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Make These Easy And Healthy Dog Treats In Just 3 Minutes

Monday, August 29th, 2016

An adult dog’s diet SHOULD consist of at least 20% vegetables. Vegetables are an excellent source of fibre, vitamins and essential minerals and must be included in the daily meal plan. Most owners however don’t have enough time to make homemade dog food and rely on the packaged stuff.

While rich in minerals and vitamins, packaged dog food can fall behind. (more…)

When Should You Take Your Puppy To The Vet?

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

It depends. Most vets suggest bringing in the puppy to see a vet within the first week of bringing him or her home.Loss of Appetite

This will also depend on the recommendations of your pup’s breeder. However, some breeders give new pup owners a finite period, or within the first 72 hours after taking your little ball of fluff home. (more…)

Top 5 Puppy Care Essentials

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Not many things are as rewarding or exciting as bringing in a new pup to your home. The puppy grows to become a canine partner to give you years of love, care and loyalty, as long as you keep providing the little guy with food, shelter and love in return.Puppy Tag

At Puppies for Sale, we love to keep our customers updated on tips they can use to take care of their puppies.

In this blog, we will shed light on 5 puppy care essential that you should definitely invest in: (more…)

Can Dogs Be Good Watchers?

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Guard-Dogs

People and dogs have always had long lasting relationships, ever since the inception of civilization. History depicts that man first tamed dogs along with other domestic animals for their survival. History also showed how dogs guarded their belongings and helped them with hunting in ancient times.

When man learned to hunt, they would also require someone to guard their belongings back home. Among their belongings, there were other domestic animals being reared, which would later become food for survival. If their domestic animals were left alone, there was a strong chance these domestic animals would be killed, or eaten by the many other predators around and even other people or tribes. This is the one of the major reasons they used dogs as watchers and to guard their valuable possessions, their lives depended on it.

From observation, we came to know that dogs could be very loyal to their masters. And, dogs would not expect too much in return for their services. They were also happy to serve their masters, not just for the food, but also for their master’s love towards them. This is how dogs became essential for watching their belongings back in ancient times.

Over the course of time, man quickly learned that dogs are intelligent and brave. Dogs are quick learners as well. Moreover, they can follow instructions from their masters, if trained. From this idea, we thought to utilise them in different ways too. They then also found them to be strong and courageous. Their courage and intelligence made man decide to take dogs with them whenever they were hunting.

Dogs would not just guard the belongings of their masters but also help them in hunting and driving away other animals. They became a part of their lives. Their children would also play with the dogs. The affection for dogs can obviously be seen in most civilized societies. People know now how good dogs can be as watchdogs and to help guard their homes or alert people from their premises. It is a great deterrent, used for 100’s of years. This is just one of the many joys and services dogs offer our society today.

If You Suffer From Depression, A Dog May Be Able to Help

Monday, September 14th, 2015

moka-happy-dog3It is quite interesting to see that people who tend to keep pets at their homes are hardly known to suffer from any kind of stress or depression. Pet dogs have a special tendency to arrest the attention of their owners. They keep their owner indulged thereby defeating depression to quite an extent. Pet owners spend a lot of their leisure with their pets. They keep them underfoot and take them anywhere they go. Such people hardly think hard upon facts that are bothering and depressing. Thus, it has been seen that people who have pets are much healthier and fitter than those without.

Pet dogs tend to seek a lot of attention from their owners by behaving naughtily and doing silly things. They are no lesser than small kids who bring out the hidden love of their parents. Even medical reports have revealed that people who suffer from depression, could consider keeping pets at their homes, to help stay happy and indulged.

A dog requires being groomed, bathed, trained and loved. Such activities can really give the owner purpose and keep them entertained. By looking after the pet, a person tends to forget his own troubles and ailments. Such a person stays busy and can enjoy a healthier and better life.

By giving affection to the dog, one tends to relax the nervous system. People who hug, rub and stroke their dogs have been clinically proven to be less stressed. Giving affection to their dog, lowers the blood pressure and therefore greatly enhances the quality of life.

