Easy Pet Training Techniques – 3 Simple Steps to Train your Dog

Dog training is an integral part of maintaining a healthy relationship between you and your pet. There are various pet books available at discount pet supply stores, but if you are looking for the cliff notes, I recommend this type of pet training formula. A typical 3-step procedure in caring for your animal should follow these 3 guidelines: Discipline, Exercise and Reward.

Discipline:

A dog more so than any other pets needs discipline. This is simply because the Canine species is one of the more social and trainable domestic pets. You don’t want your Labrador going crazy when company comes over or a Shepherd that barks at the moon. So, in order to train your pet, you must show it that you are the boss.

In the animal Kingdom, there is a hierarchy and this hierarchy is natural in pack animals, such as your dog. So, you simply show it that you are the leader. In order to do this, you must act like the leader. This means that your pet should follow you in and out of rooms, doorways or even on a leash. Never let your pet lead you and if it tries to go around you cut off its path just like a real Alpha male would do. Shorten your leash to 12in if your pet continuously pulls forward on the leash. Teach your pet discipline and never reward anything but the absolute best behavior. This stage requires much patience from the pet owner and is a crucial part of a healthy pets life. Remember you are training your pet, not the other way around.

Exercise:

Another critical aspect of training your pet is exercise. Certain breeds will require more exercise then others. Typically it is the working breed type dogs that require the most. For these types of pets a 45-minute per day workout session is crucial. Whenever possible you should workout with your dog. Whether it is throwing a ball, going for a jog or just walking around in the woods, this time is integral in bonding with your pet. Be sure to have a good dog leash or harness for your pet if you live in a busy part of town.

Typically dogs that are destructive or overly aggressive aren’t getting enough exercise. If your pet isn’t tired at night, run them during the day. If you give your dog adequate exercise it will help him or her calm down and be more responsive to training. Have a spot for your dog to sleep and ensure that they lay down there consistently. For outside dogs provide a dog house or structure and for inside dogs pet beds will work nicely. This again shows the dog their place in this household.

Reward:

Rewarding your animal can mean many different things. To a pet, reward may mean a treat, a nice scratch on the butt or playing ball. Keep that in mind when you are training your pet. You don’t want to come home and immediately love on your pet, because it may see that as reward for an action. Instead come home and ask your pet to sit or shake, then reward them with a hug or scratch. When you pet behaves badly, you do not hit your pet or hurt your pet, but rather do not reward your pet and ignore your pet. Remember, your pet sees attention as reward. In fact, you should often ignore your pet as you walk into the room.

Have you ever seen puppies or inferior dogs run up and lick an Alpha male? Of course you have, that’s the way they show they are subordinate. How does the alpha male react? He simply ignores them or shuns them away with a snarl.

Now remember the same holds true for this hierarchy. Your pets runs up to you and licks you or jumps on you, it wants attention, provide it only after a desired action and sometimes ignore it all together. This lets your pet know, you are the king and a pet that knows its place is much easier to train.

Pet Training can last a short period of time or a long period of time, but is totally dependent on the owner. When you train your pet don’t think like a human, think like a dog. How a dog interacts with other dogs, how they like to run and play and what makes them feel like they were rewarded. Pet owners often need more training then their pets. Follow these three steps and your dog is guaranteed to respond.

You Can Cure Your Pet Mouse

It is a sad day to see your pet mouse in ill health, deteriorating before your eyes, but if you look very closely you can often see the culprit of your pets discomfort… little black specks in the fur or bedding, a mouse’s deadly enemy… mites.

You can take care of your pet! For once, you can do something to help your mouse before having to take it to the vet. Let’s face it we’d prefer to spend money on pet toys rather than vet bills.

Mites are everywhere; they have evolved and specialized to live off any organic matter in any environment. They can be found throughout the world, from the arctic to the Antarctic. The vast majority of them are microscopic but some can grow up to over one centimeter long. Without them the world would just fill up with dead matter, they are part of the eco system, we can’t live without them! Unfortunately some mites have evolved to feed off our loved ones.

