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The Basic Goals of Dog Leash Training

By Philip Ferris

Leash training is the foundation for everything you can accomplish with a dog. While there are definitely a few who can achieve mastery over their dogs without a leash, for most of us leash training is the only way of starting out.
Even if your dog behaves perfectly off-leash, this is not allowed in many jurisdictions, so good leash manners are an absolute must.

The first task in dog leash training is to get the dog to walk beside you with a slack leash, his head even with your knee. Having the dog in this position accomplishes several things. First, it keeps the dog out from under your feet if you have to turn suddenly. Second, the dog is visible in you peripheral vision so you don’t have to constantly search for him. This allows the human to take care of human business while the dog takes care of the dog business.
You’d think this would be easy to accomplish, but in fact, it needs to be constantly fine-tuned and returned to constantly. When you actually perfect the heel, the rewards are great.

One sign of success is that sometimes you forget the dog is there. Maybe you have a friend with you and the two of you are discussing baseball or stock options and you suddenly realize that you’ve lost track of what the dog is up to. Why? Because the dog was just there, moving in synch with you so you could concentrate on other things.

Another reason the dog should never be in front is because of respect. In the dog’s world, whoever is leading the walk is the alpha. When he doesn’t pull or try to get in front anymore it means that he has acknowledged you as the pack leader.

Once the heel is well in hand, work on getting the dog to sit whenever you stop. Sitting means that the dog is paying attention and has acknowledged the stop. That leaves you free to deal with anything in the environment you have to pay attention to, whether you are waiting to cross a street, stopping to chat with a friend or even just looking in a window. All those activities are much harder when your dog is yanking you around.

There is a third component that needs to be added before you can say that your dog is anywhere near leash trained, and that is the stay. It is vitally important that you be able to leave your dog behind when necessary and be confident that he will be there when you return. Being able to leave your dog tied without whining or fussing is the first step in this process. Most dogs are able to accomplish this fairly easily. Perfecting the stay when the dog is loose is another matter entirely, especially when he is subject to distractions. All you can do is begin with what he is able to deliver, even if its only thirty seconds to begin with, then extend that time further and further. This teaches the dog patience, and it is very to achieve that before attempting any more complicated tasks.

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Nov 30, 2009 | 0 | Uncategorized

Discover How Socializing Dogs Can Lead to Your Dog Being Happier

By Waye Hagerty

This article covers the topic how socializing dogs can lead to dog happiness. You will discover the importance and safety for you, your pet as well as people you come in contact with. When your pet or any puppy dog, has proper social skills he or she has a fun and happy attitude all times and in all places. Now on the other hand, a dog with poor social skills can become a threat to other animals, children and other pet owners.

When is the best time to begin the Socialization Training of a dog?

The answer to this questions is simple, as young as possible.

The great thing about training a puppy socialization at a young age is that they will retain these teachings into adult hood. Puppies are habit machines and creating a positive habit early will prove to be a dream for you.

If a dog is properly trained in socialization, he or she will not be afraid around other dogs, will not feel threatened and will handle any interaction with other animals in a calm way. Every new encounter will be one a pure bliss for your dog, like a child meeting new friends for the first time. A dog that is lacking the social skills, will not be as confident and calm with new encounters and these dogs have the ability to lash out and bite. They do not realize how to react in these situations because they never had proper introduction to this life skill.

I think it is a good idea to begin training a puppy around 11 to 12 weeks old. Help your dog refine his or her social skills with continuous training long after the young stages.

Now, I do not want to give the impression that older dogs can not be taught socialization skills because they indeed can. It is just bit more difficult to teach older dog this because they tend to be stuck in there old ways.

Make each of the socialization events as pleasant and not a threat for the puppy as possible. A unpleasant experience may turn into one that the puppy will not easily forget. This could turn into some little phobia that may last a long time so make sure you work on making this training process enjoyable by taking your time and not rushing the puppy.

Here is a quick check list of training options for socializing dogs.

Number 1- Inviting your friends over to meet the new puppy. It is important to included as many different people as possible in the puppies circle of acquaintances, including men, women, children, adults, as well as people of many diverse ethnic backgrounds and ages.

Number 2 – Consider introducing your dog to other healthy dogs as this will create the social interaction that your dog needs. Make certain that when you introduce your dog that the other dog has received all necessary vaccinations needed.

