Best Puppy Tips: How Do Dogs Communicate With Humans?

Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr

Best puppy tips: how do dogs communicate with humans? This is a subject that is most definitely misunderstood, and, believe it or not, your dog does not speak English, or any other human language for that matter. Surprised? Well, the fact is that dogs speak their own language, and although they learn commands and respond to them, this does not mean that they understand what the actual word means.

Best Puppy Tips: How Do Dogs Communicate With Humans?

Best Puppy Tips: How Do Dogs Communicate With Humans?

In other words, you could teach your dog to sit, by saying the word “stand” as he sits, and rewarding him for sitting by a treat and encouragement. The dog will then understand that if he sits when you say “stand” he will be rewarded, and he will know that this makes you happy—which is what he wants to do for you, i.e. to please you.

Therefore, using the above example, he thinks that “stand” means “sit” due to the fact that he is simply responding to the action you have taught him even through the command “stand,” which obviously (in English) does not mean to “sit.” Do dogs speak English? No!

Here’s an interesting article on dog communication skills:

Best Puppy Tips: How Do Dogs Communicate With Humans?

In a study put out by Friederike Range and colleagues at the University of Vienna in Austria and Paul Morris at the University of Portsmouth, they suggest dogs have a complex range of simple unpleasant emotions such as jealousy and pride, giving them a sense of fairness that has never been discovered before.

While dogs do possess emotions, they are not as complex as a human’s. Dogs do, however, feel the emotions coming from humans. They feel our emotions as energy radiating from our bodies. The dog knows if you are sad, nervous, stressed, happy, calm, strong-minded, confident, passive, anxious, hyper, meek, etc. However, what we all need to understand is, a dog does not read negative energy coming from a human in the true meaning of the emotion. The dog simply reads negative energy as weakness and react accordingly.

It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in their pack. When we humans live with dogs, we become their pack. The entire pack cooperates under a single leader. Lines are clearly defined and rules are set. Because a dog communicates displeasure with growling and eventually biting, all other humans MUST be higher up in the order than the dog; the humans must be the ones making the decisions, not the dogs. That is the only way your relationship with your dog can be a complete success. (Source of article)

It’s obvious that pets are sensitive to their owners in many ways, and any pet owner would tell you that to be true. They know when we are discouraged or feeling blue, and they sense danger, or have an innate sense of duty to be there for you as part of their role in life—and this is how dogs feel about us that gives them that unconditional ability to love us.

Best Puppy Tips: How Do Dogs Communicate With Humans? (Video)

Another study offers some thought-provoking findings:

University of Otago (New Zealand) research:

“We’re interested in whether dogs are empathic or understand human emotional expressions.”

“What this study is trying to do is figure out whether or not they’re good at picking up on human emotions as well.”

The research results could have other benefits.

Dogs are used in a number of special settings, like hospices, working with the blind and in at least one case, to help a young girl diagnosed as a selective mute, to find her voice.

Ruffman says the research may help in finding which breed of dog is most responsive to human emotion and which could then be used in nursing and old age homes.

“If there are dogs that are more responsive to humans and understand humans better, I think those breeds would be very well suited.” (Source of article)

Best puppy tips: how do dogs communicate with humans? Body language is hugely important to dogs and your energy whether positive or negative will be communicated to your pet. Therefore, just as we should be careful of our state of mind and “vibe” around our kids, we should also be mindful how we act around our pets. Our influence is very powerful as our dogs are looking to us for clues and guidance, and if it’s positive and kind then that will have an influence on the dogs interpretation of your movements, tone of voice and overall body language. There are various dog calming signals that you can use to communicate with your dog, but that’s another subject altogether and I’ll be writing about that in an upcoming article.

Turid Rugaas, internationally respected dog expert has a book that explains how you too can communicate effectively with your dog. Click the link below to see the reviews and feedback.

 

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Top 7 Tips on How to Approach and Greet a New Dog for the 1st Time (Video)

Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr

Here are 7 tips on how to approach and greet a new dog for the 1st time, and these pointers should be taught to people who are not familiar with dogs, and especially to children. A lot of people makes basic mistakes in interpreting a dog’s body language, and often approach the dog in a fashion that is threatening to the dog.

Top 7 Tips on How to Approach and Greet a New Dog for the 1st Time

Top 7 Tips on How to Approach and Greet a New Dog for the 1st Time

It’s important to be aware of these simple rules to make meeting a dog a pleasant experience.

The following video runs through the fundamentals that are easy to learn, and give you and your friends or children an opportunity to be aware of what to expect, and how to make this 1st approach with confidence.

