Tips to Help Solve the Three Most Common Dog Barking Complaints Written by Cynthia Alexander
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Complaint # Three: Your dog constantly barks, whines or whimpers due to stress or anxiety or for any reason at all.
Solution: This can be a tough one for most people but, DO NOT give your dog attention when it’s behaving like this. Too many people unwittingly contribute to this particular problem by picking up their dog or going to him when he starts to bark or whine. Your dog is learning that in order to get attention from you, barking and whining is way to do it. He’s controlling you. And by you picking him up or giving in to him in some way, you’re reinforcing that. Remember, YOU are boss, not your dog. The way to break your dog of that habit is to ignore unwanted behavior and only praise your dog when it is not barking. Then he’ll get message that he only gets what he wants (attention or affection) when he gives you what you want (a calm quiet dog).
No dog owner should suffer guilt, pain or embarrassment of having a dog that barks constantly. Finally, dog owners can safely leave Fido alone knowing he’s happy and quiet. And no more worrying about dirty looks from neighbors. All it takes is knowing proper way to deal with behavior.
About Author: Cynthia Alexander is a former dog trainer and author of electronic book “The Ultimate Guide to Stop Your Dog from Barking…FAST.” Ms. Alexander gives many detailed answers to all kinds of nuisance barking problems, including separation anxiety. It is available via immediate download for $29.97 at http://www.stopyourbarking.com. A must have for anyone dealing with excessive barking.
Cynthia Alexander is an author of several books. She started training dogs over 20 years ago. She wrote this book as a response to complaints from her neighbors about barking dogs.
The Myth of 100% Complete Processed Pet FoodsWritten by Randy Wysong DVM
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If you feed processed foods, use discernment since just about anyone can create a commercial pet food. The pet food industry has hundreds of brands with officious and beguiling labels, all stamped with approval of FDA, USDA, State Feed Regulatory Agencies and American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Business profiteers and occasional movie star are most common force behind labels. All one needs is a little money and they can go to any number of toll manufacturers and have them slightly modify a shelf formula. Dress it all up with a fancy package, a clever brochure and some advertising and voilà, another brand is added to 20-billion-dollar pet food industry. Nutrition is serious health business. The public is not well served by exclusively feeding products from companies without any real commitment to health … or knowledge of how to even achieve that. For past 25 years I have been a lonely voice in wilderness trying to get people to understand deadly health consequences of feeding processed pet foods exclusively. People want convenience in a bag and industry wants flow of billions to continue uninterrupted. In meantime scientific literature offers compelling proof that millions of animals have been maimed and died as a result of feeding thoroughly tested “100% complete” foods with full imprimatur of government regulation. (Exactly same thing that abounds in FDA-pharmaceutical industry.) Examples of pet food disasters include dilated cardiomyopathy from taurine deficiency, potassium imbalances, fatty acid and carnitine deficiencies and numerous other problems that would be expected on a steady diet of dead, devitalized, carbohydrate-based processed foods. Moreover, whole panoply of human chronic degenerative diseases such as cancer, obesity, arthritis, autoimmunities, dental deterioration and organ failure are at epidemic levels in pet population … as should be expected on such a diet. Not only is feeding same processed food day in and day out a formula for disease, it is a cruelty to our pets. We take them from their interesting and active wild setting and confine them. That is one thing, but to not even offer them interesting natural meal variety is really quite inexcusable. The answer, like everything else good in life, is a little attention and common sense. Knowledge is best beginning point. To learn more, obtain a copy of my book, The Truth About Pet Foods. I will also see to it that you get a free copy of my CD, “The Thinking Person’s Master Key to Health,” and brochure, “How to Apologize to Your Pet,” which will give you specific guidelines for how to prepare meals and treats to achieve Optimal Pet Health. _____________________ Science, Volume 237, pages 764-8 Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, Volume 199, pages 731-4 Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, Volume 201, pages 267-74 Feline Practice, Volume 20, Number 1, page 30 Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, Volume 202, pages 744-51 Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, Volume 191, pages 1563-8 Journal of Nutrition, Volume 129, pages 1909-14 Journal of Nutrition, Volume 126, pages 984-8 Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, Volume 203, pages 1395-1400 Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, Volume 198, pages 647-50 Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal Practice, Volume 19, pages 527-37 Veterinary Forum, Volume 9, pages 34-5 Veterinary Forum, Volume 9, pages 26-8 American Journal of Veterinary Research, Volume 62, pages 1616-23 Petfood Industry, May/June 1998, pages 4-14 Journal of Animal Science, Volume 75, pages 2980-5 Veterinary Business, Volume 2, page 1 Waltham International Focus, Volume 3, Number 1, page 9
Dr. Wysong is author of The Creation-Evolution Controversy, now in its eleventh printing, several books on nutrition, prevention and health for people and animals and over 15 years of monthly health newsletters. He may be contacted at Wysong@Wysong.net. A free subscription to his monthly newsletter is available at Wysong.net.