Number 3 – Taking your dog to several different public places, like stores, parks, etc. is also a great idea to create that comfort level need to have the confidence for socializing.Get the puppy used to a variety of objects by rearranging familiar ones. Simply placing a chair upside down, or placing a table on its side, creates an object that your puppy will perceive as totally new.

Number 4 – Getting your dog used to things like grooming will create comfort for him or her with vet visits and things much like this.

Number 5 – This may sound silly but, introduce your dog to every day things around the house provides that comfort which then leads to calmness in social situations.

Now there are some things that you do not want to do when teaching your puppy proper socialization skills.

Number 1 – It is not a good idea to have your puppy in areas with strange animals around. Something like a attack will only create a bigger fear in socializing dogs.

Number 2 – It is not a good idea to provide rewards or affection to fear reactions as this will provide unwanted results in socializing him or her.

Number 3 – Try not to do too much too soon. Young puppies have short attention spans, and continuing lessons beyond this point will prove to be not productive in the training process.

Remember that there is a small window of opportunity to start the socializing dogs and training. Your young puppy is a clean canvas, and you want to make certain that you provide that canvas with a beautiful work of art from the start. Patience is truly the key to teaching your furry family member and having the results you want.

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Nov 29, 2009 | 0 | dog behavior

Golden Retriever Grooming – Caring For Their Lovely Coats

By K Rymer

Even though Golden Retrievers have lovely medium-long coats, they do not really need much grooming. With Golden Retriever Grooming there is one thing you should know and that is compared to other breeds of dogs this breed does not need to be bathed that frequently. Of course, it is another thing if your dog is always moving in dirty places all the time (which I highly doubt). There is one thing you should know about goldens and it is that these dogs are known for shredding and as such, I would advise you to brush your pet on a regular basis.

The coats of Golden Retrievers are soft and shiny. Some dogs have reddish blond coats while others hand white blond coats. When you brush the coat on a regular basis, the coat will have a natural sheen all the time and this will also be helpful in stimulating the blood flow to the skin. The number of times you brush your pet will depend on your preference. Some people brush their pet everyday while there are also other people who brush their pet only once a week. To keep the coat of your pet clean and shiny all the time, I would recommend you to dry bathe your pet on a frequent basis.

You can give your Golden a normal bath when it has made itself dirty with mud. Generally, a normal bathe should be given to your pet once in every three months. If you bathe them on a regular basis then the coat of your dog will lose the essential oils and this will result in dry skin. You can consider blow-drying the coat of the Golden Retriever from time to time to make the coat look straight and silky. There isn’t much you will have to do to groom your pet dog apart from dry bathing and brushing. Of course, you will have to take your pet for a hair cut every once a while in order to maintain the first-class shape of their coat. It has been found that the hair on the ears of the dog can grow very fast so you will have to take make sure that you trim the hair from time to time.

The fluffy fur behind the legs of the Golden Retriever will also have to be trimmed on a regular basis. The texture of the hair in this area is different and if it is very long then your pet will catch brambles and debris. This will make your pet dog uncomfortable and it may also lead to skin irritation. The tail fur of this breed also has the tendency to grow very fast and it can also catch leaves, dirt and other debris. So you will also have to make sure that you trim and brush the fur in this region on a regular basis.

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All the best

K Rymer
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I am a Golden Retriever enthusiast who over the years has gained vast amounts of knowledge about Golden Retrievers. Therefore wish to share what I know about caring for this fantastic breed of dog.

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Nov 27, 2009 | 0 | Dog breed information

Electronic Indoor Dog Fence Options

By Jennifer Lynn Hanson

Having an inside dog is terrific for both the dog and you because it allows the dog to truly be one of the family. However, allowing your dog to live inside the house is not without its challenges. Many dog owners have turned to an indoor dog fence to help protect certain areas of the house or items in it. There are several indoor dog fence options and the most popular ones are detailed below.

1) Electronic or wireless indoor dog fence. Also called wireless radio containment systems, these fencing systems work very similarly to the way the outdoor versions work. You place a transmitter somewhere in the house and it relays a radio signal to a receiver or several receivers. These receivers can be placed strategically through the home, wherever you want to keep your dog away from. They emit a separate radio signal that is read by the collar that your dog wears if he gets too close to the area. If the collar gets close enough to read the signal, a small shock occurs to teach the dog to stay away from that spot.

2) Mist sprayers. These devices work off of motion detection and if the motion sensor is triggered, a spray of mist sprays out. The mist is usually a type of citronella or scented liquid that is very unpleasant to a dog’s sensitive nose. They learn quickly to stay away.

