Preventing Separation Anxiety in Puppies

Preventing Separation Anxiety in Puppies

Preventing separation anxiety in puppies may prove to be one of a puppy owner’s most important tasks. It is a serious problem that is much easier to prevent than to treat, so start with prevention.

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Six ways to control dog’s barking

Control dog's barking - image of Terrier BarkingControl Dog’s Barking

Here are six ways to help stop or control dog’s barking. All of them have been found to be very successful but don’t expect results overnight. The longer your dog has been barking, the longer it will take for him to change his ways.Some of these techniques require you to have an idea as to why your dog barks.

Always remember to keep these tips in mind while training –

  • Don’t yell at your dog to be quiet—it just sounds like you’re barking along with him.
  • Keep your training sessions positive and upbeat.
  • Be consistent so you don’t confuse your dog. Everyone in your family must apply the training methods every time your dog barks inappropriately. You can’t let your dog get away with inappropriate barking sometimes and not others.

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Source: How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking : The Humane Society of the United States (opens in new tab/window)

 

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Stop Your Dog Barking When Alone

How to Stop Your Dog Barking When Alone

It’s a common problem and a very annoying one: Your dog is well-behaved when you’re home, but as soon as you leave, he can’t seem to keep his mouth shut.

How to Stop Your Dog Barking When Alone teaches you how to teach your dog not to bark when he is left alone.

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Divorce creates broken hearted pets …

Broken hearted petsBroken Hearted Pets

Breaking up is hard to do, and it often creates broken hearted pets, leaving them feeling anxious and confused.

It’s often because pets are legally classed as property. So they are used as a pawn in the arguments and bargaining that goes on between estranged couples.

And the pet doesn’t always end up in the “right” home after a split. Seems like the focus is often on how pets can help humans during times of separation or upheaval. Therefore much less attention is given to what’s right for the pet.

They are often kept with the children to provide a sense of security and to reduce the damage of separation on the kids. But this can mean they are unable to settle in their usual residence or with the person best suited to care for them.

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Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-17/what-divorce-looks-like-for-a-dog/7252666
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Why Do Dogs Dig in Their Beds?

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Why do dogs dig?

Why do dogs dig and scratch before they settle down to sleep, no matter what effect it has on your couch, bed, or carpet? They circle around and sniff and scratch before finally settling, and in the process often re-arrange all their bedding.

Recently, as temperatures started to dip, I found a thick throw rug at a thrift store. I thought it looked like a warm bit of bedding that my dog could use for her winter nesting. I draped it over her two other blankets and carefully tucked it to conform to the shape of her bed.

Next time I went to visit her, she’d removed the new cover, dragged it halfway across the room, and left it there. I found her curled up, sleeping on her older quilts.

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Source: Why Do Dogs Dig in Their Beds? (opens in new tab/window)

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Dog’s best friend?

 

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Who is a dog’s best friend?

Dogs are considered man’s best friend, but who is a dog’s best friend? In terms of the best dog advocates and dog rescue, that honor goes to women.

It’s Women’s History Month, so let’s honor some of the great women of animal welfare! They’ve been the strongest advocates of the animal rescue movement since its beginning and have remained some of the most dedicated animal advocates over the years.

So, in honor of Women’s History Month, let’s celebrate some awesome women in history who have helped pups, and some current female trailblazers – and the dogs that inspired them.

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Source: Five Pawesome Female Advocates for Dogs (opens in new tab/window)

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Dogs can read human emotions

Dog with young girl - dogs recognize human emotionsNew research shows dogs can form abstract mental representations of negative and positive human emotions and recognize how their owner is feeling.

Researchers have recently found dogs can recognise human emotions by combining information from different senses.

They are the only creatures other than humans which apparently have that ability.

University animal behaviour experts and psychologists demonstrated that dogs form abstract mental representations of positive and negative human emotions, and don’t just display learned behaviours.

Dogs are also good at recognising each other’s emotions.

