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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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.
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.
So your dog is ignoring you and you don’t like that. Nobody likes being ignored. It even makes some people very angry. They are the ones that tend to get ignored even more as a result. It’s quite common for dogs to ignore commands. Often owners give dogs very few reasons to listen and a lot of reasons not to. A typical scenario might go something like this:
An owner is calling to their dog to “come,” the dog ignores them; they call louder and with more venom; the dog continues ignoring them; they start marching angrily toward the dog, clenching their teeth with all the determination of someone not willing to tolerate this degree of disrespect (especially in public); the dog begins to crawl reluctantly toward the owner, knowing their number is up; finally, the owner takes the dog forcefully by the collar, maybe even throws in a smack or two for good measure, and issues another reminder of who the boss is around here.
It is often difficult to know how a dog will react to a cat until you see them together. This topic is important if you already have a cat and might be considering bringing a dog into the family.
Even though I have a cat for daily practice, Dash doesn’t seem too thrilled when he sees a cat on the street. His prey drive overcomes his friendliness. Since I need him to live with a cat harmoniously, I work on the following exercises.
In this dissertation, I’ll focus on dog aggression that is expressed toward strangers and other dogs, both of which can be really stressful for dog owners and cause real problems. At the bottom of the discussion, I will be including a quick-reference chart which you can print to refer to in social situations with your dog. I’d recommend bringing it along with you to Dog Park functions. See how many of the listed behaviors you can spot out in the Dog Park!
What you’ll find out is that aggressive behavior is just as stressful for your dog, and it’s actually your responsibility to teach him or her that the behavior is not only appropriate, but also totally unnecessary. Why is that exactly? I’ll tell you. But first let’s make sure we know what we’re dealing with when we see it.
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