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Commands are very important but so is structure, guidance, and leadership when dog training

By Dog Blogger Miss Moneypenny

I know a lot of dogs, many of them pretty ornery.  While they are being trained, Laura includes distractions in order to give them the tools to handle various situations (other dogs, people, being handled, new environments, etc).  They learn to look to her for guidance through the use of commands.  A command gives us something to think about rather than our previously typical knee jerk reaction of barking and growling.  They learn that sit means sit quietly and place mat means to remain on their blanket quietly and heel means to be attentive to the person on the other end of the leash.  In other words, commands are used as tools to help us focus in situations which were previously tough for us.

Lack of confidence and self-control in dogs tends to develop into many of the unwanted behaviors.

Through distraction training, the dogs learn self-control and confidence.

  • Self-control” meaning they can control their actions on their own.
  • Confidence is the result which leads to less of a need to bark or set off on someone or something.

In addition, good patterns of behavior are instilled in these dogs.  With practice and consistency at home, their owners should be able to help these dogs become much better members of society.

Distraction training is very important but so is structure, guidance, and leadership.

That’s how you gain respect from a dog.  Once you establish yourself as a leader we dogs will follow in step.

It’s not being mean to enforce commands rather it’s helping us learn what our boundaries are so we have the self-control to face situations where we feel uncomfortable and want to growl.

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We all have them, plastic bags, old sweaters and such.  Rather than pitch them why not create a dog toy.  Your dog is waiting. Stuffed Sweater Toys Materials
• Old sweater, long sleeved shirt, or sweatshirt pants (acrylic washes easier)
• Pack of Squeaks
• Sewing machine
• Thread
• Straight pins
• Stuffing
• hand needle
• Scissors
• Pattern
  1. Cut up the shirt or pants so they lie flat.
  2. Pin on the dog bone pattern or make up your pattern.
  3. Cut around the pattern. Make sure you have two of each shapes for a top and a bottom.
  4. Pin the top and bottom together so the pattern you want on the outside of the finished toy is facing in.
  5. Sew around the edge leaving a 2 inch hole.
  6. Turn the toy inside out and add stuffing and add a squeak.
  7. Hand sew the hole shut.
  8. Give to your dog.

Modification: if you plan on using the same pattern multiple times, cut it out of card stock and trace around the pattern with chalk or marker. Use your imagination, for the pattern Hearts, Circles, or it does not have to look like anything (your dog won’t mind)

Sock Toy Materials
• One Sock (big enough for you bottle to fit in)
• Plastic drinking bottle (empty and without cap)
• Needle and Thread
  1. Put the plastic bottle in your sock.
  2. Sew up the end of your sock and give it to your dog.

Modification: Sew on Velcro to the end of your sock so you can reload plastic bottles

Rope Toy Materials
• Old Jeans, fleece or sweatshirt
• Scissors
• Needle & Thread
  1. Cut the jeans, or material into nine 1 inch strips.  The finished product will be smaller so if you want a about a 12 inch rope toy, cut the strips to be about 24 inches long (will vary depending on thickness of fabric and tightness of braid).
  2. Stack the strips on top of each other and sew one of the ends together.
  3. Braid the strips, three at a time.  Then braid the three braided strips together.
  4. Sew the end pieces to prevent unraveling and trim off excess.

Modification:  Sew the end two inched in from the edge of the fabric, and end the braid two inches from the end for a “frayed” end look.

