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How To Be Your Dog’s Leader

How To Be Your Dog’s Leader

We have talked before about the importance of learning your dog’s psychology to be able to train him properly. Imagining the solutions just won’t do the trick.

Today we will show you what teaching your pet who the leader is. You have probably seen Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer, talk about you being the leader of the pack all the time. Well, that is exactly what I am talking about.

When you lead your dog you are communicating your leadership and at the same time, you are teaching him/her good manners. Keep in mind that the animal learns better when reinforced than when punished, and that is something very frequently forgotten when trying to train the animal.

Not all dogs respond the same way to all positive reinforcements, but one that hardly ever fails is food. Try to keep some sort of treat around at the beginning. This will be substituted later with praise and caresses and it will mean the same to your pet. Love is always the best reward!

There is also a very important point one must never forget. Dog owners also have to learn to be the leader of the pack. That does not necessarily come naturally to us, even though we think the opposite.

Forcing is not leading! Transmitting your knowledge of what you are doing to your dog in a calm way has always the best results. We are not trying to impose, but to teach.

Whatever you want to teach your dog has to be based on his/her respect for you and his/her desire to follow your lead.

If you are willing to take the necessary time to train your dog at the beginning, because you certainly want to have a well behaved pet, you must never forget that persistence is of the utmost importance. It is easy to get tired and to feel sometimes like you want “to throw in the towel”, but that way, do remember that you will always lose the fight!

If you have children, you probably know what I mean. Not even us humans learn anything the first time we try it. We have to repeat and repeat until it is embedded in our brain, so consider this every time you are faced with the need to give your dog the next lesson.

You will lead by example, so you have to learn to be a good leader first!…

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How To Be Your Dog’s Leader

We have talked before about the importance of learning your dog’s psychology to be able to train him properly. Imagining the solutions just won’t do the trick.
Today we will show you what teaching your pet who the leader is. You have probably seen Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer, talk about you being the leader of the pack all the time. Well, that is exactly what I am talking about.
When you lead your dog you are communicating your leadership and at the same time, you are teaching him/her good manners. Keep in mind that the animal learns better when reinforced than when punished, and that is something very frequently forgotten when trying to train the animal.
Not all dogs respond the same way to all positive reinforcements, but one that hardly ever fails is food. Try to keep some sort of treat around at the beginning. This will be substituted later with praise and caresses and it will mean the same to your pet. Love is always the best reward!
There is also a very important point one must never forget. Dog owners also have to learn to be the leader of the pack. That does not necessarily come naturally to us, even though we think the opposite.
Forcing is not leading! Transmitting your knowledge of what you are doing to your dog in a calm way has always the best results. We are not trying to impose, but to teach.
Whatever you want to teach your dog has to be based on his/her respect for you and his/her desire to follow your lead.
If you are willing to take the necessary time to train your dog at the beginning, because you certainly want to have a well behaved pet, you must never forget that persistence is of the utmost importance. It is easy to get tired and to feel sometimes like you want “to throw in the towel”, but that way, do remember that you will always lose the fight!
If you have children, you probably know what I mean. Not even us humans learn anything the first time we try it. We have to repeat and repeat until it is embedded in our brain, so consider this every time you are faced with the need to give your dog the next lesson.
You will lead by example, so you have to learn to be a good leader first!…

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Best Shiny Coat Tips For Your Dog

Best Shiny Coat Tips For Your Dog

I am sure this has happened to you when your have been out. You see a dog with an magnificent coat, you cannot believe how beautiful the hair is on that dog. You look at your beloved best friend and think hum, how can I get that beautiful hair for my dog.

A well-balanced nutritious diet is one of the best ways for your dog to get a great looking coat.

Check the quality of food your dog is eating. Does it have Omega 3 fatty acids? Omega 3 is very good for your dog’s skin and coat.

Health is another main reason for dog’s hair not to look good. Always make sure your dog does not have parasites, like fleas, ticks or internal ones like worms. These can all be harmful to your dog. Your Vet can check for worms.

Fleas and ticks cause extreme scratching and itching that will tear hair out and irritate the skin. You should treat any of these problems immediately for your dog’s health.

Grooming and more grooming.

A well-groomed dog will always have a better-looking coat. Use combs to detangle long hair and remove mats.

Brushes remove dander and dead surface hair. They also stimulate the skin and distribute the hairs natural oils for a healthy looking coat. It is recommended that you always comb and brush your dog before bathing.

You should brush and comb your dog at least twice a week.

Bathe your pet when it is needed. For some it is only periodically others require more frequent baths. A good rule of thumb, when you notice a doggy smell it is time for a bath.

Always use products developed for dogs. Products for people have chemicals that are much too harsh for a dog’s delicate skin. Dog shampoo differs in the pH; human products are made to get rid of the oil in our hair and skin. This would result in dry flaky coat for your pet.

If you learn anything in this article it is this, rinse your dog’s hair thoroughly. When you think you have rinsed enough, then rinse some more. There is nothing worse for your pet then having soap residue. It would defeat your whole purpose of trying to obtain that beautiful shiny hair and healthy coat for your dog.

