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How do Dogs Think

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

In many ways, we think that our dogs are just dummies and act without any solid reasons. Hold on! This belief may be simply false! Your puppy is extremely smart

How do Dogs Think? and intelligent! It can think about you, how you act and respond! It can also assess and analyze your actions and reactions by reading through your mind! These are inherent to dogs as they were created to think and respond. They can be intelligent just because most of the dog owners have never cared to learn how to think and act like them.

Dogs do possess a number of highly refined thinking processes that help them to respond in a particular manner. Here are some of the methods by which your dog can think and act:

Non-verbal thinking: Most probably, we are all confused as what our dogs will be thinking when they are not doing anything! Nature has provided dogs an extremely innovative and highly sophisticated thinking process called “non-verbal thinking”. By using these techniques, your dog can assess, predict and analyze your actions, gestures, words and later respond with a firm reaction.

Just remember your dog wagging his tail and pleading with his eyes to direct you to provide his dinner? It is more possible that your dog is imagining (or trying to set up ‘imaging’ in his mind) the words, actions and movements you always say and do before serving his food.

Imagery and Picture: It is well established that dogs think in many sensory impressions; pictures of visual, sound and odor that exist around them. They have a mental mechanism that allows them to form, create, etch and experience in their minds certain images, odors and sounds.

They can perceive future images in their brain and act accordingly in response to the given situation. You puppy may create an image of you coming back to home and hug him with an enthusiastic greetings. It’ll also create a picture that tells him to jump up with joy and start circling around his owner.

These pictures are always composed just before the future event and dogs are the presumed to be the masters in these exercises. Your puppy can always imagine things, perceive invisible movements and experience future events in his mind before actually see them in real.

If your dog anticipates something in his mind, and by chance if they do not happen in reality, then they can get really frustrated and anxious. These negative behaviors will pave for a future display of indecent behavior in them. If your puppy gets to experience the same episodes every other day, then it may create a conflicting situation in his mind. Consistently conflict-ridden mind will make the dogs out of sync and reality; this will eventually lead to deep rooted frustration and many ill-conceived behaviors.

If dogs really do collect and recall images of their masters and other family members, and other objects and experiences of life, this can come very beneficial to us, and we can share the information for mutual benefit and use.

Unfortunately, dog owners never try to understand how dogs can think and behave, which subsequently leads to future occurrence of misbehavior and bad habits. Dogs are known to have a problem in associating images and pictures to real life incidences and experiences.

Tips For Travel Training Your Puppy

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

People have the habit of taking their dogs along with their family members for a long trip to some remote locations. Pet vacation is fast becoming a buzzword in the US, and more than 500,000 families take their pets along with them to their preferred locations. Whether it is a short vacation to a nearby place or a long journey to an overseas country, you will need to consider many things that are important both to your family and the pets. Below are some useful tips for traveling by air or land:

· If you’re traveling by air, it could be a painful experience for your pet. Each airline has its own set of rules regarding pets and their belongings. Make sure that you get all the details of taking your pet for air traveling.

· Ensure that you’re carrying a health certificate duly signed by the concerned authorities. Your dog must be free of diseases and infections.

· Your puppy must be regular and up to date on flea control program.

· Never feed your pet within 6 hours prior to take off. Never provide water at least 2 hours before the departure.

· You may need to attach an identifying tag on his collar with your dog’s name, addresses and phone number.

· Take along a good crate for your dog to travel out. The crate that you use must be strong enough to sustain the rigors of long travel. Check out with airlines for size and measurement of the crate.

· Also ascertain that you’re attaching a note on the dog’s crate stating its feeding timings and preferences.

· Carry a colorful picture of your dog so that you can trace him in case he goes missing.

If you’re traveling by car, here are some simple tips that make your journey a pleasing one:

· Always carry proper documentation that tells everything about your dog. Never forget to take vaccination and breed certificate along with you. Include your contact information, phone number and e mail ID.

· Make sure that the lodgings you choose for an overnight stay allows your dog to sleep in your room.

· Is your dog OK for a long and grueling trip to a remote corner of the country? Some dogs may not really like traveling a long distance and you may need to find out if this trip is good for your dog.

