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Preventing Common Puppy Behavior Problems – Key Puppy Behavior and Training Tips

By E. Corson Strand

I’d like to outline basic steps that you can start taking right now to help prevent basic, common puppy behavior problems.

It is important to understand that unusual dog behavior, unaccountable puppy behavior quite often starts in some sort of pathology.  In other words, if you notice your dog or puppy behaving in a disturbingly strange way, your pet may simply be ill and may need to be seen by a vet.  Medical and nutrition problems are found to cause a significant portion of dog and puppy behavior problems.

The common puppy behavior problems that dog owners report–perhaps you, too–include:

  • digging
  • barking
  • aggression
  • separation anxiety
  • submissive urination
  • chewing
  • housebreaking

The basic procedure for gradually correcting such behavior problems is not complex:

  • You must remember that you are leader of the pack.  Your pets see themselves as part of your pack.
  • Be sure to train your dog or puppy every day for 10 or 15 minutes.
  • Always give your dogs praise and occasional treats to reward correct behavior.
  • You must never yell or physically abuse your dog in any way.
  • If possible, enroll into a basic dog training class.

When training, always apply the following behaviors:

  • Never yell or abuse your dog (mentioned above)
  • Be persistent in training–behavior change occurs over time.
  • Be consistent in training–never vary the training routine.
  • Be gentle but unflinchingly firm.

These are your keys to solving most dog and puppy training and behavior problems.  Now, this does require patience, and persistent application, but your hard work will be rewarded by your pet’s loyalty and affection.

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Feb 28, 2009 | 1 | Puppies, Tips

Dogs Can Live a Life of Luxury

By Joseph M Sabol

We all consider our dogs part of our family and treat them accordingly…within reason. There are some dog owners however, that take spoiling their dogs to another level. Nothing is too good for their four legged “baby”. According to the American Pet Products Manufacturing Association, 27% of dog owners buy birthday presents for their dog and 55% buy their pooch holiday gifts. The pet industry is estimated to be a $43 million a year business.

Some of that money is spent on birthday parties for dogs, and people even throw “puppy showers” for new puppy owners. Traveling for pet owners no longer has to mean putting your precious pup in a boarding kennel. You can now book your dog into a pet resort. These dogs have elevated beds, televisions, swimming and organized play time. The more luxurious pet resorts will send a chauffeur driven limousine to pick up their clients and offer 24 hour room service. Some resorts provide spa treatments and have web cams in the suites, so concerned parents can keep an eye on their pup. A pet resort in Manhattan provides “yappy hour” on the roof top garden. Most of us will never experience this much pampering, much less provide it for our dogs.

There is a shop in Seattle that provides doggy gift baskets for the celebrities at the Golden Globes. The owner carries such goodies as “pawlish” for your pets nails, sparkly mascara, clothing, and even cologne. You can buy sequinned raincoats, cashmere sweaters and earrings. The most expensive dog collar in the world is made up of 52 carats of diamonds and costs $1.8 million.  Does anyone else think this is a bit nuts?

The latest country to embrace pampering their pets is China. Before the 1990′s keeping dogs was banned. Chinese are now allowed to own dogs, but there is a registration fee of hundreds of dollars. The affluent Chinese that can afford to register a dog, also have no qualms about spending a small fortune on them. I have seen on television, a British family that ate frozen dinners after preparing a full dinner, complete with expensive cuts of meat and potatoes for the 2 dogs. There is something wrong with that picture!

There is no end to the treats and services available to your furry best friend or your “baby”. While most of us spoil our pooches with the occasional ice cream or cheese doodle, or maybe his own chair to curl up on, there are people who spare no expense to make their pets feel loved. The truth is our dogs really don’t want much more than their basic needs being met and lots of love and attention. They want to be included in everything the family does. It doesn’t cost anything to take your dog for a walk and that will make him happier than any designer sweater.

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Feb 27, 2009 | 3 | Pampering

How to Handle a Havanese

By Alex De La Cruz

The Havanese is a considered to be of medium build under the toy breeds. This pooch may be tiny but it packs a lot of spirit. It just loves playing and pleasing its master. It loves being the center of attention, and being with its human owners. A very sociable pet if taught properly. Beautiful and smart as well, it’s no wonder that there was a sudden increase in its popularity once people got to know it better. Because of its size, it has been the preferred choice of many people living indoors, especially apartments. A very sweet dog indeed, it loves running around inside the house in an attempt to catch your attention.

Even as they grow old they don’t lose their playful spirit. However, there are times when this breed can get too hyperactive, which many owners find to be quite annoying. Some find it cute seeing how playful it can get, but all eventually get tired of such rowdy behavior. Therefore, training will be needed at an early age. Starting young would be your greatest advantage – you may be able to shape the exact way you want your Havanese to turn out. As it matures you can pinpoint signs of unwanted behavior and “destroy” it before it gets any worse. You can be the one to mold its personality and behavior.

