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Grooming Tips to Give Your Dog Healthy Skin

By Tom A Smith

Grooming a dog is very important. Healthy dogs have lovely, shiny coats that need to be cared for. Of course, it is important that the dog is healthy and made to eat nutritious foods, but proper grooming cannot be underestimated By following proper skin care steps, the owner can have a lot healthier and happier pet.

It is important to brush the dog’s hair regularly. This removes dead hair and dead skin, increases blood circulation, and spreads the natural oils that are secreted by the dog’s skin. How often one has to brush a pet depends on the breed of the dog. Since short haired dogs do not require frequent brushing, a good brushing once a week will suffice. However, long haired dogs require daily brushing to keep their coats shiny and tangle-free. Use a conditioner to make the hair softer and odor free.

Bathing a dog is not a good idea. Sure, one can do so, but never bathe a dog more than once a month. Bathing can rob the skin of the natural essential oils and leave the dog’s skin dry. In addition, when the dog is given a bath, normal human shampoo should never be used. The pH balance of a dog’s skin is different and requires a specially formulated shampoo and conditioner.

Dog skin is often infested by ticks, fleas, ringworms and other unwanted guests. The owner has to make sure that the skin is free of all these parasites. Fleas are the most common problem. They cause itching and skin irritation. It is often necessary to use a specially formulated anti-flea shampoo to get rid of them. Since these ticks can be found anywhere in the house, one has to use pesticide and defog the entire house. Once the fleas have been totally eliminated, it is a good idea to have the dog treated once a month.

Ticks can cause diseases in human occupants of the house too. Use tweezers to pick out ticks from the dog’s fur. After any visible ticks have been removed, special shampoos can be used to clean the minute ones. Chiggers feast on the dog’s blood and cause skin irritation. They are often found around the head and neck and can be treated with antiseptic creams. Mange causes hair loss in patches and gives rise to itching. To treat mange, one has to consult a vet.

Like human skin, dog skin too faces problems during winter. Their skin tends to get dry and flaky. Therefore, remember to brush the coat regularly. This will increase blood circulation and enhance oil secretion. During winter, the dog need not be bathed, but the insides of the ears also need to be looked after. Inspect the ears and look for any debris. If there is something inside, it can be cleaned with an ear solution and cotton balls. Follow the instructions on the bottle or from a vet about using such solutions. The medicine needs to be sprayed inside the ear and left for about 20 seconds, after which the ear can be cleaned with a cotton ball.

Dogs can have skin problems for many reasons, and allergies are often the cause. It is easy to detect an allergy if a dog is found scratching or licking a spot where no fleas or mites are found. For allergies, one has to consult a vet, and the dog will be given anti-allergy creams and medicines. Dogs are also prone to certain serious illnesses that can cause hair loss. These include hypothyroidism, cancer and Cushing’s syndrome.

Groom the dog regularly to detect skin problems, if any, on time. Consult the vet if a problem persists and is serious.

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Feb 28, 2011 | 0 | Dog grooming

Facts About Dog Crates

By Donna White

Your home is the family den to which your dog belongs, occupying a position on the ladder of hierarchy within your family. Your dog, if introduced correctly, will learn that the dog crate is his very own room within your household, much the same as your children’s bedrooms are their space to call their own. An indoor crate can satisfy your dog’s instinctive need for his very own den-like space where he finds sanctuary and a safe place to rest.

What is a Dog Crate, Kennel or Cage?

A dog crate, kennel or cage is manufactured of plastic, wire, aluminum, fabric, wood or wicker. It is usually a square or similar structure just large enough for your dog to stand up, turn around and lay down in comfortably. It is usually portable and can be folded or taken apart for ease of transport. The words, crate, kennel or cage are interchangeable in most cases.

1. Fabric, wood or wicker crates must be given careful consideration before purchasing if you have a chewer or escape artist. If you have neither of these types of dogs, these crates will lend a more decorative, seamless visual quality to your home decor. There are also wood coffee tables that fit over wire crates that look like part of the matched furnishings in your home.

2. Aluminum dog crates are strong, lightweight, and some now come with guard rails for airline travel. They are becoming more popular with Gun Dog owners transporting their dogs in a pick up truck and dog law enforcement officers for transport to veterinarians or containment.

3. Plastic dog crates have been the crates of choice for some time because of their versatility, indestructible material and ease of transport. The plastic crate has more models that are airline approved, which is one of the reasons they hold their popularity. They also have a rounded interior which prevents injury if tipped over in your car or jostled during flight.

