Friday, February 26, 2010
Here is a list of safe toys that dogs love:
- Kong - It's a modern classic with many uses.
- Nylabone Dental Dinosaur - Great alternative to rawhide or bones.
- Push-n-Play - Just a big ball that dogs love to herd around the yard.
- Ball on a String* - Great for interactive play/training. Helps focus drive.
- Tug* - From a small recall tug to reward obedience to a long "bite tube" for tug-o-war. This is a great way to interact and play/train your dog.
* Toys 4 and 5 are both meant for interactive play only. When play is over these toys should be put away, not left with the dog.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The first flag was raised on Mount Suribachi by US Marines on February 23rd, 1945 almost a month before the end of the battle for Iwo Jima. The photo, which the Iwo Jima Memorial is fashioned after, was taken by Joe Rosenthal. Rosenthal’s photo is the most reproduced image in the history of photography.
This is my reproduction: The Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, VA taken about twenty minutes after sunrise on September 9th, 2007. I used a Nikon D70 and a Nikkor AF 60mm f2.8 Micro mounted on a tripod. The photo was taken in RAW format and developed in Adobe Lightroom.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
When we work on these issues we approach them on three fronts:
-Obedience (so that you gain better control and "lead the dance". This also gives the dog structure on which it can rely.)
-Socialization (so that the dog gets more positive experiences in all environments)
-Correction/Reprimand (to show the dog which behaviors are inappropriate)
Part of the overall solution is having the people gain confidence in handling the dog. This is an important aspect since the dog seeks your leadership. When a handler is nervous or even just indecisive a dog reacts instinctually... in these cases, defensively.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Using a crate will help in a number of ways. Confined to a small area, especially one where they eat and sleep, dogs will avoid eliminating for longer periods of time. It is a good practice to confine the dog to a small area like a crate when he or she is not being actively watched.
Keeping to a regular feeding schedule will keep the dog regular. Take the dog out the same door to a specific area on a consistent schedule. This helps the dog build a preference for where he or she eliminates.
Take the dog out on a leash for five to ten minutes. Use a word or phrase such as empty or hurry. If the dog empties then take a short walk or play with them outside. If the dog has not emptied them return them to the crate and try again later. By rewarding the dog for eliminating quickly the dog does not learn to hold out to get a longer walk.
Reward the dog with praise, food and/or play as soon as they eliminate.
Correct the dog swiftly and meaningfully when they are caught in the act indoors. Take them outside firmly and begin to praise immediately. This will make clear the difference between wrong and right.
Do not punish the dog after the fact. No, "rubbing their nose in it".
Be consistent. Dogs need a routine.
Be patient. House training progress is often slow.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
If you already have a dog or dogs it is best to introduce the new dog to the current dog(s) one-on-one in a neutral location.
Bringing the new dog into your home for the first time let them acclimate gradually. Be patient, it may take a couple days to as much as a month for the new dog to feel comfortable in it's new home and with its new family.
Provide the dog with a crate. This gives the dog a safe place it can go to be alone. A crate also allows you to slowly immerse the dog into your everyday life. By confining the dog when you cannot watch them you will limit unwanted behaviors from becoming habits in your home.
Do not make excuses or apologies for bad behavior because the dog was abused or neglected. You are giving the dog a good home and should expect good behavior.
Establish the rules of the house right from the start. Show them what you want and praise them for good behavior.
Start obedience training. This will help you to develop a trusting relationship with the dog while giving the dog the structure of your leadership.
If you see problems get help from the rescue and or a trainer right away. The longer you wait the harder the problem will be to fix.
Enjoy the new member of your family.