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Archive for May, 2011

How to Choose the Best Dry Dog Food

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Sometimes, the best dry dog food is the one that your dog will eat the most. It is easier to buy something that your canine will eat as opposed to having them eat dog food that may be better for them, but one that they may not necessarily like. However, there are a few things you need to consider when you walk down the pet food aisles at your local retailer.

Consider the price of the dry dog food. Often, dry dog food that are cheap or are not branded are made with ingredients like fillers and seasonings that are not necessarily good for dogs. These ingredient may be tasty, but they can be harmful to your dog. These dry dog food often have too much preservatives, which can cause your dog to develop health problems that may eventually cause them to suffer later on in life.

To increase the vitality and life expectancy of your dog, go with good quality dry dog food. You don’t really need to purchase the most expensive dry dog food there is, but it is best if you stick with dry dog food that is manufactured by a reputable dog food company and is priced reasonably.

The main ingredient in the best dry dog food is rice, corn or soybean. High quality dry dog food will also have other ingredients such as beef and chicken. Stores also sell dry dog food formulated specifically to a dog’s age. Manufacturers classify the different types of dry dog food as being for puppies, adult dogs and senior dogs. Purchasing the dry dog food that’s most suitable for your dog’s age is always important.

If you want to know what are the best dry dog foods, ask your veterinarian. Veterinarians would often recommend the branded dry dog foods. These brands are more expensive, but if you have an older dog, it may be to your advantage to pay a little more for the best dry dog food.

Teaching Your Dog Not to Be Aggressive

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Dogs are pack animals and when they are aggressive it is often because they are unsure of their place in the pack, and this makes them want to struggle for dominance. If you constantly punish a dog for its wrong behavior then this can add to its aggression levels, as frightened dogs may also be aggressive dogs.

One of the most crucial things that a dog owner needs to know is that a dog has its place at the bottom of the pack. Because dogs are pack animals they will see the family group as their pack, your dog has to recognize that you are the leader of the pack and needs to keep in his place. Dogs that know their place in the hierarchy are usually much happier animals. In order to teach a dog its place in the pack, you will need to be calm but firm in how you handle things. Punishing aggressive behavior in a dog is actually counter productive and can make them more aggressive.

The time to teach your dog what is unacceptable behavior is when they are at the puppy stage and most experts believe that the critical age for training is before they are six months old. Most puppies nip and have to be trained not to, if your puppy is biting then you need to tell it No in a very firm voice, then put the dog in a room and close the door for about a minute. This early behavior modification helps the dog to learn what is expected. In training sessions reward your puppy when it picks up and bites the training toy, if it tries to nip your fingers, and then tell it no in a firm voice, and put the training toy in place.

If your dog has a tendency to bark and go for other dogs while out on a walk, then take a handful of treats with you and distract your dog with a treat whenever another dog appears. Treating your dog in this way helps it to associate other dogs with a pleasant experience and so inhibits their aggressive behavior. When you use the simple, behavior modification tricks outlined here, you will find that your dog will grow calmer and will come to understand what behavior is appropriate and what is not.

You need to let other members of the family in on the rules, so that they know what to do when you aren’t around. Make it clear that if you are in the room it is your job to deal with the dog, this makes it easier for them to realize their place in the pack. If the tips outlined here do not modify aggressive behavior then you may need to see a vet to see if there is an underlying health problem that is causing this.

Dogs are pack animals and when they are aggressive it is often because they are unsure of their place in the pack, and this makes them want to struggle for dominance. If you constantly punish a dog for its wrong behavior then this can add to its aggression levels, as frightened dogs may also be aggressive dogs.

One of the most crucial things that a dog owner needs to know is that a dog has its place at the bottom of the pack. Because dogs are pack animals they will see the family group as their pack, your dog has to recognize that you are the leader of the pack and needs to keep in his place. Dogs that know their place in the hierarchy are usually much happier animals. In order to teach a dog its place in the pack, you will need to be calm but firm in how you handle things. Punishing aggressive behavior in a dog is actually counter productive and can make them more aggressive.

The time to teach your dog what is unacceptable behavior is when they are at the puppy stage and most experts believe that the critical age for training is before they are six months old. Most puppies nip and have to be trained not to, if your puppy is biting then you need to tell it No in a very firm voice, then put the dog in a room and close the door for about a minute. This early behavior modification helps the dog to learn what is expected. In training sessions reward your puppy when it picks up and bites the training toy, if it tries to nip your fingers, and then tell it no in a firm voice, and put the training toy in place.

If your dog has a tendency to bark and go for other dogs while out on a walk, then take a handful of treats with you and distract your dog with a treat whenever another dog appears. Treating your dog in this way helps it to associate other dogs with a pleasant experience and so inhibits their aggressive behavior. When you use the simple, behavior modification tricks outlined here, you will find that your dog will grow calmer and will come to understand what behavior is appropriate and what is not.