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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)

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

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 problem.

Teaching the Leave It command

The Basics of the "Leave It" Command
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.

Introduction to Nose Games

Nose Work 1 an Introduction to Nose Games
April 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 naughtiness.
Most often when I hear my clients complain about these behaviors I wonder if the dog is truly mentally and physically stimulated at home.

Training Started at charlotte animal care and control

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.

Why Humans Live Longer Than Dogs

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

 How to properly Socialize your Puppy
Like any 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.

Overcoming Seperation Anxiety

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 separation anxiety.  
But don’t fear—we’re here to help!

Help Your Dog Love Visiting the Veterinarian

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

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