National Train Your Dog Month

DSC_3125-EditDid you know that January is National Train Your Dog Month?  This month we examine the benefits of training your Pet and why it’s so very important.

At Hannah, we believe that a well-trained dog is a happy and healthy dog.  That’s why we’ve made behavioral training one of the three main components of our Total Lifetime Care program.  Along with all-inclusive veterinary care and high-quality Pet food, Hannah members also receive adult and puppy classes, on-leash classes and private behavior consultations with our staff of Pet behavior experts.

So, why is training so important?

-          Well, first, there is the simple fact that it’s easier to live with a well-behaved Pet.  Ever live with a dog who digs in the yard, chews furniture and shoes, or jumps up to greet people?  Your life and that of your family will simply be easier if you invest the time and energy it takes to raise a well-behaved dog or puppy.  But remember, your dog should be allowed to be a dog!  In other words, dogs need to chew and play.  So it’s important to teach them the appropriate outlets for these activities, such as chewing on their toys only.

-          Think you’re the only one in this relationship who values the companionship between you and your dog?  Think again!  Your Pet wants and needs that bond as much as you do.  The act of training your Pet can help to build and strengthen this bond.  And a well-trained, socialized Pet will enjoy a deeper bond and more time with you and your family.

-          Safety First!  Ever encounter a dog that simply does not listen?  Imagine that dog getting loose on a busy street while the Pet parent chases and calls her.  Training is the key to avoiding the risks associated with a dog that doesn’t listen.  Well-trained Pets will come when called and more importantly, are less likely to behave in ways that can cause injury.

-          Ever notice those well-behaved dogs walking down a busy street?  They don’t jump on people walking by or bark at cars or try to break free of their leash when they see a cat.  These are dogs that have been trained to be in social environments and as a result, they are spending more time with their Pet parent and more time outdoors.  They are also, more than likely, getting more exercise which will lead to longer lives and lower stress levels than Pets that have to stay indoors or in the back yard all day due to poor training and behavior.

Your Pet deserves to live a long, happy, healthy life.  We can help!  Our team of world-class behaviorists and trainers are on-hand to provide everything from simple over-the-phone advice to one-on-one consultations to address a wealth of behavior-related problems.

To learn more about how you can enroll your Pets into Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.

It’s Dress Your Pet Day!

tumblr_inline_mqz8irS2l41qz4rgpIt seems there is a day to commemorate everything.  January alone contains Argyle Day, J.R.R. Tolkein Day, Rubber Duckie Day and of course, Fruitcake Toss Day!

But today is one commemorative day that we at Hannah always look forward to: National Dress Your Pet Day!  That’s right Pet parents, it’s time to find or create the perfect outfit for your furry family members.

Dressing your Pet is a fun and easy way to not only bond with your Pets, but also to find fun ways of keeping them warm and cozy!  Here are a few ideas and a tip or two to keep in mind when choosing the perfect outfit for your Pet:

-          Recycling that costume from Halloween or the Holidays is a great idea!  Just remember, your Pet may not be comfortable with clothing or accessories that limit range of motion or vision.  That Batman cowl looks adorable in the ad, but it may not be the best choice for your Pet, creating limited vision and possibly anxiety.

-          Keep it simple!  Sometimes the most adorable outfit is also the simplest and the most comfortable.  You may love a wool scarf and matching cap for yourself, but most Pets are already wearing a fur coat, so stick with a simple pullover.

-          It’s sweater weather!  While it hasn’t been an unusually cold winter, we are experiencing some chilly weather here in the northwest.  Why not find a nice, light sweater to keep your Pet warm?  One more layer couldn’t hurt!

-          Remember the old “reduce, reuse, recycle” campaign?  Well, it’s still a great slogan to live by and it can easily be applied to the act of dressing your pet.  Take an old t-shirt or one of the kids’ old coats.  You’d be surprised how easily these can be altered to fit your Pets!

-          Get out there and show them off!  Yeah, it’s cold out there, but your Pets still need to get out and stretch their legs and sniff some fresh air.  Slip that new sweater on them and get outdoors!

Need more ideas?  Visit Hannah’s Facebook community to swap pics, stories and crafty ideas for your Hannah Pet.  Remember, Hannah is not only a great resource for providing your Pet with all-inclusive vet care, pet food delivered directly to your door and lifetime behavioral training (all for one low monthly fee), it’s also a community of like-minded Pet parents who love their furry family members and want to share their experiences with others.

