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How To Train Your Pet To Be House Broken

housebrokenHouse breaking a new puppy can be a rewarding experience. I see it as an opportunity to bond with, get to know, and understand your new member of the family. Dogs are quick learners. As long as you’re consistent and have patience, house breaking your new dog should be a somewhat smooth experience. Just like people, dogs will learn at different paces. Some breeds tend to be more hyper and overactive. This can sometimes slow down the house breaking process. But don’t worry, your dog will get there. If mine did, anyone’s can!

Once dogs are house broken, they very rarely regress. As long as there is consistency, they are house broken for life. Even once dogs are house broken they may still have an accident from time to time, especially if they are experiencing temporary diarrhea or stomach irritation. If symptoms continue for longer than a couple days, I would recommend getting your dog checked out by a veterinarian. It could just be a stomach flu, but it’s always better to be safe. Continue reading

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Here Is The Perfect Way Of Potty Training Your Puppy: A Puppy Apartment

puppy apartmentA puppy apartment is a potty training crate that has received a lot of reviews recently. We all know that many puppies are usually taken to shelters and made to sleep simply because people are too lazy to potty train their puppies. A puppy apartment is constructed in a way that it makes the potty training process a lot easier.
If you buy your puppy from a well known dog breeder, chances are that your puppy will have already began the potty training process and you will not have such a hard time when you get home. You will even be luckier if you get yourself some dog species that are easy to potty train. The breeder simply separates the whelping box into two different areas: one area will be for sleeping/eating/playing and the other area will be for soiling. The puppy will get used to the two different areas since they have an inclination not to soil their sleeping and resting area. This puppy apartment does not imply that dogs are den animals and even in the forest, the mother eats the puppy’s waste until there are grown enough to get out of the den to potty. This would deter predators from assaulting the puppies in their hideout because of the attraction of the poop smell.
The dog apartment is just like a one bedroom house and it is effective because it is where the dog breeder began training the puppy and there will be no change of potty training environment when the puppy gets a new owner.
Pros about the potty training puppy apartment
The best think about this puppy apartment is that the puppy is closed in it and it is quite easy for the puppy to maneuver its way around according to the way it is set up. The puppy apartment has many areas in which the puppy can get inside it. The puppy is definitely going to be quickly potty trained because it will have two choices: to either soil as far as possible from his bed or to soil his bed/feeding area. Many puppies will choose to soil away from their bed/sleeping area.
The potty training apartment also makes the process of potty training easy for the puppy owners. The puppy can get into training apartment while you are relaxing in the couch and enjoying various beer types as you watch it. A potty training apartment also saves you the hassles of having to stand every so often to take the puppy outside to poop. The potty training apartment is different from a snug crate where the puppy is usually forced to poop in the sleeping area or hold for minutes. It allows the puppy to soil without being made to sleep on waste.
You do not also have to limit water intake like some dog owners do during the night because of soiling. There will be also fewer episodes of puppies being scolded for soiling the crate during the night. It is surprising that there are so many people who get mad at puppies for not holding their bowels!

How I Managed To Effectively Train My Dog

DOG TRAININGMy parents never bought me a dog when I was growing up, and so I never thought I would ever be interested in having one in my life. However, all these came to change when I was coming home from work this fateful day. I found some naughty boys beating up a nice dog but when they saw me they ran away. As I came out of my car, the poor dog came running to me for refuge; I pitied him and so I took him home with me. I called a veterinarian to check him and from that day I decided to keep him at home and i was training the dog. To date, he is loved my entire family and I never regret having him.

I heard a certain dog trainer say that having a dog in your life needs to be a source of joy and companionship, but not an endless frustration which was the case with my dog during the first week of his stay at my home. He was already a big dog and since I had the perception that puppies are the easiest ones to train, I wondered how I could change the ill behavior of my adult dog. I worked as a truck driver and since a truck driver’s salary is awesome, I could not imagine myself quitting the job to take care of the dog.

I have nothing against old school dog training techniques but I certainly don’t think that they work. Do you really have to break a dog’s spirit in the name of training him? I don’t think so. Having worked in the medical industry as a surgical tech, I learn that everything needs to be done with much consideration. As a surgical tech you get good salary, and so you need to do the work keenly for the good of your patient and so I tailored my training for the benefit of my dog. Here is how you can effectively train your dog:

Listen to your dog
If after training your dog he still feels uncomfortable meeting other dogs or persons, do not insist. He is reluctant of getting closer to as new person or a dog, he is telling you that he does not want to say hello and he is uncomfortable for a reason. Forcing him can result to bigger issues such as fights.

Be consistent
When training my dog, I got my family members involved as much as possible to ensure we were all in the same page. If you tell your dog “off” when is jumping on the couch with another person telling him to stay down, how on earth will he learn what you expect him to do? Consistency is the key to success.

Crate training
This makes dogs feel secure because they tend to feel more comfortable in small cave-like spaces. When training him, I used words like “got to bed” or “in your house”. Dogs are very energetic and so I could throw a toy for them to play with. Dogs are usually independent and so you should give your orders with authority. If he refuses to get into the crate, never force him inside. Let your dog understand that the crate is a safer place for them and not a punishment.

Does he really like the treat?
Just because the bag for dog food says, “a treat that all dogs love” doesn’t mean that your dog loves it. Some canines are selective and you may find that your dog loves crunchy treats over soft chew treats, and vice-versa. Just observe to know what he likes.

You do not have to keep up with your ill mannered dog. If you make good use of the above tips, you will be the happiest dog owner just like me.

Training Your Dog for the Coming of a New Baby

dog_and_babyTime and again, people have told you that getting a dog would be sort of a preparation for when you finally have kids. That is true, to an extent. Having a pet means you’re responsible for another creature’s well being. Yet unlike a baby, a dog can live on its own.But once you do put that dog in your house, it will be your duty to feed him, train him, clean him, and even occasionally pamper him with toys and accessories.

It won’t be surprising if the dog becomes the center of your world. And your dog would probably feel the same way too. So when you finally have an offspring of your own, it may take a bit of practice to let your pet know that this new playmate should be treated with care. Since a baby is a bit more fragile, rough play with the dog is out of the equation.

