Taking Care of Your Teething Pup

In a lot of ways, dogs are similar to human babies. And, one of the most stressful phase in their lives happens between their 3rd month to 6th month where puppies come into the stage of teething.  Puppies experience this phase earlier than babies.  This is the period where the puppy’s “milk” teeth will come out giving way to a new set of adult teeth.  At this stage, puppies are expected to look for ways to relieve the itch.  Puppies tend to chew more to ease the feeling of discomfort.  Here are some tips to help your dog go through this phase much easier.

Dealing with your Puppy’s Discomfort

You may provide the following items to alleviate your dog’s:

a.)  Frozen Rubber Teething Rings

b.)  Toys meant for this time in your puppy’s life so it will not get damaged or be swallowed accidentally

c.)  Our use towels, washcloths or a pair of knotted socks

Coping with the Environment

A puppy that is in teething phase would tend to chew most of the time so it is best that ensure that your dog won’t chew on those things that can harm him.  You also might place him inside a playpen or a crate to keep your pet in one area especially if you cannot attend to your dog’s needs.  Remember, to use safe toys that he can chew here, too.

If in the event he experiences gum swelling or excessive bleeding, then bring your dog to the veterinarian.

Positive Reinforcement

One of the most effective dog techniques, rewarding and praising your puppy whenever he does something right assures him that this is something good.  In this case, you can reward your pet when he chews the toys, the towels or teething ring you gave him.  When you do spot your pet chewing something else, then simply tell him “No” and give him the right toy to chew on.

Keep Aware

Expect your puppy to chew on anything he can get his mouth to which can be your children’s toys, shoes, bones, sticks, and even your very own fingers.  Be more cautious at this point in your pet’s life and look and see what might be in his reach.  That will save any heartache from having items destroyed or your puppy injured from chewing on something that hurts him.

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10 Useful Ways to Establish a Bond Between Your Dog and Your Children

More often than not, dogs and children are generally a great recipe for learning. Yet, there may be instances when it seems to be unsafe and risky.  If not taught properly, a lot of children and even toddlers may play with dogs a bit too rough.

Dogs show their annoyance and irritation by growling, walking away or even snapping – mostly as an impulsive reaction.  So, teach your children how to respect these warnings.  If possible, it is best to teach your children to come close to their puppy slowly, offer their hand for the puppy to smell, and when they go to touch, avoid the head, at first, and start with the back area.

Provide your dog a safe place for rest. When a dog feels stressed or tired, often they will walk away.  This space and time alone should also be respected by the household members.

The age and health condition of your dog are also important factors to be considered.  Sometimes, grown-up dogs have a more difficult time in dealing with children due to possible chronic pains they are experiencing.  Or, potentially they have experiences with children and those immediate memories control their reactions.

Here are 10 Useful Ways in Establishing Bond between Your Dog and Children:

1.)  Children should never approach a dog while he is sleeping especially without prior warning that you are approaching close to him. A dog sleeping who is surprised may suddenly snap or bite your child.

2.)  Supervise activities between your child and your dog.   Avoid leaving  young children unattended with any animal.

3.)  Train your child how to slowly come near to the dog and the proper way of petting him.

4.)   Similar to how you speak to your children, talk to your dog in a cheerful and calm voice while gently petting them with your child by your side.  You may gift them small treats or reward the dogs with their favorite toy and shower them with praises.

5.)  Educate your children to do the same thing. Make your dogs feel that good things can happen when your kid is beside him.

6.)  Be present when your child touches their dog to hold and guide their hands.  By doing this, you teach your child to be gentle in treating their dog.

7.)  Just how you give protection to your child should be the same with how you give protection to your dog from your child.  As the leader of the pack, you are accountable in keeping order in the household.

8.)  If it is evident that your dog is not up for some playtime, simply tell your dog to go to his spot.  And, prevent child in following the dog.

9.)  Go over obedience training with your dog daily. It is recommended that you spend a few minutes to just focus exclusively on your dog.  Treat it as your quality time with your dog to create your bond. You may also opt to enroll in a dog obedience or socialization class. You will learn from a professional dog trainer how positive reinforcement can be used effectively. It’s never too late to give proper training for your dog.

10.)  Exercise time can also be quality time with your dog.  You can give him focused attention by playing with him in the park, your backyard or out for a walk.

Keep in mind that without trust, there can never be respect.  Similarly, without respect, there can never be trust.  Trust and respect are important and they go both ways.  Now, enjoy some real family bonding!

Sources:

http://dogs.about.com/od/caringfordogsandpuppies/qt/human_canine_bond.htm
http://www.k9web.com/dog-faqs/new-puppy.html
http://www.kaninus.com/dog_training_10_secrets_to_create_a_positive_bond.php

More often than not, dogs and children are generally a great recipe for learning. Yet, there may be instances when it seems to be unsafe and risky. If not taught properly, a lot of children and even toddlers may play with dogs a bit too rough.

