Dog Obedience Training: The Options For Man’s Best Friend

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They are man’s best friend, but what can you do when you have a dog, you love it, but it just won’t stop chewing on your best shoes, or polishing its nails on your precious sofa?

Regular training
We train them to become, not only more sociable, but also a reliable company. This can be done by taking your dog to a professional dog-trainer, or simply at home, following instructions from books. Since the first option requires time to take the dog to a trainer, to go check on it, and take it back home, most people choose to house-train their pets. However, the second option has many disadvantages, since you are not a professional, and you do not have experience. Many even think, that after the dog/cat learned where “to go out”, the training is over. You could not be more wrong.

On-line training
There is a third way, a new one, but as efficient as taking your dog to a trainer, but less time consuming. On-line training. Don’t think of putting your dog in front of a PC and let it learn from there. Through on-line training I mean visiting sites specialising on dog training. The following few paragraphs will be a guide to a few of these sites.

www.perfectpaws.com
Gwen Bohnenkamp owns this site. She has been working with pets since1985 and also, she instructed the first course in Animal Behavior. The site itself is easy to navigate, easy to read, but most important it contains valuable information on training your pets, may they be cats, dogs or even guinea pigs. In addition, you can find tips on how to get closer to your companion, and how to become a certified dog-trainer. The subjects are well categorized and easy to get. If you want, you may purchase online books written by Gwen, herself.

www.dogproblems.com
The renowned dog trainer, Adam Katz, publishes this site. It covers almost all aspects of dog training, you can buy Katz’s book, which apparently, is the best-sold book of its type on the internet, and join a forum where the topic is no other then DOGS.

www.sitstayfetch.net
This is the easiest to use site I could find about dog training. The “mastermind” behind this site is Daniel Stevens, a dog trainer, who wrote the book “SitStayFetch!” On this site you can find testimonials of people who have used his book and the way it helped them.

Conclusion
However, you may choose to train your dog, bear in mind one thing: an untrained dog can be more of a nuisance than a friend. So, please, help your dog help you.

Stopping Your Cat From Spraying

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Spraying is a behavior in cats, mainly males, which many owners confuse with urinating outside the litter box. The difference between the two is that a cat will urinate on a flat horizontal surface. Spraying is most often done on a vertical surface. Female cats will spray on horizontal surfaces, but it is rare.

The primary reason a cat sprays is because felines are very territorial animals and like to mark their turf by spraying urine to let other cats know who owns that little piece of the world. If you notice things being marked near windows or screen doors where your cat can see outside it’s a pretty good chance there is a cat hanging around your house or passing by frequently.

Many times a cat will spray because of psychological problems such as anxiety, stress or a feeling of being threatened by something or someone. If personal items are being sprayed it is usually a sign that your cat has some issues with the person. The addition of a new cat or even having too many cats for the size of your house can cause spraying problems.
If the cat is put into a stressful situation like someone new moving in (a new baby) or being introduced into a new living environment they might feel the need to spray.

By taking time to examine the events going on in your cat’s life, you may be able to eliminate this behavior. There are products sold at pet stores that contain odors only your cat can smell. These are designed to comfort your cat. Another thing that often eliminates spraying behavior is to have your cat neutered. In most cases, this is the most effective method as it alleviates the territorial instinct in your cat. This is yet one more argument for neutering.

The Polite Pooch: Dog Training Ideas You Don’t Want To Miss (2)

The Polite Pooch: Dog Training Ideas You Don’t Want To Miss

If your dog is one of those innately obedient dogs, then congratulations, you don’t need these tips, but most dogs need a little of training, whether it’s to stop them from being overbearing with strangers or ripping up the upholstery. Use these tips to transform your pet into a happy and well-adjusted furry friend.

A good plan when training your dog is to keep your sessions short. When you have multiple, short sessions of training, as opposed to one long set, your dog will stay interested and will anticipate more. Keeping your pet motivated by short interval sessions will be effective and have a stronger impact.

When trying to train your dog, avoid accidentally reinforcing negative behaviors. This means that you should never reward your dog, with treats or attention, for doing something you’re trying to train it out of. For example, don’t rub your dog’s head when they jump up at you and when you come in the door if you don’t want them to jump.