Your best move would be to prepare the dog. After all you have nine months to get used to an idea of having a child, so train your dog during this time. Make sure that he knows that you are his master, so the commands, as well as the dynamics of your master-pet relationship, will already be set once the baby is born. Visit this page for some basic dog training commands to teach your pet dog.

It would be fun to try to get your dog to play with dolls first. Dolls are great toys to practice with your dog, so he can learn how a baby is to be treated. You can order an American Girl doll and get a coupon for American Girl free shipping here to save on shipping or deliverySince they look more anatomically realistic than the average Barbie, these American Girl dolls would be helpful in this exercise.

Aside from that, let the dog feel a positive experience in situations that involve your newborn. Since a dog feels the emotions of his owner, he will mirror you. Don’t be nervous when you bring the baby home for the first time. The dog will sense your nervousness and might mistake it for anxiety in an unsafe situation. Be relaxed and greet your dog as you usually do. You want your dog to think that the baby you’re carrying is a source of joy and positive energy, and not a danger that he needs to defend you from.

This calm demeanor is also important when you let the dog meet your baby. This event should be carefully planned, as you don’t want to scare both your child and your pet. You may want to let your dog meet your baby right away or you may want to wait for a later time. Whatever you choose, just remember that you’re in control of communicating with your dog –let him know that this little human you’re always carrying around is a new friend. You can use some of the tips found in this article about dog obedience training.

It is important to set boundaries around the nursery as well. The last thing you want is to be worried at night whether or not the dog is bothering your sleeping child. Let your dog know that the items in the crib are not for him to play with – no mixing of saliva, please! Creating boundaries for the dog will let him know that the baby is to be respected.

Though your child’s safety always comes first, don’t forget about your dog. Let him know that having a new baby in your life does not mean that he is not important anymore. Incorporate the dog’s activities in your new schedule and you’ll soon find that the dog and your child are already best of friends.

Take Your Dog for an Awesome Ride

dog road tripDog owners who have not yet discovered the joys of going on road trips with their beloved dogs are missing out on so much. A simple car ride can turn into a memorable and eventful journey when you have your canine companion with you. Not only will you have someone to share the different places and experiences with, but your dog will also become much closer to you and remember that moment for the rest of his life.

Before taking your dog along for a ride, you would want to check the vehicle first and make sure it is safe and equipped properly for your canine friend. Fixtures such as straps, seatbelts, and carriers or crates must be installed correctly and work appropriately for your friend. Here are some of the best car restraints option for your pet dogs. Some dogs immediately know how to sit still or behave in a moving car, while others will need some training and getting used  to it. Prior to a long journey, you may want to take your dog on a few shorter trips just to allow them to acclimatize to the environment. Also, make sure that you have all these essential dog supplies in case your dog might need then during the trip.

When you have your dog with you on a road trip, there are plenty of opportunities to just relax and get away from the daily routine that you and your dog have. It is very possible that during the week, your time spent with your dog is somewhat limited because of your busy schedule. Your dog probably spends most of the daytime waiting for you to come home. When you go on a trip together, however, your dog will absolutely love having your attention and time, and will love you more for it.

Many simple experiences become even more special and memorable when you have your canine friend with you. A picnic at a state park, fishing or canoeing in the wilderness, hiking along a scenic trail, or camping out in the mountains will be more fun when you have your dog tagging along and enjoying the moments with you. Perhaps you have a cabin or chalet in the mountains that you love to visit, and planning to spend a weekend there with your dog. The new environment and serene atmosphere will be immensely relaxing for both you and your animal friend.

Car rides to different destinations will also expose your dog to other people, environments, and experiences that will make him a more balanced and rounded animal. Dogs who are more used to meeting new people and dogs are less likely to misbehave or become aggressive because they already know how to act and behave when meeting strangers.

Spending time exploring and going on destinations will also give you and your dog opportunities for physical exercise, something which is very important for your dog’s well-being. If your dog has limited physical activity during the week, a weekend getaway or out-of-town trip can be a great time to enjoy some exercise together. This will be your time to jog, run, or play Frisbee together. You can park your Jeep Brute ( check out www.jeepbrute.com to see this vehicle ) off a scenic overlook and then explore different hidden destinations or natural wonders together, satisfying your need for adventure and also the need to get ample physical activity.

Plan your next road trip with your dog and create more memorable moments with your canine companion. Your dog will become much closer to you, and you will foster a bond that will last through the years.

How To Keep Your Dog Fit And Healthy

dog fitnessObesity is a growing problem not only among humans, but also among pets. A veterinary survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention revealed that in the United States, about 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of adult cats are considered overweight or obese. For more statistics on this nutritional disease, click on this link. In fact, many well-meaning pet owners do not realize that their animal friends are overweight, adding to the problem.

If you are health-conscious and have decided to take steps on your own to better manage your weight and become more fit, such as diets, workouts, and dairy free protein powder described here, you should not neglect to have your dog’s weight assessed as well and include him in the journey. Just like with humans, obesity in pets can lead to a variety of medical issues and illnesses, including heart and respiratory diseases, osteoarthritis, kidney disease, high blood pressure, and cancer.

