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Teach Your Dog His or Her Name – 8. April, 2016

Teach Your Dog His NameIf you are a new dog owner, you most-likely just chose the perfect name for your sweet little pup or adopted dog. Many dog owners take their time when finding a name for their dog. Chances are your pup or adopted dog probably had a name that the breeder or temporary caregiver gave him or her. Most pet parents prefer naming their dog with a new name once they arrive home. Now that you have the perfect name you will need to teach your dog to respond.

  • Use a Happy Voice – You will want to begin with saying your pup’s name with a happy tone in your voice. This signifies to your pup that the “name” they are hearing is something positive and energetic.
  • Use Treats – Most puppies enjoy eating delicious and tasty treats. When you say your pup’s name, get his or her attention with a treat. This will allow your pup to understand that his name requires a response such as him or her shifting his attention towards you.
  • Use the Name – Use his or her name frequently. Walk a few steps away from your pup then call his name, using hand gestures to come towards you. Also, when your pup casually looks at you throughout the day, once you make eye contact, gently pet his or her head and say their name.
  • Call from a Distance – Try calling your pup from another room in your home. This is a test to see if he or she comes running when their name is called. If your dog does not come running within a few calls, repeat the steps above and then conduct the test again.
  • Set Aside Time for Training – Some dogs will learn their name quickly, but others may take some time to adjust to their new name. As a dog owner you will want to have patience and always keep a positive attitude. Setting aside a few minutes a day to focus on training is beneficial during the process. Your goal is to spend about five minutes repeating the training steps. It is best to repeat this brief training about three to five times a day.

Dog owners will want to avoid using their dog’s name in a moment of anger. This often happens when a dog owner looses their patience and yells at their dog for bad behavior. While it is never good to yell at your dog, it is even worse to use their name. Remember those days when your parents would say your entire first, middle and last name when you were in trouble? It would strike fear into you! This will be the same result for your pup. This is why it is important to use your dog’s name in positive situations only and always say it with a smile in your voice. Once your dog has learned his or her name you will want to stop using the treats to get his or her attention. The tasty reward should be replaced with verbal praise and a pat on the head.

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Common Mistakes New Dog Owners Make – 2. December, 2015

Common Mistakes New Dog Owners MakeHas your cute little bundle of fur turned into a handful where his or her behavior is concerned? This happens more often than pet owners are willing to admit. There are a variety of common mistakes new dog owners make when raising their pup. These mistakes can result in your pup believing he or she is the pack leader, unusual behavior and much more!

  • You Thought They Were Cute – Often time’s dog owners choose their dog because they are the cutest little thing they have ever seen. What happens is pet owners end up with a dog that has lifestyle requirements such as exercise needs, that they struggle to meet. Choose your dog based on their breed, temperament, potential health issues common to the breed and daily lifestyle requirements. Make sure you are able to provide all that is needed for your dog to live a healthy, safe, productive and happy lifestyle.
  • Don’t Set House Rules – This mistake occurs because the dog owner is in love with their adorable new family member that they forget to set house rules. House rules should include obedience training and house training. This mistake also happens when dog owners believe their puppy is too young for training. It is never too early to train a puppy. Begin training as soon as you arrive home with your new furry family member.
  • Avoiding Crates – The argument whether for providing a crate for a dog has been going on for a long time. Dogs are den animals. This means they find and seek comfort in confined, dark places that make them feel protected, safe and happy. Crates are a perfect invention to providing this for your dog. It doesn’t mean lock your dog in the crate all day. However, you want to provide the option for him or her to enjoy.
  • Yelling at Your Dog – This happens to many new dog owners. You think punishing or yelling loudly at your dog will make him or her stop his wild behavior. This is not true. You are only encouraging them to continue the unwanted behavior. Dogs seek attention from their owner. They don’t care whether you are yelling in anger or giving them kisses, it is still attention. Anytime you show attention to your dog they become joyful because they got your attention. The next time your dog misbehaves try ignoring the negative behavior and focus only on praising him or her for the things she does right. This will encourage your dog to repeat the positive behavior in order to get your attention.

Becoming a dog owner confirms that you signed-on for years of daily responsibility that requires specific needs to be met. Do your homework on your dog’s breed and find out the details of their needs. Most dogs need a healthy diet, regular exercise, a comfortable bed, toys, access to fresh water and much more. Once you correct or avoid these common mistakes new dog owners make with their pups, you will be well on your way to providing a healthy, happy lifestyle for your dog.

