Dealing With Loose Aggressive Dogs On Walks

Dealing With Loose Aggressive Dogs On Walks

 by: Paul Smith

This can be quite a problem for some dog owners, what do you do if a loose dog comes over to you and your dog, the situation can be quite intimidating especially if you have a small dog and the one coming toward you is much larger or aggressive.

The reason I have written this article is because I was on a dog forum recently and read a hart wrenching post from a lady who held her dying dog in her arms after it was attacked in front of her by a loose dog that snapped it’s neck.

I do not always keep my dog on a lead but I have a rule I always use when I am out with her, if she is off the lead and I see another dog with it’s owner if that dog is off the lead I keep Brandy off hers, I make the assumption that the other dogs owner knows their dog is all right interacting with other dogs, however if the owner has their dog on a lead I then put Brandy on hers. This is because I feel if the owner of the other dog is unsure how their dog will react to mine I should do everything I can to help their dog be combatable, this is just a rule I use when out with Brandy.

There are times when you need to deal with dogs who’s owner is either not responsible or is not around in there situations I believe there are a number of options you might consider taking.

Dog with owner

If you come across an aggressive dog off its lead but with the owner then it might be worth having a quick word with the owner and suggesting he keep his dog on a lead when other dogs are around.

Aggressive dogs

If you are lightly to come across aggressive dogs on your walk then there are three things I would recommend you could carry with you to deter an attack.

Pepper spray

You can get dog safe pepper spray, this will cause the dog discomfort and stop the initial attack, it also acts as a deterrent from future attacks, if a dog recognises you as someone who has caused him pain he should avoid you in the future. I think this is an extreme measure and I would only use it if there were lightly to be in danger of harm to Brandy or myself.

Ultra sonic alarm

You can buy ultra sonic alarms that can be heard by dogs but not people, this will cause the dog to get distracted and the sound will not be pleasant to him but should cause no permanent harm.

Carry a stick

This is an option you could consider a walking stick waved at a dog as it starts to become aggressive can often deter an attack, and might stop the situation developing further.

Call the dog warden

Whatever tactic you decide to take you should call the dog warden or animal welfare as soon as you are able to, the dog might be lost and hungry or it might attack someone who is not as prepared so reporting it might help it and save someone the hart ache of loosing a loved pet.

About The Author

Paul Smith has been a dog specialist for 20 years, training dogs for both the police and shows download his free ebook here Http://www.tall-indoor-dog-gates.com Now.

This article was posted on January 28, 2006

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Top 10 Healthiest Dog Breeds

Woof!

No other animal has aided humanity’s rise to preeminence on this planet more than the canine.

Domesticated thousands of years ago, dogs (initially from wolf stock) insured survival of the human organism.  Recent scholarship points up that Cro-Magnons’ eventual supremacy over the Neanderthals (with whom they shared the wilds of Europe around 40,000 years ago) was not because of greater brain capacity or technology (the two groups were roughly equal in that sense with Neanderthal having a slight edge).

No, it was because of the domestication of canines that Cro-Magnon supplanted his stockier and (perhaps) more evolutionarily favored neighbors, the Neanderthals (who had no furry friends by the fireside).

Dogs led to an increase of 56% in successful hunting (as retrievers and “weapons”).  This “extra” food meant Cro-Magnon had an advantage over Neanderthals (who tended to view the gnarly canine as a food source and not an ally).  They also provided protection from “outsiders” (whether man or beast) and much-needed warmth on colder Ice Age nights when fire alone wasn’t enough.

Dogs are resourceful, and of all the animals on the planet, they are perhaps the most interlaced with humanity’s development from cave-dwelling creatures into the settled tribes seen today.

Their history is one of continual genetic refinement.  Humans have cross-bred and inbred animals over the millennia to achieve perceived perfection of form or to enhance desirable traits, such as longer hair or better herding capabilities.  Unfortunately, if left unchecked, this inbreeding results in poorer animals because inbreeding increases the likelihood of mutations and other recessive defects becoming dominant in any given breed.