To learn more about joining the Hannah family, or to meet some of the wonderful Hannah Pets who are looking for loving forever homes, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.

Bring Your Pets in from the Cold!


As winter temperatures continue to rise and fall here in the Pacific Northwest, we at Hannah wanted to stop and remind our readers about some important measures to take to keep your Pets healthy, warm and happy.

We’ve written a few blogs highlighting the risks of hot weather, such as leaving Pets in the car or outdoors without shade or water.  But cold weather can be equally risky.  And a few simple tips can help Pet parents to prevent injury, illness and pain in their furry family members.

-          First, think about how your own body reacts to extreme cold.  If you’re someone with arthritis or a joint pain condition, you know that cold weather can increase an already painful ailment.  The same is true for your Pets.  Cold weather can make joints and muscle tissue in older Pets extremely stiff and often quite painful.  If this sounds like your Pet, try reducing outdoor activity and provide more indoor exercise where older Pets will be warmer.

-          Keep Pets indoors at night.  At Hannah, we believe that family Pets should be indoors during the day and at night.  This is particularly important during colder months when temperatures can drop so low as to cause major injury or even death.

-          Younger and more athletic Pets often enjoy a good run in the cold or snow.  This can not only be a great source of exercise and mental stimulation, but it’s also a great deal of fun!  Just remember that while you have a warm, comfortable pair of boots on your feet, your Pet is barefoot, so it’s important to check frequently for signs of injury or damage such as cracked paws or bleeding.  Or get your dog paw boots.  These are especially good for dogs like retrievers that have fur between their toes where snow and ice can accumulate and cause pain and limping on walks.

-          Play dress up!  Pets with shorter coats and thinner skins can benefit from a heavy sweater or a coat.

-          Always have a back-up plan.  No matter how many precautions we take, there is always a risk of injury with regard to our Pets.  That’s why it’s important to have a plan in place, just in case something goes wrong.  Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care Program is just such a plan.  With Hannah’s TLC, members enjoy an all-inclusive veterinary care plan (including prevention, vaccinations, parasite controls, dentals, medications, emergencies and surgeries), high-quality Pet food delivered directly to your door, and lifetime behavioral training, all for one low monthly fee!

So stay warm this winter and remember, Hannah is here to help!

To learn more about how you can enroll your Pets into Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, or to meet some of the wonderful Hannah Pets who are looking for loving forever homes, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.

Resolve to Improve Your (and Your Pet’s) Health!

Labrador and Trainer with Dog Chew Toy at ParkEach New Year allows us the opportunity to assess those areas where we can make changes and improvements in our lives.  For many, these changes often involve making a decision to implement new exercise regimens, improving diets or limit certain behaviors.

This year, consider a New Year’s Resolution that will not only improve your own health, longevity and happiness, but also that of your Pet!  Like us, our Pets require regular exercise to stay healthy, mentally stimulated and reduce stress levels.  Here are a few New Year Resolutions that will not only improve fitness levels, but will also create valuable bonding time for you and your Pet.

-          A daily run or brisk walk that pushes us physically can help increase the heart-rate, burn calories and provide the mental stimulation needed by us and our Pets.

-          Dogs are social beings and need to interact with others.  Make a resolution to bring your Pet to the dog park at least once a week.  There, they will learn valuable social skills, run and play with other dogs, and get the exercise they need.

-          Dogs are not the only ones who need physical and mental exercise.  Cats also require interaction, activity and your attention.  Remember, cats are hunters!  Games involving hunting, chasing and prowling using feathers, laser pointers, plush mice and other interactive toys can provide this kind of exercise.  Resolve to set aside 20 minutes a day to play with your cat using games to stimulate the mind and body.

-          Change it up!  Walking or running the same route day after day can begin to feel tedious.  Try finding new paths and exploring new neighborhoods.  But don’t stop there!  Make a decision to do a different activity with your Pet each week.  In the winter months, a snowy hike in the mountains can help you both clear the lungs and get the blood flowing.  As the weather gets warmer, try a swim in one of the many lakes and rivers in the area.  We are fortunate to live in a region where our options for outdoor activity are virtually limitless.  So, explore a forest trail, take a city hike, or go to the coast for a beach day!

What better time to resolve to provide the best possible care for our furry family members than the New Year?  Enrolling your Pets in Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program is the key to providing all-inclusive veterinary care (including preventative care, dental care, medications, emergencies, surgeries, etc.), high-quality Pet food delivered directly to your home and behavioral training that will benefit you and your Pet for a lifetime.