Often your pet will have mites living on them without any detrimental affect to the mouse… their numbers are kept down with the mices’ natural grooming, however if your pet becomes ill and listless, it’s grooming habits may be curtailed and the mite population on your pet can quickly become epidemic. This is when problems occur and your mouse can have an adverse reaction to the high number of these parasites.

Some mites just live in the fur of your mouse, eating dead skin and other skin secretions; they don’t harm the mouse per say, but their waste (poo) can and does become an irritant to your pet, leading to excess scratching, rashes and bald patches in its fur.

Other, more insidious types of mites are the ones that actually feed on blood of your pet. Some are blood suckers that pierce the skin to get at the blood, other smaller types of mite actually burrow into and under the skin, living their whole life there!

These blood feeders in very small numbers are not a problem for your pet but in epidemic numbers they can make your mouse extremely uncomfortable and even anemic; also their “bites” can get infected causing even greater distress for your mouse.

The bad news is that if one mouse is affected and you have more, then all your mice are probable hosts to mites, even though they are not showing signs of distress…Yet!

The mites will also spread throughout your house looking for other mice to feed on, or other hosts if no mice can be found. There is one type of mite, called the Tropical Rat Mite, that will even look at us as a food source! However, luckily all mouse mites can not reproduce without a mouse as host, so while some mites will feed on us they will eventually die and bother us no more.
There are numerous remedies and cures for mites on the market; some are even costlier than a trip to the vet, while others are a waste of time. It all depends on the type and strength of the infestation of your pet.

Once your pet has had the mites eradicated from its body it is imperative that re-infestation does not re-occur. This is much easier and will become part of your care for your mouse.

Don’t Feed These Foods to Your Pets

We head for our favorite chair with snacks in hand, our loyal furry friend following at our heels knowing that something good is coming their way. But many of the snacks we give them can be toxic to them. Most people are not aware of these foods.

CHOCOLATE, COFFEE, CAFFEINE

When ingested, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Dark chocolate is even more dangerous than milk chocolate.

ALCOHOL

Any food products containing alcohol, or alcoholic beverages are also no-no’s.

POISONS FOR PETS

Many household products are poisonous to our pets. The following is a list of poisons that should be totally out of reach to pets and definitely never given to pets. Be sure to have these locked up in a secure cabinet. You can buy baby proof latches for cabinets.

HUMAN MEDICATIONS

Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. These include: painkillers, cold medications, dietary supplements and antidepressants. A pet will easily reach for a pill container thinking it’s a toy filled with treats. Little do they know it’s poison for them. Also, be careful if you drop a pill on the floor. Pick it up before your furry friend finds it.

CHEMICAL HAZARDS

These are a substantial danger to pets. Some of these chemical hazards are: antifreeze, paint thinner, drain cleaners and pool/spa chemicals. These chemicals can cause depression, respiratory problems, chemical burns, stomach upset and, in some cases, even death. Be very careful of antifreeze. If you’re taking care of the car, keep your dogs and cats away from it. It is toxic to animals.

PLANTS

There are quite a few varieties of dangerous household plants. Some of these are azalea, rhododendron, sago palm,lilies, kalanchoe and scheffiara.

Lilies are especially toxic to cats and can cause life threatening kidney failure even in small amounts.

PEOPLE FOOD

There are certain foods that we enjoy that can be very harmful to our pets. Some of these foods are citrus fruits, raisins, avocados, chocolate, grapes, onions, macadamia nuts, coffee & caffeine.

INSECTICIDES

Fleas, fleas and more fleas. But treating your pet on your own can put your pet at risk. It’s important to talk to your veterinarian before starting any type of treatment for fleas and ticks. Misuse of products could include putting flea and tick products or treatment on the wrong pet.

HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS & CHEMICALS

Bleaches, detergents and disinfectants are toxic to pets. Lead. Pets are exposed to lead through many sources, including consumer products, paint chips, linoleum and lead dust when surfaces in older homes are scraped or sanded.