Treating dogs with severe separation anxiety

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RELEASE: When done with your turn, have the other person call him and do the same procedure. If you follow these steps and are consistent, you will be well on your way to having a dog who wants to come to you and will come to you reliably. It’s hard to believe but all those pumpkins, scary decorations and colorful mums we are seeing mean Halloween is just around the corner! While Halloween is a favorite holiday for the kids and trick or treaters, not all dogs like it.
Halloween can be a magical time, for children and even for adults, but for pets it can be unpredictable, if not downright dangerous.
This past November I had the pleasure to go to the Andaman Islands which are a group of islands off the coast of southern India. When I told the natives I was here to study the dogs on the island, most people could not understand why I would be interested in these dogs. It is always better to give dogs more slack in the leash and let them by-pass the face to face and get right to each others butts. Using an advanced microfiber wicking technology, Dog Gone Smart’s Dirty Dog Doormats™ absorb the dirt, water and mud off your dog’s paws as they come from outside into the house. Dog Gone Smart is always improving on their technology and trying to stay on the forefront of new technologies. In March 2014 Dog Gone Smart plans to introduce several new innovative products to help keep pets clean and odor free. There are many theories as to why dogs do this ranging from poor health issues, to starvation, to it just tastes good. Dogs, just like humans, need to protect themselves in the winter from extreme weather conditions. When it comes to salting the sidewalks and driveways, be very careful which products you use. With some precaution and planning, you can make the cold weather safe for you pets so you can all enjoy a cozy winter! A common practice to make a dog more aggressive for dog fighting or even for protection dogs is to tie them up and antagonize them. Remember that you always want to end the ball game when your dog still wants to play more and has not gotten tired and quit. More than half of my clients bring dogs into their lives from shelters or other situations in which the dog’s history is unclear.  And a fairly large percentage of those have some sort of behavioral issue, such as fear-based aggression, barrier frustration (on leash or behind doors or gates) or, the subject of today’s post, separation anxiety. However, just because after you leave for work your dog tears up furniture, soils the carpet, or barks all day, it does not automatically mean he’s suffering from separation anxiety; he could just be bored out of his mind or under-exercised. Other components of the program might include increasing exercise levels, expansion of obedience training, pressure wraps (such as the Thundershirt), and in some cases, medication. Having owned well-trained dogs all my life, I started Better Nature Dog Training to exploit decades of experience teaching across a number of fields.
I teach people how to effectively train their dogs by clearly demonstrating that every interaction counts when training a dog to come when called, for example, or instructing a puppy how to best get along in life.
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Is it because you want them to stop running and chasing in the street (yes there are cars and dangers everywhere but all they feel is YIPPEE). Next, when your dog comes to you, touch his collar gently, reach into your pocket, pull out a treat and then feed him the treat as close to your body as possible and praise him. Call your dog back and forth and as he starts to catch onto the game you can expand it, increasing your distance throughout the house. Well you have a couple of options: Either physically go and get your dog gently by the collar without calling him to you, OR call him, give him his treat, touch (and hold) his collar and pet and interact with him. Let’s face it, Halloween is as fun as it is unpredictable and most dogs find unpredictability stressful. Emergency Care and Calls to Poison Control increase by 12% during the week of Halloween, it is the Pet Poison Helpline’s busiest time of year. Put your dog in a safe, secure place, such as their crate, or locked bedroom, out of the way from the constant open and shutting doors and noise. Halloween is filled with lit up Jack-O-Lanterns, and other blazing ghoulish decorations, which all can pose a burn hazard to your dog. If you choose to take your dog along trick-or-treating, you need to be vigilant about looking out for dropped candy and fire hazards.
Sarah and Jack had bought Patton when he was 8 weeks old and had him neutered at around 9 months of age.  When I got to the house, Sarah and Jack explained to me that Patton had a very peculiar behavior that he would do throughout the day, especially when Jack (who was a police officer) was at work. When it comes to odor, the biggest contributor is the oil in the animal’s coat or fur that gets on fabrics and then bacteria attacks it. The mat acts like a magnet, trapping the cat litter off the cat’s paws and into the microfibers. Although dogs have fur and hair, this protective layer may not be enough when the weather conditions become extreme. When buying a dog coat, you want to make sure that the jacket is designed to cover and protect your dog’s underbelly. While the jacket keeps his body protected fromthe elements, the snow balls up around his paws and pads making it very uncomfortable for him to walk. If this happens to your dog, have the groomer clip the fur around and between the pads to help prevent this from happening.


