Posts Tagged ‘dogs’

May 11 Quote of the Day`

Monday, September 10th, 2012

It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.
Dale Carnegie

 

 

It might be a good idea to start thinking about the things in your life that give you joy; your children, the book you just read,  the friends who made you laugh last night.  Or think about the little things that improve your life; your car that keeps you from having to walk everywhere, the guy you hire to mow your lawn so you don’t have to, the coffee pot that automatically has your coffee ready when you wake up. Or maybe just think about the little things that make you smile; your dog who wags his tail at the sight of you,  the fresh morning air and the sunshine that goes with it, the little neighbor girl who smiles and waves each time she sees you.  I’ve given you plenty of things that make me smile.  What makes you smile?

 

Teaching Your Dog Tricks

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Q: Hi So one of my dogs is pretty hard to train (she is well trained but I like to keep up to date with training and teach her different tricks) anyway she gets bored REALLY easily If she gets bored she walks away Any tips on how to get her to do the trick I want without her getting bored

A: Honestly, this isn’t a question I can answer. I don’t know what you’re trying to teach your dog or why she gets bored. Usually dogs are very attentive when they are receiving attention from their owners. The most obvious answers I’m sure you are already using – keeping treats available as rewards, using verbal praise and petting, etc. There are numerous online videos available for free that may help you. You can also do research about your particular problem by just using your search engine. Your local library or bookstore should also have books available to teach you how to do a better job of training your pet.

Caring for Your Husky Dog

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Q: I am planning to get a sometime and was wonder how can I keep them cool during the summer, I do understand the responsibility and the amount of the exercise required. How could I keep them cool while I am not at home Can I put ice cubes in there water Can I put a kiddie pool on my patio and just leave them outside with water Please and Thank you

A: I have never owned a Husky and have never known anyone who did so I did some research on this question. I found several really good websites that will give you information about the Husky. Apparently, their coat protects them from both heat and cold. As far as leaving them unattended, that doesn’t seem to be a good idea. The Husky is known for being an escape artist and can easily jump 8’ fences and loves to dig under those it can’t jump over. To give you further information, I have listed a couple of the websites I found most interesting. They are:

http://www.siberianrescue.com/seneca.htm

http://ezinearticles.com/?Caring-For-Husky-Dogs—the-Dos-and-Donts&id=1234066

The Husky seems like a great dog to own. Good luck and enjoy your new pet.

Small Dogs

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Q: A couple months ago, I bought the cutest little dog. She is adorable. The breeder says she is a Chorkie (half yorkie, half Chihuahua). I love her. I can hardly wait to get home from work and hold her. She sleeps in my bed and shares my dinner with me. She’s the best roommate ever! She gives me wonderful companionship and never wants the remote. She has started biting though. If she gets angry with me for anything she actually nips at me. I’m not sure what that is about. I saw you had a yorkie. Do they nip like that?

A: I’m no vet or dog trainer but I do know that little dogs can get small dog syndrome. I’m not sure exactly what that is. It has something to do with being tiny and spoiled. Which may be your dog’s problem. I have several dogs so the other thing that comes to my mind is the alpha male attitude. Dogs historically ran in packs with one dog giving the orders. If you don’t establish yourself as the ‘alpha male’ – or the dog giving the orders – your dog will try to take that role. It sounds to me like your little one has decided that she is the boss in your home and is nipping at you when you step out of line. If I were you, I’d nip that behavior in the bud – no pun intended . I like to use the tube at the end of a paper towel roll instead of the traditional rolled up newspaper. I’m always afraid the newspaper will actually hurt the dogs but I know the paper towel tube won’t. I gently smack their little bottom when they try something like that just so they know I am in charge. I also use the spray bottle of water for discipline, usually when mine are barking. (When you have more than one dog, barking can be a problem if you don’t control it). So, basically, my dogs know I’m the boss or the ‘alpha male’ in the group. As soon as your little one accepts that you love her but you are the boss, I think your trouble with nipping will end.

Dog or No Dog?

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Q: My children have been asking for a dog. Now that they’ve seen the news reports of Obama getting a dog for his girls, their nagging has gotten even worse. Everyone says a dog will teach them responsibility but I’m afraid it’ll just end up being another chore for me. I work full time and just don’t think I have time for anything else. What do you think?

A: Just because Obama got a dog doesn’t mean your children need one. I’ll go with the old adage ‘if your friends all jumped off a cliff, would you jump too?’ Probably not. Also, it isn’t the dog that will be teaching your children responsibility. It will be you using the dog as a tool to teach them responsibility. You will be the one having to insist that the children get up early enough to walk the dog and to feed and water the dog before school. You will be the one having to insist that they let the dog out after school and that they recheck his food and water supply. You will be the one having to say ‘brush the dog, take the dog out before you go to bed’, etc. And, of course, there is the added time involved in taking the dog to the vet and keeping dog food and supplies on hand. Not to mention the job of housebreaking the dog if you get a puppy. So the question is not whether or not the children should get a dog. The question is whether or not you are ready to take on this added responsibility. It doesn’t sound to me like you are. So, while having a pet can be a wonderful learning tool for a child, I think you should wait until you’re ready to teach them that lesson.