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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.
Lyme Disease ~ An Emerging Problem
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.
If your dog routinely chews for 10-20 minutes or more at a time, you’d better be sure that it’s something safe, as anything this repetitive can have significant wear-and-tear on teeth and gums.
Children and Dogs
Children should have higher social status in the family than the dog, but they may be too young to be taken seriously as dominant (or Top Dog) by the dog. dominants by the dog. Even a child who’s taller than the dog is not as well armed – or he or she had better not be.
*The dog has much bigger teeth
*The child is relatively defenseless.
In a wolf pack, the young pups are outside the hierarchy. They certainly do not dominate any of the adults, but the adults defer to them and put up with all sorts of misbehavior because they are puppies.
Heart Health for Humans and Pets
Heart Health Awareness is a vitally important topic. While technically concerned with human heart health, I think it’s vital that we expand the scope of the conversation to address canine and feline heart health, too.
Most people have a basic understanding of the risks of heart disease in humans, but when it comes to the heart health of our pet kids, that area remains a mystery to many.
In the following seven frequently-asked questions, we’ll consider the parallels between all three species (humans, canines and felines), to better understand heart disease.
"D" in Daycare? "A" in Canine!
The plethora of doggie daycare centers around the country in the last few years is nothing short of mind-boggling. But with the popularity of daycare services for dogs, there comes an unrealistic expectation –that all dogs can and should be social with others – they’re “social animals”, after all.
The truth, however, is not nearly as simple or clear-cut, and many dog owners are finding themselves disillusioned and confused when their dogs fail to make the grade in daycare.
Many dog parents believe that if their dog is not good around other dogs, this can be overcome by more social exposure, so they sign up for doggie daycare. Or when they get a new puppy, a super-responsible owner will get their pup enrolled in a puppy play and doggie daycare program, believing that this early and ongoing socialization will “guarantee” their puppy’s future social skills. Oh, that it were so simple!
Fear Issues With YOUR Dog?
Whereas eight-week-old puppies are universally accepting of people, adolescent dogs naturally become wary of anything unfamiliar, including noises, objects, dogs, people and places. It is not uncommon for adolescent dogs to become fearful or reactive. As puppies grow older, the world becomes a scarier place. To prevent dogs from becoming wary of children, men, strangers, skateboarders, other dogs, loud noises, vacuum cleaners, nail clippers, collar grabs, etc. etc. etc., take your time when exposing your puppy, adolescent, or newly adopted adult dog to novel (unfamiliar) stimuli, settings and situations and make sure you classically condition your dog not only to tolerate, but also to thoroughly enjoy all of these potentially scary stimuli.
Recent estimates put the number of dogs suffering from joint disease and chronic pain at nearly ten million, a significant percentage of the population. And, with more and more senior pet kids in American homes, those numbers are likely to remain high.
Do you have a dog that has so much energy, is jumping on you, biting everything, pulling on the leash and just acting crazy?
This is a really simple dog training trick that works for puppies or older, over-exuberant dogs to calm them down and teach them to focus and be more composed.
We love our furry kids, and every responsible pet owner knows that caring for a pet involves more than just proper training and nutrition. Canine Dental Health is no less important! Now is the time to talk to your veterinarian about the state of your pet’s mouth and, if needed, schedule a dental cleaning.
There is a price to pay for neglecting your companion animal’s dental health. It’s a long-term cost that’s potentially much higher than the short-term fees associated with a dental cleaning. Several problem areas can develop as a result of poor dental care: excessive tartar, tooth decay, periodontal disease and oral abscesses. These conditions can be the gateway to other major medical conditions involving the heart, liver and kidneys. As with humans, such advanced dental disease can diminish your pet kid’s quality of life and even shorten lifespan.
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