneecaps.)

Do not ever give a dog who has aggressive tendencies Prozac or any other medication(herbal or prescription) because it lowers their inhibitions and makes them more likely to bite. Check with your vet.

Always check their environment: what changed? Get down and actually look at the environment from the dogs perspective. One time I had a case where a new neighbor put a flag up, and it was flapping and startling the dog, who could see it through the window but the client couldn't because of the view.

Always consult your vet. Anxiety and cortisol poisoning are not the same even though cortisol poisoning starts with anxiety. MOST cases of cortisol poisoning are fearful, not aggressive.

And last, please be careful who you hire for help. Many trainers are just not qualified to deal with anxiety and inadvertently, you could make things worse. Do your homework, research, and ask for recommendations from people you know. For example, I only take clients through word of mouth. You want a trainer who has a good reputation, not just social media reviews.

Here's a little guy I'm evaluating for Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas. He's an adorable 1year old who has some behavi...
01/08/2022

Here's a little guy I'm evaluating for Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas. He's an adorable 1year old who has some behavior issues that need to be worked out. He is an absolute sweetheart.

01/01/2022

Positive Reimforcement: when you hear fireworks, give your dogs treats!!

Don't push your dog to like all dogs, after all we humans don't all like each other!
09/20/2021

Don't push your dog to like all dogs, after all we humans don't all like each other!

Doxie Pride!  Odin is here!
08/25/2021

Doxie Pride! Odin is here!

08/16/2021

Oliver playing with Willie....remember Oliver is still looking for his perfect home!!!

Willie (www.ddrtx.org)  and Rio
08/13/2021

Willie (www.ddrtx.org) and Rio

07/31/2021

Pebbles really enjoys the squeaky ball!

Willie and Opus enjoying the mellow afternoon.
07/27/2021

Willie and Opus enjoying the mellow afternoon.

Look at this cutie who is staying with us this week. Pebbles is around 11 yo yet acts like a puppy.  She is a ball hog a...
07/25/2021

Look at this cutie who is staying with us this week. Pebbles is around 11 yo yet acts like a puppy. She is a ball hog and has been having fun finding all the zillions of balls that are hiding all over our yard.

When Willie came here, he disliked crates. Consistent feeding & treats in crate is helping. He can tolerate the door clo...
07/23/2021

When Willie came here, he disliked crates. Consistent feeding & treats in crate is helping. He can tolerate the door closed while he eats, but so far that is his limit. Baby steps for success!!.

After years of Rio bouncing uncontrollably off the walls and being almost panicky for no reason, she's finally comfortab...
07/20/2021

After years of Rio bouncing uncontrollably off the walls and being almost panicky for no reason, she's finally comfortable in her own skin. Yes, she has matured a bit, but we recently put her on Prozac and she is much a happier dog. She still has the Aussie hyper personality that her breed is known for, but now she can enjoy herself. Don't be afraid to talk to your vet about pharmaceutical help!

Opus, Roxie's brother, is staying with us for about a week. Isn't he handsome?
07/20/2021

Opus, Roxie's brother, is staying with us for about a week. Isn't he handsome?

Pics of Willie, the adorable dog I'm working with for a rescue group. He is an 18 month ball of energy with absolutely n...
07/11/2021

Pics of Willie, the adorable dog I'm working with for a rescue group. He is an 18 month ball of energy with absolutely no manners. He is smart and it won't be long till he is ready for adoption.

We took Willie for his first car ride and he was fantastic! He even fell asleep at one point. He needs to learn to wait ...
07/07/2021

We took Willie for his first car ride and he was fantastic! He even fell asleep at one point. He needs to learn to wait until we allow him to get out instead of bouncing all over the place when we open the car door but that's an easy fix.

07/01/2021
A beautiful dog we are working with who wasn't ever taught bite inhibition so we are working him. Day 1 with bite gloves...
06/25/2021

A beautiful dog we are working with who wasn't ever taught bite inhibition so we are working him. Day 1 with bite gloves just in case, by Day 2 we didn't need them. He has no aggression tendencies at all. He just needs to be taught not to get so wound up.

We are slowly starting to take clients. This week we have 5 dogs staying with us.
04/28/2021

We are slowly starting to take clients. This week we have 5 dogs staying with us.

Opus & Roxie watching for squirrels.....
04/23/2021

Opus & Roxie watching for squirrels.....

04/23/2021

This is an example of a 'meet & greeting' with two dogs who do not know each other, Opus & Mog. When doing a M&G always have leashes on any dog you may think might be reactive, and hold on to the dogs leash who you know will be reactive.
*this was a very fast M&G but I wanted to use this an an example to show that even balanced and well behaved dogs need to be introduced to each other properly.

Rio and Elwood are so happy to have visitors again! It was a long boring Summer. We are taking boarders, but only one fa...
12/01/2020

Rio and Elwood are so happy to have visitors again! It was a long boring Summer. We are taking boarders, but only one family at a time, so book early!!

