We solved these dog behavior problems using the dog behavior and obedience training "bible - "
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Correcting Dog Behavior Problems - Chewing: The Latest (And Just Maybe) The Greatest Squidoo Lens By Designerpuppys
Besides, he's a thief, too! Leave anything on an end table - it's GONE! And probably chewed to bits!
Finally, we puppy-proofed the house and started him on a correction program using Kingdom of Pets advice.
Check out this lens if you have a destructive chewing dog: http://www.squidoo.com/correcting-dog-behavior-problems-chewing.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Today Simon has a 6-week checkup with the surgeon who repaired his luxating patella.
The Good News
He passed. The surgeon examoned his knee, watched him walk up and down the hallway in the Animal Hospital, and pronounced him ready for . . .
The Post Recovery Period
Yeah - that's the bad news. Now we're into a month-long, somewhat limited restriction period.
Simon can negotiate stairs. (No more lifting him up and down stairs!)
Simon cannot play with Alvin.
Simon cannot run around the fenced-in yard.
In other words, he still can't be a dog.
Let's summarize Simon's luxating patella surgery saga:
2 days in the animal hospital for the surgery.
6 weeks of inactivity.
4 weeks of somewhat restricted activity.
For those of you who want to know - here's the whole story - from diagnosis through the detailed questions I asked the surgeon today:
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Overwhelming Dog Behavior Problems Like Excessive Barking Can Be Corrected - With A Little Help From The Experts!
Two Reasons Why Dogs Bark Incessantly
The dog behavior experts at Kingdom of Pets address dog behavior problems like excessive barking every day. Kingdom of Pets offers the following reasons for this type of barking:
1. Pent-Up Energy
The average dog needs about 1 to 1 and one-half hours of exercise per day. This may vary depending on breed and age, but the animal has to exercise to release pent-up energy. Otherwise - barking is the unwanted outlet.
2. Not Enough Socialization
If your dog is just plain lonely, he WILL bark. If you cannot spend time with your dog - find someone who will.
Simply walking a dog will address both of the reasons dogs bark incessantly.
Back to How To Stop The Racket
Here is the dog behavior training solution from Kingdom of Pets: http://www.squidoo.com/correct-dog-behavior-problems-barking#module115043181
Sunday, August 15, 2010
This post presents the remainder of the reasons the I HATE DOGS author offers for totally hating man's best friend:
I HATE DOGS
• The slobbery licking is repulsive. Yuk, and the ones that have the drool hanging from their mouths. If you are an owner who kisses their dog on the lips, then I think you are very very wrong.
Yes it is, but only when you make yourself a target for licking and drool.
I HATE DOGS
• The jumping up, the bouncing and the running. Absolutely terrifying.
Ignore, Ignore, Ignore! If people would just turn their backs on jumping dogs, the animals would lose interest very quickly.
I HATE DOGS
• This is the main reason why I don't like dogs: owners expect everyone else to love their pooch as much as they do. We have to be tolerant of their hairy excited animal bounding up to us in the park, frightening our children and sticking their noses in our crotches. I like to go running, but each time I go I have to navigate the dogs. I hate dogs, but they just love me! I am a dog magnet, they smell the fear and seek me out! I think many owners forget that only they know their dog, it could be the soppiest dog in the world but we do not know this and I am going to wary of anything that runs up and rugby tackles me when I go running.
Again, the author has something called misplaced hatred. It's not the dogs that are the problem - it's the owners. Why aren't the dogs leashed when the author is running? If you decide to run in a dog park, you're going to be the subject of investigation by loose dogs.
I HATE DOGS
• And finally, DON'T BRING YOUR DOG TO WORK
If people can bring their bratty, insolent children to work, then I can bring my licking, jumping, but cute dog to work.
It's An Old Saying
If you hate dogs and children - find someplace else besides their presence to spread your misery. That way you won't be polluting the universe with your negativity!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Check Out Prince Alvin HIS Cuteness
Could You Possibly Hate This Laploving Wee Pup?
Actually, the author wrote I HATE DOGS in a Squidoo category called Duels. This section is about controversy and starting "spirited" discussions.
