Training Shy Dogs – Helping your Timid Pekingese

 


Training Shy Dogs – Helping your Timid Pekingese

It may not be like it, but there are peeks out there who ended up overly shy, fearful and insecure. Training shy dogs require 2 things: patience and proper technique. Timidity and shyness can occur as a puppy matures. And sometimes it is because of the owner’s negligence. He/she didn’t properly introduce the pup to various people, places, things and other animals during the prime puppyhood socialization phase. Then there are other factors such as emotional trauma, lack of interaction or physical abuse. Fear and overly shy are bad traits that often lead to aggression and biting.

Pet parents can aid their pets into becoming a more stable, confident dog by carefully introducing him to other people, animals, new places and other friendly dogs. And the most practical way to do this is simply incorporating a daily walk into his routine. Put him on a leash so that he would feel secure since you are by his side at the same time you can control him if necessary.

Training Shy Dogs

Regardless of the cause of your dog’s insecurity– believe it or not, the solution to fixing this type of problem behavior is fairly easy, using the right techniques and a little bit of patience. These are the five points that are crucial to understanding how we professional dog trainers cure the shy, insecure and fearful dog. Use these and you’ll see 80% of your dog’s insecure behavior vanish in less than two weeks, and in most cases completely disappear after three months.

Source: Dog Problems, http://www.dogproblems.com/dog-behavior/how-to-train-the-shy-insecure-or-fearful-dog/

Tips in Rehabilitating a Timid Dog

  1. Don’t pity him. Feeling sorry for him won’t do any good. Dogs can read emotions as clear as day so if you feel sorry for him, then he may see it as a sign of weakness. Your pet would be more confident if he could see that his pack leader is strong and is capable of protecting him.
  2. Do not cuddle, whisper or pet him. If you tell him that everything is alright every time he shies away, then you are reinforcing his shyness! Simply ignore him when he shies away, that way he would try to overcome it on his own.
  3. Do not threaten him. Shouting/yelling, staring him in the eye or showing him you are angry because of his being timid would only worsen the situation. Always keep a happy, positive and calm posture when dealing with him.
  4. Remove him from his comfort zone. Every dog who is overly shy has their own “safe refuge.” Begin by simply putting a leash and gently tug on him to come out from his spot. Let him feel that you are the leader and that he must follow your lead. Just be patient and he would come out from his shell eventually.
  5. Go on a walk. This can be a wonderful exercise for him at the same time it can also be your bonding time. This is the time where he could socialize outside from home and eventually his shyness will go away.

Training shy dogs doesn’t mean that the task is difficult. If you truly love your dog then you would be patient enough and would go an extra mile in order to help him overcome his issues.

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Dog Vaccinations: Vaccinating your Pekingese at Home

Dog Vaccinations: Vaccinating your Pekingese at Home

Doing your own dog vaccinations are greatly discouraged by most veterinarians, unless it is necessary and if you have been trained properly. First thing you have to consider is the adverse reaction of the medicine to your dog. The chance can be small but if it will happen, your beloved dog can be in big trouble!

Adverse reactions from medications are rare but it does happen. And the worse case scenario that you can imagine is your pet getting an anaphylactic reaction. This reaction causes a number of physiologic disturbances in the body which includes low blood pressure, depressed breathing, and slowing of heart rate. And since your pet’s brain would oxygen due to the low blood pressure, unconsciousness would happen. Immediate life-saving measures should be done in order to save your pet’s life, so bring him to the nearest hospital if it happens.

Dog Vaccinations

Warnings:

  • Only give vaccines that is recommended by your vet.
  • Give vaccines after the appropriate waiting period, usually 1 year.
  • See to it that your vaccine has been stored accordingly otherwise it can cause harm to your pet.
  • Do not give any vaccine if your pet is immuno-suppressed or ill in any way.
  • If you see blood when you draw back the syringe, remove immediately. You have hit a blood vessel, so do not give the vaccine in that location.
  • Be sure that sterility is maintained while giving your pet a shot. Never use any unsterile material.

Tips:

  • If you need to practice giving a vaccine, take an empty water bottle and place a sock over it. Practice pulling up the sock to form a ‘tent’ just like you would do on your dog’s skin. Practice handling your syringe and be comfortable around it. Be sure you can operate the syringe single-handedly. Do the practice as many times as you can before doing it actually on your pet.
  • If you are not confident or sure enough to do the shot, might as well bring your pet to the vet. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Giving dog vaccinations can be easy, simple safe if you know the proper procedure. Any vaccine should only be given after the through examination by your vet and that he/she has given the go signal for you to do it at home.