Woogie and Specks came to stay with us last week. Check out these absolutely adorable t-shirts their mom Amy Boothe made...
10/01/2020

Woogie and Specks came to stay with us last week. Check out these absolutely adorable t-shirts their mom Amy Boothe made for them!! I have the best clients!

As with most charities,  Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas has been hit hard with lack of funds and donations thru this ...
09/10/2020

As with most charities, Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas has been hit hard with lack of funds and donations thru this pandemic. I rarely, if ever, use my FB platform to ask for any donations of any kind, but unusual times calls for unusual actions. Even $5 will help tremendously during Big Give. Please donate. Thank you.

Does your dog need a safe place to get a nail trim? Go to Paw Basics! With masks required, social distancing strictly en...
08/16/2020

Does your dog need a safe place to get a nail trim? Go to Paw Basics! With masks required, social distancing strictly enforced and the deep cleaning done regularly, it is a safe place for humans. As for nail trims, if your dog is afraid of nail trims, this is the place to go. Fast, efficient and they understand fear dogs.
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***nail trims are free, but please tip! 100% of the tips go to the technician.***

We have a full house this weekend! *Until the CoronaVirus is under control, we are not taking any new clients and curren...
06/12/2020

We have a full house this weekend!
*Until the CoronaVirus is under control, we are not taking any new clients and current clients bookings are reviewed on an individual case. But we are honoring bookings made pre- Shelter-at-Home. So this weekend we have a houseful of dogs!

Dog Educated
05/05/2020

Dog Educated

Our wonderful Allison McConnell created this helpful info-graph to ensure dogs are at ease during these strange times. Tip: make the treat novel and reserve it for this special exercise. Goat cheese is a great option for many dogs!

04/17/2020

Don't forget to get all your animal needs Paw Basics! They have dog & cat food at many price points and options! Please don't get your food at the grocery store.

Paw Basics
03/14/2020

Paw Basics

Need your order delivered? Call us by Tuesday 6pm and we will delivery it on Wednesday! Call store for more details! 210-479-1545

02/28/2020
Dunbar Academy

Getting a new Puppy? Ian Dunbar has 2 excellent (and free!) ebooks available for downloading. No gimmicks! Ian is a retired dog trainer who has not given up his dream of every dog parent being successful and raising happy, well trained dogs.

The nucleus of PUPPO (a Program to Unleash Prospective Puppy Owners) comprises the two free downloadable eBooks and six free Behavior & Training courses — one for dog owners and a separate course for each of the five major dog professions (breeders, veterinarians, pet store retailers, trainers and shelters). These courses are presently in Beta format, i.e., text only. I would be grateful for any feedback.
The free courses comprise my suggestions for how a prospective puppy buyer can evaluate a breeder’s in-kennel behavior program and assess the puppy’s behavioral development and they offer suggestions for how each dog profession can proactively educate new and especially PROSPECTIVE puppy owners. Breeders, veterinarians and pet store retailers all see puppies when they are eight-weeks of age, when both the puppies and their owners are impressionable and eager to learn. Trainers are tech-savvy and shelters and rescues have massive mailing lists.
I’ve always thought that most dog problems arise from new puppy owners not knowing What to Expect, or What to Do. We know all the problems and we know all the solutions — successful puppy raising is hardly rocket-science but it does require a plan and a schedule and a bunch of common sense and new puppy owners need to know all this beforehand. All dog professions need to proactively educate all dog owners and especially, all new puppy owners, so that the word eventually spreads to prospective puppy owners.
Please download these two free eBooks — BEFORE You Get Your Puppy and AFTER You Get Your Puppy — from the Free Course Collection at DunbarAcademy.com and email them (or share the download link) to all the dog professionals in your community, imploring them to share the eBooks with their clients, and imploring their clients to share the books with all of their doggy friends.

02/21/2020

Oliver enjoying wheeling around Acres North Animal Hospital last week.

Oliver has completely moved in and adjusted to his new home with no issues. We have discovered that he hates to be alone...
02/20/2020

Oliver has completely moved in and adjusted to his new home with no issues. We have discovered that he hates to be alone so we try to accommodate him as much as possible so he doesn't go into full *Separation Anxiety. Here he is with me while I take a shower. The tile is too cold, so of course he gets a nice cozy blanket.

*if your dog doesn't like to be left alone but does not injury himself, or attack other dogs or destroy items, then it is not Separation Anxiety (SA.) Please watch for upcoming posts about SA (ways to prevent and what to do if your dogs has severe SA) from Gentle Pet Solutions.

01/25/2020

An update: My pet sitting calendar is now full until the end of April. If you are planning a summer vacation it is important get your dates in ASAP. Thank you.

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Rio playing ball, by herself.
Bruce, Rio, Molly RenéeHellberg and Roxie are 'famous!!' ;-)
We love our Outback! We fit a lot of dogs in it!
Paloma loves her Bruce.