Here are some tips to help your dog become more fit and healthy:

  • Talk to your veterinarian about the right diet for your dog. Your trusted veterinarian should take a look at your dog and determine his appropriate nutrition needs based on his size, age, level of physical activity, and breed. This will also include an assessment of whether or not your dog is already close to or above the normal weight for his age, and what steps should be taken for better weight management.
  • Read commercial dog food labels. There are clear labels on commercially available dog food brands pertaining to appropriate portions for different dog sizes, as well as the nutritional content in each serving of the food. If you have not made it a habit to read these labels, start doing so now. This will give you a better idea of what exactly goes into your dog and if he is getting too much, possibly contributing to excessive weight gain.
  • Portion control is very important. Too much of anything can be bad for your dog. Even the best dog food can become harmful if eaten too much at one time. Know the right portion and stick to it. You may also need to reduce dog treats and snacks in between meals. These treats usually contain too much calories that add up and contribute to your dog’s weight problems. Replace calorie-laden treats with fresh or crunchy vegetables, such as string beans, broccoli, or baby carrots.
  • Daily physical exercise is a must. Start with scheduling at least a half hour walk each day. You and your dog can walk around the neighborhood or to a nearby park. Dog parks are particularly useful for this, and if there is one in your area, make the most of it. If you are a jogger or runner, take your dog along with you so they also expend their energy and get much-needed exercise. It would also be a good idea to engage your pet in a competitive dpg sport. Here is a list of the top ten dog sports.
  • Schedule extended times of rigorous physical exercise. On the weekends or your free days, schedule more exercise times that will also be excellent bonding moments between you and your dog. You may want to go hiking or camping outdoors, or going to the beach for a swim or a run along the coast. Dogs have a lot of energy that they need to properly release in order to stay healthy as well as avoid behavioral problems. If you do not have much time during the week, set aside some time during the weekends. Your dog will be much happier and healthier.

Traveling With Your Dog: 5 Safety Tips

dog_in_carTraveling with your dog is always an adventure. You will find that an otherwise normal, boring drive becomes much more enjoyable and pleasant when your canine friend is there with you. You get to enjoy various experiences and destinations together, and you also have the comfort of knowing that while you are out there exploring, your friend is right there with you instead of sitting at home waiting for you.

Of course, when you travel with your dog you also want to make sure that his safety is a priority. Safe road travel with your dog does not only mean strapping him in in the passenger seat or backseat of your car. There are various considerations you have to take when planning a long drive with your dog. Here are some helpful hints:

  1. Have a crate or carrier. Some dogs will be safer in a well-ventilated, spacious crate or carrier while you are on the road. Pick one that allows enough air in, and also gives enough space for your dog to stand, sit, and move around a little bit. There are different materials for crates or pet carriers; choose one that is most appropriate for your dog’s size. Also, follow safety instructions for securing the carrier or crate while the vehicle is moving. You may also want to get your dog used to the crate by putting him inside for a few minutes a day at home, prior to your journey.
  2. Time your dog’s feeding schedule. You may have to change your dog’s food and water schedule a little bit when you are going on a long drive. This way, both you and your dog will be comfortable during the trip. Make sure your dog has been fed up to three hours prior to the trip, and then avoid heavy food for him during the trip. Give your dog ample time to go to the bathroom, stretch, and walk around when you stop for gas, and then light snacks can also be given.
  3. ID your dog. These days, there are plenty of options you can look into for securing your dog in case he gets lost. There are ID tags for easy identification and notification of the owner. Put your home address and other important contact information on the tag so any one who needs to reach you will be able to do so. In addition, you can also consider microchip identification which is not yet widely available for dogs and other pets. The microchip containing vital information about you and your dog is a helpful way to track your dog’s whereabouts in case you get separated, or for someone to get a hold of you. If implanting microchip sounds like a more efficient way to ID your dog, then you can visit this page to learn everything you need to know about it.
  4. Bring water for your dog. Much like humans, dogs may also get an upset stomach if they drink water from an area they are not used to. Also, you would not want them drinking water that may contain microbes or contaminants they have not built an immunity to. If uncertain about the water quality in your destination, bring bottled water for your dog, enough to last through the trip. Keep him well-hydrated during your journey.
  5. Train your dog to stay still in the vehicle. Dogs can be trained to remain still and behaved during the car ride, and you can also make use of a harness and seat buckle. If your dog likes to stick his head out the window, you will have to get rid of this habit especially if you are looking for Jeep Wranglers for sale, like this one, or other open-air, top-down vehicles. Also, as emphasized in this article about dog safety, make sure not to leave your dog inside a hot vehicle. Many dog fatalities, due to being trapped inside a hot vehicle, are recorded every year. Dogs are more prone to die from this accident, due to negligence, because unlike humans, they do not have the ability to sweat through their skin, that’s why they become overheated quickly.

 

Setting A Good Example

kidwithdogNot all parents agree to have their children own pets such as dogs or cats for many reasons. Some kids have allergies to animals and are not recommended to come in close contact with them. There may also be limitations with space or living arrangements that prevent being able to have pets. If you have been thinking of getting your kids a pet dog but still not quite sure if the whole family is up to it, take time to visit this website to learn everything about the preparations you have to take. Yes, getting a dog is a serious responsibility. But by taking care of a pet dog, parents give their children an invaluable experience which help them develop positive traits and learn important life lessons.

Dogs are still one of the most popular pet choices in most households, and they make excellent companions for kids. Dogs need to be trained so they do not do their business inside the house, and it is suggested that parents also include their children in the dog potty training process for more success. Puppies that are being potty trained need to be constantly monitored so they get used to the routine fairly quickly, and if your kids are also helping out then the training will be more effective.

Taking care of dogs can be a way to teach your kids about responsibility. Dogs need to be fed and given water on a regular routine, and also allowed to walk, run, and play at certain hours of the day. Children who are active participants in taking care of the basic needs of pet dogs will learn how to be compassionate and think of others aside from themselves. They will be reminded that they have a pet that depends on them for food, water, and potty needs, so they will learn to manage their time and not forget their assigned tasks.

Medical research studies have also shown that kids who grow up with pets have stronger immune systems and are less prone to allergies or asthma. This is because they are exposed to various allergens at a younger age, and their bodies gradually build up the immunity. Of course, it is advised that you consult with your family physician first if your children have any allergies or asthma and you are planning to add a dog to the family. But generally, children who are used to dogs or other pets also develop the immunity to pet dander and other allergens.

A dog can be a great way to get your child off the couch and play outside. Dogs need a lot of playtime and exercise, especially some of the more active breeds. When your kids are playing with their dogs outside the house, they are getting much needed exercise as well. You can make this one way to incorporate simple but beneficial physical activities into your children’s schedule. Hiking, walking, jogging, and biking are all great activities that children and dogs can enjoy together. You can even take the family on a road trip and bring the dog along for added enjoyment (make sure you have your Tires Plus credit card, like this one, handy for road emergencies).

