People can strive to eat moderately and have a mixed diet — an excellent thing to do — but dog owners must make good dietary decisions for their pets. This is just part of a larger truth that the responsibility for the behavior of pets rests with their owners. A person would not likely tip over a trash can in search of something to eat, but many if not most dogs wouldn’t hesitate to do so if the contents smelled tasty. Who gets left cleaning up the mess? It’s certainly not the dog. Make sure it isn’t your dog and your neighbor’s trash can! Read more >>
If you’re thinking about getting a puppy, it’s not likely that you’ll need to put anywhere near the time and money required for a proficient search dog. The typical dog owner doesn’t have to spend $10,000 training their pet but every dog will need some training to learn how the be well behaved. Good doggy behavior does not come naturally to canines who will live with families and in neighborhoods.
Shanghai has adopted a “one dog” policy. It’s not hard to imagine that in a crowded city of over 23 million people problems between dogs and humans are bound to occur. In 2011 there were over 14,000 reported incidents of people being bitten by dogs. Even many dog lovers wonder why people living in densely-packed urban areas insist on keeping a dog in the household.
Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep. Maybe your dog doesn’t need a memory foam mattress but a nice bed gives the dog a place to feel safe and comfortable. If your dog is sleeping on the floor or plops down all over the house, here’s an item to put on the shopping list.
The out of control dog epidemic is now sparking a whole new way to deal with the issue. Along with barking and out of control dogs, the issue of taking care of your pet and cleaning up after them is a whole new can of worms. Below, this article highlights the pro-active approach (similar to 2ndHandBarking’s technological approach) of some French students making a dent in the world’s problem of animal care neglect.
Here are what we regard to be the key concepts to successful dog training, and a short description of each:
★Bonding – Perhaps the most important aspect of building a successful relationship with your dog will be your rapport with him. If you make your dog into a close friend by doing such things as talking to him, playing with him, and taking him for long walks, your dog will be much more responsive and attentive when you are training him. Read more >>
New Study on Dog Walking Behaviors
Mendel University, located in Brno, Czech Republic, recently completed a study of almost 2,000 dogs interacting with other dogs during their walks. The observers noted the size, age, and gender of the dog as well as the gender of the owner and whether the dog was on or off leash during the walk. They discovered one of the most telling variables was the gender of the walker. Dogs who were walked by males showed aggressive behavior toward other dogs (such as biting or threatening) four times as much as other dogs. Additionally dogs who were walked off leash were half as likely to be aggressive as dogs who were on leash. Read more >>
Can You Tell What Your Dog is Feeling by Their Bark?
Are you able to tell whether your dog is happy, sad, angry or afraid? Many dog owners claim they can tell exactly what kind of mood their dog is in based on the variances in the barks and noises they give off. Read more >>
Reprinted from Cesar’s Way Magazine
Statistics from the North Shore Animal League indicate that roughly 10 percent of all dogs adopted from U.S. shelters are eventually returned because of behavioral problems. But recent studies by the Humane Society have gotten to the heart of the matter, revealing that a full 41 percent of those problems specifically involve excessive, distracting, and often hostile barking. If there’s happy news to be gleaned from all this, it’s that most goodhearted rescuers hang on to their yappy adoptees and simply suffer sans silence. But the bad news is that that’s not really healthy in the long run for man or canine. Rather than keeping an endless supply of earplugs on hand, say Cesar and other experts, try identifying the cause of bothersome barking, which isn’t as tough as it sounds. There are generally four basic triggers—and each carries a very clear message.