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Is My Dog Healthy

Nothing Wrong With Me ! I'm Perfect !

Nothing Wrong With Me !
I’m Perfect !

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8 Tips

to Check

Your

Dog’s Health

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Author, Darlene Wagner,  of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

As a pet parent, your dog’s health and well-being is of the utmost importance. Wouldn’t it be great if there was some way to ensure he is healthy and disease free, rather than waiting for him to show symptoms and/or get sick? Well, the good news is, there are a few things you can check regularly (at least once a month) for early signs of illness. And, even better news, when detected early, you may be able to avoid worsening symptoms and illness all together!

 

Healthy Checklist:

 

#1 Body.

As a devoted pet parent, you know your dog’s body best. As you rub him, hug him, bathe him and play with him, you should be able to easily notice any major changes that take place, identify any bumps and lumps, and recognize any injuries. If anything appears out of the ordinary, it may be best for you and your pooch to pay your vet a visit.

#2 Eyes.

One of the easiest ways to determine if your dog may be sick or not is to look into his eyes. They should be clear and free from any redness or discharge. Eye discharge can be a sign of anything from allergies, to glaucoma, to an infection. Always talk with your vet to get at the root cause of your dog’s eye discharge, as some causes can result in blindness or loss of an eye if left untreated.

#3 Ears.

They should be examined frequently and cleaned as needed. The inside ear should appear to be clean without any build-up of wax or discharge, and no foul smell. Special ear cleaners are available, if needed, but build-up and odor can indicate a fungal or bacterial infection or an ear mite infestation. Warning ~ always be careful when you handle ears that may be infected. They can be quite sensitive!

#4 Nose.

A healthy nose can be cold, warm, wet or dry, but there should be no crusting on the nose surface and no bleeding or discharge coming from inside. A crusty nose can be the result of something as simple as digging and nosing the ground, but it can also indicate an inflammatory skin disease.

#5 Mouth and Teeth.

As covered in our previous article “My Pet Has Bad Breath, What Can I Do?” bad breath can be a sign of a digestive issue or an overgrowth of bacteria which, if left untreated, can cause organ problems. Teeth should appear white or cream-colored and gums a healthy pink. Gums that are dark, blue, red or white can indicate illness. Also check for any sores, bumps, lacerations and anything else that is out of the ordinary.

#6 Nails.

Check your dog’s nails regularly to ensure they’re not flaking, cracking or breaking easily. These signs can be caused by a bacterial or fungal infection, an immune-deficiency disease, trauma or a tumor.

#7 Coat and Skin.

Your dog’s coat and skin should be free from any bald patches, scaling, dryness, fleas, crusting and spots that look infected. Some issues with your dog’s coat and skin can be the result of under-grooming, or lack of grooming, which allows a lot of dead, flaky skin to accumulate under your pet’s coat. And too many baths can cause dry skin and flaking, so it is best to wash your dog only when he really needs it (like after a good romp in a mud hole!).

#8 Overall Attitude.

One of the easiest ways to tell that your dog is not feeling well is by their attitude. If your dog is less playful than usual, appears to be sulking or sad, or is less sociable, tending to shy away, he could be ill and you should seek advice from your veterinarian.

 

Check these eight items vigilantly for a happy and healthy dog!

 

 

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Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Is My Dog Aggressive

Playing or Fighting, Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Playing or Fighting, Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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Do I have an

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Aggressive Dog

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and

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Why is He?

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  Author, Noelle Dunn for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Did your dog hurt another dog? Nip at you? Bite hard enough to draw blood? Growl menacingly at you as you played tug-of-war?

I’ve lived with and raised dogs my entire life, and I can’t tell you how many other dog owners I’ve run into that have misdiagnosed their dog as being aggressive. It’s understandable why. Many owners completely forget their furry canine companions are animals, that they don’t actually understand a word you say unless properly trained or that they have natural instincts and their own method of communication.

Before we talk about the possible causes of aggression, are you sure your dog is acting aggressive? It can be easy to mistake a dog’s play for aggression. They’ll growl, put their mouths around your arm or another dog’s neck and jump all over everyone and everything. It’s easy to tell when some dogs are just playing around, while others may seem quite aggressive even though they don’t mean to be.