To learn more about how you can enroll your Pets into Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, or to meet some of the wonderful Hannah Pets who are looking for loving forever homes, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.

Give the Gift of Lifetime Care to a Pet in Need


Winston2JewelyWinston has a wish this holiday season: a loving family to play with, love and rely upon for years to come.


Jewely has a very special Christmas wish as well.  She’s asked Santa for a safe home and a loving Pet parent, who will care for her and provide her with a lifetime of care.


Winston, a sweet, fun and playful Yorkie puppy, is 7 months old, neutered, and would be a wonderful companion to a loving family.  While Winston loves the friends he’s made at Hannah, it’s time for him to find his forever home.  If you’ve been thinking about adding some love to your family, Winston is your guy.


A lap dog in every way, Winston is great with other dogs, cats and of course, people.  His Christmas wish is to go home with a family that will provide him with not only love and affection, but also a routine of daily exercise and play.  And like all dogs, Winston needs a Pet parent who will take the time and have the patience to train him, utilizing Hannah’s training courses and consulting with our team of behavior professional.


Now let’s talk about Jewely.  When her family’s circumstances changed, Jewely came to Hannah as a surrender.  She’s a year and a half old, spayed domestic short-hair.  You’ll always know Jewely by her tail, half of which was lost early in her life after an injury.  But it’s her personality that really sets Jewely apart.  She’s the kind of kitty who rules the roost.  While she’s adaptable to living with other Pets, her Christmas wish is to be your one and only in a single-Pet household.


When you meet these incredible Pets you’ll agree that it’s time for them to find that perfect loving, forever home.  Maybe yours!  And while the best part of living with these furry family members is the love and companionship you’ll provide to each other for years to come, you’ll also enjoy the benefits of Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program.


For a low monthly fee, Hannah members enjoy lifetime behavioral support by our team of Pet behavior professionals, as well as an all-inclusive health-care package (including spaying, neutering, vaccinations, preventative care, dentals, meds, emergency care and surgeries) and food delivered directly to your home.


To learn more about how you can enroll your Pets into Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, or to meet some of the wonderful Hannah Pets who are looking for loving forever homes, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.

Raising Your New Puppy: Common Mistakes to Avoid

Puppy jumping on the beachRaising a dog is not an easy job.  While the rewards are many, it’s also a lot of work.  It takes a great deal of energy, patience and self-control to train and care for our Pets.  This is why Hannah’s placement process involves a thorough screening and counseling process to help our members prepare for their new family member.

There are many common mistakes Pet parents make in the puppy-raising process that can seem harmless but are anything but!  Here is a list of some of the biggest no-no’s and why they can be so damaging:

-          It’s easy to over-indulge our Pets.  However, like a child, spoiling a Pet can cause unwanted behaviors.  Remember, when she whines and we reward her with a treat or food, we are teaching her that begging pays off.  This can often lead to more severe begging, jumping, pawing or counter-surfing.

-          Feeding from the table is a mistake many Pet parents make.  The problem is, feeding a Pet from the table, even once or twice, can lead to a bad habit of escalated begging while the family is eating.  If you’ve made this mistake, stop now!  Over time, she’ll learn that the table-feeding is a thing of the past.  If you’ve never fed your Pet from the table, don’t start!

-          Yelling/screaming at your Pet is never a good idea.  Our Pets are not always going to do exactly what we want them to, which can be frustrating!  However, yelling or screaming only serves to cause unhealthy emotional responses, such as anxiety and fear.  It’s best to train and distract.  Is the Pet chewing a shoe?  Replace it with a Kong.  Did she run outside and into the street?  Yelling may cause her to continue running from you.  Lure her in with a treat and a calm voice.

-          It seems counter-intuitive to tell your Pet to get down when they jump up to enthusiastically greet us when we come home.  But this is a behavior that may not be welcome by all.  Rewarding a jumping dog with affection encourages her to jump on others and can cause injury if not addressed.  When she jumps up, withhold your greeting and affection until she sits calmly.

While this is a short list, these are some of the most common mistakes Pet parents make.  If your Pet already exhibits some of these behaviors or others and you need help, Hannah is here for you!

For a low monthly fee, Hannah members enjoy lifetime behavioral support by our team of Pet behavior professionals, as well as an all-inclusive health-care package (including spaying/neutering, vaccinations, preventative care, dentals, meds, emergency care and surgeries) and food delivered directly to your home.

