May 22nd, 2013 Uncategorized
Housetraining is one of the first things that every dog should be taught. Dogs that are not properly housetrained are often relinquished to animal shelters through no fault of their own. A dog can learn its manners if it is instructed properly.
In his book “Puppy’s First Steps”, the noted veterinarian and animal psychiatrist Nicholas Dodman provides steps to help housetrain a dog.
The first step that he recommends is selecting a spot for the dog to do its business. The dog should Read the rest of this entry »
November 3rd, 2012 Uncategorized
I’m a sucker for stories about dogs, but there’s one thing you can almost always count on with these:
- The story will illustrate the unbreakable bond between man and dog…even after death.
As overplayed and almost gratuitous as this sort of thing has become, lots of stories get it right. If you need an example, there are plenty to choose from. Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows (the original) are all great classics, but if you need a more recent example then there’s always Hachi. Most of these you can find on movie channels if you get your television through www.satellitetv.net and I highly recommend them – just bring some tissue.
So what is it about dogs and stories about them that captivate us emotionally?
Some scientists believe it all has to do with our ancestors – how dogs were, in some cultures, integral to the survival of early people. It’s this bond that has been passed onto us genetically where we just can’t help but feel sympathy and compassion for our four-legged friends.
Other people point out the undying loyalty attributed to the dog – a trait which, let’s be frank, you can rarely depend on with other people (even your friends). Dogs represent the kind of security and dependability we crave.
Whatever camp you happen to be part of, the fact remains that stories about men and their dogs are some of the best stories ever told. Even cat people can agree.
June 3rd, 2012 Uncategorized
Obedience training is one of the greatest gifts a responsible dog owner can give a canine friend. Dog training has many benefits. For example, dog training allows the owner to spend time with their dog, thus, creating a strong bond between owner and dog. Also, training your dog you will produce a well- adjusted and happy pet.
Different Types of Training
Obedience training teaches the fundamental skills for a well behaved dog. This type of training can range from basic, intermediate or advance, depending on your dog’s needs. Behavior modification Read the rest of this entry »
May 28th, 2012 Uncategorized
There’s no doubt about it: dog food recalls are a scary thing. While recalls include batch numbers and production dates, not every pet owner saves the bag that food comes in. What happens if you’ve emptied the bag into a container and thrown the bag away?
If you routinely feed your dog a food that has recently been recalled and haven’t saved the bag, the safest thing to do is to throw out your container of food and begin feeding your pet something else. It may seem like a waste of money at the time, but when you consider Read the rest of this entry »
May 27th, 2012 Uncategorized
Marley and Me is an enthralling book that captures the new love created between John and Jenny as they begin their lives together. With perfect careers and a perfect house, it’s hard to believe that anything could come in and change their lives to something less than perfect.
Marley then enters the family as a robust, energized, and crazy puppy who is capable of destroying everything in sight. From broken screen doors to stolen lingerie and eaten jewelry, Marley manages Read the rest of this entry »
May 25th, 2012 Uncategorized
Educating yourself on the different behaviors of dogs can be helpful in understanding why your canine friend behaves the way it does. Learning different ways to control or change bad behavior can be found in books about dog behavior.
One helpful book about dog behavior is called “The Dog’s Mind: Understanding Your Dogs Behavior”, by Bruce Fogle. This book is said to explain how dogs see and perceive the world. It’s said to explain why dogs become stressed and what can be done to alleviate this. It’s recommended as a study of psychology in Read the rest of this entry »