Archive for Dog Behavior

Choosing to get a dog is a decision that should be taken as seriously as the choice to have children. They are a living being that rely on you to take care of them, and if you’re not willing to do the task properly then that’s not fair on the dog. If you’re unsure on what having a dog entails and you’re thinking about getting one, take a read through this guide on what you will need to do to ensure that you have a happy and healthy dog.

Walkies!

No matter what size or breed, dogs need plenty of walking to keep their joints moving and strengthen their muscles. Very much alike humans, dogs need to keep their fitness levels up. The recommended amount is at least fifteen minutes, twice a day. Although, much larger dogs require more exercise, so it’s always best to do some research to see how much exercise your breed of dog should be having. Doing this allows them to run off their energy and take some much needed toilet breaks!

 

This also allows your dog to explore the world and find new smells. It’s also a great opportunity for them to meet other dogs. Again like humans, dogs need friends sometimes too.

 

If you’re unable to commit to taking your dog out for the minimum recommended time for their breed, consider hiring a dog walker otherwise your beloved pet will not only become lonely, but will likely gain weight and become unhealthy.

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Toilet time

Very much like babies, dogs require you to clean up their toilet break messes. Unfortunately, dogs will need this treatment for the entirety of their lives. If cleaning up after your dog isn’t something you can see yourself doing, then they’re not the pet for you.

 

If you’re caught leaving your dogs mess in public, you risk the chance of being fined along with the unpleasantness for someone else stepping in it.

 

In short, if you want a dog, be prepared to pick up it’s mess.

Veterinary care

Dogs become ill sometimes, just like we do. The downside of this is the costs that these illnesses sometimes entail. It’s likely that at some point in their lives you will have to take them to an animal health center to check out why your dog doesn’t seem like himself.

 

Another reason to be visiting the vets with your dog is for treatments like neutering. Although this may seem unfair for your dog, if you know that if your dog ended up getting pregnant that you couldn’t keep their puppies, then this is a wise decision for your dog’s benefit too. You may even choose to do this because even if you wanted to keep her pups, you couldn’t commit to them all.

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Behaviour

Dogs need rules and structures to ensure that they become a friendly dog. Too many dogs in the world aren’t given restrictions and end up becoming a mischievous dog. Be careful not to ‘over discipline’ your dog, because it may turn your dog into an unfriendly pet to be around. Hitting your dog is always a big no, to train your dog you must do this with treats and praise for when they do something good, and a stern voice for if not.

 

Dogs are not naturally a nasty creature, but sometimes we forget that they have descended from the wolf, so discipline is important. If you don’t have time to do this, consider taking your dog to puppy training.

Love

All dogs crave love and attention. They are among the most loyal creatures on earth, and all they want to do is spend time with you.

 

Even though we all have work to be doing and other errands in our daily lives, ensuring that you’re showing your dog as much love as possible is important. We wouldn’t have a child to leave them at home all day alone now, would we? Everything we would do for our children should be considered when thinking about getting a dog.

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Ultimately, having a dog is something that many people in this world take for granted. You should treat your dog (not just dogs, all pets too) as a member of the family. They deserve to eat healthily, stay clean and warm, and receive the attention and love that they deserve. If you can give all of this to a dog, then they’re a perfect choice of pet for you.

Introducing Your New Dog To Your Cat

For decades now, dogs and cats have been portrayed in popular media as mortal enemies, pursuing some unknown agenda against each-other where we humans become occasionally caught in the crossfire. The reality, however, is that like most animals, dogs and cats can be taught to live harmoniously together and even become great friends.

The trick is, as with most things, in being patient and understanding. Neither dogs nor cats have the same mentality of a human and while both have pack animals in their ancestry, they nonetheless have very different sets of instincts and dispositions from one another. However, with a little understanding, a little patience and a lot of love you’ll have these two historic ‘enemies’ sharing a pet gear double stroller before you know it! Here’s how to get it right…

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Preparation is the key

We’re going to assume that you’re introducing a pup or young dog to an adult cat, although if you have a kitten extra care must be taken. Kittens are fragile and while playful pups are extremely endearing… they’re not the gentlest or most careful creatures.

