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How To Care For Pitbull Puppies

By Sanjana Antony

Are you thinking of raising a pitbull? It is a good idea. These puppies, contrary to common misconceptions of being aggressive and violent, are very loving dogs. They love people and want to be around us, so you can definitely raise a pup to become a part of your family. Here are some guidelines.

Before you bring home a pitbull pup, inform your family members and close friends in advance. The purpose is not to warn them, but just to let them know the kind of breed and that the myth that pitbull puppies will grow as monsters, is just that, a myth. If you are in good terms with your neighbors and you know that they will not mind seeing your new pet, maybe you should inform them also ahead of time. Just make sure that the pup will not be able to trespass into their garden and cause some damage.

Make sure that there is enough space in your yard where the young pup can exercise. Your garden may be alright, but pitbull puppies, even at their early age, needs plenty of exercise. You have to take them out twice a day to walk, jog, or run on a daily basis. When the weather is bad, you may want to use treadmills, like what other people do to exercise their dogs.

Don’t let your puppy get bored. Always give them something to do or play. Because pitbull puppies love people, you can play with them with their toys, and you can walk or jog with them during their exercise. This breed is highly intelligent, but when left with nothing to do, they can become destructive. So never leave them alone for long period of time. However, if it is necessary for you to go, the dog must be in an enclosed area with no expensive furniture, no wires. Leaving a chew toy with the pup is always a good idea.

Plan to socialize your pup. Gradually introduce your pitbull to family, your friends, and other people. Take him to dog parks or any public places. You can lessen their fear when they are always around people. But don’t leave your puppy with young children who could upset or hurt them. Some children like to pull the tails of their pets, and this can make them aggressive, and hurt the child back.

Never hurt your pitbull. There are two reasons for doing this. First, you may commit animal abuse. Dogs are living creatures, so they should not be hurt. Second, they may hurt you back. As already mentioned above, pitbulls love to be with people, however, they have something in their genes that urge them to retaliate when hit. So it will be better that you treat them nicely.

These dogs are gifted with strong jaws that could kill, but given the right care and discipline, the pitbulls, while they are still puppies can make people not to mind about their locking jaws. They can grow to become friendly and loving pets of your household.

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Aug 12, 2012 | 0 | dog behavior

Some Tips To Help Train Your Dog Out Of His Separation Anxiety

By Sari Crossman

Because dogs are pack animals, they are genetically predisposed to be highly social. This is part of the reason that most dogs bond so well with their owners and want to always be at their side. Unfortunately, most owners have to leave their dogs at some time during the day either to go to work or just to the grocery store. Some dogs experience tremendous separation anxiety when their owner goes away and can show some very destructive behavior because of it.

Most people like to think that their dog just lies peacefully on the couch and waits patiently for their return whenever they go out. The fact of the matter is that most dogs will experience some degree of separation anxiety. This may be expressed in the form of repetitive barking or crying which may be disturbing for your neighbors if you live in an apartment. If your dog typically likes to chew on toys, you may return home to discover that he has chewed up your favorite pair of shoes or even part of your sofa!

This doggie behavior can cause tremendous anxiety for owners as they flounder around trying to find solutions. There are some tried and true methods to help train your dog out of his separation anxiety that will work relatively quickly if you are consistent with them.

Help your dog relax before you get ready to leave the house

One of the best ways to ensure that your dog will remain calm when you leave the house is to tire him out. If he is tired enough when you leave, chances are he will just lie down on his bed and go to sleep. A vigorous walk or an extended game of “fetch” in the park will give him some exercise and tire him out. Exercising your dog will allow him to burn off some energy that might otherwise be channeled into chewing up the cushions on your couch.

Try to get home at lunchtime to exercise your dog

If it’s at all possible, try to steal a little bit of time on your lunch break to go home and be with your dog. You can get him out for a quick walk and spend some quality time with him. This will help teach him that even though you do go away, you always come back. If you aren’t able to get back home at lunchtime, consider hiring a dog walker to come in and get your dog out so he will have a break and have a chance to relieve himself. There are often neighborhood looking for odd jobs and this kind of job is perfect for them.

