Intuitively, we all know that our dogs are like no others. They react hilariously to the most benign and everyday of sounds, or they sleep on their backs trying to copy the humans they watch daily. But, it's not uncommon to totally forget how unique our dogs are when it comes time to do some training. Fittingly, despite some opinions to the contrary, there is no one holy grail method of training. Get to know your dog's personality and you'll have the keys to effective training sessions.
What Makes Your Dog Tick
Most dogs will respond to food for motivation. Think about it like this though: every person that you meet has different preferences, different things they do and do not like doing, and different reward thresholds at which they'd be motivated to do those things. There is a parallel in dogs. Some dogs will accept almost any type of food in return for performing complex...Continue Reading
By Amy Shojai
All dogs bite. In fact, canine jaws can easily tear flesh and break bones. Don't be fooled by size, either. They may be tiny, but even Chihuahua-size pooches expertly use their choppers. And when they're big dogs, the damage can be severe. Learn these tips to prevent dog attacks and bites. That protects both your human family members, and the dog--because the pet that bites usually loses his home and his life.
By Caryl Wolff
Do you know when your dog is happy or sad? How about when he's scared or nervous? We should pay close attention to signs of stress in our dogs because those can lead to unwanted, or aggressive, behaviors. Dogs generally give more subtle signs before aggression becomes full blown. Sometimes we may see all of these signs, but sometimes not - or they progress so quickly that we miss them. Look for these 10 signs to see if your dog is stressed or anxious.
By Mike Shafer
One of the most fun and rewarding things to do with your dog is trick training. The good news is trick training is easy! And it only requires patience and treats. Today I want to focus on Roll Over. I have seen this trick turned into all types of fun cues. As you go through this you will see that your dog will start to offer new and funny behaviors. This is because he is learning that this pays off in a big way!
By Tony Johnson
Are you thinking about adopting a cat or a kitten, but you've never had one before? Cats are great companions and will provide you with unconditional entertainment and affection. Here are a few basic cat behaviors that you should know about before bringing home your new pet.
Your pet is a part of your family. So, when it comes to choosing a food, you want the very best. But there are so many different options! How can you be sure to choose a high quality food? Here are a few key questions that any high quality pet food manufacturer should be able to answer.