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Aggression What is Territorial Aggression & Why Does

Gemma | December 29th, 2005
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Aggression What is Territorial Aggression & Why Does It Make A Dog So Angry?

All dogs have one form of aggression or another and to some degree, it is perfectly natural. However, since our pets are domesticated then there is a certain level of calmness that we should expect from them. The most common aggression behavioral problem that dogs display is called “territorial aggression”. To sum up the definition of territorial aggression, it simply describes a dog that goes absolutely crazy whenever a stranger approaches their home.

What encourages a dog to display such aggressiveness?

As we stated earlier, it is natural for your dog to want to defend his home and make it known that the area is his territory. However, the following scenarios may cause your dog’s aggression over his territory to escalate:

1. Aggression is reinforced in a dog whenever, for example, a delivery person approaches the house and then after dropping off a package he leaves the territory. Your dog actually thinks that he drove the stranger away and this in itself creates more aggression.

2. When riding in a car, a dog with extreme territorial aggression tends to bark incessantly at every person he sees and every moving thing outside the window. He is saying to them “stay away, this is my territory!” And of course nobody is going to approach the car so your dog actually thinks he is “winning”. Therefore, the dog will bark even lower to celebrate his victory.

3. Another very common reason why a dog may increase his levels of barking and aggression is whenever he is acting up and barking at the door (for whatever reason) and the owner starts to yell at him in order to shut him up. Most dog owners do not realize that yelling at their dog is doing nothing but creating more aggression. A dog will think that you are “supporting” his aggression towards the approaching stranger or delivery person.

4. A fourth reason why a dog may have heightened levels of territorial aggression is whenever he is isolated or locked up when there are guests and strangers inside the house. When you first think about it, it seems very reasonable to take your barking dog and lock him up in a room or crate whenever you have guests. However, during this time, your dog can smell the “intruders” and since he can do nothing about it, is aggression levels can rise dramatically, causing stress and anxiety, which of course leads to more behavioral problems.

Advanced Obedience Training

Gemma | December 27th, 2005
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To apply the word advanced in conjunction with obedience training might lead one to wonder how obedience can be divided. A dog is either obedient or he’s not, right? However, there are higher levels of obedience training just as there are higher levels of training to be achieved in school and education.

A child does not start school in the sixth grade; she has to start in pre-school or kindergarten. There, she is taught how to get along with others her own age, how to play, how to fit in, how to share, and perhaps most importantly, how to learn. For dogs, basic obedience training accomplishes very much the same as pre-school or kindergarten does for the child.

Most families are very happy when their dog learns to eat indoors and use the bathroom outdoors, while other dog owners are not content until their dog can really fit in with the family.

In order to fit in, however, the dog must respond to commands so that he can be well controlled. The five commands necessary for control are Come, Stay, Sit, Heel, and Down. For the dog to be considered obedient, he must respond to each of those commands each time they are given by his family.

When a dog receives training in basic obedience, he becomes more of a joy to live with. The owner has the ability to communicate with his dog while the dog attains the ability to comprehend some words of the English language. Basic training, therefore, is considered the training essential for good behavior.

However, the dog is capable of learning more than just basic obedience commands, just as the graduate from elementary school has the ability to learn more than just simple writing, reading, and basic arithmetic. The similarity between a child and a dog doesnt stop there, either. When a child goes to high school, he finds the going just a bit tougher than it was in grade school. He must work a little harder, and so does the canine that goes on into advanced obedience training.

To better understand the various levels of obedience training that a dog can achieve, you can find out more from the different obedience titles that a canine can win as a result of competition in American Kennel Club obedience trials. These trials are divided into classes, or grades, of competition, as compared to grade school, high school, and college.

Adult Dog Training Yes, Well Trained Adult Dogs Still

Gemma | December 24th, 2005
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Adult Dog Training Yes, Well Trained Adult Dogs Still Need To Be Stimulated!

Your adult dog needs the right amount of balance in his training. These needs include a regular dose of physical exercise, mental exercise, and the need to socialize. Providing your dog with these needs will keep him happy, healthy, and may even add extra years to his life.