Buy some toys for your dog that will challenge him

Many dogs act out because they are extremely bored when their owners aren’t around, not just because of separation anxiety. Be sure to always leave your dog’s favorite toy for him to play with while you are gone. There are also many other kinds of toys that will challenge his mind such as food balls which are stuffed with food. The dog has to roll the ball which will then release one piece of food at a time. A kong toy which can be stuffed with peanut butter and bacon bits is also a great diversionary toy for a dog. They will spend hours licking the toy to get at the peanut butter stuffed inside.

Another companion dog might or might not help

Many dog owners rashly think that getting another dog that will keep their dog company is the best solution. Sometimes this will work, sometimes, it will simply add to the problem and make it worse. There are a number of issues you must consider before introducing another dog to your home such as your dog’s breed, size and temperament. Your veterinarian might be able to advise you about whether or not he or she thinks your dog will be able to adapt to a new dog in the house. You want to avoid a situation in which your first dog is fighting with a new dog and you have to re-home to new dog after just a short period of time.

Some tips to get your dog ready for your departure

To desensitize your dog to your departure and his separation anxiety, practice leaving your dog for short periods of time. Go out the door and go several feet away from the house or apartment door. Wait to see if he starts barking. If he does not, re-enter the house or apartment. Do not greet your dog when you go in. Act as if everything is completely but give him a dog treat and praise him for being quiet. Try to vary your routine prior to leaving so that you do not give unconscious signals to your dog which will tell him that you are getting ready to go. Do not make a big fuss over the fact that you will be leaving. Just say, “stay here and be good!” and go out the door.

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May 02, 2012 | 0 | dog behavior, Training, Understanding Your Dog

Why Does Conditioning Work for Some Dogs and Not Others?

By Dale McCluskey

If you reinforce behavior that you want than it will likely happen again. This is one of the mission statements that aligns with learning theory / conditioning and the treat trainers. I go further and ask the questions What is motivating and influencing the dog’s mind? What type of influence is happening between the dog and owner? When behavior issues and problems fail to go away what is really happening? Of course my entire system of training is built from the ground up based on answering these questions. It is also based on the fact that the type of connection happening between dogs and owners is much deeper and more profound than many suspect, understand or realize. When you start to pin these ideas down and perform the litmus test they break down and fail at certain points with a certain percentage of dogs and owners.

While counter conditioning may establish a different dot to how the dog perceives the mail man it may not fix the overall relationship with your dog. If the roles fail to change it is like plugging the hole in the front of your sinking boat with one finger while two more holes are leaking in the back. I clearly show that there is a minimum 30 – 40 percent failure rate happening within many of these weak and permissive systems that elevate and promote these ideas. This begs the question as to what is the real standard and what qualifies as success? I clearly show that it often is not going through the motions of obedience class. Many dogs will move around for motivating agents and established associations while remaining firmly locked within the leader role. Many dog trainers are unable to qualify the type of influence taking hold within their learning models. Not to brag but I am probably one of first trainers who can break this mess apart and show the break down points via the shared connection and interplay of the psychology. And make no mistake, it is a mess.

When assessing the success rate of any system of training you must look at the psychology and connection being promoted. Certain ideas represent the type of risk factor that is present. When you are looking for an example of what is happening within the dog training world you need to look no further than parenting. The permissive dynamic is the real problem in society when it comes to the psychology and connection involved. If you are seeking a path of training which is going to conform to how you want to think, even while you are sinking, there are lots out there.

This system of training goes beyond the surface to create meaningful and lasting results for dogs and owners.

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Apr 24, 2012 | 0 | dog behavior, Training

Boredom: Why It’s Bad For Your Dog

By Simon Tong

Let’s start with a plausible scenario. You live alone and have no one else except for your dog that you got from a pet store a few years ago. Frankly speaking, you’d prefer this arrangement over anything else. Sure, your dog has had a few problems here and there, but so far you’ve always found time to get it sorted out.

Recently, however, you’ve been so busy that you haven’t had the time to bring him out for walks, so he stays at home all day while you go to work. But you do find some time in the weekends to get the house cleaned up a bit. But those assignments have been killing you lately, so it’s been a while since you’ve been out of the house and doing things that you like. But now there’s another kind of trouble in your hands.

