How To Switch To The Raw Food Diet For Dogs Who Are Picky Eaters
Blog / 05/17/2013

How To Switch To The Raw Food Diet For Dogs Who Are Picky Eaters   To get some dogs to switch to a raw food diet will challenge your creativity. But you know you need to persevere because it’s for the good of your dog. Fortunately, there are some tips out there that will help you help your dog adjust to this new and healthier diet. Here are 7 tips from Maggie Rhines’ “Going Rawr! Dog Lover’s Compendium” to help you encourage your pick eater onto raw food: 1. Adjust your feeding schedule. Some dogs are more open to trying new food when they are on a set feeding schedule. Other than being used to being fed and eating at a certain time, you are also certain that they are hungry by the time you give them food. Another way to improve your dog’s reception of raw food is to schedule his feeding after a vigorous routine activity – say after his morning walk or a jog around the block. A good run will help him work up an appetite. 2. Regulate how much food your dog is getting. If your problem is getting your dog to finish his serving…

Dog Jumping on Furniture
Blog / 05/09/2013

Dog Jumping on Furniture Deciding whether or not your dog is permitted access to the furniture is a pretty big deal. If you have a big dog, it’s an even bigger deal. Furniture access is a matter of some importance for two reasons: firstly, because it’s mighty inconvenient to have to fight for space on your own couch; and secondly, because it strongly relates to the matter of dominance, which is of the utmost importance as far as a harmonious dog/owner relationship goes. Your dog knows that the furniture – in particular, your bed – is your turf. If he’s allowed up onto your personal, private territory as a matter of course and whenever he feels like it, that’s conceding a pretty big point to him; especially since it’s rarely a two-way issue (when was the last time you invaded your dog’s own turf and snuggled down for a nap in his bed?). It’s best to be aware of these things before making a final decision on furniture access for your dog. If you do decide to allow him unimpeded access, you’ll need to make sure that you’re extra-stringent with the other facets of alpha-dominance to prevent him from getting…

Using Old Dog Videos To Remember Them
Blog / 05/03/2013

Using Old Dog Videos To Remember Them   Shoot Videos Of Your Dogs Today, I did a very personal and bittersweet project. I finally produced video of my first two Lhasa Apso dogs, Pepper and Max. My stomach is still in knots as I write this. When I was a young man who relocated for work for the very first time, I took Pepper and Max with me to Winnipeg in 1990. We were there for three years and sometime during this period, I shot video of them doing just the normal everyday stuff they normally did at home. This included playing, eating, sleeping (and snoring), taking their bath and just lying around. For some reason, this was really the only video footage I took of them. Pepper was already a senior past 10 or 11 years of age while Max was 6 years younger but Max certainly did a great job keeping Pepper relatively young. Old Dog Videos On VHS Digitalized At some point, I transferred the super 8 cassette video to VHS so I could play the footage on my VCR (remember those?). So for many years, the only raw video footage I had of Pepper and Max…

Stop Your Puppy Jumping Up
Blog / 04/23/2013

Stop Your Puppy Jumping Up Learning how to stop a puppy from jumping up is something you need to get onto straight away. Puppies jumping up are a very natural thing that they do when they are little – to get attention – and in the wild to get fed by licking the Mother’s face to encourage food to be regurgitated. Showing your puppy that it does not get attention when it jumps is something that you should encourage from a very early age. Often it can seem like fun when a puppy is very small but when your dog grows to 35kg and can jump 5 foot high it is not so funny. If you do not stop the jumping when your puppy is little then when your puppy turns into a larger dog it soon turns into a more dominant display of demanding your attention! + If your puppy is jumping up, simply turn and walk away. Ignore your puppy, no eye contact, no speaking and no touching. + Continue to ignore and then after your puppy has calmed down, wait for 5 minutes and then call your puppy to you. + If your puppy does not stop…

How To Save Money On Dog Grooming
Blog / 04/21/2013

How To Save Money On Dog Grooming   Save Money On Dog Grooming Regular visits to the dog groomers certainly add up. In all my years as a dog owner, I only used a dog groomer once and that was very early on with my first Lhasa Apso Pepper. From that moment on, I did my own do grooming with all of my dogs and I saved a bundle on costs. For my first two Lhasa Apsos Pepper and Max, I did everything by hand, ie., with scissors. By the end of each grooming session, my hand felt like it was going to fall off. To make things even worse, for some reason, I did Pepper and Max on the floor so my back ended up hurting too. With my current Lhasa Apso dogs Chester and Roxie, I still did dog grooming by hand for the first 2 years or so but at least I learned enough not to groom them on the floor anymore. I had them up on the bathroom or kitchen counters which saved my back, even though my hand still felt the punishment. Pet Clippers For Dog Grooming So finally in order to save my hand,…

