Common Dog Training Problems

Dogs, the most loyal and obedient creatures on the planet!

We often see such beautiful relations between a dog and his master that are seldom experienced. One can take his/her dog as the closest one if maintained that string of attachment.

But many a times the dog keepers have to go through a lot of problems while training or keeping their dogs.

These loyal, loving pets not only show tantrums in their training days, but also while their up keeping.

There also comes a time when the owners of the dogs are not able to keep these lively creatures in the correct way which leads to their disowning. And then starts the deterioration of these pets.

So it is a humble request to all the readers for never abandoning their pets because of any such reason which has no base.

This article is purely about how you can tackle with the problems that you face while training your dogs and how you can overcome them.

To train and teach a dog is a tough job, especially when you don’t hire a trainer and do it by your own. The very first issue that you’ll have to tackle with, is understanding your dog’s mood. Dogs are very moody yet easy to deal with if properly taken care of. Hence, it is very essential to know your pet’s nature before you start training them. To understand your dog well you should spend some quality time with them, play quite often with them. This will bring you two closer and this loyal animal will start trusting you. Also, when you understand it’s mood, you’ll find it easier to feed them. Many a times, as seen and observed they refuse to eat even if given the best food because at that point of time, either they require something else or try to convey that they are full (or likewise).

Secondly, one should avoid chaining the dogs regularly if you want to train them properly. Chaining leads to development of stubborn behavior in them which will later be a problem for you when you train them. Instead, leave your dogs open which will make them more comfortable and they will develop a trust over their masters and will always obey them for getting to chained whenever it will really be required.

Thirdly, the very basic training for the dogs is to make them learn where to litter. In the beginning, dogs don’t know the place and time when they have to litter and so they end up dirtying any place that they get. Owners should fix the time of feeding for them and also purposely take their dogs out for walks so that they know and understand at what time they are going for littering. By doing so, the owners can also stay at peace for zero dirtiness from the side of their happy four legged.

It’s very important for the owner to keep their pets timely vaccinated. This will ensure the safety of both, dogs and the people who see it. A healthy dog survives more and is acting and wanted by all. Therefore, it will get easier for other people too, to help the owner with the training of the dog.

Lastly, I have seen people treating dogs in a way where they learn to sleep and sit and wander around the same couches and beds which their owners use. To an extent that is a very unacceptable part of the training as people who will come to visit you may/ may not like this and eventually they may/ may not avoid seeing you. The basic logic behind it is, even if you keep your dog very clean and tidy, their fur will fall here and there and that can lead to serious infections and spreading of viruses in your house. Pampering your dog doesn’t mean to let them sit and sleep in the place as same as you. Instead, if possible you can give them their own space and definitely pamper as much as you want to but in a way where people visiting you are also comfortable.

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Top 10 Common Dog Health Problems (and Solutions)

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What Is Dog Separatuion Anxiety and How to Reduce It

This problem is seen quite often in shelter dogs. I am dealing with this issue as a dog that I just adopted from a shelter has separation anxiety. If the problem is not treated or worked on it can lead to more stressful problems. This problem is not seen in every dog.

Some of the signs to look for are:

Some dogs has more extreme case of separation anxiety and be more destructive than others.

Destructive like chewing on shoes or furniture, scratching, digging or going to the bathroom on the floors.

Barking, whining, howling.

Depression, lack of appetite, trouble breathing.

Following you from room to room.

The dog starts running in circles as you are getting ready to leave.

Some dogs may attempt to escape from the house to look for you.

Here are some tips to reduce the separation anxiety in your dog.

For a shelter dog that has been adopted is to have patience. The dog will learn new commands better to help combat the issue if he feels that the new home is safe, secure environment. Need to bond with your dog like playing and going on walks. This will help to use up his energy and be ready to relax alone. Create a quiet safe space for the dog only. Over time your dog will learn that he will be safe in that space while you are gone.

Next is to keep departure and arrival low key. This may be hard at first. For departing try not to pay attention to the dog for 10 to 15 minutes before leaving the house. After arriving home ignore the dog for a few minutes, than acknowledge him with some calming petting or hugs.

Offer some more comforting things for the dog by leaving a piece of clothing that will have your scent on it. This will help relax and some sense of familiarity because of your scent. Also don’t forget to leave his favorite toys and treats. Buy some treat games to him busy and the brain mentally stimulating while you are gone.

You could introduce a safety cue to be used such as “that you will be right back” for every time you leave the house. Start small by using the safety cue when you are going outside with the trash. Most of the time you are only gone a few minutes. Than keep building up the time you are away.

At first practice your departure routine by gathering your things that you take every day with you and sit down. Repeat this routine till your dog show no signs of distress. This way you are establishing a routine. Most dogs love having a daily routine with it master.

Don’t be cruel to your dog by yelling or ignoring him. This may cause the problem to get worse. Try to calm him down with relaxing petting and talking softy to him in a low tone.

The best piece of advice is to be patient, consistent and persisted in the technique you are using.

