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By Jen Jeffress, behaviorist and trainer at Pawsitive Encounters
Be sure and take your dog out for at least one walk a day. Walks are instrumental in helping your dog stay fit physically as well as mentally. Allow her to sniff in some places, as dogs learn about their environment through their noses. I equate this as ‘reading the newspaper/watching the news’ for us humans. Much more exciting than looking at an empty paper or staring at a blank TV screen! If walks are a challenge since your dog pulls on the leash, purchase a front-clip harness, such as the Easy-Walk Harness, or Sense-ation Harness. A change of equipment can make a huge difference! Also, teaching your dog that pulling on leash won’t get her anywhere, but keeping the leash loose will let her move forward is a good way making your walks more pleasurable for both of you! Keep your eyes open for future tips on this topic! For more information or to contact me, visit pawsitiveencounters.com.
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Raising your dog right can be a lot of fun. The love, joy, and care you put into it is mutually beneficial. You get a loyal, well-behaved companion, and your dog gets the best shot at a good life. Much like raising a child, one very important aspect of raising a dog (whether he’s a puppy or not) is socialization. You want your dog to be comfortable around other dogs, cats, other animals, and humans of all ages. It’s a real pain to feel limited in regard to where you can take Fido because he might become aggressive or anxious. Read our tips so your pup feels comfortable and confident in every situation.
What is Socialization?
Socialization is the process of introducing your dog to new people, animals, places, environments, situations, and experiences. Exposing your dog to all these things helps him grow more accustomed to novel experiences. This increases his overall comfort and confidence and quells many of the fears and anxieties that come with simple, everyday activities. And the more comfortable and confident your pup is in everyday situations, the less you have to worry about car horns, walks in the park, meetings with other dogs, or veterinary exams bothering him.
Socialization is an important aspect of any dog’s life and ensures your dog’s emotional and behavioral health, so here are a handful of tips for a properly socialized pup.
- Start early. The prime age for introducing new experiences is between 3 and 12 weeks of age. That is when your pup is most accepting of new experiences. After 12 weeks, pups will become more cautious and hesitant of their surroundings. After about 18 weeks, the ideal “window” to socialize your pet slowly tapers off. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s impossible to socialize an adult dog, but it will be harder and take a bit more time and work, and you may need to enlist the help of a professional. If you already have an older dog that is anxious in certain situations, it’s never too late to help him by working on socialization.
- Socialization is not all or nothing. Training your dog is sometimes a matter of all or nothing: he either learns to sit on command or he doesn’t. Socialization is more like filling a bag. The more things your dog experiences or is exposed to, the fuller the bag becomes. Even the most reclusive dog has some social elements in his bag. After all, he is accustomed to you, family members,his home, his food, his toys, etc. Of course, he probably won’t adjust as easily to new things as a dog who has met a wider variety of people and dogs. Think of socialization as a project that goes through your dog’s entire life. Try to fill that bag up as much as possible.
- Safety first.Don’t be too eager to socialize your pup that you forget safety. Make sure the other dogs your pup encounters are as nice as he is. It may be better to start with one of your (human) friends before you move on to a canine stranger. The best method is to find a puppy play group that features dogs of the same approximate age and size as your own. Avoid your local dog park until your pup is older and more accustomed to meeting large groups of dogs.
- Take your pup’s cues. Let your dog set the pace during any socialization session. Forcing your puppy to make contact when he’s nervous can be traumatic and lead to unwarranted displays of aggression. The situation should be as comfortable as possible for your pup. Don’t overwhelm him, and if he’s tired or grumpy, you’re better off calling it a day.
- Variation is the key. Meeting new people and dogs is great, but socialization is about all the variations in your pup’s world, and that includes sights, sounds, smells, and textures. Let your dog hear a baby’s cries, honking horns, and the strum of a guitar. If he’s used to hardwood floors, take him to a home with carpeted floors. All of these little touches will help your dog understand that the world is an interesting place full of a great many things.
