Behavior & Training

Dogs – Aggressive Behavior

Hello,

Many dog owners experience behavior problems based on aggression. Although many people think that these unexpected attacks aren’t based on the current situation, there are many occasions that cause unwanted behaviors.

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Male Doberman

Let’s learn about aggression.

1. What is it and what is it caused by?

Aggressive behaviors occur in various situations. Dogs are usually protecting their territory, defending their offspring or protecting themselves. Aggression is based on a wide range of behaviors which usually begin with a warning and can cumulate into an attack.

2. Do dogs warn us before attacking?

Many of our pets warn us before attacking. Here is the course of the attack beginning with warnings and ending with painful wounds.

WARNINGS
– becoming very still and stressed
– lunging forward or charging at the target
– losing contact with the owner
– growling
– showing teeth
– snarling
– snaps

ATTACKS
– quick and harmless nips
– quick bites that leave a mark
– bites with pressure that may cause bruising and punctured wounds
– repeated and rapid bites

Once we noticed that our pet is showing any signs of attack, we should try to calm him down and eliminate the situation that caused unwanted behavior.

3. Classifying aggressive behavior
Answer a few questions which will allow you to understand what really happened.
– When and where did the attack occur?
– What else was going on at the time?
– What had happened and who/what created a stressful situation?
– What seemed to stop the unwanted behavior?

An accurate diagnosis will help you to classify your dogs behaviors into the following categories.

Territorial Aggression

Some dogs will attack and bite an intruder, whether the intruder is friend or foe.

Protective Aggression

Dogs may show aggressive behavior when they think that one of their family members or friends is in peril.

Possessive Aggression

Many dogs show the tendency to guard their possessions from others, whether they need to or not.

Fear Aggression

A fearful dog may become aggressive if cornered or trapped.

Defensive Aggression

Motivated by fear, defensively aggressive dogs decide that the best defense is a good offense.

Social Aggression

A dog who perceives herself as high in status may show aggression toward family members.

Frustration-Elicited Aggression

A dog who’s excited or aroused by something but is held back from approaching it can become aggressive.

Redirected Aggression

Redirected aggression occurs when a dog is aroused by or displays aggression toward a person or animal, and someone else interferes.

Pain-Elicited Aggression

An otherwise gentle, friendly dog can behave aggressively when in pain.Expand to read more
Sex-Related Aggression

Intact male dogs will still vie for the attention of females in heat, and females will still compete for access to a male.

Predatory Aggression

Some pet dogs show classic canine predatory behaviors, including chasing and grabbing fast-moving things.

4. Can aggression be cured?

I came across and article from the ASPCA which inspired me to write this post and they’ve nailed the answer to this question.

“Pet parents of aggressive dogs often ask whether they can ever be sure that their dog is “cured.” Taking into account the behavior modification techniques that affect aggression, our current understanding is that the incidence and frequency of some types of aggression can be reduced and sometimes eliminated. However, there’s no guarantee that an aggressive dog can be completely cured. In many cases, the only solution is to manage the problem by limiting a dog’s exposure to the situations, people or things that trigger her aggression. There’s always risk when dealing with an aggressive dog. Pet parents are responsible for their dogs’ behavior and must take precautions to ensure that no one’s harmed. Even if a dog has been well behaved for years, it’s not possible to predict when all the necessary circumstances might come together to create “the perfect storm” that triggers her aggression. Dogs who have a history of resorting to aggression as a way of dealing with stressful situations can fall back on that strategy. Pet parents of aggressive dogs should be prudent and always assume that their dog is NOT cured so that they never let down their guard.”
I also highly recommend to work with a behavior specialist, or trainer who can help decrease unwanted behavior and possibly “cure” your dog. Just like the quote written above says, you can never let your guard down even if there are no signs of aggression for years. You never know when someone/something triggers your pet.

I really hope that this post helped you understand you pet more! The next post will include tips on training your dogs and help them to live happy lives!

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Dog Diet

A balanced diet for your pup! – What to avoid

It’s time for a new series – A balanced diet for your pup! This is such an important topic that we’ve decided to make it into a series of blog posts. Let’s begin!

So many of us, as dog owners wonder what would be the best diet for our pup. Answers to this question may vary based on who you ask. Your vet will most likely recommend serving dog chow and it’ll most likely be the brand which you can buy at his clinic while on the other hand you dog trainer be likely to recommend a Raw Food/BARF diet. Let’s first discuss the foods and ingredients we should avoid!

