How your Dog Sees You: Know What’s Inside your Pekingese’s Mind

 


Have you ever thought on how your dog sees you? An alpha? A best bud? A parent? A food provider? A can opener?

Most pet owners make up all kinds of interpretations about how their pets feel towards them. But due to technology these days, the experts can already capture images of actual canine thought process.

The researchers and experts from Emory University developed a new technology in scanning and exploring the minds of our four-legged companion. They are using the fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) technique, the same way they do in order to unlock the secrets of a human brain.

In a study, they found out that dogs respond closely to humans’ hand signals and it also has a direct line to their reward system. That would explain why your dog would come near you in an instant if you have a reward for him compared to when you are barehanded.

How your Dog Sees You

How your Dog Sees You: Know What’s Inside your Pekingese’s Mind

Unlock His Bark Code

When your pet is barking a lot, there may be a cause to it. Rather than letting him be and keeping an endless supply of earplugs, know what your pet is trying to tell you. It is not healthy for the both of you in the long run if you decide to ignore your pet. Who knows, your pet is already thinking how inconsiderate you are for not taking the time to listen to him. You don’t want that, do you?

“I’m Confused” Bark

This is characterized with a loud, endless barking towards a person/thing that he is afraid of. First, know the history of your pet. If he has previous trauma then try to heal it before you encourage him to deal with his issues. There are also times where your pet would end up jumping in your arms or hiding between your legs after barking loudly. This means that he is so threatened and confused of what is going on around him and he is seeking security from you. If you have this kind of pet, do not reprimand him. Rather support and show him that there is nothing to worry about. Project that authorative energy so that your pet would pick that up from you and would be less fearful.

“I’m Scared” Bark

Most of the time, a dog would have to have a traumatic incident before he would develop a fear towards something and that is where the fear bark comes in. Dealing with a fearful dog is not easy since the mere sight of a person/thing that he is afraid of would immediately cause him to act inappropriately. However, Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan reminds all pet owners that dog’s are very sensitive to our own emotions. If we ourselves would imagine that something bad would happen because that person/thing is there your pet can sense the anxiety, sadness and fear from you. However, if you are showing him that nothing is wrong and that you feel good, then he would also feel the same. Though, your pet may need rehab, but it all boils down to you and your feelings.

“I’m Bored” Bark

This usually happens when you go to work and your pet would begin to bark loudly nonstop until you come home. This is also connected with separation anxiety but if you only give your pet 15 minutes of exercise per day then you leave him for work, then he is so bored out of his mind already. You as an owner should do something about it. Seek professional help or read help books to improve the situation. Always remember that you have your work, friends and other stuff going on while your pet only has you.

“I’m Spoiled” Bark

This is characterized with nonstop barking fits when your pet doesn’t get what he wants or worse, would use his charms to get other people’s attention and then growl and threaten them once he has succeeded with his goal. This attitude cam about due to the owners themselves. If you are over indulging your pet and give in to what he always wants, then HE is the pack leader and not you! Better seek help from an expert in order to correct this attitude before it goes on any longer.

Knowing how your dog sees you is an eye opener for every dog parent out there. Do not ever underestimate your dog’s sensitivity to our emotions. If you help him identify and face his fears and do not fuel him with your own disorganized and panic thoughts, then everything would run smoothly.

So, what or who are you in your pet’s eyes? Who is the leader of the pack? Is it really you? Share with us your story on the space provided below.

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Pica in Dogs: Does your Pekingese Have Pica?

Pica in Dogs: Does your Pekingese Have Pica?

What is pica in dogs? Eating non-food items is coined as pica. Although you may see it as a sign that his diet is lacking some nutrient; however when it occurs is puppies and young dogs the most common cause is actually boredom. Consuming non-food items occasionally may turn into a compulsive behavior, which may be a dangerous habit. The most common form of pica is your pet eating rocks, but he can also eat other things like containers, human clothing, wood or other wooden objects and plastic materials.

It is normal for puppies to chow down on all types of objects, non-food items included. Though, experts are not sure on why they indulge in this, most puppies do this in order to investigate their surroundings. And most puppies will just outgrow this behavior when they reach 6 months of age and along with a reprimand from their owner.

It is already considered as a compulsive behavior if he still continues to do so even when he is already a full grown adult. Compulsive behavior won’t go away if you leave it untreated, you must help her with a special training. Ask your vet about it for more info.

On the other hand, it is common to see dogs eat grass. Some dogs would graze when they don’t feel good and would want to vomit, while others do this to improve their digestion. They also indulge in it because it helps in getting rid of worms or can treat stomach ailments. As long as your pet only eats soil and grass occasionally, then this type of pica won’t have any issue.

Pica in Dogs

Resolving the Problem

If you notice that your pet has pica issues, giving him lots of appropriate things and toys for him to play with as well as a chance to play with you might help in resolving this issue and prevent the development of compulsive behavior. Just bear in mind that if you give him things to chew on, be sure that it is a chew toy designed for him so that he won’t bite off chunks of it and choke in the long run. If you suspect that his pica is diet related issue, then switch him to a higher quality dog food, it could help resolve the problem, if you see no improvement then consult your vet already.