Dogs show their annoyance and irritation by growling, walking away or even snapping – mostly as an impulsive reaction. So, teach your children how to respect these warnings. If possible, it is best to teach your children to come close to their puppy slowly, offer their hand for the puppy to smell, and when they go to touch, avoid the head, at first, and start with the back area.

Provide your dog a safe place for rest. When a dog feels stressed or tired, often they will walk away. This space and time alone should also be respected by the household members.

The age and health condition of your dog are also important factors to be considered. Sometimes, grown-up dogs have a more difficult time in dealing with children due to possible chronic pains they are experiencing. Or, potentially they have experiences with children and those immediate memories control their reactions.

Here are 10 Useful Ways in Establishing Bond between Your Dog and Children:

1.) Children should never approach a dog while he is sleeping especially without prior warning that you are approaching close to him. A dog sleeping who is surprised may suddenly snap or bite your child.

2.) Supervise activities between your child and your dog. Avoid leaving young children unattended with any animal.

3.) Train your child how to slowly come near to the dog and the proper way of petting him.

4.) Similar to how you speak to your children, talk to your dog in a cheerful and calm voice while gently petting them with your child by your side. You may gift them small treats or reward the dogs with their favorite toy and shower them with praises.

5.) Educate your children to do the same thing. Make your dogs feel that good things can happen when your kid is beside him.

6.) Be present when your child touches their dog to hold and guide their hands. By doing this, you teach your child to be gentle in treating their dog.

7.) Just how you give protection to your child should be the same with how you give protection to your dog from your child. As the leader of the pack, you are accountable in keeping order in the household.

8.) If it is evident that your dog is not up for some playtime, simply tell your dog to go to his spot. And, prevent child in following the dog.

9.) Go over obedience training with your dog daily. It is recommended that you spend a few minutes to just focus exclusively on your dog. Treat it as your quality time with your dog to create your bond. You may also opt to enroll in a dog obedience or socialization class. You will learn from a professional dog trainer how positive reinforcement can be used effectively. It’s never too late to give proper training for your dog.

10.) Exercise time can also be quality time with your dog. You can give him focused attention by playing with him in the park, your backyard or out for a walk.

Keep in mind that without trust, there can never be respect. Similarly, without respect, there can never be trust. Trust and respect are important and they go both ways. Now, enjoy some real family bonding!

Sources:

http://dogs.about.com/od/caringfordogsandpuppies/qt/human_canine_bond.htm

http://www.k9web.com/dog-faqs/new-puppy.html

http://www.kaninus.com/dog_training_10_secrets_to_create_a_positive_bond.php

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Puppies, Dogs and Kids

(In keeping with the Monday observance of National Kids and Pets week  – we bring you this great tips in preparing your kids for a new puppy)

Most of us who are dog lovers, learned how important the family dog is, from a special dog (or dogs) when we were children. Once that bond has been experienced, life without your best buddy nearby feels empty. Kids learn about loyalty, friendship and responsibility, from daily life with the family dog. And of course, how to love a creature who loves you unconditionally, who is not your parent or sibling.

As a parent you might wonder when is the best time to bring a dog or puppy into your family? How old should the kids be? Well, the answer is, almost any time. In many families, the dog is around before any children. In others, parents choose to wait until their first child is in school. Oddly enough, waiting to bring the first dog into the family often means a second child is younger than you thought was prudent, regarding the first child. So, other than adding a new puppy about the same time as adding a new child… go for it when you have the room and time for the dog, to be able to provide attention, training, exercise and socialization.

Introducing dogs to children is best done when the dog is between 8 weeks and about 6 months of age. Unless you find a dog that just doesn’t like being around kids (and there are some out there), it is never too late to train him to be child-friendly. Dogs are drawn to people. They are hard wired to be attached to humans, and let’s face it – kids are more fun and energetic than most adults. To begin the process of bringing a dog or puppy into your home with children, encourage your children to gently play with the puppy or dog, for short periods of time – always with adult supervision. After a few days, as the dog becomes comfortable, bring over your child’s friends so he learns to get along with other youngsters.

Be sure to involve the children with the puppy, enrolling your dog in beginning obedience classes. In these classes your canine companion will begin learning the basics of “sit,” “stay,” “down,” and the very important “off” commands, as well as other canine manners. The kids will be learning these behaviors and expectations (for the dog, obviously) and as it will likely turn out, the kids and the new furry family member will both benefit from the training. Later you may chose to graduate to more challenging training, and all of this will be a terrific experience for your children.

Here are a few tips that can help your family, when adding a new dog or puppy to your household:

Starting before you bring the dog home, teach your children these “pet principals”…

* Kids should know that the pet is a living creature and not a toy.
* Don’t let them grab things away from the dog.
* Be very gentle, especially with little puppies.
* The dog is not a wrestling partner.
* Regarding other dogs – never run up to strange dogs, or stare them down – these are challenges in dog language.
* Leave your dog alone when he is eating.
* ALWAYS supervise. You should never leave a pet alone with a small child.
* In time, as both grow older they will be fine together, to play, explore and be best friends, for life.

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