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Friday, November 27, 2009

Tips on Leashes

The type of leash we use with our dog can directly relate to his behavior and obedience.

We recommend that you use the standard, "old-fashioned" six foot leash. This allows you to walk your dog next to you so that both you and he can keep each others' attention and focus. It is also the appropriate tool when you are working on your standard sit, stay, and come commands.

Never, never, never use the extension leash to walk your dog. This allows your dog to walk you and puts your dog in a possibly dangerous environment.

For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tips on Toys

Our doggies love toys and we love giving them toys! But, watch out! It is important that we give our pups the correct toys.

The first rule that you should remember is never give your dogs tug-of-war toys. Although these toys allow for a great deal of interaction between master and pup, they can quite possibly send the wrong signal to our dogs. Normally the tug-of-war play time ends with our pup walking off with the toy. As humans, we normally just say "I'm done" and we go on our way. Our dog ends up with the toy. Since Rover ended up with the toy, he thinks that he has won and is dominant over you. If you do have tug-of-war toys, use then for fetch.

Minimize or eliminate those squeaky toys. The sound that these toys make is the same sound of a wounded or dying animal. Allowing your dog to play with these promotes aggressive or dominant tendencies. I know, I know, I know... You love to see your dog play with the squeaky toys. Just try to keep it at a minimum.

For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tips on Being a Responsible Dog Owner

Bark Busters wants you to enjoy owning a dog and has collated the following information to help you understand the laws governing dog ownership. We advise, however, that you find out your responsibilities of dog ownership in your state as do they vary, even from one city or county to another.

In many states, dog owners are required by law to register their dogs at the age of six months and to keep them registered. Your dog must always wear a registration tag and an identification tag, so that someone who finds your dog can return him to you immediately. Also, if your dog strays and ends up in a pound, the pound will have the information to contact you -- especially important if your dog requires medical attention. We also suggest that your microchip your dog.

You must ensure that your dog is confined both day and night. If allowed to roam free, even the most docile dog may be a menace to wildlife.

Some dogs have little tolerance for children, who being shorter, automatically get less respect from dogs who see them as being lower in the dog pack pecking order. Children, too, sometimes unknowingly tease dogs. A dog that bites a child would most likely be deemed a danger to society and be destroyed. Unfortunately, no one asks the dog's side of the story. So for your dog's safety, keep him in your backyard and out of harm's way. A responsible owner or parent can prevent dog attacks on children by closely supervising children when they are around dogs.

When outside your property, you must keep your dog on a leash at all times. The leash must be held by someone who can control the dog. Do not let a child walk a big dog unsupervised. Check with your city or county government to see if there are established "leash-free" areas where your dog can run free.

Keeping your dog on leash is very important. You are responsible if your dog attacks someone. Under the law, you may be held responsible for any injury or damage caused by your dog if he attacks a person or an animal.

As a courtesy to others, pick up after your dog has defecated on the sidewalk. Some counties have even begun to issue fines to owners who do not pick up after their pets.

For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Barking Prevention at the Puppy Stage

A young pup that barks at people or noises is a good indication that you have a budding nuisance barker. This is a nervous pup that worries about everything. A well-adjusted pup will not usually start barking until somewhere between 8 to 12 months of age.

If you have a pup that is starting to bark at everything that moves, discipline him by growling “BAD” at the precise moment he starts. Praise him as soon as he responds.

Clapping your hands or throwing an object onto the ground near the pup, such as a can of pebbles, (careful you don't hit the pup) and at the same time growling your correction word (BAD) should help stop any premature barking.
A puppy that persists even after your correction could need some socializing.

For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Traveling With Your Dog

This information is designed to be of assistance to dog owners who may have to travel with their dogs, whether it be across town or around the world.

If you need to transport your dog across town, there are several options. If your dog travels well, you may wish to transport him in your car. If your dog is difficult to transport due to his fear of travel, his barking or exuberance, you may wish to give him natural remedies such as Bach Flowers, ginger, or Travel Calm. Your veterinarian also has tablets available for dogs that suffer from travel sickness. If you give your dog such tablets, administer them one hour prior to departure.

If you wish to board your dog while you go away, many boarding kennels can arrange transport for your dog to their establishment. Some vet clinics offer a pick-up service if your dog is sick, and for injured animals, some offer an animal ambulance. All these services can be found in the Yellow Pages.

If traveling between states, air transport is the quickest and easiest way to transport your dog. While more expensive than other options, air transport minimizes travel time and, therefore, your dog will suffer less stress. Some airlines have their own dog traveling cages.

If you are driving a far distance with your dog -- such as on vacation -- consider calling ahead to book at hotels or motels that accept dogs. Some hotels even cater to dogs. Be sure to secure your dog while traveling. Doggy seat belts are generally available from vets and pet shops. Also, remember to make several toilet stops.

When transporting your dog overseas, first research to learn the quarantine laws of that country. If your stay is to be short, consider leaving your dog with a friend or a kennel as the stress of quarantine might be too much for the average dog.

Always tag your dog with a contact name and phone number of the dog's destination. If your dog should stray, just having the name and address where it normally lives will not be sufficient, especially if you are away on vacation.

For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Feeding Puppies

Do not make a big issue of feeding your puppy. Have him wait until you give him permission to eat.

However, some ravenous, greedy pups become upset by having to wait. In that case, hold the dish and lift it above his head saying "leave.” When your pup has calmed down, ask him to sit. Once he has complied, you may then give him his food.

If you have a ravenous pup, look closely at what he is being fed, as it may lack vital nutrients.

Scatter Feeding
Scatter feeding works well on puppies that tend to be aggressive with their food. Scatter the food around on the ground and stand in the middle, letting the pup know you are not interested in his food.

Never take the food away from the puppy as a form of punishment with no intention of giving it back immediately. This will only make the pup feel that his aggression is warranted and that you are trying to steal his food.

For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Boundary control

Boundary control is teaching your dog that he is not allowed in certain rooms or on the carpet without your invitation, he is not allowed in the house without your invitation (even if the back door is open) and he is not allowed out the exterior gates without your invitation.

This is important for control as well as the dog’s safety.

Boundary control gives you the opportunity to invite your dog inside more often because you know that he will stay in his designated dog-friendly areas.

For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Digging and Chewing

Dogs do not instinctively dig or chew.

These activities are usually symptoms of a more significant behavior problem; they are doing these things for a reason. We can help to find the cause and suggest a solution by talking with you and surveying the environment.

Digging: To help discourage digging, place your dog’s droppings in the hole and bury them just under the surface. You can also bury chili powder. Your dog may be digging because he is bored, so you might want to provide more entertainment (see
Boredom Busters). Also consider if he is stressed due to separation anxiety.

Chewing: Do not give your dogs chew toys that resemble items that you do not want them to chew (like shoes). They often cannot tell the difference between good shoes and their "chew shoe." Some taste deterrents may work on wood and patio furniture. You probably also need to provide more entertainment (see
Boredom Busters) or the chewing may be related to the stress of separation anxiety.

For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.