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How To Calm A Scared Dog

Learning how to calm a scared dog requires that you first understand what he is scared of. If you do catch your dog experiencing any type of fear, you must act immediately to help the situation before it gets worse.

How To Calm A Scared Dog

Your dog may become nervous and fearful when facing the following situations:

  1. The presence of a stranger or something that he feels to be of threat to him
  2. Hearing of noise that he fears of (such as thunderstorm or fireworks)
  3. The presence of another dominant dog (usually of bigger size than him) 
  4. Previous unpleasant experience while he is in the shelter
  5. Being in a new environment

Once you have discovered the source of your dog’s fear, it’s time to start working on how to calm him down.

How To Calm A Scared Dog

Distract His Attention

Distract your dog with something that he is interested in while you are reassuring him. For example, if your dog has become scared of a strange noise coming from outside, you can distract him by playing some calming classical music in the background. 

The idea is to distract your dog from the fear and allow him to focus on something else. This may take a few tries until you find something that works on him. (usually his favorite toy or treat will work well).

Using “Conditioning” Technique

This is a great way to get your dog to overcome what has caused him to be scared in the first place. It works by exposing your dog to his fear in a controlled environment.

To make this approach a success, you will have to be there with him during the training to make him calm down.

The idea is to let him learn that these stimuli will not harm him and he does not need to be scared.

Say for example, your dog is wary of strangers. What you can do is to bring him to your yard (a place where he is familiar with) and have a friend come over. 

Give your friend some of his favorite treats and teach him on how to use the treat to “grab” your dog’s attention and reward him with the treat when he comes over. 

Do this over a period of time and your dog will do away with his fear as he would know that going near to a stranger doesn’t really cause him any harm.

Dogs are very smart animals, and they will quickly learn how to calm down after being conditioned.

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Establish Yourself As Pack Leader

You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can calm your dog when you have established yourself as his pack leader. 

Dogs react strongly to the roles given to them and the way in which their pack structures are set up. This means that he will look upon you for guidance and direction when he acknowledges you as his Alpha dog.

He will depend on you to protect him from any harm as that will be the role of a pack leader, which is to protect vulnerable pack members.

Plan For His Exercise

Exercise is a great way to calm your dog as this will help him to release his energy, keep him tired and be less aroused by his surroundings.

As the saying goes “ A Tired Dog Is A Good Dog” and this couldn’t be more true!

Depending on your dog breed and age, you would need to plan for adequate exercise (playtime) for him daily. For example, a 4 month old dog will need 20 minutes of playtime each day.

Go for some strenuous exercise such as “Fetch” or “Tug Of War” that can easily drain his energy.

Set Up a “Safe” Place for Him

A dog will often retract to a place where he feels is safe and keep him from harm when he feels threatened. This is a natural instinct of a dog. In the wild, this will usually be his den.

You can prepare a crate at home for him to retract to whenever he feels scared and needs to calm down. Keep the crate away from the area where there are many people and your bedroom would be a good choice.

When you show your dog that there is a safe place to be, he will trust you and will calm down more easily.

Inadequate Socialization

One of the reasons that your dog is exhibiting fears because he has been poorly socialized. This can happen when you get a puppy from the shelter and have not done the socialization training.

You would need to train your dog to get comfortable with people and the outdoors activities and socialization is the way!

You can try to integrate your dog into society as often as you can. Everywhere you go, slowly introduce your dog to the new environment, people and other pets. 

Let him be around with other dogs and become familiar with them.(Of course, during the initial training, you will have to put a leash on your dog and keep a lookout on his reaction).

If you don’t want to go to the doggy center in your area, you can have friends with dogs come to your home to play with him.

In fact, a well-trained dog can often influence your dog to stay calm and be obedient. Your dog will start to pick up the “good” behavior from this well-trained dog.

Quiet Time With Your Dog

Dogs are constantly looking for love and security. If you are not giving both of these to your dog, he will feel lonely and neglected. And a lonely dog can lead to many behavior problems including aggressiveness or anxiety.

So plan your schedule so that you have at least 30 minutes of quiet time with your lovely dog daily. 

This is a great time for you to show your dog that you care for him and will help to build his trust on you. He will know that you will be there for him when he needs you! This bonding will certainly help to curb his fear and anxiety.

Just like a kid who feels very safe and secure when he is around with his parents, you will need to make your dog share this same feeling and the way to attain this is to be  his pack leader.

Teach Him To React To Different Situations

Your dog also needs to be taught on how to react to different situations so as to better manage his behavior.

If your dog is getting emotional fear on various different occasions, it could likely be due to his past bad experience and you will have to really work hard on getting him back on track. 

One of the ways to teach your dog on how to be obedient in public (when around with other people and pets) is through obedience training.

Reward Him For Good Behavior

Don’t ever forget to reward your dog for his good behavior. When your dog has calmed down, give him a reward (could be a treat or a praise) immediately. 

Do not delay on the reward as you would want him to associate the reward with his good (calm) behavior. 

This will give him positive reinforcement and he will feel good and will be less likely to behave badly.

Never Yell or Punish Him

If you begin yelling at your dog while he is still in the stages of fear, you are going to send him a “wrong” message. 

It will be a message that tells your dog that you are getting angry with him and this will only serve to make the situation worse. (He will get even more anxious and fear).

What you should do is to bring him away from the spot and if you are at home, you can place him back in his crate as this will offer him some comfort.

When he has calmed down, you can then work on reassuring him and getting him to be with you again.

Give Him Something To Bite

One way to calm a scared dog that is circling around is to give him something to bite on, such as a rubber ball. This will help him to focus his attention on the ball and “forget” what is causing him to be fearful.

You will first have to take the dog aside so that he can see the ball and play with it.

Help Him To Settle Down

When you first bring your dog back home from shelter, he will naturally get nervous and fear as he is experiencing a new “world”. 

You should take the time to give him some basic training and acclimate him to his new home so as to avoid any problems with his fear and anxiety. 

During the training, teach your dog that you are the master (Pack Leader), and that there are rules that need to be followed.

If you don’t establish rules for your dog and make him follow them, he will not know what is right and what is wrong, and this leads to him being confused and anxious.

Loud Sound From Thunderstorm or Firework

You might not feel this but dogs are extremely sensitive to sounds. Loud sounds especially from thunderstorms and fireworks could potentially make your dog unrest and scared.

You can make him calm down by playing some background music to “mask” the noise, use his favorite toys to distract his attention or placing him back to his crate (a place that he will feel safe to be in).

Visit A Veterinarian

This can be important because dogs with health issues such as neurological conditions will exhibit behavioral disorders such as fear and shake uncontrollably. Your vet will be able to advise you on the appropriate treatment approaches.

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Conclusion

Training how to calm a scared dog can take time. You are going to have to see it through, even if the results aren’t immediately apparent. The more consistent you are, the better your dog will be trained. 

Be patient and it won’t take long before your dog gets his confidence and does away with his fear!

How To Stop A Dog From Jumping A Fence

Are you frustrated with your dog’s habit of jumping the fence and running out in the middle of the night? If this sounds like you then I want to give you some positive news, you can finally stop your dog from jumping a fence like this forever and get him trained by you.

How To Stop A Dog From Jumping A Fence

In this article I will first give you some reasons as to 

  1. Why Does A Dog Jump On A Fence?
  2. How To Keep A Dog From Jumping A Fence?

Why Does A Dog Jump On A Fence?

There are many reasons as to why your dog likes to jump over a fence.

Following are the common causes:

  1. Your dog had seen a target (could be a person or an animal) over the other side of the fence that compel him to give chase.
  2. Your dog is looking for a mate. This is most likely the case when your dog is not yet spay or neutered.
  3. Your dog is suffering from separate anxiety disorder. He is attempting to escape from the yard to look for his pack member.
  4. Your dog is getting curious about what is happening on the other side of the fence after hearing some noise.
  5. Your dog is feeling lonely and has nothing to keep him occupied in the yard. 
  6. Your dog is feeling nervous and afraid to be in the yard. He is making an attempt to escape from the place.
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How To Keep A Dog From Jumping A Fence?

You can prevent your dog from attempting to jump over a fence by ensuring that his physical, social and behavioral needs are well taken care of. 

  • Physical – Is he getting adequate physical exercise daily to ease his boredness?
  • Social – Is he getting sufficient attention from you?
  • Behavioral – Is he suffering from any emotional disorder such as separate anxiety?

By getting to know the cause that leads to your dog jumping behavior, you would be able to adopt the right approaches to make your dog do away with his undesirable action.

Ease His Separation Anxiety

It is a very common problem. Separation anxiety is where your dog, when left alone, becomes panic-stricken. This is more to happen during the first few weeks when he is being adopted from the shelter.

While your dog is trying to adapt to his new home (unfamiliar surrounding, faces and scent), he will naturally feel a sense of loss and anxiety as he is now away from his pack member.

