What to Take Out of Shows Such as "The
Dog Whisperer" (dominance-based) and "It's Me or the Dog" (this
show is not dominance-based).
Even though shows such as the "Dog Whisperer" and many others are
based on the erroneous understanding of dominance and the need to use force or
coercions as the first-line of training for all problems, there are some good
recommendations and lessons one can learn from it and other shows.
What to Evaluate:
1.Turn the sound down and watch the animals:
Why do Dog Eats Feces
Feces Eating: Is there any
way to get my puppy to stop eating her poop? Ah yes, the poop-eating-puppy.
Rest assured this is a very common complaint among dog owners but one which can
be overcome with patience and persistence. This disgusting, feces eating behavior
is known as Coprophagy (koh-PROFF-i-gee).
There may be underlying
reasons for Coprophagy that might need professional attention. Never
punish your dog for a behavioral problem that can be modified by positive
reinforcement as there can be many underlying causes, such as a thyroid
The Basics of the "Leave
This command is a must have in any
setting, but especially when you live in the city. There are so many tempting
distractions, from diners enjoying a luncheon in the park, to children playing
with a tempting ball, to all the pigeons and squirrels that inhabit the city,
to who knows what it is that is smashed on the sidewalk (but for some reason
looks appetizing to your pooch!). Once your dog masters this command, you will
be able to tell her to not chase that pigeon or eat that piece of trash.
Nose Work 1 an Introduction to Nose Games
28th, 2010 by Minette
Dogs can’t read
books, they don’t watch television, (well at least not for very long), they
don’t scrap book, or build things but they still need hobbies! If a dog’s
mind is not entertained, he will find his own hobby to engage in, but often
dogs choose inappropriate behavior such as; barking, digging, chewing, ripping
up carpeting, eating drywall, chasing children, stealing, and other general
Most often when I hear my
clients complain about these behaviors I wonder if the dog is truly mentally
and physically stimulated at home.
Check out the great work that has started at Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control. The shelter was award a grant from petfinder to hired a full time trainer Karen Owen to oversee a new shelter training program. Please check out her first day on the job in the link below.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cc7RzBzgmqc
Why Humans Live Longer Than Dogs
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old
Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and
their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker and they were hoping
for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the
family there were no miracles left for Belker, and offered to perform the
euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would
be good for the four-year-old Shane to observe the procedure.
How to properly Socialize your Puppy
animal trainer will tell you, an obedient dog is a happy and confident dog.
Obedience training is a vital aspect of raising a new puppy, as puppies develop
most of their knowledge and perceptions of the world around them in the early
months of life. However, many dog trainers will argue that proper socialization
is even more important than taking your dog through basic training.
So, why is socialization more important than dog training? The characteristics
of a well-behaved puppy are more than skin deep.
Top Tips for Overcoming Separation Anxiety
For many dogs, even the slightest change in daily routines can be
upsetting. In response, poor Fido may start acting disruptive or
destructive, especially when left home alone. He may resort to urinating
and defecating indoors, howling, chewing, pacing or trying to escape
from the house or yard. When these issues are accompanied by signs of
panic, distress or depression, they may indicate your pooch suffers from
But don’t fear—we’re here to help!
Help Your Dog Love Visiting the Veterinarian
To prevent your dog from shaking and whining every time you
pull into the veterinary clinic parking lot, start training him to show
him that the veterinarian’s office is the greatest place in the world
when you first bring him home. This training obviously works better
starting as a puppy, but any dog can benefit from having positive
experiences at the veterinary office.
Follow these steps for a dog whose tail starts wagging when you reach the veterinarian’s office:
Understanding the relationship between Humans and dogs.
It is because dogs are
born with a desire to please the Captain of their team. We just need the key to
unlock this potential. And that key is – the Law of the Jungle. So let’s go to
Mother Nature (who wrote the original instruction book within the dogs’ DNA.)
And you will see it work right in front of your eyes. Not unlike speaking
Chinese to a Chinese person.
Relationships (in both
the green and the concrete jungle) are built around
trust, communication and cooperation