Your first step should be to create a ‘safe space’ for your cat that the dog will not have access to, ideally somewhere that they are familiar with where they sleep or relax often. Make sure that they are able to access their food, water and litter tray without coming into contact with your new friend.

It’s important that your cat gets controlled exposure to the dog through becoming increasingly familiar with the look and scent of them. A stair gate is a great way to facilitate this and it’s worth considering using Feliway which will keep your cat feel safe and secure by subtly exuding relaxing pheromones. Cats need to have access to high spaces in order  to feel safe and secure, so make sure that they’ll have plenty of access to these as they’ll be invaluable in helping your cat cope with this new development.

If possible, you should keep your dog in a crate and give them free but supervised access in 15-20 minute increments to your home and family.

 

The importance of scent articles

While cats are far better visually equipped than their canine counterparts, both animals use smell to communicate, so it’s a great idea to use scent articles to acquaint both pets with each other’s smell. A scent article can be a toy or an item of bedding which the pet can infuse with their scent. After exposure to the article, your new pet will become slowly accustomed to their new friend’s scent and vice-versa.

Managing first contact

Ensuring that your pets’ first real exposure to each other is well managed is one of the surest ways of creating a lifelong friendship. Fortunately, you’ve already laid the groundwork for the best possible start.

Your dog’s first instinct will be to get up close and personal, while your cat will want to observe the pooch from a comfortable distance. You must control the dog and stop them from chasing the cat, as this will create a rift that’s very difficult to repair. Keep initial contact short and sweet with lots of praise for both pets and a rewarding treat for all.

Our dogs are so much more than just pets, they’re furry members of the family. We have so much love in our hearts for these little creatures, and as pet owners do everything we can to ensure they’re kept happy and healthy. However, the problem with dogs is when they do feel unwell, they do a good job at hiding it. This is an evolutionary technique which might have helped them in the wild, but makes our job so much harder. It’s not like you can simply ask them if they feel ok or if anything hurts! There are some subtle signs though that can give you a clue that Rover might need to go and visit the vets. Here are just a few of them.

 

Off Their Food and Drink

Most dogs are very food motivated, so if they’re off their food or drink it can be a cause for concern. If they won’t touch their regular dog food, try them with a piece of cheese or meat. If they refuse it (and you’re sure it’s because they’re not just full) be sure to keep an eye on them. It could be a simple infection or something they have eaten hasn’t agreed with them, but your vet will be able to advise you on the best course of action.

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A Change in Toileting Habits

It’s not the most pleasant job as a dog owner, but when you’re cleaning up your dogs waste, it’s worth having a quick look to ensure nothing is out of the ordinary. A dramatic change in color, consistency or the appearance of worms obviously indicates that something isn’t right. It’s not always a cause for concern right away, but keep an eye on them especially if your dog is displaying other symptoms of being unwell. Dogs can be sensitive to ingredients used in cheaper dog food which can cause digestive issues amongst other things. This dog health article states you should feed a good quality food to keep them at their best. Ideally you need to be choosing a brand which is grain free, since this can disrupt the delicate balance of a dog’s system.

Sleeping More Often Than Usual

Different dogs can be very different in how much they sleep. Some dogs are very lazy and will like to spend most of the day napping, whereas others are much more active. Just like people, dogs are all different, so it’s about knowing what’s normal for them. While older dogs will naturally slow down and sleep more- if you notice a change in your dog’s sleeping behavior it’s a symptom of illness. If they seem very drowsy or fatigued, it’s important to contact the vet right away.

 

Lumps and Bumps

Lumps and bumps are common in dogs, they’re not always a sign of something sinister but are always something to have checked out by a vet. With very fluffy dogs it can be tricky to feel for any lumps, but spend some time grooming and checking them (they will just see it as fuss!) to make sure everything is as it should be.

