Many dog owners leave food in their dog’s bowl for it to eat whenever it likes. However, this is not a good idea, for you or your dog. In fact, it is bound to cause a lot of problems.
If you are in the habit of leaving your dog to ‘graze’ on its food bowl whenever it feels like it, be aware that it is sending the wrong messages to your dog. Doing this actually lessens the value of the food to the dog. This can create fussiness or it not being particularly interested in its food. In addition to this, a few kibbles of food can make a good treat to use in training or as a reward. If the dog is used to being able to eat food whenever it feels like it, it is not going to regard the food as special or worth working for.
The best way to feed a dog is to have two meal times a day, one in the morning and one in the evening. Try to keep to the same time each day if possible. Put the food bowl on the floor of fifteen minutes. If the dog has not eaten the food by then, remove the bowl until the next meal time. This teaches your dog that the food is important, meal times are special, and that if it does not eat there will be no more until the next meal time.
By following this simple routine you teach your dog the right attitude towards its food. It greatly reduces any tendency to be fussy (which dogs naturally are not) and that you expect it to eat the food provided when it is made available. It is an expectation that will make life easier for both of you!
Also ensure you feed a high-quality food such as Pro Pac or Earthborn Holistic. This is the only way to ensure your dog gets all the nutrition it needs for healthy development. Just as with human food, there are ‘junk foods’ for dogs and feeding them will create the same health problems you would expect to develop in humans.
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Does your dog appear fussy with its food? Does it turn its nose up at some foods and refuse to eat them? Are you sick of wasting money on bags of food that your dog won’t eat?
The truth is that it’s not really about the food. Dogs are like children – they will be fussy if you let them. But also like children, when it comes to feeding, the ‘parent’ should be more concerned about what the long term effects are going to be from what they eat. There aren’t that many intelligent parents who would be happy to feed their children a solid diet of soft drinks and potato chips and expect them to stay healthy. If you are a parent, you’re probably going to insist they eat nutritious food, even if they don’t want to.
The same is true for dogs. Feed them low-quality food and they will most likely develop health problems. Yes it’s amazing how many dog owners use whether the dog ”likes it’ as the reason for using the food that they do.
Start thinking of your dog as a child. It needs to eat what it is good for it, and if it turns its nose up at it, well there’s nothing until the next meal time. A dog will soon get the message that it is expected to eat what it is given. The reality is that dogs are not naturally fussy and we have yet to hear of a dog that died of starvation because it wouldn’t eat the food it was given. If the food you are feeding is all that is available, the dog will soon get the message! It may be a battle of wills between you and your dog, but you want to make sure it is a battle that you win.
All this presupposes you are using a quality food to start with. A quality food is one that has all of the necessary ingredients to keep the dog healthy and happy, both short and long term. Just as with human food, however, there are many junk foods out there, and you’re not going to know from the claims made on the packaging whether or not the food is of good quality. You need to look at the ingredients – and know what they mean.
Pro Pac and Earthborn Holistic contain none of the ‘junk’ ingredients contained in the majority of pet foods. It’s why so many of our customers report a significant improvement in their dog’s health when they start feeding them these foods.
If your dog is fussy with food there are only two things to do:
Firstly, make sure you are feeding a food that is going to improve rather than harm their health, and
Secondly, refuse to give in to its fussy behaviour. (If you would like some tips on how to do this listen to our special audio report, “How to Deal with a Fussy Dog” which you can listen to here .)
Dogs are not naturally fussy. And if you’re really concerned for their health and wellbeing, you’ll make their diet be based on what is good for them, not what they tell you they like. They’re going to thank you for it in a happier, healthier, pain-free life that both you and they will enjoy.
Training a dog or puppy is not difficult. All that is needed is patience, dedication and some simple tactics and you will get great results.
Here are five top tips on how to train your dog or puppy successfully:
- Have only one person be responsible for training the dog initially. This is to prevent your dog getting confused and so that they can learn to recognise commands easily. If too many people are trying to train the dog at the same time this can stop progress in its tracks.
