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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!

 

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!

Top 5 Benefits of Using a Dog Kennel

Top 5 Benefits of Using a Dog Kennel

A dog kennel is a shelter or house-like structure for pets that is enclosed with plastic, metal bars or wire mesh.  A dog kennel keeps your dog in confinement and provides him a safe and comfortable place. For dog owners it is really a useful tool and especially for those who don’t have a fenced yard or garden.

There are two types of kennels available on the market right now.

  1. An Indoor Kennel
  2. An Outdoor Kennel

Using both types of kennels has some advantages. Our friends at PetCareUp.com share the benefits of kenneling your dog. Let’s take a look first the difference between an indoor kennel and an outdoor kennel.

The Difference between Indoor and Outdoor Kennels

Indoor dog kennels tend to be smaller and may be made of wire, plastic or chain link. Whereas outdoor dog kennels are generally larger than indoor dog kennels with enough room for the dog to move around and they are constructed from chain link fencing. Whether you are choosing an indoor or outdoor kennel, you need to ensure that your dog can get enough space to move around while she is inside the kennel. The benefits of using dog kennels are many.

Kennels Provide Enough Room

Dog kennels provide enough room to play or run. Your dog may feel bored or get into mischief in confinement if he doesn’t get enough space for playing. Besides, it is always not possible to keep her on leash. Keeping your dog without leash is not always wise in an unprotected place as he may escape or cause damage.

In that case, a dog kennel gives you the opportunity to keep your furry friend in her own safe place. Your dog can easily play, take rest and sleep inside the kennel. You can store your pet’s essentials like toys, food, water and bed in it.

Kennels Keep Your Dog Safe and Comfortable

A dog kennel provides safe shelter and a comfortable place for dogs. Kennels are enclosed with well-ventilated fencing so that your dog can get enough light and fresh air. It also contains a roof for providing shade to protect your dog from excess heat or rain.

Kennels give protection not only to dogs but also keep other small animals, your family members and neighbors safe from your dog.

Dogs have the tendency of digging soil. If your dog loves to do so then it will be wise to keep him in confinement. Beside this, toxic plants in a garden may sometimes cause harm to pets. In that case, a dog kennel can protect your dog from any kind of harm.

Kennels Are Great for House Training

House training a pet is a hard job. You can make this process much easier by keeping your dog in kennel. Teach her gradually what to do or not to do. Praise him for the right actions and correct him for wrong conduct.

Potty training of pets is also a difficult task. A dog kennel can ease your difficulties. Just slowly educate her. Show your dog a fixed spot where he can poop. Take her every time to that spot to eliminate. He will learn it gradually. Praise or give a treat for doing good and reward her.

Some dogs are aggressive in nature or get into mischief by seeing strangers. To train these kind of dogs a kennel is a must-have tool.

Kennels Are Safe for Traveling

If you want to travel with your furry family member, then using a kennel is ideal. You can easily take him with a portable kennel. You don’t have to use a leash .

Portable kennels are easy to carry and keep your dog safe and protected. You can keep the kennel aside while you are driving. Your trusted canine cannot jump over the road or cannot cause any damage to your car. It is really a wonderful thing for those who love travelling.

Kennels Are Cheaper than Fencing

For your dog’s safety you will want an enclosed area. But, setting fences around the whole yard is very costly. Considering that, a dog kennel can be great alternative for both you and your dog. A dog kennel is much cheaper than fences and much easier to install.

As a dog owner you want to keep your dog’s safety a top priority. A kennel can give your beloved companion safety and comfort during containment.

Consider the construction material of the kennel and select the right size that will fit for your dog. According to your purpose of use, choose the indoor or outdoor kennel. Choose material that is easy to clean. It will give your dog a healthy environment.

Want to share your kennel success story? We’d love to hear from you. Email us a photo or a quick word at protraindog@gmail.com about how your kennel has worked for your beloved dog.

Is Cannabidiol a Viable Natural Supplement for Your Dog’s Health?

Is Cannabidiol a Viable Natural Supplement for Your Dog’s Health?

Is CBD right for your dog? Read more about the latest in cannabidiols for dogs.

Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is a cannabinoid — a compound produced by the cannabis plant. We’ve identified more than a 100 different cannabinoids (113 to be precise) all of which could play an important role in balancing out the neurological, psychological and physical processes inside the bodies of all mammals.

Just to give you a quick background:

All mammals have an endocannabinoid system, which is simply a network of cellular receptors and activators, which regulate communication between many processes in our bodies, like pain perception, inflammation, appetite, sleep, anxiety response and a few other.

To stimulate the proper response of these functions, the mammal body produces endocannabinoids, which in turn activate the receptors in charge of each process. Sometimes, however, things don’t work that well and the only way to go is to somehow supplement with cannabinoids and balance out the system.

This can be done in two ways: you can go for either synthetic or natural cannabinoids. Dogman Mark suggests natural to synthetic.

Natural cannabinoids are best when they come from plants and we call those phytocannabinoids. When it comes to phytocannabinoids, there is only one plant that can be used for extracting these compounds and that is cannabis.

Now, cannabis has a lot of cannabinoids, most prominent of which are THC and CBD. THC, as most of you know, is the one that gets people high and has found its use among many medicinal marijuana patients in search for pain relief and an increase in appetite.

Dogs, however, are special in this regard and the only cannabinoid that can be safely used for their health is CBD.

When properly administered, CBD helps dogs boost their appetite, reduces inflammation and allergic reaction and, when combined with behavior modification therapy, helps reduce aggression and other behavioral issues.

This infographic by Greencamp will educate you more on the topic and help you take the first step in improving your dog’s health once and for all.

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