Mental Needs Of Your Adult Dog

The more you teach your dog, regardless of his age, breed, and personality, the better he will become at all levels of his life. Training your dog to perform certain tasks gives him purpose, which in turn greatly improves the quality of his life. Once your dog learns certain skills, he is no longer just your pet. He becomes more of a friend, a companion, a helper, someone to enjoy more wonderful times with.

Providing your dog with knowledge gives him freedom to do more things. Having the skills to listen, to respond properly to your commands, and the ability to be trained gives him the advantage to explore more and learn more. Instead of staying inside the home all day by himself, you can take him to different places and share more activities with you.

Teach your pal something new each week. This will keep him confident and keep his mind stimulated and alert. Being able to think clearly in his adult life will benefit him when he reaches old age.

If your dog’s intelligence is above average or if is an energetic working breed, you will have to train him more, even in his adult years. Highly intelligent dogs need to have a job to do to keep them entertained, prevent them from becoming bored, and also prevent them from developing destructive behaviors.

Extra training and mental activity is required if you have a working breed. Working breeds need to be worked more to keep them busy and problem-free. A few examples of working breeds are Border Collies, Great Danes, Australian Cattle Dogs, German Shepherds, Australian Shepherds, Rottweilers, and Old English Sheepdogs. These dogs need to think more and do more to stay happy.

Giving your adult dog his regular mental exercise will keep his mind clear, keep him occupied, and prevent boredom. Boredom leads to dissatisfaction, which in turn leads to negative behavior. Regardless of the amount of training and skills he acquired during puppyhood and his adolescent stage, he is likely to develop destructive behaviors again unless you give him a job to do.

The old adage use it or lose it not only applies to humans, but to our canine friends as well. Your dog needs to brush up on his skills and talents on a regular basis, otherwise he will forget them. It is that simple!

Adult Dog Training What To Expect From Your Dog

Gemma | December 22nd, 2005
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Adult Dog Training What To Expect From Your Dog As He Reaches His Adult Years

Your dog has finally reached his adulthood and this means that the period of training, adjusting, socializing, and more training have come to a stopping point (for the most part, that is).

This is the period where you can really appreciate his companionship, his friendship, and even his help around the house (depending on his level of training). The point is, is you don’t have to babysit him anymore. It is the stage in your dog’s life where he can walk alongside you off leash, sit and watch you wash your car, maybe even hold the hose for you, or just sit quietly with you in in the backyard while you read a book.

However, training should not stop just because your dog has reached adulthood. A good formula for keeping your dog’s body healthy and his mind sharp throughout his adult years is to have 3 training sessions a week. The training does not have to be laborious, nor does it have to take long. All it takes is about 10 to 15 minutes per session, and training can be about practicing and/or improving skills that he has already learned.

There are several benefits to continue training your adult dog on a regular basis.

1. Regular training keeps his mind alert and active.
2. It keeps his body strong and in shape.
3. It serves as refresher courses to different commands and tricks that he had already acquired.
4. It keeps him aware of the rules that you have enforced for him.
5. It prevents boredom.
6. It develops great team work between you and him.
7. And best of all, it will deepen the bond that the two of you have together. If he remains active throughout the whole aspect of his life (physical, mental, social), then he will continue to play an active role in your life, be a team player, and be able to share wonderful times together.

Physical Needs Of An Adult Dog

The physical needs of your dog peaks during his developmental adolescent stage. But once he passes the adolescent stage and reaches adulthood, his physical needs will arrive at a period where there will be no significant change to the amount of exercise that his body needs to stay healthy.

As an adult dog, the amount of exercise that his body requires will depend on his size, breed, and personality type. Continue with the regular walks and occasional runs. A game of ball should also be on your list, as well as swimming if your dog likes being in the water. If you have a large and/or energetic dog, you may have to do more than those listed above. If you have a small and/or less active dog, you will still need to give him exercise. You just have to tame it down, depending on his level of endurance.

Adult Dog Your Dog Is Older Now, So Treat

Gemma | December 18th, 2005
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Adult Dog Your Dog Is Older Now, So Treat Him With More Respect & Understanding

You give your dog food and shelter in order to keep him alive. But there are three other things that he needs in order to stay healthy, happy, and improve the quality of his life. First, he needs regular exercise to keep his body in shape. Second, his mind needs to be stimulated to keep him alert and occupied. And third, he needs to be socialized continually in order for him to stay confident and happy.

