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by guest blogger Claire Jorge

Planning to get a puppy is something that truly puts a spark of excitement in dog lovers; and the first time that you see and hold your puppy is not only a thrilling moment, but a happy one as well. You spend the day playing and cuddling your puppy, and getting so much pleasure out of the experience; and then came the puppy’s first night away from its mother. You put your puppy in its place, preparing it for bed. You put water and maybe a few toys to keep it occupied during the night. You turn off the lights and go to bed. Then, the whining starts. When this happens, you do everything to make it stop. But are you doing it correctly? Also, why is the dog whining in the first place?

Apart from growling and barking, another way that dogs communicate with humans is by whining. There are different reasons why puppies or dogs whine. Before you employ means to discipline your dog or call Cesar Millan, it is best to understand why it’s whining in the first place. This way, you’ll know how to approach the problem the right way. Remember that various breeds are pretty impressionable and doing the wrong thing could actually exacerbate instead of improve the problem.

Like kids, puppies also cry when they miss their moms. This is demonstrated through whining, particularly on its first night in a new home. Dogs also whine, and there are various reasons for this as well. It may be due to pain, anxiety or they may be in need of something, such as food, water or attention. So, here are a few things that could help your puppy get more comfortable; and thus, reduce or alleviate whining. These tips are also useful for those with more mature dogs.

Create a Warm and Comfortable Environment

Make sure that your puppy has a warm and comfortable place to sleep in. Puppies often cuddle with their moms and siblings, and they are so used to being enveloped by something warm. Keeping puppies warm is also necessary since these animals are too young to have enough fat or fur that helps in protecting them from extreme cold.

Let It Know You’re Nearby

If possible, don’t leave a new puppy outside. Have it somewhere near where it can smell your presence. A puppy may whine because it feels unsafe or unsure. Hence, having the scent of its pack leader, which is you, nearby, will help in calming it down. Try putting the puppy’s crate in your room or have it snuggle in a shirt or any cloth that has your scent. If the whining doesn’t stop, ignore it. Don’t have the dog sleep in bed with you as it will learn that whining means that it will then be taken to your bed.

Bladder Control

Puppies are small and their bodily systems aren’t exactly mature yet. This is why their bladders only hold a small amount of urine. So, when your puppy whines, it could mean that it needs to go to the toilet. You may have to take your puppy outside to do its business every two hours. Though it may seem like a lot of work, it’s a great way to toilet train your puppy at a very early age.

Upset Dog

A dog can get upset if it senses that something is not right with its environment. Maybe someone it doesn’t recognize is close by or maybe he is worried about the presence of another animal. As a dog owner, it’s important to learn how to differentiate your dog’s whines so that it will become easier for you to know why it’s whining and address the problem appropriately.

Anxious Dog

Dogs also experience separation anxiety. When they do, they express this through whining. It’s a vocalization that they want to become reunited with their owners.

Dog in Pain

Dogs in pain also whine. When your dog suddenly whines for no apparent reason, have it checked by a vet. It may be in pain or maybe it’s not feeling well.

Claire Jorge is a skilled vet who regularly contributes helpful blogs to recognized animal websites. She provides guidance to pet owners, basing her advice on her experiences at Miami Animal Hospital. She currently lives with her beautiful Akitas, Betsy and Mae, which are well-trained protection dogs.

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byguest blogger Dr. Susan Wright, DMV

Dog owners want their dog to be obedient, and listen and respond appropriately when they are commanded to. However, the result of an obedient dog requires a lot of time and attention in training your pup to follow your lead. The best-case scenario to obtain an obedient dog is to train your dog at the ideal time. There are certain periods of a dog’s life where it is easier to mold than others, and this is when the dog is still a young puppy. While any dog can be trained and habits can be broken, it is most ideal to have these lessened learned while the dog is still young.

Is anybody watching?

Start Young

So when is the best time to begin obedience training? Typically, the best period to start training your dog is between 7 and 16 weeks of age. This age is ideal because the puppy has had the adequate time to grow, develop and be nurtured by his mother and learn imperative dog socialization from his littermates. When you first adopt a puppy, your dog begins to interact and live with people. This is also when your dog will learn habits that may stick with him through adulthood.  Make sure you are clear on your stance about basic behavior patterns that you will accept and not tolerate, like biting, chewing aggressiveness etc.

