Planning on getting a dog? Choosing the right dog breed for you and your family will go a long way to ensuring you spend a lifetime of happiness with your canine companion.
There are many variables and options to consider when it comes to choosing a dog but perhaps the single most important decision you will make will be selecting your dog’s breed. It’s a big decision, one that will impact every member of the family including your new canine companion.
Here are six dog training tips on how to walk your dog and master the dog walk. When I'm out with my dog pack, I often walk about ten dogs at a time, sometimes even off-leash if I'm in a safe area. People are amazed by this, but it's simple: the dogs see me as their pack leader. This is why dogs follow me wherever I go.
1. Walk in from of your dog.
Walking in front of your dog allows you to be seen as the pack leader. Conversely, if your dog controls you on the walk, he's the pack leader. You should be the first one out the door and the first one in. Your dog should be beside or behind you during the walk.
2. Use a short dog leash,
This allows you to have more control. Attaching the leash to the very top of the neck can help you more easily communicate, guide, and correct your dog. If you need additional help, consider Pack Leader collar. Always keep your dog's safety in mind when giving corections.
3. Give yourself enough time for the dog walk.
Dogs, like humans, are diurnal, so taking walks in the morning is ideal. I recommend setting aside thirty minutes to a full hour. The specific needs of each dog differ. Consult your vet and keep an eye on your dog's behavior to see if his needs are being met.
4. How to reward your dog during the walk.
After your dog has maintained the proper state of mind, reward him by allowing him to relieve himself and sniff around. Then you need to decide when reward time is over. It should always be less than the time spent focusing on the walk.
5. Keep leading, even after the walk.
When you get home, don't stop leading. Have your dog wait patiently while you put away his leash or take off your shoes.
6. Reward your dog after the walk.
By providing a meal after the walk, you have allowed your dog to "work" for food and water. And don't forget to set a good example by always picking up after your dog!
Leaving a dog in your car during extreme temperatures can be dangerously life-threatening to your companion. After leaving your car closed, temperatures inside can rise 15-20 degrees within ten minutes and up to 35 degrees within thirty minutes. Without realizing the consequences, many dog owner make the mistake of leaving their dogs in a car without ventilation.
So what can you do if you find a dog in distress?
As of today, there are only 16 states that have laws that protect dogs in hot cars. These states are AZ, CA, IL, ME, MD, MN, NC, NV, NH, NJ, NY, ND, RI, SD, VT, and WV. Depending on the state, there are variations of the definition of the animal that can be saved, possible fines and penalties, and who is allowed to do the rescuing. Penalties in New Jersey can range from $250-$1000 while Minnesota only charges $25 for possible violations.
While most states leave the rescuing to law enforcement officers and humane society agents, states such as New York allow citizens to join in on the heroics as well. The city announced the law that if a companion animal in a trapped vehicle during extreme temperatures, a citizen can take the necessary steps to save the animal if owner of the vehicle cannot be found. This brings awareness to the attention people should have when leaving their pets in their cars, even for a short amount of time.
Let's hope that pet owners will be responsible in their actions so police officers and civilians won't have to take matters into their own hands!
You’re ready to get out of town for a little R & R, but you’re uncertain whether traveling with your dog in tow will provide either of those Rs. Never fear! For the well-prepared dog owner, traveling with your canine companion can be a fun and rewarding experience.
Before hitting the road, plan for whether you'll be, well, hitting the road. If you'll be driving, purchase a safety harness for your dog or a sturdy carrier that can be strapped into the seatbelt. (Once you start your drive, it's best for your dog to ride in the backseat of the car.) Check your route ahead of time to locate parks or rest stops where your dog can take a bio and exercise break.
If you'll be flying the friendly skies, before you book a ticket, check the airline’s website for regulations and fees when traveling with a dog. Keep in mind that most airlines require your dog to travel with a health certificate from your veterinarian.
Next make sure your dog will be well accommodated at your final destination. If you'll be staying at a friend's house, ask ahead of time if your dog may join you. If so, enquire about exactly where in the house your dog will be resting his head so you can be prepared. If pets are a no-no, consider finding a kennel near your friend's home so you can still spend time with Fido while being respectful of your host’s wishes.
If you'll be staying in a hotel, research hotels that allow pets before reserving a room. More and more hotels are putting out welcome mats for dogs and their owners.
Once you know where you're heading and how you'll get there, it's time to make sure your dog is fit for travel. Check with your veterinarian about whether you need to make any special considerations for your dog. Depending on where you’re headed, your dog may need additional vaccinations, such as for Lyme disease.
Flea, tick or heartworm prevention also are important considerations for travel, especially if your dog will be spending time outdoors. Check out Bayer HealthCare Animal Health's parasite prevention options and ask your veterinarian which one may be right for your dog.
Remember that if you'll be flying with your dog, you'll likely need a health certificate from your veterinarian.
Also jot down the name and phone number of a veterinarian who's located in the area of your destination. Though you may never use this information, you’ll want to have it in case of an emergency.
Ensure your doggy's bag is full of the right stuff:
Once you’re on your way, remember these key points for a carefree trip: