Your dog may want to be the one in charge but that is not always the best thing for them. Whether it be for safety reasons, or to be socially acceptable, curtailing your dog’s spontaneous behavior by telling them “no” is often necessary. Although pup may seem annoyed not to have their way having some discipline will be helpful (and secretly welcomed) and not hurtful.
Pulling on the leash: Leash pulling can be dangerous for both the dog and the walker. Dogs, especially large breeds, can be powerful and, if they decide they want to run after something, can easily pull their walker into traffic. Potentially tragic for both.
Jumping Up: Puppies may be cute when they greet people when the jump up on them, a greeting that can be potentially dangerous when they are an adult. A large dogs harmless greeting could be easilly dangerous for anyone.
Excessive Barking: Excessive barking can be very disruptive and is unnecessary. This type of behavior is often caused by boredom but other times dogs will just bark because they can. It’s important for all involved to let your dog know this type of behavior is not acceptable.
Begging For Food: Continually giving food to your dog can be detrimental to their health as over feeding will quickly lead to obesity. Another danger is that some seemingly harmless human foods are toxic to dogs. While it may be difficult to ignore that cute face it’s best to be strong and say “no”.
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Dog walks can be very social for both dog and human. Walking in a well-traveled area it is likely you will meet another dog along the way. Since all dogs will react differently in this situation it’s always important that you know well the furry friend on the other end of the leash. Continue reading
Shelters and rescues full of wonderful dogs that are ready and waiting for adoption. One person can’t help them all but there is a way to make a difference. Spread the word!
Walking a dog is never as simple as leasing up and walking out the door. With different dogs, each walk is an adventure in walking styles. Some just love to walk, a leisurely stroll to enjoy the fresh air. Others what to see and explore everything and, since I’m attached at the other end of the leash, take me along for the ride. Continue reading
How does your dog like to cool off during the hot summer month? Ice cubes and other frozen treats can be fun and healthy warm weather treats and activities for your pup.
Many dogs love to snack on ice cubes or crushed ice. This special summer treat will also help keep your dog hydrated and many may prefer this source to the water bowl. Float ice cubes in the water bowl for added fun and to keep the water cool and fresh. If giving cubes of ice be sure they are not to dense to prevent tooth injury.
For a fun outdoor summer game, freeze as assortment of your dogs favorite types of toys, balls, etc., in a block of ice. As the block melts in the sun your dog will have a great time licking the block to free the toys.
On an outing for a cold summer treat? Bring your dog along to enjoy the fun. Many places, including Starbucks and Rita’s, have special frozen treats on the menu for dogs.
What are some ways your dog likes to keep cool in the summer?
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Have you ever met a herding dog? Acting completely on instinct, these amazing dogs can herd animals often those that are many times their size.
Herding dogs include Shetland Sheepdog, Corgi, Boarder Collie, Australian Shepherd, and Collie. These dogs are smart, active, and take direction easily. If they are not on a farm, or even if they have never seen a farm animal, they are known to herd humans (especially small children), cats, or almost anything that moves.
Highly intelligent, these dogs are happiest when they have a job to do and, when bored, they often become destructive. Agility training and Nosework are wonderful activity for them.
The AKC added the Herding Group in 1983 and was the most recent group to be included. The Westminster Dog Show is a wonderful way to see all the herding dogs as well as all the dogs from every group.
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The answer to yesterday’s “GuessThe Breed” is German Shorthaired Pointer!
Do you know your dog breeds?
It’s day 8 of the A-Z Blogging Challenge and today for letter “G” we have the “Guess The Breeds” Game!
Letting your dog out to run around in a fenced yard may sound like a wonderful idea. Although it sounds like a good solution for exercise for your dog, and an easy way to let them “do what they need to do” is it really ideal from your dog’s point of view?
Don’t like going to the gym? Living with a dog has many wonderful health benefits and one of the best is their ability to motivate you to get out and move! Here are some ways to exercise with your dog and you will probably not even realize you just had a workout.
Sometimes drying a dog can be challenging. Especially when pup likes thinks towel drying is playtime. As a dog walker I often have to walk in the rain and then dry, sometimes uncooperative, dogs. Here are some ways I have found to make towel drying a little easier.