Keep Your Adult Dog Entertained And Avoid Punishing Him For Sudden Mistakes

Dogs feel sadness when their family tends to ignore them or do not spend enough quality time with them. And when dogs get sad, they act up by displaying negative behaviors. This includes chewing, digging, barking incessantly, and they may even run away. These adult dogs are not acting bad on purpose. They are just reverting back to their natural canine behaviors in order to entertain themselves. And since they cannot communicate with words, they communicate with action.

Don’t Just Love Your Dog When He’s Good

Learn to love your pet unconditionally and when he misbehaves, try to seek out the reason for the behavioral problem instead of scolding or punishing the dog. Remember that he is an adult now and is probably very well behaved most, if not all the time. This means that when he lashes out and does something wrong, it is typically related to an underlying cause which you can treat with success. Something may be lacking or out of balance with your dog. Find the cause and then provide the solution.

Keep Your Adult Dog Socialized

Sometimes as our dogs get older and become more mature, we tend to not take them out as much as we did when they were puppies. This is quite understandable since adult dogs seem to enjoy just lounging around the house in their adult years and watching TV with you. However, to keep your dogs’ mind stimulated and his social skills intact, do your best to take him out as often as possible to greet other people and other dogs.

2 Basic Commands That Could Save Your Puppy’s Life

Gemma | December 15th, 2005
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You may not be the type of dog owner who spends a lot of time training your pooch. It’s quite alright (most dog owners do not have the time). However, there are two basic commands that could literally save your puppy’s life and only takes a few minutes each day to instruct.

Teaching your puppy the leave it and drop itcommands can keep your youngster from doing something dangerous, such as eating mouse poison, rotten food and other yucky stuff, or running into the path of a speeding car.

Leave It

With your puppy on a leash, walk by a tempting item, such as food or a toy (you can pre-place items for this exercise). When your puppy tries to pick up the item, give a short quick tug on the leash and say, Leave it.

Enthusiastically praise your puppy for obeying (Good Sparky!). You can offer a treat reward at this time if you prefer, but praise and a pat on the head work just as well. Repeat this routine at home.

Here’s another method you can use to teach your puppy the leave it command: Hold a food treat in your closed fist. When your puppy noses your hand, say Leave it, and keep your fist closed. When your pup stops nosing your hand, reward with praise, then give a verbal release command (such as okay) and let your puppy have the treat. Continue working like this until your puppy will sit quietly without touching a nearby treat until you give the release command.

Drop It

When your puppy picks up a forbidden object, say, Drop it! and walk over to your puppy. If your pup won’t release the item, offer it a tempting treat as a trade for the item. When your puppy drops it, offer praise and a safe substitute preferably one that’s more enticing than the forbidden item.

If your puppy runs away from you, don’t chase it it’ll think you’re playing a game. Instead, ignore your little one and get yourself a treat from the kitchen (something you know your puppy likes). Take the treat to a puppy-accessible area and start to eat it (or pretend to eat it, if it’s a dog goodie).

Be dramatic about how yummy it is. Call your puppy over, then give the drop it command and trade the treat for the forbidden item. (Be sure to praise your youngster for obeying.) After your puppy finishes the treat, offer an acceptable toy.

Outdoor Dog Products (Part 2)

Gemma | December 12th, 2005
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Is it possible to allow your dogs to roam free in the yard, yet maintain the integrity of your lawn? You may not think so, but with the right planning and products that are designed for outdoor solutions, you will have the comfort of knowing that your dogs are outside enjoying themselves and your grass will remain intact with it’s fullness and color.

To keep your lawn free from damage and soil, the following products may interest you:

Dog Spot Eliminator by The Organic Farm Store

One of the most annoying aspects of a damaged lawn is the discoloration which results from urine stains left when your dog pees. Dog Spot Eliminator is a product made by The Organic Farm Store that can prevent such occurrences. It works by combating those dead areas on your lawn created by your dog’s urine.

The product contains micro-nutrients that work to facilitate the natural recovery of the ground. You can apply Dog Spot Eliminator on a patch-by-patch basis, or better yet, over the entire lawn. By applying this over the whole yard, future discoloration and dead spots from dog pee will be prevented. Dog Spot Eliminator is said to be 100% safe for all pets when used as recommended.