To start training it’s important not to push it over its limit. Don’t hold routines for too long or it’ll lose its will to learn and do other unproductive things instead. Remember that it enjoys playing as I’ve mentioned several times in the previous paragraphs; it will rather have fun than learn. Show it who’s boss; not the other way around. You wanna appear to be its parent that knows what’s best for it. Never be too harsh on it nor should you be too lax. Ignore its bad behavior but praise it for good behavior. Give it doggy treats for obeying commands.

Keep the atmosphere fun, nobody likes a boring teacher – this dog is definitely no exception to the rule. Showing that you love it but not giving it too much of something can make it respect you more. You have to set up boundaries where both you and your pet will be comfortable. After training sessions, play with it. This will help it establish the fact that there’s something to look forward to every time the class ends, making it more willing to learn. A Havanese has the instinct of protection and loyalty. These two attributes could be used to make it a watch dog as well.

It’s small but has heart – it’s considered by many owners to be brave and territorial. Having it as watchdog can be handy. It easily grows suspicious of strangers entering the house. But before making it fill that position, training it would be again necessary. You don’t want it barking at friends and important guests. To fix that you have to condition it to stop barking with a single gesture or command of choice. Allowing it to socialize with humans and pets also does good. With proper training methods and patience anyone can create the perfect Havanese, even you.

The author of this article, Alex De La Cruz, is a Dog Expert who has been successful for many years. Because most people think that Arthritis is a humans-only disease Alex now informs dog owners with his Ebook on how to discover this disease and let their dogs live as pain-free as possible.


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Feb 26, 2009 | 0 | Dog breed information

Organize An Event for Spay Day International 2009.

Spay Day is an annual campaign of Humane Society International to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and street animals.

“Officially the last Tuesday of February, with events and activities taking place throughout the month of February. The second annual Spay Day International (and 15th annual Spay Day USA) is Feb. 24, 2009.”

Why: Millions of cats and dogs are needlessly euthanized each year.


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Feb 25, 2009 | 0 | Looking after your dog, Puppies, Stray dogs

Types of Miniature Dogs

By David Urmann

Many people find miniature dogs cute and adorable. These dogs are smaller compared to other dogs, measuring around twelve inches in height on the average. They look like puppies even if they are mature already. There are so many types of miniature dogs all over the world. Some are purebred. Others are mongrel, meaning a mix of two purebreds already.
One kind of miniature dogs is the miniature schnauzer. It belongs to the schnauzer family, but is a smaller breed. It is a combined breed of a standard schnauzer and smaller breeds of dogs. The miniature schnauzer was ranked 11th most popular breed of dogs in the United States in the year 2007.
Miniature schnauzers have squarely proportioned built. They stand at around 12 to 14 inches in height, and weighs around 11 to 15 pounds. These dogs are double coated. It has an exterior fur with an undercoat. You will find their colors to be either a combination of salt and pepper or a combination of silver and black. There are also pure black. They are called non-shedding dogs because their shedding is very minimal that they are unnoticeable.
Let’s take a look next at a miniature pinscher. It belongs to the pinscher clan. Most of them are made to hunt vermin or rats. They are labeled the Kings of the Toy Dogs because they look like toy dogs. These dogs belong to the list of the Group 2 Section 1.1 of the international kennel club. Miniature pinscher has a stouter appearance. Its coat is less refined although the earlier breeds had more refined coats. It looks like a smaller version of dobermanns.
The miniature bull terrier is also another popular small breed of dogs. It is a result of selective breeding from the bull terrier. Bull terriers have strong build. They have a full body with muscular shoulders. They have egg shaped head, triangular and closely set eyes. They have erect ears and horizontal tails.

The miniature breed of bull terriers has short, fine and glossy coats that are so close to the skin. They have many colors. The least liked color is blue or liver colored coats. These dogs are easy to take care of. They need very minimal grooming. A miniature bull terrier is often mistaken for chihuahua. To differentiate, a bull terrier’s weight is proportionate to its height. A Chihuahua is more akin to a miniature pinscher.
Another miniature breed is the miniature French bulldogs. These are strong, brave, little dogs with pug noses and square flat heads. They have rounded foreheads and bat ears. They have dark round eyes, soft skin and corkscrew tail. Mini French bulldogs are naturally playful and clownish. They are affectionate, sweet, and immensely funny. They are very sociable and like to have companion always. Thus, they are very appealing to humans, especially children. It can be trained but it will require utmost patience from the trainer.

There are a hundred more different breeds of miniature dogs. They are generally cute and cuddly, and never fail to enliven any home. The wonderful thing about these dogs is that they can be brought inside the home. With their size, they make good companions inside the house without causing much disturbance.