You’ve noticed that he’s starting to lick and bite himself obsessively. He’d just sit in a corner and just run his tongue over his paws, again and again and again. He could do this all day if you let him, but you don’t. It’s just not natural. He keeps biting at his tail too, and scratches his ears constantly. There was also an occasion where you saw him run towards you for a hug after getting back from work, but he was so itchy that he couldn’t help but attempt to scratch himself at the same time. Your dog eventually settled with a half-hearted scratch, while limping towards you with three legs.

Upon further inspection, you confirm the dreadful fact that he’s suffering from some sort of skin problem and you start to feel a sinking feeling inside. But wait, wasn’t he cooped up at home all this time? How on earth did he get what he’s got now? Does that mean your house has fleas or something?

Well, not necessarily. It’s possible your house is completely free of such things. You’ve also been feeding him well – after reading up on dog guidebooks, you devised a pretty good diet for him and he’s been eating healthily ever since. It can’t be a lack of baths either, because you hate being around things that stink and therefore made it a point to give him at least two a week. What could be the problem then?

You might want to sit down; it’s a pretty weird answer.

He’s bored.

That’s right; he got so bored from being all alone that he somehow developed rashes in his (abundantly) spare time. But that’s generalizing the problem quite a lot. Instead, let’s take a look at why I came into this conclusion.

We both know that dogs are social creatures. We also know that dogs just don’t like to be left alone. I live in a two storey apartment and my dog is only allowed to roam around in the first floor. Whenever the last person goes up the stairs, he’d just sit at the bottom and whine. “Come back,” he seemed to say, “I don’t want to be left alone!”

So in the example described above, your dog would most likely be pining for you to come back home every time you step out of the door. He’d be staring at it, using all his mental strength to summon you back as soon as possible. He gets more depressed the later you return, sometimes even waiting ‘till midnight before he hears the familiar jingling of the keys approaching the door.

He also has nothing to do in the day. Maybe he’ll occupy himself with his favourite chew toy for a while, and then try to amuse himself by pulling out the carpet and gnawing on any shoe that’s within his reach. There’s an added bonus of having you interact with him as a consequence too, even though it’s not the kind he prefers. Eventually he gets bored of that too, and starts examining himself and licking his paws. It’s fun to clean up, he would think, and carries on with it, afterwards progressing to his tail. Then he starts biting at mildly itchy spots, and scratching his ear.

That’s how it starts. Because of extreme boredom.

Now, of course it’s not your fault you can’t spend time with him. You’ve been bogged down with work recently. The thing is, though, that it’s obviously affecting him now, so you’ll need to figure out how to fix it.

This will need to be solved in two phases, the first being the healing of the wounds. Take him to the vet to have a check up, just in case there isn’t anything else hurting your dog. The vet will then give you some medicine to either ingest or apply to the wound. If you want to do this without seeing a vet, though, what I would suggest is to get an antibacterial soap specially designed for dogs and wash the wound with it. After that, use a healing gel or cream and apply it to the wound. Finally, cover up the wound with a sock or a discarded shirtsleeve and tape it up. He wouldn’t be able to get to the wound and start licking again.

Once the healing has started to progress, focus on the next stage: Stopping the behavioural causes. You now know that he gets like this because he’s lonely, so try not to get him lonely! A really basic thing to do is to give him attention when you get back home, no matter the hour. I’m sure he’ll be really pleased to see you and play a little fetch after a long day of non-interaction. If he’s not up for that, at least give him a little pat and have a little chat with him. It would definitely make a major difference.

Buying toys for your dog may also be a good idea, especially those of the interactive kind. A dog treat ball is a great way for your dog to pass the time, which will come in very handy during the long hours alone at home. Basically, you place a small treat inside the ball, and you leave it to your dog to figure out how to get at the treat. He’ll have tons of fun puzzling about with the treat ball and would be too occupied to lick himself obsessively as a result.

Another similar toy is the Kong toy. These things can bounce when they’re thrown and can be chewed on as they’re made of rubber, and they also have a conical shape that can be used to stuff tasty treats like peanut butter in it for your dog to enjoy. I can definitely see this cheering up a really bored dog and keeping him busy for hours on end. What’s more, if you get back and find that the treat is all cleaned out, give it a wash and voila, you’ve got yourself something for your dog to play fetch with!

