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How dogs Improve Your Health

How dogs Improve Your Health

Dogs are known to be man’s best friend. Can you imagine life without those cute little faces, funny tricks, and annoying but lovable barks? They pretty much sum up what a stress reliever should be, and truly, they make our lives a whole lot better. Who wouldn’t want a hug from a best friend who truly cares?

These are things you already know about dogs. What you don’t know is that they can actually improve your health in a scientific perspective. Other than decreasing your stress level, they can also aid in your general well-being.

Interested to know how it works?

Let’s talk about microbiomes. They are single-celled organisms present in the majority of substances found practically everywhere. In fact, they outnumber the cells in our body by 10-1, affecting our day to day to living in a more positive way. A good number of these microorganisms helps to alleviate our health generally as they are usually shared through a dog’s mouth, fur, and other parts of the body.

Check out this infographic to understand the link between a microbiome and your dog. Surely, you’d be surprised with what you’ll discover. Know more about how this can affect us scientifically.

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This infographic is provided by A Place For Animals.

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Your Dog Hates It When You Do THIS!

Your Dog Hates It When You Do THIS!

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Your Dog Hates It When You Do THIS!

SPANISH TRANSLATION: SU PERRO ODIA CUANDO USTED HACE ESTO!

Humans are highly communicative creatures. While nearly every species on Earth relies on communication in some form or another, it’s our intricate social dynamics that set us apart. It’s no surprise then that we instinctively want to share the same love we have with our closest friends and family with our pets, but it turns out some of the ways we express interest and affection mean something else entirely and could actually be annoying to our dogs.

Dogs Hate When Humans Do These 11 Things

Here are eleven common things that pet owners do that they may interpret as friendly and affectionate, but their dogs can’t stand.

11. Staring

We can convey entire messages and emotions with just one lingering stare, but that message doesn’t mean what we think it does to a dog. Canines are pack creatures, and even domesticated dogs still function on that mentality. Staring is used to challenge and intimidate other members of a pack, and if staring at your dog in the eyes elicits barks and soft growls, those don’t mean “Talk to me!” as much as “You want a piece of me?”

10. Hugging

A hug is a very human action. They don’t exist in the dog world, and when you hold your pet close, he or she will take it the same they would another dog placing their foreleg or paw on the back of another dog: a display of dominance.

RELATED ARTICLE: Shocking Discovery About Aggression In Dogs

9. Talking with Words

Dogs don’t speak English or any other human tongue, so even though your pet may know some commands and their name, they don’t know what you’re talking about when you’re angry and lecturing them on chewing up the trash. Learn about body language and how to effectively communicate with your pooch for a less one-sided convo.

8. Petting the Face or Head

You probably don’t like it when someone suddenly grabs your face or pats you on the head. Dogs are very similar, and even though some may enjoy ear scratches and caresses, many will lean away from being touched over their head and on the snout.

7. Giving Them Free Reign

You may think some owners give their dogs too much structure and rules. They’re just animals, not kids, right? Actually, packs function through a hierarchy and thrive on rules. Discipline, clear boundaries and structure can bring a dog security. Otherwise, your pup will probably go through life thinking he’s in charge and respond with confusion or even aggression when he’s corrected.

RELATED ARTICLE: How to Read Your Dog’s Body Language

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6. Forced Interaction

You may want you and your best friend’s dogs to share the same inseparable bond as their owners, but you wouldn’t like to be forced to hang out with someone you didn’t mix well with, and neither does your dog.

5. Walks Without Any Exploration

Scent is one of a dog’s strongest senses, so when you tug on the lead because your pup wants to stop and smell the roses (or just relax and sniff the breeze for a bit), you’re interfering with their inborn impulses.

4. Yelling

This doesn’t just mean in anger. Loud shouts and squeals aren’t used in packs unless they’re done so in a threatening fashion, so try to keep your environment – and your voice – at a soothing, level tone.

