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Dog Trainer: Can I Teach My Dog Not To Jump On People?

Is this your dog when visitors come to your home? They perform the happy dance, leaping and jumping. Does this happen all the time, and do you find it escalating?  If so then read more…

How To Teach Your Dog Not To Jump On People

  1. Dog JumpingStart by teaching your dog how to greet you when you come home. Give your pup the sit and stay command. A great idea would be to place a small mat near the front door. Your dog will learn that this is the mat where they sit to greet your visitors.
  2. Once your dog is sitting and behaving politely, you can greet the dog with gentle petting, and speak in a calm voice. The idea is to teach your dog how to greet you, then teach your dog how to behave when anyone comes to the door. Training requires consistent daily practice for your dog to learn it. It will become easier as long as you consistently practice.
  3. You can practice this many times by going out and coming back inside. This will help to reinforce what you are teaching your dog. Dogs learn in short increments. Most dogs love to be trained and love the attention.
  4. If you have a dog that spends most of the day in the yard, you can still teach them to do this when they enter the house. Place the mat by the door they use to enter the home. Be sure to wait until they sit on the mat to be greeted or given the command to come in and make themselves at home.
  5. You will need to be patient and stick with the training every time the dog comes in. This training might be harder with a dog who has a lot of energy. It may feel like a lesson in patience. Be patient; good things come to those that wait.
  6. Over time your dog will learn to enter the house in a calm and civilized manner. Your dog will learn that when you come home, they are to greet you by sitting at the door patiently, and not doing the happy dance, or jumping up.
  7. Now, you can start with one to two people coming over. Have your friends give a friendly knock on the door or ring the doorbell, then get your dog to sit on the mat in a greeting position near the door. Do not open the door until your dog is calm and in the sitting position. No matter how long it takes, it more important that they do it right. Be sure to praise your dog when he or she gets it right.
  8. As your friends enter the home, the dog must remain in a calm sit position. Once the dog is calmly sitting, you may have your friend pet your dog and talk with a calm, soothing voice. Let your dog sniff your guest; then your friend can have a seat. At this point, your dog can join you in the living room with your guest. You may want to try this first with your patient, loving dog friends!

The Key Is Patience And Consistent

Whatever you do, please be patient and consistent with your dog until it becomes conditioned with them. If you would like additional help, 2 Paws Up Inc Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, and Dog Training have a dog trainer on staff who has 16 plus years of experience in dog training and behavioral dog training.

Don’t Let Your Dog Become A Statistic Be Prepared Before Your Dog Is Lost

Lost Dog Statistic

The Statistics Of Lost Pets

Did you know that a family pet is lost every 2 seconds, only 1 in 10pets are found, and 10 million plus pets are lost each year?

These statistics are sobering. It’s easy to understand why our shelters continue to be full of so many missing pets. Each day in my Facebook feed I see all the posts of lost dogs. I find this very troubling. Recently, on Nextdoor a pet was lost, and a few days later it was reported found. However, it was not a happy ending. It’s was comforting to know how loving we all are. So many people commented how sorry they were for their loss. When we lose a pet, it’s just as traumatic as losing a relative or friend, and sometimes even more so.


Lost Dog and How It Happens

How It Happens

There are a variety of ways a dog becomes lost or missing.

  • Theft of an unattended dog in your yard,  in your car, or outside of a store.
  • Loud and sudden noises can frighten dogs to run, hide, jump or dig out of a fence.
  • Getting separated from their owner or caretaker during their walk.
  • A broken or too-low a fence, an open or unattended door or unlocked gate.
  • Traveling or vacationing in an unknown area and they wander off. Dogs can cover miles in a short amount of time.
  • Intentionally displaced or released.



Lost Dog Prevention

Lost Dog Prevention

How can you keep your dog safe and protected if they get lost?

  • Crate the dog or place them in a secure room, so they won’t run out the door if you are having a party or family gatherings or during fireworks.
  • Use a properly fitted collar with current identification.
  • Microchip and keep the pets information current and updated. An idea would be to list your pet sitter or dog walker as another contact person to notify.
  • If you have a dog, who loves to dig or a great jumper of fences you might want to use a tracking device.
  • Employ a dog trainer or dog behaviorist for recall response.
  • Use DNA Genotyping: a unique “paw print” of your pet’s identity.