3) Scat Mats. These electric mats are placed on furniture or counters to teach the dog not to jump up and sit or lay there. When the dog does it, the pressure and weight of the dog’s body triggers a small electric shock from the mat. The shock is not strong enough to hurt your pet, just strong enough to make it unpleasant to stay where it is.

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Nov 26, 2009 | 0 | Tips

Quick and Easy Dog Nail Trimming

By Patton Andres

Some dog owners do not dare try clipping their dog’s nails for fear of hurting their companion. While there are certain precautions you must take, nail clipping can be done easily and safely by educating yourself and practicing. By clipping your pet at home, you can save a lot of money and time. Taking your pet to the vet for each clipping can be costly. Home trimming also allows you to bond and get to know your pet more.

The first thing to do is to buy yourself a good pair of clippers. A decent pair can be obtained for around ten dollars. There are two kinds of clippers available, a scissor type and a guillotine type. Both kinds will work great on smaller dogs, but you are better off with the scissor type for bigger dogs. The scissor kind has a cleaner and stronger cut which works well for thicker nails. If you are completely new to trimming, I recommend taking your pet to the veterinarian to see how it is done. Watch carefully and kindly ask the vet to explain each step. Watching a professional trim the nails will teach you a lot.

It is not uncommon for a dog to be apprehensive and perhaps aggressive when getting their nails clipped. A pet that has preconceptions about this procedure can be very difficult to work with. The best way to deal with this is to work with the animal on a raised table so you can bring them up to your chest while working. Hold their body securely so they cannot get away. You may need to attach a leash or harness to the dog to get a better grip. Ask another person for assistance if needed.

A dog’s nails have a different structure than humans. Inside the nail at a certain depth lies the quick, which is a blood vessel. Cutting too deep can cause the quick to release blood. If your dog has white nails, the quick can be easily spotted underneath. Be sure not to cut into this area, as it can bleed quite a bit before clotting. For black nails, trim a little bit off at a time. You will notice that the nail has a whitish chalky texture. When you cut down enough, it will get less chalky and blacker. This is when you stop. Use quick, strong movements when cutting and make sure you have a sharp blade. A dull blade can cause the nail to chip or crack, which can be painful.

If you cut the quick, dab the dog’s nail into a bit of flour. The flour will help clot the blood and stop bleeding. Take a break from cutting to allow the nail to clot further.

Do regular trimmings as needed. Each dog can have different growth speeds, so it is difficult to set a timeline. Never allow the nails to grow long enough where they curl back around and grow into their skin. If the nails have become this overgrown, take them to a vet immediately.

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Nov 25, 2009 | 0 | Tips

Arthritis in Dogs – What to Do When Your Best Friend Hurts

By Dixon George

Whether you suspect your dog has arthritis or he’s been diagnosed, you want to make sure your best buddy has the most comfortable life possible.

Arthritis in dogs is quite common, so treatment and management is easier than ever before. Here’s some thing you can do to make life easier for your canine companion.

Supplements

Your vet might give you medication to help manage your pup’s pain, but you can help it along with certain supplements. Glucosamine and chondroitin are both effective pain-relievers and joint strengtheners, and are even added to certain brands of joint management dog food. Fish oil, with it’s omega 3 fatty acids, can also help reduce inflammation, and can be added directly to your dog’s dinner.

Weight Management

Overweight dogs with arthritis have more problems moving around, so if your pup is looking a bit pudgy you may want to help him shed some weight. While there are weight management foods on the market, consider moving towards a lower-carbohydrate food…canned food, or even raw meat (the BARF diet).
Activity

While you still want your dog to remain active, you don’t want to overdo it, especially with a larger breed like a Great Dane, or Mastiff of Newfoundland. Take gentle walks, and don’t stay out as long. Keep an eye out for signs that he’s had enough…limping, favoring a limb, or reluctance to keep going.

Lounging

Dogs with arthritis need soft, warm surfaces to lie down on. If you usually keep pup off the carpet, you may want to reconsider as carpets are easier to walk on. Get a nice, soft bed or blanket for him to lounge on. It’s a good idea to keep your dog off your bed and other furniture, as he may find it difficult to get down, and injure himself trying.

Arthritis in dogs can be managed. Most of all, do what you always do…give your best friend lots and lots of love!

