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Rescue Dogs

Dog Behavior Training – Dog Aggression Toward Its Owners

A dog that growls at and/or bites its owner does so for some reason, even if the behavior appears to be “unreasonable” to the owner. If your dog displays aggressive behavior towards you, for the safety and welfare of you, your family and your dog, it’s important to find out why as quickly as possible.

Call your vet right away and schedule an appointment for a complete medical examination. Talk with your vet about testing your dogs hormonal balance, neurophysiologic functions and allergies. The test results may reveal the underlying cause. This has been especially helpful in dogs that have mood swings.

When growling or biting has erupted as a consequence of scolding or punishment for behavior such as chewing, jumping, general unruliness, or overprotection of food, these problems must be dealt with swiftly and firmly to correct the aggression it is initiating.

As the dogs owner, you must understand that your dog growls or bites at you as a result of defensive feelings. Even the dog that growls when ordered off the couch is reacting defensively, as it feels its dominance status has been threatened.

If scolding and punishment provoke aggression, your dog is reacting to a perceived threat to its physical safety. In either of these situations, your own threatening behavior may be producing negative results.

If the results of a medical examination show no signs of a medical condition that would be causing this behavior, you will have to examine your own behavior closely to determine what you are doing to make your dog feel threatened.

If you can’t hire the services of a professional, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Secrets Of A Professional Dog Trainer by Adam Katz for indepth instructions on dog behavior training. This ebook is available on my blog.…

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Pet Adoption

A Guide to Crate Training Your Lovable Puppy

House training a new puppy is a job all new dog owners must face. One tried and true method commonly used is crate training. Despite what you may hear or believe keeping the dog in a crate is neither punishment nor mean. Dog crates provide a safe haven for the puppy to retreat and curl up when adjusting to its new surroundings, a quiet place to lie down and sleep, or somewhere the dog can relax and be left home alone. For many dogs, their crate is their own little home.
When a puppy is safely in its crate, you can be sure that it won’t be able to chew anything the furniture, hurt itself, or possibly put itself in a dangerous situation where it can seriously hurt itself. Dog crates also speed up the housebreaking training. However, it is important that you never use the crate for punishment. Your goal is to make the crate a place for the dog to feel safe and protected.
Many crates come with multiple partitions which allow you to alter the space the dog has available for itself as it grows. Add some soft bedding to the floor of the crate so the puppy has somewhere comfortable and warm to lie. It is important to understand that puppies have small bladder capacities so accidents will happen. Never punish the dog if it does have an accident. You’ll do more harm to the training than good.
Try to have the dog sleep in its crate from first day. It will only be a matter of time before the dog begins to go in on its own when its wants to be alone or take a nap. Many dog owners keep the crates in rooms which are situated around the family at all times, like the kitchen or family room. Take the crate introduction slowly and never force the dog into it. Try coxing it into the crate with either a tasty treat or a fun toy. At first, the dog may be uncertain but keep up with the positive encouragement. Praise it and make a huge fuss when it does go into the dog crate.
The dog should be kept in its crate all night. Don’t feed it or give it any water too late in the day. Sometimes dog owners will keep the crate to their bedroom at night. They worry that the dog might be lonely through the night. Also they feel they can hear the dog better if it needs to go out.…