The quest for the “healthiest” is a fallacious one in the sense that there is almost no single breed that is the “healthiest” of all.  Inbreeding for show purposes has seen to that.  In the past, what were typified as “working” dogs (herders, such as collies; or “sporting” dogs, such as retrievers) were healthier than other breeds.  Although this is no longer generally true, there are still some whose overall health is better than most, despite inbreeding. 

Those noted here have some of the fewest overall health issues, and all have better than average life spans (ranging on average from ten to sixteen years).   An interesting correlative as a health indicator: the larger the animal, the more physical problems it is susceptible to.  Size is the one trait that has a rather linear correlation with lifespan.  Bigger canines have shorter life spans and suffer more often from crippling arthritis and hip dysplasia.  At the other end of the scale, extremely small dogs (inbred to continually reduce their size) may suffer more disorders than their standard-sized counterparts (kidney and other organ failures).

Obesity, as with humans, is a growing problem with dogs as well.  Obesity is the owner’s fault, not the dog’s.  Overfeeding and improper exercise combine to shorten any pet’s life.  Proper diet is important.  However, obesity in some breeds is a clear sign of Cushing’s disease (a glandular problem).

All the dogs mentioned here are wonderful animals; all have their fans and proud owners.  Each has its special traits that make it desirable for whatever reason.

This is not a “favorite” list.  This is a practical recitation of popular breeds comparatively–these breeds overall exhibit fewer health issues than many others, and they are ranked accordingly.  Thus, the number ten dog is subject to more potential physical problems than the number two dog.

Every one on this list, however, is far and away healthier and less costly in vet visits than many other popular breeds.

Top 10 Healthiest Dog Breeds

#10–Border Collie

This dog, despite being number ten on this top ten healthiest dogs list, is regarded as the most intelligent almost universally.  The Border Collie is an older breed of work dog, and is the most widespread of the Collie breeds.  It was developed along the Anglo-Scottish frontier for livestock herding, especially sheep.

Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of watching one of these dogs in action herding a flock of sheep is amazed at the energy and genuine intuition the dog brings to the task.  These dogs are almost prescient, and one Border Collie in early 2011 was discovered to have a vocabulary understanding of over 1,000 words of human speech. 

Hip dysplasia and epilepsy are common along with a breed-specific eye condition called “Collie Eye Anomaly” (affects the retina and sclera of the dog’s eyes, leading to impaired vision).  Also, many succumb to cancer.   

#9–Alaskan Malamute

This beautiful animal, known by many as the typical “Eskimo” sled dog, is a real workhorse of a canine.  They are often confused with Siberian Huskies.

These dogs live and labor in some of the coldest climates on earth–consequently, an obvious problem for them and other trans-Siberian animals is extreme heat.  Though they live many years, hip dysplasia can occur, and they also have a predisposition to hereditary cataracts. 

#8–Shetland Sheepdog

Another herding dog, these little cuties (also known as “Shelties”) are great favorites among small children (in a group of toddlers, Shelties have been observed attempting to “herd” them, an entertaining sight). 

Like all herding breeds they are energetic, but later in life are prone to arthritis and hereditary cataracts.  

#7–German Shepherd

Sometimes called the Alsatian, the German Shepherd ranks third in intelligence (behind the poodle).  It is one of the newest breeds of herding dogs, originating in 1899. 

A major dog health problem relating to spinal curvature has been noted more often in recent years, especially in the Americanized version of the breed (European German Shepherds, not subject to such draconian inbreeding, do not suffer this anomaly as often).

As in larger dogs, they are subject to hip dysplasia.  Also, German Shepherds can exhibit a neurological disorder called myelopathy.  Overall, though, these dogs are durable, and they have served as watch dogs and rescue animals for decades.

Because of these mobility issues they are no longer always the preferred dog for working areas such as in police, military, and search and rescue operations.

#6–Pembroke Welsh Corgi

This stumpy canine with the radar antennae ears is one of the smallest breeds of herding dogs, and yes, it originated in Wales. 

This dog has been a favorite of the British Royal family for over 70 years, and Queen Elizabeth II owns several of them.  It is number eleven in intelligence. 

Most of the health problems these animals develop are related to aging: Von Willebrand’s disease (which affects blood platelets), hip dysplasia, and myelopathy are common.

#5–Labrador Retriever

These are very popular dogs for families with children; the dogs are gentle and patient.