Believe it or not, dogs actually signal when they’re just playing around. Most will do a bow before initiating play, lowering their head with both front paws stretch out and their rear end up in the air – like the downward facing dog yoga pose, only looking ahead instead of down. Some dogs do this multiple times, pouncing to and fro as if looking for an opening to attack, while others may just do it once or ever so slightly before charging after their play target.

When dogs are at play their body language is loose and relaxed, but that doesn’t mean misunderstandings can happen with dogs just like with humans. An outgoing, playful dog can elicit a yelp or other signs of distress when it tries to play with a dog that doesn’t respond in kind. Most dogs will back off when this happens, getting the “stop playing” message – and again, this isn’t cause for concern for aggression.

When Is a Dog Being Aggressive?

The following are signs of direct aggression:

  • Rigid, withdrawn posture
  • Snarling
  • Biting hard enough to draw blood with their canines
  • Prolonged direct eye contact without movement
  • Punching with their muzzle

If you see these behaviors, something is wrong. Dogs look very calculating when they’re being aggressive, not the bouncy, loose attitude they exhibit when they’re playing.

Generally when a dog is being aggressive, it’s incredibly clear to all involved. Dogs don’t try to hide that they’re mad or upset.

Why Is My Dog Aggressive?

Some dogs are just naturally more aggressive than others – no, I’m not talking about various breeds; I’m talking about individual animals. That being said, usually dogs become aggressive when they haven’t been raised properly by their owners.

Dogs that aren’t properly socialized are more likely to be aggressive. As they develop, dogs need to be introduced to other dogs and people in order to naturally develop social skills. Keeping your dog locked up and away from the world is one of the worst things you can do to him/her.

Aggression can also be a sign of medical issues. The only way dogs can be ornery is through aggressive means, and wouldn’t you be upset if people were messing with you when you had a serious medical condition or were just not generally feeling well?

If your normally happy-go-lucky dog is suddenly acting abnormally aggressive, take him/her to the vet immediately. It’s likely a symptom of a deeper issue, and if it is then your dog will go back to normal once he/she feels better. Treat and raise your dog right, remember your furry friend is still an animal after all, and everything will be alright.

Hope we have shed some light on your dog’s behavior.

 

 

 

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Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Who Passed The Gas

Was That Me?

Was That Me?

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Okay,

Who

Passed Gas?

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 Author, Darlene Wagner, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

If you are the proud parent of a darling dog, chances are you’ve encountered some not-so-pleasant smells emitting from his rear. Sure, one of the benefits of having a dog may be your ability to blame your own gassy emissions on him, but do you ever wonder if anything can be done to put a damper on the smells?

 

Dogs pass gas for a number of reasons. As with humans, diet plays a large role in gas production, as does swallowed air. Swallowed air? Certainly you’ve seen your dog devour his food like there’s no tomorrow, and along with the food he also swallows a great amount of air. And swallowed air, if not burped out, has to come out somewhere! Whatever the reason, there are steps that can be taken to keep you from having to don a gas mask in your own home.

 

Does your dog eat too fast?

 

Try feeding him more often in smaller amounts. This will decrease the amount of food he can scarf down at any given time. Or, you can incorporate household items to make him work a little bit harder for his food. Try putting a soup can in the middle of his food dish, or feed him from a muffin baking tin, with a bit of food scattered in each space. Tricks like these will give him no choice but to slow his roll when it comes to eating, therefore swallowing less air, resulting in less gas!

 

While swallowing less air may be helpful, the number one culprit of dog gas is the food he eats.

 

What food product the most gas in dogs?

 

Here is a list of the top foods to keep away from your dog, if you want to reduce his noxious fumes:

 

 

Milk and dairy products ~

Just as humans can be lactose intolerant, so can dogs. Most dogs have a difficult time digesting dairy products, resulting in issues with gas and other stomach problems.

Spoiled dog food ~

That’s right, dog food can go bad. Be sure to check for expiration dates, and toss any that is out of date. Food that is no longer fresh not only may contribute to gas, but may also cause more serious stomach issues such as diarrhea.

 

“People” food / table scraps ~

Sure, it’s hard to deny your dog a bite of your dinner while he’s staring at you, head tilted, that pitiful look on his face, acting like he’s dying of hunger. But today’s people meals are filled with processed foods that can wreak havoc on your dog’s digestive system. It’s better to be safe than sorry; just say no.

Green vegetables ~

Say you’re preparing dinner and drop a piece of broccoli on the floor. Rover eagerly scoops it up and swallows. Sure, it’s healthy for him, but keep in mind just about any green vegetable can give him gas, so beware!

