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Dogs and Valentine’s Day

Dogs and Valentine's DayValentine’s Day is quickly approaching and I am here to tell you to stop daydreaming about flowers, chocolates, and the cute little hearts proclaiming “Be Mine” when the perfect valentine has already given their heart and soul to you, but you already know that. Yahoo News recently reported that one in five people would prefer to spend this sacred love day with their pet over their partner.

I think we can all agree with that! So here are some reasons why dogs make the best Valentine’s Day companions.

  1. Dogs are super easy to talk to and they don’t talk back. Well, not in human.
  2. Doggie slobber is cute. Human date slobber is disgusting.
  3. You don’t have to share your dessert with a dog or buy them flowers and chocolates (and shouldn’t).
  4. Dogs don’t care if you are “presentable” or not. You don’t have to buy expensive clothes or wear painful but beautiful shoes to hang out with your dog. You don’t even have to shower or put on pants.
  5. Dogs are funny and goofy, and gladly clean food right off the kitchen floor when you drop it.
  6. Pup snuggles are literally the Best. Thing. Ever. And when your dog nuzzles into you and sighs a bit, you will stay still in that exact same position for hours while your arm falls painfully asleep as not to disrupt their comfort.

Now that we have determined why your dog makes the perfect companion here are some tips when touching and playing with him.

When touching your dog:

  • Lovingly invite your dog to come to you for attention. Some dogs like to cuddle while others simply like to be near you and not necessarily touched. If Fido gets up from cuddling he should be free to do so. Like humans, sometimes dogs need their own space. It is extremely important to understand your dog’s comfort level with affection.
  • Scratch your dog on the side of the neck, back, or on his chest. The best way to tell if your dog enjoys it is to stop and if they try to get you to continue you know you are good to go.
  • People enjoy getting and giving hugs and kisses, but some dogs aren’t fond of this type of affection. Your dog’s personality will dictate the type of loving you can safely and comfortably shower upon your pup.
  • Invite your dog to sit with you while you read or watch TV. Let them lean on you or put their head on your lap.

When playing with your dog:

  • Play games like fetch and hide and seek that do not involve chasing or rough play.
  • Take your dog for lots of walks.
  • Understand your dog and learn to read their body language to better evaluate what your dog is trying to tell you. A happy dog will pant and wag his tail loosely while an anxious dog might show a half moon of white in his eye or he may lick his lips or yawn. If he turns his head or walks away, he wants to be left alone.
  • A dog that suddenly goes stiff and still is very dangerous and might be ready to bite and should be left alone.

Dogs truly make the best Valentine’s Day companion. We love our dogs for so many reasons and want to shower them with love which is why it is so important to understand how to touch and play with them. This requires understanding their body language and personality. Florida Dog Training School of Tampa specializes in teaching these skills to dog owners for a happy and healthy coexistence.

8 Great Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe this Halloween.

Doggie Bubble BathHalloween is upon us once again. It’s tons of fun; homes are decorated in hopes of scaring little children dressed up as angels, pumpkins, and vampires, and who could forget the CANDY!!!!

Unfortunately, Halloween is also one of the most dangerous time of the year for our pets and the busiest for Pet Poison help lines and veterinarians who typically see a 12 percent spike in calls over the holiday. Most often, the calls are due to food related Halloween hazards like chocolate, raisins, and candy wrappers which are incredibly dangerous for dogs.

As parents (of the human and canine kind), it is important to sit down with your children and talk to them about the importance of keeping candy off the floor and out of reach of pets before they go out to collect their bounty.

What can you do to protect your dog on Halloween?

Here are some tips to help thwart accidental ingestion and teach your kids to not leave candy where dogs can get to it.

