Saturday, July 25, 2009

A Dog at a Laptop and Dog Training

Today I visited a website with my owner that had a picture of a dog sitting at a laptop...I guess the dog hasn't trained it's owner to do that work for him yet, and now my owner is getting ideas...anyway, we both thought it was a cute picture.

But while we were there, we DID see a lot of things that will help you with dog training.  I've told you before that because I'm a small dog, I tend to get away with things that bigger dogs don't, so training for me is different than it would be for, lets say, a big German Shephard or Labrador Retriever.  For example, if I jump up on my owners lap, or jump on someone who is visiting, sometimes they like it because I'm small and cute, so they don't need to train me to stay down.   If a German Shepard or other big dog did that, it would be very different.

Even though I think I'm perfect and don't need any training, my owner liked visiting and she thinks you will too, especially if you want to learn how to train your dog, whether it be big or small.  There were quite a few good articles and links there, so stop by and let us know what you think.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and come back soon!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

How Your Dog Talks to You

After being with my owners for over 10 years, they have learned to understand my language, and I understand theirs. You have to really love your dog to bother to understand them, I know many who have dogs that are just left outside all day, or left alone all day while owners are at work, that's not really having a relationship with your dog...maybe you don't agree, but I'm a dog, and I know I don't like being left alone all the time.

Kelly Marshall shares some nice tips on "What Dog Sounds Mean" that will help you understand your dog better:
When your dog softly whimpers that means: I’m hurt! I'm frightened. The average human is most likely to hear this at the vet, when a dog is suffering, or when an obedient dog is in a strange location that appears intimidating. This is really a mewing sound that young dogs make when they feel cold, hungry, or troubled.

Loud, long drawn out whining sounds mean: Please give me something . . . or I want something ... A puppy usually uses this sound when he’s waiting for his meal, or for the leash to be put on, or when they are trying to get his master s attention, etc.

When a dog sighs accompanied by a dog's lying down with his head on his forepaws, can have two meanings, depending on the context and his facial expressions. With his eyelids half open, this is a sign of enjoyment, which means I am happy and am going to relax. With eyes wide open, this is a sign of dissatisfaction when something expected has not transpired, this means: I quit!

When a dog is baying: This is the sound of hounds during a hunt. It is translated as Follow me this way! Let us attack him! or All together now!

When a dog yip howls this is really more of a yip yip yip howl, with the final howl quite drawn out. It basically means I am very lonely I feel deserted! or Where is everybody?

When a dog howls: I’m over here! This is my space! or I hear you out there! A confident dog will howl just to announce where he is. Howling also often happens in response to a yip howl from another canine. It has a more echoing sound to the human ear than does the yip howl, which is often called mournful.

When a dog moans: ar owl wowl wowl . . . over a short period of time. It is a sound of impulsive pleasure and excitement that means I am flabbergasted! or Let’s play! A dog usually moans when something he anticipates something exciting to happen.

When a dog is panting: Let us go now! This means he is very excited. [or if I can butt in here, I pant when I'm hot, or when I'm afraid and worn out from worrying.]

Pets can also learn vocalizations. For example, the bark that dogs often give to the command speak sounds are very different from an impulsive bark. The same can be said for the bark that police dogs are taught. Many dogs can be taught certain sounds for certain settings, from simple barks, moans, or play growls to more complicated sounds that may sound like yodels.

Other Dog Bytes:

To learn more about your hound and what it may be trying to tell you like what digging is all about right in the middle of the back yard, head to helpful resources on the web and locally. You can find plenty of free pet tips, for example, on pet websites – like those at Squidoo, MySpace and Hubpages under “dogs” searches in each place.

Or check with your local librarian to order a bookstack on the topic, available for pickup later on in the week for studying back at your home.

Author Resource:-> Article by Kelly Marshall from Oh My Dog Supplies - the top place to buy dog beds online

Monday, July 13, 2009

Dogs and Separation Anxiety

My owners have finally figured out that I don't like to be left alone.  I have never liked it, but in the past few years, it affects me more than it did when I was younger.

  1. I can't eat anything while they are away

  2. I get sick and diarrhea for part of a day when they come home

If you think your dog is just an animal that doesn't have feelings, you are wrong, we get very attached to our families, and think of all of you as our "pack" and when someone is missing from the group, we feel it.  We love our owners, and want to be with them.

Last week was one of those times when everything just wasn't right, one of my owners got sick, so the whole "pack", except me, went with him to the hospital...police came, medics came, and so did an ambulance.  I could sense the nervousness and anxiety they were feeling, and it made me sick, too.   Usually they leave some peaceful music on for me, but they forgot.

Things have quieted down now, everyone is home, and so far everyone seems well.  I'm happy and playing again, but do want you to know that you have to remember us, too, if you can...when things are going rough...we feel it too.

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