Shih Tzu Training

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December 4, 2010

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu are an intelligent dog which takes reasonably well to dog training. The typical nature of the Shih Tzu is friendly, playful, and animated. Not overly ‘yappy’ dogs, most are very alert and will sound the alarm readily, making them reliable watchdogs. Although small, they seem to have no concept of their own size – most Shih Tzu owners describe them as “huge dogs packed into a small body”. Some Shih Tzu are so overconfident that they’ll take on much larger dogs without a second though. Overindulged Shih Tzu can be snappy and arrogant; it’s important that you don’t spoil your Shih Tzu, as they tend to take this as a sign that you’re a weak leader and will try to enforce their rules on you, rather than the other way around!

It’s important that you don’t dole out dog treats too readily – Shih Tzu need to earn their treats. Too many dog treats will not only have an adverse effect on your dog’s health, but will teach him that you’re a soft touch who’s lower down on the pack hierarchy than he is. Your Shi Tzu will respond to you better and be much more content and relaxed if he knows that he can rely on you to act like a leader at all times – this prevents him from having to step up to the mark, instead.

Dog treats are a great way of forming new, positive behaviors for Shih Tzu. For example, using them as rewards during training works especially well on the Shih Tzu, who always appreciates food rewards. Instead of giving him a particular food that is a dog treat, why not get him to learn something new (like going inside his crate on your command) first, before giving him the dog treat. That way he gets the treat, as well as learning a new positive behavior, AND has a positive association with performing that behavior.
Your response to behavior from your dog has a huge impact on whether or not that behavior is repeated. If you treat your dog when he behaves in a certain way, this is how he learns that you approve of such behavior. To most dogs, your approval is what they really crave; food treats are just a way of demonstrating that you like that behavior. Later when the treat, such as food, is not used any more, the dog has already learned that such behavior gets him your approval – although sporadic food rewards do well to keep obedience foremost in his mind!

Your response to behavior from your Shih Tzu has a huge impact on whether or not that behavior is repeated. If you treat your Shih Tzu when he behaves in a certain way, this is how he learns that you approve of such behavior. To most dogs, your approval is what they really crave; dog treats are just a way of demonstrating that you like that behavior. Later when the dog treat, such as food, is not used any more, the Shih Tzu has already learned that such behavior gets him your approval – although sporadic dog treats do well to keep obedience foremost in his mind!

Now, we will talk about various dog training tools or equipment to choose from, you have to be very careful which one is right and can help you create a well-mannered spunky little dog, Shih Tzu. Some of the first purchases you will need to make for your Shih Tzu include:

Dog leashes, just like collars, are great tools to help you control your Shih Tzu. Dog leashes differ in materials, lengths and styles. When buying leashes, choose which one is right for your Shih Tzu. Chain and woven nylon leashes are strong, however, nylon cannot withstand chewing if your dog is fond of that. It is therefore a great idea to use chain leashes if you haven’t dealt with your dog’s chewing behavior.

Being the alpha dog is a heavy burden to bear. When dogs lived in the wild in packs, the alpha dog was the one who would make all the decisions. If the pack came under attack – for example, by another predator – the alpha was the one who’d have to act first and all the other dogs would take their cues from the alpha. If your Shih Tzu isn’t sure who’s the boss in the house,your Shih Tzu will get pretty stressed out because your Shih Tzu is not sure whether he is meant to be making all the decisions, or whether he should be following you. Not knowing where your Shih Tzu stands is a difficult situation for your Shih Tzu to be in.

Your Shih Tzu will be much happier and more relaxed if your Shih Tzu doesn’t feel that he is the alpha, and thus have to dictate terms.

An alpha dog would NEVER reward another dog for no good reason. Alpha dogs simply expect good behavior at all times. This is why you shouldn’t reward your Shih Tzu for no apparent reason; our Shih Tzu must earn his rewards. Before your Shih Tzu gets a treat, he has to do something for you: for example, before letting him go outside, make him sit and wait for you to go through the door first (another example of good alpha behavior).

When trained properly, Shih Tzu make loyal and intensely companionable family pets. It’s not difficult to train a Shih Tzu; you merely need to be consistent, patient, and firm.

Westie Puppy Training

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October 22, 2010
Westie puppy

Westie Puppy

Westie training can be very interesting when you go beyond basic obedience. Westie is designed to specifically test the natural instinct and working ability of small, short-legged terriers. The west highland white terrier was originally bred to control the population of vermin and other quarry, such as rats, foxes, otters, etc., that live in dens underground. Westie would go under the earth, find the den of the pest, bark to alert his owner of its whereabouts, who would then dig down to capture the animal.

