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5 Ways To Tell Your Dogs You Love Them In Their Own

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Pup parents know that our dogs love us deeply, even though they do not express it in the same manner as humans do. That’s not to say that our pups don’t enjoy receiving affection; they live for our love and approval! Try showing them your devotion in a language they can understand.

1. Gaze Deeply Into Their Eyes:

When your dog stares at you he is “hugging you with his eyes. Direct eye contact is still considered a challenge or threat in many situations. But with your own, trusted pet, try gazing into his eyes when the two of you are calmly relaxing.

2. Raise Your Eyebrows

Dogs raise their eyebrows – especially the left one – when greeted by their owners. Basically, the more facial activity you display when greeting your dog, the more they know they are loved. If you are able to raise one eyebrow then make it the left one. Your pup will really feel special!

3. Lean on Them 

Not just figuratively, actually press your weight against your dog physically. Not to the point where he feels cornered (or crushed!) just a little to show that you trust him. This is something our pups do to display their affection for us that is often overlooked.

4. Let Them Sleep With You

Sleeping with a human is the ultimate display of love and trust our dogs can give because that is when they are at their most vulnerable.

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4 Tips to Stop a Dog From Jumping

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Dogs love to greet their dog friends by jumping on one another. It’s a way for them to show affection. However, this is not exactly a polite way for dogs to greet people.

If you have a dog with a jumping habit, the following tips should help teach your dog a more appropriate way to greet his human friends.

1. Don’t engage with a dog who’s jumping.

It’s best not to respond to a dog who’s jumping up on you. Three most important forms of communication and rewards for a dog are visual, physical and verbal.

By not giving your dog any of these forms of communication and rewards until he stops jumping, you’re letting him know his behavior is unacceptable.

2. Teach the dog a new skill.

Rather than correct a dog for jumping, teach the dog a new behavior. Teach ‘back up!’ so you can apply that command at the right moment, and only then reach down to pet the dog.

3. Don’t lean over or push on a dog who’s jumping.

Often, people will lean over and try to stop the dog from jumping by pushing on him. “This touch feels like approval to the dog, and he leans in against the pressure.”

4. Stand ‘like a tree.’

If your dog insists on jumping regardless of what you have tried you should stand like a tree. Cross your arms, look to the sky and freeze.

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Brain Training for Dogs: 7 Mental Stimulation Games to Keep Your Pup Sharp

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Even with our busy schedules, we all remember that our furry friends need to be properly fed and exercises. But a lot of times we forget that our dogs need mental stimulation too. Check out these 7 mental stimulation games that will give some brain training for dogs.

Game #1: Spin the bottle

Game #2: The Adventure Box

Game #3: The Muffin Tin

Game #4: Find it

Game #5: Pull the bowl

Game #6: Treat dispenser

Game #7: The towel treat game

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5 Essential Tips for Leaving a Puppy Alone During the Day

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Leaving a puppy alone during the day is doable, but you have to do it right. Puppies need much more supervision than adult dogs, which limits you when it comes to leaving them alone.

In fact, young puppies shouldn’t be left alone for longer than two hours at a time!

One of the most important things to remember about puppies is that they aren’t just miniature dogs. They require extra supervision, time, and potty breaks. They can also be destructive little buggers when they’re bored or scared, so you have to have a game plan.

Let’s check out a few tips that will make it a little easier to leave your puppy home alone during the day.

 1. CRATE TRAINING

One of the best things you can do with any puppy is crate training. This cuts down on destructive behavior as well as preventing potty messes throughout the house.

2. TIME LIMITS

When leaving a puppy alone during the day, you’ll need to either have a friend stop over every 2 to 3 hours to check in on your pup and take him for a walk or hire someone to do it.

3. CHOOSE A GOOD SPOT

If you decide not to go with the crate training route, you’ll want to find a safe room for leaving him at home alone.

When leaving a puppy alone at home without a crate, opt for a laundry room, mud room, or gated kitchen area. These areas almost always have tile, which is easy to clean in the event of a mess.

4. FOOD AND WATER

You shouldn’t leave food down when leaving a puppy alone.

In general, you want your puppy to be on a feeding schedule. In addition to the importance of keeping them on a schedule, it controls how often they have to defecate.

5. PRACTICE SAFETY

Just like toddlers, puppies get into everything, so when leaving a puppy alone at home, you’ll want to be sure everything is puppy proofed.

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Dog Wellness: Dog Obesity

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It is estimated that over half of the dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. With these staggering statistics, it is more important than ever to focus on pet obesity, how to prevent it, and how to help your pet lose weight if he is in the overweight or obese category.

How do I prevent my dog from becoming overweight or obese?

  • A healthy, well-balanced diet and regular exercise will help keep your dog in great shape.
  • Feed dogs separately in a multi-dog home, or monitor their feeding so that one dog doesn’t steal out of another dog’s bowl.
  • Do not free feed.
  • Choose a high-quality food for your dog.
  • Always provide your dog with access to fresh, clean water.

What are the health risks that overweight dogs face?

  • Decreased life span
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Respiratory distress and disease
  • Cancer
  • Kidney disease
  • Muscle injuries

How can I help my dog lose weight?

  • Do not free feed your dog. Feed your dog a set amount of food once or twice a day (depending on your vet’s recommendation) at the same time each day.
  • Work with your veterinarian to develop a plan for reducing your dog’s food intake to a healthy level.
  • Exercise your dog daily. For an obese dog, you may have to build up the duration and intensity of the exercise gradually.
  • In a multi-dog household, feed dogs separately so that one dog does not get more food than another.
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Dog Exercise: RUNNING WITH YOUR DOG

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Running with your dog is a great workout for you and your four-legged friend. Before getting started with a running routine, check out these tips to make sure your dog enjoys it as much as you do.

Do:

  • Use a harness: Harnesses distribute pressure more evenly around your dog’s body and takes pressure off his delicate neck.
  • Use a solid 4 or 6ft reflective leash. This will ensure your dog stays close to you while running and will help oncoming traffic see you in low light.
  • Talk to your vet before running with your dog to ensure he or she is fit enough to do so. Your dog might need time to build enough stamina to keep up with you.
  • Take water. Allow your dog to drink small quantities at regular intervals rather than a large amount at the end of your run.

Do NOT:

  • Use a choke chain or prong collar. These collars can do a lot of damage to your dog’s neck, causing pain, discomfort and severe physical problems that result from pressure and constriction.
  • If you have problems walking your dog, take a little time to teach them not to pull by going to a training class or hiring a private trainer to help you.
  • Exercise vigorously with a small puppy or elderly dog. Too much physical exercise can damage growing bones and muscles and put undue pressure on aging bodies.
  • Run in the heat of the day. Dogs are closer to the ground than you are and therefore heat up quicker. Hot roads can also damage sensitive paw pads.
  • Let your dog drink from puddles as they might contain chemicals such as Ethylene glycol that is used as an antifreeze agent in cars. These chemicals have a sweet taste that dogs find attractive but can be lethal if ingested.
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WHAT IS POSITIVE TRAINING?

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Positive training is not a scientific term.

You will not find it in any scientific journals, and you will regularly hear it being mischaracterized by those who do not fully understand it.

At Wolfkeeper University we describe it as a positive trainer, we are incorporating several philosophies, techniques, and levels of awareness on certain misunderstood topics which cumulatively add up to the idea of positive training.

The Four Pillars of Positive Training:

  1. The use of positive reinforcement
  2. Avoiding the use of intimidation, physical punishment or fear
  3. A comprehension of the often misunderstood concept of dominance
  4. A commitment to understanding the canine experience from the dog’s point of view