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Pool Safety Tips for Dogs

If you have a pool, your number one priority is to teach your dog how to swim.

Pool safety for your beloved canines should be a top priority for all dog owners. Latest research finds that dog drowning is linked to various factors, such as accidents in the water, seizures near the pool, falling through ice and falling into the water.

Even if your dog knows how to swim, s/he might be afraid of the water. For such dogs, panic quickly ensues if s/he ends up in the water. Panic will cause a dog to tire easily, increasing the risk of drowning. To keep your beloved dog safe, your best bet is to dog-proof your pool for its safety.

Here are the Top 6 Considerations to ensure your pool area is safe for your dog.

Teach Your Dog How to Swim

The first and most important thing you can do is teach your dogs how to swim! Let s/he become familiar with the water by standing on steps in the shallow end. Then, hold your dog’s hind section to let it learn to kick the water with its bag legs. Professional swimming lessons can be a good idea too, so that you’ll have greater peace of mind when your dog is in the water.

A Fence Around the Pool

This is a must simply because you can’t watch where your beloved canine is every second of the day. When you’re inside the house, s/he might be sniffing around the pool. You’ll have more peace of mind if you have a fence to keep it away from the pool when you’re not outside. If you’ve got a chain link fence, make sure the fence’s diamond pattern isn’t larger than 1-¾ inches, as this can’t be climbed by children or dogs alike.

Be aware of paved areas when it gets hot.

Make sure your dog knows how to exit the pool.

Areas Can Get Hot

The pads under a dog’s paws are really delicate and prone to injury from the heat. Dogs love to run across a swimming pool pavement, especially if s/he is excited because you’re in the pool!  Bear in mind, hot concrete or bricks can really hurt or burn their paws. Be careful to keep the paved areas cool by strategically placing garden umbrellas to cast shade on the ground or by having more grass around the pool to offer their paws relief. If your dog has injured its paws due to heat scalding, keep it out of the swimming pool. Actually, swimming can make the situation worse instead of offering relief because it softens the paws and makes them more prone to getting burned.

An Easy Way Out of the Pool

Even if your dog can swim, you want to be sure that s/he knows how to get out of the water quickly if s/he encounters a problem. You can help by putting something on the steps leading out of the pool, such as a light to make the exit point more visible. Another idea is to install a ramp in the pool. This is easily attached to the top of the pool, making it easy for your dog to climb on it and walk out of the water.

A Pool Cover

You might think a pool cover is a great way to keep dogs out of the pool, but your good intentions can backfire. If your dog falls into the pool, s/he might get trapped under the pool cover and not be able to find its way out. This can lead to suffocation and drowning.

A clean pool is a happy pool.

Keep the Pool Water Clean

Some dogs love lapping up water from the swimming pool, and this is generally safe if your pool is well-maintained and disinfected. However, you should prevent your dog from drinking swimming pool water if the water has  just been treated with chemicals to kill algae. You don’t want your beloved furry family member to get sick from those toxins.

When it comes to your beloved fur babies, always be water wise! Dogs are curious beings and it’s really easy for disaster to strike. By ensuring you’ve got a safe pool and pool area, you can keep Fido and Fifi happy and healthy.

 

 

The Doggy Wisdom Workshop: Pro-Train’s One-Day-Only Group Dog Training, San Diego

Are you guys ready for the big day? You should be! There is only a week to go before the ProTrain’s group dog training in San Diego. This event entitled “The Doggy Wisdom Workshop: Behavior Modification Dog Trainer 101” is happening on February 17, 2018 (Saturday), which will give you a rare opportunity to experience a top-notch training program from one of the finest dog trainers in the country – Mark “Dogman” Castillero. So, mark your calendar now before you miss it.

If you have not booked a ticket to the event yet, do it now before the slots run out :). Here’s the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-doggy-wisdom-workshop-behavior-modification-dog-trainer-tickets-37859193868

Why you should not miss the event

In this event, Mark “Dogman” Castillero, animal behaviorist, author, one of the founders of the California Kennel Association, and the Director of Training for Pro-Train since 1978, will cover the basics of how to become a dog trainer. And, if you are a dog owner who wants to learn more about dog training, this workshop is also for you.

At the end of this event, participants will have learned about:

  • Behavior modification (e.g. conditioning & counter-conditioning, habituation, and shaping)
  • Custom tailoring your services
  • Diversification
  • Problem solving and more

OPTIONAL: Evening BBQ/Mixer at Pro-Train in Vista for any enrollment in a program.

To apply for your dog to attend with you, please contact Mark directly at protraindog@gmail.com. Indicate the type of dog and the issue that needs to be corrected in your email.

