Saturday, June 1, 2024

DOG CARE - Pet massager (for cats & dogs)

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

Dog care – Pet massager 

-June 1, 2024

Introduction

Much like humans, dogs appreciate a good massage as it is relaxing and beneficial for their well-being. Petting your dog or giving your dog a massage creates a deep bond of trust between you and your dog.

Consider regular therapeutic dog massages using a hand held device known as a “Pet massager”.

Watch the video below where veterinarians talk about the wonders of this pet massager:

1. Vets discuss the Pet massager (video):


2. Buy your Pet massager here:

Pet massager (shipped by Amazon)

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

DOG TRAINING - Puppy biting




 

 

Dog training - Puppy biting 

-October 26, 2023

Introduction

Puppies first learn to bite in the litter with other puppies, as biting is a form of playing and socializing with their siblings. Once a puppy leaves its birth mother and moves into a new home, they may continue their habit of biting as a way to play with their new human friends.

In this 2-minute video, dog trainer Debbie, from the Karen Pryor Academy (the founder of the dog clicking training method), does a quick demo to show dog owners how to stop a puppy from biting people. She shares the following tips with dog owners:

1. When the puppy starts biting you, distract your puppy by giving it a treat.

2. Give your puppy a toy to move their attention away from wanting to bite you.

3. If your puppy jumps up on you (to get more treats), turn side ways as a signal to let the puppy know that jumping (on people) is not approved.

4. Move away with the toy to reinforce this good behavior (of not jumping on people).

5. Once your dog responds well to this command, use the clicker sound to reinforce positive behaviors.

Watch a puppy biting dog training video:




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Wednesday, October 25, 2023

DOG CARE - Nail trimming sessions




 

 

Dog care - Nail trimming sessions 

-October 25, 2023 

Introduction

Both dog owners and their dogs dread the “nail trimming” sessions, as this grooming process can make dogs feel extremely nervous. Once a dog has experienced any pain or trauma related to nail trimming (i.e., nails bleeding because they were cut too short), the dog will remember these painful events for life.

In this 9-minute video, Dr. Karen Becker goes into great details about the best way for you to trim your dog’s nails to minimize the trauma for your dog, and to make nail trimming a pleasant experience for both you and your dog. She shares the following tips with dog owners:

1. Avoid cutting your dog’s nails too far back, as this can cause extreme pain and unnecessary stress for your dog.

2. Get your dog treats ready, which will ensure that your dog connects the nail trimming experience with a positive reward (food).

3. Make sure that you get into the habit of touching and petting your dog on a regular basis because if you only touch your dog during nail trimming (by holding their paws), this will make your dog associate the paw holding with the dreaded nail trim.

4. When it comes down to cutting the nail, it is always best to cut very little at a time to avoid cutting too much of the nail.

5. There are 2 types of nail cutting devices: one device that vibrates, as it trims away your dog’s nails. The other nail trimming device looks like a human nail clipper (but is much larger). Try both devices.

6. Dogs have white nails and black nails. Be careful with your dog’s black nails because you won’t be able to see the nail’s quick as clearly. (The quick is a blood vessel located inside your dog’s nails that nourishes the nails. Stay away from this blood vessel, as it is a very sensitive area).

7. Trim the extra white part of your dog’s nails (that have grown since the last nail trim). Only cut tiny bits of your dog’s nails at a time.

8. Reward your dog with treats (and petting) during every nail trim session.

Watch a dog nails trimming session:




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DOG CARE - Dog grooming videos

 

 



 

 

Dog care - Dog grooming videos

-October 25, 2023

Introduction

Dogs require regular grooming (i.e., baths, nail trimming) to maintain a healthy appearance, especially after a visit to the park or the beach where a dog can quickly get their paws and their fur dirty. Taking your dog to a dog groomer can become costly in the long term.

What if you could groom your dog in the comfort of your own home? There is an online collection of videos where you can learn how to bathe your dog, trim your dog’s nails, and even learn how to do a full dog grooming (yes, with scissors and shavers). This online collection of dog grooming videos is organized as follows:

  1. You can search using skill Categories:

o   Core grooming skills/techniques

o   Creative styling

o   Grooming/styling

o   Products/equipment/supplies

o   Techniques

2. Search using dog groomer Skill level:

o   Advanced stylist

o   Beginner

o   Core skills

o   Stylist 

3. Search using dog grooming Techniques:

o   Airbrushing

o   Bathing

o   Blending

o   Body contour

o   Clipping

o   Combing

o   Drying

o   Hand-scissoring

o   Nail trimming

o   Pet handling

o   Striping

o   Trimming 

4. Search using dog Breeding groups:

o   Herding group

o   Hound group

o   Non-sporting group

o   Sporting group

o   Terrier group

o   Toy group

o   Working group

Cost:                                                                                      Their monthly membership starts at $39.95 US per month, which gives you unlimited access to over 900+ dog grooming videos that you can watch at your own pace.

Payment types:                                                                           They accept PayPal and credit cards.