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Nov 24, 2009 | 0 | Dog health

How to Introduce a Cat and a Dog

By Tom Woodcock

Can cats and dogs really live together in harmony? In many households this is just the case. Of course, if one species has been brought up with the other from a young age, they will likely be completely accustomed to each other, although they may not tolerate other ‘strangers’ from the species in the same way. Some pet owners have even reported that a dog raised around a cat displays feline behaviours and vice versa.

When considering whether your pet will adapt to a new family member of the opposite species, think about any prior encounters they have. Has your cat had a traumatic incident with a dog? Perhaps your dog has a history of chasing after cats? On the other hand, no previous interaction at all will mean that this new animal is completely strange and unfamiliar to your pet and may be treated with fear.

Before allowing the animals to meet, it is recommended that you familiarize them with each other’s scent. Try rubbing a blanket or sweater against yourself as well as one of the animals before letting the other pet smell it. This will let an animal get used to the new scent, as well as view it as friendly, since their smell is associated with yours. After a day or so, swap the blankets to allow their scents to mingle.

When introducing a new animal into your home, always make sure that early encounters are supervised and that the dog is firmly held, while the cat has a safe place to retreat to if they feel too threatened. It is easier and kinder to the animals to control the dog than the cat. You should only introduce a new animal to your home when your dog is well behaved and responds to you as the alpha male of the home. If your dog does not see you as the ultimate authority in his home he will not take kindly to you bringing in addition ‘members’ to his pack. Having a dog that responds to your voice and commands will also make it safer for both animals during the transition period as you can easily let him know what behaviour is acceptable, and what is not.

Keep the first few meetings brief, of 5 – 10 minutes, and gradually increase this time over a period of days. Hopefully you should see both animals become calmer after a few meetings although they shouldn’t be left alone unsupervised until they can both be loose in the same room without being over excited or scared. Have patience with these meetings – some cats and dogs adapt quickly to each other in just a few hours, while others may take several weeks to become comfortable in each other’s company.

Let the cat decide on their own level of comfort around your dog. If he wants to run and hide, do not force him to stay exposed, and certainly never take the cat closer to the dog than he is comfortable with. Some cats may be quite brave, and wander up to your dog for closer inspection. If this happens, try to keep your dog calm, and in a sitting or lying position while the cat approaches and sniffs him.

Make sure that your cat has a safe place where they can retreat to to be away from the dog and feel calm and secure.

When caring for a cat and dog in the same home, there are a few things that you will need to watch out for. Don’t feed your cat and dog in the same place, as this can cause some dogs to become territorial and aggressive around their food dish. You might want to place your cat’s food dish in a place where it can’t be reached by the dog. Cat food tends to be richer than dog food, and while it may be a tasty gourmet meal for a dog, chomping down too much of kitty’s dinner will lead to weight gain, and of course, a hungry cat!

Another temptation for dogs is the cat’s litter box. As disgusting as it sounds, it is common for dogs to find cat droppings to be irresistible as they are full of protein and partially digested cat food. Buying a covered or domed litter tray should fix this problem, and also ensure your dog does not disturb your cat while he is using the litter tray.

Lastly, when you have a cat and dog in the same home pay special attention to their health. Cats and dogs can spread fleas, worms, parasites and other diseases to one another, so make sure that both animals are up to date with their medications and vaccinations at all times. Always read the labels of their medications carefully, as some dog medicines, such as topical flea treatments, can be highly toxic to cats and the animals should be kept apart until it is safe.

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Nov 23, 2009 | 0 | Tips

5 Styles of Pet Urns

By Alexander Sutton

For many pet owners, a pet – dog, cat, bird, or any creature – is a member of the family. After these pets pass, many owners enjoy the chance to provide a memorial for their beloved pet with a proper funeral and monument. Cremation is a very common and respectful way to take care of the remains of a pet in a manner that allows families to keep their pets close and remember them after they are gone. The urns used to hold these ashes come in a great variety of forms, which can match the preferences of the owner as well as the unique personality of the pet.

Marble. Very traditional, this material is used for both human and animal urns. Stately and regal in appearance, these products are an extremely respectful and powerful statement of the importance of a pet. They come in a great variety of colors and in many different shapes as well. Each one will be a strong reminder of special time spent together.

Wood. This medium has seen a great rise in use in recent years. New techniques and types of materials have allowed this product to be used in a great variety of ways that was previously not imagined. Now this medium can be formed into nearly any shape, and it will provide a warm surface that is inviting to touch and adds positivity to wherever it is placed in the home.

