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How to teach a dog to be calm when meeting a stranger

June 20, 2019 By admin

When we talk to dogs, we tend to use the ears and the eyes to communicate. We put out our hand in a restraining way, palm facing outwards, a reassuring or commanding phrase following our gesture. “Stay”, we might say. Or “stop it.” Or “leave it”. But as famed dog behaviorist Cesar Millan has noted, a dog uses one tool first and foremost: its nose. A dog’s sense of smell is upwards of 40 times more sensitive than our own sense of smell, and if you can harness this, you’ll be able to achieve mastery. What follows are a… Read More
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How to deal with a fearful puppy

June 7, 2019 By admin

Puppies are hardwired to be fascinated about the world around them, but because of their inexperience, they’re liable to be fearful of things as well. In the article to follow, we’re going to lean on insights from expert dog behaviorists who explore how to tackle – and improve – the behavior of young dogs. Inexperience is the root cause of frenetic behavior Struggling to keep your puppy under control? Unable to go out in public without her cowering in fear? That’s not unusual. As dog behaviorist Jeff Stallings notes in his article on the topic, puppies are… Read More
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Using food to reward your dog

April 26, 2019 By admin

Dogs love to nibble. In fact, some say the quickest way to a dog’s heart is through her stomach. It’s the quickest way to get her to be obedient too, and because food is such a powerful agent for coaxing desirable behaviors from your animal, it can be tempting to reward her for every good deed she does. But as dog behaviorists have discovered, and outlined, this approach stymies development. Repetition only works at first Before we dive in, let’s start with an indisputable truism: if you’re trying to teach a young pup to obey your command, you need to… Read More
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Why adopting siblings can be a bad idea – what you need to know about “littermate syndrome”

April 11, 2019 By admin

While it can make all the sense in the world to adopt two dogs from the same litter – siblings, no less – this isn’t always the wisest course of action. Yes, breaking up young pups can be heartbreaking, but there are some very real reasons to avoid bringing siblings into your home. Note, what we’re going to unpack is based on anecdotal evidence but has been borne out by dog owners worldwide. So, let’s get started. Not all siblings bond in the early weeks of their life – but some do, and that bond is very profound Littermate syndrome… Read More
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It’s all about play: how to keep your dog entertained this summer

March 21, 2019 By admin

As anyone in the Midwest will tell you, it’s been a long winter, but the good news is that bright and sunny summer months are on the horizon. With that in mind, now’s the time to start savoring the thought of getting out the house with your furry friend. Here are a few great things to do. A day out at the beach If you’re lucky enough to live near the ocean you owe it to yourself – and your dog – to take a trip to the beach. Dogs love to get stuck in to the sand; they’ll be… Read More
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Dog proof your home in a few easy steps

March 7, 2019 By admin

Whether you’re moving to a new home or bringing a pup into your house for the first time, we’ve compiled a few easy tips to “doggy proof” the different areas of your house, leaving you to happily coexist with your furry friend without needing to tear your hair out in frustration. Read on for our breakdown. The bathroom Bathrooms are places that inquisitive dogs inevitably find themselves exploring. Your first step? Close the toilet lid. Dogs are known to use toilets as their very own water bowl. Toothpaste and toothbrushes should be packed on a high shelf out of reach. Read More
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How to tame your dog’s anti-social behavior

June 14, 2018 By admin

Looking to exude calm, show assertiveness and teach your dog all the right habits? We’ve got the lowdown on some common problems – and some handy solutions – right here. How to: guard against rowdiness Getting home from work to find the dog has chewed the carpets and is scrabbling over the floorboards to jump up at you? That’s a sure sign he isn’t getting enough exercise. Make sure you ignore him until he has calmed down. Don’t make eye contact and don’t… Read More
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Training your dogs and cats to live together

April 19, 2018 By admin

Cats and dogs. They’re a pairing as old as time itself, and yet despite this history, they’re not always the best of friends. Getting our feline friends to put up with their larger doggy counterparts can be hard work, but if you give your dog the necessary training, you can foster a relationship that will take you by surprise. Introduce one another to the smells Smell is huge in the animal kingdom. In fact, it’s the essential tool of communication. To get the animals used to one another faster, rub a towel over your cat and place the… Read More
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