Separation anxiety is not a result of lack of training or disobedience but it’s a panic response.

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Rescue Of Starving Injured Dog Who Jumped Into My Arms

Rescue of a homeless dog with a broken leg – Howl Of A Dog Rescue Video www.HowlOfADog.org We were driving back home from the veterinary clinic when we spotted an injured dog limping on side of the road. We pulled over and rushed toward him, trying to stop him from going any further into the thick bushes. He was so desperate and the moment he saw us he seemed to have instantly realized we’re there to help him. We took him to the clinic to be examined and have an X-ray performed, but the results received were not good: he had a double fracture – the two bones of his front leg were broken and needed repair surgery. The vet estimated the fracture was at least one week old. Vlad was also severely emaciated, we can only imagine how hard it was for him to survive for so many days without food and with that painful broken leg. He was so hungry when we found him that he desperately grabbed a box of tissues we had in the car and tried to eat them.
He underwent repair surgery and the fractured bones were fixed with metal plates and screws. The procedure was a complicated one, but everything went well and Vlad made a beautiful recovery. Vlad is a young dog, approx. 2 years old, he’s neutered, microchipped and fully vaccinated. He’s full of joy and finds so much fun in everything he does. He really loves life and longs to find a home where he can live happy and smile for the rest of his life. He is in our care in Romania but can also travel abroad to the USA, Canada and Europe. So if you have a loving home for him please check our adoption procedure here: www.howlofadog.org/adoption-procedure/ and email us at contact@howlofadog.org . Thank you!

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Rescue of scared homeless dog, heartbroken and sad, living on the cold streets. This sweet old dog was found roaming near a railroad station. It was too risky to attempt a rescue there, we were worried that he could run and get hit by a passing train, so we followed him, trying to redirect him towards a safer place. It was quite a marathon as he ran away each time we approached him. But he eventually understood we are only trying to help him, or maybe the smell of the yummy treats finally reached his nose. He was limping and we also noticed a scar near his left eye so we took him straight to the veterinary clinic. When we scanned him for a microchip we discovered that he had an owner! We hoped a happy dog-owner reunion would follow, but when we contacted the registered owner he told us he does not want the dog back and asked us to take him. Apparently, Bobi (this is the name given by his owner) ran away from home and traveled quite a long distance, being found approximately 10 miles away from his home. We’ll never know why he left home and why he wasn’t wanted anymore, but we do not want to judge anyone, we’re just thankful that we were able to save him.
Bobi is 9 years old, medium sized, approximately 18 kg (39 lbs), fully vaccinated, microchipped, neutered. His vision is completely lost in the left eye, an old scar located near the eye indicates that he had been injured there, possibly hit, so that’s how he lost his sight in that eye. But the good news is that vision in the right eye is not affected and he sees well with it.
He’s very gentle, loving and obedient and he is still playful and curious. It’s like he’s living now the puppyhood he missed.
Bobi is an old dog in his golden years and he needs a caring adoptive family to offer him a home, a FOREVER home this time, where he can spend his remaining years happy and loved. He is in Howl Of A Dog’s care in Romania, but please note that we also allow international adoptions and he can travel to the USA, Canada or Europe.
To adopt Bobi please check our adoption procedure here: www.howlofadog.org/adoption-procedure. Thank you!

*UPDATE: Bobi was adopted !!! After a journey of over 4600 miles from Romania to the US, our brave Bobi arrived at his new home in Delaware, United States and is now finally living the happy life he so much deserves. Thank you very much everyone for watching and sharing Bobi’s rescue video and for sending him so many good thoughts and best wishes! Here is a short video of Bobi’s first week at his forever home: www.facebook.com/HowlOfADog/videos/1035379513267172 . More updates are available on our website: www.howlofadog.org/bobi-adopted-in-the-united-states/ .

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Social Benefits of Summer Dog Walks

Walking your dog at the beach this summer provides multiple psychosocial benefits for their development, regardless of your dog’s age.The beach is a popular place to walk your fuzzy buddy when the weather is nice. Often populated with many sights, sounds, and smells your dog gets to experience a new, ever-changing environment. Busy, active social environments varies routine predictability, and makes their life exciting! Sand and water exploration provides so much neuron development (brain cells). The exploration provides your canine with the ability to experience different textures and sensations, stimulating neurons they may not excite on a daily basis. Dogs love learning about their environment! Exploring new environments together is exciting for your dog and also prevents territorial aggression that can form with strict routines.

Walking your fuzzy buddy at the park provides more sights, sounds and smells than at any other time, when the weather is nice. Objects, such as park benches, can be used for casual agility play, exciting your dog’s natural interest to “work”, and impresses you. Socialization in active environments enhances your canine’s social development, allowing them to cope better with fast-paced, constantly changing surroundings.