RELATED ARTICLE: Tips And Tricks To Train Your Dog/Puppy

3. Teasing

It may seem like your dog is amused when you hover a treat over his head, but the truth is that dogs will be just as irked by relentless teasing as humans. Think about that the next time you decide to psych your dog out during a game of fetch.

2. Giving a Bath

Dogs don’t understand that the loud rush of water and being lathered with funny smelling shampoo is good for them. A bath can be traumatizing to a dog, especially if not introduced to it properly at a young age. Make sure you look up the right way to show your dog the bathroom instead of just pinning them down in a tub while they try to escape.

1. Playing Dress-Up

They may look adorable in a Princess Leia wig or a Superman cape, but dogs don’t share our enthusiasm for dressing up, and all they know when the costume comes out is that they’re going to be uncomfortable and most likely have their hearing, vision or range of motion constricted.

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How do you like to communicate with your dog? Let us know some ways that you bond with your canine companion and feel free to offer some suggestions on how other owners can do the same in a way their pets will enjoy as much as they do.

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Dog Jumped Into Her Car, See What Happened Next !

Dog Jumped Into Her Car, See What Happened Next !

Everybody knows that dogs often have an intuition about humans. For example, people are well versed in stories of dogs that arrive to save human beings from danger. However, did you know that dogs have an intuition about which human beings will help them? It’s true! At least, that is what happened to a dog named Kelsey.

This Poor Dog Jumped Into Someone's Car Out Of Desperation. See What Had Happened After

Kelsey was once an unnamed stray dog wandering the streets. Her fur was nearly gone, she was covered in scabs and was wandering around in the heat. This can be deadly for dogs. However, a kind person stopped to examine the dog. The person opened her car door, and surprisingly, the poor animal jumped right into the passenger seat! It was as if the dog instinctively knew that this person would be her rescuer. The rescuer took the dog home and made sure the animal was seen by a vet.

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RELATED ARTICLE: What Your Dog Says About You

The healing process for the stray dog wasn’t easy. It took lots of help from a team of veterinarians to get the dog, now named Kelsey, back to health. Kelsey had known nothing but abuse her entire life. There were many things wrong with her that needed to be addressed. This included her fur, teeth, paws, and immune system. However, Kelsey was a fighter, and her new owner was full of love. Now, Kelsey enjoys romping around in the shade and napping in her own basket. She looks fantastic! No one would know about her unfortunate beginnings.

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Keep this story in your heart. It shows that dogs can sometimes find the loving people they need. It also teaches us of the beautiful things that can bloom after showering a little love and kindness on an animal less fortunate than others. Keep your eyes open while driving. A future Kelsey may be looking for you too!

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pet

5 Benefits Of Coconut Oil For Your Furry Friend (Pets)

5 Benefits Of Coconut Oil For Your Furry Friend (Pets)

We love our pets, and once we find one that we mark with a collar and name tag, they quickly become a part of the family. Just as we take the time and effort to best ensure the overall health of our loved ones, we also want to ensure our dogs, cats, and other furry friends are equipped to live long and happy lives.

Whether your pet is showing unusual signs of sickness or you just want to ensure you are doing everything you should as a pet owner, there is a hidden gem in coconut oil that you should strongly consider. It is capable of providing five benefits you likely never considered.

1. Improving Skin Conditions

If your pet suffers from a skin condition such as eczema or flea allergies, the daily topical application of coconut oil can help. Not only does it clear up the rashes associated with these types of conditions, but it also promotes wound healing and overall health for your pet’s largest organ.

2. Improves Digestion

There are a number of digestive issues that can infiltrate the peace of your pet’s health. The consistent use of coconut oil can not only help reduce the symptoms of common issues such as inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis, but it can also, over time, heal the disease. Simply add about a teaspoon of coconut oil to their daily feedings. Your pet will never notice the difference.

3. Reduction in Cancer Risk

Veterinarians report that approximately half of dogs over age 10 will develop some sort of cancer, and this is the leading cause of death in family pets. While this is difficult to fathom, the consistent use of coconut oil, both applied topically and with food, can decrease your best friend’s chances of becoming a grim statistic, best ensuring you get to enjoy their company for many years to come.