Contact information                       Learn2groomdogs.com                                         Telephone: 1-888-344-8658 (based in the USA)           Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm EST        (New York time zone)                                                          Location: Jenison, Michigan (USA)

Take a look at these dog grooming videos:


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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

DOG TRAINING - Stay




 

 

Dog training - Stay

-October 24, 2023

Introduction

There are times when you need your dog to stay in place (i.e., when you’re retrieving an object from a different room than where your dog is located at that moment). The dog training command, “Stay” is useful for those situations when you want your dog to remain in the same position without being tempted to follow you around.

In this 10-minute video, dog trainer Zak George trains a dog to stay in place using the dog training command, “Stay”. He shares the following tips with dog owners:

*There are 3 elements to Zak’s dog training method:

1. Duration

2. Distance

3. Distraction     

1.  Start with the command, “Stay” using a short duration of time. Use your hand as a cue for your dog to stay in place. If your dog stays in place, reward your dog with a treat.

2. While using the command, “Stay”, increase the distance between you and your dog by moving away from your dog. If your dog stays in place, reward your dog with a treat.

3. The final step is to use the dog training command, “Stay” in various distractions around your dog. In this video, Zak uses a squeaky toy to distract his dog while teaching him to respond to the command, “Stay”.

Watch a demo of "Stay" dog training:

 


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Sunday, October 22, 2023

DOG TRAINING - Sit

 



 

Dog training - Sit

-October 22, 2023

Introduction

Teaching your dog to sit is a basic dog training command that most dog owners are familiar with, as this simple technique teaches your dog to have good manners in various situations.

In this 3-minute video, dog trainer Nancy, from the American Kennel Club, demonstrates the “Sit” dog training command. She provides the following tips to dog owners:

1.     Fill up your pockets with dog treats.

2.    Place a treat in front of your dog’s nose to ensure that your dog is motivated to receive this treat.

3.     Lift your hand up. Your dog’s head will follow your hand (as it contains the treat).

4.  Your dog’s rear will naturally move towards the floor, as your dog lifts its head up (to follow the treat in your hand).

5.     When your dog sits down, reward your dog with a treat.

6.  If your dog jumps up, wait for your dog to sit down again (and then reward your dog with the treat in your hand).

7.  When your dog starts to sit down easily without the treat, you can then use a hand signal or the command, “Sit”.

Watch a demo of "Sit" dog training:




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Thursday, October 19, 2023

DOG TRAINING - Lie down

 

 



 

                          Dog training - Lie down                          

-October 19, 2023 

Introduction

There are times when you want your dog to simply lie down and relax, so that you can have peace & quiet at home while watching TV, talking on the phone with loved ones or even outside the home while visiting friends or enjoying other activities.

In this 4-minute video, dog trainer Nancy, from the American Kennel Club, demonstrates the “Lie down” dog training command. In her video, she provides the following tips to dog owners:

1.     Fill up your pocket with dog treats.

2.     Place the dog treat under your dog’s nose.

3.     Lower the dog treat towards the ground.

4.   When your dog lowers its head to grab the treat, reward your dog immediately with the dog treat in your hand.

5.  Each time you lower the dog treat towards the ground, your dog will follow until it lies down.

6.   You can then use a hand signal or use the command, “Lie down”.

Watch a demo of "Lie down" dog training:



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DOG TRAINING - Leave it

 

 



 

                          Dog training - Leave it                           

-October 19, 2023 

Introduction

Dogs are playful by nature, and they sometimes put things in their mouths that are not good for their health (i.e., branches, leaves or food found in a park). Your dog will often resist your commands to drop whatever they’re holding in their mouth.

In this 3-minute video, dog trainer Jennifer, from the American Kennel Club, demonstrates the “Leave it” dog training command. She provides the following tips to dog owners:

1.    Place a low value dog treat in one hand (something your dog is not too interested in).

2.    Hold your low value treat at your dog’s nose level with your hand open.

3.     If your dog tries to eat the treat, close your hand into a fist.

4.   Let your dog lick your hand even though your hand is closed.

5.  Wait for your dog to ignore the treat in your closed hand, and reward your dog with the high value treat (placed in your other hand).

6.     When your dog ignores the treat even with your hand open, you’re ready to add the cue words, “Leave it”. (If your dog is tempted to eat the treat, close your hand right away).

Watch a demo of "Leave it" dog training:



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DOG TRAINING - Calling your dog

 

 



 

                     Dog training - Calling your dog                  

        -October 19, 2023 

Introduction

When interacting with your dog, it is important to have your dog respond to your call whether your dog is sitting in your living room or playing with other dogs at the local park.

In this 7-minute video, dog trainer Zak George trains a Corgi puppy to come when called by his owners. Zak shares the following tips for a successful dog recall:

1.   Practice the dog recall at home first before using this technique outdoors.

2.    Always use an enthusiastic or calm voice when calling your dog. (Using a pleasant voice will ensure that your dog associates good feelings to dog training).

3.   Look for those opportunities when your dog is ready to listen to you, and seize the moment to call your dog.

4.     Reward your dog with a treat.

5.    The next step is to call your dog using various postures (i.e., turn your back to your dog) to get your dog to respond to different situations.

6.   Once your dog responds well at home, you can then try name recall while outdoors with your dog.

Watch a demo of dog calling training:



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DOG CARE - Pet massager (for cats & dogs)

                Dog care – Pet massager   -June 1, 2024 Introduction Much like humans, dogs a...