Scary places, people and things!

In: Dog Behavior, Responisble Pet Ownership

Many owners struggle with living with a fearful dog.  It can be incredibly challenging when your dog is afraid of some of the inevitabilities of life – the vet, groomers, loud noises such as fireworks or thunderstorms, or various people or dogs.  Fearful dogs can be so fearful that they react with aggression in an attempt to make the bad things go away or even cause injury to themselves to get away. We're often told to do work to “socialize” or ...

Have You Heard of Your Dog’s Friend?

In: Dog Behavior, Dog Training

If not, you will soon. When the organization asks people how they heard about its programs, the answer is most often “word of mouth”. Then, they express relief at having found a group that exists solely to support them and that uses only positive methods. Your Dog’s Friend is a non-profit organization established to deal with three issues: 1. When dog owners bring home their new dogs, they often have no idea what to do or where to turn with questions and ...

Back Care For Your Dog

In: Dog Behavior, Dog Health

Our dogs both active and sedentary are susceptible to back injury just as we are. It can occur at anytime and may seem to have come out of nowhere. The symptoms can be subtle like just not walking as long on walks or reluctant to go up stairs. Or it could be dramatic with full blown paralysis and inability to rise. Here are a few preventative tips to help your dog avoid back pain. 1. Use a harness instead of a ...

Planned Pet Parents

In: Dog Behavior, Dog Health

The Olney-Sandy Spring Veterinary Hospital (OSSVH) has developed a progressive reproductive management program called “The Breeder’s Edge.” Breeding stock selection, by reputable breeders, is based on such factors as conformation, temperament, and lack of hereditary defects. The American Kennel Club allows registration of litters bred by artificial insemination using fresh, fresh-chilled, or frozen semen. This allows the breeding of dogs that are geographically separated, but without the cost and risk involved in shipping them. It also provides more information on ...

Young Children and Dogs!

In: Dog Behavior, Dog Training

The majority of children love dogs. Most parents obtain a dog for their child. The  desire is that the dog spends time and loves the children. It’s not impossible for dogs to love children. The challenge is many young children are unable to determine the difference from a living dog and an inanimate object. First rule is; Never leave a young child unattended around your dog. This is for the safety of the child and the dog. Children like to; poke, hug, ...

To Collar or Not to Collar

In: Dog Behavior, Dog Training

Once was the time when all thoughtful, well-meaning, caring dog owners understood the reasons why putting a collar on their dog just made good sense.  After all, there weren’t so many choices then.  You chose to put a leather buckle collar on your dog and hung tags that gave name and maybe an address, showed proof of a rabies vaccination and maybe proof of your having paid a county dog tax.  You chose to put a choke chain on your ...

The Working Dog

In: Dog Behavior, Dogs & Cats (Misc.)

Throughout history, dogs have been used for various purposes. Some are great hunters, others are wonderful companions, while still others herd and others guard home and hearth. In our modern society, we often don’t need a dog to do any of these functions. Today dogs are our mostly companions and some others canine working animals. Were you aware that dogs come in more than 400 different breed types worldwide? There is much more variation among our friend, the dog, than in ...

Sniffing Out the Bed Bugs

In: Dog Behavior, Dogs & Cats (Misc.)

The recent outbreak of bed bugs in New York had High-end clothing retailers closing down their store. Bed bugs are in hotels, dorms, hospitals, movie theaters, libraries, and other public spaces. In fact, according to a pest control report, sixty percent of the bedbug problem is coming from commercial areas such as theaters, hotels, stores and offices. They can hitch a ride from one of these locations and go home with you. Not just in US, but around the world we are ...

Dog Training – Drop It

In: Dog Behavior

Imagine you are holding a winning lotto ticket. Let’s pretend it’s a winning scratch off ticket for $10.00 and your friend says, “Let me see it.” Now pretend it’s a complete stranger who asks, “Can I see it?” Now pretend it’s a $100,000 winning ticket. Would you let your friend “see it”? How about a complete stranger? What if the person asking gives you the same amount as the ticket in cash as collateral while they hold it? Now…imagine your dog ...

Practical Agility Training

In: Dog Behavior

Practical Agility Training We all love to watch the agility competitions on T.V. Quick moving dogs fly over jumps and run through tunnels with amazing speed and dexterity. While competing for trophies and titles is fun and great sport, there is a more practical side to it also. As we put our agility and obstacle course together at our new location we did it with an eye towards using the challenges for real life purposes for dog and handlers. We ...