Glass. Like with wood, this material has seen a great rise in technology and artistry in recently so that it can now be formed into nearly any shape. This material is very expressive when used as an urn and the colors are especially bright and vibrant. Many people find these to be a glowing reminder of their favorite pet.

Stone. This material is another traditional choice of medium to use for an urn. Very stern and stolid, this type of urn creates a very strong presence wherever it is placed in the home. Very much like a to a headstone, many people prefer it for this particular reason.

Customized monuments. This style of urn varies greatly and has the most personal of touches. These products can be fitted with pictures, inscriptions, and even miniature statues of the same breed or species of a pet. These products are some of the most popular for this reason and provide some of the best ways to help remember a pet after its passing.

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Nov 22, 2009 | 0 | Miscellaneous

3 Kennel Cough Symptoms

By J Bush

Kennel cough is a disease in domestic dogs and wild canines. Humans and cats do not seem to be at risk of contracting this disease. Your best defense at this time is to be able to recognize what the kennel cough symptoms are.

Here are 3 kennel cough symptoms:

1. Pink eye

Some dogs will develop pink eye as an early symptom of this disease. With mild cases your dog could act normally with no loss of appetite. It is important to notice the signs early on.

2. Dry hacking cough

A dry hacking cough caused by an inflammation in the wind pipe and air passage to the lungs. It is also common to cough up a white foamy substance.

3. Nasal discharge

Many dogs can have an inflamed nasal membrane and nasal discharge. it is not unusual to discharge a thick yellow or green substance.

Yearly vaccines provide some protection against this disease. They do not provide complete protection. It is also important to look for signs of this disease. The best protection is to keep your dog away from other dogs. Especially if they are ill or not feeling their best.

Any dog that comes in contact with other dogs whether at your boarder, dog park or neighborhood strays is at risk of contracting this disease.

This disease can be treated with antibiotics and normally only lasts up to 20 days. If not treated this disease can be fatal.

Look for kennel cough symptoms. If you notice any of them mentioned here visit your vet immediately. The earlier this is diagnosed the quicker you can get rid of it.

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Nov 21, 2009 | 0 | Dog health

Dealing With Aggressive Dog Behavior

By Sandra Scott

Dog aggression is a very common problem facing millions of pet owners, and can be due to a variety of genetic and environmental issues. Aggressive behavior can have very serious consequences and must be dealt with immediately before someone is injured. Aggression in dogs can be triggered for a variety of reasons so it should be handled in many different ways.

Aggressive dog behavior can be a serious issue for many people who simply don’t know how to deal with the behavior. Aggression is a common problem, and can be seen in all breeds of dogs, although some breeds have a predisposition to display this behavior.

Dog aggression is a complex issue and professional assistance is recommended in helping to correct the problem. It should be noted that it is not just a dog problem, it is also a human problem. You must understand that aggressive behavior in your dog is a serious and dangerous situation.

An important part of dealing with aggressive behavior is determining the reason behind the aggression. Dogs are generally aggressive for one of four reasons: they are fearful, they want to dominate, they are possessive, or they have a strong predatory instinct.

Although aggression is an undesirable trait in a family pet, it is part of your dog’s natural way to communicate. Dog-dog aggression is a potentially serious problem for dogs, (or humans who may be drawn into the conflict). It is important to remember that dog-dog aggression is never acceptable and this must be made crystal clear to your pet every time it happens.

Dog aggression is a common behavior which is derived from the fact that dogs are pack animals. It is a normal instinct for them to compete from the time they are born. Dominant aggressive dogs are overly protective of their status and possessions.

The most effective way to stop aggressive behavior is through training. Humans commonly reinforce dog aggression by trying to soothe the dog with affection instead of letting him know that this behavior is unacceptable. You must recognize that aggressive dog behavior is very serious and it must be controlled before it escalates. Aggressive behavior can be caused by a variety of factors, but most of them can be controlled with proper training.

Regardless of the method that you choose to stop your dog’s aggressive behavior, it’s essential that you take action to put an end to it right away before it becomes a serious issue. If you want to stop aggressive dog behavior towards strangers, you must recognize that proper socialization of your dog is the most important, first step of training your dog.

If you want to stop aggressive dog behavior, you must be consistent in your obedience training efforts and remain patient as dog aggression is a problem that cannot be cured overnight.

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Nov 20, 2009 | 0 | dog behavior