Arlene Patrick of Corona can’t get her dog to sit on the first command, let alone stay there. “Maui will sit very anxiously until she gets her treat. She practically bites my fingers off for the treat and then stands there waiting for more. She sits like she has ants in her pants, so as you can imagine, “stay” or “wait” is a concept she does not care to understand.”
Friday, February 24, 2012
Does your dog sit the moment you give the command? If you struggle with this or any other command, and hardly ever get a rapid response, you are not alone. Thousands of homes deal with this same problem of an inconsistent response to a command.
Learning (or re-learning) Sit
1. Hold a reward in your hand and place it near your dog’s nose to let her know you have a treat.
4. Release the dog from the sit position with a word of your choice, such as “release”, “go play”, or “carry on”. Again, it’s not about the word you use, it’s about using the same word each time.
5. For stubborn dogs, repeat steps 1 – 4 a few more times until your dog becomes familiar with the idea of sitting on command and you no longer need to apply pressure to her back end.
6. Clearly say your dog’s name and the “sit” command when you hold out your reward. (Example: treat in hand just above the dog’s nose, “Maui, Sit”.)
7. Repeat steps 3 – 4.
Mastering the Command:
Once your pup has the “sit” command down, switch things up by:
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
“Because Gordo won’t ever listen I usually end up screaming at him but it still doesn’t do anything,” says Somone Hicks of Riverside, “He just looks at me and I have to go get him if I want him to come.” Somone’s 5-year-old bulldog, Gordo, has been ignoring her commands for years. She let him get away with unacceptable behavior when he was a puppy and she has been paying the price for it ever since.
The sad truth is, unless you catch your dog in the act of misbehaving, scolding does nothing to correct the bad behavior or keep it from happening again. So while you may want to scream at your dog, if you have to call him over to scold him then it’s probably too late.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Who is your Valentine this year? Is it your dog? According to WikiAnswers, about 3% of pet owners buy a Valentine’s Day gift for their pet. Three percent seems a little low but the numbers are increasing as more owners celebrate the unconditional love that their pet gives them all year long. But what should you get to show your love and appreciation for man’s best friend? In the human world we give chocolates and roses or cute little cards and candies. But since dogs can’t enjoy those types of things, what do you give a dog? Why not treat your pup to something sweet. (Well, not actually sweet).
While we all know (or should know) that you can’t give a dog human sweets (especially chocolate), we may not know that there are dog bakeries that bake goodies for dogs. What’s the difference in a human cookie and a dog cookie you may ask? Well first, dog treats should always be made with whole-wheat flour or rice flour instead of all-purpose flour. Secondly, there should be no sugar in dog treats. Cake frostings and cookie dip should be made from other ingredients like organic peanut butter, cream cheese, meringue powder, cottage cheese, yogurt, or Carob (a chocolate substitute). Lastly, dog treats should be made with all natural ingredients without preservatives or ingredients that you can’t pronounce. And just because it is called a treat doesn’t mean it has to be unhealthy. The more organic the treat, the better it is for your dog.
Bake a special treat for your pup this Valentine’s Day…..
¼ Cup applesauce
½ Cup beef or chicken broth
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon molasses
¼ Cup oil
2 ¼ Cups whole-wheat flour
2 Cups carob chips
1. Preheat oven to 300˚F
2. In a large bowl, combine the egg, applesauce, broth, honey, molasses, and oil. Gradually stir in flour.
3. Dough should be stiff, add flour or water to adjust.
4. On a well-floured surface, roll out dough into ¼ inch thickness.
5. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to make shapes from the dough.
6. Place on lightly greased cookie sheets and bake for 30 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown.
7. Melt carob chips in microwave or double boiler.
8. Dip half of the heart into the melted carob.
9. Place cookies on waxed paper and let stand until carob is set.
Jackboy’s Dog Bakery in Corona, Norco, Studio City, Anaheim, Yorba Linda, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Corona Del Mar, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Temecula, Wildomar, Lemoore, Rancho Cuchamonga, Upland, Alta Loma, Redlands, and Yucaipa.
