By Linda Cole
Training a dog with perfect hearing can be challenging for some, but trying to communicate with one that’s deaf is even more difficult. It’s not impossible to teach a dog with a hearing loss, though. Even a deaf dog can learn, as long as you’re willing to think outside the box to develop creative ways to get your pet’s attention. One of my dogs, Mickey, was blind and deaf, and was able to live a quality life despite his disabilities.
Hearing loss can be the result of aging, untreated ear mites, infection of the middle or internal ear, a ruptured ear drum, wax and dirt buildup in the ear canal, canine distemper, or other medical conditions. Some breeds are predisposed to congenital deafness which means a dog has a higher chance of being born deaf.
The first step you should take if you notice your dog isn’t paying attention when you talk to him is to take him to your vet for a checkup. Depending on the cause of his hearing loss, some medical issues can be dealt with and his hearing impairment can be reversed. If it turns out to be permanent, he can still understand and follow commands by learning sign language.
Mickey lost his hearing when he was about 13. After finding out from my vet that it was a permanent loss, the next step was to teach him how to understand hand signals. The easiest way to get your dog’s attention is to go to him since he won’t be able to hear you call. When I wanted to get Mickey’s attention, my cue was to touch him on the top of his head. He knew I wanted him to watch me to see what I wanted. You can use a laser light pointed on the floor or wall, but be careful not to shine it in your dog’s eyes. A flashlight can also work, as long as you teach him what the light means. If you have other dogs, a deaf dog can also learn to take his cues from them.
By Suzanne Alicie
While some people think that having a dog means you should live in a house with a fenced-in yard, what about the folks who don’t have that option? Maybe they live in the city or they can’t justify the expense of a house just because they want a dog. Does this mean that apartment dwellers should not have dogs? Of course not!
Living in an apartment doesn’t mean that you can’t be a responsible pet owner; it just means you will have more specific things to deal with. It definitely takes a time and energy commitment to raise a happy, healthy dog in an apartment setting, but it can be done!
There are a few things to consider before choosing a dog to live in an apartment. The first thing is to look around your apartment and make sure there is enough space where you can place a dog bed and possibly a crate if you plan to use crate training. No matter how much or how little space you have, whether in an apartment or a house, a dog needs a space to call his own.
Obedience training is going to be very important when getting a dog that will live in an apartment. To avoid neighbor complaints, you’ll need to work with your dog to control excessive barking, and train him to walk calmly and as quietly as possible down the hallways when taking him out for walks and playtime.
By Langley Cornwell
A dog marking his territory is not something that should surprise us. It is a perfectly normal behavior for a dog to want to claim what he perceives as his. This is not a problem unless the dog is marking inside, or if aggression is involved. If a dog is marking inside the home, then you’ve got several problems on your hand, one of which is a serious odor issue.
There can be several factors at work here, and finding out what’s motivating the dog to mark is vital to solving the problem. Most commonly, a marking dog is letting us know that he is feeling insecure about something. He might perceive that there’s an intrusion on his personal space, his family, his home or his yard. He might even be feeling anxious over a toy or area that he uses regularly. If he thinks it is his, he might mark it.
What exactly is marking anyway?
In literal terms, marking is the act of urinating on an area. In doggie terms it is all about leaving a scent so that other canines will understand that they must leave it alone. Marking is a communication tool that is quite handy in the wild…but not so much around your living room. Marking can leave horrible stains and odors all over your home, and it is not the most sanitary thing either. Dogs that mark don’t generally urinate completely, but the trace amounts can still destroy your property.
By Suzanne Alicie
I had to laugh when I saw this title, because I am owned by the queen of uncontrollable dogs. If someone knocks on the door, Bear will not stop barking until the person is inside and she can smell them, then she might continue barking if she feels like it. She’s not a jumper, but she sure is loud. I could probably work with her to stop this, but she’s an old dog and she’s pretty set in her ways. She isn’t harming anyone and is quite effective as a guard dog letting people know she is in the house and on the job. But not everyone can deal with this behavior in their dog, or perhaps their dog has other instances of boundless excitement and enthusiasm.
If your dog knocks you down racing out the door when you go for a walk or jumps up on guests, you may want to follow some of the advice below. It is important that you have a firm handle on control any time your dog is around people or out in public. A harness and leash does no good if your dog can drag you around willy-nilly as he chooses.
Basic obedience training is almost a must for puppies if you want them to be well behaved. Some people have the time to work with their puppies themselves, but if not then an obedience class will help. Learning basic commands such as sit, stay and quiet are imperative if you wish to control your dog when he gets excited. Whether you do this training at home with a large box of CANIDAE Pure Heaven treats and lots of patience or take your dog to a class, it is very important that he learn basic obedience commands.
By Linda Cole
The Border Collie sits at the top of the “smartest dog breeds” list, and the Australian Cattle Dog rounds out the list at number 10. The top ten breeds are quick to pick up things because they are intelligent, but there’s plenty of other breeds farther down the list that can also learn quickly – with the right motivation. The list is compiled by the American Kennel Club by looking at each breed to determine how many repetitions it takes for a member of a specific breed to learn new commands. For those at the top, it was five or less repetitions, and some learned a new command on the first try 95% of the time. But does that mean the smartest dog breeds are better pets?
Canine intelligence for the average dog is equal to that of a 2 year old child, and dogs that take longer to learn new things can master 165 words, signals and gestures. The smartest dogs are capable of learning even more words, which puts them at the learning capability of a 2½ year old child. You might think smarter dogs are easier to train and make better pets, but their IQ can be a double-edged sword when they use their smarts to manipulate us.
Even breeds with average intelligence are smarter than they are given credit for. Canines lower on the list of smartest dogs may take more repetitions to learn, but that doesn’t mean they can’t problem solve to figure how to escape from a fence, or “smooth bark” us into giving them a handful of CANIDAE Pure Heaven dog treats. Hounds, like the Beagle, place at the bottom on intelligence, but these breeds have no problem finding creative ways of escaping their enclosures.
By Suzanne Alicie
Having a dog and being a responsible pet owner can be a very rewarding experience. When you have children, your dog can be more than a pet – it can be a playmate and a furry family member. Your dog needs exercise, fresh air and fun just like your kids do. With a well-trained dog and children who love and respect the animal, you can supervise a variety of fun games that everyone will enjoy.
Dog training may not be your personal specialty, but simple basic obedience training is all your dog will need to learn to play with your kids safely under your supervision. Linda Cole has shared 8 positive dog training tips that work to help you get started!
Not only are games for kids and dogs fun, but they can help improve the health and fitness of your progeny and your pet. Exercise, agility, hand-eye coordination and a good, healthy sense of fun are great for your kids; playing with the family dog can prepare them for many types of sports and activities as they get older. Your dog may not need paw-eye coordination, but games can also improve their overall coordination as well as all the other high points mentioned above.