A pet renders unconditional love. It protects, cares, nurtures and acts like an ideal companion. The relationship between the dog and the owner is quite calming, soothing, pleasurable and relaxing. Presence of a pet at home eliminates negativity and loneliness from life. A pet keeps on sitting by your side thereby creating a presence in the home. People who suffer from emptiness feel much better after bringing pets home.

By taking the dog for a walk, buying groceries and food stuff, one tends to bring lot of entertainment to their life. The main problem with depressed people is they multiply their stress levels by getting stuck in to the mundane activities of life. By having a pet, one tends to look after the necessities of their dog which becomes a major part of life. It helps one to come out of repetitive schedule thereby combating stress and depression to a great extent.

While going for a pet, it is not necessary for one to particularly choose a certain breed. By bringing a pet home and caring for it in the loving way they deserve, you are sure to experience a dramatic change in your life. Within few months, you shall be miles away from your stress, thereby relishing a healthier life altogether. Please remember though a dog requires a lot of work, time and attention. You must ensure you have plenty of time to care of them before considering owning one.

What Training Collar is Right for My Dog?

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

For many first time pet owners, the challenge of picking the right dog collar during their dog’s training is not always an easy one. Many people mistakenly assume that dog collars are all alike—after all, “a collar is a collar!” However, there are actually different types of dog collars; some of these are made with specific types of training or behavior in mind, while others may simply be up to the dog owner’s preference. Let’s take a look at the types of dog training collars to help you choose the right kind of collar for your dog-in-training.

Traditional Collars

Types_of_Training_Collars_for_DogsSome dog owners choose to use traditional collars during training. Traditional dog collars are usually made of a thick nylon material which should be fitted comfortably around the dog’s neck–snug enough to fit two fingers between the neck and the collar is usually a good rule of thumb. Traditional collars should not be too loose, which can cause them to become snagged and possibly choke the dog; but they should not be tight enough to cause coughing or restrict breathing. If you are training a puppy, you may need to loosen the collar frequently as they grow or purchase a new collar for safety.

Traditional collars, for many dog owners, are a perfectly acceptable type of training collar. If the dog has an agreeable disposition and is not experiencing much difficulty being trained, then a basic collar combined with a traditional leash and other training methods–such as a clicker and treats–may be all that they require.

Pronged Collars

Prongedcollars, which are sometimes referred to as pinch collars, contain blunt prongs on the inside of the collar. The pronged collar is designed to be used as a temporary collar for dogs which are very stubborn or difficult to train, especially when it comes to proper walking behavior. When a pronged collar is gently pulled, the prongs will cause the dog discomfort.

Pronged collars are only recommended as a last resort for dogs that have proven to be very stubborn or difficult to train. Physical correction–in this case through the use of prongs–is generally considered to be a last resort as well.

Chain Slip Collars

Chain slip collars, more commonly referred to as choke collars, and are commonly used for dogs that are persistent leash pullers, strong-willed or are not responding to training using a traditional dog collar. A choke collar uses a pull-and-release action, which will let the dog know that their behavior is not acceptable and that you desire a different type of behavior. Like pronged collars, choke collars are considered to be best used for stronger, stubborn breeds who do not respond as easily to traditional collar training as other dog breeds.

Choke collars should only be worn during training sessions, and should not be used for dogs that have delicate throats or tracheas, such as smaller breeds. If you intend to use a choke collar, you should have a professional dog trainer demonstrate the proper and safe way to use it before using it yourself.

Even More Unusual Dog Tricks (part 2)

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Dog tricks can be a great experience for dogs and dog owners alike. Intelligent and easily bored breeds will likely get mental stimulation out of additional trick training, while owners can benefit from practical tricks and enjoy the entertainment and bonding value of teaching a dog more advanced, unusual types of tricks.

In our previous installations, we talked about unusual tricks such as teaching a dog to put laundry away, to play the piano, and even to dance! Now, we will be looking at an unusual trick that is not only interesting and unique, but practical as well.

phoneIt may come as a surprise, but you can actually teach your dog to answer your home phone! Not only is it an interesting trick, it can be helpful for people with disabilities who may have trouble getting up to answer the phone in time. This particular trick is frequently taught to service dogs who work with disabled people, such as those with vision problems or physical disabilities. This trick only works with cordless phones.