The Labrador Retriever is also very active and playful.  And, as its name clearly states, it loves to play fetch.  They were bred as retrievers of waterfowl; the undercoat is wiry and water-resistant.

Labradors have webbed paws for swimming–its original function was retrieving fishing nets!  By official registration numbers the Labrador is the most popular dog in Canada, the UK, and in the US (since 1991).  They have relatively few health problems; two common ones are hereditary (myelopathy and retinal atrophy). 

#4–Siberian Husky

This stunning dog was bred in the north of Siberia, and it is a member of the Spitz family of dogs.  Its best-known feature is its ice-blue eyes, but these dogs can also have amber or brown eyes, or even eyes of two different colors.  They have the thick musculature of the Alaskan Malamute, and are similarly strong work dogs. They were bred to pull heavy loads long distances through difficult conditions. 

During Alaska’s Nome Gold Rush (1899-1909) they were imported from Asia as sled dogs; they later spread into Canada and the US.  These dogs have few issues of poor health–the two most common are hereditary (eye defects and seizures).  This dog is one of the few to be nearly free of incidence of hip dysplasia (less than 2% incidence rate).

#3–Whippet

Despite its fragile appearance this racing dog is surprisingly hale.  Its lightweight structure, considering it is in the larger breeds of dogs, assures it of no hip dysplasia problems.  Whippets also live an average of 13 years.   They are not subject to any of the common problems of dogs. 

Undescended testicles in the breed are common, however.  Another problem in some animals is called “athletic heart syndrome”.  These dogs were bred to race–their hearts are very large and at rest beat very slowly.  Sometimes, the heartbeat may be arrhythmic or intermittent. 

#2–Rottweiler

This lovable lug was developed as a herding dog in Germany.  They were called “Rottweil butcher’s dogs” because they herded livestock and pulled carts loaded with butchered meats for market.

Rottweilers are now used in search and rescue, as guide dogs for the blind, and as guard or police dogs.  These dogs have almost no health problems, but because of their larger size they can (rarely) develop hip dysplasia.  Overall, they are extremely low maintenance. 

#1–Heinz 57

It may seem as if a cheat has been perpetrated, but the mutt or mongrel is the overall healthiest dog breed on the planet.  This canine, which is just plain “dawg” through and through, has a richly diverse genetic background in his or her makeup and that diversity is what keeps the mutt healthy. 

Mutts rarely develop the consistent genetic disorders some breeds are known for simply because those undesirable traits don’t always get a chance to pass from generation to generation.  They are also highly resistant to parasitism and communicable diseases.  A mutt can be as great a companion as any registered breed, and most have high inherent intelligence. 

As with all dogs they are not resistant to accident, mistreatment, or obesity–owners need to take as good care of their mongrel as they would the most pampered poodle (the dog breed with one of the highest rates of health problems, by the way).

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Dogs :: Dog Training Hand Signals

Dog Training Hand Signals should be a chapter in every dog training manual. Training your dog to respond to hand signals can be fun to teach and very easy for your dog to learn, understand and obey.

Hardly any equipment or materials apart from a hungry dog and a few pieces of choice treats are the requirements to get you started and well on your way to training him or her to obey the ‘sit’, ‘down’ or ‘come’ commands issued in the form of hand signals instead of verbal commands.

The first thing to do is to choose a specific and clearly identifiable hand movement or gesture to associate with each command. Getting your dog to respond to that gesture is merely the act of repetition till you succeed.

You start with issuing the verbal command performing the chosen gesture at the same time. You reward the dog with a treat each time the command is obeyed.

When there is clear and spontaneous response to the verbal command and hand signal combination, you then drop the verbal command and start over again only with the hand signal, rewarding the dog with a treat each time the hand signal is obeyed.

Repeat continuously till there is a spontaneous response to the hand signal. Drop the food reward and continue only with the hand signal till there is a clear and spontaneous response.

Now you have mastered dog training hand signals, and will be having your dog, coming to you, sitting down, or lying down near you all on the movements of your hand.

* Sit.

Begin the training session by standing your dog in front of you, with your hands hanging normally and loosely by your sides and with a treat in the hand that you have chosen to use in the signal.