  1. Chocolate can Kill Your DogEncourage your children to keep all candy in a bag, basket, or bucket. Although unhealthy, dogs will go to great lengths to get chocolate and other candy (just like your kids).
  2. Explain to children the importance of keeping all candy in one place and to be sure to throw empty wrappers in the garbage rather than leaving them lying around.
  3. Create a labeled space on the kitchen counter or dining room table specifically for your child’s candy bucket. When they get back from trick-or-treating the bucket should be placed in the proper location and not just sitting on the floor.
  4. If your dog is a jumper, it’s best to hide candy on top of the refrigerator or a high cabinet far out of reach. Avoid low cabinets as your pooch will simply smell it and open the door with their head or paw. (make sure there are no steps or stacked boxes that would allow your pet a path to the candy). High cabinet storage will also help you monitor the sugar intake of your children especially if candy is out of their reach.
  5. In the event that no high hiding spots are available, keep the candy in a different location every day. This will confuse your dog and hopefully encourage them to give up.
  6. Explain to your child the dangers chocolate and other foods like raisins could be to your dog. Chocolate and some sugar-free mints, raisins, and gum will make dogs very sick and, of course, there is always a choking hazard from both the candy and their wrappers.
  7. Have plenty of dog treats on hand; this way kids can feed Fido a treat when they have one keeping everyone happy. It will also help avoid any bad feelings or sharing of treats from the candy bucket.
  8. Most importantly, tell your kids that if they see their pet eating anything they shouldn’t (candy or otherwise), to let you know immediately, so that you can call a veterinarian if needed.

These tips will help keep the whole family happy and healthy this Halloween.

Be sure to share any other safety tips you may have below.

Happy Halloween!

Dealing with Dog Aggression in a Home with Two Dogs (Akita and Siberian Husky)

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Mika the Akita

Kathy lives in Land O ‘ Lakes, Florida. She has 2 dogs, a male Siberian Husky named Zeus and a female Akita named Mika. Zeus was an adult dog when the family got Mika as a puppy. Both dogs were fixed when they were puppies.

Zeus was always the top dog and Mika accepted Zeus as alpha. They originally played very well together. However, when Mika was 9 month old, she realized that she was bigger and stronger than Zeus.

One day the dogs started fighting and this time Mika would not back down. The fight sounded vicious and Mika had Zeus pinned on the floor with her mouth around Zeus’s neck. The fight was immediately broken up  and the dogs were put in separate rooms. Thankfully, neither dog was seriously injured.

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Zeus the Siberian Husky

After this confrontation, the dogs could not be in the same room without growling at each other.  Kathy feared that the next fight would cause one or both dogs to get hurt.

Some dogs can sort out dominance issues themselves and some dogs can not. Kathy and her family did not know what to do. Kathy considered giving Mika to the pound but she loved Mika and wanted to exhaust all possibilities before giving up on her. In this situation, Kathy needed a professional trainer to help them handle the fighting so it would not continue to escalate.

Kathy contacted me to see if there was anything I could do to help her and her dogs. She always made sure she treated the dogs equally.

The problem is, when there is a power struggle between dogs, you can not treat them both equally. Especially when each dog is fighting to be dominant.  The other big problem with Mika is she did not understand  Zeus’s boundaries. She was always bugging Zeus and would never leave him alone.

There are several ways to handle dog dominance issues and how you handle this problem is on a case-by-case bases. I needed to teach Kathy and her family to be the pack leaders.  Once that was done. Kathy’s family needed to recognize Zeus as the top dog. In this case, Zeus was older and he lived in Kathy’s home first. Mika needed to treated as the less dominant dog.

In this case, I taught Mika that she needs to give Zeus his space when he needed it. To ensure that Mika listened to Kathy, Mika dragged a leash when she was with Zeus until she learned to not bug him all the time.

 

Kathy is giving the command sit and stay to Mika (Akita) & Zeus (Siberian Husky)

Kathy is commanding her dogs to sit and stay at the same time. Mika (Akita) & Zeus (Husky)

Mika received her food, toys, treats after Zeus. By having human intervention this helps reinforce Zeus’s leadership role. The hierarchy has been established! They are no longer fighting and are able to stay in the same room and play together! : )

