Category: Dog Aggression

There are many amazing cases of the dog’s loyalty to their human and animal companions. Consider Hawkeye, the dog who lay down alongside the coffin of his Navy SEAL owner in grief. On the other hand Hachiko, the Akita who welcomed his owner at the train station each day when he returned home from work, and after the owner died suddenly, Hachiko came back to the train station at the same time consistently for a long 9 years (There’s a wonderful motion picture called Hachi: A Dog’s Tale featuring Richard Gere about this dog).

Why are dogs too loyal?

A few people would say dogs are loyal since they rely on us for shelter and food , so they are supposed to be kind to us. But, when you begin to notice how dogs respond when their owner and canine companions return after they’ve been away for quite a while or when they do not return at all, you know it is about far more than just food.

Dogs are pack animals. They need to have a place with a pack, whether it is comprised of dogs or people, or basically any animal. You can take a look at these Unlikely Animal Friends videos to see all the various types of companions that dogs will make. Dogs are not loners. When they lose an individual from a pack, even incidentally, they feel that a piece of them is gone.

Adoring animals

Dogs are also affectionate in nature. Their instinct is to need to bond. Dogs that battle or assault have been trained by people to be that way. Dogs need to love and be adored, which I think where it counts is the thing that every one of us needs. They want to be a part of the pack, serve to their pack, and guard their fellow pack individuals.

Dogs have been our most faithful companions and consistent buddies. Dogs are always there for us. They do not care about whether we are famous; they simply adore us for us. Also, we cherish them. On the off chance that you saw .However, we can simply rely on our dogs. But, can our dogs rely on us?

Man’s closest companion

The companionship amongst man and dog has been around for thousands of years. Dogs did not turn into “man’s closest companion” for reasons unknown. They give us love each day without any condition required. So the question is, do we deserve it? We see an excessive number of stories of dogs being abused, dogs being forced to fight, dogs being overbred for extra money, dogs being slaughtered in light of the fact that they do not have homes. Dogs have been Loyal to us. So now it is debt we pay back where its due.

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Bouncing all over the place can discourage visitors who don’t wish to be mauled by your bad-mannered pet. Going to the bathroom in the house soon ruins carpets and stains wood floors. It also destroys the good feelings you once had for this adorable puppy.

WHEN TO START

The simple answer is to start as soon as you get home. Any behavior that you don’t want to see in your adult dog should not be allowed or excused in your puppy. Assuming that the dog is at least 8-10 weeks old, it is ready for rudimentary lessons.

Younger puppies need the interaction and nurturing of their mother and litter mates for the first eight weeks to ensure healthy emotional adjustment later. Just remember that patience and consistency is the rule here.

Your puppy does not have the physical or mental ability to master every skill or behavior immediately. Much like a human baby, it needs as much loving interaction and socialization as possible and frequently repeated short lessons that reinforce acceptable behavior.

It is also important that every person in your household agrees to support the house rules so that consistency is maintained and your puppy is not confused about what it is and is not allowed to do.

WHERE TO START

Housebreaking your puppy as soon as possible will make everyone’s life easier, and crate training is considered the easiest method. Dogs instinctively want to keep their “den” or sleeping area clean, so your puppy will try to avoid going to the bathroom there.

Large dog breeds seem to catch on to going outside easier because of the physical distance from their crate. Small dog breeds sometimes acquaint going into the next room as accomplishing the same purpose. You may need to carry them outside until they get the point.

The secret to housebreaking your dog is to set it up for repeated success rather than to focus on punishing mistakes. However, two hours is about as long as a young dog can go without needing to relieve itself, and some dogs can’t last that long when first bought home.

Puppies need to urinate immediately upon waking from a nap, a few minutes after eating or drinking, and after playing. Lead or carry your dog to the approved area outdoors and allow it to smell earlier deposits. It will soon get the message that this is where it should be going to the bathroom. Always reward success with lavish praise.