2 Paws Up Inc Pet SittingDog Walking, and Dog Training would be happy to talk more with you about this topic. We would also like to hear your story about your lost dog, and how you were reunited with your dog.

How to Make Sure Your Cat Knows You Love Them

Cats are silly creatures.  They’re cute and cuddly one minute and standoffish the next. However, they have their unique ways of showing they love you. Bringing you “dinner” in the form of a miscellaneous dead creature, “helping” you with chores or work or reading, following you around (occasionally trying to dart in and out of your feet as you walk just to make sure you notice), and of course the coveted kitty cuddle are all common signs.  But how do you return the affection to them? How do you show them how much you love them?  Here are some examples that can help you express your affection and possibly make your cat love you more than they already do.

  • Be the Jerry to their Tom.

Cats have an inherent instinct to hunt and combat prey. They are naturally highly skilled hunters and crave an outlet to hone their combat skills.  What better way than with you as a training partner? There are plenty of options at your disposal for “training equipment.”  Laser lights, string, toy mice, feathers and jingly toys are all adorable and inexpensive toys that you can find pretty much anywhere.  (Be warned though: Although ultimate cuteness overload is a definite effect of this form of affection, if they are ingested, strings can cause medical issues.  So use with supervision.)

Playing in this manner will keep your cat healthy and fit by giving them some much-needed exercise as well as provide you with a healthy dose of one-on-one time.  Your cat secretly loves to spend time with you, especially if it’s playtime.

  • Environmental Factor

The feline species are incredibly anal about cleanliness and grooming.  They are incessantly washing, grooming and straightening their fur.  They prefer everything to be impeccably clean.  An indoor cat relies on you, their companion, to help keep their environment smelling sweet and clean.  Keep their litter box clean daily and make sure that your house is generally free of smelly debris and your kitty will be forever grateful.

  • Healthy Snacks

Snacks are amazing, and everyone has a favorite.  Your cat is depending on you to make healthy, responsible choices for their snacks.  Human food is unhealthy for cats, and some can even make them very sick.  Try out your local pet store or online and go for lean protein based snacks.  Dry pellets should be kept to a minimum.  They’ll devour the freeze-dried pellets of lamb or chicken.  The best thing is that those high protein snacks will give them energy, help keep their muscles nice and healthy, and assist them to live a longer and healthier life. One last note: Make sure to account for the calories in the treats you give your cat.  Putting on weight is far easier than losing it, even for cats.  Just like humans, overweight cats can have a slew of health-related problems that it would be better to avoid altogether.

  • Kitty Cuddles!

Who doesn’t love to snuggle up to their fuzzy, warm feline friend? Well, they love cuddling too.  (Even if they won’t admit it to anyone.) When your cat is in the coveted “snuggle mode,” try to find the time to snuggle back.  A small bit of petting or gentle ear scratching is a sure sign of your affection for your furry friend. The best part? Cuddling with animals is one of the major ways to destress yourself.  The power of touch, especially combined with the pure affection felt from animals, is proven to assist in relieving anxiety and depression as well as anger.   Therefore, snuggles are just as important for you as they are your cat!

  • L-O-V-E. L is for the way you look at me…

Earning a cat’s love is an entirely different thing than deserving it.  Cats, although cautious, do give their love completely and without abandon.  To earn and be worthy of this precious gift, we need to make sure that we do all that we can to provide and take care of them.  A warm, comfy and safe place to sleep inside is a definite.  It doesn’t have to be fancy: a cat bed, comfy cushion or even a box is all a cat needs to slip into dreamland. This combined with a high-quality food (with little fillers or by-products), kindness and love, and frequent visits to the vet as needed are all ways to not only ensure their well-being but to show how much you love your cat.

We have a pet sitter who loves kitties and will be ready to give cuddles, and some scratching behind the ears. We provide cat sitting in Snellville, Grayson, Loganville, Lilburn, and parts of Tucker, Stone Mountain, and Lawrenceville Georgia cities.


