Wednesday, April 12, 2017

6 Tips to Help You Gain Better Control Over Your Dog

You love your dog and want to do whatever it takes to make him/her happy. It’s easy to get used to behaviours that would make you cringe if anybody else were around to see it. But, it’s important to show your dog that you’re the one who’s in charge.

Whether your dog barks excessively, growls, doesn’t listen to commands or jumps all over the place, there are things you can do.

Here are some things to try.

Tip 1: Exercise a Dog that is Bouncing off the Walls

Depending on your dog’s age, more or less exercise will be required. A 9-month-old lab needs at least 60 minutes of off leash frolicking every day. It is best to do this in the morning, so that the dog will be tired and relaxed most of the day. Older dogs and more sedate breeds will be happy with a leash walk. Know your dog and take visual and behavioural cues that she is bored and about to look for mischief.

Ready your tissues for this one... It's worth watching. 

Tip 2: Does Your Dog Use You as a Chew Toy?

If your dog uses you or your family as chew toys, the next thing to do is get those razor-sharp canines busy by making them work for their dinner. Buy food-dispensing toys, such as the Molecuball. Fill a hollow toy with mixed wet and dry food and freeze it overnight. Breakfast goes from a 30-second hoovering to a fun 40-minute adventure that will likely put them out for a nap.

Tip 3: Reward Only Good Behaviour

Negative reinforcement in the form of reprimands or shouting simply does not work. Dogs crave attention, any attention, and your shouts may be misconstrued as a sign that it's play time. You have to train yourself to notice the polite behaviour and show attention in those moments, maybe they get a long scratch or an occasional biscuit. Even better, take them for a walk or to play outside. Once they figure out that attention comes to quiet, patient dogs, she will start to repeat the behaviour to get the reward.

Tip 4: Give Time-Outs

Some behaviours, such as jumping and mouthing are unpleasant and even painful. To avoid injuring someone, your dog needs to be introduced to consequences. If they jump up on someone or try to use them as a chew toy, give them a 30-second time-out.

Ryder the Chew toy!
Chew toys...

Whenever they jump up, use a catch phrase, such as "Uh oh!" Then, follow up by putting him in an area set aside for just that purpose. During the time-out, the dog should be ignored. Keep a short leash at home to make it easier to control them if they resists arrest.

Tip 5: Work on Impulse Control

Whenever possible, look for teachable moments to reward your dog when they’re calm and controlled. This is part of their impulse control training. For example, ask them to come sit by you and wait quietly before eating. Here are some other conditioning exercises that will help your pup become the dog you know they can be.

  • Waiting for your cue before jumping in or out of a car
  • Waiting quietly for a cue before leaving the crate
  • Teaching then to "settle" on voice command

Tip 6: Call in the Big Dogs, Dog Trainers

If you want a well-trained dog and are willing to reinforce good behaviour, then consider taking them to a dog trainer to control their behaviour. Your dog can be trained alone or in a group. There are a number of options available, and you should talk to the dog trainer to see what might work best for you and your pet.

Having a dog should be a joyous experience and you should be able to form a companionship with them. This won’t be possible if you don’t take the necessary steps to control them.

I'd like thank Katie Johnson for this informative post.
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Friday, April 7, 2017

End Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL)!

Two posts ago, I shared a post an article about Emotional Support Animals (ESA). 

Well, this Pittie, an ESA for her dad who's dealing with autism, got seized by the police in UK because of the Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL). 

He didn't give up on her though, and his hardships have paid off. Indy was able to come home with him.

However, she is not yet free... She needs to wear a muzzle in public.

#ENDBSL
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Which High-calorie Dog Foods Should You Feed Your Dog (Guest Post)

Okay... beginning to get a little active these past few weeks. I do miss blogging, but my schedule hasn't permitted me to do so. Hopefully I'm adjusting well and will begin visiting more blogs often.

We miss you, guys! Seriously! We need to implement "Huggies and Cheese" more often. Our guest post for today was brought to us by Carolyn of Petful101.

