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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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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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