Does Your Dog Hate Baths?

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Bath time can be a difficult affair for your pets. A slippery bath tub and a high-pressure faucet are all it takes for them to go yelping out of the bathroom. If your pet gives you a tough time whenever you try to give them a bath, then here are some helpful tips that you can use to make it less of a struggle.

How to make bath time fun/tolerable for your pet

If your pet’s bath time typically has you chasing your pet as he/she flees from the bathtub, then you need to change things. Make sure you do not chase your dog for starters. You pet will look at it as a game, if you chase your dog, and it does not take long for this to grow into a habit. You may want to secure your pet with a nylon dog collar, so he/she stays put during bath time.

Of course, if your pet has the basic commands and training mastered, it should be easier for you to control your pet, even without a leash or collar. You also do not want to make bath time a surprise event for your pet that will just make him/her more apprehensive. Make sure the word “bath” is a part of your dog’s vocabulary, so your dog knows what is going to follow every time you announce that it is bath time to your pet.

Do’s and don’ts

Make sure the water is lukewarm; too cold or too hot and your dog will leap out of the bathtub. It also helps if you have a mat on the tub floor, so your canine friend does not easily slip. Rather than turning on the faucet or sprinkler on your pet, take a washcloth to wash his face. If you have to use running water on the pet, make sure that his nose and eyes are held above the water at all times.

Do start out slow, if your dog is not accustomed to/ or fond of baths. If your pet is totally against baths, then you want to get them comfortable with the idea of a bath, gradually. Start by simply helping them into a bathtub without any water. Do not fill the tub with water entirely, in the first go. Start by adding water that is enough to get his/her feet wet, and then some more. See how your pet responds to the water as you gradually add increased amounts. It helps if you have treats in hand for your pet.

While some pet owners give their pets a bone to chew on or some treats, just so they are distracted or happy during the bath. Others like to reward their pets with treats if they behave well during bath time. You can choose from any of these rewarding mechanisms, depending on the intensity with which your pet is repulsed by bath time.


How to Stop Your Dog From Marking Territory

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Territorial marking is an instinctive behavior of dogs in the wild. Dogs mark the territory by urinating in certain spots that they consider to be theirs. They may mark their territory to show their dominance over the area or sexual availability. Let’s take a look at how you can curb the habit in your pet.

Pack hierarchy

To curb this basic instinct in your dog, you need to start with another one of their basic instincts, following pack hierarchy. When a dog is in a pack, only the pack leader marks a territory. The remaining dogs who fall lower in the hierarchy do not do the same. You can curb your dog’s territorial marking tendencies by clearly establishing the leader of the house. You want to use a calm yet authoritative tone to assert yourself as the leader. If you let your dog decide where he sleeps or do as he pleases in and around the house, then, it is evident to him that you are not the pack leader. Reassert yourself as the pack leader, and the territorial marking will naturally stop. One of the best ways to bring this habit to a stop is by catching your dog while he is marking the territory, and obedience training him.

New introductions

Often, dogs mark the territory when a new person or pet enters the household. It is their way of saying that this is their territory to the stranger. If the new occupant is a pet then they probably know what the act signifies, while if it is a person, they may find it a little unusual. Either way, you can prevent territorial marking in such situations through the right introductions. You want the new occupant and dog to be introduced beforehand, and allow them to bond with each other before they are in each other’s company inside the house.

Spaying/ neutering

Dogs may mark the house with their urine to express their sexual availability to other pets. Spaying or neutering can help control this instinct, and the hormonal changes that prompt the same. Of course, spaying or neutering may not always stop dogs from marking their territory, as there are other factors that affect this behavior as well. Re-marking the same territory is one such common behavior in dogs. You want to make sure that you clean the marked territory completely, preferably using an enzyme deodorizer, so all scents are eliminated from the area. Else your pet may find the need to remark the area again, if he/she catches a scent of it.

While you want to curb your dog’s tendency to mark the territory inside the house, you should let him go easy when it’s trees, shrubs or the mailbox outdoors.


Is Your Dog Playing Too Rough?

