Having a RUFF time settling your dog in a pod?

Having a RUFF time settling your pooch in a pod?

Hello Petminda Community! Are you nervous about how your pooch will react to their first pod experience, have you tried but your pooch ‘lifted their leg’ at the idea? You’re not alone – While many dogs are comfortable and like the relaxing break before setting off on their next adventure, some can be a little cautious with a new space or get a bit anxious when you’re not around.  We have some great training tips to help you settle your dog in a pod.

We’ve been lucky enough to have Australia’s most loved animal behaviourist, Laura V of Dognitive Therapy  stop by and provide some tips to help the Petminda community settle their pooch in a pod.



Step 1.

Introduce your dog to the pod. Reward them immediately. Make the reward something they don’t usually get, that is particularly high value to them.

Step 2.

Open the door and offer them a reward for exploring the pod.

Step 3.

Bring their favourite treats and toys and place them inside the pod. Do not leave items in the pod that can be destroyed or choked on.

Step 4.

Leave the door open while they get familiar with the pod.

Step 5.

Speak positively and reward them verbally along with treats and lots of pats for going into the pod.

Step 6.

Use a command to associate them with entering the pod, like “Pod”, or “Inside”.

Step 7.

Start with a couple of seconds and work your way up to longer time periods, ensuring your dog is always calm and optimistic about entering the pod. Put it on cue with the high value rewards and allow your dog to enter the pod by choice. It is important not to compel or force your dog to enter and stay in the pod.

Step 8.

When you feel your pooch is feeling safe and relaxed, try closing the door and wait outside for a few seconds, working your way up to longer time frames, depending on your dogs level of comfort.

Always return to the dog BEFORE they are uncomfortable. This is key to the successful training.

We hope these steps help to ease your pooch into the pod, it can take a little practice and getting use to.  If you need any more help or assistance we are always available for a chat at 1800PMINDA or you can email us at info@petminda.com.  We are also available to come and meet you on site to assist you with the pods.


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– Laura V is an expert animal behaviourist, she’s also a published author, speaker and trainer you can check out her webpage HERE.



Happy International dog day!

Happy dogs day!

The aim of International Dog Day is to bring awareness to the condition of animals as well as to encourage adoption. And, of course, to celebrate all dogs everywhere. This day is meant to:

  • acknowledge dogs that need to be rescued
  • recognize dogs that bring us comfort, protect us, and save lives
  • discourage people from buying dogs from pet stores that support unethical backyard breeders and puppy mills
  • encourage the adoption of dogs in need from local shelters and rescue centre
  • rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse


8 ways to celebrate International Dog Day

1. Adopt a dog from your local shelter.

By far one of the biggest things you can do in support of dogs on International Dog Day is to find a dog in need and provide them with a safe, loving, forever home. They’ll be your buddy for life, and you will have helped reduce some of the suffering experienced by millions of dogs across the world. Just be sure that you’re ready to take the big step of adopting a dog. Be sure to inform yourself of all the responsibilities, and factors to consider before adopting a dog.

2. Volunteer at your local shelter.

If you cannot adopt a dog, another great way to support canines in your community is to volunteer at a local shelter. No matter where you are around the world, there are sure to be plenty of dogs in need. You can support them by signing up as a volunteer and visiting the shelter regularly. Volunteers often walk or play with dogs, clean cages, or assist with any other task the shelter might need help with.

3. Donate to animal welfare organizations.

Don’t have time to volunteer? There are other ways to help dogs in need. For example, you could donate money to a rescue or animal welfare organization. Also, shelters are often in need of blankets, dog food and toys. Often, you can drop off these items directly at the shelter anytime; we recommend calling your local rescue or animal shelter beforehand to ask what they need.  At Petminda we support the Lost dogs home who do amazing work in the Melbourne community, you can help them by donating here:  https://dogshome.com/donatenow/

4. Take your dog out.

If you already have a dog, then ask yourself: What does my dog love most? Visiting their friends at the dog park? Swimming in the lake? Maybe visiting a special cafe, where dogs can eat too? Whatever it is, treat your dog to their favorite activity on International Dog Day.

5. Get active with your dog.

Support your dogs physical health a wellbeing by engaging in some fun, moderate physical activity together. Take a long walk, run, hike, play together, go to the dog park, or go swimming with your dog. To ensure that your furry friend gets the right amount of physical activity.

6. Spoil your dog with a new toy.

Speaking of fun activities, what dog doesn’t love a shiny new toy to play with and unleash their energy on? If you need some ideas.

7. Teach your dog a new trick.

No matter how old your dog is, it’s never too late to learn something new – in fact, engaging your dog in mentally stimulating activities can help prevent dog dementia and add to a long and healthy life.

8. Hire a professional pet photographer for a fun photo shoot.

You and your dog might already have an active social life and a close connection. So why not showcase your furry friend to the world, by having professional photos made of you and your dog? Your social media followers will thank you for the cute pics!


Whatever way you choose to celebrate your dogs day we would love to see a pic showing us how you are celebrating with your pal, simply tag @Petminda in your social post.  We will choose a lucky winner to make it an extra special day for your pooch!


Want to keep your pup safe while you pop into the shops?  Check out https://petminda.com/ and let us know where you would like a pet pod.