Some of the products meant to melt the ice tend to burn your pup’s paws and cause irritation.
By creating almost a cornered response (the dog has no ability to run away), the dog learns very quickly that barking and lunging at the supposed threat makes most people and dogs go away.
Unfortunately approximately 200,000 dogs are left tethered outside by themselves everyday in the USA.  This inhumane treatment causes otherwise friendly and happy dogs to become bored and lonely which often leads to the development of aggressive behaviors. Make sure the two squeaky balls remain in your control and that your dog only has access to them when “YOU” want to play ball. I am nationally-certified through the highly-respected Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and am a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
The scientific aspect comes from understanding dog psychology from an evolutionary perspective, knowing how dogs are both similar to and distinct from their ancestors, including the grey wolf. One of the best services I provide is taking the guesswork out while lending a sure, guiding hand in successful dog behavior development and modification.
Or maybe it’s because you need them to come inside from the yard where they are romping and frolicking freely in the sun because you need to put them in the crate so you can leave them and go to work all day. In your dog’s mind it is cause and effect, I came to you and you put me in the crate and left me. The point of this game is for your dog to stop what they are doing and come quickly to you to get a yummy treat and be pet and then go back to play.
Let’s break down what we need to know to keep our pets and our family happy and safe on Halloween. Remember the toxic offenders are not just all forms of chocolate, but raisins, grapes, nuts, milk, salt, caffeine and even xylitol (a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste) are all toxic hazards to your dog. Think about it, the point of this holiday is to open the door every time the doorbell rings which presents multiple opportunities for your dog to dart out the door and escape. However, if you have spent time preparing your dog and think your dog will enjoy being part of the festivities, than practice with your pet ahead of time. There are pumpkins and candy everywhere and in the darkness of night it will be a challenge to control everything your dog will want to put near his nose and in his mouth. You are taking your dog out of your controlled environment and will need to ensure their safety from toxic items and burns. Keeping them safe and calm, will free you from worry, and allow the whole family to have a Happy Halloween, and be scared for the right reasons…the neighborhood haunted house!
The islands are mostly uninhabited and many of those that do have people on them are almost primitive. The dogs remain as they have for thousands and thousands of years—scavengers that live among the people. The dogs are being loaded up by their owners as they hold them tight onto the leash and by the collar. Another disgusting but true fact is that dogs will also release their anal glands on rugs and furniture as a way of marking or when they have irritation. While this is normal during the whelping period, the female will generally not continue this practice after the puppies are weaned and can move about. We all have seen pictures of the Nordic breeds of dogs mushing through the snow as they pull the sleds. There are also some great new dog booties on the market that protect your dog from the ice, salt and snow.
Make sure you shovel a path to your dog’s favorite potty spot, and also shovel an area for him to eliminate. If you are finding that you just can’t get out and bear the weather, try bringing your pup to an indoor doggie daycare.  At Dog Gone Smart, we are very busy during the snowy season and the dogs get lots of time to run, play and even swim. When you tether or chain a dog up outside, you are eliminating the ability for flight, and are leaving no other option but to build the fight instinct. A dog that leans against its tether is actually being put into an aggressive and threatening body position. He will quickly chase and grab the thrown ball, now reach into your pocket and grab the other ball.
The holistic component derives from taking into account all facets of any particular dog’s situation, including upbringing, prior training, traumatic events and—most importantly—the characteristics of his home and family life. Kneel down to be less threatening, extend your food arm toward the dog, show the dog the food as a target and say COME, COME, COME! This is a long enough span of time so that he will not make the association between coming to you and going in his crate. Not only will your door be constantly opening and closing on Halloween, but strangers will be dressed in scary costumes and screaming for candy.
Instinctually your dog is compelled to want to investigate every visitor, so give your pets a haven where they can feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed—tucked away from Halloween guests. Make sure the costume fits safely and comfortably with ease, and that the dog does not become anxious or stressed while wearing it. Shop keepers and street vendors will typically have a resident street dog that lies on the stoop outside the shop waiting for left overs that may or may not come their way. Repelz-it™ Nanoprotection helps prevent liquids, dirt and coat oil from sticking to our fabrics. There is no other fabric finish repellent technology in the pet industry that is both PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PFOS (perflourooctane sulphonate) free. Coprophagia (the name given to the act of a dog eating its poop) is unfortunately very common among canines and it is quite natural.