RELATED ARTICLE: 10 Ways to Prolong Your Pet’s Life

4. Weight Loss

In order to lose weight, your pet must engage in exercise. Coconut oil has shown to boost the energy levels in all types of animals, giving your pet that extra increase in energy they need to engage in beneficial play. This will also promote healthy joints and metabolism.

5. Antibacterial Benefits

Our pets face a number of injuries and boo boos during the course of any given day. One of the most common is cracked paws, and this condition can allow harmful bacteria to enter the body. Apply coconut oil thoroughly to paws to increase hydration and prevent this common issue from occurring in the first place.

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You want the best for your pet, and taking advantage of these tips can allow you to ensure just that. Has your dog been losing weight? Is your cat experiencing unusual problems in digestion? Coconut oil could provide the relief you seek, and implementing its use in your animals diet can provide a number of benefits to help bring you even closer with them.

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Facts psychology

9 Signs You May Be Smarter Than the Average Person

9 Signs You May Be Smarter Than the Average Person

9 Signs You May Be Smarter Than the Average Person

Intelligence is certainly a valuable trait. Scientists have been attempting to pinpoint the traits of highly intelligent people for decades. Their findings may surprise you. Below are nine traits that most highly intelligent people share.

1. You Do Not Smoke.

It is a scientific fact that those who smoke have an average IQ that is around seven points lower than nonsmokers.

2. You Took Music Lessons as a Child

People who took music lessons as a child have a different brain structure than those who did not. Musicians tend to score higher on visual intelligence tests.

3. You Are the Oldest of Your Siblings

An article in the New York Times stated that a study in 2007 showed that the eldest children in a family of siblings have an IQ averaging three points higher than their younger siblings.

4. You are Thin

Obesity affects IQ in a negative way. According to business website Business Insider, obesity seems to lower IQ over time. However, overweight people are not born with lower IQs.

5. You Have a Cat

Researchers from a Wisconsin University have found that people who identify as being “cat people” score higher on intelligence tests than people who identify as “dog people.”

6. You Were Breast-Fed

Recent studies from Britain and New Zealand have found a relationship between breastfeeding and intelligence quotient. It was discovered that children who were breast-fed scored and average of seven points higher on intelligence tests than babies who were fed formula.

7. You Have Experimented with Drugs

Researchers were surprised to find that people with higher IQ’s were 50% to 60% more likely to try drugs. This may be due to the fact that smarter people tend to be open to new experiences.

8. You Are Left-Handed

Left-handed people tend to have a higher IQ than right-handed people. This may be due to the fact that lefties use the right brain more efficiently than right-handed people, who rely more on the left brain.

9. You Are Tall

Studies have shown that taller children perform better on tests, and this trait carries throughout adulthood as well.

Did any of the items on this list surprise you? You may have just found out that you are smarter than you think, so don’t be so disappointed the next time your younger sibling shows you up at the family reunion or you can’t find your left-handed pair of scissors- just pet your cat and smile. You will always have your high IQ to fall back on.

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child care psychology

How To Decode Your Child’s Drawings

How To Decode Your Child's Drawings

How To Decode Your Child’s Drawings

Children’s artwork can give you insight into their world if you know what you’re looking for! From the colors they use to the shapes they draw, almost everything has a hidden meaning and can be analyzed to further understand what they are feeling.

This video will show you the meaning of some of the most common shapes and colors used by children in their drawings. If you are a parent or have a small child in your family, you should definitely know these techniques!!!

Children often don’t have the words to express how they are feeling, but trained psychologist are able to use their drawings to translate what a child may be feeling inside.

Colors

Pay attention to the colors in the picture. The choice of color can be significant.

  • Black & Purple

These colors suggest dominance. Black in particular is often associated with negative feelings and can be favored by a child who is relatively demanding.

  • Blue

This color is popular with children who have a caring nature and enjoy socializing with others.

