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How To Teach Dogs To Shake Hands: 7 Quick And Easy Steps

Do you ever feel that your dog has some hidden talents that you just don’t know yet? Well, you’re lucky. In this article, I’ll give a step-by-step approach on how to teach dogs to shake.

One of the simple tricks that you can teach your dog is how to shake hands. Aside from impressing your friends, this technique is helpful if you want your dog to shake paws with visitors rather than jump at them. If you’re ready, let’s get started.

Why Dogs Like To Shake Hands?

Dogs are naturally pawsy. They use paws to move something or gain access to anything. Training a dog to shake hands is therefore quite easy because it promotes a natural, inherent behavior.

Your dog may also give you his paw once he discovers that gets a treat right after the action. According to psychologist Edward Thorndike , any behavior that’s followed by a good result is likely to be repeated. This means if each time your dog extends his paw to you, he gets attention, praises, and treats.

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Sometimes the pawing behavior of dogs can get out of hand. To keep this kind of behavior in check, give a verbal cue. If your dog extends his paw off cue, suppress or ignore by leaving or getting up.

Now learning how to shake can open a window to many possible training opportunities. You can teach your dog some more challenging tricks, like wave, high five, and salute. The sky’s the limit to take advantage of the pawsy behavior of dogs.

What You’ll Need

Treats


You’ll need to prepare some treats to reward your dog when he shakes. Bite-sized treats, like this one , are great for training because they’re easier to chew and don’t contain too many extra calories. You don’t want to overfeed your dog, so you need to keep the treat sizes as small as possible.

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In selecting the treats, consider your dog’s preferences in texture: does he love soft or hard treats? What flavor does your dog respond more obediently? Figure them out and have them available for training.

You can try making your own treats if you’re iffy about commercial brands. What I usually use are small pieces of cooked meat, fruits, or even vegetables. You can change up the treats once in a while to keep him interested.

Pouch


You’ll need a pouch where you can keep the treats. There’s actually a commercial pouch meant for dog treats, like this one. What’s good about this type of pouch is it can hold a generous amount of treats and dog accessories.

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If you can’t find a dog treat training pouch anywhere, you can wear a jacket or shirt with pockets. Make sure that the pockets are deep so they can carry plenty of treats. You can also use any small bag that you have at home.

Canine Friend


Obviously, you need a canine friend to perform this simple shake hand trick. Your dog needs to have one front paw at least in order to perform this trick. Just like humans, dogs have paw preferences: he can be left-handed or right-handed.

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Since pawing is a natural instinct for dogs, any breed can be taught to shake. In general, puppies are more receptive to learn new things, but old dogs can also be receptive given the proper motivation. As compared to confident dogs, shy or nervous dogs might be more difficult to train, but it’s not impossible.

The only way your dog can perform this trick is if he’s sitting. If your pet doesn’t know how to do the basic sit command, then you may need to teach him first. Since you’ll be feeding him treats, it’s best that you perform the training when he’s hungry.

Time


You’ll need 5-10 minutes every day to teach your dog this trick. Spending more than 10 minutes will probably get both of you frustrated and tired. You can tell that your dog is already frustrated if he looks away or won’t accept any treats.

Teaching your dogs to shake hands should be fun, not frustrating. The only way that your dog can learn is to do the trick in several repetitions. Before you know it, your dog will be shaking hands after several weeks of training.

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A Quiet Place To Work


To keep the focus of your dog when training, choose a quiet place to work. You want to find a place that has fewer distractions as possible. An indoor space in your home may be great.

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When training, turn off devices, such as televisions, radios, and phones. You want the attention of your dog to be focused on you and not on anything else. As possible, keep other animals and children away from the room because they can distract the attention of your dog.

Patience And Other Traits


For the success of this trick, you’ll need all the patience you have. Your dog can’t learn this trick overnight. Your dog needs several days or even months to master this command, so be patient with the progress of your dog and don’t get frustrated if he doesn’t learn the command right away.

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Consistency is another trait that you must have. You should apply the same rules, commands, and rewards to your dog. Resist the urge to provide treats when your dog hasn’t performed the trick successfully.

A little acting can also go a long way for the success of this training. For starters, you shouldn’t conduct the training session in a bad mood because your dog might interpret it as his own doing. When your dog performs the trick successfully, act really happy to boost his confidence.


Step-By-Step Instructions

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Get Your Dog In A Sitting Position

In a quiet place in your room, get your dog to sit in front of you. Get down to your dog’s level so you won’t be hovering over him. If your dog doesn’t know how to obey the sit command, teach him first from this video.

Once your dog has sat down, don’t give him a reward just yet. Your goal here is to teach him how to shake, not sit.

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Show The Treat In Front To Your Dog

With your dog sitting down and you kneeling or squatting in front of him, get a treat from your pouch or pocket. Grab the treat between your palm and thumb. Get his attention by bringing the treat in front of his nose.

Once you have your dog’s attention, enclosed the treat around your fist. You can allow your dog to sniff on the treat on your closed hand. If your dog tries to stand, command him to sit. Never let your dog grab the treat from your hand.

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Introduce the Verbal Cue

Now create a verbal cue to initiate the trick. Say the command while holding the treat in your fist. You can use “Shake” or “Paw”, but I prefer the former. In general, a one-word command is ideal as it can easily be registered in the mind of your dog.

Once you selected the command, be consistent with it because changing it will confuse your dog. If you have used the word “shake”, say it the entire course of your dog training. Don’t say “paw” to confuse your dog even more.

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You should say the verbal cue loud so your dog can hear it clearly. Give the command at the precise moment that dog shakes your hand. If your dog doesn’t offer his paw to you, try again until he does.

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Reward Your Dog

Once your dog learns that you have the treat in your fist, he’ll try to take it from you. If he lifts his paw even slightly or even fidget a little, say “Yes” enthusiastically and reward him right away with the treat and praises, like “good boy”.

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What if your dog won’t move at all? In this case, you’ll have to show him what shake means by taking his elbow of his front leg and lift it off the ground. Be gentle and hold the paw for several seconds. Follow with a treat and give him lots of praises.

Repeat steps 1 to 4 until your dog can reliably lift his paw when you say “Shake”. This may take several days or even weeks. Remember to be patient and keep the training session 5-10 minutes only to prevent frustrations.

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Test The Trick Without The Treat

By this time your dog should be shaking your hand each time he sees your hand with the treat. If the response is not yet consistent, do more repetitions until the behavior is totally automatic.

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Once your dog offers his paw on command automatically, you can start removing the treat in your closed hand. Test the reaction of your dog if you offer your hand without the treat and say the verbal cue. If he still gives his paw, reward him with a treat, but this time do it on the other hand and praise him enthusiastically.

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Try With An Open Hand

After your dog gives his paw consistently without a visible treat, it’s time to take the training to another level. Start by offering your hand palm up towards your dog and say the verbal cue. Wait for him to extend his paw to shake on your open hand and give the reward on the other hand.

