How to Adopt a New Pet

You are ready to adopt a brand new pet, an amazing little or big companion that you can have with for up to the next 30 years, it’s a great thing that you can do for yourself and the animal that you are accepting into the family. There are so many things that you can do for yourself and the pet, and so many things that you can know to do before you bring it into your fold. 

When you make the decision to bring a friendly animal into your home, you are taking on the responsibility for caring for it, not harming it, and at the very least tolerating its presence enough to not negatively impact it. That’s kind of a morbid stand point that we just pointed out, but don’t worry, that is jus the absolute Baer minimum of what you need to do if your bringing in a new pet. So, you can love your friend as much as you want for as long as you want no matter what. 

You do need to realize though that there are things that you are going to need to learn and think of before you pay for the animal. The thing that you must think of first and foremost is are you able to car for this animal for the next 10 to 20 years. 

This pet is going to be a permanent fixture to your household for decades, and you need to think about the future with that animal. Will you be able to care for it, love it, no matter what’s going to happen in that amount of time? You need to move unexpectedly lets say, will you be able to keep it with you? You go through a divorce, will you be emotionally stable enough to care for it? You get into an accident and need to stay in the hospitable for a little while, will you be able to find someone to take of them in the meantime? 

Maybe a little more upbeat example would have better. You have kids one day, will you be able to take of your adorable little children along with your friendly little pet? These are just some things that you need to think about, they are extremely important, and if you can figure this out you will have a much easier time. 

You figure these few things out, and you accept them, then you will have the right mindset going into it, you will have the right ideas, and you will have an easier time moving forward because you know what you need to understand and you can move on. 

That is the warnings and the mindset that you need to think about when you are about to adopt a little friend for you to take care of. Now, we’ll be moving onto the actual technical things that you will need to know when you decide and are ready to bring your new friend into the family. Now, of course, we aren’t mind readers and don’t know what kind of pet you’ll be getting, so to make this a little easier on you and ourselves, we’ll just be going in order of the most common types of pets that are available today. 

So, if you have a specific pet in mind, and are ready to see what you need to do form them, then you can just scroll down real quick to that specific animal. If you aren’t sure though on what animal you’ll be getting and just want to get a feel for what kind of requirements will be needed for the majority of the time, then you can just read through the whole thing to find what’s right for you and your family. 

So, thank you for taking the time and for being responsible with your future potential pet. So, for you convenience and pleasure here is a conveniently compiled list and analysis of how to adopt a pet. 

A few more fundamentals 

Now, we’ve already gone through the kind of mindset, and what you need to think about before you decide to adopt, but real quick, you need to consider what you need to understand specifically about the specific type of animals for you to think about before we really get into this. 

The most common house pets, dogs and cats, take a little more on the financial side than other pets. A dog and a cat both cost a little extra cash on top of your adoption fee. Some things you need to consider with these specific type of pets is that they need to have food (which is kind of what every animal needs), veterinary care, neutering, spaying, identification (which means collars and tags, and some other things). All of these kind of things can add up in your fees, so keep that in mind when your scrolling through this list. 

You also need to think about the amount of time you will be spending with your pets. We already established that you need to think of the future and how that will affect your pets and you going forward. The other aspect of time that you need to think about is how much time your spending with them daily, how many hours are you dedicating to your pet. 

A dog for example, needs a lot of attention, they need to be walked, played with, and given tons of attention in day to day life, its how dogs work. So, you need to be ready to give that amount of attention to a dog, if that’s what you are considering, so keep it in mind as you go through the list.

When thinking about time, you also need to know the other end of the spectrum. If you are looking for a pet that you can play with, and give the attention that you want to give to it, then you probably shouldn’t get an animal that doesn’t really like attention. A cat for example, is notorious for being reclusive, and kinda just walking around the house, chilling out in strange places. They aren’t really designed fundamentally to be played with, they do like a good amount of attention, but no where near the level a dog would need. 

Lastly, and we already talked about this, but it is important to really consider, is the fact that a pet may or may not fit into your household. If you live alone in an apartment and the choice is entirely yours, then you don’t have any problems, yo can weigh the benefits, costs, etc. all on your own and not to worry about anyone else. 

But if you don’t live alone, if there are others in your house, apartment, building even, then you need to consider the fact that a pet may not be for you right now. It’s sad to say but sometimes pets jus don’t fit into a household, and every time someone tries to make it fit, it doesn’t usually work out. 

Just keep all these simple facts in mind as you are scrolling through the most basic pets. They are really important, so try not to get caught up to much into the excitement of getting a pet. Though, definitely don’t let that stop you from being incredibly happy that your family is getting bigger. 

You may be looking for a dog 

The most loyal of pets, the most friendly overall, and the most cuddly, the dog is mans best friend for a reason. They are an excellent choice to consider when you are looking for a new pet. 

These social gurus are considered the best kind of pets overall, a major reason for that is because they come in so many different breeds and training. You can have a German Sheppard as a guard dog for your house, or you can have a really nice poodle to show off to your friends. If you think a dog is for you, then you have a plethora of variations and choices to make when you figure it out. 

Now, the important things that you need to know if you are going to adopt a dog:

If you have a baby in the house, an infant to five years old at the latest, then you should probably get a medium sized to large dog. This way the pup isn’t harmed by an excited toddler. 

Your new friend should be neutered when you first get him, it will help save so much time and strife late down the line. You do this so that you don’t have to deal with any puppies popping up out of the blue. 

Leading in from that, you should have your new friend be social, you can have them meet other dogs at the park, or maybe you can sign them up for a puppy class to really socialize with some of there own kind. 

Lastly, make sure you gourd out your local breed laws. You can do that by calling the town hall of where you live, and get the information you need on the restrictions and laws that come with owning your furry friend. 

You may be looking for a cat

Right behind the amazingly friendly dog, is the very relaxed cat. Another of the amazing and notorious house pets. They are something that is not very hard to take care of, they don’t need very much attention, just a bit of food, a bed, and a warm interior house. 