You should have realistic expectations for your dog. Your dog may be smart, but remember that breed-specific traits might inhibit some dogs from performing certain tasks as well as others. If your dog is not as able-bodied as other dogs, you should similarly have realistic expectations of his capabilities!

When training a dog, rewards are much more effective than punishment. Use low calorie treats or pieces of boiled chicken to reward good behavior. Once the dog has learned the behavior you’re trying to encourage, you only need to reward with treats occasionally. Always reward with praise and affection!

To really get your dog to be obedient, love your pooch. Baiting with rewards for behavior reinforcement and then eventually removing those rewards is a tactic that works. However, a dog that knows he is truly loved is more likely to follow commands because he feels you have his best interests at heart.

If possible, position your dog’s crate next to your bed. This is a critical step in teaching him that is where you want him to sleep. Since you are still within sight he isn’t as likely to panic about having to stay in the crate for an extended period of time.

Use food as a reward when training your dog. Many dogs will respond on a basic level to edibles. The reward of food will usually encourage them to continue on a food winning path. Vary the types of treats you get for your dog. Alternate fresh meat with packaged treats.

Little dogs like Dachshunds that like to hide and burrow may enjoy beds or hideaways intended for cats. A tube type play structure or a cat bed that is covered and made of soft, flexible foam and faux fur may be exactly what your Doxy wants to curl up in secret!

Even if your dog is extremely unruly at the moment, do not despair. Most dogs can be trained with a proper technique and a little perseverance. Make use of the tips you just read to minimize the hardship involved in training your dog while maximizing the results at the same time.

Learning How To Train A New Puppy

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One of the best animals to have as a pet is a dog.
Dogs are affectionate animals that provide great companionship for people of all ages. Dogs have many great qualities, but owners often find them hard to train. If you are having trouble training your dog, then read this article.

Always use positive reinforcement to train your dog. Reward your dog with happy words, petting and an occasional very small treat when he pleases you. Never hit or shout at your dog. This is ineffective and will just convince your dog that you don’t know what you are doing. Be firm, consistent and positive for the best results in dog training.

Learn to read your dog’s signals when training, so that you can see the difference between confusion and disobedience. A different response is required from you when your dog doesn’t understand a command versus when they understand the command but choose not to obey. Understanding your dog’s signals, can help you to choose the more appropriate response.

Little dogs like Dachshunds that like to hide and burrow may enjoy beds or hideaways intended for cats. A tube type play structure or a cat bed that is covered and made of soft, flexible foam and faux fur may be exactly what your Doxy wants to curl up in secret!

To prevent your dog from digging in the trash, be sure he is well-fed and has plenty of toys to play with. Empty your trash regularly, and don’t put irresistible things like bones in it. Be sure to crate your dog when you go out and/or leave your trash can empty when you are gone.

Never punish your dog, or discipline him, after the fact. If you find that he urinated on the carpet earlier in the day, punishing him now won’t help. Dogs cannot reason and have very short term memories, so they will not associate the earlier accident with the punishment at hand.

Learn to understand what your dog is saying through facial expression. Many people fail to see that a dog says even though his he communicates non-verbally with his face, just as we do. When you are training your dog, take some time to see how he responds to commands, rewards and your behavior. Watching his facial expressions will be useful as training progresses and give you a better understanding of your dog.

Dogs mimic their owner’s behavior. Don’t be shocked if they decide they want to sleep in your bed and sit in your recliner. Don’t be shocked if they attempt to eat from your plate. Most of all, don’t be angry. Your dog has to be trained that this behavior is unacceptable. They need to be taught the acceptable options.

In conclusion, dogs are among the best animals to have as pets due to their lovable and affectionate nature. This makes them a good companion for anyone no matter how old they are. Though dogs are great, they can be difficult to train. However, if you use the tips from this article, you can make dog training easier.

Understanding Your Cat’s Aggressive Behavior

Understanding Your Cat’s Aggressive Behavior

Are you a cat owner? If so, your cat may typically appear to be a calm, cool, and collected cat. After all, many cats are content with lounging around all day with just a few hours of play. Despite the fact that your cat may appear to be calm and mild mannered, there may come a point in time when you notice a change. It is not uncommon for pet owners to report occasional aggressiveness with their cats.