Plastic Bag Leash Materials
• About 20 of the heavy plastic bags
• metal leash clip (saved off of an old leash)
• Scissors
• Iron (and ironing board)
• Aluminum foil
  1. Cut the bags in three sections.
  2. Braid the bag together adding more bags by tying or looping them thru the previous bags.
  3. Continue braiding and adding bags till you have a long strand about 7 feet long.
  4. Repeat till you have three braided strands. Then braid the three braided stand together, forming one long rope.
  5. At one end loop one of the strands thru the metal leash clip and loop the other two stands the other way thru the leash clip.
  6. Wrap the loose ends with unbraided, sections of the cut bag and tie off.
  7. Form a loop and the other end (for the handle) Keep in mind how long you would like the leash to be.
  8. Cut off the extra bags, to your leash length leaving a two or three inches overlap to wrap the handle with.
  9. Wrap the loose end to the leash base with some more bag strips to form the loop handle.
  10. Turn you iron on to high.  To finish you’ll need two sheets of aluminum foil, if you have some pre-used foil use it (you will end up destroying it anyway).
  11. Between the two sheets place the parts of the leash were you wrapped the bags (either the handle or the clip, you will do this for both.) and iron it.  The point is to melt the plastic, keep turning the leash till all the wrapped bag has fused together. The bags on the inside of the braid will still be flexible.

Be careful the iron and the metal clip will be hot! Cut off any hanging bits and test out the strength of the seams indoors before you go on a walk outside.

Jean Leash Materials
• old pair of jeans
• metal leash clip (saved off of an old leash that was destroyed)
• Heavy duty needle and thread
• Scissors
  1. Cut along either side of the seam of a pant leg.  You want a long strip of the part of the jean that has been stitched together.
  2. Repeat this with the four seams.
  3. Sew the seams together to create one longer strip of fabric.
  4. At this point determine how long you would like you leash to be, standard leashes are 5 or 6 feet long.  Add 10- 12 inches on to your desired length for the handle.
  5. Loop one end thru the leash clip and over itself; then sew it shut.
  6. With the other end, measure about 10 inches and loop the jean over itself.
  7. Sew it together so it forms a handle.
  8. Test out the strength of the seams indoors before you go on a walk outside.

You can sew this on a sewing machine; just make sure you have the correct needle and machine setting.

Stepping Stone Materials:
• Portland cement
• sand
• bucket
• stirring stick (we use the paint sticks)
• water
• molds (use plastic containers fro frozen food or vegetables, paper buckets, anything that can be ripped apart if the stone does not come out)
• Things to put in the stone (broken plates, glass…)
  1. Mix the cement and the sand thoroughly together with a 1:1 ratio.
  2. Add water, about a cup at a time, it will look “dry” when it is mixed.  It will be crumby but when squeezed in your hand form a loose ball.  It is better to be too dry than too wet.
  3. Scoop it out into your molds and level off with your stirring stick.
  4. Add your design; write in the cement, make a mosaic with the glass or plates bits.  Be creative)

Let dry 48 hours before removing the mold.  Keep out of the sun when drying- the top will cure unevenly and can lead to breaking.  If planning on keeping outdoors in the winter paint on concrete sealer to keep it from cracking.

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There’s a saying that goes something like, “April Showers bring potty training problems.”

By Laura Pakis, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Professional Blogger,

Well, maybe that isn’t exactly the saying but rain can cause owners frustration with their dogs.

Some dogs don’t appreciate rain hitting their bodies. This is especially true with anxious or sensitive dogs. The rain, especially with all our rain in Central Ohio, can be distracting and being pelted while trying to eliminate can exacerbate their fears.

Other dogs hesitate before going out in the rain because of the sound the rain creates. The best way to describe this is that the sound of rain distorts the sound waves similar to the way light is distorted to create a rainbow. This sound distortion tends to hurt the pups ears which are already sensitive.

With rainy and windy weather comes a change in barometric pressure which can also affect a dogs ears – like when you go up to high or low altitudes and your ears feel they need to pop – same thing.

For some dogs, it’s not the rain that bothers them, it’s the thunder and lightning. Dogs with a storm phobia are more often herding breeds and hounds, but any dog can be afraid of storms and it can be a serious issue for an owner to deal with.

By interacting with your dog and using commands you can make going out in the rain a more tolerable and maybe eventually enjoyable experience.

Here are a couple of suggestions

  • Go out with them. You being with your dog (anywhere) boosts his confidence and makes him feel safe. Don’t just open the door and tell him to go out, join him.
  • Teach them an elimination command. Having a command which encourages an action that your dog understands will provide quicker and more positive results.
  • Wipe them down with a towel (or even a wad of paper towels) can help dry off a soaking wet dog, thus avoiding any more water on your floors and furniture. More importantly, it will help them feel more comfortable and not catch cold.