Toys can give him some satisfaction and keep his mind off the licking and gnawing for a while, but he still needs a bit of interaction with you at the end of every day to fulfil his social needs. Any less and he’ll go back to his destructive routine again. If you foresee yourself not being able to interact with him regularly for a few days, consider placing him a day-care centre especially for dogs. Granted, the prices are nothing to sniff at, and your dog’s potential roommate may not be as friendly as you’d like. Still, you’ll know he’s in (relatively) safe hands and will be well taken care of. In the end, you will have to compare the pros and cons and decide for yourself.

The last thing I can suggest is just to hire a dog walker. Essentially, you’ll pay a person that will bring your dogs out for a walk every day. This will give him the exercise he needs and will tire him out enough to help him relax, thus decreasing the likelihood of him licking his paws just to have something to do. This is obviously a less expensive alternative to putting him in day-care, but again, you will need to determine which choice will be the right fit for you and your dog.

Whatever the solution, just remember that the root causes of your dog’s licking is boredom, anxiety and stress. If you can eliminate these things in your dog’s life, he’ll soon stop trying to ‘over-groom’ himself, and will be a happier dog as a result!

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Jan 05, 2012 | 0 | dog behavior, Looking after your dog

Overcome Dog Separation Anxiety


Dog Separation Anxiety and Possible Causes

Dog separation anxiety is an affliction brought on by the angst of being left alone. Like wolves, dogs are pack animals and naturally do not like to be separated. Canines associate their human family as members of the pack. A dog with separation anxiety will become exceedingly hyperactive and quite upset. This will manifest in desperate attempts to reunite with other pack members and finally on some level, devastation of the home.

To begin the cure, good training and socialization must be achieved. If not properly socialized, a dog will assume the position of pack leader. They will be upset with you for leaving, because this action was not on their authority. They will extend this behavior to times of play and in demands for attention. Of course, it is endearing when a dog wants to initiate play. This is fine as long as they understand that the human family ranks higher in the pack. Also, whatever their place in the hierarchy of the family (perhaps surpassing a cat), a well-trained dog will be happy, accepting and confident with their rank. Uncertainty breeds destruction and fear.

Their distress, however, may be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. In this case, medication for such problems as depression, anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can be prescribed by a veterinarian. These medications will ease their levels of anxiety, and your pet will be able to cope. Your animal will not be permanently drowsy and some training techniques need to be applied as well. Genetically, certain breeds are predisposed to separation anxiety. These include German Shepherds and the Border collie. Both of these herding breeds are highly intelligent and quite aware of their environment.

Assess The Symptoms of Dog Separation Anxiety

Initially, a dog owner must diagnose the situation of chaos. Did the dog destroy the house because of boredom or teething? Are they suffering from a severe psychological disorder? Are they physically ill and trying to get your attention? Were they fearful of a disturbance to their environment such as a loud passing thunderstorm? Remember, dog separation anxiety is no one’s fault including your pet. You must help your loyal pet overcome their fears. Aside from damage to the home, the poor dog may hurt themselves in the process.

Some basic analysis follows. In many cases of separation anxiety, a dog will be with you constantly. They will be unnerved when you leave the room even just to go outside for a few moments alone. A dog will cry and whine when they sense you are leaving. Often they will try to beat you out of the house. A dog will win this foot race. After the melee of leaving, the dog will scratch at the door or window if within reach. Upon your return home, they are beside themselves with hyperactive glee. With separation anxiety, your pet may drool incessantly. They may go to the bathroom all over the house. These symptoms can be very stressful to the family as well.

Tips To Overcome Dog Separation Anxiety

There are options to try before seeking professional advice. Since dogs are quite habitual, try varying the doors and duration of time in which you leave and come home. Practice this. Limit the level of excitement upon exit and entry, so the dog will not feed on the energy. Make sure your dog has had a nice meal and walk before leaving for many hours. Always make sure your dog is not dehydrated. Like humans, water balances melatonin and serotonin levels in the brain which help in sleep and well-being respectively. Have some toys for your dog to occupy their time. Most likely, they will nap after being well fed, hydrated and tired from their exercise. Dog separation anxiety will be eased.

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Oct 25, 2011 | 0 | dog behavior, Understanding Your Dog

Solving Dog Aggression in Two Different Dogs

By Steven Havers

Two different dogs both with dog aggression issues yet both have the same root cause and both required a different approach to resolve these issues.

