August 9, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Your dog is always near the main house door. This behavior tells a lot about your dog and what it wants. Most owners do not mind as a dog sitting beside a door brings multiple benefits, foremost among them the security to your home. This behavior, however, may have numerous downsides.
Separation anxiety and hormones
Most dogs who always wait beside the door suffer
from separation anxiety. The dog saw you last near that door, and thus it waits
beside it. If the dog is extremely attached to you, the animal will follow you
around the house. If it does not sees you, like if you are in the bathroom, it
will stand outside the bathroom door, sometimes barking anxiously. A few dogs
do not always sit by the door but hear keenly for their owners approach. In
this case, waiting beside the door is mostly showing appreciation.
There could be another reason your dog always sits
by the door- its hormones. This is seen particularly among young dogs of both
sexes. If the dog gets the nature’s call to mate, it will try to go out and do
the needful with another canine. A few dogs are not hormonal but still gets the
wild call heard by their non-domesticated ancestors. The dog may also be bored,
and he understands the outside world provides a mental and physical stimulation
compared to inside the home. It could also be the simple matter of relieving
itself. This particularly happens if the dog in question has drunk or ate more
than the usual.
Be wary if the dog sits in such a way across the
door that it is hard for someone to pass. As per behavioral theorists, it is
one method through which a dog establishes itself as a kind of leader. The dog,
when it controls a passage, reigns over it. Remember that dogs walk through the
door in some pecking order. The leader of the pack always passes through first.
You may have to establish dominance over your dog if you see the canine always
walking in front of you. If the dog blocks you, do not step over he animal.
Instead, push it gently out of the way. If your dog insists on going through
the door before you, leash it so that you go instead.
The sight of your dog waiting beside the door
may look cute, but it also brings to light the torture of separation anxiety in
canines. The problem can turn for the worse if ignored. To solve this, give
your dog a space of its own inside the house where it feels safe even without having
August 8, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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No matter how much we might love our dogs, there are still times where we are forced to stay away from them. For example: Taking your dog along while you’re on a business trip, isn’t a very bright idea. You will have meetings to rush to, from one part of town to another. Meanwhile, your dog will need looking after. Rather than having to go through the trouble of finding a reliable dog sitter in your travel destination, you’d be better off leaving your pet friend at a care home back in your town of residence.
If you are new to dog parenting, here’s a guide to
help you locate trustworthy dog care home where you can board your dog, the
next time you go on a trip –
How to find suitable dog care options
In order to find dog care that makes your dog most
comfortable, you need to learn about the different dog care options available to
you and know what your needs from the dog care are. Every pet boarding option
comes with its set of pros and cons. You determine which is right for you and
your dog. Safety, not the dog’s happiness, should be the topmost priority when
choosing your dog care.
Types of dog care
- Pet-sitter – The best possible scenario for dog care, when you’re away, is to have somebody agree to pet-sit at your house. You won’t need to worry about the security of your house or your pet this way. You could ask someone to pet-sit for you or look up professional pet-sitters online. If you are choosing your professional pet-sitter online, be sure to check his/her customer testimonials.
Inversely, you could also drive your dog to the pet sitter’s home. It would provide them with a homely environment and the care they need. If your dog has behavioral issues, it’s best not to leave them with an untrained pet-sitter.
- Dog Kennels – Dog kennels won’t make your dog very happy but at least, it will keep your dog safe. If your dog happens to be untrained, aggressive, and not yet fully socialized, dog kennels could be the correct option to board your dog, when you’re away. However, many dog kennels can be quite noisy and cramped. If you do decide to keep your dog at a kennel, verify the care routine that they will be subject to. You don’t want to leave your dog in the wrong hands when you’re gone. Maltreatment and violence of any kind could be traumatic for your canine and impact his actions and behavior, for a long time to come.
August 7, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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It is easy to teach your dog how to close the house
door. This skill is useful and comes in handy whether the canine is a service
dog or otherwise. This training, however, is an advanced one and the dog
concerned must already be familiar with methods like clicker training or using
visual markers. It must also know fundamental targeting skills before you
proceed with this specific training.
The first step is to introduce hand targeting. Hold
clicker in one hand. Place other hand in front of the dog. Hold flat the second
hand in front of the face of the dog. The palm must face the nose. The hand
should be adequately close so that the dog cannot ignore it. If the dog is
already clicker-trained, use a ball pen or any another item which makes similar
noise as clicker. Verbal markers like you saying words like “good” or
the “good dog” phrase are also possible if you do it consistently.
Ensure that you click or utter the verbal marker every time the dog follows
your commands. Give your dog a treat after you click or use the visual marker.
Reward the dog if the animal touches the hand with its nose. Give it high value treats like hot dogs or diced chicken if the dog licks your other hand or touches the same with its nose. Do not worry if the dog targets the hand with its nose end. The dog must understand what you want. Praise your dog for any deliberate touch. Remember, only touch is applicable, and not gnawing or nipping at your hand. Repeat the exercise 10 times. Give the animal a treat every time the dog touches its nose to the hand. With time, be selective for what can be qualified as a click. Brushing the whiskers should not qualify for a click. Keep all training sessions short so that the dog continues to remain interested. If the dog gets frustrated, cut the training session short. After a few hours, try again.