Again, this your chance to meet dog training expert, animal behaviorist and author Mark “Dogman” Castillero in a rare one-day-only dog training workshop in San Diego, CA.

Get your ticket now – here: http://bit.ly/2E877z9

If there’s a problem with the ticket page or if you have more questions about this group dog training in San Diego, don’t hesitate to contact us at (760) 749-0897.

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Doggy First Aid Kit – Be Prepared

Accidents happen. Consider a doggy first aid kit to be prepared in the event of an emergency. When your pet is injured, you won’t have time to rummage around in a frantic search for something to help him. First aid has to be right away. For this reason, it’s a very good idea to set aside a box containing your dog’s own medicines and the equipment you will need in case of emergency.

His medicine chest should include the following:

  • Milk of magnesia to serve as a laxative.
  • Adhesive tape and bandages for dressing wounds.
  • Activated charcoal as a poison antidote.
  • Antiseptics, such as Merthiolate, metaphen or peroxide for cleansing wounds, and Neosporin ointment to prevent infection.
  • A rectal thermometer and Vaseline or K-Y lubricant.
  • Hydrogen peroxide, mustard powder or salt for emetics.
  • Burn medicines contained in aerosol sprays, as prescribed by your veterinarian. Aromatic spirits of ammonia for shock treatment.
  • Blunt-ended scissors for cutting hair away from wounds.
  • Benadryl to control swelling and inflammation.

Safety First

Most accidents, after all, are the result of neglect. By far the greatest cause of serious injury and death in dogs, for example, is the automobile. It takes only one moment of neglect, one moment off the leash or out of the fenced yard, to cause this tragedy.

An ounce of prevention will work its proverbial magic if you will only observe a few simple safety rules for your pup. Here, then, are some guidelines for accident prevention.

Keep Your Dog Confined When He’s Outdoors

If your yard is fenced, make sure there are no holes he can wriggle through, that the gate latches firmly and that family and visitors are warned to close it securely. If the yard is not fenced, then you should construct some kind of run or play area for a puppy. It need not be large; even a playpen, placed in a shady spot in the garden, will work as a temporary measure. Put in a weighted pan of water and a few toys to amuse puppy when he’s alone.

For a permanent run, enclose an area with sturdy metal fencing at least 6-feet high (dogs are amazingly adept at climbing). A run 6-feet wide and 20- to 30-feet long is large enough for almost all breeds. Cover the surface with a porous material, such as sand or gravel; plain earth holds the dampness and is unsanitary.

 

Choose a location that provides both sun and shade, keep the run clean and always provide water.

Make sure there are no garden poisons or pesticides within puppy’s reach. Clear the yard of broken glass, stones, small pebbles, or any other objects that he might swallow.

Never Unleash Puppy When You Are Walking Him on a Public Street

In one unleashed instant he might dash into the path of an oncoming car. If he rides in the car with you, always attach his leash to his collar before you open the door; he might bolt head-on into the tragic.

Keep Puppy Confined to His Crate or Playpen When He’s Alone in the House

If he’s getting too old for this kind of treatment, put him in a room that has been carefully puppy-proofed: light cords disconnected, all swallowable objects removed, nothing to chew on but his own safe toys. And keep an eye on him when he has the run of the house.

Make sure all household poisons such as cleaning agents and human medicines are out of reach. He’s not actually looking for trouble, but he does have a way of finding it.

Thanks for reading and becoming better prepared for a puppy emergency! Contact Dogman Mark Castillero for any questions you may have at protraindog@gmail.com

Canine Behavior and Genetic Predisposition

Did you know that your canine’s behavior could actually be affected by the gene pool to which they belong? So when see your fur baby playing fetch over and over again (hello, English Springer Spaniel) or is unstoppable at chewing the blanket (but the labs are so cute!), do remember that it is their genetic makeup causing them to behave in certain ways.

Yes, it is true! Just check out the Christmas article on testing your dog’s DNA. Truth be told, there is plenty of pending research around this topic. For the curious pet parent, there are plenty of DIY DNA test kits available to determine your pooch genetic make-up.

DNA and Behavior

Particular behavioral traits of dogs could explain how the genetic link is true.

Some breeds of dogs are better at remembering things than other breeds. This is a particular genome that helps in building a better memory than other breeds.

Labradors are great at retrieving things and it is a common feature among labs of all shapes, sizes and color. This is yet another distinctive feature among dogs of this breed. Owing to the fact that selective breeding has been done for generations together, decoding dog DNA might be a lot more simplified than human DNA.

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How Will the Studies Help?

People seem to know more about the bodies and physical responses of a dog than their behavior and their brain structure. The primary reason behind this is there has never been a large scale study involving the behavioral traits and the genetic data of several dogs together.

