Be the Pack Leader Your Dog Wants You To Be
Blog / 08/26/2015

Be the Pack Leader Your Dog Wants You To Be   In this post I want to explain two very important facts about your dog… The first is about whether or not you really need to be the pack leader. And the second is whether the pack leader is aggressive in their behavior. For example, is it necessary to beat your chest, shout and smack your dog in order to become the top dog. The answer to these two questions could transform the relationship you have with your beloved companion. Almost instantly, and forever. Question 1. Do I really need to be the pack leader? Lets look at the facts… Dog are pack animals. There are leaders and followers. You can’t change that. It is simply how dogs work… and it works very well. The pack leaders make the decisions and the followers follow. Simple. In the wild dogs are pack animals. They have descended from the wolf, which is a pack animal. And what most people don’t realize is even in your home you form a pack. Sometimes there are other members in the pack, maybe children, more than one dog, even a cat… The fact remains that dogs…

Training Your Puppy to Come at the Park
Blog / 08/23/2015

Training Your Puppy to Come at the Park   It all sounds so simple in theory…You call your puppy and they come to your feet, then you reward them and that should be it. The Recall! For so many people though, it all goes pear-shaped and we end up chasing our dogs and puppies all over the park, shouting their name as they run away from us. Sometimes it seems like the only way to get your dog to come running is to get in the car and start the engine or wait until they finally get tired and want to go home. Yet it’s so easy to train a dog to come when called every time. Anyone can do it. Like anything though, you need to know the secrets to success… You see the reason that it goes wrong is that there are some very simple and logical steps that have to be followed when training your puppy to come, or it can all turn to custard very quickly. So here is one of the most important steps. Do not chase your puppy! That’s right. The last thing you do is chase your puppy if they do not come….

How To Read Your Dog’s Body Language
Blog / 08/16/2015

How To Read Your Dog’s Body Language   Ever wondered what your dog is doing when they are interacting with another dog? Do you sometimes feel like you’re watching something in a foreign language as your dog communicates with another dog? Sometimes it can be really frustrating not knowing whether to step in and stop your dog or let the activity go on. You’d be amazed how many people misread their dog’s behavior and yet it’s actually pretty easy – when you know how! Knowing whether your dog is happy playing or feeling distressed can make all the difference to how they socialize with other dogs. There are actually so many tell-tale signs. All you need to know is what they are and then it’s like watching a movie in English rather than a foreign language. Of course dogs can read each other without any effort, it comes naturally to them, however for us humans it doesn’t. We have to learn the different body language signals that they use. Here are some of the key gestures that you can watch out for to understand what your dog is thinking. The Head Over: placing their head over the back of another…

Can Raw Food be Fed to Pregnant Dogs? What about Puppies?
Blog / 08/09/2015

Can Raw Food be Fed to Pregnant Dogs? What about Puppies?   My Shar-Peis have been doing really well on the raw dog food diet. In fact, they’re doing great! The females especially seem to love the raw meaty bones; they attack them like there’s no tomorrow! The male in my litter, Bruno, on the other hand eats so daintily, sticking to raw meat and vegetables, and only touches the smaller bones. It’s such a funny reversal of the sexes! I am really enjoying watching these puppies grow. They are incredibly adorable! I was telling my sister-in-law about them and their new diet, and she asked about it for her Dachshund. She is expecting Brenda (the Dachshund) to go into heat and was wondering about feeding her pet raw food during pregnancy. I wasn’t sure what to say to her since I had switched my dogs after whelping, and the puppies have been eating raw since birth. Luckily, I still had Maggie Rhines’ “Going Rawr! Dog Lover’s Compendium.” It turns out that you can feed a previously commercial-dog-food-fed-pet raw food while they are pregnant. Though it is ideal that you switch them before pregnancy, switching them during pregnancy can be…

Stop My Puppy Biting – The Biggest Mistake You’re Making
Blog / 08/04/2015

 Stop My Puppy Biting – The Biggest Mistake You’re Making   This is the most common mistake people make with puppy mouthing, chewing and biting. After reading this you’ll probably never think of puppy training advice that you hear from others the same way. Hopefully you’ll look at it all through your puppy’s eyes…and that is when you will start to understand them. Think about it… Right now, millions of puppies are being taught by their owners to gently mouth their fingers and hands. That’s right, we are training our puppies to do something that we then do not want them to do later on! How odd! And yet… That is the standard way that it is taught. Teach your puppy to mouth gently and then start telling them they are doing it too hard and then we teach them not to do it anymore and if they do, it’s the worst thing they could possibly do… Confused? Sound complicated? Well, that’s because it is! No, don’t think you are alone, like I say, most people are taught to do this, and so was I when I started dog training and yet there is a much easier way. Here it…