Pica in Pups

  • Give him a plenty of mental exercise to keep him busy. Give him different toys and safe things to chew on.
  • Provide lots of physical exercise too. Play catch, tug of war, fetch and go on walks with your pet. Allow him to run around the yard as well while you supervise.
  • Monitor him. Reprimand him verbally every time you see him chew on something that isn’t suppose to be. Redirect his attention and give her treats and toys instead.
  • If you see him already eating non-edible items, take it from his mouth immediately as it can cause blockages or illnesses once swallowed.

Handling Compulsive Pica

If you are not seeking the aid of an expert animal behaviorist, then here are some steps you can do at home to curb his bad habit.

  • Dog proof your home. Prevent him from gaining access to all non-edible items that he is loves on eating. Supervise him most of the time when you are out in the open. If necessary, you can put basket muzzle on him when you go out on walks.
  • Discourage him. Every time you see him trying to chew on something that isn’t right, then reprimand him. Try to give him his toys and treats to redirect his attention, if he does so, praise him for that.
  • Give him lots to do. Mental and physical exercise can help a lot. Go on walks, play with him, give him lots of challenging toys to keep him pre-occupied for hours and also allow him to mingle with his dog buddies at the park.
  • Consult the vet. Ask your vet about medications that could minimize your pet’s stress and compulsive behavior.
  • Teach him a new skill. Teaching him a new skill would prevent him from doing his compulsive behavior. Reward him for good performance and scold him of he tries to eat something that is not edible.
  • Use deterrents. Using of safe taste deterrents on the items that your pet loves to chew on is also an idea. Useful and safe deterrents include ground pepper, tabasco sauce, Grannick’s bitter apple gel or spray. Be consistent on your application on the items and restrict her water source for 10-20 minutes for maximum results. The bad taste and limit of water source would discourage her from chewing on those items again. If you see him approaching on that item he loves to chew and would turn away, praise him immediately.

Pica in dogs is normal however it is not healthy since if could harm him. As an owner, you must do something to help him stop this bad behavior of his. If you think that you cannot handle the situation on your own, you better seek the help of an expert right away.

Is your pekingese well behaved? Good for you, if so, because mine is quite mischievous; trying to nibble on my garments whenever he can! What is your story? Share it with us below.

 

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How to Get your Dog to Sleep: Ensuring a Goodnight’s Rest for your Pekingese

How to Get your Dog to Sleep: Ensuring a Goodnight’s Rest for your Pekingese

Your dog keeping you away from a good night’s sleep? There are simple pointers on how to get your dog to sleep.

  • Establish a sleeping place for him. Upon his very first night at your home, show him is personal space. This can include a crate or kennel, just see to it to line it first with newspaper in case there are night accidents. Also be sure that there is an elevated area in his sleep area so that he won’t be sleeping on his own waste. You can either use a doggy pillow or bed.
  • Allow him to find his sleeping area. Yeah, you designate a spot for him, but you need to train him so that he would go that that area at will. let him have a positive connection with that area. In any way, do not associate his sleeping area with a negative experience and that includes him being picked up and placed there by force.
  • No sharing of bed yet. Though you may have the urge to share an intimate moment with you, don’t do this right away. Let him get used to his area first before you let him participate in an intimate connection. If he cries and whines at night, do not react. Trying to comfort him will let him know that he can summon you at his will.

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  • Identify the problem. Puppies tend to miss the warmth and noise of a litter. They are creatures of habit — thus a change of sleeping situation may be an issue. And if something stressful has happened lately, this needs to be addressed too.
  • Materials you need. Try giving him a bean bag or a mat and a clock that produces a rhytmic ticking sound. Place these items under a cushion or blanket where your pet sleeps. This should work like magic.
  • Change in environment. If the new puppy is accustomed to sleeping inside a kennel, crate or other similar small places then he may have a hard time sleeping in an open room. It may take time for him to adjust, just be patient.
  • Exercise. In general, a dog needs around 30-40 minutes per day r panting, running, etc… Like what the old saying goes, a tired dog is a good dog. Thus, if you have a pet that is restless at night, maybe he lacks exercise in order to burn up his excess energy.
  • Diet. They absorb energy different from us. In general, they get lots of energy boost right after eating, so if you feed her late at night, then he will be too energetic to sleep. Try to feed him earlier and allow him to relieve himself before going to bed as well.

Just be sure that your puppy won’t be sleeping the entire day because that would make him wide awake at night. Knowing how to get your dog to sleep make take some time and patience but it is worth it since both your rest and your dog’s would be ensured in the long run. Just be sure to provide a quiet place for him to sleep. And just like yawning is contagious between humans, it works like magic in dogs too. Try to yawn intentionally in front of him and it would induce him to sleep.

Any tips on how you put your pet to sleep? Any additional tricks that you know of? Feel free to share with us below,

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Signs of Dog Anxiety – Is your Pekingese Anxious?

Signs of Dog Anxiety – Is your Pekingese Anxious?