Once you’ve made a successful trip in the rain, give them lots of praise. Next time, they may not mind a few raindrops.

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Sometimes all it takes is a moment for an accident to happen, yet, there are more than a couple of ways in which you can prevent your dog from getting lost.

By Emma Williams

Your dog is more than just a pet, he is a family member. Some people will say that pet can be replaced, but without someone you like and care so much, your life would definitely not be the same. Therefore, the very thought of losing your beloved pet may be more than a little upsetting. In fact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that it’s a loss you wouldn’t be able to recover from anytime soon. Sure, sometimes all it takes is a moment for an accident to happen, yet, there are more than a couple of ways in which you can prevent your dog from getting lost. Here are some of them.

Microchipping them

The simplest and the safest way to save your dog from getting lost is to have a microchip installed with your information on it. Keep in mind that this will enable any animal shelter to just scan the chip and return your beloved dog to you in a short while. The advantages of this chip lie in the fact that it’s A) completely safe from the medical standpoint and B) it’s a fail-safe plan. Of course, you shouldn’t rely on the chip alone, seeing as how bypassers won’t have a chip scanner at hand. Therefore, the wisest solution is to get your dog a collar with a cute id tag in the shape of a heart, like the ones you can get at PetIDTag.

Keep an eye out for them

Just because you trust your pet and know that they’re well behaved, you shouldn’t ignore the possibility that they might get distracted by something and just wander off. There’s no way around it, seeing as how some dogs are naturally mischievous and playful, add an extra bit of curiosity to the mix and you won’t be able to leave them from sight for even a second. The safest way to go about this is to use a leash. Still, you need to be sure that it’s an adequate leash.

Be careful when driving

The next thing you should bear in mind is the fact that there are some moments in which you won’t have full control over your pet. For instance, some unfortunate dog owners claim that the riskiest moment, in this regard, is the one where you’re opening the door of your car. Fortunately, a doggy seat belt is a thing nowadays, and it’s a safety measure that you need to keep in mind. Also, when opening the window to let some fresh air in, there’s no need to push this too far. Just make sure to open it so much that the breeze can come in. This should be more than enough.

Make sure your property is reliable enough

The next important thing you need to bear in mind is the fact that felling 100 percent safe is seldom a smart choice or a good idea. You see, there may be a breach in the wall you’re unaware off or a flaw in your door that may allow your pet to leave. Also, you need to remember that your dog is an excellent digger, which will allow them to dig under your fence in order to get out. Look for any signs of damage in order to prevent these tiny escape artists find a breach in your perimeter.

In conclusion

At the end of the day, preventing your dog from getting lost is a continuous effort that stems from constant fear. However, you shouldn’t allow this to put you under too much stress. As long as you take these several safety measures, the chance of anything unforeseen happening will be quite low indeed.

about the author

Emma Williams is an Australian writer with a master‘s degree in business administration, who has a passion for anything lifestyle and design related. She spends most of her time redecorating and participating in house projects. As a great nature lover, her biggest pleasure is spending time in a small cottage by the river.

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Are you confused by the terms “positive” and “negative” training? The meaning of these words and expressions may not be obvious.

By Laura Pakis, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Blogger

Do you think positive training mean its a good, affirmative, or constructive way to train?  What about negative training?  Is it bad for dogs because it is negative?

The meaning of these words and expressions are not always obvious.   It can get even more complicated when the techniques used to change a dog’s behavior are called positive punishment and negative rewards!! Defining the vernacular used in dog training  can offer a better perspective on how to understand your dog as well as clarify and improve your relationship with your dog.

HERE ARE SOME UNBIASED EXAMPLES OF OPERANT CONDITIONING: (1) Rover goes to eat a treat and you cover it with your hand and say LEAVE IT.