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Don’t forget to give him lots of praises to reinforce the behavior positively. Again, repeat this step over and over again until your dog can shake your open hand consistently.

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Reduce The Treats

Now it’s time to reduce the treat rewards. You can begin by giving the rewards every other time he performs the shake command. If your dog can still perform the trick consistently, you can reduce the treats even further. Don’t eliminate the treats entirely because you still need them occasionally to reinforce the behavior.

If you like to get an idea n how to teach dogs to shake, watch this video.

Pro Tips

    • If you’re confident that your dog has mastered the shake command, try it in different situations. Try it in a place with distractions, like parks or in a room with children. The more diverse the situations, the more ingrained the trick will become in your dog’s mind.

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    • If your dog still won’t respond to the shake command, you can raise his front paw by lightly tapping the back of your dog’s paw with your pointer finger. The gentle pressure will immediately let your dog pick up his front paw to move away. As soon as your dog starts to bend his front foot, sweep it gently with your hand and pick up his paw.

    • Keep the training fun for both of you. You can get everyone involved including your family. Remember to be consistent with the command and the rewards. To keep the interest of your dog, you can use mixed up different rewards, like toys, walks, and food.

    • Don’t get angry if your dog doesn’t obey the command right away. You want to be firm, but not harsh.

Final Thought

Did you enjoy learning how to teach dogs to shake? At first, it would be really frustrating but as you keep repeating it, you’ll be surprised how your dog can respond to the verbal cue real quick. For this training to succeed, you really need to be patient.

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In my experience, I was able to teach my dog to shake hands consistently in about a month. The first days were really challenging but as you practice it over and over again, your dog can pick up on the command right away. Once you see your dog reacts to the command automatically, it can really be a good source of pride.

If you have tried teaching your dog to shake with these steps, let us know the outcomes in the comments section. You can also share this article with your friends if you like it.

How To Train Your Pitbull: Learn The Ways Here

Do you have an aggressive pitbull that you want to train? If you do, then you’re lucky because I’ll be showing you some steps on how to train your pitbull to become a sweet and loyal companion. Of course, your pitbull won’t learn overnight so be patient and take the time to teach him well.

I had a pitbull before and I had a prejudice of its menacing behavior. To my surprise, you can actually train a pitbull if you put your heart into it. If you want to learn the ways, keep on reading.

What You’ll Need

  • leash
  • Collar And Tags
  • crate
  • treats
  • toy
  • patience
  • Calm Assertive Stance

You need a to project a calm, assertive energy to establish yourself as the pack leader to your pitbull. Unlike humans, dogs instinctively search and follow pack leaders who project a calm, assertive attitude. Now the question is how to project this attitude?

The first thing you can do is to stay relax even if your dog is misbehaving. Keep in mind that you can’t explain with dogs why something they did was wrong. Don’t get upset and don’t take it personally.

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Sometimes, the behavior of your dog reflects your personality. For example, if you feel tense for a possible dog encounter, your dog will probably go crazy at the sight of another dog.

To achieve a calm attitude, I suggest that you live in the present. Forget your mistakes in the past and your worries for the future. Imagine being someone you look up to, like your mentor or parent, and copy his behavior.

Step-By- Step Instructions On How To Train Your Pitbull

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Give Your Dog A Crate, Collar, And Tag


Shelter your dog on a crate. Your dog should see it as a place for sleeping and not something for punishment. Don’t forget to wear him a collar and a name tag. If youhave the budget, inject him with a microchip.

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Provide Your Pitbull Plenty Of Exercise


Your pitbull might get aggressive if he has too much energy or feeling locked up. To make your canine friend happy, take him outside for walks in your backyard or in a dog park. Spend at least two hours daily to provide him the attention and exercise herequires.

Leash your dog when your taking walks. You don’t want him running to strangers or other pets. As you give him more exercise, he becomes happier.

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House-Train Your Pet


Before you get a pitbull, select a designated spot for urinating and defecating. As soon your puppy gets home, bring him to the designated area and wait for him until he uses it. Once he does his business outside, give him praises and treats.

You should determine the signs when your dog needs the bathroom. He may be walking in circles, sniffing the floor, or simply appears disturbed. Once you see these signs, take him right away to the toilet area assigned.

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Use Treats As Positive Reinforcement


When training your pitbull, concentrate on teaching him rather than the outcome. Bepatient because your dog won’t catch on the training overnight. Also maintain a calm,assertive attitude at all times.

The training will take time but once your dog catches on the commands, everything will be simple. For starters, provide your dog a simple command. If he follows your command, give him praises and reward him treats. Giving him treats as positive reinforcement will go a long way to earn his trust to subdue his aggression.

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Be consistent when using positive reinforcement. Similar to how you would discipline a child, reward him every time he does something right. You can use treats or simplewords of praises.

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Establish Supremacy


To prevent your pitbull from acting dominant over you, establish supremacy. Your pitbull should realize that you’re the pack leader and not the other way around. Once he realizes that, he’ll obey your every command while keeping his respect and loyaltyto you.

To demonstrate dominance, you should be able to give your dog permission to do both the things he or shouldn’t do. Give praises quickly so he knows that you own him. If your dog does something bad, correct him quickly.

In other words, you need to show dominance by giving and denying him permission to do things such as go outside, eat, or jump on the sofa. Your dog has surely recognized you as pack leader if he lets you enter the house first and obeys on your first command.

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Leash Train Your Pitbull


Learn how to train your dog on a loose leash rather on a pulled tight one. This will provide him more freedom to explore and go to the toilet, while still being within your reach. Putting your dog on a leash will prevent him from getting out of control when outdoors.

When training, your dog should learn that the leash should be loose at all times. If he tries to put tension on the leash, discourage him by pulling him in the opposite direction. Your dog should follow you and not attempt to lead the way.

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If your pitbull is keeping the leash loose, give him a treat and praise him. This will make him aware that what he’s doing is right.

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Thwart The Biting Before It Begins


While your pitbull is still small, let him know that biting is wrong. Try to move your hand away or fake a cry whenever he bites you. This will send him a signal that what he did was wrong.

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Another way to impede your dog’s constant biting is to give him his favorite toy. This will transfer his aggression in a playful method.

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Socialize Your Dog


Take your dog out so he can meet other people and dogs. This will make your pibull friendly as he will learn to get used with other animals. For best results, begin socializing your dog when he’s still young.

If you have the means, you can enroll your pup in a puppy training class once he reaches six months. The proper class will get him get used to other dogs and learn proper behavior.

If you want to learn more about pitbulls, watch this

Pro Tips

  • Look out for signs that your pitbull is upset or agitated. Your dog is probably uncomfortable around another dog if he shows any of these signs: growling,curled lip, stiff posture, or folding his tail between his legs. Once he exhibits any of these behaviors, learn how to change his mood by giving him a treat, taking him for a walk, or simply praising him.
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  • When using positive reinforcement, always be firm. Don’t give treats even if he looks cute because it will send mixed signals. You should only give rewards if he does something good.
  • Dogs, in general, have short memory attention span of 5 seconds. If you’re giving praises and corrections, do them quickly.
  • As part of socialization, try introducing you pitbull with other dogs.