Taking your fuzzy buddy to the dog park provides them with the unique opportunity to explore different types of sounds and smells specific to other animals, excellent for canine to canine socialization. The dog park allows dogs the opportunity to go back to their non-domesticated roots, intermittently, and rejoin the animal hierarchy and animal way of socialization in a true “pack” nature. Although this animal “pack” socialization can be helpful, it can also turn for worse if one dog suddenly becomes too aggressive, usually for reasons humans cannot easily understand on initial observation. However, freedom off leash provides your fuzzy buddy with a different set of social standards than being on leash, so off leash dog play gives canines the chance to be less inhibited with humans and other animals. Having your dog experience a balance between dog to dog socialization and human to dog socialization is an important piece for healthy dog development.

In this article, I discuss three popular summer dog walk areas; the beach, the park and the dog park. Each area provides similar and unique ways that your fuzzy buddy will socialize with you, and other people, as well as other dogs. We recognized that there are basically two types of socialization that is beneficial for your fuzzy buddy, human to human interaction and canine to canine interaction. Canine to canine play lets your dog be less inhibited and reform to the “pack” mentality which is very enjoyable for them. Where ever you walk your fuzzy buddy in summer, take your time and have fun! When you are enjoying yourself – your dog is too. Take time to explore together and make a point to add adventure once in a while. You and your dog have a unique bond.

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Dog Training: Housebreaking in 3 Simple Steps – Thriving Canine

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Banfield Pet Hospital – Cat and Dog Nutrition

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Introducing a New Dog to a Resident Dog

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Bringing home a new dog or puppy can be an exciting and fun time. There’s no doubt your current dog is already considered a member of your family, so you expect nothing less for your new arrival. It’s important to remember, however, that dogs are pack animals and have a very different mentality than humans do. We can easily welcome a new human family member or friend into our homes, but dogs can become territorial or even nervous about such a situation.

The Anatomy of a Pack

Because dogs are pack animals, ranks must be established. In the wild, dogs can roam in packs as large as 15. Each pack must have a leader. They are in charge of protecting the pack and controlling the resources. How do dog packs establish a leader? In the wild, dogs will typically fight for the position. The leader is the “alpha” male or female and second in line is the “beta” male or female. The most submissive members are called the omega. The alpha male or female gets to eat first, gets first pick of mates and claims the best resting areas. Each time a new member is introduced into the pack, ranks have to be re-established. This is why so many dog fights occur when a new dog or puppy is introduced to a resident dog and why it is so important to have a strong human pack leader.

Introducing Your New Dog to Your Current Pet

Introducing your new dog to your current dog can be a potentially dangerous situation if not handled properly. You cannot expect, or assume, things will just be hunky-dory between him or her and your current dog. Many people believe that you have to just let the dogs work things out amongst themselves. Sure this works sometimes, but when it goes bad – it can go really bad. Recruit a friend or family member to help you with the introduction and try the following technique to get the two pups acquainted.

Start in Unfamiliar Territory. The initial meeting should take place outside of the home and in an unfamiliar area. Parks are great for this because there are so many distractions and smells. The dogs can also roam around if they would rather not be near each other. The idea here is to avoid the resident dog becoming territorial. A puppy will usually take a submissive position, such as laying on their back or rolling over. This allows the adult dog to investigate the pup and see what he or she is all about. Two adult dogs may act a bit differently. Let the two sniff each other and pay close attention to their body language. Try not to let them stare at or sniff each other for too long, as this could escalate into a fight. After a short introduction, grab the attention of each dog and give them a simple command (“sit” or “stay”). Once the command is obeyed, give them a treat.

Walk Together. If the initial introduction goes well, try walking together. Be mindful of their behavior and only allow them to sniff each other in intervals. Make sure your tone of voice is positive and you continue to use the command/reward system.

Keep an Eye on Body Postures. We cannot directly speak with our dogs, so knowing what their body language is indicating is very important. In a lot of ways, it is the only way we can know what our dogs are thinking or what their mindset is. If your resident dog engages in a play bow, this is a great sign. He or she is inviting the new pooch to play. If the new dog carries out this behavior, keep an eye on how the resident pet reacts. Watch out for any warning signs of aggression. This includes hair standing on end, teeth showing, growling, or staring. If you notice any of these signs, separate the two, get the attention of each dog and steer their interest in another direction. Give them a simple command and reward them for following that command. Continue to introduce them to each other in brief intervals until those aggressive signs cease.

Bring the Dogs Home. If the introduction goes well, you may bring the dogs home. Always, always supervise their behavior. If you notice any signs of aggression, separate the two. You can place one in a crate and another in a separate room, if need be. Be sure to keep the same routine that you had before the new dog came home. This means keeping the same mealtimes, walk times, etc.

If you are having trouble getting your new dog acquainted with your resident dog, it may be best to seek the advice of a professional. They are experienced in this area and can help resolve any issues you are experiencing.

Whenever introducing a dog, it is important to have patience. Dogs are pack animals and need proper training to behave correctly. There are many dog training tips [http://www.dog-trainingtips.info] on my blog that discuss various hurdles owners have when they begin their training. There are even some dog tricks [http://www.dog-trainingtips.info/post/2012/02/some-seriously-cool-dog-tricks] that you might want to teach your pooch.

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