Archive for September 29th, 2010

Q&A: The Dogfatehr’s “The Perfect Dog” Training Video?

Question by Go Herd: The Dogfatehr’s “The Perfect Dog” Training Video?
Hello all! I have a dog who is about to be 1 year old in two weeks. I’m not really sure of his breed as he is a rescue and his parents were not around when he was found.

I’ve had him about 10 months now and can’t seem to train him. I’ve tried several methods of training him (treats, praise…) but he’s still quite a handful, and it’s not just the puppy in him.

As it stands, he will occasionally sit on command (although he usually goes straight to the “down” position when I tell him to sit) and bites a LOT! He will sometimes get his entire mouth around my hand, arm, or ankle. When he does this, I try to grab his snout and close it (not too hard but tight enough so that he can’t open his mouth), make him look me in the eye, and tell him “NO BITE!” in a firm, low, calm voice. He usulaay goes right back to it though. I’ve tried making a whistling noise through my teeth when he bites and he doesn’t seem to hear this. I’ve tried yelping as a litter mate would when he plays too rough and he only looks at me for a second like “was that you?” and then goes right back to biting. I’ve also tried growling and barking like his mother would but he doesn’t seem to notice that either. With each of these cases, as soon as I have done something to let him know I’m not pleased with the biting (the growling or yelping), I’ve taken away attention from him and turned to something else but he just follows me. If I continue to ignore him, he bites harder until he gets some kind of attention. Now that he’s older and stronger, it’s really starting to hurt! I’ve also been using time out but that doesn’t seem to deter the biting on a regular basis.

I live about 50 miles away from the nearest dog trainer so obedience school is not really a possibility for me, so I was wondering if anyone knew anything about Don Sullivan’s “The Perfect Dog” training system ( Does it work? Does it provide what I need to know in order to properly train my dog?

Thank you in advance for your help!

Also, here is a link to a picture of my dog in case looking at him helps to get a better idea of what I’m working with (as I have already said, I’m not really sure what breed he is, but some of you might be able to make and educated guess by looking at him!).
I know there is no “quick fix” but since the methods I’ve been using haven’t worked, I need some sort of help. I was thinking that training videos would help me understand how to better train my dog.

And to Anne – I also think he has at least some BC in him. When anyone leaves a room, he follows them and nudges thier feet until he gets them back where he wants them, haha!

Best answer:

Answer by di
Do you do any other training with your dog? Get him out on the leash, work with him several times a day. Sometimes a dog will get the message not to bite by holding his mouth open, use 1 finger on his lower jaw only. Push it down gently and say no. You could also try a finger flick on his nose. Tuck your middle finger into your thumb and let fly. It’s a quick movement that will surprise and startle your dog more than hurt. Repetition and consistency are the tools you need. You could try the training system as you have no other option. Also you could try the Dog Whisperer books.

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Dog Diabetes: Caring for Diabetic Dogs

Dog Diabetes: Caring for Diabetic Dogs

Diabetes is a silent killer. Slowly, it can take the life out of your pet. This disease may not show any outward symptoms, which actually makes it deadlier.

Most dog owners don’t know that their pet is suffering from this disease until it is too late. Dogs with diabetes should be cared for accordingly for their condition not to exacerbate.
Just follow the guidelines below and your dog will be in the pink of health at all times despite its present condition.

1. Visit the vet regularly.

Once your dog has diabetes, it would require regular appointments with the doctor. The vet would diagnose the present condition of your pet and would provide it with the right medications. It is very important that your pet’s health is monitored as frequently as needed because its condition may change from good to worse without you knowing about it.

2. Give your dog its medicines.

The vet would give your dog the necessary medications it needs to manage its disease. It is best that you follow all the vet’s instructions from dosage to the frequency of shots. Dogs suffering from advanced cases of diabetes may require regular insulin shots in order to experience immediate relief from their condition. You would have to give the shots yourself so make sure that you do it well.

3. Give your dog regular exercises.

Exercise is very important for dogs with diabetes. Take your dog out for a walk more frequently this time around. Doing so would allow the dog to manage its insulin levels and keep it active. It is possible that your dog would experience lowered energy after the walks. This is one of the effects of diabetes. To counter this, try to you can give your pet healthy honey or anything that the vet recommends.

4. Provide your dog with a high fiber diet.

More than anything else, your dog needs added nutrients in the food that it eats. Dogs with diabetes need a fiber-rich, low fat, and high carbohydrate diet. It may also be necessary for you to change your dog’s feeding schedule for it to correlate with its shots. The quantity of food you should give your pet must be monitored closely as well. Let the veterinarian guide you accordingly so you’ll know which foods to give and which foods to avoid.

5. Give your dog some vitamin supplements.

Most dogs with diabetes have problems meeting their nutritional requirements for the day. If this is your biggest problem with your pet, it is best that you give your pet some helpful supplements that can help improve its health. You may have to give your pet Vitamin A, B, and C. Regular intake of the mineral Chromium would help a lot as well.

Dogs with diabetes can still live a normal life. It is but a matter of managing the disease well. Pet owners should be very wary that their pet’s condition may worsen anytime soon so they have to do everything that it takes to make sure that their dog is living as comfortably as possible. Work closely with the veterinarian and your dog will continue to live a happy and a contented life with you.

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Is Dog Arthritis Affecting Your Pet

Is Dog Arthritis Affecting Your Pet

Arthritis is a disease of the skeletal system that hampers the proper functioning of the bones, joints, cartilages as well as the other parts of the skeletal system. It affects the overall functioning of the entire skeletal system and causes the movement of those affected to be limited because of this. Arthritis is a disease that plays very fair and affects different breeds and races of creatures without any sort of discrimination what so ever. It does not only affect humans, it also causes much discomfort to the best friends of man- canines.