If you have just witnessed your cat in an aggressive state, fear may be the first thought that enters into your mind. Many cat owners have questions when they witness their cats attack. Many owners want to know if something is wrong with their cat or if it is a danger to those around him or her. In all honesty, you will find it depends. Before deciding if you should contact your cat’s veterinarian, there are a number of important points you will first want to take into consideration.

First, it is important to know that cats, even domestic cats, can be considered predators. The ancestors of your cat relied on hunting to survive. This is not a trait or a characteristic that just disappears. Your beloved cat will also have that need and desire to hunt. This is one of the many reasons why cats occasionally display aggressive behavior.

Concerning natural aggressive behavior, many pet owners are concerned, as they provide their cat with enough food. It doesn’t matter how well fed your cat is, he or she will always occasionally feel the need to hunt. For example, has your cat ever killed a bird, mouse, or another rodent? If so, did they consume their kill? Chances are not. This is proof that cats don’t just attack for the sake of food.

As for how you can determine whether your pet cat is just exercising his need to hunt, look at the attack in question. Did your cat try to attack your foot as you walked by? If so, this a normal occurrence and not a sign of something serious.

Jumping at your feet as you walk by was sited as an example above. This can lead to another cause of aggression in cats; overexcitement. Some popular cat toys on the market are those where balls are attached to a string and your catch chases it. These toys are nice, but they can also lead to some confusion, as your foot may appear similar in nature to your cat’s favorite toy. It is also important to know that cats are sensitive and their mood easily changes. Is this why playtime with your cat can end with you having a scratch or a bite mark.

Cats, as with many other pets, are territorial. This is another leading cause of aggression in cats. Is your cat the only pet in your home? If so, they may react with aggression when another pet enters into their territory. The same can be said for children. Do you have children? If not, when a child visits your home, your cat may be frustrated, fearful, or angry with the change, especially inside their territory. The quick movements of small children can also cause a cat to act out. As an important note, cats are typically safe around children. With that in mind, all small children should be watched carefully when around any kind of pet.

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Is Your Cat Behaving Badly?

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If your cat is anything like mine then he or she loves to scratch at all kinds of things, things that you really do not want to see scratched up. Cats are one of the most amazing and wonderful pets to own but they can wreak havoc if you let them. You need to learn some techniques to keep the cats from their bad behavior.

Male cats tend to be the most trouble some of the species because they are the ones that are prone to spray. Spraying is one of the most terrible of all cat behaviors. This is a process of literally peeing on anything and everything. They spew urine out behind them in order to mark what they feel is their territory. The best way to treat this behavior is before it starts. The younger that you get your cat neutered the less likely he is to spray as he gets older. People are getting their cats fixed as early as 12 weeks.

If you are worried about getting your cat fixed this young talk to your vet and do some good research online. This is the age that the SPCA is getting this done on the cats that have take in. This is the best way to nip bad cat behavior in the bud, especially spraying.

Of course the most common cat problem of all is scratching. If your cat is scratching the furniture and you, any you have tried just about everything else you should give nail caps a try. These are little tiny caps that go over the end of the nails. They glue on like Press on Nails and they do not hurt your cat in any way. They do not even interfere with the claws ability withdraw into the paw. They are the perfect and painless way to keep your cat from doing any damage with his or her claws. Of course these are only for indoor cats.

Diabetes in Pets


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It is not only the human kind that can develop diabetes.
Even our beloved pets, no matter how well we care for them,
can develop diabetes.

This is often a scary situation for the pet owner and the
first question that is usually asked of the veterinarian is
-will my pet need to be put to sleep-?

Of course this is a difficult issue and the answer may vary
on the overall age and health of your pet.

Many older pets that are diagnosed with diabetes go on to
live many more happy years, but this takes commitment and
close care of your pet.

Diabetic cats and dogs can live just as long as perfectly
healthy pet if the diabetes is diagnosed and treated
properly by both the veterinarian and the owner.

This takes great commitment from the owner. Pets must be
cared for and watched daily with a high level of care and
patience.