Final Thought

Did you have fun learning the steps on how to train your pitbull? I know it will be hard for the first time but after a couple of repetitions, your pitbull will surely pick up the instructions well. Be sure that your patient and project a calm, assertive behavior.

If you’ve tried training a pitbull, let us know the outcome in the comment section. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends if you like it.

How To Convince Your Parents To Get A Dog: All It Takes Is 10 Simple Steps

Do you want to get a dog but your parents just think otherwise? Well, you’re lucky because here in this article I’ll be teaching you how to convince your parents to get a dog effectively. There’s not much material you need but pure persuasion and patience.

Personally, I think that as a kid, you should get a dog because it can teach you how to be kind and responsible. However, it can take a lot of effort, time, and even money that’s why your parents might be hesitant of getting one. If you think you’re ready to get a dog, let’s get started.

Benefits Of Having A Dog

Owning a dog can actually offer many benefits. Here are some of the benefits you and your family can expect.

1. A Dog Can Improve Your Health

Having a dog can give you fewer illnesses, like headaches and colds. Contrary to popular belief, a dog can help minimize your risk of developing specific allergies, like grass allergies and ragweed. By being exposed to germs, you can build a strong immunity against them, making you less sick in return.

2. A Dog Can Make You Happy

Having a dog companion can make you happy, hence reduce your risk of depression.This is because taking care of a dog needs routine and an active lifestyle, hence you focus less on feeling down. Receiving love and interacting with a dog can also help you remain positive.

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3. A Dog Can Teach You Responsibility

Since you’ll be forced to learn how to look after a dog, you’ll learn to be responsible in the process. Some of the few routine that you need to do are feeding, grooming,and visiting the vet. By taking over these tasks, you can also learn how to nurture other people.

What You’ll Need

  • Patience
  • Persistence
  • Careful Research
  • Calm Attitude
  • Money

Asking your parents to get a dog might take a long time. You need the patience to wait for your parents’ decision. Don’t keep on asking about it because they’ll just end up being annoyed with you.

If you’re getting impatient, you can take deep, slow breaths. Doing this will help relax your body and slow your heart rate. If it still doesn’t work, count to 10 or longer.Keep reminding yourself that it’s silly to react impatiently.

Step-By- Step Instructions On How To Convince Your Parents To Get A Dog

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Talk About The Joys Of Having A Dog As A Family Pet

For your parents to appreciate the idea of getting a dog, highlight the benefits. Tell them that having a pet dog will allow you to spend more time at home, and hence,more time with the family. Say that rather than spending more time alone in the room staring at the computer, you’ll be spending time outside with a dog.

Tell them that getting a dog can be joyful for the entire family. You can talk walks together in the park or throw a Frisbee during a family gathering in the backyard. Let them picture how wonderful it will be to have a dog by your side while having a family dinner.

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Tell Them That Getting A Dog Can Be Good For Your Mental Health

Convince your parents that having a dog can be therapeutic. Dogs are intuitive in nature so they can sense that you’re sad so in times of stress. This is probably the reason why most dog owners live a longer and happier life.

This reasoning is effective if your parents constantly leave you alone for work. Saythat instead of being alone, you can have a dog to keep you company while your parents are away.

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Explain How A Dog Can Give You Security

Dogs are great protectors to those they consider as family. This means that having a dog can ensure safety for your home and family. With proper training, you can teach your dog who to welcome in your home.

The security benefit is a perfect reason to get a dog if you’re always left alone at home. Tell your parents that a dog can protect you while they’re away. If this reason doesn’t convince your parents, use the responsibility trump card.

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Tell Your Parents That Owning A Dog Will Teach You Responsibility

Tell your parents that having a dog will make you responsible. By having a dog,you’ll learn how to follow a routine. You’ll be walking, feeding, and playing with him on a certain schedule.

You can also sleep earlier because you need to walk the dog early in the morning.This means less time using the computer and television and more time with the dog.With this kind of responsibility, you’ll be learning how to be responsible for another person.

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Show To Your Parents That You’re Responsible

Now, words won’t be enough to assure your parents that you’re really responsible.You need to walk the talk. One way to show that you’re responsible is by doing some of the household chores.

Your parents will see that you’d be a great dog owner if you can do the basic chores,like keeping the room clean, washing the dishes, or even making your bed. If your parents are still doubtful, take it to the next level and help cook dinner or do the laundry. By helping around, you’ll make it very easy for your parents to say yes.

To let your parents see that you can manage the added responsibility of having a dog,keep your grades up. Show to your parents that you’re committed to work hard even if you’ll have a dog under your care. For assurance, make a verbal promise and be specific as you can. You can promise to get an A for science or score an A on all math exams.

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Do A Research On The Dog You Want

Before getting a dog, do a slight research on the kind of dog you want. Regardless of the breed you want, explain your reasons for wanting that specific dog. You can show them the picture of the dog so they’ll get an idea of what it is.

Also, think about how your dog will fit into the conditions of your home. Let’s say,you want a Border Collie but no one is eager to walk the dog and play Frisbee, look for another breed. Make sure that you find a breed that your parents will be happy to accept.

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Find A Way To Hep With The Expense

Helping with the expenses is one way of showing responsibility. Just like raising a child, owning a dog can be expensive. You need to pay the bills for grooming, vet,toys, and food. To help your parents with the expenses, you can offer some money to help.

Earn money by doing simple jobs, like delivering newspapers, or use your savings bank to help with the cost of caring a dog. If you have some money saved in your piggy bank or savings account, this is the best time to show them. Your parents will see that you’re taking the responsibility of having a dog at home.

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Perform A Test Run

At this point, your parents might still be skeptical of getting you a dog. To show them that you’re really serious, you can volunteer to care the dog of another. In this way,your parents will see how happy you can be when hanging out with a pet.

If you can’t find another dog to care, ask your parents to provide you something to care of for a specific period. It can be a plant or another pet, like a hamster perhaps.Do well in this amount of time and show to them that you serious about wanting a dog.

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Address Your Parents Concerns

Your parents might be worried about getting you a dog because they think they’ll end up taking care of the dog once you get bored. Assure them that you’ll care for the dog and that you have created a routine schedule. To prove your commitment, feed and take him for walks yourself.

Another concern of getting a dog is the possibility that he’ll destroy your home. A dog might chew on your furniture and bring dirt into your home. Address this concern accordingly by telling them that you’ll get your dog chew toys to prevent him from creating havoc on your furniture.

Explain to your parents how you’re going to prevent your dog from bringing dirt into your house. You can tell them that you’ll clean the dog’s paws once they get dirty.Also, assure your parents that you’ll be the one giving him a bath and cleaning up his mess.