Humans and Dogs may be physically different, but they have plenty of similarities when it comes to how they get their energy. Dogs need plenty of calories to stay within a healthy weight range. However, regular dog foods may not be enough, especially for dog breeds that are more active than others.

The Importance of High Calorie Dog Food

Low-calorie dog food may keep your dog full for some time, but it doesn’t provide them enough calories that give them energy. This means your dog burns calories more than they can consume and force its body to burn calories stored in the dog’s fat reserves. While keeping your dog from getting too fat is good, losing too much of it could be dangerous.

1953 Ad, Rival Dog Food by Classic Film, CC BY-NC 2.0
If you want to keep your dog at a healthy weight level, you need to know the right high-calorie dog food to give them. To know which brands will work best, you should start by going to the vet and asking the ideal amount of high-calorie food your dog should eat – the bigger and more active your dog, the more they should eat.

Looking for good high-calorie dog food suggestions? Here’s a quick list of the best options. Not only are they rich in calories, but also loaded with other nutrients to keep your pet dog well-nourished.

1. High-Calorie Canned Food – Canned dog food is great every now and then, but your dog has to be fed more frequently if it needs to catch up in terms of weight. This is especially true if your dog mostly eats kibble, since the kibble it’s always eating may lack some key nutrients. Good high-calorie canned dog foods include those that feature meat as a primary ingredient (like chicken or bison).
Haopee: Let's face it. I'm still a big fan of Go! Dog Food mixed with cooked white rice. Buchi (bless my little pup's soul) used to love eating this mixed.

2. Raw Egg – Egg is very rich in protein and calories, but more importantly, they are affordable and the dogs love them! Add one raw egg every meal to help your dog gain weight. If your dog prefers something drier, make scrambled egg and chop it to fine bits before adding it to the dog bowl.

3. Full-fat Cottage Cheese – Dairy-based products are well-known for being rich in calories and nutrients. Full-fat cottage cheese offers not just calories and nutrients, but also probiotics that boost your dog’s immune system and calcium that makes their bones stronger. You don’t need to put a lot of cottage cheese to your dog’s food since one or two tablespoons per meal should be enough.

4. Switch Your Kibble Brand – Many people tend to stick to only one brand of kibble for their dogs. However, a dog’s calorie requirements change as it grows older. If your dog is no longer getting enough calories from what it usually eats, take a look at the nutritional content of your current kibble and look for a better alternative. Just remember that switching dog food brands may have to be done gradually or it could throw your dog’s metabolism off.

Proper nutrition is just as important to dogs as it is to humans. Making sure your dog gets enough calories to stay energetic every day is a big part of keeping it healthy and happy throughout its life.

Author's Bio


I am Carolyn, 26 years old and living in California. I graduated from San Diego State University, my major is Business Administration. I am managing the blog www.petful101.com  because I love animals very much, especially dogs. I have 7 dogs, 2 cats and 5 fishes. I walk with my dogs every weekend and I also join the dog club in my area. We often take care of the dogs which are left and have no home. I adopted 4 dogs within my 7 dogs. I hope that you will love my blog as much as you love animals.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Traveling With Your Emotional Support Animal

Recently, we traveled to Singapore. Sadly, Chooey and the pack couldn't come because we jam-packed all our activities in a span of four days.

Ironic enough, this new post, brought by Brad from TherapyPet.org also has something to say about travelling pets.

Emotional Support Animals are different from Service Animals. ESAs, be it a cat, a dog or even a turkey, help people deal with not just physical but emotional disabilities. This is why people may want to take their emotional support animals wherever they go.

Dog in Suitcase by James Oakley, CC BY-SA 2.0
Some airlines allow certain kinds of emotional support animals to accompany their handlers while others would not be permitted to travel in the cabin or an aircraft and have to be taken as cargo. Since every country has its distinctive set of rules for carrying emotional support animals, it is strongly encouraged that all passengers must check with their transit, departure and arriving countries’ local rules and restrictions on the acceptance of pets or emotional support animals.

Passengers should prepare all necessary documents to show to the relevant authorities for proving theneed for an ESA animal. ESAs have been successfully used in Animal Assisted Therapy for improving the emotional, social, physical and cognitive condition of a patient. Cats and dogs are the most popular choices for emotional support animals.

