Yes! Dogs Get Emotionally Attached To You

Dogs are said to be man’s best friend. And undoubtedly, they are! They are always there when you need them and never let you feel alone. They can really lighten up someone’s mood. Their love is endless. The world has witnessed many stories which tell us how a dog is incomplete with its parent.

A man in New Jersey suffering from clinical depression, read about the beneficial presence of dogs and brought a golden retriever home. He suddenly started feeling responsible and felt this strong need to live.

This is just one example. Dogs have been very faithful to men since ages.

It is seen that many times pet owners too develop a relationship with their pet, similar to that of a parent and child. This bond is called “secure base effect”.

Sometimes dogs are very cautious and careful in the beginning but they can sometimes be goofy and overdo it. But they will be fine once they get comfortable around you.

For most dogs, the attachment they feel towards their owner is fundamental to their well-being. It is studied that while dogs enjoy each other’s company, human attention is what they crave. You may not realize when your dog gets too much attached to you, and that attachment becomes intense to an extent that if you leave your dog for even a day or two, they stop behaving normal. They stop playing. They stop eating. All they need that time is you.

Puppies can sometimes get along with you immediately, if you spend time with them and treat them well. It is very natural for a dog to bond with its owner and if both of them trust each other, then the process happens very quickly. And from there start a happy love story as with time that puppy becomes an irreplaceable part of your life.

Sometimes when dogs are in stress due to some reason they can become very clingy. Older dogs can also show clinginess and over attachment because of deteriorating senses. That is the time when you need to understand them well and take proper care of them. They need you that time, and you should be there with them.

With all the love dogs give us, we should give them the same love in return. We should give them enough time, go on walks with them and play with them. Give them hugs and talk to them. It’s a beautiful world with a dog as a pet. Cherish that.

 

Social Benefits of Summer Dog Walks

Walking your dog at the beach this summer provides multiple psychosocial benefits for their development, regardless of your dog’s age.The beach is a popular place to walk your fuzzy buddy when the weather is nice. Often populated with many sights, sounds, and smells your dog gets to experience a new, ever-changing environment. Busy, active social environments varies routine predictability, and makes their life exciting! Sand and water exploration provides so much neuron development (brain cells). The exploration provides your canine with the ability to experience different textures and sensations, stimulating neurons they may not excite on a daily basis. Dogs love learning about their environment! Exploring new environments together is exciting for your dog and also prevents territorial aggression that can form with strict routines.

Walking your fuzzy buddy at the park provides more sights, sounds and smells than at any other time, when the weather is nice. Objects, such as park benches, can be used for casual agility play, exciting your dog’s natural interest to “work”, and impresses you. Socialization in active environments enhances your canine’s social development, allowing them to cope better with fast-paced, constantly changing surroundings.

Taking your fuzzy buddy to the dog park provides them with the unique opportunity to explore different types of sounds and smells specific to other animals, excellent for canine to canine socialization. The dog park allows dogs the opportunity to go back to their non-domesticated roots, intermittently, and rejoin the animal hierarchy and animal way of socialization in a true “pack” nature. Although this animal “pack” socialization can be helpful, it can also turn for worse if one dog suddenly becomes too aggressive, usually for reasons humans cannot easily understand on initial observation. However, freedom off leash provides your fuzzy buddy with a different set of social standards than being on leash, so off leash dog play gives canines the chance to be less inhibited with humans and other animals. Having your dog experience a balance between dog to dog socialization and human to dog socialization is an important piece for healthy dog development.

In this article, I discuss three popular summer dog walk areas; the beach, the park and the dog park. Each area provides similar and unique ways that your fuzzy buddy will socialize with you, and other people, as well as other dogs. We recognized that there are basically two types of socialization that is beneficial for your fuzzy buddy, human to human interaction and canine to canine interaction. Canine to canine play lets your dog be less inhibited and reform to the “pack” mentality which is very enjoyable for them. Where ever you walk your fuzzy buddy in summer, take your time and have fun! When you are enjoying yourself – your dog is too. Take time to explore together and make a point to add adventure once in a while. You and your dog have a unique bond.

 

Common Dog Training Problems

Dogs, the most loyal and obedient creatures on the planet!

We often see such beautiful relations between a dog and his master that are seldom experienced. One can take his/her dog as the closest one if maintained that string of attachment.

But many a times the dog keepers have to go through a lot of problems while training or keeping their dogs.

These loyal, loving pets not only show tantrums in their training days, but also while their up keeping.

There also comes a time when the owners of the dogs are not able to keep these lively creatures in the correct way which leads to their disowning. And then starts the deterioration of these pets.

So it is a humble request to all the readers for never abandoning their pets because of any such reason which has no base.

This article is purely about how you can tackle with the problems that you face while training your dogs and how you can overcome them.