There are also vitamins like vitamin E that you can apply to your dogs coat. It is very soothing to the skin and helps the hair look healthy. You can get many different kinds of dog wipes now in the pet store that can help with the grooming process.

Now that you have the shiny coat for your dog, you might want some tips that can help prevent it from accumulating in the house and on you. You know about regular brushing and bathing of your dog.

You should also keep lint brushes in your home and car to prevent hair getting all over everything. Vacuuming and moping the floors regularly are necessary to keep your pets hair from getting out of control.

There are hundreds of home remedies and recipes that you can use for a healthy dog inside and out. Learn what natural home remedies are available that can save you money and keep your dog healthy happy and safe.…

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Poison Ivy Can Ruin the Dog Days of Summer for Your Canine

Poison Ivy Can Ruin the Dog Days of Summer for Your Canine

Summer can be an adventure for any dog owner. Our pets can race in an off leash dog park or through a wooded camping area and quickly discover many of the wonders that Mother Nature provides. But some of those things can have a stinging consequence. Protecting a dog’s paws from thistles and burrs is imperative but a pet owner must also be aware of other dangers in the underbrush, namely that itchy three-leaved plant, poison ivy. Learn how to protect your canine and enjoy the summer by learning to identify poison ivy.

Poison Ivy-It is important to be very aware of these poisonous plants as they grow in backyards and wooded areas throughout the country. Many homeowners don’t even realize their yard is full of the itchy stuff until it is too late and a family member or beloved dog is exposed and covered with red,itchy, oozing blisters. Poison ivy can be found all over the U.S. while its cousin, poison oak, is found most mainly in the west. The plants do look similar and exposure to either of these plants will cause a painful itchy reaction. Imagine if your dog comes across a patch of poison ivy and gets the oil from the leaves into his fur. The oily substance that causes the itchy reaction can get on their paws and even their tongue if they try to lick the affected areas. So how do you determine if your yard has poison ivy?

Characteristics of Poison Ivy in Summer

Summer is the time when poison ivy is in full bloom

Some leaves are notched and some are not..

New leaves are shiny and can have a reddish tone.

Older leaves are not as shiny and look more dull green.

Due to its many varieties it may be hard to identify poison ivy. It may be ground cover, grow along a vine or spread into a bush. It is important to stay on top of this plant if found in your yard because one small neglected clump can spread very quickly throughout a property. Exposure to this plant is an itchy experience that can last for several weeks and require treatment with veterinarian prescribed medications, In many cases a steroid will be prescribed. The leaves of the plant will deposit oil on your pet’s fur which can spread to other pets in the home and even to family members through the laundry or furniture. Be aware of this poisonous and itchy plant when walking in wooded areas and dog parks that you are unfamiliar with. Doggie booties designed for summer wear can prevent your dog from a painful, itchy experienceA�…

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Digging Is My Dog’s Delight…it’s Still An Issue Over Which We Fight

There are two extremes of opinion when it comes to dogs and their digging habits:

one, that a dog is a dog, and we should permit him to express his true canine nature by allowing him free reign over the yard and flowerbeds; and two, that a flowerbed is a flowerbed, and no dog should even think about expression his dogginess if such an expression comes at the price of a season?s worth of rosebuds. My own viewpoint tends to favor the middle ground.

Although plenty of dogs do love to dig, and it?s healthy for them to be permitted to indulge in this habit from time to time, there?s a difference between permitting your dog to express his inner puppy, and allowing him to run rampant in the yard. I don?t see why a dog should have to come at the price of a garden, and vice versa: flowers and dogs can coexist peacefully. If your dog?s developed a taste for digging, it?ll just take a bit of time (and some crafty ingenuity) on your part to resolve the issue satisfactorily.

First of all, if you have yet to adopt a dog and your concern for the fate of your flower-beds is purely hypothetical, consider the breed of dog that you?d like. If you?ve got your eye on a specific mixed-breed dog, what seems to be the most prominent?

The reason that I ask is simply because breed often plays a significant role in any given dog?s personal valuation of digging as a rewarding pastime

Terriers and Nordic breeds in particular (Huskies, Malamutes, some members of the Spitz family) seem to particularly enjoy digging. Of course, when you get right down to the sum and substance, each dog is first and foremost an individual, and there?s no guaranteed way to predict whether or not your chosen familial addition is going to be a burrower or not. But if you?re trying to reduce the likelihood of an involuntarily-landscaped garden as much as possible, I suggest you stay away from all breeds of terrier (the name means ?go to earth?, after all!) and the Nordic breeds.

Why do dogs dig?

In no particular order, here are some of the more common reasons that a dog will dig:

* Lack of exercise. Digging is a good way for a hyped-up, under-exercised dog to burn off some of that nervous energy. * Boredom. Bored dogs need a ?job? to do, something rewarding and interesting, to help the time pass by. * Digging is often the ideal solution for a bored dog: it gives him a sense of purpose, and distracts him from an otherwise-empty day. * The need for broader horizons. Some dogs are just escape artists by nature ? no matter how much exercise and attention they get, it?s nearly impossible to confine them. For a four-legged Houdini, it?s not the digging in itself that?s the reward, it?s the glorious unknown that exists beyond the fenceline.