Dog Pet Peeves about Humans – Dog Humor

Dog Pet Peeves

  1. When you run away in the middle of a perfectly good leg humping.
  2. Blaming your farts on me…not funny.
  3. Yelling at me for barking… I’M A FRIGGIN’ DOG YOU IDIOT!!
  4. How you naively believe that the stupid cat isn’t all over everything while you’re gone. (Have you noticed that your toothbrush tastes a little like cat butt?)
  5. Taking me for a walk, then not letting me check stuff out. Exactly who’s walk is this anyway?
  6. Any trick that involves balancing food on my nose…stop it.
  7. Yelling at me for rubbing my ass on your carpet. Why’d you buy carpet?
  8. Getting upset when I sniff the crotches of your guests. Sorry but I haven’t quite mastered that handshake thing yet…idiot.
  9. How you act disgusted when I lick myself. Look, we both know the truth, you’re just jealous.
  10. Dog sweaters. Have you noticed the fur? Imbecile.
  11. Any haircut that involves bows or ribbons. Now you know why we chew your shit up when you’re not home.
  12. When you pick up the crap piles in the yard. Do you realize how far behind schedule that puts me?
  13. Taking me to the vet for “the big snip”, then acting surprised when I freak out everytime we go back.
  14. The sleight of hand, fake fetch throw. You fooled a dog! What a proud moment for the top of the food chain, you nitwit.
  15. Invisible fences. Why do you insist on screwing with us? To my knowledge, dogdom hasn’t yet solved the visible fence problem!!

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“Excerpts from a Dog’s Diary” – Dog Humor

What Your Dog is Writing

Day number 180

8:00 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am – OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm – OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
4:00 pm – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM – OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!

Day number 181

8:00 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am – OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm – OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
4:00 pm – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM – OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!

Day number 182

8:00 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am – OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm – OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
1:30 pm – ooooooo. bath. bummer.
4:00 pm – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM – OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!

What Your Cat is Writing

DAY 752

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another houseplant.

DAY 761

Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded, must try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair…must try this on their bed.

DAY 765

Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body, in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little cat I was…Hmmm. Not working according to plan.

DAY 768

I am finally aware of how sadistic they are. For no good reason I was chosen for the water torture. This time however it included a burning foamy chemical called “shampoo.” What sick minds could invent such a liquid. My only consolation is the piece of thumb still stuck between my teeth.

DAY 771

There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary throughout the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell the foul odor of the glass tubes they call “beer”. More importantly I overheard that my confinement was due to MY power of “allergies.” Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage.

DAY 774

I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird on the other hand has got to be an informant, and speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the metal room his safety is assured. But I can wait, it is only a matter of time…

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The Importance of Socializing Your Dog

dog socializationSocialization is the key to a happy and healthy dog. It helps build a bond between you and your dog that allows you both to build confidence and trust in one another. Breed, age, and personality will all be a factor in determining how your dog will cope when introduced into new situations. In general, your dog’s behavior is built upon the classic “fight or flight” syndrome. With proper socialization, your dog builds a high tolerance to situations such as very noisy or highly distracted environments. Without it, you may end up with a timid, or even worse, an aggressive dog on your hands.

What dog socialization teaches you.

The process of socialization will help you to recognize your dog’s body language in order to better understand what your dog is trying to communicate. Ultimately, the process of socializing your dog yields a much happier owner as well! If not socialized, your dog could become fearful of certain things or people and may even snap or bite (“fight” mode). This isn’t necessarily because your dog is a ferocious beast, but more likely because he or she hasn’t been exposed to certain situations and may feel cornered or threatened. Another possible outcome of not being socialized properly is a timid dog (“flight” mode). Again, this is because your pet is not used to the variety of settings and noises it is around. A timid dog may hide, cower, rolls onto his back, or even begin trembling.

Can’t I just go to the dog park to socialize my dog?

Dog SocializationBringing your 5 year old dog that has never been socialized before directly to a dog park and letting him off leash is certainly not the most advisable thing to do. Why? Because the safest way to introduce your dog to socialization is on a leash. This is when you have the most control over your dog. While on a leash you can determine what is and isn’t appropriate and will therefore have the greatest opportunity to avoid problems or injury to you, your dog, or to others around you.

What are the advantages of socializing my dog?