4. Wire dog crates are as popular as plastic for other reasons. They are versatile, foldable and many come with a handle for portability. They give your dog 360 degree visibility, which is important to some dogs, and in turn lets you keep a better eye on your dog. They are not as den-like as plastic crates, but again, some dogs prefer the open environment with lots of light to that of the enclosed, darker plastic crate.

5. Large outdoor kennels can be dismantled and moved, but with more difficulty, as they are larger structures than a dog crate. A backyard kennel can save your yard from being excavated, as some breeds are prone to do, and free of urine and excrement that are not healthy for our bare feet.

No matter what it is made of, a dog crate is usually light enough that it can be carried by 1 person for small dogs, and 2 people for medium to large dogs. Large to extra-large crates can be transported, with the dog inside, on dollies with wheels and handles, much like a flatbed wagon.

What is a Dog Crate Used For?

Reasons for the necessity of confinement are many and unique to the you and your dog, A dog crate provides your puppy or dog with a den-like enclosure that serves many purposes.

1. Housebreaking Tool. It takes advantage of your puppy or dog’s natural hesitancy to soil its living/sleeping place.

2. Prevents Destructive Behaviour. Chewing furniture and shoes can be a costly and frustrating experience.

3. Household Dangers/Safety. Rodent Poisons, Anti-Freeze, Electrical Wires, Small Dogs being stepped on during a Party.

4. Separation Anxiety. A dog can become so highly aggrieved when you leave that he will throw himself against the door or window of your home to follow you. The use of a dog crate with comforting toys and treats can possibly help with this destructive behaviour.

5. Travel. A dog’s own crate can help him feel more secure while traveling by car, plane, or the back of a pick up truck. We owe it to them to keep our dogs safe while traveling to their destination, whether it is for fun or work.

6. Hotels. Many hotels accept dogs in their rooms, however, while you go for dinner, a dog crate can help your dog feel more at ease while being away from home during your absence.

7. Dog Shows. Dog Handlers and Owners rely on dog crates to keep the show dogs comfortable and out of mischief while grooming and showing more than one dog.

8. Department of Wildlife and Natural Resources. Dog crates are used by wildlife officers to transport wildlife such as fawns, birds, reptiles, foxes, and any wildlife that fits and need to be relocated or brought back to the wild after injury and rehabilitation, or captured and examined and possibly tagged.

9. Pest Control. Small wildlife such as raccoons, birds, opossums, and reptiles such as snakes, lizards and alligators are relocated in dog crates from populated areas to safer and more natural environments by Pest Control companies.

10. Punishment. Never, ever use a dog crate as a punishment device.

Where Should the Dog Crate be Located at Home?

If at all possible, place the dog crate near you when you are home, or if it is large, in an area that you spend the most time in such as the living room or kitchen. If you can’t move the crate to your bedroom at night, try to move it as close to your sleeping quarters as possible. It is important to remember that your dog is a pack animal and he wishes to be near you 24/7 if possible.

Regardless of where your dog’s crate is situated in your home, children must be taught that it is his special room and they should not pester your dog or puppy when he is in his crate. This will give your dog the confidence of knowing he can retreat and rest or “hang out” for as long as he wishes and no one will disturb him.

Careful consideration must be made to before purchasing a dog crate that will satisfy all your needs for your dog in the future.

Donna White is an experienced and responsible dog owner, retired dog breeder and wife to a retired Police K-9 Trainer. We are “paying forward” all that we have learned throughout the years as family dog owners and professional trainers. Visit our website for more training articles and quality products for your dog.

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Feb 27, 2011 | 0 | Training

Why Does My Dog Eat Poop?

By Matt Covey

Coprophagia (Poop Eating)

Does your dog have the disgusting habit of eating either their own or another dogs feces? This issue is surprisingly common in dogs and can be very tough to overcome. Many people will give you well intentioned advice that is VERY unlikely to show any results. The first thing that I ask a client who is encountering this issue is what do they feed the dog. If the diet isn’t balanced or is of extremely low quality there is a chance that the dog is gorging on feces in order to get minerals or nutrients that he needs. In my experience this is rarely the cause but should at least be examined as a possibility. When poor diet has been ruled out, many people will suggest adding things to either the food or poop in order to discourage the habit. These “fixes” can range from putting pumpkin and meat tenderizer in their food to pouring hot sauce on the poop in the yard. I have seen some situations where these additives have worked, but it is very rare. Most dogs that eat poop do it because they like it. If you have examined your dogs diet and tried the various additives to stop the habit and haven’t seen results it is time to face the truth. 99% of household dogs with this issue do it out of boredom or simple enjoyment and need to be taught that you won’t allow the habit. Fixing this issue takes a lot of work and isn’t very fun but will make all those licks that your dog gives you much more pleasant.

