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Is Your Dog Annoying?

Written By: Teri Champigny - Jun• 04•12

Be it a Dachshund or Doberman or a Great Dane, a well-trained dog is a joy to its owner and the friends and neighbors of its owner. A dog which does not receive at least the proper basic training is usually a pain to be around – and even though the owner may think it’s cute, it can be a danger to itself as well as to others.

A dog which will not come to its owner on command can dash into the path of an approaching automobile and be injured or killed and cause the occupants of the vehicle to be injured or killed.

How Can This Happen?

Supposed you were leaving the house with your dog, and since you were just going to get into your automobile you had not put the dog’s leash on it. If the untrained dog sees a cat or another dog on the opposite side of the street it may well run across to chase it or just to be friendly. Will your dog respond if you say “come” or “sit” or “stay”?

What if you’re across the street talking with a neighbor and your dog gets out of its yard, sees you and wants to join the get-together. If there is an automobile approaching will the dog respond to your command of “stay” or “sit” or “down” and therefore remain safe on its side of the street?

What About Breed Type & Temperament?

Size and breed have nothing to do with basic training. A small dog can be just as much a hazard as a large one in these situations.

Good manners are another thing. A Saint Bernard may knock you down saying hello but a Miniature Schnauzer can get under your feet when you have your arms full of packages if it does not respond to a down command.

And when friends come to visit will they have to endure the barking and constant harassment of the dog which is bound and determined to make their evening miserable, or will your dog respond properly to a command?

If You Cannot Spare The Time For Basic Training, You Have No Business Owning A Dog

Training can be as complete as you want it to be. Most dogs can be trained to voice commands, hand signals, or other means of communication. They can be trained to protect your property, alert you to an intruder, attack on command, and a host of other things.

When it comes to your own pet, there is no more excuse for having an unruly dog than there is for having an unruly child. Both need the attention and love required to teach them good manners and behavior.

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How To Choose The Best Dog Training Program

Written By: Teri Champigny - Jun• 04•12

There are so many different types of dog training schools that are out there, available to all of you that are proud owners of a dog. It is very important for everyone to remember that taking the time out to find the best dog training school for your dog, is so very important and can make all of the difference in the world when it comes to how successfully your dog ends up being trained.

Every single dog is totally different, some of them might start to catch on very quickly while others could probably take quite a bit longer. It does not matter as to which speed your dog successfully gets trained, what matters the most is, did you get your moneys worth from the dog training school that you paid good money for, in hopes of receiving a well behaved dog. Just because a dog training school is not the most expensive one out there, it does not by any means, mean that it is not a reputable, good quality and most efficient dog training school.

Finding the best dog training school in your area would probably be easiest by just getting online, right from your home computer system, and doing the research on all of the many different dog training schools in your surrounding area. Finding one that you might be interested in paying for them to properly and most efficiently train your dog. It is up to you to find the very best dog training school in your area, for your special dog. Which is why taking some time out to do a little research is of great importance and will help you to successfully find the best dog training school for your little friend.

Dogs can be fabulous animals, however, there are unfortunately so many other dogs out there that have not received any type of dog training by anyone and they are about as misbehaved as misbehaved comes, which is what no owner wants to ever have to deal with.

Getting your dog properly trained at a very reputable but affordable dog training school will totally change how your dog and you and your family all get along. Things will be much more peaceful with a fun loving, well trained dog on your hands. Your new best friend could really be around for a very long time, so keep that in mind when you are putting off getting them efficiently trained at a professional dog training school.

Talk to your local vet and see if they can provide you with any helpful information regarding a dog training school for your dog, in or close to the town that you live in. It must impress you and when you have seen it all it can do for you then you will have the chance to show off your dog to everyone else that you know. Your dog can then impress your friends by how well behavied he is, by the dedication that you put forth in order to have a well trained dog for your home.

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The Chewy Puppy, Learn The R.E.S.T. Method

Written By: Teri Champigny - Jun• 04•12

Do you have a chewy puppy? Learn the R.E.S.T. method. What, did you adopt Lassie or the Tasmanian Devil? While a new puppy is cute and cuddly, things can go crazy fast! Before you know it, you can have a mini-tornado on your hands; a whirling dervish of chewing and biting and furniture stuffing flying and shoes left in tatters. Remember, puppies are like most babies… everything ends up in their mouths especially when they are teething.

Puppies love to bite and chew whatever they can find. It’s no wonder, since from birth it’s a major part of their lifestyle and communication. A new puppy will play around biting other puppies and their parents all day long. It’s how they have fun, it’s how they learn what’s what, and it’s how they learn their limits. It’s not surprising, then, that your little puppy wants to chew on your things, and you, too. If you don’t correct this habit while they are still puppies they WILL continue the habit into adult hood.

There are a number of things you can do to encourage your puppy to curb this behavior without deterring the puppy’s playful nature, or the need to chew. When your puppy is trying to chew or bite on things, just remember this training tip – R.E.S.T.

Replace

Instead of furniture, shoes, and you, allow your puppy to chew on toys you’ve bought for such a purpose. There are rawhide bones, plastic bones, ropes and other toys and treats made for chewing. Make sure puppy knows where to find them and that they are always available when the urge to chew hits. Just saying ‘no’ to chewing doesn’t work; puppy needs a replacement.

Energize

Is puppy trying to bite you to play? Instead of constantly scolding him, you need to energize puppy with some playful games. Wrestle around, chase around, or throw a ball to fetch. He’s got energy and he wants to use it. Have fun while playing around with puppy so he’s distracted, happy, and forgets he even wanted to bite. The bonus is all that playing around burns energy and the little darling may even take a nap.

