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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