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Animal Instincts

Our dogs cement themselves into our lives. We invite them into our hearts, homes, and even our families. We convince ourselves we know them inside out, and that their behavior could never surprise us. If they’ve never shown violent tendencies, we assume they’ll always be fine around other dogs. And, it’s not only with dogs that we do this. Any pet owner would say the same, no matter how dangerous their pet has the potential to be. There are countless examples of people who raised bears from cubs, only to find themselves at the mercy of those same bears years down the line. These worrying examples suggest we may be a little blindsided when it comes to our pets. That’s why we’re going to look at whether you can ever understand the nature of your animals.

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Our false sense of security is mainly a problem because we lose sight of our pet’s animal natures. We humanize our dogs and assume their behavior will always be in keeping with what we’ve come to expect. But, animals don’t process information the same way we do. They don’t have a strand of logic running through their minds. In fact, often, they will function from animal instinct alone. So, even the most docile dog could turn if they sense aggression from another animal. Even the most family friendly terrier could switch if they see something run across the floor. Years of breeding can’t rid them of these base instincts. A lot of the time, they won’t make themselves known. But, there are certain times when these instincts are more likely to come into play. Feeding time is a good example. If disturbed when eating, many dogs will become hostile to their favorite owners. That’s doesn’t mean that they’re a violent dog. In nature, they would have to defend their food. The behavior is ingrained.
That’s not to say, of course, that you shouldn’t get a dog. Owning a pooch is a hugely rewarding experience, and the bond can be unbreakable. But, to ensure your dog is safe, it may be worth learning about their instincts, rather than ignoring them. It may also help you to understand the more annoying behaviors they exhibit, like destruction in your home. Articles like the one found on http://tuftoys.com/can-a-dog-toy-ever-be-truly-indestructible/ show how important it is to know your dog’s individual destruction style. It’s the best way to get them toys that suit and save your house once and for all.

But, why is it important to know all of this? Safety is the main reason, for you and others. If you’re aware of the more dangerous aspects of your dog, you won’t make mistakes that put anyone in danger. For example, understanding the hunting nature of a terrier means you would never leave them alone with a child. If you’re unsure how to proceed, it may be worth signing up for training classes, like those found at http://americandogschool.com. These are sure to show you what you’re missing in your pooch.

When I first met my husband, I was worried about our compatibility.  You see, he’s a dog guy while I’m a definite cat lady.  Owning pets is a non-negotiable for both of us, but it was hard to see what our future would hold.  Were we going to have to choose between owning cats or dogs?  Is it possible for felines and canines to get along?

The good news is that yes, it’s certainly possible to have cats and dogs in the same household.  To help those of you thinking about introducing a pup to your feline friend, Nancy has kindly invited me to share some information here on Pampered Dog Blog about some of the best dog breeds to get along with cats.

 

  1. Golden Retriever

The golden retriever is one of the most well-known family dogs.  Its gentle and tolerant nature means that it gets along well with both children and other animals.  Although cats may find their large size intimidating at first, golden retrievers are extremely unlikely to attack even if provoked.

This is a good dog if you have a mischievous or energetic cat as the two will play together until they’re worn out.

  1. Bichon Frisé

On the smaller side we have the bichon frisé.  According to veterinarian Dr. Mark they are one of the most loving dog breeds and will play and cuddle with your cat if she allows it.  Bichon frisé dogs are generally obedient and easy to train so it shouldn’t take too long to introduce one to your other pets.  Bichon frisés often become anxious when left alone so a kitty friend should help to keep your pup company.

  1. Basset Hound

Basset hounds actually have a lot in common with cats – not least their stubborn personality!  They too prefer to live in the comfort of their human’s home instead of being left outside in the yard. Although training a basset hound can be a challenge, their relaxed and friendly nature makes them great companions for your feline.

  1. Poodle

I must admit, poodles are one of my favorite dog breeds (although it’s almost impossible to choose – I love them all!).  Not only do they look adorable but their personality traits are very endearing too.  A poodle is more likely to act as protector to his feline friends than to chase them.  Poodles are smart and easily trained so with your guidance and supervision, an introduction between cat and poodle should go very well.

  1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are small and meek dogs – two characteristics which make them a good companion for cats.  Cavalier King Charles Spaniels will likely let your feline take the lead but enjoys play if kitty initiates it.  This is another dog breed that likes to form close attachments so if all goes to plan, your pets should make friends for life.

