Dog Dancing Basics 101: Teach your dog to Roll Over (video)

Welcome to Dog Dancing Basics 101, where Cynder and I demonstrate, and teach some of the basic moves of Dog Dancing.

Think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Let’s try teaching them to stop, drop and roll!

Join Cynder and Sprocket as we take you through the process of teaching your dog to Roll Over!

Any questions? Leave a comment below or find us on Facebook! Happy training!

Three Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy This Winter

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By Veterinarian, Charmaine Tham

Protect your pooch from Winter’s harsh chills with a boost of health and loads of tender loving care. Here are some of my top tips for how to improve your dog’s health during the cooler months.

1. Vitamin Boost & Joint Support

For most pets a balanced commercial diet rich in essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins as well as exercise is all they need to keep them healthy. However, the optimal balance can be hard to maintain especially if lots of treats, alternative diets (such as raw diets) or home-prepared meals are given. Through supplementing them with key vitamins, trace minerals, antioxidants and amino acids, you can help make sure that they not only receive all the vitamins they need to prevent a problem, but benefit from having optimal levels in their bodies. A multi-vitamin can be given year round to help support their general health and well being.

During winter, being cold can put extra stress on their bodies and the same goes for our pets. This is especially so for joints and many dogs experience more pain and soreness from arthritis from the cold weather. Supplementing them with glucosamine, chondroitin and New Zealand green-lipped mussel can help reduce the inflammation and help them feel better.

2. Healthy Tummies

We eat soups and hearty foods in winter, so it makes sense to boost your dog’s nutrition in the colder months too.

Avoid getting sucked into buying dog foods that just have ‘tasty bits’, and opt for real food, and preferably not ones that have been sitting on the shelf for too long. It’s good to check the use by date to determine how fresh the feed is.

If you want, you could also add some natural superfoods to their everyday diet in small amounts. Try a teaspoon of flaxseed, a squirt of coconut oil or sprinkle of chia seeds to your dog’s meals for a nutrient-dense snack. Small amounts of broccoli, kale, blueberries, goji berries, sweet potato and raw pumpkin seeds are among a few other superfoods that can also be given. They are full of vitamins and antioxidants that can help support your pet’s health. You can also find these ingredients in a convenient chew form as well, which can be offered as a healthy treat instead of ‘junk food’ treats.

For upset stomachs, boosting their good gut bacteria might be helpful, such as a multi-strain probiotic powder containing fermented natural fibres from superfoods.

3. Love Their Fur & EarsPawl at desk

Winter’s chill may leave your dog’s nose, skin and coat going from wet to dry, and cracked. Feed them a multivitamin that contains biotin and silica to help support their skin and coat.

Dry skin and coat can lead to itchy, flaky skin, calluses and cracked paw pads, which aren’t fun for anyone. A hydrating balm rich in Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids and natural oils will help your pup’s skin deal better with the temperature drop.

Don’t forget their ears, either! Keep cleaning them well to remove excess wax, even if the weather is cold and they don’t seem to have any current problems. Keep their ears clean and dry, and help reduce the chance of infections with a gentle ear wash which contains no alcohol, harsh chemicals or acids which can be found in many other ear cleaners.

 

For more questions on pet health and wellness Ask Pawl – Australia’s first pet health expert “spokesdog” for PAW by Blackmores.

Dr. Charmaine Tham has been the PAW vet since June 2014. She graduated from Melbourne University Vet School back in 2004, practised as a vet in general and emergency practice for 4 years. She then joined a pharmaceutical company for a further 6 years before joining Blackmores as the technical veterinarian for PAW by Blackmores. She is also Chair of not-for-profit organisation Vets Beyond Borders, and is actively engaged with the veterinary community through volunteering and further studies. She also has postgraduate qualifications in veterinary pharmacology and business administration. She has a 3-year-old rescue dog at home and loves to go diving in her spare time.

About Paw by Blackmores

Pure Animal Wellbeing (PAW), is the natural pet healthcare range from Blackmores Animal Health division. The PAW by Blackmores range includes innovative, vet-recommended supplements and products to benefit pet health, including clinically proven products for joint, digestive, ear, wound and skin care and a grooming range free of nasty sulphates and chemicals. Developed by vets and inspired by nature for products specifically designed to keep your pets healthy and happy so they can enjoy the best of life.

A few things to remember when thinking about how to train a puppy

IMG_5501Welcoming a new puppy into your life is a joy and puppy cuddles make the whole experience worthwhile, but it also means sleepness nights, stressful days, accidents in the house and plenty of time spent with your new pup to help them grow and develop into a well-behaved and well-mannered adult dog. It’s important to remember that you are not alone and everyone with a new puppy has gone through some of the same experiences that you will have.