There is a sense of companionship and affection that dogs and humans develop over time, and this is even more true for young children. In fact, many kids are seen to be calmer and more confident when their dog is around. A healthy relationship with their dog friend will make kids more confident, raise their self-esteem, and give them someone to turn to when they are sad, scared, or upset. If you feel like your whole family is ready for a pet dog, you can visit this website to learn which dog breed to get for your kids.

Common Mistakes when it comes to Dog Behavior Training

The relationship between dogs and human beings is as old as human civilization. From many years ago, dogs have become a great companion for people and this has turned out to be highly advantageous. But the truth is the entire task is not that easy. This is because this relationship only becomes successful when there is a good adjustment between the two. This is why dog behavior training is crucial to make a dog more fit in a man’s house. But, who can be the best dog trainer in the whole world? The truth is no one else is apart from the owner. Many may say that it is the professional dog trainer simply because he has the expertise and qualification, but nothing matches the proficiency of the owner who is also a trainer. A dog owner is able to monitor the dog throughout the day and will be able to learn the dog’s efficiency.Dog

A dog owner learns the essential facts and acts accordingly. However, even after this, many behavior training programs usually fail, leaving many disappointed. But why do they fail? The main reason is the preponderance of mistakes where the owners ignore rectifying them. It is like knowing that your pool water is cloudy, yet you ignore clearing it. It is obvious that the pool will look bad and unfit for swimming. Moreover, the pool will be unsafe for your entire family and yet you ignore keeping it clean. The same things happen in dog behavior training. Here are common mistakes when it comes to behavior training:

Owner’s expectations

It has come to the attention of the researchers that majority of behavior training considers the training as trivial and the dog will be groomed in a few days. In reality, the situation is the opposite of that but owners get disappointed when they come across such a failure. What they fail to understand is that a dog is not like a human being, even a baby, who has more brains than a dog cannot get things that fast and no success can be achieved overnight. What happens is that trainers get frustrated and they bring the training to the abrupt end. I had a friend who got fed up of training his dog. He found it wise to spend his time in his over the ground pool getting rid of the algae in the poolwater (yes, it’s a big problem, read more here) rather than spending his time training his dog. I was able to talk to him and he realized his mistake and went back to the training.

 

Failure to assess the breed of a dog

Another mistake is that the owner fails to concentrate more on the dog breed which is very important. Each dog, just like human is different from the other. While some are aggressive, some are found to be timid which is as result of the respective genetic influence. Therefore, you need to adapt to the fitting procedure of training or else there will be no chance of success.

 

Failure to establish a cordial relationship

This may be good for other animals but in case of dog training, it can be dangerous. The main reason is that a dog cannot understand any form of leadership other than the rigid one. They are outright animals and like any other animals love to live in packs where in each pack there is an alpha dog that implements a tyrannical rule. Dogs are used to this rule and so it becomes hard for a dog to accept any other kind of relation. Try not to at so controlling towards it, instead, make it your friend and your training will be successful.

 

Inadequacy of positive reinforcement

Dogs are highly sensitive animals to both cause and effect. This can only be done with effective reward training. This reward can be in form of foods or any other treat that the dog loves. However, you should not give treats frequently or else it will be equivalent to indulgence.

Everyone loves to have an obedient and a well behaved dog but can only be achieved if careless mistakes are avoided during training. With the above information, you can easily get a dog that you have always desired.

Do I really need to train my puppy?

puppy trainingWhy should I train my little dog? Besides, he is so small, adorable, and he is not dangerous. I used to think that my sweet little dog was only playing when grabbing someone with his teeth. Yes, maybe he was only playing but I came to realize that he still needs training just as a big dog does. Below are reasons as to why your puppy needs training:

1. To equip him with appropriate manners
Can you imagine bringing home an important visitor, only to find a barking and jumping dog that is snapping at the visitors ankles. We all have seen this and no one really likes the behavior. I remember when my puppy was 4 weeks old; I came home with my long lost friend in high school, who works as a medical assistant (see resume sample here). I was so embarrassed to see my dog jumping all over my visitor until she was so uncomfortable. I realized that he needs training to be able to get proper socialization skills.

2. Because they are always with you
Small dogs are always in your company in every part of the house. The last thing you would want is to have it in your bedroom, only to find his tiny urine on the floor. For that reason, having a trained puppy is important for the manners. There was a time when I applied for a nanny job during school holidays and I got one. I used to work in a house where they had a small puppy that was so naughty. I could not even leave him with a kid because I was afraid he might bite the kid when playing. The owner was so worried about the puppy that he decided to give him some training. After a few days, he was so adorable that everyone wanted to be around him.

3. The puppy needs house training
Whether your puppy is big is small, he really needs house training. Nothing is bad than having a little guy who does his business anywhere and anytime. Just because he is small, that doesn’t mean that he does not need training. Just remember that the reason as to why all dogs ends up in a shelter is as a result of house training issues.

4. Building relationship
By training your puppy, you will be able to establish a healthy dog-master relationship. Your dog will be able to understand that you are superior to him and that there are rules that need to be followed.

5. To save their lives
Training your small dog with simple exercises can actually save their lives for example, teaching him a “come” command can save him, especially when he is heading for the street. This way you can save him from being hit by a car.

6. You want to be proud of your puppy
So many people usually try to give excuses for their ill-behaved dogs. When you think about it for a moment, you will realize that it is not the dog’s fault. It is the owner who wouldn’t just take time to train the puppy to a dog that they can be proud of.

Puppy training is not that hard or expensive. In fact, giving your dog up to 15 minutes training session a day can be of great help. By the end of the training session, you will have a little king that you have always desired.

 

Best Dog Companion for Seniors

dogforseniorsA dog is a great companion to have at any age. You see the most adorable pictures of even the youngest children playing with their cute dogs. A dog is a buddy for life, one you have as you grow up, and a friend even as you grow old. Here is a good article which examines the history of this special bond between dogs and their human owners. So if you’re thinking of getting one for your older loved one, then read on.

