Kamis, 07 Desember 2017

Why Effective Dog Training is Essential

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Effective dog training is essential for both a pet’s safety and the quality of life for both dog and master.

After struggling with training a dog, you may feel tempted to give up.  Giving up on training an outdoor dog, for instance, can be a real temptation.  You may believe you’ll still manage to have reasonably enjoyable interactions without going through the hassles and challenges of real training.  Perhaps you believe the dog will learn on his or her own, over time, how to behave.  Training is difficult and can seem like such an effort that surrender may feel sensible.

It is not.  Effective dog training is not a mere option.  When one considers its immeasurable benefits, it becomes nothing short of mandatory.  Allowing a dog to live untrained can pose significant risks.  The costs associated with these risks are so severe that rational decision making requires one to opt for training, regardless of the costs in time and effort it may require.

Initially, training can be the difference between life and death for a dog.  An untrained dog, for instance, cannot be recalled effectively if he should wander away.  He may encounter any number of dangers in his wanderings—many of which could result in serious injury or death.  In critical pressure situations, a well-trained dog can be controlled and protected.  The untrained dog is left only with his instincts and lessons learned through the proverbial school of hard knocks.  In a world populated by an infinite number of potential dangers, this is often not enough.

Training, then, is less of an option for a responsible pet owner than it is an obligation.  Any pet owner should consider training the animal a basic responsibility that cannot be overlooked.  The dog’s very life, after all, could hang in the balance.  It is unthinkable that any responsible pet owner would look past that consideration and still decide that training was simply not worth the effort it requires.

Second, a dog’s quality of life is improved significantly by training.  He will understand how to please his human companions, giving him a sense of purpose and enabling him to access the social interactions dogs naturally possess.  He will be able to go through life as a friend and companion, instead of being treated as a mere nuisance or ignored.  By learning to behave to his owner’s satisfaction, the dog is able to increase his own satisfaction.  Leaving a dog untrained makes it difficult for him to understand how to get the positive human attention and reactions he craves and may curse him with a life filled with unpleasant exchanges with people as he unknowingly misbehaves.

Third, the dog owner’s quality of life is improved dramatically by dog training.  This occurs on multiple levels.  Initially, the owner and dog are able to develop a close relationship, which brings with it numerous rewards.  The owner is also able to avoid the frustrating experience of having to care for a pet that doesn’t know how to care back or who is unfriendly and prone to errant behavior.  Additionally, the owner is able to avoid the liabilities created by an untrained dog.  The owner can avoid the destruction, inconvenience and even dangers posed by an untrained pet.  Instead of being a constant source of irritation and guilt, the well-trained dog becomes a source of pleasure and pride.

It is easy, under some circumstances, to believe that extensive and effective dog training is not worth the significant effort it may require.  However, this perspective, if acted upon, will actually create a situation necessitating more effort than training would have ever required.  By committing to effectively training a dog, the owner makes an investment of time and effort that will pay out in a variety of ways.

Settling for anything less is highly inappropriate and cannot be adequately discouraged.

Good training will protect a dog from danger and will enable him to live a pleasant and fulfilling life.  It will also make the owner’s life more pleasant and can result in a greatly rewarding relationship with the pet.  Effective dog training is truly essential.

Kamis, 01 Januari 2015

Tips On Building A Dog House

Over 50% of the population allows their dog to stay indoors and sleep on the couch or in their owner’s bed. For those of you who are interested in building a dog house for you beloved pet here are some simple rules to follow when considering what type of shelter you want to provide.

1. You should begin your dog house building process by making sure the house is big enough to accommodate your animal’s potential adult size. Humans enjoy having about 2 feet of air above us in a room in order to live without feeling claustrophobic. Your dog will probably also enjoy having that much room. The comfort zone for both humans and dogs is about 1/3 of their standing height. To figure out how much room the dog will need get out a tape measure and measure your dog. Measure him standing straight up, sitting on his haunches and above all measure the full dimension of the dog when he is the most comfortable, relaxed and stretched out position he can get into. Your dog should be able to look out the front entrance while both standing up and sitting. So the dog will not have to significantly lover his front shoulders or scrape his belly make sure that entrance is high enough. Stand over the dog and measure the width of the widest point of the animal’s shoulders.

2. Remember to raise the dog house several inches from the ground to allow air and water to flow underneath. To dissuade pests from invading the dog house and taking your dogs health into consideration remember how important ventilation is. Put in a few nickel-sized holes in the walls under the eaves. Install a wind block inside the house so the dog can use the heat of its own body to warm up the area if it is really cold or windy outside. Consider adding a partial wall which will allow your dog to escape the bad weather. Your animal can choose to just sleep in the entry room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner sanctum. Your beloved pet would probably love having a pillow or some sort of bedding to sleep on.

3. To avoid rain coming into the dog house make the floor just a bit slanted toward the doorway and build the roof a little bit slanted, as well. Make sure the house is well insulated but you should not paint the inside.

4. In the United States most storms come from the south and west so make sure the dog house faces a different direction. Most dog house plans suggest that the dog house door faces east. The cold air will not be able to whip through the entryway then.

5. It is suggested that you put hinges on the roof of the dog house. This makes it easier for you to clean out your dog’s home. You should clean the dog’s house as often as you give your dog a bath.

If your dog lives outside then he deserves to have a comfortable place to sleep and get out of harsh weather. Hopefully these easy tips on building a dog house will help you get started.