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Anxiety in Dogs – Building a Happier, Healthier Relationship

Anxiety in Dogs – Building a Happier, Healthier Relationship

Anxiety in dogs is a behavioral problem that many dog owners have to face at some point in time.

Don’t fear, because you are not alone! This does not mean that you have to give up your dog. Quite the opposite: By working on the anxiety problems with your dog you will not only learn how to better communicate with your dog, but you will be building a stronger bound.

Does your dog suffer from anxiety? Think about it for just a moment and ask yourself these questions:

Is your dog afraid to be alone in the house, while you are out for more than just a couple of minutes? Does your dog bark and chew on things, anxiously awaiting your return?

These are common examples of anxiety in dogs.

Anxiety in dogs needs to be taken seriously, because not only does it place a lot of stress on your four-legged friend. Outright fear may prompt your dog to snap at people, including yourself, for its own defense. Destructive behavior, which includes the destruction of your furniture and other objects, is also a common trait in anxious dogs.

Anxiety in dogs often roots in simple misunderstandings between you and your canine family member. To understand your companion’s anxiety, you have to remind yourself how your dog experiences being part of a human family. Fulfilling your dog’s need to be protected is at the core of resolving behavior problems of this nature.

Fortunately, there are some effective and easy ways for you to battle anxiety in dogs, and in such display your calm and assertive authority as pack leader.

Your pet’s anxiety isn’t something that your dog was born with, rather it has developed during the course of your relationship. Now that you know the signs, it is up to you to correct the misunderstanding that has taken place and bring back the enjoyment both you and your dog share with one another.

Learning to read and work out anxiety in dogs is one example of how you can improve your understanding of and relationship with your dog. Hungry for more? Visit us for more dog training tips!

Helpful dog training tips taken from Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan’s official online dog coaching course,
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Nice “dog Facts” photos

A few nice dog facts images I found:

Hot Dog Knowledge

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Hot Dog Knowledge

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Adopting A Dog ? Finding That Perfect Dog

Adopting A Dog ? Finding That Perfect Dog

When adopting a dog, it is best to ensure that you and the dog is a perfect match. No amount of preparation though can limit your dog to the characteristics, temperament, and behavior that are ideal for you. Nevertheless, several small preparations can help minimize the odds that you are adopting a wrong dog for you or your family. Adopt the perfect dog using the following criteria:

The dog breed.
The dog’s breed is critical in choosing a dog that will fit the credentials you are looking for. Sure, the breed’s temperament and characteristics are just approximations of how the dog would turn out when it’s full grown and that individual dogs have individual personalities. Still, the dog’s breed can still give you an idea of what to expect.

The dog’s function.
Not all people who adopt a dog do so only to make them as a pet. There are owners who seek to put their dogs to use according to the dog’s activity or training. Some are made into therapy dogs, others as guide dogs. If you are considering a dog for specific purposes, you are advised to pick ones that have undergone special training or, in general, have the traits suitable for the function.

The dog’s source.
There are plenty of places you can go to when looking for a dog ready for adoption. There are the rescue groups, the animal shelters, and local humane societies for dogs. These have individual preferences about the dogs they take in, which should give you an idea of what to expect in the dogs they shelter.

Animal shelter is the way to go when wanting to save a dog’s life. Animal shelters don’t necessarily keep track of the dog’s history so you can expect surprises as the dog grows old with you. Also, they often accept mixed breed dogs or mutts who possess unexpected characteristics. If you are not a big fan of surprises, you can look into the selection of dogs rescue groups have.

Rescue groups are, in general, the best sources for dogs that are good for adoption. These keep tabs of their dogs’ history and the dogs’ previous owners. So if you are interested in knowing the conditions from where the dog you are planning to adopt came from, a rescue group is the best place for you to begin your search. On top of these, rescue groups are very specific about the breeds they accept. They also shelter their dogs in actual homes, not in kennels.

Your home.
Where the dog is going to is also crucial factor when adopting a dog. Some dog breeds are not suitable for families with children, others are not comfortable in confined places.

If you have kids in the family, the size and activities of the dog you are planning to adopt should be considered. Small dogs are likely to be abused when kids are around because more often than not, kids treat their dogs like they would their toys. Very huge dogs, on the other hand, are a big no-no for small kids. Children could be hurt around powerful, muscular, and oversized dogs.

Also check into the policies of the neighborhood you are living in. If you are living in an apartment, check with your apartment owner for their pet regulations. You don’t want to adopt the perfect dog only to give it back to the shelter because of your living area’s no-pet clause policy.

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BIG Book Of Puppy Names: Picking Your New Puppy’s Name Doesn’t Have To Be A Chore!