Retractable Dog Leash Problems
Blog / 04/19/2013

Retractable Dog Leash Problems Exercise is a major part of our dogs’ lives. Cesar Millan, the “Dog Whisperer”, tells us that to maintain a healthy relationship with our beloved pooches, that relationship should consist of 50% physical exercise, 25% discipline, and 25% affection. That’s a lot of exercise! In order for us to be able to enjoy exercising our dogs as much as they need, it’s important for them to behave well both on the lead. Unfortunately, there are many dogs out there who are afraid of the leash itself – resulting in neurotic, fearful, submissive behavior whenever the lead comes out. In this newsletter, we’ll take a look at the most effective way to deal with fear of the leash. Fear of the Leash The majority of the time, the sight of the leash is enough to bring on a fit of joy – the dog knows that leash = walk, and reacts accordingly. For some dogs, though, the leash connotes fear and submissiveness more than anything else. Perhaps the leash was used in a negative way with a previous owner – as a tool for dragging the dog around. Perhaps it was used to confine the dog for…

The Ultimate Golden Retriever Handbook Review
Blog / 04/16/2013

The Ultimate Golden Retriever Handbook Review   Golden-Retrievers are quick to learn and eager to please, patient, fun-loving, full of energy and easily trained. As you read further down this page you will begin to understand that as its human companion you will undoubtedly be the center of its universe – and the chances are it will become the center of yours too. The Ultimate Golden Retriever Handbook covers everything you will need to know about taking care of, maintaining and training it in one handy Guide which both current and future owners will love! Potential owners usually have various goals. Some want a reliable hunting partner, some a competitive show dog, and some just simply want a healthy and personable family pet. Regardless of what your goals may be regarding your dog, your first priority should be choosing one that is as healthy as possible. It’s not hard to find this dog, but if you want a good one that represents the breed at its best, you need to choose your source carefully. These tornadoes in adorable, sweet, kissable, fuzzy little packages can take a happy, clean home and turn it into a house of horrors to rival the…

The Online Dog Trainer Review
Blog / 04/16/2013

The Online Dog Trainer Review   Brought to you by “Doggy Dan”, The Online Dog Trainer is a brand new program that is designed to help you train your pup quickly and efficiently. The course is is one of the best we’ve seen in a long time. There are a huge range of benefits to purchasing this program and we want to run you through the features and take a better look at this amazing product. One of the main selling points of this product is that it offers a way for you to solve your dog-behavior issues with training without using harmful sprays, electric collars or any kind of force. It also promises to help you train your pup in just a few hours! Pretty impressive – but when you see the sales page, you’ll see that this isn’t that hard to believe. Doggy Dan is a renowned dog-trainer and has been helping people for years. Hundreds of people have tried and succeeded with his system and you could be next. If you’ve been looking for a way to stop aggressive behavior, excessive barking, hyperactivity, fearfulness, disobedience, separation anxiety, chewing, mouthing and stealing, toileting in the wrong places, selective…

Stop Dog Pulling On Leash With Head Collar
Blog / 04/06/2013

Stop Dog Pulling On Leash With Head Collar   One of the issues I had with my two dogs was that they were always pulling on leash rather excessively while walking them. They tried to go ahead of me and almost drag me down the street. I see this a lot with other dogs outside who are not properly trained to walk. Stop Dog Pulling On Leash I brought this issue up with my dog trainer and she suggested that I use a Gentle Leader, which is a brand name for a special head collar. Instead of a standard collar which fits around a dog’s neck, the Gentle Leader has a part that fits around the dog’s muzzle and then there’s an attachment that snaps together on the back of the animal’s head. There is no pressure on the dog’s throat. Below is a photo of the Gentle Leader and one that is fit on my dog Chester. The theory is that when there is gentle pressure on the back of the head area, it helps calm the dog down. The head collar acts much like a horse’s bridle. With the leash attachment below the chin area (see photo above),…

Dog Nipping and Biting
Blog / 03/24/2013

Dog Nipping and Biting Nipping – the playful biting and mouthing of your hands and clothes by your dog – is particularly common among puppies, but can also occur in older dogs that haven’t been taught proper bite inhibition. It’s natural for dogs to mouth and nip. They explore the world using their mouths – to a dog, his mouth is as important as eyes and hands are to us. Nipping is very different from true aggression: it’s a form of communication, interaction, exploration, and play. From birth, pups use their mouths to explore the den, their mother, and their littermates. From a few weeks old, they use their mouths to play with their siblings: puppies play by biting and mouthing each other. Some adult dogs – usually, those with owners who encourage rough play, or who were removed from the litter at too early an age – retain these same tendencies to nip during play and in moments of emotional duress. Sibling play is actually how young pups learn a very important lesson, called bite inhibition. If a puppy bites another puppy too hard, the other pup yelps loudly in pain and stops playing with him. This teaches the…