5 Things To Avoid When Taking your Dog To The Dog Park

5things to aovid when taking your dog to the dog parkA dog park is a place where pet owners and their dogs can freely interact with other individuals and their respective dogs. This is primarily a venue where dog socialization is inherently encouraged. However, it is a must that dog owners have absolute control over their dogs and that their dogs view them as their pack leader. This is necessary in order to ensure that the dog park remains safe for everyone.

Unfortunately, there are simply some dog owners who could not care less about certain rules in the dog park. They look at their dogs as humans that know how to behave themselves without any human intervention. Such mindset can be especially traumatic to other dog park occupants.

Before you take your pooch to the dog park, make sure you understand these rules.

Be in Charge

It is imperative that your dog recognizes you as his pack leader. As such, even before you go to the dog park, you should have already trained him considerably in coming to you once called. This is fundamental of any off-leash training.

Pause before Entering the Dog Park

controlling your dog at teh dog parkMost dog parks are constructed with double entrances complete with two gates. You simply do not barge through both gates in an instant. With your dog on his leash, enter the first gate and wait a few moments to let him familiarize with the dog park field. Additionally, this gives you ample time to make accurate assessments if it is safe for you and your dog to enter the second gate. Oftentimes, dogs that are already in the field will be swarming at the entrance seemingly anxious at your presence. You may need to let them get accustomed to you and your dog’s presence first before you finally step into the dog park.

Pay Close Attention

Your attention should be on your dog and the other dogs in the park. Make sure to be on alert for signals that trouble might already be brewing. Be especially mindful of your dog’s behavior inside the park so as not to inconvenience other dogs and their respective owners.

Read Dog Signals

Part of paying close attention to both your dog and other dogs is reading unique dog behavior. Know the different dog language expressing happiness and playfulness compared to signs of hostility and aggression. When you see any red flags such as snarling with the dog’s lips curled back or even a tense and aggressive look, it is best to distract the dog’s attention and redirect it to dog behaviors that are essentially non-threatening.

What is your dog trying to tell you? Dogs have a language that allows them to communicate their emotional state and their intentions to others around them. Although dogs do use sounds and signals, much of the information that they send is through their body language, specifically their facial expressions and body postures.

Understand your dog’s behavior

Understanding what your dog is saying can give you a lot of useful information, such as when your dog is spooked and nervous about what is going on, or when your dog is edgy and might be ready to snap at someone. You do have to look at the dog’s face and his whole body.

To help you, I have created a sort of visual version of a Berlitz phrase book to allow you to interpret the eight most important messages your dog is sending to you

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Know When Not to Go to the Park

problems to avoid at the dog parkAs a courtesy to other dog owners and their dogs in the park, you should never bring your dog if he is not yet fully vaccinated, does not have adequate tick and flea protection, is not yet neutered or spayed, or is in heat. Additionally, if your dog simply does not know how to interact with other dogs, it is best to stay away from the dog park.Dog owners fail to realize that as much fun as the dog park may be for you and your dog it is also a breeding ground for fleas and odors, please ensure that you bathe your dog and check them for fleas when returning from the park.Go online to find some more information on how to get rid of dog smell and check them for fleas and ticks as well.

The dog park is where dogs can socialize with fellow dogs. It is the job of every dog owner to make sure that the park is safe for him, his dog, and others so that everyone will have a truly wonderful time.



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How To Care For An Aging Dog

Even Senior Dogs Need to Stay Active

really old dog All dogs need exercise. Whether they are still puppies or already at the prime of their lives, dogs need to stay active in order to maintain their health and keep them physically fit. This is especially true among senior dogs that may already be suffering from a host of ailments because of the many effects of aging.

Many consider the slowed responses and low energy levels of senior dogs to be a sign of old age and that they need to conserve their strength for more productive uses. While it is true that aging dogs will require plenty of rest, it does not follow that they don’t need to exercise anymore.

However, owing to the many changes associated with his aging, you may need to make a few changes in your expectations. You will also have to help your dog in his physical activities. He definitely earned to have his own ‘room service’ after serving you and your family for a good portion of his life.

Mellowed Walks

 While you may not expect your senior dog to enjoy walking five miles the way you used to when he was still younger, you can still take him for a walk. However, this time, you will need to follow his wish to rest every so often because he simply cannot keep up with the pace anymore. You can also walk at a much slower pace and provide him with plenty of water and doggie treats during your walks.

You don’t need to go to the park to walk. A few rounds in your backyard should help keep the muscle tone in his body. Just remember though that if your senior dog has arthritis or other skeletal problems, you may need to forego with the walking.

