Grooming your Puppy for the First Time

All good dog owners know that grooming isn’t just about primping your pet to look cute; it’s also about maintaining good health.

The first time you groom your puppy is an important occasion that requires careful preparation and dedication. Don’t be put off by your inexperience; it’s easy to do once you know how. If you approach the situation armed with good advice and confidence, all will go smoothly for you and your furry friend.

Puppies are obviously going to be more challenging to groom than an older dog, and the first grooming experience is much like a child’s first haircut, i.e. expect some tears and tantrums!

Grooming Preparation:
In the weeks before grooming, concentrate on building a positive relationship with your puppy and ensure he is as comfortable as possible with touch and being handled in anyway. This is probably the most important thing you can do to prepare for grooming. Your aim is to make each session a calming, bonding experience.

You can practice this with positive reinforcement whenever you feed your puppy from your hand; stroke your puppy as it is lying down and gradually teach that being held by you is not dangerous.

Create a friendly environment so that your puppy immediately knows that whatever is about to happen is safe and enjoyable. Show affection with petting and soothing words so that the puppy is relaxed.

Keep your first groom session short, that way the puppy won’t misbehave and when you are ready for a second session, your puppy will be more used to the process and you can gradually go for longer each time.

Keep your puppy loosely restrained so that you can maintain your control without frightening him is also important.

Bath Time
Begin with a nice, relaxing bath using puppy shampoo and conditioner. Take care not to get soap in the puppy’s eyes. To really put your dog at ease, you can give it a massage as you work your way lathering down the back towards the tail and back legs.

Brushing
For the first session keep the brushing to a minimum. Be aware that any brushes, clippers and tools might alarm the puppy so show each brush or comb to the pup first before giving a treat as a reward. Do this a few times before then giving the puppy a few short strokes with the item. Be mindful of sensitive areas at first like inner legs and tail.

Clipping
Remember that clipping your dog’s claws is not the same as trimming your own nails. Cut at a 45-degree angle so as to avoid trimming the blood vessel that runs into the nail (which will be a painful experience for your dog if it gets cut by mistake!). You need to only cut the part of the nail that extends beyond this blood vessel known as a ‘quick.’

If unsure about clipping claws you should seek advice from a vet beforehand.

Grooming sessions at first should be short but done fairly often so that your puppy becomes accustomed to them and learns to associate them as just another fun activity to share with you.

The Best Toys for Your Beagle

The Best Toys for Your Beagle

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Every dog is special in his own way and, by extension, his own preferences for toys. You can’t expect the German Shepard, a proud working dog, to willingly enjoy the same toys as a Pomeranian or a Shiba Inu – which are basically the canine versions of cats, but more on that another time. As with every dog breed, in order to find the perfect toys, you may have to apply the old rule of trial and error before choosing the perfect plaything that your pet will not ignore as soon as he is presented with it.

You will certainly relate to this feeling of frustration if you own a Beagle, a hyperactive breed that gets bored as easily as it gets excited. Because they are affected by what experts call ‘’separation anxiety’’, this particular breed needs a great deal of attention and effort, so it is best to ensure that he has a wide assortment of toys to keep him busy. Here is how to find the best toys for your beagle.

Chewing Toys
The Beagle is a breed of small hound which was developed primarily for hunting hare. As a result, out of all the dogs breeds, they have one of the best senses of smell and can get easily distracted by any unfamiliar scents. But even stronger than their smell is their urge to chew, especially as puppies, when they are teething. Because teething can give them a great deal of discomfort, they will tend to latch on the first thing that they see and start chewing.

Apart from making your house chewing proof, the best thing you can do to manage this situation is by providing the young Beagle with specially designed chewing toys. These will not only quell their urge to munch on everything that they encounter but will also help them develop healthy chewing habits once they reach adulthood. For finding out which are the best dog toys for power chewers, you can always check out review websites such as ToyPetReviews.

You should choose a few teething toys with different textures so that the puppy can decide for himself which one he prefers, and durable, to keep him away from destroying your furniture once he rips the toy apart. Make sure to choose toys that are made out of rubber, because the Beagle will find the sensation of rubbing them against his gums and teeth soothing and relaxing.