1. Give your dog more exercise or stimulation to see if boredom might be the cause (fairly rare)
2. Pick up the yard frequently
3. Leave the dog on either a leash or long rope in the yard at all times
4. Know where the poop is in the yard so that when the dog tries to eat it you can quickly correct with the leash as you tell him “NO”
5. Remember step 3! If the leash is not on, the dog will eat more poop and further the habit. I believe in never giving people false hope that something will be easy when that isn’t the case. This issue has no quick fix but can be eliminated with consistency and patience on your part.

If you think boredom might be the cause please see my article on boredom and anxiety

Matt Covey is the owner and lead trainer of Suburban K-9. He has helped rehabilitate and train thousands of dogs many of which would have been euthanized. He is frequently called in by veterinarians, humane societies, and even other trainers for help with their more difficult cases. Please check out our website for more articles and training videos. We are located near Chicago in Bartlett, Il.

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Feb 26, 2011 | 0 | Understanding Your Dog

What Do If My Pet Weimaraner Is Depressed?

What Do If My Pet Dog Is Depressed?

By Jones Spores

Yes, canines can get depressed and there are many reasons why it transpires. To find out why it is that your dog is melancholy, the best thing you may do is to examine the circumstances in the animal’s life. This can aid in getting better control of the situation that you are in.

Depression is really common in weimaraners due to the fact that they are very owner-oriented. The condition can be very familiar in other dogs too and it can affect them, no matter the age. One common event is the passing of an owner or of a companion animal. If your dog is kept from its primary carer, there is a really good chance that it will go into a sadness when it begins to overlook the person. Dogs also can get listless when they are away from a partner animal or if that animal dies.

Bitches with puppy dogs also may show signs of sadness when their offspring are given away. This is a very familiar thing among female dogs who have had puppies. In some cases, when there is more than one whelping dog in an area, females who have had puppy dogs die may steal the live puppy dogs of another.

There are lots of signs that tell if a pet dog is melancholy. Most owners will complain that their dog is no longer acting like its old self. Many will turn into less active. Some dogs will also whine a lot or spend lots of time in areas that remind them of things they lost. Some can also show signs of refusing to eat or eating a good deal.

In one pet community that usually dealt with Weimaraners got to talking about weimaraner issues. One of the most typical issues brought on by dog pet owners is the weimaraners predilection for separation anxiety. There were also reports of certain dogs who were sad when they were abandoned by owners.

The way to deal with sadness and other similar weimaraner issues is to try and spend as much time with the animal as possible. If the dog is a sole pet in the home, try socializing it with neighborhood animals. Play with the dog more and you ought to also endeavor to change their diet. Doing so can aid pique their interest in the food. If eating too much is the issue in dogs, the pet owners should try reduce the food you are giving them. If the animal is only starting to lay around doing nothing, you should take the animal for more frequent walks. Always keep in mind that dogs are bred as companion animals and they could get sad when they are new to being alone.


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Feb 25, 2011 | 0 | Dog breed information

See Your Pet in the Dark

By Renee Grasso

Have you ever been driving your car at night and think you see something off on the side of the road but are not sure if there is something or someone there until you are almost upon them? It’s scary when you realize it’s a person walking a dog after dark. It should be scary not only for the driver but for the walker as well. Sometimes the walkers are carrying a flashlight but usually something more is needed for traffic visibility. There are inexpensive but essential items available that every pet owner should consider not only for their pet’s safety but for the safety of the pet walker. The Pet Blinker is one of them.

The steel hook clip of a Pet Blinker can be easily attached to collars, leads and harnesses. Pet Blinkers are water resistant and their bright blinking light is visible for up to 1/2 mile They operate on 3 AG3 batteries which come installed in each blinker Some packages have a bonus of three additional replacement batteries, but packages of 12 replacement batteries are readily available

The newest version of the Pet Blinker has a push button on/off switch on the side of the barrel. Simply push the button on when you are putting out the dog or getting ready for a walk and the light will start flashing. The original twist on/off blinkers remain available on request. The new Pet Blinkers come in a small/med breed variety with a smaller clip or a large breed variety with a larger clip. The light is the same on both the small/med and large breed pet blinker and are available in six vibrant color combinations: Red/White/Blue, Jade/Pink, Jade/Yellow, Blue/Yellow, Red/White & Blue/White.

