One thing that many dog owners fear is when their dog shows sign of aggression. There are many dog behavior problems that owners deal with but aggression is the one that usually ends up with the dog being surrendered to a shelter.
I would have to say that the majority of dogs are aggressive by nature. Breeders have for years tried to breed the aggression out of our dogs and have had a degree of success. But a dog’s aggression is an instinct that they have had since the beginning of time. It is their survival instinct.
Years ago dogs hunted for food, fought to protect their territory and their mate. They also fought their pack members for their position in the pack. Maintaining the alpha position did not come easy especially as one aged.
Have you ever had a dog that you considered aggressive towards other dogs? Have you ever been in the situation that when you are walking your dog you run into another dog and your normally calm dog turns into Cujo.
You usually tend to do a couple of things. Maybe when you see the dog approach you cross the road to avoid him or you may just stop walking your dog altogether.
Your dog’s actions are controlling your actions. So this can only mean one thing. Between you and your dog, your dog is the boss when it comes to your relationship. He is the one calling the shots not you.
Sure you have tried pulling on the leash, tried a different collar or even a harness, maybe you have even tried to entice him with treats to no avail.
You need to take back your rightful position in your pack. You need to be the leader not the follower you have become.
You see your dog as aggressive but he is also dominant. A dominant dog is only doing his job and that is to protect the pack even if you are the only other member of the pack. Anything that he deems a threat to himself and you he is going to react in protect mode, thus the aggression. Read More…
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When you first bring that cute little puppy home have you given any thought as to how you are going to train your dog? If this is your first dog you may have not looked at all your options when it comes to the training of your new puppy.
Of course we all know one of the first things we will train our dog to do is to go potty in a designated spot. Now is this spot going to be in the house on a pee pad or outside in the backyard? Maybe you are going to first teach your puppy to go on a pee pad and then later train your puppy to go outside.
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It used to be if you wanted to train your dog you headed out to the local dog trainer and attended classes. Many times these classes were held at the community center by the local Kennel Club.
If you had a problem dog you could look for a dog trainer that specialized with your particular doggy issue.
For many of us who have owned a dog or who now have a dog what we fed our dog was never a big issue. We fed them puppy food until about a year old then we switched to adult food until they were around 7 and then we switched them to senior food. Now in the past years a new diet has come about and that is the raw food diet for dogs.
What is a Raw Diet?
A raw food diet for dogs is basically that raw food for your dog. Raw meats like chicken, duck, beaver etc. are mixed with bones, organs , fruits and vegetables. Many dog owners believe this is what dogs ate at one time when they were in the wild and they feel this diet is beneficial for them. Since this was their diet at one time most animal owners who support this type of diet believe feeding raw is just a more natural food source for their dog.
There are two types of raw diets that owners are feeding their pets. One diet is referred to as the Prey Model Diet and the other is called BARF Diet.
Prey Model Diet
– This diet is a representation of what our pets namely dogs and cats have been eating in the wild for thousands of years. People who support this type of diet believe that even though our pets have been domesticated for many years that they are still by nature designed for this type of diet where they eat whole prey. By whole prey they mean just that the whole animal. A prey animal consists of organs, bones, muscle meat, skin, hide/feathers, fat and other tissues. Animals that hunt in a pack will hunt larger game such as deer bison etc while a lone hunter will go after smaller prey such as squirrels, rabbits, birds, fish etc All of these prey animals would be ideal in your pet’s diet. Read More…
One of the things that dog owners need to learn quickly is how to use dog nail clippers. Learning this when the puppy is very young will make the world of difference in the future.
Clipping your dog’s nails on a regular basis is a chore that many dog owners overlook. They may overlook this chore because they just don’t think about it or they are afraid of doing this.
The biggest challenge that comes with learning how to use dog nail clippers is where to actually cut the nail. Now if you are lucky enough to own a dog that has whitish nails then you can see where you can cut back to. Read More…
Before you start to train your dog it is a good idea to make sure your dog is healthy. Unforeseen medical conditions may affect the way your dog responds to certain stimuli.
One such ailment that could affect your dog’s behaviour is hip dysplasia and related arthritic conditions. In the early stages these medical conditions could go unnoticed. If you are trying to teach your dog to sit and you try and force the dog to sit by pushing on his back-end this may cause severe pain to your dog. The pain may make your dog react by biting you.
Another medical condition that may affect your dog can be various skin diseases. Your dog may be prone to ear infection and suffer from allergies. The itch caused from the skin and the ear will cause your dog to scratch a lot. When not properly attended to your dog may then develop very bad body odour. Read More…
Well here we go again another problem that many dog owners have. They want to find ways to stop dogs from digging. Now you are going to see a common thread when we approach any behavioural problem we have with our four-legged buddies. The common thread is for every issue we have with our dog’s behaviour we need to find out the cause of the problem before we find a solution to it. Read More…
In order to learn how to stop my dog from barking I first need to know why is my dog barking and what is he barking at. It is very natural for a dog to bark and some dogs do bark more than others.
Reasons For Barking
• Warning another animal
• Sounding the alarm
• Fear driven
• Looking to play
• Bark for the sake of barking
• Combination of all of the above
So you can see that not all barking is bad. If your dog is alerting you to danger then you certainly do not want him to stop that type of barking. However if he is mindlessly barking as he looks for your undivided attention often you may want to stop that type of barking.
An owner needs to know just what their dog is barking at. An owner must also show confidence around their dog to let him know that you are the type of leader that he can trust.
It all come down to the Alpha spot. As the owner you need to be the pack leader and show your dog that you are able to deal with certain situations. You really need to get to know your dog and find out what triggers his barking. Sometimes it takes awhile but you need to learn and understand what your dog is telling you. Read More…