- Use positive reinforcements. If the dog does something good, you should reward this behaviour. If the dog cannot understand or follow your commands, never push him. Dogs are of course not as intelligent as humans; they will make mistakes. However, you should also realise that your dog or puppy won’t easily understand your commands in just one teaching, It takes repetition to train a dog successfully. Do not scold or punish your dog as he might develop fear. This will hinder his learning and willingness to be trained. You can use treats in order to encourage your dogs, although don’t overdo it.
- Teach commands just one at a time. Try to teach your dog or puppy one command after the other. If he cannot absorb it, try to stay on that command only because adding additional commands will just confuse the dog. Start with the basics.
- In executing commands, you should keep your voice cheerful so that the dog will happily follow your commands. Dogs will respond to a low and coaxing voice. If you shout or talk too loudly or aggressively, he may become startled and unresponsive.
- Train your dog in various locations. This allows your pet to adjust to different environments and to new people and situations. Take him to the park, the beach or through the neighbouring streets. This will help your dog associate with other dogs and people.
Training your dog can sometime be tough, but it will be worth it. And after all, in the end, you will actually be the one to benefit when your dog is fully trained. Having a well trained pet in your life not only increases the enjoyment of dog ownership it also has a positive effect on your stress levels.
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Toilet training your dog or puppy as early as possible is always advisable. However this can only achieved with a fair amount of persistence and patience. Although dogs are generally believed to be very clean animals, their animal instincts can drive them to relieve themselves wherever they find it convenient. This can be very frustrating for the dog owner and we all know how it feels to your have your floors and carpets soiled and messed when least expected. With the right training, however, your dog or puppy can be perfectly potty trained. Here are a few tips that will help you to toilet train your dog or puppy – and remove the need for that carpet cleaner!
Patience and Persistence
It is important to take note of the fact that the younger the puppy, the longer he may take to learn and get into the mode of the habits that that are being taught to him/her. Therefore, it is very important to be patient and persistent. Your dog will gradually learn the rules and form the right toilet habits when trained on a daily basis. Remember, that every dog has his own individual learning curve. So, punishing your dog every time he makes a mistake is not going to solve the problem.
Creating the Right Habits for Your Dog
Many animal trainers behaviorists believe that getting the dog into a habit mode is the key to perfect toilet training. It is therefore recommended that the dog owner takes the dog out every few hours as well as 30 minutes after the dog eats his meal. Choose a specific spot outside where you would be taking him on an everyday basis. Also, praise your dog now and then or when he obeys well. If however, he refuses to go outside, wait for fifteen minutes and try again. Gradually your dog will understand that going out is a sign of going to the bathroom. Also, pay attention to your dog’s body language and behaviour. If he/she starts to sniff or circle around, it is a sign that they need to relieve themselves. Select a designated spot each time you notice that your pet dog needs to relieve himself and take him/her to that spot every time.
React to ‘Accidents’ the Right Way
As mentioned above, every dog has its own individual learning curve. This learning curve is greatly affected by the owner’s reaction to any ‘accidents’ caused by their pets. Each time your dog displays symptoms of relieving himself, call out his name or clap in order to distract his attention. Constant control on his activities will help you determine his/her behavioral patterns as well. Make sure that you don’t vent out your anger or frustration on your dog if he does cause an accident. Carefully clean up the mess and ignore the dog completely while doing so. If he/she does try and approach the accident area, make sure you don’t yell at him or react in any way. Simply ignore your pet – otherwise you may find he may not be able to bond with you. The key is to train the dog and not instil fear in him.