Seniors actually have the most use for a dog. As parents they have been taking care of children for the past years of their lives, and having the house to themselves will bring much deserved, albeit lonely silence. Having a loving pet will help decrease feelings of loneliness and offer entertainment to the owners. Having a dog also leads to more exercise, since a dog’s lively personality will also encourage movement.

However, choosing one would involve a few factors. It’s important to consider where the potential owner is living, his state of health and physical strength, as well as his lifestyle. You want him to have fun with his dog, not add stress by giving him a dog whose care can overwhelm him.

Lap dogs are the most recommended for seniors, since they need less exercise and will adapt quickly to small living spaces. Some also advise getting adult dogs, which ensure that owners have an idea of the dog’s health history and temperament. It also saves them the money, time, and energy that would be put in raising a puppy.

 

  1. Shih Tzu

Small with long silky hair, these dogs are affectionate, yet willing to bark at strangers (so they can be watchdogs too!). They don’t shed much and need grooming every 6 to 8 weeks. They’re very playful, but have minimal exercise needs.

  1. Pug

These playful clowns are affectionate and outgoing, with low energy and exercise requirements, making them a wise choice for seniors.

  1. Maltese

Another feisty and playful dog, the Maltese is also a quiet lapdog and content to sit around when you can’t walk him. Maltese like to bark, so they make for excellent watchdogs.

  1. Yorkshire Terrier

This lively dog is active and vocal, and requires regular grooming. They have a big bark, but they are affectionate to owners, and are happy lapdogs that are fine whether you’re the type to stay inside the house or one who likes to go have outdoor walks.

  1. Lhasa Apso

Usually the most recommended for seniors, this dog is independent and will be happy just to curl up inside the house with his owner. Though the Apso loves to walk and play, he will be just as contented to sit on your lap or lie on your feet. They make great watchdogs because they tend to bark a lot.

 

A dog is someone to take care of, to talk with, to play with, and most importantly, someone we can be responsible for. Some seniors might need exactly that in order to feel loved and wanted. Studies show that these companion animals can lower stress, blood pressure, as well as depression.

In picking a dog for seniors, you may want to check out shelters and rescue groups. Before visiting animal shelters though, it would be a responsible thing to do to at least have them read an adoption guide like this so they would be made aware of the challenges they’ll be facing. PAWS has an adoption program specifically for older people, Seniors for Seniors, which places cats and dogs who are seven years or older with individuals sixty years or older. Seniors can find about dogs that are ready for adoption by calling nearby animal shelters using a mobile phone specially designed for the elderly. Seniors can choose one from the several free cell phones for seniors listed here so they can easily make calls and increase the chance of finding the perfect dog to be their next best friend.

7 Ways to Deal With Your Dog’s Aggressive Behavior

aggressivedogWho here loves dogs? Treated right, these pets can become your best buddies who will stay loyal to you for life. Having a dog helps you to be more sociable, keeps you healthy (with all the running and playing involved) and instills in you a discipline needed to take care of another creature dependent on you. Sounds like having a child, doesn’t it?

And like having a child, there are days, or even phases, in dogs’ life when they show aggressiveness. It is a common problem, but it does get frustrating when your dog suddenly sounds rough and you stand there not knowing what to do. The stance and the bark suddenly seem threatening, a growl is heard every now and then, and the dog may even bite – sometimes just a quick one without a mark, but sometimes it leaves a wound. It’s best to recognize the warning signs early on so you know how to deal with your dog’s aggressive behavior.

 

  1. Know the cause

When does your dog become aggressive?Evaluate what causes your dog to be upset. He might be territorial and not like strangers in the house. He might not be used to the summer heat. Only when you know the cause can you plan what to do with your dog.

  1. Talk to a veterinarian

Probably one of the most pragmatic things to do when you’re worried about your dog is to bring him to the veterinarian. Your dog might be injured, or experiencing a medical problem, and this is his way of calling for help.

  1. Exercise more often

A dog’s aggression comes from pent-up energy. It’s possible that your dog needs to exercise more so he can burn that excess energy and return to his calm state. At least walk with your dog twice a day to help keep him fit.

  1. Meet other dogs

Dogs are sociable beings. It is natural for them to communicate with other dogs. However, their owners have a tendency to instill antisocial behavior. Learn which habits you’re doing that might cause your dog to have pent-up frustration.

  1. Show them who’s boss

When you’re walking with your dog and he starts pulling, stop walking and make him realize that you will not continue until he calms down. Learn how to command properly. Your dog expects you to be the pack leader, and if you show your dominance, they will stop fighting for it.

  1. Be patient and positive

Reprimand does not work for dogs. It may even backfire and escalate the aggression.Don’t let him feel the need to defend himself – that may lead to sudden biting.

  1. Relax

A dog can sense if his owner is afraid or nervous. Don’t transfer your anxiety to your dog. When your dog feels you are threatened, there’s a tendency for him to be more aggressive.

 

You can find all these tips and more when you watch television shows that feature training dogs and handling their aggressions. One such show is Cesar Millan’sDog Whisperer, which is definitely a must-see for all dog owners. Millan’s show features several problem dogs, which he helps the owner understand. He also gives a lot of tips on general dog problems.

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What Qualities Must A Good Dog Trainer Have?

dogtraining.jpgBecause you want to be able to enjoy many memories and fun moments with your dog, you would want them to be trained properly especially if you keep them inside the home. Now, while there are some aspects of dog training that you can accomplish as the owner, others are more complicated and would require the expertise of someone with the right skills and knowledge. Also, based on the breed of your dog, they may require different tactics or approaches in training.

Depending on the general area where you live, you may have more choices when it comes to dog trainers. Many pet shops offer dog training services or referrals, and most animal clinics and veterinary practices may also refer you to trainers whom they work with. In addition, there are independent dog training providers in most big cities and towns that cater to dog breeds of all ages and sizes.