You would need to spend more time with him to build up his trust and bond so that he gets really comfortable to be with you in a new environment. That will help to calm him down and refrain him from attempting to escape from the yard by jumping over the fence.

Plan For His Exercise

There is a saying that “A tired dog is a good dog.” Plan adequate physical activities to keep him busy and help him to release his energy, and he will be an obedient dog.

When a dog is tired, he will not be in the mood to do anything except to get a good rest. That would stop him from jumping a fence.

I would suggest planning for a fifteen-minute brisk walk with your dog daily as that would not only keep him physically active and would also get him to be socialized with his surroundings.

Establish Yourself As Pack Leader

Your dog might be attempting to escape from your yard because he is feeling nervous, afraid and wants to look for a direction.

To break this habit, you would need to establish yourself as his pack leader. Every pack has a leader that the members of the pack respect and follow. 

Work on making him acknowledge you as his Alpha dog, and he would be following your guidance and direction faithfully. And of course, he wouldn’t be attempting to escape once he had found his pack leader (which is YOU!).

Neutering or Spaying Your Dog

A dog that is not yet neuter or spay may have the tendency to escape from your yard just to look for a mate. It is recommended by veterinarians that neuter or spay can only be done when a dog is at least 6 months old.

Setup Invisible Fences for Dogs

Invisible fences are a very effective way to keep your dog in the yard and keep him out of trouble. Your dog will get a mild shock if he tries to pass the “boundaries” that you had set up for him so it acts like a mild deterrent. Your dog will learn that going beyond that boundaries is a “bad” experience.

Use of Shock Collars

Some dog owners find great success in using electronic dog collars to train their dogs not to jump over fences. You can use it to train your dog to stay away from certain areas such as fences. 

The e-collar that goes around your dog’s neck looks much like an ordinary collar, except there is a small box that receives a signal. 

When the dog approaches the boundary, a small shock is sent through the dog’s neck, and while it does nothing more than a mild shock (no injury to him), it’s enough to scare the dog into not wanting to go near the fences. 

Conceal The View From The Fence

If your dog isn’t able to see through the fence, there wouldn’t be things that are going to catch his eye. Of course, this is what I consider as a “partial” solution as your dog could still be attracted to the sounds generated from what is behind the fence.

Make His Stay In The Yard Enjoyable

At times, boredom is what makes your dog attempt to leave the place. You can certainly do your bit by making sure that there is something to keep him busy while he is in the yard.

I like to play this game with my dog whenever he is in the backyard. I will hide his favorite treats in the yard and make him look for it. This will not only keep him busy and also make him tired.

In fact, my dog finds this game to be very rewarding as he gets to have his treat once he finds it, and he gets to train on his smelling skill.

The other alternative will be to prepare some chewing toys for your dog when he is alone in the yard. Chewing action will help a dog to release his stress and anxiety. By letting your dog chew on the toys, you are keeping him busy, and he will abort the intention to leave the yard.

Regardless which approach you use, the key point is to make your dog preoccupied with something that he can set his mind on to keep him remain in the yard.

Cat Netting Your Fence

You can place a cat net at an angle along your fence to deter your dog from successfully jumping over the fence.

How To Stop A Dog From Jumping A Fence - Cat Netting Your Fence

Double Fence

To avoid your dog from getting a good running start to be able to jump high enough to go past the fence, you can set up another mini fence (about 3 feet) in front of the main fence. This should curb him from attempting to jump over the fence.

Planting of Trees in Front of Fence

How about getting some plants and have them grow up in front of the fence to act as a barrier? Of course, your dog might “destroy” the plants before they are fully grown.

Get Rid Of Things That Help Him

Dogs are an extremely intelligent breed, and they are able to figure out ways to help him jump a fence. Do not be surprised if you see that your dog is making his attempt to jump over a fence with the help of a dustbin or lawn mower.

So make sure that you keep things away from the fence to avoid your dog using it as his “stepping stones”.

Have Your Dog Trained on “RECALL” command

This will be useful when your dog is attempting to jump over a fence. You can execute this command to have him stop jumping and come back to you.

This will help him to learn the boundaries and be aware that he is not supposed to jump at the fence.

To make his command a success, you would have to make use of a high value treat. The idea is to let him associate a delicious treat from you when he looks for you. This is usually what is known as positive reinforcement.

Your treat will have to be very luring to make him abort the intention to jump over the fence and come to you.

You should only start this command training when your dog is at least 7 weeks old as it is only when he reaches this age, he could then possibly understand and learn the command.

Get to know what your dog really loves and use that as a treat. Does he prefer meat, cheese or peanut butter?

Remember to reward your dog instantly when he reacts to your “recall” command so that he will associate that action with a treat and will love to repeat the action again.

Crating Your Dog

Another option is to keep your dog in the crate while you carry out your obedience training on him. This will certainly reduce the likelihood that he makes a successful attempt to escape from the yard. 

Remember to make the crate, a pleasant environment for him to be in. Keep the crate cozy with a warm blanket, plenty of his favorite toys and food.

Once he is used to his crate and view it as his den, he will not be tempered to leave the home.

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Now you are armed with the knowledge to stop your dog from jumping a fence, it’s time to put them to use. Let me know which approaches work BEST for your dog in the comment below.

How To Get Your Dog To Trust You

Dogs are extremely intelligent and perceptive, especially when it comes to trust. They pick up on our body language very well to gain insight on whether they should give us their trust.

How To Get Your Dog To Trust You

If your dog doesn’t trust you, he will be aloof. He will be more prone to guard his toys, food bowl and bed. Fortunately, there are ways to build that trust.

Even just a little trust and understanding will go a long way toward building a better relationship with your dog. So it’s important that you know how to get your dog to trust you.

Here are some simple tips you can start with today:

How To Get A Dog To Trust You?

It takes time for your dog to trust you. You can earn that trust, loyalty and love by making him look upon you as his pack leader. To attain this Alpha dog position, you will need to establish the rules, set the boundaries and conditioning his good behavior.

Be HIS Pack Leader

Your dog needs to trust you, so it’s very important to always establish trust. This not only happens when you provide food, but also when you play with him, or do any work with him. 

Make him sit, or lie down, and act submissive, and let him know that you are now his pack leader, and he will look to you for guidance. Trust can be built on these things that will make your dog eagerly look to you for direction.

By establishing yourself as his alpha dog, you will be making him be submissive to you. Use a combination of active leadership and positive reinforcement to earn your dog’s respect and trust.

Establish Boundaries

One of the most important parts of trust building is establishing boundaries. Setting up boundaries will let your dog know what he can and cannot do in your home. 

This will avoid any accidents from happening and will help your dog to know what he is supposed to do to please you and you will of course, get his trust for that!

No VIOLENCE Punishment

Never ever use physical violence to correct your dog’s undesirable behaviors. Not only will your dog develop feelings of mistrust and fear, but you will also find yourself dealing with this problem on a very regular basis.

In fact, experts say that the only kind of physical punishment a dog responds to is a light smack on the back, or a gentle tap on the nose.

So keep in mind that violence punishment on your dog does not put in any respect or trust. You do not develop a positive relationship with your dog while you are punishing him.

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Understanding HIS Behavior

Obedience training, and understanding of your dog behavior, will give you the opportunity to gain his trust and respect. 

You just need to find out what motivates your four legged friend to make him want to do what you want him to do. Is it toys? Is it dinner? Is it going for a walk? 

Once you know the answer to this question, then you will know if you should trust him in certain situations. 

Dogs want to please us, and we want to please them. We want to treat our dog like they are human and able to think and reason.

Once you have gained a dog’s respect and have developed the communication, you will gain his trust.

Keep in mind that dogs gain trust and respect from positive interactions and behavior. This means rewarding and praising his good behavior. You will see an improvement in your dog’s behavior in a short period of time once he understands what you want him to do.

Remember, if a dog doesn’t understand how to earn a reward, he usually doesn’t change his behavior.

Discipline Him For BAD Behavior

Building that trust relationship is not simply letting your dog do what he wants. It’s making sure that he looks upon you as his alpha dog and follows your guidance and direction.

If you want to have a good relationship with your dog, you can’t let his bad behavior get the better of you.

It is your job to make sure you discipline your dog so that he knows that certain behaviors are not allowed and obedient training is the way to correct any undesirable behaviors.

Practice obedience sessions with your dog every day. Train him to listen and obey your cue word for the intended behavior. Practice and be consistent.

Remember, to keep it fun and not so demanding on him. Most importantly, to reward him (with treats and positive verbal expressions) for his good behaviors so that he would associate it with pleasant experience.

Spend Quality Time With Him

Trust and respect takes time to brew. Do not expect your dog to trust you on the very day that you bring him home. You would need to spend time and effort to build up that bond.

Plan your schedule and make sure that you have allocated sufficient time each day to interact with him. This is extremely important during the initial phase when he is brought to your home from shelter.