If you are disabled or are otherwise unable to train the dog yourself, you may wish to enlist the help of a friend, family member or professional dog trainer.

To achieve this trick, you will need to complete the following steps:

Step One

First, place the cordless phone you will be using in the home on the floor near the dog. Call the phone from another phone and let the phone ring. When your dog directs its attention to the phone, praise the dog and give the dog a treat.

Step Two

After you have rewarded the dog, answer the phone with an excited voice and praise your dog—saying they are “such a good boy/girl,” etc., is typically used. Then hang up the phone. Repeat this action several times until your dog looks at the phone every time that it rings.

Step Three

Once your dog is looking at the ringing phone, begin to pretend like you don’t notice the dog is looking at the phone–in other words, do not praise the dog simply for looking at the phone. This will in turn encourage your dog toramp up their behavior in order to make sure that you’ve noticed they are acknowledging the phone. Reward your dog with a treat and praise when it goes further—such as touching the phone with their paw or nose.

Step Four

Repeat step three until your dog has begun to pick up the phone. This may take several training sessions, as some dogs will take longer than others to get the idea that you want them to pick up the phone with their mouth. When this has been achieved, you can use the “bring it here” or “come here” command to teach them to bring you the phone receiver. Reward them with exceptional praise and treats when this occurs.

Step Five

Practice the behavior until it becomes “natural” for your dog to bring you the ringing phone.

Even More Unusual Dog Tricks

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Dog tricks are beneficial to both dogs and dog owners. Dog tricks are an excellent way to keep a dog’s busy mind occupied, which is especially important for intelligent breeds who may get bored easily. Dog tricks can also entertain family and friends while allowing the dog’s owner and family to bond and spend more time with the dog. Common dog tricks include behaviors such as roll over, play dead, fetch, etc. However, there are a number of unusual tricks which show off even more advanced dog behaviors! Unusual tricks, such as teaching a dog to “play” the piano or put dirty laundry in the laundry basket, can be practical or just for fun. Let’s take a look at some even more unusual dog tricks that you can teach your dog.

Dancing DogsNote: Most of these tricks involve using prior commands, such as “drop,” “touch,” “pick up,” etc. You will likely want to train your dog to perform these tricks before embarking on advanced dog trick training.

Dance

You won’t be able to teach your dog to do the cha-cha, but you can teach your dog to do a little dance with you! Your dog will enjoy spending time with you and your family will get a kick out of seeing your dog “dance” to your favorite family dancing tunes. This trick works best with large dogs rather than small breeds

To achieve this trick, you will need to first train your dog to stand up on its hind legs. This is typically done by placing a treat by the dog’s noise, raising it while giving the command “Up!” until they stand up. Once this command is achieved, you will need to keep the command going for an increasing amount of time to help your dog keep their standing up stance for a longer period of time.

Then, you will need to gradually teach your dog to walk backward and “follow” you and walk forward so he will back up, thus creating a “dance” like motion. This can be achieved by making encouraging noises when you back up and move forward, such as “kissy” noises or calling your dog’s name in an affectionate way.

Some dogs do not enjoy the dancing behavior. If your dog appears uncomfortable during this training, it is recommended that you discontinue the training, since it is not a practical behavior that needs to be taught

Note: If you have taught your dog to not jump up on people, this trick may send a confusing or mixed message to the dog. If you believe that your dog is becoming confused between the “dance” command and your previous command to avoid jumping on people, discontinue the dancing training.

Unusual Dog Tricks

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Dog tricks can be beneficial for dogs and dog owners alike! Many dogs enjoy the challenge and mental stimulation that comes with being trained to perform tricks, while owners might get practical benefits from teaching their dogs certain behaviors; training a dog can also increase the bond between a dog and its owner or family, and teaching a dog to perform tricks is the perfect way to have a child involve in raising the family pet.

pianoThere are countless numbers of dog tricks which can be taught to a dog, although some breeds are more receptive to trick training than others. More common dog tricks include commands such as roll over, fetch, and play dead—but there are even more unusual tricks out there, which can be fun or even helpful to the household! Let’s take a look at some of the more unusual dog tricks which you can teach your dog.