Basic Obedience  involves teaching your 3-to-6-month-old puppy simple commands that will keep it safe and make life more enjoyable for both of you. Training focuses on catching your puppy being good and rewarding it with clicker sounds, food or generous praise.

Teaching the commands to walk on leash, come, sit, stay and lie down are essential basics, but you and your dog can learn many other fun activities as well. Every community has obedience classes for those who feel a little expert help would be welcome.

Training and caring for a puppy is a big responsibility, but the rewards are well worth the initial investment of time and patience. Treated properly, your dog will become an invaluable companion and family member and will offer you its unconditional love for years to come.

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House training a dog is far more than just having a piece of cake. It requires you to be patient, vigilant, plenty of willingness and above all porosity.

By noting the instructions given below, you can minimize incidents. Almost every dog, especially puppies can have an accident in the house and most likely they can have several of them. Accept it, it is part of living with a puppy.

The more willing you are in following the basic housetraining techniques, the faster your dog will grasp acceptable behavior. It may take some weeks to housetrain your dog, and with small breeds, it may take furthermore time.

Make a routine

Dogs perform best when they are on a regular routine like kids. The schedule makes them aware of time to eat, time to play, and time to eliminate.

Speaking in general, puppy can hold his bladder one hour for each month of age. So if your puppy is 2 months old, he can hold it for about 2 hours. Don’t make it late for him between bathroom breaks, or he will have an accident for sure. If you work outside the home then hire a dog walker to provide your dog his bathroom breaks.

Go outside with your dog frequently

At least go out with him every 2 hours and immediately after he is awaken, during and after his play time, and after his eating time.

Reward your dog when he eliminates outside

Laud your dog or give him a treat but do so immediately after he is done eliminating, not when he comes inside afterwards. This is crucial because rewarding teaches your dog what is expected of him if he eliminates outside. Make sure your dog has finished eliminating before you reward them because dogs can easily be distracted.

Supervise your puppy

Keep an eye on your dog whenever possible. Don’t let them soil in the house.

Attach your puppy with yourself or a nearby place with a leash if you are not actively watching or playing with him. Watch your puppy for any indication of him going to eliminate. Some signs are apparent like sniffing, barking or scratching the door, restlessness, squatting or circling. When you see these signs, grab the leash and take him outside immediately. Afterwards reward him with a treat or praise him.

Oh no not the carpet!!!!!

Always expect you dog or puppy to perform few accidents in the home. It is normal happening in housetraining. Do these things when it happens:

  • Disrupt your dog when you catch him eliminating inside the house.
  • Make an alerting noise (not scare your dog) or say “go outside!” and take him outside to the bathroom spot, praise him or provide some treat afterward his elimination.
  • Don’t treat your dog harshly for eliminating inside the house. Scolding him by taking him to the eliminating spot will only scare him and he will not eliminate in your presence afterwards which means punishment will worsen the condition then doing any good .
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Many dog owners are plagued with all manner of dog training problems. They might find that they’ve taken their puppy to training classes, but their beloved pooch still misbehaves and won’t do as he’s told.

There are people who immediately believe their dog is dumb and can’t be trained, or they give up and believe they’re always going to have an unruly dog. Unfortunately, there are also people who try to dominate their dog the wrong way and hit, smack or yell at the dog when it’s doing something inappropriate. Each of these responses is almost guaranteed to make your dog worse.

The reality is, dog training problems are simply a communication error between you and your dog.

In order to successfully train any dog, it’s important for the owner to understand a little about how your dog thinks. When you work to encourage their natural behaviors and curb some of the less acceptable behaviors, you need to remember that dogs don’t understand the words you say.

They perceive rewards and punishment in your body language and the tone of voice you use – and occasionally the treats you hand over as a reward for a job well-done.

Here are some of the biggest reasons for dog training problems.

Lack of Confidence

Many dog training problems stem from a lack of confidence. This could be the owner lacking on confidence on how to command a dog properly or it could be your dog who has no confidence in you as the leader of his pack.

