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Dog training methods for anxious dogs
Articles - Training and Commands

Pets, like people, all have different personalities. Some dogs are adventurous, some are curious, and some are playful. There are dogs that love to sit on their owner's laps, some who like to be surrounded by kids, and others who prefer the company of other animals. Some dogs may be nervous, and this anxiety can come across in a variety of ways. Dog training methods for anxious dogs is a much about treating the problem as it is teaching the dog new commands.

Who is teaching whom?

Dog training experts often say that training methods are more about teaching the owner how to understand and work with their pet as it is about teaching Rex to sit. New dog owners sometimes misunderstand their pet's behavior and will try to reprimand the animal for typical canine conduct. Owners need to learn from their dog as much as the dog needs to learn from his owner.

One of the most important methods for calming nervous pets is to study their behavior and their environment. Try to determine the source of the anxiety and how the animal responds to it. Sometimes another pet in the household may be causing the reaction. A small dog in the household with a cat may be intimidated by the cat. This may sound strange, but it can happen.

Cats and dogs both have a pack order in the wild. If the cat is good sized and been in the household longer, they may consider themselves alpha and dominate the dog. The dog, because it isn't aggressive, may become submissive to the cat. If the dog becomes too submissive, the cat may eat the dog's food, not let the dog in certain areas of the house, or show other aggressive behaviors.

If this is the case, consulting a veterinarian or dog trainer can help the owner learn how to teach the dog to be more self-sufficient and to establish with both pets who is alpha in the home.

Anxiety behaviors

Behaviors of anxious pets can be excessive barking, submissive peeing, pulling on the leash, and even biting. Each of these behaviors can be dealt with using some basic training methods. If the dog barks constantly, especially when the owner doesn't see anything, this can be considered alarm barking.

Alarm barking often occurs when the dog hears a noise but can't see the source. Alternatively, they may bark at everything in sight hoping to sound fierce when they are frightened. In this case, the dog needs to be calmed and trained to stop barking.

If the dog starts barking, the owner should make him sit, stroke, and talk to the animal until it calms down. Once it is calm, praise him and perhaps offer him a treat. They will then learn that the owner wants them to relax. Once they learn to settle down on their own when they hear noises outside, the owner can work on the "quiet" command to get them to stop barking.

They need a leader

A leader of a pack protects its members as well as tells them what to do or not to do. Dogs need to be able to understand that owners will protect him and take care of them. Showing the pet that they are the alpha by being calm, firm and assertive will help calm the animal's anxiety and remove some of the unwelcome behaviors they exhibit.

Dog training methods for anxious animals vary depending on the source of the their anxiety and the type of behaviors they exhibit. If the person is a first-time dog owner, they may want to seek professional help when training an anxious pet. Researching local dog trainers and asking on online forums may help the owner learn how to help their nervous friend.

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Your Dog and the 4th of July Holiday - How to care for your dog on Independence Day
Articles - Anxiety

Dogs can get so anxious that they become frantic, and they can then start becoming very destructive. Some dogs jump through plate glass windows, tear up drywall and doors, and look for anything to destroy. The destruction of property is in addition to the injuries they can sustain during this time.

Many veterinarians prescribe sedatives to pet owners to help their dogs remain calm. These sedatives lower the dog's blood pressure and help to mellow them out. But drugs are not always the best solution to this situation.

Your dog may attempt to jump the fence in a panic just to escape the noise, and many dogs go missing when they run away out of fear. Another option is to care for your dog by placing them in a kennel during the holiday festivities.

Fireworks are just one part of the dilemma. While the noise is a major concern, the heat can also be potentially deadly to any type of pet. Your family may leave the house to enjoy the day and leave your dog in the backyard. In this kind of heat it doesn't take long for them to become overheated. Dogs can die of heat stroke, or may need to be rushed into the emergency room of your veterinarian's office.

Animals that need to be left outside for the holiday should be provided with plenty of cold water, as well as some shade, so they can escape the heat and not get dehydrated. Add some ice cubes to the dish of water so that it will stay cold longer.

If you are planning on having a party to celebrate the 4th, the BBQ can be a place of injury for dogs. Objects popping off the grill, such as hot dogs and corn on the cob, can cause burns and other injury. Eating a lot of fatty foods, like chicken skin, can cause pancreatitis and make your dog extremely ill.

Other precautions include cleaning up any leftovers from your fireworks. The cardboard may contain potentially deadly gunpowder. Any flames from the cooking or the fireworks are dangerous as well. The best advice is to not leave your dog alone on this holiday.

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Caring for Your Geriatric Dog - 8 Helpful Hints
Articles - Senior Dogs

All dogs age eventually, and with it comes ailments that may require special care. These times can be frustrating and scary for both of you. But, if you anticipate these changes you can prepare for them in advance. With a few helpful hints you can turn their golden years into a more pleasant experience for the whole family.

