Puppies are adorable and lovable when you first bring them into your home. They listen, study, and follow you wherever you go. They listen to your instructions and often pick up on training surprisingly well. Then things change. That young pup you brought home suddenly decides they are going to do what they want.

Basically, your pup has become a teenager. This normally happens when a pup reaches their six month old mark, and will carry on until around eighteen months to two years, depending on breed. Unbeknownst to many owners, this is a naturally rebellious period in their lifetime, but is commonly misdiagnosed as a behavioral problem, such as tearing things up and not listening to you (sound familiar?).

Attitude adjustment

What every owner needs to know (especially if it’s your first time raising a puppy) is that this isn’t just a phase they’re going through. Sure, they will eventually outgrow it, but what they learn during that time period will affect their behavior for the rest of their doggy lives.

During this time of your dog’s life, they will test you – and all others in their family, at every turn. Everything they will do is a test of your authority. If they feel they can get away with doing something like nibbling or ignoring, it will be a habit almost impossible to break later on in life.

Be persistent in your training

One effective strategy you can do with a rebel pup is not to let them have their way. They will test your boundaries, such as grab a snack from unsuspecting hands or go over to the neighbor’s yard when they know they’re not supposed to. They’ll even test you when you’re not present, like open up the cabinets and looking for their treats while you’re at work.

This brings us to consistency. If you enforce your training or commands only some of the time, then your pup will begin to realize they only need to listen some of the time. For their safety and that of others, it’s essential that they listen to you every time.

Take for instance, the simple act of calling them over to you. Your pup looks up but they don’t come. In fact, they decide to go right back to playing with their fluffy octopus toy. In this situation, it’s easy to simply let it slide because they’re obviously enjoying some time to themselves. But during their rebellious age, that simple act can assure them that they only have to listen to you when they think it’s favorable for them.

Being stubborn 

This dog characteristic could basically be summed up as stubbornness. To deal with this means that you have to be more stubborn than they are.

Now this doesn’t mean you have to drag them around or play rough when they aren’t listening. It means that you have to display that you are the one with the authority. Rather than letting your pup play and ignore you when you’re calling them to come inside, it’s time to go get them and bring them inside.

To help increase their reactivity to you and your authority, obedience commands should be regularly practiced, even if it’s only for ten or fifteen minutes a day. Have them put the ball down because it’s not play-time – it’s time to listen. By doing this simple act, you let them know when it’s time to listen and when they are allowed to play and do what dogs do naturally – play.

Patience is a puppy parent’s virtue

Many owners get irritated during this time in a pup’s life. Perhaps it’s because they don’t know what’s going on or simply mistake it for behavior issues. It is a behavior situation, but it’s nothing you can’t work through, as many pet parents will tell you.

So never be discouraged that your pup doesn’t listen to you. They are listening, but they’re just testing you by rebelling a little. You have to be patient during this process. Indeed it can be extremely frustrating to deal with a “teenage” pup, but that is a part of being a pet-parent.

A well-trained companion is something that has to be worked at. Time must be invested, and patience must be practiced. But as long as you understand what it is that your dog is going through, and you have an idea of what they are thinking (go back to your own adolescent years), you can rest assured that your pup will grow into a well-mannered, highly trained, and extremely happy life-long companion.

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One of the most annoying problems a dog faces is the very tiny and dangerous tick. These nasty parasites love to feast on our healthy pups, and are renowned for infesting both humans and dogs alike. Although they may be tiny in size, they present a great danger to your dog’s health and comfort.

Aside from the natural annoyance and forcing your dog to scratch that one spot incessantly, ticks are dangerous mostly because they’re a host for bacteria and diseases, which are easily transferable to your dog. Such diseases include Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis.

Finding ticks

As your dog’s protector and companion, you need to be able to locate these nasty critters before they start causing harm. There are certain locations to beware of, such as tall grass and dog parks. After a visit to such locations you should always do a careful inspection of your dog’s body.