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Dogs usually socialize and develop new relationships through play fighting. These acts of socialization and roughhousing are similar to real fights, only they are playful and friendly in nature. These playful acts may take an aggressive turn sometimes, which may prove to be harmful to the other party, whether it’s another pet or one of the members at home.

Is your dog playing too rough?

Dogs have certain gestures and signals that they act out when they play fight. It’s their way of saying that it is not a real fight, and that they just want to play with you. They may do an over-exaggerated bounce or play-bow, wherein they lower the front of the body to the ground and raise their rear up. They show these play act gestures either before or after roughhousing to remind their partner that their acts should not be mistaken for acts of aggression.

Dogs do not intend to hurt or injure while play fighting. So when you do find them nipping, pawing, standing over or sitting on other pets, they will be gentle with it. You will also notice that they won’t be scared to let their guard down while fighting. Whether it is letting the partner win, letting the partner catch them in a chase or rolling over their backs, they will show what’s often called as self-handicapping acts. Rather than showing dominance or winning a fight, play fighting is about bonding for dogs, and you can see the same reflect in their actions.

How to discourage your dog from playing too rough?

If you notice your dog’s acts of playfulness to be more on the aggressive side, you want to discourage it right from the puppy stage. Now that you can tell play fighting from aggressive gestures, you want to put a stop to it when you see it. For instance, your dog might just be taking a friendly nip at another pet one moment, and this may escalate to aggressiveness and rough play before you know it. If you notice them baring their teeth or growling in a low pitch then you immediately want to stop the play-fight. You want to keep a close watch when your dog plays with smaller dogs or new acquaintances.

Dogs often pick up roughhousing acts from their owners. You want to stay off using dominance while playing with your pet, or they will follow suite. If your dog shows severe aggression toward pets and people, then you may want to consider spaying or neutering. This can help curb some of their aggressive impulses. Of course, if your dog has other serious behavior issues, then you want to get in touch with a vet.


Do Dogs Imitate People?

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If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then you will be glad to know that your dog is all praises of you. Yes, it’s a fact. How else could you explain how dogs from different regions develop barks that are similar to the regional accent of their owners? Researchers found from a study that this is due to dog’s inherent tendency to imitate their owners. Indeed, all those centuries of domestication, training and evolution has caused dogs to imitate their owners, so much so that it is a natural reaction in most pets. Let us take a look at how researchers arrived at these findings and what makes dogs imitate their owners in the first place.

Research findings reveal that dogs imitate people

There have been numerous researches that point toward the same findings- dogs imitate their owners. Previously, researchers found that dogs tend to yawn if they watch their humans do the same.
In one research study, dogs were made to watch as their owners opened a sliding door with the help of their head or hand. The researchers then divided the dogs into two groups- while one of the group was rewarded food as treats for copying the actions of their owner, the other was rewarded for doing otherwise. What researchers noticed was that the dogs consistently imitated their owners, regardless of whether or not they received rewards, confirming the assumption that dogs do tend to imitate their owners.

Another research carried out a similar experiment, only bringing time in as one of the parameters to see how long before the dogs were able to remember people’s actions and imitate it afterward. What researchers found was that the canines could copy the behavior of their owners within a 10 minute span of it being carried out by them.

Why do dogs imitate their owners?

You probably already know that dogs are pack animals and this pretty much explains why they have a tendency to imitate humans. Being pack animals, dogs do not just look up to their owners as leaders, but also try to fit in with the pack. Much like humans, they find imitation to be the best way to fit into a group, which is why they closely watch humans to pick up their actions and imitate.

Of course, the imitation skills of dogs cannot be deemed as useless. These research findings can be used to your benefit while you train your pet. Say, you want to teach your pet to shake hands, then simply extend your hand and show how it is done, so your dog can observe and follow suite. A positive reinforcement in the form of a treat also helps, we’ve heard.


Put a Stop to Your Dog’s Excessive Barking

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Barking is a form of vocalization that dogs use to greet people (excited bark), assert their territory, express fear, seek attention, or because they are plain bored. While barking alone is not a problem, excessive barking certainly is. Let’s take a look at how you can curb excessive barking in your pet.