Settle

Sometimes, when puppies gets overexcited, they start to nip and bite. You will know when your playful puppy goes from fun to frantic when he or she starts nipping again, and perhaps panting. Calm down your puppy by gently holding and petting rhythmically, keeping the puppy in one position, preferably down on his or her side. Don’t push your puppy away as this will only translate into another game, inciting the puppy’s instinct to play. Lower your voice, calm your motions, and wait until your puppy settles before you play again.

Trap

If you let a young puppy have free-run of your home, you are apt to find it difficult to control the chewing. It’s a better idea to designate an area and gate it off so that you can keep only puppy-friendly materials in there. This will prevent you from going crazy chasing after puppy trying to stop the chewing. It will also eliminate stress on the puppy, constantly being reprimanded for chewing when that’s all a puppy wants to do. Fill your puppy-friendly place with lots of chew toys so you both can relax.

 
It’s hard for a puppy to give up chewing and biting just for you and your sanity. It’s up to you to teach your puppy that this is not acceptable to do on certain things. It may take some time, but your puppy will learn what can and cannot be chewed. With these four simple tips – Replace, Energize, Settle, Trap – you and your puppy will come to an understanding and enjoy a long, wonderful friendship.

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Cats Bonding With Their Owners

Written By: Teri Champigny - May• 08•12

Marmalade Kitten

Cats are very complicated creatures. Many or most are very independent but there are some that are called ‘people cats’. These cats bond with their owners like dogs do. There are a lot of experts out there who say that cats are strictly independent animals. These very same experts state that cats have chosen to associate with humans due to their strategy of survival. Although many argue with this statement, there are many who agree as well – although those that agree are normally those in the percentile who don’t agree with cats.

Anyone who has owned a cat will tell you that cats are great at bonding with people, although they are very particular. Normally, a cat will choose someone in the home that he bonds with, usually the person who feeds them. You’ll know when a cat wants to bond with you, as he will hop on your lap seeking attention or snuggle up to you at night when you are sleeping. Purring is a strong sign of affection, especially with cats that are looking to bond.

Although many experts have tried to figure it out, no one really knows why cats choose a particular person whom they will bond with. It could be the individual’s manners, voice, or simply how that person treats the cat. Perhaps it may be the individual is really gentle, or maybe a little more forceful – bringing the best out in the cat.

There are a lot of ways that researchers have tried to take this subject, one of which being psychic. Some say that cats bond with someone due to a “psychic aura” that is compatible with both the person and the cat. If a cat feels that someone is giving them a bad vibe, they will simply ignore that person. Although this can be true to a sense for some, a majority of those who own cats will tell you that this couldn’t be any further from the truth.

Even though there are a lot of theories and speculation out there, no one really knows why cats bond with humans. There’s little to no proof available as well, other than cats and their natural instinct for physical survival. Those who own cats know that cats crave attention, simply to make them feel needed. They love to be pampered by their owners, and will shower you with attention and affection if you just give them the chance.

Those who are new to owning cats may find bonding to be very different. Cats are different from other animals, including dogs, in the sense that they bond different. Different breeds of cats will bond different with their owners, although most prefer affection and attention. The more time you spend around your cat, the more he will bond with you. Over the years, you’ll find that the bond you create with your pet has grown very strong – and simply cannot be broken.

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Anxiety In Dogs

Written By: Teri Champigny - May• 01•12

A world without dogs would be crazy. It would be lonely for most of us if we lost our favorite canine companions. Fortunately, almost every household in the US had had at least one dog.

Anxiety In Dogs

Dogs are animals that need special care and extra attention from us humans. Compared to cats, dogs are more active and showy to their companions. Cats just lie and sleep most of the day. It only moves toward you to get is dose of petting or to ask for food. Most of the time, cats would rather sleep or groom themselves.

Dogs are different. They are playful, they interact with other people and other dogs as well. They show appreciation to their owner, in one way or another. Men and dogs have become ultimate partners, helping each other… enjoying a complimentary relationship.

Dogs are also utilized outside the home, even in law enforcement. The police have canine units that help them in searching for different dangerous substances or objects. Sometimes, K-9 units are also used to search for missing people. If well trained, these special dogs can detect or identify crime suspects by tagging the smell.

Even blind people immensely benefit from dogs. These dogs serve as the “eyes” of their blind master. These dogs enable blind people to live relatively normal lives, allowing them to leave their homes and enjoy the outdoors much like other people who can see.

Dogs have different personalities. It really depends on the breed or the dog’s family history. From being a puppy to an adult dog, they are accompanied by their human masters. These people are familiar to dogs and how they live everyday. The dog’s everyday routine is usually dependent on their master’s lifestyle.

There are some dogs that experience anxiety that almost comes instantly when they are left alone by their master. If they are left alone, these dogs can become destructive, which is their means of expressing frustration or loneliness. This is actually called separation anxiety in dogs. Dogs can become restless and bored, and if they see that their master is not around, they may go out to chew on anything that they can get their paws on — from slippers, to furniture, to other objects found in the house.

In fact, chewing on certain objects that have the master’s smell (socks, shoe, the sofa, or even the door) is one of the many symptoms of separation anxiety in dogs. Other symptoms to watch out for would be continuous barking, uncontrolled “pooping”, and various ways to get master’s attention.

Probable causes for such behavior often include dogs that were not properly socialized or dogs that have been living in different homes. With this in mind, owners should take a second look at their dogs and see if they exhibit such behavior. This will give them the idea that their dogs might be suffering from separation anxiety.

Dealing with separation anxiety in dogs can be serious if not threatening for your carpet or sofa. Begin with a no “goodbye” technique. Owners should not give their dogs any hugs before they leave the home. This will only make the dog long for more attention from the owner. Another tip would be to leave some toys or goodies that will help your dog consume its time and takes its attention away from its anxiety.

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