Puppy Training at Home

What to Expect When Starting Puppy Training

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Have you just brought home a new puppy? If so you have much to look forward to. A puppy will bring happiness into a home nearly the same amount as one of those new baby’s. Unlike a person’s baby, your puppy will grow quickly into an adult right before your eyes. Your puppy will go through many changes very quickly. Puppies certainly need plenty of love and attention. With the proper puppy training, your puppy will soon become a wonderful member of the family.

Your new puppy has his very own distinctive temperament and also has those traits that are uniquely common to his breed. How he responds to the puppy training and recent changes in his surroundings will depend on these factors. Some puppies may be frightened at first. It’s not uncommon for a frightened puppy to cover behind the couch or below a bed during puppy training.

Puppy Coming Home

Some puppies get terribly excited regarding their new home. Your new puppy might want to leap on you and lick you wishing you are a lollipop. He might also go crazy exploring his new home. You’ll want to curb this kind of behavior though from the first day with proper puppy training. In a short time, you’ll begin providing the best training for your puppy. Especially from the start, you wouldn’t want to overlook any signs of aggression.

Another matter that you just can’t ignore is to act quickly and introduce your new puppy to his own areas. He’ll feel much more at ease knowing that he features a place of his own. This includes where he sleeps and where he does his business. Take him outside as soon as you notice a sign of wanting to go. If he has an accident it is not necessary to strike him or rub his nose in it. Simply taking him to his space outside can reinforce that this is often the place he must go. This is just the start of your new puppy training. In a short time, he’ll make the connection and scratch at the door or whine to go out. As with all puppy training, it is vital to repeat this training over and over until your new puppy catches on.

Chew on this

Your puppy will also begin to teethe very soon and needs to chew on things. To save your furnishings from harm it is a sensible plan to supply him with puppy chew toys. Raw-hide chips are available at most any grocery or discount stores and are excellent for a pup to cut teeth on.

Get to understand as much as possible about your puppy’s breed or breeds so you know what you’re up against. Try to take into consideration his natural temperament during the upcoming puppy training too. Hopefully, you have chosen a breed that’s causative to your lifestyle and your new puppy will easily blend in with your family.

As your puppy grows he might begin to lose that “cuteness” factor. Even though he’s changing into an adult, he still needs continuing attention and love. Spending a lot of quality time along with your puppy throughout his entire puppy training period can produce a special bond between you and him. He’ll love you and want to protect you, your family, and your home. After all, that’s your puppy’s new job and he’ll carry it out joyfully once that bond is powerful.

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Training Your Dog at Home

Step-by-Step Dog Training at Home

Whether you’ve just acquired a puppy or have taken over ownership of an older dog, you’ll want to begin training him right away. If you’ve never owned a dog before you’ll find that it can be work. It can also be a source of joy and deep friendship.

You may not know what to do to train your dog. You have the option of hiring a trainer but you may prefer to train him yourself. Here is a step-by-step guide to dog training at home.

First and foremost you want to make sure your dog understands that you are the master. This also includes other members of the family. Children especially should be respected by the dog.

Housebreaking is next on the list. No one wants ruined carpets or a smelly home. Your dog should be shown right away where it is acceptable for him to go.

Your dog also needs to understand that he has territorial limits. Put up some markers or spray the perimeter of your yard with a very dilute mixture of water and ammonia. Put a leash on him and walk him around the perimeter of your property. If he begins to cross the line you’ve marked out for him, say no in a stern voice and give him a mild jerk with the leash. Continue this until he no longer tries to venture off.

Mealtime is a great opportunity for training your dog at home. You probably won’t want him begging at the table. After the family has eaten, set his food in front of him in another room. Teach him to sit and wait for the food to be presented to him. If he comes to the table he needs to be taken back to another room to wait for his turn to eat.

Once you’ve established your authority with your dog you can begin teaching to sit, stay, fetch, and so forth. When you give a verbal command it’s also a good idea to use hand signals. A deliberate voice rather than one rising in pitch will lead to better results. Always lavish your dog with praise when he does what you command.

If you find that you’re having difficulty with training your dog at home you may want to seek the help of a professional trainer. There are also some great sources of information within dog training books and on the internet. Here are two especially good sources:

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Once you’ve accomplished what you want with your dog’s basic training you can begin to have some real fun. By this time he’ll be ever so eager to please you and you can teach him some new tricks. Observe your dog’s natural quirky behaviors too. If they’re cute or funny you may want to pick up on these and come up with some very unique tricks.