  • Red

This is the color of excitement, this color is used especially by children who don’t want to miss out on anything, it’s also the most popular color for children. It can also mean enthusiasm, energy, emergency, and attention. A red house or a red door are reasons to investigate.

  • Pink

This color shows a need for love and appreciation and is commonly favored by girls.

  • Green

Green is the color of those who like to be different. These children often like space and are artistic and intelligent. This color also represents being calm and peaceful.

  • Yellow

Yellow demonstrates intelligence, a sunny nature, and curiosity.

 

  • Some studies have shown that younger children preferred using warm colors, while older children preferred using cooler colors in their drawings.

Drawing can help externalize emotions and events painful to speak about including:
Painful Experiences, Repressed Memories, Unspoken Fears, Anxieties, and Guilt

Very often kids draw their family members holding hands together. This is a good sign of a friendly environment in the house. When your child feels that his parents are going through conflict he/she will most likely place them far from each other in the drawing, maybe he will even draw some obstacles in between them.


Different shapes in a picture have different meanings, here are a few common shapes and their meanings when drawn by children:

How To Decode Your Child's Drawings

The Sun
The sun is the most universal shape and it’s indicative of parental love. Balloons floating toward the sun could mean the desire to spend more time with their parents.

A House
A House commonly illustrates their feelings toward their home; walls relate to the strength of the ego, thin walls can show weakness. Doors represent interaction with others, no doors means the child is blocking contact, an open door can show a strong need for social contact, a second side door on the house can mean the need for another way out (an escape).

Windows
No windows or windows only on the second floor can mean the child is closed off and doesn’t want anyone in his/her business.

Arrows
Drawing arrows can be seen as quite a negative doodle as it indicates built-up anger and resentment.

Birds
Birds often indicate travel & freedom.

Cats
Cats in a drawing can mean jealousy.

Circles
Circles in a drawing can indicate the feeling of emptiness.

Dogs
This animal in a painting can have the meaning of loyalty.

Studying your child’s drawings may not make you an expert on drawing analysis, but it will hopefully help you understand your child a little better and will help you establish a better connection with your child!

 

Edited 8/27/14 SCD

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health pet

Shocking Discovery About Aggression In Dogs

Shocking Discovery About Aggression In Dogs

Why do some dogs attack with kisses, while others…

Recent studies has shown that Dog breed has nothing to do with the Dog being aggressive or not.

Some Factors like: the age of the owner (younger than 25 or older than 40), neutered male dogs were found to be twice as aggressive than neutered female dogs, dogs who went to poppy training were less aggressive than those who didn’t, dogs who were trained using punishment and negative reinforcement were more likely to be aggressive and negative towards family members also, hate to say but it has also shown that dogs from shelters and animal rescue centers were more aggressive too!!! The reason is the high level of fear and anxiety that has built up in the poor dog.

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Dogs are a part of our family and must be given the same attention and care like the rest of the family members. We must spend time on their training, engaging them in positive-reinforement training is very important!

The most important thing is to make time for them in our busy day and to shower them with love.

In conclusion we should stop blaming the Dog for being aggressive and start educating the owners.

Why do some dogs attack with kisses, while others…

Recent studies has shown that Dog breed has nothing to do with the Dog being aggressive or not.

Some Factors like: the age of the owner (younger than 25 or older than 40), neutered male dogs were found to be twice as aggressive than neutered female dogs, dogs who went to poppy training were less aggressive than those who didn’t, dogs who were trained using punishment and negative reinforcement were more likely to be aggressive and negative towards family members also, hate to say but it has also shown that dogs from shelters and animal rescue centers were more aggressive too!!! The reason is the high level of fear and anxiety that has built up in the poor dog.

Dogs are a part of our family and must be given the same attention and care like the rest of the family members. We must spend time on their training, engaging them in positive-reinforement training is very important!

The most important thing is to make time for them in our busy day and to shower them with love.

In conclusion we should stop blaming the Dog for being aggressive and start educating the owners.

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cancer

Dogs Can Smell Cancer!

Dogs Can Smell Cancer!

