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Five Tips for Helping Your Old Dog Get Used to the New Puppy

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Five Tips for Helping Your Old Dog Get Used to The New PuppyEvery family that loves dogs will have a combination of old dogs and puppies in the home. While the family may have had an older dog for quite some time, it is best to make sure that the family has a younger dog in the house to play with the older dog. It will also help to keep the home active and vibrant even as the older dog prefers to relax rather than play most of the day. Each of these tips is great to make sure the old dog and the new dog get along.

1. Treat Them Equally

Dogs and children are the same. They know when one is getting more attention than the other. As long as the older dog is honored for their time in the home, they will be able to handle the attention the younger dog gets as they learn how to live in the house.

2. Give the Older Dog Their Own Space

Every dog that has a crate or bed, or even a place on the owner’s bed should be able to sleep in their own space. When the older dog knows that their space is not being invaded by the new dog, they will feel more comfortable.

3. Give the Older Dog Their Time

Older dogs should be able to take their walks alone with the owner rather than together with the new dog. The two dogs can get used to each other better when they are kept separate for some of their activities.

4. Let the Dogs Play Together

Letting the dogs go in the yard and play together is a great way to make sure that they can learn from each other. Most of the time the owner only needs to mediate play time to make sure the dogs are getting along. Otherwise, the dogs can learn each other on their own.

5. Give Them Their Own Food

When both dogs are ready to eat, it is best for them to have their own food. When the dogs do not have to fight over food or make sure that they have their own space, they will tend to get along better. For example dogs get their own appointments and their own exam rooms when they visit the vet.

If you are having trouble teaching the dogs to get a long many animal health experts such as those at San Ramon Vet Surgeons can give you insight into your dogs. An old dog doesn’t have to learn new tricks, but they must be given their own space so that they can have fun with their new brother or sister. Respecting dogs as one helps them to adjust to new family members.

 

Handling Your Dog’s Issues

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corgi-pupJordan Walker is a fellow blogger who has discussed various dog topics with me. He’s an avid blogger for sites such as Coops And Cages and more. This article is all about resolving some of the biggest dog issues such as their attitude toward kids, behavioral problems, and sickness.

Handling Your Dog’s Issues

I grew up with two corgis at home, but it didn’t make me feel confident enough to have dogs of my own. When I started contemplating having my own collie, I knew I would have my hands full. But before I even started the adoption process and found Bob, I wanted to ensure that I could provide him all the dog care that he needs, something that first time pet owners should do.

From my experience, there are three important things that you need to know as a pet parent – socializing your dog with people, especially kids, addressing behavioral issues, and taking care of sick dogs. I can share with you some tips on how to handle any pet issue concerning these areas. dogs of my own. When I started contemplating having my own collie, I knew I would have my hands full. But before I even started the adoption process and found Bob, I wanted to ens


Teaching Dogs to Love Kids

Kids behave differently from adults, which is why even well-behaved dogs may exhibit strange behaviors around kids. In the worst cases, dogs might even attempt to bite.

I have three young nieces and nephew who frequently come to visit, something that motivated me to teach Bob to love kids. My research and experience have taught me the following things:

  • Don’t leave the kids and dogs alone. This is one of the common mistakes pet owners make. No matter how I love Bob, he’s still an animal who doesn’t have a moral compass and kids may become too playful and unruly with dogs. Teach kids not to touch a sick, sleeping, eating or dog as well as a new mommy dog. Train them to respect the dog and set house rules, such as petting dogs gently, not to force themselves on the dog, or not to go near the dog’s crate.
  • Give your dog space. I built a dog house for him in the yard that he can treat as his safe refuge, something he might need when the kids, family members, or friends are visiting.
  • Socialize your dog. Dogs should be properly exposed to various distractions such as small animals, noisy children, and passing vehicles. When I brought Bob home, I had to let him stay in the yard while I run around him, yelling, and shouting in a childlike voice, like a kid. I also made it our routine to go to the park or playground. He eventually came to love my neighbors’ kids when I trained them to give Bob treats, touch him, and play with him.
  • Find a breed that suits your lifestyle. There are dogs that need to release all their energy to prevent behavioral problems. Get to know the various dog breeds first to choose the right one for you. My collie is perfect for kids and he doesn’t have any doggie odor.
  • Have your dog spayed or neutered. Most of the culprits in dog attacks are unaltered male dogs. I took care of this right after I adopted Bob.
  • Use positive reinforcement. Reward your dog whenever they behave properly around kids. Praise them, give them treats, and shower them with attention.

Dogs that are familiar with kids and other distractions tend to keep their aggression on the down low. Just continue creating positive memories between your dog and the kids. However, you also need to be sensitive to possible behavioral issues in dogs, which might be the cause of their negative attitude towards kids.

