Why did my dog do __________?

why did my dog doDid you ever ask yourself, “Why did my dog do __________?”

Most of the time it is hard to separate facts from stories, for example many have a hypothetical theory on why a dog does something. So many people honestly believe what they perceive a dog to be thinking when they explain why a dog has done something in certain situation. This is why scientific thinking is so important. Science is a way for us to weed out facts from stories when it comes to animal behavior.

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Antecedent Arrangements & Your Dog

 

The idea behind antecedent arrangements can make unwanted behaviors more difficult or even impossible for your dog while making wanted behaviors easier.  There are a few different steps you can take to alter your dogs’ behavior to better fit what you expect in a canine companion. You can train alternative behaviors that your dog can perform instead of any unwanted behaviors, change the environment to prevent unwanted behavior and motivate them for reliable results. [Read more…]

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Mysteries of Dog Behavior Revealed: Handling Common Situations Correctly

Dogs don’t think like humans, they think like dogs. This should seem obvious, but nearly every single pet owner has made this mistake at least once before, and most still do. Dogs don’t think like humans because they are not humans.

Do Dogs Hold a Grudge?

Who hasn’t heard the ever popular phrase ‘I have to kennel my dog at night because he leaves a mess to get back at me’? Or maybe the ever popular ‘He scratched up my door because he is mad I left!’

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Two questions every owner should ask anyone caring for their dogs?

1. What happens in your care when a dog responds in the way you want him to?

Great things happen to a dog when he gets things right.
Fun, toys, food… Whatever the dog wants suddenly appears. Praise and reinforcers are always communicated when he does things right.

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Fun and Interesting Facts About Dogs

Fun and Interesting Facts About Dogs

Dogs are our best friends and here at Camp Ruff Ruff we don’t stop at learning behavior. There is always time to learn more about dogs. Did you know all these facts?

1.About 1/3 of the dogs that are surrendered to animal shelters are purebred dogs.

2.A person who hunts with a Beagle is known as a “Beagler.”

3.Seventy percent of people sign their dog’s name on their holiday cards. [Read more…]

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Beginning Steps To Crate Train Your Canine

crate train dogA crate is a tool. You can transport your dog in one, he may wait in one while at the groomer’s and it’s useful in basic house training. Before you can begin to use it, however, your dog or puppy must first be trained to use the crate. He may sleep in it, wait in it for you to come home from work, and even have his meals in the crate. He won’t learn to use it on his own, and it’s up to you to help him learn to love the crate!

First Steps

Your dog or puppy must first be comfortable going into and staying in his crate before you can confine him to it for any length of time. Give him a few moments to check out the crate with the door open before you engage him in any training sessions. Once your dog has had the chance to investigate the crate on his own, toss a treat just inside the door. If you use a clicker during training, click when he retrieves the treat. Otherwise, give a “Yep!” or “Yes!” when he sticks his head in the crate to get the yummy treat. [Read more…]

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Can dogs be a bully?

dog bullyingCan dogs be a bully? Yes a dog can be a bully when it comes to dog to dog interactions. This doesn’t mean the dog is mean or aggressive. Most bullies are dogs that have some issues with their social skills. Dogs get all worked up and don’t know how to interact and cannot understand the other dogs body language that are indicating to stop or they need space. Most dogs that get bullied are ones that are fearful, timid and like their space.

 

What dogs tend to get bullied more?

Dogs that are timid and good-natured are easy targets for bullying. Keep in mind that we have to distinguish between what healthy play is or bullying at all times.

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Puppy Vaccination and Socialization Should Go Together

THE BENEFITS OF NATURAL DETOXRobert K. Anderson DVM
Diplomate ACVB and ACVPM
Professor and Director Emeritus, Animal Behavior Clinic and
Center to Study Human/Animal Relationships and Environments

University of Minnesota
1666 Coffman Street, Suite 128, Falcon Heights, MN 55108
Phone 612-644-7400
FAX 612-644-4262 

Puppy Vaccination and Socialization Should Go Together 
TO: My Colleagues in Veterinary Medicine:

Common questions I receive from puppy owners, dog trainers and veterinarians concern: 1) What is the most favorable age or period of time when puppies learn best? 2) What are the health implications of my advice that veterinarians and trainers should offer socialization programs for puppies starting at 8 to 9 weeks of age.

