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Tips on Loose Leash Training

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

People always ask us what tips we have when it comes to leash training, especially with puppies. We found this great picture with 6 tips on how to help your dog with loose leash training!

Loose Leash Dog Training


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DIY Eat-Beef Training Treats

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Are you working on training your dog? If so, these easy to make treats are the tasty encouragement that your dog needs to help aide them in training. We love using Modern Dog Magazine for delicious dog-friendly recipes! Happy Woof Wednesday!


½ pound of beef
½ pound beef liver
2 ¼ cups rolled oats
1 ¾ cups wholegrain spelt flour
3 or 4 free-range eggs


Wash the beef and the liver, pat dry with a kitchen towel, and cut into small pieces. Use a food processor to mince the meat. Add the eggs, oats, and wholegrain spelt flour and process the mixture on the highest setting for 3 minutes. Cover a deep baking tray with greaseproof paper and smear the paper with butter. Pour the mixture into the tray to the depth of a finger’s width. A little parsley sprinkled on at this stage will add to the flavour. Bake in a pre-heated 350° F/180° C oven for 20 to 30 minutes. Leave to cool and then carefully ease out of the baking tray. When completely cool, cut into little squares of about 1/2 inch. Store in the refrigerator.

 Reprinted with permission from Dog Cookies: Healthy Allergen-free Treat Recipes for Your Dog by Martina Schops (2011, Hubble & Hattie)

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Top 10 Pet Travel Tips

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

By Yahaira Cespedes

If your life includes pets, then you know that making travel plans (whether for business or pleasure) includes deciding whether to take them with you or leave them in the care of a sitter or boarding facility. Like many pet owners, you’d like to take your pet with you but don’t know to prepare for pet-friendly travel. Here is a checklist of ten tips on preparing to travel with your pet.

#10 Identification Tags

No matter how you choose travel, it is vital to outfit your pets with proper identification prior to setting out. After all, if you should become separated from your pet, their identification is the surest way they’ll find their way back to you.

#9 Permanent Identification for your Pet

In addition to fitting your pets with I.D. tags, your veterinarian may recommend fitting them with a microchip. You can also have your pet tattooed with the National Dog Registry. But, if you decide to use this method to I.D. your pet, register the number or you will not be able to find your pet.

#8 Train Them Young

Our article, Training a Puppy for Car Travel provides many useful tips on how toacclimate your new addition to car travel. Train your puppy to remain calm and focused on your commands with practice sessions in the car, and a reward system. If you have more than one dog, train them separately.

#7 Secure Your Pet for Their Safety

Now that you’ve trained your pet to behave in a car, you may think it’s okay to let them roam freely in the vehicle. Not so. Just like people, pets can become injured if the car makes a sudden movement, say to avoid an accident. For safety, it is always recommended to crate your pet.

#6 Best Travel Crate for your Pet

Fabric carriers are a good way to transport your dog or cat, but a hard plastic carrier is more versatile. If you want to travel with your pet, invest in a plastic carrier, they’re safer for different modes of travel, such as transporting your pet via air.

#5 Pets and Cars

Dogs and cats are quick and agile, and they will put all those talents (and more) to use if they feel their safety is threatened. If you leave your pet loose in a moving vehicle and they become startled, they’ll panic, and go into attack mode seeking out the safest spot.

#4 Consider Sedating your Pet

Initially, the idea of calming your frightened pet with medication prior to transporting them may seem like a bit much. But if your pet experiences extreme anxiety in an unfamiliar setting (such as an older pet) giving them a sedative could save them from trauma, not to mention a fear-induced potty accident.

#3 First Aid Pet Kit

When you prepare a pet travel kit that includes a copy of their current medical records, consider your pet may need first aid during travel. The Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) can provide information on the nearest animal hospital. Also make sure to pack a simple first aid kit, including gauze, bandages, and hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting if necessary. Always take steps to contact an animal healthcare professional first, before personally treating a pet for possible toxin exposure.