Average dog years: young (0-6 years) middle age (7-10 years) geriatric (11 years and over)

1. Most ailments come on slowly, so we as dog owners don't notice the failing eyesight or hearing loss, yet these changes can cause strange behavior in your dog. For instance many older dogs become more needy. They may become glued to your leg or may vocalize if you leave them in alone in a room. They may express separation anxiety by barking or whining when you leave the house. This is normal and can you really blame them? Life can get scary when you start to lose your faculties. Always be patient and gentle with your aging pet. Realize they will have to rely on you more and more for their basic needs.

2. As they age dogs develop aches and pains. Sixty-five percent of our four legged pals will get arthritis at some point in their life. Most arthritis appears as a dog ages, but old injuries and surgeries can also cause arthritis to set in. You may not have noticed that your pet has slowed down. Their daily walks have turned into short jaunts to relieve themselves. Getting up and down can be painful and they seem may fall more. The best remedy for an aging, arthritic dog is to put them on a home-cooked diet, but more about this in a bit.
What you might not know about commercial dog food
Articles - Products and Supplies

Most of us treat our dogs as though they are part of the family so it is not surprising that we spend lots of money on food and supplies for them. We know that dogs need toys, vaccinations, food, and ongoing love and care, and we know that they are well worth it. So we will happily purchase the best dog food made for our little friend.

The funny thing is that although most of us have become increasingly health conscious over years, resulting in our reading labels before purchasing food, we give little thought to the ingredients of our pets' foods. Sadly, even the so called 'quality' commercial dog foods usually contain extremely low grade, hardly edible, animal by-products.

The term animal by-product basically refers to any part of an animal that is deemed not suitable for human consumption. What may surprise you even more is the condition of the animals that are used, but more about that later.

There are not any special farms designated for growing chickens, cows, lambs, pigs, or any other animal just for dog food. Pet food companies use whatever they can get, which includes the leftovers from meat processing plants. As you can imagine, that is some pretty disgusting stuff, including blood, lungs, ligaments, bones, beaks, feet, heads, well, you get the idea.

Adopting a Rescue Dog
Articles - Mixed Breed and Rescues

Adopting an unwanted dog from an animal shelter can be a good idea for many people who want a dog. Some prospective dog owners are put off the idea because they believe that these canines are difficult animals, that they were only abandoned because of behavioural difficulties. In most cases, this is very far from the truth. Most dogs end up in a dog shelter for various reasons other than their own behaviour or personality. Common reasons are things such as the owners no longer have time to look after a dog, they're moving from a house into an apartment, they owners are divorcing and neither of them can or want to take the dog, the owner dies or goes into a nursing home, the owner cannot afford the costs of owning a dog, or a new baby is expected and the dog doesn't "fit in" to the new lifestyle. These dogs are good, well-trained, well-behaved and loyal pets and they areseeking a new home through no fault of their own.

Rescue dogs can be a very good choice for many people who simply don't want the difficulties that training a young puppy can entail. It goes without saying that puppies need a lot of time and patience to house-train them, to socialize them, to teach them how to be a good dog in later life. In a rescue dog, you will find very often that this initial hard work has already been done, and you will be able to give a homeless dog a good home that he will truly appreciate.

Dogs and water fun
Articles - Delightful Dog Articles

Finding cool activities is natural in the summer months. Water activities are a perfect solution for you as well as your dog. Dogs that don't normally take pleasure in getting wet will have a swim if they are encouraged to get wet on a hot day!

Many dog breeds enjoy swimming with their owners, fetching toys or simply splashing in the water. As a matter of fact, certain breeds of dogs have been bred to love water. To name a few: Labrador Retrievers, Newfoundland, Golden Retrievers, Irish Water Spaniels, Portuguese Water Dogs, and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.

Dogs need exercise daily. Exercise will not only improve their health, but make them calmer when indoors. Taking your dog along on your day at the beach can provide hours of fun for you and your dog.

Another great idea for your water outing is a floating dog toy. Many floating dog toys come attached to rope handles that make it easy to play toss and tug games in or out of the water.
Special canines with a special purpose
Articles - Service Dogs

Special Canines with a Special Purpose

While dogs are primarily pets, they sometimes have special occupations, too. As community volunteers, many are well-suited as therapy dogs. They receive special training to serve as helpers and visitors for people in hospitals, schools and assisted living facilities. They are known to lower blood pressure and stress levels, providing comfort and camaraderie to patients. They are often one of the few visitors that patients receive and are proven to have a calming and even jovial effect on the people they visit.


The therapy dog's origins can be traced back to World War II, where dogs were first used as visitors for soldiers in the hospital. Their primary purpose was to cheer up patients in recovery. In 1976, a formal therapy dog training program was started by an American Nurse, Elaine Smith. The special purpose for canines has grown over the years to help those with emotional problems, learning and communication disabilities, and speech difficulties. Children are especially responsive to therapy dogs.