There can be no feeding the cat and forgetting until the
next day. There is no leaving the pet along to go on a
trip. Every day your pet will need medication, fed a proper
diet and his behavior will need to be monitored closely.

This doesnt mean you will have to give up your job and
stay home full time with your pet, but it does mean you
will have to pay more attention to what his behavior is and
know what to do if the situation should change.

It is also more of a financial obligation to have a sick
pet. So it is something that should be discussed in length
with your vet.

Paper Training A Puppy Without Ruining Your Floor, Staining Your Carpet, And Pulling Out Your Hair!

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You’ve just adopted the cutest, tiniest teacup Chihuahua puppy!
You’ve brought him home and got him accustomed to his surroundings.

And now it’s “housetraining a new puppy” time!

Uh, oh! But, there’s one small problem. You’ve got to keep your puppy inside or that big ol’ dog next door will eat him for breakfast! Or perhaps you live in an area, such as a city, house, or apartment where there is no access to a yard or fenced-in area?

Obviously, your cute teacup puppy can’t use the litter box with the cat!

Now you’re sweating at the thought of urine stains on your beautiful Persian carpet or a pile of poop on your expensive exotic hardwood flooring! You can relax, because there is a solution!

Housetraining a new puppy can easily be done inside by paper training!

Here are some basic guidelines for paper training a puppy:

1. Place several layers of newspaper in a spot that is away from the puppy’s feeding and watering dishes.
After your puppy eats and drinks, take him to the papers. Also take your puppy to the papers, to urinate and defecate, the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. He must also be taken to the papers after he chews, plays hard, and comes out of his crate.

2. Change the papers after each time that the puppy uses them.
Under the fresh papers, put a lightly soiled one. Your puppy will be encouraged to go to the bathroom by the scent left on the soiled paper.

3. Clean underneath the papers with an odor neutralizer.
If you fail to do so, your puppy will smell his scent on the floor and start sniffing around the edge of the paper. That’s a no, no! You want to keep your puppy ON the paper and using an odor neutralizer will keep him focused on using the bathroom on the paper!

4. Clap your hands to startle your puppy if he makes a mistake.
Please! Just startle him. Don’t scare the poor thing half to death! This will distract your puppy and stop him from urinating. Pick him up and take him to the paper where you want him to go. Lavishly praise your puppy when he finishes going to the bathroom!

5. Don’t go BALISTIC if your puppy urinates or defecates off of the papers.
Don’t punish him by spanking, yelling, or rubbing his nose in the mess! Remember, your puppy is just a baby. He made a mistake; he did not commit the crime of the century!

6. Do not use a product containing ammonia to clean up after your puppy.
Urine contains ammonia and that lovely familiar scent will invite your puppy to urinate again on that very same spot! If you are concerned about permanent odor or staining, putting plastic or waxed paper underneath the papers will help preserve your carpet or flooring.

7. You must be consistent.
Put your puppy on a schedule. If you alter the schedule or let your puppy do something differently one day and not the next, he will get confused!

8. Keep a close eye on your puppy.
Never, ever leave an untrained puppy alone in your house! Doing so is just asking for trouble!

9. Carry your puppy to different parts of your apartment or house and say “papers!”
Then, carry him back to the papers. This will train your puppy to go to the papers when he has the desire to go to the bathroom!

Paper training a puppy requires a great deal of consistency, a little common sense, and meticulous attention to clean up. With a little effort and patience, your puppy will eventually understand what you want him to do. In time, going to the bathroom on the papers will become second nature to him.

And you will have survived paper training a puppy!

Great Tips For Making It Through Your Pregnancy Successfully

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Many people say that pregnancy is one of the most beautiful things in the world.
Unfortunately, it gets pretty tough sometimes. The hormonal mood swings, the constant cravings, the morning sickness and carrying an extra fifteen pounds, can make things quite miserable for Mommy. This article is here to give some advice and how to cope. Remember, lots of women have been through this and here’s some great advice to help you through it.

Having to urinate frequently is something a lot of women experience during pregnancy. As the pregnancy progresses, the need to urinate will become more frequent as well. One tip to help with this is, when you urinate lean forward to ensure the bladder is completely empty, this could help to lessen your restroom trips.