Keep in mind that ticks love to attach themselves to warm areas where blood is easily accessible. They are often found in skin folds which make perfect hiding places. Other, far more visible areas are behind and in the ears, and on their belly, often close to the groin.

What you’ll need to do is run your hands along their body (with and against the fur), searching for any lumps on the skin. In more sensitive areas, especially with long-haired dogs, you’ll need to part the hair to inspect closely.

Getting rid of ticks

When you do find a tick, you’re going to need to remove it as safely as possible. Don’t just pull it off with your fingers or try methods like the hot match, nail polish, or alcohol, since these can injure your dog. First of all, you’ll want to wear latex gloves, since the tick can turn and latch onto your skin after you remove it. Plus, it’s far more sanitary.

It is preferable to use tweezers, but your fingers will work as well. Just make sure you do not squeeze the tick, since it would inject bacteria and any diseases directly into the area, causing unnecessary infections. Then, slowly pull the tick directly away from the site. They will sometimes tug a small portion of your dog’s skin away with it, but is no cause for alarm. If the head doesn’t release, you can use tweezers to remove it, but it will naturally fall out without any complications. Afterwards, apply a disinfected cloth to the area to stop bleeding and then clean the area with water and a little soap.

It’s generally a good idea to keep the tick’s body in a sealed container in case any signs of ailment do affect your dog, especially if you live in an area renowned for tick infestation. Your vet can use the tick to more accurately diagnose your dog’s condition to ensure the swiftest and best treatment possible. Watch the spot for several days after, to see if there’s any sign of infection or other issues.

Prevention is the best solution

As with most medical situations, prevention is the key to keeping your dog safe and healthy. The best thing you can do is keep your yard clean (doggy droppings hanging around are breeding grounds for fleas and ticks) and regularly mow your lawn. The harder you make it for the ticks to get to your dog, the safer your pup will be.

It’s also a good idea to wash your dog regularly with a tick and flea shampoo. Tick and flea collars are recommended, just be sure that the manufacturer is trustworthy, and the same goes for topical repellants, which don’t always have the best results. There are numerous brands out there, but not all of them are healthy solutions for your dog.

Some natural remedies are often appreciated, though it’s always best to consult with your veterinarian to make sure your dog won’t have allergic reactions to them. While some remedies, such as lemon juice and water are the common ones, one healthy remedy is Brewer’s yeast. It naturally detours ticks from latching on for a snack, and is great for your dog’s skin and coat health. It even works for humans too.

Ticks can hop a ride on your dog in some of the most unexpected places. You might be visiting some friends, or even walking along in the park. Just be sure that you regularly check your dog for ticks and other parasites, and take precautions that will detour those nasty parasites from ruining your dog’s health.

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Have you ever noticed your dog roughhousing with others? Do they growl and yip when you play tug-o-war? What about other dogs? Perhaps they’re a little verbal when they can’t catch up with their new friends? Or they go at it with other dogs, rolling and wrestling with them at every opportunity.

The fact is that some dogs are naturally more verbal and play a little rougher than the rest. But, on the other hand, there are dogs that are shy about their play habits, which do raise a little concern for dog owners.

Dog roughhousing 

Basically, your dog is just out to have fun. In most cases, they’re just playing, like players do in physically intensive games. They shout and play rough too. Dogs are naturally the same way and enjoy a good time. Even when playing with your dog, you might hear a little growling and grunting, especially when they bring you their ball and want to play keep away instead of fetch, growling when you try to take it away. Your dog is simply excited, and in most cases will settle right down upon command.

When should it concern you?

However, there are still dangers to this situation. Because not all dogs like to play rough, you and your roughhousing companion will eventually encounter others that don’t like the way your pup plays. When dogs start yelping, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re hurt, but it does mean they don’t like the way your dog is playing. There are even owners that won’t want their dog to partake in the activities, which is something you should consider out of respect.