Conduct multiple training sessions every day for three days to five days. Dog training takes considerable repitition and patience. There is no need to rush the training. Spend about three minutes every day and repeat the same action approximately 10 times every session. Do click and give a treat everytime the dog successfully nudges the hand with nose. It is now time o teach your dog to touch the target. Use sticky notes to introduce any target. They make excellent targets as the adhesive makes it much easier to transition from hand to door. Reward the dog when it touches the door and not the palm of your hand.
August 6, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Thinking of adopting a rescue dog? Be sure you have what it takes to provide for a rescue dog, before taking this step. Providing shelter and care for a rescue dog can be incredibly rewarding when done right. However, if you are unable to expend the time and effort in re-homing this dog, don’t take up the responsibility. You will be raising the poor animal’s hopes and expectations for nothing, if you are forced to abandon it later, for whatever reason. Shelter dogs are often already victims of trauma, and they could do without you adding more to their lives.
Rescue dogs need more love and attention
When you bring your new dog home from the shelter,
understand that your dog will inevitably be scared and anxious. It has just
arrived in an unfamiliar environment and doesn’t know how it should react. It’s
normal for it to miss the other dogs it kept company with, at the shelter and
all the noise from back there. Allow it time to get comfortable with its relocation,
and it should be fine. A breed dog may not take so much time to warm up to its
new surroundings. So, if you want a dog who gets socialized fast, a rescue dog
may not be the best option for you.
Adopting a rescue dog and then helping it settle
down can be time-intensive too. You have no inkling of your new pet’s
personality. When you adopt from a breeder, you are provided with a list of possible
behavioral traits. No such help is given by a rescue shelter which handles tens
and dozens of stray dogs. If you don’t have adequate time to devote to your
dog, don’t opt for a rescue, by any means.
Additionally, a rescue dog will need to be trained
well for it to be well-behaved. Rescue dogs may have a tendency to act out.
Don’t give in to their demands. Establish boundaries well and let them know the
kind of behavior that’s acceptable. You will see, they will gradually fall in
line and start behaving accordingly. Dogs, like all animals, need to be
asserted authority to, if you want them to obey your commands. A well-trained
dog is an absolute delight, and there’s no reason you should hesitate from
obedience training your new pet.
You will also have to invest a good amount of
patience in waiting until your new canine friend is ready to meet your other
human friends. A rescue dog may be wary of people as they are almost always
victims of trauma. Don’t lose hope. Allow your dog to get comfortable with
their new space and soon, you and all your friends – both human and canine,
should be able to celebrate together!
August 5, 2019
by Lynn Merton
Looking for a dog that will fit right into your
city apartment? Perhaps, a dog you can cuddle on the couch with, as you both
tune into your favorite Jim Carrey movie? You’ll be surprised. Several dog
breeds would like nothing more than to curl up and nap on your lap all day. If
you identify yourself as lazy, here are five dog breeds for you, to choose
yourself a pet that will compliment your lazy –
- English Bulldog – Bulldogs may have an
intimidating appearance, but don’t get fooled by the face. Bulldogs are
incredibly low-maintenance dogs, that only want to stretch their limbs and
relax on the couch. They don’t like to exercise and prefer the indoors to the
outdoors. Bulldogs have a short coat of hair, which nullifies any grooming
needs. What more? You can rely on their glum face to scare away intruders to
- Shih Tzu – Not the laziest of dogs, but Shih Tzus prefer
their downtime too. They are most definitely mellow when compared to other
terriers. You can count on your Shih Tzu to keep you company on your sitcom
- Pekingese – History tells us that the Pekingese breed of
dogs once lived in the palaces of China. Pekingese make for great lapdogs. They
are perfectly happy to lounge around your apartment and skip that walk around
- Pug – Pugs make for some of the best apartment dogs.
Their health concerns, such as sensitivity to weather extremities and
difficulty in breathing, make them incredibly apartment friendly. Just make
sure, you don’t feed your pug too much, or you could end up making it
overweight. A pug’s diet should be well-balanced, to counter its lack of
- Tibetan Spaniel – Tibetan Spaniels, are
not really lazy, but they don’t need much exercise either. These small-sized
dogs are happiest in cold climes and comfortable indoor spaces. Also, at
9-15lbs, you can easily pick them up and put them on your lap.
Not all of us are active and energetic, so why should all dog breeds be? If you’re the kind that prefers staying indoors rather than going out to the theatre or finding recreation outdoors, these dogs should make the perfect pet companion for you. Choose from any of the breeds listed above, and you and your pet can spend hours lounging around your apartment, being lazy together. Some of these dog breeds are lazy by temperament; others don’t require much physical activity or are unable to engage due to health constraints. They also require minimal grooming, making them perfect low-maintenance pet options for the easy-going individual.