Addressing Their Behavioral Problems

Another aspect that pet parents should take care would be controlling or preventing common behavioral problems among dogs. Although Bob is a relatively behaved dog, I did my research and found these tips on controlling behavioral issues:

  • Barking. Dogs bark as a warning, a sign of anxiety, boredom, or excitement, as a way of getting your attention, or as a response to other dogs. Control their barking by being patient and consistent. Learn quiet commands and reward them when they obey.
  • Chewing. Provide a lot of chew toys for your dogs. Keep your things away from them. When you leave them at home, confine them to an area where they can’t do any damage. Correct their chewing by getting their attention and replace the focus of their rage with a chew toy. Let them exercise!
  • Separation anxiety. This manifests in chewing, vocalization, house soiling, or other signs of destruction whenever you leave them. Invest in dedicated training, desensitization routines, or behavior modification.
  • Digging. Dogs dig to seek comfort, show boredom, anxiety or fear, gain access or escape, hide things, or exhibit their hunting instinct. Learn which among these causes your dogs to dig and eliminate that cause. Exercise with them and let them undergo more training. But if your dogs can’t be controlled, give them a sandbox to dig in.
  • Begging. Learn to resist your dogs’ begging look if you don’t want them to grow obese. Teach your dogs not to beg to show them that you’re the alpha. Train them to stay in an area where they can’t see you eating. Reward them with a treat only when they behave until you’re done with your meal.
  • Inappropriate defecation and urination. Consult with your veterinarian to eliminate any medical causes and to determine any other reasons behind this behavior. Serious behavior modification training is necessary to control this habit.
  • Chasing. Prevent incidents by training your dog to obey you when called, keeping them on a leash, teaching them to pay attention to you when you use a noisemaker or a whistle, and staying extra alert to potential triggers. Constant training may teach your dog to pay attention to your commands before running off.
  • Biting. Dogs usually bite as a predatory instinct, a sign of fear, pain or sickness, a show of dominance, or a way to protect your property. Proper training and socialization may reduce the dog’s tendency to bite.
  • Jumping up. Whenever your dogs start jumping, ignore them to avoid rewarding such a negative behavior. When they relax, reward them until they stop this habit.
  • Aggression. The most common signs of aggression include snarling, growling, lunging, showing of teeth, and biting. Dogs with aggressive breeds or violent histories tend to be aggressive too. Ask your vet for help, then invest in a good trainer until their aggression reduces.

It may take time, money, and effort to get your dogs to behave right, but controlling their behavioral problems is an essential part of dog care.

Taking Care of Sick Dogs

You can show your love for your dog by attending to them when they’re sick. I’ve experienced this twice with Bob.

A dog with a cold will shiver and tremble, will stop playing, and will barely eat. Their nose usually goes dry and warm.

When I see Bob feeling this way, I would prepare a comfortable bed for him made of old, warm blankets and put it in a corner. It has to be a quiet corner. Some pet owners let their dogs listen to classical music at a very low volume.

You can put his toys near the bed, as well as his water.

For his diet, prepare brown rice and cooked lean chicken, which is easy for his stomach. Put his meal near his water.

Massage your dog by pressing the sides of his spine and his shoulders.

To soothe Bob, I would talk to him, saying everything is going to be okay. It can do wonders for your pet.

Give your sick dog some space. They can rest better and feel better more quickly this way.

If your dog’s symptoms get worse, take him to the vet right away. It’s a good thing medical science for pets has improved significantly this past decade.

You can be a more responsible pet owner if you know how to train your dogs to like kids, how to control their behavioral issues, and how to take care of them when they’re sick. The last thing I’d want Bob to feel is that I don’t love him enough to do all these things for him and more.

Author: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages

5 Helpful Tips that Can Help to Protect Your Pet When You are Traveling

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Protect Your Pet When You are Traveling

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When planning a trip, it is important to make sure that the pet stays safe and comfortable for the entire duration of the trip. Whether traveling by motor vehicle, plane, boat, or train, there are certain things that must be considered before embarking on a long trip with a pet. Regardless of the method of travel, it is essential to make sure that the pets are in good health and that they are up to date on their shots. In addition, pets should always wear a secure collar with identification tags and owners should always carry photos to identify their pets.

Traveling By Plane, Train, or Boat

The rules of traveling by plane, train, or boat with pets will vary depending on the type of pet, the size of the pet, and the pet’s health condition. It is important for pet owners to call ahead of time to find out the rules, cost, and risks of bringing pets on a long trip. For anyone considering using public transportation, it is recommended to stop feeding the pet at least six hours before traveling in order to prevent them from defecating or urinating on themselves in their crate.

While air travel may seem like an easy way to travel with a pet, it is not the safest way for pets to travel with their owners. Animals that are flown in the cargo area of airplanes can be injured or killed due to sudden shifting of heavy cargo. Air travel has also proven to be dangerous for animals with pushed in faces and short noses because their short nasal passages cause vulnerabilities to temperature changes, heat stroke and oxygen deprivation.

Traveling By Motor Vehicle

The first rule of traveling with a pet by motor vehicle is to never allow pets to roam freely in the vehicle while it is moving. The safest way for pets to travel by motor vehicle is in a crate that has been securely anchored to the vehicle by a seatbelt or other secure means to prevent sudden shifting of the crate. It is highly recommended to secure pets in the backseat of the vehicle instead of the front seat where airbags could deploy and injure pets. Another option that doesn’t involve crates is to use special seatbelt restraints that are attached to the animal’s collar to limit their movement around the vehicle.