Many pet owners identify their dogs left out in their fenced in yards by the colors flashing. A glance out the window shows exactly where in they yard the dog is located. People even use these blinkers to clip onto a shirt, shoes, or a jacket for greater visibility when out walking or onto a child’s backpack or book bag for more visibility while waiting for the school bus.

Devices like the pet blinker Illuminate your pet and yourself so others can see you and your pet in the dark.

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Feb 24, 2011 | 0 | dog safety

Step By Step On How To Make Healthy Dog Food

By Chutipawn Mahapawnprajak

here are many concerns that have come up today about the dangers of feeding out dogs and other animals commercial food. These concerns have made us as dog owners want to start preparing our dogs food the natural way. We do not feel safe feeding our dogs those harsh chemicals that are contained in a bag or can of dog food. Preparing the food by hand in our home is the safe alternative. So, today, you are going to find a lot of people that cook for their pet and there is nothing wrong with this. In the paragraphs below, we are going to guide you step by step on how to make healthy dog food for your beloved furry four-legged friend.

First, we are going to start with meat – that’s the good stuff that dogs enjoy. You should choose meats that are fresh. You can purchase these from the local butcher or meat processor. These type of meats are going to be fresher and you can buy them in bulk, which will give you better pricing.

If you need the butcher to cut up and grind the meat for you, then just ask. For the meat, you can have stewing meats, lean beef, beef heart, boneless steak, boneless roast, beef liver, leg of lamb or skinless/boneless chicken breast.

Now, just because the dog loves meat does not mean that he or she cannot have vegetables. Believe it or not, canines require vegetables as well. The best veggies you can give your dog include pumpkin, squash, carrots, zucchini, cucumber, yams, beets, parsnips, sweet potatoes and broccoli. These vegetables will give your pup the necessary nutrients. Just like with meats, you should select the fresh vegetables.

You should avoid giving your dog beans, beet greens, peas, spinach, garlic, tomato, potato, bell peppers, chard or onions.

You need to determine how much you need to feed your canine each day. Take the body weight and multiple it by 0.4. The resulting number is the number of ounces your dog should be consuming each day. You can either give it in one big meal or divided into a breakfast and a dinner meal.

Take the meat and vegetables and chop them into chunks that is small enough for your pet to easily eat. You can serve this to them raw. While it is not necessary that you cook the meat and vegetables before you feed it to your four-legged friend, some people prefer to do it, especially when they are having chicken. If you do cook it, then cook the meat slightly so that it is still juicy. Cooking it too much can kill many of those nutrients that your pet needs.

For the vegetables, you can lightly steam them and add the meat in with them. Make sure you only add the vegetables that are recommended for dogs. When you serve it to your canine, make sure there are no hot spots. You should always let the food cool off before you serve it to them.

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Feb 23, 2011 | 0 | Dog nutrition

Who Cares About The Soul Of A Dog?

By Annelie Becher

Reading traditional dog training literature gives you the impression that your dog is either just a stimulus- response- machine or an ancient wolf who happens to be living in your home.

You are told that you need to dominate your dog so that he can feel happy and secure or you are told that you must punish/ reward him in order to make him do what you want him to do.

Dominating your dog means that he must never be allowed to sit on the sofa with you, let alone sleep in your bed. He must never sleep in front of the door or in doorways and if he does he must get up as soon as you walk by.

You need to eat before you feed your dog, you must not greet him when you come home and ignore him when he comes for a cuddle. You are told to stand on your dog’s bed because that shows him, who is boss.

Most important of all, you must be the one to walk through doors and doorways first and always walk in front.

They say that this is how dogs behave amongst each other because that is the way that wolves behaved all those thousands of years ago. That is, the leader of the pack always displays his rank and the others must display their submission all the time.

Have you ever asked yourself how they know all this?

Who knows how wolves used to behave some thousands of years ago?

The wolf is a highly endangered specimen because he used to be killed for his fur and hated as a predator. Do you think that many people cared to watch wolf behavior under natural conditions, i.e. in the wild?

How many dog training opinion leaders share their lives with a family of dogs?

Over the years I have had the pleasure to watch how dogs behave towards each other and I noticed that:

A dog who returns home is always greeted by the others.

The leaders of the pack do not always go through the door first, nor do they lead the way most of the time.