He is facing lots of uncertainty – new faces, new environment and new smell and will naturally feel anxiety and fearful of what is surrounding him.

By spending time with him, you are gradually building up his trust in you. Go for some interactive physical games such as “Fetch”, “Tug Of War” so that you can easily build up the bond while playing with him.

Remember to reward him whenever he follows your instructions as this will create a positive reinforcement on his behavior. Show him affection and love after he had done something wonderful.

This will help to build a strong foundation for growing your love with your dog into a strong bond that lasts for years to come.

Establishing A Routine

A routine should be established. Dogs love routines. It makes them feel secure as they will know what is happening for the day. This will certainly ease their anxiety and help to build trust in you.

Plan walks and play time daily. Taking your dog for a walk is so much fun for him and can make a big difference in his behavior. This will teach your dog that you are the leader and that he should trust you. 

A dog will be much happier and well-behaved if they have a leader to follow and please. Not to mention his ability to pay attention to you and please you if you please them.

The best way to build a healthy relationship with your dog is to involve him in your life. He needs to feel a part of the family. 

Dogs are social animals, and they are happier when they know they belong to a group. So, let him be a member of your life, and he will see you as his leader. You must decide on and follow a regular schedule, and your dog will thank you for it.

Be Consistent In Your Action

Never confuse your dog with your action else that will take away his trust in you. Be consistent in what you do and give him the intended reward if he follows your instruction.

Say for example, if you allow your dog to sit on the sofa today and he gets a scolding from you when he does the same action the next day, this will confuse him and make him lose his trust in you.

Be Confident

Dogs see your confidence as a sign of strength, not weakness. Begin to change your dog’s opinions of you, simply by being a fair, firm and confident leader.

A leader who is respected and trusted will have a willing and able subordinate who is ready and willing to please.

Stay Calm

Dogs can sense your emotions, so keep your cool! If you’re panicky, it’s more likely that your dog will be stressed and will be more resistant to trust.

Avoid Direct Eye Contact

When you are trying to gain trust from your dog, avoid having any direct eye contact with him. Dogs often view direct eye contact as a form of challenging or threatening action.

Personal Space For Your Dog

Your dog will need time and personal space to settle down in his new home. Make sure that you allocate a quiet and privacy personal space for him so that he will feel safe and secure to be in. 

A crate will be an ideal choice as dogs often consider crates as his den.

During his adapting period, be sure to spend time playing with him and ensure that he feels really comfortable in his crate with his favorite toys and food readily available.

This will help to develop his trust in you over the time and look upon you as his pack leader. (the one who takes care of him in term of foods and shelter).

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Conclusion

Establishing trust is a lifelong process. It starts when you first bring your pup home, and continues every day. There will be tough times along the way, and you need to put through the hard part and move forward.

Every dog is different and what works for one, doesn’t necessarily work for another. The above approaches should give you a head up on how to make your dog to trust you. Use what works for your dog to make it happen.

I will love your feedback on these approaches and feel free to comment below.

How To Stop My Dog From Eating Poop

You may have observed that your beloved dog had developed a habit of eating poop (his own poop as well as other animal poop) and was wondering how you can stop him from doing that!

How To Stop My Dog From Eating Poop

To stop your dog from eating poop, you will need to find out what causes him to behave in this manner and work on eliminating these triggering factors.

In this posting, i will share with you on the following:

  1. Why Do Dogs Eat Their Poop?
  2. How To Stop A Dog From Eating Poop?
  3. What Are the Risks of Dogs Eating Feces?
  4. Dog Breeds that Eat Their Own Poop

Why Do Dogs Eat Their Poop?

Eating stools or coprophagia as it is more correctly known is a common behavior among dogs. It can be a normal dog behavior, or it can be a learned behavior that is present in some dogs at birth. Dogs will eat feces from other dogs, cats, horses, and other wildlife.

In fact, coprophagy is a behavior characteristic of canines that have been adopted from their ancestors. It is believed that this behavior evolved from the availability of food in the past. 

Food would be scarce and therefore dogs would hunt to eat up their allocated resources. Sometimes this would result in poop eating as a means to optimize their food intake. 

Some dogs will eat poop because they have learned it is self-rewarding. Puppies who consume their mother’s feces in the first few days of life may consume it as they grow older. Coprophagy in dogs may also be related to an internal food problem.

While all reasons may be possible, coprophagy in dogs most often reflects a food deficiency rather than a hunger for poop.

The behavior may be symptomatic of other medical issues such as parasites, pancreatitis, intestinal infections, or anemia. Diarrhea and vomiting can also be indicative of a medical problem.

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How To Stop A Dog From Eating Poop?

Clean Up After The Dog

Give your dog no chances to see and sniff any poop and that should stop him from eating his stool.

If there is no stool, there is no temptation for him to eat his poop. If you want to stop this behavior, make sure that you clean up his feces every time when he eliminates it immediately.

Also make sure that you put him on a leash when you bring him for a walk. This will help you to pull him away from any stools that he attempts to eat when he sees it on the street.

Make The Poop Unappealing 

Dogs will eat their stool because they find the taste to be appealing. To stop this behavior, you can make the taste of his feces to be awful and that should deter him from repeating the action.

You can do it in 2 ways to create a negative association that his feces isn’t taste that great!

1. Add some additional “ingredients” to his food. Pineapple juice will work well as it will make his stool less appealing by adding up to the stench and curb his appetite.

However, do keep in mind that pineapple possesses 10% sugar count and if your dog suffers from health conditions such as diabetes or obesity, too much sugar will not be good for him. Check with your vet before adopting this approach.

2. Feeding your dog with a pumpkin diet. Pumpkin contains much fiber and this will help to make his feces look mushy and the appearance of the stool will make him less tempting to consume it.

3. Add either some salt, or pepper sauce or lemon juice on his stool. This will certainly make his poop taste awful.

Train Him To Listen To Your Command

Command such as “Leave It” or “Come” will be handy in the situation when you want your dog to stay away from the poop.

Of course, you will have to spend some time and effort to have him properly training and this is usually carried out during your dog obedience training session.

What you need to do is to associate the reward of obeying your command to be much better than what he is attempting to do (which is to sniff and eat the stool) and he will learn the positive reinforcement and keep repeating this behavior.

To see success in this approach, you will have to make sure his reward, which is usually a treat, will have to be much tastier than his poop.

Avoid Punish Him

You may have not noticed that by simply yelling or punishing your dog when he poops at the wrong place, you are in fact incurring that fear in him.

He will not know that he is “punished” from eliminating in the wrong spot and may get the idea that he is punished because he poops. This will make him want to eat his feces just to hide the evidence.

Kill His Boredom

When your dog finds himself nothing to do, he will get bored and will try to find some entertainment. Playing and eating his poop will be his entertainment as this is something that he is easily accessible.

Plan sufficient playtime and exercise for him to keep him occupied. This will make him active and stay healthy and most importantly, he will not have time to play with his poop.

If you could not afford the time to play with him, make sure that you have some toys to keep him company so that he could spend time playing with it. Chewing and puzzle toys are good choices to go for.

Also keep him in a crate when you are not available as dogs will usually not eliminate at the place where they sleep, so he would not find any poop there. Of course, make sure that you have prepared lots of toys in the crate to keep him busy.

Improve Food Quality

Dry dog food, canned food or even raw food don’t have all the enzymes that your dog needs to maintain his healthy digestive system. This could often lead to nutritional deficiency as his body could not break down the food to absorb the required nutrients.

This will lead to your dog eating his poop as he finds the undigested nutrients in his feces tasty, and he needs that nutrients.

What you should do is to make sure that he gets high quality food in his diet which is rich in nutrition to ensure a healthy balanced diet. 

The high quality food should be rich in protein and low in fat content. However, be careful not to over feed him. 

Check with your veterinarian how much food your dog should get daily based on his age and breed.

Ease His Loneliness

Do you know that your dog could be purposely eating his stool just to catch your attention? 

This will be the case where he feels himself getting neglected and isolated. This is his way to get your attention though it’s a negative one!

What you need to do is to spend more time with him to build up his trust and bonding. Playing interactive games such as “Fetch” and “Tug Of War” which requires your involvement will be a good choice.

You need him to feel that you will always be with him when he needs you. Plan a regular schedule routine for him so that he will know when you will be around with him and that will ease his separation anxiety.

Ease His Stress Or Anxiety

Stress or anxiety can also result in a compulsive or even obsessive poop eater. Dogs may be stressed for a variety of reasons: being away from their humans and/or territory, being away from his pack (you and your family), a sudden change in environment, etc. 

At the least, this stress may cause your dog to eat his poop in order to alleviate his psychological stress. If your dog’s eating of poop is coupled with other symptoms of anxiety, such as pacing or a loss of bladder control, you should speak to your veterinarian.

To ease his stress or anxiety, try to eliminate or keep the external triggering source to the minimum. 