What is causing your dog to bark excessively?

Does your dog bark excessively every time you leave the house? If this is accompanied by destructive behavior, inappropriate elimination or repetitive pacing, then your dog may have separation anxiety. Lack of exercise and stimulation may be another reason that may be causing your dog to bark excessively. When your dog barks compulsively it feels a rush of adrenaline, which may cause it to continue with the habit. If left as is, it may even cause your dog to behave aggressively. Being pack animals, dogs look up to their owners (leaders) to take care of their needs. Whether it is a lack of discipline or exercise, barking is how dogs tell you that something is amiss.

Excessive barking could also be as a result of medical conditions, or injuries. Senior with canine senility may show excessive barking. Visit your local vet if you think your dog may be showing excessive barking due to an underlying condition.

Do’s and dont’s

Don’t pick up your dog when he barks excessively, as they will associate it with a positive response. It’s as good as telling your dog that they will receive attention/affection every time they bark excessively. Do not yell or respond frustratedly when you hear your dog bark excessively. Shouting back will only have them believe that you would like to join the barking efforts. Use a calm voice, a gesture or a look to tell your dog to stay quiet. Your dog may momentarily stop and then go back to the habit, but stay patient and tell your dog to be quiet without losing your calm.

If your dog has a tendency to bark compulsively when you return or leave home, then it is probably because you make such a big deal of these situations, as dogs do not inherently behave this way. Do you think that pack animals greet each other with excited barks each time? A couple of tail wags and sniff arounds is all they use to greet each other. So the next time you leave or get back home, do not make a big deal of it. You do not want your dog to wait with excitement for you to return, and for the excitement to turn into boredom, leading to excessive barking. Get your pet a few toys so they learn to keep themselves busy and learn to be home alone.

A little bit of physical and mental exercise can go a long way in controlling excessive barking in your pet. Often, dog’s use excessive barking as a means to spend pent-up energy. Evaluate your dog’s exercise routine, and see if you can include obedience or agility training methods to keep him stimulated.


Dog Training Tips: What Not to Do


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You may think that you’re doing things right with your dog’s training, but your dog’s reactions and performance say otherwise. It’s likely that there is a gap between what you’re trying to achieve and the signals that your canine is reading. Here are some don’ts that you want to avoid while training.

Too many treats

Treats are no doubt an important part of the training drill, but give your pet too many treats and you will be shifting the focus off the desired action or behavior and onto the treats instead. The result is that the dog develops a fixation toward the treat rather than picking up the behavior. Use treats sparingly, and preferably in the initial days when you are training your pet. You can also use it from time to time when you are reinforcing or sharpening the behavior. Otherwise, you want to gradually swap treats with a positive response and praise, as your pet masters the behavior or skill. Your dog will automatically try harder while training when you respond positively to the progress.

Be authoritative and calm

Dogs can easily smell fear and lack of confidence, and it takes small absent-minded cues for them to decide who’s the boss. It could even be something as simple as your dog barking at you while you’re eating at the table. If you respond to the bark by handing some food, then you’ve automatically handed the reigns of authority to your dog, as you’re taking commands from your dog now. They do not bark at their pack leaders while they’re eating, and if they’re barking at you, then you need to calmly turn this habit around. Notice how we said calmly; yes, being calm is extremely important during these training and disciplining sessions. Too many energetic screams and squeals, anger or force, and your dog will get intimidated. They won’t be able to channel their energy to focus. A calm indifferent attitude with an authoritative tone will calm your pet, and they will be ready to listen to you.
Inconsistent responses and techniques

Dogs look for consistency in their trainers. If you respond differently each time, then he/she will not be able to predict your reactions, due to which they may continue a stubborn habit that you are trying to break. So if you are setting down rules for your dog, make sure you are consistent when you are implementing them or telling your dog to not do otherwise. For instance, if you are correcting your dog when it chews on shoes or other objects, then you want to do it consistently. You do not want to let them go easy on some days, just because, as this will break their trust in the trainer. Same goes with training techniques, consistency is key. You cannot show a certain level of patience one day, and a different level the next, then it will leave your dog confused.