Begin the dog training hand signal by bringing the hand slowly and deliberately up, folding it at the same time as if you are about to throw something over. Let your movement be gradual and reward the dog with the treat as soon as it ‘sits’. Repeat till there is no hesitation by the dog in responding to the command.

Repeat hand signal without verbal command till the dog responds without any hesitation, rewarding each time with a treat. Then repeat the hand signal with intermittent rewards, then one reward every three to four commands and finally no rewards at all.

Test hand signal for spontaneous response without any reward.

* Down.

Begin this session by sitting your dog in front of you, with your hands hanging normally and loosely by your sides with a treat in the hand that you have chosen to use in the signal.

The hand movement for this signal would be the raising your hand above your head. Follow the same procedure as you did in the ‘Sit’ command and test finally for spontaneous response without any reward.

* Come.

Begin this session with the dog in front of you, and your hands hanging normally and loosely by your sides with a treat in the hand that you have chosen to use in the signal.

The hand movement for this signal would be raising your hand to touch the opposite shoulder. If you are using your right hand touch your left shoulder.

Follow the same procedure as you did in the ‘Sit’ and ‘Down’ commands and test finally for spontaneous response without any reward.

You are now a master of Dog Training Hand Signals.

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Thinking On Getting A Dog? Read These Tips!

A dog needs a lot more than just food and attention. You have to show your dog attention and love at all times. How can you learn more about how to care for a dog? The following information in the article you’re about to read has a wealth of knowledge from experts who understand what it takes to properly care for a dog.

It costs a lot of money to own a dog. The costs associated with general and medical care along with high-quality food can be upwards of a thousand per year. Emergency vet visits can cost a ton, so think about purchasing health insurance for your dog.

Your home must be dog-proofed. Before bringing home your new pup, make sure that it’s safe. Put cleaning supplies and medications away and keep indoor trash inside a cabinet. Keep house plants out of his reach, especially if they could be poisonous.

A physical is good for you, and a yearly vet trip is good for your dog. Your dog is not able to talk, so it is not easy to know when he’s got arthritis or an aching tooth. A checkup every year can make sure that issues are caught before he is suffering too much.

Anti-flea products are dangerous. Lots of treatments contain things that can be harmful to kids. Talk to your vet to learn about flea treatments that are safer and more family friendly, and always keep flea medication out of reach of children.

Instead of feeding your dog meat bones, give him rawhide. Real bones can splinter and can get caught in your dog’s mouth or digestive tract. Rawhide is completely healthy and improves the teeth, and therefore is preferable to animal bones.

If your dog seems lonely or seems to have separation anxiety, leave the radio or a CD on when you leave the house. The dog will be less likely to feel anxiety if there is a familiar noise. When it comes to treating your pet’s anxiety, a little music could be exactly what the doctor ordered.

Ensure your dog will return by placing some type of identification on them. This is typically a collar with a tag on it. Include your dog’s name and your phone number on the tag. You can also have your dog micro-chipped.

Just because your dog’s nose is wet and cold doesn’t mean he’s healthy. Sick dogs often have cold, wet noses. Instead, pay attention to how well he is eating and whether or not he seems energetic. You will be able to learn a lot about how your dog might be feeling. You can check the dog’s temperature rectally.

Use a lot of positive reinforcements during dog training. Rewards and praise make your pet learn faster than threats and violence. Using humane training tactics will be healthier for the dog and will be much more effective. If you treat your dog well during training, you’ll see excellent results.

When you’re beginning training, experiment with various reward systems. Each pet is different, and therefore, what motivates him or her is going to be different as well. Use food as a positive reward when you start. If a dog likes toys better, play a little tug o’ war with your puppy if you wish. Petting can be the best reward too.

Change your dog’s bowls daily. Your dog deserves clean bowls as much as you do. Clean the bowls daily and give your dog fresh water and food.

If you or family members are away from home and can’t watch your new puppy, consider crate training. If you do this, your house will not get messed up.

Take your dog on a walk every day, no matter how busy your schedule is. Your pet requires both exercise and the companionship that walking it provides. Walks are a crucial part of a dog’s life.

