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5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Well Behaved

5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Well Behaved

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Paws-itive Thoughts

As the business has become very busy, I have noticed that there are a lot of owners that get very frustrated with there dog because they might not listen or have a tendency to misbehave with the other dogs that they live with. A few owners have said that they absolutely despise there dog sometimes. I truly find this very disheartening as I try to work with all the dogs to become better behaving dogs. So what are the five items that you should remember to keep your dog well behaved? 1. Consistency– This is always key with any dog because they learn with repetition. If you feed them same time morning and night and have a pet care provider come into your home and change the times, the dog could have major issues. The same goes with walks. Your dog will be so much calmer with going on a walk the same time everyday. They know what is expected of them. 2. Care – All dogs need care. Even if they did something bad(like chew up a shoe) make sure that after you have reprimanded them that they know you still love them. I would not suggest to give a treat because that means you are rewarding bad behavior....

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Does Your Dog Take You On Walks?

Does Your Dog Take You On Walks?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Paws-itive Thoughts

I have personally come across many owners who are constantly telling me that they do not like other dogs and that they pull so hard on all walks. Why is this exactly? I want to teach you how to train dogs to walk on a leash. Having a dog takes a lot of responsibility to constantly make sure the dog is happy and safe. It is the owners responsibility to socialize the dog and keep the dog from pulling on walks. So what tips and tricks have I found that seems to work really well when you take your dog on a walk? It all starts when you put the leash on the dog. Make sure the dog is calm and isn’t very excited to go on a walk. For most owners it can be very instinctual to get your dog excited for a walk. When in reality staying calm is so key with your dog. Waiting for them to sit and have there entire complexion be calm. This isn’t just for there ears to go down, but this is with there entire body. Some dogs take five minutes to calm down, while others take longer. You as an owner have the responsibility to stay calm and DO NOT...

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Beauregard Knows

Beauregard Knows

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Paws-itive Thoughts

The biggest thing that I have found is dogs NEED to be trained. It is so incredibly important for dogs to be trained. Beauregard, the Bouvier I live with, is totally trained and is so much fun to be around. I have been around many different dogs who are not trained. It is at times very difficult to sometimes stay with dogs who are not trained. They can get incredibly hyper and are sometimes difficult to calm down. So what is the best answer for all of this? Spend time with your dog. Just like kids, dogs need attention also. It takes a lot of time to train dogs. Why not set a goal to teach your dog one command a month? This can be sit, stay or down. I would say start with sit. The best way that I have found to train a dog is to take two minutes or so out of your day. Focus on just your dog and work on the command of sit. Once your dog understands sit, give them a treat. That way when you do it again they will know if they sit they will get a treat. Amazingly Beau knows all of these commands. He is also VERY good on...

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Bouviers and Beauregard

Bouviers and Beauregard

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Paws-itive Thoughts

My roommate has a Bouvier who’s name is Beauregard. He is 105 pounds, 6 years old, and is just a joy to be around. I truly feel that he impacts how happy I am at times. So of course if you follow me on Facebook you will definitely be getting more updates on Beau the Bouvier and how he is doing. Just yesterday we were on a walk where a neighbor a had come outside just to show me his prized Bouvier. They are pretty rare(and expensive) dogs that most people do not invest in. The biggest question is why don’t people want to invest in these amazing dogs? First, they are right around $2,000 to purchase. Which for a dog is quite an investment. Then the breed itself has quite a few other complications. Beau had to have an eye removed due to I believe cataracts. They also have a tendency to get ear infections quite a bit due to having ears bobbed/clipped when they are a puppy. Second, some people believe that they are extremely stubborn and are not very fun dogs. I have to say that he is an extremely fun dog to be around. Beau can be stubborn at times, however can’t we all? To...

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To Serve and Protect

To Serve and Protect

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Paws-itive Thoughts

Hero. A common term with a world of meaning. Who is your hero? Perhaps they’re a fireman, or a doctor or even a police officer. But what about our four legged friend? German Shepherds are the most prominent dog in the police force. The physical make-up of their bodies allows for them to perform with such speed but also carry with them an incredible amount of strength. These dogs also possess such a level of stamina that a human could never demonstrate. While I couldn’t find an exact number, German Shepherds go into the force as young as one year old and will stay until their body cannot physically endure all that the job entails. How many people do you know keep a job for their entire life? I know none. Now y’all may be thinking “it’s just the police force.” but that isn’t true. German Shepherds serve in the military as well. The use of dogs in war goes back as far as world war one. This is just one of the many reasons why German Shepherds deserve more praise than they receive. Cites to thank:...

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