Whippet Puppies Traning

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October 21, 2010

Whippet

Whippet

Whippet Puppies

Like any other dog Whippet Puppies can be trained but Whippet Puppies require positive dog training techniques and your patience. Whippet Puppies are the most obedient and willing to please of the family. It won’t be difficult to establish the basic rules and it will be fun to teach your whippet and learn from him.

Train on the lead several times a day for short periods indoors (bad weather days) and outside. Raw or cooked hotdogs make great lures for the untrained
whippet to move along with you. Plenty of praise using a high-pitched happy voice reinforced with a food morsel will encourage your Whippet puppy along. Gradually reduce the dog treats as the training takes hold. If Whippet pulls away and resists, do not pull back- simply praise the behavior you are trying to reinforce. Please use collars and dog leashes that are wide enough to prevent trauma to the neck and windpipe. Never tie your whippet up outside or leave them on a chain unattended. Whippet puppies can easily run to the end of the line and snap their neck.

Whippet puppies training can be a therapy for the trainer, it will teach you patience, self control and observation skills, be ready for surprises and have fun!

Whippet

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October 8, 2010

Whippet

Whippet

Whippet

Thinking about purchasing an Whippet? Then read our blog about Whippet including a brief description, information on training, dog treats, dog food, temperament, grooming, activity and history.

Whippet looks like a miniature Italian Greyhound. Whippet is a medium sized sight Italian Greyhound giving the appearance of elegance and fitness, denoting great speed, power and balance without coarseness. Whippet dogs are one of the fastest breed in the world having been timed at 36.5 mph for a 150 yard course, which is at least 10 mph faster than the fastest human can run. Whippets have frail bodies, but they are intense when racing. Whippets have small rose ears, a black nose and thin snout. Their bodies are thin and lean but muscular. Their tapering tail remains undocked. Whippets are gentle, affectionate and adaptable, splendid watch dogs. Delightful companions or great jogging partners, the Whippet needs plenty of exercise and might as well get it with you. Whippets are considered one of the friendliest of the sight hounds, but can be initially nervous or reserved around strangers. They tend to get along very well with other dogs, but smaller animals may be hunted by this breed. They get along well with children however and are very playful, though children should be gentle. The Whippet is a calm and sensitive breed that is powerful on the race track and playful at home.

Whippet loves to chase moving objects- try the following dog toys: a soft ball, flexible Frisbee (cloth), or other soft plush favorite dog toys. If you provide a dog treat when the puppy returns the thrown object to you, and offer lots of praise, you reinforce a fetch-type game. If you chase the whippet for the dog toy, that will be the game you establish. Hiding small pieces of cheese or organic dog biscuits can be fun for your Whippet puppy and child. We don’t recommend lots of food-type bones, such as pig ears, bully sticks, or cornstarch bone products for your whippet.

Whippet has a smooth, shorthaired coat so Whippet needs minimal grooming. Many will tell you their dogs don’t shed. Unless a dog has no hair, they shed and the same is true for the Whippets. You won’t find large piles of hair like you would with a longhaired dog, but Whippets shed just like any dog, specifically in the spring and fall. A good brushing with furminator once or twice a week will not only take care of that problem, but will make your Whippet very happy as well. To keep your Whippet’s coat sleek and shining, give him a good rub with a chamois cloth (which he will also love). You’ll notice the difference it makes in his appearance.

The normally placid, easygoing Whippet can be run fast if he sees an animal to chase after. Then he morphs into Super-Whippet, taking off after his prey at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. Besides dog leashes, you need a dog harness. But when he is not chasing prey or some other lure, the Whippet is a sweet-natured, loving, and adaptable companion.

Polite with strangers, the Whippet should be accustomed to people and noises at an early age. He is peaceful with other dogs but has a high prey drive and cannot be trusted with smaller pets.

Whippet dogs are mildly stubborn, but also very sensitive. They respond favorably only to calm, upbeat training methods that emphasize dog treats and dog food.

Holistic medicine has been applied for many centuries to heal and protect humans. In recent years, Whippet owners continue to learn that natural health is equally as essential for their treasured pet as it is for them. Holistic therapy is very often referred to as alternative or natural medicine. The practice involves the use of different natural treatments such as diet and nutrition, and exercise.

For more information about Whippet, please visit http://www.whippet.com.