To train and teach a dog is a tough job, especially when you don’t hire a trainer and do it by your own. The very first issue that you’ll have to tackle with, is understanding your dog’s mood. Dogs are very moody yet easy to deal with if properly taken care of. Hence, it is very essential to know your pet’s nature before you start training them. To understand your dog well you should spend some quality time with them, play quite often with them. This will bring you two closer and this loyal animal will start trusting you. Also, when you understand it’s mood, you’ll find it easier to feed them. Many a times, as seen and observed they refuse to eat even if given the best food because at that point of time, either they require something else or try to convey that they are full (or likewise).

Secondly, one should avoid chaining the dogs regularly if you want to train them properly. Chaining leads to development of stubborn behavior in them which will later be a problem for you when you train them. Instead, leave your dogs open which will make them more comfortable and they will develop a trust over their masters and will always obey them for getting to chained whenever it will really be required.

Thirdly, the very basic training for the dogs is to make them learn where to litter. In the beginning, dogs don’t know the place and time when they have to litter and so they end up dirtying any place that they get. Owners should fix the time of feeding for them and also purposely take their dogs out for walks so that they know and understand at what time they are going for littering. By doing so, the owners can also stay at peace for zero dirtiness from the side of their happy four legged.

It’s very important for the owner to keep their pets timely vaccinated. This will ensure the safety of both, dogs and the people who see it. A healthy dog survives more and is acting and wanted by all. Therefore, it will get easier for other people too, to help the owner with the training of the dog.

Lastly, I have seen people treating dogs in a way where they learn to sleep and sit and wander around the same couches and beds which their owners use. To an extent that is a very unacceptable part of the training as people who will come to visit you may/ may not like this and eventually they may/ may not avoid seeing you. The basic logic behind it is, even if you keep your dog very clean and tidy, their fur will fall here and there and that can lead to serious infections and spreading of viruses in your house. Pampering your dog doesn’t mean to let them sit and sleep in the place as same as you. Instead, if possible you can give them their own space and definitely pamper as much as you want to but in a way where people visiting you are also comfortable.

Arun Rathi – I hope this whole article could be of some help to the beginners who have just got a dog in their houses.
I believe training dogs are no such rocket science if you become their friends and take care of them properly.

 

Big Dog Breeds

Living with an active, large dog breed can become an exceptionally satisfying experience. However, while a big dog breed can become ideal for countless people; the owners who are potential must be well-known about many different considerations including health issues and lessened life expectancy of countless large dog breeds. We take a look at eight of the most famous big dog breeds and what you require considering if you are considering to buy one…

Newfoundland
Characteristics: Newfoundland dog breed is a strong, large dog that makes a great pet for the family. He was initially utilized as a working dog to pull wood or nets of fisherman for lumberjacks, he is a brilliant swimmer.

Health issues: The Arteria Cruciate Ligament’s rupturing can sometimes be found in the breed. Relying on the level of seriousness, this kind of injuries can result in surgery, making having the right dog insurance crucial. Newfoundland dog breed can sometimes suffer more dangerously from Gastric Torsion. This turns out to be a life-threatening condition whereby the stomach stretches because of an increase in gas and can result in the stomach twisting. It is mainly found in large dogs that have deep chest.

Great Dane
Characteristics: The Great Dane dog breed is a regal dog with real beauty that has an aura of nobility due to result of his tall stature of up to 86cm. He is something of a gentle giant and enjoys spending time with his people.

Health issues: While his size was an asset for his original purpose as a hunting dog, it can be harm to his health. Like the Newfoundland as well as suffering from Gastric Torsion, the Great Dane dog breed is also at higher risk of bone cancer than a smaller dog. The signs and symptoms include lameness which, if you notice in your Great Dane, means you ought to take him immediately to your veterinarian.

Irish Wolfhound
Characteristics: This enormous dog 86cm tall in size and made him ideal for his conventional roles of pulling and hunting men off their horses in wars. This shaggy-haired dog has the ability to make a perfect family pet for many thanks to his capability to create deep bonds with his owner and his desire to be involved in every aspect of family life.

Health issues: Owing to the size of Irish wolfhound dog breed, he can also be vulnerable to suffering from bone cancer, hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. Other conditions that can affect this breed, they include heart disease caused by the heart muscle getting thin and becoming unable to contract in a proper way.

Bernese Mountain Dog
Characteristics: The Bernese mountain dog belongs to Switzerland whose is very tall up to 68cm in size, makes him ideal for his conventional roles of helping to pull carts and herd cattle. With a sweet-natured disposition and long hair, he is a welcoming and warm family pet.

Health issues: The Bernese mountain dog is a healthy large breed of dog as compare to others, but an owner ought to note the possible conditions which can result from his size. Those conditions include Elbow Dysplasia that is a degenerative disease sometimes found in large dog breeds.

