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Sunday, April 28, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
You may think that dog obedience training would be very difficult especially if you have never trained a dog before. No one wants their dog to misbehave so that leads us to find a way to train our dogs to be obedient. Is it possible to train your dog the wrong way? In order to teach your dog to be obedient, there are a few things that are required in order for your dog obedience training lessons to be effective and easy. As a dog owner dedicated to the goal of training your dog to behave, it is important to be patient, structured, and loving when training your dog. When you begin training your dog to be obedient, you may be surprised that your dog is not the only one that is learning some valuable lessons. You will find when dog obedience training that you are learning a lot from these lessons also. You will really need to get to know the personality of your dog and your dogs needs in order to find effective ways to train your dog to be obedient.
Each dog will have its own type of body language and personality. If you recognize these you will be more successful in your training. When dog obedience training you need to keep persistence and consistency for it to go well. Most of the time your dog will not change their behavior in a single day. Since is your job to realize that dog obedience training will be a gradual learning process, it is important to keep trying and not give up because your dog will learn with patience and time. Even if your dog seems to be learning slowly, being persistent in trying to train your dog will benefit you and your dog in the future. If you keep your eye on the prize and work with them, all of your hard work will pay off. Your dog obedience training must start as soon as you bring your new dog home. Even though your puppy may seem adorable tearing up your home that first day, what you are really doing is telling your dog it is okay to have bad behavior. You must establish dominance over the puppy and set firm rules the very moment he comes home.
Teaching your dog the use the bathroom outside is probably the most important thing you will teach your dog. Other behaviors to discourage in your new puppy include, chewing furniture, jumping on your friends and family, or leaving your yard. You must assert your dominance as dogs live in packs and will follow the direction of whoever is the dominant one. Your dog will respect you much more and learn a lot faster if you let the dog know that you are in charge from the very beginning of dog obedience training. Although you need to establish your role of leader from the very beginning, it is not necessary to be too strict in your training and punishment techniques when your dog is just in its influential puppy stage. While you are teaching your new puppy that your are the one in charge, it is also important to show your puppy plenty of love by playing with and petting your puppy.
Your best chance is to read up on a bit of material on dog obedience training before you go out to get your new puppy to bring home. Even if you have already picked up your furry little friend in a hasty decision and are now browsing for ways to train him, you can still find hope. The two most important aspects of your dog obedience training should be to let your dog know lovingly that you are in charge and never to waiver on that fact.
By: Ryan Hill
Thursday, April 18, 2013
In addition to the helpful article (below), remember to use Music My Pet to ease the transition in adopting a pet....
Adopting a pet is a wonderful deed—you’ll help a dog or cat in need while at the same time find a devoted animal companion. But it’s also a long-term commitment and not to be taken lightly. You’ll need to be prepared to provide care, food, training and attention— be ready to deal with a pet that may shed on or chew or scratch furniture—and be able to afford years of veterinary costs. But what you’ll receive in return is priceless and immeasurable: the gift of unconditional love.
Shelter Pet Myths
There are many myths associated with shelter animals that prevent potential pet-owners from considering adoption. One myth is: you can’t find adoptable puppies or kittens, while in reality shelters have pets of all ages and sizes waiting to find a forever home. Another myth is that there are no purebred dogs or cats available for adoption. The truth is 25% of shelter animals are purebreds. In addition, there are many breed-specific rescue groups that work to match up the right owner with the perfect purebred pet. Finally, many believe falsely that shelter animals have been given up because they’re un-trainable, while in fact many healthy, sweet, smart animals have been surrendered to shelters not due to their dispositions but due to situations out of the pets’ control. Plus, many pets adopted through shelters and rescues are spayed or neutered, behavior tested, and microchipped.
Many healthy, sweet, smart animals have been surrendered to shelters not due to their dispositions but due to a divorce, a move or lifestyle change, or a family member developed allergies, or because an owner was not truly ready for the responsibility of pet ownership. Shelters offer adoptable dogs and cats of all ages, breeds, mixes and sizes. And if you’re truly set on a purebred pet, there are breed-specific rescue groups that work to match up the right owner with the perfect purebred pet.
Finding Your New Pet
When considering a new pet for the whole family, it’s good to involve all members of the household in the process, which means having everyone visit the shelter together to pick out your new dog or cat. That includes your current dog. Some shelters even provide special rooms for dog-to-dog meet-and-greets to ensure the right match. It’s also a smart idea to keep an open mind about the kind of dog or cat you want and work with the shelter experts to find the pet best suited to your lifestyle and temperament.
The Adoption Process
Most shelters have an adoption screening process that includes paperwork plus personal references. And you should know that adoption fees often cover vaccinations, micro chipping, spay/neuter surgery.
