Easy Pet Training Techniques – 3 Simple Steps to Train your Dog

Dog training is an integral part of maintaining a healthy relationship between you and your pet. There are various pet books available at discount pet supply stores, but if you are looking for the cliff notes, I recommend this type of pet training formula. A typical 3-step procedure in caring for your animal should follow these 3 guidelines: Discipline, Exercise and Reward.

Discipline:

A dog more so than any other pets needs discipline. This is simply because the Canine species is one of the more social and trainable domestic pets. You don’t want your Labrador going crazy when company comes over or a Shepherd that barks at the moon. So, in order to train your pet, you must show it that you are the boss.

In the animal Kingdom, there is a hierarchy and this hierarchy is natural in pack animals, such as your dog. So, you simply show it that you are the leader. In order to do this, you must act like the leader. This means that your pet should follow you in and out of rooms, doorways or even on a leash. Never let your pet lead you and if it tries to go around you cut off its path just like a real Alpha male would do. Shorten your leash to 12in if your pet continuously pulls forward on the leash. Teach your pet discipline and never reward anything but the absolute best behavior. This stage requires much patience from the pet owner and is a crucial part of a healthy pets life. Remember you are training your pet, not the other way around.

Exercise:

Another critical aspect of training your pet is exercise. Certain breeds will require more exercise then others. Typically it is the working breed type dogs that require the most. For these types of pets a 45-minute per day workout session is crucial. Whenever possible you should workout with your dog. Whether it is throwing a ball, going for a jog or just walking around in the woods, this time is integral in bonding with your pet. Be sure to have a good dog leash or harness for your pet if you live in a busy part of town.

Typically dogs that are destructive or overly aggressive aren’t getting enough exercise. If your pet isn’t tired at night, run them during the day. If you give your dog adequate exercise it will help him or her calm down and be more responsive to training. Have a spot for your dog to sleep and ensure that they lay down there consistently. For outside dogs provide a dog house or structure and for inside dogs pet beds will work nicely. This again shows the dog their place in this household.

Reward:

Rewarding your animal can mean many different things. To a pet, reward may mean a treat, a nice scratch on the butt or playing ball. Keep that in mind when you are training your pet. You don’t want to come home and immediately love on your pet, because it may see that as reward for an action. Instead come home and ask your pet to sit or shake, then reward them with a hug or scratch. When you pet behaves badly, you do not hit your pet or hurt your pet, but rather do not reward your pet and ignore your pet. Remember, your pet sees attention as reward. In fact, you should often ignore your pet as you walk into the room.

Have you ever seen puppies or inferior dogs run up and lick an Alpha male? Of course you have, that’s the way they show they are subordinate. How does the alpha male react? He simply ignores them or shuns them away with a snarl.

Now remember the same holds true for this hierarchy. Your pets runs up to you and licks you or jumps on you, it wants attention, provide it only after a desired action and sometimes ignore it all together. This lets your pet know, you are the king and a pet that knows its place is much easier to train.

Pet Training can last a short period of time or a long period of time, but is totally dependent on the owner. When you train your pet don’t think like a human, think like a dog. How a dog interacts with other dogs, how they like to run and play and what makes them feel like they were rewarded. Pet owners often need more training then their pets. Follow these three steps and your dog is guaranteed to respond.

Hope for Pets Nutritional Supplements

In a recent survey of about 100,000 people, the majority of dog and cat owners stated that they thought their pets were in very good health. But when veterinarians are asked the same question, most believe that pet disease is very widespread.

Whom should we believe?

Well, the statistics speak for themselves. 25% to 40% of puppies die before weaning. 60% of dogs who are older than six years of age will get cancer. 70% of senior dogs suffer from joint disease. And obesity is the number one health problem facing our canine population.

The primary cause of these widespread health problems is the food we feed our dogs. As with humans, processed foods can be very detrimental to a dog’s physical well-being – and the vast majority of our dogs receive a diet of highly processed foods throughout their lives. So they become chronically undernourished.

Dogs are carnivores. In fact, puppies do best with a diet consisting of 42% protein. But the protein they receive in today’s packaged foods is usually derived from cereal grains and from poor quality meats. What they really need, being carnivores, is a high level of meat proteins rich in essential amino acids, the building blocks for all of the body’s cells. Instead they survive on processed cereal grain proteins, are undernourished and often overfed, leading to obesity.

So if dog owners can’t purchase the optimal dog foods in their local supermarkets or pet stores, what are they to do?

Dr. Bill Barnet is a leading doctor of veterinary medicine who has been studying for the past 25 years the problem of pet nutrition and how to ensure our pets lead long and healthy lives. As a result of his research, he became convinced that dogs needed to have made available to them nutritional supplements (even more so than we humans do). So he focused on developing a dog nutritional supplement that owners could add to their pet’s daily meals.