Keep Training Brief & At Home

As your dog is still young and susceptible to some diseases it is best to keep the obedience training at home alone and begin with simple commands.  Work with your dog to understand how to sit, stay, lay down and come. Since your dog will be young and have a short attention span it is important to keep the training sessions brief and condensed, but repeat them often daily. Start out with five minute training sessions, repeated five to seven times a day. You may find it is best to work on one command at a time, and introduce others one at a time as your dog becomes proficient in leaning the skill.

Stay Positive & Creative

The best method to teach your dog is using positive learning, or positive reinforcement. Reward your dog for doing what you want him to do, verses scolding him when he does not. Dogs naturally want to delight their alpha dog, which is you, so when they receive love, attention and praise they will want to repeat the behavior to receive more of the good attention. When you are training your dog, incorporate lessons throughout the day with different activities to help teach your dog how they will use the skill and to make training fun. For example, ask your dog to sit and stay while you go grab his food to feed him. This will help your dog practice the commands and control – especially when he really wants to eat!

Reinforcing Behavior

Once your dog has some age, you might consider professional training to reinforce what you have already taught your dog. You of course may also continue training your dog at home and introduce your own distractions. It is also important to keep your dog involved in socializing with other animals, either through playtime with a neighbor dog or visits to a local dog park. Most importantly understand that obedience training is a life-long commitment to your dog.

Dr. Susan Wright DMV is a veterinarian with more than a decade of experience. Susan is a writer and serves as a dog bark collar expert. Dr. Wright and her staff share their love of dogs both professionally and personally by writing informational and entertaining pieces on the proper care of domestic animals.

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by guest blogger Dr. Susan Wright, DMV

Puppy needs attention

We see it all so often that it almost seems natural, but no matter how often we see a dog chasing a car, we all still wonder what is going on in the dog’s brain to make him want to chase a car. While we know a dog’s mind is not as developed as a human brain — which is why it is so important to consistently train your dog with positive reinforcement — we ponder at what the panting dog, chasing after the car is doing or hoping to accomplish.

Fulfilling a Natural Desire

Well the act may seem natural because in fact it is natural. Dogs are connected in their long 

line of genealogy to wild dogs and even in some cases wolves. No matter how domesticated they are, these past connections give dogs inkling to have an enhanced prey drive. Simply put, dogs automatically are attracted to things that are moving away from them and they want to chase it. Be it a tennis ball, a rope toy, Frisbee, kids riding bikes, joggers or cars driving past, if the dog is free and able they will likely chase it/them.

Achieving an Adrenaline Rush

Today’s dogs are far enough removed that the chase is not about a kill in the end result, more of just a fun adrenaline rush for the dog to do his best to chase the object and even try to entice it/them in a game of chase. If you have been to a dog park or had a doggie play date lately, you know firsthand how excited dogs get when they are participating in an intense, friendly game of tag. They enjoy the chase, the catch and then want to play repeatedly. This act is all related back to their natural instinct of having a prey drive.

Training, Safety Precautions & Exercise

So the next time you see a dog chasing a car you can rest assured that, while the act is dangerous, it is natural for the dog. Responsible dog owners should do their best to work with dogs to change this behavior through training and the use of safety measures like installing an invisible fence around their property to help keep their dog safe and within the allowed roaming area. However, no amount of safety precautions should ever be enough to leave your dog roaming around outside without the owner monitoring their dog.
Unfortunately, there is always a chance that the first time a dog escapes it could be their last time, especially if the dog is a car chaser! Rather, owners should spend outdoor time with their dog together and even spark their natural need to chase by starting a game of chase with their four-legged best pal! Not only will the act help fulfill the dog’s natural tendency and need to chase, the time spent is great exercise for both the owner and the dog – a win-win as they spend quality time with one another, getting back to the basics of why they adopted a dog in the first place!

Dr. Susan Wright DMV is a seasoned veterinarian, a wireless dog fence expert. Dr. Wright and her staff provide informative information to dog owners on how to provide a safe dog environment.

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by guest blogger Claire Stanton

Dog licking childs face

Dogs and cats are two of the most popular pets around. Millions of people have these animals in their homes, and both canines and felines are treated as part of the family. Most of these pets are really loved to the point that they are spoiled more than kids. On top of that, they even have insurance, which is actually not a frivolity but a necessity since animal care can become pretty expensive.
Because you love your pet, you should not only be able to provide it with its basic needs. You must also give your canine or feline companion love and attention; and you will only be able to provide your animal with the best that you can offer by educating yourself about them. Knowing what your animal needs or likes is very helpful. But one major aspect that you should also pay attention to is emergency care. In case your animal gets into an accident, you’d know how to approach the situation and how to give first aid to your pet.

