Things You Should Never Do With A Dog

There are many ways you can drive a dog crazy, and you’re probably not even aware of them. So if you want to be your dog’s best friend, find out how you can fix your annoying habits.

Dogs try to be our best friends at all times, but we make them very difficult sometimes. Here are some of the things that can make a dog wonder if he wants to remain your best friend or if he wants to separate forever from you.

 

1. Embracing a Dog

While you may love to put your loving arms around a furry canine friend, most dogs hate hugs. We, as the primates we are, think hugs are wonderful and express support, love, joy and other emotions. It is normal for us to embrace something and squeeze it, since it only means positive things. But the dogs did not evolve this way. Dogs do not have arms and do not like to hug.

Many dogs will tolerate it well, the smiling face of the family’s golden retriever with a child hugging it comes to mind. But some dogs will feel threatened, scared, or just hate how they feel and in fact, a child that hugs a dog is one of the most common reasons for bites. In addition, the same dog that enjoys a person’s hugs may react completely differently with another family member who tries to do the same. It would be very difficult to find a dog that really enjoys or look for hugs.

2. Patting a dog’s head

Do you like being patted on the head? I think not. Let someone reach out and tap you on the head, no matter how much love you do, is something that not many enjoy. It is annoying and can be even painful. And we really do not like strange people approaching our faces. I guess your reaction would be to pull your head back and get away and get a little tense due to the invasion of your personal space. And yet, many humans believe that dogs like to be patted. The truth is that while there are many dogs willing to put up with this, if it is someone they know and trust, most dogs do not enjoy it.

You can realize that even the beloved dog of your family moves away a little when you close your hand to caress his face. He allows it because you’re the boss, but he does not like it. It is a personal space problem for dogs as much as it is for us. This is why responsible parents teach their children to gently caress the backs of dogs, but not to pat them and definitely not to do close to their faces. If you really want to reward your dog for being great, do not hit him in the head but rather rub his back and end up stroking them near the tail. They will thank you.

3. Talk more than using body language

We are a talkatvie species. We love talking and talking, even to our pets, who can not understand most of what we say. Dogs may be able to deduce what some words mean and maybe they can even learn hundreds of words as some German Shepherds have done. But they can not understand human language. What they want to decipher is in our body language. Dogs have evolved and become experts in deciphering human body language and can figure out what you are thinking and feeling even before you know it yourself. But we easily send crossed signals if you just look at what comes out of our mouths and not what our bodies say.

If you go to any kind of beginner dog training, you will see many people saying one thing, making another already confused dog try to understand what it is you are asking them for. For example, telling a dog to sit still as you lean in and stretch a hand sends mixed signals to your pet.

A good experiment (and something that will have your dog sighing with relief) is to try to spend a whole day without saying a word, trying to communicate with your body alone. You will notice how you communicate without realizing, how you use your movements and body position to have the answer you need from your dog during training and how you begin an act of communication without uttering a single sound.

4. Looking an unknown dog in his eyes

We all know how powerful visual contact is. While we can see keeping it as something of importance, as a sign of confidence or concentration, we also have to keep in mind that prolonged eye contact can upset nerves, be uncomfortable and awkward for your pet. It is unpleasant when a stranger looks us in the eye uninterruptedly, especially as he approaches. What is his intention? We need to read the rest of his body for clues.

Visual contact is part of what many species do to establish dominance. And we humans use the smallest details of the face – the softness or hardness of the muscles that surround the eyes and mouth – to determine whether the look is friendly or not. And even then, it’s still unpleasant for a stranger to look at us! Dogs feel the same way. When you look at an unfamiliar dog in the eye, without blinking, even though you are smiling and trying to look warm to them, the dog is probably seeing it as an act of dominance or aggression. They may respond in a submissive way-looking away, lying on their backs-or they can back off and start barking. Anyway, for most dogs, a stranger who looks them in the eye while approaching is not a pleasant situation.

If you want to greet a new dog in a nice way for both of you, approach your body at a small angle (not with your shoulders facing you and towards the dog), your eyes slightly away and speak calmly and in a calm voice . All these bodily signs of friendship will help a dog understand that you do not want to harm him. The dog may still not want anything with you, but at least you did not approach him in a way that frightened him and that could cause a defensive or aggressive reaction.