· Switch on the air conditioner whenever you take the dog for a trip in your car. If your car doesn’t have an AC, you can open the glass window on the dog’s side.

· Carry enough food and water for your dog to eat and relax. You may also carry sufficient treats and rewards to praise your dog.

· Check out for weather reports to know the local weather conditions. Weather pattern may vary from place to place and region to region, and you may need to prepare yourself for a particular type of weather,

· You may also wish to carry enough doggy clothing and bedding materials so that your dog feels comfortable and at home within the confines of your car.

· If you’re staying in a hotel, you may wish to know some more details on the rules and regulations. While many hotels do not allow pets on their premise, some of them may allow you to bring pets into the hotel rooms,

· Some hotels may charge a small extra fee on a nightly basis, which allows you to keep the dog within the premises of the hotel. Some hotels  also offer specialized medical services for the dogs. But, the hotel management will expect that your dog is naturally well behaved and display good mannerism. You may also be asked to sign an agreement form, to state that you abide by every rule of the house,

· Planning to fly out of the country to an overseas destination? If so, you must know about the laws that govern the pets in that particular country. Laws and regulations may vary from country to country and quarantine laws for these countries may vary in nature and enforcement.

· Present legislations like PETS(Pet Travel Scheme) will allow you to carry your dog countries like Canada and UK without any restrictions,

· One of the main concerns of traveling in a car is the passenger safety that includes your family and the pet. Ensure that you’re keeping this important factor in your mind before you kick start your car engine,

· If you have a small car with a crumpled space, your dog may become stressed or disruptive after a few miles of traveling. A disturbed dog could be very dangerous and nuisance both to the driver and the family,

· When you’re driving under hot and humid conditions, your pet may become dehydrated and stressed soon. Always turn on the AC while traveling in a hot and humid region so that your dog feels comfortable and cozy,

· You may need to let the pet out of the car to enable him to stretch his body or help him to eliminate urine and feces,

· Safety harness belts are an absolute necessity, as they can halt pet’s sudden movements and wild behavior.

Some simple techniques to socialize your puppy

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Ensure that socialization training is not too painful and excruciating! Puppy’s experience with any given technique must be pleasant and enjoying.

1. Invite your friends, colleagues and relatives to take a look at your puppy. Ask them to interact with your puppy and shake hands with him!

2. Make your dog mix with other household pets like dogs and cats. You can also bring over other vaccinated dogs and cats to your home to meet your adorable puppy. In turn, take your puppy to your neighbor’s home to make him socialize with other dog breeds.

3. Show your puppy movies and TV shows that will help him recognize people and animals by sight,

4. Carry your pup to a mall or a big shopping center, parks, play centers, theme parks and other crowded areas. This will enhance your puppy’s socializing abilities.

5. Drive to a picnic spot with your puppy and allow him to play in the wild,

6. Introduce your puppy new things and tools like bags, boxes and vacuum cleaners,

7. Your puppy must be able to relax on seeing different things and unfamiliar objects in its vicinity.

8. Introduce your puppy to new sound signals and make them louder day by day,

9. Get your puppy accustomed to various grooming techniques and methods so that he will not get scared to undergo grooming exercises in future.

Before socializing your puppy, you may need to adhere to some simple rules and follow them without fail. Here are some of the most important things to remember:

· Never allow your puppy to socialize with other dogs till they are vaccinated for all diseases. Do not socialize your dog among dogs that are sick and unvaccinated.

· If your puppy acts fearful, do not attempt to reward or praise that negative behavior. When the puppy appears frightened and apprehensive, calm him with soothing words and encouraging signals.

· Your socializing exercises must never invoke a sense of phobias in the dog. If your dog develops a phobia, all your efforts will be a sheer wastage.

· Never rush through the socializing process and allow the puppy to have his own time to learn the process.

· Avoid stuffing too many programs at a time as your pup may get confused and tired.

· Assure that your pup gets enough sleep and rest during the learning process.

· Provide refreshing and nutritious diet to make your pup healthy and energetic.

· Make every effort to keep things very simple and meaningful; the exercises that you introduce must be very easy to understand and execute.

· If socialization does not happen with in the puppy stage, it will never happen in the dog’s lifetime. Hurry up and proceed!