Toys to Keep the Beagle Distracted
While the beagle is characterized by an even temper and a generally gentle disposition, they have excessive amounts of energy and require lots of attention. Because they were trained and bred to hunt hares and foxes, they are hard-wired to incessantly run around and chase the first thing that captures their attention. Because of this same reason and their single-mindedness, they are very hard to train and control.

Therefore, you should focus on toys that are able to catch the Beagle’s attention and satisfy his hunting instincts. Make sure to choose toys that let out captivating noises (rattles, squeaks, etc.) or special toys that call out phrases. If the toys are shaped in the form of ducks, hares or foxes (animals which Beagles are naturally inclined to chase), all the better. In this way, your Beagle will be properly engaged, and have tons of fun in the process.

Bonding and Stress Management Toys
As we have previously mentioned above, many breeds of dogs suffer from what experts call separation anxiety. Because Beagles are essentially pack dogs who were bred to live in close proximity to their owners and other canines, separation anxiety takes an even greater toll on their psyche. Beagle owners should prioritize creating a spacious, well-lit environment with a diverse soundscape to keep the dogs calm and relaxed.

Since the owners can’t possibly stay with their Beagles for the entire duration of the day, owners should, apart from purchasing another dog to eliminate any feelings of loneliness, get toys that are designed to provide them with a sense of companionship. For example, a good product that will surely make the Beagle happy is the Zippy Paws Squeakie Pup Plush Toy, which is designed to look exactly like a Beagle Puppy. This plush toy has no stuffing inside (so you will not have to worry about cleaning after him) and is equipped with ten big squeakers, which will keep the dog engaged and happy.

Conclusion
Due to their constant presence in pop culture and success of the comic strip Peanuts, the beagle is the most famous dog breed in the world. This particular breed is extremely energetic and friendly towards humans and other animals but can be very hard to manage and control due to their strong hunting instincts.

Therefore, Beagle toys should constitute an extension of their strong temperaments and personalities – safe chewing items to calm their impulses, toys to keep them distracted, and playthings that are specially designed to manage their separation anxiety. Make sure to give these tips a thorough read, and you will surely find toys that your Beagle will enjoy.

Five Top Tips: Reading Your Dog’s Body Language

They say dogs are a man’s best friend and incredibly loyal animals, but do you know what’s really going on with your dog?
In theory, it can be hard to know what an animal is feeling or thinking, as they can’t communicate with speech, but in fact dogs reveal their emotions a lot more than you may think. As with humans, we can tell a lot from their body language.
Here, we put together a helpful list of signs that your dog may be using to show you just how they are feeling. When you know what your beloved pet is trying to say, it becomes a whole lot easier to ensure they remain happy and healthy.

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If Your Dog Is Happy
Happiness is probably one of the easiest emotions to decipher, and as we want our dogs to be as happy as possible, it’s one we’re sure you’ll endeavour to maintain. Once you know what makes your dog happy, it’ll be easier for you to replicate this feeling and keep your pooch content. It’s especially important to understand when your dog is happy because if you confuse this with another, less positive emotion, you could be causing more problems for your pup.

Some signs to look out for
– Happy expression
– Relaxed body
– Panting
– Lying with one paw tucked under
– Enthusiastic tail wag
– Playful bow
– Rolling over
– Inviting belly rubs

If Your Dog Is Aggressive
Behaviours associated with aggression are easily misconstrued, but as it’s one of the most difficult emotions to understand and explain, it’s important to keep your eyes peeled for if your dog begins to turn aggressive. This can help you keep them under control and stop aggression leading to any kind of physical attack.

Signs include
– Freezes, suddenly becomes stiff
– Stands up with front legs splayed
– Head low
– Curls lip
– Shows teeth
– Gnarls
– Aggressive barking
– Biting
– Raised tail

If Your Dog Is Fearful or Stressed
Whilst stress is part and parcel of life, it’s not an emotion that any of us particularly enjoy experiencing, dogs included. Our canine friends can show stress and fear in a multitude of ways but it’s usually environmental influences that cause your dog to be afraid. When you understand how your dog is feeling, you can look to remove some of the factors causing this and alleviate the negative emotions.

Signs to look out for
– Barking or whimpering
– Running around or pacing
– Crouching
– Shaking
– Change in appetite
– Pinned ears
– Avoidance

If Your Dog Is Excited
Seeing a dog run around full of glee is a joy to watch and ensuring that your dog stays positive and enthusiastic is part of fostering their playful personality. Once you identify what makes them excited, it’s easier for you to ascertain that if they’re running around, wagging their tail and barking, it’s not in a negative or intimidating way.

