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Dog training methods for anxious dogs
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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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What is your dog saying? 10 Interpretations of the most common barks
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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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Dog Training Tips for Hard-To-Train Dogs
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Not all dogs are created equal - some are born to lead while some gladly follows the commands of the pack leader. Consequently, not all dogs respond to training in the same manner - some gladly do their tasks and exercises without giving you, the owner, a hard time while others will test your temperament to its limits.

Hard-to-train dogs are by no means the lesser beings as compared to their more subservient counterparts. On the contrary, these dogs often possess several positive traits that interfere with your dog training sessions. Two of the qualities that get in the way of dog training the most are the animal's independence and dominance. Let's see how these qualities might jeopardize your dog training efforts.


Independence is by far the most commonly demonstrated trait by hard-to-train dogs. An independent dog can be viewed as a renegade who never needs to please anybody. While independent dogs unquestionably love their owners, their drive to please them is not as strong as those of other more compliant dogs. This trait often gives the owner or the trainer a more difficult time during their dog training sessions.
How to Care for a Deaf Pet
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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.
Introducing a new dog to the loyal friend you already have
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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 helpful tips for choosing a canine companion
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One of the most difficult aspects of adopting a dog is deciding on a breed. Some are big while others are small; some are rambunctious while others are calm; and many have personality quirks that are endearing to some owners and frustrating to others. While nearly any canine can make a good companion, selecting a breed that matches your lifestyle will help ensure the experience is as rewarding as possible.

In this article, we'll provide several tips that will help you pick the perfect new addition to your family. Whether you have young children, live by yourself, enjoy an active lifestyle, or prefer time on the couch, you can find the perfect match.

1 - Consider Your Preferred Size

A large canine will need plenty of room; many will feel cramped inside small houses or apartments. Their tails may inadvertently create havoc when they swing back and forth. Also, keep in mind that big dogs eat more, and usually pose higher veterinary bills.

Small pets can become injured easily if someone steps or sits on them. They are also more susceptible to cold weather than bigger animals. On the other hand, small dogs are easier to transport, and usually less expensive to care for.
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.
5 Big Mistakes new Puppy Owners make
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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.

Why do dogs bark?
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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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