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 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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Correcting Bad Behavior in Dogs – Train your Pekingese Right from the Start

Correcting bad behavior in dogs seems like an easy task, or is it? You saw this cute little pekingese pup and you’ve decided to buy or adopt him. You have a great vision for the both of you and you love him, sure. However, after a while he suddenly becomes a menace and is now beginning to create chaos into your once peaceful home. Any dog needs to be taught what he can and cannot do at home. And before trying to correct any bad behavior, it is ideal if you have already successfully trained him the basics such as come, stay, down and sit.

But, how does it happen? Dogs go bad simply because of the mis-communication between the dog and his pet parent. Bad dog attitudes can always be addressed with patience, time, proper management and retraining.

Setting up ground rules are important all throughout their lives and to be successful, you must be consistent about it. It is a must that all members of the household should do the same training and use the type of disciplining on the dog. Any breed of dog, if not properly corrected and trained will do anything he pleases at any age.

Another thing, always be on a calm state when you are trying to correct or teach your dog something. Never in any way yell, scream or hit the dog if you don’t want him to be scared of you. Fear is bad in any owner-dog relationship, it is and will not be healthy.

Correcting Bad Behavior in Dogs

Correcting Bad Behavior in Dogs

Some Guidelines on How to Stop Unwanted Behavior

  • The works. In general, dogs do what works out for them. Any behavior, bad or good, he is doing it because he knows that he will be getting something that he wants out of it. For example, he jumps at you the moment you enter your door. If you like this, then fine, don’t correct it. Otherwise, remove the giving of attention so that he would eventually stop jumping up to you and would try to find another way in order to get your attention. When he does it, make sure you praise and pet him.
  • Know the cause. Determine the reason behind why he is doing all those unwanted behavior. Is he trying to get your attention? Is he trying to play a game with you? What is he getting from you if he does it? Ponder on it carefully and remove what he wants out of that unwanted behavior.
  • Look at yourself in the mirror. Do you cajole him to stop when he does something bad or yell at him? Maybe this is what he wants from you. Angry attention is still attention and that is important since he wants to be recognized as part of the pack. If you only notice him when he does something bad, then you are the one responsible for training him to become a bad pooch.
  • Remove physical stimulants. If you notice that his bad attitude would be triggered by a certain toys, plants or other objects, then remove it. It is more wise to give him a chew toy that he likes so that he would end up chewing and playing with it for hours.
  • Reward. For every good behavior he does, do not overlook nor forget to reward it. He would then repeat doing the good behavior because of the reward and would eventually leave that bad habit of his behind.
  • Change yourself too. Do your best to stop cajoling or yelling to his bad behavior as he may thing that you are simply joining in the fun with him. Resist the urge. Silence and ignoring him is better than all the ruckus of yelling – and clean his mess afterwards when you have sent him to another room.

If your dog is running and hiding from you then your relationship with him is already damaged. Correcting bad behavior in dogs is only effective if your relationship with your dog is still healthy. Otherwise, you still have a long way to go in order to mend your broken relationship and gain his trust again.

Do you have any issues with your pet? How did you change him? What are the things that you did in order to improve his attitude? Tell us more on how you did it and if you asked for professional help in order to attain the desired behavior that you wanted in the first place. Think this post is somehow helpful to you? Don’t forget to like our page!

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Dog Keeps Licking Paws – Know why your Pekingese is Doing It

Dog Keeps Licking Paws – Know why your Pekingese is Doing It

Dog keeps licking paws? At some point, any dog owner would be bothered if his dog is chewing and licking his paws nonstop. And if left untreated, it can lead to other serious problems. This is a common indication of allergies or pad injury, especially food allergies in canines.

When a dog licks his paws, it is a common sight and this is normal. However if your pekingese is chewing or licking his paws for more than 5 seconds regularly, then this is an indication of something wrong.

There are several reasons on why your pekingese may chew or lick his paws:

Pad injury – Generally, a dog would chew or lick the affected paw pad if there are any injury on it. So, as an owner, thoroughly check his foot and paw pad to see what is wrong like a strain, sprain or injured foot pad. A broken nail can also cause a dog to lick his paws.

Chemical contact – If your pekingese happened to take a stroll on your recently-fertilized lawn, this could cause dermatitis which causes him to lick and chew his paws. During cold season, his paws could get irritated from the chemical salt or road salt melts.

Food allergies – This is the most common cause of paw licking and chewing in dogs. Allergies may arise all of a sudden. Watch his diet and try to pinpont which one is the culprit and change his diet. Also you can visit your vet and ask for a prescription on antihistamines.

Anxiety – If he is experiencing separation anxiety, he has the tendency to chew on his ankle area or paws when left all alone or when other stressful situations arise at home. A behavioral therapy can help him a lot in stopping this one.

Dog Keeps Licking Paws

Paw licking is triggered by stress from both external and internal factors. Allergies, parasites, environmental causes, psychological events or a combination of multiple reasons can cause a dog to begin licking his paws.

Complications from infections, or other contributors, such as hypo-thyroidism or changes in brain chemistry, can cause more licking and chewing, which further damages the skin, spreads infection, and begins a downward spiral.

Usually, the more intelligent dogs are also the worst lickers. Their intelligence often causes them to react to stress in ways very similar to humans. Genetically selected for thousands of years to be our companions and helpers, these dogs were bred to understand commands and perform duties such as herding, hunting, fishing, defending the home or going to war. In short, they were genetically designed to have jobs.

Without jobs, they feel useless and bored. Without something to do, they will think something up.

Source: Dog Paw Licking, http://www.dogpawlicking.com/

How to Reduce your Dog’s Paw Licking

  • Do the Soak. Use a tub and put enough water to cover the pads of your pekingese. Pour in Povidone Iodine until the solution is the same color as the iced tea. Povidone Iodione is a safe, antifungal, anti-yeast, antibacterial and non-toxic solution. Let your dog stand in the solution for 2-5 minutes. After which, do not rinse his foot just pat it dry and you are done.
  • Diet Alteration. Be patient on finding out which among the food you have given him is causing his allergies. It may be a lot of work but you have to do this if you don’t want things to become more serious. Food allergies are acute and would develop all of a sudden even though your pekingese has the same diet for the past years.
  • Visit the Vet. If you don’t know what to do then it is ideal to bring your dog to the nearest clinic or animal hospital so that he would be given proper medications for it. Antihistamines are usually given if it is proven that he has allergies.

I hope this post resolved your issue on why your dog keeps licking paws.  It may be a common sight for canines but you should also be vigilant in observing on his frequency on paw licking.  If it is already compulsive then get to the root of it and eradicate  or at least reduce paw licking as soon as possible.

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