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11/14/2012 23:48:56 PM by K.T.Riffic   Send Message to K.T.Riffic  2550  views, category: Pet pack life, Pet training and behavior view all blogs


Being a dog owner can be fun and rewarding, if not sometimes challenging. Below are seven tips that learned the hard way.

* If you live in a cold area, you know how it is almost impossible to do anything when your fingers are cold. In order to open a dog waste bag in the cold, breathe out through your mouth and onto your fingers. Pinch and rub the bag between your fingers and thumb in front of your mouth. The bag should open fairly easy.

* Carry your cell phone with you on all of your walks. You never know when the perfect photo opportunity will arise or when you might need some extra light. Download a flashlight app for night strolls.

* If your dog needs to take medication in the form of a pill, try pill pockets. There are a few products out in the market that work well. A pill pocket is usually a dog treat that is hollow. You can insert the pill into one end and then give it to your pet. Some of these pill pockets are soft enough that you can mold it around the pill to completely hide it from your dog. Some bologna or chicken might also do the trick.

* Continue training your dog long after he has mastered a command. For example, tell your dog to sit. Once she is sitting, praise her and repeat the command. Say, “Good girl, sit!” in an upbeat and positive voice as soon as she sits.

* Sometimes the best toys are free. Empty soda bottles and old socks seem to be a dog’s favorite toy. In fact, your dog will probably love any item of your clothing as a toy. Be careful though, if your dog gets in the habit of playing with your clothing, none of your laundry will be safe.

* Be in control. This includes when you are in public. Have you ever seen someone in the park try to get their dog to follow a command, but the dog completely ignored it? The main reason for this is because the owner or handler was not in control. You must speak loudly and clearly in order to be in control and get your dog to follow your commands.

* Do not punish your dog for doing dog stuff. It can be a difficult concept to master, but if you yell and physically punish your dog for doing something that comes naturally, the behavior will most likely continue. For example, if you are housebreaking your dog and he has an accident in the house, do not stuff him in a crate or smack him. Instead, take him for a walk and each time he does his business, praise him by saying, “Good job, do your business. Good boy!” This incorporates the command, do your business, with the praise he is looking for.

About the author: Kayleigh has always loved animals and has spent time volunteering at the local dog shelter. The love of her life is her four year old Rottweiler, Lizzie. She enjoys writing for since it combines her love of animals with one of her favor... more >>

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