1. Caring for Cuts and Wounds

Animals are very rambunctious, and their hyperactivity can sometimes lead to disaster. In case your dog, for instance, cuts itself while playing outdoors, there are certain steps you have to follow, especially if your animal is bleeding. First, do not panic. Second, stop the bleeding. Get a clean cloth or gauze and put this over the wound. Apply pressure. Then, take your pet to a vet clinic or an animal hospital for treatment. Your vet will most likely give your pet a sedative or general anesthesia so that he can clean and close up the wound. Your pet will probably be given pain killers too.

2. Reminders When Taking Care of a Poisoned Pet

There are so many ways that your pet can be poisoned. It could ingest or inhale a toxic substance. Some noxious elements are also absorbed through the skin. If you suspect that your pet was poisoned, immediately contact poison control. You can also call the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or ASPCA. Have their numbers handy just in case.

Never encourage your pet to drink liquids because the fluids will only distribute the poison to the blood and other bodily organs much faster. Also, it is not a good idea to induce vomiting, particularly when your animal is – experiencing seizures, having difficulty of breathing, or unconscious. Do not induce vomiting if you believe that the poison is something very acidic or a flammable product, like gasoline.

3. What To Do When Your Pet Experiences Hypothermia

Winter is just around the corner, and it’s truly a wonderful and magical time. However, this is also the season when people, as well as pets, are at risk for hypothermia. Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature gets really low. Your pet may experience hypothermia if it gets left out in the cold too long or if it falls in a pool of freezing water. But aside from environmental factors, hypothermia in animals, specifically dogs, may be a sign of a serious disease or infection.

If your pet experiences hypothermia, here are a few things that you should remember. First, place your pet in a warm environment. Then, dry your pet, in case he is wet, and cover with thick blankets. To add more heat, put a hot water bottle on the covers. Finally, call your vet.

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Claire Stanton is a freelance writer and a pet owner. She blogs about pet care, veterinarians and animal hospitals, like Buford Animal Hospital that offers affordable yet excellent vet services.

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by guest blogger Susan Wright, DMV

Is your dog home alone during the day on his own? If so, doggie day care may be just what you need to make sure he has company

Dog resting in grass

during those long days. Most dog owners nowadays recognize that their faithful pets need companionship to lead a fulfilled and happy life. Even work-at-home dog owners are taking advantage of day care since they may not be able to give their dogs the attention they deserve.
There is no substitute for letting your dog meet other friendly dogs that are keen to have fun and enjoy a game. The nice thing about a doggie day care is dogs are screened for aggression and bad behavior, and a professional dog handler supervises their play activities. You’ll know that you are leaving your dog in a safe environment with competent carers when you use a well-managed doggie day care center.

When your budget is a concern.

The cost of sending your dog to a day care facility can be quite costly if you are bringing him in five times a week when you’re at work. If this is too much of an expense to carry, most day care facilities for dogs will allow you to bring him in just once or twice a week. This cuts down the costs while still offering your furry friend some fun and excitement during the week. For most dog owners, the cost is well worth it because their dog is much happier and less likely to be anxious when left alone.

Dogs need to release energy
For most people it’s difficult to gather up the energy to play or even walk their dog after a grueling 8-hour day at work. Taking your dog for a half-hour walk as you drag your tired feet is not going to give your four legged best friend all the exercise he needs. Ideally, take him to an off leash park so that he can run free and expend his excess energy. Can you do this on a daily basis? If not, doggie day care will help him get the exercise he needs.

Day care is good for you too
If you don’t like to leave your dog in the backyard when you are out, you’ll need to leave him either loose inside your home or in his crate while you’re at work.  If you do this for too long, your dog will either go to the toilet on your floor or hold on until you get home. Neither of these is ideal. On the one hand, you’re likely to have a mess to clean up, and on the other, holding on for so long isn’t good for him. By enrolling your dog in a day care center you won’t have to worry about your dog being confined for hours at a time.
When you pick your dog up from daycare, he’ll be comfortably tired and very happy to see you. You can then sit down together and have a cuddle, and share stories about your day.

Susan Wright DMV is a dog expert and a vet. Susan writes articles featuring tips to create lasting memories with your dogs.

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by guest blogger My Pet Stop

Any responsible owner that takes a young dog into their home should begin some form of puppy training in order to ensure that they grow into a well behaved adult.  However, the training that puppies receive in modern society has changed greatly from methods that were previously accepted.