Beans ~

Well, they don’t call it the “magical fruit” for nothing!

Dog treats ~

Yep, that’s right… the one thing you rely on most to encourage your dog’s good behavior can give him gas. Treats were not formulated to give to dogs in excess, and too many can give your dog and upset tummy and cause gas.

Can excessive gas indicate illness?

 

If your dog produces an inordinate amount of gas, you may be well-suited to take him to his veterinarian for a check-up. There is a possibility something more concerning may be behind all his wind, particularly if diarrhea, lack of appetite, and/or vomiting comes into play.

 

 

 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Thank Your Pets This Holiday

No, the pet sitter is ALL mine!! Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

No, the pet sitter is ALL mine!!
Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

How do you

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Thank Your Pets

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This Holiday Season?

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Hire a Professional Pet Sitter

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Author, Noelle, for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Thanksgiving is a time for family, fancy feasts and most importantly, a time for showing our gratitude for all the blessings in our lives.  Have you thought about how you might show your appreciation for your pet?  One of the best ways you can show your pet how grateful you are is by enlisting the services of a professional pet sitter should you decide to go out of town without him this holiday season.  This can be a tricky task but it doesn’t have to be if you do some research.  Here are some things to keep in mind as you choose a pet sitter.

Choose a “Professional” Pet Sitter. 

What is a professional pet sitter? A professional pet sitting service will is characterized by a few things.  A Professional pet sitter will be a license, bonded and insured company. They will have an active website with testimonials from happy clients.  Additionally, a professional pet sitting company will screen their employees and then carefully and extensively train them before placing your pet in their care.  Pick a company that’s been around for awhile.  Experience speaks volumes when it comes to the care of your pet.  But that’s not it.  Keep reading.

Choose a Pet Sitter that will provide you with a detail of what will be done.  

This will clearly establish what services you are to be provided with.  This prevents miscommunication and protects both you and the pet sitting company alike. You and the pet sitter should be aware of each other’s needs and expectations.  Any reputable pet sitter will ask for a pet care profile to know you and your pet. 

So thank your pet this holiday season by doing your research and hiring the most qualified pet sitter.  There are too many horror stories involved when friends or neighbors are hired to watch your pets.  Hire a professional company who knows how to handle emergencies. 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on New Client to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc November 2015 Newsletter

Max & Everyone at Professional Pet Sitting Etc wish you a Happy Thanksgiving

Max & Everyone at Professional Pet Sitting Etc wish you a Happy Thanksgiving

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Professional

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Pet Sitting Etc

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Pet News

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November 2015 Pet Newsletter

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In this issue – 

Doggy Dangers of Xylitol

E Harmony for Pets

21st Annual Auction for Animals

All About Cats Word Search

Keep your pets safe this Thanksgiving

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Newsletter Author & Creator, Darlene Wagner Butler, for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client“ to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Could Your Dog Have Bladder Stones

Bladder Checks are important from Professional Pet SItting Etc

Bladder Checks are important from Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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Bladder

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Stones

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Dogs

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Author, Noelle Dunn for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Nobody likes to know that their dog is in discomfort or pain, which is why many owners are distressed when they realize that something is wrong with their furry friend. Knowing that your dog is sick and/ or in pain can cause a sense of helplessness- but it is important to realize that as an owner you can help. By going to the vet and by showing constant affection and care, you make the most significant difference.

Bladder stones in dogs is quite painful, you may notice that your dog has blood in their urine and/or may urinate frequently, passing only small amounts each time. They may demonstrate discomfort while urinating by straining, whining or whimpering, licking their genital area more frequently than usual. However, there are some dogs that may not show any signs of bladder stones, in these cases they are often found when a vet is palpating the abdomen during an exam.

There are several ways in which your veterinarian will go about diagnosing bladder stones. Diagnosis can be made or confirmed with abdominal x-rays depending on the type of stone. To discover or diagnose your vet may also take a urinalysis and urine culture to rule out UTI’s in addition to evaluating the ability of your dog’s kidneys to concentrate urine. They may also look at your dog’s kidney, liver, and pancreatic function, along with sugar levels. They will often take a complete blood count to rule out any blood-related conditions and take electrolyte tests to ensure your dog isn’t dehydrated, and your vet may perform a thyroid test to determine the function of the thyroid gland  and be sure that it is not producing too little thyroid hormone. Finally, your vet may take an abdominal ultrasound of your dog to evaluate the urinary tract and identify the size, and type of stone.

