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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Basics of Dog Training

Basics of Dog Training

It's essential for Dog parents like you to know certain basic factors that determine your relationship with your Dog and can go a long way in training him effectively.

Before you begin training your Dog, it is absolutely essential that you build a loving bond with him. This is important as it helps you to understand his needs and instincts and also allows your Dog to have complete trust in you.

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How To Bond With Your Dog

Building a bond with your Dog is the first and the most crucial step involved in training him successfully. As soon as you bring your Dog home, you must first try to develop a caring and loving relationship with him in order to win his trust and confidence.

When Dogs are secure in the knowledge that they belong to the family, they are more likely to respond better to their owners' training commands. Just like with any relationship, there must be mutual trust and respect between you and your Dog.

Trust takes time to develop and respect comes from defining boundaries and treating any breach of those boundaries with firmness and fairness.

Without enforceable limitations, respect can’t be developed. And when there is no respect, building a bond with your Dog is almost impossible.

4 Golden Rules To Building A Relationship With Your Dog :

  • Spend quality time together;
  • Take him out in the world and experience life together;
  • Establish and promote a level of mutual respect; and
  • Develop a way of communicating to understand each other's needs.

Building a bond with your Dog will not only help you manage him better but will also make your Dog calm, quiet and an extremely well-adjusted pet.

Love Your Dog and He Will Love You back

Once you're succesful in building a bond with your Dog, you can rest assured that training him and teaching him new and clever tricks will be a cakewalk.

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How Your Dog Learns...

Your Dog's learning period can be divided into five phases:

The Teaching Phase - This is the phase where you must physically demonstrate to your Dog exactly what you want him to do.

The Practicing Phase - Practice makes Perfect. Once a lesson is learnt, practice with your Dog what you have just taught him.

The Generalizing Phase - Here you must continue practicing with your Dog in different locations and in an environment with a few distractions. You can take your Dog out for a walk, or to a nearby park and command him to practice whatever you've taught him.

Practicing the learned lessons in multiple locations and in the presence of small distractions will help him learn and retain lessons better .

The Testing Phase - Once you're sure that your Dog has achieved almost 90% success....he responds correctly almost every time you give a command, you must start testing his accuracy in newer locations with a lot of distractions.

Example: Take him to the local shopping mall and ask him to obey your command. He may not come up with the correct response the very first time you do this, but you must not lose hope.

The idea is to test your Dog to see how he responds in an environment which is new to him. Set-up a situation where you are in control of the environment and your Dog.

There are only 2 possibilities:

  • Your Dog succeeds!!! (Trumpets please!)
  • In case your Dog fails, re-examine the situation. Review and/or change your training. Then try testing again.

Keep on testing until he succeeds. Follow the rule of the 3 Ps – patience, persistence, praise.

Internalizing Phase - Finally, comes the extremely rewarding phase where your Dog does everything he is taught to do even without your commands.


  • Never scold your Dog if he fails. It's not his fault. You have failed as a trainer!
  • You must be patient and persistent for your efforts to show rewards.
  • Appreciate and love your Dog when he does it right! A little encouragement will work wonders for your Dog.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

What is the dog population worldwide?

There is no easy answer for this question; estimating the dog population in households (pets) is more or less a settled issue, but when we are talking about dogs roaming freely worldwide (stray dogs), counting them is both hard and unreliable. The best-known statistics for global dog population comes from the dog food industry. Looking to find out about how profitable this industry would be in particular countries, research groups were employed to take census of pet dogs in those countries. Most statistics accepted globally come specifically from these research groups. According to worldatlas, countries with most dogs worldwide (combined stray dogs with pets) rank as follows (five top countries):
  1. USA = 75.8 million
  2. Brazil = 35.7 million
  3. China = 27.4 million
  4. Russia = 15.0 million
  5. Japan = 12 million
In positions six to 10 we get the following countries: Philippines (11.6 million), India (10.2 million), Argentina (9.2 million), France (7.4 million), and Romania (4.1 million).

The most heartbreaking statistic that we can get is how big the stray dog problem is globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are more than 200 million stray dogs across the planet.

As pets, dogs are the most popular: 33% of households worldwide include one or more dogs, 23% include at least one cat, and 12% go for fish. Ranked at the top three countries are: Argentina with 82% of households having a dog, Mexico ((81%), and Brazil with 76%. For dogs, USA ranks fifth in pet ownership with 50%; for cats, we rank third with 39%. (For complete statistics, click here.)

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Myth of Cats' Nine Lives

Cats, both feared and worshipped throughout the ages, have always fascinated us. Like no other animal, felines are regarded as creatures with great power. In ancient Egypt, cats were revered as divine; later on, during the middle ages, they were “downgraded” to magical, but still holding great power, this time, dark or black power, but still power.

No one knows exactly where the myth of a cat’s nine lives (seven in Spanish-speaking countries; six for Arabs and Turks) is coming from. The most common theories point to a cat’s strong immune system and/or to the fact that cats seem to land on their feet when they fall from high places. Both nine and seven are numbers embedded with mysticism; seven in particular is believed to be a lucky number, the carrier of life and abundance. Nine (3*3) is regarded as a “trinity of trinities.” And cats truly seem to have good luck! Due to their speed and great agility, cats are able to jump and escape from many difficult situations. There is a lot of truth in the belief that a cat falling from a high altitude will land on its feet with minimal or no harm. On a study completed back in 1987, 90% of cats falling from altitudes ranging from two to 32 stories were able to survive. The other 10% were not that lucky, but still, this is an impressive statistic.

In English-speaking countries, nine lives are preferred. This number in particular seems to be coming directly from Ancient Egypt where, as we said, cats were revered as divine or sacred. The sun god, Ra, gave life to nine other gods, and together they were known as “the nine and Ra.” To visit the underworld, Ra used to transmute from human to cat, ultimately, becoming "one with nine lives." By association, nine is the number of lives attributed to cats from ancient times to the present.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Your Pet's Health: Helpful Articles about Dogs and Cats

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