Puppy at play

The military influence

Many old school dog trainers will have learnt their trade whilst working in the forces, where dogs were schooled for combat training.  The theory was that the dog was your challenger and must be mastered.  In order for them to behave the way that you wanted, you must dominate them before they became too unruly and began to dominate you.

Looking back now the methods used were quite brutal, with physical force often used.  Puppy trainers would wait until the animal made a mistake and then correct hem by jerking on the collar and pushing them into the required position.  Such training methods can be cruel to both the dog and the trainer – especially if they are also the owner.  It certainly isn’t a good way to build a loving and lasting relationship between owner and dog.

A modern approach

Modern dog training methods are more focused on rewarding the dog for doing the correct thing.  The system works in three stages; stimuli, response and consequence. So this could be you commanding the dog to sit, him following your order and then receiving positive attention or a treat for doing so.  Learning behaviours for a positive reason as opposed to doing it to avoid punishment is certainly a more pleasurable experience for the dog and the trainer.

Improved training equipment

Whilst food treats, vocal appreciation and petting do go a long way in puppy training; you also need the classic leash to ensure that your dog behaves properly whilst out for walks.  Some people still favour the choker collars, with a quick jerk to correct a straying dog.  However, if not fitted properly or if used on certain breeds or puppies, they can cause irreparable damage to the trachea.  Even more controversial are the kind of collars that deliver a small electric shock to the dog when they are disobedient.  In most cases the dog will revert to bad behavioural habits or possibly even run away as soon as the collar is removed.

Modern training tools are now manufactured in line with evolved puppy training methods.  There are a wide range of excellent harnesses in the market that can help you communicate with your dog in a more natural manner.  By gently pulling on the leash you can apply small amounts of pressure to the dog’s muzzle area; getting the message across without causing any pain.

Article is provided courtesy of My Pet Stop – providers of professional puppy training services in the UK.

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by guest blogger Bigebiz

Have you ever seen a person pushing a baby carriage with a dog inside?  I have never understood this human obsession of trying to make dogs human.  We may think of dogs as our children, but dogs will always be just well…dogs.

It amuses me to see these same people trying to discipline their dogs using the “baby talk” voice and giving them this long lecture on

Dog sitting

why they are bad.  Like the dog can understand them. Dogs do not speak our language.  Sure they can pick up a word or too like “walk” and “treat”, but otherwise they got no clue what we are saying and frankly they don’t care.

Trying to train a dog by using human discipline techniques that we practice on our own children, simply will not work.  In order to train a dog you first must think a dog.   How do we do that?

First step is to speak “doggie talk”.  Huh?  Dogs mostly communicate through body language.  Everyone knows that a tail wagging from side to side is a sign of a happy dog, whereas a dog that growls is one that is wary.  Yet, how about all the other signs they express to us?  Have you ever witnessed your dog suddenly lean up against you blocking you from a guest?  Perhaps in your mind, you were thinking your dog was just being affectionate.   Wrong.  Actually, your dog was telling your guest that you were his property.  That is just one example of “doggie talk”.

Once you get the hang of “doggie talk”, you are then going to have to train your dog to stop doing bad habits.  The second step towards training your dog to fit within your human pack is to use food treats to reward good behavior.  Let us go back to the territorial behavior example I just mentioned.

If your dog is being territorial and leaning against you while you are entertaining, you must immediately correct this behavior.     Move in front of your dog so that you are between your dog and guest.  Then using calm energy, turn back towards your dog every so slightly hovering over him.  Your body language is telling him you are the boss.  Then once dog has gone into a submissive state like sitting down all the way to ground level, you should return your attention back to guest.  Now you have resumed the Alpha role.  After a minute if your dog is still resuming the submissive position, then you can reward him with treat.

The last step in training your dog is to always remain consistent with training approach.  You cannot slack off on your training.  If you allow your dog to lean into you again or reward treats when bad, then your dog is going to revert to old habits.  You are now confusing your dog and he has no incentive to listen to you.  Instead, keep up with your training approach.  Try taking it one step further.  Invite guest to sit down and make sure dog stays where you told him to stay.  Once dog obeys your command, I would reward him with bigger treat, like an elk antler.  Whatever the treat, make sure to only reward your dog when he is behaving the way you want.

Your dog may be a member of the family, but he is not human.  He is just a dog.  In order for your dog to fit within your human pack, you must think like a dog.  Then master “doggie talk” and become the Alpha of your pack.

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