For example, if your dog is stressed because you are away, try to place him in a crate where you can leave some of your old clothing in it.

Your scent on these clothing will  make him feel that you are nearby and this will make him calm down. Leave some toys in the crate as well to keep him preoccupied with his playing and that will temporarily keep his mind from you.

Cure His Dominance Behavior

When you have more than one pet in the home, your dog might want to show his dominance over another submissive dog, and he does this by eating the other dog’s poop.

What you can do is to train your dog to acknowledge you as his pack leader and this should stop his poop eating habit.

Avoid Mimicry (Learned Behavior)

Dogs learn through observation.This could be a learned behavior that he had picked up. He may have seen that you are very prompt in cleaning up his stool the moment he does his poop and he is associating that whenever there are feces, it has to be cleaned up very fast. 

To help you with the task of making the area clean, he will eat his stool. To avoid this behavior, you will have to clean up the stool right before he spots it.

Address On Intestinal Parasite Issue

This could be the case where your dog could be suffering from some health issue such as Intestinal Parasite.

The reason why your dog keeps craving for his stool is because these parasites absorb the nutrients from his stomach and digestive tract, and he has to turn to his poop to fill up the gap.  

You can seek help from a veterinarian to advise on the appropriate worm treatment for your dog.

What Are the Risks of Dogs Eating Feces?

Dogs eating feces (and other animals poop) can lead to symptoms of worms and other diseases if it gets into their system. Some symptoms that your dog could exhibit include: worms, diarrhea, inflammation, vomiting and other muscle/joint pain.

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Dog Breeds that Eat Their Own Poop

Some breeds are known to fall into the prey to Coprophagia but this problem may be due to their breeding. The tendency to consume their own feces may be a learned behavior during their puppy hood when they are still with their mom.

Top 10 Dog Breeds that Eat Their Own Stool

  • Boston Terrier
  • Bull Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Pharaoh Hound
  • Rat Terrier
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Scottish Deerhound
  • Whippet

It’s time to put what you have learned in this posting to a good use. Let me know if these work for your dog and if you have any findings to share, please feel free to comment below.

How To Keep Dogs From Digging Under Fence

Dogs are just born to dig. Nevertheless, by taking a more direct approach, you can curb them from digging under fences and preventing them from escaping or creating havoc in your yard.

How To Keep Dogs From Digging Under Fence

Why Do Dogs Dig Under Fence?

Dogs will dig for a variety of reasons; boredom, loneliness, isolation or when they are trying to get out of an enclosed space like a yard because of fear or to seek for a mate.

Getting to know what is causing your dog to keep digging under the fence will help you to stop this behavior.

How To Keep Dogs From Digging Under Fence?

Once you have found out the reason that led to your dog digging, you are going to start training him to stop doing this action. 

Make use of the following TIPS to get your dog stop digging the fence.

Exercise To Keep Him Tired

One of the best ways to lessen the chance of your dog digging is to ensure that he gets a lot of exercise.

Year round, dogs need an ample amount of exercise to keep their behavioral problem or hyperactivity at bay.

Your dog will need exercise to keep him from becoming bored and frustrated. Plan regular play times with him to provide the necessary mental and physical stimulation. 

At times, illnesses or injuries could prevent him from going out to exercise and that could also lead to his digging behavior as he is getting bored. For that. you would need to seek help from your veterinarian.

Put His Feces In The Digging Spot

It’s a good idea to bury your dog feces in the spots that he is digging. This will deter him from going back to the spot for his next round of digging as dogs do not like to dig his own feces.

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Cure His Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety can create a whole new set of problems because it can make your dog wants to get away from you to look for his pack member and start digging under the fence to escape from the yard.

You need to find a way to calm him down and the best way is to make him acknowledge you as his pack leader. That would ease his separation anxiety and would stop his escaping behavior.

Spaying Or Neutering Him

A dog who is not yet spay or neuter might attempt to escape to look for a mate. Spaying or neutering is a good way to reduce the likelihood of your dog digging under the fence (trying to escape) for this case.

Cover See-Through Fence With A Outdoor Fabric

Your dog might be fancy on what is beyond the fence and might be getting excited to go out and have a look. It’s this curiosity that led to his attempt to escape from the yard through digging under the fence.

You can get a roll of landscaping fabric or bamboo, which is of equal length to your fences to conceal it.

Behavior Modification

Positive reinforcement is a great way to change any dog behavior problem. If your dog is digging because he is bored, simply spend more time with him.

This can be anything from extra walks, an extra play session, or a more active form of exercise like swimming or jogging along with your dog.

You should give your dog plenty of toys to keep him occupied when you are not there with him. Dog bones and chew toys can give him something to chew on and that will help with his boredom. 

If that does not work, you can always try getting another dog for his company.

Your dog might also dig because he feels stressed and needs a way to release that tension.

Watch out for any of his body language (such as barking, panting, shivering, cowering in one corner of the house, biting furniture or urinating frequently) that exhibits he is experiencing anxiety or fear and work to make him feel at ease.

Help Him Cool Down

Another known reason dogs dig is that they’re instinctively digging to get cool ground. It’s hard to explain, but a deep hole will provide them with a spot to lay in during hot weather. 

So does your dog dig because he is overheating?

If that is the case for your dog, you can help him to cool down by getting some damp towel for him to lay out during the warm day.

Create Negative Association With Digging

1. Place a small amount of coarse, concrete near the area you do not want your dog to dig. Every time your dog goes for the digging, he will “hit” the concrete and it will give him a negative association to digging in that area.

2. Spread some citrus peels or vinegar on the digging spot near the fence. Dogs dislike that strong smell and would avoid going back there.

3. Set up a harmless sprinkler near the area you do not want your dog to dig. Every time your dog goes to dig in this area, the sprinkler will water the area.

4. You can also place some balloons under the fences near your dog’s favorite digging spots. The popping out of the balloons when your dog digs in your yard will also give him a negative association with digging.

5. Laying chicken wire right under the surface of the fence will achieve the results you want, which is to deter your dog from digging. He would feel really uncomfortable when he is stepping on the wire mesh and would go away.

6. Still having issues with your dog digging under the fence? You can try giving him an alternate place to dig. You could give this product “iDig Digging Toy” a try. Your dog will be digging his way for his treasure in this toy!

7. Other people have had great results with an installation of invisible electric fences. These fences work by connecting to a set of underground wires around the perimeter of your garden.

The wires send a small amount of electricity through the ground when your dog gets too close. This small electricity will not harm your dog. It would just make him a bit uncomfortable and deter him from approaching the fence.

Do Not Give Him The Attention For Digging

Your dog may dig for attention. If you reinforce that the digging behavior is acceptable when he is acting out, you are sending him the message that it is okay to dig. 

By simply ignoring him or giving him that unpleasant expression or saying “No”, you are telling him that this action is not acceptable and you are unhappy with his behavior.

Your dog likes to please you and would stop doing this action. Once he stops digging, praise him and offer him a treat. This will help him to associate “not digging” with getting a reward.

Supervising Your Dog

Supervise your dog whenever you bring him out to the yard. If he attempts to dig under the fence, make a loud sound by clapping your hand to get his attention. 

Do not yell or punish him for digging as that may make him be fearful of you. This will not stop his digging action and the moment you are not observing him, he will dig again. What you should do is to train him not to dig even when you are not around.

Once you had managed to get his attention, use a firm tone and say “No” while giving him a stern staring. Dogs are good at observing your expression. Show your unhappiness when you are saying “No” to him, and he will get the idea that you are disapproving of his action.

When he stops digging, reward him with a treat and give him a gentle pet on his head. He will learn to associate this action with a positive experience (a reward from you).

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Dogs Breeds That Love to Dig

Breed likewise can play a role in determining the tendency of a dog to dig. If your dog belongs to one of the following breeds, you are likely going to need more time supervising him as his instinct is to dig.

10 Dogs Breeds That Love to Dig

  • Dachshund
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Beagle
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
  • Siberian Husky
  • Malamute
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Bearded Collie

If you have a dog that already exhibits digging behavior, it is going to take time to change his behavior. 

Keep in mind that all dogs will dig, as it’s part of their nature. However, with patience and determination, you can teach any dog to stop digging.

What To Do When Your Dog Pees In The House

It’s unavoidable that accidents can happen in your home when you have a dog. Learning what to do when your dog pees in the house will ensure that you DO the right steps without causing him any fear and anxiety.

Without further ado, let’s go into the topic:

  1. Why Did Your Dog Pees In The House?
  2. What Should You Do?
What To Do When Your Dog Pees In The House

Why Did Your Dog Pees In The House?

It’s important that you find the exact reason that leads to your dog peeing inside the house to correctly address the issue.

Following are some possible factors:

Inadequately House-Trained

Your dog is still in his puppy hood and is not fully house-trained. So he is not trained on how to do his potty either indoor or outdoor.

