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What are the first signals of dog seperation anxiety?
Articles - Anxiety


Separation anxiety is the most common issue that can affect dogs at home and even their owners. Including a dog in your house is a wonderful way to obtain a loyal companion for the members of your family. The problem can be majorly witnessed in dogs due to abandonment which usually depends on their behavior. Hence, it's important to provide love and affection to your puppy but even excess attachment can prove to be a major reason for the problem. Since dogs are also similar to humans in nature, they too demand proper care and attention and fear of being left alone.
 

There are certain signals that can be seen in dogs suffering from anxiety and depression. These include the following:

Digging, scratching, chewing and urinating inside the house are all signs of destructive behavior in dogs. In spite of being house trained, if your pet indulges in such nuisance activities then something is surely amiss with him. When left alone at home, your puppy involves in acts of messing up with the furnishings regardless of the time of your absence. Dogs are insecure when you move out of sight or leave them alone. Hence, it's common to find them following your from room to room and even outside.The dog becomes excited and jumps up to grab your attention when you return back. Your puppy shows abnormal characteristics when you prepare to leave the house.
 

It's crucial to allow your dog to adjust to a new surrounding when you bring him into your family. These animals are extremely obedient and can learn things easily.
 

Practice keeping your arrivals and departures as low as possible. It is beneficial to ignore your puppy for the first few minutes on returning back from outside. Allow him to calm down and then display your affection after some time.
 

Offering a piece of your clothing that you've worn recently to your dog before leaving the house can also prove to be a comfort or security factor for your pet. The smell of your body can provide him comfort and ensure that he is in a familiar environment even in your absence.
 

A proper routine can always work well to ensure the health of your dog. Healthy dogs are the most cheerful and merry.
 

Train your dog to sit at a place in your command or even guard the house.
 

A change in the sequence of your tasks prior to leaving can confuse your dog. Instead of leaving the home after dressing up, relax and start watching the T.V. Repeat this process each time changing the procedure of your departure. This will gradually make him feel confident that you may not necessarily leave him alone.
 

Crate training can work well to provide your dog with something to keep himself engaged with in your absence and combat dog separation anxiety. Provide some toys so that he can chew and remain occupied.

 

 

Ryan Carter - About the Author:

 

Ryan Carter has a keen interest in pets. He is skilled in pet relationship and has expertise in training dogs. Get more insight and information on dog separation anxiety symptoms and cure to provide your pet a happy lifestyle.


 
The difference between buying and adopting a dog
Articles - Mixed Breed and Rescues

If you're thinking about adding a new pet into your family, have you considered visiting your local shelter or pet adoption agency? There are many reasons why these places should be considered before a pet "purchase" is made. Below are just a few reasons among many. Before you head out to the pet store at your mall, take a minute to think about adoption.

The most obvious reason someone would want to adopt a pet is the fact that a pet's life is essentially saved through the adoption. Shelters and pet agencies try their best to keep the animals alive and put them in good homes, but sometimes the animals are euthanized; there are just too many homeless pets and not enough loving homes. By adopting a pet, you can ensure that the pet you choose is safe, while opening up a spot at the pet agency for another pet in need.

A second reason to adopt instead of "purchase" is cost. Most of the pets at the shelters have received all of their vaccinations, and they have been spayed or neutered. Although there is cost associated with adoption, it is minimal compared to what it would cost for you to obtain those veterinary services on your own. Plus, the amount you pay helps keep the shelter running, so other pets and families can benefit from the shelter's programs.

Some people have the wrong ideas about pets in shelters; it's common for someone to think that the pet was sent there because of bad behavior. In reality, many pets that end up in shelters were abandoned as a result of divorce, relocation, or inability of the owner to care for the pet. So, don't think that shelters are full of misbehaving animals. Visit a shelter, and spend some time with the animals. You may find a pet that perfectly fits your personality.

Believe it or not, there is often a better selection of animals at a shelter than there is at a pet store. Pet stores are more limited on the number and variety of the pets they carry, while shelters take in pets of all ages and breeds. There are often tons of puppies to choose from, especially those that have been rescued. But, not everyone is looking for a puppy; and it's easy to find a housebroken adult dog at a shelter. Many shelters offer web sites with pictures and information about all of their animals available for adoption. Visiting the web page can save you a lot of time, especially if you have a specific pet in mind.

If you're thinking about bringing a pet into your home, check with your local shelter or pet rescue organization before you hit a pet store. There are a number of benefits to adoption, including lower cost and wider selection. Perhaps the greatest benefit of adoption is the fact that you are essentially saving an animal's life, while clearing space in the agency for another pet in need.

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Do Dogs Need Nutritional Supplements?
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Do Dogs Need Nutritional Supplements?


Nowadays, dogs are fed with plenty of substances from daily dog food to special treats, all of which are formulated to provide for the nutritional needs of your pets. Table scraps are not recommended as dog food since many kinds of human food are toxic to canine physiology as well as the fact that table scraps are not exactly nutritious.