The leaders of the family group allow others to lay in close contact to them and they do share bones with the younger ones.

They do all that because they know that the others respect them without constant display of their might.

But there is no mistake: They do get out of the way when the bosses want them to and they make room for him/her should this be called for.

Top dogs are the ones who decide how the cookie crumbles but they do not dominate their family members in the way that clever people tell you to dominate your dog.

Canine family groups have a senior bitch and dog as their leading couple, hence my choice to use the plural.

The soul of the dog is that of a highly sociable animal who cares for his family and has awesome powers to communicate the things which need to be said. Dogs decided to share their lives with us as friends, not as servants or toys.

Each dog is an individual with his own personality and unique traits, a living, loving, feeling and very dedicated creature. If we treat him with respect and love he will reward us by sharing his very soul.

As a loving and dedicated dog owner you aspire to do what ever you can to make your four legged friend happy.

Protecting him from harm, providing the best possible nourishment and life style as well as educating him well are important for his overall well being.

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Feb 22, 2011 | 0 | dog behavior, Training, Understanding Your Dog

Can Jack Russells Get Along With Cats?

By Ann Ameto

The traditional relationship between cats and dogs is one of rivals and they are still generally considered adversaries. Sometimes this is pure fallacy – we all know examples of cats and dogs who cohabitate perfectly happily – but when it comes to Jack Russells and cats, the cliché tends to hold true.

Where Does This Animosity Come From?

Jack Russells were initially bred as hunters, causing them to be aggressive toward small animals like cats. This means that having rodents in the house will be a complete no-no, and the same often applies to cats. Cats are smaller, can easily be chased and in a lot of ways look like the Jack’s original prey, which makes it highly likely that your new dog will want to chase any cats that it comes across. Such compulsion is central to the Jack Russell personality and isn’t likely to ever change without significant training.

Can Jack Russells And Cats Ever Live Together?

In spite of this inherent hostility, obviously there are some exceptions. Jacks can be curious creatures and can often depart from the norms of the breed, so there are some Jacks out there who may indeed be cat-friendly. Indeed, if you adopt your Jack Russell as a puppy, and he grows up around cats, it is unlikely that he’ll ever think to hunt them. Be respectful when introducing them and be sure to supervise their interactions. Early socialization will teach your dog that your cat is a friend, not a foe, allowing everyone in the house to feel more comfortable, your cat included.

A Full House

Even if you’ve socialized your Jack Russell and he and your cat seem to have a good relationship, you should still keep a prudent eye on them. Animal instinct is unpredictable and, if left unsupervised, minor spats can escalate into horrific consequences. Jacks have a tendency to get over-excited and there’s also the fear that sometimes, for no apparent reason, their instinct will kick in and he could unfortunately see his much-loved feline pal as prey.

To avoid such issues, simply stay cautious and realistic. Take pre-emptive measures to protect against your Jack’s hunter instincts, such as leaving them in separate rooms while you’re gone and ensuring that their playtime never turns violent. Also, from an early age discourage your Jack from engaging in any hyper-active play, with or without the cat.

You might also like to try making sure that there’s an easy escape route for your cat. If the three of you are cuddled up on the sofa, for example, make sure that your cat is slightly higher to ensure she can run away if necessary. Remember that even if they are amiable the majority of the time, you never know when your Jack may be tempted to demonstrate dominance, so allow the cat access to a place he cannot reach.

So keep an eye on them. Owners who are present and observing will be able to intervene, and that’s probably the best preventive measure. The two can live together as long as you understand how to care and prepare for their differences.

In the end, be mindful that Jacks generally aren’t welcome of cats, but it’s not impossible for them to cohabitate. If your Jack grows up with cats from puppyhood, it’s possible for them to have a healthy and happy co-existence.

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Feb 21, 2011 | 0 | Dog breed information

Common Canine Poisons in Our Homes

By Kelly Marshall

Curiosity killed the cat and it may well also kill your pet dog. Dogs have an innate sense of adventure in testing and tasting the things in and around the house, which often lands them in trouble. We are not just talking about trouble from you as their owner but, more worrisome, health troubles upon the ingestion of potentially toxic substances where canine bodies are concerned.

Most dog owners think that it is only chocolate that must be kept away from the mouths and paws of dogs. But you will be surprised and alarmed to know that even the seemingly harmless substances and things can actually cause your pet dog’s death. So, before anything happens to your beloved Lassie, take immediate action.