It’s all about making smooth and confident moves and reading the situation with common sense and a few guidelines from the experts.

Top 7 Tips on How to Approach and Greet a New Dog for the 1st Time (Video)

  1. Ask the owner of the dog “Is your dog friendly?”
  2. Don’t reach over the top of the dog with your hand and body. A dog interprets this as dominating and threatening. Reach below the dogs head to the shoulder or chest area and gently pat.
  3. Don’t put your fist or hand in the dog’s face. Due to an incredible sense of smell, the dog has already summed you up from your scent from a distance.
  4. Look at the dog’s body language. If the tail is wagging, and body posture is relaxed, this indicates that the dog is happy and not feeling threatened or uncomfortable with you.
  5. At that point, you can get down on his level and let him approach you.
  6. Don’t walk at the dog making eye contact and quick movements. This can be intimidating and overbearing for the dog.
  7. If you feel uncomfortable, or the owner isn’t quite sure how the dog is going to react, it’s best to keep your distance. Fear can result in a negative response from the dog, and will be unsettling for all involved.

The 7 tips on how to approach and greet a new dog for the 1st time video is an overview to help educate and take the mystery and misconceptions out of meeting a new dog. The whole idea is to be relaxed, calm and assertive, but not threatening or intimidating. Again, the best advice is to remember “when in doubt, don’t.” In other words, if you’re uncertain, just be patient and wait with distance between you and the dog, or even simply ignore the dog, and he too will appreciate the non-confrontational experience.

 

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Introducing Cat to Dog Tips: Best Puppy Advice (Video)

Written by Contributing Editor Beverly Philips

If you’re looking for introducing cat to dog tips: best puppy advice, then this video is going to run you through some helpful hints on how to go about it. There are several things to keep in mind when bringing a cat into your home where there’s a dog, and one of the first things is to try to look for an opportunity to introduce the cat to your dog prior to bringing him/her home. If there’s an adverse reaction from the get-go, chances are you may have a challenge on your hands.

Dog experts recommend taking it slowly, and probably the best thing to remember if your dog has not had much contact with cats, it’s going to be his natural reaction to respond in a way that may alarm you, but bear in mind that your dog will do what comes natural, and that may be to bark, bristle or show some form of aggression.

As with all dog training tips, it takes patience, persistence, and leadership to help your pets adjust to any sort of change.

Introducing Cat to Dog Tips: Best Puppy Advice (Video)

My experience has been varied depending on the breed of dog, and the temperament of the different dogs I’ve had over the years. For example, I trained my Lab using the command “no chase”, and the dog understood this very well. However, once in a while, especially if he was alone in the yard with the cat, and without supervision, he would give a little chase. That said, he did know it was wrong, and he’d always look over his shoulder, and would put his head down if he heard me call out “no chase” from inside the house. This Introducing cat to dog tips: best puppy advice video has some great ideas on how to set things up for success, and how to avoid failure from the very beginning.

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Best Free House Training Puppy Tips (Video)

Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr

Some of the most efficient and effective ways to potty train your pooch are shown here in this best free house training puppy tips video. My advice to dog owners in the early stages of puppy training is to realize that the little creature in your care is freshly taken from his mother, and is feeling insecure and generally confused with life.

However, if you provide an instant loving connection with your pet, he/she will begin bonding with you as he did with his/her mother. In fact, you will now play the role as pack leader and “mother” to your puppy. This is where your pet will find both security and a sense of belonging–which is critical to a dog’s very nature.

Best Free House Training Puppy Tips Video

Following the steps in this best free house training puppy tips video will render success in one of the most important processes in the life of your puppy. These habits will be foundational milestones that will help your pet to learn the house rules and expectations from an early age, and this sort of progress and education is not only useful to you as the householder, but is very stimulating and rewarding for your puppy as he learns to please you–which is his desire and purpose in life.

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5 Best Puppy Natural Immune System Boosters for Dogs

Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr

Just as we need to support our immune system with a balanced diet, exercise and living a stress-free lifestyle, our pets require much the same environment and input. The following 5 best puppy natural immune system boosters for dogs provide that balance. We all want what’s best for our pets, and giving them the opportunity to live a long and healthy life should be paramount.

Animals that live in the wild are active, eat fresh, and, for the most part, are not exposed to artificial foods, additives and chemicals that are often present in commercially available foods for both humans and dogs.