Time for a Swim

 If your senior dog happens to be suffering from joint problems, you can bring him to your backyard swimming pool. The buoyant force of the water will not create undue stress to his joints. However, he will still be needed to paddle along which should address his needs for physical activity.

New Toys, New Tricks

 Help stimulate your senior dog’s mental health by introducing a new toy or even a new activity. Encourage him to actively interact. Just choose a toy that is appropriate for his energy level, complex enough to create a challenge and simple enough to allow for optimal body movements. You can even introduce a new command. You do have to be more patient and consistent this time around.

Shower with Attention

 Your senior dog deserves your full attention. This is the time when he is at his most vulnerable state for depression. The last thing your dog needs is neglect from the very same family he has protected and cared for the rest of his life.

Give Physical Comfort

 caring for a very old dogMore frequent visits to the veterinary clinic should help you monitor his health status. You can consider chiropractic manipulation, stretching, acupuncture, and water exercises to keep him mobile for the remainder of his life. Talk to your veterinarian about supplements you can provide to help with your dog’s physical problems. Consider massage to improve circulation and promote lymphatic drainage.

Giving tender loving care to your senior dog is one way of repaying his undivided loyalty to you. By keeping him active you can still enjoy each other’s company until the time he finally says goodbye.



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How to Control Your Dogs Barking

Managing Your Dog’s Excessive Barking

barking dogBarking is as natural as humans talking and cats meowing. So, it should not come as a surprise if your dog barks because it is his way of telling you something. Unless, of course, the barking has already turned your nights into futile attempts of getting some decent sleep or you are already receiving complaints from your neighbors.

By then, you need to realize that there must be something that you can do to control your dog’s excessive barking.

Understand Why your Dog is Barking

As in any dog training, it is important for you to have a positive mindset when approaching your dog’s barking problems. It is always best to know first the reasons as to why your dog keeps barking and barking day in and day out so you will be better equipped to handle the issue.

Dogs bark for a variety of reasons. It can be because they are being protective or territorial or that they sense something is wrong. Dogs also bark out of boredom or loneliness or as a way to greet people or other animals. Barking can also be a sign that your dog is desperate for your attention or that he is very anxious about being separated from his owners or from other dogs.

Don’t Bark Yourself

yelling at dogResist the temptation of yelling at your dog to stop barking and to be quiet because when you also raise your voice to make him stop, you are actually encouraging him to bark some more. Your dog believes that you are joining him in the barking spree.

It will be better for you to train your dog to respond to the word ‘quiet’. Teach him to associate the word with the cessation of his barking. Training him consistently on the use of the word will be a lot better than just shouting at him.

Consistency is a Group Effort

Always encourage other members of your household in the training of your dog by indirectly reinforcing the things you are teaching him to provide consistency for your dog. You simply do not want him get confused as to which method he should follow if different members of your household will be teaching him different things. Consistency is the key.

Eliminate the Source of his Barking

More often than not, by removing the thing that makes your dog bark, you can effectively control his incessant barking. This means that you have to be vigilant about why he suddenly erupts into a barking frenzy. Try to find out as much as you can about all the possible reasons for your dog’s barking. For example, if he gets the urge to bark because of passersby, then you can close the curtains or the glass windows of your house so he will have very minimal exposure to the source of his barking.

Let him Spend all His Energy

tired dogOne of the reasons why your dog can keep barking for prolonged periods of time is that he has plenty of unused energy. Take him out for a brisk walk or spend a few minutes of spirited playtime with him. He will be too tired to even have the strength to utter a growl, much less a bark.The key to controlling your dog’s excessive barking is by training him to respond to a particular word that tells him to stop without confusing him if you were to shout. The cooperation of the whole household is also important as well as managing his unused energies.

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Teaching your Dog the Basic Commands

Basic Commands Your Dog Needs to Learn

dog commandsOne of the sources of great pride among dog owners is when their pets respond appropriately to their commands. Be it as simple as making them sit, roll over, or stay, an obedient dog is sure to bring a big smile not only to his owner’s face but also nods of approval from other people.

The Most Important of All – his Name

Calling someone by his name is recognizing his personhood. If there is such a thing among dogs, calling your dog’s name will also have the same effect – you are calling his attention, you are directly addressing him, and as such you are showing that he exists and that you recognize his existence as something special. This is perhaps one of the most important words that your dog needs to learn.


