Month: April 2010

  • How do I help my overweight dog slim down?

    Sam is about 4 years old. He is very overweight. I have been free feeding because I have a total of 5 dogs. I noticed yesterday he just is not healthy, he is getting to big. I don’t want him to be unhealthy. The biggest problem I have is he is eating acorn and visits …

  • What is a good, cheaper food option for my dog?

    What’s a cheap but OK food to get from Wal-Mart?

  • Separation Anxiety Triggers

    If something like showering and changing was triggering anxiety in my dog, I would try showering, changing and then feeding something special. Do that with any trigger. Randomly put on your shoes, get some food, feed and then take them off. Pick up you keys, feed, put them down. But you might also want to …

  • What do I do if my dog won’t eat his food?

    My dog has no interest in his food. I will offer it to him and he will sniff it and then walk away. Some days he won’t eat all day. Do we keep buying different brands to find something he likes or go back to a lower quality food that he used to like? I …

  • How to Bond with Your Dog

    Bonding is communication. The more you can effectively communicate with your dog in its language the stronger your bond. Your dog is studying you relentlessly and communicates to you with its body, face and movements. Talk to our dogs with your face, eyes, posture and movements and without words. Most importantly, don’t make it a …

  • How to Teach Your Dog His Name

    I would suggest classically conditioning the name: Put a treat into your dog’s mouth. As the treat touches your dog’s tongue, say your dog’s name. Vary the way you say the name, trying to include every way you may say your dog’s name in real life. Include nicknames. Do this many times throughout the day, …

  • How to Stop Your Dog from Mouthing

    With all my puppies I find that mouthing stops when the dog realizes it can be unpleasant and it is NOT at all rewarding. 1. Do not reward – He thinks they are doggie games and can include tug of war with your arm, or you are a teething toy, or if bothered enough you …

  • Preparing for Lure Coursing

    If your dog is trustworthy off leash and has excellent recall, then consider lure coursing! Lure coursing events often (if not always) take place in huge field areas, which are usually fenced in (like a pasture or fairgrounds). But the “fencing” might also be a row of trees or a forested area, not an actual …

  • Using Sports to Burn Energy and Bond with Your Pet

    I just wanted to send out a reminder that getting involved in a dog sport is a great way to burn off your dog’s energy and to have an activity that both you and your dog will enjoy. Dog sports are both socially and physically invigorating. I used to have a lot of problems with …

  • A Reminder About Treats

    Remember that snacks like biscuits and extras offer little nutritional value. As long as your dog’s meals are healthy he should be fine feeding one time a day. I feed my small dog once at 5 pm daily.

  • How Often You Should Feed a Dog

    If the dog is no longer a puppy, I would try to feed twice a day – once in the morning and again at night. Make sure the night feeding is not too late. They need time to run around a bit after they eat.

  • How often should I feed my dog?

    I give my Min Pin 3 servings and snacks in-between. Sometimes he doesn’t eat, but when he eats, there’s no stopping him.

  • Training Your Dog to Walk on a Leash

    Ok, here is what you do. I am assuming that at this time, your dog knows what the clicker means, so we’re ready to move on. I don’t start training on walks; I start in my kitchen or basement. Initially, you are not moving very much, so you don’t need a lot of room. And …

  • When to Give Your Dog Vitamins

    Some dogs should vitamins for specific medical conditions, but puppies under 10 months should never take any vitamins or dietary supplements unless there is a very specific reason that is prescribed by a trusted vet. Dogs are very complex creatures and human vitamins would be toxic. Also, just getting too much of a certain mineral, …

  • Supplements for a Healthier Coat

    For a healthier coat, try fish oil. Be sure to get a whole fish oil, not liver oil. You can get capsules or liquid at most drug stores or pharmacies and these can be added daily to the dog’s food. Look for a supplement that includes vitamin E, as the additional omegas in the fish …

  • Food for a Better Coat

    To get a healthier coat, you could start with a higher quality food. Eukanuba is very high in grains and low quality meat sources. Both of those wreak havoc on the quality of the coat. Try something grain free or low in grain like Canidae, Wellness, Orijen, Merrick, or Innova. Canidae is the least expensive …

  • What supplements will make my dog’s coat shinier?