* Separation anxiety. To a dog that?s seriously pining for your company, digging under those confining walls represents the most direct path to you. if your dog?s not getting enough exercise (generally speaking, at least forty-five minutes? worth of vigorous walking per day), take him for more walks. If he?s bored, give him some toys and chews to play with during your absence, and wear him out before you leave so he spends most of the day snoozing. An escape-artist dog might need to be crated, or at least kept inside the house where he?s less likely to be able to break free.

For those dogs who just like to dig as a pastime in itself, though, here are a few basic tips for controlling inappropriate digging as much as is reasonably possible:

* Restrict your dog?s access. This is the most effective thing you can do: if he?s never in the yard without active supervision, there?s no opportunity for digging.

* Use natural deterrent. 99.9% of dogs will shy back, horrified, from the prospect of digging anywhere that there?s dog poop. Even the ones who like to eat poop (a condition known as coprophagia) generally won?t dig anywhere near it ? it offends their basic, fastidious dislike of soiling their coat and paws.

* Use nature?s own wiles. If the digging is bothering you because it?s upsetting the more delicate blooms in your garden, plant hardier blossoms: preferably, those with deep roots and thorny defenses. Roses are ideal.

* A more time-consuming, but super-effective way of handling the issue: roll up the first inch or two of turf in your yard, and lay down chicken-wire underneath it. Your dog won?t know it?s there until he?s had a few tries at digging, but once he?s convinced himself that it?s pointless (which won?t take long), he?ll never …

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Care of Dogs – Raising a Healthy Dog

Care of Dogs – Raising a Healthy Dog

There are so many benefits from having a pet, especially a dog. Known as “mans best friend”, a dog is a great addition to a home. They are loyal, and love unconditionally their owners. Giving your dog the proper care, with providing food, water, shelter, exercise, visits to the veterinary and lots of love and affection, will give you happy and healthy dog.

When it comes to the dog’s diet, they need to have a well balanced and have nutritional food. This will supply them with the proper diet, to be healthy and strong. They need to always have access to fresh cold water at all times.

Exercise is a definite must when it comes to the health and care of dogs. They need to have fresh air and exercise everyday at least 30 minutes. This is not only good for them physically, but also emotionally. Dogs get bored and need stimulation of other dogs and people. Not only will the exercise benefit your dog, but it will also help in the time that is spent with you and your dog.

When you have a dog, you need to provide a collar with an ID tag on it with the dog’s name, your name, address and phone number. If your dog gets lost, it will help the person that finds him or her, to return your dog safely to your home.

When it comes to taking the care of dogs, there are online e-books that can give the dog owner information that will help to raise a happy and healthy dog. It’s always best to be well educated when it comes to raising a healthy dog.…

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How To Take Excellent Care of Your Cockapoo Dog

How To Take Excellent Care of Your Cockapoo Dog

Cockapoos, the mixed breed dog produced by mating a Poodle and a Cocker Spaniel, require special care in certain areas because of their breed characteristics.

The following highlights the areas specific to Cockapoo dogs.

Ear Care

Cockapoo dogs’ ears need inspection for irritation and/or redness at least once per month or if the dog scratches his ears frequently. Cockapoo ears can get infected easily. You can lift the ear and wipe out the outside of the ear with a cotton ball or get an ear cleaner solution from your vet.

Grooming

Take your Cockapoo to a reliable, professional groomer every six to eight weeks or learn how to groom him yourself. Otherwise, he will eventually resemble a sheep dog. The longer the dog’s hair, the faster it will mat. If excessive matting occurs, your dog may be shaved to his skivvies to remove them.

Between professional groomings, you should do the following:

Brush or comb out your dog as often as you can. Daily brushing prevents mats and cleans the dog’s coat. Look for mats under the front legs, behind the ears, and on the chest and belly. If the mat does not brush out easily, apply a dematting solution and then brush. If the mat is still not gone after applying the solution, cut it off carefully.

Cut the fur between his foot pads and between the nails, as well as the dog’s nails every two to three weeks. When you clip the nails, make sure styptic powder is ready in case you cut into the quick of a nail and cause bleeding. You can also use a doggie nail file to smooth out the sharp claws sometimes caused by clipping. You will know when the nails are too long when you hear clicking on wood or tile floors. A Cockapoo with hairy paws will slide across uncarpeted floors.

Inspect your dog’s skin for hot spots – irritation, scabs, or raw areas caused by excessive scratching. Pay particular attention to the legs, neck, and head. Ask your vet about the best way to prevent and treat them. Excessive bathing may dry out the Cockapoo’s skin.

The following items highlight areas that apply to all dog breeds:

Schedule an annual vet visit to get vaccinations and check the dog’s general health.

Brush your dog’s teeth at least every few days. Excessive plaque left on the teeth causes gum infection as well as internal medical issues.

When you walk your dog, check his stool for changes in color, frequency, and consistency. Watery stools may indicate any number of conditions requiring the services of a vet.

Administer monthly flea and tick protection and heartworm medication.…