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Things You Need Before Bringing Your Puppy Home – 19. February, 2015

Introducing your puppy to his new surroundings should be a transition that is a joyful and smooth experience. There are several important items that you will need to for your puppy’s first day at his new home.

You will need a leash that is durable and strong with an easy grip loop, make sure the hardware that connects the leash to the collar is attached correctly. There are several types of leashes available. The retractable leash adjusts from short to long distances by a button on the handle that is made of hard plastic so your puppy has room to explore his surroundings. The nylon leashes are soft but very durable and come in different lengths starting at 4 feet and with longer ones when your puppy is ready for obedience training.

Choosing a collar is very important making sure it is soft and thin enough for your puppy’s neck, with sturdy hardware to connect the leash and tags to. There are many choices such as nylon, leather and for obedience training the chain collar is very popular. Also for your puppy’s comfort is the harness which is made from nylon, mesh and suede and are available in thin or wide straps.

Food and water bowls come in many choices. Glass bowls and ceramic bowls are very heavy and your puppy will not be able to play with them, but are easily broken. Ceramic bowls should be lead free and dishwasher safe. Crocks and plastic bowls should be hard plastic so residue and bacteria will not be able to grow if the plastic gets dented, and dishwasher safe. The safest choice would be stainless steel they are the easiest to sanitize and clean.

Your puppy will need a soft comfortable bed to call his own. Beds come in a variety of colors and styles, with matching colors to accent your home. The beds have memory foam, fleece, gel to make your puppy feel comfortable and secure. Repurposed cotton that is recycled which is safe for the environment. The designs include cave style, round bolster style, huts that have large openings and are tall, igloo style, cots, puff ball that resembles a bean bag and a couch design.

Puppy’s need the right ingredients in their daily food for their first year to develop healthy skin, coat, bones and organs so they can grow up to be very healthy adults. The manufacturers of puppy food take serious steps to insure that the required nutrients of vitamins and minerals, carbohydrates, protein and fat are blended correctly by the guidelines of the veterinary nutritionists. Speaking with your veterinarian will help you choose the healthiest food for your puppy.

Toys for your puppy are a very important part of their life. There are many toys that will give your puppy a variety of activities to round out his day, such as chew toys for gnawing on, stuffed animals that they can cuddle with and give them comfort when they sleep. Flying discs and balls to fetch as your puppy enjoys active playing with you. Tug toys and rope which has a dual benefit of flossing their teeth. Devices that release treats developing their thinking skills. Puppy’s also love to play with squeaky toys because of the noise they make as they chew on it.

Preparing your home to welcome your new puppy is a wonderful experience. When your puppy enters his forever home with you and your family the special choices you made to make your puppy feel welcome, happy and loved will be shown to you with kisses.

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How to Socialize Your Dog – 12. January, 2015

Teaching your dog to adapt to human society should begin when they are puppies, at the age of less than a month up to three months old.

They are interested and eager to be introduced to noises, smells, sights people of all types, buildings other dogs and animals. Depending on your lifestyle and where you live you have to introduce your dog to garbage trucks, trains, cats, crying babies, children screaming at school, crowds, and livestock if you live on a farm. Introducing them to being handled by your veterinarian and when you groom him is also very important when he is young. This age is specific for them to adjust to society and not be startled and jump every time they hear a bird chirp or a leaf falls to the ground next to them.  It is harder to socialize your dog after four months old because they become fearful and unacceptable of things around them. Pet dogs need to develop into enjoyable, happy and safer pets when you socialize them early and they will live peaceful and relaxed lives.

Socializing your dog is a big job. While training your dog be sure that he is not being overpowered by what is happening around him as he is shown a new experience and he feels at ease and not frightened. You could take your dog to a park where there are children playing and other people are walking their dogs and let him interact with them. If your dog is frightened by all this activity, distance him from the crowd. Hold and pet him so he feels secure then give him a treat. If he is too frightened by all the noise, take him to another park that has very few people and let him enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Then try going back to the park after a while of socializing in less stressful surroundings. As he adapts to this situation be sure to praise him and also reward him with treats so he remembers that this is a happy experience and will look forward to it again. Another fun thing to do is to have a puppy party and invite family and friends over and let your dog have a one on one experience with everyone, playing games like tug of war or fetching a ball, giving him praise and treats.