Signs include
– Playful behaviour
– Ears forward
– Mouth open
– Tail high
– Fast tail wag

If Your Dog Is Sad
This is an emotion we’re sure you’d never want your dog to feel as most dog owners go out of their way to ensure their canine companion is as happy as can be. However, dogs can experience feeling down in the dumps just as humans can. It’s vital for you, as a dog owner, to recognise these signs in order for you to help your pooch feel happier again.

Signs to look out for
– Loss of appetite
– Lethargy
– Avoidance
– Changes in sleeping habits

Good communication can show a mutual sign of love, respect and trust, so keep your eyes peeled for the different types of body language your dog is showing – chances are they are trying to tell you something.

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Tips for Leaving Your Dog Home Alone

Just like we humans have adapted to the changing lifestyles around us – longer workdays, smaller outdoor spaces – our furry friends also have had to adjust to the modern life. Gone are the days, where we could just leave our dogs outdoors to run in the fields, as most of us live in smaller apartments in the city.

Unfortunately, dogs can get anxious spending all of their day indoors alone. The good news is you can help your dog feel just a little less anxious at home with the below tips.

Leaving your dog at home

 

A trained dog feels more comfortable
Most dog owners are responsible for training dogs to do all sorts of tricks and behave well, but when it comes to training the dog to be alone, we aren’t always so good. It’s important to ensure your dog never has to adjust to a new situation unexpectedly, but has more time to get used to the situation.

This means you should slowly start training your dog to stay home alone. Dog training books often provide great tips on how to achieve this. The main thing to remember is to advance slowly and to reward good behaviour.

In addition, if your dog has ended up destroying furniture or leaving a mess while you were out, don’t punish the dog. To your dog, the punishment would relate to the thing they are doing at the time you punish them – a dog won’t understand you are punishing him for chewing your dogs four hours ago.

A tired dog is a sleepy dog
You’ve all been resting for the night, the alarm goes off and you rush through your morning routine, while your dog eats his breakfast. You are running a bit late and so the morning walk is just a minute-long brisk visit to outside.

Sounds familiar? It should also sound awfully boring, as your dog will be left at home, full of energy while you go to work. Energetic dogs in an empty home with not much to do equal certain chaos.

It’s essential you get your dog as tired as possible in the morning, to ensure they are happy to stay home alone with only a few things to occupy them. Depending on your dog’s breed and size, a long walk is a fantastic idea for the mornings.

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A selection of things to do
If you had to sit in a relatively empty room for eight hours every day, you’d most likely end up going crazy. So, you shouldn’t be surprised if your dog entertains himself by chewing the sofa while you are away.

Provide your dog with something fun to do, such as food-dispending toys, or other chewy toys. Dogs love foraging, so you can hide pieces of dry food around the home for the dog to search and find. There’s a wealth of great dog toys available at various pet stores like MedicAnimal, Zooplus, Pet Supermarket, and more at VoucherBin UK.

You could also experiment with things such as radio or TV. Most modern models can be timed to go on and off at a specific time and the dog might find these sounds soothing during a long day.

A friendly face to keep company
Finally, your dog isn’t required to spend the whole day on its own. You got a range of options available from a full doggie day care to a doggie walker to add a small change to the dog’s daily routine. The Good Dog Guide has a list of options around the UK for both day care and daily walks.

A sign of deeper trouble
Most dogs can present some naughty behaviour and signs of boredom after long days alone. But if your dog is extremely restless and whiny, as you begin to leave and you are constantly met with gnawed doors and items, the dog might be suffering from genuine separation anxiety.

If you suspect this is the case, it might be a good idea to film your dog a bit while he is home alone. If the dog behaves anxiously, talk to your vet about the issues. Separation anxiety can be treated with behavioural training and in some instances with medication.

Dog behaviours explained

In order to really understand what your dog is trying to tell you, it’s important to observe their body language and listen to the noises they make.

You may think you know exactly what your dog is saying by wagging its tail, for example. But were you aware that this can signify a number of feelings – from excited, playful or attentive, to apprehensive and even slightly nervous?

Our visual guide offers an overview of some common dog behaviours and expressions, to help you understand what exactly your dog is trying to communicate.