This Woman Thought Her Sad Dog Was Dying. What Happened Next Shocked Her and Saved Her Life.

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This is one of the touching stories O have ever seen and heard . Thats why they are mans best friends .

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health Health and Food pet

10 Healthy People Foods for Dogs

10 Healthy People Foods for Dogs

10 Healthy People Foods for Dogs

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People often talk about foods that should not be given to dogs like chocolate, raisins, and grapes, but there are “human” foods you can safely give your dog. Here is a list of them. Make sure to leave salt and other seasonings aside and keep food simple when giving it to your dog:

1. Cheese

Cheese is yummy and protein-enriched. It is safe to give your dog some cheese unless he is lactose intolerant. Start by giving small amounts of cheese to check for reactions from your dog. If he is okay you can serve him low or reduced fat dairy products to minimize fat.

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2. Yogurt

Yogurt can improve gut function and contains a large number of nutrients; protein, calcium, phosphorus, iodine, zinc, and vitamin B12. Choose yogurt with live active bacteria that act as probiotics and no sugars or artificial sweeteners.

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3. Apples

Apples are crunchy and make great treats for dogs. The apple peel of contains plant chemicals which protect us from some types of cancer. They are also a good source of vitamins B and C and its ok to give them to dogs. Make sure you do not give them the apple core as seeds can harm your dog in the long run.

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4. Eggs

Eggs are a great source of digestible protein therefore are good for dogs that have a weak digestive system. Don’t give raw egg whites to your dog as it can cause a biotin deficiency which can adversely affect your dog’s skin and coat health. Always cook the eggs first then offer it to your dog.

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5. Oatmeal

Oatmeal contains soluble fiber which is good for dogs with problems maintaining bowel regularity. You can mix it with probiotics to enhance its functioning. Keep in mind that oatmeal should be cooked plain without any sugar or flavoring. Its also a good alternate grain for dogs that are allergic to wheat.

6. Popcorn

Your favorite movie time snack, popcorn, can be a great low-calorie treat for your dog. Popcorn contains potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, and calcium which are beneficial for your dog, avoid salt and butter.

7. Peanut Butter

Many people question whether or not they can share peanut butter with their dog, the answer is yes. You can give your dog plain natural peanut butter without added sugar, preservatives, or salt. Since peanut butter is rich in fat and calories, a small amount is enough.

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8. Green Beans

Green beans are rich in vitamins K and C, fiber, and manganese. They are good for dogs, especially those who are prone to weight gain. Including this in your dog’s diet can help maintain good health. Frozen beans are enjoyed by some dogs.

9. Sweet potatoes

A good source of fiber, sweet potatoes are good for dogs. They contain vitamins B6 and C, beta carotene, and manganese. They are readily available and inexpensive.

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10. Blueberries

Many dogs love frozen blueberries, strawberries, huckleberries, and raspberries. They contain free-radical-fighting-antioxidants which help fight cancer and degenerative diseases. They are rich in vitamins C and E, fiber, and manganese.

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Service Dog Monitors Owner During Operation

Service Dog Monitors Owner During Operation

Service Dog Monitors Owner During Operation

Dogs are one of the most faithful pets and they prove it time and again. Assistance and therapy dogs help their owners to navigate streets and stores, get dressed, clean house, and help with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. This is a story about a dog named JJ who helped her 7 year-old owner, Kaelyn Krawczyk (KK), during an operation.

KK has suffered from the disease Mastocytosis since she was 2. In this disease, everyday things like heat, exercise, and medicines cause life-threatening allergies. It is a rare disease that causes accumulation of mast cells in bodily organs, activation of these mast cells leads to immediate allergic reactions.

For 7 year-old KK, this disorder is so severe that it can transcend into severe and fatal shock. KK’s 39 year old mother, Michelle Krawczyk, says her daughter gets infections and gets too hot and stressed. The effects of this allergy range from mild inflammation to critical drop in blood pressure and difficulty breathing followed by vomiting. KK also had kidney disorders so she had to visit the hospital regularly. She was assigned a service dog, JJ, capable of sensing any small changes in KK’s body even before machines could sense them. This detection is based on change in the smell of her body. Service dogs are specially trained to sense significant changes in humans like a drastic drop in blood sugar.