Tips on Lengthening the Life of Pets

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Saying goodbye to pets is one of the most difficult things you can do, as any pet owner will tell you. The average life span of cats is 10 to 14 years, while it is about 10 to 12 years for dogs. Extending the lifespan of your pets by a few years or even months for that matter, can make a huge difference, as it is time well spent. Let’s take a look at some ways you can do that.


A healthy and wholesome diet will keep all the vital organs and systems of your pet in good functioning order. Be sure that your pet has a nutrient-rich diet, even if you have to give it supplements, so the pet’s immune system, bones, muscles, joints and mental health is in top form. Most pet owners are guilty of feeding their pets table scraps and calorie-high treats, and think that it is harmless, but the truth is far from that. Pets that are obese run at a risk of developing joint conditions, cardiac issues and diabetes, which can cut down their life expectancy.


Exercise is indispensable for your pet, and it can help keep obesity at bay, which is otherwise known to be one of the main causes for pet health problems. Make sure your pet gets its daily dose of exercise, which again, depends on the breed. Ideally, your pet should get at least an hour’s exercise every day. Do what it takes, whether it is walking your pet or leaving small portions of food in different places, so he gets some well-deserved exercise. You can make sure that your pet is mentally sharp by giving him toys that keeps his brain ticking.


Do you let your pet roam around in the neighborhood unsupervised? It is not a good idea as your pet may be exposed to a number of factors such as contagious diseases, toxic substances, traffic, and wild preying animals while it is out on its own. Of course, we are not asking you to lock him/her down in your house. Just make sure that you are around him/her when he/she wants to go outdoors, so you can keep a watch and keep him/her safe.

Vet visits

Do you take your pet to the vet only when he/she is ill or needs his routine shots? Your pet needs more frequent vet visits. Taking your pet to the veterinarian for routine exams from time to time can help identify health problems even before they escalate. Taking preventative measures after an early diagnosis can help contain and treat the condition before it gets out of hand, in turn help add more lives to your pet’s life.


Dogs Who Don’t Realize How Big They Are

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Big dogs are just as loving and adorable as their little canine friends, and of course, if you own one then you already know- big dogs mean bigger hugs! Let’s take a look at these huge canines who do not seem to realize how adorably big they are!

  1. When you think it’s time to get up but your Saint Bernard says otherwise.


    We have seen gifs of dog owners being woken up by their adorable pets in the past, but this Saint Bernard likes to do things the other way round, and who are we to complain? Well there is not much that you can do when he puts his big paw down like that! Right back to bed it is. We’re sure that the boss will understand! How can anyone say no to that?

  2. Being big boned has its perks can troll smaller dogs!


    Oh nothing’s wrong with getting a good tail slap or two. I got a good deal of tail slaps in my day, and look at how fine I turned out, he woofs. He’s got a point.

  3. Mommy, I can’t move, this guy has got me in a super hug(e) lockdown!


    We get the feeling that this baby is loving being smothered by the big hugs! Don’t fall for those innocent puppy eyes that he is trying to make, you know where he picked that up from.

  4. These guys are the classic dog- cat duo.. the dog tried extending the olive branch but clearly the cat was on a different page!


    This Great Dane was just trying to get friendly with the cat. Of course, things did not turn out as he suspected it would. Nothing wrong with playful fights!

  5. Don’t you just hate it when you leave your seat to go grab some food, and come back to find it all shrunk? Well, you aren’t the only one!


    Okay, which one of you decided to throw my lovely seat in the laundry basket again? It’s shrunk. Oh well, fine. Looks like I will have to make do with this.

  6. Down the slide we go..Wheeeee!!


    We are pretty sure that this is not what pet experts meant when they said play and spend time with your dog. Seriously, it’s not even his fault, you should have seen that coming. The next time, take turns may be?

    Do you have a big canine at home? Tell us what fun antics he gets into because he does not realize how big he is in the comments section below.