Dr. Barnet recently introduced to the pet food market the results of his many years of research and product development. He calls it Hope for Pets – a powder that one sprinkles over the dog’s meals twice daily. Hope for Pets contains 16 separate sources of the vital proteins dogs require (including five amino acids which can have many benefits, including acting as antioxidants to enhance the dog’s immune system). He purposefully created it in a highly concentrated, low calorie form. It also contains APG-36 (which helps fight viruses, molds and harmful bacteria), glycomerine (to fight against joint pain), essential fatty acids and many other powerful vitamins and minerals. He has combined these various ingredients in a concentrated, synergistic manner to achieve a well-balanced highly beneficial nutritional supplement.

Hope for Pets can be used by pets of all ages, even from birth. Dr. Barnet believes that it can help our dogs lead much healthier lives and that it can help to extend their life expectancies, so dog owners can enjoy their pets for years to come. Hope for Pets assists your dog in digesting the nutrients in the food you feed him and also helps to promote the health of your dog’s coat and skin. Dr. Barnet will be releasing a similar product for our feline population in the near future.

You Can Cure Your Pet Mouse

It is a sad day to see your pet mouse in ill health, deteriorating before your eyes, but if you look very closely you can often see the culprit of your pets discomfort… little black specks in the fur or bedding, a mouse’s deadly enemy… mites.

You can take care of your pet! For once, you can do something to help your mouse before having to take it to the vet. Let’s face it we’d prefer to spend money on pet toys rather than vet bills.

Mites are everywhere; they have evolved and specialized to live off any organic matter in any environment. They can be found throughout the world, from the arctic to the Antarctic. The vast majority of them are microscopic but some can grow up to over one centimeter long. Without them the world would just fill up with dead matter, they are part of the eco system, we can’t live without them! Unfortunately some mites have evolved to feed off our loved ones.

Often your pet will have mites living on them without any detrimental affect to the mouse… their numbers are kept down with the mices’ natural grooming, however if your pet becomes ill and listless, it’s grooming habits may be curtailed and the mite population on your pet can quickly become epidemic. This is when problems occur and your mouse can have an adverse reaction to the high number of these parasites.

Some mites just live in the fur of your mouse, eating dead skin and other skin secretions; they don’t harm the mouse per say, but their waste (poo) can and does become an irritant to your pet, leading to excess scratching, rashes and bald patches in its fur.

Other, more insidious types of mites are the ones that actually feed on blood of your pet. Some are blood suckers that pierce the skin to get at the blood, other smaller types of mite actually burrow into and under the skin, living their whole life there!

These blood feeders in very small numbers are not a problem for your pet but in epidemic numbers they can make your mouse extremely uncomfortable and even anemic; also their “bites” can get infected causing even greater distress for your mouse.

The bad news is that if one mouse is affected and you have more, then all your mice are probable hosts to mites, even though they are not showing signs of distress…Yet!

The mites will also spread throughout your house looking for other mice to feed on, or other hosts if no mice can be found. There is one type of mite, called the Tropical Rat Mite, that will even look at us as a food source! However, luckily all mouse mites can not reproduce without a mouse as host, so while some mites will feed on us they will eventually die and bother us no more.
There are numerous remedies and cures for mites on the market; some are even costlier than a trip to the vet, while others are a waste of time. It all depends on the type and strength of the infestation of your pet.

Once your pet has had the mites eradicated from its body it is imperative that re-infestation does not re-occur. This is much easier and will become part of your care for your mouse.

Pet Mobility – How To Help Your Handicapped Pet Move

Pet mobility is a key component in helping a handicapped dog to lead a more normal life. Owners of handicapped pets should be patient and provide plenty of encouragement to their canine so he learns how to use dog wheels or dog carts.

Pet Mobility becomes a key concern of owners of handicapped pets. It is difficult for a pet owner to see his pet suffering from an illness or injury that makes the dog immobile. Added to this is the indignity that the dog may feel at being helped to move or do his business. This could lead to further complications such as depression and in some cases deterioration of health due to lack of exercise. This is why dog wheels or dog carts are a great help to owners of handicapped pets that suffer loss of movement of one or more limbs due to injuries or medical conditions such as hip dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy and arthritis.

Dog wheels and canine carts help in pet mobility as they support the weakened limbs of the dog and keep him in his natural position. This way, he can sit, stand or walk the way he used to earlier. The cart is designed in such a way that it bears the load on the dog’s injured side so that the dog can use the remaining limbs to move about freely without putting any stress on the weakened limb.

However, achieving pet mobility is a long process that requires patience, effort and encouragement. Most dogs may initially find it difficult to use this cart. As a pet owner, you must support and encourage your pet to keep trying so that he learns how to use it. Once he learns, he will be able to move about freely and go about his usual activities such as going for his daily walks or runs and socializing with other canines. This in turn will result in him regaining confidence and help him lead a more normal life that is independent of your continuous assistance. It will also help him get his daily exercise which is critical to his recovery and long term health.

Ensuring that pet mobility is regained helps pet owners too. After all, which owner would not want to see his dear pet lead a normal life and more importantly not have to face the prospect of having to put their pet down. It is due to this reason that dog carts have become popular. These pet mobility devices are now available at most pet shops and veterinary clinics. They are also available for order from websites offering pet supplies where you can choose the size of your pet to find out which size of dog cart to order.