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Archive for June, 2010

5 Simple Ways to Ease Your Dog’s Fear of Thunder

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Experts can’t tell us exactly why dogs are afraid of thunder and why it’s some dogs and not other.  We do know it is not limited to any one gender, breed or size – from the smallest to the largest, we have met at least one dog terrified of thunder storms.  And with summer right on our heels, it’s time to prepare for the panting, pacing and trembling.  But it doesn’t have to be that way!  Try one of these tips to keep your pup calm and collected during thunder storms!

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Quick Fix Tips for Aggressive Behavior Over Food

Monday, June 7th, 2010

There are many dogs that are perfectly behaved but become aggressive and possessive over their food or treats.  Owners of these dogs usually just avoid contact with the dog at this point but that can usually make the problem worse.  Follow these simple, safe tips to create a better relationship with your dog during dinner time!

If your dog is food aggressive with other dogs, this usually means he thinks he is leader of the pack and is dominant over the other dogs in the house.  There is not much you can do to change the hierarchy within your dogs.  To keep the peace, feed the dogs apart from one another, particularly in another room so that they cannot see each other.  Be sure the dominant dog receives his food first as this is how it would work in a wild pack.  This will keep the dominant dog busy while the others receive their food peacefully.

If your dog is food aggressive with you or members of your family, this means he thinks that he is dominant over you which needs to be fixed immediately.  A dog showing dominance over you is a sign of disrespect and can carry bad behavior over to other areas, not just food aggression.

When it is time to feed your dog, make him sit and wait patiently until you are ready to feed him.  If he jumps, barks, paws or exhibits any other kind of disrespectful behavior, make him wait longer.  When he sits quietly, give him his food.  When he growls, snarls or shows signs of aggression over his food, take the food away from him, make him sit quietly for a minute or two and give the food back.  This process will show him that you are in control of the food which means you are dominant.

Whatever situation your dog shows aggression over his food, do not punish him.  This could only increase his behavior or cause him to attack.  Always act calm and in control to show your dog that you are dominant and he must wait for you, not the other way around.