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Bichon Frise Puppy Care

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September 18, 2010

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise Puppy

Bichon Frise Puppy

Bichon Frise Puppy and Swimming Pool

You need to take extra care of Bichon Frise puppy if you have a swimming pool that the Bichon Frise puppy can fall into. Swimming pools can be very attractive to a curious Bichon Frise pup. He might not realize that he cannot “walk on water” or he may accidentally fall in while playing too closely around the pool. It is always a good idea to teach your Bichon Frise puppy how to get out of your pool in case he does fall in accidentally or he may drown. When it is time for your Bichon Frise puppy to have a bath (the pool chemicals are harmful to Bichon Frise’s coat and need to be shampooed out), go with him for a swim. Show him how to get out of the pool safely. This is also true for large ponds or any body of water in your yard. After his swimming lesson is over, give your Bichon Frise puppy a complete bath to get rid of all the chemicals from his coat and skin. It is a good idea to repeat the swimming pool lesson annually so your Bichon Frise remembers how to get out of the pool if he falls in.

Bichon Frise Puppy and fleas

Before you bring a Bichon Frise puppy home, it is a good to get rid of any fleas or ticks that are living on your property. It is always much easier to maintain a flea-free puppy, if the puppy doesn’t have fleas in the first place. A few weeks before you are scheduled to pick up your Bichon Frise puppy, have your home and yard sprayed for fleas and ticks. If you have other pets already, make sure all of them are flea-free. Outside cats especially attract fleas. If necessary have your other pets flea-dipped. Do NOT bring your new Bichon Frise puppy into an environment with fleas since some Bichons are very allergic to fleabites.

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Westie Dog Treats

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September 12, 2010

Westie

Westie

Westie

Westie, known as “West Highland White Terrier” loves organic dog treats with chicken, Peanut Butter, garlic or Cheese flavor. Westie dog treats should made from chicken, lambs or rice. Many things that owners look for, such as high protein levels and extra vitamins, are more likely to be harmful than helpful. Never feed your Westie dog food or dog treats that have wheat, corn, or beef. Many Westies are allergic to these food items. Give your Westie organic dog treats. Do not give them bones of any kind. The bone can splinter and lodge in their throat or puncture their stomach.

Dog training treats for Westie are usually something like cubes of beef that many dogs yearn for as a snack. Other dog treats are made from chicken, turkey and rice. Some companies are intent on producing dog treats that are free from preservatives and fresh on the shelves, so these are the brands you should look for.

For example, we use the following dog treats for Westie:

Newman’s Own Organics Dog Treats for Small Size Dogs: Westie loves chicken and peanut butter flavor of Newman’s own Organics Dog Treats. The dog treats are made with organic barley flour, organic carrots and organic apples, and contain no wheat, corn or soy products. The heart shape is a perfect as a training reward for your cute Westie. You can buy this organic dog treats at at Petsmart, PetCo, Publix, and Kroger.

lamb treats We usually recommend lamb treats for Westie. This will make your Westie healthier overall, and will make huge difference in preventing the skin problems often experienced by Westie.

Every Westie with a compromised immune system may need a particular diet adjusted to that dogs specific need. Considering that Westie’s skin allergies, we will introduce healthy dog treats for Westie and dog treats to avoid based on our experiences and the research by Westie Rescue of Orange County & Beyond.

Limiting the ingredients that Westie is likely not to have consumed is the key.  Dog food must have a balanced diet to provide energy and have a suitable combination of the major nutrients – proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, and also have a sufficient amount of the minor nutrients – vitamins and minerals in proper proportions.  The major nutrients that all dogs need include carbohydrates, which provide energy, and in excess are converted into body fat; fats which are the most concentrated form of energy; proteins which provide the body building elements in the Wesite diet.

The minor nutrients include the vitamins, minerals, which, although critical to the Westie’s health, are required in rather small amounts. The vitamins are usually divided into two groups; fat soluble (vitamins A, D, E and K) and water soluble, the B complex vitamins and vitamin C.

The healthy dog treats for Westie are as follows:

  • Raw Baby Carrots
  • Low Fat Cottage Cheese (1 Tablespoon – this is a great method for administering medication)
  • Charlee Bear Dog Treats (only 3 calories per treat – can be found at Petco and Trader Joe’s)
  • Cooked Squash
  • Green Beans
  • Apple Slices
  • Innova Health Bars (we use the small bar size and break them in halves)
  • Dried Chicken Strips

The treats to avoid for Westie are as follows:

  • Fatty meats and trimmings which can cause diarrhea or pancreatitis
  • Cabbage, broccoli or brussel sprouts which can promote intestinal gas
  • Onions and garlic – poisonous
  • Grapes and raisins – poisonous
  • Chocolate
  • Popcorn
  • Avocado
  • Pig ears
  • Commercial Dog Treats

Natural dog treats that are high in protein and fat may be required for Westie who is extremely active, while Westie who is more sedentary should be fed treats that are lower in protein, fat and overall calories, because they burn less energy.