Some of the things that you are going to need to know before you adopt a cat:

Make sure that you and everyone in the house hold knows that a cat needs to get used to their new environment, make sure that they realize that the cat needs to feel safe before any kind of bonding can start. We adopted a cat that was abandoned and hid in a heavy duty lathe. It took awhile to coax her out and to get her to relax to her new enviroment.

Like dogs, make sure that your new friend is spayed or neutered. 

Again, cats can be very independent, so make sure to expect that your new cat isn’t going to be very social. Cats are really used to bring an element of life to the household. 

You may be looking for a new snake

Something that people would call you crazy for is to bring home a snake as a pet, in the United States of America at least. They are slithery and smooth and very elegant in there movements, but they can also be pretty dangerous. 

So, its very important that you know a few things before you decide to adopt a new snake:

Make sure that you know what type of snake your getting, make sure that whatever you get is non poisonous and easy to take care of.

Make sure you know what kind of food your particular snake needs to eat.

Lastly, make sure that your cage, or tank is secure. It wouldn’t be fun to one day find your snake slithering out of it, or worse find it hiding in your furniture or rifling through your pantry. 

That was everything you need to know about a snake, but that can also be applied to any other kind of amphibian, snake, or fish. You need to have a secure place for them in your house, and the proper food to feed them, in scheduled appropriate times. 

The Conclusion 

So, that was everything you need to know about the most common of pets. Hopefully you found this informative and helpful to your endeavors in adopting a new pet. It will also hopefully make your life easier, especially if you still haven’t decided to adopt a new pet. 

There is a lot of things that you still need to know, so don’t stop learning and figuring out what kind of things your pet needs. What you read here was only a sample of what you could potentially experience as you move on with your new friend. 

So, just a heads up, there is still things that you will find helpful to know, this was only everything that you absolutely have to know in order to have an idea of what your doing. So, again, one last reminder, make sure that you continue researching and make sure you find all the ins and outs of what you need to do. So, thank you for your time, this was an analyze on how to adopt a new pet

Best Places to Take Your Dog in Tennessee

Tennessee is one of the best places to go on vacation, they have so many things to do and see that it is almost astounding. You won’t have any trouble finding what you need for your entire group. That is unless of course one of your group members is a dog, they’ll have some trouble, like every other amazing pet owner out in the world will have a little trouble finding some things that their furry friend can do.

Luckily for you and your amazingly friendly pup, we have found some of the absolute best places to take your dog to in Tennessee. We have places that they’ll love to relax at, amazing places that they can play at, and amazing places that they can get some amazing toys and treats that will make your pup so incredibly happy.

They have things on this list that will make your life a lot easier too, this list tells some of the place’s rules and regulations on what your pup can and cannot do at their location, and as is there provocative, usually have the option to kick you and your pup out of the place you’re visiting if you’re not following those rules and regulations, just like at every other place on the planet that has some amazing things to experience.

These places also have a ton of things to do for a variety of dogs and pups alike. They have things for little dogs, and they have things for big dogs, a lot of the time there is going to be places that gives access to both, and sometimes there will be places that doesn’t give any of them very much access at all. So, because of that, we compiled a variety of different places, so that you can have the luxury of simply finding the right one for you and your pup. Hopefully it won’t take your too long to really get to where you’re going and that you find the right kind of place for you and your pet dog.

Anyways, there is a ton of places for you and your pup to visit, all of them varying in style, availability, and your own personal preferences, so, hopefully we can find a match for you and your pup pretty quick. So, for your convenience and pleasure, here is a conveniently compiled list of all the best places to take your dog to in Tennessee.

Tin Cottage

So, for this list we can start of pretty easy in order to have some relaxing fun. The Tin Cottage is ana amazing place that you and hopefully your dog can have some fun at, if at not the very least some convenience. The Tin Cottage is a little shop that specializes in avid home décor.

They have a wide variety of all the amazing things that you’re going to need for your home, and they have it all available at there locations. Going inside is one of the most fun things that you can do, because you can see all the potential ways that you could possibly decorate your house. That is of course you’ve already decided on how you’re going to decorate your house, or you’re in the middle of decorating and you simply need supplies. Either way, it is still an amazing place to go and take a look around in.

The very simple reason that the Tin Cottage is on this list is because of the fact that they allow leashed pups and dogs into the store with their owners. How amazing is that. You can take your furry friend in to help you get supplies for whatever you’re decorating your house for.

If this isn’t really your kind of thing, but you are in the area and need some place to cool down, well the Tin Cottage does at least have free air conditioning, so for the very least you can go and check it out for that.

Knoxville

The second place on this list is going to be a bit of a 180, this one is a little bigger than your average small shop. Knoxville is a dog friendly city in the East of Tennessee and is just thriving with potential things to do with your amazing pup that you own. There are honestly hundreds of fun things you and your pup can do with your time here.

It is an amazing art scene; it holds a ton of festivals to show case some of the most breath-taking art that you are probably ever going to see. A lot of it being amazing landscapes and some amazing things that you will love to see and that you will just love to bring your dog with to see as well.

There is also a ton of amazing nature out there to go and see as well, a ton of places for your dog to go out in a trail and take a nice relaxing walk through. A lot of the natural trails and paths through the nature is very dog friendly, so you don’t need to leave behind your amazing pup friend unless you want to.

We here understand if you don’t want to go out into a college town for your vacation, but we really think that you would have a ton of fun with your furry friend here if you do decide to go. I mean all the pet friendly patios and live music that they have scattered around the place seems like the perfect place for a pup owner like you.

Walnut Street Bridge

This one is more for the more daring pet owner and pups, it’s a real adventure to go out onto to, you might actually feel like you’re in a movie. The Walnut Street Bridge is this gigantic half a mile-long bridge, that spans its way across the Tennessee river. It connects to the mainland, obviously, at two points, one is at downtown Chattanooga and the other is at North Shore.

This very fun attraction is pet friendly, so bring your pup with you, that is to say, bring your pup along if there not to scared of heights. This is an amazing place to go and see, it feels like your daring, adventurous as you cross the giant bridge, it’ll be something to brag about to your friends, and its something your pup will brag about to other dogs.