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Give Your Parents Time To Think

Remember the saying that patience is a virtue? Well, you can apply it here. Resist the urge to ask your parents over and over again. Give them time to think.

If your parents say no, show them understanding and maturity. Continue to show actions of responsibility, like helping the household chores and keeping your grades up. By being patient, your parents will see that you’re so committed that you’re eager to wait.

Pro Tips

  • Before you get a dog, make a food and water chart. This will determine the budget you’ll need. Consider about house training and a list of credible veterinarians.
  • If you’re concern about the cost, consider adopting a dog from your local rescue or shelter. This is more affordable as compared to purchasing a puppy from a pet store.

Final Thought

Are the steps on how to convince your parents to get a dog easy to follow? Your parents will be more convinced if you elaborate on the benefits. Resist the urge of being a brat and reason out calmly.

Your parents will surely listen to you if you tell them that you’ll care for the dog your self. Not only will a dog keep you company but he can also teach you the basic principle of responsibility. Try the steps with your parents now.

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If you have tried convincing your parents to get a dog, let us know in the comments section. Don’t forget to share this wonderful article if you like it.

How Much To Cremate A Dog? Know The Price Here

Many dog owners resort to cremation because it’s an inexpensive choice that enables them to keep the remains of their pets at home. But how much to cremate a dog exactly? This is the most asked question that I’ll try to answer in this article.

When my dog died, I was devastated, to say the least. I had to deal with his loss and burial. Since looking for a burial lot is very expensive, I try to consider cremation. Keep on reading to learn more about the details of dog cremation.

You’ll Need To Begin With A Plan

Losing your dog is distressing - I should know because I have experienced it too. No one seems to entertain the thought of losing one’s pet, but it it’s better to get yourself ready if all possible. When the fearful day comes, the last thing you’ll want is to be caught unprepared.

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Be sure to make your research because pet cremation isn’t your only choice. You’ll need to think about you’ll go about this, your dog’s remains, and your budget. If you want to make a burial lot, think if you have enough room in your yard. Look for any pet cemetery in your city and make certain if the ground becomes frozen in your region.

The Pet Cremation Services From Pick Up To Delivery?

Following the death of your dog, you can call the pet cremation services 24/7, meaning 24 hours daily, seven days weekly. After you have made the call, the company will pick up the body from your home or veterinary clinic. A staff will then deliver it to the facility and marks the dog with an identification number.

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Now cremation commences- your dog will be cremated in a special furnace that minimizes the body to sand-like powder. Once done, the facility then put the ashes in a sealed box or cardboard box. You can opt to pick up the ashes or ask the company to deliver them at your home. In some pet cemeteries that do cremation, pet bereavement support groups are offered free.

So, How Much To Cremate A Dog?

Typically, the cost of pet cremation ranges from $55 to $100 for puppies. For toy, miniature dogs and mid-sized dogs weighing up to 50 pounds, the typical cost ranges from $100 to $150. You’ll need to spend $150-$350 for large dogs weighing 50-120 pounds.

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In addition to the pet cremation fee, some pet crematorium facilities charged for the temporary urns. You also need to pay for other minor services, like the transfer of the cremains, though some providers already include these services in the total pet cremation cost.

What Are The Additional Costs?

Aside from this fixed price, there are some additional costs that you need to consider. Here are some of them.

Pick Up


Most pet crematoriums offer pick up services where they come to your house and take away the body of your dead dog for cremation. Some crematories charge an additional fee of $45 for body pick up.

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Keep in mind that pick up services are higher during the weekends and nights, which they usually charge around $120. If your home is more than 30 miles of their facility, you’ll have to pay an additional cost of $60. So if you want to save on the pick up costs, I suggest that you deliver the body to the facility yourself.

Viewing


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Some providers allow you to view the cremation process, though some recommend you not seeing your pet. If you like to view the cremation, they charge an additional fee of at least $25. In one pet crematorium I contacted, they charged the viewing for $150.

Cremation Urn


The urn where you place the ashes also doesn’t come free. Generally, the price for a classic bronze, enamel, or brass vase ranges from $50 to $150. If you like to get fancy, you can get a large wax-cast urn in as much as $1,000.

When it comes to size, the general guideline is one cubic inch for every a pound of your dog’s weight. So if your dog weighs 50 pounds, you’ll need a 50-cubic inch urn. If you don’t like to buy a cremation urn, you can make your own by watching this video.

Engraved Nameplate


If you want to mark the urn of your dog’s ashes, prepare an additional $10-$25 for an engraved nameplate. You can customize the engrave according to your preference of color and layout. Some of the information that you need to print include your dog’s name, date of birth, and date of passing.

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Burial Plot


A burial plot is another additional cost that you’ll need to consider. Some pet crematoriums provide packages which already include a burial plot. According to the pet crematoriums we contacted, the burial plot can cost between $630 to $780, depending on the size of your dog.

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Niche Or Mausoleum


If you reside in a more populated area, you might consider using a niche or mausoleum to rest the ashes of your dog. In our place, the average cost of a small niche is about $1,200 with an additional fee of $800 for opening and closing charges.

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When To Make Dog Cremation Arrangements?

As distressing it may be, you should be prepared when your dog passes away. For instance, if your dog has been identified with a lethal disease, it’s time to start planning even if he still has a good quality of life. For all you know, you may have a few months or even weeks left with your beloved pet.

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Another time to start making arrangements is if your dog has almost reached the end of his lifespan. The life expectancy of each breed varies. The French Mastiff has a short life expectancy of 5-8 years while the Havanese has the highest life expectancy of 14-16 years.

Actually, dogs show signs when they almost face death. Some signs include a change in appetite, slow breathing, and lethargy. If you see any of these signs, you better begin thinking of arranging a cremation service that fits your budget.

Pick A Dog Cremation Option: Private Vs Communal

When selecting options for pet cremations, you can choose between a private or communal cremation. As implied by its name, a private cremation refers to an individual cremation of your dog whereas a communal cremation indicates a cremation of your dog with other animals.

In a private cremation, the body of your dog is placed solely in the cremation chamber. After your dog is cremated, the facility will return your dog’s ashes to you. Since it involves only the ashes of your pet, the price may be expensive.

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If you select private cremation, you may ask the crematorium to allow you to view the cremation process. The company, however, may ask you for an additional cost.

Now, if you like to get more than 50% discount, you can opt for a communal cremation. In this option, your dog will be cremated with other animals. You can’t bring home the ashes because the crematory is responsible for discarding them, usually by scattering on the facility grounds.

Selecting The Best Pet Cremation Facility

Each city has a many pet cremation facilities that work with your local vets. If you don’t know any pet cremation facility, you can ask your vet or your local animal shelter. You can also check this [site] (http://aplb.org/services/aftercare.php) for a more comprehensive list of cremation facilities by each state.

After discussing the facility that your vet has recommended, you may compare it with other facilities online. Most providers have a website that provides basic information about their services. Don’t be shy to call and ask for further questions.

