How to Maintain Your Love Affair ... With Your Dog Part One - Training

Written by Peggie Arvidson-Dailey

How to Maintain Your Love Affair with Your Dog - Training Tips for a Happy and Healthy Relationship with Your Canine Companion © 2004-2005 by Peggie Arvidson-Dailey

When I first laid eyes on my little ball of black fluff at an adoption fair, I knew there was no turning back. My husband and I had been looking for justrepparttar right dog for months, and allrepparttar 141804 research and networking had finally paid off. There was no doubt in my mind that we had foundrepparttar 141805 most perfect, precious four-legged family member inrepparttar 141806 world.

As luck would have it,repparttar 141807 adoption fair was right aroundrepparttar 141808 corner from our home, this gave us a great opportunity for a home visit atrepparttar 141809 end ofrepparttar 141810 event. I ran home, scrubbed and cleaned and did everything I could to make sure our home was ‘puppy worthy’. As soon as she arrived with her foster mom,repparttar 141811 puppy made sure to let us know she was inrepparttar 141812 right place…but more about that later.

Because both of us had lived with dogs before, I was sure we knew everything we needed to start off onrepparttar 141813 right foot and have a loving and healthy relationship with our dog. I was only partially right. Through lots of hands-on experience and a great deal of patience and training, I’ve learned a number of ways to maintain that original love-at-first sight feeling.

Training and Behavior

□ Train your dog. Whether you are ‘dogs should always walk appropriately on leash,’ type of person, or one who lets your canine companion cuddle up in bed with you, you will benefit from appropriate training. Not only do you want to potty train your puppy so that he understandsrepparttar 141814 appropriate place to relieve himself (not onrepparttar 141815 new carpet!), you also want to establish and maintain a set of expectations early. Good training is based on positive reinforcement and takes into considerationrepparttar 141816 age and breed of your dog. You may find a trainer through referrals of friends and family, through your vet, or pet-specialty store. You can also read a number of excellent books on dog training. Some great books are, “How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend,” and “The Art of Raising a Puppy,” byrepparttar 141817 Monks of New Skete, “The Power of Positive Dog Training,” by Pat Miller, and “The Other End ofrepparttar 141818 Leash” by Patricia B. McConnell, PhD. (Any book by these authors are great places to start your self education.) A good place to look for more information about training your dog isrepparttar 141819 Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

□ Be Consistent. According to Training through Positive Reinforcement, “learning consists of trying out new behaviors and seeing what happens as a consequence of those behaviors.” If your dog has been taught to avoid jumping on people, allowing him to jump just this once on his favorite person is going to confuse him – he’ll thinkrepparttar 141820 behavior is okay. However, by withholding attention or treats from him until he learns to sit and wait for a stranger or his favorite person you are maintaining consistency in his training regimen. As long as your pet understands what you expect and you behave in a consistent manner throughout your relationship, you will have a blissful relationship.

Is Your House Killing Your Dog?

Written by Dr GW Graham

You love your dog. You would do anything for your dog. Well your home may not berepparttar best place for your dog to live a long and happy life.

Just like parents often put poisonous things into a baby’s room (like new wallpaper and plastic toys) and wonder why repparttar 141795 baby is sick, people often expose their dog to things that will kill them and wonder whyrepparttar 141796 dog is sick or dying.

Dogs get sick and die from cancer. That is a fact. But did you know that household cleaning products will cause cancer?

An example is bleach. Everyone knows that it interfers with breeding dogs by alteringrepparttar 141797 sex hormones and by killing sperm. But did you know it can alter DNA torepparttar 141798 point that tumors develop?

You find bleach in many ofrepparttar 141799 household products that your dog comes in contact with on a daily basis. It is in laundry detergents, for example. Did you launder that blanket your dog sleeps on? Does you dog sleep inrepparttar 141800 laundry room? Did you spill detergent onrepparttar 141801 laundry room floor where your dog can lick it?

Your dog can also be exposed to mold, especially inrepparttar 141802 laundry room. The room is wet and warm and confined. A perfect place for mold growth to concentrate.

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