5. Do not boss dogs around

Dogs want, need and love to have rules. You may think that having strict rules makes life boring or unhappy for your dog. But they really want to know what to do according to their leader. And really, it’s not that difficult for humans to understand this. Children love having a consistent set of rules to follow and do not do so well in environments where they leave them in complete freedom. Think of the kindly and well behaved children you know and spoiled children who do not have social skills or who make scandals when they do not get what they want. Which of those are the ones who had constantly reinforced rules and limits? And which ones tend to be more consistently happy? Something very similar happens with dogs. Rules make life more predictable.

And speaking of confusion, dogs do not understand the concept of rules. They do not understand that they are allowed to jump on you when you are in ordinary clothes but that is not allowed when you are dressed to go to work. They do not understand that they are allowed to be on the couch after a bath but not after playing in the mud. Also, telling them “no” when they break a rule and not doing something to stop the dog from doing what he is doing (learning the rule thus) does not count. Dogs enjoy knowing the limits and when you spend time reinforcing them consistently with positive rewards, it also helps them to trust you as a leader. The one that sets rules makes your dog very happy.

6. Lock them in a crate for long periods

This one is more common sense than the others, but still something to address. No canine enjoys being locked in a crate, period. Sure it’s necessary for some breeds to lock them in a cage they can’t get out of (view an escape proof dog crate here). The issue comes when they are locked in there all day. Make sure to let them out for bathroom breaks regularly and they will thank you for it.

How To Make A Home For Your Dog

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Hi, people, Today I will share with you an easy and fast way to build a home for your dog.

Materials you will need:
-wood 70mm x 2m (the amount depends on the the size of the doghouse)
-screws for joining wood and / or rivets
-Wooden plywoood for lining (quantity according to size) can also be used with pressed wood boards.
-layer to make the roof

Tools:

-Metric tape

-Scissors for sheet metal cutting

-Screwdriver or / and Drill

 

Step: 1.

First we will take the measurements for the house according to the size of our pet in order to make the cuts. In my case I did it at 60cm x 40cm high base with a slight incline and 70cm long.

Step 2. Once the cuts of the aluminum frame have been made, join the ends with a self-piercing screw on each side.

To be taken into account for the location of the aluminum profiles: Metric tape, Scissors for sheet metal cutting.

For the base we will leave the side face up so we can rivet the plywood for the floor to prevent the dog from getting out.

For the sides we leave the side of the sheet out to rivet the woods and form what would be the side walls. For the upper part also leave the sheet metal part of the profile upwards to screw the ceiling.

Step 3.I finished with the two parts of the structure exactly the same, I then proceed to join them with the boards to make them sturdy.

Step 4.In the back of the dog house, we cover the walls completely with strong plywood.

Step 5. With the front I complicate a bit with the removable dog but I could an easier one if needed. My dog likes to come and go as he pleases so I choose to make a cool door for him.

Hope these instructions are ok for you.

Best Books For Dog Training

dog trainingThere are many books on canine education on the market, but not all have a quality content nor do they bring us new and useful things for training our dogs.

At my site we know the importance of educating dogs with reliable and positive methods developed by senior experts. For this reason, we offer you a list of the best canine training books. Practice the tips in these books to improve your relationship with your pet!

The clash of cultures: A new and revolutionary point of view that helps to understand the relationship between humans and dogs. Based on positive dog training methods! It is a book that teaches how to train dogs without resorting to punishment or violence. The author focuses on the understanding of canine thinking to facilitate training and how this conditioning works in this training. With examples and practical guides you can put theories into practice to properly educate your dog.

Scientific psychology applied to basic obedience training for dogs: Training based on respect! The author explains a method of training that is based on the knowledge of the dog, not forgetting the difficulties of this process and cites some tricks that help in this important task as is the education of the dog. It is a book that teaches how to perform basic obedience and also be clear why and why this method is carried out.

At the other end of the belt: All about the behavior of dogs! The author explains in a pleasant way how the behavioral differences of the dogs and the people and the failure in the communication carry in many cases problems of conduct. The book shows how to learn to talk with your pet so that he can understand you, it is essential for their coexistence to improve.