What should we watch out for?
Try to eliminate grains, especially if they’re in the top 3 ingredients of your dog chow. You pup would never reach for grains on it’s own. They are usually added to dog chows as a form of carbohydrates to make you dog feel full. Try to think of what your dog would reach for living in it’s natural habitat. The diet would definitely be meat based and enriched with fruits, veggies, and herbs.  Another thing we should never give to our dog is chocolate and sweets. Our pets have trouble digesting chocolate and we can cause a lot of damage by letting them eat our sweets. You can be sure that if your chihuahua eats a whole bar of chocolate you’ll be rushing to your vet’s ER.  Another thing we should look out for are grapes.  Grape seeds are toxic for dogs, eating 1 or 2 shouldn’t hurt anyone but be sure to eliminate them from your pup’s diet. If you have a vineyard or are growing a few vines in the garden be sure to keep the high up and and out the reach.  Garlic and onions may be ingredient staples of your favorite dishes—even some dishes that you share with your dog. But you should think twice before letting your pet lick up the rest of your garlic and onion-based broth from your homemade chicken soup. Any member of the Allium family—onions, garlic, leeks, and chives are the most common reported to cause toxicity because they contain N-propyl disulfide. This compound damages the oxygen-carrying substance found in red blood cells called hemoglobin which can lead to anemia and many other medical disorders. The last thing we’d like to talk about is chicken. Chicken meat is known for causing allergies for dogs. Even if your dog has been eating chicken their whole life, they could suddenly develop an allergy to the meat. Chickens are genetically modified these days and stuffed with chemicals which causes more and more allergies for pets. If you see signs or allergies like intensive scratching, baldness, red spots, etc. be sure to contact your vet. They may suggest trying a dog chow which doesn’t include chicken.

We think these are to most important topics to cover for today’s post. Be sure to check back soon for the next topic in our dog diet series!

What do you feed your pup with?

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Pet music

Pet Care & Spa for Dogs

Hey, guys!

We’ve released a new album called Pet Care & Spa for Dogs – Healing Music for Beauty Salon, Relaxation, Relieve Anxiety, Quiet Time. It’s made up of 30 tracks which are meant to calm and relax your pets while they’re being groomed. We recommend this album for pet salon owners! We all know that dogs go through a lot of stress while being groomed so let’s try to make them as comfortable as possible. Be sure to listen to the album on Spotify and if you enjoy it, be sure to download!

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You can also buy it on iTunes and on the others online stores:

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Behavior & Training

Dog Training for Beginners – How to have the perfect training session!

Hey there!

Here’s another post on dog training for beginners. Dog training can be a long and hard process, especially when you’re working with an older dog who has been taught wrong manners or hasn’t been trained at all. This post is mostly addressed to people who have rescued or bought an older dog and are beginning the process of teaching their pooch some manners.  This post isn’t on teaching actual command or tricks but shows you how to have an easier and more effective training session!

Set rules and boundaries! If you want to have rules remember to set them from the start! Since you don’t want your pooch sitting on the couch, never let him on it. Dogs don’t understand maybe or sometimes. They can either do something always or never, otherwise, they don’t obey your commands. You have to be very strict about following the set rules and never let those big, beautiful eyes fool you 🙂

The timing is key! We all know when to correct our dog but we often forget to praise when he is doing something right. Be sure to remember to praise your pup right after it is corrected. The correction and praise should be impeccable!

Be the leader! You should always be firm. Tell your dog what to do, don’t ask him if he’s feeling like doing it at the moment. If he’s not up for it then show him what you want and tell him once again. Remember, being firm doesn’t mean being rude or aggressive.

Remember to praise! We as dog owners, often focus on correcting our pup and often forget to praise him while he’s doing something good. It’s really important to build a close connection with your dog. It’s really easy to get frustrated with your dog and hard to remember to praise him! This is an observation made by numerous dog trainers. When you’re having trouble with your dog coming back to you, don’t get angry. Instead of being frustrated, praise him once he actually does what you’re asking for. If your do is quietly lying on the floor and chewing a bone or toy, be sure to tell him what a good dog he is!

Stay fair and take it slow! Be fair to your dog. If you’re expecting him to learn a trick or command, show him what you want and help him understand. Once you’re sure that you and your pup are on the same page, begin training! If you see that training isn’t bringing any progress try again. Remember to take things slow, a fast and intensive pace won’t help you with training. Everything takes time so be patient and know that you may need to re-teach some things if you go too fast!

 

Pet music

Relax and Calm Your Animal

Hey, guys!

We’ve released a new album called Relax and Calm Down Your Animal Companion (Calming Music & Nature Sounds for Dogs and Cats, Pet Therapy Ambient). It’s made up of 30 tracks which are meant to calm and relax your pets. These songs are perfect for relieving stress and preparing your pet to sleep through the night. Be sure to listen to the album on Spotify and if you enjoy it, be sure to download!

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You can also buy it on iTunes and on the others online stores:

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#BreedIntroduction

#BreedIntroduction – Persian Cats

Hi there,

I would like to introduce the first cat breed on our blog! The cat breed I chose to write about today is the Persian breed. I have a Persian kitten myself so I think I’ll be able to say more about the breed and their behavior.