Take a good look at what you feed your dog. While many dog foods look alike, they can be far apart in quality and this includes foods that are expensive. Talk to your vet to learn which types of food are best for the breed of dog you have, as well as their age and health. The right food can really help your pet live longer.

You will become a much better dog owner if you take the time to learn more about him. Treating your dog with love and care is what you have to do. Imagine being a dog: wouldn’t you want the same done for you?

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Leash training a dog is a must and a blessing for all owners, as it allows them to take their dogs out for walks without the fear that they may get distracted by things around. Here’s more…

How to Train a Dog to Sit

Training a dog to sit and stay is one of your first responsibilities as a dog owner. If you have tried doing it a number of times without any success whatsoever, then maybe it’s the time to see where you are going wrong.

Training Puppies Not to Bite

Dogs are man’s best friends, and most people find it irresistible to own a puppy. This article provides some information about training puppies not to nip and bite.

Training Dogs Not to Bark

Before starting any training, it is necessary to understand the cause behind inappropriate barking behavior in your pet. Often changing the way you take care of your dog works to prevents excessive barking.

How to Become a Dog Trainer

Becoming a dog trainer is a popular choice of occupation, especially amongst animal lovers. With the increasing number of dog adoptions, the demand for certified trainers is also on the rise.

Dog Training Tools

The task of training your pet dog can be a tedious one, that’s unless you are armed with certain dog training tools; in which case, you will be able to pull it off with considerable ease.

Dog Obedience Training: Boot Camp for Dogs

Many owners seek obedience training at a boot camp for their dogs as a solution to behavior problems. As one glove does not fit all, these training programs may show results in only some dogs.

Australian Shepherd Training

Australian shepherds are intelligent and energetic dogs that love to keep busy. This characteristic makes them easy to train, as they perceive even learning a new trick as an activity.

Puppy Training Vs. Dog Training

Many people are of the opinion that puppies cannot be trained. However, in practice, it is the best stage to train a dog. Giving a dog lessons on how to behave, is not very different from giving lessons to a puppy.

Puppy Training Tips

Puppy training needs to be started as early as possible. Here are some tips that you can use as a guideline. Have a look…

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We will Love To Answer Your Dog-related Questions

The domestication of dogs is ancient, predating most of human history. It seems clear that humans were meant to have dogs as pet, and it seems as though it’s a quite good arrangement. However, as the human, you have to make sure that your dog is well taken care of. If you’d like to gather a little extra information about how to treat your dog right, just check out these helpful hints.

Your home must be dog-proofed. Create a safe area to bring a new puppy into the home. Hide medications and chemicals, cover your trash, and put food where he can’t get to it. Research the toxicity of plants you own, and move or remove anything that might be an issue.

Consider the situation before allowing a dog to kiss your face. It is unsanitary http://www.dog.com/Breeds/Default.aspx to be licked by a dog. Dogs will eat their own waste, dine on garbage, and gulp water straight from your toilet. Keep in mind that an animal’s mouth is full of germs. This is simply false.

Make sure that your dog gets neutered. Studies show that these operations help your dog live longer and can reduce cancer risks. Additionally, dogs who undergo this procedure are much less likely to wander off and maybe get into to an accident.

Since your dog cannot talk to you, you have to learn how to listen to your dog’s non-verbal language. If your dog gets stressed when meeting a new dog or person, don’t force them to meet. This could end up in negative biting or fighting behavior. Keep eye on non-verbal clues and look toward your dog for your next move.

When you take your dog with you on vacation, take a picture and save it to your phone. If he just so happens to run away from you, you should have a picture so you can find him.

Practice training your dog in your house or yard. It is unwise to do it where there are many strangers around. This may distract your pet which will make it a lot harder to teach it even basic things.

Get a dog house if you have a dog that you leave outside, in case the weather gets bad. If the dog gets wet feet that could make him stressed out and cause other health problems as well. Keep your dog safe from wind, rain and snow by providing it with a house with lots of room and a dry floor.

There are more advantages to daily brushing of your dog than just keeping your home hair free. Brushing daily will give them a shiny, beautiful coat. The brushing motion encourages distribution of the skin’s oil, leaving the coat healthy, soft and glossy.

