Dogs are not known for being fussy eaters. Put it in your dog’s path and he’ll gobble it up, whether it be table scraps, garbage … or grass.
Dogs are primarily carnivores (meat-eaters). Although they like to eat meat, they can also survive on a well-balanced vegetarian diet: Cats, on the other hand, may die without animal protein. Like all living creatures, dogs need a combination of fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water in a balanced diet that provides enough calories to meet their daily needs.
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The single most effective and efficient technique available to those who work in the field of Dog Training is Differential Reinforcement. The problem is that most “trainers” don’t even know what this term means! This term is a fancy term which comes out of HUMAN studies, but I find that it applies directly to dog training.
Properly implemented, this approach will “solve” more than 80% of all the problems that you encounter when working with dogs. It will allow you to accomplish this by focusing on building new skills through the use of positive reinforcement, rather than punishing existing behaviors. It is not a new concept. It is not difficult to explain. It is very difficult to do, on a consistent basis. In order to use the technique effectively, it is critical that you understand how and why it works the way that it does. This is a very complex subject, which I have attempted to put into understandable terms and concepts. Hopefully, this article will help to provide you with that understanding.
It’s the height of summer, which means that mountain trails, bucolic meadows and forested thickets are beckoning your dog to romp and explore. This impulse may be at odds with concerns about new research on Lyme disease, which may have you more inclined to restrict your canine companion’s activities to the Great Indoors. Before you put the kibosh on outdoor fun, make sure you know all the facts about canine Lyme disease.
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