The word ‘come’ is often better used with his name because you are directly addressing him to stop whatever he is doing and to come to you. This command is particularly useful during emergency situations, or when he rushes out the door when guests arrive, or should he break free from his crate or leash.


Dogs naturally get overly excited at the prospect of being able to go out on a walk or getting the chance to eat his favorite dog food. They may also be jumping around your house in excitement especially if you have new people in your home. You need to subdue this excitement by teaching your dog to learn the word ‘sit’ as meaning they have to wait for a short while before they can have what they want.


dog stay commandThe word ‘stay’ takes a little bit more of patience and perseverance to teach your dog. Because of its near similarity to the word ‘sit’ most dogs may have trouble truly understanding what ‘stay’ really means. The word is often used to protect the dog from imminent danger or threat.

Drop It

Teaching your dog the meaning of ‘drop it’ is best practiced during a game of fetch. When he retrieves the object using his mouth, instead of prying it, command him to drop it. With repeated practice, your dog will be able to recognize that ‘drop it’ means they have to let go of anything that they are holding in their mouths.


Heel is a word that is very important for dogs to learn especially when they are going to go on walks on- or off-leash. Telling him to ‘heel’ is directing him to walk along safely beside you. This is something that he needs to learn because there will always be other people on the street as well as other obstacles that might pose a threat to your dog’s safety.


Focus is especially great for the dog that gets overly excited outdoors that his safety might be put in jeopardy. Telling your dog to focus means he needs to ignore everything else around him except his owner. By drawing his attention to you, he will be less likely to be distracted and put himself into a predicament.

These are just a few of the commands that dogs need to understand. You can develop your own set of unique words to use in lieu of the sit, stay, heel, or focus so that it becomes more personalized for both you and your dog. Just remember to train him consistently well.

Effect Of Training In The Dog Brain


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How To Get Your Dog To Walk On Their Leash

Getting Your Dog Comfortable with Their Leash

best leash training tipsThere is nothing more enjoyable than walking down the street or in the park with your pet dog on a leash. These leisurely walks are not only a good way to relax you and take your mind off the many stresses at work and everyday living, it is also a good way for your dog to exercise.
Unfortunately, not all dogs are instantly sold to the idea of being walked on a leash. This is none truer than dogs that may have owners whose personalities are a clear mismatch with the temperament of the dog. What happens in such instances is that the dog will view his owner as a member of the pack – not its leader – so the dog takes it upon himself to lead the way.

Taking it Slow with leash training

The whole idea of leash training your dog, like any other dog training, is for him to feel comfortable and safe with his leash, or any other device for that matter. This is the reason why you have to slowly accustom him to the presence of first, his collar, and then, his leash even before you can take him out for a walk. By gradually introducing his collar and his leash into his daily activities, you will be able to eventually walk him on a leash.
However, you need to understand that all of these will be for naught if you will be unable to project a more assertive stance on your dog. He needs to believe that you know what you are doing to him and that you are essentially ensuring his safety and security. You can do this by having a calm yet assertive presence.

Finding The best leash for your dog

finding the best leash for your dogCall your dog to lie down beside you and place his collar and his leash in front of him. Just leave it there to allow your dog to explore it. He may start to nibble on it or bite it so you have to immediately correct his behavior. Consistently expose him to the sight and feel of both his collar and leash.
Once he is already accustomed to the sight and feel of his collar, gently wrap it around his neck. If he resists, remove it and spend some more time getting him accustomed to the feel of the collar on his neck. Try wrapping his collar again until such time that he is no longer resisting.
Take him outside your home and let him explore your backyard with his collar on. Do not attach his leash yet. Let him get used to walking and running around with the collar on his neck. After a few sessions, make him walk with the leash attached to his collar. You may not need to hold the leash yet, just make him accustomed to the leash attached to his collar.

Getting The most out of your leash training

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When your dog is already accustomed to walking in your backyard with his collar and leash, you can now try to walk him in the neighborhood. Just hold onto his leash with enough slack so that you are not tugging on his collar. Take one short trip around the corner at first, gradually increasing the distance covered in your walks.
The whole process of training your dog on a leash will take a significant amount of time and dedication on your part. The key here, as always, is consistency and the use of positive reinforcements. It may be tedious training your dog to be familiar with his leash, let alone walking with it without tugging, but the benefits later on are surely worth it. You will have to deal with accidents inside of your home while you are potty training and leash training your dogs. Our recommendations for a good natural odor eliminator safe for your dog is by a company named odorklenz. We don’t work for them nor do we get any commission we just like use and recommend their products.