The two dogs I have worked with today are a two year old female German shepherd and a nine month old male Doberman and I will start with the German shepherd.

She has been coming to my classes for eight weeks to address her dog aggression issues and has made some progress as her owners have learned how to interact with her properly but there is still the issue with other dogs that bothered me so, with a few well times questions I discovered part of the reason. They have another dog who they do not bring to classes so, upon my request they brought their other dog so I could observe the interaction between them and uncover the reason she felt she had to be aggressive to other dogs.

The other dog is a male mix breed of about 10 years old and since the female German shepherd arrived, she has picked on him and been allowed to. If she wants to off load frustration, she takes it out on him without interruption from the owners because they thought it was OK for one dog to be in charge. The problem with this is a simple one. If a dog is in charge and behaves how she thinks she should without reference to the owners, then the owners are not even involved in the decision making process and therefore largely redundant.

Because she was allowed to use the male as she wished, she took that belief out into the world and applied it to every dog she saw. Hardly a surprise when you consider this was all she knew about interacting with other dogs. How often does it cross your mind that your other dog or dogs have a major role to play in the behaviour you are experiencing?

Many dog trainers do not even consider the role other dogs play in establishing behavioural patterns when they are trying to train the dog in front of them.

No surprise then when the first course of action is to stop her fighting with the male at home and to then reward both dogs when they are calm so this will teach them both to deliver calm and relaxed behaviour as this gets rewarded. When out on the walk, the German shepherd will not be off the lead as this gives her too much initial freedom. As she looks at other dogs and begins to focus intently, the owner will now interrupt the focus and then reward the break in focus as this action will prevent the build up of tension which leads to the explosive action they are used to.

With consistent interruption preventing the build up of the tension and stress, with the consistent rewarding of breaking focus and relaxing, she will actually begin to associate the sight of other dogs with her own calm and relaxed behaviour.

The young Doberman was behaving very differently and basing his behaviour on a bad experience with another dog when he was a puppy and his behaviour was extreme barking, lunging, snapping, eyes bulging and massive tension. For a behaviour to be this extreme in a young dog is unusual and requires careful interaction as a dog in this state will bite and will bite anything that adds to the fear and stress.

At my request, his owner has put a greyhound collar on him. This is a very wide leather collar that covers most of his next so when he lunges, he is not going to hurt his neck whilst we sort out this behaviour. He gives warning that he is going to lunge and even at this stage he is rigid with tension, then he growls and then he lunges and gives a full on performance.

Even when applying interruption prior to the look and growl, he is too tense and focused to break his intensity so there are a couple of options open to us. The first is proximity, the further you are away from the other dog, the calmer he will be and the easier he is to change. As you progress with this and you are rewarding him for being calm, then the proximity can be increased and you can teach him to cope in that way.

However, he will still explode, even at a distance. This fear of attack is a very well entrenched behaviour and when a dog is so convinced he knows what will happen, it is difficult to persuade him to change. It is, however, still possible to do it and the answer lies in movement and noise. Even intense focus can be interrupted if you employ movement and noise but this approach is not without danger as you are moving a frightened barking dog and if not done properly, you will get bitten.

The interruption involves moving the dogs collar with the lead up the dogs neck to the base of the head as this gives you real control of the position of the dogs head so you can break his focus. However if you bring the focus onto you and you don’t have the lead in the correct position, the dog will lunge at you and this is what he did to me. Fortunately, I had the lead under control so as he came away, I brought a loud hiss into the equation so the dog had a physical and aural interruption and this has a massive effect on his state of mind. Repetition rapidly reduces the fear and stress as it gives the dog a direct consequence to the barking and lunging which renders that behaviour now futile.

It is, as always, the consistent repetition which completely changes the behaviour and both of these dogs’ owners now have the understanding and handling to resolve their dogs aggression issues. We will work on these owners until they have these issues resolved and their dogs are happy and relaxed around other dogs.

This article was written by Steven Havers, a full time Dog Behaviourist who specialises in training dogs not accepted by mainstream training clubs, centres or trainers. You can visit his website at for more articles and training information.