How to Keep your Cat Fit

If your cat is an indoor cat, you might worry about whether or not they get enough exercise.  Cats, fortunately, have a much higher metabolism than humans which continues to work even as they gracefully lounge around the house.  This doesn’t take away from the fact that cats still need regular exercise to keep them healthy and fight obesity.

Unlike other common pets such as dogs, most cats can’t be harnessed to a leash and taken on lovely walks around the local park. (Larger breeds that are mixed with more wild cats such as Savannah Cats or Ashera can be leash trained if put through extensive training that starts right after infancy) It may take some forethought, but there are many different ways you can assist your cat in maintaining a healthy, active life.  Playing is a great form of exercise, and it’s fun for all involved. Let’s be real for a moment: we all love the cute cat videos of them chasing lasers.

Why should your cat exercise? Do they need it?

Activity is good for every living creature. It not only promotes a healthy body weight and combats the health issues associated with obesity, but it helps activate and sharpen the mind and build muscle strength.  Not to mention it’s fun for both you and your pets and encourages a stronger bond and more trust.   A great perk is that you don’t even have to spend money if you don’t want to when you play, and it also takes minimal effort.

Every cat is different.  Many factors go into what type of exercise is the best for your pet. Weight, interests, age, attitude, and temperament, as well as the environment of your home all, determine what activities you can do.  Cat posts and tiered cat play areas are a great addition to any home.  They take up relatively little space, and your cat can scratch, claw, jump and climb to their heart’s content all over it.  If you’re a DIY kind of person, you can even build a cat jungle gym with all sorts of levels, ropes, hiding spaces, feathers and jingly bits that will accomplish hours of entertainment and exercise for your cat even if you’re away from home.  If your cat isn’t much of a self-starter or is reluctant to be active, you’ll have to be more involved in the process.

Younger cats or kittens will be better about initiating or engaging you to play or will amuse themselves with the nearest box or object.  The younger the cat, the more likely they are to be amused easily and once started on a game, will continue to play long after you stop.  Older cats, especially ones that are overweight or have lazier tendencies are a bit trickier to engage in any activity.  Their endurance is lower than their younger counterparts, and they usually don’t have an interest in prolonged activities or playtime.  A bunch of short, playful bursts of activity is better for this type of cat, and they will get the same benefit as a younger cat with younger games.  Generally, if your cat spends at least 10 to 15 minutes a day engaged in some form of activity, then they are getting sufficient exercise.  If they play longer, then great! It can only benefit them in the long run.

Ok, exercising is important.  Is there a particular activity that is better than others?

Any activity that can stimulate a cat’s natural instincts is usually the easiest and safest bet.  Especially the hunting instincts.  Battery powered mice, feathers on strings, anything to simulate mock movements of common cat prey.  And if we can be stereotypical for a minute: what kitten doesn’t love a ball or string of yarn? A piece of thick ribbon or shoelace can be wiggled across the floor or beneath objects just out of reach to really get their energy up.  Lasers are a fun and inexpensive way to get them to give chase without the potential health hazards of strings or feathers. (if swallowed either could cause severe medical conditions) Lasers simulate the movements and look of small bugs. In the absence of a laser, a small flashlight will do the trick.  Be sure to avoid flashing the light or laser into their eyes.

Thankfully cats can make almost anything fun.  Crumpled paper is perfect for batting around, and empty boxes and bags are for exploring and crawling around.   Anything from scratch posts to stuffed mice can amuse your cat while keeping them healthy!  Which is what any loving pet owner would want for their pet. Give us a call 770-695-3096 Extension 0, and tell us how you exercise and play with your kitties.

Did you know at 2 Paws Up Inc we can provide cat sitting? 2 Paws Up Inc covers areas in Gwinnett County such as Snellville, Lilburn, Grayson, Loganville, and parts of Lawrenceville, Tucker, and Stone Mountain.

‘Contribution from freelance writer: Don’t Let Dog Skin Cancer Affect Your Dog

Many pet owners are unaware that their furry friends can get cancer too. It is the last thing pet owners are thinking of when cuddling up with their new puppy.