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As soon as you find a cremation facility, ask whether they offer an individual or mass cremation. Some companies that perform mass cremations divide up the ashes, so every owner can receive a mixture of ashes from other animals. Also, ask the facility how they dispose the ashes after they perform the mass cremations.

You can also visit the pet crematorium beforehand but make sure that you have call ahead of time to ask permission. This is just basic courtesy, though many reputable facilities have an open door policy to welcome your visit.

So, how would you know whether the facility is the right choice? First, make sure that it hasn’t been noted for any unethical practices or suspicious conduct. You’ll know about its reputation in public records, news, or the Internet.

The facility of your choice should be willing to divulge the information of their cremation process. It should have a good reputation and you should feel comfortable with the place. This is why checking with your vet is a good decision.

Since you don’t want to be short in your budget, calculate your expenses by asking about the pricing and any additional costs. Add those costs and include it in your budget.

Planning The Cremation Process With Your Chosen Provider

Now that you have chosen your pet crematorium, ask specific questions to gain a better understanding of the process. Be proactive and bring in a list of the questions that you want to ask. This way, you’ll remember everything if you start to feel overwhelmed.

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Some of the most important questions that you want to ask the staff are:

    • How much is the price to cremate a dog?

    • Are there any additional or hidden charges that you need to know?

    • Will the facility pick up your dog from home or your vet?

    • What is their specific pick up schedule?

    • When can you pick up your dog’s ashes to bring home?

    • Do they provide a selection of urns or containers?

It’s always good to ask more questions because you’ll get a better understanding of the cremation process. You can also make a more detailed plan with all the answers provided. Once you have made a full plan of action, consult with your vet.

When Cremation Time Happens

By the time that your dog has passed away, you should carry out the full plan of your dog’s cremation. Your vet should secure the same copy in your personal file. If you have your dog picked up from your house, give a copy of your requests to the staff assigned in picking your dog.

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The payment policy may vary from one facility to another, but it would be best that you pay the cremation services ahead of time. This will prevent any further stress during this distressed day.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Since your dog becomes sand-like particles after cremation, how would you know for sure that the ashes delivered to you will be that of your pet?

Actually, there really is now way to be certain but the best way that you can do is to choose a reputable pet crematorium service. You can tell that the facility is highly reputable if your vet and other local vets are using its services.

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  • What Do You Do If Your Dog Dies At Home Naturally?

If you discovered that your dog has passed away naturally in your home, you can opt to take him to the vet and make the proper arrangements. Your vet can keep your dog’s body until the crematorium can pick up your dog. If your vet is unavailable, you can take your dog to a local emergency vet clinic instead.

  • How Long Does A Pet Cremation Take?

Small breed dogs are usually cremated in a short time, which is about 30-45 minutes. For larger dogs, the incineration process may take hours.

Final Thought

Now that you know how much to cremate a dog, you can set out a budget in the near future. When selecting a pet crematorium facility, do your research and don’t forget to ask questions. Be sure that your final goodbye to your dog makes an unforgettable remembrance that will bring you solace of your canine friend for years to come.

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How To Stop Dog From Peeing In Crate: 7 Effective Steps To Follow

Does your dog pees in his crate? Then you’re not alone because I had dealt with the same problem once and it was such a real hassle. If you want to know how to stop dog from peeing in crate, then you’re in the right place.

There might be several reasons why your dog pees in his crate which includes health problems, young age, and slow development. Sometimes, the crate itself is the problem. If you’re ready to put a stop to your dog’s crate peeing habit, let’s getstarted.

How to stop dog from peeing in crate: 7 Effective steps

What You’ll Need

  • Leash
  • Chew Toys Or Treats
  • Enzymatic Cleaner
  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Lemon Juice
  • Paper Towels
  • Crate Divider (Optional)
  • Blankets
  • Blow Dryer (Optional)

If you want to speed up the drying process, consider using a blow dryer. You can use any brand of blow dryer you want. If you don’t have a blow dryer, you can use a faninstead. One time I used a small electric fan to dry the wet area and it works like magic.

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Step-By- Step Instructions

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EXAMINE THE CRATE


Check the size of the crate. The size should be large enough for your dog to sit, stand,and turn around. Your dog should be ale to lie down with his legs straight. If you finda lot of space to move in the back, chances are he may try to pee there and rest in the front.

If the crate is large enough for your dog, get a crate divider to limit the space of yourdog. For comfort, consider putting some blankets. Your dog may stop peeing in thecrate if he enjoys cuddling and sleeping on the blankets. However, if your dog doespee in the blankets, remove them.

If you want some guidance on how to set up a crate divider, watch this video.


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FEED YOUR DOG IN THE CRATE


Your dog would less likely pee in the area where he considers as his source of food.That’s why it’s a good idea if you feed your dog in his crate. You can also considergiving him a treat or a chew for the crate.

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You don’t need to lock your dog inside the crate during meal times as the stress ofbeing confined may disrupt his appetite. Simply place the food inside the crate andleave the door open. At first, your dog may be hesitant to go inside because he thinksthat you’re luring him in.

To ensure him your best interest, leave the food out and continue your regularactivities. Chances are, your dog will eventually eat.


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KEEP A POTTY AND FEEDING SCHEDULE


To make sure that your dog pees at the right time, keep a schedule. Early in themorning, take put him on a leash and take him outside to pee on the designated toiletarea. Use a command to tell your dog to pee, like for example “Pee”. Once your dogpees successfully, praise him by saying “good boy” and give him his favorite treats.

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Each time your dog eats and plays, take him out to pee afterward. When he’s insidethe crate, watch for the time he pees. If he constantly pees three hours after goinginside the crate, take him out 20 minutes earlier. Your dog will soon realize thatthere’s a designated place and time for him to pee.If you crate your dog the whole night, don’t feed him water three hours beforesleeping.

If you crate him the whole day while you’re away, be sure to provide him along walk on a leash in the morning so he can pee after breakfast.


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CLEAN UP THE CRATE IN CASE OF ACCIDENTS


In case your dog pees in the crate, clean it thoroughly to remove any trace of urineodor. This is important because dogs pee on the same spot always by following thescent of their urine. By removing the urine smell, your dog won’t pee on the samespot again.

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To clean the urinated area, first, blot up the urine with paper towels or an old bathtowel. Stand on the towels to put pressure until the last paper towel come away dry. Finally, soak the urinated area with an enzymatic cleaner and dry it using a blowdryer.

If you want to use vinegar, mix one cup water and one teaspoon liquid dish togetherwith one teaspoon vinegar. For maintenance, mix 1/2 water with 1/2 vinegar. Pour thevinegar solution into the peed area and let it soaked for 5-10 minutes and dry with ablow dryer.

When using baking soda, sprinkle some of it on the urinated spot and let it sit for atleast half an hour. Use a blow dryer or fan to dry and remove the stench. If you opt touse lemon juice, dilute it with water and spray it on the urinated area. Let it sit forabout 30 minutes and dry thoroughly with a blow dryer.