As a result, not every dog is going to want to play with yours, even if your dog wants to play with them. And there’s no reason to put yours or anyone else’s dog in that type of situation. Unfortunately, this often means you’ll have to work out safe visits to the dog park or other open play areas, where other dogs will get along with their play styles.

But, the real problem with this is that other dogs may have aggression issues. You can’t presume to know the intentions of every dog, and it can be difficult to stop aggression once it begins. And in the case of a roughhousing dog, a playful “gruff” may result in a responsive aggressive attack by another dog, which is never a good thing.

Take precautions

Initially, the best precaution is quality training. It’s understandable that in a play-situation such as a dog park with countless distractions, it can be difficult to maintain verbal control over your dog. However, it’s something you should consistently work towards. If your dog is of the roughhousing nature, introduce them into the crowd while still on their leash. At this time, it’s good to practice simple commands, such as sit and stay before they can be allowed off their leash. This helps give you control of the situation, especially if there are other dogs at the area that don’t want to play as rough as yours.

You’ll be able to spot them out and help navigate your dog away from them; instead of seeking a compatible friend they can play with.

While in a play arena, especially a dog park, always keep an eye on your dog and watch for other dogs approaching your spot. Does your dog know them? Are they familiar? New dogs introduced into the crowd may not enjoy your dog’s roughhousing, so be aware of any new pups.

It’s also recommended that you keep a chest harness on your dog, which allows you to get them out of sticky situations in a hurry without having to struggle to get their collar. The harness will give you a good hold on your dog without injuring them (the choking action while pulling on a collar) and it’s much easier to pick them up, depending on how small they are and how much weight you can lift.

All dogs like to play to some degree, but not all of them want to play rough with others. With a few precautions and proper handling, both you and your dog can find the right friends to play with on a level that’s enjoyable and safe for them.

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By Mike Hickmon

If you have a new puppy or perhaps an older dog, you will know just how difficult it can be to keep their toilet habits in check. This is why it is important to implement dog housebreaking into your home; your dog should have a proper place to go to the toilet. If you have an older dog that is perhaps having accidents around the house, then this is easy to solve.

One way you can solve the problem with dog housebreaking is to place incontinence pants onto your dog. This might sound like a silly idea, but if you have an old dog then sometimes they may dribble around the house without you knowing about it. This can be smelly and a pain to clean up all the time, so by popping a pair of these pants onto your dog while they are relaxing in the house, both you and your pet can relax. Just make sure you remove the pants before you take the dog for a walk!

Another way to implement dog housebreaking when it comes to older dogs is to invest in a training mat which you might use for puppies. This will act as a kind of over large litter tray for your old friend. This way your dog will have somewhere suitable to do his business, without having to leave the house and make you angry by peeing on the carpet.

All you have to do is to introduce your dog slowly to the mat and use plenty of praise and encouragement. If you see your dog using the training mat, then make sure you treat him with a biscuit and tell him what a good boy he is. This will make him want to use the mat again and again.

Dog housebreaking can be a tricky business when it comes to older dogs, but there is advice out there which you can get. This advice can come from your vet who will be able to tell you some good methods to housebreak your dog again, your local pet store might also be able to help you and the internet is a great place to get advice on dog housebreaking. You can even purchase for a few dollars, downloadable information guides on potty training puppies and older dogs and this kind of guide is invaluable if you want to successfully train your dog.

If you would like more details on dog housebreaking, then please go to Doggy-Whisperer.com. This site covers everything having to do with puppy potty training, with more articles, tips, and testimonials for all your dog housebreaking needs.

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When training your puppy, it’s important to give your pup a sense of security and direction. Setting aside a specific area for your dog to do his business will not only make potty training easier, but also faster than if you had tried to use multiple potty places.

To set aside an appropriate place for elimination, take a look at your home. Do you have enough space to accommodate your puppy indoors and outdoors? What areas can you use according to your neighborhood guidelines? Do you have a yard that’s fenced in or is safe for your puppy to use? All of these questions are things you must ask yourself when potty training your pup.

