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!

 

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#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.

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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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Breed Introduction – French Bulldog

Hey there!

Here’s another post from the “Breed Introduction” series! Today we’ll be introducing the French Bulldog also know as a Frenchie. These adorable pups have people very popular recently but there are a few things you should know about them before considering adoption or buying from a breeder.

French bulldogs are a domestic breed which was created by crossing bulldog ancestors in England with popular ratters in France in the 1800s. Bulldogs were very popular in the past, especially in Western Europe. One of its ancestors was the English bulldog. Americans had been importing French Bulldogs for a while, but it was not until 1885 when they were brought over in order to set up an American-based breeding program. They were mostly owned by society ladies, who first displayed them at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 1896.

Just like most domestic dogs, Frenchies require a lot of attention from their owners and shouldn’t be left alone for long hours. They have fairly minimal exercise needs but do require at least daily short walks. The French Bulldog is sometimes called “Frog dog” or a “Clown dog”. Frog dog is in reference to the unique way they sit with hind legs spread out.  They have a single short coat which means they can become cold very easily. They are very delicate when it comes to extreme temperatures and also shouldn’t be flown in cargo. French bulldogs can also suffer from an assortment of back, disk and spinal diseases and disorders as well as eye issues. All of these disorders should be taken into consideration before becoming an owner! You should also know that they are very happy, friendly, compassionate and patient dogs. When it comes to coat colours, acceptable colours under the breed standard are the various shades of brindle, fawn, tan or white with brindle patches (known as “pied”).  You can find much more information online but here are just a few things that are worth knowing before thinking about adding a Frenchie to your family!

Leave a comment telling me what breed we should introduce next!

 

 

#Petcuriosity

How many lives does a cat have?

How many lives does a cat have?

“How many lives does a cat have?” is a question that, at least once in the life, everybody asks to himself.
Maybe for his agility and his ability to not fall, in a lot of Countries, people think that cats have more than one life.
But how many lives does the cat have actually?
It depends on the Country. In the Catholic-Christian Countries, they have 7 lives while, in Great Britain and others, even 9!
I’m going to explain the reason of these number.
7” is considered as the number of perfection, universality, and equilibrium. In a lot of cultures this number has a high esoteric value and symbolisms:
– for the ancient Egyptian, it was life symbol, in fact, pyramid had built by the meeting between a square (4 sides) and a triangle (3 sides)
– Plato linked this number to the concept of eternity
– for Pythagorean people, 3 symbolizes “humanity” and 4 “divinity”. So 7 meant meeting between human and divinity
– in the Middle Age, 7 were Fundamental Sciences
– in Christian Age, 7 has a lot of references
– for Buddhist people, is the number of fullness

Moreover, this number is linked to the moon. Moon Cycle is made of four phases, each one composed of seven days.

But why do English people consider cats has nine lives ?
Because 3 is the number of perfection, and three times 3 means “absolute perfection“.

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Pet music

New Album – Canine Relaxation

Hi four-legged friend lovers!
Is your dog stressed? Does he need to relax? Here is the solution! This is my album. It’s very useful to calm down and relax your pets!

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Listen to the music on Spotify:

 

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

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Behavior & Training

The great help of rescue dog

How many times have dogs helped society in any type of situation? Try to think how many times he risks his life to save us! Today I would like talk about rescue dogs to thank them for helping us in dangerous situations we find ourselves!
So, we could continue to speak about his very important task but I’m going to explain to you how training rescue dogs takes place.

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There are only three requirements to become a rescue dog:

– a strong build and personality: to operate in any type of situation, atmospheric condition and task
– a good feeling with his owner: to obtain the total obedience of the dog.
– time: to create the good feeling between dog and owner.

The training of the rescue dog starts when the dog is 4-5 months. The first period is personality’s education. The main activity of this phase is playing because he can socialize with others people and others places.
The second stage is obedience to commands. Starting with “sit”, “on the floor” and “come here” until more difficult. The third step is emotional and mental preparation. This stage happens in a gym and is composed by exercise that allows him to face any type of dangerous situation. The last education phase is searching for missing people thanks to their nose.

So, behind a dog rescue, there is a lot of work but the most important things are surely the love and the confidence that the owner shows them!
Don’t forget, he’ll never betray you!

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Breed Introduction – Great Dane

Hello, friends!

Today I would like to start a series called “Breed Introduction” where each post will allow you to meet a different breed. Many of us like certain breeds based on their appearance but aren’t sure if they are the right dog for us. These posts should help you find the perfect dog for your family. Today we’ll be introducing the Great Dane which is my personal favorite.

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The Great Dane is one of the biggest breeds in the world, adult males weigh up to 90 kilograms! That’s more than a typical grown man! Of course, not all great danes are as heavy, females weigh between 45-60 kg and males from 55-99kg. Their height ranges between 70 and 90cm and their life span usually reaches 10 years. Sadly these amazing creatures are prone to gastric torsion, hip dysplasia, and rheumatism based on their anatomy, which means we might have to run to the ER and hope for the best.

Great Danes are also known as the Apollo of Dogs and Gentle Giants. The German name of the breed is Deutsche Dogge or German Mastiff. Just like their nickname says, they are gentle dogs often seeking physical affection with their owners. They’re usually good with other dogs, families and other noncanine pets.  However, if not properly socialized, a Great Dane may become fearful or aggressive towards new stimuli, such as strangers and new environments. It’s best to train with an expert from the early stages to eliminate unwanted behaviors in the future.

The next thing you should now is the variety of coats!

Fawn and brindle

  • Fawn: The color is yellow gold with a black mask. Black should appear on the eye rims and eyebrows and may appear on the ears.
  • Brindle: The color is fawn and black in a chevron stripe pattern. Often, also, they are referred to as having a stripe pattern.
  • Harlequin and black
    • Black: The color is a glossy black. White markings on the chest and toes are not desirable and considered faults.
    • Harlequin: The base color is pure white with black torn patches irregularly and well distributed over the entire body; a pure white neck is preferred. The black patches should never be large enough to give the appearance of a blanket, nor so small as to give a stippled or dappled effect. Eligible, but less desirable, are a few small gray patches (this gray is consistent with a merle marking) or a white base with single black hairs showing through, which tend to give a salt and pepper or dirty effect.
      Gray merle (Grautiger) dogs are acceptable in conformation shows under the FCI as the gray merle dogs can produce correctly marked black/white harlequin dogs, depending on the combinations. The aim for deleting the colour gray merle as a disqualifying fault is to provide a wider gene pool. Their status is that they are “neither desirable nor to be disqualified”.Consequently, this color must never obtain the highest grading at dog shows.
    • Mantle – The color is black and white with a solid black blanket extending over the body; black skull with white muzzle; white blaze is optional; whole white collar preferred; a white chest; white on part or whole of forelegs and hind legs; white tipped black tail. A small white marking in the black blanket is acceptable, as is a break in the white collar.
  • Blue: The color is a pure steel blue. White markings on the chest and toes are not desirable and considered faults.

Other colors occur occasionally, but are not acceptable for conformation showing, and they are not pursued by breeders who intend to breed show dogs. These colors include white, fawnequin, brindlequin, merle, merlequin, blue merle, chocolate and fawn mantle. The white Great Dane coloring is typically associated with vision and hearing impairment.
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It’s easy to tell that these huge teddy bears aren’t cheap pets. Maintaining a healthy diet tends to be expensive based on the ammount of food they eat. They need a normal amount of exercise and plenty of love from their owners!

I hope this post helped you learn a little bit about the breed! What dog should we talk about next?

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