Five Enjoyable Games to Play with your Dog

Dogs are social creatures and they are very playful by nature. Playing enjoyable games with your dog helps both of you to create a strong bond while learning to communicate and work with one another. It is important to engage fun activities with your dog to train him to follow your commands but making it enjoyable at the same time.
 Chase
This game is extremely simple. Your dog chases you as you run. To get your dog’s attention, clap or make a smooch sound and then try running away from him. When he’s a few feet from you, turn and offer him a treat, toy, or you can begin another chase. Stopping before he tries to reach you will prevent the chase game from turning into something like the “nip the human on the back of the leg” game. Always remember not to play the “chase the dog” game as it will teach him to run away as you try to approach him.
 On Your Mark, Get Set, Go
By combining a little trick work as well as self-control practice while running, this game really works. As you begin saying “On your mark,” do a play bow to the cue “Get set” then you start running as you say “Go”.
 Fartlek
Fartlek are used by runners for training to boost their speed. The word fartlek means “speed play” and it refers to the practice of interspersing shorter bursts of speed within a training run in Swedish. To play with your dog using this style, rush forward and run a few paces. It could be as far as several houses or down a few blocks. Doing so, your dog will follow your lead happily.
 Hard to Get
This is a short keep-away game that could begin a play station. To get …

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Dealing with Dog Aggression

Dog aggression is one of the problems that a lot of pet owners face. You can overcome this negative dog behavior by understanding the causes of dog aggression. Dog aggression boils down from the dominance and frustration of the dog. Lack of exercise is one reason why dogs get frustrated. And the dog’s dominance is because of the lack of calm-assertive leadership.

Most aggressive dogs lack regular exercise and this can be the root of a dog’s negative behavior. Exercises and physical activities can burn your dog’s extra energy and therefore they can help in maintaining a healthy state of mind in dogs. Dogs also develop aggressive dog behavior because pet owners lack the calm-assertive leadership. You must earn your dog’s loyalty, trust, and respect before he considers you a leader. You can do this by giving them set of rules, limitations, and boundaries. When your dog sees you as a pack leader, the problem will cease. The dog will definitely stop fighting for dominance because you are the pack leader and that you must develop trust and respect.

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How to Solve Dog Chewing Problem

A dog’s mouth is the canine equivalent of the human hands. It’s what dogs use in picking up and examining things, assessing their possible use, and transporting them from a particular place to another. Chewing is a natural part of the dog’s behavior and it lets him know what a particular thing feels like, how it tastes, and whether it is something good to eat. Chewing becomes an undesirable behavior when it already is directed to inappropriate objects like your furniture, shoes, or even your feet and hands. Inappropriate chewing is a common problem in young dogs.
If inappropriate chewing isn’t corrected, it can lead to a wide-scale destruction of your property. It may also lead to medical problems and may possibly ruin the human-animal relationship.
Between three to eight weeks of age, a dog’s deciduous teeth starts to grow and around four to six months of age, these set of teeth will be replaced with permanent teeth gradually. Just like babies, teething is a painful process and that puppies chew a lot more during this period of time. Their gums become very irritated and chewing gives them a sense of relief from the discomfort. Most likely, inappropriate chewing occurs while the puppy is teething but it can become a problem even when the adult teeth emerge and the teething ends.
Here are five steps that will help correct inappropriate dog chewing:
1. Possible medical conditions.
The first step is to ensure that your dog doesn’t have any possible medical problems. When your dog chews everything, he may have nutritional deficiency because of poor diet. Intestinal parasitism may lead to pica, misinterpreted as inappropriate chewing. Gastrointestinal problems may also cause nausea in dogs and chewing becomes a coping mechanism. Thus, it is very important to see the veterinarian to …

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Excessive Dog Barking Solutions

Always bear in mind that barking is natural just as it’s normal for us humans to speak. It is only when our dogs excessively bark that becomes a big problem in the house including the neighbors. How to stop excessive barking in dogs is difficult. It is also a very time-consuming task. However, our goal is not to stop the dog from barking, which is a perfectly natural thing for dogs to do, but instead to control excessive barking.
The very first step in changing this behavior is to figure out the reason why your dog excessively barks. When you have determined the real reason, you can now plan out the right training solution.

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Stop Dog Digging Problems

Has your furry friend made your yard into a moonscape? One of the biggest problems that come with dog ownership is dog digging. Owning a dog can bring lots of joy into an owner’s life however when digging problems become unbearable, it can put a strain into your relationship. You definitely can have a dog and a very beautiful yard at the same time. Sometimes, it would just take a little effort on your part. If you won’t communicate with your dog that his digging is not acceptable in any way, he won’t understand that he is doing something “wrong”.

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