Don’t Let Thieves Steal Your Dog

Don't Let Thieves Steal Your Dog

Dog theft has become an increasingly serious problem worldwide. In the UK the RSPCA estimates the number of dog thefts annually at 5000. There are no reliable figures for dog thefts in the USA, but it is known that the figures there are also rising. The message is clear "don't let thieves steal your dog"

Dog stealing is quaintly called dognapping in some publications. Somehow this makes it sound less serious. But if your dog is taken, whether it is an expensive pedigree or a family pet which originally came from an animal shelter, the loss to you and your family can be devastating. So let's call it what is really is - theft.

A recent article on the "Your Dog" blog describes the way dog stealing gangs work and discusses some of the things you can do to keep your dog safe from thieves.​

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Choose Healthy Dog Treats Which Don’t Harm Their Teeth

Choose Treats Which Don't Harm Your Dog's Teeth

It is nice to give your dog a treat when you are having a treat yourself or simply to reward good behavior. Choosing healthy dog treats is just another way to contribute to our dogs overall health and well being. By giving our dogs raw bones or vegetables we know exactly what he is getting. When we choose processed or manufactured treats we are not so sure.

By making the treats yourself you can cater to your dog's taste preferences while avoiding any food additives at the same time.

Don't forget, dog treats are often given as a reward so they should be something special. Making them yourself is a way of ensuring they are just that. They might also save you some money.

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Clicker Training For Dogs – Positive Reinforcement On Steroids

Clicker Training For Dogs

One of the most common and successful techniques for training animals is positive reinforcement. The basis of the technique is to reward and encourage desired behavior. However, one of the problems with this is getting the timing exactly right. The reward has to  given immediately after the desired action has been performed. So if, for example, the animal performs the action and then sneezes and then gets his treat or reward it will not know what the treat is for. It could be either the desired action or the sneeze. This is where clicker training for dogs is useful.

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Dog Paw Care – Tips To Keep Your Dog’s Paws In Top Condition

Dog Paw Care

We all enjoy walking with our pet dogs. Regular dog paw care will ensure your pet derives maximum benefit and enjoyment from his outings it is essential that you take care of his paws. The pads on the bottom of the paws provide extra cushioning when walking or running.

There are things you can do to help keep your pet’s paws is prime condition.

1. Check the length of the claws regularly. When the dog is walking the claws should only just touch the ground. You shouldn’t be able to hear them click. A pair of clippers is fairly inexpensive and trimming the claws is not too difficult. You may want to ask your groomer of veterinarian for some advice in this area.

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Why Are Some People Afraid Of Dogs? Some Causes And Possible Cures.

Why Are Some People Afraid Of Dogs?

Although fear of dogs is less common than fear of snakes or spiders, it is still quite a common phobia. In extreme cases an anxiety attack can be provoked by even the anticipation of meeting a dog.

Fear of dogs is known as cynophobia and most commonly develops between the ages of ten and thirteen. It can be a learned behavior where the sufferer has been taught to be afraid of dogs, often by another person with the same condition. In some cases a sufferer may have had a bad experience with a dog or even witnessed an event where another person has been attacked by a dog.

The person has probably not spent a lot of time around dogs when growing up. People who do grow up with dogs rarely develop an irrational fear of them.

There is a point of view that humans have evolved to have a fear of dogs dating from a time when dogs were seen as a predator and something to be avoided.

People can be cured of their fear of dogs. Part of the cure often involves learning that dogs often bark but rarely bite.

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Learn To Use Positive Reinforcement to Train Your Dog

Learn To Use Positive Reinforcement to Train Your Dog

Positive reinforcement is simply a system of giving your dog a reward when it does what you want it to. So, if you would like to be the owner of a well trained obedient pet, use positive reinforcement to train your dog.

The reward can take the form of a treat or simply praise. In the long term it is probably better to stop using treats and focus on praise. One of the most difficult aspects of training your dog with positive reinforcement is letting him know why he is receiving the reward. The reward must be given within seconds of the dog performing the action required. If you wait longer than this, the dog becomes confused about what he is doing right. For this reason some trainers use a clicker. With this method the dog performs an action, immediately hears the clicker and then receives a reward. He begins to associate the clicker with the reward. He is never confused about which action has earned the reward.

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Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe

Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe

We all like to take our dog to as many places as possible. As you take him or her on these excursions you should learn a few simple tips to keep your dog safe.

Some of these things may seem obvious, like keeping your dog on a leash in public places or making sure your dog has basic obedience training so that it will come when called. But there are also more subtle dangers that your dog faces. Such as toys that are in bad repair or dangerous chewable objects left around the yard.

In summer, there are even more things to think about. This is the time of year when mosquitoes.ticks, or other parasites which cause problems for your dog increase their populations. Dogs’ paws can get damaged by hot road surfaces. Many dogs are left in hot cars to suffer. You need to be constantly alert.

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How To Recognize Arthritis in Dogs – Symptoms To Watch Out For

How To Recognize Arthritis in Dogs

Arthritis in dogs is commonly thought to affect older animals. However, it is sometimes found in younger dogs too. It is caused by a thinning or deterioration of the cartilage in the joints. Unfortunately, the condition cannot be reversed. Arthritis causes pain and this pain needs to be managed. Dogs can't tell us when they're are suffering so we need to watch out for other symptoms, These can include reluctance to move, stiffness, swollen joints or lethargy. Dogs affected by arthritis are usually slower to get up in the mornings, they show less interest in exercise and tend to sleep more than they did before. This additional time spent asleep can lead to weight gain.

It seems that no particular breeds of dog have a predisposition to arthritis. However some larger breeds which have a predisposition to hip dysplasia and some other conditions can sometimes develop arthritis as a result of having these conditions. Working dogs, which generally do much more exercise than the average dog in the course of their lifetime and also overweight dogs are more prone to arthritis than others.

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How To Stop Your Dog Eating Cat Poop

How To Stop Your Dog Eating Cat Poop

In the wild dogs are scavengers. Many of them are still happy to search around and eat anything they can find. To these dogs, cat litter trays are an inexhaustible supply of treats. Generally speaking eating cat droppings is not dangerous for dogs. But, let's face it, it looks totally disgusting. The problem is how to stop your dog eating cat poop.

Unfortunately, this can be quite a hard habit to break. The easiest way is to put the litter box in a place where the dog can't get it but it is still accessible to the cat. This can mean putting it in a room such as a mud room or laundry which has a cat door too small for the dog to get through. If you have a small dog this solution may not work. In which case, you may have to put the box somewhere where the cat can jump up to it but the dog can't.

In some cases, the dog is eating the cat faeces because something is lacking in it's own diet. It may be worth discussing this with your vet or you could just try changing the food for a couple of weeks to see if the dog loses interest.

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