Natural Supplements for Westie:

There are natural supplements for Westie that can be found at Whole Foods and Petco. Though expensive at the local store, price comparisons can greatly be reduced by internet shopping.

If you consider alternative medicine, so-called holistic medicine for your Wesite, you can buy the holistic alternative medicine for Westie at Doctors Foster and Smith.

Holistic dog food is that which provides an alternative meal for a Westie that not only curbs hunger but also addresses the overall health and well being of the animal. Holistic dog foods should contain all natural ingredients that are good enough quality to satisfy humans. They do not contain by products but do contain meat that is free from hormones, whole grain rice, digestive enzymes, antioxidants, fatty acids and Omega 3 amongst other important vitamins. Canned and commercial brands of dog foods that are popular amongst Westie owners often contain meal instead of meat. Meal often contains indigestible parts and these are added to wheat and corn to provide a filling meal that can make a dog sick and cause allergic reactions. These are cheaper options but nutrition wise, holistic dog food is by far the best option.

As the cheaper dog foods are passed through the system so quickly, Westie is left feeling hungry more than usual. Holistic dog foods often fill Westie for longer. The most popular brands on the market are never endorsed by veterinarians as they too know the benefits of holistic dog foods over conventional brands. Holistic dog food can seem surprisingly expensive but it is not actually that steep when the larger, better value bags are purchased. Future vets bills are often decreased as dogs fed on holistic food often have less illnesses and allergies.

Choose a dry food intended specifically for Westie puppies, avoiding generic foods and those that sell for unusually low prices. Many things that owners look for, such as high protein levels and extra vitamins, are more likely to be harmful than helpful. Never feed your Westie dog food or treats that have wheat, corn, or beef. Many Westies are allergic to these food items. Do not give Westie bones of any kind. The bone can splinter and lodge in their throat or puncture their stomach.

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September 10, 2010

Bichon Frise

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Bichon Frise

Dog toys are important to your Bichon Frise puppies‘ playtime, and should be kept away from his crate and out of the way of the household. Stay away from vinyl toys, as pieces tend to break off and could be swallowed. Also be careful with any dog toy that has a squeaker mechanism inside for the same reason. Rawhide bones are okay, just remember to purchase rawhide bones that is proportional to the size of your Bichon Frise puppy. Filled bones are also very popular, as well as nylon bones. If it has eyes, a nose, or strings of any kind, don’t even look at it. Any of those can break off and be swallowed. For more information about Bichon Frise, please go to Bichon Frise Club of America.

Bichon Frise might refuse to play with dog toys. I would start by just havg one dog toy that he can become attached too, very often dogs are overwhelmed with an abundance of dog toys and dog treats and is results in them not bothering with anything. Forget commercial dog treats. Use natural dog treats from his tray, such as organic dog biscuits. If you want to go with dog toys, Kong Dog Toys is a good choice for your Bichon Frise.

The dog toys made with Latex over the other vinyl and rubber toys are recommended for Bichon Frise. I think that if your Bichon Frise chews and swallows pieces of the Latex that this may be less harmful than the other materials. Also for pull toys, your Bichon Frise loves the Booda “rope” Tugs.

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September 2, 2010

Bichon Frise Puppy

Bichon Frise Puppy

Bichon Frise Puppy

Walk your Bichon Frise puppy twice a day to create a bond and to reduce its natural high energy. Get the Bichon Frise puppy used to the dog leash before you walk it. Attach a short leash to the dog’s collar and let it drag it around behind it for a few minutes for a few days before first walking it. Supervision is essential when you do this–your Bichon Frise puppy may asphyxiate if the leash gets caught on something. If the Bichon Frise puppy tries to get away from the dog leash, squeak a toy to distract it. The puppy should become more comfortable with the leash. When walking the Bichon Frise puppy, keep it on your left side to teach it to heel. If it does not frighten the Bichon Frise puppy, jerk on its leash to indicate where you would like it to go. If the Bichon Frise is afraid, coax it into place instead and give it a treat when it does as you wish.

Bichon Frise Puppies are energetic but even-tempered, feisty but easy to train, bouncy but quiet. This little bichon frise puppies might be considered the total packages by many dog owners who enjoy lots of personality in small packages. The intelligence and charm of the Bichon Frise is undeniable, and perpetually appealing.

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Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

A Bichon Frise is known for needing frequent dental checkups and dog teeth cleaning, due to their being susceptible to teeth and gum problems. Regular dog dental care is required to keep their teeth and gums healthy.