Trim your dog’s nails on a regular basis. If they start to curl, your dog may feel a lot of pain. You can always do your own trimming with clippers from the store. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own then you can hire a groomer to do it for a little bit of money.

Become acquainted with dog food labels and avoid buying based solely on cost. After a while it’s good for the dog if it has been eating nutritious and high quality food. This may mean that you have to pay a higher price, but you will know your dog is receiving all of the nutrients he needs.

Make sure you heed the vet’s instructions when it comes to medications and special care requirements. Dogs may resist wearing cones, but they are there for good reason. The directions that you get from your vet are focused on the health of your pet and ignoring them can be detrimental to your pet.

If your dog gets anxious and lonely when you leave, put some music on before you head out. That noise will help your dog feel more secure, and it will help him feel he’s not alone. It could be the right trick to help relieve your dog’s anxiety.

As a dog owner, you need to make sure your pet gets everything it needs. Apply the tips you just read to make sure your dog is happy and in good health. Start using these tips to make your dog happier and healthier.

Dog Training: What Is Dog Training?

Dog Training: What Is Dog Training?

 by: David McFarlane

The term “dog training” can mean many different things – this is an important fact to remember when deciding what exactly you need to do with your dog.

First, there is “behavior training”.

This is the kind of dog training in which a dog is taught to be good. Usually this would include house training, good behavior around other people and dogs, and other small things that make a dog a much more pleasant companion. A well-behaved dog attracts no special notice from members of the public (apart from occasional comments about their good manners).

Next, there is “obedience training,” which is teaching the dog how to perform specific activities.

This can include traditional obedience exercises such as heeling. The emphasis here is on prompt and precise performance. While there can be many overall benefits to this kind of dog training, the training is not necessarily used in order to improve the dog’s behavior.

Dogs that have been obedience trained will perform tasks when their owners ask them to do so. (Although, some obedience trained dogs may well behave poorly!)

“Activity training” refers to dog training for specific activities – this could include hunting, herding, search and rescue or any of a number of activities designed to show off the abilities of the dog and his handler. These days, such activity also includes sports such as frisbee, flyball and agility.

At times, these dog training methods can cross over somewhat.

A certain amount of obedience training will help with behaviors, for example. A dog that is heeling will not pull on the leash.

You will still want to keep this in mind when selecting a training class, however, so that it best matches your needs. For many pet owners, the behavior-oriented classes are the best way to learn how to understand and control your dog. For those of you who want to enjoy a sport or compete in an activity with your dog, you will need to move along to more complex dog training.

You need to be fully aware of whether or not your dog needs behavior modification (where you will have to find out the underlying reason why your dog digs holes) or obedience training (to understand commands).

The two may be related: a dog that digs because it is bored may become less bored with obedience training and stop digging. It is important, however, to understand that the dog stopped digging because it was no longer bored not that it now knows how to heel. You will need to modify your approach, or select a trainer to help you, with behavior vs. training in mind.

Please also remember not to punish the dog whilst training.

Punishment is not a training aid. It does little to foster willingness to learn and achieve. Limit yourself to a firm “no” and to using your hands to block the dog’s negative actions. Refrain from hitting or physically abusing the dog.

Display extreme levels of patience and persistence, and never give up; if you do, you are relinquishing your status as the dominant one. The dog is bound by nature and genetics to test how far he can push you or get away with disobeying you. You must display a stern and stoic attitude and do not pat, praise, or reward the dog if he does not pay attention or refuses to do as you have asked. Only yield once your commands are followed. If you “heel” instead of your dog then he will soon know who is the boss.

Use rewards and praise as often as required. Praise should immediately be forthcoming when a dog responds to any command. The pet will associate responding to commands with praise/rewards (treats) and will try and respond quicker to reap his rewards. Once a command/trick has been mastered then the treats can be withdrawn. You will find that obeying a command becomes second nature to your dog.

Keep the lessons simple. To begin with, the lessons should be fairly easy and such that the dog can complete it within two-three actions. As his level of learning increases the lessons could be more complex. Just as our children go, at first to play school, then to kindergarten, and then to the first grade so also in the case of our pets.