No Leadership

Dogs are pack animals. They want to know their pecking order in the hierarchy of your family ‘pack’. When your dog can’t see any clear leader emerging from the pack, it will immediately assume the role itself.

When your dog becomes the leader of the family pack, you may find it very difficult to get him to obey your commands.

Inconsistency

A large percentage of dog training problems stem from inconsistency. There is absolutely no point in telling your dog to sit and stay and wait patiently for a treat while you’re in training classes, yet give in to his every whim while you’re at home.

This confuses the dog. He has no idea how he’s supposed to behave and so out of sheer confusion he may simply misbehave just to check your responses.

Boredom

Many dogs may find the excitement of a walk or a simple dog training session with his owner to be so stimulating after days of boredom that he will cause problems just to keep your attention longer.

This kind of dog training problem is the easiest to fix, but it still takes patients.

Regardless of the cause of your dog training problems, always remember that all dogs respond best to praise and reward. The instant you catch your dog doing anything at all that is considered acceptable behavior, give the command you want your dog to associate with that behavior and immediately praise him and reward him.

Your dog will begin to understand that when he hears your simple commands, if he responds well, he’s going to receive a happy word of praise from you, followed by a treat. In no time you’ll find you have no more dog training problems and a well-behaved dog.

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Your dogs urinating in house is a big issue because of the smell and the stains left behind. This can be caused by many reasons and try to find the cause requires patience. In the write-up below we are going to see the causes of dogs urinating and ways to solve them

  1. Too much water. This may cause a puppy or a dog to lose its urinary control.
  2. Fear of punishment. If your dog is verbally or physically abused, he may be permanently scared of the abuser.
  3. Excitement. When some dogs become too much excited they may lose control and urinate.
  4. Nervousness. A dog may wet excessively due to suspicion
  5. Illness. A medical problem may be the cause of dog wetting.
  6. Need to urinate. If your dog is not walked out fast enough, he may have no choice but to wet.

How to deal with dog wetting problem.

Dealing with wetting dog problem may take some time, but if you are patient enough you can solve this problem for good. Below are some tips on how to deal with this problem.

Tip #1.

Determine the cause of the wetting. The cause can be any of the above we have discussed. With this knowledge, you will be able to solve it.

Tip #2.

If you suspect the problem is medical related consult a veterinarian. You can also check for any blood in your dog’s urine or on the bedding. There are some medications that can take care of this problem.

Tip #3.

If your dog cannot get outside fast enough, you may need to train him. Look for signs that he wants to urinate, and then lead him out. Increase on the time the dog spends outdoors. Frequent brisk walks and other exercises ensure you its bladder is empty. Mostly a dog may need to go out after playtime, before bed after he wakes up and after drinking and eating.

If your dog cannot get outside fast enough, you may need to train him. Look for signs that he wants to urinate, and then lead him out. Increase on the time the dog spends outdoors. Frequent brisk walks and other exercises ensure you its bladder is empty. Mostly a dog may need to go out after playtime, before bed after he wakes up and after drinking and eating.
You can also take your dog to a training school for more training.

Tip #4.

If your dog wetting is due to excitement e.g. During play sessions, only play with him outside; keep your greetings at a low-key. Put the dog in a crate when your visitors come, you may also ignore the dog when you get home. Don’t give him any attention, wait until has calmed down. You will know the dog has calmed down when starts playing with his toys, lay downs, sits or walks away to find something else to do. If he is sitting and staring at you wagging his tail, your dog is not yet down.

Tip #5.

Supervise your pet closely. You can train him using a shaker bottle when you are home. Using a baby gate confine your dog in one specific area where you can keep a close watch on him. You can also use a retractable lead to make sure you have him around you. When you sense he wants to pee, stop him by shaking the rattle and loudly state , “Stop,” or “No pee.”

Tip #6.

Use a crate; this is because a dog will not wet its sleeping place. Use the crate for six to eight hours for adult dogs. In the morning, and when you get home take your dog out to pee.

Conclusion.
Remembers to always reward your dog when he urinates in a proper place. You can take your dog outside and then praise it.