Forks of the River Trails

We’re going to stick to something a little familiar with this next one, both the Walnut Street Bridge, and the Forks of the River Trails, feature the Tennessee river. This amazingly peaceful area is something that you and your pup do not want to miss, it is the actual best place to take your dog on a walk in Tennessee.

This wooded adventure area is a really giant wooded area that is located in a. Very convenient place that overlooks the Tennessee river, as we said, and the French Broad Rivers. There are dozens of different trials that you can take out there, tons of new things to look at every time you visit. All of the trails are different in that they have different levels of difficulty and length, so make sure that you pick a good one for you and your pup.

Something that you should know, is that like a lot of other places, your dog has to be leashed here. It’s for your dog’s safety, other guests’ safety, and your own. So, remember that you’re going to have to leash your pup to keep them safe as your having your adventures here.

Also, just a little pro tip, if you go to the Forks of the River Trails in the summer, then you should park your car on the French Broad River side, to see the absolutely stunning fields of sunflower and they hired a consulting arborist to keep their trees in perfect condition. It’s a sight that you, you r family, and your pup aren’t going to want to miss on your very incredible trip.

The Southern

Branching off again in our variety of dog friendly places is The Southern. The Southern is this amazing steakhouse that’s located right in the center of Nashville, it’s really the perfect place to go when you need to get a delicious bite of food, but it is also amazing for a variety of other reasons.

A big reason that this restaurant is so amazing, and something that they themselves have tons of pride about, is there extremely impressive variety of oyster for their guests to choose from. They also pride themselves on sustainably sourced meats and fish, which is amazing because it keeps the food, we eat extremely fresh. He last big thing that they pride themselves on there is the fact that they used local produce, which again, means the freshest possible dishes for patrons such as you and I.

Something that you should know before making the long drive to this amazing steak house is the fact that it is extremely popular. It has tons of patrons going in and out of the place at all times, from opening to closing, and you might not get a table. It’s first come first serve, so make sure that you get there quick, or get there at a good time. A good thing about it is that our can just avoid all the stress of having to hope for a seat, you can just make a quick reservation and have it ready by the time you and your family, and your pup get there.

Now, the last, but certainly not the least fact about this place, is that it is pet friendly. We already said that they let pets in, but there is a few things that you need to know about it before you take your pup there. The patio specifically is what is pet friendly, and the outdoor seating, I’m not completely sure if they allow your friendly pup into the actual building itself, but I wouldn’t bet on it. So, make sure that you are prepared to eat outside with your pup in the amazing Tennessee sun.

Bicentennial Mall State Park

Another great place to take your pup is of course to a park, or maybe a giant state park that you both can have a ton of fun exploring. This is one of Tennessee’s prettiest places to visit and is one of the most historic as well.

It is just a full 19-acres of amazing views and amazing memories to make. The park has guided tours if you don’t feel like going out on your own with just your pup, it has public benches to take a break on, and a really nice business center that has incredible air conditioning. This park is absolutely amazing, it has spectacular views, and best of all your pup is allowed to come with you as long as they are on a leash. As we already established, they need to be on a leash because everyone needs to stay safe, You, your pup, and the people around you.

Lastly, once you and your pup get done exploring the amazing park, you can head across the street to the weekly farmers market, maybe pick up a few treats for your pup and yourself. All and all this sounds like a very fun thing to go do and something that will help make memories for both you and your pup.

Conclusion

This was our conveniently compiled deep dive list of all the best places you can take your dog to in Tennessee, and hopefully it was of some use to you and your very amazing pup. Hopefully you found something that both you and your pup are going to like, whether it’s a giant park, a long, bridge or an amazing steak house to eat at. It is all just amazing because Tennessee is amazing it is a beautiful state that you should visit when you get the chance and hopefully your pup has just as much as the humans that it calls family.

Fast Potty Training For Dogs – 5 Most Important Tips and Tricks

potty training for dogs

One of the most important things when it comes to communicating, correcting and training your dog is that you establish yourself as the leader.

The potty training for dogs process can be extremely frustrating if you don’t establish yourself as the leader of the pack or if you’re not consistent or understand your dog. Many of my clients ask me what they should do to become the leader of the pack (in their case, the dog pack). Here are my thoughts on leadership and potty training:

Follow the leader.

It is not uncommon for a dog to develop their own leader, or a “MAJORAME.” Generally, this is done for good reason – as a dog is naturally a social group animal, they are always trying to develop their own social order. Social order is a natural way for neutered dogs to try to present themselves as the dominant force in the pack (as in, “I am the leader, you are the boss!”).

The main problem here is when you think you’re the leader of the dog pack because you give the dog Attention and let him sleep with you on the bed – even though you know he sleeps in the control seat.

Although you may love it and even consider it, this kind of behavior on your part is not a way to prove to your dog that you are the leader. You know as well as I do that dogs are always looking for one leader to follow.

You may be the leader in your own mind but your dog sees you as the leader of the dog pack, not you the leader of the human pack.

To use the analogy to a dog showing his respect to you, he is simply trying to say, “Hey, I am the boss and you are the follower.” If you allow him to sleep with you on the bed even though he is leader of the pack, he is trying to assert his own leadership.

I’m not suggesting that you start practicing human leadership techniques, right now, where the dog is concerned. That will be a whole subject in itself. But what I would suggest is that you start thinking about leadership and his dog behavior in the context of his own pack.

leadership thinking in dogs is more a than an casual facet of canine behavior.

There needs to be consistency in your leadership.

I know this one may sound silly but too many people get confused between dog pack leaders and human pack leaders. They think that they are the same thing or they think that he needs to follow human rules when in fact, he needs to follow dog rules.

You see, the truth is that a dog is happiest when he realizes that you are the leader. You are the trusted leader who enforces the laws and who provides structure and security. So it’s really no surprise that even the best trained dog will challenge you about your leadership position. He will be unhappy when it seems as though he is the leader andraid of the Others.

But by following a few simple rules, you can avoid this situation or prevent it from happening in the first place.

Never allow your dog to set the rules.

This rules just as bad as the first. Your dog is happy to find out what he doesn’t have to obey – you. Never allow your dog to tell you when he is going on the furniture in your interior design studio, when he eats, when he sleeps and so on.