Explanation:    This is operant conditioning because the behavior is voluntary and it was followed with a consequence.  The behavior is going for a treat and it should decrease in this example.  The consequences are both negative punishments.  They would be punishments because the behavior will decrease and they are negative because they both involve something taken away (you taking away the food by covering it with your hand).

(2) Buffy is in the crate and hears you.  As you get closer, Fluffy starts whining but you say QUIET. Buffy begins to cry and cries louder while you continue to say QUIET. Finally you are at her crate and Buffy paces around the crate and begins barking. You respond by opening the door and letting her out. Buffy quickly quiets down and runs to you. This exchange gets repeated.

Explanation:    This example is operant conditioning, because most of the behaviors in question are voluntary (whining, temper tantrums, opening the crate, being quiet).  Buffy’s behavior is whining (then crying and throwing a temper tantrum), which is followed eventually by an open door.  This is an example of positive reinforcement because something is given to her (the open door), which will increase her behavior (crying, whining) in the future.  Your behavior is opening the door, which is followed with peace and quiet.  This is an example of negative reinforcement because something is taken away (the crying and whining) and your behavior (opening the crate door) will increase in the future.  The obvious problem in this situation is that undesirable behaviors are being reinforced, which will make matters worse in the future.  There are many ways you could handle the situation better, but the bottom line is to avoid providing reinforcement for a behavior that is undesirable.

(3) Your bright dog has learned that your presence in the kitchen is associated with food. Your dog has also learned that he can encourage your presence in the kitchen on Saturday mornings by standing by your bed and whining (when you are obviously trying to sleep). You decide to get up and feed the dog to shut it up, but the problem only gets worse on subsequent weekends.

Explanation:    Most of what has been described here is operant conditioning because it involves voluntary behaviors (dog standing near your bed and whining, you getting up and feeding the dog).  However, there is also an undescribed element of classical conditioning in which the dog has learned to associate you with the delivery of food and now automatically responds to your presence in the kitchen with a similar emotional response (joy?).  The dog’s behavior of bothering you is positively reinforced because the dog receives something (food) and the behavior increases.  Your behavior is negatively reinforced because feeding the dog puts an end to its annoying behavior and we would expect you to repeat this behavior in the future.  This is essentially the same as the preceding example and I would recommend a different course unless you enjoy the dog’s annoying behavior.  It will probably backfire if you try to punish the dog for standing by your bed because it doesn’t understand why it is being punished, so the best thing to do is to ignore the dog (extinction) and feed it when it is being quiet.

(4)  You praise and pet your dog when he sits on command. As a result, your dog continues to get better sitting.

Explanation:    This example is operant conditioning because the sit is a voluntary behavior. The petting and praise are positive reinforcements because it is given and it increases the behavior.

(5)   You give your dog a pop on the leash with a verbal NO if your dog gets up from a sit after learning the command. Your dog becomes less likely to get up from the sit.

Explanation: This example is Operant conditioning because getting up from a sit is voluntary. The pop on the leash with verbal NO is a positive punishment. The consequence is given. The behavior of not coming out of a sit decreases.

CONCLUSION

So keep an open mind when training your dog.  Operant conditioning requires both positive and negative training techniques.  By understanding what your dog needs you can provide a training plan to solve the behavioral issue and not just stop it.

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Nutrition is important for your dogs, so how should you make your own dog food?

by Guest Blogger, John Myers

It can be a chore to keep your dog from eating everything he sees. Unlike cats, who can shun the most expensive and luxurious offerings, dogs often have garbage in their mouths before we even see it happen.

Their nutrition is important. The amount they eat and the amount will depend on the dog. Age, size and even breed play a big part. Active dogs need a lot of nutrition, where older dogs need softer and lighter foods that are easier to digest.

Making your own dog food is easy, far better for your dog and healthier. This way, you know exactly what is in their food when it comes to additives like seasonings, vitamins and other fillers some brands use.

Ingredients

You know your dog better than anyone, so you can pick and choose what ingredients you want to use. As dogs don’t tend to be fussy, you should be okay.

Proteins should make up half of the percentage of nutrients, with 25% vegetables and 25% grains. You can adjust these figures to accommodate your dog.