But many dog owners are also giving nutritional supplements on top of the dog food. The question then will be: Is it even necessary considering that dog food contains the essential micronutrients and macronutrients for the maintenance of good health? Our answer is yes but only for certain situations.

Reasons for Supplementation

Before you even ask a veterinarian and then purchase canine nutritional supplements by the dozen, you must be informed about the special circumstances for which supplementation is essential. Keep in mind that, just like humans, dogs should get all the required nutrients from a healthy diet instead of relying on nutritional supplements to achieve such purpose. Worse, don't even think about partially or completely substituting nutritional supplements for a healthy diet.
 
Preventing and Controlling Seperation Anxiety in Dogs
Articles - Delightful Dog Articles

Preventing and Controlling seperation anxiety in dogs

Most of us love our dogs dearly and are lucky to get the same degree of affection in return. This mutual admiration society is a large part of why so many people choose to have dogs as part of their families. But, as with most relationships, time spent apart is a normal and necessary component. Dogs are superbly social creatures. Add to this that the typical pet dog spends the vast majority of their time with a small group of people (their family) and it should come as no surprise that it can take some effort to ensure that ther is a sense of calm when your dog is left alone. Unfortunately, many dogs suffer from some degree of separation anxiety. This can range from a dog who follows you around the house and is mildly distressed when left alone to a dog who is essentially a 'velcro dog,' unable to leave your side for even a moment, and who is extremely anxious when you leave. This anxiety can result in destructive behaviors such as inappropriate chewing, house soiling, excessive barking, and even self mutilating behaviors (such as chewing at their own fur and skin and creating irritation and raw spots). Separation anxiety can be heartbreaking and frustrating as you witness your dog's suffering and try to deal with the potential for complaints from neighbors or a landlord. It can also do serious damage to the canine/human bond and ultimately result in a dog's banishment from the home or surrender to a shelter.
 

Some cases of separation issues are really just the dog suffering from boredom and being destructive (i.e. inappropriate chewing, excessive barking, etc.) as a result. Each case of true separation issues is unique. But, as a general rule, some or all of the following are likely to be observable when a separation issue exists:
 

 
How to Care for a Deaf Pet
Articles - Training and Commands

Pet parents responsible for deaf pets need to be sensitive to the needs of the hearing impaired animals and train them such that they can carry out their daily activities without any major constraints. Our objective should be to train the pet and the household so that the animal as well as humans remain injury-free and enjoy each others' company. Dog breeds that are susceptible to deafness from birth include Whippets, Dalmatians, English Setters, and Australian cattle dogs.

The increase in responsibility when owning a deaf pet is not huge. The gratification of taking care of a handicapped animal and enabling it to lead a fuller life is something that means a lot to responsible pet owners. If you need confirmation that your pet is indeed deaf in one or both ears then the Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response procedure, or BAER will inform you on it.

The pet may be congenitally deaf or may lose its hearing due to age or injury. Whatever the case, you have to train your differently enabled pet dog, cat, or horse so that it adjusts to its place in its household and the outside world as well. Deaf animals are not completely helpless; they still have their acute sense of smell, very good sight, and ability to detect vibrations. Partially deaf animals may benefit from hearing aids that amplify sound.
 
5 Myths about Adopting Shelter Dogs
Articles - Mixed Breed and Rescues
The top reasons that most dogs are surrendered to shelters are 'no time', we are moving' 'allergies'& 'new baby' These are usually thinly veiled answers for other underlying reasons. Most people are usually keen to get a cuddly cute puppy & after a few years they realize that the little puppy has grown into a big dog that requires trips to the vet, exercise and a lot of work.

MYTH-Only old or disabled dogs available for adoption
FACT-Most dogs are young, healthy & have been surrendered for the above reasons that I previously stated. If you are really keen on getting a puppy, visit the shelter often to view all the recent surrenders. Eventually, a dog will come along that will perfectly suit your needs!

MYTH-Only mixed breed dogs are available at shelters.
FACT-According to the ASPCA, 25% of surrendered dogs are purebreds. One of the best ways to get a breed that you are looking for is to go through a breed-specific rescue. There are lots of them out there & surely you will find a rescue organization related to the dog that you want.
 
Curing Canine Seperation Anxiety
Articles - Anxiety


If your dog seems to always over react to your leaving them home alone, then they could be suffering from canine separation anxiety. This can be a serious condition that can cause harm to your dog and your house. Canine separation anxiety is a medical condition that should not be ignored. Your pet is suffering and needs effective behavioral directions.
 

Separation anxiety is represented by a dog's nervous reaction to their owner being away from them for a period of time, even if it is only in a different room. What is happening is the dog's level of anxiety and excitement is unbalanced.
 

The majority of the time separation anxiety isn't noticed in middle aged dogs but most often seen in young or older dogs. Dogs who have been adopted from a shelter seem to be more prone to the disorder as well, which from their background is understandable. They had been left by their owner who never returned before and they are scared it may happen again. Reassure them when you leave that you will be back soon.
 