How to Introduce Your Dog to Other Dogs Calmly
Blog / 07/10/2015

How to Introduce Your Dog to Other Dogs Calmly   One of the most common issues that people experience on the walk is the over excited dog, and trying to introduce them to other dogs on the leash. Everything from Great Danes to Chihuahua’s can get so excited it looks like they are going to explode. There is nothing worse than when they try to meet other dogs and they are almost pulling you over and dragging you along. It can be scary, dangerous, embarrassing and very quickly escalates till you feel out of control and at their mercy. Aggression or Excitement? Sometimes it is very hard to tell what they are experiencing and feeling. The behavior is very often a mix of both excitement and stress. This however is not a great state for him to meet other dogs in as there is far more chance that things will go wrong, especially over time if it goes unchecked. See it from the other dogs point of view as he approaches rearing up on their back legs, barking, eyes bulging, gasping for air… you’ve go the picture. So how do you avoid such a situation? Well in this post I…

Raw Food Diet and Dog Pregnancy
Blog / 06/18/2015

Raw Food Diet and Dog Pregnancy   It’s been over a month since I last wrote about this, and I’m not sure if you remember, but we talked about Amy, my sister-in-law’s dog who was about to go into heat. I am very sad to report that Brenda, the dog, had (or has, since it’s still ongoing) a false pregnancy. As a dog owner, I’d heard of these, but since they hadn’t happened to my Shar-Pei, I never really gave it that much thought. I just found out about Brenda yesterday. My sister-in-law said that when she went to see the vet, he reported that there was no puppy inside Brenda. Her body was just going through the motions of pregnancy even if she wasn’t pregnant. Kind of like a hysterical pregnancy for humans, but much worse because her stomach swelled and her nipples became tender. Though she became more affectionate, it pained Amy to know that Brenda will realize one day soon that no puppies are coming. Amy asked the vet if the raw food diet could have caused this to happen. Contrary to what she thought the answer would be, the vet said no! He said that raw…

Common Mistakes and Problems to Avoid When Raising Turkeys
Blog / 06/18/2015

Common Mistakes and Problems to Avoid When Raising Turkeys   If you are just beginning to learn how to raise turkeys, you need to do any of research. While these birds are relatively easy to raise there are some common mistakes that could happen that can be avoided with a little bit of research. One of the things you need to be careful of when your first beginning to raise them is that they need a certain amount of warmth and will get it one way or another. Often, they may pile up on each other smothering each other in order to stay warm, resulting in death of the lower ones. You can solve some of these problems by making sure there is enough heat sources for the amount of birds you are growing. You may need a red lamp for every set of 20 turkeys within your herd. By making sure you have enough warmth as well as not having corners for them to pile up in their habitat, you can avoid this common problem and death. You’ll also find them need a certain amount of particular vitamins and nutrients in order to grow healthy. While your birds may…

Puppy Toilet Training
Blog / 06/14/2015

Puppy Toilet Training   Is there anything worse? You wake up in the morning the sun is shining and its another beautiful day. You come out of your bedroom and discover your puppy rolling around in his poo! Hmmm. Its everywhere. It’s going to be 30-45 minute clean up minimum. You’re going to be running late today for sure. Is there anything more frustrating? You take your puppy or 1 year old dog outside to pee-pee. After they go pee-pee, you return inside. Within seconds of coming inside your dog decides to continue with a little sprinkle all over your new rug. Aaggghh! Surely toilet training a puppy or a dog should not take this long or be so hard? You’re right. It shouldn’t and it isn’t. The thing is this… There’s no magic wand but there are a heap of little tricks that will turn your puppy’s toileting around and you are probably not using most of them. The crazy thing is that most people don’t do any of these things because they have never been told exactly what to do. Nobody has ever explained how important these little things are when you are toilet training your puppy. And…

The Biggest And Costliest Mistake Puppy Owners Make
Blog / 05/24/2015

The Biggest And Costliest Mistake Puppy Owners Make   Don’t make the mistake that so many puppy owners are making today. This mistake is far too common and far too serious to ignore. I received this email yesterday and I decided that it was too important for me not to share with you because it could save you from a lot of heartache and wasted money. You see right now, all around the world, thousands of people are enrolling their new puppies into puppy pre-school, puppy training classes and will then possibly progress to dog obedience. But really, why are they doing all this? Well, ultimately the thinking is that they end up with good, well-behaved dogs who are safe and under control. So what if I told you that attending all these classes, spending hundreds of dollars absolutely does NOT mean that you’ll automatically achieve this. That’s right…what people tend to learn at obedience school is how to get their dogs to follow commands in a sterile environment. Sure there is some socialization, which is great if it’s done right. But the really important information is often completely overlooked. For example understanding how to become and remain the pack…