Dogs and Rabbits: Is your Pekingese Ready for This?

 


Dogs and rabbits can be friends. That is a fact. For most pet lovers, having a pet is just a matter of having a companion during walks, a friend their kids can have, a furry member of the pack or even a showpiece. For some, it has already become a hobby – more of like an obsession. If you are that person who is keeping various species under one rood, then be aware of all the special attention it entails. When it comes to dogs and rabbits, there are certain safety guidelines to follow to make your place a safe environment.

And you should have known by now that rabbits are very sensitive animals. And the mere stress of a certain frightening experience can kill thumper, and an attempt to introduce thumper to fido should have a very controlled set up.

In attempting to make Fido and Thumper friends, bear in mind that the behavior and temperament of your dog can either make or break the entire experience. Good candidates would be behave, calm dogs while the over excited dogs are rather hard to rabbit-train. In making this assessment, it is essential to be completely honest here. Before you try to bring the rabbit and dog in one place, try to introduce their scents to each other first. Collect some used litter or other heavily scented items and bring it to each other and let them smell it. Observe each other’s reaction, may it be shock or anxiety. If your dog seems to be excited or agitated during this process, then for sure you will require more caution and patience in your end.

Dogs and Rabbits

Dogs and Rabbits: Is your Pekingese Ready for This?

How to Introduce a Dog and a Rabbit

  • Find a neutral place. Locate an area which neither of them would think of it as “their turf.” Such places would be the bathroom, garage, kitchen or bedroom.
  • Put rabbit in cage. Allow the rabbit to adjust first on his new environment. Once he is already calm and adjusted, you may now call your dog over.
  • Observe. Watch them both carefully for their reactions. If the rabbit shies away, talk to them in a soothing voice while stroking them both; it is essential that you won’t give one attention more than the other during this point. If they just ignore or sniff each other, then let them be since it is positive reaction.
  • Get help. It is ideal that the assistant you will get is someone who has a good bond with one of the animals and let him/her hold that animal.
  • Getting closer. Slightly bring them both close to each other. They they are both being friendly and calm, then lavish them both with praises and affection.
  • Let them roam around. Allow your dog to go around the house and your rabbit to hop around. If your dog would follow the rabbit around, let him be as long as he is not aggressive. If he gets aggressive, stop him. If he remains calm and friendly, praise him. Repeat this step for days until they get used to each other.

People often think that dogs and rabbits can never be friends  just as cats and dogs never will be; however both are just myths and can be proven otherwise.

Does your pekingese have a rabbit friend? How was the experience? How did you introduce them to each other? Please do share your story with us below.

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Driving Dog – Should your Pekingese Learn?

Driving Dog – Should your Pekingese Learn?

Can you imagine a driving dog? Let alone, your Pekingese driving for you. He may be small, yes but you can always do something in order to adjust it, if you really want him to learn.

Moving forward, in New Zealand there is a dog driving lessons going on by the NZ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) as part of their campaign to clear up misconceptions about rescue dogs. It is to demonstrate that you can really teach an old dog new tricks. The dogs were trained for weeks before getting into a real car, which was modified in order to accommodate the needs of a canine driver. So, it is safe to say that the car is already customized according to the dog’s needs. So far, the dogs have driven only with a human guidance and with verbal commands.

Anyway, when I am out driving and see a dog in other people’s car, it makes me smile. I like the idea that there are people who take the time to tag their pets with them in order to give it a tour around town. However, my smile would turn into a frown if the dog has his head stuck out the window, darting to and fro across seats or worse, left unattended at the back of a truck. And the worse of all is when I see a dog left all alone in a hot car!

As much as we love our pets, we have an obligation to transport them safely for the welfare of both parties (pet and owner). All dog breeds should learn how to ride politely inside a car. They are the safest when they are placed in a sturdy crate that is fastened securely in place. Plus you also must have enough water supply for your pet and that he must be wearing his ID.

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Car Safety Hazards with Dogs

  • A canine who interferes with the driver. If a dog is sitting on the driver’s lap then chances are he is somehow interfering with the steering. A dog who is left to go under and step on the accelerator, brake pedals or hits the gear shifts can cause an accident.
  • A pet who interfere’s with the driver’s mental focus. If the driver’s attention is taken away from the road just so he can reprimand his pet, then this is a serious safety hazard.
  • A loose dog can be a flying saucer if the car suddenly stops or if it is hit accidentally by another car.
  • A dog with a head out in the window can actually suffer from eye injury from dust, debris or other flying bits or worse can smash his head by passing objects like mirrors from other vehicles, tree branches, sign boards, etc…
  • A loose dog can jump out or fall from an open window or if placed at the back of a truck.

A driving dog seems like a cool idea and it is getting quite popular in Europe these days. However, be reminded that the temperature inside a parked car on a warm (not summer hot) day is already enough to kill a dog. It is good that you will first know all your options before you decide on doing things. I am not saying that you should just leave your pet at home; it’s just that there are lots of things to consider first to keep everyone safe while enjoying your pet’s company inside the car.

What is your say about it? I just saw a video posted about a pekingese ‘driving’ but she was just actually sitting on the lap of the driver. She was so cute, though. Share your sentiments or opinions with us below.

 

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Dog Surfing: Teach your Pekingese to Rule the Waves

Dog surfing is quite popular especially in the tropical nations. And a lot of pet owners would pay for dog surfing lessons for their beloved pet. Others may be skeptic about the idea but surfers have been surfing with their pets for years. Professional surfers from Waikiki, Hawaii were documented to be surfing with their pets since the 30’s.

