Animal shelters rescue millions of companion dogs every year. Dog shelters provide a temporary home for these lovable creatures until they find a new one who will love them, show them the way of the pack, and reciprocate their undying love, loyalty, and companionship that these dogs are well-known for.
They are knocking on the doors of your heart and imploring the kindness in you to bring them home where they can repay it with their own brand of affection, loyalty, protection, and never-ending companionship. MyPetNeedsThat.com shows you the facts about why bringing home a shelter dog is good for you and your family.
Pro-Train Innovative Dog Training has trained hundreds of shelter dogs over the years. Whether your need is for a service dog, protection dog or simply just a family pet, our highly-skilled dog training professionals love what they do and are here to help! Give us a a call at 760-749-0897 to learn how we can help.
Train your dog…that sounds ominous and challenging to some. Dog training is not just for dogs who enter competitions. This could not be further from the truth and such potentially dangerous misconceptions should be nipped in the bud. While it may not seem like a big deal to let a tiny little puppy run around and do what he wants, it will soon become obvious that he needs training as he grows into an adult. The trouble is, by then it becomes more difficult. Training is a lot easier if it is a gradual process and starts early in the pet’s life.
There are several reasons why you should train your dog. It has proven benefits for both the pet and you. Let us have a look at the top 5 reasons to train your dog:
Reason 1: To Get You Closer to Your Dog and Build a Positive Relationship
Training will let you gel with your dog and get the two of you closer than ever. Dogs are pack animals and tend to look up to a leader. If you impart quality training using positive reinforcement techniques, then your pet will look up to you as a leader. It will bolster the bond between the two of you and ensure order at home.
Reason 2: For The Safety of the Public and The Pet Himself
As stated earlier, a little pup running around may do little damage, but what happens if a fully grown adult dog strains against the leash trying to break free, or runs on the road amidst traffic, or chases other people or animals? It is imperative that your pet is trained properly to behave. Otherwise, things could get out of hand very quickly and put those around you at risk. Of course, an untrained pet running amidst traffic will also put himself at great risk. And that’s where choosing the best retractable dog leash comes into play.
Reason 3: For Optimal Pet Health and Disease Prevention
Many pets tend to be quite reluctant when it comes to things like getting their coats cleaned or their teeth brushed. If you stop trying at the slightest hint of a protest from your pet, then it will eventually lead to health issues.
Reason 4: To Eliminate Problematic Behaviors
Incessant barking, destructive chewing and even biting are all characteristics of untrained dogs. And that’s a big struggle among dog owners, especially if you’ve got a Golden Retriever Husky mix at home. That would be an even more problematic issue to deal with. You require would special approach to deal with him. But overall proper training will eliminate such issues and ensure that any underlying causes are identified and addressed pronto.
Reason 5: Increases Social Like-ability and Provides More Freedom
A well-trained dog is far more agreeable in a social context and is much more likely to be allowed in restaurants, planes and other places than an untrained dog incessantly growling or barking his head off. Therefore, as counter intuitive as it may appear, training actually provides your pet (and by extension, you) with more freedom.
Of course, these reasons are just the tip of the iceberg, but hopefully you will now appreciate how vital it is that dogs be trained and trained properly. Go ahead and train your dog without further ado! Seek professional help if you feel the need. It will result in a far more enriching and fulfilling experience for both your best friend and you.
All dogs love to chew. It helps relieve stress and releases pleasurable endorphins into the body. Some breeds have a worse reputation for chewing than others, notably Jack Russell Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, Golden Retrievers and Labradors. Destructive chewing could be part of your dog’s DNA or genetics, but what training techniques can you implement to prevent this unwanted behavior in the future?
When It’s Alright to Chew
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Puppies explore the world through their mouths. And when they begin teething, chewing can really help to alleviate the symptoms. This can go on for six months, so it’s best to comfort them and provide something cold they can put in their mouths to soothe the pain. Ice cubes work well or putting a favorite rubber toy in the freezer. Start training your puppy on what’s acceptable and not acceptable to chew, focus on encouragement and rewards for chewing their own toys.
As they get older, their desire to chew will continue but it’s important you channel it in the right way and recognize any behavioral triggers. Dogs will rarely chew to annoy you, but by understanding any possible causes of destructive chewing you can put appropriate measures in place and tailor training methods accordingly.
Why Do Dogs Chew?
Older dogs may chew because they are bored or want attention.
They might chew to relieve nervousness or reduce any feelings of fear.
Medical reasons. Chewing can be a result of an unbalanced diet, too little calcium or gastrointestinal issues.
Preventing Destructive Chewing
Whatever the reason for destructive chewing, there are strategies you can put in place to help. First, it’s important to “dog-proof” your house. Tidy things away that you don’t want your dog to pick up and consider leaving your dog in a crate or utility room when you’re out of the house.