 

Other Tips

If you have a timid cat, choose a smaller dog breed – will be less intimidating.  Likewise, breeds that bark a lot can scare cats.  Do your research and spend time with the breeder getting to know your dog before taking him home if possible.  Some even offer a trial period.  Adopting from a breeder or owner who also keeps cats is a guaranteed way to make sure your new pet will get along with your feline fluffball.

 

Although it might be tempting, you can’t just release your new dog into the same room as your cat and hope that they’ll work things out by themselves.  During the introductory period, make sure to deter bad behavior and reward friendly interactions with a treat.  Make sure to supervise all interactions until your pets are fully comfortable together.

Final Thoughts

Don’t forget that while choosing one of the above dog breeds increases your chances of a harmonious household, every pet has its own unique personality.  Some cats don’t like company at all, whether it’s a human, a dog or another cat.  In addition, a poorly trained dog may find himself unable to resist chasing the smaller animal.

With a little luck and a lot of patience, you should be able to create a cat-dog friendship that will last a lifetime.

Author bio:  Annie Cooper blogs at catobsessed.com.  She lives in Australia with her husband and two very fluffy felines.  Apart from cats, Anne loves traveling, DIYing and all things cute.

 

How to Help Cats and Dogs Get Along

If you already own a cat and are planning on introducing a dog into the family (or vice versa!), it is important to know right off the bat that chances are low for the two of them to just get along.

By nature, dogs are hunters, which means that they might see your cat as a form of prey; the exception being dogs that have been around other cats in the past and not had any problems with them.

However, if you are bringing home a puppy that has never had any experience with them, or if you are bringing home an adult dog that has a high desire to chase and catch, then you will need to work to ensure harmony in your home.

Don’t think cats are innocent, either! Many times cats will feel threatened by a dog’s mere presence, causing them to lash out by scratching or trying to mark their territory (in not-so-subtle ways). Cats can be just as loyal to their humans as dogs can – and they typically hate when their daily routines are upset by anything.

In either case, the stress from new arrival can wreak havoc on both parties. It can cause sickness, such as lack of appetite, vomiting, and hair loss to either or both of the animals, not to mention the fact that the stress on either animal isn’t fair to them – after all, the current pet is used to being there first, and everything belongs to him or her, and now you’re asking them to share with a new arrival!

Let’s take a lot at some ways we can work to help cats and dogs get along, and alleviate all of that stress and tension that might pop up in this situation.

Introductions

The very first time your cat and dog meet it is vital to introduce them in a calm, relaxing manner. Don’t just place the two of them together on the floor – make sure you are holding your dog or cat as you introduce them to the new arrival. Let them sniff each other and stare at each other – and don’t expect the initial encounter to go too smoothly – time can change things!

After the introduction, make sure to keep the animals separate for a while. You can either keep them in separate rooms or put up a divider. Whatever you decide on, after a while you should make sure to allow them the chance to smell each other or interact – even if it is only though a small opening cut on the bottom of the divider.

If you are putting them in separate rooms, make sure to change what rooms you put them in. This will not only give them a change of scenery, but it will also allow your pets to smell each other’s presence in the room, thereby getting used to one another.

Repeat this process a few times if necessary, giving them time to get used to each other and the fact that they will be spending time together now.

Reducing Problem Behaviors

If your cat and dog are starting to get along, but still have several behaviors that are somewhat of a problem, try and reduce these behaviors in a positive way.

For example, if your dog likes to bark at your cat, then be sure to distract your dog instead of scolding or using a harsh tone. Offer your dog a toy or show him or her something of interest. By trying to distract from the behavior rather than react negatively, you are helping ensure that there will be more positive encounters in the future.

If you yell at your harshly scold your pet, it will remember the interaction and how it was treated negatively, preventing him or her from wanting to engage in the future.

Keep Food, Water, Sleeping, and Litter Separate

A key component to your pets existing harmoniously is to make sure that their food and drinks stay separate from each other.

Don’t allow your dog or cat near each other’s food dishes – their automatic feeders, trays, and water dishes are for them, and them only.