Dogs are Gods of Frolic
Articles - Inspirational

Dogs are Gods of Frolic

Dogs are amongst the most amazing creatures because they give unconditional love. Dogs love their masters and the masters reciprocate by providing them with all the things of comfort they can afford. Dog supplies are important and useful things for keeping your dog healthy and happy, and include items for dog grooming and maintaining good dog health. Canine or dog supplies can be classified into several sub categories, including dog training supplies, dog grooming supplies, and even more specialist items like hunting dog supplies.


Dog Grooming:

Dogs are gods of frolic. Undertaking thorough dog grooming is like having a permanent job requiring lots of patience, yet packed with exercise and the general fun of bringing up a dog and ensuring it lives a long and carefree life. Dog grooming is an important practice which should not be underestimated - a practice which ensures good dog health and hygiene and should also help to eliminate most dog health problems.

What is your dog saying? 10 Interpretations of the most common barks
Articles - Training and Commands
All dogs have different interpretations of their barks. Understanding what your dog's bark means is a whole different ball game. Here are 10 different human interpretations of what your dog is telling you. The next time your dog barks, consider it a conversation instead of just an annoying noise.

1. " Calling the Pack - Someone is entering our territory" When a stranger comes to the door, or just on the property, your dog's bark will be rapid and at a midrange pitch. This is a basic alarm bark. Your dog will be aroused but not anxious.

2. " I think you need to come and take a closer look - do you see what I see?" You will hear a rapid string of 3 or 4 barks with a pause in between. This is more of your dog suggesting more interest than alarm.

3. "Get ready to defend - danger is close at hand" This will be a continuous bark and be a bit slower and of a lower pitch. Your dog is more worried and senses an imminent threat.

4. "Hello? Is anyone there - I"m all alone" When your dog is by itself and needs to be with the pack, you will hear a long string of barks with pauses between each. This is the number one problem I get called about. Remember, your dog is a pack animal and you are your dogs' pack.

5. "Hey, how are you doing? I see you" You will hear this in a typical greeting when a familiar person arrives and will be one or two sharp short barks.

6. "Stop that - You better back off" When your dog gets annoyed for example, getting disturbed from sleep or getting his hair pulled. This bark will be a lower ranged, single, loud and sharp but short bark.

7. "What's this - Wow - Huh?" When your dog is being surprised or startled. You will hear a higher pitched loud, sharp short bark.

8. "Come here!" This is often a learned communication due to a single human response. Getting a treat out, opening a door, hearing the can opener or dog food bag. This once again is a single bark. This bark is more deliberate in delivery and not as sharp or short as the previous two. This bark may sound artificial or a bit forced.

9. "C'mon let's play" This will be the typical strutter bark. The arrr-rufff type of bark. This is usually given with in the typical "play bow".

10. "This is fun - let's go" This is an excitement bark during play or in anticipation of play such as playing ball. This bark will be the typical rising bark.

These are your dog's most common barks. The next time your dog has something to say, listen to what he's saying. By being able to decifer your dog's words, this will not only strengthen your bond with your dog, but also help establish your leadership in the pack.
Destrie Iverson
is a master dog trainer and dog behaviorist. Like Cesar Millan, she has saved many dogs from the brink of death by bridging the communication gap between owner and pet. If you have a problem with your dog you can visit her new and upcoming website at http://www.destriesdogs.com

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Adopting an aging pet
Articles - Senior Dogs

Adopting a senior pet can be just as rewarding, if not more, as bringing a puppy or kitten home from your local shelter. There are some great benefits to adopting an aging dog or cat and most health issues surrounding senior pets can be easily overcome.

Mike Fry, Executive Director at Animal Ark Shelter in Minneapolis, MN shares his thoughts about adopting senior pets. His shelter has several successful programs to encourage people to take home an older pet.

Q: What are the reasons that older pets do not get adopted as easily as puppies and kittens?
A: I think, primarily, it is due to misconceptions about older animals. That old myth "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" is part of a greater notion on the part of many people that adult or older animals are set in their ways. Plus, puppies are just so darn cute that they pull at people's heart strings very easily. People can fall in love with a puppy simply by seeing its picture. An older animal may take some time to meet and connect with. They are, however, well worth the time spent!

Are you feeding your pet the right dog food?
Articles - Products and Supplies

Your dog's health and well being is important to you and your family. Not to mention keeping down the cost of veterinarian bills! So you need to carefully consider the food that you give your dog. People sometimes just pick the first dog food bag they see at the store. It's easy to overlook the importance of dog food but it is essential to pick the right one for your dog.

To keep your dog healthy he needs plenty of fresh water and should be fed good quality dog food in amounts just right to meet his energy requirements. Always follow the guidelines on the dog food package for recommended feeding amounts.
Picking a dog food

The first challenge in choosing a dog food is picking one that has overall quality. The term that comes up a lot about dog food is human grade. Human grade implies that the dog food is good enough for us to eat. Many commercial dog foods are made from materials unusable or less desirable for human consumption. Often the meat that is used in dog food is of a quality considered unfit for humans to eat.

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