We’ve done a little research and collected 7 wise lessons for dog parents from recent articles and studies published by some well-known experts in doggy care and treatment. These will help you be a better human to your dog and answer some questions that very often leave you perplexed.
#1. When bathing your dog, start with the tail.
Pre-treat areas on your dog by applying shampoo directly onto dry fur – surfactants in shampoo bond to dirt on contact. Then proceed to wet down the coat and apply all over shampoo. Dogs are calmer if you start at the tail and move forward, wetting down and slathering the coat. Use warm water – not as warm as we might like our bathwater. But dogs don’t like cold water either. Blt your dog dry with a towel. If you use a blow dryer, use on NO or LOW heat, avoiding ears and face.
John Paul DeJoria (Founder of John Paul Pet)
#2. Don’t punish your dog for growling.
Growling is a perfectly acceptable canine warning which, roughly translated, means, ‘Hey, I don’t like that” or “Please stop what you’re doing.” Humans are hard-wired to understand that a growl is a threat but a grow from a dog is actually a good thing. Whether a dog is growling at another dog or a person, it’s a warning. If the dog wanted to attack, it would. Growling is meant to avoid aggression, not cause it. But humans often correct their dogs. This leads them to learn that growling leads to being punished and suppress their growl, which often results in biting with no warning.
Nicole Wilde (author of award-winning books on canine behaviour)
#3. Always look at your dog with eyes of love.
Not that this needs any work. That’s how we always look at our pets. But your perspective determines your response. If you believe that your dog gets angry when left alone in the house and seeks revenge by shredding your paper towels, you’re bound to get angry in return. But if you realized that dogs do such ‘naughty’ things to cope up with stress and separation anxiety and don’t mean to do anything to seek revenge or annoy you, you would be more sympathetic towards them. If he does upset you, do all in your power to see the situation through his eyes, those same eyes that view you with such adoration.
Jennifer Arnold (author of Love Is All You Need)
#4. Never ignore gastric upset.
If your dog starts to vomit, but is still acting totally normal, it is usually okay. Though these dogs want to eat or drink, it is best not to let them. Keep those dogs without food for at least 12 hours, and instead of allowing them access to water, place a few ice cubes in the water bowl to regulate the amount of water taken in at once. If the vomiting continues despite all of this, or you notice his or her abdomen beginning to expand and tighten up, then it is definitely time to call your veterinarian.
Dr. Jeff Werber (Known to the world as “Doc Hollywood”)
#5. Avoid smoking around dogs, especially, long-nosed ones.
Certain breeds of dogs with long noses, such as the collies or Shepherds, are at increased risk of developing upper respiratory disease as well as cancer when exposed to second-hand smoke and should be removed from a passive smoke environment.
Dr. Rodney Page (Canine-cancer expert)
#6. Your disobedient “untrainable” dog may be a super-smart genius. Be patient.
The easiest dogs to train are those that are relatively calm and have a dependent personality so that they want to please you. Dogs that are more independent and consequently could care less about verbal kudos have to be trained more methodically and with things that are actually motivating to them. When you skip steps or use rewards that the dog doesn’t care about, these dogs come off as stubborn and willful. If you’re not a step ahead and several IQ points smarter, your cute puppy Einstein may develop into an evil genius.
Late Dr. Sophia Yin (Pioneer of positive-reward-based training)
#7. Your senior dog might have puppy problems. Don’t be surprised.
Did your dog cry as a puppy when you left for work? If you treated the issue, he likely improved and was perfectly happy to be a latchkey dog while you went out. Your senior dog, however, may now start whining the second you pick up your keys to head out the door. Why is this happening? As your dog ages, his hearing and other senses diminish. This can cause stress for your dog. As his long time companion, you are his comfort. So when you leave, it can increase his stress, which can become separation anxiety.
By Teoti Anderson (professional dog trainer, author and speaker)
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We’ve collected these thoughts and put them into one short blog, we know your furry pal keeps you busy. But make sure you put these wise tips into action. They can help you raise your dog better, healthy and happy. Stay connected with us for more such tips and stories.
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