Archive for October, 2008
Dogs must be given treats and snacks regularly, especially when they are on their best behavior. However, pet owners must be wary of treats that are laden with chemicals and preservatives. These may be bad for your pet.
Always check the label for additives and preservatives. There are healthy alternatives such as cow ears for dogs. These are natural snacks with no preservatives. In addition to being healthy, they are USDA and FDA approved.
Dogs are intelligent creatures. With healthy dog treats, you can train your dog to do simple tricks such as sit, beg, or roll over. Like humans, they respond to positive reinforcement.
Giving treats is an effective way of reinforcing a pet’s good behavior positively. Some dogs, especially if they like the treats, will do anything just to have a tasty snack. With the help of treats, pet owners can communicate what they want their pets to do.
Finding a solution to your dog’s barking behavior is something almost every dog owner has had to struggle with at some point. Dogs bark for many reasons and it can be hard to quiet them, because they are usually trying to tell you something. Whether they would like something to eat, have seen someone lurking outside your home or are simply talking back to you after you have told them not to do something, each bark has a purpose. Finding the training solution can be a challenge, because frequency and severity of barking behavior varies from dog to dog.
When is Training Essential?
If your dog doesn’t bark very often, your dog barking solutions will be very different from someone that has a chronic barker. Chronic barking usually occurs people work during the day and leave their dog in the house until they get home. In that type of situation, a dog will usually bark throughout the day from boredom, maybe loneliness, hunger and so on. Then, when the owner gets home, the dog becomes very excited and will most likely begin barking even more. If your dog is barking constantly and is disrupting the lives of others, finding solutions becomes essential. Often times a quick remedy would be to give the dog a treat or chew, like greenies. This will keep him occupied for a while, and over time, he will seek out his treats for comfort!
Although often thought to be a teething behavior, nipping, mouthing and biting in young dogs is generally a form of social play. Teething is more likely to involve gnawing or chewing on household objects. The first thing you must do is provide ample opportunity for play, without biting. Social play with people could involve retrieve games (ball, Frisbee or soft toy), hide n’ seek (with the puppy finding the humans for a treat), chasing after soap bubbles as well as walks, swimming or learning tricks. Although wrestling and tug of war games can be fun, they may lead to play that is too rough or rambunctious. Another quick remedy would be to provide the puppy with a dog chew or dog treat, like greenies. This will be sure to keep him busy for a while and detour him from destroying personal items.
Puppies need to learn bite inhibition. This is something they start to learn while with their litter mates It is one reason that puppies should not go to new homes until 7 – 8 weeks and they have had time to practice social skills with other dogs. It can therefore be extremely beneficial for the puppy to have regular interactive social play periods with other dogs or puppies in the home or in the neighborhood.
Today’s domestic dog is still closely related to the wolf. Like all wolves living in a pack, dogs must be part of a stable family and feel safe. Most domestic behavioral problems occur when the dog is confused about how to act/behave in different situations such as in your home or out on a walk.
It is recommended that you keep your dog confined (in a crate or in a room) no matter his age for at least the first month in your home. This will allow him to settle in more comfortably and adapt to your lifestyle. At the same time, confinement or crate training will reduce such misbehaviors as chewing and separation anxiety. When crate training, always use a dog treat, like greenies, as a reward when he/she enters his cage. It will help make him feel more at home!
The human-animal bond is strong. Dogs were amongst the first animals to be domesticated, and as they proved their worth as hunters, guards and companions, the bond has continued to grow stronger. Many people will agree that animals can make a positive influence on our lives. Dogs used for therapy are just one way they make a positive impact.
What is a therapy dog? Therapy dogs are of any size, breed, colour, shape, sex or age and use the power of the human-animal bond to help people. The help may come in the form of emotional support. For example, a dog may visit the elderly and show them that they are loved by allowing the person to hold the dog while they laugh or cry. The help may also be physical. For example, dogs can be used to encourage a stroke victim to move an arm to pet the dog.
Why are animals used as part of therapy? It is the unconditional love that these animals provide to those that are ill, disabled, elderly or anyone who is in a facility and is deprived of acceptance, love or touch. Therapy dogs can be used in many different situations, such as during social activities or physical therapy. Everyone benefits from therapy dogs – the individual(s) who needs the therapy, the staff at the facility, the individual’s family, and the therapy dog him/herself.
As with all dogs, even dogs used as therapy love a healthy dog treat, like greenies. It is sure to make them even happier than they were before!
Until they reach 16 to 18 weeks of age, a puppy will be in a socialization period. This period is the most important and critical in its life. Every effort should be made to socialize your puppy; meaning to expose him or her to a variety of positive and pleasant meetings. The greater the exposure you can give to your dog during this period, the more it will lead to improved social flexibility, emotional stability and trainability. Also, always make sure to give him a dog treat, like greenies, after a job well done!
You must socialize you puppy to a number of different things; people, adults and children of various ages, animals and environments. Use the socialization table for ideas or for tracking your progress. Place a check mark beside the experience that your puppy has had the opportunity to add to his repertoire. Notice which spaces are blank and take you puppy out! The more experiences in its repertoire, the better equipped the puppy will be to socially to deal with new situations. Take advantage of puppyhood, because after this period, socializing your dog will take longer and be much more difficult…
Remember that before the puppy has its second shot, the puppy’s immunity won’t be as strong. Exposure to only vaccinated dogs at this time is highly recommended.
Have you ever thought about what owners fed their dogs before dog kibble was invented, or how they rewarded their pups before dog treats were made? Many people do, and they may surprised to learn that back in the old days no one made all natural dog treats, or chicken-flavored biscuits for dogs. In fact, canine treats weren’t even originally made for dogs.Nearly 200-years ago a London butcher sot to expand his business. So he baked some biscuits to sell along side his butchered beef. But when he tasted the biscuits, he found they weren’t too good and he fed them to his dog. The butcher was so encouraged by his dog’s love for the biscuits he decided to continue baking them for other dogs.
In 1908 an American businessman bought the recipe from the butcher and headed back to the continent to found what is know known as the Milk Bone dog biscuit company. Today Milk Bone is just one of the many companies marketing baked treats to pets.
Pig Ears and Labrador Retriever
Gnawing on a dried, smoked pigs ear may seem pretty gross to you and me—but, to Fido it is a delicious dinner. My Labrador Retriever loves nothing better than to spend a rainy day chewing on a pig ear. Many times, I have even given Barney a pig ear to calm his excitement when I have guests over. I have taken my labrador retriever on long road trips and pig ears really keep him busy.
My friend owns a Labradoodle that barks constantly. My friend has tried everything from dog training classes, to canine anxiety medication. But the classes only made the barking worse, and the medication made the poor pup act like a zombie. I suggested he give his dog pig ears to quiet his barking. And, guess what? It worked. The neighbors are no longer complaining and the car rides are no longer intolerable.