The First Two Weeks With Your New Dog

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The First Two Weeks with Your New Dog Open Paw’s Guide

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! With a little work, some planning, and forethought, your new dog will be an effortless, well-behaved companion for years to come. It is important to recognize that first impressions are lasting ones and habits begin to develop from day one. Be sure to instil good manners and habits from the first day you bring your new puppy or dog home. Remember, good habits are as hard to break as bad ones. If you follow these simple guidelines, your dog’s transition into your home will be a piece of cake for both you and your new best friend. Read the rest of this entry »

Puppy Cuddles

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Puppies are the most adorable creatures ever, right? That’s why you could not stop cuddling your new puppy. You petted him, stroked and kissed his warm little body. You just had to pick him up, hug him close to you and you rubbed your nose in his fur before putting him down. I just love how puppies smell when you press your face close to their bodies.
Puppies are little fun creatures and they enjoy the cuddling and attention they get from you just as much as you love them. That is why they bond with their owners and in turn learn to adore the ones who showed them so much affection. Put a puppy down and walk away and it will come running after you. You can hug, kiss and touch your puppy everywhere any of the time.
During a puppy’s lifetime it comes into contact with its veterinarian, groomer, trainer, visitors, pet sitters and all who will have a role to play in caring for your precious puppy that is growing fast and will not know these people. It is your job then to get puppy comfortable early on to accept human touch and also from strangers at times.
Desensitising a puppy as early as possible prepares him for a lifetime of low-stress handling. Read the rest of this entry »

“Pushing”

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Pushing
Pushing is a basic dog training technique that aims to get a greater bond between you and your dog. It not only improves your relationship with your dog but helps him to relax during times of stress. It is the opposite of playing “Tuggy” when the dog’s effort is to move away from you. You get the dog to push against you by making use of his inherent prey drive (food drive) instinct. Read the rest of this entry »

Praise & Reward

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Praise and Reward

A very important aspect of training a dog is rewarding good and correct behaviour. It stands to reason that the more times a dog is rewarded for a task the quicker he will learn. That is why we create situations where the dog can be praised repeatedly for correct behaviour. We break down a task into small steps and make it as easy as possible for the dog to get it right and be praised. To get the puppy or dog to willingly follow our instructions we reward him with some form of food, kibble/pellets or make use of a toy such as a ball on a string. Read the rest of this entry »

Dogs and other Animals

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Dogs and other Animals

The reason we love dogs so much is because they are so generous with their love.

Dogs are known to happily co-exist not only with humans but also with all their domestic pets such as cats, hamsters, pigs and more. In fact there are countless examples of dogs that have “adopted” unexpected animals of other species however strange it may be. It is usually characterised as an act of caring and devotion – a maternal love. A visit to YouTube and Google will provide you with many amazing examples. We need not be too surprised by this because, after all, loving and caring are two of the things that dogs do best. Read the rest of this entry »

Teaching Your Dog to Swim

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Teaching Your Dog to Swim

Teaching your dog to swim is a great idea, not only for its enjoyment and exercise but also for safety. Just like people, pets can drown in the sea, lakes and pools. When playing near a pool it can accidently get knocked into the water or become tired quickly while swimming.

Not all dogs can swim and some are afraid of water so great care must be taken to carefully introduce a dog to the water and  be very sure he knows how to get out when he has had enough.  Most dogs cannot climb out the side of a pool or make use of a ladder.

Among the dogs that swim naturally and gladly are water spaniels, setters, retrievers, akitas and poodles amongst others. Other breeds are not as water-friendly and have to be taught to swim, in some cases with great difficulty. Heavy dogs with short legs are not built for swimming. Having a short or no tail makes it more difficult to stay afloat. Read the rest of this entry »

When Baby comes Home

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Boundary Runners

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BOUNDARY RUNNERS

In all neighbourhoods we find dogs running up and down along the boundary fence barking fiercely at whoever passes by. These dogs are territorial and have become overprotective. They very clearly and aggressively send out a message to, “stay away from my territory.”

They not only distress passers-by and scare children but quickly gain a reputation as dangerous, aggressive dogs. Unfortunately they may also attract those misguided individuals who will deliberately tease these dogs and send them into a greater frenzy,

I have seen the damage they can do to a lawn or garden by wearing out deep trenches along the fence as they charge up and down all day long. Shouting at them to stop has little effect and they seem to interpret it as encouragement from the owners to keep going. Read the rest of this entry »

Basic training rules

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Basic Training Rules:

Never correct or scold your dog after calling him to you or punish him after he has done wrong!

Pick up after your dog. Do not allow your dog to play or interfere with other dogs in training. Play with and exercise your dog every day.

Be patient! Never lose your temper! Never use violent tugs or slaps or kicks to punish your dog! Remember, you are going to have fun with your dog. If either you or your dog is frustrated, take a break and try again later. Read the rest of this entry »

Bonding

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Successful dog training requires sound bonding between you and your dog. But, like at home, you need to work at strengthening and maintaining this relationship that requires amongst others:

Establishing and maintaining your leadership position. A kind, consistent, firm leadership is required for the dog to respect you, want to bond with you and please you. Spending quality time together. This entails rituals that you and your dog can look forward to. When going shopping, I only have to say, “OK Guys” and the dogs will rush off and jump into to LDV because they know that while mom does the shopping, we play on the common nearby. Coyote carries the newspaper from the shop and they look forward to the routine of receiving their “thank you” treats afterwards.

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