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Dog Essentials and Toys and How to Use Them

“Safe” Toys There are many factors that contribute to the safety or danger of a toy. Many of those factors, however, are completely dependent upon your dog’s size, activity level and personal preference. Another factor to be considered is the environment in which your dog spends his time. Although we can’t guarantee your dog’s enthusiasm or his safety with any specific toy, we can offer the following guidelines. Be Cautious The things that are usually the most attractive to dogs are often the very things that are the most dangerous. Dog-proof your home by checking for the following items: string,
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Keeping your High Energy Dog Happy & Healthy

Congratulations on adopting your new family member! Your new dog is a dog that will need some additional time and thought put into their daily exercise and training routine due to his/her energy level. Below are some ways that can both keep your dog happy and healthy and help you to avoid behavioral problems that can arise from lack of mental and physical stimulation in high energy and working dogs. Feeding Meals Turning meal time into work time is a great way to give your dog a job to do and keep him well behaved and mentally fulfilled. So toss
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Submissive and Excitement Urination

Submissive Urination Submissive urination occurs when a dog feels threatened. It may occur when he’s being punished or verbally scolded, or when he’s approached by someone he perceives to be threatening to him. It’s important to remember that this response is based on the dog’s perception of a threat, not the person’s actual intention. Submissive urination may resolve as your dog gains confidence. You can help to build his confidence by teaching him commands and rewarding him for obeying. You should also gradually expose him to new people and new situations and try to make sure all of his new
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Separation Anxiety

Treatment for Mild Separation Anxiety If your dog has a mild case of separation anxiety, counter-conditioning might reduce or resolve the problem. Counter-conditioning is a treatment process that changes an animal’s fearful, anxious or aggressive reaction to a pleasant relaxing one. It’s done by associating the sight or presence of a feared or disliked person, animal, place, object or situation with something really good, something the dog loves. Over time the dog learns that whatever he fears actually predicts good things for him. For dogs with separation anxiety, counter-conditioning focuses on developing an association between being alone and good things
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Helping Your Dog Overcome The Fear of Thunder And Other Startling Noises

It’s not uncommon for dogs to be frightened of thunder, firecrackers or other loud sounds. These types of fears may develop even though your dog has had no traumatic experiences associated with the sound. Many fear-related problems can be successfully resolved. However, if left untreated, your dog’s fearful behavior will probably get worse. The most common behavior problems associated with fear of loud noises are destruction and escaping. When your dog becomes frightened, she tries to reduce her fear. She may try to escape to a place where the sounds of thunder or firecrackers are less intense. If, by leaving
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The Fearful Dog

This dog is a dog who has been fearful while in shelter and has taken longer than most to adjust to new situations. This dog should be given a significant amount of time to decompress and adjust once in the adopters home before adopters attempt to bring the dog new places or introduce new people or animals. Understanding and responding to the dogs’ body language will be very important in helping this dog adjust comfortably to his/her new home. Dogs who are fearful may attempt to communicate and/or show their fears in a variety of ways including; panting, pacing, growling,
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Desensitizing Dog to Head Halter

Do the following exercises in order without skipping steps. The goal is to keep the dog comfortable the ENTIRE TIME. You want this to be like learning a trick. As the dog gets better and more excited to continue on, we progress through the steps. If the dog at any time is uncomfortable, go back a few steps to where the dog is comfortable and work that step a few more times before moving on. Hints & Tips Use no more than pea sized treats since you will be using so many Each head halter will be fitted by the
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Loose Leash Walking

Things You’ll Need A standard 4 or 6 foot leash, not a retractable or extendable leash. A bag full of treats he loves! A Gentle Leader chest harness can be a very helpful tool in teaching loose leash walking. Do not use a standard harness that clips on the dogs back or you may be encouraging pulling. Also do not use any choke or prong collars. Those are not necessary and can be both painful and dangerous for your dog. Get Walking Fill your bait bag with treats, and put your dog on leash. You’ll want to practice at first
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Teaching Ring Bell to Go Outside

It is quite simple to teach your dog to touch a bell with his nose. You can then hang the bell from a doorknob to let him ring when he needs to be let outside. Begin by holding a bell on a rope at your dog’s nose level. It’s best to hold it within just a few inches of the side of his face. Most likely your dog will either turn to look at the bell or investigate it with his nose. As soon as he does either, Click and Treat! If your dog has not actually touched the bell
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Dealing with Normal Puppy Behavior: Nipping

When puppies play with each other, they use their mouths. Therefore, puppies usually want to bite or “mouth” hands during play or when being petted. With puppies, this is rarely aggressive behavior in which the intent is to do harm. Because puppies are highly motivated to exhibit this type of behavior, attempts to suppress it or stop it are unlikely to be successful unless you give your puppy an alternative behavior. The goals of working with this normal puppy behavior are to redirect your puppy’s desire to put something in her mouth onto acceptable chew toys and to teach her
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