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Feb 24, 2009 | 2 | Dog breed information

Picking a Good Doggy Daycare For Your Pooch

By Nancy Cope

Keeping a clean facility with so many dogs is tough, but absolutely crucial. Sniff around for any funny smells and look for dirt. When you visit the outside area, check to see if feces are left outside, or if they are collected and disposed of quickly. A clean facility is essential to keeping the dogs healthy.

Is your Dog “Interviewed”?
A good facility will only accept well-socialized and behaved dogs, in order to avoid violence and fighting. The daycare staff will work with your dog to determine if he will fit into the pack easily. A good day care will also require proof of vaccinations ranging from DHLPP to rabies, and mature dogs must be spayed or neutered. These requirements are solely for your dog’s safety and indicate a responsible doggy day care.

Are the Staff Open and Knowledgeable?
The staff should answer your questions easily and knowledgeably, and if they don’t know something they should refer you to someone who does. By talking with the staff you can determine if the workers truly care for the animals, or are just working a job. These are the people who will take care of your dog every day, so it’s important to trust them. They should also have an emergency plan in case something should happen to your pet while in their care.

Don’t just pick a daycare on a whim; shop around for the right facility to find a good match for your dog. Chances are he’ll thank you for all the fun play time by being sweet and relaxed when both of you come home for the evening.

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Feb 23, 2009 | 0 | Looking after your dog

Socialization For Your Jack Russell Terrier

By Richard Cussons

A Jack Russell terrier is primarily a working terrier thus bred to be absolutely fearless, intelligent, athletic and vocal. These personality traits are useful when hunting fox and other ground-dwelling creatures such as groundhog and badger. But despite of these tough characteristics as working terriers, a Jack Russell terrier can be taken home as a new member of the family, as a friend, companion and protector of the house and its inhabitants. As long as your Jack Russell terrier is well trained and properly socialized, you will never have to encounter problems that can possibly hinder your friendship.

Socialization is an important part of Jack Russell terrier training. Socialization period should start at around three weeks of age. The main aim of this period is to develop a puppy’s behavior which is very important in social relationships. During this period, a puppy must learn about their fellow litter mates, the mother, humans, other pups, adult dogs and other animals as well. They also need to learn about cars, bicycles, trips and other things associated with humans to help them overcome their fear and stress.

Start socializing your Jack Russell terrier pup by one on one introduction to people or other pets and things. Then increase the number of people, noises and other situations gradually. Friends and their pets can come to visit when your pup has been properly vaccinated against various diseases such as distemper virus, parainfluenza and canine parvovirus. Once your puppy feels secure about meeting new people at home, start taking him out for walks and outings but try to avoid places where he is more likely to acquire diseases. Instead of peak hours, try to take him out during the quieter times of the day. A lot of people and vehicles coming to and from places, in addition to the noise of the situation can frighten your supposed to be fearless jack and cause timidity and aggression.

When your puppy gets used to situation, introduce something new – things, events, objects and experiences. Grooming is very important in keeping your pet healthy and happy. Don’t forget to introduce that to your pup as early as possible. Socialization period is also the best time to start potty training.

To aid you with puppy socialization, it is important that you know the characteristics of your breed. Probably you already knew that a Jack Russell terrier is a fearless, happy, alert, confident, intelligent and lively breed. So watch out! This breed’s gonna rock your world.

Richard Cussons is not just a writer but also a great lover of dogs. Discover more about Jack Russell Terrier breed and Jack Russell Terrier training at this site dedicated to them.

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Feb 21, 2009 | 0 | Dog breed information

An Inside Look at Training Your Dog – Using Dog Agility Training

By Cliff Stone

Tap Your Dog’s Skills With Agility Training

Training your dog for agility competitions is an excellent way to tap into her natural strengths. Use flexibility, energy, speed and instinct – things every dog already has – to help your dog build up her abilities. She’ll be using all the skills and natural abilities she’d have used in the wild to protect her den, track food, and travel across rough terrain.

Just What Is Dog Agility Training?

Dog agility training is a kind of competition using a special course. In it, dogs must use skills like running, climbing, jumping and obstacle-avoidance. This is a team effort between the owner and the dog, with the dog performing most of the hard labor. Agility training is perfect for hunting or working breed dogs. The course must be run in a set period of time, with the fastest animal winning.

Agility trials are judged by professionals, and the winners receive prices. However, this is more than just a competition or form of training – it’s also a popular and fun sport for owners and dogs alike.

How To Participate

To get involved, puppies must be nine months of age or older. Retirement usually happens when the dog is around eight years old, but health and fitness levels are the real factors that determine this.

Every dog breed is admitted, but it’s important for your dog to have the right kind of personality. Dogs that would rather relax aren’t as well suited for agility training as dogs with plenty of spare energy – this sport needs a lot of speed and vigor.