Triple Pet WasteEaze by Benedent

Another amazing product to hit the shelves is called Triple Pet WasteEaze, made by Benedent. It is a liquid supplement that quickly neutralizes and reduces the odor of your dog’s waste product, which in turn protects your grass from those nasty looking brown spots.

Triple Pet WasteEaze is made up of a mixture of yucca plant extracts and anthium dioxide. According to the manufacturer, this combination helps destroy compounds that causes odor, facilitates nutrient absorption, and decreases the pH levels of your dog’s urine. All you do is add a cap full of the liquid supplement to your dog’s water bowl as often as instructed by the label. You can purchase Triple Pet WasteEaze in 8 oz, 16 oz, or 32 oz bottles.

The Pet Patio Potty by Doggy Solutions

An alternative way of protecting your lawn without the use of supplements or grass repair kits is to invest in the Pet Patio Potty, made by Doggy Solutions. This portable dog litter box is designed to blend in with the look of your lawn or patio. It comes in both indoor and outdoor units.

The outdoor units are designed with high density polyethylene and is water resistant. The box frame has removable trays positioned over the litter so that you can remove your dog’s urine or feces without any mess or hassle. The Pet Patio comes in 4 standard sizes and 3 different model types, perfect to accommodate large and small dogs alike.

Outdoor Dog Products (Part 1)

Gemma | December 10th, 2005
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Ever wondered how your neighbor can maintain such a clean and healthy yard, even though he’s got two German Shepherds and one Yorkie that loves to urinate and dig all over the place?

The key to maintaining a successful yard and garden without your dogs interfering is to invest into outdoor solutions to keep your yard dog-friendly. Check out some of following product ideas that may be perfectly suited to your needs:

Dog Repair Kit by ENCAP

Keep your natural grass free and clear of damage with the convenient help of the Dog Repair Kit, created by ENCAP. With technology designed to improve the performance of your lawn soil and prevention of wear and tear, the Dog Repair Kit is the perfect solution.

Weighing 1 1/4 pounds, each Dog Repair Kit bag contains everything you need to repair your grass including mulch, seed, and soil conditioner. All you have to do is loosen up a few edges of soil and sprinkle a handful of granules from your Dog Repair Kit on top of the area.

Simply rake over the location and water the lawn as indicated by the seed watering guide that is included with your purchase. This tutorial will let you know when the seeds have received enough water.

ProGreen Synthetic Grass by ProGreen

This synthetic grass product is a perfect alternative to a yard that has patches of real grass scattered from your dog’s digging habit. It is also much safer and visually appealing than filling the area with concrete.

ProGreen synthetic grass allows for plenty of drainage through tiny holes when it comes to rainy weather or dog urine. All liquids drain perfectly through the turf-backing and into a special base leading into the ground. And to help break down pet odors and organic matter created by your dogs, a simple topical solution which fights bacteria can be sprayed over the synthetic grass.

Lawn Rescue For Dogs by Pet Naturals

One major issue that many dog owners have is discoloration of the grass when their dog urinates. It is a common problem and one that can be easily solved with Lawn Rescue For Dogs, by Pet Naturals.

Lawn Rescue For Dogs is a tasty chewable supplement that is designed to balance out the pH of your pet’s urine. The result will be urine that will not create those unsightly discoloration patches on your lawn. The ingredients contain yucca, cranberry, brewer’s yeast, and DL-methionine.

Harnesses & Halters Better Leash Control By Using Body

Gemma | December 8th, 2005
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Harnesses & Halters Better Leash Control By Using Body Harnesses & Head Halters

You may want to consider having your puppy use a body harness instead of a collar, especially for smaller-sized dogs. Body harnesses are secured with adjustable straps that fasten across the puppy’s chest and over its front legs.

There are various styles of body harnesses is to choose from, but the majority of them have the basic metal D-ring which clips to the leash and is located on the strap that runs down the dog’s back. They can be used instead of collars which provide a much safer environment when the puppy tries to pull away.

In this regard, the puppy receives the tension from the leash, instead of his or her neck, which could result in a spinal injury. Puppies are specially prone to running and darting every chance they get, even when on-leash. By removing the pressure from the dog’s airway, body harnesses are a safe and effective alternative to standard neck collars.