    My pug is 5 months old has started to shed a lot? What supplements or vitamins do you suggest that will help minimize the shedding and give him a healthy shiny coat? He eats Eukanuba lamb and rice puppy and i give him 1 tsp. olive oil a day. I brush him with a rubber …

  • Turning Recall Training Into a Game

    I play this (and lots of other recall games), but have some variations. This one works best with two people. Inevitably, the dog learns that bopping around from person to person earns reinforcers and will start to run towards the other person before he/she is cued to do so. When that happens, wait for the …

  • Vitamins and Supplements for Dogs

    Never give your dog a vitamin supplement unless advised to do so by your vet. Your dog’s food, especially Innova or Wellness will give her all the vitamins she needs.

  • When should you give a dog vitamin supplements?

    I hear a lot about vitamins supplements. I want to know if I should be giving my girls supplements or not. They are currently on Nutra Ultra dry dog food w/ wet as a treat every now and then. Do they need extra vitamins? My girls are Yorkie/ Mini Schnauzer and Yorkie/ Maltese.

  • How to Develop Good Recall Skills in Your Dog

    The simple explanation is to teach the dog that every time you call something wonderful is going to happen. My dog is very food motivated so that was pretty easy. I just kept very high value treats and at first every recall was paid off in them. Over time I gradually reduced the value and …

  • What to Keep in Mind About Raw Food

    A raw food diet is a great diet for a dog, with a couple of caveats. First, you absolutely must do a great deal of research before you consider raw feeding to make sure that it is balanced and that you are supplementing properly. There are a lot of great websites to get started. Second, …

  • Costs of Raw Food Diet

    For me, raw food is usually a bit more expensive than commercial foods. For my dog, I pay $15 for Diamond Naturals over a month or two. Treader’s raw diet cost $12-$20 a month. What it will cost for you depends on the cost of meat in your area, how many sales you take advantage …

  • What to Do with a Dog Barking for Your Attention

    If your dog is barking to get your attention you could do two things: (1) Make sure it never ever works. Eventually he’ll try something else. (2) Teach him to do something else to get your attention, and make sure that it nearly always works. Maybe sit? Or wave. That could be cute. But for …

  • How to Silence a Barking Dog

    Well, first you need to know why your dog is barking. There are many reasons for barking. I don’t think barking is modified in an easy simple way. It takes work. The first thing I do is start by reinforcing quiet. I may only get the brief interval when the dog draws a breath, but …

  • How to Properly Introduce Dogs

    In my experience dogs are more likely to accept another dog if the dogs are walked together rather than having a face-to-face meeting in a backyard. Also if you do use a yard make sure it is ‘neutral territory’ so to speak. If you bring one dog into the other dog’s yard they may get …

  • All About Dog Socialization

    Socialization in my opinion is allowing your dog to get accustomed to different environments and situations that it will continually experience throughout its life. The primary goal should be to have a dog that is comfortable in a NORMAL situation. All dogs are different from one another even those from the same breed. Some dogs …

  • How does one start their dog on a raw food diet?

    I have been wanting to transition my dogs to a raw diet for some time now but have no idea how or where to start. Do I just buy the raw meat and put it in their bowl? I would really appreciate some help in this area.

  • Avoid Cooked Bones

    Cooked bones of any sort should be avoided. If you feed a bone, it should be raw and covered with plenty of meat and/or skin. Weight-bearing bones from large animals, including beef, should be avoided. Most beef bones are too hard for dogs to eat without risk of chipping a tooth. Some dogs can handle …

  • Positive Reinforcement and Negative Punishment

    I don’t buy into dominance theory, but even if I did, I have seen time and time again that dogs know the difference between a human and a dog. I do not use only positive reinforcement (R+) training and don’t know anyone who does. My training style is based in R+ (about 85%), but includes …

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