#2 Pet Food and Water

Unexpected turns and delays are a part of traveling, so when your plans include your pets, take along extra food for them. A travel delay (or getting lost en route to your destination) could result in your pet waiting an undetermined amount of time for food or clean water. Be prepared ahead of time.

#1 Be Extra Vigilant

No matter how well you think you may know your pet, you never know how they’ll react if they’re startled by a loud noise or unfamiliar stimuli. A cat left loose in a car, for example, may seek safety under your legs… while you’re driving. An irresistible urge to chase down a tantalizing smell could inspire your uncrated dog to jump out of a half-open window. Keep your pet safe and secure at all times.


All the rules of traveling with your pet focus and maximize on keeping them safe and happy. Taking extra precaution prior to leaving your home with them will keep everyone safe and sound.


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Manor Lake’s Pinterest!

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Did you know that Manor Lake has a Pinterest? Follow us for adorable puppy pictures, testimonials, products that we love, and great articles!




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Teaching Your Dog Not To Beg

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Teach Your Dog Not to Beg

Dogs are social creatures, and there’s no event more social than the family meal. But as precious as it may be that your pet wants to join in, there’s nothing fun or amusing about a dinner dominated by whining and pawing from under the table.

Why Snacking is Dangerous to Your Pet

Table begging is more than just an annoyance? It can be potentially harmful to your pet, warns Wayne Hunthausen, DVM, director of Animal Behavior Consultations in Westwood, Kansas. Dogs who are frequently fed at the table can suffer any of the following problems:

Getting Your Dog to Stop Begging

Dogs beg at the table because we let them, and it only takes one time for the habit to begin.

Unfortunately, attention-getting behaviors like begging don’t have to be indulged often to become a bad habit. The most effective way to get a dog to stop begging at the table is to completely ignore him, a task that’s often easier said than done. According to Dr. Hunthausen, this means not talking to the animal or even making eye contact. “When you scold a dog in an effort to get him to stop begging, you’re giving him social attention and a form of reinforcement,” he explains. “You can’t acknowledge the animal in any way.”

Stand Firm

Expect your dog’s begging to get worse before it gets better. If whining at 20 decibels doesn’t result in food, he’ll think he isn’t trying hard enough and turn it up to 40 decibels. As unpleasant as this may be for a few days, stand firm. Eventually, your dog will realize that his efforts no longer work.

Be Consistent

If you train consistently, you should see positive results within several weeks. Consistency is the key. Even one tiny snack from the table here and there can erase everything you’ve worked so hard to achieve, Dr. Hunthausen notes. Make sure all family members and dinner guests understand what you’re doing and why you’re doing it, so no one sneaks your dog a treat when they think you’re not looking.

Try These Tips

Here are a few more tips to stop your canine panhandler:

  • Feed him at the same time you eat. If your dog is enjoying his own food, he can’t beg for yours.
  • Give him something else to do. Try sticking some IAMS Biscuits in a few Kong toys so he’ll have something to play with while you eat.
  • Put him in another room, or if your dog has been crate-trained, place him in his crate to prevent him from scratching at the door.
  • Take your dog for a long walk just before dinnertime. “If the dog is worn out, the intensity of the begging behavior will decrease,” Dr. Hunthausen explains. “Tired dogs are good dogs.”

Sometimes you can interrupt annoying tableside behaviors by stomping your foot or striking the table. But remember, your goal is to startle your dog, not to frighten him. Dr. Hunthausen also advises to never strike your dog for begging, as this will not correct the unwanted behavior. Instead, it can result in fear and avoidance, behavioral problems or even aggression.

To Learn More About Training Your Dog

For more information on the proper feeding habits for your dog, visit our Questions and Answers Section’s,Frequently Asked Questions. You’ll find answers to many of your most common questions.


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Update On Manor Lake’s Mickey!

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Hi Kim, Melissa, and Megan,

I just wanted to say thank you so much for our beautiful new puppy , Mickey! He is doing really great and we already love him very much! The kids were so surprised last Friday. He is a doll!  THANK YOU!