You should be the one to feed him, show him the door, take him on walks, etc. Avoid displays of affection that may promote dependency, hug him, tell him how good he is, and so on. This can encourage your dog to use submissive behavior to get affection.

To create a dependent dog, put him in situations where he is vulnerable, but make it clear that he is secure and happy to be that submissive.

Be a good role model.

Because dogs take behavior and actions on trust, it is very important for you to be a good role model for your dog. The dog wants you to be good in all aspects of his life. Therefore, you will make your dog better by being a good role model for your dog.

One of the main reasons why you want a well-behaved dog is because you will be showing the dog in a way that he can follow.

To be a good role model for your dog you must always practice calm assertive energy and behavior. This applies to all aspects of his life, including his socialization. It makes it easier for your dog to know where he fits in the family system.

A dog will have a better life and be happier if he has good boundaries and leadership. Your dog will then be less stressed and will be better behaved.

How to get your Dog to Stop Chewing on Furniture

dog chewing on furniture

So, your pooch, whether it’s just got its new home, or moved in when you did, has been chewing on your furniture. Obviously, that’s not that great, especially considering that furniture is pretty expensive and hard to fix.

Every dog owner is going to at one time or another come home and find that their favorite chair got chewed up. Once in a while you’ll come home and find out that your slippers have been ruined due to your pups gnawing problems. It happens, if it hasn’t it eventually will, and that’s perfectly okay, that’s just the life of a dog owner. But that doesn’t mean that you should just let it happen.

So, you need to get your version of man’s best friend to stop messing up your stuff, luckily for you, you have the internet and have come to this lovely place to find all the answers your gonna need to solve this problem. So, for your convenience, here is a conveniently compiled list of how to get your dog to stop chewing on your furniture.

Understanding How Dogs Work

You know how when an infant first comes into the world and there first instinct as they grow is to start chewing and gnawing on anything they can grab. Well, they do that because they are curious about their world, and they learn threw their mouths.

They can figure out if something is toxic, if something tastes, good, if they can fit that object into their mouth completely or not, etc. It’s something that’s actually very fascinating, it’s strange to think that people grow up learning about things by using mouths as one of their major senses.

Anyways, the other major reason that infants chew on things just constantly is because their teeth are growing in and its unfortunately uncomfortable for them. So, they chew on things in order to alleviate some of that discomfort and to figure things out about their environment. There little productive scientists aren’t they.

It’s the exact same thing with puppies. Just like infants they need to be able to explore the new world they entered, figure out what they are, and what the things around them are, which is also quite fascinating seeing as its two completely different species doing the exact same thing, its very cool.

Anyway, if you have a puppy or two or three in your house and there chewing on things, then that is probably one of the major reasons there doing it. It’s just a way for them to explore, grow their teeth in, and get comfortable with their new surroundings. So, it may be frustrating having them adjust, but just remember to not get too angry with them.

Now, an older dog, about a year or older should normally be out of that phase, so they probably have different reasons to be chewing on your furniture. What sucks about this is that a dog older than a puppy could have dozens upon dozens of reasons to be chewing on the furniture, and it can take an entire article in itself to go over just the bare minimum of the most basic reasons that they could be doing it. So, to keep things on more of a time sensitive case, we’re just gonna go over some of the most basic of basic reasons that they could be doing it.

They’re bored. That is the simplest reason that there chewing on your things. They, like kids need interaction and things to do, and when they don’t get that, when there just kinda left to their own devices, or just not getting the attention that they want at their own level, so they try to alleviate that boredom by chewing on your poor couch.

Now, something that’s really important to note is that all dogs are different, and they all need a different level of attention. You could be giving your pooch all of the love in the world and they still might not be satisfied with that, on the other hand you could give them no attention whatsoever and they may not care at all (though that’s kinda rare), so don’t beat yourself up if you think this is the reason, just try to give them a little more attention and it should go a long way to get them to stop chewing on your very expensive furniture.

The second most basic reason that they may be chewing on your things is because they are scared and/or feeling separation anxiety. Basically, they are a just a bundle of nerves and they don’t know what to do about it, so they just start chewing on things.

They feel nervous about something, you are leaving the house for a few hours, lightning and thunder, past abuse, and they chew on your things as a nervous tick. Kinda like when we humans bite our fingernails because we feel nervous, we don’t know what to do, so we just stress and try to shorten our finer nails. Now, that just is very unfortunate, but you can consult a separation anxiety specialist to help you out with your pup’s feelings.

So, those are the two most basic reasons that your dog is going to be chewing on your furniture. Though something that is really important to know, is that this may not be the only reasons your pup could be chewing on your stuff. Like I said before, there could be a million different reasons for your dog to be chewing on your furniture, so keep these two basic reasons in mind, but make sure that you try to find out the actual reasons, as these may not fit your dog’s situation. Moving on, we are gonna tell you how you’re gonna be able to figure out how to keep your precious things out of your pups’ mouth and safely stored in its appropriate places.

Be Patient

All of the methods and ways were gonna show you are all very effective, but the number one thing you can do in this scenario is to have patience. Like we said before, every dog is different, just like every human is different, and they all have different ways of coping and handling with things.

So, your pup is going to have different reactions, positive and negative, to every solution that your gonna try. It’s probably going to be a long annoying journey for your pup to learn to not to chew on your things, but in the end, it’s going to be worth it, for your pup, and you. You get to keep your things intact and your pup gets comfort and discipline, making everything all around a lot better.

Keep an Eye On your Pup

This is the most basic thing you can do when your pup is chewing on your furniture, or if there doing anything really disobedient or something that you don’t really want to happen. You can keep an eye on them, figure out what they’re doing, how there doing what they’re doing, and where there doing it. Basically, when you keep a proper eye on them, and figure out their patterns you can recognize how to stop them chewing and to comfort them.