Be prepared for frequent toilet breaks towards the end of the pregnancy. It is quite common to wake up every two hours during the night and have to get up to urinate. This is because the baby is pushing on your bladder. Consider this to be training for the sleepness nights ahead after birth.

If you are pregnant you should probably avoid changing the kitty litter and give that responsibility to someone else. Dirty cat litter can carry a disease called toxoplasmosis, and that could be something that may harm your baby. If you must change the litter box you need to make sure to use gloves.

Before attempting to become pregnant, make sure you make an appointment to have a full check-up with your doctor. They can ensure that you are generally well enough to cope with the rigors of pregnancy along with providing advice on what types of vitamins and foods you should be consuming before conception is achieved.

Inform any doctor before a medical procedure if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant. This includes your dentist as well. There are certain drugs that shouldn’t be given and procedures that shouldn’t be done for a women who is pregnant or on her way to pregnancy.

To help avoid back pain, dress in comfortable clothing. Clothes that are too tight will keep your blood from circulating and increase the amount of pain in your muscles. Try not to worry too much about fashion during this time. The most important thing is that you and the baby are able to feel as good as possible each day.

To extend the life of your non-maternity pants, use a simple elastic hair tie looped through the button hole and over the button, zipping the pants only as far as you can. With a long shirt or an elastic maternity band to cover the top of your pants, no one can tell that they are technically unbuttoned. This trick can help you buy some time and avoid buying too many maternity clothes.

It can be a stressful time when you are pregnant. All women have different body chemistry and will react to birth differently, but it’s important to realize that your body will give you signals as to what it wants. Analyzing the tell-tale signs from this article and predicting the inevitable problems, can help ease the hardship of pregnancy or at least, with your peace of mind.

Keeping Your Furry Family Member Healthy Throughout The Year

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Pet owners know the bond that forms between people and their four-legged friends.
That’s why many treat their pet like a member of the family-including when it comes to health care.

Making sure your dog, cat, bird or exotic pet has proper medical care is a key component of responsible pet ownership and it’s important to be aware of the costs. Americans spend almost $8.6 million on veterinary services for their pets each year, according to a report by Packaged Facts.

Here are some tips on keeping your pet healthy:

• Bored cats will pick up overeating as a hobby if food is always available.

• Just as an overweight human faces a health risk, so does an overweight cat or dog. Be sure your pet gets plenty of exercise.

• Dogs can be just as stoic about pain and wounds as people. Be alert for abnormal behavior.

• Be aware that even clean pets kept indoors can get fleas.

Fortunately, a pet insurance plan can help you pay for preventive and medical costs, and can remind you to take your pet for a checkup at the veterinarian. Owners may be reimbursed hundreds of dollars annually for preventive care.

Being fiscally prepared for any catastrophic accident or illness that might be inflicted upon your furry family member is just as important as annual visits to the veterinarian. Your pet can develop illnesses much like ones humans are susceptible to. Cancer-related claims were the third most common claim in 2004, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance, the nation’s oldest and largest provider of health insurance for pets. It’s also not uncommon for pets to suffer from diabetes, periodontal disease, arthritis and dozens of other ailments you insure your family against.

Medical plans that provide year-round coverage for dogs, cats, birds and pocket pets can start at less than twenty dollars a month for dogs and cats and under ten dollars monthly for pets such as reptiles. Coverage spans thousands of conditions related to accidents and illnesses and helps pay for diagnostic tests, treatments, office visits, lab fees, prescriptions, hospitalization, X-rays, and surgical procedures.

Even indoor-only pets should be protected. There is no such thing as a “pet-proofed” home. Potential hazards loom even in the best-protected homes and many pets have been injured when they accidentally escaped from the home. It is always wise to prepare for the unexpected.

Unlike your health insurance, pet insurance doesn’t restrict you to certain providers or networks. For example, VPI lets pet owners visit their favorite licensed veterinarian, whether within the U.S. or other countries. That means you have the freedom to get the best care for your pet. When your pet is ill or requires emergency treatment, you won’t want the additional stress of worrying about how you will pay the veterinary bill. After each veterinary visit, a claim form is submitted to the company and the pet owner is then reimbursed.

Knowing that you have taken an extra step to keep your pet healthy will provide you with peace of mind.