Researchers are more inclined towards citizen science research so that they can study the genetics responsible for canine behavior effectively. The biggest benefit of this research would clearly be to help pet parents have a better understanding of their pets. They would also be able to find out ways to accommodate the changes in the behavioral pattern of dogs as and when they change.

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What Are Some Examples?

Considering the fact that dog DNA is the highlight of the day, the studies reveal some interesting facts about dogs and their tendencies. A study made in the year 2014 revealed that there are 4 specific genes intricately connected with the development of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Behavior) in canines.

These genes seemed to be found in breeds like Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Shetland Sheepdogs and Bull Terriers.

Helping Pet Parents Make Informed Decisions

The fact that a dog’s behavioral pattern is largely affected by its gene pool is not news anymore. With better awareness, potential pet parents are being greatly influenced by the findings.

If a particular breed has predominant ‘undesirable’ behavioral patterns, pet parents are either writing them off completely or are looking at adaptations and adjustments to their training and socialization patterns so that these traits could be erased at the earliest stage. You could call this an informed decision.

Need Training? Mark “Dogman” Castillero and his team at Pro-Train Innovative Training have trained thousands of dogs and hundreds of breeds. Email Mark at protraindog@gmail.com with your specific concerns or questions.

Author Bio

This post was contributed by Pete Decker, the Lead Editor at The Goody Pet. Pete loves to share his passion for pets through snippets of interesting and helpful information. You can find more of Pete at his website, Twitter or Facebook.

Does Your Dog Want a DNA Test for Christmas?

Not sure what to get your dog this year? A dog DNA test could be the perfect stocking stuffer for your pooch.

While it’s true that Fido probably doesn’t give a lick what breeds his great grandparents were, the info can be valuable for owners.

In addition to satisfying the curiosity of mixed-breed mutt owners, knowing the breed background of your dog can provide important medical and behavioral insights.

Dog DNA kits can run a number of genetic tests on your dog revealing an array of potential diseases like Multi-Drug Sensitivity or even glaucoma. While the exact tests conducted vary depending on the sophistication of the kit (more genetic tests come at a higher price point), knowing that your dog is susceptible to certain genetic illnesses can help you work on preventive measures to keep your pooch healthy.

Your dog’s breed background can also be immensely helpful when developing a training plan. Once it’s revealed that your dog has a bit of shepherd in him, you may consider enrolling him in a herding class to help burn cooped up energy. Getting your dog involved in activities he was bred to do can be hugely satisfying and mentally rewarding for you and your dog!

This infographic on Why Your Dog Wants a DNA Test For Christmas outlines some of the benefits dog DNA tests can offer curious owners. Convinced that you need a DNA test for your pooch? Make sure to check out DogBreedIdentifier.com for dog DNA test reviews and more info!

 

Come and join in our one-day-only dog training workshop in San Diego

ProTrain is inviting dog lovers to a one-day-only dog training workshop in San Diego that is happening on February 17, 2018 at Deer Park Winery & Auto Museum in Escondido, CA.

This event entitled “The Doggy Wisdom Workshop: Behavior Modification Dog Trainer 101” will be facilitated by no other than the Director of Training for Pro-Train himself – Mark “Dogman” Castillero.

Legendary dog trainer and owner of Pro-Train Innovative Dog Training “Dogman” Mark will cover the basics of how to become a dog trainer. Or, if you are a dog owner who wants to learn more about dog training, this workshop is also for you.

At the end of this event, participants will have learned about:

  • Behavior modification (e.g. conditioning & counter-conditioning, habituation, and shaping)
  • Diversification
  • Custom tailoring your services
  • Problem solving and more.

OPTIONAL: Evening BBQ/Mixer at Pro-Train in Vista for any enrollment in a program.

To apply for your dog to attend with you, please contact Mark directly at protraindog@gmail.com. Please indicate the type of dog and the issue that needs to be corrected in your email.

Again, this your chance to meet dog training expert, animal behaviorist and author Mark “Dogman” Castillero in a rare dog training workshop in San Diego, CA.

Get your ticket

To get a slot for the said event, get your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-doggy-wisdom-workshop-behavior-modification-dog-trainer-tickets-37859193868

If there’s a problem with the ticket page or if you have more questions about this dog training workshop in San Diego, don’t hesitate to contact us at (760) 749-0897).

Traveling Across Continents for Top Dog Training Advice

The art of dog training is not easily learned. And still, many “dog trainers” operate without any type of license or credentials in the United States.

So, when former Chinese-born Para-Olympian Qin Lian needed to be trained to be a dog trainer in her country, she knew she needed a legitimate dog training expert. That’s when she found Mark “Dogman” Castillero and Pro-Train Innovative here in Vista.