Understanding Aggressive Behavior in Dogs

In: Dog Behavior

Is your dog’s bark worse than his bite? Most dog owners would rather not find out the hard way. In addition to growling, barring teeth, snarling, snapping, and biting, dog aggression includes any other behavior meant to intimidate or harm a person or animal. But because dogs and humans have different communication systems, these signals often can be misread. Keep in mind that from a dog’s perspective, there’s always a reason for aggressive behavior. A person may intend to be friendly, ...

Dog Training Advice – Baby-Proofing Man

In: Dog Behavior

Because people are choosing to have children later in life, their dogs are really their first baby. Dogs today are real family members. They are no longer “owned” but rather “parented” by people. Because of this trend there is more demand for prenatal dog prep. It is becoming more popular for expectant couples with dogs to seek professional help of a trainer/behaviorist, such as C&C PALS, in getting their dog comfortable having a baby around and getting the couple use ...

What is Clicker Training?

In: Dog Behavior

What's all the fuss about "clicker" training? There is an ever-increasing demand for classes teaching this method. So if you don't already know about clicker training, here's your chance to get a quick overview. Pavlov taught us that you can take a neutral stimulus (such as a sound of a clicker) and by pairing it multiple times with something desirable to a dog (such as a treat), the neutral stimulus (the clicker sound) ...

My dog constantly chews on his feet and hind legs. What can I do?

In: Dog Behavior, Dog Health

The problem may not be with his feet but with his nose! That is because the most common reason for dogs to chew their feet is due to allergy to things they inhale. The same pollens, dusts, and molds that give us “hay fever” symptoms will give dogs itchy skin – typically chewing or biting of the feet, rubbing of the face and ears, and scratching in the armpits. Ear infections are ...

Puppy Training – The secret to Socialization!

In: Dog Behavior, Responisble Pet Ownership

We all know that socializing your puppy to people and other dogs is important but what exactly is a well socialized dog? A well socialized pup is a pup that is able to enter a NEW situation comfortably and adapt quickly. A well socialized pup can meet new people and dogs in your home, on walks, in the park etc. and not be aggressive or fearful. The best way to help your pup grow into a well socialized adult is ...

What is “Competent” Training?

In: Dog Behavior, Responisble Pet Ownership

The short answer is “Identifying the Problem, Visualizing a Solution and Implementing a Change”. An example most dog owners can identify with is the housebreaking issue. Given an opportunity, most dogs are actually clean animals, barring medical issues. If they have been allowed to be “dirty” either in their crates or in the home, most people’s reactions are on the line of “He’s just doing it to be spiteful” or my personal favorite “But he just went outside!”. Dogs don’t really ...

Does My Pet Need a Behaviorist?

In: Dog Behavior

How do we determine if our pet’s behavior is normal or not? How do we know when our pet needs to see a behaviorist? What is a behaviorist, anyway? These are common questions among pet owners who find themselves faced with problem behavior and are not sure where to turn. Often, people think the problem has to get really bad, almost intolerable, before going to a behaviorist, so they wait. They read a book, and if they are lucky, it ...

Do You Chain Your Dog?

In: Animal Welfare, Dog Behavior, Responisble Pet Ownership

Foster parents and families form the backbone of the work CSAC does. In order to exist as a rescue, we rely on wonderful people willing to bring needy animals into their homes, and care for them, while the animals await permanent homes. Foster families have our undying gratitude, deepest respect and admiration. There are never enough foster homes to go around, so each is precious to CSAC and the animals we are trying to save. Sadly, we always have more ...

Dog training – Bringing Up Baby

In: Dog Behavior

Dogs and children can live in harmony, especially if the right steps are taken BEFORE and AFTER baby arrives. Before baby arrives, a trip to the vet for a checkup is in order. Next, begin to get him used to the idea of a baby in the home. Set up the nursery as soon as possible so your dog can get used to all the new sights and sounds. Think about how you want your dog to behave once baby ...

Dog Training -“WHICH WAY DO I GO?”