To learn more about how you can enroll your Pets into Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, or to meet some of the wonderful Hannah Pets who are looking for loving forever homes, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.

The Perfect Gift for the Perfect Pet

iStock_000012090078XSmallThe holidays are a time to share in a little food-eating and gift-giving among family and friends.  And this includes our furry family members!  The joy experienced by our Pets as they receive a new treat or toy is only matched or exceeded by the proud Pet parent.

The holiday experience wouldn’t be complete without the love and companionship of our Pets.  As we move closer to the big day, Hannah has put together a list of safe, fun and useful gift ideas for the Pets in your life.

-          Most dogs love plush toys!  This scene will be familiar to many: a small toy in perfect condition is shredded in a matter of minutes, turning it from a cute little stuffed bear to an unrecognizable mess of scattered cotton and rags.  In the middle of it all lies a proud, satisfied pup who is ready for a nap.  If this sounds like your dog (and you don’t mind picking up the mess), maybe a few stuffed toys are the perfect gift idea.  But watch closely; if your Pet has a habit of ingesting the material, avoid the plush toys.  Also, like all Pet toys, make sure you purchase those that are specifically made for Pets and are free of chemicals, toxins and small plastic bits that can cause injury or illness.

-          Kong toys have become essentials for most Pet parents.  They are hard, durable and can stand up to most the rough play that many Pets will put them through.  They’re also great for keeping your pet occupied.  (Injecting the Kong with peanut butter and then freezing it can keep your Pet busy for hours!)

-          Food puzzles are a great way to keep your dog entertained and occupied throughout the day. They also provide mental stimulation and keep your Pet quiet and focused while you are out of the house or working.

-          Cats and kittens require play that simulates hunting and prowling.  Interactive toys, such as laser pointers and furry mice, allow your feline family members to tap into their inner hunter.

-          Remember: exercise is essential to your Pet’s health!  Toys that will get them (and you!) outside, such as Frisbees and balls can greatly increase not only the wellness of your Pets, but also the bonds you share with them.

-          Enrolling your Pet in Hannah’s Total lifetime Care program is a gift that will keep your Pet healthy and happy all year long and for years to come.  For a low monthly fee, your Pet will receive complete, all-inclusive healthcare (including preventative care, dentals, medications, vaccinations, emergency care and surgeries), nutritious Pet food delivered right to your door and all the behavioral training you and your Pet require!

Hannah’s TLC program is an essential component in providing your Pet with all they need to live the longest, happiest life possible!  Is there a better gift idea out there than long life and happiness?

To learn more about how you can enroll your Pets into Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, or to meet some of the wonderful Hannah Pets who are looking for loving forever homes, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.

The Importance of Pet-Proofing Your Home

iStock_000000504161SmallPets are a great source of love, companionship and joy.  But they are also a lot of work and need our supervision and care.

Our homes are full of common items that we often overlook, but that can be extremely dangerous to a curious or playful Pet; items such as power cords, small toys, harmful plants and foods.  The most common, everyday items to you or me, could cause severe injury and even death to our Pets.  What follows is a brief list of preventative measures every Pet parent can take to help keep your furry family members safe and secure.

-          If your family includes cats as well as dogs, keep the litter-box in an area which is inaccessible to Fido.  Cat feces is irresistible to some dogs and if ingested can lead to parasites, illness and blockages which require surgery and will result in death if left untreated.

-          The scent of feminine hygiene products and under-garments can tempt an unsupervised Pet to chew and swallow these items, potentially causing choking or intestinal blockage.

-          Power cords can be a great temptation to playful Pets.  Keep items which are not in use unplugged, covered up and/or out of reach.

-          Household cleaners, chemicals and medications can be fatal to Pets. Remember to always keep harmful items and materials out of reach or in a latched closet or cupboard.

-          As with children, small toys can pose a choking hazard to Pets. Keep small toys and knick-knacks picked up and out of reach.

-          While most are harmless, many common houseplants such as aloe, carnations, lilies and ivy, can be toxic to dogs and cats.

-          Keep food out of reach. Some food items are dangerous to pets, such as chocolate and alcohol. But even if the food items themselves are harmless, the packaging can cause obstructions in the airway or stomach.

Thousands of Hannah members enjoy the security and peace of mind they receive from knowing that if the unexpected should happen, we are there to provide all-inclusive veterinary care, including emergencies, intensive care, surgery, hospitalization and medications, all for one low monthly fee.  A Pet who has ingested harmful material may require exploratory surgery, followed by many examinations and medications, all of which are covered at no extra charge by Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care (TLC) program.  Not only that, but Hannah also provides food delivered right to your door, as well as training and individual consultations to help prevent unwanted and potentially dangerous behavior.