Walk your dog down your street and as he comes in contact with your neighbors have them pet him and play with games with him. Take your dog to outdoor restaurants so he can hear people and children talking, the dishes making noise and see people walking by the restaurant and coming up to your dog to pet him.

Take your dog to a dog park and let him play with dogs his own size, so he doesn’t feel threatened by a large dog towering over him. A car ride is a wonderful experience for your dog to enjoy. Dogs love it when the wind blows in their face and seeing people and interacting with other dogs in the cars when you are stopped at a light

Swimming comes natural to dogs, so taking your dog to the beach   throwing a stick in the water and on the sand as you play fetch is a lot of fun and great exercise that your dog will enjoy for many hours.

Introducing your dog to all these fun and exciting experiences will make him a happy, content, fun, and well adjusted family member that will love you unconditionally and give you years of complete joy.

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How to Find the Right Boarding Kennel for Your Dog – 6. October, 2014

A Boarding Kennel can give you peace of mind and quality care for your dog. Kennels must adhere to strict guidelines that are determined by the American Boarding Kennel Association. The code of Ethical Conduct ensures that the kennel staff are trained by a professional and certified.

Locating the right boarding kennel is an important task. Recommendations from your veterinarian, a friend, neighbor or an animal shelter is a wise thing to do. It is very important to do a background check when you locate kennels that you are considering to use.

Check if boarding kennel inspections are required in your state. Kennels that are reputable proudly display the credentials for dog owners to see as they enter the kennel making known that they insure the safety and good care of your dog.

The kennel should require that your dog is properly immunized with the correct shots including Bordetella which is for kennel cough. The health and well being of your dog depends on his shots being up to date.

The kennel staff should conduct a tour of the facility. The kennel should be well lighted and relatively quiet. The dogs should be calm and comfortable. The living and playing areas should look and smell clean free of odors and disinfected every day to eliminate any chance of your dog contracting a disease. There should be no urine or waste in site preventing the spread of disease.

The staff should show you indoor and outdoor runs so you know that your dog will be going outside during the day for exercise and have the proper covering for the cold and hot weather. Indoors should be properly ventilated for correct air flow to all the animals. Adequate air conditioning for summer and heat for the winter is very important. The facility should have enough room for each dog so they are not crowded close to each other for health concerns. Special bedding for dogs that have any medical issues such as arthiritis, should be available. The kennel should have food and water bowls that are clean with each dog.

The kennel staff should inform you as to what type of interaction is available during the day for your dog, because they need physical and mental stimulation with activities such as playtime with the staff and other dogs, also walks. During playtime dogs should be kept together by size so there is no chance of injury. Your dog should receive individual attention from the Kennel staff if he is solely around people.

The kennel should have staff on duty at night in case there is a medical emergency. Specific steps should be in place with the kennel staff being fully knowledgeable in dealing with any problems that arise. The kennel should have a relationship with a veterinarian that is on call for 24 hours, so immediate treatment is available to care for your dog if you are unreachable. Be sure to also leave the contact information of a family member or friend in case of an emergency so they can make a decision for your dog to be taken care of if the situation arises. Some dogs have serious medical conditions, severe separation issues and special needs and need to be supervised constantly during the night, or this could become a serious problem for your dog. If your dog needs medications be sure the kennel has a system in place for delivering the necessary dose when needed. The decision to choose a kennel with staff on call all night should be a number one priority on your list when selecting a boarding kennel.

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Dog Proofing Your Home – 8. August, 2014

As you welcome your newest member of the family into your home, there are many important steps to take to make sure your home is completely safe. Pet parents should realize that the way you decorate your home could have objects that could be dangerous to your dogs’ health and well being.

Dogs are curious and want to explore their surroundings and think that everything they see is just for them to play with or chew on. The kitchen is one of the most dangerous places that your dog will have access to, the aromas will make this a fun place for your dog to want to be in. Be sure not to have any food that could make him sick on your table or counter tops, limit his access to have the capability to jump up and eat, also sharp objects or drinking glasses that he could knock down on him with his paw. Remove all cleaning supplies from under your cabinet, such as your dish and laundry detergent, any harmful chemicals that come in plastic bottles. These items can be chewed and your dog could swallow the liquid and be poisoned. Dogs love to chew on plastic bags because of the noise, but they are a choking hazard and if they put their face in it they can suffocate. Garbage cans should have a cover on them so your dog will not be able to pull it down and get into any food that he could choke on, or you could put it under a counter that is able to shut securely.