5 Best Puppy Natural Immune System Boosters for Dogs

5 Best Puppy Natural Immune System Boosters for Dogs

5 Best Puppy Natural Immune System Boosters for Dogs

Check this list to be sure you are providing all of the following components for a healthy life for your puppy:

The immune system is a defense against disease. The immune system can identify harmful substances like bacteria and viruses and destroy them before they have the chances to cause disease. A healthy immune system can prevent any disease – even cancer – when it is working properly.

Unfortunately immune systems can fail. Two of the common failures of a dog’s immune system are autoimmune disease and immunodeficiency.

Autoimmune disease is where the immune system turn against it’s host. It fails to recognize outside dangers from the body’s own cells. This can lead to autoimmune diseases such as arthritis in dogs.

Immunodeficiency is a inefficient immune system which fails to act when attacked by viruses or other threats. If your dog is falling prey to different diseases, chances are his immune system needs a boost!

How to keep your dog’s immune system healthy

There are steps we can take on a regular basis to make sure our dogs immune system is up to scratch. Most of these are common sense.

  1. Make sure your dog always has a clean supply of drinking water available.
  2. Let him have as much exercise as possible.
  3. Ensure his diet is as good as possible. Include a good supply of raw foods.
  4. Make sure his environment is healthy. If he is inside, make sure he (and you!) is not exposed to too much pesticide. Outside the same goes for weed killers.
  5. Give him herbs to boost his immune system. Echinacea and Astragalus for immunity and Dandelion and Mild Thistle for cleansing the liver. These are also available in C-cap capsules. (Source)

The 5 best puppy natural immune system boosters for dogs are actually quite basic in nature, and if you are not sure if your dog is getting all that he/she needs to make up this balance, there are products available to help provide these requirements. C-cap capsules help prevent dog diseases such as cancer and arthritis. The best and most important ingredient in your dog’s life is going to be you and your loving care. This alone provides a great deal of security and balance to your puppy, as you represent a pack leader—which is vital and a very natural basic need for your pet. It’s the little things in addition to that that also contribute to the well-being and long-life of your family dog. Pet Alive C-cap capsules are an antioxidant for your pet, and are easy to incorporate within meals.

 

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Best Puppy Tips: Top 10 Plants Poisonous to Pets

Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr

Best puppy tips: top 10 plants poisonous to pets may come as a surprise to a lot of people, and these plants are quite common in gardens across the country. The effects of these plants can be serious, and some have resulted in the loss of pets. Realizing that many homes feature these plants and some are very popular worldwide, I felt compelled to share these details as it would be important to be aware of these dangers.

I’m not suggesting that you should panic and run to your garden with a shovel and dig up any plant on this list, but it sure helps to have the knowledge of the consequences if your pet happens to come into contact with one of them.

Golden Retriever. Best Puppy Tips: Top 10 Plants Poisonous to Pets

Golden Retriever. Best Puppy Tips: Top 10 Plants Poisonous to Pets

One practical step may be to be sure that your dog’s food bowl is nowhere near a plant that may shed its petals or foliage. Dogs are not as sensitive as cats when it comes to eating, and will just scarf down whatever is in the bowl.

Use common sense and if you’d rather be fully protected from harmful plants that may cause sickness (or worse) to your pets, perhaps a review of what you have planted in your garden is in order.

Best Puppy Tips: Top 10 Plants Poisonous to Pets

Autumn Crocus

1. Autumn Crocus

Azalea

2. Azalea

cyclamen

3. Cyclamen

Daffodils

4. Daffodils

Dieffenbachia

5. Dieffenbachia

Kalanchoe

6. Kalanchoe

Lilies

7. Lilies

Oleander

8. Oleander

Sago Palm

9. Sago Palm

Tulips

10. Tulips

To give you an example of one of the above listed plants poisonous to pets, the Sago Palm, which I see in many gardens and parks in my area, the dangers of this plant to a dog are alarming.

A veterinarian Steven Garner said,

“Among things that can kill pets it ranks higher than snake bites, car injuries and rabies and is on par with distemper, parvo heart and kidney disease and cancer,” he said. “The seed pods are the most toxic and only have to be mouthed by a dog or picked up by a kid to cause toxicity. Children have been found poisoned from casual contact.”

“The toxin attacks and kills liver cells and shuts down the digestive and excretory system.”

“Some animals, usually small ones with large exposure doses present with fulminating liver disease, hemorrhage and shock within 24 hours of ingestion,” Garner said. “These animals are difficult, but not impossible to save.”

