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4 Aspects You Should Start Training Your Puppy On & How to Effectively Train With Bully Sticks

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Getting a puppy is a really special moment in anyone’s life. It can be rather exciting when you think about how you’re going to bond with the little one and which sort of activities you’ll be doing together. The general trouble starts when it’s time to train that puppy so it’ll grow up to be a well-adjusted pet.

There has been some disagreement regarding how soon the training should start and which aspects should be started on immediately. We’ve all been in that moment when a puppy starts testing boundaries. Basing it off our experiences, here are four particular aspects you should start training your puppy on:

Toilet Training

A puppy that doesn’t know the appropriate place to relieve itself can be one of the more annoying parts of being a dog owner. When a dog isn’t housebroken, you can be sure that you will be spending a lot of your time trying to scrub pee off of the floor, your rugs, and other sorts of upholstery.

Toilet training I something that should be started on as soon as the puppy has calmed down.

Personal Space

Dogs, in general, can be quite notoriously bad at adhering to the need and acceptance of personal space of their owners and themselves. Sometimes, they can be really difficult to approach as they may outright reject any sort of interactions with their new owner. Most of the time, however, they can stick to you like glue.

Helping your puppy understand the concept of personal space can help you and it in the long run.

Biting

Tell us if you find this familiar: you give your puppy some food you try to get their bowl away after they are done, and you get your hand nipped by an angry puppy. Biting can be a rather serious issue that should be addressed. Aggression should be curbed—especially when it is directed towards the owner.

The sooner you get your puppy to understand that biting is not okay, the less you’ll have to worry about over time. Particularly if other people—especially kids—come into the picture.

Food Exposure

Puppies can be rather exuberant when it comes to feeding time. They may end up eating too fast or trying to eat food that isn’t theirs to eat. It is quite important for a puppy to learn early on that there are certain meal times and only a set amount of food to be given during that period.

When puppies aren’t trained regarding this, they end up trying to eat whatever they can and this can adversely affect their health.

Bonus Training Tip

Ever heard about bully sticks? If you haven’t yet, these are chew treats that can be used as a training tool. Training involves rewarding your pup. As you know, our furkids are motivated by the things they want. There’s no better motivation than a delectable bully stick! So, put their favorite chew treat to good use by giving them bully sticks when training and reinforcing good behavior in your puppies.

These four aspects are only some of the overall things that you should start training your puppy about. We hope that they help pave the way for you somewhat. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this. What other aspects do you think you need to start training your puppy on?

Why Do Dogs Lick and How Does Grooming Factor Into This?

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Whenever you’ve been apart from your dog—no matter how short that time is—you may notice that upon your return, they can be quite ecstatic about it. This job often manifests itself when they leap upon you and try to lick your face.

Licking

Why do dogs generally lick people’s faces? This is something that a kid may ask an adult. If we look at the reality of the situation, this is something that even adults tend to ask themselves—we know that we did. With this in the forefront of the discussion, we’d like to explore this concept a bit further. We thought about it quite a bit and narrowed it down to these particular reasons:

Exploration

Dogs rely upon their senses quite a bit. In order to determine things around them, they make use of their noses, their ears, their eyes, their paws, and even their sense of taste. You’ve probably seen it at work. Dogs often smell things first before they try to take a taste.

This is how they end up judging something as good, bad, and absolutely delicious!

Affection

Dogs are naturally rather affectionate creatures. If you manage to get past their guard and get to trust you, they are not shy about showing how much they care. They will often invite you to play, they’ll stay around you if they think you’re sad, and they will be the happiest things to exist and will show it through showering your face (or whatever body part they can get close to their mouth) with licks.

You should generally consider yourself lucky if a dog greets you with happy licks rather than apathy.

Grooming

So how does grooming factor into this?

A lot, actually! Dogs tend to put a lot of odd things into their mouth because of their innate curiosity and their explorative side. So, of course, if they put something funky in their mouth, it’s going to reflect in their breath. If you aren’t careful, you will get that stuff on your face and you risk getting infected with whatever germs are in their breath.

As a pet owner, it would be important for you to set boundaries on when it would be okay for your pet to lick your face. Ideally, it would only be okay after you’ve brushed their teeth. Licking can be pretty a healthy part of your relationship with your dog. You know, provided that their mouths are clean. We’d love to know your thoughts on this. Why do you think dogs lick and how does grooming factor into it?

In a Pinch: How You Can Help Your Dog Throw Up

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When it comes to emergencies that involve your dog, it often pays to be aware of certain things that you can do to help. In today’s case, we’re talking about inducing vomit or getting your dog to throw up when it counts.