Rottweiler
Characteristics: The Rottweiler dog breed is found in a medium to large size. The breed was originated in Germany, where he was utilized to pull carts and herd cattle for butchers and farmers. He is mentally and physically tough, but needs careful training to respect his owner as ‘pack leader’.

Health issues: The Rottweiler is one of the dog breeds most affected by hip dysplasia. This condition can range from mild to serious. Serious cases are very painful and usually need surgery to correct. The dog is also among the breeds who suffer from a congenital heart condition which is also called Aortic Stenosis.

Leonberger
Characteristics: A cross between a Saint Bernard, a Newfoundland and Great Pyrenees it is no surprise that the Leonberger dog breed can be tall up to 80cm. He enjoys remaining around people and requires roughly an hour for exercise every day like many other giant dog breeds.

Health issues: The size of Leonberger increases the risk of getting afflicted by Panosteitis (bone inflammation) and hip dysplasia. It happens when the large bones of the young dogs’ legs become inflamed, making it extremely painful for the dog to move or walk around. With Leonberger dog breed as with every other dog, it is crucial to possess the right dog insurance to make sure your dog is covered and you can enjoy spending your time with any large dog breeds.

Golden Retriever
Characteristics: The Gundog was created to flush out, locate or retrieve game that shot down by hunters. He is often greatly trainable, keen to amuse and has a pleasant and a balanced temperament.

Health issues: Some of his minor health issues include sub-aortic stenosis (SAS), hypothyroidism, elbow dysplasia, eye disorders, seizures, and mast cell tumours. You can also find osteosarcoma occasionally in Golden Retriever dog breed. The other big problems of health for the dog include canine hip dysplasia (CHD), lymphoma, skin problems, and hemangiosarcoma. To recognize such conditions early, a veterinarian may advise heart, thyroid, hip, eye, or elbow tests during routine checkups.

German Shorthaired Pointer
Characteristics: This German Shorthaired Pointer is really large hunting dog and is very tall up to 66cms. He has an abundance of stamina and energy. Ideally, he will need exercise for more than two hours a day with a great deal of free running.

Health issues: This dog breed is vulnerable to minor health issues like hypothyroidism, gastric torsion, canine hip dysplasia (CHD), von Willebrand’s Disease (vWD), Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD), pannus, and entropion, and major concerns like lymphedema. Other issues which can be occasionally found in the dog breed include ectropion, cardiomyopathy, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). To recognize some of these problems, a veterinarian may advise regular cardiac, hip, thyroid, and eye exams, and tests to verify vWD.

 

What Is Dog Separatuion Anxiety and How to Reduce It

This problem is seen quite often in shelter dogs. I am dealing with this issue as a dog that I just adopted from a shelter has separation anxiety. If the problem is not treated or worked on it can lead to more stressful problems. This problem is not seen in every dog.

Some of the signs to look for are:

Some dogs has more extreme case of separation anxiety and be more destructive than others.

Destructive like chewing on shoes or furniture, scratching, digging or going to the bathroom on the floors.

Barking, whining, howling.

Depression, lack of appetite, trouble breathing.

Following you from room to room.

The dog starts running in circles as you are getting ready to leave.

Some dogs may attempt to escape from the house to look for you.

Here are some tips to reduce the separation anxiety in your dog.

For a shelter dog that has been adopted is to have patience. The dog will learn new commands better to help combat the issue if he feels that the new home is safe, secure environment. Need to bond with your dog like playing and going on walks. This will help to use up his energy and be ready to relax alone. Create a quiet safe space for the dog only. Over time your dog will learn that he will be safe in that space while you are gone.

Next is to keep departure and arrival low key. This may be hard at first. For departing try not to pay attention to the dog for 10 to 15 minutes before leaving the house. After arriving home ignore the dog for a few minutes, than acknowledge him with some calming petting or hugs.

Offer some more comforting things for the dog by leaving a piece of clothing that will have your scent on it. This will help relax and some sense of familiarity because of your scent. Also don’t forget to leave his favorite toys and treats. Buy some treat games to him busy and the brain mentally stimulating while you are gone.

You could introduce a safety cue to be used such as “that you will be right back” for every time you leave the house. Start small by using the safety cue when you are going outside with the trash. Most of the time you are only gone a few minutes. Than keep building up the time you are away.

At first practice your departure routine by gathering your things that you take every day with you and sit down. Repeat this routine till your dog show no signs of distress. This way you are establishing a routine. Most dogs love having a daily routine with it master.

Don’t be cruel to your dog by yelling or ignoring him. This may cause the problem to get worse. Try to calm him down with relaxing petting and talking softy to him in a low tone.

The best piece of advice is to be patient, consistent and persisted in the technique you are using.

Separation anxiety is not a result of lack of training or disobedience but it’s a panic response.