Just for yucks, here are her reasons for hating dogs and a little "discussion" about them (some in this post, some in a future post while I think about the real reason the I HATE DOGS author pollutes the universe with dog hatred).
I HATE DOGS
•Dogs smell. Their odour gets into everything, if you own a dog your house will smell, even if your home is spotlessly clean, a visitor will smell your dog in seconds of coming through the door.
Dogs do stink. And the bigger the dog, the bigger the stink. But Baths work! This is a real weak reason to hate dogs. I wonder if the I HATE DOGS authors hates people who smell, because there's a lot of smelly people around.
I HATE DOGS
•Dog poops are gruesome. The stink of dog poo is not easy to disguise. And many owners don't pick it up either, making life unpleasant for anyone else walking in that park, field or road. It isn't the dog's fault; it's got to do what it has got to do. But if you own a dog, take responsibility and for goodness sake bag it and bin it. Yes that's a horrid task to perform, but more fool you for owning a dog in the first place.
It sounds like the I HATE DOGS author hates dog owners who don't pick up dog poo. It really isn't the dog's fault!
I HATE DOGS
•Dogs bark. Not a nice sound, not cute at all.
Condemn dogs 'cause they bark? Why not condemn people because they talk! Yeah - I hate the dogs barking for no reason whatsoever - it's annoying, but it's up to the owner to control excessive dog vocalization.
I HATE DOGS
•They have sharp teeth. That bite.
The I HATE DOGS author must have been bitten in kiddom. Me, too. I still have the scar more than a half century later. Guess people need to keep their body parts away from dogs' mouths!
Okay - you get the idea - you read a statement and launch a polite (or not so polite) argument.
Stay tuned for the next post for more argument starters from I HATE DOGS!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Excessive whining, especially when penned and also during the night.
Aggression toward Alvin, the other dog in the house.
Refusal to obey a command he had seemingly learned perfectly - the Come command.
It does not take a dog behaviorist to recognize that these behaviors require correction as immediately.
Unfortunately, we do not have a dog trainer on site, so the next best reference for correcting dog behavior is the dog training bible - Secrets To Dog Training:
Secrets To Dog Training
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010
During Week 5 of recovery, it is getting more and more difficult to keep Simon quiet. Just a few minutes ago, Alvin and Simon were wrestling over a toy bone. We break up fights constantly because when they're on the same floor of the house, they want to play.
Because his knee seems fine and he is a young dog, the tendency is to ignore the surgeon's orders to keep him quiet. It's tough to keep hauling him up and down stairs (even though he seems to be used to it). I can see why some dog owners would just give up.
But I keep hearing the vet tech's words when I complained about the 6-week restrictions - "Do you really want to do this all over again? It just takes one little twist the wrong way to tear the repaired knee."
All righty then - one more week and a half to go to the August 23rd date with the surgeon.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
The Leave It Command is taught in three parts. See http://squidoo.com/puppy-training-tip-leave-it.
By far the hardest part is to get the dog to look at you BEFORE you release him with an OK. Alvin does it perfectly. Simon took a while before looking up in the training process - dogs tend to focus on the treat. Wouldn't you if it was something you wanted to eat?
Training your puppy to Leave It requires some patience, but it's worth the effort when the dog passes up on something that could hurt him.
Training specifics are spelled out for you in the 5-week program on the It's PAWSible! DVD. See the DVD review: http://squidoo.com/dog-training-dvd-review.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
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Simon A Few Days After Luxating Patella Surgery
Monday, August 2, 2010
I noticed some swelling around the area of the top 2 stitches. That of course meant a call into the animal hospital. The surgeon's "staff member" asked me to bring him in.
After an exam by several hospital doctors, the diagnosis was swelling around the internal stitching because they could actually feel the stitch causing the problem. Since Simon is walking fine and experiencing no pain, we are supposed to "wait and see." If it's any bigger in 2 days, there'll be another trip to the hospital for a re-assessment.
Turns out there's a level of difficultly associated with getting a good shot of the area to use as a benchmark, but I did measure it (as instructed) - it's about an inch long, although it appears bigger in this photo: