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Tricks and Tips for Walking Multiple Dogs

I, like all people in this industry, love animals! Having 12 cats and 4 dogs of my own, I can honestly tell you trying to organize them, in the beginning, gave me a headache. But now I very much enjoy taking my dogs on walks and hikes all over and have found some helpful ways to keep everyone safe and happy during our adventures.

Now, having an organized pack is not something that comes overnight, and is something you constantly have to work on. Time, patience and consistency are key when it comes to any form of training with your dog. Here are some tips and tricks on organizing your fur babies.

Have a designated walking spot for everyone.
By that, I mean when I walk my dogs, each one has a specific spot that they walk – a “walking formation.” It ensures that leashes don’t get tangled, and there is no confusion on where to stand.

Teach helpful Commands.
On our walks, I use a handful of words to communicate to my pets what it is we are about to do. For example, if someone is walking towards us, I will say “OVER” to indicate to them that we are going to move off the sidewalk to the grass to let them pass. I then say “WAIT” so that they understand we are going to wait for the person to pass and not interact with them. It teaches them manners and boundaries with people, plus you should never assume someone wants to interact with your dog. I also use the command “WAIT” in the situation when one of them is going to the bathroom — it is because I want them to stand still at this point and not get tangled while I am trying to pick up poop. I have also taught them “RIGHT” and “LEFT” to make changing directions less confusing. And because you never know what you are going to find on walks, from other animals poop to discarded food, I have taught them “LEAVE IT” to prevent them from eating things that are potentially harmful to them. This command is also useful when we come across other animals to communicate with the dogs that we are not to interact with them.

Use a walking apparatus that work for your dog.
Finding the right combination of harness and halter has been essential in creating an organized walking atmosphere. I use a NewTrix face halter with 2 of my dogs who are easily distracted. When I have control of their face, it allows me to bring them back to the task at hand without having to use much effort. For my non-puller, I have recently switched over to a FLUID Motion Harness from JettaJacks. I use it because it allows him to walk comfortably without getting friction sores under his arms.

What to take away from all this is that it takes time and it can be frustrating, but with patience, repetition and finding what works for both you and your pack it can be a very rewarding experience. And always bring extra poop bags!

Written by: Jessica Lovell, VT

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 519-773-3911. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the online store button. We have currently lowered our delivery fee, and it's free for orders over $50.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Aylmer Veterinary Clinic