The bathroom has a number of hazards that could hurt your dog. You and your family should be very careful not to leave harmful products within his reach that can be swallowed easily. Cotton swabs, soap bars, shampoo, razors, pills, tissues. Hair dryers should not be left on the counter that he could chew on the cord easily and have it fall on his head. These objects should always be kept in a drawer or inside a cabinet.

The main place that the entire family gathers together is the family room or living room. Keeping the items in order that we use most in our main living areas is also very important. Electric cords should not be visible or easy to access. Blankets and pillows could be put in storage bins to match your décor so your dog will not be tempted to chew on them or drag them around the house. Decorative items or your favorite knick knacks that are breakable should not be on end tables or the coffee table, a high shelf would be a better choice for these special items. Common house plants that may be poisonous should not be easy for your dog to reach. Children’s toys, arts and crafts and sewing supplies are a choking hazard and should be safely put away.

Your bedroom is a special place for your dog because anything that smells like you he will be drawn to. Clothing, slippers and shoes are like toys to your dog. Store shoes in the closet as well as your clothing and put laundry in a hamper that is tall and out of your dog’s reach. Small items that he can choke on such as coins, hair ties and jewelry should be stored safely in drawers. Lotions, cosmetics or medicine on tables next to your bed should be out of reach.

Taking special care to make your entire home and making it safe for your dog is the best thing you could do for your dog and for your peace of mind. Knowing you have protected him completely, will make your life together safe and happy.

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Best Guard Dogs for Families – 4. July, 2014

One of the most common ways to protect your family from danger is to own a dog. Dogs have a natural tendency to protect their families and never hesitate to put themselves in harm’s way to save the life of the people they love.

There are specific breeds that have the characteristics needed to protect and chase away unwanted people or dogs form your home. The following breeds are considered the best dogs for protection because of their resistance to pain, physical strength, courage and most of all their loyalty to the family.

German Shepherd – These wonderful dogs are quick to learn commands and extremely intelligent and a highly favored for police dogs. They are confident, fearless and bold. In the family home they are very calm but when their home of family is threatened they react without hesitation to the immediate danger. They are a wonderful choice as a guard dog and a pet for families with children as they will protect a child with their lives. They are eager to please and they form extremely strong bonds with their family.

Bullmastiff – These dogs were bred to overpower a person or game animal pinning it down until help arrived with his agility and weight. They are soft on the inside in spite of their tough exterior. They are a great choice for a guard dog for the family because they are very eager to please. They do not need a lot of exercise and grooming is low maintenance. Barking is minimal their silence is a virtue because they sneak up on predators and were originally used to guard estates making them excellent guard dogs.

Boxer – These adorable dogs are easily trained and highly intelligent. The Boxer has a tendency to stand on his back legs and “bat” at his “opponents” that included large game and bison therefore give him this name. These dogs have a lot of energy so families with older and active children will enjoy them as a pet. In the face of danger they are very protective and powerful. They are very affectionate and are a great choice to have as a guard dog for your family.

Saint Bernard – These beautiful dogs rescued avalanche trapped travelers as their work in the Swiss Alps originally. They have a very protective nature to their families and to children especially. They are loving and loyal. They have a gentle spirit, awesome strength and are very smart which makes them a wonderful guard dog. Due to their size they do not want to be confined so they need a lot of space to roam.

Doberman Pinscher – These dogs are able to reach an intruder in a short time because they are very fast. They are alert, loyal and fearless dogs and are also known as the fifth smartest dog breed in the world. They are ready and on the alert to protect their home and family. They are adventurous and a loyal companion and an intelligent capable guardian. They respond to their owner’s wishes and are sensitive. They are great guard dogs for your home or if you have a large piece of property.

Rottweiler – These dogs have a loving heart, and are strong and true. They are extremely loyal to their owners and are very intelligent. They learn quickly, a gentle companion and powerful. They have a natural instinct to protect their family and can be ferocious. They are calm and confident, never timid or fearful and typically distant toward strangers. Their attitude is “wait and see” when they are with new situations and people, then as this situation comes together they are a natural guard dog with a mellow disposition and  successful as a protector and a family friend.

When choosing one of these special breeds of dogs you will be making a great choice not only for a guard dog, but also for a wonderful addition to your family.

