Being an owner of a dog at a dog park is a lot like being the parent of a toddler at a grocery store; only the behavior of the loved one you are at the dog park with can be a lot more uncertain. In fact, some people take their dogs to dog parks simply because they have nowhere else to let them run around. Because of this, the dog in question may have poor manners and pent up energy to deal with. This doesn’t have to be your problem. By following these five tips, you can make the best of the situation.
Do Leash Training
If your dog isn’t trained to behave around other dogs, it’s a good idea to start out with some basic leash training. Yes, you want your dog to be able to run free, but you can’t just open the gate and hope for the best. Leash training is a great way to get your dog to stick close to you whether a lead is attached or not. Dogs learn how to heel while on a leash, and can gradually move onto heeling without the leash. This is a crucial step in getting your dog to obey other rudimentary commands so you can have more control over him at a dog park. Read More »
Do you ever have days when you feel like no one appreciates you? If so, you’re probably smart enough to go out and do something for yourself so that you at least show yourself some appreciation. Likewise, you’re able to go out and find something fun to do when you are bored or lonely. In other words, you can make things happen. Unfortunately, your dog doesn’t have this same ability, and it’s up to you to make life exciting for him.
Let’s face it—dogs are loyal even when you don’t appreciate them. Sure, they tend to get in trouble when they are bored, but that’s just because they’re trying to find a way to amuse themselves. Since that might be anything from digging in the trash can, ripping up the couch cushions or chewing on your book, this can be problematic.
Not only that, but a bored dog is a sad dog. Dogs literally try to sleep through their loneliness; when you are away they spend their time snoozing off and on, and living for nothing more than the time when you come home.
As friendly as your dog normally is with you, does he sometimes act skittish when it comes to new people? In some cases, dogs do this because they may have been abused before you got them. In other cases, the dog might just be naturally skittish. It may take some effort on your part, but you can do a lot to help your dog overcome his anxiety when it comes to strangers. Remember that an anxious dog is one that is on full alert. This is a situation that has the potential to end badly, so you need to take care of this issue, for the mental and emotional health of your dog as well as for the safety of others.
Create a Safe Zone
The fastest way to reduce anxiety is to establish an area where your dog will have a complete feeling of safety. To do this, create a place that is just for your dog. It may be the dog’s crate, a specific chair, or some other area that is just for him. Make it a practice not to let anyone other than you or the dog enter his special safety zone. This will help your dog understand that this is a safe place where no one can disturb him.
As a responsible pet owner, there are many health issues dogs and cats may experience that you should be aware of. In fact, being a pet owner often means learning about things you had no idea even existed. Each species has specific health conditions that affect them, and then there are several that can afflict both cats and dogs. One of these conditions is thyroid problems.
Both dogs and cats can have problems with their thyroid gland. The thyroid gland produces the hormone that controls metabolism. Cats tend to have hyperthyroidism (too much hormone) while dogs often suffer from hypothyroidism (too little hormone).
How to Know if Your Pet Has a Thyroid Problem
If you notice your dog or cat is acting either extra sluggish or extremely active—as compared to their normal behavior — or is gaining or losing weight, you will want to call your vet and discuss this. It’s important, because if left untreated, thyroid issues may have a detrimental effect on your pet’s quality of life. The symptoms of thyroid problems, if left untreated, can lead to other conditions and can even eventually be fatal.
If there is a man worthy of tribute based on his animal rescue efforts, it is Sam Simon. Born in 1955 and recently deceased due to complications surrounding his terminal cancer, Sam Simon made every effort to see that animals got the care and treatment they needed, whether the owners could afford it or not. His efforts even extended to changing the lives of humans through animal assistance.
Mr. Simon, television writer and producer, is probably best known as one of the co-creators of the animated sit-com The Simpsons, but that is far from his most significant role in life. Of course, the income he received from the wildly successful show was certainly part of the resources he used to fund all of his animal rescue efforts.
Sam Simon Foundation
While some millionaires were buying homes with acres of manicured lawn just so they had something impressive to look at, Sam Simon did something a bit more extraordinary with his resources and his ability to purchase land. He created the Sam Simon Foundation, completely funded by him to the tune of millions of dollars per year.
Dogs are like any other living animals. When their actions result in rewards, they will continue the actions. For example, if your dog gets praise, encouragement and head pats when he jumps on you or performs any other undesirable action, he will continue to do so. He thinks your positive reaction indicates that you approve of his bad behavior. On the other hand, when a dog gets rewarded for good behaviors, like sitting calmly when directed to do so, you can expect that behavior to continue as well. Teaching a dog about impulse control can take less time that you might imagine, when you use the proper tools and methods.
Assume a Position
Whether you want your dog to lie down on his mat during dinner time or you want him to sit calmly at the door before being let out, you need to first teach him how to be still. To do this, you’ll need some high quality treats like CANIDAE Grain Free PURE, a spot to work with your dog, a visual and vocal command, and a position to teach.
Take your dog to the area where you will be working. Tell your dog to sit, stay or whatever command you decide on. Use a hand motion picked just for this command, and use the hand motion and voice command at the same time. The moment your dog is in the position that you desire, reward him or her with a treat. Remember that consistency is vital.
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