“I have seen hundreds of Sago poisonings in my practice history and the frequency seems to be increasing,” Garner said. Source

A comprehensive list of all toxic and non-toxic plants can be found here at the ASPCA.

Take these best puppy tips: top 10 plants poisonous to pets and make the right choices in your garden for your pet, and be mindful when taking your dog for walks to parks or forests where some of these plants may be growing wild. Sago palm is particularly nasty, and, if you are in the process of planning your garden, then it may be advisable to look over this list carefully when considering your plant choices. Or, if you already have some of these in your back yard, it just may be a good time to rethink to protect your pet from future harm.

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Best Puppy Holistic Dog Care Tips

Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr

Some of the best puppy holistic dog care tips are very simple. First of all, prevention is the best cure. If your dog is getting the right exercise regimen in order to keep him/her fit and stimulated by regular walks, runs and play, chances are that he/she will then be ready for a good healthy meal. If you are supplying your pet with a balanced and appropriate diet, then you are providing the best preventative medicine available for your puppy.

Best Puppy Holistic Dog Care Tips

Best Puppy Holistic Dog Care Tips

If you do not provide the exercise and diet that a dog needs and your animal becomes lazy, obese and inactive, then you have become a problem pet owner, and, frankly, you ought to be ashamed. Having said that, I feel better, but, even better yet, you can change and your pet can benefit from that change. Get off the couch and onto the street and down to the park, beach, river, field, farm, boardwalk, wherever it is that you have access and let your dog be a dog by running and playing as the energetic creature he/she was created to be.

Best Puppy Holistic Dog Care Tips

Health is more than the absence of disease. Health is a state of optimal well-being.” Optimal well-being is a concept of health that goes beyond the curing of illness to one of achieving wellness. Many of us have been brought up to believe that our health depends solely on the quality of the healthcare we receive. The truth is, your health is your responsibility. You are the only person who can make the lifestyle decisions that contribute to your well-being. You are the one who must take the steps to preserve your health and promote your wellness. Only you have the power to create wellness for yourself.

Elimination of the symptom is NOT the same as elimination of the disease. The fastest way to restore wellness is to stop putting into the body the things that have caused the physical problem to develop in the first place, and then give the body the nutrients it needs to repair and rebuild itself. The holistic approach treats the whole person, ignites the body’s internal healing force and stimulates the body’s natural abilities to heal itself. Ignite Your Body’s Internal Healing Force

Holistic dog health care is becoming a natural means for dog owners to ensure that their pets are as healthy as possible, living long, happy lives to the fullest. Perhaps the most important aspect for a dog’s health would be a unique blend of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to make sure the joints, organs, and digestive systems make work in harmony as well with the skin and coat being healthy. A diet of meat, vegetables, and whole grains without any processed foods or unnecessary fillers is usually recommended when following the holistic approach to dog care.

Using a variety of essential oils, plant extracts, herbs and flowering essences, people have treated numerous ailments and conditions over the past thousands of years. As of recently, these ancient healing practices have found their way into pet care and are now becoming increasingly popular as more and more dog owners are looking for safer, healthier, and less invasive alternatives to treating their pets.

Canine herbal remedies include calendula and chamomile for treating wounds, with chamomile used to give relief for respiratory complaints as well. To help your dog to recover from constipation or bowel disorders, you can try crushed flaxseed mixed with lot of water. For dry, itchy skin, oats are as soothing to a dog’s skin as they are to a human’s, and if your pup is having trouble sleeping, smelling some lavender may help them to relax and finally fall soundly asleep.

Be sure to do your homework before using any herbal concoctions on your dog. Some herbs and flowers can be harmful or even toxic to animals or people. Also, ask your veterinarian for their input and recommendations when it comes to holistic dog health and using all-natural remedies for their care.

Today there are an increasing number of veterinarians who are putting great stock in holistic dog health, making it a large part of their practice. A Vet who uses holistic dog strategies treats animals as a whole, rather than identifying a certain problem and prescribing one type of treatment to treat that specific injury or illness.

For instance, if your dog has suddenly come down with some sort of rash on his skin causing irritation, redness, itching, a possible infection, and some fur loss, a “regular” vet might send you away with an antibiotic to treat the skin infection as well as a topical ointment to deal with the itching.

