Dog Training Tips Every Owner Should Remember

By Bob Tom  | Submitted On January 17, 2017

Whether your dog is a spunky new puppy or a senior dog is no matter when it comes to training. Every interaction with your canine companion is a learning experience. Remember that your dog doesn't always understand you and vice versa and that is okay. Also, remember that most behaviors are natural for dogs but they can and should be corrected. These are some basic tips you should always keep in mind when training your dog.

1. Notice

Be aware of your dog's body language. If they are whining or cannot sit still this is a sign. This probably means they are uncomfortable with the situation. Do not force your dog to socialize if they are not comfortable. Doing so could result in negative behavior or habits. Dogs also use crying or pacing to let you know they need to go outside. Do not ignore or correct this behavior.

2. Patience

This is key when you are training. Yelling or angry behavior is something dogs cannot understand and has no educational value. If you start to become impatient, walk away from the situation. Being impatient with your dog can cause training time to seem unfavorable to him or her.

3. Positive Reinforcement

Remember to praise a dog for their good behavior not only correct their wrong doings. Praise your four-legged friend for doing what you want them to do. This will bring more of the behavior you want

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4. Redirecting

Instead of just telling your pet no, redirect him to the action or behavior you want. In the example, if your dog likes to chew on your hands or furniture give him a toy instead of yelling or swatting. This is where positive reinforcement comes in.

5. Leash Training

It is natural for dogs to pull on leashes, but this can easily be corrected. When they start to pull, stop walking. This should be repeated until they understand that they can't walk if they pull. You walk your dog; your dog does not walk you.

6. No Barking

Barking is an undesirable trait and correcting this will not happen quickly. Make note that dogs hear frequencies that people do not and this can cause the barking. Noting the difference between alerted barking and bad behavior is key. A dog will not understand why you are yelling when they are barking if they hear a door or passer-by. Using a squirt bottle filled with water, spray them when they bark. Also, use a verbal command such as "quiet" or "no bark" when training.

7. Ignore

Jumping might be a problem in your household and there is a simple trick for this. Ignore. Ignoring your dog when they jump on you or whine at you shows them that they get no reaction. Yelling or pushing them might mean play to them or they use this to get your attention.


8. Consistency

Be sure to consistently use the same verbal or hand commands when training. For instance, starting with the command "shake" and then switching to "paw" can cause confusion. Do not get frustrated with the dog when they do not understand. Dogs can read a human's body language and know you are angry but do not know why.

9. Realism

As smart as your animal may be, they will not learn new tricks or behavior instantly or overnight. If you let you animal scratch at the door for years, do not expect them to stop instantaneously. Learned behavior will take some time to undo but it is possible so be patient.

10. Routine

Once your dog has a new trick learned, incorporate it into your daily routine. This will keep it fresh in your animal's mind.

11. Health

Your dog's health is just as important as anything else in their training. If you don't eat very well, most likely you will feel sluggish. This goes for your dog as well. Check up with your vet to know what a healthy diet for your pet would be. For instance, if you have a very active dog they will need a higher protein diet. If your animal is mostly inside, a high protein diet is not ideal for it will create more energy.

Remembering these tips and tricks will help you and your pooch be successful in your training. The biggest key point to remember is to have patience. Being impatient will cause more negative than positive behavior. Do not forget to pamper your furry friend and let him know that he is a good dog. This will make behavior corrections more clear in what they're doing wrong. Training is the best thing you could do for your dog.

4 Essential Steps to Make Your Cat Disciplined in 2017

By Emma Bassiri  | Submitted On January 04, 2017

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New Year has arrived and you must have already made your resolutions for the year. However, it won't be wrong to state that most of you must have already broken it. For all those who are on the verge of breaking their promises like every year, the article has come up with a brand new idea of resolutions. If you are done with taking pledges for yourself, make some vows for your feline as well. Make your notorious feline a bit more disciplined this year. It might sound difficult, but you can train your kitty some good habits. Listed below are some of the ways that can effortlessly help you complete your promise.