Puppies begin learning at birth and their brains appear to be particularly responsive to learning and retaining experiences that are encountered during the first 13 to 16 weeks after birth. This means that breeders, new puppy owners, veterinarians, trainers and behaviorists have a responsibility to assist in providing these learning/socialization experiences with other puppies/dogs, with children/adults and with various environmental situations during this optimal period from birth to 16 weeks.

Many veterinarians are making this early socialization and learning program part of a total wellness plan for breeders and new owners of puppies during the first 16 weeks of a puppy’s life — the first 7-8 weeks with the breeder and the next 8 weeks with the new owners. This socialization program should enroll puppies from 8 to 12 weeks of age as a key part of any preventive medicine program to improve the bond between pets and their people and keep dogs as valued members of the family for 12 to 18 years.

“In fact; the risk of a dog dying because of infection with distemper or parvo disease is far less than the much higher risk of a dog dying (euthanasia) because of a behavior problem.”

To take full advantage of this early special learning period, many veterinarians recommend that new owners take their puppies to puppy socialization classes, beginning at 8 to 9 weeks of age. At this age they should have (and can be required to have) received a minimum of their first series of vaccines for protection against infectious diseases. This provides the basis for increasing immunity by further repeated exposure to these antigens either through natural exposure in small doses or artificial exposure with vaccines during the next 8 to 12 weeks. In addition the owner and people offering puppy socialization should take precautions to have the environment and the participating puppies as free of natural exposure as possible by good hygiene and caring by careful instructors and owners.

Experience and epidemiologic data support the relative safety and lack of transmission of disease in these puppy socialization classes over the past 10 years in many parts of the United States. In fact; the risk of a dog dying because of infection with distemper or parvo disease is far less than the much higher risk of a dog dying (euthanasia) because of a behavior problem. Many veterinarians are now offering new puppy owners puppy socialization classes in their hospitals or nearby training facilities in conjunction with trainers and behaviorists because they want socialization and training to be very important parts of a wellness plan for every puppy. We need to recognize that this special sensitive period for learning is the best opportunity we have to influence behavior for dogs and the most important and longest lasting part of a total wellness plan.

Are there risks? Yes. But 10 years of good experience and data, with few exceptions, offers veterinarians the opportunity to generally recommend early socialization and training classes, beginning when puppies are 8 to 9 weeks of age. However, we always follow a veterinarian’s professional judgment, in individual cases or situations, where special circumstances warrant further immunization for a special puppy before starting such classes. During any period of delay for puppy classes, owners should begin a program of socialization with children and adults, outside their family, to take advantage of this special period in a puppy’s life.

If there are further questions, veterinarians may call me at 651-644-7400 for discussion and clarification.

Robert K. Anderson DVM, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Behaviorists


This letter is reprinted from the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
This is not intended as medical advice. As with any health issues, you should discuss vaccinations with your veterinarian

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When To Start Training Your Puppy?

I had an interesting question today about, when to start training a puppy?

 when to start trainng a puppy

A person was told from a trainer that they should wait until 6 months old. I believe we start teaching a puppy as soon as it comes home and this is usually around 8 weeks old.  The 6 month old myth comes from traditional trainers because it is said that harsh punishment is to much for a little puppy. Therefore they wait until 6 months old so they can handle the stress and harsh punishment. On the other hand anything younger than 8 weeks old a puppy should be with mom and littler mates .Puppies learn so much in with mom and one example of many would be bite inhibition. Also before 8 weeks old they don’t have the cognitive abilities to learn to much. 

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Holidays and Pet Safety

halloween pet safety tipsFrom time to time we like to visit important topics regarding holidays and pet safety. And it’s no secret that most people love their holidays. Traditions, celebrations, and festivities are something that bring us together as people. But our pets don’t really understand that.

There is no doubt that Halloween is a frightfully delightful time of the year. With spooky decor, promises of candy, costume parties and more, what’s not to love, right?  However, our pets may find it a bit more frightful than delightful. That’s why it’s important to keep our pets safe and happy this October.

Follow these Halloween safety tips to make sure your pets aren’t too freaked out by the freaky celebrations.
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