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Teaching your Dog how to socialize
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Teaching your Dog to Socialize



If you are a dog owner that has been having a hard time controlling his dog in the presence of other people then you should teach him some socializing skills. Younger canines or pups may lack the basic skills of how to behave when being around people. Training can surely leave its mark on your canine and he will never behave this way before.

The most proper way to deal with a canine that has been suffering from social anxiety is to desensitize this matter. You should bring people around and they will act as the stimulus that makes your dog behave chaotically.  By doing this on a frequent basis the canine will become accustomed to slowly being exposed for brief periods of time to a situation which he considers threatening and he will gradually adjust to it. He will soon become comfortable with interacting with other canines, house pets and even people and he will no longer be bothered by their presence. The main step to take when teaching the canine to socialize is a small walk to the dog park.

A canine may exhibit aggressive behavior towards people also. If he is taught to adjust to the presence of strangers in his own time he will no longer have a problem in the future. People should be warned not to approach the canine until he chooses to do so at his own pace.

The canine should never be provoked in any way, and he should not be pushed by any means by the people visiting your home. The only way to help your canine companion adjust to crowds is through this approach. Once the canine has displayed friendly behavior towards a person he should be rewarded with a treat so he will know you are pleased with his behavior. You can also offer your dog verbal praise to encourage this positive behavior.
 
 
Is your dog afraid of the dark?
Articles - Anxiety

Is your dog afraid of the dark?



Is your dog afraid of the dark? I am often approached by clients and by readers of my website about what to do about their dog's fears. Their dogs are afraid of loud noises, of slippery floors, of certain areas outside, of certain people, of certain situations.

 

If your dog has problems with fear the good news is that you can typically help to alleviate those fears with a keen understanding of the problem, good training, and a lot of patience.
 

The first thing to determine is why your dog has the fear that he does. Through my experience I have found that there are basically two main reasons why a dog has fears.

 

1. Genetics- Thanks to poor breeding practices many dogs nowadays are born with weak nervous systems. What that means is that a dog with a weak nervous system is less capable of processing new information in a quick and stable way. Whereas a normal dog may hear a loud noise and initially be startled but quickly recover, a dog with a weak nervous system is likely to be thrown into a tailspin. They are flooded with fear and take a disproportionate amount of time to recover. The same issue that doesn't allow them to recover from a loud noise also makes it difficult to meet a new person, for example. To that dog, a new person is the unknown, and anything unknown is cause for fear. Genetics are genetics. There isn't anything you can do to change the genetic makeup of a dog.

 
5 Big Mistakes new Puppy Owners make
Articles - Training and Commands

5 Big Mistakes New Puppy Owners Make with Housebreaking

Did you know that most new puppy owners do almost everything wrong when beginning to housebreak their puppy?

People tend to think that a new puppy will think like a mature dog but they do not - they are simply puppies.

Puppies have certain needs - not only to be obedience trained, but also needs related to their food, which must be high quality and which has a profound effect on potty training success, and needs related to their ability to understand where to go potty.

Up until the time you get your new puppy, their entire world pretty much consisted of their litter mates and the area where they were kept by the breeder.

The first thing an owner needs to do of course is to potty train their puppy. As easy as this can be, people tend to over complicate things and make it difficult on them and their new puppy.

There seems to be a common thought process amongst new puppy owners about the problems of potty training that complicates an otherwise easy process, because the owner's thought pattern confuses the new puppy.

 
Fearful Timid and Anxious Dogs
Articles - Anxiety

Fearful Timid and Anxious Dogs



Socialisation is so vitally important that it almost outweighs all other considerations. The fear of infections has led breeders and owners alike to make the tragic mistake of keeping their puppies isolated until they have completed their vaccinations. By taking this stance they risk ending up with a fearful, timid dog that may become aggressive in later life, (FACT) "95% of all reported dog bites are fear related".

 

Owners should strike a commonsense balance. Puppies, especially from birth through to 16 weeks must be exposed to a variety of experiences including people, places, and meeting other vaccinated dogs (this is perfectly safe). There are many activities and places to take dogs, without endangering their health or their lives. It is vital that you take the time to expose your new pup to as many of these situations as possible. This is especially true for one's second or third dog; it is too easy to keep the new pup in the company of the older dogs, depriving him of the opportunity to develop self-confidence of his own, without relying totally on the older dog/s and their protection.
 

There is a vaccination that has been available for two years, where the full course can be administered by ten weeks rather than the normal twelve, therefore allowing two extra vital weeks of socialisation. The vaccine is made by Intervet and is called Nobivac D.H.P.P.I/L. I would discuss this with your Vet, if they don't supply it ask why?
 

Having said all that, genetics as well as socialisation ie Nature x Nurture have a major impact on your dog's ability to cope successfully with life. Some are so solid genetically that whatever life throws at them they just bounce back. I have a little rescue Jack Russell/Dachund cross whose early experiences were so horrific that he should have every hang up in the book, the abuse and injuries suffered by this poor dog included his leg being fractured and snapped out of the hip socket, and all his ribs systematically broken.

 
Why do dogs bark?
Articles - Training and Commands

Why do dogs bark?



One of the most frequent reasons dogs are taken to an animal shelter is because of their barking. Owners and/or neighbors cannot tolerate the noise barking creates.
 

 

When you are considering dog ownership, it is very important to check on the characteristics of the breed, you are considering, as some breeds are natural "barkers." If possible see the parents, ask questions of the breeder and talk to people that have the same breed and get their input. Even if you are considering a mixed-breed dog look into the breeds that comprise the makeup of the dog.
 

Excessive barking can mean an end to a pet relationship before it even had a chance to begin.
 

Why do dogs bark?
 

Well, truthfully it is fun. It is also a form of communication. A dog bark can be a warning, it can be a welcome sound or it can be a constantly annoying noise.

In case you did not know it, dogs have many varieties of "the bark" from a soft "woof" to a very loud growling type of bark. Each bark means something to the dog. A bark can signify territorial protection, a show of dominance, or an expression of a specific need. If you can develop a good "barking ear" you will be able to understand the differences.

 

 
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