Good luck and have fun training your dog at home!

Keeping Your Dog Mentally Stimulated

Keeping Your Dog Mentally Stimulated

Raise your hand if your dog has ever pestered you, following you from room to room with a bored face? If so, rest assured, you are not alone! Boredom and pent-up energy are the most common reasons dogs develop behavioral problems. Most dogs living in urban settings spend a good chunk of their time alone, and the biggest perk of their day may be seeing their beloved owners coming home. This is a moment of great excitement and celebration and can often be too much to handle for a tired owner who has spent eight hours in the office.

Dogs Were Meant to Lead Active Lives

If we look at the many dog breeds that surround us, we will note that the majority were selectively bred to carry out certain tasks. We have the retrievers who retrieved downed birds for the hunter, the hounds who tracked prey with their powerful noses, the spaniels who flushed birds out of bushes, the herders who grouped cows and sheep, the livestock guardians who protected farm animals from predators and several other versatile breeds who specialized in a variety of tasks.

Today, most dogs are no longer used as workers but as loyal companions who are often relegated to the yard or left at home with not much to do all day. This leaves dogs with a void to fill up. The saying “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop” fits people and dogs as well. With little left to do all day, dogs become destructive and may engage in undesirable behaviors such as digging, chewing and barking.

Dogs Need Exercise and Mental Stimulation Too!

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Einstein and I play the Hide and Seek game!

When we think of bored dogs, we often think of exercise, but dogs need a healthy dose of mental stimulation too. Despite the fact that most dogs in modern times no longer live in the wild and are no longer hunting all day in the fields with their masters, they still have a strong drive for mental stimulation. This, however, doesn’t mean that you will have to quit your 9 to 5 job, purchase a rifle and go on a rabbit hunting adventure with your dog! There many great ways you can enrich your dog’s life from the comfort of your home and yard to get your dog’s cognitive abilities going.

Simple games such as Hide ‘n’ Seek (included in the Brain Training For Dogs course) will encourage your dog to engage his brain while also allowing him to get in the much-needed exercise he wouldn’t have got had he spent the day snoozing in front of the fireplace.

A Glimpse Back in Time

When dogs were in the wild, mealtime was quite different than what it is today. In order to eat, dogs had to hunt, which entailed sniffing, stalking, chasing and killing. Then, once the animal was killed, they had to work on separating the meat from the bones which involved lots of gnawing and scraping. Even when dogs were domesticated and no longer hunters at heart they were still scavenging for food and their life wasn’t easy. They spent a good part of their days sniffing and walking around looking for little tidbits of food. Their diet mostly consisted of carcasses leftover by other predators or food left behind by humans who discarded the less appetizing parts from the animals they hunted.

In any case dogs of the past, whether they were hunters or scavengers, all spent a good part of their day searching for food. This was surely a far cry from the way dogs are fed today! Nowadays, we do all the hunting for our dogs by visiting our local pet supply store. Our dog’s food comes in bags or cans which we then pour into shiny bowls ready to be gulped down, oftentimes without even chewing! Certain brain games can help to re-introduce “hunting” into your dog’s life such as the “Treasure Hunt” game from my Brain Training for Dogs course. Brain Training for Dogs will also show you how to teach the Bottle Game, which is the simplest way to create a suppertime challenge for your dog.

Alternatively, you can use dog feeder toys to add mental stimulation to meals.

What Can You Do About It?

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Problem-solving exercises, new tricks, or simply revamping a training session with some element of novelty are all simple ways you can keep your dog mentally stimulated.

My Brain Training for Dogs course offers 21 cool brain games you can play with your pooch to exercise his brain while adding a competitive edge to keep both you and your dog on your toes (or paws should I say)! Each section has a guide to help you succeed, troubleshooting tips, and plenty of pictures so you can see exactly how to train the games.

When a dog’s needs for exercise and mental stimulation are met, dogs make happier and healthier companions, so next time you think about exercising your dog, don’t forget to exercise that brain too!