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Among all of us, who are suffering from having a sore shoulder from their dog pulling on a leash and barking down the street?

Oh, so it’s you, you, and you! I can hear your cry out loud and clear. Literally, there are millions of people who have to endure the shame of walking with their misbehaving and barking dog rather than enjoying it.

So why don’t just train your dog to walk alongside you without pulling and enjoying the walk every time with you without any hassle!

This makes sense right? And the good news is that it is not complicated! But like many other things, it can take a little time to master it, but not every time. In fact, sometimes you can master it in just 5 minutes as expert Dog Trainer, Doggy Dan, Demonstrates in this video:

Let me first clear the air regarding the key mistakes that people make while walking with their dog.

As I mentioned earlier, there are dozens of tricks for making your dog walking on a leash beside you. And if you have a determined dog, then you may have to know all of them to master the walk.

The key to success is to keep your dog calm while heading out to the garden, not a raging bull like the dog shown in the video because walking him calmly on the leash will become more difficult than if he is calm.

1. Calming your dog

Think about how you leave the house. Do you just bring out the leash and your dog starts jumping around, wagging his tail and demanding you to put a leash on him so that he get even more excited?

Well, the reason is quite simple. You are promoting his excited behavior by letting him take the lead. And your dog gets even more extreme and this behavior may not stop. The same thing happens when your dog drags you to the front door to take him for a walk.

So next time when you are taking him for a walk, just pick up the leash and keep on doing what you were doing, ignoring your dog’s antics in order to make him calm. If he does not get calm, simply put the leash away or on a table.

It may seem like you are not progressing forward but trust me, your dog will get the hang of it and become calm. Having a slow progress is a lot better than getting dragged by your dog on the streets for the next 10 years!

2. Change direction

See and figure out where your dog wants to move. if he wants to move left then you go right. Similarly, if he is pulling you while walking ahead, change your direction. gradually your dog will get to know who is the pack leader and follow you on.

3. Choos appropriate device

Look in the market for the right device that can help you in getting your dog to heel. In above video, Doggy Dan is using a harness with the attachment placed under the dog’s chin rather than on his back because you do not want your dog to end up pulling you like a cart horse!

4. Keep in mind, the pack leader always leads

It is pack leader’s duty to lead the way. If you are not considered as the pack leader in your dog’s eyes, he will fight his way to take that spot. You cannot cheat a dog especially if he is determined and strong one. Learning how to become the pack leader is a whole different topic on its own and Lucy you, it is the basis of Doggy Dan’s World-Renown training method. He has made % Golden Rules, which if followed, can make you a gentle and calm Pack Leader.

He points out that it is a significant factor to establish yourself as a pack leader using the 5 Golden rules as they help in solving nearly all dog behavioral problems.

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House training a dog should be easy if the dog is healthy and you are consistent. Whether it be a new puppy or an adult dog that needs some reminding, the method is the same. With this research, you will get to know seven tips for successful house training your dog no matter what the age of the dog is. The point is just to teach them the correct place for them to take care of their business of going to the potty.

  1. If you are potty training a puppy you will need to decide the kind of reward the puppy will receive from you for their good behavior. That is the first step and usually, the answer from you to the dog is yes followed by a special treat. When the understanding between you and the puppy about the approval is understood then you can start with the potty training.
  2. Your encouragement of the dog to go outside first thing in the morning and after they eat a meal or during playtime or exercise will be a good way to show them the right thing to do. If anything exciting happens or if a stressful situation happens to make sure you look for signs that they may need to potty. Most of them will circle around or sniff the floor or squat and this behavior is usually repeated every time.
  3. Pick out a place for him in the backyard that you want him to go and lead him to that spot and stay with him. It’s good if it’s a place he has used himself before. If he does what he is supposed to then speak praise to the dog when he does it and then reward him when he is through.
  4. If nothing happens when you take him outside then come back inside and watch him close, then try again as soon as you see signs.
  5. If you have an older dog that has been potty trained and for some reason can’t make it outside now then you can put down a newspaper for him to go on and just show him what he is supposed to do. You may have to pick him up and physically put him on the paper when he looks like he needs to go. You can reward him for going on the paper being very gentle with his feelings.
  6. If you have to leave your pet alone leave them somewhere where you don’t mind so much if they make a mess. And of course, leave the newspaper.
  7. Never show anger to a dog that has had an accident or show them that you are unhappy about where they went to potty. The only result this has is scaring the dog, making them hide behind the furniture to do their business. They might even start hiding their accidents from you and you won’t be able to clean up the mess.

