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.

Four Great Reasons to Adopt a Mixed Breed Dog

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Mutts make the best dogs!

Many people think a pure bred dog is going to have a certain personality, then they are shocked when the dog doesn’t act exactly as expected. The truth of the matter is that each dog, mixed breed or pedigree, will have it’s own unique personality and character attributes (just like people). There are so many great reasons to choose a mixed breed dog and this article covers 4 of the best reasons we’ve identified.

1. Mutts are more even-tempered. While it is possible for mixed breed dogs to be very energetic or very laid back they tend toward more moderate temperaments. Their behavior is typically more moderate because they were not bred to have specific characteristics. The behaviors required to achieve the tasks that certain dogs were bred for are not necessarily middle-of-the-road behaviors. Extreme personality traits in mixed breed dogs are often products of the dog’s environment and upbringing and are not inborn characteristics as seen in pure bred dogs. Mixed breed dogs also tend to be a little more flexible to change than pure bred dogs. Some suggest they are not as programmed as their pure bred counterparts and therefore adjust more quickly to change.

Mixed Breeds Make GREAT Dogs

Mixed Breeds Make GREAT Dogs

2. Mutts have good genetic diversity. Because their genes are usually unrelated the chances of both parents of a mixed breed dog carrying the same defective genes are low. Often the worst diseases or health problems in dogs are passed along through the pairing of the same defective genes. Mixed breed dogs are often healthier because when left up to nature dogs tend to be moderately sized with more natural builds. This happens when cross breeding occurs over time because this is how dogs are designed to be. When people begin breeding they tend to go to extremes from a 3 pound Chihuahua to a 150 pound Great Dane. Other breed specific traits like the short snouts of Pugs, the barrel chest of a Bulldog or the large folds of skin of a Sharpei are actually abnormalities that can cause additional health problems over the life of the dog.

3. Millions of mutts are euthanized each year. Mixed breed dogs are often abandoned or neglected for their pure bred counterparts because they are not perceived as valuable by some. They are often passed over for adoption and end up in the gas chamber simply because they do not appear as fashionable or trendy as the expensive, pure bred, trend dog of the moment.

4. Mixed breed dogs are less expensive. The average price of a pure bred dog is around $800 if you agree to spay or neuter him and around $1,500 if you do not. While many people are more than willing to pay a significant sum of money for their ideal dog, it is completely unnecessary. Mixed breed dogs can be adopted for free from a neighbor or for around $150 from a rescue organization. The adoption fee from a rescue group is nominal and goes towards Veterinary care expenses. Dogs adopted from reputable groups come with all of their shots and are spayed or neutered and ready to go.

This article was written by Gwen Childs. She is a writer for pet-super-store.com. They offer great products such as elevated dog feeders, orthopedic dog beds and many other pet products.

A Concise Guide for First Time Pet Owners

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First Time Pet Owners

Pets are a blessing. There is a learning curve that comes with the excitement of owning your first pet. You are committing to be that pet’s owner for life. This means you need to learn how to care for him and be willing to make necessary budget and lifestyle accommodations. The necessary tradeoffs are well worth it. If you are still looking for a pet select one that is a good fit for your lifestyle. For instance if you are not very active a cat may be a better choice than a high energy breed of dog.

 

Vet

Establish a relationship with a veterinarian in your area. They will advise you about your pet’s dietary and health care needs. Keep their number handy for emergencies. Talk with them about yearly expenses for your pet and plan for those expenses in your budget. Some people find it beneficial to buy pet insurance. Know your options for boarding and/or pet sitting should you need to be away from the home.

Home

Go through your home to make sure it’s a safe environment for pets. Depending on your type of pet this may be a big project. Make sure they can’t eat things that would make them sick. Block access to electrical cords that they may be tempted to chew on. Buy the right kind of pet furniture, toys and beds so that they have comfortable places to sleep.

Schedule

Animals need routine and stability. Keep them on a schedule. Know your pet’s breed characteristics so you can cater to them. Read about these traits and be prepared for any issues that may come up. It has never been easier to find information. Subscribe to informational pet groups on the social media sites you visit. They can keep you abreast of seasonal things like how to take care of your pet during severe weather or which holiday foods are poisonous to pets.

Exercise

Provide the training and structure your pet needs. Lack of exercise can cause behavioral problems. Overfeeding can cause health problems like cushing’s disease. It is easier to prevent illness with the right diet than create illness and find yourself in need of cushing’s disease remedies.

Groom

Learn how to groom your pet. Grooming is great for bonding and can keep pets from shedding hair all over the house. The daily contact that grooming provides is a great time to notice any health problems your pet may have. Homeopathic pet remedies are great for helping your pet have a shiny coat.

Enjoy your pet and your special relationship. The more you know about being a good pet owner the better you can honor that relationship for the entire length of their life.

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