Whether you have a puppy, kitten or and adult Pet, or if you’re thinking about adding a Pet to your family, it’s never too late to Pet-proof your home and ensure your furry family members are safe. Hannah is here to help!

To learn more about Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care (TLC), or to meet some of the wonderful pets looking for a new home, please visit our Placement Centers in the Clackamas Town Center and the Washington Square Mall.

Benefits of Adopting Older Pets

iStock_000005170943SmallWho doesn’t love a puppy?  They’re cute and playful, and full of love and curiosity.  But there is a price to pay for all of that cute and cuddly wonder.  Along with the joy and fun, it’s important to keep in mind that puppies are a lot of work!  To assume the responsibility of a puppy is a major commitment that should not be taken lightly.  From elimination training to vaccinations, chewing to late-night whining, raising a puppy is no small task.

For this reason and many others, families often choose an older dog who already has a bit of training and/or maturity under his belt.

Here are a few advantages of choosing an adult Pet:

-          Adult Pets are usually in need of a new home after being rescued or surrendered from a less than ideal situation.  Inviting them into your home can make an incredible difference in the lives of an amazing Pet.

-          Training is an essential part of Pet parenting.  Often an adult dog will have a foundation of training already instilled in them.  Some are even fully trained but have been surrendered due to unforeseen circumstances in the lives of the previous Pet parents.

-          Unlike a puppy, whose personality is still developing, an adult dog has many identifiable traits and characteristics, which can be useful in choosing the right Pet.

Hannah has some wonderful adult Pets who are looking for loving forever homes!  With Hannah’s innovative Pet Matching process, we can identify those Pet traits that would best suit your family and lifestyle.  Hannah performs a complete medical screening and behavior evaluation to ensure you get a healthy and trainable Pet.

But we don’t stop there.  Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program provides all of your Pet food (delivered right to your door), all-inclusive veterinary care (everything is covered, nose to tail: vaccines, parasite control, medications, dentals, surgeries, illness, emergencies, etc.) and lifetime behavioral support.

Are you looking for a new Pet to add to your family?  Visit Hannah this holiday weekend and you are sure to find one, which you and the Pet will be thankful for, for years to come!  To meet these great Pets or to learn more about Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, please visit one of our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.


iStock_000014192263XSmallThanksgiving is a day to gather loved ones together for food, family and football!  But one beloved family member may not be welcome at the table.

While we love our dogs and cherish their companionship and company, we certainly don’t want them begging at the dinner table.  It’s not an unusual habit.  In fact, for thousands, if not millions of Pet parents, begging has become a habit that is tolerated, ignored and in some cases, even unintentionally encouraged.  Here are some tips for preventing or eliminating these unwanted traits:

-          First and foremost, don’t give in to the begging.  A begging dog that is rewarded with a treat or table scraps learns that there is a value in this behavior.  By giving into the whining and begging, you are not showing your Pet affection; you are teaching him/her that unwanted behaviors can lead to welcome pay-offs!

-          Ignore it!  Begging and whining are attention-seeking behaviors.  Even if you don’t give in by feeding the Pet, providing any form of attention could encourage him/her to continue and repeat the behavior in the future.  Just remember, you feed your dog; he’s not starving!

-          The key to effective Pet training is always be consistent!  Remember, ignoring your Pet’s unwanted behavior 6 days a week doesn’t matter if you toss her a scrap on the 7th day.

-          It’s never too late!  If your Pet has never had a problem with begging, that’s probably because you’ve never encouraged or rewarded the behavior.  However, if your Pet has already developed a habit of sitting at your feet and pawing or whining at meal times, there is still hope!  Stop encouraging the behavior now.  It may take time but eventually, you will see results.

Training is not easy.  Especially if your starting late in the game with an adult dog who is already set in their ways.  But Hannah is here to help!  Our team of professional behaviorists and trainers provide classes for adults and puppies and are available for one-on-one consultations to address members’ concerns and questions.  Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program provides members with, not only lifetime behavioral support, but also Pet food deliverer right to your door and all-inclusive veterinary care!

To learn more about Hannah’s TLC program or to talk to a counselor about how to choose the right Pet for you, visit our Placement Centers at Washington Square Mall or Clackamas Town Center.