Jason and Gabby


Mickey is such an adorable puppy and seems like he’s fitting right in with your wonderful, loving family and it’s great the kids love him and welcome him as well! Thank you so much for the pictures and update of him. He’s such a sweet boy!


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Finding a Great Trainer For Your Australian Labradoodle

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers is a great source for helping you find the perfect trainer. On their website, there is a search box where you enter your zip code and they give you a list of trainers in your area.

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Introducing a Dog to Other Pets

Friday, May 17th, 2013

If you’re an animal lover and are introducing your new dog to other pets, this is a great article for you! It is full of tips on making the transition into your new home and family an easy process for all parties involved.

Choose a neutral location

Introduce the dogs in a neutral location so that your resident dog is less likely to view the newcomer as a territorial intruder. Each dog should be handled by a separate person. With both dogs on leashes, begin the introductions in an area unfamiliar to each, such as a park or a neighbor’s yard.

Use positive reinforcement

From the first meeting, help both dogs experience “good things” when they’re in each other’s presence. Let them sniff each other briefly, which is normal canine greeting behavior. As they do, talk to them in a happy, friendly tone of voice; never use a threatening tone. (Don’t allow them to investigate and sniff each other for too long, however, as this may escalate to an aggressive response.)

After a short time, get the attention of both dogs and give each a treat in return for obeying a simple command, such as “sit” or “stay.” Take the dogs for a walk and let them sniff and investigate each other at intervals. Continue with the “happy talk,” food rewards, and simple commands.

Be aware of body postures

One body posture that indicates things are going well is a “play-bow.” One dog will crouch with her front legs on the ground and her hind end in the air. This is an invitation to play, and a posture that usually elicits friendly behavior from the other dog. Watch carefully for body postures that indicate an aggressive response, including hair standing up on one dog’s back, teeth-baring, deep growls, a stiff-legged gait, or a prolonged stare. If you see such postures, interrupt the interaction immediately by calmly getting each dog interested in something else.

Taking the dogs home

When the dogs seem to be tolerating each other’s presence without fearful or aggressive responses, and the investigative greeting behaviors have tapered off, you can take them home. Whether you choose to take them in the same vehicle will depend on their size, how well they ride in the car, how trouble-free the initial introduction has been, and how many dogs are involved.

Introducing puppies to adult dogs

Puppies usually pester adult dogs unmercifully. Before the age of four months, puppies may not recognize subtle body postures from adult dogs signaling that they’ve had enough. Well-socialized adult dogs with good temperaments may set limits with puppies with a warning growl or snarl. These behaviors are normal and should be allowed.

Adult dogs who aren’t well-socialized, or who have a history of fighting with other dogs, may attempt to set limits with more aggressive behaviors, such as biting, which could harm the puppy. For this reason, a puppy shouldn’t be left alone with an adult dog until you’re confident the puppy isn’t in any danger. Be sure to give the adult dog some quiet time away from the puppy, and some extra individual attention as well.

When to get help

If the introductions don’t go smoothly, contact a professional animal behaviorist immediately. Dogs can be severely injured in fights, and the longer the problem continues, the harder it can be to resolve. Punishment won’t work, and could make things worse. Fortunately, most conflicts between dogs in the same family can be resolved with professional guidance.”

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9 Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Your Dog

Monday, May 6th, 2013

If you’re looking to improve your relationships with your dog, this article from has some great tips! The 9 ways to improve your relationship with your furry friend in the article are listed below:

1. Spend time together

2. Communicate clearly

3. Put a little love in their food

4. Train your dog 

5. Be playful

6. Remain calm

7.  Learn more about canine behavior, especially body language and facial expressions that indicate stress

8.  Pay attention to your dog’s likes and dislikes

9.  Touch your dog 

For an expansion on these tips and why they are important, check out the article here! 


Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend!


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Manor Lake Dog Boutique

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Did you know that we have a dog boutique? To purchase items such as toys, treats, water dishes, etc. that we use regularly here at Manor Lake, click the link below!


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