Unfortunately many dogs will poop on the Wee Wee pad and then turn around and eat it in an effort to keep the den clean. When the owners pick up their dogs at the end of the day, they are exercised, tired and content.
Once he’s learned the meaning of come, call him at different times throughout the day, from inside and outside, rewarding him every time and then go about your business. That’s why there is Gambler’s Anonymous and that’s what we want – your dog to become addicted to “coming when called”. Lastly if your dog should get loose and run off, don’t punish him when he does finally show up. If the doorbell stresses out your dog, disable it and then make it fun by leaving a spooky sign asking for trick-or-treaters to “Knock if you Dare”.
In the afternoon on my second day, I heard a dogfight going on from inside my cabin and ran to discover a horrific sight. Because they can!” However in this case I don’t feel it was about pleasuring himself and I also didn’t share Sarah’s interpretation that her dog was a pervert and was doing this on purpose. If not cleaned up properly, pet mistakes will leave an odor of urine and feces in carpets, tile floors as well as dog beds and furniture.
If your dog has a thick undercoat, the cold will not affect him as much as some other dogs that don’t.  If you take your hand and go against the grain of the dogs fur and you can see the skin below, chances are your dog has little, if any, undercoat. Of the approximately 25 fatalities caused by dogs in the USA annually, many of these dogs were left isolated and tethered outside.
In June of this year (2013) Oregon passed a new law that prohibits dog owners from tethering or chaining dogs up outside.
What dogs learn and learn quickly is that when you call me to come you do something I don’t like. Remember we are competing with all the distractions of their environment, chasing squirrels and barking dogs and bicycles.
Dogs may become territorial and anxious which can cause them to growl at innocent trick-or-treater’s.
Remove any dangling objects such as strings that can be a strangulation hazard if it gets caught, and eliminate any accessories that can be a choking hazard.
Studies over the last few years suggest that the idea of a pack of dogs is really just a “family” of dogs.There appeared to be two different groups of dogs here—one that was living amongst the natives and one that seemed to be living a much more isolated existence.
Sometimes neutered dogs will get erections when they get excited over certain events (going for a ride in the car, going hunting, going to doggie daycare), however this was not really an erection, but the sheath pulling back, exposing the penis. So, when you use one of Dog Gone Smart’s beds, mats or jackets for your dog, the product, as well as your house, is more likely to stay clean and odor free for years. Dogs like Dobermans, Boxers, smooth haired Dachshunds, Weimaraners and Viszlas are breeds that  do not have undercoats and may require some added protection, especially when the temperatures drop below freezing. The activity in the neighborhood will be stressful, and there are even pranksters who will tease or even steal pets on Halloween, so just don’t do it. Shedding is always an issue when it comes to a clean home—hence we are now seeing the popularity of hypoallergenic dogs and dogs that do not shed. Unfortunately kids playing in neighborhoods often are the targeted victims of dogs that are tethered. No matter how angry and upset you are with him for running away, praise him and feed him when he returns.
They had established trust over the years and although she certainly was not the restaurant owner’s pet, she viewed him as a friend.
If you are up in a high rise and are kind of forced to use this type of pad, try putting the Wee Wee pad in an out of the way room that you rarely use. She sprays a little on each of the dogs’ pads before they go outside, and voila, nothing sticks!
Our actions determine their reactions and we always want to reward and encourage them for finding their way back to us.
I know that Halloween night, and even weekend is one of the busiest times at my canine center, Dog Gone Smart, because our families know the dogs will be safe, playing with their friends and out of harms way from the pet perils of Halloween.
Just as we give our children flashlights and glow sticks to be safe as daylight turns dark, we should make sure any pets we bring out with us trick-or-treating are well lit and can be safely seen by cars. By seperating his knees the skin in his groin (which was a bit tight), would pull the sheath back from the penis, exposing his phallus.  With the penis exposed, Patton would lick it, to encourage it to retract.  So unfortunately there was not much I could do for these clients, except to try and get them both to understand that what Patton was doing was disgustingly normal for a male dog!
Your dog knows the game, knows the treat is coming and will pull that slot machine handle to see what treats it dispenses. A light up collar is a great option, and will also ensure people see your pet in the group so no one gets startled or spooked. You want the dog to drop the ball basically at your feet and not back up in anticipation of the next throw.
Do this over and over and pretty soon your dog will get the idea that running to you with the ball in his mouth and dropping it at your feet makes you throw another ball. Once he does, the food should always be in your pocket and only be fed to him after he comes to you.



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