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5 Pro Trainer Tips to Help Your Rescue Adjust to His New Home

Sad Lucy on her first day home from the shelter, hiding under the coffee table.  Photo by Tim Dawson Helping Rescue Dogs Adjust to Their New Families While many rescue and shelter dogs are ready to adjust to their new family lives, others can be anxious or fearful of their new environment and family members. The constant changes in their circumstances leading up to adoption are often bewildering, and can make an otherwise laid-back and eager-to-please dog, cautious or even suspicious of its new surroundings. These tips from top obedience trainers can help ease your new canine family member's transition into his new lifestyle, and quickly build bonds of trust between you and your new best friend. How to Approach Your Rescue Dog When Petting Him Research shows that dogs that are highly stimuli-reactive and those with fear aggression are most likely to bite their owners if startled when they are approached.  Before petting your new dog, first say his name, and be sure yo

Puppy Training Resources

You want your puppy to get off to a good start, and the earlier you start the better.  These easy training tips will make potty training, crate training and basic obedience as easy a 1-2-3. Keep in mind, the keys to successful learning for your puppy lie in consistency, patience and always ending each session on a positive note. By Taro Shiba Inu Crate Training Made As Easy As 1-2-3 Learn how to quickly make your dog's crate her favorite place to chill-out. 5 Tips To Quickly Bond With Your New Puppy or Rescue Dog Tips from obedience experts to quickly build a trusting bond between you and your new canine companion. How Dogs learn The Meaning Words Research shows dogs learn new words differently from humans, sometimes they need a different approach.

How Dogs Learn The Meaning Of Words

The average dog can learn as many as 150 words, a fairly substantial vocabulary beyond sit, stay and come. Research with several border collies has brought those vocabulary numbers up beyond 400 words, and a border collie named Chaser has learned the names of 1022 objects, which he can differentiate and fetch on command.  There appears to be no upper limit in Chaser's vocabulary lessons, as he continues to add words to his lexicon. In the wake of such impressive results, researchers Emile van der Zee, Helen Zulch and Daniel Mills sought to determine the presence of a key feature of human word comprehension in canine learning. In the research article,  Word Generalization by a Dog (Canis familiaris): Is Shape Important?, the researchers sought to determine if shape bias existed in dogs as it does in humans. Experiments with human 2 year olds, have shown a "shape bias" exists in the learning of new words.  Simply put, once the child associates a name with an object,

Shepherds Mouth Whistles: Herding Dog Whistle Review

Dog whistles have been used since the late 1850’s  for long distance control of dogs for  obedience,  hunting and retrieval as well as the herding of stock.   Whistle commands are used when working  dogs outdoors over long distances, where  verbal and visual commands are impractical.   Typically these whistle commands are taught after the dog has mastered the related visual or voice commands in close proximity to their trainer.  A variety of styles of whistles are in production, and each has its advantages based on the type of work the dog is performing and environmental conditions.   In this review we will discuss which model whistles are appropriate for herding dog training along with video tutorials of whistle training basics for this venue. Herding Dog Whistles Compared If you are adept at whistling, scroll on down for the video on traditional herding whistle commands. For those of us that have a hard time making any sound through pursed lips, Acme makes two models

How To Finding the Right Dog Breed and Breeder for Your Family

Pure bred dogs offer puppy seekers the opportunity to match their family’s needs with the traits and temperament characteristics of the dog that may best suit their home environment.  Each dog breed was bred to perform a specific set of tasks. For that reason, each breed’s body structure, instincts and temperament have been molded over generations, in many instances centuries, through selective breeding, to develop the breed’s type.   While there are no guarantees on temperaments, pure bred dogs offer prospective owners a good idea of what their puppy will grow up to look like, what is energy level is likely to be, as well as its inherent instincts, tendencies and general personality characteristics. Where To Find Your Dog Breed and Leads on Breeders If you are still choosing between several dog breeds or have already set your sights on a particular breed, a good starting place is a dog show.  Most AKC breeds will be represented there, and in many instances breeders will

99 Names for Female Border Collies | Scottish, Irish and Welsh Dog Names

The superstar of the herding group, the border collie is keenly alert to every opportunity, at work and at play. Their intense expression is an extension of their ability to move and work stock by using their "eye." A natural gathering dog, the border collie assumes a predatory stance, the signature crouch, and stares down the stock. She is then able to guide the stock from one pasture to another or round them up, and shed individual sheep for shearing or vaccinations. These energetic dogs need exercise and a job to do.  However, that job may be something as simple as a bone or chew toy. They are very people oriented, and like to check-in with their people whether they are hard at work or play. The are sensitive dogs that respond quickly to praise or light scolding. Too heavy of a hand or voice can easily crush their spirit. Traditional Border Collie Names for Females Scanning the International Sheepdog Society's (ISDS) database of over 300,000 entries in t

5 Best Dog Playpens for Indoor and Outdoor Use Tested

Pet playpens are ideal for puppy potting training, introducing a new puppy to a resident cat or dog and for keeping your pet safe and secure while traveling. Whether you have a new puppy or are seeking a containment solution for an older animal with incontinence issues, you will want a durable pet play pen that will securely contain your animal. We took a look at 4 of the top sellers testing them for security, durability and portability. We were surprised to find the number one seller was deserving of a big thumbs down on all three criteria. #1 - Heavy Duty Dog Play Pen 40" 8 Panel Review BUY IT NOW This heavy duty playpen is appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use. It is marketed under several brand names, with the Best Pet brand being the most widely recognized. Each of the eight panels is 40" tall and 31.5 inches wide creating just over a 21 square foot play area. The individual panels are lightweight, however the the complete product box weighs 55 pounds.

50 Names for Black Lab Male Dogs

By Marilyn Peddle (Flickr) Whether you are getting a new puppy or adopting an adult from the local shelter, finding the right name for your new dog will help you bond to him in record time.  We have complied a list of 50 meaningful names for black male Labs. Here, you're sure to find the perfect name for your new black pup! Lab Names for Male Puppies Related to the Color Black Ash - Ruins, the powdery reside that remains after something has been burned. Coal - A blackish brown combustible mineral. Dusk - Darkness at twilight hour. Ebon - Darkness often used to describe the sky or heavy rain clouds. Eclipse - The blotting-out of a celestial objects light by another closer object. Etch - The etched material is filled with dark ink to create and image on another object after it has been pressed and the image transferred. Inky - Ink Black. Jet - Pure black and a means of extreme propulsion. Murk -  Darkness. Onyx - A jet black semi-precious stone.