In: Dog Behavior

All dog owners should involve their beloved pet in some type of training. Training is beneficial for all breeds and all ages of dogs. But with so many different training philosophies and styles, and so many types of classes to choose from, how do you choose a trainer and class for your dog? The best place to begin is to examine training philosophies. There are three basic training philosophies in practice today. One method may be referred to as “compulsion training.” ...

Dog training – Those Lovable Jumpers

In: Dog Behavior

You open the door after a long day at work and bam! 75 lbs of happy dog barrels into you. For several months, your cute little puppy ran to you, tail wagging, leaping up eagerly and you responded with loving praise. Now you realize that you’ve got a major behavioral problem. The best course of action with a dog is to teach good behavior from the beginning. Yes, it takes time. The more time you spend teaching your dog what to ...

Temperament Based Training

In: Dog Behavior

Not all dogs respond to training in the same way. That seems to be a self-evident statement, but many trainers and training methods treat all dogs exactly alike. Just as no two people are the same, each dog is born with different abilities to process information. Because each dog’s temperament is different, ideally, all dog training would be designed individually. The key to effective dog training is understanding each dog’s temperament and adapting training techniques to best suit each dog ...

Unintentional Reinforcement?

In: Dog Behavior

Do you ever wonder why your dog loves to jump up even though you continually push them off and tell them no? Whether you realize it or not you are providing your dog with lots of positive reinforcement! The first step in dealing with issues like jumping is to learn about reinforcement, and then you can learn how to use it in your favor. First things first—what is reinforcement? Reinforcement, whether positive or negative, causes a behavior to be more likely ...

Understanding & Preventing Separation Anxiety

In: Dog Behavior

Though dogs are highly social they can learn to handle moderate absences. Some dogs develop a behavioral issue called Separation Anxiety which manifests in various forms: urination & defecation, destruction of windows & door frames, vocalization or self-mutilation, whenever the dog is left alone, even for short periods. For dogs that have a tendency to get SA it is often triggered by either a high contrast situation – months of the owner home all day, followed by sudden eight-hour absences – ...

Dog Training – The Clicker – Not So New – But Is It For You?

In: Dog Behavior

A clicker is a small hand held box when triggered by your finger emits a “click” sound. The sound of the clicker is paired with food; you click, and give the dog in training a treat. With proper conditioning the dog will soon figure out that when he hears the sound of the clicker a treat is in his future. Now, why does one want to use a clicker for teaching behaviors? Because the clicker is quick, precise, faster than ...

The Mannerly Dog

In: Dog Behavior

Mannerly dogs are not born, they are taught. A mannerly dog keeps his paws on the fl oor, not on your clothes. He doesn’t bark at passersby on the street, and he doesn’t rush out ahead of his human companion to lunge at cats or other dogs. Mannerly dogs never make people mutter, “There ought to be a law...”. Dogs learn manners by being shown what is acceptable and what is not. This approach—setting clear boundaries for your dog—is at the ...

Training- Temperament Based Training

In: Dog Behavior

Not all dogs respond to training in the same way. That seems to be a self-evident statement, but many trainers and training methods treat all dogs exactly alike. Just as no two people are the same, each dog is born with different abilities to process information. Because each dog’s temperament is different, ideally, all dog training would be designed individually. The key to effective dog training is understanding each dog’s temperament and adapting training techniques to best suit each dog ...

Will Underground Electronic Pet Fencing Really Work for My Dog?

In: Dog Behavior

Yes, provided you work with a pet containment professional that knows dogs and is backed up by an organization whose sole mission is to keep your dog safe, happy and healthy on your property. Underground electronic pet fencing was first invented over twenty-five years ago by a man named Richard Peck who saw dogs tied up, penned in small kennels or running loose in the street after escaping from a traditional fence. He knew there had to be a better way, ...

Training- Teaching Fido To Fetch

In: Dog Behavior

While not every dog has the natural retriever instinct, every dog can learn how to fetch and enjoy it, especially if that means more playtime with his favorite person – YOU! Here are some tips on how you can teach your dog to fetch. 1. Start by placing the ball in your dog’s mouth to see if he will take it. Next, ask him to “drop” the ball and give him a treat (use something that your dog really likes –cheese, chicken, ...

Training- Dog Attention, Don’t Leave Home Without It

In: Dog Behavior

Realistic expectations is the first step in the training process. You don’t want to set your dog up to fail by putting them in situations that they have not been trained to handle. Patience and Baby steps-Build on each successful sequence of behavior. For instance, train your dog to “sit”. Click or mark this behavior and follow with a favorite treat. Then add another layer of difficulty, such as “sit” as a person walks by at a distance followed with a ...