Confining Your Dog or Puppy
At times confining your dog or puppy is the best approach towards their toilet training. Large crates or cages are used to hold them and restrict the area of their movement. Dogs will usually refrain from reliving himself at the spot where he sleeps or sits as they are essentially sanitary creatures. Whenever, Mother Nature calls, a dog would instinctively move out of the cage or crate in order to relieve himself. This gradually would become a mode of habit for him. However, it is important to ensure that the pet owner gets large sized crates and cages to confine the pet dog so that he/she has enough room to move about. This helps in creating a pattern that the dog will follow even after he is no longer confined to a crate or cage.
Use of Repetitive Commands
The home owner should use a certain set of words for the dog repeatedly until the dog understands what exactly it is a sign for. For example, if you take your dog or puppy outside, you could say “go potty”. Dogs have a keen ear and the ability to learn quickly. They would gradually understand what exactly the owner is signalling by the use of these specific words. Use of these commands on a regular basis is important so that your dog becomes familiar with them and begins to follow them. them.
Keeping Your Dog or Puppy Happy
It is important that your puppy or dog bonds with you, its owner. This only comes with love, affection and care. Reward your dog with treats once in a while and praise him every time he obeys your command or responds well to the training.
With patience, persistence and consistency you can have a dog that is not only well trained for the toilet, but which is obedient, loving and a joy to own.
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Walk time is the highlight of the day for many dogs – and also for many owners! It’s a time when you can not only give your dog exercise and the stimulation of new things to see and smell, but it’s an opportunity to connect with your dog in a special way. You can make every walk a new and fun adventure for the both of you, as well as enjoying some fresh air and exercise.
It’s a pity, then, that the daily walk is often a stressful time for both dog and owner. Pulling on the leash, not coming back when called, even aggressive behaviour – these and other issues can make a walk seem more like a duty than a pleasure.
However, even if your dog is well behaved, the chances are you are missing out on a valuable opportunity, not only to bond more closely with your dog but to improve its general behaviour and performance as well. Here are some ideas to help you take dog walking to the next level.
Firstly, remember that the walk actually starts well before you put the lead on and head out the door. It is critical you establish the right attitude towards walking for your dog. A dog is naturally a pack animal and is much happier when it is not having to make its own decisions. You will have a much calmer, more settled and relaxed dog if you can make it understand that you are the boss and that it need not ‘worry’ about deciding what to do in any situation. You do this by establishing your authority and by determining what your dog does and when – not the other way around. Far too many owners react to what their dog does in any given situation (including when and what it will eat, what it barks at and when it wants attention). If you react to a dog it will take it to mean that you approve of its behaviour – and of course, in its desire to please you, it will do more of the same!
An excellent time to establish your authority is when getting ready to go for the walk. Don’t respond to your dog’s excitement and rush out the door as quickly as possible. Be calm, put on your shoes and wait until your dog’s excitement dies down. Then you can put the leash on in a relaxed manner. By doing this you are sending a clear message that you will go walking when you decide, not when your dog does. Using such patience to establish your control is going to pay off later when your dog is off leash and you want it to come when called. You will now be the boss!
Maintaining this relaxed frame of mind is equally important on the walk itself. Maintain discipline and be sure to let the dog know that you are in charge of when and how you walk. “Free time” (including off the leash) should be your dog’s reward for good behaviour, not the result of you giving in because of frustration! If the dog continues to pull, gently but firmly remind it that you are in charge. You can usually sense when a dog is testing you and most will continue to do so until they realise that they’re not going to win. It’s just like with children – the ‘battle of wills’ is going to require some effort in the short term, but it’s going to save on more battles in the long run!
The message you leave your dog with at the end of the walk is as important as the one you give at the start. Finish as you began, on a positive yet calm note. Again, wait until the dog is calm before you let it off the leash when you arrive home. Give it a pat or a cuddle as a thanks for a great time. It will have it looking forward to the next one – whenever you decide that will be.
Like people, every dog is different, and some will take longer to get the message that you are in control. However, with a little bit of persistence you will find a noticeable improvement in your dog’s behaviour on walks – and it will become the fun time for both of you that it’s supposed to be.
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