Another situation which may lead to separation anxiety is when your pet is use to spending all of its time with you. Whether you take your dog to the store with you, stay at home with them majority of the time or take them on vacation. When a dog becomes accustom to being with you over an extended length of time without separation, but is suddenly left alone. The dog may suffer from separation anxiety, worried if they have been left alone forever and their loved one isn't coming back for them.
 

 
A Practical Look at Caring for Senior Dogs
Articles - Senior Dogs


A Practical Look at Caring for Senior Dogs


Aging canines deal with many of the same challenges as aging people. Their joints begin to stiffen and ache, their gait slows, and they exhibit a lower level of energy than they did as young pups. Older pets need a different type of care than their younger counterparts. Their diets and exercise routines should change to accommodate their bodies. They also require more frequent checkups to prevent the onset of medical issues.

 

If you have cared for your canine since he was a puppy, be prepared to help him make the transition into his twilight years. This article will present a few guidelines. We'll describe what you can expect as your dog ages, and offer tips to ensure he remains as comfortable and healthy as possible.

 

What To Expect As Your Pet Grows Older

While every canine is different, most undergo the same set of changes as they become seniors. For example, they often sleep more and eat less. If you notice your pet's appetite declines substantially, make an appointment with his veterinarian. There may be a medical problem.

Some older dogs tend to drink less water, and thus become more prone to dehydration. Check your pet's water bowl each day to make sure he is drinking the same amount of water.

Another change aging canines undergo is greater susceptibility to cold weather. This is likely due to slower blood flow and less activity. During colder months, take care to close windows in order to prevent drafts.

You might also notice that your dog seemingly ignores your calls and commands as he ages. This is usually due to a loss in hearing ability. Realize you're dog is unlikely to be ignoring you, and instead, may simply be unable to hear your voice.
 

 
Dog Collars - What you need to know
Articles - Products and Supplies

Dog Collars - What you need to know



What's The Best Type Of Dog Collar?

 

Getting the right dog collar for your dog is one of the most important things you can do for your dog. Your dog will probably spend most of it's life with it's collar on, so getting a good comfortable hard wearing dog collar is essential. Luckily for the more style conscious amongst you, modern designer dog collars can be fashionable too! Finding the best type of dog collar for you , will depend on your dog and what the main use for the collar will be.

What is a dog collar for, and is it essential?

The main use for a dog collar is probably the most obvious - controlling your dog. Used in combination with a dog leash, a dog collar can provide you with a certain amount of control to prevent your dog wandering off or straying into road traffic when out walking. There are other uses for a dog collar such as dog or puppy training. Also, you can incorporate your dog's identity and your contact information within the dogs collar, in the event your dog gets lost.
 

Choosing the correct size of dog collar is important. Having a collar that is too small can cause your dog harm and at best will leave your dog feeling uncomfortable. Similarly, having a collar that is too big will enable your dog to easily slip out of it. Also, the width and material of the collar neeeds to match the size of your dog or puppy. A heavy duty leather collar will not be much good for a Chihuahua and neither will a lightweight nylon collar be any good on a Rotweiller.
 

 
Introducing a new dog to the loyal friend you already have
Articles - Training and Commands
Some dogs simply will not get along with a new dog being introduced into the household. Certain breeds and individuals can be territorial and possessive; his opinion is, this is my house, my toys, my food, my owner, my bed, etc. The new dog is viewed as an intruder. A good test is to have friends bring their dog over to your house and see how your dog reacts. If this ends up being an unpleasant experience, that's what will probably happen when you bring home a new dog. Introducing a new dog can be a challenge.

Sometimes dog owners make the mistake of paying so much attention to a new puppy that the dog that has been a loyal friend gets neglected, causing resentment. Even though a puppy is great fun, make sure you don't forget to play with your old friend, too.
 
5 Easy Tips For Help a Dog With Separation Anxiety
Articles - Anxiety


Have you ever come home form work after a long day to find your dog super excited, spinning, jumping a bundle of crazy energy. Your dog follows you into the kitchen where you find out he have chewed up the trash and your stuff. Then you get a call form the neighbor who tells you that your dog has been caring on and howling for most of the day making your neighbor crazy. Does this scenario sound familiar?

Your dog may be suffering from separation anxiety.

In nature a it unusual for dogs to be away form their packs, so it unnatural for them to stay alone at home all day with out a pack.

Here are five easy steps you can take to ease the stress your dog is experiencing due to separation anxiety.

 

  1. Start the day with exercising your dog vigorously, and then reward your dog's calm submissive energy with food and water. The idea with this step is to leave your dog in a quiet, resting mode.
  2. Do not create a big deal to you dog when you are getting ready to leave. Your dog doesn't understand what "good bye" means. Also do not create drama when you return with excited "hello" or "I missed you". When you say good-bye in leaving or hello in returning home and your energy is not calm-assertive, all your dog is receiving is excited energy. Which we do not want.
 
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