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How To Stop Your Dog Pulling On The Lead

Pets April 2, 2017

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Taking your furry friend out for a leisurely stroll can turn into a tug-of-war if your companion has no leash manners.

We’ve all seen those wonderful well-behaved dogs that walk next to their owners. However, behind that comfortable, care free walk is an owner who has put in some time into training them properly. All it takes is some short training sessions and consistency. With the following guide and 5-10 minutes of training each day, you will soon be enjoying a more relaxing and pleasant walk with your canine companion.

WHY IS HEELING IMPORTANT

Pulling on the lead is not only uncomfortable for you, but also for your dog. While your arm is getting pulled from its socket, your dog’s neck is suffering. And while harnesses are slightly better, they do allow your dog to pull with their entire body weight. In the absence of a sled to ride on, harnesses do not help you get back in control of your destination.

CHOKE CHAINS ARE A NO, NO

Choke chains are very traumatic to the neck, so please avoid them. If you do want a ‘cheat’, invest in a halter-style lead such as the Gentle Leader® or Halti®, that fits around the muzzle and back of the head. As the lead is attached underneath the chin, your dog will soon work out that he needs to walk next to you in order to walk in a straight line.

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TIME TO SNIFF

Try to combine leash-walking with some off-leash time so your dog has some time to enjoy sniffing and going at his own pace. He then knows that when he is on the lead it is time to behave. If your dog doesn’t reliably come on command, find some off-leash dog parks in your area to enjoy.

BEFORE YOU START

  • Ensure you have somewhere to train where your dog is not distracted, you can even start in the house or backyard.
  • Keep training sessions short, so that neither of you get frustrated. Training for 5-10 minutes a day is perfect.
  • Find some treats your dog really likes that you can easily carry with you. Train him when he is a little hungry.

STEPS TO SUCCESS

  1. Ask your dog to sit next to your left leg, with his shoulder in line with you.
  1. Hold a treat in your hand to get your dogs attention.
  1. Step off with your left leg, while saying ‘heel’.
  1. As soon as he takes off ahead turn around and start walking in the opposite direction.
  1. As soon as your dog catches up and reaches the correct position next to your left leg say ‘heel’ and get his attention with a treat.
  1. Repeat the turn-around each time your dog surges ahead and correct him by saying ‘heel’.
  1. Initially reward him each time he is in the heel position and walking by your side, it also teaches him to look to you for direct ion. As he progresses, get him to walk for a longer period beside you before he gets the treat.
  1. Enjoy your walk and continue intermittently rewarding your dog for paying attention and walking with you. Once the behaviour is established rewards can be in the form of treats, play or just simply a ‘good boy’ when he is doing the right thing.

Check out this great video from the team at RSPCA NSW. It provides a very practical demonstration of the steps and techniques we have outlined above.

KEY POINTS

  • Keep training sessions short, 5-10 minutes is perfect.
  • Initially train somewhere with few distractions.
  • Use rewards not punishment, and initially reward the correct behaviour immediately with a treat.
  • Remember to enjoy yourself and celebrate the progress you are both making by combining leash-training with some off-leash time.

 

 

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The Bissell ‘BarkBath’ Enables Dog Bathing in a Fraction of the Time

Pets March 27, 2017

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The Faster, Easier, Less Messy way to bathe your dog.

The BARKBATH™ is a faster, easier and less messy way to bathe your four-legged family member. This portable bathing system allows you to bathe your pet practically anywhere and anytime with virtually no mess. Specially designed nozzles get beneath the fur and down to the skin to allow water and shampoo to wash the skin clean while a soft suction pulls dirt and water away into a separate dirty water tank. The system works with almost any length of fur – short or long – and one tank of water will completely wash an 80 lb dog, while the no-rinse shampoo formula leaves your dog’s coat feeling clean and fresh.

  • Less expensive, in the long run, than going to a dog groomer
  • Portable bathing system allows you to bathe your pet practically anywhere and anytime with virtually no mess
  • Water and shampoo washes from the skin up while soft suction pulls dirty water and odors away
  • Patented nozzles get beneath the fur and down to the skin
  • Dirty water is captured in a separate tank for a clean you can see
  • Uses less water than traditional bathing methods – 40 oz will clean up to an 80 lb dog, where a traditional tub bath can use up to 19 gallons of water for the same 80 lb dog.
  • Included: 16 oz bottle of Dog shampoo in a light Mulberry scent
  • 1-year limited warranty

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Pets pet-veternarian-app

Pets March 27, 2017

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askPETMD App Making It Easier For Pet Owners To Recognize Emergencies

Posted by Rebecca West on May 30, 2016

Have you ever worried whether or not your pet needs urgent care but you’re wondering if you’re over reacting and don’t want to appear foolish at the vet’s? If you have, you’re not alone. Thousands, if not millions, of people every year go through the same thing. Sometimes we do it with ourselves. Since WebMD came along, many of us don’t fly straight to our physicians at the drop of a hat anymore, whereas others have become hypochondriacs. But not everyone knows there’s a version for pets, too. It’s called PetMD, and now they’ve come out with an app.

Yup, now you can have access to a veterinarian 24/7 with the new PetMD app called askPETMD. By using it, you’ll get “free, vet-qualified answers about your pet in less than 24 hours. Plus, browse PETMD’s wide range of popular pet topics, create personalized pet profiles and locate your nearest vet.” When using the service, you’ll be asked to provide information like breed, age, weight, gender, diet and medications when making a profile for your pet. This will help the doctors manning the system with useful data to make informed assessments concerning your beloved family member.Read More… Go To Article

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