Dog arthritis is a disease of the skeletal system of the canine where it loses its usual flexibility and as a result the overall free motion of the canine is affected. The disease is very painful for the dog and any dog suffering from it shows great relentlessness on being touched by anyone. It also affects the mental health of the dog and it becomes impatient and irritated; therefore, exhibiting bad behavior. The spread of the disease is immense. Researches and studies have shown that it is so well spread that about one dog in every five in the United States suffers from chronic pain due to dog arthritis.

Dog arthritis has been observed majorly in larger dogs who are kept as pets because often times they do not enjoy much daily physical activity in their lives. As a result of this the bones and joints have a greater chance of degeneracy as compared to stray dogs. Dog arthritis renders the bones and the joints ineffective in causing any kind of motion. The skeletal system of the canine becomes highly sensitive and acute pain is observed by the dog on being touched. As a result, the dog prefers to stay at a single place and goes through minimum mobility. This in turn affects its general behavior as well and makes it irritated and less playful. If you observe any of the above mentioned symptoms in your dog it should be seen as a cause for alarm and you need to give him the treatment and the care that he needs so that he can emerge out of the clutches of this disease.

The most important thing to be ensured as a dog owner is a healthy and nutrient rich diet for the dog. Your veteneranian can help you to jot down such a diet plan that would include more of calcium and phosphorus for the bones. The selected diet plan should include minimal fat content because too much fat intake by your dog will make it lethargic and hence aggravate the condition. Apart from the diet, it is also important to make your pet dog be active and jolly by taking the time to play with him/her or taking daily walks.

Although there is no cure for dog arthritis, there is a way to prevent them from having to deal with a great amount of pain. Exercise is very important but really paying attention to their behavior is also very important to recognizing the symptoms. Dogs cannot speak to us; therefore, it is important that we take the extra precautions.

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Basic Homemade Dog Food Recipe

Basic Homemade Dog Food Recipe

Have you ever wondered why your dog’s breath or body has that distintive “doggie smell”? It is generally caused by your dog ingesting chemicals and preservatives, rather then an all natural homemade dog food diet. Just by changing your dog’s diet, you will likely see a much healthier, more energetic and less odorous dog. I see and smell it for myself in my two labradors.

Imagine eating the same dry, chemical and preservative filled food every day for the rest of your life. The build up of cancer causing chemicals and preservatives is bound to affect your health negatively.

Checking with your vet or a pet nutritionist first, before starting your pet on a homemade dog food diet is always recommended. Just as we enjoy a variety of foods, so do our dogs.

Make sure you don’t just suddenly give your dog his new homemade diet in one immediate change, as this will cause stomach upset in most dogs. Slowly change him over by daily increasing your homemade food, and decreasing the old food.

A well balanced homemade dog food should contain approximately 40% meat, 30% starch, and 30% veggie/fruit on a daily basis. To ensure a heatlhy nutrtitious diet just follow the basic formula for any combination of ingredeints.

Get a good dog nutrition book, written specifically by an animal nutritionist, and read up on the proper kcals (calories) per day per pound of your dog, so you will know exactly how much to feed per day. Also there are many excellent homemade dog food recipe books available now, especially since the dog food recall killed so many of our beloved pets. Many more people are making their own homemade dog food, because we have become much more aware of the commercial dog food companies practices.

Organ meat (liver, kidneys etc.) and occasionally adding eggs are very good for your pet, and as we all know variety in our diets is always nice.

There are three important ingredients that must be included in your dog’s home made dog food every day.

1. 40% meat – any lean meat of your own choosing, such as chicken, turkey, beef or venison.

2. 30% vegetable/fruit combo – cooked and pureed – your 30% vegetable portion can be just one vegetable such as mashed carrots, or combine a few veggies along with a small amount of mashed fruit. You can use frozen, canned or fresh, whichever is handy and on sale.

3. 30% starch – white or brown rice, barley, oatmeal, macaroni or other pasta, or potatoes.

The easiest and quickest way is to make what I call doggie stew. Everything is thrown into one pot and steamed together until cooked. I use just a small amount of water to start to cook the meat, pasta and veggies. Cook the whole batch in a covered pot, and add water as it is absorbed. You don’t want it to be soupy when finished. Then I use a fork and shred the cooked meat and mash the veggies all in the same pot. Done and delicious.

I also give a calcium supplement, along with a few teaspoons of flax seed oil, or a vegetable oil such a canola, drizzled over the top. An addition of iodized salt is also good for your dog in a quantity depending on your dog’s weight.

Feed two meals per day, rather than one big one,

Your homemade dog food can be prepared in larger batches and frozen in the proper serving sizes, ready to thaw and eat. Any hot food should be allowed to cool down before serving your dog. I usually leave the mixture on the counter for 20 – 30 minutes, and it is close to room temperature by then. Your dog’s stomach can be upset if they eat food that is too hot.

Give it a try, and you will find that it is not as time consuming as it sounds, once you get into a routine, and your dogs will live longer healthier chemical free natural lives.

I am not a professional animal nutritionist, just an animal lover and advocate of speaking up and doing the best we can for all our pets.

Feeding your pet a proper heatlhy nutritious diet will give them the best advantage to a healthier and longer life. I have more info and ideas for your pets health at my website.

Check it out here. Dr. Greg explains how to cook homemade dog food for those dogs affected by allergies to ingredients in commercial foods, or for those dogs that are obese. His book Dog Dish Diet explains what pet owners can do to feed their dogs healthful ingredients.