Training- Lake Accotink Offers Classes For Dogs

In: Dog Behavior

Tawny Hammond, Park Manager, has assembled a group of classes at Lake Accotink Park that are guaranteed to be a dog-gone good time! From puppy to adult, Lake Accotink Park offers a class that will fit your dog’s unique personality. Dog Trick classes are the newest addition to the dog class collection. Many commands and tricks are taught, including: shaking hands, begging, bowing, rolling over, bringing in the newspaper, and much more! The canine students must have the ability to sit ...

Training- Shape Up Your Puppy

In: Dog Behavior

When Veronica Sanchez is asked, “How can you train your dog from your wheelchair?,” the answer is straightforward: her dog has learned to be a problem solver. By using a training method called shaping. Veronica can train her dog from almost any position, even while lying down. Shaping, as it applies to animal training, is defined as: Training a behavior by breaking it down into small steps, marking (usually with a clicker) and rewarding each step until the animal has ...

Dog Training – Agility- Is It For Your Dog?

In: Dog Behavior

Agility is the fastest growing dog sport in the nation, and dogs are competing at local and national levels everywhere. Through agility classes, dog owners and their dog-athletes learn to master the jumps, tunnels, weave poles, tables and other obstacles that make up an agility course, and the owners get almost as good a workout as the dogs. Think you'll be able to enter your dog and watch him go? Think again! Agility training is a team effort and because ...

Dog Training – Dog Attention, Don ’t Leave Home Without It

In: Dog Behavior

Realistic expectations are the first step Realistic expectations are the first step R in your dog ’s training process. You R in your dog ’s training process. You R don ’t want to set your dog up to fail by putting them in situations that they have not been trained to handle. Patience and Baby steps-Build on each successful sequence of behavior. For in-stance,train your dog to “sit ”.Click or mark this behavior and follow with a favorite treat. Then add ...

My Dog Has Bitten…Not Necessarily A Death Sentence

In: Dog Behavior

Many people think that because their dog has bitten someone or severely injured another dog, that society’s way to safely handle the situation is to euthan-nize the dog.This is not the case. Dogs bite for many reasons but the most common reason is that they are protecting their owner or their owner’s property.The dog feels that this is his job.Sometimes he is so incensed while he is doing this, that he will even bite the person he is protecting if they ...

Teaching Fido to Fetch!

In: Dog Behavior

While not every dog has the natural retriever instinct, every dog can learn how to fetch and enjoy it, especially if that means more playtime with his favorite person – YOU! Here are some tips on how you can teach your dog to fetch. 1. Start by placing the ball in your dog’s mouth to see if he will take it. Next, ask him to “drop” the ball and give him a treat (use something that your dog really likes –cheese, chicken, and ...

Is Your Dog’s Behavior a Problem?

In: Dog Behavior

If so, you are not alone. Many dog owners are faced with serious behavior issues that may affect the quality of their relationship. Instead of punishing your dog by locking him/her in a cage or tying outside, the behavior may often be corrected simply by understanding the dog’s motivating factors. In fact, most behavior problems are directly related to the discomfort experienced by the dog when he/she is left alone. Problems such as barking, jumping, mouthing, and overall destructiveness occur ...

Search for the Best Training Tool

In: Dog Behavior

When deciding to train a dog for the first time it is important to select tools that will make the job easier for both the dog doing the learning and the human doing the teaching. In the hands of a skilled and agile trainer a length of light rope or moderately heavy cord will suffice to do the job. The dog will in rapid order become calm, mannerly and well behaved. What happens if the trainer is not so skilled ...

Chewing Catastrophes – Getting your Dog to Chew the Right Thing

In: Dog Behavior

Canine chewing sprees are expensive and frustrating. Chewing is a natural, normal and necessary canine behavior. It's not chewing that is a problem, only chewing of inappropriate objects. Thus, it's appropriate to teach your dog to chew on toys and not on other items by rewarding good chewing and keeping forbidden items out of reach. Appropriate chewing that is rewarded will create a habit to help ensure your dog chews only on his toys. Inappropriate chewing occurs for many reasons. Dogs ...

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