Tips from the Pros To Keep Your Pup Happy This Winter

The snow is officially back on the ground in Alexandria. The fluffy, winter wonderland is beautiful, but the chilly temperatures can be a little ruff for our furry friends. Entertaining cooped-up canines can be a full-time job for pet owners. That’s why we went to the experts at Wholistic Hound Academy, Alexandria’s premier dog training and learning center, to see how we can conquer this stir-crazy season and keep our pups pleased.



Mental Stimulation

A dog’s mind is a terrible thing to waste. Wholistic Hound Academy’s Founder and CEO Sandy Modell tells us that just 10 minutes of mental stimulation for pups is equivalent to a half hour of exercise. This is a game-changer! What are some of the best brain games? Sandy says anything from puzzle games, impulse control tactics (like tug), and teaching new tricks work wonders. This is great news since our dogs love playing with us, and engaging in interactive play is one of the easiest ways to keep them mentally stimulated.



Interactive Treat Toys

Step aside, standard squeaky toys. Interactive treat toys are multi-functional. They are treat dispensers, bouncy balls, and chew toys, all in one! Interactive toys require your dog to complete a task to receive dispensed food. Sandy says they can assist with behavior modification and keep puppies well behaved in your home. You can pick one up for your pup today at The Dog Park!



Enroll in a Class

Sometimes we just need to get out of the house and so do our pets! Wholistic Hound Academy has courses for every dog, no matter what age or skill level. Sandy continues her mission of empowering dog owners by teaching them how to communicate with their dogs, how to reinforce the behaviors that they want, and how to respond to both their dog’s good and the bad behaviors. Her goal is to teach people how to train their dogs to make incredibly brilliant choices, so that they can both live better, happier, and easier lives together.



Want to learn more about Wholistic Hound Academy?
Head to their website for more information!


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Born, raised, and bred in Alexandria, VA, Britt Patterson is a true product of the great state of Virginia. Britt attended Waynewood Elementary (Class of ’96), Carl Sandburg Middle School (Class of ’98) , and West Potomac High School (Class of ’02), she then went on to attend Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) where she majored in Business Marketing and Minored in Real Estate. Britt “officially” joined the family business as a licensed Realtor in 2008 after two years of working the political fundraising field and prides herself on her Alexandria real estate knowledge, alongside her integrity, loyalty, and professionalism as an agent and Vice President for the family business.

The Patterson Group is one of the most experienced and trusted real estate teams in the area, serving Alexandria, VA for over thirty years. We offer professional, hardworking, detailed and friendly service and a large network of contacts and resources accrued over our many years in Alexandria real estate. Comprised of seven Alexandria locals, six of whom are licensed realtors and three of whom are accredited staging professionals, The Patterson Group is passionate and knowledgeable about Alexandria, VA and here for all of your Northern VA real estate needs. Allow us to help you find your home here and discover all that the Alexandria lifestyle has to offer.

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