Choosing the right dog trainer is not something you can just haphazardly get over with. The appropriate trainer for your pet will make sure that your dog is taken care of and is ready to live with you and your family without causing any major problems. On the other hand, improper training leads to behavioral problems and would give you a lot of headaches and more costs later on.

Referrals and word-of-mouth are important considerations when you are looking around for a dog trainer. You may want to consult with your trusted veterinarian or animal care specialist regarding dog trainers in your area that they already know and work with. Dog trainers must be patient and understanding with the dogs they work with, and more importantly they should possess the proper training and licenses in order to do this line of work. More likely, veterinarians would know who the most trusted and appropriate dog trainers are in your location.

If you have family or friends who also have dogs, you may also go to them for referrals, especially if you have seen firsthand how their dogs behave and interact with people. Some dog trainers may even be able to give you discounts if you are referred by previous customers. This also gives you the assurance that the dog trainer you will be working with is someone who already has a proven record of excellence in this field.

The Internet can also be a convenient way to check out dog training options in your area. You can do a Google search or use review websites that list local establishments along with feedback from previous or current customers. When you do a Web search, you do need to be careful about certain search results or user feedback that are actually advertising or marketing methods. You can also try user boards or forums that cater to dogs or dog training specifically, as the discussions on these boards may also assist you in your search. In case you are unable to surf the internet because of connection issues, we have the Comcast phone number here for you to call and get some technical assistance.

Some people still prefer the traditional method, which is going through the phone book and looking at local listings for dog trainers. This also allows you to speak directly with a representative for the dog training provider, so any questions you may have are answered right away. Make sure you get the best trainer for your dog now so you can enjoy many happy moments with a an active and well-mannered dog.

Ideas on how to potty train a puppy

how to potty train a puppyCan there be anything worse than waking up in the morning only to find your puppy rolling on his poop? Or more frustrating, taking him out to pee and then he decides to bring his little trickles back into the house? potty training a puppy is not as hard as many perceive it to be, but there are heaps of tricks that many people mostly fail to use, simply because they are not told how important they are in changing a puppy’s toilet habits. Below are ideas on how to potty train a puppy:

1. Stay calm and collected

Even before you start training your pet, you need to remember that you need to be calm during the process. Just as it will be hard for you to poop with someone yelling at you, it is equally hard for the puppy. Some people have adopted an old school method of rubbing a puppy’s nose on its poop as a way of teaching him a lesson. This is a Stone Age technique which doesn’t help at all. By rubbing poop on his nose, you are only showing him where it is not supposed to poop but you have not shown him where it should go. You need to be patient and be calm towards your puppy rather than complicating the situation. Besides, it is not his fault that you have not trained him.

2. Be patient

You should not train your pet today and then expect it to follow your instruction tomorrow or the next day. Anyone with kids will tell you that even with kids, who are a little bit brainier than puppies it is not always a walk in the park. There is no reason for you to use of throwing a tantrum for him if he fails to get things right. Just as you are patient with the results of the make-up you apply on your face, that’s how it should be with your puppy. When you apply BB cream that is ideal for people with oily skin on your face, you do not start complaining after one day use, you are patient to see its effects.

Just a side note, Apart from a cream, foundation also works great on different faces. If you are not sure of your skin type, you can choose to use foundation for combination skin which contains essential vitamins for your skin. It is ideal for any skin type and you do not have to apply sunblock creams.

3. The rug

Puppies usually confuse a rag for grass. This is because it is thick and feels like a perfect place to pee or poop. The problem is even after you wash it, it still retains the smell and your puppy might keep using it for the wrong reasons. The best thing is to put it away and put it back after some time when it is stench free.

4. Do not lose focus on your goal

Unfortunately, most people forget their goals for potty training and as a result, they start yelling at the helpless puppy. The best way to train him is rewarding him for every correct thing he does, immediately with a good treat. The problem with animals is that they do not have the ability to remember or think like humans. Therefore, if you reward him later he may not be able to link the treat to the training and it will be hard to learn. Give him a treat in not later than 2 seconds after the deed.

5. be consistent

Consistency is the key. Your puppy will be fully trained if you follow the routine, otherwise, you will get him confused causing him to have more accidents and much harder time with potty training.

Evidently, potty training is not hard at all. All you need is patience and be determination. By following the above ideas on how to potty train a puppy you will have a puppy that you will enjoy spending time with.

How to house train a puppy

dog trainingAll dogs are not created equally. Some are born to lead while others are born to gladly follow commands from the leader. Consequently, dogs respond to house training differently; some willingly do their exercises giving you an easy time while others will test your temper to its limits. What you need to know is that hard to train dogs are by no means lesser dogs to their counterparts. On the contrary, these dogs usually possess some positive traits that interfere with their training sessions. In fact, these dogs might even possess high level of intelligence that may help them get what they want and when they want it. The following tips will help you train your puppy in the most effective ways.

1. Understand your dog’s behavior
It is good to understand that dogs do not know the right or wrong. Instead, they know what is dangerous and safe. When a puppy comes into your house, he does not know that it is wrong to urinate on your carpet. As far as he is concerned, your carpet is an extension of elsewhere he is used to roam. Your carpet is also a warm and comfortable place to be, compared to the cold and dirty yard outside. To make your dog know that urinating on your carpet is bad, you discipline him when you catch him in the act, not after the behavior already taken place but when the behavior is occurring. Punishing him after the unwanted behavior has taken place will only confuse the puppy, making your house training process harder.

2. Creating a suitable environment
You can easily do this by acquiring a crate or den. Proper housing is important when it comes to teaching your dog the importance of eliminating away from sleeping areas or food. If your dog does not have a designated place to stay or feed, you may find him peeing just anywhere because that is what has always been allowed. If you get him a crate, he may learn at a very early age to eliminate elsewhere. No one would wish to have a puppy that pees everywhere including in the kitchen. Before I forget, I found the best glider that you will love having in your kitchen. To get the best weed glider, www.inmykitchen.org is the place to be. I too visited the site and I found them handy, which is why I have shared this information with you. In case you are a juice lover, you do not have to worry about taking healthy juice, you can easily get the best juicer greens by clicking here.