Also remember sometimes with puppies they seem to get upset tummies quite frequently so be patient with them and remember they don’t know. It’s all new to them.

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There are many ideas on how to housebreak a dog, but the most effective method by far is the one that teaches your dog to go outside and relieve himself when you tell him to go.

When you first bring your puppy home with you, he won’t understand what’s required of him at first. It’s important to be patient with your new puppy as he learns the new house rules. With the right positive reinforcement, you should find it only takes a couple of days to housebreak your puppy.

However, if you’re trying to housebreak an older dog, the same tips apply, but you may require a little more patience to break an older dog’s habits.

Here’s a simple step-step guide on how to housebreak a dog.

No matter whether you’re house-training a puppy or an older dog, patience is your best training tool. Your dog can’t understand the words you say, but it can understand your tone and your body language. Patience and perseverance are necessary for quick success.

To begin housebreaking any dog, be sure you take him outside as soon as he wakes up from a sleep or a nap and soon after every meal. Stand outside with your dog and let him sniff around until he feels the urge to go naturally.

The instant your dog gets into a posture to relieve itself, give the command “go potty” or “go pee” or whatever command you want him to associate with relieving himself. Say this command several times as he’s doing his business.

When he’s done, praise him lavishly. Say in a high-pitched, happy tone, ‘good dog’ and give him a pat or even a food reward. Then allow him to come back into the house with you.

At first, your dog won’t understand why he’s being praised for doing something he was going to do naturally anyway. He won’t associate the praise with doing his business outdoors initially.

The next time your dog needs to go, he may try to do it in the house right in front of you, because he’ll wonder if the act of going to the bathroom is what caused all that praise.

If your dog does happen to have an accident inside, NEVER yell at him, hit him or rub his nose in it. This can actually cause other training problems in your dog and make him afraid of you, but it won’t stop him from relieving himself wherever he wants. You also can’t punish a dog for doing what comes naturally, so if you find evidence of an accident in the house after he’s done it, there’s no point telling him off. He simply won’t understand and it won’t housebreak your dog.

Clean up any accidents silently and avoid all eye contact with your dog. If he comes up and wants to check out what you’re doing, point at the mess he’s made and say ‘ah ah’ in a low growl, but continue doing what you were doing. Ignoring any dog is a severe reprimand in dog language.

The next time you catch your dog thinking about going to the bathroom inside the house, take him outside quickly, give the command ‘go potty’ or ‘go pee’ immediately and praise him.

Your dog will very quickly begin to understand that you’re only happy when he does his business outside and he will begin to ask to be let outside rather than messing your carpets or furniture.

Learning how to housebreak a dog is very easy when you remember to work on your dog’s natural tendencies and behaviors. Reward him when he does the right thing and encourage him to learn the commands so you can take him outside and get him to go whenever you need to.

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It has been estimated that four and a half million of united states citizens are bitten by dogs annually and one fifth are the unlucky ones who have to get medical attention to treat their wounds. Children are the usual victims as half of the total bite wound victims are children under the age of thirteen. Children are severely injured victims because of their small size and their unawareness about how to behave in front of a dog.Common dog bites are while interacting with familiar dogs, and so it is very important to teach people how to prevent dog bites.

When a dog nips or bites, even when playing, it is a warning sign of possible future aggression problems.