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Dog Training Supplies Help Dogs Meet Unexpected

Dog Training Supplies Help Dogs Meet Unexpected

For many dog owners, training their pets means teaching them to use an outside bathroom, not to chew up the furnishings and not to jump up on every person who walks in the door. Many forget there are other jobs dogs can do and specialty dog training supplies may be needed. For example, a good hunting dog may be born from a family of hunting dogs, but they will still need appropriate training to learn what the human half of the hunting team expects from them.

Even the best breeding cannot prepare a dog not to jump at the sight and sound of a sudden flushing of a bird from hiding. Quail and chukars are used with funnels made for pointing the birds flight in a specific direction. The funnels, considered dog training supplies, are also used to recall the training birds into their cages or hutches to be used over again. Chukars, a member of the pheasant family are better thought of as training birds since they flush faster and louder than quail.

For those who do not like using live birds with their dog training supplies, bird launchers can boost artificial birds in a sudden fashion, similar to a real bird being launched from the brush. Some use a manual launch mechanism while others can be activated by remote control with a few available for up to eight separate launch controls.

Not All Dog Training Supplies Used For Hunting

For those who do not use a dog for hunting, dog training supplies can be useful for teaching limits of confinement without the need to erect an unsightly fence around their property. A special receiving collar can be worn by the dog with an underground electric fence that gives the animal a small electrical shock if they attempt to pass the line.

It does not take long for the animal to understand where the limitations are and once it has remembered the boundary, the fencing can be turned off. The dog will most likely not attempt to cross the line fearing a repeat of the jolt from previous attempts. Another of the collar related dog training supplies is used to control barking and as the dog learns that a bark causes a shock, will be hesitant to bark.

A similar system exists which enables the user to apply a shock by remote control to help training for behavior modification. For example, confined to the yard the dog attempts to dig up a flower bed. A short push of the remote control will remind the dog that behavior is unacceptable and helps train the animal to leave the flowers alone.

Roland Parris Jefferson III is a private researcher working out of Santa Monica, California. You can stay informed and up to date by visiting his Dog Training Supplies Website.

Did you know posting a “Beware of Dog” sign?

Question by st.lady (GitEm): Did you know posting a “Beware of Dog” sign?
Could get you sued. In a Pa. court the judge ruled that posting this sign meant you knew the dog was aggressive. Even if the person entered your property uninvited.
Did you also know they ruled that a “Attack Dog on Duty” sign would make you NOT liable if someone entered your property uninvited? One is a “look out for the dog” and the other is “you will get bit, this is a warning. a dog is doing a job” . What do you think?
Oh and you better ask your home owners insurance prior to putting up either sign.
….Never…. I agree in part of what you are saying however, my homeowners insurance wanted to know if there would be animals on the premises and what breed they would be. I live right on the Pa. Delaware borederline and just 1 1/2 blocks from my home it is against the law to own a Pit Bull without a permit and registration. Homeowners will not cover the breed either.
My brother in law has a sign that says “The hell with the dog watch out for the owner” It’s a picture of a gun

Best answer:

Answer by Naysaツ
Really? my grandparents have one on their front door and gate… they have a MALTESE lol they got the signs when they had their border collie, who was a big chicken any way, but use the signs to ward of unwanted people.
And I have recently put on up on mine and none of my dogs are aggressive, once again just to ward off people, I have seen many houses in my neighbour hood with them signs and well their dogs just sit there, some may bark, but none appear to be aggressive in their barks.

That is news to me.

I’ve seen some funny signs, a friend of mine has a very temperamental cat and has a sign “Beware! Attack cat on duty”
And I’ve seen the beware of owner ones, they do come up with some amusing signs

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Why isnt my horse the “puppy dog” type?

Question by fadedoak: Why isnt my horse the “puppy dog” type?
I know it may be expecting too much from a leased horse, but I have been working with her for the last 3 years. And now finally lease her, but she doesn’t greet me, she recognizes me when I come in, she is a great horse, but I can help but be jealous of those who have the critters that are so socially welcoming.
I see her about 4 days a week, and am one of the 2 people she sees on a weekly basis.
I pride myself on being able to find the itchy spots on horses that cause them to lean over and twitch their lip, but I can’t seem to find hers for the life of me.
She is also on the older side of things, and I was curious if that puppy dog aspect just comes in younger horses.
Have done join-up, and when its too hot to ride, I just hang out with her in the pasture. We are working on tricks

… its not just riding.
I am glad some people have the same problem.
She was formerly a therapy riding horse (and I worked with her through that aspect, so I am sure I am associated with WORK) I am trying hard to break that and work with her on the ground and not always riding.

Best answer:

Answer by crazychica83_2002
No some horses just aren’t like that. Some horses come with bigger personalities then others. Just like people some people arent overly affecotionate.

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