Danger around the Corner

Look around your home, garden and yard. You will be surprised at the many possible dangers lying in wait for your pet dog, which include the following common things in human life:

• Antifreeze, brake fluids and engine coolants contain ethylene glycol, which is toxic even at small concentrations of 3 ounces. Effects of ingestion include severe damage to the liver, kidneys and brain.

• Rat poison and other rodent killers inhibit blood clotting in dogs, thus, leading to severe internal hemorrhages. Plasma transfusion within the next few hours is essential to counteract the effects of the substances lest death results.

• Fertilizers, even those that have apparently been absorbed by the soil, can result in adverse side effects like faster pulse rate, blood pressure changes and breathing difficulties.

• Insecticides are also toxic substances for dogs with symptoms like lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea. Activated charcoal can ease the symptoms but the dog must still be checked over by a veterinarian.

• Certain plants like English ivy, lilies, daffodils and holly may look good in our eyes but are – excuse the French – hell on a dog’s stomach and coat.

Ask the veterinarian about other substances that can cause side effects on your dog’s particular breed. This way, you can take the necessary measures to protect your pet dog from ingestion and exposure to these substances.

Safety Measure to Adopt in All Corners

Now that you know the most common items around the house with toxic consequences on your pet dog, your next step is to ensure that these things are beyond their reach. Or preferably, absent from your house. You will have greater peace of mind because your dog has lower risks for getting into trouble on the health front.

• Keep all toxic substances like the antifreeze, brake fluids and engine coolants as well as fertilizers and insecticides out of the dog’s reach. Lock up these substances in drawers and shelves, which will also benefit your children’s safety as well.

• Wipe up any possible drippings of the abovementioned substances. For example, if the antifreeze drips from the car’s radiator, wipe it off the floor before the dog laps it up like milk.

• Try to lessen the plants inside the house that may have adverse effects on your dog’s health.

It is in your hands whether your dog lives to be a hundred in dog years or die a hundred deaths in a day because you took the necessary measures to keep poisons out of its way.

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Feb 20, 2011 | 0 | dog safety

Coping With Dogs That Are Disobedient and Are Highly Excitable

By Kelly Marshall

Coping with a dog that is considered to be disobedient or has a high level of excitability is a challenging task for any pet owner. It is important to understand that most puppies will exhibit these particular behaviors in their first few months of life, but that the behaviors will typically diminish once they have been trained or reach at least six months of age. If the issues of disobedience and excitability are not addressed early in the dog’s life, they will continue and will prove to be a heavy burden to not only an owner, but to all of the individuals that come in contact with the pet. Undesirable behaviors such as lack of attention to commands, continuous barking, and jumping on people will continue into adulthood and will prove to be quite a burden.

If a dog is displaying a general level of disobedience or has a high level of excitability, it is typically related to improper training and conditioning. However, there is a rare medical condition known as “Hyperkinesis” that could be to blame. This is often referred to as “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” or “ADHD”. While it is not at all uncommon for a veterinarian to suspect this medical condition, it is not often diagnosed. If you have a dog that seems to be unruly, does not respond appropriately to commands during training and conditioning, and engage in behaviors on a repetitive nature, it is advised that you consult your dog’s doctor so that an evaluation may be performed. If this medical condition is to blame, the doctor will likely prescribe amphetamines in order to create a sense of calm in the pet.

If you are coping with disobedience and excitability in your dog, and it has been established that there is no underlying medical condition, it is important to immediately starting training and conditioning lessons with the animal. It is important to ensure that the pet is permitted to exercise regularly and in a strenuous manner to start with because this will have a calming effect on the animal. When training the dog, be certain to avoid using rewards in order to calm the pet down. This will only reinforce the behavior. You must give stern and productive commands that will catch the attention of the dog without sounding too harsh. When the animal exhibits the behavior that you desire, it is important to ensure that rewards are given.

Positive reinforcement is the key to ensuring that the undesirable behaviors that your dog exhibits turns into acceptable behaviors. It is important to avoid engaging in tactics such as isolating the pet, using collars that choke or release an electrical current, and becoming too harsh in training. It is important to learn as much as you can about the nature and character of the breed that you own and ensuring that when you train the dog, you use techniques and strategies that play to the nature and character of the breed. Dogs that are trained improperly may exhibit signs of rebellion. However, if you take the steps that are necessary to train your dog in a positive and productive manner, you will find that the undesirable traits of disobedience and excitability are quickly eliminated.

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Feb 19, 2011 | 2 | dog behavior, Tips, Training