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Top Training Tips for Your New Pet Pooch

When you get a new dog, it’s natural to want to spend most of your time playing with your pet pooch, but those first few weeks are crucial for training.

The behaviour your dog learns at an early age will stick, and it’s hard further down the line to get them out of any bad habits that they form. As a result, it’s vital that you stay on top of a dedicated training routine for your new dog in these early stages.

To help you out, here are five top training tips that you can follow to get you started.

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1. Positive Reinforcement
Perhaps the most important training tip for a new dog is to use positive reinforcement.

This means that whenever your pet pooch follows an order that you make, you should reward them with affection or a treat so they know they’ve done the right thing.

Psychologically, the dog then learns to associate good behaviour with a treat or a reward, making them more likely to behave well in the future.

When training a new dog it’s easy to become overly focused on the bad things your animal does, but it’s just as important that you remember to show your pet that you appreciate their good behaviour too.

2. House Rules
Being consistent with the house rules you set is very important for your dog’s behaviour, so ideally you want to establish these before you bring your pet home for the first time.
As an example, you might want to keep your dog out of your bedroom, which means you’d need to start closing the door if you usually leave it open.

Dogs will naturally want to explore, so they will see an open door as an invitation, and if they have been to a particular part of the house before they will not understand why they are not allowed there again.

So that your new dog does not get overwhelmed, it’s a good idea to introduce them to your home slowly, perhaps by letting them into new rooms one at a time so they can gradually get used to their new surroundings.

Think about whether or not you mind your dog being on your furniture. If you want them to stay off your chairs and sofas, never encourage them on to your lap when you are sitting down.

If you can, you should give your dog their own private space which they can use for sleeping or whenever they need some time to themselves.

3. Mealtimes
Dogs like a firm routine, so if possible, feed them at the same time every day. This way they’ll know when they can expect food.

Remember to choose dog food that is suitable for your pet pooch. There is no point feeding them a type of food that is particularly high in protein if they are going to be shut inside for most of the day.

Your vet will be able to give you plenty of advice on the right type of dog food to give to your pet pooch. Do not underestimate how important dietary considerations are to the health of your four-legged friend.

Treats are okay, but remember to give them in moderation. Keep them hidden in a place where your pet pooch will not be able to get to them. Keep an eye on whether your pet is enjoying their food and treats, too; if not, you might need to switch to a different product or brand.

4. Body Language
Being able to read your pet’s body language is key, and there are a few signs to look out for when you are training your new dog.

The tail is one of the best indicators of your dog’s mood. Wagging typically indicates pleasure, of course, but a slow wag can instead mean they are angry. If the tail is held low it may mean your pet is scared or nervous.

Raising a paw is usually a sign that your dog is in the mood to play, while it is clear what they want to do if they bring one of their favourite toys to you.

Remember that your pet is learning from your own body language, too, so be aware of how you hold yourself when you are in your dog’s presence.

5. Consistency
Finally, it’s crucial that everyone in the house be consistent when training your dog.

It’s great if everyone joins in with training your new pet, but they need to use the same commands with the same tone of voice, or the animal may get confused.

Make sure everyone is sticking to the same house rules, as your dog will quickly learn what they can get away with from certain family members.

Over to You
Now that you’ve taken a look at these top tips, it’s time to put what you’ve learnt into action.
Remember to be calm and patient with your dog and work hard initially so that you can spend time in the company of a well-trained dog later on.

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This post was written by GJW Titmuss, a leading online pet supplies, food and accessories store.

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How to avoid overfeeding while training your dog

Dogs are intelligent animals and they can be trained to perform a host of different actions. As a general rule, the sooner you start training your pooch, the easier and more successful the process will be.

By far the best way to train dogs is to use positive reinforcement. This means offering the creatures a reward each time they perform a behaviour you want. The only trouble is, owners often get carried away with handing out edible treats to their canine companions, and this can cause the animals to gain too much weight.

Here are some top tips to help ensure your dog doesn’t pile on the pounds as a result of your training sessions.

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Explore alternatives
It is really important to note that edible treats are not the only form of reward available to you when you are training your dog. In fact, some dogs prefer to be praised with affection or a game. If you discover this works for your pet, you can forget about handing over titbits.

Healthy treats
If your dog isn’t interested in learning new behaviours unless there’s the prospect of food as a reward, you should think carefully about the treats you offer. Some foods are much more calorific than others.