There are a great many ADVANTAGES to properly socializing your dog. By setting up controlled situations for your dog’s success, you allow your dog to become more easily adaptable to unknown situations such as meeting other people or dogs, introducing “Rover” to a new family member, or bringing a new pet into the house. To obtain the best results, always introduce your dog to socialization slowly so you do not overwhelm him with too many new stimuli or distractions at once. Both good AND bad experiences are remembered by your dog. Through socialization you can show your dog that a bad experience in the past can be a good, more pleasant experience in the future and will build his or her confidence. This allows your dog to become more adaptable to unfamiliar situations in the future.

If you want a confident and happy dog, socialization is a must!

Playing dogsRemember, socialization is a key factor in raising a happy, healthy, and secure dog. With regular socialization, your dog will become more comfortable and confident in strange situations and will provide you with a great dog owning experience. For more information about dog socialization or to inquire about the FREE dog socialization class held every Sunday by Florida Dog Training School of Tampa call 813-951-4480.

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5 Easy Steps for Raising a Puppy

  1. Raising a PuppyNever leave your puppy unsupervised. Always leave your pup in a crate or confined area where he/she cannot hurt itself. This will also prevent bad habits from developing.
  2. Socialize your puppy with adults, and children. Once your pup receives its inoculations socialize your dog with other animals as well.
  3. Establish yourself as pack leader. Your puppy is a social pack animal. By establishing yourself as the “Alpha-dog” or leader of the pack, your pup will grow up to respect you, respond to you, bond to you and want to please you. He/She will also become a much happier and confident dog.
  4. Mix food with water before serving. Mix your puppy’s dry kibble with water so that it looks like a stew. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes before feeding. Kibble can expand up to thirty percent; so let it expand in the bowl rather than in your pup’s stomach, thus avoiding indigestion and possible behavior problems.
  5. Touch conditioning. Touch all areas of your puppy’s body so he/she will become conditioned and comfortable with your touch and your feel.

22 Dog Training Tips

Here are 22 great dog training tips you should be aware of and use as much as possible.

  1. Dog Training Tips with Bear and BoAlways make it a habit to touch your new puppy’s ears, tail and paws. This dog training tip will help reduce stress and fear during vet examinations or grooming appointments.
  2. Brushing your puppy on a regular basis will teach him that brushing is part of his regular routine and doing it will get easier as your dog gets older.
  3. The easiest way to get your puppy used to walking on a leash is to let her drag the leash around on her own to get accustomed to the pressure of the buckle and leash.
  4. Do not play tugging games with your dog as it encourages aggressive behavior.
  5. Do not allow your puppy to chew on your hands, feet or clothes. Instead give the dog a bone or chew toy to bite.
  6. Socialization should start as soon as your puppy is totally vaccinated and continue throughout your dog’s life.
  7. The safest way to introduce new dogs to each other is when both dogs are on a leash.
  8. The safest way to pet a dog is to let the dog to sniff your hand before you pet it.
  9. Before petting any dog always ask the dog’s owner if it is OK and if the dog is friendly.
  10. A puppy that is not housebroken must be supervised at all time unless you place the dog in a crate or a localized area.
  11. Here’s an important dog training tip some people don’t realize… don’t spend every waking moment with your new puppy as it is important you allow your puppy some alone-time to encourage her independence.
  12. If your dog is experiencing separation anxiety, leave a TV or a radio on to keep your dog company.
  13. Be consistent when teaching your dog a command. Be sure the whole family uses the same word as different words will confuse the dog.
  14. You must be consistent with any behavior you teach. So if you never want your dog to jump, there should never be a time that jumping is acceptable.
  15. When praising your dog for performing an action, say “Good Sit”, “Good Down”, “Good Come”, etc… instead of “Good Boy/Girl” for all.
  16. Random good acts like sitting, laying down, or chewing on a toy or bone should always be praised even when you didn’t ask for the behavior.
  17. All dogs should have a place to relax and to be left alone.
  18. Socialize your dog often with other dogs, people, children, objects, and different environments.
  19. If you are trying to housebreak your dog it is best to pick its food and water up after 30 minutes.
  20. Never pet a dog when it is afraid of something or it will teach the dog that it is OK to be afraid.
  21. Dogs and children should always be supervised by an adult no matter how good the dog or how sweet the child.
  22. Learn your dog’s body language. A wagging tail doesn’t necessarily mean the dog is happy.
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