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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

How To Stop A Puppy From Biting - 3 Simple Steps You Must Take Immediately

Catching behavior problems like biting and mouthing may be the most important step you can take for your pup.

Because if you FAIL to stop these problems early on in your dog's development, you may have a H U G E problem down the rode.

How Do You Stop A Puppy From Biting?

The 3 simple steps are as follows:

1. Interrupt the behavior. Say "No" loudly, ring a bell, rattle chains, do whatever you can to distract the pup from biting and mouthing.

2. Substitute a favorite toy quickly. Have a favorite toy ready for the puppy to bite on. It should be one he plays with often and loves to bite and chew on.

3. Praise the dog with enthusiasm. Say "good dog" with feeling a few times.

Repeat steps 1 - 3. Repeat. Repeat. Not once. Not twice. But as many times as it takes to stop the puppy from biting you.

That's the simple 3-step process describing how to stop puppy biting. Do it over and over or you will end up with DOG bites. A puppy may not hurt. But a grown dog hurts.

You get the picture! Do it NOW.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Holistic Vet Outlines Ways To Stop Dog Aggression (Biting)

Recently I witnessed a small dog bite a woman - she bent down to pet the dog, an older Bichon Frise. He attacked the woman by biting her on the hand, knee, and ankle.

This incident occurred within seconds - yet the woman was bleeding and in obvious pain. And the dog was a small canine. Wonder what would have happened if it was a large dog equipped with much bigger teeth.

This type of dog aggression happens every day. One could argue that the woman should never have tried to pet the dog. Unfortunately, she mistakenly believed the dog who bit her was another less aggressive Bichon mixed breed dog - a true case of mistaken identity.

As a dog owner, you are responsible for finding ways to stop and prevent dog aggression. Dr. Becker, a holistic vet, recommends the following ways to ensure these bites do not occur:
1. Socialize and train your dog (obedience training).

2. Spay or neuter.

3. Supervise. Leaving a dog to decide what action to take can create an anxious animal.

4. Do not chain or tie up your dog.

5. Do not let a dog run loose (off your property).

6. Maintain your dog's health. A sick or hurt dog is more likely to snap at a human.


Dr. Becker's full blog post about ways to prevent dog aggression:

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

How To Train A Puppy The Easy Way

How to train a puppy the easy way implies 3 components - simple, cheap, and of high quality.

Taking a pup to an obedience class may be high quality and simple, but it ain't cheap.

Doing it yourself (DIY) without expert guidance may be simple and cheap but not very effective.

The solutions -
DIY with Expert Guidance

Also see Stop Puppy Biting

So what's your choice? You need all three types of training. Train easy or train hard - it's up to you - the dog trainer!