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KK had to undergo a critical kidney operation at Duke Hospital. Animals are not allowed in operating rooms but doctors at Duke gave JJ and her trainer permission to assist during the operation. JJ played an important role in surgery because KK is allergic to anesthesia. KK’s anesthesiologist, Dr. Brad Taicher, said that including JJ in the operation was logical as she was just like any other monitor in the room.

JJ did well at the job assigned to her and intimated the doctors of highly significant cell changes in KK’s body before they became life-threatening. JJ can also extract KK’s medical kit that contains her medicine. Her mother said monitors responded to changes in KK’s body 4 minutes after JJ alerted them by barking and licking KK. Doctors confirmed JJ was better than the electronic equipment at notifying when things started to go wrong.

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JJ’s trainer says she has undergone just one month of training. JJ was trained by Deb Cunningham to detect scents. Deb is the program director at Eyes Ears Nose and Paws in Chapel Hill, NC, a private organization that trains service dogs.

Source- http://www.bustle.com/articles/11163-service-dog-jj-monitors-owner-kaelyn-krawczyk-during-major-operation-at-duke-hospital
Source- http://abcnews.go.com/Health/service-dog-sniffs-girls-disease-operating-room/story?id=21279329

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Break Your Dog’s Bad Habits

Break Your Dog’s Bad Habits

Break Your Dog’s Bad Habits
By PositiveMed-Team
Edited By: Stephanie Dawson

1. Dogs do what works

Dogs behave in a particular way when certain behavior gets them what they want. Try to understand what your dog gets out of bad behavior or habit and then take that thing away – the bad habit will stop or change. For example, dogs often jump on people when they come home looking for attention. Stop giving them attention when they do so and they will stop doing it.

2. Dogs don’t generalize

Dogs cannot make leaps of understanding like humans. We look at a paper tree or a real tree and we see it as a tree but dogs don’t think that way. For example, you may teach your dog to sit but always in the kitchen. If you ask your dog to sit when outside he might not understand what you mean.

3. Determine why your dog is repeating bad habits

Try to figure out what the dog is getting out of his bad habit that keeps him doing it. Is it your attention or is it turning out to be a fun game for him? Act accordingly and take away the fun factor.

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4. Look at your behavior

If you pay a lot of attention to your dog’s bad habits, they might enjoy it which would gives them reasons to continue. Even angry attention is attention. If you are noticing too much or giving attention when dog is busy with his bad habits, you may be responsible for motivating him to continue with his bad habits.

5. If you have adopted your dog as an older dog with habits that seem to be set in stone
As mentioned earlier, dogs are very context specific and this sometimes works in our favor. If the dog has a new home and if the limits and expectations are set immediately when the dog arrives at home, he will learn quickly. It helps to train dogs per one’s needs, which results in developing good habits.

6. Rewarding your dog for giving up bad habits

Select three different levels of treats – bronze, silver, and gold for following your instructions.

7. Be Consistent and patient

You have to be consistent and patient with your dogs if you want them to give up bad habits. It might take some time.

8. Remove physical stimulants

If there are certain objects in your home or garden that drive your dog towards the bad habit, remove the object that acts as a stimulant.

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Can Dogs Watch TV?

A new television just launched in the United States that has specific target audience: DOGS!
The television launched in San Diego, California this week, runs 24-hour programs for dogs. The producers announced that the programs are scientifically designed for dogs vision, hearing and entertainment and can help dogs to enjoy the times when their best friends are not with them.

And here’s the Dog TV commercial:

It’s soon to judge the effects of DOG TV on dogs. Some argue that it may help dogs with anxiety or depression to deal easier with their issues. Opponents say this may lead to dogs addiction to the television, as well as obesity among the man’s best friends.


 
What do you think about the new TV? Feel free to share your comments here.
 
For more reading visit NYTimes.