However, we have witnessed a large number of unusual animals serving the same purpose. These may include lizards, horses, elephants, parrots and even monkeys. The Department of Transportation (DOT) is presently considering adding pigs to the list of ESAs. All of these pet animals are considered important for providing physical and emotional support to patients who need to improve their mental health.

River, Therapy Dog by Oregon State University, CC BY-SA 2.0
For traveling with ESAs, you should know that the following domestic airlines cater to people who wish to take their ESAs with them on board. However, you must possess relevant documentation and you will need to contact the airline for confirming if they will still allow your pet on your route.
Here a few American airlines that allow passengers to carry their ESAs:

·       US Airways
·       American Airlines
·       Delta Airlines
·       Hawaiian Airlines
·       Alaska Airlines
·       Allegiant Airlines
·       Virgin America

International Airlines

Singapore Airlines allows passengers to carry their emotional support dogs on board provided they have valid documentation. These rules are subject to change for different countries in any class of travel. (For example, Brunei does not allow live animals in the cabin). There are certain international airlines that require that all pets, service animals and emotional support animals travel as air cargo. These include Japan Airlines, British Airways, Air France and Virgin Atlantic.

Boo the Pilot by DaPuglet, CC BY-SA 2.0
If you are planning to travelwith your ESA to the UK, you must arrange for pre-approval clearance and a processing fee and get in touch with the appropriate Animal Reception Center. Other foreign carriers may follow revised rules and regulations but they are not obligated to do so.

Generally, the key to acceptance of your emotional support animal is a prescription letter from a medical professional that clearly states that an emotional support animal must accompany an individual while traveling. The reason could be any mental disability, such as depression or anxiety. 

However, patients who have a heart condition can also carry their emotional support animals if their physician believes the pet will be able to help the owner stay calm and reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

ESAs effectively help reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and depression by offering support and therapeutic benefits.

Final Thoughts

Since vaccinations for animals and documentation may need some preparation, plan well ahead of time. Moreover, it may be illegal to import a guide dog or an emotional support animal into the destination country without a quarantine process. Make all necessary arrangements for carrying your emotional support animal on board by learn the relevant ESA rules. 
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Friday, March 17, 2017

When is the Right Time for a New Dog?

Losing a faithful dog is every bit as painful as long any other member of the family, so when is the time right to move on?
Run Free, Angel Rin. No more arthritis over the Rainbow Bridge.
Dogs are the finest life companion that anyone can hope for – they are always overjoyed to see you and shower you with unconditional love. When all else fails you always have a friend for life, except that life is considerably shorter for one party, leaving the other to pick up the pieces when the unthinkable does happen.

Mourning

When your best friend is in the twilight of his or her life and their legs aren’t quite what they used to be, you know deep down that sooner or later your dog’s health will decrease past the point where a vet can help. Unlike with humans, we have the power to decide when to take mercy and end a dog’s suffering and, as anyone who has ever had to go through the process, there is nothing that can prepare you.
While we keep hold of keepsakes such as dog tags, collars and leashes to remember them by, it is the memories that we hold that will last forever.

For many children, losing a family pet is the first experience of death and how to deal with the loss of a loved one. Unfortunately, it still doesn’t get any easier as an adult, but there is a time when you must move on and just be grateful for the time you had together instead of being sad it’s gone.

Time to Love Again

Different people take differing amounts of time before they feel that they can welcome another dog into their life. Some bring a new dog home within a few days, as this can help focus their mind, while others can take months or years before opening their heart once more.

A lot does depend on whether there are other dogs present in the household and how they would take to another dog entering their territory. If they have been used to being around other dogs for the majority of their life then there shouldn’t be any issues in introducing another pet.

Consult all members of the family that live in your home about their feelings towards a new pet. Others will feel ready sooner than others, so carefully consider whether your home is ready to welcome in a new dog to join the family. If the general consensus is yes, you can get the wheels in motion.

Stick With the Same Breed or Not?