Just like humans, dogs also have their own fears and anxieties. And being able to recognize signs of dog anxiety is a skill that any pet owner should have. A dog’s anxieties may not necessarily be like yours or mine, however they cause physical reactions and stress just the same.

Some common dog anxiety issues include the following:

  • Noise anxiety – A dog is afraid and stressed out when he is exposed to unusual or loud noises. Common examples would be thunderstorms, garbage truck, fireworks, etc…
  • Confinement anxiety – Your pet would get so stressed when he would feel confined or trapped.
  • Separation anxiety – He gets so nervous and anxious when left all alone.
  • Travel anxiety – Your car is actually like a den however, dogs are not used to moving dens. Thus, they would end up being nervous at something they are not sure of.

When a dog gets anxious, they would also engage in displacement or repetitive behaviors in order to relieve the stress they are feeling. This is the same with us when we feel nervous we end up biting our nails, tug or hair or pace around.

In this case, an anxious dog may groom, pace and more. And there are some behaviors that would lead to destroying our properties, may become aggressive or simply do things that are undesirable to us.

Signs of Dog Anxiety

  • Posture. Look at his posture. Dogs who are anxious often freeze with tensed muscles once they feel threatened or they would simply turn away from the said threat. Dogs who are severely anxious would tend to crouch with head and upper body close to the ground. Or an overly submissive dogs would roll over and expose their belly and urinate a bit. Other subtle signs of anxiety include: shaking, stretching, tucking his tail between his legs, lowering his head or lifting a paw.
  • Check his eyes. Dogs who are nervous and worried may use aggression and will use his eyes – giving his source of stress a wide, unblinking stare, showing the white part of his eyes.
  • Ear position. Generally, anxious dogs will tend to pin their ears back as a sign of fear or submission. If you see this sign along with the other signs then try to remove him from his anxiety source.
  • Not eating. A dog who is flooded with frightening or unpleasant stimulus will tend to shut down and is unable to eat.
  • Get to know him. The best way to see if your pet is having some anxiety issues is for you to get to know him better – know his character and personality. Know what are his dislikes and likes. If you are able to get this then it is rewarding to know that you can understand your pet’s language.

Whether you are wondering why your pet is not ‘himself ‘ when you are out in the park or you are trying to warn kids about taking precautions in approaching a dog, being able to determine the signs of dog anxiety is a skill that any pet owner should have.

Do you know how to read your pet’s body language? Can you understand what he is trying to say to you? If you happen to know more about this topic, then please do share your knowledge with us below.

 

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How to Teach a Dog to Heel – Be in Command of your Pekingese

How to Teach a Dog to Heel – Be in Command of your Pekingese

Learning and executing how to teach a dog to heel is very essential to every dog owner out there. It never ceases to amaze me how many pet lovers go out on a walk and is being dragged out and about by their pets. And what’s more is the fact that they would blame their pets for this nasty behavior, if only they would realize that the problem is really with them.

If your pet would drag you during your walks, then you are not the alpha here. Canines are very smart and wise creatures, and they would never hesitate to take advantage of the situation if you let them. The thing is, teaching your pet how to heel only takes a short period of time to teach. It must be one of the first basic commands that your pet should learn since day one.

Teaching him how to heel would ensure you that your pet would behave nicely when you are out in public. Also, it would let them know who the boss really is, which is imperative to your human-dog relationship. He should be able to ask guidance from his pack leader (you) before running of to somewhere chasing a cat or another dog.

How to teach a dog to heel

  1. Positioning. The correct way to walk your pet is to keep him on your left side with his leash across in your front which is being held by your right hand.
  2. Walk at will. Your pet should walk with his shoulder or head in sync with your hip at his will. You are not exerting effort to keep the leash tight in place. The leash must be loose between the two of you with minimal contact.
  3. Teach him to watch. Letting him learn to watch with you and not simply obey via his leash.
  4. Your arm. Your leash is an extension of your arm and do not correct your pet unless it is truly needed.
  5. Get his attention. The key for teaching him to heel is to be able to get his attention. Begin by standing or sitting beside your dog in the proper position. Try getting his attention by calling out his name, making noises or tapping his head lightly, or any way you can possibly think of. When he looks at you, tap or slap your left hip and say “Here.” This is a command, he can learn via looking where you are tapping. This way you are providing him a reference point where his place is when heeling.
  6. Practicing it. Now, that you know your places, put it to practice. In general  dogs would forge ahead his way. In order to correct this, get him a leash that is tight enough to let you step across in front of him. If he charges ahead, make a sharp turn and step in front of him and change the direction. Walk again, and if he tries to do it again, do that pattern again. Repetition would allow him to learn that you are the boss and not him.

With extra patience, you will be able to execute properly how to teach a dog to heel. Aside from his wonderful behavior, another benefit is the fact that you two would be able to form a stronger and closer bond. Just know that there are dogs that are quite a challenge to train and this doesn’t mean that he is a bad dog. It just means that you got to work harder in order to get the result you desire.

Does your pekingese know this command already? How did you train him? Tell us how you did it, we can learn from you. There’s a space provided below for your feedback. Don’t forget to share and like out page too!

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