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CRATE TRAIN YOUR DOG


Sometimes the reason why your dog pees inside is that he’s probably not used to thecrate. Before you leave him alone in the crate, introduce him to the crate gradually. Begin by encouraging him to go inside the crate.

When he’s inside, don’t lock it because it might stress him out. Try offering your dogsome chew toys or treats for entering the crate. Once he gets accustomed to the crate,start closing it for a short period of time, let’s say for about 10 minutes. After that,you can gradually increase the time.

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If your dog stays in the crate for 30 minutes without getting stressed out, start leavinghim for a longer duration. Increase the duration of leaving your dog alone in the crateuntil he can survive overnight and while you’re away.


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RESOLVE YOUR DOG’S SEPARATION ANXIETY


Your dog may be more likely to pee if he feels stressed when you’re away. Whensaying goodbye, make it brief because your dog will feel anxious if you’re draggingthe farewell for too long. Create a positive reinforcement association each time youleave by giving him a chew toy or treat.

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Also teach your dog that when you get your bag and keys, you aren’t always goingaway. You can do it by making him stay while you leave and shut the door. You canalso ask someone to stay with your dog.


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CONSULT YOUR VET


If all else fails, try visiting your vet. Your dog might be peeing unusually because he’ssuffering a health problem, like a bladder or urinary infection perhaps. Create anappointment with your vet and ask him to do a routine physical exam on your pet.

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Pro Tips

  • Never use a cleaner with ammonia because a dog’s urine has ammonia and it canonly attract your dog to pee on the area as it dries.
  • Try moving your dog’s crate in your bedroom so you’ll know when he gets up during the night to pee.
  • To reduce the likelihood that your dog will tinkle during the night, try removing his water bowl before he goes to bed.
  • When you catch your dog peeing in the crate, never punish him. This will only make him associate the punishment with you and not on the deed. Instead use simply interrupt and firmly say, “no” and take him outside.
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Final Thought

Did you have fun learning how to stop dog from peeing in crate? The steps are pretty easy and you just have to be patient. Your dog won’t deliver good results overnight.You have to be consistent with your training and be understanding if he fails to followyou sometimes.

What did you do to stop your dog from peeing in his crate? Tell us in the commentssection below. If you like this article, please share it with your friends and family.

How To Stop Dog From Itching: 4 Simple Home Remedies

Do you have a dog that constantly scratches and it’s keeping you awake at night? Then you shouldn’t ignore this simple itching because it can be a sign of allergy or skin problem. If you want to know how to stop dog from itching, then you come to the right place.


Many dog owners assume that fleas cause the itching of your dog but the truth is a number of things can interact with each other to cause it. I had a dog that has an itching problem and it leads me to discover several remedies that were really effective. If you like to get started with the itching remedies, keep on reading.

What You’ll Need

Remedy 1

Olive Oil


Not only does olive oil serve as a great cooking oil but it can also be used as a treatment for your dog’s itching. Olive oil is rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, and antioxidants that can restore the moisture of your dog’s fur coat. While this healthy oil can help remedy dog itching, it can also help make the fur grow glossy and thick.

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Olive oil can be used internally and externally. If you want your dog to get maximum health benefits, look for extra virgin olive oil as it likely restores most of its antioxidants during production. Since light tends to degrade the quality of the oil faster, choose a dark bottle over a light colored one.

Water


You may need about a cup of water to dilute 5-10 drops of olive oil. Use clean water, preferably filtered or distilled. If the water on your faucet is free from contamination, use it if you like.

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Bottle


An empty bottle will serve as the container for your topical moisturizer. Be sure that the bottle has a cap so you can seal the solution for future use. I recommend that you use a 1/4-1/2 bottle to fit the entire solution. If you have a dark glass bottle, the better because it can preserve the quality of the oil better than a light colored one.

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Paper Towel


You’ll need a paper towel to wipe any excess oil from your dog’s coat. Use a thick paper towel with great absorbing qualities. For future use, prepare several pieces of paper towels.

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Remedy 2

Coconut Oil

Just like olive oil, coconut oil can also be used both internally and externally. Coconut oil can help improve your dog’s immune system when applied internally. When taken externally, it can moisturize your dog’s dry skin.

I recommend that you use virgin or extra virgin coconut oil to get many health benefits, such as killing off excess candida, stimulates metabolism, and promotes better immune system. Make sure that the brand that you use contains no sugar or preservatives.

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Glass Bottle

The glass bottle will serve as the place where you’ll store the coconut oil topical solution. Again, make sure that the bottle has a cap so you can seal the freshness of the solution. What I use is a 10-ounce bottle which fits all the solution perfectly.

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Lavender Essential oil

You’ll need 10 drops of lavender essential oil to make the coconut oil solution. This essential oil has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that can heal any itchy skin condition. More than that, lavender can help sooth your dog’s central nervous system.

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Lemon Essential Oil

Another essential oil that you’ll need for the coconut oil topical solution is lemon essential. You’ll need about two drops of this citrus essential oil which help soothe inflammation and minimize allergic reactions that may cause your dog’s itching. Just like lavender, lemon has antibacterial , anti-fungal, and even antiseptic properties which can eliminate any itch-causing bacteria on the skin.

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Remedy 3

Yogurt


Another way on how to stop dog from itching is feeding your dog some yogurt. This semisolid sourish food is rich with probiotic that can promote a healthy digestive system. By restoring good bacteria in your dog’s colon, yogurt can help strengthen the immune system, hence, prevent skin and yeast infections.

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If you want, you can mix the yogurt in your dog’s food. Just remember to only feed plain yogurt without additives and sugar, like this one to avoid further complications.



Remedy 4

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Water

  • Spray Bottle

  • Sponge

  • Basin

The raw, organic and unpasteurized form of apple cider vinegar (ACV) can help relieve itchiness caused by yeast. Just like olive oil and coconut oil, ACV can be used externally or added to your dog’s food.


To find the best ACV, look for the “mother”. Unlike highly processed ACV, the unpasteurized variety has the mother, which is described as the cloudy stringy matter that floats and swirls around. It contains all the healthy nutrients as well good bacteria.

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Step-By-Step Instructions

Remedy 1: Get Moisturized With Olive Oil

If your dog itches because of dry skin, then introducing olive oil into his diet might be effective. This healthy oil contains omega 3 fatty acids that can enhance the quality of your dog’s skin. You can also apply olive oil externally, which I prefer sometimes.

1

Mix The Olive Oil In Your Dog’s Food

Add 1/2 tablespoon or 5-10 drops of olive oil into your dog’s food twice a day. After a few days, you’ll be able to notice results. As soon as your dog’s skin becomes normal, reduce the amount of olive oil to less than 1/2 tablespoon.