It is important for owners to stop dog biting as soon as they notice it in order to avoid potential issues down the road. Even puppies can be trained that it is unacceptable to bite or nip at humans or other animals.

What makes biting such a difficult task to overcome is the fact that dogs explore with their mouths in much the same way as humans do with their hands. This means that an owner must put a stop to this instinctive, and sometimes innocent, problem before it gets out of hand.

As with any other dog training technique, the methods used to stop dog biting require an owner to be consistent and patient. Whether it is a puppy or an adult dog, this behavior cannot be stopped within just a few hours. The dog will likely have to be corrected and the accepted behavior will have to be reinforced continuously until the dog understands what is expected from him.

If a dog bites when it is excited or during play, and owner may want to mimic the sound a dog makes when it is injured. This will inform the dog that it is causing harm.

Stop puppy biting – the biggest mistake you’re making

Another good way to stop dog biting during play is to immediately remove whatever toys are being used and ignore the dog. This particular method is especially effective on puppies. When a dog is young there are few things that it enjoys more than playing with its owners.

If a puppy starts to bite or nip during play, the owner should remove the toy and immediately stop playing. This will reinforce to the animal that biting causes playtime to stop right away. The dog will quickly learn that if it wants to play, it will have to behave itself.

Since, as stated before, dogs explore with their mouths, it will be necessary for a dog owner to reinforce positive behavior. This will mean praising the dog when it licks or sniffs someone rather than biting. Because dog aggression is so dangerous, every owner, whether their animal is a puppy, a lapdog, or a large adult dog, should place a priority on correcting this potentially dangerous behavior.

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You might not be a veteran when it comes to diagnosing your dog but it can really help you in identifying changes that may give birth to a certain disease. You may learn how to examine your dog like a vet.

My objective is to help you analyze the problem before your dog gets seriously ill and needs expensive medical treatment. People who are more attached to their pet can find out immediately if there is anything wrong with their pet. Knowing about some useful tips and tools needed to examine your dog can assist you in becoming a better pet parent. You can easily identify that a subtle change is a big issue.

When your pet gets critically ill, most of the time it happens when your vet is closed and you have to rush him into Afterhours emergency clinic! On the other side, if you are able to book an appointment just after the time you suspect a problem not only saves you the time but it also saves you the late night drive to the emergency hospital.

Dogs as we know only have limited ways of communicating with us as they cannot speak! Like other animals, dogs also have it in their instinct to hide their weaknesses. In Animal kingdom or society, weak animals are not helped and are usually left behind or are hunted down as a source of food.

Be warned!

Before we proceed any further, keep it in your mind that you should not search on the Internet after your examination! Many diseases have similar clinical signs and Internet cannot assist you in diagnosing them like a medical professional.

Observe your pet

Examine the movement of your dog from a distance, is there a slight limp. Sometimes when the sore leg is placed on the ground, an upward hitch at the hip, head or the shoulder is observed. This will be difficult to analyze but can be seen after a long walk or after resting. You can observe your dog’s knee pointing outwards while he is sitting or he is leaning at one side.

Physical observation

This is what marks a line between the human doctor and a veterinarian. Dogs cannot tell what they are going through so you have to depend on touch to examine changes. Run your hand all over your dog and identify areas which are painful or tense,examine ears and mouth, count his breathing and also do not forget to smell anything unusual.

Some important areas to take a notice for:

Ears

Look your dog’s ear carefully and get accustomed to how the look and smell. If they suddenly start to look red with a higher amount of discharge coming out or they smell bad then rush your pet to his vet immediately.

Eyes

If you see your dog’s eyes squinched or there is redness in the eye you should not ignore it. Eyes are a very sensitive organ and even a little corneal ulcer can cause intense pain and lead to blindness. Early examination and treatment of eyes play an important role in recovery and avoiding any surgery.

Mouth

Dogs teeth may be prone to dental disease genetically but dogs do not brush their own teeth as we all know. If you detect discolouration, redness along the gum line, smell or damaged teeth then you need to take your dog to receive a dental care.

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