Before And After Getting A Puppy

Here are two great Ebooks for you to download free of charge. They are written by Dr. Ian Dunbar who I have had the pleasure to meet and some of his dog behaviour seminars.

These two books are ideal for new puppies and new dog owners to help you go in the right direction with your dog in a friendly positive manner. This then helps produce mutual respect between you and your dog through communication and understanding.

If you would like to download Before You Get A Puppy and After You Get A Puppy just click the links below and you will be taken to Dr. Ian Dunbar’s site for immediate viewing and download.

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Before You Get Your Puppy

After You Get Your Puppy

Understanding Your Dog – Talk Dog

Learn To Understand Your Dogs Body Language

I have the pleasure of being able to bring you a new article written by Lisa Tenzin–Dolma. Lisa has written books and articles on a wide variety of subjects and is also a qualified canine psychologist. She is also a director of The International School of Canine Psychology, and founder of the global Dog Issues Advice Line. In 2009 she was awarded a PhD in Humanities from Moffett University. The dog issues advice line (DIAL) which is run by Lisa, can be contacted from anywhere in the world for help and advice on a range of dog behaviour issues.

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Dogs have evolved alongside humans for at least 12,000 years, and the dog snoozing at your feet is genetically programmed to try to understand you. Dogs understand our facial expressions and body language, and spend far more time than we realise in trying to figure us out. Scientists have discovered that dogs are the only creatures, other than humans, who can accurately gauge our emotions simply by looking at our faces. So how can we read dogs as easily as they read us?

As well as barking, growling, whining, yipping and howling, dogs use a complex system of communication through body language. They use this to calm and appease us and each other, to show they’re anxious, or feel threatened, or angry, or happy.

It’s easy to see when a dog is feeling joyful. He wags his tail exuberantly. There’s a bounce in his step. His posture is upright. His eyes shine, and his mouth may be open with his tongue lolling in a ‘doggy smile’. Interestingly, dogs don’t ‘smile’ at other dogs, because showing the teeth to another dog would be viewed as threatening. They’ve learned to ‘smile’ at humans because they recognise that this is what we do when we’re happy.

A confident dog carries himself high. His tail is extended or up, his ears are pricked or held loosely back, and he has an alert expression. He’ll comfortably meet your gaze and will take deliberate steps to interact with you or with other dogs.

When he feels anxious or frightened his posture changes considerably. He lowers his body and turns his face and body away. He may yawn or lick his lips. His ears will be held back and his tail will be low or tucked under. He’ll narrow his eyes or blink to show that he’s scared, not angry. If he’s really worried, he’ll submissively roll over on his back to expose his vulnerable belly and throat. These signals are designed to tell other dogs, or humans, that he isn’t a threat to them and doesn’t want to get involved in any conflict.

An angry dog will tense up before he growls a warning. You’ll see his shoulders tighten and his hackles rise as he tries to make himself taller. His eyes will grow bigger and more round, and his ears will go right back. He’ll stare at the source of irritation in an intimidating manner. His tail may wag very slowly. If these signals are ignored, he’ll bark loudly and sharply, or growl. Ignore that, and he may bite.

We can use this system of body language in order to communicate with dogs, too. If a dog is anxious or nervous we can turn our heads slightly away, avoiding eye contact, to show him that we mean no harm. We can keep our voices low, because that has a calming effect. We can yawn or blink slowly, to show that we’re relaxed and he has no need to fear us. Dogs view a head-on approach as being bad manners, because this can mean conflict, so we can approach a nervous dog in a slight curve instead of walking straight over to him, or stand sideways so that we look smaller.

Understanding your dog’s body language can help you to build a stronger bond with him or her. It’s easy, and fun, learning to ‘speak dog’.

To learn more check out mine and Lisa’s pages on Facebook: Simply Dog Behaviour Facebook Page and Dog Issues Advice Line Facebook Page.

How To Toilet Train A Dog

How Can I Train My Dog To Toilet?


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There are many common dog training problems that are so simple to cure yet many dog owners seem to struggle to overcome the problem. One of these dog training problems is how to house train a dog. House training or toilet training can be done in an easy to follow manner, yet many dog owners find themselves at the end of their tether due to rewarding accidents and causing themselves more problems than necessary.

Normally dogs need to relieve themselves once they wake; this is especially the case with puppies. You will also find that they might need to toilet if they have had an energetic game of some kind, or have just had something to eat. Some signs to look out for if your dog may need to go to the toilet is circling and sniffing.

Now a simple way of helping your new puppy or new adult dog get housetrained is by taking them into the garden on a lead to eliminate. While you are at home, every hour pop their lead on and escort them to the part of the garden where you would like them to do their business and stay there for a few minutes in a nice, calm neutral manner. The moment your new puppy/dog does its toileting reward it with a tasty treat and make it think that it is such a great moment to toilet outside. Then off you go back inside your home and repeat the same thing an hour later.

If for any reason when out in the garden your dog it does not go to the toilet, come back in after 3 minutes or so and then go back out 30 minutes later to try again. Once your dog has done its business, treat and come back in. Then go back out an hour after that to do it all again.

If there are any accidents in the home, do not bother about it as it is all part of the learning process for your dog. If you see it taking place stay neutral and usher your dog outside to the right place. If you have not noticed your dog toileting inside just pop the dog outside in a calm manner, and then go and clean up the mess so it cannot see you cleaning it up. Remember if it happens inside your home to treat it like an accident.