3. Choose a designated area for your puppy to urinate or pee
This spot can be somewhere in your backyard, somewhere near your tank or any other structure that provides shelter from wind, or a suitable place in your garden. Wherever the place is, have a firm commitment to it before introducing your pet. This will help you avoid inconsistent messages as you moving your pet from one spot to another in the yard looking for the best place.

4. Develop a schedule
Putting your puppy on a feeding schedule during house training process can make your task more successful. If a puppy is allowed to eat whenever he wishes, you may find it hard to house train him. Also, you need to develop a consistent schedule to take him outside as it will be easier for you. Always take him out within 15 to 20 minutes after every meal. This will make him get used to the schedule and he will learn fast.

5. Praise
As soon as your puppy finishes, you need to praise him with excitement and immediately take him inside. Keep on taking him to the same housebreaking spot every time and encourage him with friendly commands like “go potty”, “hurry up”, or any other option. Once he finishes, praise him and give him a treat immediately. With time, he will get used to the routine.

You do not have to struggle with irritable dog’s behavior. Just follow the above tips on how to house train dogs and have a dog that you have always desired to keep in your home.

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How to Potty Train your New Dog

potty training a dogYou have wanted to have a new pet for ages, and now your new dog is finally here. Exciting; isn’t it? This is until you find a stinky pile right in the middle of your carpet. Only then do you realize that you may have overlooked something. As you clean up that mess, you definitely want to make sure it’s your last. You have to train your new dog; fast.
Generally, younger dogs have small bladders and pee all the time. They also poop soon after eating. Potty training a dog is all about consistency. Make sure your dog relieves itself in the same exact place, each time. Use the same route to head to your selected spot. With time, the dog will get there even without your help.
Some breeds take longer than others to get into this routine. If your dog is taking a little more time, don’t run out of patience. Your attitude is also very important in this process. If your dog happens to pee or poop in the house in the initial days, don’t lose your temper or raise your voice. Simply say a firm ‘no’ and carry the dog outside. If you throw a tantrum, the poor creature will simply get frightened and confused. He will be standing there wondering why you’re scolding for something that is natural to him. The most he will learn from this is not to potty in your presence. He will potty all the same, only this time in secret.
To make the process even faster, include crate training. This also helps if you do not want to give your new dog access to the whole house just yet. Crating allows you to keep an eye on the dog. If you see him getting restless, it’s probably time to potty, especially after meals. Take him out to your selected spot. Use the same route, remember? Hang around as he carries out his business, and praise him afterwards. It can be a few pats on the back, or play around the yard a bit. He will be more than eager to do the right thing next time.
Establish a routine so that the dog gets accustomed to your lifestyle and makes your task easier. This routine should include feeding, sleeping, playing and obviously the potty. Even the body will adapt to this routine and you’ll find that he needs to potty at around the same time every day. If you go with him to a restaurant, inform the receptionist or bartender how your dog behaves.

Generally, puppies are easier to train than older dogs. The older dogs may have been exposed to a different routine elsewhere, making it difficult to adapt to the new one. Not to worry though, in this area, even old dogs can learn new tricks. Just be patient.
A potty trained dog makes your stay with your pet so much easier. It allows your home to be healthy so that you’re not exposed to germs. At the end of the day; everybody is happy.

4 Great Ways to Spoil your 4-Legged Best Friend

Woman playing with her 2 dogsSo your dog clearly loves you and is very loyal to you, and you want to spoil him or her back with the same affection, right? After all, your dog is your constant companion, and definitely a loyal best friend who will love you unconditionally without reservation or judgment. Your dog deserves the best treatment and attention from you, and if you want to spoil your animal friend every once in a while, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that at all, but what to do?

Luxurious Bedding

How about a nice new bed for your dog? Perhaps he or she sleeps on the couch or the floor, or even beside you, and it is time to give them a nice dog bed that they can really call their own. Pet stores and even online retailers offer a wide selection of beds for your canine friend, from the basic beds around $50, to the more luxurious beds at several hundred dollars. Make sure your dog’s bed is comfortable with linens and pillows, and he or she will surely love you even more.

Gourmet Treats

When it comes to food, it is not recommended that dog owners change their pet’s diet abruptly. However, there are special treats you can give them from time to time, aside from their usual diet, if you want to spoil them a bit or celebrate a special occasion or holiday. For instance, if your dog’s usual diet is dry, perhaps a dinner of steak, chicken, or other meats would be very special, and endear you to your companion even more. You can make it even more of a treat by eating at the same time, or going to the park or backyard together and having a picnic.

A Day at the Dog Spa

Pampering your dog can also be a time to get clean. You can take your dog to the local pet shop or spa for a thorough cleaning, shampooing, and the works. Not only will your pet feel cleaner, but any potential issues with fleas, ticks, and other common dog problems will be spotted and taken care of right away – saving you other hassles.

Outdoor Partner

During the summer, many dog owners like to take their animal friends along for vacations and road trips. If you have an open vehicle such as a jeep with a jeep bikini top, here, your dog will absolutely love sticking their head out and enjoying the sunshine and open air as you head to your destination. Vehicles like this are also perfect for camping out, and your dog will enjoy sleeping outside and enjoying the outdoors with you. You can even find older jeep wranglers for sale online here. If you do not have a jeep, or the money to buy one, you can still take your dog along for the ride, and have lots of memorable moments together.

While it’s always nice to pamper and spoil your dog, remember that to them, the most important things you can give are your love and attention. At the end of the day, take some time to play with them, or cuddle while relaxing on the couch, and this will make them feel loved and important. Even your nightly walk around the neighborhood or jog around the park can be very enjoyable for your dog, especially if you were away most of the day at work and you had to leave your canine friend at home. When you spend time with them, they become even fonder of you and you will definitely feel their love.