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Aug 31, 2011 | 0 | dog behavior, Tips, Training, Understanding Your Dog

Love Can Work Wonders

By Zora Kolke

It had been about four months since I had to say good-bye to my last dog, Yofi, He had had a stroke. Now, I had finally healed from my grief enough so that I could entertain the thought of getting another dog. I began to check shelter web sites because I wanted a rescue dog. It took a while until I saw this sweet and funny looking dog. What made him look funny was his tongue hanging way, way out. It looked as though it were a mile long. He was in the Mendocino shelter in Ukiah, way up north. I decided that Harvey, his name at the time, and I had to meet. I called the shelter and made an appointment to come up and see him.

Dafka’s (I changed his name almost immediately) story was extraordinarily sad. He had been found by the side of the road in November. No one knew how long he had been there and it had been a cold and rainy month. Additionally, it appeared that he had been poisoned. The shelter folk didn’t think that he was going to make it. With the tender, loving care that he received there, here he was, the following February, ready for a forever family–sort of. He cowered when I very slowly approached him and his tail was between his legs. Still, eventually, he did let me pet him.

We decided that we were meant for each other even though he reluctantly entered the car. He threw up while we were driving and I didn’t think much about it. I had traveled with four kids so I just stopped and cleaned it and him up and we continued on to San Francisco. When we got home, he very cautiously got out of the car and looked all around before going up the steps to the front door. His tail was between his legs the whole time and his body would shake off and on.

As a therapist/counselor, one of my specialties is treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I know the symptoms quite well. They can be internal, which another person wouldn’t know unless told, like nightmares and/or flashbacks; or they can be external which anyone could see, such as an exaggerated startle response, cowering, and/or fear. I have treated, and still do, veterans and civilians suffering from the aftermath of trauma.

I still didn’t think about Dafka’s having PTSD even though he shook, trembled; his tail was between his legs especially when we were outside; he had a very exaggerated startle response. It took a while for me to realize that Dafka was exhibiting symptoms of PTSD. Fortunately, I have a wonderful, kind and gentle dog trainer. Brian took Dafka home and trained him. Brian had previously trained me with my other dogs, Mummzer and Yofi. When Brian brought Dafka home,his tail was still between his legs and he had stopped shaking. He still trembled in his sleep and not nearly as frequently as he had done previously.

With love, gentleness and acceptance, Dafka has made a remarkable recovery. He now has many, many human friends. People stop and ask if they can pet him and he loves it. Now, when we’re out walking, his tail is waving in the wind. He no longer cowers. He is so happy. He still has the startle response, and it’s not nearly what it was. I’m not saying that love and caring by themselves can cure PTSD and it is an important element.

Post traumatic stress is very disabling and no one has to suffer alone. If you or someone you know is suffering from post-traumatic stress, I urge you to get help. It is available. There are many types of treatment that can help relieve some of the symptoms. If you have any questions, comments or feedback, I am available to talk with you and hope that you will contact me.


Zora L. Kolkey, MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist)
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Aug 22, 2011 | 0 | dog behavior, Tips, Training

How To Be Your Dog’s Leader

By Raquel Cervera

We have talked before about the importance of learning your dog’s psychology to be able to train him properly. Imagining the solutions just won’t do the trick.

Today we will show you what teaching your pet who the leader is. You have probably seen Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer, talk about you being the leader of the pack all the time. Well, that is exactly what I am talking about.

When you lead your dog you are communicating your leadership and at the same time, you are teaching him/her good manners. Keep in mind that the animal learns better when reinforced than when punished, and that is something very frequently forgotten when trying to train the animal.

Not all dogs respond the same way to all positive reinforcements, but one that hardly ever fails is food. Try to keep some sort of treat around at the beginning. This will be substituted later with praise and caresses and it will mean the same to your pet. Love is always the best reward!

There is also a very important point one must never forget. Dog owners also have to learn to be the leader of the pack. That does not necessarily come naturally to us, even though we think the opposite.

Forcing is not leading! Transmitting your knowledge of what you are doing to your dog in a calm way has always the best results. We are not trying to impose, but to teach.

Whatever you want to teach your dog has to be based on his/her respect for you and his/her desire to follow your lead.

If you are willing to take the necessary time to train your dog at the beginning, because you certainly want to have a well behaved pet, you must never forget that persistence is of the utmost importance. It is easy to get tired and to feel sometimes like you want “to throw in the towel”, but that way, do remember that you will always lose the fight!