Cognitive-emotional canine training: A global approach to training! The author discovers how a dog thinks and feels emotions , which allows to work with greater freedom and security. It recovers the role of the dog as a faithful companion of the man, clearly explains what is cognitive-emotional training and how to apply it to any dog crate training, while avoiding severe and outdated techniques.

There you have it. A bunch of Dog related books that will help you get your canine to obey your every command.

Most Common Dogs In the USA

golden retreiver

Below is our list of the most common pet dogs that you will find in houses across the US these days.

Shih Tzu

It is a very popular breed in Asian countries. It is a small dog of Tibetan origin and with a spectacularly long and silky hair which adds to its beauty. They are very kind dogs, patient and very quiet that where they most enjoy is on the sofa. They are ideal for couples or old people.

Pug

It is a very small dog with a flat face, large eyes and flat nose that gives charm but also increases the risk of health problems such as eye injuries or respiratory diseases. The Pug is also an ideal dog for kids: fun, lively and playful but stubborn to train.

Poodle

This French breed is considered the second most intelligent dog after the Collie and before the German Shepherd. It is a multi-talented dog that is skilled in numerous sports and dog labor tasks, as obedient, alert. Since the 18th century there are smaller versions of the great standard poodle so it is possible to acquire a smaller version for a family.

Among the good things with the Poodle is its intelligence and the fact that it does not smell too bad. Among the disadvantages are some hereditary diseases, problems in the gums and the fact that they do not shed their hair, which implies that you have to cut it a bit more often than other breeds.

Yorkshire Terrier

Also known as Yorkie, this North East England terrier is nowadays the most popular lap dog on the planet. This breed was developed from the end of the XVIII as hunters of vermin in the textile factories. It is a small dog and has a silky coat blue coat. They are tenacious, stubborn, vivacious and are good guardians.

Among their problems, the result of the selection of smaller dogs, are: tracheal collapse, deterioration of kneecaps and gum disease.

Boxer

Also known as the German Bulldog, it is a large dog with short hair, a broad skull, a square muzzle, very strong jaws and a powerful jaw to cling to large prey. It is a race suitable for active families and also for children, because despite its intimidating aspect is very docile and will be an eternal playmate.

Unfortunately, this breed has serious health problems and has a lower than average life expectancy.

Dachshund

This breed from Germany has some very interesting nicknames like the Weenie Dog or Wiener. It has 3 varieties for its size and 3 other varieties for its coat. They are true short-legged dwarf dogs and real hardened hunters who are courageous. Among its advantages are its easy training, affection and intelligence.

Golden Retriever

This golden dog has a golden temperament and a spirit that is full of generosity. The Golden Retriever is a Scottish hunting dog specializing in the recovery of waterfowl hunted with rifles. It has, however, achieved its place among the most popular companion dogs thanks to its sensitivity, dedication, easy socialization and the fact that it seldom bites, which makes it the ideal for children.

Just as the Labrador retriever, it is also appreciated as a working dog in tasks like: a guide for the blind, a dog for the deaf, a hunting dog, an illegal drug detector, search and rescue.

Beagle

It is a small to medium sized dog from Great Britain and very popular in the USA. The most famous Beagle in the world is Snoopy from the TV show. For centuries the Beagle has served in hunting activities, specializing in the hunting of rabbits and birds, being able to work alone or in pack. Currently they are also used for drug and food detection tasks in police and customs departments. They are very tolerant dogs with other dogs and have an extroverted temperament, calm and affectionate.

Among their problems is the irrepressible urge to hunt small animals so they are not fit to share space with other pets.

German Shepherd

Also known as GSD, it is perhaps the most known and numerous dog in the world. It is a very intelligent breed that has been used since the beginning of the 20th century in military and police tasks in multiple functions, being recognized as the most successful for this work. The reputation of this race increased thanks to the Hollywood films of the 50 and 60 and to the television series the adventures of “Rin Tin Tin”. With family he is friendly, obedient and have great skills for tasks such as grazing and surveillance, given his particular caution towards the unknown.

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