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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.

 

The Early Stages of Owning a German Shorthaired Pointer

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About 7 months ago I decided to get a dog. I struggled deciding what breed I wanted but ended up settling on a German Shorthaired Pointer. I knew these dogs were a hunting breed, and I don’t hunt. However, I did some research on them and realized that they can be great family dogs as well. I made the decision. His name is Bosco and he’s an awesome, well trained dog.

I write about dogs frequently in general, but this particular story is about my very own. I’m inspired to write it because I had a difficult time initially training Bosco, but over the last three months he’s turned into a great companion. It took some troubleshooting in training technique but with some outside help and creativity I think I’ve got it nailed down. This article lists the main ways I succeeded in helping Bosco transform from rambunctious youngster to less rambunctious 7 month old.

 

I stayed active.

 

When I first got Bosco, he was so young that we hung out together a lot around the house. The first few days went well, but as he got comfortable, the motor turned on and he started expressing energy that I’d never seen. He was doing all the wrong things in all the wrong nooks of the house. Each time I got home from work he wanted me to get back on the grind and entertain him. I started throwing a ball for him outside. Quickly I realized, however, this wasn’t enough.

 

Why active?

This breed of dog cannot and should not be contained. They are biologically wired for hunting and have more energy than an 11 year old human. I learned quickly that I needed to take Bosco on extensive runs and other activities just to tire him out enough to sleep. It would get to the point where I would feed him extra just to help keep him distracted for a while. My main advice when it comes to keeping a German Shorthair is to bring him or her along any time you do something active. Some ideas that I utilized:

-Bring along to Frisbee sessions with friends. This long range activity expels tons of energy.

-Take along for a hike (particularly one with a steep gradient to wear him or her out).

-Going for a bike ride around the neighborhood a couple times with him or her before bed.

-If a golf course in your area allows dogs like one in my city take him or her along for a round.

BOTTOM LINE: THIS BREED OF DOG DEMANDS ACTIVITY AND IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO PROVIDE SUFFICIENT OPPORTUNITY AS A CARETAKER. IT’S YOUR DUTY WHEN YOU ADOPT A CREATURE LIKE THIS. IT CAN TAKE SOME ADJUSTING, AS IT DID WITH ME. BE PATIENT, IT WILL BE ALRIGHT.

 

I stayed consistent.

 

It’s a broken record argument to talk about how it’s important to be consistent when training a dog, but with this breed it’s specifically necessary to mention. For one, Bosco didn’t listen to me at all until about week six. This was after taking him to a private training facility for a week. He was much more responsive after the trip and I would highly recommend doing so yourself with your dog. It was hard to be away from him during this development stage, but at the same time, it was necessary with the issues I was going through.

 

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This breed will not listen if it believes that you are not in complete control. Bosco didn’t think I was the main authority until he got back from private training. At that point it was clear to him that he was brought back to live with me and abide by my rules. He’s developed into such a great dog that it’s interesting to look back at how difficult it was initially. These are some areas where consistency helped me:

-I was told to only use his name for positive reinforcement and it worked. I would highly recommend it. Be consistent here. Any setback will hamper development.

-Be stern without being overly aggressive. Again, consistency helps with your dog’s expectations.

-This breed loves attention and it helped me to ignore him a little bit when he misbehaved. He began to understand that when I failed to give him attention, that meant whatever he was doing was not supported by me.

 

BOTTOM LINE: THIS BREED REQUIRES CONSTANT AND CONSISTENT ATTENTION. IT’S IN YOUR BEST INTEREST TO PICK AND CHOOSE HOW YOU WANT TO TRAIN THEM. STICK TO THAT STRATEGY UNTIL THE END AND YOU’LL FIND YOURSELF IN A WONDERFUL PLACE.

 

Bosco is my best friend after 7 months. He taught me what it takes to live in mutual happiness with the German Shorthaired Pointer breed. There is widespread published material on how to train a dog, but these tips are meant to be applied to the training of this breed. These broad points of advice are a great supplement to a standard training regimen.

 

Griff Haeger is a dog aficionado. When he’s not taking Bosco for a crazy hike or fixing an air conditioner at work, he writes about natural dog food.

The $2.37 Down Payment – A Heartwarming Tale

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A store owner was tacking a sign above his door that read “Puppies for Sale.” Signs like that have a way of attracting small children, and sure enough a little boy appeared under the store owner’s sign. “How much are you going to sell the puppies for?” the little boy asked. The store owner replied, “anywhere from $30 to $50.” The little boy reached into his pocket and pulled out some change. “I have $2.37” he said. “May I please look at them?”

The store owner smiled and whistled and out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his store followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur.

One puppy was lagging considerably behind.

Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, “What’s wrong with that little dog?” The store owner explained that the veterinarian had examined the little puppy and had discovered that it didn’t have a hip socket. It would always limp. It would always be lame.

The little boy became excited. “That is the puppy I want to buy.”

The store owner said, “No, you don’t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll just give him to you.”

The little boy got quite upset. He looked straight into the store owner’s eyes, pointing his finger, and said, “I don’t want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I’ll pay full price. How ’bout if I give you $2.37 now and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for?”

The store owner countered, “You really don’t want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies.”

To his surprise, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the store owner and softly replied, “Well, I don’t run so good either, and the little puppy will need somebody who understands.”

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