Original Shih Tzu One a.k.a Buchi
Many dog lovers will already know the breeds of dogs that they prefer, and commonly will have more than one of the same breed. If, for example, you are a keen lover of Cocker Spaniels, and are perfectly equipped to meet the dog’s requirements, there is no reason to defer from your preference.

Look it's Shih Tzu 2 a.k.a MyDogsLove.Me CEO a.k.a Chooey
Some dog lovers will feel that electing for the same breed of dog just wouldn’t feel right and prefer a change, and that’s fine too. Different breeds require differing amounts of exercise and have their own unique traits – Labradors are famous for their love of water, while Bulldogs and Pugs are prone to overheating due to their small noses which make panting difficult.

A New Best Friend

Once you know what you are looking for from a new dog, do your research into different breeds’ behaviour and adaptability (do they need a lot of room? And are they generally child-friendly?).

Add this research to your personal preference and you will be sure to find the perfect new best friend for you and your family. All that is left is to put the time in to train them and enjoy years of love and affection!
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Dog Training, How We Have Failed Our Dogs ( Guest Post)

Dear Friends,

Sadly, life has been rough for us. Don't get me wrong... the dogs are fine (living their lives as how dogs should--with maximum playtime, downtime, and socializing).  The human's life however is far different.

Anyhow, I am glad there are still people who are willing to share their experiences and talents with us. Today, I'm sharing an article written by Kevin Davies, a pet lover.  Do check his article out on Labarador Puppy Food

I often hear people say that their dog is being dominant and won’t do what is asked of them. I wanted to write today about what I believe to be one of the most important things you should understand when it comes to dog training and understanding your dog.

Humans are the most dominant species on the planet. We build the most impressive things and are constantly inventing new ways to improve our lives. However when it comes to understanding our dogs we often seem helpless and have no control over our dogs unruly behavior. I believe it is because we somehow think if we love our dogs and provide everything they want that they in return will do what we ask just because we are good and kind. This is the downfall of many dog owners.

Your dog is first and foremost an animal, and as such they need to be shown how to behave in an appropriate manner when they are around humans and other animals. Without clear instructions given in a way that they can understand, dogs will take it upon themselves to set the rules, and this leads to a wide host of problems.

When you take a look at dogs throughout history, you will discover that in the very beginning it was the wolf who first became companions to humans. We bred them and conditioned them to be less like wolves so they could live with us in our homes. While the dog and wolf are of the same species and share the same DNA, this does not mean that the dogs we have today are wolves, they are not, they are completely different, and have different needs that have to be met in order for them to be calm and submissive.

I remember when I was young and we would go out into the fields to work, our dog’s were trained to always be with us. They had jobs to do that fulfilled their needs. One dog protected the animals on our farm and the other protected the family and home. From morning to-night the dogs were with us and lived to please their masters and dog training had a purpose.

This was the way it was for most dogs throughout history, we bred and conditioned them to serve us and they were an intricate part of everyday life. Today however it seems that more and more people have to leave their dogs behind while they go to work and school. It is here that we have failed our dogs.

What we lack in online time, we make up on good old quality bonding time.
What I mean is that we have trained and conditioned dogs to live with us in our homes and they want to be with us at all times, but when people go away and leave the dog’s inside the house for extended periods of time, they become very anxious about where we are and when we will be coming back, and often this anxiety leads to destructive behavior, ie chewing, barking, pooping and peeing all over the house.

The fact that we have trained our dogs to want to be with us at all times is not the problem, the problem is that we have not taught them to be by themselves. Most dogs don’t know how to deal with their humans leaving the home. They get very anxious about it, and will act out if they are not shown how to be when they are alone. I want you to know that this can be remedied. When you take the time to show your dog how to relax on their own they will become more independent and the anxiety they suffer through when we are away will not be as traumatic and with time the problem behavior will begin to go away.

Dog training is about more than getting your dog to sit, or come when called. If you want to learn more about how you can help your dog be more independent when you leave them at home, them leave a comment with your questions and I will answer them in a timely fashion.

I hope this has helped you gain some understanding of what your dog is going through each time you leave them.

Until next time, remember to take the time to help your dog to live in a calm and submissive state of mind.
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