Note: Many of these tricks involve teaching your dog prior commands, such as “touch,” “drop,” “pick up,” and so on. You may want to reinforce these types of commands before attempting advanced tricks to avoid frustration.

Pick Up the Laundry

Feeling a little too tired to put your dirty laundry in the basket at the end of the day? You can actually train your dog to pick it up for you! This unusual trick will take patience and practice, but the payoff is not only a great trick to show off to friends, but it will give your pet something to do!

To train your dog to do this trick: Start by teaching your dog to drop an object, such as a favorite toy, in the laundry basket. This can be accomplished in two steps: First, by teaching the dog to drop the object in a basket placed under his head; second, by teaching the dog to pick up the object and drop it into the basket. Then gradually replace the toys with dirty laundry. With practice, your dog will be able to pick up any laundry that fits safely in their mouth!

Play Piano

Your dog may not be a Mozart, but you can still teach him to play the piano! This creative parlor trick will impress party guests and family members alike. To teach your dog this trick, you will first need to teach your dog to paw a specific object, such as a disc. Place the disc on the floor and reward your dog every time he paws it. Eventually, he will learn that every time he touches the disc, he gets praised.

Once the dog has made this association, you can replace the disc with a smaller object. Continue replacing the objects with smaller and smaller targets until you can place the target on top of the piano keys. Repeat the training until the dog will paw the piano keys without the target.

Three Ways to Train Your Dog to Stop Jumping

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Few things are less desirable to a dog owner than a dog that jumps on them—or guests—when they walk through the door. A dog might accidentally knock over your packages or grocery bags, you’re your clothing, or get dirt on your new coat. Unwanted jumping behavior in a dog can be more than a nuisance—it can be dangerous! This is especially true for strong dogs and larger breeds, who do not realize their own strength. The key to solving this unwanted behavior in a dog is to train your dog to stop jumping on people without permission. There are several ways that you can train your dog to stop jumping on people; the following are the three most common ways to train your dog to stop jumping.

Method 1: Use the Ignore Method

Can_a_Dog_Be_Impossible_to_TrainThe ignore method involves ignoring your dog when it exhibits jumping behavior until it exhibits a desirable behavior, after which it is rewarded and praised.

To use this method, use the following steps:

Step 1: As soon as the dog’s feet leave the ground, turn your back on the dog.

Step 2: Ignore the dog, even if it is jumping up and pawing at your back or your legs. If the dog runs around in front of you, turn your back again and continue to ignore thedog.

Step 3: Continue to ignore the dog until it exhibits a desirable behavior, such as sitting, laying down, or standing still. As soon as the dog exhibits this behavior, turn your attention on the dog and reward them with praise and petting. Repeat until the dog stops exhibiting jumping behavior.

Method 2: Use the Sit Method

The sit method involves teaching your dog to sit instead of exhibiting jumping behavior. To use this method, use the following steps:

Step 1: Teach your dog how to sit, if you haven’t already taught your dog this command.

Step 2: When you are coming into the home or leaving–whenever your dog tends to exhibit jumping behavior–give your dog the “Sit” command before they jump on you.

Step 3: Do not give your dig positive attention unless they sit down. Eventually, the dog will learn that you want them to “sit” before you greet them.

Method 3: Use the Toy Method

Some dogs are simply too excitable to achieve much benefit from the sit or ignore method. For these dogs, owners will likely see results by using the toy method, which uses a toy distraction, rather than sitting or ignoring. To use this method, use the following steps:

Step 1: Place one or more of your dog’s favorite toys by the front door.

Step 2: When you enter or exit the home, draw your dog’s attention to the toy rather than you, to help direct their excited energy from jumping on you into playing with the toy.

Step 3: Repeat every time you enter or exit the house. Eventually, the dog will likely realize that they prefer to play with their toys than jump on you when you enter the house.