You new puppy / adult dog will start to realise that outside is the place to toilet as it brings great praise and rewards, yet inside does not bring any attention at all. Within no time at all, your dog will be toilet trained.

Now if you have an older dog that was house trained and all of a sudden it has started toilet inside the home, have a think about anything that may have happened lately to your dog or have you changed any routine to do with your dog in anyway. The reason for this is your dog maybe suffering from stress, or struggling with bowel control. Other medical problems that may cause your dog to toilet inside could be cystitis and diabetes so it could be worth going to the vets for a check up.

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Help Your Dog Before You Get It – A Dogs Rights!

What Are Your Dog Rights? What Is Expected Of You The Owner?


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When you make that big decision of bringing a new puppy into the home or bringing a rescue dog into your home, it needs to be thought about for a long time before deciding to bring home a four legged friend.

We live in a fast paced modern society which is basically a throw away world. When the next best thing comes out we upgrade, if something does not work or you cannot be fussed with something you have, you either do not bother with it or get rid of it. Now unfortunately this kind of attitude happens with some dogs too. Do not get me wrong there are many great dog owners out there who think the world of their four legged friend, but there is also many dog owners out there who do not know what they are getting themselves into when they get a new dog as a puppy or via a rescue.

When a new dog comes into your home you are making a commitment to care and train that dog for the rest of its life. If you are not prepared to commit money for its upkeep, training and welfare think again about getting a dog.

What you need to know, or what you are committing too when you bring a dog into your home is a lot of work at first. A dog is going to live normally between 10 to 15 years depending on its it’s breed and needs the right food being provided for it and needs to have clean water available always. The dog will have to go through proper socialisation and habituation to help it cope in life to various situations that it will be introduced too on a daily basis. If you do not know what socialisation and habituation entails, you need to read up on it and make sure you know why it is needed and how to do it. This is an absolute must for your new dog.

You need to make sure your dog is provided with bedding and comfortable rest areas and is looked after when the weather is hot or cold. It needs to have a good amount of training to help it understand what is right and wrong within your home and outside, plus also giving you and the dog a level of communication between you both.

Your dog will also require regular grooming and cleaning to keep it in good physical condition, and to avoid any health issues arising. You will also need to make sure that it gets daily physical exercise and mental stimulation even when the weather is poor or it is dark nights. Your dog needs to get out daily whatever the weather!

Now on top of all this, if your dog unfortunately develops a behaviour problem or develops a health problem you need to be prepared to spend the money to help your beloved canine friend overcome or cope with the problem that has arisen.

They are not going to be able to speak our native tongue, so we have to take the time to learn their language. The more we can understand about canine body language, calming signals and what the different types of barks are, plus knowing when a dog what “it’s own space”, the better the dogs environment will be, then the better it will help your dog learn to settle and cope.

Just make sure if you take the decision to bring a new puppy or rescue dog into the home that you are prepared to give as much help and support as it needs, and that you have thoroughly investigated what you are getting yourself into. If you have taken the time to do this hopefully you will have a great bond between you for the rest of its days, if you have not taken the time, do not get a dog.

If you would like more information on dogs, check out my facebook page for daily dog advice here at my Simply Dog Behaviour Facebook Page.


Train A Dog To Give Eye Contact

How To Teach Your Dog To Give Eye Contact

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When working outside with your dog getting attention and focus from your four legged friend should be an absolute must. Without having your dog watching you and giving you focus you may find it harder to train or get attention in emergencies. Do not underestimate the importance of eye contact from your dog.

A simple way of getting eye contact can be done inside the home first. All you will need is some tasty treats or some of your dog’s daily food allowance handy to teach what you want. You can even use a clicker too if you have one.

To start off in your home have your food handy and attach the lead to your dog. When the lead is on your dog, wait for it to give you some eye contact. The moment you get eye contact (click if using a clicker) say good boy or girl depending on what sex it is and treat. Then look away and wait for a few more seconds and then wait for eye contact again. You may be waiting seconds, you may be could be waiting minutes, just be patient. When your dog looks at you and gives you eye contact (click if using a clicker), say good boy or girl and treat.

Now once your dog is starting to speed up the level of eye contact start to turn around the opposite way from your dog and wait patiently. Remember your dog is on the lead and you have food in your hand. When it comes around to the side that you are facing and gives you eye contact say good boy or good girl and treat. Now turn the opposite way again and keep repeating this process until your dog is constantly looking for eye contact.

Once you are at that stage and your dog is constantly looking at you. Move to another area like the front or back garden and repeat the whole exercise. Now you are going to have mild distractions going on with smells and sounds, but be patient and start working through the exercise so you start getting eye contact from your dog. Once you have conquered the garden move on to the street and so on.

If your dog struggles to give you attention and eye contact with more distractions going on, take a step backwards in your training routine. What I mean by this is if your dog is struggling giving you the eye contact in the street outside your house, keep practising in the garden until you can move forward again.

You can get all sorts of behaviours from doing this routine. If you want your dog to sit and give you eye contact, wait until you get the sit and the eye contact before you treat. Add what behaviour you would like to it. You can put a command to the eye contact like “watch me” or “focus”; so that when you say one of those words your dog should pay attention to you. The main thing is that you are getting focus and attention from your dog when outside. Take it nice and slow and do not rush this exercise and you will get more attention from your dog, you should hopefully have a calmer dog too.

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