Three Dog Bakery in Lake Arrowhead, Newport Beach, San Clemente, Los Angeles, Old Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, and Del Mar.
Sophie’s Dog Shop and Barkery in Fullerton
Le Woof Dog Bakery & Boutique located at 18306 Imperial Highway in Yorba Linda.
*Remember, dogs should never eat as many cookies or as much cake as humans do. Just one or two bites make an exciting treat for your dog without causing a tummy ache later. Bone Appétit!
Friday, February 10, 2012
Did you know a 20 lb. pug is equivalent to a 161 lb. 5’4” woman or 188 lb. 5’9” man? That is 11% overweight for a pug. We already talked about the statistics in Pet Obesity: Noticing the Epidemic and we know that an estimated 54% of U.S. cats and dogs are overweight or obese. If you were part of the 22% of dog owners in denial about your dog’s weight, hopefully you have come to the realization that a change must be made or your dog will most likely pay the price. Overeating, eating unhealthy foods, and not exercising is a deadly combination; so let’s make a change.
Problem: Overeating. Some dogs would eat a whole bag of dog food if you let them. They inhale their kibble and then look at you like, “is that all?” In cases like this, free feeding (filling the bowl and letting your dog eat when he wants) does not work. You need to measure out the appropriate amount of food stated on the dog food bag or as instructed by your veterinarian.
The number two culprit to weight gain is fatty wet food. Portions of wet food should be monitored closely. Just a few extra scoops here or there can easily add 10 extra pounds to any dog. However, while wet food can help pack on the pounds, an excess of treats is the number one problem in most overweight cases. A treat after breakfast, a treat for lunch, a treat before dinner, and then a treat for dessert. Believe it or not, your dog can go a lot longer without eating than you can. Depending on his activity level, he doesn’t need more than two meals a day, let alone snacks in between.
B & E Feed located at 1004 6th St. in Norco- (951)371-4000
Pet Supply Warehouse located at 5729 E La Palma Ave. in Anaheim Hills- (714)777-9970
Anaheim Feed & Pet Supply located at 1730 N Lemon St. in Anaheim- (714)992-2012
Problem: Lack of exercise. Most dogs were born and bred to work but today’s society doesn’t need them to work like they once did. Despite these societal changes, dog’s still need exercise and it means more in a dog’s life than just avoiding weight gain. Exercise:
· Strengthens the immune system
· Increases blood circulation
· Reduces the risk of heart disease and other illnesses
· Reduces or eliminates digestive problems
· Reduces susceptibility to urinary infections
· Reduces stress and the likelihood of depression
· Keeps dog from becoming obese which could result in depression and/or diabetes
· Reduces the chance of arthritis in senior years
· Reduces boredom and therefore bad behavior such as chewing, digging, and excessive barking
· Helps to build confidence
· Reduces anxiety which may cause a dog to become aggressive or territorial
· Calms hyperactive dogs
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Did you know a 13 lb. miniature Dachshund is equivalent to a 189 lb. 5’4” woman or 220 lb. 5’9” man? Did you know a 90 lb. female Labrador is equivalent to a 186 lb. 5’4” woman or 217 lb. 5’9” man? In other words, each dog is 30% overweight. With an estimated 68% of U.S. adults being overweight or obese, it’s no wonder that an estimated 54% of U.S. cats and dogs are overweight or obese as well. Overeating, eating unhealthy foods, and not exercising is a deadly combination and our bad habits are being passed along to our pets.
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) conducted their yearly survey for pet obesity in 2011, only to find the results were worse than 2010. The sad truth about the pet obesity epidemic (as it’s being called) is that an increased number of pet owners aren’t even aware that their pet is overweight. APOP founder, Dr. Ernie Ward says, “22 percent of dog owners and 15 percent of cat owners characterized their pet as normal weight when it was actually overweight or obese. This is what I refer to as the “fat pet gap” or the normalization of obesity by pet parents. In simplest terms, we’ve made fat pets the new normal.” This report, released on Monday, February 6th, also stated that “those at least 30 percent above normal weight or a body condition score (BCS) of 5, continues to grow despite 93.4 percent of surveyed pet owners identifying pet obesity as a problem.” In other words, pet obesity continues to rise despite the realization that it poses major health risks.