Aging Dog

Older dogs tend to have various health issues such as infected bladder, urinary tract infections, or age-related incontinence that could potentially affect his ability to control his bladder.

Marking His Territory Indoors

This would happen on a male dog who is not yet neutered or when he feels stress or anxiety in a new environment.

Due To Some Psychological Issue

It is common for dogs to start peeing whenever they are emotionally unstable such as in a state of extreme fear, anxiety or aggressiveness.

This happens to my dog who is suffering from food aggression. I observe that when I attempt to approach him when he is eating his food, he will get very aggressive and will pee on the spot.

Changes In His Environment

If you have moved your dog to a new resident area, he might not have associated that new area as the place where he should NOT do his potty. 

You will need to do some extra potty training to let him know that this area is considered “indoor” and he should not eliminate it here.

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What Should You Do?

When you find your dog peeing in the house, it is important to know the REASONS that lead to this behavior so that you can work on the right STEPS to correct his action without bringing him any fear or anxiety.

Bring Your Dog To See A Vet

I would suggest bringing him to a veterinarian for a health checkup to ensure that this is not related to any health issue before you work on various other approaches to train him not to pee in the home.

If it turns out to be some health related issue such as bladder infection or urinary tract infections, your veterinarian will be able to prescribe some medication to address and improve his health condition and that will stop his uncontrolled peeing issue.

Of course, if it is due to age-related complication, medication would not be of much help and you would have to work on “fine-tuning” your home environment to make it more convenient for your aging dog to do his potty as and when he needs.

What you can do is to bring him out for potty more often or to confine him to a small area where you would place some peeing pads for him to do is elimination.

You could also put him on a dog diaper to reduce the number of accidents (most dogs will not like diapers and you may need  to monitor how your dog is reacting to it).

Potty Training For Your Dog

If your dog is not trained on how he should do his potty, certainly he will do it at his own will (which is peeing everywhere he likes).

When you have just got a new dog, chances are that he isn’t yet potty trained and you would need to conduct this training on him as soon as possible before he gets into the habit of peeing in the house.

If you have decided that he should do his elimination outdoors, you would have to identify a suitable potty spot outside your home (could be your backyard) that he should do his elimination and to train him to go to this spot whenever he needs to pee.

Make use of positive reinforcement techniques so that he will associate going outside for his potty with a reward and that would encourage him to repeat his action over and over again. 

It will be inevitable that there will be house soiling in the home when the potty training is still ongoing. You will have to make sure that you completely clean the accident spot in your home so that the urine odor left in the area will not lure him back again for his next potty.

Do not simply clean the accident area with some detergent as urine odor is hard to get rid of. I have personally made use of this DIY solution and it works marvelous in removing the odor. 

This Is The Way To Prepare The Solution: 

Mix one cup of water with one cup of white vinegar along with 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Apply the solution on the spot for 5 minutes and then blot it dry.

Do not ever yell or punish your dog for any house soiling.This will not help in the situation and will likely make your dog fearful of you and make him want to “hide” his potty action from your view. This could pose even bigger problems as now you will have to search every corner of your house for his elimination.

If you really want to have a ZERO accident in your house, place your dog in the crate when you are not with him during the time when he is undergoing potty training. 

When he shows signs of wanting to eliminate (such as scratching at the crate door, squatting, sniffing or circling in the crate), bring him out from the crate and guide him to the designated potty spot outside.

Potty Schedule For Your Dog

It’s important that you plan the potty schedule for your dog so that he knows when he should go for his elimination. Potty schedule works hand in hand with his feeding schedule as your dog will need to do his potty shortly after each meal.

Dog usually needs to go for potty on the following conditions:

  • In the morning after waking up
  • Around 30 minutes after each meal
  • After waking up from a nap
  • After his playtime

Of course, the frequency of the potty will depend on the age and breed of the dog. Typically, an adult dog will be able to hold his bladder much longer, up to 10 hours, They will usually just need to do potty 3 times a day.

For a puppy of 4 weeks old, he would be able to hold his bladder up to a maximum of 4 hours (one hour for every one month of age).

So plan your potty routine for your dog based on these guidelines and that would help to reduce his chances of inappropriate peeing in the house.

Behavior Training For Your Dog

You might be thinking that behavior issues don’t seem to be related to his peeing issue and it’s not something that is worth looking into.

This might prove you WRONG. In fact, behavior problems such as anxiety, aggressiveness and nervousness can cause a dog to pee in an uncontrolled manner.

Marking behavior could also cause a dog to pee in the house as he tries to mark his territory with his urine.This is his way of communicating with other dogs, especially in a new area that he had never been there before.

Hormonal or sexual arousal could also lead to an increase in his marking behavior.

Ways To Address Behavior Issue

Address Fear, Anxiety And Stress

If your dog’s peeing is the result of separation anxiety and stress, you need to find out what’s causing him to have these behavioral changes and work on eliminating the stimuli.

For example, if your dog uncontrolled peeing in the house is due to his fear for some unknown stimuli such as loud sounds (maybe you are having a home renovation) or you have a group of visitors at your home, you can make him calm down by placing him in a crate.

He will feel more safe and secure in there and you can also cover the crate with a blanket to help “masking” off the sounds.

Address Territory Marking

As for the marking behavior, you can either spray or neuter your dog or to train him that this action is not allowed in your home.

If you catch him doing his marking in the house, quickly catch his attention by making a loud clap and take him outside for his elimination. Remember to reward his behavior after he is done with his JOB so that he will begin to associate doing his marking outside for a reward. 

Alternatively, you can keep him in a crate as dogs usually don’t like to pee in the area where he sleeps and eats. That would stop his marking behavior.

Help Him To Settle Down In New Environment

Any sudden change in his environment will make your dog get stressed and nervous. That could lead to his peeing behavior.

If you have just adopted a new dog or you are moving to a new home, it will certainly pay off to retrain your dog on potty training in this new environment so that he knows that indoor potty is not allowed.

You will also need to introduce him to the new designated outdoor potty spot so that he knows where he should be going for his elimination. 

Apart from potty training, a new environment will also make your dog anxious so you ought to spend some quality time with him to help him settle down in your new home. 

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Nothing works better than showing your love and affection to him to make him feel at ease. It’s going to be a “WIN – WIN” situation as he will have less behavior issues and you will get to gain his trust and build the bond with him.

How To Calm Down A Hyper Dog

There are many reasons as to why your dog is behaving so excited and crazy and getting to know the triggering factors will certainly assist you to calm down your hyper dog.

With that being said, let’s dive straight in to the topic:

  1. Why Is My Dog So Hyper And Crazy?
  2. How To Calm Down A Hyper Dog?
How To Calm Down A Hyper Dog

Why Is My Dog So Hyper And Crazy?

When your dog is behaving over excited and hyper, it could likely be due to the fact that he possesses excessive energy and there is no “channels’  for him to release or drain off this energy. 

Following are some potential causes:

  1. Is there a lack of simulations (playtime) for him, and he is getting very bored?
  2. Is he suffering from any health issues?  Allergies?
  3. Is there “something” that causes him to be nervous, stressed or fearful such as you are moving him to a new home?
  4. Did you change his diet recently?

A hyperactive dog is not merely over active but also lacks focus, easily distracted and highly impulsive. So, it’s important that you work on this behavior issue before it gets worse.

How To Calm Down A Hyper Dog?

A hyperactive dog who exhibits signs of high energy, lots of fidgeting, loss of focus and impulsiveness can be calmed down through various ways such as exercising, aromatherapy as well as behavior training.

It is important that you show your dog that you are displeased with his hyper behavior the moment he exhibits these reactions else he will interpret it as this is what you are expecting from him.

We will now look into WAYS to make your dog calm down.

Discourage His Hyper Behavior

This is extremely important and where most dog owners failed to follow. Do not ever react to any of your dog’s hyper behavior when he exhibits it right in front of you. 

By reacting to these reactions, you are telling him “Good Job” and he will take the clue from you  that you like his behavior and will keep repeating them.

You should let him know that you are displeased with his behavior by ignoring him (with no eye contact, no touch and no talks). This will send a signal to him that his behavior is inappropriate and it makes you angry. 

Dogs are superb at observing your body language and that could send a strong and stern warning to him don’t do it again as there will be negative consequences for his hyper behavior.

For example, if your dog likes to jump on you, what you can do is to turn away from him (with your back facing him) the moment he jumps up. Wait for a few seconds before turning back to face him. If he jumps up again, do the same action (turn away from him) till he gets the ideas that this action will make you ignore him.

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Encourage Good Behavior

You should also show your happiness and reward him for any desired behavior that you are expecting from him. So if your dog is exhibiting calmness and submissive behaviors, you ought to let him know that you are happy with him. 

This can be done in a form of reward, which will help him to associate calmness with a treat, and he will love to repeat them again. The reward can be of his favorite food, a praise or gentle pat on his head or body.