That’s a scary thought when you consider than one in four dogs will develop some kind of cancer with dog skin cancer right at the top of the list. Being correctly informed can increase your chances of avoiding this later on in your pet’s life.

According to pet magazine, The Bark, early diagnosis, and treatment are key for a better chance of survival and increasing quality of life.

Recognizing the signs of dog skin cancer will give you an indication of when it’s time to see a vet. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to our furry companions.

Types of dog skin cancers

The most obvious sign of skin cancer is a growth or tumor, but before you panic, only 20 to 30% of them will turn out to be malignant.

Natural Dog Health Remedies reports that it’s fairly easy to tell the difference between malignant and benign conditions.

Benign growths are usually well defined, won’t grow much, and don’t cause any pain.

The most common examples of these kinds of tumors are lipomas or fatty tumors, which don’t need to be removed unless they’re causing mobility issues. There are also papillomas, also sometimes called dog warts and melanomas. 85% of melanomas will turn out to be benign.

Benign growths can easily be tested if you’re concerned or if they change shape.

There are four common types of malignant dog skin cancers:

  • Squamous cell carcinoma commonly appears in a light skinned area with little hair, like your dog’s tummy, as sores that won’t heal.
  • Mast cell tumors look like lipomas, but they’re almost always fatal. If you notice fatty tumors around your dog’s armpit area, mammary tissue, groin, anus or genital areas, in the lips, eyelids, or body openings, it’s best to get it checked out.
  • While Hemangiosarcoma more commonly starts in the spleen, it does occasionally present as skin cancer either on or beneath the skin. Look out for soft, firm masses with ulceration or dark, raised skin lesions.
  • Fibrosarcoma mostly affects older male dogs, starting at their skull, spine, pelvis, and ribs before growing towards the skin like tentacles.

Different breeds are more susceptible to certain types of cancers. Ask your vet which types you should be checking for.

Other signs and symptoms:

Besides checking your pooch’s skin as regularly as once a month for any funny growths, there are more urgent signs your pet could be in trouble.

Veterinary oncologist Dr. Nicole Leibman says masses may become uncomfortably itchy, making excessive scratching a sign that something’s up.

As dog skin cancer progresses and spreads to other parts of the body, Natural Dog Health Remedies says you may notice enlarged lymph nodes, loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea, general weakness or tiredness and maybe even coughing.

The Bark adds bad smells, difficulty breathing, difficulty chewing and bleeding or discharge from any opening on the body to the list.

Treatment options

According to PetMD, treatment will depend on the type of dog skin cancer, the size of the tumor and where on the body it’s located.

Small tumors that have not yet spread could be treated with a light therapy called photodynamic therapy, a freezing technique called cryosurgery, or by surgically removing it.

Larger tumors are usually removed surgically along with the tissue around the tumor. In severe cases, this may mean amputation.

When tumors can’t be removed entirely, or if it would be impractical to do so, your vet may suggest chemotherapy or radiation. These two options can have good results, but the chance of recurrence is always there. Not to mention these two options can cause quite a bit of stress to your beloved sick pet. The side effects of chemo and radiation therapy can greatly decrease the quality of life, and this is something that should be taken into consideration when selecting options. Please ask your vets any questions that you may have.

Traditional dog skin cancer treatments are expensive, and while it’s always advisable to seek a veterinarian’s advice, there are alternative treatment options you could try.

Holistic treatments and traditional remedies like acupuncture, massage, hydrotherapy and magnetic field therapy are more affordable and can help fight the disease and the

Another option is to consider a diet change for your pet. While little can be done to fight aggressive cancer, a change in diet might help improve the quality and lengthen the life of your furry friend.

Processed dog food is packed with grains with very little nutritional value. Instead, your dog should be eating more meat and very little carbohydrates. The cost for a more natural diet is higher than eating processed dog food, but the value will pay back dividends in the form of health.

Lysine found in cottage and ricotta cheeses buffer the acid found in cancer cells, slowing their growth. Combining this with fish oils will help slow them from spreading.