Bladder stones in dogs can be caused in a variety of ways. Genetics, Urinary Tract Infections, abnormal urine pH, and diet are the most common culprits of bladder stones in dogs. Bladder stones start off as microscopic crystals that collect to form stones of changing size and shape within the urinary system. There are several types of bladder stones, and dogs can have single or even multiple bladder stones some taking up ever 80% of their bladder space.

Treatment of bladder stones in dogs depends on the type, size, and location of the stone/s. Sometimes surgery is the best way to remove the stones where as urohydropropulsion is another treatment, there is also medical management for specific types of stones through diet, or prevention through antibiotics.

It is important that if your dog is displaying signs of bladder discomfort that you visit the vet and fast. Bladder stones can be lethal and require emergency surgery, so it is best not to wait. Furthermore, bladder stones cause great discomfort and even excruciating pain- it is best to take care of it as soon as possible to prevent needless pain and discomfort for your dog.

 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on New Client to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Do You Think Your Dog is Dominant

You Looking at me?

You Looking at me?

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Dominant

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Dog

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Myths

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 Author, Darlene Wagner, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Ever feel like you relationship with your dog resembles a scene between the Bloods and the Crips from West Side Story, but instead of fighting for turf you’re fighting for dominance? If you’ve ever watched some of the dog training personalities on TV or read their articles, you’ve certainly heard about dominant dogs and dominant behaviors in dogs. But is there any credence to their dominant theories, or is it just a case of a dog being a dog? After all, habits become behavior, and dogs act the way they’ve either been trained to act or the way they’ve been allowed to act. So which dominant behaviors aren’t really a display of dominance at all?

 

“My dog barks to show me he’s the boss.”

 

Wrong. Your dog barks because he’s bored or anxious. By giving your dog attention when he barks, you’re actually reinforcing the behavior which, in the long run, which makes him bark even more. So what’s the best way to curb your dog’s excessive barking? It all depends on what works for your dog. He may just need a nice, long daily walk to curb his boredom and/or anxiety (or, if nothing else, to wear him out so he has no energy to bark!). Or redirecting his behavior by training him to retrieve his favorite toy on command may work. Most importantly, don’t show frustration; the barking can be irritating, but if you don’t remain calm, your dog will mirror your behavior and get frustrated right along with you, which will, of course, lead to even more barking!

 

“My dog ignores my calls to him to show he’s in charge.”

 

No, your dog ignores your calls because he hasn’t been properly and consistently trained to “come.” To a dog, your call usually means the end of a good time. If you only call him to come back into the house, or to leave the dog park, why would he willingly comply? Begin calling him frequently during outings, rewarding him with a treat each time he obeys. Then send him off for more play time. He will eventually associate your call with something good, and realize heeding your call will be beneficial to him.

 

“My dog pulls on his leash to prove he’s the leader.”

 

Quite the contrary, dogs typically pull on their leash because they haven’t been properly led (i.e. trained). While walking your dog, if the leash becomes taut from pulling, stop walking. Require your dog to maintain a slack leash. Be consistent. It will be stop and go for a while, but he will eventually learn that pulling gets him nowhere.

 

“My dog jumps on our furniture to claim/mark his territory.”

 

The bottom line is, your dog likely jumps on the furniture because it’s more comfortable than the floor, or to get closer to you. View this as an opportunity to train the commands “on” (or “up”) and “off” (or “down”). As always, reward your dog regularly with treats, attention and verbal praise as positive reinforcement.

 

“My dog jumps on me and others to show he’s the dominant one.”

 

Dogs usually jump to get attention or because they are over-excited. Many pet parents and visitors unintentionally reinforce jumping by giving the dog the attention he seeks. Redirect that energy with training. Require “sit” or “down” commands before allowing him to greet people.

 

It makes perfect sense that what some consider “dominant” traits in dogs are actually behaviors that have gone unacknowledged or accepted with the thought that “it is what it is.” Think of it this way ~ when you were young did your parents allow you to yell and scream, or did they develop a plan of attack that eventually taught you not to yell and scream? Whether it was with bribery or simply ignoring you until you stopped, their reaction to your behavior altered your behavior. And your reaction to your dog’s behavior will so alter his.

 

 

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