While bringing pets along on a trip may be the right choice in some situations, it might be best for pet owners who plan on leaving their pets unattended for long periods of time in a hotel or vehicle to take their pet to a boarding kennel or leave the pet at home with a responsible pet sitter. When considering animal care in Southern California, dog boarding in Los Angeles is a great place to find a boarding house.

Siberian Husky Ownership: A Rewarding Challenge

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Siberian Husky Ownership: A Rewarding Challenge

Siberian HuskiesSiberian huskies are a beautiful dog breed and many people are drawn to their fluffy, soft coats, intriguing markings, and captivating eyes. However, they are not usually recommended for first-time dog owners. There is much that lies under the surface with these furry friends. To be sure, they can make excellent companions, but your chances of success are greater when you plan on dealing with some of their quirks.

Challenges

  • Potty Training
  • Shedding
  • Loneliness
  • Exercise
  • Digging
  • Escape Artistry

Tips

Potty Training – this can be difficult with huskies, but the key here is patience. They will get it eventually. Try not to freak out when the accidents happen and calmly take them outside to finish if you catch them in the act. Huskies can also be somewhat territorial, so be careful about outside dogs in their area. If an outside dog marks a spot, a husky may continually try to mark over it. In that case, make sure you use an enzyme cleaner if you want to avoid this.

Shedding – Huskies are made for the cold and they have two coats. The outer coat is typically shed in excess once or twice a year, though many owners are too accustomed to constant shedding to distinguish this “blow-out” that others have noted. If you’ve never had this type of dog, be ready for more fur than you’ve previously dealt with.

It is a good idea to brush a husky frequently with a brush that is designed to pick up loose fur. It is also wise to keep them off furniture and things where you don’t want any loose fur to show up. However, no matter how well you keep up with brushing and keeping them off furniture, you will probably still notice a fair amount of fur ending up in the air and on surfaces. A good floor vacuum and hand vacuum – especially ones that are easy to empty frequently – are a must for an indoor husky.

Loneliness – Huskies are social animals and like to be around other dogs, so it will be more of a challenge if you plan on this being your only dog. Further, if they are left completely alone, they can experience separation anxiety and may howl in your absence. They do best in situations where they can spend most of their time with a human and/or another dog.

Exercise – Huskies are an active breed, having served a role as a work dog through their development. They generally have a lot of energy to spend and this is something that needs to be taken care of if you want to avoid other behavioral problems. Having a dog run is a good idea as your husky will make good use of it and you will have a much easier time meeting their exercise needs when you are busy with other things. They love to run, play with other dogs, and pull things with a harness on. Indulge them as much as you can to tire them out so that you have a happy husky that gets into less trouble.

Digging – exercise helps here, but many huskies have a natural desire to dig. You may want to section off areas that you don’t want disturbed by your husky’s curious paws. Where this is impractical, the best option is to redirect the dog’s attention to something else that engages its mind.

Escape Artistry – many have had problems with huskies finding ways out of containment and running away. It is a good idea to crate train them as young as possible so that they will feel at home there. This will keep them out of trouble when your attention is needed elsewhere. Still, they are more likely to attempt escape if they are not getting enough exercise and attention.

It is also a good idea to microchip huskies in case they do run away. They have a tendency to follow their own interests regardless of what you want and they instinctually have a fairly high prey drive. They may chase after a small animal that would serve as food to them in the wild and get into trouble because they are so focused on that. Letting a husky off leash in an uncontained setting is a bad idea until you have enough experience with the dog to know what it will do.

Siberian HuskyRewards

Happy Siberian Huskies are sweet, even-tempered dogs that are great for active people. They love the outdoors and make a good companion for those who share that love. Running, cycling, hiking, skateboarding, and similar mobile activities can be enhanced by the company of a husky. Huskies also love to play in general indoors or out.

If having a well-trained dog appeals to you, huskies are also a good option. They are very smart dogs and usually do not take too many repetitions to learn a command. Though they may be known more as a work dog, they do fairly well at obedience in most situations.

Husky owners also get to enjoy the bevy of people drawn in to greet their dog by the remarkable appearance shared by many huskies. As a husky owner, I cannot count the times someone has commented on what a beautiful dog I have and stopped to pet her head. Their outer coat tends to be soft and smooth, which is a universally lovable characteristic.

The challenges that come with a husky are not to be ignored going in, but they are manageable if you put in a little forethought. If you are considering getting a husky, don’t change your mind because owning one can be tricky. Not just for sled teams, they are adaptable animals and with a little work, you may have the dog of your dreams.

Adam Holmes is a nature enthusiast and dog lover who enjoys communicating his passion through the written word. When he is not training or playing with his dogs, he freelances for havahart.com, which specializes in progressive and humane wireless dog fences.

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