Proteins:

Meats like chicken, turkey, pork, beef and even seafood will work fine. With pork or beef, aim for lower fat content unless your dog is bigger and very active. If your dog is not active, remove the skin from the chicken.

Eggs are always a good option, as they are high in protein and when added to the mixture, help give it substance and hold it together.

Fats:

Fats, from meat, oil or dairy. Dairy foods help with adding calcium, as well.

Carbohydrates:

Carbohydrates can come from rice, oatmeal or other grains like lentils and potatoes and even pasta.

Other nutrients:

Vegetables not only add moisture, but they are also healthy and add nutrients, proteins and vitamins.

  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower

These foods should be cooked, not given raw. Here is a list of foods to avoid, just to be safe.

Preparation:

If you are starting from scratch, cook your proteins first. If you are adding rice or lentils, cook them separately at the same time. Chop the vegetables up in small pieces. If you have a food processor, take them down to a shredded texture. Smaller vegetables, like frozen peas, can be added in as is.

You do want to be careful with seasoning. You can cook in some onion, garlic and even add some salt, pepper and other spices, but don’t put too much until you know your dog will actually eat it.

Mix all the cooked ingredients together and blend. It’s that easy. If you make a big batch, you can portion them up and freeze them for later use. Perhaps make a few different kinds. Label and date them freezer.

 Tips:
  • Save your leftovers for mixing up in your dog food recipes. If there is seasoning or sauces, you can rinse them off or just use as is for more flavour.
  • Don’t make a large batch until you know your dog will eat it or doesn’t have a reaction to something in it.
  • Buy the ingredients in bulk. Find vegetables from the farmer’s market.

Your dogs will love their homemade food. They always want what you’re eating, so cooking for them will let them know they are special.

About the author

John Myers, founder of Puppy Pointers also talks about various dog food guides. Check out their website for more great tips.

For a collection of recipes to create your own home-prepared dog diet, visit this website by Dr. Strombeck.

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Heat stroke is among the most common causes of death in dogs

by Guest Blogger, David Huner

The heat stroke is among the most common causes of death in dogs. It’s obvious why that is the case – your four-legged friend is wearing a thick coat even when it’s not winter. In fact, he wears it all the time, even mid-summer when the temperatures can go well over 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Every year hundreds of dogs die from heatstroke, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can prevent your pup from becoming a part of the statistic. How? By remembering these 6 tips!

1.      Spot the Symptoms

Learning how to recognize the symptoms of a heatstroke is the most important thing you need to do in order to ensure your pup stays alive and well during the hot summer months.

  • Loud panting
  • Fast panting
  • Exhaustion and trembling
  • Vomiting
  • Thick saliva
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased thirst
  • Pale tongue and gums
2.      Understanding How Your Dog’s Body Work

If the temperature outside is over 90 degrees, your parked car will get hot really quickly. In less than 10 minutes, the temperature inside the car can go over 100 degrees. And such a temperature can make the dog suffer. The worst thing is that the more time passes, the situation gets worse. In some 30 minutes, the temperature inside the car can go over 120 degrees, which is a temperature that can kill a dog.

Keeping a window rolled down partially won’t help in this situation. It’s because dogs’ bodies are made for cold weather, not tropical temperatures. Because of that, his body temperature is much higher than yours, meaning that the dog himself will be emitting heat into the car interior, canceling out the coolness that might be coming in from the outside through the window.

3.      Understanding the Difference between Overheating and Heatstroke

Heatstroke happens when the body temperature of a dog goes over 109 degrees Fahrenheit. What happens when this margin is crossed is that the heat starts killing cells in his entire body at an incredibly fast rate. The organs that suffer the most from a heatstroke are brain, liver, and kidneys, although other organs are under big risk as well.

Although heatstroke occurs when his body temperature goes over 109 degrees, it doesn’t mean that he’s safe if the temperature is a few degrees lower. Overheating happens when the dog’s body temperature stays higher than normal for a certain period of time. How long it takes before overheating turns into a serious problem depends on many factors, including the breed of the dog.

