How to Find a Great Dog Trainer

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Choosing a trainer to assist you in teaching your dog to become a great canine companion is an important and sometimes daunting prospect for pet parents. There are loads of trainers to choose from, lots of methods being employed by those many trainers, and little industry regulation in regards to quality of training or service provided. Add to all of this that many people begin their search when they are already experiencing a behavior issue with their dog and you will find the vast majority of pet parents are confused and panicked. In an ideal world, you should give yourself some time to do a bit of research prior to engaging the services of a professional dog trainer so as to avoid frustrating and potentially costly mistakes. This can start by asking your veterinarian, groomer, local pet store and neighborhood dog people for recommendations. Once you have a short list.

Teach Your Dog to Drop Items on Request

Teach Your Dog to Drop Items on Request

Dogs are superbly investigative creatures who glean valuable information by ‘testing’ objects in their mouths. Most dogs also find great pleasure in chewing. So, it should come as no surprise that many, even the most well mannered, might occasionally get a hold of something to chew that you consider inappropriate or that might be dangerous to them, for example a chicken bone on the street. Rather than having to fish around inside your dog’s mouth to pull something out, why not just teach your dog to drop items out of their mouth on cue? Start with a toy that your dog likes, but isn’t madly crazy about. If you start with his favorite you will have a much harder time as the more valuable the dog considers the resource (the item they have gotten a hold of) the more difficult it may be for them to relinquish. It is always.

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

My friend’s dog Moo got his name because he has the color pattern of a black and white Holstein cow. However, he has lived up to his name in ways that go beyond aesthetics. One of Moo’s favorite pastimes is hanging out in the yard and plucking bits of grass from the lawn to chew on. My friend’s children think his name has confused him, and that he believes he may in fact be a miniature cow. I assured them that was unlikely, but also had to admit that there really is no definitive answer as to why dogs eat grass. However, a survey of 1,600 pet parents conducted by the University of California-Davis may give some insight. It has been suggested that dogs may eat grass because they don’t feel well. As many dogs throw up after ingesting plant material, some believe this may be a way for the.

Is Your Dog’s Digging in the Yard a Drag?

Is Your Dog’s Digging in the Yard a Drag?

Digging is a normal and natural behavior for dogs. Wolves and wild dogs dig to bury food as a reserve, to chase small animals, to find cool earth to lie in and a safe place to birth their pups, and as a way to mark territory by scenting the ground with their paws. Pet dogs may also dig to escape an enclosure or simply because digging can be fun. So, don’t be surprised that if you leave your dog unattended in the yard there is a good chance he will dig for one reason or another reason. As digging is a normal part of dog behavior, and since so many dogs find such great joy from indulging in this activity, it is generally best to focus on redirecting your dog’s natural instinct to dig, rather than trying to completely eliminate it from his or her behavioral repertoire. In this case,.

How to Prevent and Resolve Dog Resource Guarding

How to Prevent and Resolve Dog Resource Guarding

Resource guarding can be described as the propensity of some dogs to attempt to maintain possession of or guard particular things they consider of value (i.e. resources). These can include, but are not limited to food bowls, toys, territory, and people. Dogs displaying guarding issues will often freeze, growl or snap when approached, when you attempt to take an item away, or while being touched. In the worst case scenario a dog may go beyond these warning signals and actually bite. Guarding things they consider valuable is a very normal, natural and necessary part of dog behavior. After all, survival is often based on being able to successfully get and hold onto things such as food. People guard resources as well, including houses, cars, and jewelry. However, for a dog to live safely and happily in a home he or she needs to clearly understand how to curb or inhibit.

Benefits of Early Puppy Training and Socialization

Benefits of Early Puppy Training and Socialization

As anyone who has shared their life with a dog will attest, little compares to the loving companionship they offer. Many people choose to invite a dog to join their family when it is a young pup as the expectation is that doing so is likely to bring love, laughter and fun in endless ways. While this is certainly true, choosing a young pup over a more mature dog may also bring with it some added responsibilities and potential for frustrations. For many, life with a new pup is far more daunting than they had expected as it is often filled with days and nights trying to entertain an energetic pup who responds to time left alone with barking and howling, nips in play, and is skilled at finding some of your most valuable objects to use as choose toys! The easiest way to ensure you enjoy your pup as.

On Leash Dog Aggression Due to Fear

On Leash Dog Aggression Due to Fear

A couple of months ago I received an email from someone who was very frustrated that her 1 ½ year-old Yorkshire Terrier was growling and lunging at some (OK, many!) dogs they passed on the street. According to this woman, the behavior started when the dog was about a year old and had progressed rapidly in the last six months. After further conversation she explained that she had gotten her dog when he was 12 weeks old from a breeder, brought him home and promptly kept him indoors for the next 6 weeks, as instructed by her veterinarian. When she did start taking him outdoors he seemed very anxious and timid, especially when passing other dogs. The change from being scared to seemingly aggressive is one of the things that confused her about what was going on with her little dog. She admitted that her frustration had gotten to the.

Pet Travel Tips

Pet Travel Tips

For most people, pets aren’t just companions, they’re members of the family. So, it should come as no surprise that more and more people are choosing to bring their pets with them when they travel. Joining us is pet expert Andrea Arden with some tips on how to make travel with your pet as safe and fun as possible It seems that a lot more hotels and vacation spots have become pet friendly. People in America really do consider their pets part of the family and seem to be making it known that they want them treated as such. So, you are more likely to find hotels opening their doors to our furry companions and other travel benefits being extended to our furry companions. In fact, your pet can now even be covered as part of your travel insurance by Progressive Group of Insurance Companies. A Progressive policy with collision.

Has Your Dog’s Jumping Up Got You Down?

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Do people admire your dog from a distance because they don’t want his muddy paw marks all over their clothes? Well not to worry, because teaching your dog greeting etiquette is a snap and your dog will thank you for showing him how to get all those distant admirers to come a little closer. Of the many canine misbehaviors which have been unintentionally trained in by owners, jumping up is probably the best example. Ever since the dog was a puppy, he was trained to jump up by people patting him on the head and laughing when he did so. So, really the dog’s only crime is that he eats and grows and continues to jump up. And of all the so called crimes dogs commit when living with humans, jumping up is the one which prompts some of the most horrendous abuse. People take hold of the dog’s forepaws,.

Teach Your Dog to Come When Called

Teach Your Dog to Come When Called

Does your dog glance at you with the equivalent of a canine grin and trot off in the other direction when you call him? Don’t feel too badly, some owners might consider you lucky to have a dog that even acknowledges you with a glance! Unfortunately, it is uncommon to see a dog who bounds towards his owner when he has been called, especially when faced with enticing distractions like other dogs. But fear not, because teaching your dog to come when called is really quite easy. Since most people seem to be most successful teaching their dogs not to come when called, let’s quickly go over the two don’ts of teaching a reliable recall: 1. Don’t call your dog when you are about to do something he doesn’t like (like leaving the dog run). Don’t worry, eventually you can do this, but not until you have established a strong.