Whether you are a first time dog owner or a seasoned veteran, your learning never stops as far as it comes to training your dog. Each and every dog presents different training challenges, and the more equipped you are to handle these training issues the more likely you are to prevent any permanent and long term future behavioral problems.

This article was posted on August 21, 2006

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How to Train Your Dog to Stop Digging

Have you ever arrived home and found your newly planted flowers spread over your back yard? Have you broken your lawnmower when one wheel fell down a dog hole? Have you ever stepped out into your yard at night and fallen into a new hole?

If your dog is digging up your back yard you are not alone. Digging is one of the most common complaints when people talk about their dogs; it is not a simple problem or one that is easily taken care of.

There are as many methods to stop digging as there are reasons to dig.

1. Dogs get bored: This is number one on the list for a good reason. Since most dogs do not have jobs they need to find something to do. Sometimes dogs just want to be like us, such as when they dig in the garden. Digging is a good way to keep busy when you are a bored dog.

2. Dogs can be too hot or cool: Digging in the winter is not much of a problem since the ground is frozen but in the summer dogs love to make holes to cool off. Long-haired breeds are especially uncomfortable and not meant to live in hot environments.

3. Dogs are trying to bury something: New toys, old bones, and favorites of all sorts need to be buried, for some reason.

4. Dogs are searching for prey: This is an instinctual reason to dig. A dog may be unsuccessful many times but if he finds something to eat, even once, he will have a new reason to dig.

5. Dogs are trying to find something: Buried objects have to be found, obviously. Sometimes dogs suffer from the “lost keys syndrome” and can´t remember where they buried a favorite toy or bone. They have to dig everywhere to find it.

6. Dogs are looking to escape: This is a common problem with some dogs, especially males who have not been neutered. Some dogs need to escape if they are not taken out often enough. It usually happens along the fence line but the holes can be deep.

1. Increase exercise: If you can´t give your dog a job at least provide her with plenty of exercise. My dog usually falls asleep after our morning walks and digging is the last thing she wants to do!

2. Provide diversions: Kong toys can be filled with kibble or even frozen when filled with peanut butter. A dog occupied with chewing and licking a toy will not think about digging.

3. Make the backyard a fun place: If your dog is banished to the back yard every time something is going on in the house, she will be much more likely to dig. If she thinks of the back yard as a place where she plays games she will dig less.

4. Provide a way for your dog to cool off: If your dog is trying to cool off you need to look for some alternate solutions. One of them might be to provide her with a child´s wading pool. Another is to build your dog a sand pit. Your dog will be muddy or sandy at the end of the day but will probably not dig.

5. Have your male neutered: This is important for dogs that are digging to escape. It is a good idea to neuter any pet.

6. Provide a digging area: I personally think this is the best solution for all dogs but it is always required with some hunting dogs (like Fox Terriers and Dachshunds) that like to “go to ground”. Either delineate an area to be used or build a special sandbox and bury some of her favorite toys in this spot. You might paw around a bit and as soon as she starts digging there give her lots of praise. I live in the tropics and since I left a hole for my dog to cool off she never tries to dig outside of the digging area.

7. Leave stool buried in the holes your dog has already dug: This is a final option, after you have tried the other suggestions above, but it may work. If your dog has a good place to dig but still chooses to use an area that you need her to avoid (when my dog was a puppy she always dug holes right in front of the door), you can bury her stool in the hole and then throw a shovel of sand on top.

The next time she digs there the first thing she finds is her own stool. If you combine this with some of the other alternatives, like providing your dog with a sandbox, it will definitely work. This will not stop digging but will make your dog dig somewhere else.

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Simple Tricks And Tips For Being A Great Dog Owner

It is not easy to own a dog. Owning a dog is a bit like raising a child: they need love and kindness, but also food, shelter, exercise, hygiene, and health care. Where can one go for information on handling all these issues? Reading this article is a great start.

It takes a lot of money to raise a dog. Expect to spend from $700 to as high as $1000 in a year to pay for medical attention, food and other items needed. Emergency care for animals can cost thousands of collars, so think carefully about getting pet health insurance.

Your dog needs annual medical exams. Because your dog can’t speak with you, you may have trouble knowing when your dog is feeling pain like if it has arthritis. Annual checkups can catch issues before they develop into something serious.