Particularly if you are handing out lots of treats, it’s vital that you choose foods that are low in calories. For example, rather than handing over meaty offerings such as pieces of sausage, perhaps you could provide small slices of carrot.

Try to be consistent in your use of treats too. If your dog is used to getting rich, indulgent treats, it will be harder to switch over to healthy versions.

Safety first
Whenever you’re choosing rewards for your dog, make sure they are safe to eat. Certain human foods are poisonous to dogs. For example, it is not a good idea to give your pet chocolate. If you are unsure about certain products, ask your vet or search for information from trusted sources online.

Reduce mealtime calorie intake
The commercial dog foods now available from firms such as Hill’s Pet Nutrition are complete, meaning there is no need to supplement them with anything else. Indeed, if you start adding to your dog’s diet by dispensing treats, you risk overfeeding it.
To ensure you don’t fall into this trap, make a mental note of the number of treats you give out during training sessions and adjust your pet’s food portions during mealtimes accordingly.

By putting less food in your dog’s bowl, you can help to prevent it from gaining excess weight.

Know when to stop
It’s also important to know when to stop giving out treats during the training process. Once your animal has learnt the relevant behaviour, there is no need to continue handing over rewards. All too often, owners carry on dispensing treats when it is no longer necessary.
By bearing this advice in mind, you should find that you’re able to train your dog without overfeeding it in the process.

How do you and your dog like to get your exercise?

How do you and your dog like to get your exercise? With one in three dogs being overweight, it is so important to keep your dog healthy. Sainsbury’s Bank have put together an infographic to showcase the weird and wonderful types of exercises for dogs. The activities range from canicross, disc dog, dog diving and even skijoring! Take a look at the infographic to see what you and your dog could get up to today.
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Dog collars and tags

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Dogs are popular pets the world over and with so many shapes, sizes, colours, breeds and temperaments to chose from it is easy to see why so many people find a dog to suit their needs. Dogs make fantastic pets for families as they are active and attention
seeking, needing frequent exercise and love which a doting family can usually provide in bucketloads.So if you are considering getting a pooch as a pet what sort of things do you need to ensure that you are set up adequately for when you bring him home for the first time.
Food & Drink Station
Dogs respond well to routine so it is important that food and drink is offered at the same time every day and in the same place. Often dog owners have specific feeding stations with bowls raised at the right height for the size of the animal to minimise the risk of neck strain. It is a sensible idea to have the feeding station away from human food so that the temptation for them to eat human food is away from them when they are hungry. It is also a good idea to make sure that your food station is on an easily
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Identity
It is important that you are clear about your dogs identity from the start as changing names can cause massive confusion for the animal. Chose a name well in advance for your dog coming home and get a collar and tag made so that in those inevitable moments when your dog decides to run away across the field, you know he can be returned safely if someone else catches up to him first!
Toys
Dogs are active creatures and it is essential that you keep their minds and their bodies active as much as possible. If you do not stimulate your dog enough you run the risk of him becoming sullen, bad tempered and even depressed. If you leave your dog indoors whilst you are at work and they become bored, your furniture and carpet may not last very long.To avoid these situations make sure that you are getting appropriate toys for both indoor and outdoor play. There are many toys on the market so do make sure that it is an appropriate
size and construction for your particular breed, a poodle and a
bulldog play with quite different toys.

