Allergies? No Thanks!

hHypoallergenic dog breeds are becoming more and more popular. The Poodle is a breed that most everyone knows is hypoallergenic. But what other options do you have if you’re allergic? Here is a list of ten breeds that are less commonly known to be hypoallergenic:

Bedlington Terrier

Bichon Frise

Chinese Crested

Irish Water Spaniel

Kerry Blue Terrier

Maltese

Portuguese Water Dog

Schnauzers

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Xoloitzcuintli

Dogs on this list are considered to be hypoallergenic because they produce little to no dander compared to other dogs. Keep in mind that many of these breeds require extra grooming and care because of their coats.

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Buying Safe Toys

As you buy Christmas toys for your dogs, be sure to look carefully at the quality of the toys you are buying! It isn’t difficult to find safe toys, you just have to know what to stay away from. Buying toys that aren’t safe can cause serious issues.

If a toy has parts attached to it, be sure all the parts are securely on the toy and don’t look like they will fall off with time or wear. Little parts can fall off toys and get lodged in a dog’s mouth very quickly.

Also be careful what squeaky toys you buy. Many discount stores sell toys with small squeakers that puppies can easily chew off and they can become a choking hazard or become lodged in their intestines requiring expensive surgery to remove.

Halloween Candy

 

As you are buying candy for Halloween, remember to keep all the goodies away from your pets. Chocolate and Xylitol are two main ingredients to stay away from. The Theobromine contained in chocolate is a stimulant that will poison your dog and has deadly potential. Xylitol is a sugar-free sweetener used in many candies and gum. It causes the blood glucose to drop leading to serious issues and possibly death.

Stay on the safe side: keep the candy out of reach of your pets!

Start Walking!

Exercise is necessary and vital to your dogs health and can extend their natural life span. Exercise helps to build a healthy heart, aids digestion, tones muscles, reduces stress and releases tension.

A Daily walk (or two) could be one of the most significant things you can do to help your dog live a full life. Regular lifelong exercise also makes us feel good by increasing endorphins. All of these benefits can help both our life span and our dog’s longevity.

The benefits of regular healthful exercise not only feel good, but combined with good nutrition are probably your best bet to maximize your dogs healthy years.

Remember, if your dog is fat, you’re not getting enough exercise!

Rewards!

Give rewards as quickly as possible when training your dog. Timing the delivery of rewards to arrive at the exact same moment as the behavior your training will help your dog to understand what you want.

 
We can’t expect perfect delivery timing because our human responses aren’t as quick as our dogs. It takes a moment for us to react and deliver rewards, but quickness will aid our training results.

Dogs refocus their attention very quickly and associate events based on their immediate impressions. Your precise timing, and speedy delivery will help him to understand your reward is connected to the desired behavior.

When training your dog to do behaviors that aren’t performed within easy reach, use toys that can be thrown for play rewards or use clicker training which uses a sound marker to indicate correct performance.

Praise Your Dog!

You can’t praise too much or too vigorously for correct behavior. Praise and reward will communicate to your dog that they are performing correctly.

Without praise or reward your dog has no clear communication that his behavior pleases you.¬† When your dog is uncertain what behavior you want, it’s likely that his performance will start to erode.

Dog’s perform more slowly when they are uncertain. For maximum performance, reward and praise often.

Fading Food Rewards

When fading food rewards, be careful not to reduce them too quickly. Your dog may become de-motivated if there is a sudden reduction in the amount of rewards you offer for correct performance.

Try using play games to bridge the gap when you begin fading food rewards. Play a game of tug with an exciting toy as reward When fading food rewards, be careful not to reduce them too quickly. Your dog may become de-motivated if there is a sudden reduction in the amount of rewards you offer for correct performance.

Tug is Good!

Studies have now proven that playing tug games with dogs will not cause a dog to be aggressive. This common misconception¬†has survived in our culture for a long time. ¬† Playing tug is a natural game, and dogs play it for fun. That’s why tug games are so effective for training.
If your dog has a dominate personality, playing tug can actually reinforce your pack leader status, here’s how.

1. End the game on your terms and before the dog is ready to quit.

2. Keep possession of the toy when the game is over.

3. Don’t let the dog win possession of the toy every time. Exhibit your control and strength.

Following these rules will let your dog see that you control the toy and the game. If your dog is a strong tugger get a toy that has a handle like the Tuff E Nuff tug or two handles like the 2 Handled Fur Force Toy, which will help you hang onto and control the toy.

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Get Excited About Training!

Stimulate your dog to work faster or harder by occasionally offering higher value rewards for good performance.

Dogs can become bored with their treats, so try switching them out for real chicken or cheese.

If you’re training with toys, try an exciting new buffalo fur toy, or a fleece tug toy.

If your dog is stimulated by having other dogs around, try training with a friend and their dog. If your dog doesn’t like training, keep sessions short and reward after word with their dinner, going for a walk or playing fetch.

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Dog Training Tips

Dogs learn faster when they’re having fun, or playing. Puppies naturally learn from playful interaction and so will your adult dog. Here’s some ways to keep your training fun!

  1. Train with toys, playing tug will reduce stress for both of you.
  2. Relax your expectations, training is a process, and each day is just one step in the process. Don’t put pressure on your self or your dog to perform perfectly every day.
  3. Don’t train when you’ve had a bad day or are overly tired.
  4. Take a minute to sit and relax with your dog before beginning to train. If you’ve had a stressful day, take a moment to appreciate the opportunity to spend some time with your dog.
  5. Feel free to be silly, dogs love silliness and it relieves tension.

Play motivational games with your dog, race to beat them to an obstacle or toy. Keep things fun, don’t take any one practice too seriously and reward yourself for staying relaxed and enjoying your time with your dog.