For indoor security during colder months or for spaces that lack porches, consider paper training as a safe bet. Set aside a specific area in your home with newspaper and instruct your dog to do his business. If you happen to have a bit more space or if you have porch access, you can always try the Porch Potty as an option. This compact potty training area is easy, convenient and perfect for your puppy.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember. After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again. Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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Here’s why dog owners should not make their dogs wait.

Everyone has to go potty. But not every potty area is convenient, especially for a dog. Most owners have to take their dog outside to potty, whether it’s out in the yard or out for walks. Regardless of where, the question is always – when?

The body naturally wants to eliminate waste. But what happens when we don’t let it? What happens when we don’t permit our dog to regularly take care of their physical necessities? Not only is it harmful, but it’s just plain mean not to let your dog potty when they need to. Consider if you had to hold in your bowel movements for a long time. Wouldn’t you feel uncomfortable? Perhaps even in pain?

Every good dog owner understands the importance of letting their dog take care of nature’s call, but it’s just as important to understand why.

Age and size matters

Not all dog’s bodies are designed the same, and every dog has different habits. As for puppies, they should not be forced to hold their potty for any longer than two hours. It goes up an hour after their first birthday. For the most part, three hours is a good schedule of elimination for the average adult dog and eight hours is the maximum hold time. Senior dogs tend to have less bladder control as well, so be sure you address their timely needs.

Do keep in mind that if you have to go, it’s likely your dog has to go too. This is one of the best ways to gauge potty time for your dog because it acts as a regular reminder about what’s necessary.

Feeding and drinking schedules play a part in potty needs. If they eat, they will need to potty, usually within the hour. Dogs are creatures of habit and will regularly need, or at least want, to go out during specific times of the day.

Physics apply – namely larger dogs have a higher bladder capacity than smaller dogs. Small dogs, therefore, need to be provided potty opportunities more often.

The waiting one

As far as your dog is concerned, they show signs whenever they need to potty. Circling, pawing at the door, coming to get your attention are all signs. A dog relies on their owner to help them fulfill a happy day. Initially, a dog feels the need to urinate when their bladder is half-full. The body senses the swelling of the bladder and informs the dog that it’s ready to be relieved. A dog may start to show signs of needing to go before it is vital that they go. This is to give you adequate time to make arrangements to allow them to relieve themselves.

Remember that if they can’t eliminate in the proper area, they will do so wherever they feel most secure – such as behind furniture. This is mostly because they understand that what they’ve done isn’t according to the rules, but as far as their body is concerned, they needed to do what is only natural.

Obstruction of potty time

The important thing to know is that when a dog is forced to hold their potty for extended periods, it can cause physical damage to their body.

A dog that can’t potty will often avoid eating or drinking as well, resulting in dehydration and malnutrition. If your dog isn’t eating, it could be because they are sick, but it is often due to constipation. Rawhide bones have a tendency to build up in the intestines, causing blockages. If they can’t potty for long periods, it can result in an impacted colon, requiring laxatives or even surgery to remove and repair the damage.

The bladder is something completely different. A bladder infection, or cystitis, is an inflammation of the bladder due to bacterial or fungal infection. When your dog is forced to hold their urine for extended periods, it gives the urine time to build bacteria. Resulting infections can occur which will only cause your dog to need to potty more frequently until treated properly.

Give them an option if you can’t be there to provide the opportunity. If you spend long hours away from home, consider an indoor litter box so they can potty at their own leisure. This will help keep them from overwhelming their body or even secretly eliminating behind the couch.