1. No matter what you do, the whiskers won't allow you tie collars in her neck. However, this is important for the feline if she goes out of the house unsupervised. You can buy some cute designs of cat collar bow tie that is cute and attractive for the kitties. The felines get motivated when they see their humans doing the same thing. So, on weekends and whenever you have time you can spend some time with her in cat dress. You can even find cat costumes for humans that come with feline whisker and collar. The kitty will feel motivated when she will see you in these collars.

2. Felines are generally very lazy. Discourage the habit of long sleeping hours in her. Spend time with her in the evening and make her do some physical activity. The playtime is one of the most important aspects when it comes to the overall recreations of pets. It is the responsibility of the fur parent to encourage her break up from the lethargic nature and indulge more in exercises.

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3.  Some of the activities of the kitties are really destructive like their love for toilet papers and hunting habit. It can't be denied that some of these activities are cute, but they are annoying at the same. Train the kitty to be obedient this year. Discourage the things that creates problem. You can get them a scratching post; this will spare your furniture and things of this sort. Other than this, you can buy some cat toys. The artificial birds and mouse can discourage the hunting habit of feline to some extends.

4. Felines are generally very proud and like to stay in their won comfort zone. So, teach her to be humble. Don't push them beyond a certain limit. However, you can train them to socialize a bit more than usual. Teach them some tricks like to shake hands with the guests and to listen to your commands.

Make this year fruitful for your feline. However, don't be harsh or impose the changes on her. Be patients and find out measures to train her without causing any sort of a pain.

Rewards her for being obedient. This will encourage her to be even better. A naughty and playful kitty is cute, but a disciplined one is even cuter. So, unlike every year, pledge for a different resolution and make it special for the cat.

Bearded Dragon Diet Explained

By Billy Golding  | Submitted On February 20, 2014

A bearded dragons diet will be made up of two types of foods. The first will be vegetation and the second will be insects. Below are the main foods you will want to feed to your bearded dragon as staple foods. Staple foods are types of foods that are acceptable to be fed on a daily basis. Everything else that's not on this list is probably not a good choice and should not be fed.

Vegetation: Butternut Squash, Cactus Pads, Collard Greens, Dandelion Greens, Green Acorn Squash, Mustard Greens, Kabocha Squash, Tunip Greens (not the root), and Yuca Root.

Insects: Silkworms, Phoenix worms, Crickets, Roaches, Superworms, and Mealworms.

The most common insect that pet stores sell regularly are waxworms. Waxworms are very high in fat and should not be fed to reptiles. Only feed waxworms on holidays and birthdays as a treat.

The amount to feed your bearded dragon varies depending on the age and size of your beardie. But normally you would want to follow this rule:

Baby/Juvenile: 20% Vegetation and 80% Insects

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Adult: 80% Vegetation and 20% Insects

The amount of insects to feed should be what your lizard can consume within 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes, take out the insects that your lizard did not eat. And that's all there is to it. If you leave the insects in the enclosure after the 15 minute interval, the odds are the insects will just bother your pet dragon.

Don't forget to gutload and supplement your insects before you feed them to your bearded dragon. Gutloading simply means to feed your insects properly to make sure your bearded dragon is getting all the nutrition it needs through them. A good insect diet can be bought at any pet store. Now, before you feed the insects to your lizard, you should always dust them with supplements. The rule is:

Calcium with no D3: once every other day.

Calcium with D3: 4 times a month.

Multivitamins: 4 times a month.

If you see that your reptile has not been eating lately, you should check the temperatures to make sure the enclosures temperatures are correct. You want to make sure the basking side is around 105 degrees Fahrenheit with an ambient temperature of 75 - 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The reason why I mention temperature is because temperature plays a huge role in digestion and appetite. Incorrect temperatures can cause a loss of appetite. If you notice that your bearded dragon is still not eating, you may want to schedule an appointment with the vet. Your bearded dragon may have an illness that may be fatal like metabolic bone disease. Another reason for not eating may be because your lizard is going into brumation. Brumation usually only occurs during colder months of the year and is absolutely normal. During this time, expect a loss of appetite and a lot of sleeping.

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