If you have children, you probably know what I mean. Not even us humans learn anything the first time we try it. We have to repeat and repeat until it is embedded in our brain, so consider this every time you are faced with the need to give your dog the next lesson.

You will lead by example, so you have to learn to be a good leader first!

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Jul 01, 2011 | 0 | dog behavior, Understanding Your Dog

Multiple Dogs: Four Things to Consider Before Adding a Second Dog to Your Family

By Kathy H Porter

It wasn’t until I volunteered with a dog rescue organization that I began to understand the dynamics that affect families who live with two or more dogs. After 7 years of placing ex-racing greyhounds into pet homes, I’d learned quite a lot about mult-dog households. I’d like to shorten your learning curve about this topic by giving you four tips to consider before you decide to bring a second or third dog into your home.

Know your pack. If you are a one dog family, consider bringing in a dog of the opposite sex and one that is less dominate than the dog you now have. As an example, when my family decided to add a third dog to our household, we decided that dog number three would have to be female because our male Great Dane was the more dominate of the two dogs we had. He would tolerate another female dog but would have no patience for a male.

That said, one of my good friends lives quite happily with three female whippets. Does this mean that my initial advice isn’t sound? Not at all. The key component is knowing your pack. My whippet friend knows her dogs. Each time she added a whippet, she carefully considered the temperaments of her dogs. Having three female dogs works for her. Make sure that you are discerning enough to know what will work for you.

Be financially responsible. Make a list of all of the expenses you had for dog number one over the past 12 months. Food, vet bills, obedience class, boarding costs, unexpected vet bills, collars, leashes, bedding, toys and anything else that you spent money on. Now multiply all of those expenses by two. Can you afford this? And, be sure you’re in compliance with the number of dogs your city/town legally allows you to own.

Fence Your Yard. Although I have known families who were able to have one dog without any kind of fencing, not having a fenced yard with two or more dogs just isn’t practical. Nor is it safe. Hands down, this will be your best purchase.

Timing. Take the time to evaluate what’s going on in your family and ask yourself if now is a good time to add another dog. If you’re getting ready to move, or have just changed jobs, perhaps it’s best to wait until things settle down.

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Jun 25, 2011 | 0 | Choosing your dog, dog behavior, Understanding Your Dog

One Dog, Two Dog, Three Dog, More

By Nick Carreno

 have just recently added a new dog to my household. That has taken the dog count up from two to three. I have always known that dogs have their own rules when it comes to ranking among the pack as well as a whole separate set of rules for socializing among themselves and with other dogs outside the pack. Now that I have introduced a new dog to the pack it has been fascinating to watch how they each play their role.

There has been some tension between the new dog and the lab over who is going to be the number two dog in the pack. I let them go at first, seeing if things would work themselves out. What I found was not only tension but a separation was beginning to happen. I was unsure what to do at first, then i remembered what an old friend and dog enthusiast had once told me. He said when you get a new dog, be sure to include them in all activities that involve the dogs and be sure to herd them once a day. What he meant by herd them was to force them together. I began doing this when I came home. I would call the dogs and force them to sit in the same spot, all of them together. It was tough at first because of the rivalry going on, but after a few days they actually began to come together with no problems at all. Now they all sleep together and whatever tensions there may be now, they are not to the exclusion of any dog.

It took me a while to get accustomed to the differences that come with having three dogs as opposed to two, and let me assure you there are differences. Now that I have been able to witness the amazing interaction that takes place, I have been able to come up with different ways of managing the three dogs. It’s not as difficult as I thought it would be in all actuality the alpha, Frankie does most of the work. If things even hint at becoming a problem I am there to nip it in the bud.

I have noticed as the days and weeks go by the dogs have become more accustomed to the change. It has helped in ways I did not expect. I have a very anxious lab, now that there are two other dogs that are more mellow, they don’t allow the lab to be anxious. She still is, but as time moves forward she is becoming less so. I believe that is the pack doing its thing to help one of its own. It has been a wonderful thing to witness.

So if any of you out there are thinking of breaking the two dog barrier, let me give you some assurance. Things will be different, but in the most unexpected ways. If it is something you have the time and room for I would highly recommend it. There are a lot of dogs that need someone to keep them healthy and happy. Maybe that someone is you.

Nick Carreno

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Jun 09, 2011 | 0 | dog behavior, Rescue Dogs, Tips