Of course, this is also a good opportunity to train him on the “sit down” command so that in the event that he gets hyper active, you can use it to make him sit down.

Keep HimTired

A dog will behave excitedly when he is full of energy and EXERCISE is going to be the best way for him to release his excessive energy. You should go for some forms of exercise that will make him physically and mentally tired. 

If you intend to bring him for a walk in the park, make sure that the environment does not have too many stimuli (such as too crowded, too many pets or too noisy) as that could potentially make him too nervous or excited and worsen his hyperactive behavior.

Alternatively, you can go for some interactive games such as “fetch”, “Frisbee”, “tug of war” to help him to release his energy and train him to focus as well. 

I have tried giving my hyper dog a treat releasing toys to play with and it works great to make him focus as he tries to get his treat out of the toy. This also made him mentally tired after playing for about 20 minutes and wanted to get a nap.

I will give him this toy during his playtime when I’m too busy and couldn’t spare the time to play some interactive games with him.

Control Your Emotion

Do you know that your dog looks upon you for direction because he considers you as his peak leader. So your emotions and body language will determine and affect his behavior.

If you are showing signs of excitement or frustration, this could potentially affect his emotion and make him hyper active. So keep calm as you approach your dog for his playtime or feeding. The key takeaway is to always portray your calmness and confidence when facing your dog.

Be consistent with your dog’s routine so that he knows when will be his playtime and will not get over excited.

There are some breeds of dogs that are known to be hyper active. If your dog belongs to one of these breeds, you may need to have more patience as you try to make him calm down. 

Keep in mind that your dog would not become hyperactive overnight, so you would certainly not be able to cure it in a single day!

9 Most Hyper Dog Breeds

  • 1) Border Collie
  • 2) Labrador Retriever
  • 3) Labradoodle
  • 4) Australian Shepherd
  • 5) Jack Russell Terrier
  • 6) Vizsla
  • 7) Dalmatian
  • 8) Weimaraner
  • 9) Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Train Your Dog On Self Control

This can be done by interrupting his playtime sessions and making him obey your instruction to calm down. You could do this by what is known as a “time-out” session.

For example, If you are playing fetch games with your dog, stop the game after about 15 minutes. Your dog will be pestering you to continue. Use the command “sit down” to make him calm down. Initially, he wouldn’t be willing to obey you. You should not react to his pestering till he sits down. Then, you will reward him with a treat. 

In this way, he would learn to associate a reward for obeying the`sit down” command.You would then be able to use this command whenever he is exhibiting a hyperactive reaction and you want him to calm down.

Use Of Aromatherapy

This therapy is widely used in the human world to relieve tension for people suffering from anxiety or stress and it also works great for dogs as well. 

Essential oils such as Bergamot and Lavender are commonly used to treat any behavioral problems in dogs, in particular to provide a calming effect for them. These oils are known to help them to release stress, panic, fear, depression, anxiety and agitation

How To Use It?

This is how I apply lavender oil on my dog whenever he is feeling excited.

Gently rubbing the oil on his ear and fur while giving him a pleasant message. I could observe that he is getting so relaxed to the point that he simply fall asleep while I’m doing it!

Of course, you can also make use of a diffuser. Simply heat the lavender oil in the diffuser and it will be released into the air over the time and your dog will be able to inhale it. Choose a smaller enclosed room to get the best benefit

Introduce A “Quiet” Session

Allocate at least a session (last for 30 minutes) with your dog to practice a “Quiet” session with him. This is to let him accustomed to be with you for that “Quiet” moment.

It is during this session that you would try to introduce to him how “good” it is to be calm and relaxed and encourage him to behave himself.

This is what you should do:

Hold his favorite toy in your hand (make sure that he can see it) and remain seated on your sofa. Wait for him to come near you. As he comes next to you and sits down, give him his toy for him to play with. 

Occasionally give him a treat and gently pet his head if he is behaving well and remain calm and focus on his toy. 

If he is progressing well, slowly take away the toy and have him sit on your sofa. Keep rewarding him for his good behavior so that he will learn to be calm when he is with you. Spending quality time with your dog will also help to build a bond with him.

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Food Allergy

Food allergy could also lead to the following disorder for your dog:

  • Itchy skin
  • Digestive issue such as diarrhea and vomiting
  • Hyperactivity behavior
  • Weight loss 
  • Lack of energy
  • Aggression

This is often the result of having too much over processed food as they contain lots of preservatives, chemicals, additives, sugars and artificial coloring. These undesirable “ingredients:” in the processed food may make your dog start experiencing hyperactivity and allergy reaction.

So make sure that you check with your veterinarian what will be the type of food suitable for your dog based on his breed, age and activity. This will ensure that your dog gets the necessary nutrients to maintain good health.

In some cases, your veterinarian might prescribe some medications such as Benadryl for your dog to calm down. One of the side effects of this medicine is that it will cause your dog to feel drowsy. This “side effect” is what many dog owners prefer as their goal is to make their dogs sleep.

If you are facing a hyper dog, give the above tips a try as I’m pretty confident that it would certainly help you to calm down your dog and turn him into a lovely pet in your family.

How To Introduce A Puppy To An Older Dog

It is always a joy to have a new puppy for your kids but if you already have a resident old dog, how should you introduce your new puppy to him to avoid any potential “clashes”?

I will touch on what are the “things” that you would need to do to make the introduction an enjoyable and fun event for your puppy and dog.

Without further ado, let’s dive right in. The following topics will be covered:

  1. What Are The Preparation Works Required?
  2. What Should You Do During The First Introduction?
  3. What Should You Do After The First Introduction?
  4. How To Get Your Older Dog To Accept A Puppy?
How To Introduce A Puppy To An Older Dog

What Are The Preparation Works Required?

Similar to the case where you are going for a job interview, you would need to do some preparation work such as finding out more about the company, your scope of duties and how you can contribute to the company success. 

The same principle applies to your puppy first “meeting” with your resident dog. You would also need to do some preparation works before their very first interacting session.

Preparation tasks such as:

  1. Keep away all your dog’s favorite toys (this is to avoid your new puppy for snatching his toys, and may trigger his resource guarding behavior)
  2. Prepare another confinement area for your new puppy (do not place them in the same confinement area till your dog feels comfortable with the puppy. This is also to avoid territorial behavior)
  3. Get another food bowl for your puppy. Do not share your dog’s bowl with your puppy as this is trigger is possessive behavior)

You see, your young puppy is still picking up and exploring his small world. He is certainly not able to interpret your dog’ body language and would need your guidance.  By taking care of the above works, you reduce the risk of your puppy incurring your dog’s aggressive behavior.

What Should You Do During The First Introduction?

For the first meet up, do it in a neutral location. Avoid doing it in your home as your resident dog may have the area as his territory and your new puppy might pose as a threat to him.

Some neutral locations that you can consider include your neighbour’s backyard or a dog park. You would need another helper to manage the new puppy and you would be taking care of your dog.

Have a dog leash on them (both the dog and the puppy), as you would want to get yourself prepared for an unexpected accident. Keep the leash loose so that they don’t really feel “tied” up. The idea is to ensure that you are able to “break” them up if they get aggressive.

Usually, they will start interacting by sniffing each other (from body to tail). Keep a close lookout on their reactions and if there is any sign of aggressiveness, pull them back immediately and leave in different directions. 

Keep the introduction session to under 10 minutes. As soon as your dog and puppy had “done” their sniffing, take them away. During this session, your dog will look at you for clue as he looks upon you as his pack leader, so be calm and do not show any sign of anxiety as he will “read” your emotion and act accordingly.

It’s important that you know how to “read” your dog and puppy reaction through their body language when they first “meet” up. This will give you a clue on how comfortable they are with each other.

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What Are The Body Languages To Look Out For?