The same can be said for the pets’ sleeping areas. Allow your cat and your dog to have their own designated areas for sleeping – it will give them a sense of security knowing that they won’t be bothered.

Another thing to remember is to keep your cat’s litter box away from your dog – cats will get territorial if they believe their safe space is threatened, and this includes spraying or urinating in other areas of the house if their litter box is disturbed. This is their safe space for going to the bathroom, so make sure to keep it feeling safe for them!

Some Other Tips for Helping Your Pets Adjust

You may be tempted to give your cat and dog each their own water and food dishes, beds, and then leave them alone together until they “get used to each other.” However, this isn’t the way you should help your pets to adjust. Make sure the animals are one hundred percent comfortable with each other before you do this – as it can end poorly if one of the animals turns hostile.

Always make sure to reward good behavior, either with praise or treats. If your pets can play together or sit together nicely without fighting or attacking each other, they deserve that praise! Reward positive behavior!

Allow your cat to have somewhere he or she can go to get away from the dog if necessary. Either a cat tree or a special room that only he or she can get into are both good choices, as this provides the cat a feeling of safety and the reassurance that if it feels threatened, it has somewhere to go to be alone. Always make sure that neither animal is afraid of the other before leaving them alone in the house or overnight.

Also keep in mind how different breeds can get along – whereas breeds like German Shepherds, Sheep Dogs, and Pit Bulls might see the cat as an animal that needs to be “herded” or as “prey,” dogs such as Labrador Retrievers or even smaller dogs might be more willing to accept this member of the family, due to their sweeter and more mellow personality.

Many households have cats and dogs that coexist wonderfully, and even play together happily. Following proper protocol when introducing your pets and allowing them time to get used to each other is crucial to keep them healthy and happy, and having the whole family get along well!

BIO: Emily Parker runs Catological, a blog dedicated to helping cat parents love their kitties better. She has lived in both dog and cat homes, and is excited to introduce a new dog to her family (which includes 2 cats) in the coming year.

Why are dogs so friendly?

If someone asked you the question why are dogs so friendly? How would you answer them? Yes we all know and love our dogs, and they love as back just as much, but where did this love come from? Where did it all begin? Let’s dip in and discover the answer to this question, which is truly amazing.

Why are dogs so friendly – The domestication Process

 

It’s hard to imagine, as you’re cuddling up to your beloved canine that his/her ancestors were wolves. Scientists have clear DNA evidence that shows our best friends did in fact descend from the gray wolf.

The oldest fossils that have been discovered were from a dog grave which was 14,000 years old. However there is clear DNA evidence that does indeed suggest that dogs originated from wolves a lot sooner than this; with figures going back 15,000 to over 100,000 years ago.

Historians have all agreed that we domesticated our faithful companions long before any other animal. So not only are dogs our best friends they are indeed our oldest best friends. Is it any wonder why we have such an unbreakable bond with them?

We don’t exactly know how dogs and humans first discovered each other, there are many different theories. One theory is that humans began taking in the pups of wolves and that we learned how to tame them. Another theory suggests that the very tamest wolves were always around us searching for food, they were the ones who weren’t afraid to come close to us in the hope for food which would have increased their chances of survival.

One of the Pack

Wolves are pack animals and as they became tamer towards us we were considered by them to be the pack leader, or the “highest ranking wolf” the wolves therefore quickly became obedient towards the new pack leader. The tamer the wolves kept on becoming, the longer they stayed around us, and so either we intentionally bred tamer wolves, or evolution did it for us. The end result was much tamer wolves, until eventually we got our best friends of today, the dog.

Humans and the tamer wolves built up a strong bond and developed great teamwork in regards to hunting, we had the brains for hunting and the wolf had the speed and also the ferocity, which enabled us both to survive. We shared our food that we had caught together, and we depended on each other for survival. This is where the bond between us stems from, we needed each other. This is one answer to the question why are dogs so friendly towards us?

Our little wolves of today

While we may not have been able to cuddle a wolf back in those dayswe can cuddle our best friends that we share our lives with today, they are very special indeed. Although we may not have to go hunting together for each other’s survival, we still share a great bond and it’s a bond that can never be broken. We love our dogs and they love us back, just as much.