Now, a good example of figuring out patterns would be thunderstorms. Lots of dogs around the world actually have a fear of thunder, it’s a really loud noise coming out of nowhere, and they don’t know what it is, so obviously, its gonna make them nervous, thus they’ll start trying to comfort themselves, sometimes by hiding, by running to their owner’s and sometimes by chewing on furniture. So, if you can see that every time it starts to thunder and lightning you can be there for your pup to comfort instead of your favorite chair.

This one seems kind of obvious, but you would be surprised how many dog owners take it for granted, so make sure you take time out of your day and keep an eye on your pup.

Let Your Pup Exercise

Your pup may not be getting their daily walks and that’s one of the things that could be aggravating them to chew your furniture. So, if you’re not taking them on their daily walk then you need to start giving it to them. Though I’m going to be honest, I really doubt that you’re not taking your pup on walks, most dog owners love it as a recreational activity.

If you are being the amazing dog owner you are and taking your pup on a walk, then maybe you could try taking them on longer walks, or maybe increase the number of walks that you go on in a day. So, if you’re giving your pup a thirty-minute walk, maybe increase it to an hour, maybe an hour and a half. If you’re only taking your pup on one walk a day, maybe bump it up to two, maybe even three if you have the time available to you as a human being in your life.

As you know a pup needs their exercise and every pup is different, as we said before, so they all need varying exercise. Some pups are big and only need a little exercise, some small dogs need tons of exercise. Anyway, just try and get a good idea of how much your pup needs to exercise and you will find that they’ll be much more obedient, much tamer, and a lot more friendly. So, give it a try and you’ll probably see results a lot faster.

Find Chewing Toys

A big one that can really help you out and get your dog out of the habit of chewing your furniture, is to find them something else to chew instead of your very expensive furniture. There are dozens of toys that your pup can play with and teeth with, or find comfort in with their own issues, like the big scary thunderstorms.

So, you can find some at Walmart, amazon, target, any retail store, you can really find some kind of chewing toy for your pup and make life for you and your pup. All of it will be great for you guys and it will make your pup much friendly now that they have a fun little toy to play with and make your life easier.

Conclusion

In this deep dive analyze of what you can do to get your dog to stop chewing on your furniture, we talked about getting to know your dog, why they might be chewing on your things, what’s causing them to do it, what could be some possible reasons, such as discomfort, anxiety, and fear, we talked about some solutions to fixing the issue, like watching patterns, figuring out why your pup is chewing on your furniture due to outside forces, giving them a god amount of exercise, playing with them, finding different things for them to chew instead of your furniture, and a lot more.

Some of the solutions that we offered to today be really great and should be able to help you out in your time of need. The first thing we told you to do is to have patience. As long as you can stick with your pup and try not to get upset with them, then it can make the whole process easier of getting them to stop and to make sure they stay comfortable. The next suggestion was to increase their exercise, so they feel like they’re getting the attention they deserve, and the healthy lives they need, next we explained why you should get them a toy to replace your furniture and keep your possessions safe.

That is, it for today, only a few minor notes to leave you with. Your things are precious and and you didn’t spend a fortune on architectural design for home and furniture, so make sure you put them in the places that your dog can’t reach, make sure they stay safe, and they can’t get to it. Make sure to stay patient, not to get aggravated with your dog and it’ll all be great. Thank you, this was a deep dive analyze on some of the things you can do to keep your dog form chewing on your furniture.

Puppies Training – 5 Critical Development Stages in Puppies

training a puppy

5 critical development stages in puppies is something everyone considering a puppy should know. Training a puppy is easy even if you are a first time dog owner. If you know the developmental stages a puppy goes through you will have a better idea on how to train them. Most people refer to the 5 critical development stages of a puppy’s life. The first two are from birth to 3 weeks old and the last two weeks of life are from 3 weeks old to 8 weeks old.

Birth to 3 weeks old

birth is the most important part of a puppy’s life when it is born. It is when the puppy’s true personality is established. Puppies at birth can suffer from several diseases such as hypoglycemia, anemia, and congenital defects. At birth also is when they sense they are lost and have to find a way to survive. At three weeks of age they are much more active and energetic. They poke their paws, start to eat solid foods and are generally very curious.

toddlers between 4 to 6 weeks of age are at their most curious. They are trying to see and smell everything and anything. They love to play and chase and chew on anything that comes their way. Toddlers at this age can start walking on the beach or the lawn, or Texas Design a Landscape and other places that their curiosity will take them. They are trying to see and smell new things and enjoy learning about the world around them.

The 4 to 6 week period is one of the most impressionable periods of a puppy’s life. This is when they are curious and enjoy exploring their world. This is when they need to be around their mother and siblings a little more. mothering takes hold a little longer at this age and they need to be around others of the same breed or they are going to experience some serious developmental difficulties. This is a very important time in a puppy’s life.

4 to 6 weeks is one of the most dangerous and traumatic times in a puppy’s life. They are being separated from their mother and siblings and are now running the risk of being abused or neglected. Just like a young child they are trying to learn the rules of their new world. Canines are capable of causing a lot of harm to themselves physically or emotionally.

4 to 8 weeks is known as the imprinting period. This is the time of the puppy’s socialization. This is the time when they start to play and learn to get along with others. This is also a time that the mother will instinctively give them puppy food. At this age it is important to find a good veterinarian because they are being away from their mom for a period of time.

The 8 to 10 week period is the critical period of your puppies development. He is now playing with his siblings and learning from them. He is also now starting to trust strangers and become more self assured. At this age it is a good idea to have your puppy micro chipped. In just a couple of weeks your puppy will be old enough to go to the vet and adopt you as their parent.

The adulthood period is now the most challenging. If you want your dog to be an adult he needs to go through all the regular puppy development stages.eware that this occurs in your dog’s life is often spur rapid.For the first 15 to 18 months your puppy will be growing rapidly. During this growth period don’t expect any type of formal training. Your puppy is testing the boundaries between what is allowed and what he/she thinks is right. You will have a obedience Heat Cycle through his/her maturation. This usually happens between age 3 to 6 months. After this time your dog will start to test the rules of your training and if you are successfully consistent you will have an obedient dog. If you are not consistent he will find a way to test you. A smart puppy sometimes thinks that it is better to ignore the rules and do his own thing. When your dog’s desire is to be a leader he will later follow you just to see who is in charge. If a puppy learns that he is the leader of the pack he will later follow the leader and show his respect. If a puppy learns that he is allowed to be the leader of the pack he will be more willing to become an obedient companion.

