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.

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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!

Persian Cat

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

Separation Anxiety

Hi again!

Since we’ve started to talk about behavior problem in the last post, I’d like to continue the topic and talk about separation anxiety. This is a major behavioral problem which touches many dog owners.

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  • What is separation anxiety? What causes it?

    Separation anxiety is when dogs become triggered by being left alone. They are often afraid of being left by their pet parents or people they are attached to. Some pets may also show signs of anxiety when their owners are preparing to walk out the door. Many dogs start barking seconds after being left alone and often show distress behavior within a short period of time. These behaviors can often lead to self-harm and household destruction.

  • Common symptoms
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    Urinating and Defecating
    – Barking and Loud Howling
    – Chewing, Digging and Destruction
    – Escaping
    – Pacing
    – Coprophagia – some dogs defecate and then consume their excrement

  • Treating separation anxiety

    First of all, be sure to visit your vet and make sure that your dog is healthy. Once you’ve done a check up, you can try to begin treating your pet’s anxiety problems. I would recommend meeting with a specialist but you can it’s not necessary.

    “If your dog has a mild case of separation anxiety, counterconditioning might reduce or resolve the problem. Counterconditioning is a treatment process that changes an animal’s fearful, anxious or aggressive reaction to a pleasant, relaxed one instead. 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, counterconditioning focuses on developing an association between being alone and good things, like delicious food. To develop this kind of association, every time you leave the house, you can offer your dog a puzzle toy stuffed with food that will take him at least 20 to 30 minutes to finish.” – ASPCA

    If your dog has a severe case of separation anxiety, it requires a more complex desensitization and counterconditioning program. I would recommend trying the counterconditioning program with the help of a specialist. We often do not understand all the signals that our pet is sending and may need someone, who can help us meet their needs. I would also try the “Crate Method” which requires you to teach your dog that the crate is it’s “safe place”. Crate training does not suit all dogs. You should definitely monitor your pup while being at home and be sure that it doesn’t show any signs of stress while being in the crate. Exercise and aerobics are also great for helping your pet relax. Be sure to take him for an intense walk, run or swim before leaving him alone. Your dog will come back tired and probably want to rest for a while. Play some relaxing music for pets and allow your beloved friend to relax and calm down after a physical effort. You can also read through the ASPCA article linked above for more tips given to you by professionals.

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