A holistic veterinarian will place more emphasis on determining the cause of the rash as the source of the infection before prescribing those two remedies. With holistic care, the dog’s indoor and outdoor environment, his daily lifestyle, eating habits and nutritional intake are all taken into consideration before attempting to diagnose or treat the animal. Click here to visit the original source of this post

The best puppy holistic dog care tips are also of benefit to you, the dog owner. Regular exercise is much the same as providing a health care system that will keep your pet alive for much longer than one that has no exercise. For example, I was with a neighbor today who has a Corgi that looks like it is about to explode. This fat and inactive dog will soon die a painful death due to inactivity and poor diet. I know you love your dog, and I know you want to give it the very best attention you can provide. However, this does not include ice cream, beer, chocolate, candy, or no exercise.

A dog is a dog and can only eat what dogs are meant to eat. Additionally, dogs are created to run, jump, play, and exercise and without this in their life, you are creating a problem that will be both expensive (vet bills) and painful (watching a dog die prematurely). Be the best dog owner you can be by providing the best life you can offer which includes applying the very basics of best puppy holistic dog care tips. And, as stated in the beginning of this article, let that begin with regular exercise and a healthy diet.

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Best Puppy Top Tips and Treatments for Dog Bite Wounds

Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr

We’re often talking about what to do if you are bitten by a dog, but I’m going to address the issue of when your dog is bitten by another dog, or cat. One of the most typical aspects of owning a pet is caring for your animal. These best puppy top tips and treatments for dog bite wounds to help ensure that you have enough practical tips under your belt to deal with minor emergencies. The best puppy dog treatments for home care can be performed at without the help of your vet, as long as you follow some basic guidelines on what to do, and how to continue doing it to make sure the wound heals properly and without infection.

Of course, if the wound is serious and is beyond your ability to take care of, then it would be advisable to get medical attention as soon as possible. Veterinary services can be expensive, and you don’t necessarily have to run to the vet every time your dog sneezes, but if you are faced with a serious injury do not hesitate to avail yourself of professional help.

Trying to cope with a serious injury my lead to complications with dire consequences and long-term or fatal repercussions for your dog. It’s almost inevitable that your dog will encounter another dog that may end up in a fight, or biting each other, and this is something that, as a dog owner, you can be prepared for with some advice.

Best Puppy Top Tips and Treatments for Dog Bite Wounds

5 Top Tips and Treatments for Dog Bite Wounds

5 Top Tips and Treatments for Dog Bite Wounds

There are steps you can take if your dog is bitten that can dramatically decrease the risk of complications:

1. How to Control Dog Bleeding from Bite Wound

Control any bleeding by applying a clean towel or washcloth to the wound and apply firm pressure. Dog bites tend to bleed more than cat bites and it also depends where the bite wound is located. Wounds in the highly vascular ear and nose tend to bleed a lot while legs and trunk may not bleed much.

2. Have a Vet Evaluate Dog Bite Wound

Seek immediate veterinary attention to evaluate the wound. Your vet will look to see how deep it is, judge how much dead space is involved and make recommendations for treatment. Dead space is created when the skin is pulled away from the underlying subcutaneous tissue creating a pocket of air between the skin and the underlying tissue. If the space is large, bacteria tend to grow creating an abscess. Typically one of two things will happen, your vet will clean the wound and prescribe antibiotics or if the wound is deep it may need a surgical drain.

3. How to Clean a Superficial Dog Wound

If the wound is superficial, it is cleaned by applying a small amount of KY jelly into the wound and clipping the fur around the wound. Clipping the fur makes it easy to clean the wound and prevents bacteria on the fur from contaminating the wound. The KY jelly keeps the clipped hairs out of the wound and is simply wiped off with a washcloth after clipping. The wound is then thoroughly cleaned with a chlorhexidene or betadine solution.

4. Home care for Dog Wound

Home care involves cleaning the wound gently with hydrogen peroxide moistened gauze three or four times a day and then applying a small amount of a triple antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin to the wound. It is important to monitor the wound for the three signs of infection which are: excessive redness, swelling or purulent discharge. If you notice any signs of infection then a re-check with your veterinarian is needed.

 

With timely veterinary treatment and good nursing care at home most bite wounds will heal with little complications. (Full story here)

These best puppy top tips and treatments for dog bite wounds offer a general course of action to assist you in nursing an injured dog back to health. Practical and informed steps should always be measured by severity of the wound, and the best puppy care advice I could offer is to be sure that you have considered whether or not you can deal with it at home, or if it’s time to consult with your vet in order to get the best counsel and guidance in regards to the wound. This is a case of “when in doubt, do.” In other words, if you cannot ascertain the severity of a wound, then chances are you are not qualified enough to make the call, and it’s time to get moving and get the right advice.