This is why it is so important to begin training your puppy as soon as you bring him home. You want a family member who is obedient and a trusted companion who follows you no matter what. The important thing to remember is that a well trained puppy will grow into an obedient dog who is respectful and loyal to his family.

Top Ten Things You Must Know Before Taking Your Dog For a Walk

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Whether your dog is merely a yard dog, or a dog that is meant to be outdoors, there are several elements that must be considered when you want to take your dog for a walk outdoors. Quite a few of these elements include:

Leash Training

No matter the purpose of your walks, the right dog training is a pre-requisite.

Many dog owners don’t have the time or patience to do the type of training that is required, which leads to an unhappy dog and an unhappy owner. When it comes to walks, many dogs like to explore, which can mean that they leave their owners to go see the world around them. This is not always a unwanted behavior, but it is annoying and may need to be corrected if you want to enjoy your walks.

Especially if you live in an urban or suburban setting where you have to take your dog for a walk almost every day, it is important to have him or her fixed. This is because they often return to the same “habits” no matter what their training is.

Dog behavior training can also be high effort and can take a long time, but it is well worth the effort. There are many hours of hikes, and climbing, on and off of cliffs, that can be ruined by a naughty dog.

An important point to remember in all of this is that you need to be patient. If you are leaving your dog for the first time in a while, it is probably not a good idea to be leaving without him or her for a long period of time. If your dog is a puppy, you will need to take into account how large the dog is going to be when fully grown.

Large dogs can pull very strong especially if they smell food cooking on a pellet smoker, and if you are going for long walks, you may want to wait until he or she is quite ready for regular, longer walks.

Guarding. Dogs can hear things from far away that you can’t hear, and they are guarding the area in which they are walking. This is not always a bad thing, especially if they recognize a strange dog approaching. You may be able to patch things up by reassuring the dog that it is okay while he or she is getting used to the unusual presence, but you should be doing some effort to discourage excessive guarding.

Dogs need to be allowed time to sniff out the area, and determine whether or not they want to “ethere”, which is a small area of land they have to protect. After sniffing the area, they will either decide that it is okay for them to pass this way, or they’ll decide to step up their guarding.

Aggressive behavior. While it can be adorable and funny when dogs show their affection towards strangers by jumping up and barking and such, it can also get tiresome and annoying if the dog does not calm down quickly.

You see, dogs are very much like people, they can be either proactive or reactive. While people don’t particularly like to be jumped on or sat on, some dogs do. This is why it’s important to let your dog mix and mingle with other dogs, and make sure that he or she knows what unacceptable behavior is.

cornerstone of dog training. If you’re going to do any type of training with your dog, it’s important that you establish yourself as the pack leader, or else he or she will feel that he or she has no pack direction.

There can be some tests you can do with your dog to see where this comes into play. Take some time to read the section on Obedience Training, as that is a good way to determine if your dog thinks that he or she is the pack leader.

Whenever you’re exhibiting alpha dog behavior, you’re saying to the dog, “I’m the boss, go ahead and do as I say.”

Another example would be something like this; the couch is your territory, and if you’re sitting then it’s your responsibility to force the dog off of the couch.

Sometimes a dog, or at least a dog owner, will treat the dog as a human, even going so far as to allow children to sit on the dog, this is something you definitely don’t want to do.

The reason it’s so important that you establish yourself as the alpha is because, if your dog does decide that they are in fact the alpha, they will try to dominate you and take over the house.

How can you actually prevent this from happening? Luckily, it has some easy solutions, and these are as follows:

When feeding or giving your dog its dinner, insist that they sit in a corner and stay on a single piece until it is their time to eat.

Try not to allow your dog to jump on chairs or lay on the sofa.

Do not allow your dog to bark in the middle of the night.

Top 10 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds

Most Intelligent Dog Breeds

There are 3 types of dog intelligence according to Stanley Coren, author of “The Intelligence of Dogs“. Adaptive intelligence has the learning and problem solving-ability, instructive intelligence is only specific to the individual animal and Working/Obedience Intelligence is dependent on the breed. I have listed the top 10 most intelligent dog breeds in the world that are easy to train and help humans doing various works directed by man. This is Part I of a 3 part series on dog intelligence.

  1. Australian Cattle Dog

Tenth on the list is the Australian Cattle Dog, a herding breed. This breed is a handy size, generally weighing from 40 to 65 pounds. Australian cattle dogs are easy to train, although they do have a tendency to nip at heels and behave like a big boy dog that wants to take charge. If you have the time and patience to raise this dog it will be a responsibly loving part of the family. Australian cattle dogs are very reliable with members of the family but generally require consistent training. This dog makes a good family dog, however, they may nip at heels and want to take charge. If you have the time and patience to raise this dog you may end up with a caring, emotionally stable, and intelligent pet.

  1. Rottweiler

Rottweilers have been used as guard dogs and herding dogs. They are a sturdy working dog that Charge full-time, and are physically strong enough to pull a fully loaded cart. They were used and still used by a construction consultant for their pulling power. This breed is very reliable, dependable and fast. They do not take kindly to mistreatment and and it is recommended that they be supervised around small children. It is important to start training and socialization at an early age. This dog breed is very consistent and imperative to training at an early age. They will always respond and cause to obey. The Australian Rottweiler is very trainable, they are reliable around children and the family and are attached to their families and jobs.

  1. Papillon

Papillons is really a classification of the Vsausellen French breed. Versusa means noble, brave, conquering, steadfast. The French people find them beautiful, they were discovered from the Renaissance. They bring kinds of royalty, high society and fashion to their celebrations. From the past history of royalty, the Vsasellen French breed is still the best dog for you. Bringing royalty, high society furnishings, formal dinner parties and fashion to the masses. If you can afford this breed, you will find that people of the lowest class will bow down and take this dog’s paw. This dog is powerful, smart, and trained to be obedient.

