Archive for February 6th, 2013

How can I get my 5 month old husky to stop biting?

Question by Mary: How can I get my 5 month old husky to stop biting?
He isn’t really “biting” it’s more like a nip. I know he is just playing but he doesn’t realize how hard he is “biting”. I know it’s just his way of playing but I don’t know what to do to make him stop! I have done everything I can think of to make him stop and nothing seems to help. He has chew toys too. Can anybody PLEASE help me??? I am desperate :'(

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Answer by lonleyplanet
Well, I’m afraid that if you don’t want to train your dog, he’s just going to keep walking all over you. Dogs need to learn basic manners if they are ever going to respect their owners. Just in case you change your mind, though, here is some info.

Your pup is probably interpreting your pops on the nose as reciprocating his playfulness. He thinks you are playing rough, so he sees it as an invitation to play even rougher.

Keep a collar on him at all times. If he is getting close to full size, you may need to use a pinch collar to get through all that fur. A properly fitted pinch collar has the prongs going across the back of the dog’s neck, not over his throat. Any time he mouths or bites you, you need to ‘pop’ the collar by jerking it (or the leash) quickly and releasing right away. Say ‘no’ sternly. This technique also works for getting your dog to ‘heel’ and not pull his leash on a walk. A mother dog bites her pups on the back of the neck and shakes them gently to correct them when they are still with her. A collar pop is the closest thing humans can do to this action. A pinch collar replicates the feel of the mother’s teeth.

Above all, make sure he gets enough exercise. Huskies are extremely active dogs, bred to tirelessly haul a sled for 12+ hours straight. It sounds like your pup is pretty energetic, and it’s hard to make a dog pay attention when he’s full of pent-up energy. As Cesar Milan, the “Dog Whisperer” says, “Exercise, Discipline, Affection.” I add the emphasis, “in that order.”

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Q&A: Can anyone recomend a good pushchair?

Question by helz: Can anyone recomend a good pushchair?
Baby is 3 months old – tend to use it mostly around town, although also need to use it when dog walking across fields. Needs to be fairly light and fit in the boot of a car. Has anyone got any recomendations??

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Answer by professional_mother
If you ask about a “stroller” instead of a “pushchair”, the Americans on this list may understand what you’re saying better. I have never used a stroller, so I can’t make a recommendation, but I’m sure that there are people who can. (And, if anyone who speaks American English is reading this, the “boot” is the trunk of the car…)

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Training Sonny on the Dog Ramp

Sonny’s first introduction to the Pet Gear Tri Fold Travel Lite ramp.