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Diabetes in Dogs – Detecting it Early for your Pekingese

Diabetes in Dogs – Detecting it Early for your Pekingese

There is no known cure for diabetes in dogs as well as in humans. However, the earlier it is detected, the more effective the course of treatment will be. Canine diabetes is quite a common illness in dogs. The average age it would appear is around 6-9 years. Diabetes is the result of defective production of insulin by the pancreas. Insulin is the one who is responsible in controlling the body’s sugar level in the blood, thus if minimal insulin is produced then there would be excess of sugar in the blood. This would then lead to dehydration thus the urge to drink massive amounts of water. There are also other dogs who end up getting this disease from their parents since it is a hereditary illness. Bigger and older dogs are more prone to this disease.

This disease is already considered by mainstream medicine experts as an incurable illness that requires a lifetime insulin injection. However, once a healthy diet is implemented, most symptoms would eventually clear up, including poor blood glucose levels.

This disease is already considered by mainstream medicine experts as an incurable illness that requires a lifetime insulin injection. However, once a healthy diet is implemented, most symptoms would eventually clear up, including poor blood glucose levels.

Canine Diabetes Facts

  • Female dogs are twice as likely to get this disease than its male counterpart.
  • Bigger dog breeds are more prone compared to the smaller ones.
  • Age onset: 7-9 years
  • It may begin with obesity but this is not always the case; it can be genetic with other breeds.

Diabetes Signs and Symptoms:

  • Excessive urination
  • Excessive drinking
  • Weight loss
  • Sudden blindness
  • Lethargy

Diabetes in Dogs

An affected dog will be hungry a lot of the time, since glucose is not making it to the brain; glucose levels in the brain are too low for the brain to register that it is receiving food. Because insulin is not giving the muscles and organs the signal to convert glucose to energy, the excess glucose in the blood will be carried out of the body in urine instead of being used for energy, and there will be a concurrent lack of energy. There is also increased thirst as a result of the increase in urine. The liver is adversely affected by this condition, as are the eyes and kidneys.

Source: Pet MD, http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/endocrine/c_dg_diabetes_mellitus_wo_complication#.UKCv2YeTw3m

Why Commercial Dog Food is not Healthy

  • In most cases, commercial dog food has poor meat quality, usually MBM’s (meat-by-products) from a plant or other unlikely sources. Thus, the protein that your pet needs is not being achieved here. The mineral chromium is important in regulating the blood sugar levels; lack of chromium not only leads to diabetes but it can also result to depression and nervousness. Highly processed foods have low chromium content since it is abundant in raw muscle meat, lover and other organic products.
  • To add to the poor meat quality as a base, a very cheap filler is also added. This would depend on what is inexpensive on the world market the time it was produced. If sugar was the cheapest one, then they would add it up. However, it is most commonly carbohydrate (i.e. rice, grains). And the end product of carbohydrates after it undergoes digestion is glucose. Not good.
  • In order for your pet to digest his food properly, and regulate insulin effectively, enzymes are required. Enzymes can’t be seen in any dog food since it can only be found in RAW foods.
  • The presence of toxic chemicals  Most highly toxic chemicals that are banned for human consumption are then added to the commercial dog food. Synthetic nutrients, flavors, coloring,  enhancers and preservatives included. And these things don’t encourage a healthy dog no matter what angle you look at it.

Once you have corrected his diet, then diabetes in dogs won’t be an issue for you not unless he got it genetically. Just watch out for the signs and symptoms and immediately contact your vet in order to take the appropriate actions in order to restore your dog’s health. Promoting a healthy diet is a challenge but it sure is worthy in the long run for the both of you.

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How to Make a Dog Love You – Making your Pekingese Love You More

You see a person effortlessly approaching any random dog and they seem to immediately warm up to him/her. But if you would approach the same dog, it is a different story. Which leaves you thinking, how to make a dog love you? Love. It is a strong four-letter word and it is defined by affection which causes sheer joy and happiness. It has also been defined as a strong liking or devotion to a certain individual.

Dogs and other pets have the capability to love their owners. And their capacity to love is determined by a mix of nurtural and natural factors. Nutural would pertain to his security while he was growing up and on how he was treated by humans would greatly affect his development. It is often believed that just like us, the way to a pet’s heart is through his stomach, but personally I think that this concept is too cynical and simple in order to explain such deep bonds between owners and pets. This may sound weird but I think in order for your pet to love you, you must first love him. Once you do that successfully, then everything would follow naturally. Loving your pet would mean that you are willing to nurture, provide and support him all the way and not merely feeding him. You would be able to protect him from all his feelings of uncertainties and being scared. You would make sure that you will entertain, cuddle and have time for him each passing day.

how to make a dog love youLove is a two-way street between the involved parties and it would deepen their bond for each other as time passes by. Unfortunately, as time goes its way, there are complications encountered and one party may end up neglecting the other. Most pet parents who show love and affection towards their pets are reciprocated a hundred-fold. Everybody needs somebody and pets need somebody too. Dogs are naturally pack animals thus they thrive for close social attachment as their foundation for a psychologically healthy life.