You’re also looking for dogs that are consistently obedient to basic commands and which have a lot of trust in their owners. Otherwise, dogs may be reluctant to perform some challenges, including balancing on narrow beams or running through tunnels.

Dog Agility Training Benefits

Dog agility training enhances the basic, innate abilities of an animal. Dogs in these programs become more confident and alert, while improving skills like problem solving. Owners find that their communication abilities and their bonds with their dogs are strengthened by the process.

Agility training puts some real physical demands on a dog, improving endurance, coordination and fitness levels, as well as general behavior.

How Much Training Do Agility Dogs Need?

Most dogs need six to nine months of training every day if they’re going to be ready for the harder parts of an agility competition. Dogs can be helped to prepare with games, including catch, tug of war and fetch. These games help strengthen the muscles the dog needs in agility work and communicate the idea that this is fun to do. Then, the dog can do more challenging exercises like distance and obstacle jumping, and can run through long tunnels. Over time, your dog will come to trust you intensely, and will really enjoy your training sessions.

There’s even more to training your dog for agility competitions, but these are a few basic steps to get you started. They can help you find out whether you and your dog are ready for work of this kind.

Take a little time to check out the agility competitions nearby. Watching the process and checking out the kinds of challenges will enable you to imagine how your dog would do, and will give you a first hand look at what goes on.

Remember to talk to people there. Judges, organizers and participants are all likely to be happy to answer questions.

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Feb 20, 2009 | 0 | Training

Cruising With Your Pet

Should you be lucky enough to be able to cruise the Carribean, this article may interest you!

Read article here.

Here is a snippet:

“Rover and Kitty might make great crew mates. But, it takes more than the passport you carry in order for your pet to go ashore if you’re cruising through the island nations of the Caribbean. For example, many countries require an International Health Certificate. In addition, Caribbean nations such as Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Montserrat, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the U.S. Virgin Islands are rabies-free. Therefore, these nations have in place regulations that address pets coming in from countries known to have outbreaks of rabies—such as the U.S. mainland and Canada.”


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Feb 18, 2009 | 1 | travel

Eating Chocolate Makes a Dog Sick

By Alex De La Cruz

The act of giving chocolate is one way of showing how a person values or likes another person. It tastes good, and can be quite expensive; so giving somebody a pricey brand of the edible is in some way saying that you love that person. We, as pet owners, love our dogs. Showing that we love them is important; but giving them chocolate isn’t a good way of going about it. Feeding chocolate will make your dog sick. It contains theobromine, an ingredient that research and personal experience found to be poisonous to pooches. The gravity of effect on your pet will depend on how big it is, its age, and how sensitive it is to the intoxicating additive.

There exists a ratio of the theobromine consumption as compared to the animal’s weight. The ratio goes something like “grams per kilogram of dog’s weight”. But what’s important is that you need to know that it can have bad effects on any pet that has consumed a lot of chocolate, and in some cases lead to the death of your pet. The smaller the pooch, the heavier the damage. Same goes for old doggies and ones with weak immune systems. How will you know if it has eaten chocolate? Symptoms. If somethings makes a dog sick, there will be signs that will point out whatever is making it sick.

If your pet has consumed small amounts, it will have loose bowel movements, also known as diarrhea. Minimal consumption of the toxin won’t be much to worry about. But if it has eaten a lot it could be deadly. Aside from the first symptom stated above, it is possible for it to get a sugar rush. This means it will be very active and restless. Take note if there is a change in its “excitement behavior”. Once the body detects too much of something that shouldn’t be there it will do what’s needed to force it out. Another sign would be vomiting.

This is actually a good thing, because it expels some of the poison. The color of its vomit will be different from the average puke; so check it out. Look for traces of chocolates – an obvious sign would be shreds of a chocolate wrapper. When the intoxication has reached dangerous levels, it is possible for it to have seizures. If your pet displays any or all of the symptoms stated, then it’s best to bring it to a veterinarian for immediate treatment. We all care for our beloved animals; when somethings makes your dog sick, it should be dealt with in its early stages.

Negligence isn’t rewarded by something good, but by something bad. Avoiding the situation would be the best thing to do, because there isn’t a vaccine for chocolate. Hide chocolates in areas that a dog can’t get to. Don’t give this as treat for your pooch as a show of love; think of alternatives. If you see wrappers around the house with bite marks on it, chocolate smothered on your dog’s mouth, or detect a scent of sweetness in its breath, don’t hesitate to bring it to the vet for treatment.

The author of this article, Alex De La Cruz, is a Dog Expert who has been successful for many years. Because most people think that Arthritis is a humans-only disease Alex now informs dog owners with his Ebook on how to discover this disease and let their dogs live as pain-free as possible.


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Feb 17, 2009 | 0 | Dog health