Angora, Exotic and Persian Cats

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The Persian cat is a longhaired cat breed characterized by a round face and short/flat muzzles. They are a domestic breed which is available in a number of coat colors. They are pretty affectionate with family members, quiet and sweet kittens. They are not the most playful pets but enjoy some activity. Persians are also okay for families with other pets but may adapt a little longer than other cats who are more friendly or playful. Since Persians are pretty calm cats I wouldn’t recommend them for families with small children since they may be stressed and may show unwanted behavior. They are fairly easy to potty train and always wanting to learn tricks for snacks!

When it comes to health problems one of the biggest ones is breathing. Since they have such a short muzzle they tend to breathe loudly and snore. Sometimes the breathing problems can get more intense and need vet care. They also have excessive tearing caused by their short noses and need daily care around the eyes. There are several eye drops and cleansers available at pet shops which are perfect for Persians. Another important topic is their longhaired coat. They tend to shed a lot a require daily brushing to keep their fur looking healthy and shiny! Some people may need the help of a groomer when it comes to brushing and cutting knots out. I usually bathe my cat every 2-3 weeks and it tends to be a long process because of drying and brushing. Leaving wet fur may cause skin problems and fungus as well as knotting. I also recommend using dry shampoo after drying and brushing out the fur because it decreases knots. You should also be prepared to cut your kitty’s nails and clean his ears. I clean the ears about once a week using a special cleaner bought at my local pet store.

There are also shorthaired Persians known as the exotic cat. The also have a very flat muzzle and are bred in similar fur colors. They are much easier to manage when it comes to grooming and hygiene. They also tend to have a similar personality but are more playful since the don’t get hot so quickly. Persians weight from 7-12 pounds and have a lifespan of 10-15 years.

I hope this blog post helped you meet this cat breed! Let me know if you like the series in the comments below and write what breed you’d like to read about next! Thanks, friends!

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Preparing for the arrival of a new pup!

iHey there!

Today’s post will be about preparing for a new pup! Even if you’re adopting a senior dog or buying a tiny puppy from a breeder, there are a few things you’ll need. In my opinion, it’s best to prepare everything before the dog arrives since meeting a new family and home is a very stressful process. There are tons of new scents and sounds which may scare the dog so let’s try our best to bring him into a calm environment.

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  1. Dog bed/Dog Crate – Based on your dog’s needs buy a bed or a crate and create his corner. The bed should be placed in a spot which will allow the pet to be safe and pretty close to the owners. If you are crate training your dog than try to make it as cozy as possible. The crate should be a happy and relaxing place for your dog. You can make it nice by adding a dog mat or a blanket and pillow. You can also place your pup’s toys on the bed so that he has even more positive memories with his corner!
  2. Bowls – Be sure to 2 bowls for your pup. One for food and one for water. Some people also prefer to own 3 bowls (dry food, wet food, and water). I would recommend buying the size of the bowls based on your dog’s breed and needs. The water bowl should be bigger since you loved one should always have a supply of fresh water and shouldn’t be made out of stainless steel since it may leave a metallic taste. In my opinion, ceramic bowls are the best since they are heavy and hard to move around, pretty durable and usually have cute designs, which is always a plus!
  3. Leash and Collar/Harness – A leash is a must for everyday walks, but not all dogs suit a harness. In my opinion, a harness works wonders for small/medium sized breeds but it all depends on the way your work with your pup! Especially if you’re adopting I honestly recommend sticking to what your dog knows already. Stronger and larger breeds walk better in collars since it’s easier for you to manage the dog. The next question is if you should buy a retractable leash or a regular one. This also depends on the size of your dog and the way he is trained or will be trained. If you’re just starting out on walking your dog I would buy a regular leash which isn’t too long so the pup learns to walk close to you. As you make progress try giving the dog more and more space but if it’s pulling than go back to the shorter one. Big breeds should also have a regular leash since the retractable ones usually have a weight limit. There’s always a bigger chance that a strong breed will break the retractable leash and run away or get into a dangerous situation. Try consulting the breeder/adoption center and ask what they recommend for your dog.
  4. Food and Snacks – This is only based on the breed of your dog, his medical conditions and what method is best for feeding you pup. Try to do some research online based on the size, breed and what the breeder/rescue center told you about the pup and it’s diet. Don’t forget to get some snacks as well!
  5. Toys – You won’t be with your pup 24/7 so be sure to leave him a few toys. He also wants to have fun while being alone! I recommend buying a Kong since it’s a toy that makes you dog think and work on to get the treat! You should also have some fetch toys for playing outdoors and maybe a pull toy which you can use with your pup!
  6. Brush and Comb/Toothpaste/Shampoo – All of these things will help keep your doggy clean and healthy! Be sure to shampoo your pup and brush his teeth! This will really help keep their teeth nice and healthy! Also remember to brush his fur at least once a week! If you have a longhaired pup you should brush daily 🙂

 

These are just the basic things you should prepare before welcoming a new member to your family in order to make him comfortable! I’m sure you’ll meet your pup’s need along the way but I think this is pretty helpful for the start. Let me know in the comments below!