While dogs can be trained, it’s not like they are fully capable of being able to tell if something is good or bad for them—especially when it comes to eating things. There is a pretty long laundry list of what dogs must not eat. However, it’s not like a dog will be able to vocalize that they’ve ingested something that was bad for them. In a lot of cases, it’s only when they start to show physical signs of distress that you can infer that they ate something bad.

In which case, getting them to throw up just might save their life. You just need to know how to do it.

Before You Get Them to Throw Up

Of course, it is important to be smart about this. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind before you get your dog to throw up:

Ascertain Cause

Often, it is easy to determine what the dog may have ingested. It is something that they may be playing with beforehand. If it’s something soft, getting them to throw up shouldn’t be much of an issue. If it’s something that a bit harder like bones or a treat, you may want to think twice as it may end up damaging your dog’s throat.

If you’re not quite sure of what it is they ingest, it’s best to be on the safe side.

Call an Emergency Vet or Poison Control

There are usually organizations which spearhead certain operations like animal control or animal poisoning. Try to learn the number of the one that’s nearest you and keep it in your emergency contacts. This way they can help you ascertain the signs and talk you through if it would be viable for you to get the dog to throw up. Don’t hesitate to contact Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 if you’re not sure about to go about treating your pets.

Helping Them Throw Up

When it comes to getting your dog to throw up, the use of Hydrogen Peroxide is often included. This may be a little tricky as using too much of it can be quite harmful to the animal. You can either:

  • Administer the dose yourself
  • Have their vet administer the dose

There are pros and cons to either and should be considered carefully—especially when their health and wellbeing is at stake. Having professional help is always important to help relieve any stress from the situation. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this. How else can you get your dog to throw up?

Training at Its Finest: How Dog Training Scholarships Are Up for Grabs

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In an ideal situation, a dog owner would be fully capable of training their pet. A lot of the time, however, pet owners end up being overwhelmed or at a loss on how to be effective or efficient. And even if you are fully equipped with yummy chew treats, some pets are just pretty stubborn!

In such cases, there are dog training academies that are ready to save the day! The thing is those academies aren’t exactly charities. They do require paying customers in order to maintain operation. For a lot of dog owners, it may be a tad too pricey to consider. So what’s a dog owner to do?

Dog Training Scholarships

Every now and again, dog training schools have programs which give dog owners who normally wouldn’t be able to afford dog training courses a chance to obtain them. It’s exactly how a University would give deserving students a partial or a full ride. Dog Training Scholarships can really make the difference for pet owners that really feel that their pets need help.

If you’re interested, it would be good to know how they are up for grabs. Here are a few things you should keep an eye on:

Websites and Social Media Pages

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Usually, a dog training academy that has a scholarship program will not be quiet about it. In fact, they are fully invested in giving dogs and their owners a chance to obtain better relationships. You should keep an eye on their official website and their social media pages for any announcements about this.

Mechanics

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Scholarships are often put up as a prize for a contest. They generally ask pet owners to share photos or to even write essays about why they are most deserving of the pet trainings scholarship.

Dog training academies don’t just touch on dog behaviors and routines. They help owners really understand what’s critical when it comes to the care of their dog. They’ll also be touching upon topics of dog grooming, feeding, and so many other things. We certain believe that such scholarships are worth pursuing. What about you?

More Than Being Clean: Why Is Dog Grooming Really Important?

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When you have a furry, four-legged companion in your life, it is expected that they will come with a certain amount of maintenance. When it comes down to it, why is dog grooming really important? There are a lot of products out there that practically saturate the market. Each and every single one of them claims to do the job better than most.

Yet, they don’t really answer the question at all. We gave this quite a bit of thought and we came upon the basics which continue to drive pet owners into giving as best care for their pets as possible. Basics like:

Health

When a dog is unkempt and is kept dirty, there are a lot of things that can go wrong, especially for a dog with a long coat. Dirt and debris can build up over time and can have some pretty adverse effects to the health of a dog. Crust can build up over their eyes and take away their sight.

Long hairs can be more prone to catching ticks that are out in the wild. Keeping a dog well groomed raises their chances of living a happy and healthy life.

Hygiene

When you have a dog, it’s not just their health that is on the line because of grooming. The hygiene of the dog will also affect its owner in the long run. If the owner has particular allergies, leaving a dog unkempt will increase the likelihood of the dog picking up particles that can trigger allergic reactions.

Human skin—especially over prolonged periods of exposure—can grow to be rather sensitive to certain things. A dog which has poor grooming can adversely affect the hygiene of the owner.

These two basic reasons remain to be true no matter how much time has passed. We want to know what you think about this. Why do you think dog grooming continues to be important?

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