Lian is visually impaired due to brain damage that occurred from lack of oxygen during her birth. She also has limited mobility on the right side of her body. Lian’s Current Guide Dog Candie, a 12-year-old Labrador, was originally trained by Bod Wendler, a mentor and friend of Castillero. Candie was originally trained by Guide Dogs of the Desert with Bob Wendler as the supervisor. And it was Wendler who pointed Lian to Castillero.

Back at home she is a member of the International Lion’s Club and a former instructor at Hadley School of the Blind. Currently, Lian is a home management instructor for the blind.

 

“I knew I needed an expert to help educate me and I knew that Mark had extensive knowledge of working with guide dogs,” said Lian. “Mark knows dogs very well and he understands the needs of the visually impaired. His personality and experience led me to come across continents to learn from him,” she added.

Lian will use the training she’s received during this recent trip to Pro-Train Innovative to help her work in her home country. She pointed to the affordability of the training she received. She’s so impressed with the training she’s received, that she’s asked Mark to come to Bejing in the Spring for additional training and so that he can host a workshop there.

“I think Mark is such a unique character and I know he can help those who have similar disabilities,” said Lian. “I highly recommend him and am so happy with the education I’ve received while here.” Plus, I got to enjoy the warm San Diego sunshine!

Click here to learn more about Pro-Train Institute, the Official Dog Training Programs Castillero runs in Vista. Or, sign up for his Exclusive One-Day Workshop on February 17, 2018 hosted at the Iconic Deer Park Winery in Escondido. It’s just $149 for a Full-Day of Training. This training is geared toward would-be dog trainers and dog owners who want to learn more about behavior modification for their canines. Space is limited. So sign up now! (Canine welcome with approval from Castillero. Email him for details at protraindog@gmail.com)

 

 

 

3 Training Tricks for Dogs Who Don’t Like Being Groomed

A well-groomed pup is a joy.

We’re confident many dog owners will agree with us on this one. Having a freshly groomed, silky smooth pet is one of the best parts of being the leader of your own pack. Grooming can be tricky and usually requires some training.

Whether you have your dog professionally groomed or carry out the practice at home, taking the time to ensure your pet is clean and healthy not only means you can enjoy more bedtime cuddles without dirt getting everywhere, but it also means you or your groomer can carry out regular checks for unwanted intruders such as fleas or ticks.

However when it comes to grooming your dog, the process might not always be as straight forward as it should be. It’s just in the nature of some dogs to want to avoid sitting still even for a short period of time, while others may become anxious when you attempt to move them into the unnatural positions that are sometimes required to groom them thoroughly.

If this sounds familiar, check out these top three training tricks for dogs who just aren’t the biggest fans of being groomed.

Have Treats on Hand to Reward Your Dog

Using treats to reward your dog and reinforcing good behavior is one of the oldest tricks in the book, which is exactly why we’ve included it as Number 1 on this list.

Although your pet may not initially enjoy being groomed, when they find out that treats are on offer for behaving in the right way than they will soon start coming round to the idea.

You can start off by simply rewarding your dog for sitting still for extended periods. You can then build upon this behavior and reward your dog when they make it through whole grooming sessions without causing any commotion at all.

Slowly but surely you will begin to notice a stark contrast in how your dog behaves while being groomed and they will start to love being groomed more than you enjoy bathing them.

Use positive reinforcement for best results.

Use Practice Objects to Familiarize Your Dog with Grooming Tools

This might sound like a strange suggestion at first. Why would you want to train your pet with practice objects rather than the real thing? This trick actually has a number of benefits.

Grooming tools come in a number of different shapes and sizes. Not only that, but electric grooming sheers and nail clippers and grinders can also give off some rather strange sounds, which are enough to unsettle some dogs before you’ve even begun trying to groom them.

By using a practice object you can choose an item that will give off no sound at all and can also serve as a gentle yet blunt message that you won’t harm your dog if they flinch quickly or try to get away.

You can begin using the practice item by running it close to your pet’s face and around their paws and coat to see how they react. If your dog gives off no reaction at all you can move on to using the real thing knowing your dog will remain calm.

Keep sessions short in the beginning.

Keep Sessions Short and Slowly Increase Grooming Time

At first you should look to keep the grooming process as short as possible. Even the most boisterous or nervous of dogs will be able to sit for 1-2 minutes at a time.

Although it may be difficult to groom your pet effectively in this time that isn’t the overall goal here. Instead you want to get your pet used to the idea of being groomed and by slowly increasing the length of the grooming sessions each time you can do so without unsettling your pet.

Once they know they have nothing to fear and that no matter how long the grooming session lasts that they will absolutely fine you will start to see a change in their attitude to bath time and may even start to enjoy the process, especially if you keep the treats coming every now and then!

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