Handling Dogs Who Eat Their Own FecesWritten by Adam G. Katz
I have a cousin named Leonard who was in Army during Vietnam.
He and his fellow soldiers would often be in jungle for several days at a time. The Army would supply them with MRE’s. (Meals Ready To Eat.) These are kind of like T.V. dinners… packed in foil bags. After novelty of eating out of a foil bag wears off, you come to realize that MRE’s are some of most bland-tasting food you will ever eat.
Leonard once told me that he and his buddies would pack small bottles of Tobasco sauce in their bags. That Tobasco sauce became a real life-saver.... in culinary department, that is… as dousing enough Tobasco sauce on any meal would make it edible.
I always think about Leonard whenever somebody tells me that their dog eats it’s feces and they’ve already tried seasoning it with Tobasco sauce.
Some Con-Man came up with this as a remedy for a dog’s fecal appetite, but it always seemed like a pretty good way to make it more appetizing for dog, if you ask me.
When Should I Start Training My Puppy?Written by Adam G. Katz
If you have a puppy, you must start training early, but do it gently. Your puppy has to have confidence in you before he can begin learning. Remember that puppies are like children - they have growing bodies, short attention spans, and will only learn things when conditions are right and when they understand what it is you're trying to teach them. That said, earlier you start training dogs, better. More specifically, it's best if you start “socialization” from 8 weeks, simple commands like “come” and “sit” from 12 weeks, and more intensive training at 5 to 6 months.
While some early training can be started as soon as you bring your puppy home, optimum time to begin obedience training is somewhere around 9 to 12 weeks of age. Keep in mind that training can cover a broad range of topics – I’m not suggesting that you begin training your puppy at 8 weeks of age for agility competitions! Your training should start off with basics – teaching him “No!” and beginning house-training. Socialization skills are next – experts tell us best window for your puppy to learn socialization skills is between 3 and 16 weeks – that’s best time to insure that your puppy grows into a well-adjusted adult. And remember, socialization isn’t about teaching him right fork to use at dinner table – it’s about giving your dog self-assurance to deal correctly with any social environment he finds himself in is one of most valuable and lasting lessons you can teach him.