Author: pet-care

Dogs love routine. If you understand that one simple fact about your dog, you have a powerful tool to train your dog. Try to picture yourself as your dog. You essentially live in an alien environment created by another species. You love your humans but they speak another language, apparently walk on their hind legs, display displeasure when you sniff their crotch and engage in many unfathomable behaviors that escapes your comprehension. Then there’s your home. It’s filled with monsters. You’ve heard your humans laugh and sometimes even cry at the strange screen with the flashing pictures and the talking…

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Ten Things About Training Your Dog 1. A dog is a dog. Some people assume their dogs communicate the same way that humans do and, therefore, they try to communicate with dogs the way they would with another person. This is the greatest misconception of many dog owners. Although domesticated for thousands of years, dogs in the wild have always lived by instinct and associative learning. Today, dogs live by the same rules and exhibit many of the same behavioral patterns as their wild ancestors. Therefore, as dog owners, you need to realize dogs have different needs; to effectively train…

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A common concern of my client’s is that their dog is guarding/owning them. This is a serious situation that should be addressed and resolved right away. Unwanted guarding or ownership of a person by a dog is a symptom of a much bigger issue – lack of leadership. This occurs when the human has inadvertently relinquished (or never was) the leader. Some people may at first, find this type of behavior cute or be proud their dog’s ‘ownership/guarding’ behavior. The problem is, if you do not know how to control the behavior the result can be traumatic for both dog…

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Dogs Are Aggressive If They Are Trained Badly Many dogs are put down or abandoned due to their violent nature, but contrary to popular belief, breed has little to do with a dog’s aggressive behaviour compared to all the owner-dependant factors. This is shown in a new study from the University of Córdoba, which includes breeds that are considered aggressive by nature, such as the Rottweiler or the Pit Bull. The conclusions, however, are surprising: it is the owners who are primarily responsible for attacks due to dominance or competition of their pets. The research team from the University of…

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dog chewing,dog training If your dog chews excessively, dog bones may not be the answer. I am often asked to help with dogs that eat furniture, clothing, and often expensive household items. Typically the owner will attempt to cure the problem by stocking up on chew toys and doggie bones. It is also normal that this does not remedy the problem. It is a pervasive myth that all dogs love bones and love to chew. For a very short period during their puppy stage, chewing is normal. But it is not normal in adult dogs. In fact, with few exceptions,…

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Although dogs and humans are separate species, they also share many areas of similarly regarding how they learn. Dogs have individual temperaments, just as humans have individual personalities. Recent research has strongly suggested that dogs even have emotions such as love and jealously. In fact, many of the newer studies on canine behavior confirm what most dog owners have instinctively known for quite some time. Dogs, although not just like us, are more like humans than many would care to believe. Previously it was thought that dogs because they are animals, were simply a form of a mindless beast that…

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Adopting a dog should not be taken lightly. Dog ownership is a lifelong commitment. Although it can never be a certainty that you will find the perfect dog for you, it is important to exercise sound judgment to improve the odds of success. After years of addressing behavioral problems in dogs, it has become my conclusion that many dog/owner problems are rooted in the initial selection process. In other words, the owner acted on impulse or without the proper knowledge needed in making such a significant commitment. I list below the things to be considered in picking a great dog…

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Study Finds Dogs Resemble Owners The old adage that people resemble their pet dogs may really be true, suggests a new study by US scientists. Pure-bred dogs can be matched to their owners by strangers most of the time. But the same does not hold true for mixed breed dogs, say Nicholas Christenfeld and Michael Roy, psychologists at the University of California San Diego. When judges were shown digital photos of dog owners and given a choice of one of two dogs – they matched the correct pair 64 per cent of the time when the dog was a pure…

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Blue, Heather’s normally affectionate and obedient Rottweiler, began tearing up the house shortly after Heather went back to work as an accountant after several years at home. The contents of the trash cans were strewn all over the house. A favorite comforter was destroyed. Then Blue began peeing all over Heather’s expensive new living room carpet and systematically ripped through cables and electrical wires. “I know exactly what’s going on,” Heather told her vet when she called seeking help. “Blue is angry with me for leaving her alone. She’s punishing me. She always looks guilty when I come home, so…

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Pet Food Shopping Checklist The most reputable manufacturers of “superpremium” and “natural” foods agree with holistic veterinarians and other experts that the very best diet for your animal companion is one that you make yourself. A homemade diet, carefully balanced nutritionally and using organic foods, is closest to what Mother Nature intended. However, many of us do not have the time or energy to do home cooking, especially for multiple animals or large dogs. For those of us who rely, partially or entirely, on commercial foods for our animals, API has prepared a checklist to use in selecting a good-quality…

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