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Ways to keep your pooch busy ’n happy

A bored pooch can never be a happy pooch. Research has proven that dogs who spend majority of their waking hours alone doing nothing but wait for their pet parents to return home and spend some time with them are highly susceptible to behavioural problems like aggression, separation anxiety, irritability and destructive tendencies. Here’s how to keep your pooch occupied and happy. Dogs are…

Ways to introduce your dog to joyride and leash walk at ease

Get set and ride! Start early: As soon as you get your puppy or dog, ensure that they get a good idea about the sight, smell and sound of the car before you even put them in. Introduce slowly: Just open the rear door and reward (treat) your dog for any interaction with the car. If he tries to get in on his own, give him lots of praise and reward. Let them get the feel: Gradually increase the time…

Correct & Control Behavioural problems in your dog!

A behavioural problem is actually any behaviour displayed by a dog whom co-inhabitants think of a problem! Let’s see how to identify behavioural problems in dogs and why they occur. Pet parents obviously differ in how much they endure diverse behaviours in their pets. So what several people consider a ‘problem’, others are pretty pleased to live with. Hence, behaviour problems can vary…

Get your pet parenting Formula just right!

Dog parenting should be fun, not just for the pet parent but definitely for the dog as well. You may be surprised to learn that this is also true for service dogs. Dogs are little different to us and we all learn best when the learning is conducted in a fun and interesting way. I like to use formulas for everything. This is because I forget easily, so with simple formulas I find it very easy to…

10 essential Life-Saving Commands for your pooch

Here  are ‘10 Essential Life-Saving Commands’ which every pooch must learn to get Alert and Avoid Accidents. Imagine a situation where you have taken your dog out in your compound, left him off leash because it is an enclosed area and besides you have your eyes on him at all times. But what happens when you see him going to pick up a piece of food strewn around the corners? You run towards…

Ways to comprehend canine conversations

Our furry, four-legged friends understand us and even know how to express themselves; we just need to look for the right signals... Canine communication... a key! The other day, I visited a friend with a gorgeous yellow Labrador named Mischief. As I entered the house and met Mischief for the first time, she greeted me with the customary wag, sniffed me to see if I was trouble and licked my…

Bridging the vocabulary gap

Dog psychologists say that an average dog recognizes about 165 words and the number can go higher with appropriate training. The best part of it is that any pet parent can become a language trainer – find out how to make your dog learn in these ‘5 Ways’ that guarantee fun all the way! 1. Teach while they play Learning toy names is a great way to start your pooch’s vocabulary training…

Decoding the ‘bow’dy talk!

You can easily understand a dog’s non-verbal communication, if you make an extra effort to learn and infer his body language. Once you are able to identify his signals of communication, you will be able to foresee his future actions and build a better relationship with him. You can also protect him and yourself from dangerous situations, once you are able to recognise his overall expressions. Dogs…

To bark or not to bark – How to teach?

How beautiful life would be if we can teach our dogs to bark or not to bark on a command! Well, it is possible…here’s how to teach your dog to bark and be quiet on command. Teaching to bark on command Find a trigger: Find a trigger that will cause your dog to bark such as the door bell ring, etc. An unknown source for the noise is best, so an assistant during this part of training will be…

If Charlie can – you can

Charlie does not have a pedigree or a breed attached to his name. He is just an ordinary differently-abled Indian dog doing extraordinary things. Charlie’s courage in the face of a crippling disability and his zest for life is a message that where there is a will, the way is not too far away. Charlie was brought to CUPA Animal Shelter, Bengaluru, one rainy evening when he was only five weeks…

ABC of Dog Training

How pooches learn? It is very important to understand how animals learn. The acronym used by behaviourists is A, B, C, which refers to Antecedent, Behaviour and Consequence. Antecedent is a command or cue. For example, you saying the word SIT is an ‘antecedent’ which is followed by the physical act of the dog sitting down, called the ‘behaviour’ and you giving a treat to your dog is a…

Home alone… DOs & Don’ts

All pet parents face the issue of leaving their pet alone at home – sometimes for a shorter duration and sometimes for a longer one. Here’s how to make home alone a pleasurable time for your pooch. Leaving your pet home alone leaves the pet parent with a series of ‘Oh-I-Am-Not-Comfortable-About’ pet peeves. One, being the emotional guilt of keeping the doggie alone with no one to give him company…

How to Correct canine chewing

Chewing is both natural and necessary. It is a very common occurrence during puppyhood and growing life stage of dogs. Puppies do not have hands to touch and feel to gain experience. Their main testing tool is their mouth. Puppies chew, bite and gnaw at any new thing to experience it. Chewing is quite normal for puppies. However, it turns out to be annoying when it comes to chewing on irrelevant…

Home alone… a trainer’s guide

Wish it was that easy to tell our pooches that all is well and we’ll be right back! Their depressed face and destructive ways make going away all the more difficult. Here’s how to deal with separation anxiety in dogs. One of the most common problems that pet parents complain of is that their dog is destructive when left alone. Their dog generally howls, digs, chews, barks, urinates, defecates or…

Brush up on training essentials!

A well-trained pooch is a delight to be with. Here are a few basic training tips to help you in achieving your goal. Socialisation: It is important but do not wait till your pup’s immunisation schedule is complete but begin once he settles down in your home by carrying him around to meet other people. Once his immunisation schedule is complete, take him for walks to different places to meet other…

Inspiring Tail Super Cop

Our canines never fail to amaze us; when we think we know them enough, they suddenly come up with a skill unheard before. Meet AKA, the fire ant tracker. AKA, the sniffer dog is just one of the weapons unleashed by the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) in its mission to eradicate fire ants. A first for Australia, this Labrador sniffer dog has been trained to…

Prevent Fireworks Fear

Any observant pet lover and pet parents would have seen their pets and strays alike, petrified and trembling, on hearing unfamiliar sounds like that of thunderstorms or fireworks during festivals, etc. It is a matter of concern and needs to be handled. Fear in dogs should be handled at early stages in a pup’s life… training can be given after the pup is about four months of age. Handling startling…

Dos and Don’ts for avoiding dog bites

We tend to forget that dogs do not communicate in the same way as humans. Training is the key to preventing dog bites. By that we mean that dogs, children and adults need to be trained in how to approach and communicate effectively. Humans make eye contact when communicating and make contact through an open handshake. Both of these behaviours may be seen as a threat to dogs. Sleeping dogs: Teach…

Sports for the pooch part-II

Sports channels, sports bars, sports quota… Sports are an integral part of our lives, so why should our furry friends be devoid of the fun and entertainment that come as a complimentary gift with any sport? In the last issue, we discussed a few dog sports like Flyball, Disc Dogs, Dock Jumping, Herding Trial and Lure Coursing... here are a few more. Dog sports are a great way to bond with your…

Being social!

More often, pooches are abandoned for behavioural issues, but it can be avoided…right at the puppy stage. Early socialisation is a key to social behaviour of an adult dog. Here’s how you can help your pooch to acquire a persona you can be proud of. Your new pup is home…you want him to grow up as a mature well-mannered pooch. Early socialisation is what reflects on the social behaviour of an…