They consider us as one of their pack, just like the wolves did all those years ago, some characteristics will never change, and we wouldn’t want them to. It’s hard to imagine our faithful companions being related to a gray wolf, but indeed it is true, take a close look at your dog, the features are all there to see.

The loyalty of dogs

Dogs are such loyal companions to us humans, is there any wonder they are considered to be man’s best friend? You only have to look at stories in the newspapers to see stories of such loyalty, when their owners have been away for a long time and suddenly come home, the pictures of the dog’s reaction is beautiful, and shows just how much they love us, unconditionally. Some people might say they are loyal because we feed them this however, definitely isn’t the truth. They love us for much more than this.

Dogs are pack animals, they think that their owners are one of their pack. Dogs don’t want to be on their own, they need numbers, as they thrive in a pack. When something happens to one of their pack, they miss that member considerably.

Dogs are affectionate animals they have a strong instinct in them that craves bonds either with other dogs or indeed us humans. Dogs don’t want to fight they want to be loved and they want to protect all the members in their pack, no matter what.

Final thoughts

Dogs are our most loyal, trusting friends to whom we have developed such a strong bond. They love us no matter what, and we love them for this.The friendship we have with our beloved canines goes back thousands of years, so it shouldn’t be too hard to see why they quickly became “man’s best friend.”

The unconditional love they give us means everything, and they ask for nothing back, just food, shelter and lots of love .They want us to be a member of their pack, and we are more than happy to be, we will always have a strong bond with dogs, we have taken them into our hearts, and surely that’s where they’ll stay. Hopefully this has answered your question, why are dogs so friendly?

 

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Author Bio

Julie Page first grew to love writing about pets and the pet industry in 2012 while writing a dog travel journal for a Canadian based company. Julie then discovered a lack of informative dog name websites when researching puppy names for boys which fuelled her passion even more. Julie founded two quality sites www.femaledognames.net and www.maledognames.net .When Julie isn’t writing she is on an adventure, or at the very least plotting her next one.

When you place your disabled pet in a wheelchair for the first time it can go very smoothly or it can go very bad. Some pets just pick up on it like they’re so used to it but some will resist it like it’s a living hell. If this happens, don’t panic. As I have discovered from checking wheelchair blogs it is usually because your pet is not yet accustomed to the wheelchair. When faced with something they are not used to some pets freeze, retreat, or get really angry.

So all you need to do is to get your pet accustomed to the wheelchair. It sounds simple enough and it could be that simple or it could take a long time and a lot of patience. This will depend on your pet and your patience.

To get your pet accustomed to the wheelchair put it somewhere they often can see. May be near where they eat or sleep. If you think it is no longer an eyesore to them, show them how it works by moving it around and let them touch it. Once they get used to that, place your pet inside the wheelchair but keep it in place. Do not walk them yet. Just let your pet take it in that he’s in the wheelchair. When he seems comfortable, remove your pet from the wheelchair. Each step can take from a day to several days before your pet will get comfortable so, like I said, be patient. It’s up to you to see if he’s ok or not with each step. But if you are patient and persistent, soon your pet will move little by little on his own when you put him in the wheelchair.

Bio:

Marie Malacaman is the web administrator for Best Friend Mobility. She is a professional dog walker and pet sitter.

Many dogs suffer stress when they’re confronted with loud noises from fireworks or thunderstorms. Other dogs feel stress when they travel or when there are unusual things going on in the home such as workers visiting or a new pet in the family. Even a trip to the vet can cause a dog to become anxious and worried. There are all kinds of situations that can make dogs nervous. In these situations a calming collar can sometimes help calm and relax a dog. Even dogs in shelters and rescues have benefited from wearing calming collars.

How do calming collars work?
Currently there are two kinds of calming collars, though they work in similar ways.

Herbal collars
The first kind of calming collar uses fragrant herbs to calm and soothe your dog. The herbs are carefully chosen for their soothing qualities. These collars usually have cloth overlaying the collar underneath so the herbs can be sewn inside. This kind of calming collar is based on aromatherapy. The herbs are typically dried herbs so they do not contain essential oils that might irritate your dog’s skin. Collars that contain dried herbs usually continue to work for about 3-4 months.

