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…]

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…]

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

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

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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Dominance: In the dog training industry

Dominance: Why It’s Not In Our Vocabulary

dominance in dog trainingThe term dominance gets thrown around a lot in the dog training industry. For generations people and trainers alike have attributed many dog behaviors to a dominance structure. Either the dog is dominating or submissive, which has been thought to cause them to act certain ways.  However, as we grow in knowledge and experience, professionals have learned that this is not the case. That’s why dominance is not a term you will hear at Camp Ruff Ruff.


The Old Thinking of Dominance Structures

  • Aggressive Dogs are Asserting Dominance
  • It Defines Relationships
  • Training your dog with aversion is a way to successfully dominate and control your dog


The University of Bristol Department of Clinical Veterinary Sciences conducted a six month study on behavior. During the study, researchers observed canines interacting freely in a Dogs Trust rehoming center. After analyzing the data, they concluded that the relationships that were formed were based on experience and not motivated by the desire to dominate.

Dominance is a naturally occurring component of canine relationships, but it is not the defining factor of domestic canine relationships. According to a journal published by Dr. John Bradford at the University of Bristol, “Although dominance is correctly a property of relationships, it has been erroneously used to describe a supposed trait of individual dogs, even though there is little evidence that such a trait exists. When used correctly to describe a relationship between 2 individuals, it tends to be misapplied as a motivation for social interactions, rather than simply a quality of that relationship. Hence, it is commonly suggested that a desire ‘to be dominant’ actually drives behavior, especially aggression, in the domestic dog” (source). [Read more…]

Robby Krieger, the guitarist supports KENOS animal rescue

Hello. How are you? Won’t you tell me your name?

Robby Krieger, the guitarist of the famous Doors, was LIVE…on Sept.24th.

And do you know what’s even better?

Robby introduced James Guiliani “The Dogfella” from Kenos Animal Santuary and his 2 dogs Charlie and Primo was available outside for autographs after the show.

Plus, Vinny Olito the owner of Camp Ruff Ruff and  KENOS trainer will be there for all their important contributions to animal rescue and of course setting the dogs up for success that night.

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Photos from Robby Kriegers Facebook Page [Read more…]

Stages of Puppyhood

puppyhood stagesBeing a puppy is more than just play time, cuddles, and puppy breath. Every day your little one is learning and growing. What they experience in these formative years (Stages of Puppyhood) play an integral role in the personality they will develop as they turn into adult dogs.
As you could guess, well-socialized puppies most often turn into well-socialized dogs. When you talk, pet, play, and love your puppy, you are setting them up to have successful social skills. By knowing the stages of puppyhood, you can know what to expect and how best to raise them as they grow.

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From Rags to Riches: One Dog’s Courageous Story of Survival

Can you imagine living for years in squalor without ever getting a bath, brushing your hair or teeth? Spending year after year in an old dilapidated house where trash litters the floors. Where human and animal waste, old food and mold is scattered between the tattered remains of the home. Unfortunately, for some people and pets alike, this reality is all too true. Regardless if it is due to physical or mental illness where the owner means well or simple neglect; no living being should ever have to try to and survive in such conditions.


mattie, one of the4 worse matted dog rescuesHowever, it does happen, all too often. Owners get sick and have no one to turn to for help. They are no longer able to care for themselves, let alone the pets that live with them. Even if their dog is their best friend and only companion, they just aren’t able to provide nourishment.

That’s why the world needs animal rescuers. Places like Keno’s Animal Sanctuary, Camp Ruff Ruff and The Brooklyn Vet Group plus the wonderful people behind them that dedicate their lives to the betterment of animals who can’t speak up for themselves.

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