- Don’t forget the praise. Like any bit of training, make sure you dispense plenty of praise, pets, and treats. You may not get the chance on the spot, but when you get home from that walk in the park, puppy play date, or dog park, give your dog a good treat and plenty of time to rest and relax.
Have fun. Although socialization is a normal part of dog training, it shouldn’t be a compulsive exercise. You don’t need to set a daily schedule or routine for socialization. Just do your best to fill your dog’s life with as many interesting experiences and opportunities as possible.
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Dogs are man’s best friend. There’s no doubt that dogs are incredibly loveable and increasingly loyal to their owners. Treat a dog with care and respect and he will stick with you through thick and thin.
From cute and cuddly to large and rambunctious and everything in between, dogs come in all shapes and sizes, giving us humans the opportunity to pick and choose based on our own criteria. There are hundreds of breeds that exist in the world, and that’s not even taking into consideration the mixed breeds.
Of course, the main thing that many people worry about is training; specifically, house training. As much as you love a dog, you don’t want it piddling around the house. It’s important and necessary to set boundaries, and make use of modern housebreaking tools such as UGODOG. While every dog can be house trained, some breeds tend to be more stubborn than others. These stubborn breeds might take a little more time and a bit more coaxing. The key is to start training when they’re young.
If you lead a busy life with lots of time constraints, or if you’re a novice dog owner, you may want to go with a dog breed that is easier to train. Here are some of the best dog breeds for house training.
The Border Collie is known as the smartest dog breed available. They are also easy to potty train as puppies. Initially bred to herd livestock, Border Collies are just balls of physical and mental energy. They learn quickly, which makes house training a breeze.
However, Border Collies are prone to trouble if not properly trained, so make sure to train them early. They also get bored quite easily if not physically or mentally engaged, so give your Border Collie something to do every day to avoid any disasters in your home.
Known to be helpful, loyal, and courageous, Labrador Retrievers are a very common pet. Labs were originally bred to retrieve fish and fishing nets. Loveable and affectionate, Labradors always seem to have smiles on their faces.
Labradors are big bundles of energy but they’re also incredibly intelligent. You can begin training them as early as six months of age. Labrador Retrievers are eager to please, so house training should be a cinch.
As you might guess, these dogs were bred to herd sheep, so they are full of energy and smarts. Australian Shepherds are a bold, confident, and independent breed. Similar to the Border Collie, Aussies need a good physical and mental workout every day to allay any boredom. An under-stimulated Aussie will try to herd anything, including children, other animals, and even cars.
Your Aussie should pick up house training quite easily. Just make sure he gets enough exercise while he’s at it.
A smaller breed than those mentioned above, the Papillon is believed to have originated from the Dwarf Spaniel in Italy. The breed we see in the current day was developed in the 1800s by Belgian breeders. Papillon comes from the French word for “butterfly,” which describes this breed’s characteristic ears.
Papillons are probably the perfect lap dog with their small size and affectionate demeanor. They are also very clean and very intelligent, so house training should almost be second nature to them.
Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog was bred in the 1830s as a mix between a Smithfield and a wild dingo. This was then crossbred with several other breeds, including the Collie, Dalmation, and Australian Kelpie. Such a dynamic mix has led to the Australian Cattle Dog we know and love today. Like all other herding dogs, the Australian Cattle Dog craves physical and mental activity.
The Australian Cattle Dog is a smart, reliable breed and full of stamina. Start house training early and it shouldn’t be a problem.
The Toy Poodle is the tiny version of the standard Poodle we all know, but don’t let size fool you. Toy Poodles are playful, sensitive, and alert. They are incredibly affectionate, though some can be initially reserved around strangers. Toy Poodles may also bark and yap a bit.
These tiny dogs are full of energy. They are smart, but what makes poodles so easy to house train your is their sensitivity and eagerness to please.