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Train Your Dog How To Walk The Right Way On A Treadmill

dog treadmillI love working out from the comfort of my home that is why I decided to have a home gym in my basement. It is a convenient way of keeping fit while still enjoying the company of my lovely French dog. He likes to lazy around while I am exercising and after I am done we head back to the house.
I usually feed him with his favorite food after I have had a nice work out on the treadmill and then I rush to the bathroom where I soak myself in a bubble bath. It’s a fun way of relaxing after a hard day’s work. Right? Dinner is usually early so that I can grab a bottle of some of most expensive vodka I once got as a gift from my scotch club.
My French dog is usually seated curled up next to me and we watch some good movies. But last year, my dog got an injury and I had a lot of training to do to get him back in shape. Although he was first afraid of the treadmill, he got so used to it and enjoyed every bit of our exercise regime.
Walking on a treadmill is a great way of exercising for dogs especially during winter when it is extremely cold for them to walk outdoors or during summer when it is too hot and the heat is unbearable. Although you cannot substitute it with a nice long run, walk or hike, it comes in handy when the weather conditions are extreme and my French dog cannot walk out to do some exercise. Here is how to teach your dog how to walk on a tread mill…
• Position your treadmill in such a way that the dog is not walking into a wall
• If your dog is clicker trained use clicker training
• Begin by letting the dog get on the treadmill on its own without running so that it can get used to the machine. This is very important so that the dog can get interested to the treadmill.
• When it has developed some interest, let it stand or sit near the treadmill and turn the machine on. This lets your dog get used to the sound of the machine and it will make it easier in training the dog.
• Place your dog on the treadmill and start it at a very slow speed. Use a treat to lure your dog and praise them when they do well.
• It is normal for your dog to be frightened at first but always remain calm and encourage them.
• Continue repeating these steps until your dog is comfortable walking on the treadmill alone.
• You may stand next to your dog as they walk on the treadmill so that they can be more confident .
Your dog will soon learn to walk on the treadmill like a pro. It is important to always supervise your dog to ensure that they are always at the center of the treadmill for maximum safety. Also avoid any food an hour before the exercise.

Pre-travel advice’s for camping with a dog

camping With dogCamping can be a great idea that allows the owners to take their dogs and spent some valuable time with them. Pets are just like part of the family. So it makes sense for owners to bring their dog along any trip, including camping.

One needs to get prepared before Taking a dog on a trip. It is a good idea to ensure that one has all the things that are required during the trip. The camping area mostly consists of a wide, beautiful and dog friendly environment. This makes the dogs enjoy and become happy.

- First of all make sure that the pet is properly socialized. They should obey the commands given by their owner.

- Always have the vet’s phone number as well as have a copy of the dog’s veterinary details. This helps in case of emergencies.

- Ensure that dog should have a suitable collar that indicates the ID tag having his name, owner’s name as well as address and phone number.

- Always make sure that the lead, collar and snap are in proper condition so that they don’t break in case of any sudden lunges.

- Micro chipping is a great idea for the dogs. This helps the owner and the dog to get united in case they are separated.

- Always take the dog to the vet before moving on a vacation so as to ensure that pet is ready to move on a trip.

- Have a first aid kit box that contains veterinary doctor’s phone. Have gauze that wraps the wounds. Bandages are required to control bleeding. Oral treatments may include scissors, tweezers, sticking tape, Vaseline, blanket, cotton wool, gloves etc.

- Have the phone numbers of the local vets. This helps to remain alert in case of emergencies.

- Always bring your dogs favorite food to make the pet more active and comfortable during the trip. Need help to pick a dog food? I recommend this article.

During the trip:

- Essentials: make sure that all the required things are packed including food, bowl, water, leads, toys etc. If you are going for a long hiking trip, remember to bring a water bottle for both you and your dog. I recommend Klean Kanteen based on the recommendations from outdooraid.

- stake: always make sure that something sturdy is there to tie the dog.

- Always have the first aid facilities in case of any emergencies.

- Dogs are mostly conscious about their bed in new surroundings. So it is better option to take their beds along with so that they don’t feel uncomfortable.

It’s always important to remember that dogs are quickly stressed when they are moved to new and unfamiliar areas. So, it becomes the responsibility of the owner to make them stress free and enjoy each and every minute of their camping with their owner. The owner needs to understand the temperament of the dog so as to cater for his needs and ensure that it becomes happy during the trip.

Apart from this one should familiarize all the situations or scenarios that he is going to experience in the later days of the trip. Perhaps one can even go on frequent vacations so that the dog becomes familiar with the environment. Always take all the necessary belongings of the dog that may be required during the trip.

 

Friend I make training dogs.

dogtrainingHaving a dog in the family should be a source of great joy and companionship and not an extra source of frustration as often is the case with most dog owners. Dog training demands long and at times tedious hours of work but I really enjoy it. It takes a lot of repetition and patience when dealing with dogs. As a dog trainer, I first make friends with the dog so that the training can be effective. I have trained as a dog trainer in a good dog training school and I have a great resume. If a dog lacks proper training, it may try to take over the entire house hold as the “pack leader”. This is where problems with destructive behavior can arise and sometimes even aggression. So my role as a dog trainer is very crucial in training dogs on basic obedience or advanced obedience for clients who want their dogs trained for competition. I provide all kinds of dog training.

As a dog trainer, I begin my job by first realizing that I must train the owner as well as the dog. Most dog owners know very little when it comes to understanding the best way to co-exist with their dogs. Therefore, the first friend I make training dogs are the owners. This is very vital in my career since I spend a lot of time consulting with them. This is where my communication skills as a dog trainer come in handy. Sometimes, I have to take the dog away from the owner and board it in a training facility for about 7days. One of my clients, a wanna-be dental assistant (finishing school and preparing CV now), is really great and often calls during the day to check how the training is going. He at times passes by the “training camp” to see how far I have gone with the training. Once during the training, the dog got injured and needed some medical assistance real fast. I called the owner who provided the necessary details needed to attend to his dog. Working with such clients makes my work very easy and I am able to accomplish more with the dogs.

When I feel that the dog is ready to go home, I usually create sometime with the owner and explain to them the training then show them what their dog has learnt. I always remind them to transfer all that training into the home environment. I make phone follow ups weekly to make sure that the dog is properly settling at home.