A thing about overheating is that although it’s not as severe as a heatstroke, it can be really dangerous. It can cause basically the same kind of problems as a heatstroke but only at a slower rate. It can also lead to various skin issues, including rash and hot spots on dogs. The worst thing about overheating is that it’s difficult to spot until it’s too late, that is, until it turns into a heatstroke. The solution is to keep an eye on your dog when the temperature is hot, preferably by using a pet thermometer.

4.      Emergency Help

Sometimes, a heat stroke can happen really suddenly. It takes only a couple of minutes in some cases for the dog’s body temperature to climb over the top. So, even if you do your best to check up on your dog during the scorching summer days, it doesn’t mean the risk of a heatstroke has fallen down to zero.

Once you notice that there’s something wrong going on with your dog, the first thing you need to do is get him away from the heat. For example, if he’s been in a hot car, you need to get him out of it. You might think that the best solution in that case is to crank the air con up, but a sudden temperature drop can cause various other problems, including a heart attack.

Your next step is to give him some water. But, be careful with this – his urge will be to drink as much water as possible. However, that can make him vomit, which can only do worse. In fact, vomiting can speed up the dehydration. Instead, you need to give him only a bit of water to drink, while using the rest to sprinkle it over his body.

In the meantime, you need to do the most important thing of them all – call the vet. When a heatstroke happens, you mustn’t risk anything. Even if you manage to make his body temperature drop a couple of degrees down, or even if you manage to bring the temperature to normal, it doesn’t mean that the danger is over. A heatstroke can leave serious consequences, so better play it safe. The veterinarian should know what to do to ensure your pup is gonna be alright.

5.      How to Prevent a Heatstroke/Overheating?

The key to dealing with heatstroke is in preventing it. Obviously, this means that you mustn’t under any condition leave your pup in a parked car without the AC turned on. Even if you don’t think it’s too hot outside, the temperature can get really high inside the car.

Another thing to remember is to provide fresh drinking water to him. His water bowl needs to be full all the time. But, just pouring water in a large bowl won’t do any good. You need to change it often, because it can get warm quickly and drinking warm water can increase his body temperature even more.

If your dog has a long coat, the summer is the time when you need to give him a haircut.  You also need to adjust his diet to the hot weather. Feeding him too much could make him feel uncomfortable, especially if he eats a large portion in one meal. It’s better to give him two smaller meals than a giant one. Finally, you should also limit the playing time with him during summer, especially in mid-day.

6.      Things Not to Do

Some people decide to think outside the box and try to find a quick solution to cool down their dog. If you think that putting ice cubes in his food could solve the problem, we say no! It can cause a sudden drop of temperature, something that can result in a shock. The same goes for pouring ice-cold water over him. The ice-water bucket challenge is a definite no; it can kill him! And even if it doesn’t kill him, it’s bound to cause psychological trauma.

About the author

David Huner has always been a dog lover, which is why it’s not a surprise that he decided to combine business and pleasure and become a dog trainer. But, keeping his dog-training knowledge to himself was never his plan. Instead, he wanted to share his knowledge with the world, which is why he created a blog called PetTrainingTip.com. Now he is sharing lots of tips and tricks there.

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After three days of being around the dogs of the Westminster Kennel Club Show, I have a new perspective on dog training and a challenge for dog owners.

By Laura Pakis, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Blogger,

Here’s what I learned.

These dogs aren’t perfect

As with anything in life, not everything is perfect.

While watching the dogs both in and out of the ring I noticed a few things that surprised me.  Many times, a dog would jump up on a handler or mouth them.  An older Giant Schnauzer laid down in the show ring refusing to get up.  A Purina handler’s dog shot off to eat liver left by the show dogs rather than perform its designated tricks.  Even King, the Best of Show winner, chews on his bed.

None of these actions would be tolerated by a home owner; but they are with show dogs.

Dog owners and dog trainers need to raise their expectations on what a well-socialized dog is

Where these dogs are perfect is in holding commands and their high acceptance of being in public.