  1. Ibizan Hound

The Ibizan is an oilskin hound from Spain. This native dog is used for hunting purposes. They also have been used as messenger dogs and pack carriers. The Ibizan is very landing and organized. They hunt by sight, sound or scent.

  1. Spaniels

Stinations of the spaniels: after them the French kinds and the Scottie, and a mix of English and French hounds. He is gentle and very quiet.

  1. soft coated wheaten terrier

The soft coated wheaten terrier, a.k.a.edding dog, is a small sized dog that is typically for people with big houses. They hunt the mice and the rats. Their coat is typically wool. They are used as watchdogs and Messengers in Antwerp.

  1. rhodesian ridgeback

The rhodesian ridgeback is aassium mammaliv breeder that serves as a guard dog and as a pet. This breed is powerful, smart and has a strong personality. Like the kiwi, the ridgeback has a double coat that helps to protect it from Simba territory. They should have a cool and dry place to sleep.

  1. white golden retriever

The white golden retriever, otherwise known as the English cream golden retriever is a large dog. They are an opposites kind of dog, i.e. they have a thick fur and have a white fur, which sometimes has a reddish hue. They are sweet and affectionate dogs, peaceful with the family and not aggressive. It is recommended that you do not take this dog to the woods alone or off the leash.

  1. ritzen retriever

The ritzen retriever is a large white curly friendly dog. It has a thick fur and is calm and intelligent. This breed is loyal and easy to train, and it is a good family dog.

  1. beagle

The beagle is the most popular breed in the US and tends to be moderate in pocket size and energy. It has a merry temperament and is good with children and the family.

Puppy Leash Training – Teach Your Puppy How to Walk on a Leash

puppy leash training

Have you ever seen the movie Westminster or the play White Snake? This is the message every pet lover has been thinking and writing about their dogs. The scene was set up with a simple puppy leash and little else. Like the movie itself, this scene does not tell the whole story; only the part about the puppy and its leash training is meant to show the effects that leash training has on a dog’s behavior.

Walking nicely on a loose leash is one of the first exercises a dog should learn. This is the foundation for everything a dog should learn and one of the first lessons a puppy should learn. Though most people want to teach their puppy to come when called or the best way to open a door, some want their dogs to walk with them and learn to like being on a leash. In fact, it is recommended that dogs start learning to walk on a leash at about four months of age.

As with any lesson, starting early with loose leash walking is one way to teach your puppy better behavior. Below are three steps that are easy to follow.

Taking the Alpha Swipe

When your puppy first comes home, he’s just taken up his mother’s bed. He wants to be a puppy so bad, he wants to tear up the bed like his mother would and he wants to eat all the pillows from his brothers and sisters.

The first thing you want to offer him is consistency. If you want him to go into a kennel on command, you shouldn’t allow him to hope you creation a world of his own. No, you will get him to follow your desires and he will feel secure and confident that you will love him for it.

Maintaining Consistency

Now that he understands that you are the alpha in this house, you will need to spend some time proving that he is the same scienced in other areas of his life as well. He will need to learn the rules about sitting and he will need to learn the rules about not jumping on people, or peeing on water tanks. It is going to take some time to fine-tune his little mind and strengthen his muscles but you can do it.

Be Patient

Puppies are just like human beings; they are not born with these abilities. However, kids can be taught to love their new puppy in a very short period of time. The same can be said for your puppy. Just like a child, your puppy is going to make mistakes or have slip-ups but you can correct and teach him so he knows where he stands.

The best way to teach your puppy to walk nicely on a leash is to have him trained professionally. Believe it or not, many trainers that you have seen and read, get very frustrated with the length of leash training that is completed by dogs and owners simply because it takes them so long to get their dog to walk nicely.

They believe that dogs are just dogs and they don’t think about consistency and delivery. It is important to stress that learning to walk nicely on a leash takes time.

Be Sure to Offer the Proper Cleanup promptly After Every Training Session

Knowing that your dog is going to destroy the house before long, you need to become consistent in your mission to offer them a safe and healthy home. This is true, even when you choose to go with an all natural, environmentally friendly dog food. You need to ensure that your dog is receiving the nutrition that is needed to give them a long and healthy life.

Simply stated, the best and easiest way to ensure that your pet is receiving all the nutrition that they need is to be sure that they are eating only healthy dog food. You don’t need to become possessive about this, however, it is critical that you remain diligent and consistent in your efforts.

All Natural Dog Food is the Best

The best and easiest way to achieve this is to offer them natural dog food. The pet food companies have done an excellent job of creating dog food that isarcordingand free of all the chemicals and additives. The benefits of giving your dog all natural dog food will simply amaze you. It has been shown that dogs live an average of 10.3 years, yet the recommended dose of the food that they are eating is only 5. You hear that all the time, but it is still a lot better than the hazardous, harmful products that are on the market.

Being observant of what your dog is eating, will be the first step in giving them longevity and good health. When you work diligently to give your dog the best natural dog food, it will show you are truly surprised at what they can and will offer them. Let them live the life that they were supposed to.

How to Handle a Scared Dog

How to Handle a Scared Dog

While the notion of a scared dog can be terribly scary, a scared dog is one that needs to be handled with care. A scared dog can lash out and bite but in most cases the dog will largely respond to motivation and not fear. It is very easy for a scared dog to lash out but it is far more advisable to discover the reason for its fear and begin steps to counteract the fear with a calm but firm hand.

It is very important to examine the dog carefully and try and ascertain whether there is anything which could lead to the animal feeling threatened. A scared dog is unlikely to attack but may bite out of fear so will need to be treated in a manner that does not put the dog in a position to bite. A dog that is already in a highly vocal state may be more prone to biting. A dog that is running at you in fear may not have the resolve or common sense to respond to your commands. All such things need to be taken into account when training a dog.

Training a frightened dog can be a daunting task but with a little persistence can be accomplished. One of the first tasks the trainer has to master is getting the dog to spend more time in the pen. This should ideally begin when the dog is a puppy but can even turn into a more adult task with training. Dogs should be praised and patted when they are doing something right. A small puddle of drool on your cheek or a gentle rub on the back is a good way of communicating approval. It is very important that a dog is able to associate such rewards with good behavior so begin rewarding hesitancy to jumping up.

