The “power walk” is one of the easiest and most beneficial activities you can do with your dog. A “power walk” is a 30 to 45 minute walk where you are in control and your dog is a relaxed follower.
Dogs benefit from regular power walks. But occasional walks with the owner in charge will only confuse the dog and add to his anxiety.
With dogs, it can minimize anxiety, frustration, some forms of aggression and hyperactivity. It can also help with some barking problems and dominance issues.
The power walk does all these things by establishing the owner as Leader and the dog as the follower.
As the follower, your dog doesn’t have to make any decisions. He doesn’t have to be in charge. He can relax. When he relaxes, he is less anxious, less aggressive, less frustrated and less over-active. Continue reading “Take your dog on a power walk”
According to statistics compiled by the Humane Society of the United States, 6-8 million, (yes, you read correctly,) dogs and cats are cared for in humane society shelters across the country. That’s not counting the dogs in rescues! Approximately one half, 4-6 million of them, will be euthanized. Those numbers are mind-boggling and grim!
Before you decide to adopt a dog, take an honest assessment of the type family you have. Honestly answering just a few questions can make an enormous difference in your life and the life of the dog.
Animals are surrendered for a myriad of reasons. Countless puppies and dogs are killed, allegedly humanely, on a daily basis because of age, illness/disease, sheer volume and unfortunately, severe behavioral issues.
Before you even contemplate rescuing or adopting, you need to sit down and have a talk with yourself and your family.
You need to be completely honest about just how willing, how far, and how long, you will be willing to work with the puppy or dog that may have behavioral issues.
You also should take a hard look at your finances and consider whether you have the financial resources to add a dog to your family. Consider vet costs, food costs and more. For some help stretching your dollars, check out this handy guide to saving money on pet care costs.
Homeowners, especially parents, know about every day items can be household dangers. Whether it is a cleaning material or hidden asbestos leading to mesothelioma, they pose a real risk to our health and that of our children if not disposed of carefully or used correctly.
Keep toxic household products away from your dog.
Few realize, however, that these toxins are just as harmful to dogs too — if not more so.
You might wonder why, but if we think about it, dogs operate at a much lower level than we do. Often with their noses firmly to the floor, they experience whatever is on the ground be it a carpet, garage floor or lawn. This means they are far more likely to inhale harmful substances than we are.
If taught properly, a crate can provide a safe and puppy-proofed area for your dog to sleep in while you are away, or not able to keep that constant eye on him.
Crating a puppy is also an excellent way to housebreak them. After a certain age, most puppies will not poop where they sleep or eat.
A crate or kennel should NEVER be used as punishment. Puppies should NEVER be locked up longer than necessary. Other than bedtime, never leave your puppy in their crate for more than an hour. You do not want your pup to feel they are being jailed. Little by little, you can lengthen their confinement, but be reasonable!
Many progressive thinking breeders have already convinced their litters to recognize their crate as a good thing. They have done this by detaching the top part of the crate during the day, allowing the pups to learn to enter and exit a safe place. They replace the top at night; thus, the puppies are “crated” or denned. This way a puppy learns even before they leave their litter, crates are a positive association. Continue reading “Simple rules make crate training your puppy a breeze”
Pawing is one of the biggest tools your dog uses to communicate with you.
Pawing is a natural and inherent way to for our puppy or dog to get us to “focus” on them so that they can relay a message.
Most new, inexperienced dog owners do not realize dog is a simple language to learn. Once you learn it, you understand your pet is communicating volumes of information by their doggie sign and body languages.
Pawing is one of the most common complaints by dog owners.