From my observation the dogs at this show are the epidemy of perfect personality, temperament and socialization.  I don’t personally know any dog that could tolerate being touched for several hours by unfamiliar people and then go into a show and perform and be touched by judges while still remaining calm and collected.

Socialization is a lot about handling

Granted we have “pet” dogs which most likely lack the perfect personality and temperament to perform on a show level.  But that doesn’t mean we still can expect more from them.

I think we should handle our dogs more. Not just by petting, but by touching them all over.   Socialization isn’t just being with other dogs.  We need to groom our dogs and perform snout to tails on a daily basis.  By trimming our dog’s nails, looking in their mouths and interacting on a physical level we can help prevent aggression.  Playing ball is great but expecting our dogs to control themselves in public is something all dog owners should set as a goal.

Stifle the bark

Over 3,000 dogs at this event and I only heard two of the dogs’ bark.  What does that say for us as dog owners?  I think we let our dogs get away with much more than we should.  If the show dogs can sit on grooming tables for hours, I think we can expect our dogs to sit quietly while we pour their meals or answer a door.  Raise your expectations!

Hold commands

I believe even though we teach our dogs commands most of us have a tendency to release them way too soon.  King, the winner of the Westminster stood for over an hour while he had his photo taken.  He didn’t whine or complain, rather he was as stoic as a Steiff stuffed dog.  Sure, this takes a lot of training and discipline, but can’t we expect our dogs to hold a command for 5 or 10 minutes without complaining?

Here’s my challenge

In the next month I want you to raise your expectations for your dog.  If they can sit for a minute quietly, then build up to two minutes.  If they bark or whine for food, work with the quiet command and build until then can sit quietly until their food is poured and you release them.  Can’t stand being brushed or having their nails trimmed…this is the month to work with them and build slowly on improving their stamina for handling.

By taking small steps you may be surprised at what your dog is truly capable of.  Maybe they won’t be at the 2020 Westminster but they will be better behaved and more socialized for the next time friends come ringing your door bell.

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To some people, getting a dog stroller may sound like a silly thing, but the truth of the matter is that strollers can be very useful for you and your buddy.

If your dog cannot keep up with their normal exercise routine because of illness, age or other reasons, they can still enjoy the fresh air and sunshine by using a stroller. Today, dog strollers have become the new must-have dog accessory.

Reasons to Get a Dog Stroller

Dog strollers have become quite popular among pet owners. Below are a few reasons to get one for your dog.

  • Protect their paws – During the summer, pavements are very hot and can feel like hot coals to your dog. Similarly, in the winter, dogs have to deal with frozen snow on roads and sidewalks. A dog stroller can help protect their feet.
  • Help senior dogs to move – Most dogs become less active and have difficulty walking when they age.
  • Help injured dogs – If your dog is injured or disabled, you can use a stroller to help them walk again and get some fresh air and sunshine.
  • Help overweight dogs – As you try to get your pet back into good shape, a dog stroller can help keep their moods high and brains active.
  • A place to rest– A pet stroller can be a good spot for resting. When the dog is tired or fatigued, you can use a stroller as a quiet resting spot.
  • Good for anxious dogs – If your dog is afraid of people, loud noises, cars, or being in unfamiliar places, you can use a dog stroller to help them overcome their fear.
Do Large Dogs Need Strollers?

In most cases, when people think about dog strollers, they usually think of small dogs and puppies that might tire during a walk. However, large dogs too can experience some problems which can make it difficult for them to move. And for the likes of Great Dane and German Shepherds, hefting them from one location to another would need some serious muscle.

By using a stroller, you can take a big dog who is having difficulty walking out for a walk so they too can get some sunshine and fresh air. The change of scenery can also speed up their recovery.