Here are a few different things to remember when thinking about how to train a puppy: 

Basic Training

I always recommend to new puppy owners to get their puppy straight into puppy school as soon as they can. These classes help teach you some of the basics of owning and caring for a new puppy, but also ensures that your puppy is getting some very important socialisation in with other dogs and people during their critical socialisation period.

Reward based training is enjoyable for the dog and positively enhances the relationship between dog and handler. It is also one of the most humane and effective ways of training dogs and addressing any unwanted behaviour. You can read more about reward based training in my article “Oh, you give her treat rewards?” Positive Reinforcement Training Methods.

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When your dog barks, cries or whines during the night it is usually a cry for attention, especially during the first few nights in a new home. Being in an unfamiliar environment for the first time can  be a bit distressing, confusing and lonely for your newly adopted dog but it’s important to ensure you don’t reinforce these behaviours.

Ensuring that your dog has a warm and comfortable place to sleep, such as a bed in the laundry or bathroom, is a good starting point. Check out my article, Help! My dog barks, cries or whines at night! for more help on this

Teaching  Bite Inhibition

One of the single most important lessons your dog will learn as a puppy is to develop bite inhibition and a c1“soft mouth”- that is, the ability to softly bite.

An important lesson that all domestic dogs must learn is to inhibit the force of their biting towards all animals – especially towards other dogs as well as people. Dogs develop teeth and jaws in their adult years that can hurt and harm. Check out my article on how to teach your puppy bite inhibition.

Toilet Training

The key to toilet training a puppy is consistency. Just like when we first adopted Sprocket you need to keep a close eye on your puppy whilst they are in the house. There’s no point rubbing the dogs nose in it as unless you’ve caught them in the act they won’t understand what you mean by it. Even then though, you shouldn’t rub their nose in it as this will just make them shy about where they go! If you catch your puppy toileting inside then pick them up and take them to a more appropriate toilet location (such as outside).

As your puppy is only learning the appropriate place to go it’s important to take them out there after a few different times:

  • When they’ve finished eating
  • After play
  • After a nap
  • First thing in the morning
  • Before going to bed
  • When puppy starts sniffing around the ground inside

When your puppy has toileted in the appropriate location make sure you give them plenty of praise and rewards, this will help get them learn the correct behaviours much sooner. Remember to be consistent with training and accidents will happen in the house, so be armed with plenty of paper towel and cleaning spray!

Flea and Worm Treatments

Flea and worm treatments are very important for your puppies first stages of life. Products such as Frontline Plus can help across the lifetime of your pet to prevent any issues! Always check with your local pet supply store or your veterinarian on the best product for your pup.

Disclaimer: This post was written by That Dog Dancing Guy and sponsored by Frontline Plus. This has in no way impacted the content of the article.

How to teach your puppy bite inhibition

 One of the single most important lessons your dog will learn as a puppy is to develop bite inhibition and a “soft mouth”- that is, the ability to softly bite.

c1An important lesson that all domestic dogs must learn is to inhibit the force of their biting towards all animals – especially towards other dogs as well as people. Dogs develop teeth and jaws in their adult years that can hurt and harm.

Bite inhibition doesn’t mean stopping your puppy from biting altogether, instead it means learning to inhibit the force of their biting. The more that your puppy bites and receives appropriate feedback, the safer their jaws will become.

Dogs also explore with their mouths and so mouthing and biting will always be a wc2ay they learn and interact with one another.

For puppies who do not grow up with the benefit of regular interaction with other dogs, it is the responsibility of their owner to teach them bite inhibition.
How to inhibit the force of bites  

Step 1: Teach  your pup that their bites during play can hurt; a simple “Ouch!” is usually sufficient. When your puppy backs off, take a bit of a break from play to recover and when your puppy has calmed back down you can resume play.

Step 2: If your puppy doesn’t respond to the yelp by either easing off or backing off, leave the room and shut the door behind you. Allow your puppy a couple of minutes at time-out and they will learn to associate their biting with the departure of their human playmate. Then, return to your puppy and make up- it’s important to remind them that you still love them, but their bites are not favourable.

Step 3: To help eliminate bite pressure entirely, even though the bites may not actually hurt anymore, wait until a play-bite (that is, a bite slightly harder than the others) and respond with an “ouch!” as if it really hurt. Your puppy will soon learn that they will need to be careful and gentle when playing with people.

This article was originally posted on The Lost Dogs’ Home website.