Here is a short yet informative video on how to make your dog love you.

How to Make a Dog Love You

Simple Guiding Tips

  • Observe. Be a keen observer and watch over him for a while. Take note on how he would act if he wants to play, hungry or cuddle. Understanding him is the first great step, it would make you more responsive to his needs thus winning his heart.
  • Petting. No one can ever go wrong with petting. It is always a good start especially with puppies, however observe him while he is being petted. There are dogs who doesn’t prefer to be petted since they want to play, so go ahead and play with him.
  • Treats. Food is the fastest way to his heart thus soft treats that has a strong meat scent would surely get his attention. If you want to train him, then don’t give the treat until he follows your command.
  • Grooming. Feeding is one, but take a few minutes of your day to grush his coat. Do not neglect your daily chores on him since he is your responsibility. He would become more affectionate towards you and his coat would be healthier as well.
  • Walk. Dogs love their daily walks. It would take out his excess energy thus minimizing negative behaviors at home.
  • Give him his space. Respect his alone time otherwise he would try to avoid you. Every creature needs their alone time, even you need it yourself. Respect his private moment and he would enjoy his time with you.
  • Do not stare at his eye. Staring a dog right in the eye scares the living daylights out of your pet. Blink or look to the side if you must look at them in the eye and do not smile since he may interpret as an ‘attack mode.’

So if you are at your boyfriend/girlfriend’s place and there’s a dog and you don’t know how to make a dog love you, simply bring out the treats. He may be wary of you at first but just be calm and stand your ground. Do not run nor show any aggressive/provoking behavior towards the dog. And before feeding him the treats that you have with you, ask permission from the owner first.

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Renaming a Dog: Is it Good or Bad for your Pekingese?

Renaming a Dog: Is it Good or Bad for your Pekingese?

Renaming a dog is good according to experts specially if he had a dark past with his old name. Changing his name into a new one would give him the leverage to live a whole new life and somehow move on from his past. A dog will respond to anything as long as he would get his treat right after. That is the main reason on why other pet parents would give their pets weird names just to be funny or to stand out. Use food to your advantage here.

Dogs have very short attention spans, so you must do his name training in 5-minute sessions. Keep a wide array of treats for him to keep him interested. His name training can be done along with his ‘come’ training. Positive reinforcement is the best way to train him as treats would keep him motivated. Always keep an abundant supply of his favorite treats and be consistent with his training. It won’t take long to train him with his new name and once he gets it, you can begin other training as desired.

Renaming a Dog

 “Dogs don’t have a concept of identity the way we do,” says certified New York dog trainer Renee Payne. “It might be confusing if you change [the name] regularly, but everyone I know calls their dogs several different nicknames. You can always add on; you just want to have some consistency. It has to be something you consistently call them.”

Certified dog trainer Amber Burckhalter adds that a name change can be good for pets, particularly if they were abused. Consistent use of a new name helps them adjust to a new and different life.
Source: MNN, http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/questions/what-is-the-best-way-to-rename-a-dog by Moreika Joshnson

Dog Renaming Tips

  1. Be sure with renaming him. Your pet may be confused at first but rest assured that he would be able to catch up with it quickly. Furthermore, experts recommend changing the name of the dog who was once abused or have had trauma so that he won’t be able to remember such dark past.
  2. Pick a name. You may derive it from his color, size, attitude, breed or temperament  Anything goes as long as you think it is a proper name for him. Do not use lots of nicknames on him because it would only make his renaming procedure more difficult.
  3. Bring out the treats. Just like with other training courses, your pet must first associate his name with the treat to get his attention. Teach everyone at the house about it so that they can also help you with renaming him.
  4. Scatter his training session throughout the day. Use several 5-minute long sessions all over the day since dogs have a very short attention span. This would help him quickly learn what his new name is.
  5. Forget the old name. Do not in any way call him back with his old name. By doing so would only confuse him more.

Whether you adopted a stray dog or from the shelter and you think his/her old name doesn’t fit him/her anymore then you may rename him. Renaming a dog is not difficult to do so since dogs are very intelligent creatures and he would be more than willing to adapt to his new name if you are just persistent enough.

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