Seventeen domestic dogs in the experiment were shown pairs of pictures, either of a person, one happy, one angry, or of a dog looking playful or aggressive. They were then played sounds of playful or aggressive barks or a person’s voice saying “come here” in either a cheerful or angry tone.

The scientists found that the dogs tended to look at the picture matching the tone of voice, and were able to pick out the right human facial expression more often than not.

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Dogs can read human emotions – Telegraph

Best Dog Foods

Best Dog Foods - A quick guide to dog food Ingredients. What to look for, and what to avoid.2015 Reviews and Ratings of Best Dog Foods

Deciding what dog foods to feed your pet is always an important decision for puppy and dog owners. There are so many different types of dog foods available now that it is often very difficult to decide what is best, let alone finding the best dog foods your dog will happily consume, often for day after day after day.

Safety is usually the biggest concern for pet owners — and one of the hardest challenges for dog food manufacturers to meet. Since the recalls on a lot of Chinese-sourced food in 2007, consumers started reading labels to see where their food was coming from. Unfortunately, even ingredients sourced in the U.S. are sometimes not safe.

In early 2015, the law firm of Morgan and Morgan filed a class action lawsuit against Purina over ingredients found in its line of Beneful dog food. Despite this lawsuit — and the thousands of complaints of kidney failure that led to it — the products remain available to purchase.

Of the pet owners we surveyed, 70 percent admitted that they didn’t know all of the ingredients in their dog’s food — including the very ingredients at the heart of the Purina lawsuit. All dog foods claim to be “premium” and “all natural,” but with very few regulations on what it takes to meet these qualifications, many of these claims are little more than flashy marketing gimmicks and false advertising.

Just verifying all the ingredients in your food are “safe” doesn’t mean they are optimal or even healthy for your best friend. Dogs need the right combination of protein, fat, moisture, fiber, and nutrients to live healthy, happy lives. The wrong ingredients in the wrong combinations can lead to a host of health problems, both physical and mental.

This review of the best dog foods available is updated as manufacturers update their recipes and formulas to meet new standards.

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Source: Best Dog Food Reviews and Ratings of 2015 – Reviews.com

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Top 10 Dog Training Myths – Part 2

The 10 Biggest Dog Training Myths – Part 2

Myths 6 to 10

Dog training myths: There’s just so much conflicting stuff out there on the internet. And most of it is absolute hogwash. Let’s delve into Part 2 of 2 of the 10 most commonly misunderstood topics.

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Top 10 Dog Training Myths – Part 1

The 10 Biggest Dog Training Myths – Part 1

Myths 1 to 5

There’s so much conflicting stuff out there on the internet. And most of it is absolute hogwash. Let’s delve into Part 1 of 2 of the 10 most commonly misunderstood topics.

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Man’s Best Friend – the Dog

Photo of GG Vest - "Eulogy of the dog as Man's Best Friend"Man’s Best Friend

George Graham Vest served in the United States Senate for twenty-four years, from 1879 to 1903, but the act he is best remembered for is a speech he gave called “Eulogy of the dog” delivered in an insignificant court case while he was still a lawyer in rural Missouri. His words are said to be the origin of the phrase “The dog is a man’s best friend”.

Freddy and I love to read this passage, because we are dedicated dog lovers, and the words are so true.

Here’s a snippet to tempt you to read on: “The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is the dog.”

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Why Do Dogs Howl?

why do dogs howl - young beagle male howlingWhy Do Dogs Howl

All is serene and you are enjoying the moment, when a soulful sound startles you out of your quiet zone. As you scamper to find out what could have disturbed the tranquillity you can’t help but wonder – why do dogs howl?

Rushing on, you find Butch on his rump howling his heart out as if in some state of transcendental meditation. Having not gone through this experience before, it almost raises the hairs of the nape of your neck. Read more Why Do Dogs Howl?

How to Stop Your Dog From Barking

Stop Your Dog From Barking - cartoon dog barkingBefore you discover how to stop your dog from barking, you need to learn why he does it in the first place.

Barking comes as second nature to your dog and however much your eardrums object, your dog doesn’t know he is doing anything wrong. He even looks like he is enjoying himself!

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