Some dogs can hold it in for a long time, but that doesn’t mean that it’s okay for them to. Take care of your dog properly and make sure they stay happy and healthy.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember. After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again. Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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When you bring home a new puppy, you want to be sure that potty training is as fast, easy, and painless as possible. By keeping in mind these three essentials, you can be sure that your pup transitions into proper elimination without hassle or too much difficulty:

Crate

If used properly, their crate, or den, can become their favorite spot in the house and it helps control toileting because dogs will not use their crates as a bathroom. However, you have to pay attention to the size of your dog’s crate. Make sure it is large enough for your dog to stand, turn around, and lay down in comfortably but not so large that they can use a corner as a bathroom. Where you put the crate is equally as important. Dogs are very social and want to be part of the family activity. The crate should be in a bright area of the home where people are.

Diet

Your puppy’s diet is also very important in housebreaking your dog. A good premium food (no fillers, additives) will provide the nutrients your growing dog needs while ensuring their toileting isn’t compromised. Dry kibble is best, but you can use a little wet food every now and then. Be sure to feed your dog at the same time every day to control potty habits.

You

Be supportive, active, and encouraging with your pup. This is a new and exciting time for the both of you. Use potty training best practices and soon the transition will be over!

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When potty training your pup, it’s important to remember that accidents happen.

Much like a small child, your puppy is going to have accidents because of sheer biology. Within 15 to 20 minutes of taking in food or water, their bodies tend to want to eliminate. Sometimes they just can’t make it in time or they are still learning how to tell you when they need to go. Whatever the reason, it’s still important to remember that any new puppy is going to have accidents. However, it’s the way you deal with the accidents that’s so important.

If your pup does have an incident, quietly clean it up in a matter-of-fact way. Yelling or punishing the puppy for making an accident may not be the best policy, as it may result in negative behavior. Being supportive and understanding isn’t the right option always either, as it may reinforce that having an accident is “okay.” Instead, ignore your dog as you do it and walk away with patience. It’s going to take a little time.

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When training your puppy, it’s important to give your pup a sense of security and direction. Setting aside a specific area for your dog to do his business will not only make potty training easier, but also faster than if you had tried to use multiple potty places.

To set aside an appropriate place for elimination, take a look at your home. Do you have enough space to accommodate your puppy indoors and outdoors? What areas can you use according to your neighborhood guidelines? Do you have a yard that’s fenced in or is safe for your puppy to use? All of these questions are things you must ask yourself when potty training your pup.

For indoor security during colder months or for spaces that lack porches, consider paper training as a safe bet. Set aside a specific area in your home with newspaper and instruct your dog to do his business. If you happen to have a bit more space or if you have porch access, you can always try the Porch Potty as an option. This compact potty training area is easy, convenient and perfect for your puppy.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember. After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again. Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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Housebreaking your beloved canine companion means deciding when and where you want your dog to eliminate. Once you have determined the type of routine you want your pet to follow, the next step is to select the specific spot where you want your dog to do his business. Having a designated potty area will help make the toilet training process a whole lot easier!

Whenever your dog goes potty, chemicals within his waste are released. These chemicals are called pheromones and are what tell him to poop again when he goes back to his potty area. These chemicals are also what let other canines know that this particular spot has already been taken and so they will have to find another one.

Establishing a potty area is crucial to housebreaking your dog. Now what if he is having difficulty understanding where his potty area is and is constantly eliminating inside the house or in places where he isn’t supposed to go? What you can do is try feeding him where he is having these accidents. Generally, dogs are clean animals and will not dirty the place where they eat or sleep, so by feeding your pet in the accident areas, you can reduce the chances of your dog peeing or pooping again in those spots.

As much as you want your pet to be accident-free from day one, you have to understand that all dogs have accidents, so expect one every now and then at first. Housebreaking your canine friend is a process, not an instant solution. It’s more like running a marathon than running around your block once.

Keep in mind that positive reinforcement will always give you better results than any other training method. Punishment does not work because your dog will be unable to make the connection between his mess and the reason for your anger. In fact, getting mad at him will only lead him to become afraid of you.

I highly encourage you to practice patience and be positive. Your dog will pick up on your positive energy and this will keep him from resisting your training or getting frustrated.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember. After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again. Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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