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Are you proud of your dog and want to share his or her qualities with the world? Here is your chance. While browsing CBS.com I found this new series which puts teams of dogs together in search for America’s Greatest Dog. We are obviously dog lovers so I thought it would be interesting to look into this new series that is beginning soon. It sounds like a hit to me, and I’m sure any other dog lover will agree. I am curious to see what type of exercises and games these dogs will participate in. I’m thinking the show will be similar to American Gladiators, but for dogs. There is no official starting date, but I have already submitted my application to participate, and I am looking forward to the show. Below is a overview of the show:
About the Show:
Calling all talented dogs! CBS is looking for the most extraordinary teams of dogs and owners across the nation to compete for the title of “America’s greatest dog.” From purebreds to mutts, show dogs to stunt dogs, Pugs to Great Danes and agility dogs to dogs who dance the Tango – we want all types of talented canines. The winning team will walk away with bragging rights and a significant cash prize!
Do you brag that you have the most talented dog in America? Well here’s your chance to prove it! CBS is looking for the most extraordinary teams of dogs and owners across the nation to compete for the title of “America’s Greatest Dog” (working title). Owners and their pets – from “pageant dogs” to those simply trained at home – will live together and compete against each other in games that put the dog’s rapport with their trainer to the test.
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NEW YORK – Barking and baying, a precocious beagle called Uno took his first winning steps at Westminster. Uno easily took the best of breed Monday at America’s No. 1 dog show, bounding around the ring and trying to grab the lead out of handler Aaron Wilkerson’s hand.
“Snoopy would be proud,” Wilkerson said.
A perfectly trimmed toy poodle, a top Sealyham terrier and prize-winning Akita were among the 2,627 entries. The dogs came in 169 breeds and varieties, and there were four newly sanctioned types — the Tibetan mastiff, Beauceron, Swedish vallhund and Plott.
Tri-colored and nearly 3, Uno moved into Monday night’s judging in the hound group. While best in show will be presented Tuesday night, the playful 15-inch beagle certainly earned one title at Madison Square Garden: noisiest in show.
Uno sounded off every chance he got and clearly became the early crowd favorite, wagging his white-tipped tail and taking a flying leap at one of Wilkerson’s cooked pork loin treats.
“He was being his merry little hound self,” Wilkerson said.
While the movie “Underdog” was a big winner last year, a beagle is always a long shot on the Garden’s green carpet.
The best in show award has been presented 100 times by the Westminster Kennel Club and a beagle has never won. Part of the problem is the breed’s engaging, friendly nature.
“Great show dogs often have an air about them. It’s like this is their world and we’re just living in it,” Westminster TV host David Frei said. “But beagles want to be in our world.”
They also have another disadvantage: They’re far from the fancy-cut, froufrou dogs that often win.
“To some, a beagle may not look as spectacular as the Afghan hound, flying around the ring with all that hair,” Frei said.
With pleading, golden-brown eyes and plenty of tail-wagging personality, Uno could break out of the Westminster doghouse. No beagle has even won the hound group since 1939.
“To have the general public see an average dog going and competing and actually winning would send a signal that everyone can do it,” said Eddie Dziuk, one of Uno’s co-owners.
Uno came with his favorite stuffed frog toy and the fluffy pillow he sleeps on, the one with a Hollywood star. His official name is K-Run’s Park Me in First, and he bested 12 other entries in the 15-inch category.
Beagles also come in the 13-inch variety, though both types can come from the same litter. In show parlance, Uno is a “big beagle.”
Judge J. Donald Jones, former a dean at Emory University, will point to his choice as the champion right before 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Uno already has earned 32 best in show titles, and finished 2007 as the sixth-ranked show dog in the country. He took the hound group at the AKC/Eukanuba show in December.
A Sealyham terrier with a gray splotch over his left eye won that big competition in Long Beach, Calif. Called Charmin, he wound up as the No. 4 dog last year.
Also in contention will be a neatly primped white toy poodle born in Japan. Vikki has won 83 best in show ribbons and enters as the nation’s top dog.
An Akita that reached the best in show ring last year in New York will return. Missing will be James, an English springer spaniel who retired after winning last February.
USA Network and CNBC will split the coverage the first night, with USA doing the second night alone. Frei was hesitant to pick a favorite, though he did offer a prediction.
“What better choice could there be to win America’s dog show than an all-American dog?” he said. “A beagle winning would bring down the house.”
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