A Period of Adjustment
It’s common to experience a period of adjustment when you bring your new pet home. Remember, your pet has just gone through many changes and is often confused. Dogs are creatures of habit and need time to get used to new smells, schedules and people. Cats are very territorial and often hide for a few days, even up to a week, when introduced to new surroundings. Have patience—this initial adjustment period can last a month to three months. In taking the time to learn about and get used to each other, you and your pet will build a loving relationship that will last for years.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
I will get straight to the point about homeopathy for dogs. I am sure that you are looking for alternative treatments over conventional medicinal remedies for your dogs. I know how you feel about wanting to provide safe and effective treatments for your pets. Imagine being able to do this and save money at the same time over traditional vet bills. There is no better time to help your pet than today. WHAT IS HOMEOPATHY A form of alternative medicine first proposed by a German physician in 1796 Widely used by the public in over the counter medications Homeopathy uses animal, plant, mineral and synthetic substances in the preparation of various remedies. Traditional medicine believes that symptoms are created by the sickness or illness whereas homeopathic medicine believes that the symptoms are the body’s response to the illness and therefore tries to stimulate the symptoms to fight the illness. Homeopathic remedies are considered safe with very few exceptions. VETERINARY HOMEOPATHY Dates back to the original concept of human homeopathy first discussed in 1796 Not approved by the FDA for veterinary medicine in the United States There is a international group of homeopathic veterinarians Use of homeopathy by veterinarians is controversial There has been little scientific research to support homeopathic treatment in animals. A form of alternative medicine that uses animal, plant, mineral, and synthetic substances in the preparation of various remedies. Most pet owners who are looking at homeopathy treatment are also looking at closely related issues such as natural pet r emedies, herbal remedies, and home remedies in order to provide safer treatments for their dogs over the riskier conventional medicines used by many vets today. Take action today by getting great home remedies to use for various pet illnesses and ailments and save on vet bills. Every ailment does not require a vet bill. Read on through the last paragraph and click on the links to save some real bucks.
By: Maral Heggemeier
Are you making any of the classic pet treatment mistakes which will cause you to improperly treat your dog by usinghomeopathy for dogs? I hate to admit it but I have made most if not all of them myself. Find out what they are and how to avoid them by visiting www.catanddogcures.com right now before you do any serious harm to your pet. They are a member of the family also. Visit Animal Pets & Friends for more pet and animal articles.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Today, we will review some of the most common triggers for dog aggression. If your dog is aggressive or reactive when exposed to any of these environmental triggers, you will want to consult with a qualified, experienced behavior professional in your area who employs dog-friendly, scientifically valid behavior modification techniques.
Many dogs respond aggressively to being handled in certain ways. Common triggers for handling aggression include:
Being picked up
The same goes for various veterinary examinations and procedures, including but not limited to:
Injections of any sort
Being restrained for examination
Being on the examination table
Being pet or touched
Maternal aggression is common in all species. Biologically, the point of all life is to pass on genes through reproduction. Because this instinct is strong and inherent in all animals, mothers are extremely likely to be very protective of their litters. Even a dam that is usually friendly may consider strangers to be a threat to her litter and display emotional signals which are intended to inhibit further approach.
Many dogs think guarding their home and property is a very important job. Territoriality is an extension of resource guarding, when the entire home and property become a valuable resource which is to be guarded from intruders at any cost.
Resource guarding is natural behavior. Dogs that resource guard will view approach by other dogs and/or humans as a threat to what they perceive to be valuable - be it the home property, the owner, a meal or a toy, or a preferred sleeping space.
Aggression toward other dogs may have a variety of manifestations and causes:
1. Intersex aggression - Intersex aggression is aggression toward dogs of the same sex. This tends to be most common in dogs that are sexually intact and is generally resource guarding for reproductive advantage.
2. Type-specific aggression - Type-specific aggression can occur when a dog has a socialization deficit with dogs of a particular body type (large, black dogs for instance) or a history of negative experiences with a dog of particular body type.
3. Behavior-specific aggression - Dogs, like people, cannot be expected to indefinitely tolerate even the rudest behavior of conspecifics (other dogs). Many dogs will not hesitate to use their voices, body, and/or teeth to tell a rude dog to "back off!"
Because dogs are predators, they are hard-wired to chase after and bite at things that move quickly and/or unpredictably. Animals which move quickly (squirrels, birds, cats, etc.) are frequent triggers. Human triggers for motion reactivity include biking, jogging, skateboarding, or moving automobiles.
Frustration is another common cause of dog aggression. Frustration creates stress, which contributes to aggression. Frustration aggression often forms in relation to barriers including leashes or fences. The dog may want to check out a person or dog on the other side of the fence but becomes frustrated because he cannot. He may redirect his aggression toward a familiar human or animal as a result. Frustration aggression may also occur in relation to extinction, where reinforcement is removed for a behavior that has been previously continuously reinforced. If barking always worked to get attention but suddenly the owner begins ignoring the barking, the dog may experiment to find out if nipping is a more effective way of getting attention.
Specific Groups of People
Dogs can be aggressive to specific groups of people or people with certain common characteristics - men with beards, people of color, small children, people in walkers or wheelchairs, individuals with altered mobility, even individuals wearing a certain cologne or perfume.
As you can see, the predictors of dog aggression vary widely. A dog's response to a stimulus will be effected positively (create a positive, happy response) by the number of positive experiences the dog has in the presence of that trigger, particularly during critical periods of development in puppyhood. A dog's response to a stimulus will be effected negatively (create a reactive or aggressive response) by a) lack of exposure and b) unpleasant exposure experiences in the presence of the designated trigger.
Note: We hope you found the above information to be helpful. Also, remember that Music My Pet can help to reduce aggression in pets as well.