Cancer cells thrive in acidic environments, so adding an alkaline supplement to your dog’s diet may help as well.

Protective measures 

UV exposure is the number one cause of dog skin cancer, especially for animals with light-coloured skin and fur.

The best way to protect your furry friend is to use sunscreen. Just make sure it doesn’t contain zinc oxide.

Dr. Leibman explains that accidentally ingesting zinc oxide can cause your pet severe anemia. Human sunscreens are safe to use, as long as they don’t have this as an ingredient. Choose a brand that dries fast and is water resistant. Make sure to cover your pet’s skin where their fur is thinnest.

PetMD suggests limiting the amount of time your pooch spends in the sun, especially between 10 am and 2 pm, while another veterinary oncologist Dr. Anne Hohenhaus suggests investing in sun-protective clothes and goggles.

She adds it’s important to make sure that pets have access to a shaded area when left alone and to keep an eye on broken toenails which are often associated with melanoma.

There’s been talk of the idea of tattooing or injecting ink into the noses of animals with light skin to help protect against dog skin cancer. However, there’s no evidence yet to prove it works.

The last word on dog skin cancer

Early detection is your best defense against dog skin cancer and could save your best friend’s life.

Check your buddy’s body as often as possible and don’t hesitate to book a visit with a vet if your notice any lump, bump or mark that’s out of place.

The Yunnan Baiyao store have a helpful list of resources to help you choose the best treatment for your four-legged loved one.

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What Are The Most Popular Pet Birds for Pet Owners?

Care and Love for Your Bird

Birds are becoming incredibly popular now, and there are many reasons for this from the fact that there are over 16.2 million people who currently own them. They are great pets and are a lot of company. However, they can require a lot of upkeep and can even sometimes outlive their owners. What that means is that there needs to be a lot of thought before someone buys a bird as to the needs of the pet as well as what you plan to do if you have other pets as well. These are large animals, and they require to be cared for in the same way that cats and dogs do so that means that you need to make sure that you are ready for the commitment if you are planning on becoming a bird parent.

Common Types of Pet Birds


These are very popular birds that have a lot of personalities and that are also great for families that have kids. They are easy to get along with, and they are also great companions. These birds can live around 20 years, and they also can interact with their owners. They need to have a relatively large cage, and that will ensure that they can have many options as well as know that they can have fresh food and that there is food that is there for them. The birds also need to have exposure to light, and that is to make sure that they have enough vitamin D. In addition to that, they can live alone, and they do not need friends and other birds. They just need to make sure that they have stimulation from their owners or the radio or another source. That also means that these are great pets for people who live alone and they do not have a hard time being alone.


These are also known as Budgies or Parakeets, and they are small and easy to care for. They live at a maximum of 13 years, and they need a small cage. They are fun and enjoy play and a great with children. They only need to have pellet food, water, and some fresh fruit from time to time. They love to snack, and they need to have the sun to make sure that they can produce vitamin D. They are social, and they enjoy being able to play with other birds. They live well and want to ensure that they can be social. You want to make sure that you take them out of the cage at least 1x a day and play with them. They love to be with the family as well as entertain and whisper and chirp. They are also able to speak and repeat words which are a treat for all.

African Grey Parrots

Parrots are great, and they are super smart, and that means that they need to be socialized and need to spend time with their families. It is important to make sure that they are out of their cage and that they can spend time with their family throughout the course of the day. You need to ensure that they can bond with one family member. They can live for over 40 years, and that means that they need to have a large cage as well as that they need to make sure that they have a lot of intellectual stimulation. They need to be cared for as well as they need to have access to many games and many other kinds of toys. When it comes to parrots, they do not like to share their cages, and they like to be alone in the house. That means that they need always to be treated like they are smart and they are valuable members of the family. They are great pets for those who want to spend time with them, and that means that they are great at crunching hard items like wood and also nuts. They are not a great pet for those who have small children. Parrots are a very long-term commitment, and that means that they need to be cared for as such, there is no reason that they should ever be thought of as anything less than a new member of the family.

What types of birds do you own, and tell us why in the comments below? Do you have a pet bird question? Ask, and we will do our best to find the answer.