 

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Dog Chewing Everything in Sight? Remedies and Reasons a Puppy Chews

Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr

Is your dog chewing everything in sight? Remedies and reasons a puppy chews. First of all, let’s be sure it’s understood that pups explore just about everything by chewing. One of the best ways to tone down that instant reaction from your little pooch is handling your dog as much as possible. The more human contact he has, the more he learns not to bite fingers, hands, etc. Your new puppy learns how hard he can bite from his mother. Prior to weaning, the mother often chastises her pups when they are being too rough with her nipples when feeding by a quick snap and growl. He also learns by playing with his siblings in play-fighting.

Dog Chewing Everything in Sight? Remedies and Reasons a Puppy Chews

Dog Chewing Everything in Sight? Remedies and Reasons a Puppy Chews

However, once the biting is curbed and he learns that it is not acceptable behavior, one of the next challenges is to stop him from chewing shoes, clothing or any chewable object left laying around.

Dog Chewing Everything in Sight? Remedies and Reasons a Puppy Chews

Puppies are born with the natural desire to investigate which often comes in the form of puppy chewing and digging. This can cause problems when your puppy “investigates” how your furniture can come apart, or digs up your garden. However, punishment is not always the best way to go when it comes to this misbehavior. You will find that reinforcing good behavior can be much more effective.

Puppy Chewing

First of all, when you first get a puppy you must provide him with plenty of chew toys. These will deter him away from the furniture, shoes, socks, flowers and all the other things you prefer him not to chew on. Provide him with a variety of toys to keep them interested and it may be beneficial to reward them when they chew on their toys. If chew toys don’t help, you can use commercial anti-chew sprays such as Fooey Training Spray to keep them away from your belongings.

Chewing is often a behavior associated with dog separation anxiety. You can lessen the problem by teaching your dog that you cannot provide him with attention 24/7. If your dog is constantly following you around, sleeping next to you in your bed… and destroying things when you’re not around, it may signal that you need to take action. Training him to sleep in his own bed or crate as well as exercising him and keeping him preoccupied before you leave may help him to feel more relaxed. It may also help to keep a TV or radio on while you are away. Easing into short departures and eventually longer departures will teach your dog that you will return and it’s ok to be alone for a while. Click here to visit the original source of this post

Dog chewing everything in sight? Remedies and reasons a puppy chews are actually similar to the remedies and reasons a human baby likes to chew everything. It’s all about discovery. However, your puppy needs to learn from the very beginning what is acceptable to chew and what is not. With new teeth growing at a rapid rate, teething problems can accelerate the desire to chew anything in sight. But one of the best ways to curb your puppy developing a bad habit of chewing shoes is to provide him with a better alternative. Dog chews are available and are made from animal hide and provide a great substitute to chewing anything else that you do not want him to chew. These are some basic guidelines, and I’ll be writing more on this topic so stay tuned.

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Spay or Neuter Benefits: Top 10 Behavior Facts and Reasons Why

Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr

The growing awareness of the spay or neuter benefits: top 10 behavior facts and reasons why to comply is helping pet owners come forward and take care of the needed procedure to bring about the reduction of homeless or unwanted animals in our communities.

This is an easy process, and the animal is doctored with care and the time spent recuperating is minimal, but comes with maximum benefits for everyone in the long run. There are budget sensitive programs made available and affordable surgeries have been set up in most states across the country. In fact, the ASPCA offer a mobile clinic which is often free or very lost cost.

I’m providing the link to this information for your easy reference:

ASPCA Spay or Neuter Provider Database

Spay or Neuter Benefits: Top 10 Behavior Facts and Reasons Why

If you need more persuasion, please read the top 10 benefits and facts to spay or neuter your dog below:

Spay or Neuter Benefits: Top 10 Behavior Facts and Reasons Why

Spay or Neuter Benefits: Top 10 Behavior Facts and Reasons Why

1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.

Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.

 

2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.

Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.

 

3. Your spayed female won’t go into heat.

While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!

 

4. Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home.

An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.

 

5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved.

Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.

 

6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.

Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.

 

7. It is highly cost-effective.

The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!

 

8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.

Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.

 

9. Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth.

Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.

 

10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.

Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering. (Original article here)

Spay or neuter benefits: top 10 behavior facts and reasons why should be clear by now. The overpopulation of animal shelters is a growing concern in almost every community, and the plain and simple facts that each shelter are faced with on a daily basis results in unthinkable amounts of pets being euthanized. Please respond by taking action if you haven’t already, and play your part in helping to reduce the sad end of animals that could have otherwise lived a loved and long life.

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