To keep your Bichon Frise’s teeth free from plaque and tartar, you need to provide dog treats in addition to regular tooth brushing.

Edible chew dog treats are very popular among dog owners. Zukes Dental Chew Bones and Greenies Dog Treats are two of the most well-liked edible dog treats for Bichon Frise.

Zukes are made without artificial colors, flavors or byproducts. The mini to small sizes are perfect for your Bichon Frise.

Greenies are filled with easily- digestible proteins and contain antioxidants that promote your dog’s immune system. The teenie and petite sizes are just right for your Bichon Frise.

Dog dental care is an essential part of grooming your Bichon Frise and promoting his health. By regular dog tooth brushing and providing dental dog treats, you are actually helping your Bichon Frise become healthier and happier.

Bichon Frise, also known as Bichon needs a special health care.

Dog hygiene is important since Bichon Frise can suffer early tooth loss and are prone to gum infections without regular dental care. Daily or frequent brushing and avoidance of canned foods is recommended with a regularly scheduled professional cleaning with your Bichon Frise’s vet.

Provide your Bichon Frise with a good nutritional diet. If you notice any problems with your Bichon Frise’s knees, be sure to discourage excessive climbing stairs or jumping off furniture to prevent further stress. Be sure to have your Bichon Frise checked if you see limping or favoring of one leg over another.

Bichon Frise should be combed or brushed daily or at least 2-3 times a week and all tangles should be removed before shampooing.

Regarding Bichon Frise‘s Shampoo, since Bichon is white and you want Bichon to be white, you should probably use a shampoo that has some “whitening” ingredients (which usually means the shampoo has a blue color.) But as you also probably know, some Bichons do have skin problems and you may have to use special or even medicated shampoos.

Since the Bichon Frise has that lovely curly hair it’s important to wipe your Bichon Frise’s hind (anal) area with a damp cloth after each poop to keep it clean and prevent matting.

Bichon Frise is very sensitive to fleas so be sure to keep up with preventive treatments. To discourage mites regularly trim excess hair from in between their pads on their feet and in between their ears.

Since the Bichon Frise is prone to bladder stones and infections be sure to give your pet plenty of clean, fresh water. Filtered water is desirable.

Establish a relationship between your veterinarian and your Bichon Frise. You want to find out what vaccinations and heart worm preventive medications your Bichon needs. It’s important to keep the face of your Bichon Frise clean and neatly trimmed. Eye discharge and mucus can easily accumulate in the hair in front of their eyes and lead to serious problems. Wipe away the tears in the eye area daily and consider using topical wipes or a saline solution.

Bichon Frise can live comfortably in your apartment if Bichon Frise gets enough exercise. Bichon Frise is very energetic and active so playtime can take care of most exercise needs. But Bichon Firse loves walking and running out in the open too.

With proper care your Bishon Frise can enjoy a life expectancy of 15 years or more.

Bichon frise dogs need to have their teeth cleaned daily, or every few days, to ensure that there teeth and gums remain strong and healthy. While there are different foods, treats and chew toys you can provide your pet to help prevent plaque buildup, the best care comes from a toothbrush.

Brushing your bichon frise dogs teeth is a fairly easy process that your pooch will tolerate if you familiarize him with it when he is a puppy. Therefore, when you purchase your dog grooming supplies, make sure a dog toothbrush and flavored toothpaste are among the items you obtain. Keep in mind, it is essential that you use dental paste made for dogs because human toothpastes can upset your bichon‘s stomach. Furthermore, an animal dental brush or finger brush has very soft bristles so it is gentle on their gums

If you have never brushed your bichon frise’s teeth before, here are the steps to follow to get the job done: The steps will be coming soon….

Since the Bichon Frise is graced with good health and a wonderful temperament they make an excellent choice for a pet. With plenty of love, a safe environment and proper care you can go a long way to ensure your Bichon a full, healthy and happy life.

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August 20, 2010

West Highland White Terrier

west highland white terrier training

West Highland White Terrier

The West Highland White Terrier must be trained beginning at an early age especially in the area of socialization. They respond best to love and gentle guidance. As with most all Terrier breeds, harsh methods of training are met with stubbornness. The Westie is usually open to obedience training provided it is done fairly and consistently.

If you want to learn how to train west highland white terrier, here are resources:

  • how to train west highland white terrier puppies
  • The sooner you start walking your Westie puppy the better. West Highland White Terrier loves exercises and learn quickly. Avoid areas with unknown dogs or dogs of undetermined background. Follow good training methods on how to start dog leash training.
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