Other Types Of Body Harnesses

There is also a wonderful body harness that is specifically designed to discourage your dog or puppy from pulling away. It is manufactured so that the cords of the harness go down and under the front legs, then routing backup to where the lead attaches. When the dog attempts to pull, the cords automatically press on his armpit region, thereby stopping the dog in his attempt to pull away.

Another type of body harness designed to deter your puppy from going in his own direction is known as a no pull harness. This type of setup as a rain located in the center of the chest strap with a leash is attached. It is a simple these on that allows the leash to turn the dog’s body away from the direction he is trying to go into. If he tries to pull one way, the dog’s body will inadvertently be shifted into the opposite direction.

Are Head Halters Considered A Safe Alternative?

Many dog owners prefer the use of head halters as an alternative to a body harness. There are several types of head halters available and all of them are designed to prevent your dog from pulling the leash.

Regardless of the specific type, all head halters have a strap that goes around your dog’s muzzle and then another strap that is securely placed around the neck. If the dog pulls away, the halter will force his head towards the opposite direction in which he is trying to move into.

Head halters work just fine but there are some drawbacks. For one thing, and halters look very similar to muzzles, and when strangers see a dog with a muzzle, it is assumed to be unfriendly. Some people may get nervous or give harsh stares toward your dog, others may react in a rude manner.

Another drawback is that most dogs do not get used to a head halter quickly. It takes quite some time for them to adjust to the strange fitting. It may take up to two to three weeks in some cases. If your dog reacts extremely negative towards the head halter, he may start to associate walks on the leash with an unpleasant experience. And let’s face it, walking outside with you should be your dog’s favorite pastime, so take notice of your pet’s reaction and try not to force a head halter on your dog if it does not appear to be working out.

Dog Fences: The Perfect Fence For Your Dog’s Backyard Paradise

Gemma | December 7th, 2005
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Dog Fences: The Perfect Fence For Your Dog’s Backyard Paradise

Regardless of how large your backyard may be, all puppies will make their best effort to try to escape. Of course this can be prevented, so long as you have a fence that is secured appropriately. And this is important, as many small communities have local leash laws and pet-oriented ordinances that prohibit dogs from roaming the streets on their own, not to mention the dangers your dog or puppy can face on its own.

Your Choice Of Fences

The quality and type of fence you can expect to enclose your yard area in will depend on a few factors: What is your budget? How big and strong is your dog? If he is a puppy then how large will he grew up to be? Does your community have any specific restrictions concerning installation of backyard fences? Where your expectations?

The most attractive fences to use, and most expensive, are made out of wrought iron, masonry, or wood stockade. On the other hand, slightly less attractive and a little more affordable would be standard farm type or chain-link fence design.

Electronic fences, otherwise known as electronic pet containment systems are a unique option that have a hidden or buried wire system. Although I prefer a well-built, wooden fence construction, these invisible electronic fences are a perfect solution for those communities that will not allow you to install standard fences or any other visual barriers between your property and the next.

Electronic Fence Warning: There are many cases when a dog that has a strong innate desire to chase an animal or a car will prod right through the invisible barrier while seemingly ignoring the warning beeps of the structure and ultimately absorbing the electronic shock that is initiated. Your dog may then be uninterested in reentering the yard after the chase is over.

Another issue to be concerned about is that electronic fenced-in areas do not protect your dog from other strangers or animals that can come into the yard. While your dog cannot pass through the invisible barrier, anybody or anything could freely walk inside and become a potential threat to your dog, or vice versa.

Other Fencing Details To Keep In Mind

Consider the size of the spacing that runs between the bars or wires of a farm-type fence or iron fence. Although it seems like preventative common sense, I have seen an entire fence go under construction and finished within a week’s time only to prove unstoppable for the owner’s puppies. The spacing was too wide! This simple detail in planning would have made all the difference in the world.

Another aspect of having a fence built specifically for your dog is to consider the design in connection with your dog’s climbing abilities. Pit bulls and other dogs such as the huskie will require fences that cannot be climbed or easily torn up.

A perfect solution here would be a 5 to 6 foot tall stockade fence or masonry wall. This construction will also help prevent your dog from seeing through to other properties and other dogs, which could lead to territorial behavior problems.