DAP collars
The other kind of calming collar available now is a DAP (dog appeasing pheromone) collar. These collars work the same way that other DAP products work. Dog appeasing pheromones are pheromones that mimic the scent that mother dogs release when puppies are nursing. These pheromones are very soothing and calming to dogs. While many DAP products release these pheromones intermittently, when your dog wears a DAP calming collar, the pheromones are released in a sustained fashion. These collars typically last for about 30 days. They are usually plastic collars that can easily be adjusted to fit your dog. The pheromones are in the plastic of the collar and your dog’s body heat helps release them.

Both kinds of calming collars have proven to be effective with dogs who have stress and anxiety issues. Your dog simply wears the calming collar like an ordinary collar, especially when he might be facing a situation that would make him nervous. You should remove the collar before giving your dog a bath. Manufacturers usually suggest that you should not use these collars if your dog has skin lesions or irritated skin. The collars are non-toxic and your dog won’t be harmed if he chews on them though, of course, you should discourage any collar chewing.

Other therapies
If you have a dog who is afraid of thunder, fireworks, or who has other problems with stress and anxiety, calming collars are a good way to help reduce your dog’s initial stress. However, they are not a permanent solution. They don’t solve your dog’s problem. But they are a great way to help your dog stay calmer and feel better. This often makes it easier to work on a long-term solution to your dog’s issues. Calming collars are even good for working with dogs who have problems with separation anxiety. Once a dog begins to calm down and feel less fearful, it is much easier to work on some behavior modification solutions

Dogs are truly man’s best friend. They greet us each day with wagging tails and slobbery tongues, hoping for a walk or game of fetch. They love snuggling up on the sofa and they may even bring your shoes over when they want to go outside. Dogs are loving and affectionate creatures, so it is important that we reciprocate. Thankfully, dogs aren’t like humans in the sense that they hold grudges or talk behind your back; making dogs happy is actually quite simple. Here are some ways you can boost your reputation with your own dog and canines the world over.

Wear a Treat Utility Belt

If there’s one thing we know about dogs, it’s that they love to eat. Anytime, anywhere, they’re always ready to chow down. If you’re familiar with the DC Comics superhero Batman, you know he has a utility belt filled with gadgets to help him fight crime, such as the Batarang and grappling hooks. Like Batman, you should have your own utility belt to help you fight hunger for doggies. If you’re on a walk, have a couple for your dog(s), but also be ready to give some to dogs you meet along the way – you’ll make a new friend for life!

Know Your Dog Breeds

You don’t need to be an expert on every dog in the world, but it doesn’t hurt to know some basic breed facts. For example, if certain dogs tend to be more aggressive toward strangers, you know not to approach them if it’s the first time you’re meeting, or to make any abrupt movements that may alarm them. If you know that certain dogs need a lot of exercise, make sure they get it. Think of how much you appreciate when someone knows you and all of your preferences – it means a lot to you and you value that individual. Dogs feel the same way when you comprehend and acknowledge their needs.

Set Aside Snuggle Time

Dogs love to cuddle! Don’t deprive your buddy of one-on-one love and affection. You can’t realistically do this all the time because you have your family, work, social life, etc., but you should always make time for belly rubs and ear scratches.

Walk Frequently

This is a given, but it’s worth mentioning. Dogs need exercise just like humans do. Develop a schedule and stick to it so your dog gets to release energy and has something to look forward to.

Be Spontaneous

Instead of your normal evening walk, head to the dog park. If you have a greenbelt nearby, walk there instead of the usual neighborhood route. Head for the hills and have a picnic on your day off. There are a million different things you can do – make it fun! You don’t want to do the same things over and over and over again, and neither does your dog.

Now that you know how to treat your canine companions, go and do! If you continue to nurture your relationship, you’ll create a strong bond and many lasting memories.

Ron Rutherford loves dogs, fresh peach pie, and a rousing game of pinnacle. He writes for Havahart Wireless, manufacturers of invisible electric fencing for dogs.