Essential Commands to Teach Your Dog

Essential Commands to Teach Your Dog

A trained dog isn’t the same as a well behaved one. If you train your pet to follow a few basic commands, it can be helpful in tackling problematic behavior. These may be pre-existing ones or those that may likely develop in the future.

How to start off with obedience training for your dog? It’s not necessary to take a class; you will be able to do it yourself.

Getting him to Sit

One of the most basic, essential and easiest dog obedience command is to make them sit. It is the easiest as well.

Hold a treat close to your dog’s nose and slowly move your hand upwards. His head will follow the treat causing his bottom to lower. Once he’s fully in a sitting position, say “Sit” and then give him the treat.

Repeat the sequence for a few times daily till your dog has learned it. After that proceed to ask your dog to sit before mealtime, while going for walks, and any other occasion when you’d like him calm and seated.

Making him Stay in position

First of all, make sure your dog follows the “Sit” command. After having him “Sit,” open the palm of your hand in front of him, and say “Stay.” Move back a few steps. Reward him with affection if he stays.

Increase the number of steps you take before giving the treat. Make sure to reward your pup for staying put — even if it’s only for a few seconds. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a while for him to master.

This is an exercise in self-control for your dog, after all, they’d rather be up and about and not just sitting around waiting.

Get him to Come to you

This one can bring your back to your side and help keep a dog out of trouble when outside.

Put a leash and collar on your dog. Get down to his level and say, “Come,” (or “Here”) even as you gently pull him towards you. Once he gets to you, reward him with affection.

Once he’s mastered it remove the leash, and practice the command in a safe, enclosed area.

Have him Down and put

One of the more difficult commands in dog obedience training, because of the submissive posture. You can keep the training positive and relaxed, especially with fearful or fickle dogs.

Hold a treat in your closed fist and put your hand up to your dog’s nose. Once he sniffs it, move your hand lower to the floor making sure he follows. Thereafter slide your hand along the ground in front of him making his body follow his head to the floor. Once he’s fully in the down position, say “Down,” give him the treat.

Encourage and reward every step your dog takes in the right direction and do not push him into a down position. Repeat it daily.

These simple and essential commands can help control your dog, keep them safer as well as improve your relationship with them. The training process takes time and effort, so be sure to start a dog obedience training session with the right mindset. It’s well worth the investment of your time and effort.

In fact, if done right, it can be fun for both you and your dog!

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HOW WORRIED SHOULD YOU BE ABOUT YOUR DOG EATING CHOCOLATES

HOW WORRIED SHOULD YOU BE ABOUT YOUR DOG EATING CHOCOLATES

There are a lot of diet and food related myths out there for both humans as well as for dogs. The one about chocolates and dogs is unfortunately not one of them. Why unfortunate, you might ask. Because well, chocolate is to dogs what alcohol is to us, humans. Both are great tasting, addictive and often impossible to refuse. And chocolate is more often than not, freely available within the reach of our dogs in the household. Not a welcome combination by any stretch of the imagination.

 

Most Chocolates contain very high amounts fats and sugars, which are unhealthy not just for dogs, but also for their masters! But it is the stimulants, the active ingredients within cocoa that are quite similar to caffeine, that pose the greatest threat to our four-legged friends. For us humans though, chemicals like theobromine and methylxanthines stimulate our nerves and make us feel happy and great. But dogs are unable to process these chemicals the same way we do, and thus dangerously toxic levels of these stimulants can build up in their body in a very short amount of time, causing severe poisoning.

 

Theobromine poisoning is very dangerous and can lead to serious clinical effects and even death in canines. If your dog has ingested a significant amount of theobromine, it will suffer from diarrhea, vomiting, excessive panting, urination and thirst, irregular heart rhythms, tremors and seizures and in severe cases, death. The amount of chocolate required to cause these symptoms varies depending on the size of pooch as well as the kind and type of chocolate ingested. A chihuahua might fall ill after taking a few bites off a chocolate chip cookie. A Great Dane will probably have to wolf down a whole bag of choco-chips to get similar effects.

 

Much more than sheer quantity, the quality and type of chocolate consumed can mean a difference between life and death for a dog. Cheaper common milk chocolates and white chocolates tend to have more fat and sugar and lesser percentages of cocoa. The fat and sugar will probably give your dog a bout of tummy trouble, but the severity of theobromine poisoning will be less. Severe, but still lesser than in the case of darker and bitter chocolates. These have much higher concentrations of cocoa and can be considered highly dangerous and potentially lethal. For all practical purposes, such chocolates can be regarded as dog poison.

 

It doesn’t matter if your dogs love the taste of chocolate and keep asking for it with those big, imploring eyes. They don’t know what is right for them, but you do. And their well being is your responsibility. Please refrain from giving them chocolates as treats and always make sure that the stuff is well out of their reach. If you see them eating chocolates, or have reason to suspect that they might have done so, call your vet at once. If it involves significant amounts of dark chocolate, rush to the clinic. Your dog’s life will depend on it, for sure.chocolate-1024

How to groom your dog at home

How to groom your dog at home

How to groom your dog at home

Grooming a dog is a job that takes effort, experience, and patience. Especially if the pet is a hairy one. No wonder many dog owners prefer to leave it to the professionals. However for pets that tend to be fidgety, it may be best to groom them at home.

You too can become an expert at cutting your dog’s hair, despite the occasional styling mishap. Hair always grows back, and eventually, any mistake will be soon covered up! Regular brushing prevents matting of hair and grooming should be performed every 6-8 weeks for dogs with continuous growth. But if your dog suffers from matting quite often, you may need to groom more often.

Tools and Equipment

  • Instead of specialized (expensive) pet clippers, you can use any style of clippers. A sharp pair of scissors is preferable for use around the paws and ears.
  • You can keep the blades clean and lubricated with some clipper spray. After you use your clippers, brush them free of hair.
  • Keep the blades sharp; the ones with plastic guards tend to snag in longer hair coats.
  • Always keep a good brush handy.
  • An elevated table will be very convenient as will be ideal to hold the dog in place.
  • Having an extra helping hand is useful for calming nervous pets.

Tips for Effective Grooming

  •  Have the session in a quiet place free from distractions and also easy to clean!
  • Bathe your dog first with dog shampoo.
  • Brush out any snags or mats once the fur is dry.
  • For restless pets, use blunt-tipped, or curved scissors.
  • Use clippers in long smooth strokes along the direction of hair growth.
  • Use scissors for trimming around the extremities: face, ears, and legs.
  • Brush against the hair growth on paws to push the hair between the toes upwards before clipping.
  • Make sure to trim hair growing over your pet’s eyes that could hamper vision.
  • Give your pet a good brush after the clipping session.

Using the clippers can be very painful for dogs with matted hair. In such instances, it is essential to de-mat first. Once such matts are done away, further maintenance of the coat by regular brushing and clipping will prevent them from developing again.

The process to take the matts off close to the skin might be too extensive and painful. Consider having your Vet give your pet a sedative or having the procedure done professionally.

Keep grooming sessions short and engage your pets with attention and treats for staying still.

If your pet is nervous, get him accustomed to the noise of the clippers first.

Keep in mind that the level of comfort for your pet is more important than the appearance. A long coat of hair provides an insulating layer that protects from heat and cold. For dogs that feel the heat, clipping excess hair can help while still providing protection from the sun.

Once you have mastered the basics, let your creativity flow and try out some of the more adventurous styling tricks. If done well, these sessions can be a rewarding experience in bonding with your pet.

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