For adults a stern “NO” is enough to stop a dog in their tracks but for a puppy it’s even more important. The dog must learn there are consequences for a negative behavior. A fearful dog may bite someone thinking it is the only way to protect itself from harm but as the dog grows it will learn biting is not the answer. For example I was doing a pre purchase inspection on a car I was purchasing and my puppy kept jumping into the driver’s seat. A stern, “No,” got him to jump out and sit by the car patiently. A human’s voice is the dog’s primary way of communicating so it is important the owner will speak to the dog cautiously and sternly. A friendly firm “NO” will get the message across in the dog’s language and should the dog not obey, a severe “STOP” will do the trick.

A fearful dog may bite out of fear not aggression. Fearful dogs may be triggered by a lot of circumstances, such as a child taunting the dog or provoke it without knowing. This is why it is so important to start training the dog from a young age. The earlier you start training a fearful dog the easier it will be.

A dog that is cold, frightened or stressed may become hot, snap, bite or lose control. Blue from humans can also be damaging for dogs. There are vitamins available to help heal broken skin caused by blue, scratched skin, however care must be taken not to scratch the area raw.

Barking is how a dog communicates. A dog may bark for a variety of reasons, for attention, to intimidate another dog or other animal and as a warning. A dog’s bark is a warning that up to 10,000 years has been passed. It is the dog’s way of keeping in contact and of announcing that it is on the move. A dog that cannot bark should be left alone for the time being.

Growling and snapping are displays of dominance the dog is using to assert itself as alpha. The dog will raise its hackles and position itself to make itself look bigger. A dog’s eyes become a dark color and its ears are standing erect. The dog looks like it is ready to attack. A growl is a warning not to hurt or attack its master. A dog will also growl to attract attention. If a child is behaving submissively and is not barking or growling aggressively, a dog will again attempt to snap at it.

A dog will also growl to prevent being attacked. Submissive behavior will often include a head tilt and a pleading posture. This will include whining. A dog may also growl to show that it is injured or distressed such as when it is being approached by another dog and is crouching, for example.

Waving its tail slowly and stiffly is a posture of submission, a show of discomfort or pain. A dog will wag its tail slowly in the same direction as its head and has the hair along the back fallen out on its back.

When a dog is frightened, its ears will be drawn forward and its eyes will narrow. If a dog is agitated, its ears will point forward. Its eyes will be focused on a single spot and its pupils will be dark. If a dog is showing aggression, its ears will point forward and its eyes will be narrowed. Its eyes will be dark, round and dilated. Its tail will be slowly wagging.

What You Need to Know When Your Dog is Sprayed by a Skunk

dog chasing skunk

When my dog was a puppy, she liked to chase after skunks in the area where we would walk her. As most puppies do, she would begin to chase this unknown creature and keep going until she either caught it or it hurt her. For some reason around her 6th month, this behavior changed. Instead of chasing after skunks, she began to bark and then cower in the corner of the yard.

At first, I did not understand what was going on with my once cuddly puppy. I considered her just being protective of her yard and just scared of the unknown predator that was lurking out there in the darkness. Little did I know that there was a possible medical problem associated with her actions.

At that point, I decided to take her to the vet for an exam. The vet questioned me as to why she appeared to be so afraid of the darkness. I explained that it was probably because she was never exposed to the skunk and that maybe she was never completely trained not to chase the pests out of the yard.

The vet recommended that I speak with a local dog trainer. I got in contact with a trainer for a consultation and learned that the real problem might be separation anxiety. I wasn’t the only dog owner that came in contact with this behavior. Many of us have owned dogs that act like my little puppy did, and they have been found to have separation anxiety.

A dog that has separation anxiety will become overly attached to its owner. If the owner leaves, the dog becomes upset and will chew on the furniture, bark all day, or howl until they are ready to be alone. This is a problem that needs to be addressed, and done so in a gentle way.

When I brought fetched to the trainer, she suggested that I use Kongs as a way to teach my dog that I was leaving the house. The Kong toy can be stuffed with a treat that is small enough to get by the dog’s muzzle andTeaching the dog to go after the treat and bark when it gets close to it is a process that takes time.

While working on this, I would put treats in the pockets of my clothes and place it all over the house so that the dog had to sniff it to believe that it was there. It’s a bit like Pavlov without the bell. Eventually, I would just show the Kong to the dog and after a few tries, the treats would appear. I would then give her a treat and praise her for being such a good girl.

Eventually, the treats were removed and the dog would start approaching the Kong to get her treats. Now, when she gets near it, just give her the treat and praise her for being such a good girl. It’s really important to let them know that when they behave well, they get a treat.

In my years as a dog trainer, I have seen many dogs come through our doors that every time their owner gets ready to leave, the dog would hunch down and try to get closer to the exit door. We would all laugh and say, “Hey, isn’t she going to make that great escape ever?”

I recently watched a video on You Tube from a engineer structural channel that had some 18,000 people showing a Springer Spaniel how to get out of the crate on a routine basis. Not one of the owners had proper knowledge on how to do this. They would make the dog stay longer inside the crate than was necessary.

You would think that this would be easy, yet, not all dogs know how to pass through an invisible or electric fence, let alone how to avoid being hit by a car!

In the video, the dog needs to go into the kennel at a certain time while on a leash. Once the dog is accustomed to passing through the kennel at that time, the owner can dispense with the leash and the dog will stay inside until time to go out.

Many people think that the best way to train a dog is from top to bottom, but this does not answer the question of how to stop a dog from digging under the fence.

One way to solve this is to see if it is possible to get another fence 120 feet up around the kennel area. If this is impossible, see whether or not there are any electronic or invisible dog fences within that area.

The new systems are much more effective than the old systems because they are more precise. They are so sensitive that they can tell when a human is nearby and when the dog is not.

This type of fence is not for everyone, as it does have some disadvantages. Besides that, there are alternatives to these items such as the traditional single, or even double drape house.

You have the option of putting in a top, which has been there for years.