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Everyone knows a tired dog is a happy dog. By providing enough physical exercise and mental stimulation, you can help release any excess energy and avoid issues with boredom. Hiding treats, indoor play and plenty of interaction will all tire your dog out.
Training your dog to chew their own toys is essential. This review of which toys work best to stop unwanted chewing could help. There is a variety to choose from and it helps to rotate them to maintain your dog’s interest. Kongs, Nylabones and Dental Sticks are all worth consideration. You can also discourage any destructive chewing on specific items by spraying them with unpleasant scents.
If you think your dog is experiencing separation anxiety, start introducing training techniques early to encourage independence and calmness. Establishing yourself as the leader and getting your dog to respond to commands will all help increase their confidence. It’s important to remember to avoid scolding or yelling at your dog if they do destroy something. Unless its immediate discipline, they won’t know why they are being shouted at.
By taking these preventative measures, understanding your dog’s behavior and encouraging appropriate chewing through positive training and reinforcement, you should get the results you want and avoid any destructive chewing in the future.
Want to talk to a professional about further training for your beloved Fido? Mark “Dogman” Castillero has trained over 10,000 dogs in his 40-year career. He and his team at Pro-Train Innovative are ready to help.
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The Pro-Train Baby Program is an awesome option for new parents!
Straight talk from disabled parents. Parenthood can have an enabling impact on disabled people. Confidence, self-esteem, and personal motivation levels may grow as you discover that you can overcome physical limitations and be as effective and nurturing at parenting as anyone else.
Parenthood also brings couples together in a unique way that enhances the relationship and encourages you to work together as a team. Working together helps disabled parents overcome many of the prevailing social attitudes and stereotypes through which people still tend to view disabled parents. It’s in that spirit of teamwork that couples need to come together to prepare for what will be the most challenging and rewarding experience of their married lives.
Here are four important considerations for creating a safe and convenient environment for your newborn when you’re disabled…as told by our friends at disabledparents.org
Consult with Health Professionals
Begin by consulting with your doctor and a maternity nurse to talk through some of the hurdles you’ll confront. Health practitioners can help you understand the ramifications of what you’ll face as parents, and begin the process of preparing for the unique challenges that you, as a couple dealing with a disability, will need to address before bringing your child home. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to plan ahead in light of your disabilities.
A Well-Prepared Environment
Every expectant parent needs to carefully childproof their home. Disabled parents need to think through everything as they prepare their home for parenthood and how to deal with any physical and mobility limitations. As is always the case where little ones are involved, safety is your first concern.
Make sure that all fire detection and prevention items are working and easily accessible. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher at home, you’ll need to purchase one, know how to use it, and keep it where it’s easy to get to. Be sure that there are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every floor and make sure they’re working properly.
Heavy objects that aren’t secured to the wall constitute a potentially lethal danger to your child, so make sure that all bookcases, heavy furniture, television stands, entertainment centers, and large decorative items are well anchored. Make certain that your furniture and tables have soft corner guards, and install safety latches on all cabinets. Get into the habit of locking medications and cleaning fluids securely away. Keep any dangling electrical cords or drapery pulls safely attached to the floor or walls. All stairways should be blocked off with security gates, securely bolted to the wall, not spring-loaded.
If You Have Dogs…
You’ll also need to take steps to prepare your dogs for the new arrival. Well before the baby makes his or her debut, relocate your dog’s belongings to an area of the home that won’t interfere with your maneuverability when you’re carrying an eight pound bundle. When you bring your new son or daughter home, allow your dog to get close; he’ll be curious, and that’s okay as long as he respects boundaries and doesn’t show any aggression toward the baby. If your dog’s manners aren’t what they should be, consult a professional animal trainer. Many offer programs specifically for parents of newborns. Dogman Mark and his team have created an exclusive Baby Program to help canines and their newborn parents prepare for their new life.
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Key Childcare Duties
As parents, you’ll be changing lots of diapers, giving lots of baths, and holding a fussy baby several times a day (and night). If your disability makes mobility an issue, consider keeping the baby crib or child bed near your bed. That way, those frequent diaper changes and feedings will be a lot easier.
Bathing can be a particularly tricky task for any parent. Try setting up a sufficiently large, plastic container on a table that’s within easy reach. Consider bathing your child together. Carrying a baby or small child can also be tricky, so consider using a chest harness baby carrier if you’re in a wheelchair.
Remember, your living environment needs to be a readily accessible space. You may need to replace entry points with an access ramp, install expandable hinges on doorways to make them wheelchair accessible, and install slip-resistant flooring.
Try to think through parenting needs within the context of your physical challenges. That way, you’ll create a safer and healthier living space for your child and a more convenient home for you as a parent. Remember always to take a team approach to parenting.
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