Some of the common weight-related conditions in dogs and cats include:
· Type 2 diabetes
· High blood pressure
· Breathing problems
· Kidney disease
· Shortened life expectancy
Orthopedic surgeon, APOP Board member and Director of Clinical Research at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Steve Budsberg, says, “As an orthopedic surgeon I see, on a daily basis, the effects of obesity on dogs and cats with osteoarthritis. It is very frustrating to see how much pain and discomfort excess weight has on my patients. Veterinarians and owners have the ability to stop obesity in our pets. No animal goes to the refrigerator or the pantry and helps themselves.”
As Dr. Budsberg points out, we have no one to blame but ourselves. There are no overweight dogs in the wild. If we don’t learn to change our habits we continue to hurt the ones who depend on us to take care of them.
If you are in denial or just curious about your pets weight, check out the APOP website for the Pet Weight Translator and put your pup’s weight into perspective. Fill in your height, your dog’s actual weight and your dog’s ideal weight. The translator will first show your maximum weight for your height and then translate your dog’s weight (actual vs. ideal) by comparing it to your maximum weight. The website also offers tools to help pet owners get their dog back on track with their weight. Take the challenge and make a difference in your dog’s life.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Are you planning to watch the big game with your dog this Sunday? What are your plans for this year’s Super Bowl?
“I’m going to watch the game at home, so yes, my dog will be there.” – Dane Chapman of Corona, on watching the Super Bowl with his dog, Stinky.
“I’m going to watch the game at a friend’s house and my dogs are coming with me. If the game starts to suck we can always entertain ourselves watching the dogs.” – Erin Finch of Corona, on watching the Super Bowl with her dogs, Maui and Kona.
“I’m going to watch the game at home with my dog, but we only watch for the commercials.” – Sarah Beck of Riverside, on watching the Super Bowl with her dog, Diesel.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Have you ever baked a cake that came out lumpy or didn’t rise like it was supposed to, or just came out tasting awful? Any baker can tell you when baking a cake it is very important to get all of your ingredients portioned correctly. The miscalculation or absence of just one ingredient can make a perfect cake go terribly wrong. You don’t have to be a baker or Einstein to realize that too much of anything is never good. So why do we often forget that with our dogs?
Riverside resident Carmen Gutierrez shares her experience with her Chihuahua who has become possessive of her in the two years they have had her. “Bella, my baby, was a rescue. She was so tiny and scared when we brought her home we just wanted her to feel safe and loved. Now she has to be with me 24/7 and she doesn’t really like anyone else around me. I know I’ve spoiled her but I can’t help it. She’s so fragile.”
As Cesar Millan would tell you, the ingredients for a well-balanced dog consists of 1 part exercise, 1 part discipline, and 1 part affection – in that order. That is a pretty simple formula. But why is it that when we bring a pup home, the first thing we give is an overabundance of affection? This tends to give us a lumpy cake (an unbalanced dog). With the New Year underway and the recent symbolic fresh start exercise (covered in Back to the Very Basics part 3), this is the time to quit that bad habit and start over, with good habits.
Second, Discipline. This is where training comes into play. Just like children, dogs need boundaries and limitations. If you let your dog make the rules or break your rules then all training goes out the window. Starting over means it’s time to practice and master the base commands for all training. Come, Sit, Stay. Those 3 basic commands set the foundation for all other obedience, and if your foundation is weak then you will never have consistent obedience. It’s also important to remember that training is an ongoing thing. It’s something you should work on every day and continue working on, even after your dog has mastered the command.
Remember, it takes 21 consecutive days to form a new habit. If you really want to see a change in your life and a change in your dog’s behavior, give yourself a true chance by working on these new challenges until you accomplish your goals. Training can be very frustrating at times but it gets easier as you work on it. The hardest part is starting.