Essential Facts That Dog Lovers Must Always Remember

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They mean the world to you, and you, to them. Here are four facts that every dog lover or owner should know.

  1. Dogs just want to see you happy1
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    Dogs have an inherent need to please humans. There have been numerous studies conducted in the past that have shown that dogs bond with humans in the same way babies do with parents; you know how much care and attention babies need. Make sure you spend some quality time with your dog, whether it is teaching them tricks or playing with them, and they will be all happy, and even more so when they see that you’re happy. Dogs also find the need to comfort people, and it’s not just their owners or humans that they know, but random strangers too! If a dog finds that a human is in distress, chances are that it will walk up to them and offer some comfort or reassurance.

  2. Dogs may show behavioral changes when they are injured or ill2
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    If you notice your dog acting differently than usual, whether it is with their responses, eating habits or others, chances are your dog is injured or ill. Make sure you watch out for these signs, as your dog cannot be vocal about it, and it is for you to observe and make sure that your dog is fine.

  3. Dogs do not like to be left by themselves3
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    The social animals that they are, dogs rely heavily on animals and people. Left alone, they start feeling lonely and may even experience cases of separation anxiety. There have been surveys that show that dogs left on their own by owners with busy lives have a tendency to develop stress and depression. One in every four dogs suffer from depression, and may resort to self-harming tendencies due to the same. Other signs that your dog may show due to the discomfort caused from being left alone includes howling or barking for a long period of time. If your lifestyle demands you to spend a lengthy period of time away from your pet, then make sure you help them get accustomed to it by gradually increasing the time that you spend away from them.

  4. Always loved, will never be forgotten4
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    Dogs have a relatively short lifespan when compared to humans. Depending on the breed, your furry friend may live for only ten to twenty years. Smaller canine breeds usually live for more number of years than larger canine breeds. Make sure that you spend all the time that you can with your pet, so you make the best of the time that you have together.


The 11 Biggest Dog Fails of 2015

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2015 was a good year for most of us, but these dogs did not have it all that easy. They had their fair share of fail moments. We believe that this is their way of trying to outdo cats for all that attention that they have been receiving online. Either way, here goes the 11 biggest dog fails from the year that was!

  1. Am I getting too fat for this?
    Alright, easy does it. Maybe, if I crouch I can get through this. Nope. Those dog treats are making me fat, I knew it!

Maybe open the door for the poor guy?

2.Nap time friends
Time to hit the snooze button
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Isn’t it great when you know you have a shoulder to rest on, when you’re going through a tough phase or when you’re just plain sleepy. Well, make sure your nap time pet doesn’t slyly shift away as you dose off.

3.So some dogs need to work on their catching skills
I don’t like this new food that you’ve bought, why is it attacking me? Next time, we just use the food bowl okay?
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Because some dogs just forget to dog.

4…And some, need some more training
Alright, let’s do this. Why you have to go and trip and fall like that!
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Although, she fell first, and he managed to at least land right!

5.Guess who’s on a roll?
Mom, what am I doing wrong?
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Jump, roll, back onto the floor. This pudgy little ball of fur nearly got there, but in the end, the roll had the last say. Well we’re just glad there’s soft carpet on the floors, so this little guy gets to try out all his antics safely.

6.This one will eat right out of the jar if he has to
Why is everyone staring at me? Maybe if I turn away they’ll stop looking.
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Smaller jar heads would help!

7.If you flip, I flip
Why didn’t anyone tell me that it was alive?
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And that’s why you don’t go sniffing around when something smells fishy!

8.One moment you’re in the pool, the next moment the pool is all over you
That escalated quickly
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Too many dog and pool accidents for us to believe it’s ever safe to let pets around pools by themselves.

9.Round and round and round and round we go!
Feels like I’m going in circles.
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We wonder how long it took before he stopped.

10.Too cool to catch
What d’ya say man?
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Swag dawgs don’t need no treats.

11.Bouncing ball + running dog = Ninja Cat Mode
Let me go fetch that!
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Maybe use the usual fetch ball the next time!

Hope you enjoyed our list!