Spay or neuter your dog. Studies show that these operations help your dog live longer and can reduce cancer risks. Not only that, but http://www.dogwalkeratlanta.org/ neutered and spayed dogs feel less need to wander away from home, so they are not as likely to be hit by a vehicle or become lost.

Your dog cannot communicate through speech; therefore, you must learn its non-verbal language. For instance, if your dog is hesitating, it is not a good idea to force him to approach a person or another animal. This could lead to the other dog or person getting bit. Look out for non-verbal hints so that the dog can guide your actions.

Train your dog indoors or in the backyard. It is not good to teach them where there are distractions. Being around others can cause distractions, meaning it is more difficult for your dog to master basic commands.

It can be really helpful to incorporate hand signals with verbal commands when first training your dog. Your dog may pick things up much easier when they are given these type of signals. Test out both methods to see which works for you.

Speak to your vet about your dog’s eating habits. Most dog food packages include guidelines but keep in mind that these instructions might not be adapted to your dog. Therefore, ask your vet the acceptable amount of dog food your dog needs to ensure its health and well-being.

Do not force your dog to do anything. If you’re trying to get your dog to eat a new treat and it’s not showing any interest, don’t force them to eat it. It will take you a little while to figure out what your dog likes and what he doesn’t, but you’ll get the hang of it.

Be sure to address your dog’s bad behavior when you first notice it. Ignoring it can help your dog to establish lifelong bad habits. The longer you wait to address the problem, the worse the problem will become. You could end up with a dog that hurts other people, so make sure you’re in control at all times.

Brushing your dog on a daily basis has other benefits aside from the fact that he will shed less fur on your furniture clothing. Your dog’s coat will be super shiny and beautiful if you brush them every day. Brushing distributes the natural oils of the skin throughout the hair coat for added sheen and softness.

Speak with a vet as soon as possible if you are adopting a dog. Dogs that live in shelters may be sick or may have been around other sick dogs. A full check-up, a clean bill of health, and a full complement of the necessary shots is the best way to start off your relationship with your dog.

Make sure to exercise your dog often. A dog needs to play and exercise on a regular basis so that it can be happy and healthy. Your dog will be happy with any kind of activity, even if it’s just going for a walk or throwing them a ball. Every time you play with or exercise your dog, you will find that you are promoting a lasting bond.

Now that you know what to do, you can use these ideas every day as you care for and play with your dog. This will help you to be a great owner for your pup. As long as you use what you have learned, your dog will thank you for your efforts with love and affection.

Dogs :: Mastering Puppy Leash Training

Does your puppy refuse to keep pace with you while walking in the public? It is a very awkward and frustrating situation when your puppy sits down or stops when you are trying to take him for a walk. This is a great example of why puppy leash training is necessary and how it can help get rid of some of these frustrating situations. Your puppy should be trained to walk with you without being stubborn — and there is likely a reason they are being difficult. Leash training will teach your puppy to walk on a leash without causing you stress every time you go for a walk. This is an important thing to train your puppy since leash training is a very basic lesson they will need to learn before going onto more advanced lessons such as housebreaking.

Puppy leash training requires certain basic steps which you should follow. If you do not follow a steady, consistent training plan you will not reduce their tugging and pulling. When going on walks use a soft and comfortable collar for your puppy that will not harm them in any way. From the beginning make it a habit for your puppy to be attached by the collar every time you go for a walk. You have to use a collar that goes around your puppy’s neck even if they are stubborn about wearing it at first. If you feel dog walker atlanta it may help, use a harness style restraint that goes under the dog’s belly. For a few days your puppy may not like the collar but they will adjust over the course of their training — just be persistent.

Once you find your puppy totally comfortable with the leash you may take him out for a walk. If your puppy is uncomfortable give them some more time to get used to it. Puppy leash training requires you to keep slack in the leash and make sure the puppy is comfortable. If your puppy is still being stubborn then he is not yet ready to go for a walk. Try tying the collar around your puppy and walking with him inside your room and in between praise him for keeping pace with you. The moment your puppy starts to pull give a quick little tug and start walking in another direction. This will eventually lead them to follow the same way you are walking.

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