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Apply As A Topical Moisturizer

In an empty bottle, add 5-10 drops of olive oil. Next, dilute it with one cup of water. Seal the bottle with a cap and mix well.

When it’s time for application, place a few drops of the solution on your hand. Massage the solution in your dog’s skin, especially on the dry areas where your dog often scratches. If you see any excess oil on his coat, wipe it off with a paper towel.

Do this treatment once a day until your dog’s skin becomes healthy again. To keep your dog’s skin moisturized, apply occasional treatments.

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Remedy 2: Control Yeast Growth With Coconut Oil

Allergy symptoms, such as itching, can be caused by yeast. This fungus can help absorb nutrients in your dog’s body when it’s balanced, however, if it grows out of control, it can begin causing allergy symptoms. Here are the instructions on taking coconut oil orally and topically.

1

Feed Your Dog With Coconut Oil

Add coconut oil directly to your dog’s meal to improve his immune system. The dosage may depend on your dog’s body weight. For every 10 pounds of body weight, feed your dog up to one teaspoon daily or every few days.

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For example, if your dog weighs 20 pounds, add up to two teaspoons of coconut oil to his meals. You might want to begin at just 1/4 of that amount (1/2 teaspoon) of coconut oil to avoid loose stools. From that minimum amount, work your way up to two teaspoons.

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Apply A Topical Solution

In a small glass bottle, add 8 ounces or 16 tablespoons of coconut oil. Close the bottle and let it sit in a warm room to change it to room temperature. Next, add 10 drops of lavender and two drops of lemon essential oils.

Shake the mixture and pour a few drops on your hand. Massage the mixture into your dog’s skin once weekly or more often if necessary. After each use, store in a dark place. This topical solution will last for several months.







Remedy 3: Keep Good Bacteria With Yogurt

If your dog keeps on scratching ear and chewing his toes, then probably, your dog is struck with a yeast infection. You can stop yeast infection from happening by feeding your dog with yogurt.

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Select The Best Yogurt

The best yogurt for your dog is plain and unflavored. If you want to make sure of the ingredients, you can make your own yogurt by watching this video.

But, if making your own yogurt is a great hassle for you, buy it in any stores near you. Read the label and look for active L. acidophilus. Avoid flavored yogurt because it may contain too much sugar.

2

Feed Your Dog Yogurt

Yogurt may contain high amounts of calcium which may cause bone abnormalities if you overfeed your dog. For small dogs, one teaspoon of yogurt is sufficient. For large dogs, two tablespoons are enough.

Feed your dog yogurt a few times a week. You can also add yogurt directly to your dog’s food if you like. To prevent stomach upset, start feeding your dog yogurt with small amounts.

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Remedy 4: Relieve Itchy Skin With Apple Cider Vinegar

If the itchy skin of your dog is caused by poison ivy or yeast, then ACV is a great solution. Its antibacterial properties can relieve your dog’s itchy skin and paws. You can use it topically or add it to your dog’s food or water.

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Make And Apply An ACV Solution

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When applying the ACV solution, avoid the open wounds or raw skin. Apply this said solution daily until the itching stops.

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Soak Your Dog’s Itchy Paws

If your dog has itchy paws, you can put some ACV solution into a basin. Make sure that the amount can soak the whole paws. Soak your dog’s paws for not more than five minutes.

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Add ACV In Your Dog’s Food And Water

If yeast is the main problem and you can’t apply the solution topically, you can add ACV into your dog’s water and food. Feed your dog 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of ACV twice a day. Do this until the itching goes away.







Pro Tips

    • Never give more than 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil in one setting because it might cause diarrhea.

    • Because olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties, avoid using it on any place that has broken skin or open wounds.

    • If your dog abhors the taste of coconut oil, try adding coconut meat, coconut water, or coconut milk to his food.

    • In case the coconut oil solidifies, heat it in the microwave for a few seconds before adding it to your dog’s meal.

    • Avoid applying ACV solution directly into raw skin or wound because it will sting really bad.




Final Thought

Did you find the instructions on how to stop dog from itching simple? I actually did because the things you’ll need are readily available at home. I never thought that natural remedies can be as effective as the medicated brands. Aside from being effective, the home remedies presented above won’t give dangerous side effects as compared to commercial sprays and creams.

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If you’ve tried stopping your dog itching with natural remedies, share them with us in the comment section. You can also share this article with your friends if you like it.

The Best No Pull Dog Harness Of 2017: Guide And Reviews

If your dog is a puller on a leash, then you come to the right place. In this article, we’ll help you find the best no pull dog harness that will stop your dog from pulling and can make your walks more pleasurable. So go ahead and check our buyer’s guide and top 5 picks.


What Is A No Pull Harness?

A no pull harness is a great solution if your dog constantly pulls you down the block each day. This type of harness has a ring built in the middle of the chest strap where you fasten the leash. When your pal begins to move forward, the leash maneuvers him back to you, making it difficult for him to pull.


There are two clips designed on this type of harness: one on the shoulders and another on the chest. This equipment is completely more humane, as compared to choking collars and head halters. To fully eliminate the bad habit of pulling, you can use the no pull harness with training.


How To Choose The Best No Pull Dog Harness

Know The Size Of Your Dog


Firs things first, measure your dog because some of the harnesses are made for a specific size. You probably need to measure the neck and the chest areas. Get the circumference by using a soft tape measure.

For visual reference, watch how to measure your dog’s neck and chest in this video.

It will be more helpful if you know the weight of your dog, too. To make sure that the harness won’t be too tight, choose a size that’s slightly larger than the actual size of your furry friend.

Consider The Activities That You Always Do


Next, think about the activities that you and your dog usually do. If you like to take long hikes with your pet, choose a harness that uses flexible and breathable materials. That way, he can stay comfortable all throughout the activity.

If your dog loves to swim, choose something that’s not too bulky and dries up quickly. But if you enjoy just walking down the street, then you may not focus on these things. To make sure that you can still see your dog at night, you may want to look for a reflective material.

Set The Budget


After you have taken into all account the size and features you’ll need, set the budget that you’re willing to spend. With a no pull dog harness, you can spend less if you know what features to look. Keep in mind that not all expensive brands are the best. There may be some cheaper brands that provide the same features.







What To Look For

Attachment Points

A good no pull harness should have two attachment points, one the chest and another on the back. These two attachment points give you more versatility. You can attach the leash on the front to discourage pulling or on the back for exercising.



Comfort

The best no pull dog harness should be comfortable. A padded chest plate is a great feature to look for if you want to ensure the comfort of your pal. If possible, avoid harnesses with heavy rings or sharp sewn areas that can chafe your dog. The strap that goes behind the legs should have a soft lining to prevent chafing, rubbing, and sores.



Ease Of Use

Some of the harnesses can really get annoying to wear on your dog, especially if your pal gets so excited for a walk. Similarly, you also want a harness that can be easy to remove after the long walk. In this case, quick release buckles or any snap attachments can really do the trick. With these features, all you need to do is place the harness over the head and snap the buckles in.