Celtic-K9 Trainer has the 4-1-1 on Dog Park Etiquette

etiquette is important for safety at the dog park
One of the most important things you must bring with you to your dog parks is a positive, calm, relaxed, and happy attitude. You must have a good strong leash (not a recoil leash as they are the worst type of leash for controlling your dog) and collar or harness. Never bring a dog to a dog park wearing a pinch collar. Also, remember to bring a good outdoor toy with which you and your dog love to play.
The first behavior I look for at a dog park is not the behavior of the dog but of the handler. I have noticed owners approaching a park all tense and rigid. This energy rubs off on their dog and in turn the dog enters the park all tense and defensive.  This energy transfers like a ripple in a pond. It can and has been the cause of many upsets in the park, usually resulting in some poor doggy having to leave too early.
I once watched a man stand alone in the middle of the dog park throwing a ball for his Shepherd mix. Every time he threw the ball, every dog in the park went crazy for the ball and charged after it. This big pack of dogs – all colors all breeds – charged together playing. The other dogs’ owners stood in a huddle together on the sidelines, pretty much ignoring their dogs. They were either too busy playing with the latest fad in technology or complaining about the world and its problems.
A short while later, a truck pulled into the car park and out jumped a short thin man with two of the most beautiful Bullies I have ever seen. They sat at the tail of the truck waiting for their leashes to be attached and to be led to the park to play. The man weighed approximately 150lbs and was leading approximately 180lbs of muscle. He led them with confidence and pride. As he entered the park, his two dogs sat and waited to be released.
As he started to release them, every handler in the park called their dog over and leashed them. As the owners became nervous and tense while trying to round up their dogs, three different fights broke out. The only dogs in the park not involved in the freeze of fear and stress were the two Pit Bulls and the Shepherd mix that had been chasing the ball.
What we need to learn from this situation is that sometimes (and I would argue that the majority of the time) it is the dog owner that causes the problems that we see in dogs. From the lack of understanding of the breed to their need to be exercised both physically and mentally, many dog owners fail to understand how their behavior directly affects their dog’s behavior.It is important to supervise your pet at the dog park

A lot of owners will bring their dogs to the park and release them to run in an unsupervised and unstructured environment. A dog running free in the park with no plan will create a game of his own which can be fun to watch but it can also encourage the dog to develop his own way of entertaining himself, which usually results in the development of a behavioral problem. Take a ball, a rope, or the good old trusty Kong-On-A-Rope to the park and play with your dog. Chase him and let him chase him you and reward him for playing. You cannot imagine the strong relationship that will develop simply by playing with your dog.
After all, what do you think your dog thinks you have been doing for the past eight hours while he has been protecting the house? So take him out and play and have fun with your dog – he’s earned it and so have you!

One of the most important things you must bring with you to your dog parks is a positive, calm, relaxed, and happy attitude. You must have a good strong leash (not a recoil leash as they are the worst type of leash for controlling your dog) and collar or harness. Never bring a dog to a dog park wearing a pinch collar. Also, remember to bring a good outdoor toy with which you and your dog love to play.

The first behavior I look for at a dog park is not the behavior of the dog but of the handler. I have noticed owners approaching a park all tense and rigid. This energy rubs off on their dog and in turn the dog enters the park all tense and defensive. This energy transfers like a ripple in a pond. It can and has been the cause of many upsets in the park, usually resulting in some poor doggy having to leave too early.

I once watched a man stand alone in the middle of the dog park throwing a ball for his Shepherd mix. Every time he threw the ball, every dog in the park went crazy for the ball and charged after it. This big pack of dogs – all colors all breeds – charged together playing. The other dogs’ owners stood in a huddle together on the sidelines, pretty much ignoring their dogs. They were either too busy playing with the latest fad in technology or complaining about the world and its problems.

A short while later, a truck pulled into the car park and out jumped a short thin man with two of the most beautiful Bullies I have ever seen. They sat at the tail of the truck waiting for their leashes to be attached and to be led to the park to play. The man weighed approximately 150lbs and was leading approximately 180lbs of muscle. He led them with confidence and pride. As he entered the park, his two dogs sat and waited to be released.

As he started to release them, every handler in the park called their dog over and leashed them. As the owners became nervous and tense while trying to round up their dogs, three different fights broke out. The only dogs in the park not involved in the freeze of fear and stress were the two Pit Bulls and the Shepherd mix that had been chasing the ball.

What we need to learn from this situation is that sometimes (and I would argue that the majority of the time) it is the dog owner that causes the problems that we see in dogs. From the lack of understanding of the breed to their need to be exercised both physically and mentally, many dog owners fail to understand how their behavior directly affects their dog’s behavior.

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A lot of owners will bring their dogs to the park and release them to run in an unsupervised and unstructured environment. A dog running free in the park with no plan will create a game of his own which can be fun to watch but it can also encourage the dog to develop his own way of entertaining himself, which usually results in the development of a behavioral problem. Take a ball, a rope, or the good old trusty Kong-On-A-Rope to the park and play with your dog. Chase him and let him chase him you and reward him for playing. You cannot imagine the strong relationship that will develop simply by playing with your dog.

After all, what do you think your dog thinks you have been doing for the past eight hours while he has been protecting the house? So take him out and play and have fun with your dog – he’s earned it and so have you!

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