Choosing The Right Size Of Clothing For Your DogWritten by Eva Sanchez
Dog fashions are all rage and have become quit affordable for anyone and everyone to enjoy with their dog, but not everyone knows best ways to find their dog’s size or how a garment should fit to avoid accidents. Choosing right size for your dog is very important, we always want our pets to be safe and feel comfortable in whatever they wear. 30% of all online dog apparel sales result in returns or exchanges due to improper sizing.
The first and most important thing you should know before you begin to buy for your dog is his/her measurements. You should write them down and always have them with you just in case you see something you can’t resist.
The most important places you’ll want to measure are:
The chest (circumference) measurements should be taken at deepest part of chest, which is usually right behind front legs. This measurement is most important, so make sure you don’t exaggerate your dog’s chest by adding inches for more room and if you wrap measuring tape to tight you will lessen measurement and end up buying something too small.
Then measure dog’s length from back of his neck to tail. This measurement should start from middle of back of his neck right to base of his tail. This measurement is not as important as chest length of garment can vary and will be up to you whether you like him to wear his shirts long or short.
When measuring dog’s neck (circumference) you should take measurements around lower middle of his neck.
If you have a breed with shorter legs then you’ll want to stick to short sleeves unless you’re purchasing from a store that makes their own clothes then you should provide them with his front leg measurements to ensure proper fit. The leg measurements should start from his under arm to right above his ankle. The length of sleeves is very important, you don’t want your dog to wear anything with sleeves that are too long, this may cause accidents.
Universal Principles for Successful Dog TrainingWritten by Moses Chia
Dog training is not rocket science and is not as difficult as you think. It is certainly possible for ANY dog owners to train their dogs themselves provided they put in adequate amount of effort. The principles listed here are universal to dog training of Any dog breeds, be it sporting, working, toy or terrier, Any dogs - big or small, pup or old, Any Owners - competitive or leisure. In short, if you are serious about training your dog and demand Only success, You MUST apply these principles. No “If” No “But”. Get basic right first before you start to train your dog! Consistency Consistency is very important during training and correcting unwanted behavior. Always use same "command" for a specific task you require of your dog. Don’t confuse him by using different command for same task. Once you’ve establish some house rules such as - keeping cooking area out of bound to your dog, enforce them constantly. If dog learns that he can get away with it now and then, your previous efforts will go down drain. Lastly, make sure everyone in family accept and enforce your rules consistently. Timing Timing is critical to successful training. Praise your dog whenever he is doing something right. As expected, reprimand him on spot and to point whenever he misbehave or fails to response to your command. Praise and reprimand that happen later will have no effect on your dog. * There are 2 main schools of thoughts concerning timing of correction when your dog misbehaves. I called first school of thoughts “Direct Approach”. It simply requires you to reprimand your dog on spot if he misbehaves. This is more of a tangible and straight forward approach to training your dog and is easy to understand for most trainers. I called second school of thoughts “Endurance Approach” as it’ll require you to ignore your dog when he misbehaves. Using cause and effect to your advantage, this approach requires you to ignore dog, especially when he misbehaves to seek attention and encourage you to pay attention to your dog only when he’s a good boy.