It wasn’t until the year 2006 where 2 companies introduced and organized dog surfing competitions in California. One was Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Last 2005, they wanted to find a way to promote their hotel as a pet friendly one. They made the program Loews Loves Pets where guests are welcome to stay in the hotel together with your pets. The company would offered a menu specifically designed for them by welcoming each canine with a gift basket and surfing lessons.

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Dog Surfing: Teach your Pekingese to Rule the Waves

How to Teach your Peke to Surf

  • Get a Doggy Surfboard. See to it that you will get a surfboard for dogs, otherwise he would be harmed from this experience. Foam boards are not ideal for them since it tears their skin after using it for a while. Also, your peke might also chew on it plus foam boards contain wax which is bad for your dog’s paws. The hard-surfaced dog boards are ideal and see to it that you get the one that has a standard ocean rescue safety release handle on the tail portion. Another plus is the fact that you can customize this kind of board.
  • Keep Safe. Be sure that you would get your pet necessary gear like life jackets, wetsuits, dog beach towels, waterproof bungee leashes, pet tent, travel bed and clean water before indulging on this activity.
  • Starting it Small. Do not immediately bring your pet into the ocean. Begin in a pool and allow him to love the water. Also, make sure that you yourself know how to surf because your pet would be confused if you are not doing it with him.
  • Be an example. Demonstrate to your pet on how excited you are in the water and how eager you are to get in the board so that he would also be fired up to join you. Encourage him to come into the water or to play nearby while you enjoy the waves so that he can see you.
  • Let him be used to the board. Allow him to be comfortable with his board, thus you can feed him on it at home or let him play on the board and give him belly rubs while on it so that he can create positive association with the board. Once comfortable, test his balance by letting him choose which side of the board he prefers to be. Smaller dogs usually prefer on the nose part while the heavier ones love to stay in the middle or back of the board. depending on his size, he should be about 2/3 of the way back with his tail over the board’s fin. Bear in mind that if he is too far forward, his board would nosedive under the wave.
  • Get him a PFT. Be sure to pop your pet’s Personal Flotation Device since this would give your pet a greater flotation in case he would be wiped out by the waves.
  • Paddle Time. Using a long board  get on it wit your pet and paddle out unto the waves. For best results, you should be positioned behind your pet while paddling out. If you are using a boogie board or short board, place him on the board and push him gently over the breakers.
  • Catching the Wave. Begin with small waves, around 1-2 feet. Even pro and champion surfer dogs don’t tackle waves that are above 3-4 feet. Push him off and catch a wave for him. Do this over and over again until he gets used to it and allow him to surf on his own as well. Now, your pet is already surfing. Enjoy!

Dog surfing requires a lot of water exertion, and the waves can be rough sometimes, thus make sure that both you and your pet are strong swimmers before attempting this sport.

What are the sports that you and your peke indulge in? Tell us your story by messaging below.

 

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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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How To Housebreak A Pekingese

New owners may be wondering how to housebreak a Pekingese so that they won’t worry about accidents in their home. Housebreaking any new dog can be hard to do if you aren’t prepared, so here are some helpful tips and advice to help you housebreak your new Peke:

How To Housebreak A Pekingese

How To Housebreak A Pekingese

How To Housebreak A Pekingese

1. Patience – Remember that Pekingese are naturally a stubborn breed and if they don’t want to do something, they just won’t do it. It might be hard at times to be patient, but the more calm and patient you are, the better your Peke will respond. If you yell or scold them too harshly, it can push them back further from going outside or on a potty pad.
2. Accidents Happen – Your new Peke might be nervous or scared when you bring them home and potty training can also be something new to them. You want to make sure that you understand accidents happen and don’t overreact if they do. A few here and there aren’t bad when starting out, so don’t get too upset.
3. Timing is Key – Pekingese are smaller dogs, meaning they have a smaller bladder than others. You should work on timing and use the following rule when training a small Peke puppy: 1 month old means they can hold it for 1 hour, 2 months means 2 hours, 3 months means 3 hours, and so on. This works about up to their 6-8 month birthday, but I wouldn’t push the time further than about 5-6 hours. Sometimes this is hard when you’re at work, so make sure that they have a place to go if needed while you’re away. When you’re home, work on a schedule so they know when its time to use the potty.
4. Praise, Praise, Praise – Pekingese dogs are very sensitive, so when the do potty outside or where you want them to, praise them and give them treats. This reinforces positive behavior in your new Peke and they will learn that doing what you ask means good things for them. And with Pekes so sensitive, scolding doesn’t work well at all with them as it can actually hurt their feelings. Puppies of all types don’t really understand why they are a “bad dog”, they simply know they had to go potty.
5. Every Dog Is Different – Even if you have your dog on a schedule, and you time everything perfectly, your new Peke can still have accidents. Maybe there is a bad thunderstorm, or maybe a loud car scared them, not matter what the reason, remember that every dog is different. Some may not be able to be potty trained completely within 6 months while others can. Make sure that you keep in mind your Peke is different than anyone else’s and therefore you can’t always use someone else’s dog as an example when potty training.

Remember when you are wondering how to housebreak a Pekingese that they love you and you love them. Also keep in mind that puppies are just that – puppies, and any new dog to your home will be nervous and upset until they are used to the sights, smells, and people that live there too. Don’t over react and don’t yell at your Peke so that they can learn doing good things equals good things from you.

Have some tips or advice for those that are potty training a new Pekingese puppy? Make sure that you share your experiences below so you can help other new Peke owners needing advice.

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