Strollers for Large Dogs

There are many large dog strollers that can comfortably fit your medium to large size dog and help you move them from one place to another. These strollers can hold up to 150 pounds and are available both in pet stores and online. They are quite bulky and roomy, allowing you to fit two or more small/medium size dogs. Ipetcompanion’s guide provides a list of the best strollers and other great products for your best friend.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Stroller for a Large Dog
  • Weight limit – Look up the weight limit of the stroller before you buy it because it could be a large size stroller with a small weight limit
  • Durability – After spending so much time and money on a dog stroller, you don’t want to start the same process again in a few months. Therefore, buy a stroller that can withstand the test of time.
  • Wheel type – Depending on the terrain that you’ll be using it on as well as the weight of the dog, choose the best type of wheel for your dog. Make a choice between air-filled tires, EVA tires, and plastic tires. Also, consider whether you want a 3-wheel or 4-wheel model.
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If you are interested to know what these dog breeds are, keep reading as we will share the top 5 best dog breeds you can get as pets for your kids.

There are about 70 million dogs across the United States and it’s no doubt that a lot of households choose to have a canine pet. About five million people get bitten by dogs each year and half of that population are kids two to twelve years old.

This really shouldn’t scare you if you’re planning to get a pet dog for your family or if you have kids around. To make sure that kids will be safe around pets – dogs in particular – have your pet dog vaccinated.

Another precaution you can take is to get a dog breed that is kid-friendly. These dogs are calm and can tolerate having kids around.

If you are interested to know what these dog breeds are, keep reading as we will share the top 5 best dog breeds you can get as pets for your kids.

Bichon Frise

This very adorable and cheerful dog looks just like a toy with its fur that you can easily shape in whatever you want. Because of its coat, you can expect that this dog will need regular grooming so you should be ready for that.

The Bichon’s name in French means curly coated and it fits well with its look.

Bichon Frises are known to be very playful. They like being the center of attention, but it shouldn’t really be an issue because you and your kids will easily learn to love this cute and cuddly breed.

Beagle

According to PrinceOfPrice.com, you can get a beagle for as low as $300 and it’s great for kids because it is charming, gentle, and sweet around people.

You need to remember that Beagles are naturally active and they can get easily overweight. They should always exercise regularly, if not daily.

It’s also important that you don’t leave them alone for a long time as that could make them feel anxious.

You’ll need patience when it comes to training one of these because they can be stubborn at times, but definitely, your efforts will pay off. Beagles are scent hounds and are also hunters, and so you’ll need creative techniques to effectively train them.

Pug

If you are thinking of getting a pug for yourself or your kid, then you’ll find that pugs are such great companions. In fact, pugs live for human companionship.

This flat-faced breed is affectionate towards children and is also lively, which makes it a good playmate for your kids.

Pugs are easy to take care of because of their short coat. They also won’t need much space for their exercise. Their size makes it easy for you to take them anywhere.

Bulldog

Even if bulldogs seem to be intimidating and even frightening to some because of the way they look, this dog breeds are still known for their patience and affection towards their pet owners and even children.

Bulldogs are just generally sociable. They could get warm towards visitors and other animals.

Even if they could be friendly towards kids, the Bulldogs are not really that playful and energetic like Bichon Frises. They could drool a lot and their dental hygiene needs quite the attention.  However, this doesn’t really make grooming harder than what you think. Their coat isn’t thick and so it’s fairly easy to maintain.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are known to be intelligent and easy to train. This means that they can be easily trained to get along and play with kids.  This dog breed is very playful and energetic which make them fit the description of social dog breeds.

Goldies are also known to be confident, patient, and loyal. This is why it’s very easy to welcome this dog into a family. They are not too hard to maintain as their coat isn’t really that thick. They usually have a medium length coat that only needs to be groomed at least once to thrice a week.

Things to Keep in Mind

There still are other kid-friendly breeds out there that you can get and some of these are Poodles, Bull Terriers, and American Boxers. What you really need to keep in mind is you need dogs that are calm and social. It would also be great if you check on the dog’s background, especially if you’re getting an older one. You should ask about how it is with kids and other pets if you have any.

Once you get the dog of your choice, you need to make time to properly train it.

All dogs, no matter what breed, have temperaments and training would certainly help them behave properly around people and kids. Even if some dog breeds are claimed to be kid-friendly, without proper training, they can still fail.

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