Eye Talk

  • Droopy Eyelids indicate that he is happy and in pleasure and relax state
  • Persistent Stare indicates that he is feeling being threatened or challenged
  • Pupils of Eyes Turn Dilate Wide indicates that he is trying to be dominance

Mouth Talk

  • Mouth slightly opened with tongue sticking out indicates that he is happy and is in a relax state
  • Pull his lips up vertically, showing his front teeth indicates that he is in submissive state
  • Retract his lips to expose this teeth indicates that he is going to act aggressively
  • Draws his lips back horizontally indicates that he is feeling afraid
  • Flickering his tongue in and out indicates that he is in a state of appeasement gesture

Ear Talk

  • Hold his ears naturally indicate that he is feeling relax and comfortable
  • Raise his ear higher on his head and directed towards his target of interest indicate that he is being alert
  • Raise his ear up and forward indicate that he is feeling aggressive
  • Pull back his ears slightly indicate that he is trying to be friendly
  • Ears completely flattened or stuck to the sides of his head indicates that he is feeling submissive or frightened

Tail Talk

  • Hold his tail in natural position indicate that he is feeling relax
  • Wag his tail gently from side to side indicates that he is feeling happy
  • Wag his tail more forcefully from side to side or even move it in circular shape indicates that he is extremely happy to see you
  • Hold his tail lower and tug it between his legs indicates he is feeling nervous 
  • Hold his tail tucked up really tight to his belly indicate his is extremely scared

Body Position

  • Dog will either try to look normal, larger or smaller, depending on his state of emotions (excited, submissive, aggressive, happy, relax)
  • When he is feeling content, happy or playful, his body posture is in normal state with relaxed muscles and body weight evenly spread over his four feets.
  • When he is feeling scared, his body posture will be hunched. He will try to make himself look small by lowering his body with his head held as low as possible
  • When he is feeling submissive, he will also try to make himself look small, lower his body but with his head raised
  • When he is feeling aroused, or being dominant, he will make himself look larger and his muscle will tense up. He will be in tiptoes position with his necks raised above his shoulder. He could also be leaning forward on his front legs
  • When he is feeling angry or aggressive, he will make himself look bigger with aggressive signs such as showing off his teeth with growling. He will also center his weight on his front legs to get ready for spring attack.

What Should You Do After The First Introduction?

After the first introduction, allow a minimum of 3 weeks periods for your dog and puppy to build up their relationship. It’s important that you keep a close supervision of their behaviors during this period so as to gauge their “bonding” progress.

Continue with your resident dog daily routine activities and establish a new routine for your puppy. Apart from playtime where you can arrange them to socialize, you should keep their feeding and sleeping places different.

Your dog might not be ready to “accept” this new puppy as his pack members and could exhibit territorial or possessive behavior. Start with just games playing, monitor the progress and work up from there.

For the playtime, make sure that you get another set of dog toys for your puppy so that he would not “steal” the ones belonging to your dog.

Keep the playtime to about 10 minutes per session so that your dog and puppy would not be too tired as they need “energy” to get to know each other. You can have up to 3 sessions per day.

Always have someone to supervise if you are not available during their socialization. Your puppy is still very young and would not know how to interpret your dog’s body language and that could potentially lead to accidents.

For example, your puppy might want to play with the dog, but he is showing signs of discomfort. Unknowing this, if the puppy keeps pestering him, he might get aggressive. So someone has to be there to make sure that everything goes well for them.

What you should NOT be doing during these 3 weeks

  • do not allow your dog to show his dominance over the puppy
  • do not allow any fight
  • do not hold your puppy in your arm as that may make the dog jealous
  • do not force them to play together if they show sign of discomfort or anxiety
  • do not allow them to share a same crate (as your dog may view this as invading his territory)

What you should BE doing during these 3 weeks

  • allow them to get use to each other at their own pace (have them meet up during the playtime and let them interact at their own leisure, of course, under your supervision)
  • allow them to escape to their crate if they feel uncomfortable
  • feed them separately using their own dish bowl
  • spend time playing with them separately to continue building your bond with them.(You should allocate equal play time for both of them else your dog might be feeling neglected)
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How To Get Your Older Dog To Accept A Puppy?

Your dog will likely be jealous and get upset when he sees another dog in the house. He is worried that you would no longer showered him with love and attention (especially if he is the only dog in your home who gets all your affiliation and love) and may start to show his aggressiveness toward the new puppy.

Be sure to give him even more love and attention than usual so as to make him feel at ease (prevent any potential hurt feeling) and this would make him more acceptable to the new member.

Include more sniffing opportunities as that is what makes them get used to each other and feel comfortable. Keep a close watch on their body languages as they start socializing and any fearful or aggressive sign should be addressed immediately.

Take things slowly and stay in control. Your dog will work out on his social ranking and decide on how to interact with your new puppy in a positive way! Usually, you should see some encouraging improvement after 3 weeks of “bonding”.

How To Stop Dog From Eating Cat Food

Are you facing the situation where your dog keeps stealing your cat’s food despite you had prepared his favorite food in his bowl and you are cracking your head on how to stop him from eating cat food?

How To Stop Dog From Eating Cat Food

This is certainly NOT something new and in fact, this situation is very common for pet owners having dogs and cats living in the same household.

If YOU are looking for an ANSWER to this, this post will be for you.

I will be covering the following in detail:

  • Why Do Dogs Like To Eat Cat Food?
  • Can Dogs Eat Cat Food?
  • How to Stop Dogs From Eating Cat Food?
  • What To Do If Your Dog Refuses To Eat His Food?

Why Do Dogs Like To Eat Cat Food?

So what makes your dog “carves” for cat food? There ought to be something“special” in cat food that makes your dog irresistible? Something that is missing in dog food?

When you observe the texture, size and shape of the dry foods for cats and dogs, they look quite the same to you, doesn’t it? Of course, you wouldn’t know the taste of these foods for sure!

HERE is the ANSWER!

Firstly, cat food smells much more savory than dog food. This is what “drives” your dog to it since dogs have a very sensitive sense of smell. 

Secondly, cat food is much higher in protein, minerals and vitamins as compared to dog food. Thus, the taste will be different. If your dog had his first bite on the cat food, he would certainly get to like it (as the taste will be so different from his food) and will carve for it whenever he had the opportunity to do so.

Can Dogs Eat Cat Food?

Most veterinarians would advise keeping your dog away from cat food. Reason being cat foods are made with more animal fats and dogs are susceptible to fat intolerance.

When a dog eats cat food which is rich in animal proteins, it might lead to some health issues such as pancreatitis and digestive upset (vomiting and diarrhea) as his body could not process these excessive proteins.

Cat food is rich in protein because it is an essential nutrient that a cat needs to maintain good health, muscle growth and improve its immune system. As they belong to carnivores (meat eater) animals, they need more protein.

Whereas, dogs are omnivorous (meat and plant eaters), they certainly don’t need that much protein to maintain healthy growth.

Excessive fats and protein present in a dog’s body will lead to his weight gain (due to high levels of fats) and other health issues such as liver and kidney problems (due to increase in iron from the excessive protein).

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How to Stop Dogs From Eating Cat Food?

There are various WAYS that you can do to prevent your dog from having access to the cat foods.

Feed Your Cat In A Separate Room

This is what you should do. Do not feed your cat in the presence of your dog or in an area where your dog will be able to access easily as this may lead him to start barking at your cat in an attempt to “scare” her away so that he can have the food.

Keeping your cat’s dish in a separate room which your dog will not be able to enter easily.

When it’s feeding time for your cat, bring her to the room and place her dish on the table. Keep the door closed during the feeding time. If your dog is so “skillful” to be able to open the door, you would have to lock the room.

Make Use Of Baby Gate

You could also purchase a baby gate to create a ”barrier” to prevent your dog from entering the feeding premise for your cat in the house. 

When the feeding is over, you can then remove the barrier. It doesn’t cost much to get one of this, typically ranging from 20 to 50 bucks.

This works well in “blocking” puppies and small dogs but if your dog is of bigger size, he might still be able to jump over. So this option works only if your dog is not an “athlete” jumper.

For cats, this baby gate provides no challenge to her at all as she is able to jump up to a height of 2.4 meters. So you can safely leave her food behind this baby gate, and she can jump over any time to get her food. 

Cats don’t finish her food at one go (she will take a bite and roam around before coming back for another round), so it may take a while before she finally finishes it and you can keep her bowl. 

With a baby gate, you would not have to keep “locking” the room to prevent your dog from entering to get the cat food.

Place Cat Food At A Raised Area

Cats can jump really high (more than 2 meters) whereas a dog isn’t born with this capability.You can make use of this capability that your cat possesses to your advantage. 

Prepare your cat food and place it at a higher ground where you know that ONLY your cat will be able to reach it. 

Places such as bookshelf, cabinet, washing machine, dresser are good choices.

Cat tree would also be a very good option that you would like to explore.

  • A place where you can place your cat food and your dog certainly wouldn’t be able to reach it. 
  • A place for your cat to escape to in case your dog is chasing at her.
  • A place for her to exercise, jump and play without any fear.

Using A Cat Crate

If you already have a cat crate, make full use of it. Usually cat crates will be of much smaller size so your dog will not be able to go into the crate to steal the food.

Of course, if you do not have one, you can always opt for other alternative approaches shared in this post.

SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder

After reading some reviews on this product, I decided to get one for my cat and it works marvelous well. Not only is this feeder extremely portable, it comes with the following features:

  1. It prevents food stealing – of course, that my main intention (to get my dog hand off the food).
  2. Control the food allocation  – so that my cat will not be over feed and I do not have to do the manual task of food dispenser.
  3. Works for wet or dry food – I can alternate between dry and wet food so that she will not get “bored” with her food. With the lid, it helps to form a seal (when closed) to help to retain the food moisture and freshness.
  4. My cat will wear a collar tag to “talk” with the feeder. When she goes near the feeder, the RFID chip in the collar will make the feeder open its lid, and she can then enjoy her food. With this setup, she is free to leave and return at will for her food.