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General Dog Training Guideline – 18. March, 2013

You just brought home a new dog – congratulations! Whether you’re on your own or have a family, your new dog ill bring you many years of happiness. There are a few things you should be prepare your new dog for in order for it (and you) to live a happy, healthy and stress free life. These tips will help guide you as to the best practices of keeping a dog.


You may not want to, but trust us – it’s in your dog’s best interest to introduce discipline. You need to think and work one step ahead of your dog, and lay down the rules with love and firmness. You’ll find a better behaved dog on your hands. But remember –a dog that’s well behaved now may not stay that way. A dog’s behavior constantly changes; so make the discipline constant, too.

Training your Dog

A well trained dog can go anywhere with you. This freedom gives your dog confidence and allows it to reach its full potential as a smart, soulful and people-oriented companion. However, a poorly trained dog can be a loud and destructive irritation around the house, becoming more of a burden on you. Training is your responsibility – if a dog isn’t well trained, it isn’t his fault, it’s yours!

To make the process easier, start training when the dog is young. Even though you can teach an old dog new training tricks, you’ll find it simpler if you start early.  Start your training somewhere that is familiar to your dog, where there are minimum distractions.

 Socialize your Dog

Socialization is an important part of the training – you don’t want to end up with a fearful or aggressive dog. Again, it’s important to start young. Take your dog to as many new places as possible. Introduce your dog to other dogs and people. Good doggy manners are important if you want to bring your dog to the dog park or to other people’s homes.

Always try to make training fun. If something works, keep using that training tactic over and over again.  Use play time as a time to train, that way, it’s never a chore and always fun.

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Basic Dog Training Guideline – 29. November, 2012

Dogs loves to play and is always ready, particularly with kids. Introduce your dog to children early, as this will bond dog and child and prevent jealousy. You will find the dog will be more protective towards that child.

Discipline your dog!

It’s a matter of thinking and working a step ahead of your dog. Again, you should do it with love and firmness. Moreover, a dog that is well behaved today may not remain so forever. A dog’s behavior constantly changes; so make the discipline constant.

Train your dog!

A trained dog will listen and can safely be allowed freedom more than an untrained one. It is important to know that a disciplined dog is more confident is a wonderful smart, soulful and people-oriented companion. On the other hand, a poorly trained dog can be a loud and destructive irritation around the house, becoming more of a burden on you rather than bliss.

Just like human beings, dogs are best taught young! It’s much easier to teach it not to pull on the leash when it is a small puppy than to try to educate it when it’s too old. Just like I did with my dog, begin the training somewhere that is familiar to your dog, where there is minimum distraction.

Hold on!

Remember socialization is also an important part of the training because you don’t want to end up with a fearful or aggressive dog. When you understand a dog’s intelligence and stubbornness, you’ll be able to handle it well, and avoid problems while disciplining and training them.

Employ whatever it takes to train your dog in the most fun manner possible. Try to use proven tactics to make your Rottweiler listen to you more. Try to always play the puppy’s level so that when it grows up it doesn’t get used to jump and initiate play. For instance, play games at their own (close to the ground) level. Use its “play training” time as the dog’s motivation while training them.

I know these pieces of advice may sound tiresome and hectic to follow, but believe me, it’s not only important to abide by the general guideline than to be sorry later on.

Happy training!


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Dogs and Obedience Class – 24. August, 2012

Discipline is one of the most important aspects of owning any Dog.

Puppy school is not an option – it is a necessity to train owners and it is important to include children in the family. That way, everyone will learn how to manage the dog and nurture it into becoming a well-adjusted member of the family.

Puppy school helps develop good habits right from the start. Wait until your puppy is at least 6 months old before putting it through any serious work.

Trainers with extensive experience and knowledge can deal with just about any behavior problems your pup might come up with. Choose a trainer who is purposeful and patient. The well-trained dog is a sight to behold as it goes through its paces in the class. Its innate intelligence makes many dogs great successes in the obedience ring.

Of more importance is for you as owner to continue to practice the obedience lessons with your dog even after the class ends. Your dog will best remember the lessons when you incorporate them into your everyday routines.

For example you can tell your pup to “heel” while it follows you around the house, and to “sit” and “stay” while you prepare its dinner. Your wake up greeting in the morning can be for it to “roll over”. Tell your dog to “go find the ball” while you get dressed and “go get the leash” before you go for walks together.

Training never ends, even as your puppy grows and matures. It just goes to show you that an old dog can learn new tricks… especially when it comes to obedience and discipline.


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