Natural Remedies for Dogs with Allergies

Natural Remedies for Dogs with Allergies

Whether your dog suffers from food allergies, environmental allergies or skin-contact allergies, the end result is inevitably the same – a pretty miserable pooch. Runny eyes, nasal discharge, irritated ears, paw licking, and itchiness are all symptoms suggesting an allergy. Regardless of the type of allergy, your dog suffers from it’s triggered by an overreaction of your dog’s immune system. Basically, his body overreacts to certain substances that are either ingested, inhaled or come in contact with his skin. In order to fight these substances, the dog’s body produces antibodies that cause certain cells to release histamine. Histamine is ultimately what plays the biggest role in triggering the inflammatory response seen in our four-legged companions.

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Treating Allergy Symptoms But Not The Cause

Most commonly, allergies are treated with prescription medications such as steroids and antihistamines. While effective, these drugs tend to only provide temporary relief and mostly mask the symptoms. On top of that, allergy drugs often cause annoying side effects. For example, using antihistamines like Benadryl can lead to unwanted drowsiness and urinary retention. Aside from this, owners are often frustrated because once these drugs are stopped their dog resumes the old itching and scratching cycle and they’re back to square one. Shutting down the immune system isn’t the real answer to the problem. This approach is ultimately a cover-up, basically the equivalent of placing a Band-Aid on an injury without fully treating it. Indeed, year after year the allergies get worse, not better.

Healing Dogs From The Inside Out

The real goal of treating a dog’s allergies from a holistic perspective is to balance and boost the immune system. Those interested in using alternative, natural remedies will be happy learning that Mother Nature’s pantry has some valuable resources. Natural remedies aim to enforce the immune system, reduce the inflammatory response, and in some cases, even suppress the production of histamine without ever needing to touch Benadryl.

Seven Home Remedies For An Allergic Dog

These natural products may take some time to work, but they’re worth a try if you’re rightfully concerned about the use of traditional medications and their side effects. While natural treatments are often considered safe it’s important to consider that they still can have “drug-like effects”, especially when dosed or administered incorrectly. It’s always best to consult with a holistic vet for the proper use and dosage recommendations. Also, it’s a good practice to inform your regular vet about any natural supplements you are giving.

  1. Quercetin

This natural remedy is known as “nature’s Benadryl” for many good reasons. Quercetin is a flavonoid found in many plants and is known to have potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antihistamine properties. In addition, quercetin is also known for suppressing the production of certain inflammatory molecules responsible for triggering inflammation of the respiratory tract and bronchoconstriction. Quercetin supplements can be found in the form of capsules or concentrated powders.

2. Bromelain

This enzyme is derived from pineapple. When added to quercetin, bromelain increases its bioavailability and works in synergy making it more effective. Bromelain also suppresses the production of histamine and prostaglandins. This enzyme is often added to quercetin supplements.

3. Stinging Nettle

Like quercetin, this natural remedy inhibits the release of histamine and its biologically active compounds lower the inflammatory response. Often used in the form of a tea or extract, nettle reduces itching, and best of all, it can help desensitize the body over time making the immune system less reactive according to veterinarian Sara Skiwski.

4. Essential Fatty Acids

These fatty acids support the immune system and lower the level of inflammation in the body. Fish oils, such as those obtained from wild salmon, krill, haddock, and cod are great sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. Other beneficial sources are plant-based Omega-6 fatty acids found in evening primrose, blackcurrant seed oil, and borage. Veterinarian Randy Kidd suggests a combination of both sources of fatty acids for a more potent effect.

5. Vitamin C

This healthy vitamin does more than prevent colds. When taken daily in the correct dose it helps lower the levels of histamine in the blood.

6. Coconut Oil

More and more dog owners are reaping the benefits of adding coconut oil to their dog’s diets. Coconut oil contains lauric acid which can help to suppress the body’s inflammatory response.

7. Oatmeal Baths

While oatmeal baths don’t cure allergies, it’s worth mentioning them because they work great for providing relief. A cool oatmeal bath is soothing to dogs with dry itchy skin and skin allergies.

Other Helpful Solutions

Make sure you feed a natural, high-quality diet free of wheat, corn or soy, reduce unnecessary vaccinations and invest in natural products that have a low potential for toxicity. You may also want to consider acupuncture or homeopathy for chronic or severe allergy cases. All these steps combined with natural supplements pave the path towards a stronger immune system so your dog will be on his way to many healthier and happier days to come.