This is a wonderful feature that I’m looking for. You see, my cat will usually take about an hour to finish her food. She will take some bite, then goes around the house before coming back for her next round (typically when she has exhausted her energy) and I will have to be there “coaxing” her to take her meal and “protecting” her food.

With this, I would just leave the food in the feeder and let her have it at her own leisure time and most important of all, I do not have to worry that my dog would steal the food. The feeder also helps to “preserve” the wet food freshness as it comes with a closed lid.

Of course, I do find that this feeder also has its flaws. It would be great if it’s not battery operated as it can be a chore having to change battery now and then and have to make sure that there is always some spare battery in your drawers for it. If it operates using a rechargeable battery, I can have the feeder charged up every night.

Distraction Approach

This will only work if you manage to keep the cat food out of reach from your dog during the training. This is how it works:

1. Your dog will keep his eye on the cat food but as it is out of reach for him, he will keep waiting at the spot for his opportunity to steal the food.

2. This is when you will make use of his favorite treat to catch his attention. Slowly “lure” him away from the spot by giving him a treat as he follows you.

3. Initially, he might “reject” your offer as what he is going after is the cat food (he no longer finds his favorite food delicious). He will just stay foot on the spot without paying much or any attention to you.

4. Do not feel desperate. Keep trying for a few rounds, and he will certainly “accept” your offer (treat) because he senses that rather than simply staring at something (cat food) that he could not have his “hand” on, it would be much better to get the treat that is right in front of him.

5. In time to come, he would learn that cat food is “unreachable” and would stick to his own food which is right in front of him.

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What To Do If Your Dog Refuses To Eat His Food?

This could be the case that he had already “tasted” the cat food and is telling you that “I will only eat cat food and not other foods!”

He is adopting the “Wait and See” approaches and waiting for you to give in and send him the cat food.

For this case, what you can do is:

1. Make sure that you stick to his feeding schedule. So if he doesn’t want his food, you would remove it after the feeding time. This will send a strong signal to him that there are no “Wait and See” chances.

If you wait, there will be NO food for you. You will have to be firm for the few rounds so that he will learn his lesson. Don’t let him think that he has other options.

2. Before feeding time, take him out for some exercise to drain off his energy and make him hungry.

Now you have known that it isn’t appropriate for your dog to eat cat food, you ought to start taking action to prevent that from happening. 

It’s time to put what you have learned in this posting to use and make your dog eat his own dish.

How To Calm Dogs During Thunderstorms

What to do if your dog freaks out whenever there is a thunderstorm coming? If this is happening to your beloved dog, learning how to calm him down when a storm is approaching will make him feel less stressful and better manage his emotion. 

How To Calm Dogs During Thunderstorms

Just like when we are just a young kid, the rowdy thunder scares us, and guess what our parents did? – Calm us down through their WAYS 🙂

So, in this posting, I would share with you what are the WAYS that you can do to make your dog calm down during a thunderstorm.

BUT before we go into the “calming” approaches, I think it’s also important for you to know what makes your dog fearful and nervous during a storm to better tailor your solution.

Why Are Dogs Scared Of Thunderstorms?

Dogs possess much more superior senses and hearing as compared to humans. Thus, they are able to “feel” that a thunderstorm is brewing way before we actually know it. 

They will sense a change in barometric pressure and this makes them feel uncomfortable, and they will start to show their fear and anxiety emotion.

They have no idea what it is, as they can’t “see” the storm, just a feeling of unease. We would not be able to know what they are going through as this barometric pressure change is  “transparent” to us.

What we could see is that the dogs just started to misbehave themselves, showing those undesirable behaviors such as barking and chewing things.

This situation will get worse once the loud thunder comes along. That escalates their panic and fright intensity and in most cases, they will tremble, start looking for a place to hide and make an effort to run away.

They don’t know where the rowdy sound comes from and this makes them panic. Just like if you hear a loud “BANG” gunshot, you would be looking for a place to hide.

Some breeds of dogs tend to show much higher levels of anxiety, fear and panic when experiencing thunderstorms.

Though storm phobia is common for all dogs, these breeds show extreme tense up during this situation and if your dog is one of these breeds, you might need more “effort” to calm him down.

Breeds Of Dogs HIGHLY Bothered By Thunderstorm

  • Cairn Terrier
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  • Lagotto Romagnolo
  • Rough Collie

Breeds Of Dogs LEAST Bothered By Thunderstorm

Generally, dogs who are well-trained to be sociable tend to be less intimidating by loud noise. That goes for older or larger size dogs as well.

For dogs who are struggling with anxiety separation, they are certainly the “group” who is more easily upset by thunder. So take special note of this if your dog is suffering from his behavior issue at the moment.

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How Do You Calm A Dog Down During A Thunderstorm?

There are various WAYS to calm your dog’s anxiety and fear when he is experiencing emotional instability when facing a thunderstorm.

Start with the SMALL things that you can do in your home to make your dog calm down.

Music Therapy

Play soothing music to “mask” off the sound of the thunder. This might be the easiest approach and will be readily available in your house.

I have tried both “Canine Lullabies” and “Through a Dog’s Ear” music, and they work very well in easing the anxiety from my Cairn Terrier.

Apart from music, you can also turn on Radio or TV programs to help with “masking” the sound of a thunder.

Be Home With Your Dog

This simple action means a lot to your dog as you are the ONE that he trusts. Just by cuddling (hold him in your arm) him, you are offering him endless comfort and security and this certainly helps to make him calm down and feel safe. 

Just like a kid who will be anxious and nervous when he finds his mom goes missing, and gets that sense of comfort the moment he sees her again, this applies to your dog as well. He needs to have someone he loves, to be with him when he is showing signs of anxiety.

Create A “SAFE” Place For Him

Dogs like to hide in their “Safe Haven” whenever they encounter a sense of danger or feeling threatening. Make sure that you have designated a special area in your home for your dog to be in when he needs to “hide” himself from a storm.

It could be either a dog crate, an area in your bathroom, a cover under the bed or even under a table.

For my case, I have prepared a dog crate for my Cairn Terrier as I use it for my crate training as well. My Cairn Terrier likes his crate very much as it offers him a sense of security just like a den.

Whenever there is a thunderstorm, he would make his way to his crate and I would cover the crate with a blanket so that it will offer more comfort for him and to help reduce the thunder noise.

Provides Distraction

Instead of letting your dog “focus” on the rowdy thunder, make use of some stimuli to distract his attention.

You could play with him some of his favorite indoor games or to give him a high value chewing toy or a puzzle toy with treats so that he could spend his energy getting the treat from the toy and would “temporarily” forget about the thunder.

Give Him A Massage

Who says that massage is only meant for humans? Your dog certainly loves that massaging as well and YOUR physical touch on him will make him feel relax and stress free as he knows that you are with him.

Calming Remedies

This will involve making use of some external products to assist in calming your dog. You might need this if your dog shows EXTREME fear or anxiety.

Calming T-shirt: Thundershirt

I have got one for my doggie and it helps in providing that additional calming effect on him whenever I find him getting more anxiety than his usual self. Of course, I have him wearing the thundershirt while I cuddle him when there is a thunderstorm. I can see that he is feeling at ease with this approach.

If you plan to get one for your dog, make sure that you get a nice snug fit based on your dog’s chest size. Your finger should be able to slip under it and the straps should only be moderately stretched.

Use of Lavender Oil

Lavender oil has been used for centuries in offering a smoothing and calming effect for humans. Do you know that this oil works well for dogs as well, in providing that anxiety and stress relief for them.

You could apply lavender oil on your dog’s ears and fur while giving him a massage.

If you are observant enough, you would see that a dog groomer likes to apply some lavender oil on their hands before handling a dog as this helps to calm a nervous dog. Breathing lavender helps to ease stress and anxiety.

Over The Counter Medicine

At times, you may need the help of medication to calm down your dog if he is getting “out of control”. For this, reach out to your veterinarian for advice and recommendation before proceeding.

Common medication used for providing anxiety relief include Diphenhydramine (Benadryl), Alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), diazepam (Valium), clomipramine (Clomicalm), and amitriptyline (Elavil).

Usually, these medications are meant for occasional needs rather than daily consumption such as when there is a firework or a thunderstorm which will typically cause a dog to panic.

What You Should Not Be Doing

Refrain from any physical form of punishment or yelling at your dog when he is exhibiting undesirable behaviors during this situation. You may be feeling very frustrated at his abnormal behaviors but try to keep yourself cool.

Keep in mind that your dog is also trying to get through this difficult moment, and he is feeling nervous and afraid. Any scolding from you wouldn’t improve the situation and in fact, it might escalate his emotional fear.

Armed with this knowledge, you are certainly in a better position to calm your dog when the NEXT thunderstorm comes.

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