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How to Train Your Dog to Walk on a Leash

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Many skills will come in handy during your time as a pet parent. None, however, will be more important than teaching your dog to walk on a leash. Walking your dog regularly can help decrease aggression, increase social skills, and help tire your dog out for additional training. Proper leash etiquette also helps insure that should anything happen to you, your pet will more easily be adopted and treated well in a new home. But beyond that “worst case” scenario, it’s important for your own sanity to have a well-behaved dog on leash. No one wants to walk a dog that pulls or lunges or is otherwise annoying while you are out and about.

And so, here is a quick guide on how to train your dog to leash, as well as a look at the more common problems (and solutions) to more challenging behaviors.

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The Truth About Pit Bulls

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Let's face it - bully dogs get a bad rap. Even their name indicates that they are bad dogs. But, the truth is, they rate higher on behavioral tests than nearly any other dog and their bite is not even close in pounds per square inch to their Rottweiler and German Shepherd cousins.

It's important for us to get the truth out about this breed. K9 of Mine is working to correct some of those misconceptions. The In Defense Of Pit Bulls Infographic provides data and statistics proving that pit bulls aren’t nearly as vicious as the media might lead us to believe. This infographic and corresponding studies show that breed has very little to do with fatal dog bite attacks. What does affect the likelihood of dog attacks are factors like how the dog is treated in the home and whether or not the dog is neutered. Please share this infographic to spread awareness of the injustice that pit bulls (and their owners) face. Let's protect the pitties!

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Keeping Pets Calm During Holidays and Travel

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Anxiety is one of the most common issues we face with ourselves and our pets at any time of year, but nerves seem to become even more strained during the holidays. These are some helpful tips for keeping pets calm and people safe during the busiest time of the year.

Remember that calming pets is not a “one size fits all”. Some animals will react very favorably to certain remedies, while others will react poorly. Patience will be your strongest weapon as pets adjust to, and learn to trust, their new environment. Never give up on a pet – we have yet to see a case that can’t be resolved with some ingenuity and hard work.

Giving your pets an option to leave a crowded room is one of the most important things you can do. It may be beneficial to even keep pets in a quiet room until things quiet down (which has the added benefit of making sure no one accidentally lets them escape during a party. Whatever you do, the safety of your pets and guests should be a top concern.

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Five Reasons Your Dog Might Benefit from an Electric Fence

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When it comes to keeping your dog safe at home, you have lots of options. Of course, whatever keeps your dog happiest and healthiest is preferred. Traditional fences are excellent for keeping your dogs inside of your yard, because it’s never safe to leave your dog chained while outside alone. However, traditional fences aren’t foolproof, and sometimes they’re not the most effective way to keep your dog on your property. In some specific cases, electric dog fences are more practical and reliable.

Every dog has a different personality and different needs. Electric dog fences are containment systems that work better for some types of dogs. Before you choose a fencing system, it’s so important to consider your dog as an individual. If your dog is younger than six months old, pregnant, or very sick, an electronic dog fence should not be used. As long as your dog does not fall into those categories, here are some reasons why they might benefit from an electric fence.

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Blended Pet Families

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Kids and parents aren’t the only ones becoming part of blended families through marriage.  Our dogs often get new furry siblings too, which can be a big adjustment!

So how did my two rescue dogs with opposite personalities integrate with each other, along with a couple of rabbits, hamsters and frogs in the mix? Time, patience and positive reinforcement, just like in our own good human relationships. I am still not certain who trained whom but we got to a good place, humans and pets, in our new blended family. And you can too!

Manage Expectations

Don’t expect much from the first interaction. People don’t like pressure and neither do dogs.

My dog, Crumbles, was a nervous wreck even before another dog came on the scene. (He even narrated a kids’ chapter book about it called The Crumbles Chronicles: Battle of the Paper Bags).

Let the dogs meet outside in neutral territory so they can sniff, walk away, be aloof, sniff some more or whatever it is that makes them get a sense of each other. You may not be able to tell if they like or dislike each other at first. That’s okay - it’s like a first date. Positive tone and praise will help when they meet each other.

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