Durable, Yet Light

To get the best value for your money, look for a durable harness that can resist the constant wear and tear. Some of the most durable harnesses are made of extra stitching reinforcements all over. As much as we want the material to be durable, we also want it to be light so your dog won’t wear it with a burden.



Warranty

If you want to get protected from any manufacturer’s defects, look for a warranty. Some manufacturers, like My Pets America, even go far as offering a refund or replacement if you’re not satisfied with the product. There are even brands, like 2 Hounds Design, that offer a free replacement of straps.



Safety Features

To ensure visibility of your dog at night, look for a harness that uses a reflective material. A sturdy handle will allow you to hold your dog securely while on a leash. It’s much desirable if the harness has a looping seat belt so your dog can sit in your car securely while in the car.

5 Best No Pull Dog Harnesses

Chai’s Choice Best Front Range Dog Harness

The Chai’s Choice Best Front Range Dog Harness is built with two leash attachments, which makes it very effective to prevent your dog from pulling away. The outer layer is made of durable and scratch-resistant oxford material. The Duraflex buckle is lightweight to provide comfort and can carry a large load capacity.


The ergonomic design makes this harness very easy to use. Your dog can wear this harness comfortably with its lightweight mesh lining and soft sponge padding in the chest and belly. What I love about this harness is its many safety features, such as nylon webbing, 3M reflective material for clear visibility at night, and durable handle for safe car travel.


Editor's Rating:

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May cause some injuries around the armpit areas due to very snug chest straps

May not be ideal for skinny, barrel-chested dogs

The plastic buckles are really lightweight and not strong enough to last

2 Hounds Design Freedom No-Pull Dog Harness Training Package With Leash

The Freedom No-Pull Dog Harness has two attachment points on the chest and neck, making it the most effective in preventing your dog from pulling away. While it keeps your dog in control, it doesn’t cause any neck strain and sits comfortably on your dog. The strap that goes behind the legs is lined with velvet to prevent chafing, rubbing, and sores.


This harness includes a double ended leash which you attach to the back, front, or both. In case the straps are chewed, you can ask for up to two replacements from the manufacturer. The harness is washable so cleaning is a breeze.



Editor's Rating:

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It would have been perfect if its padded for maximum comfort

The strap may causes rashes around the armpit, especially when the strap is worn tightly

The harness couldn’t be adjusted to fit perfectly

My Pets America Dog Harness For Large, Medium, & Small Breed

If you want a complete harness and leash set, then My Pets America Dog Harness might be your best choice. This package includes a leash, a no pull harness, and e-book containing some nice training advice from Master Dog Training Academy. The no pull effect suits best for training, hiking, and walking.


This harness is made with a reflective design so you can still see your dog visibly even at night. It’s made of light-weight polyester to offer durability and safety locks for security. With its no choke design, it provides no stress on your dog’s neck.




Editor's Rating:

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The seams seem to fray easily

The chest part seems to cause some red irritation marks

The leash that comes with it is a bit weak to control a large breed

Walk Your Dog With Love No-Choke No-Pull Front-Leading Dog Harness

The No-Choke No-Pull Front-Leading Dog Harness gives more your control while putting no stress on the neck of your dog. The 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material allows you to see your dog even at dark even as far as 300 meters. You can put easily put the harness on and off with its snap buckles.


With no heavy sliders, sharp sewn parts or sliders, this harness doesn’t scratch your dog’s skin. While the harness has the strength and sturdiness of a heavy-duty Polypropylene webbing, it remains comfortable and lightweight on your dog. It’s available in seven different sizes from 5-250 pounds and in eight attractive colors.





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Supports a Lifetime Guarantee

Designed with 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material for dark visibility

Comfortable and light to wear without the sharp sewn areas and heavy rings

The front-leading design gives better maneuvering and control

Durable, yet lightweight

Doesn’t chafe or choke your dog while in use

Easy to use with snap buckles

Kurgo Tru-Fit Smart Dog Walking Harness With Plastic Quick Release Buckles

The Kurgo Tru-Fit is a comfortable dog harness that features a no-pull D-ring on the chest. To ensure the perfect fit for any breed of dog, this harness features five adjustment points. The plastic quick-release buckles make it very easy to put on and remove the harness.


If your dog attempts to pull while walking, he can stay comfortable with its broad, padded chest plate. It’s machine washable so you can clean it each time it get’s dirty. Best of all, it includes a 10-inch lead to use for training or as a seat belt loop for your dog in the car.






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The snaps seem to break easily

The plastic buckles and the interior stitching are a bit sharp in several places

A bit clunky and heavy

Which Is The Best?

After all the reviews, the best no pull dog harness is Chai’s Choice Best Front Range Dog Harness because it meets most of the things we look for. For instance, Chai’s Choice has two leash attachments but you need to use your own leash. As compared to its counterparts, Chai’s Choice offers the best safety features, including the 3M Reflective material for dark visibility, Nylon Webbing for maximum durability, and sturdy handle for looping seat belt.


With its buckles, you can put on and remove the harness easily. If you’re not satisfied with the product, you can ask for a refund through its 30-day Money Back Guarantee. Although it doesn’t include a leash, like the Walk Your Dog With Love Dog Harness, Chai’s Choice, it provides better comfort with its padded chest and belly.


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What Are The Best Chew Toys For Puppies? Know Our Top 5 Picks Here


Is your puppy getting too playful nowadays? Do you find him chewing on several things from your favorite shoe to the couch cushion? If you answer yes to any of these questions then it’s time to get the best chew toys for puppies.


However, with the many brands and models available in the market, you can’t help but be baffled on what to choose, especially if you’re concern with safety. To help you with your purchase dilemma, check our reviews and guide.


Common Reasons On Your Puppy’s Chewing Behavior

Separation Anxiety


If your puppies only chew when he’s left alone, then the reason might be separation anxiety. Other signs include restlessness, whining, and urination. To address this problem, you can give a toy to your puppy before you leave and get it back when you return. In this, way, your puppy will look forward to playing when you leave.

Teething Stage


Just like human babies, puppies undergo a teething stage where their baby teeth are replaced with adult teeth. During this stage, your puppy might experience pain. This usually lasts up to six months of age.

You can provide relief by giving your puppies some special toys that can be frozen. The cold temperature somehow numbs the pains a little. Although chewing can be quite normal at this stage, don’t forget to provide gentle guidance and restrict your puppy to chew on his own toys and not your furniture.




What To Look For In The Best Chew Toys For Puppies


Safety Is Key

Before you buy a chew toy for your puppy, check the material. It should be free from any long strips and ribbons because they can be hazardous when swallowed. Keep away from any sheet of plastic film because they can choke your puppy. Also, avoid toys with sharp corners or angles because they can harm your puppy’s sensitive gums.


If you’re thinking of giving your puppy a chew toy made of rawhide, check your vet about its safety because it can obstruct the intestine when swallowed. I don’t recommend rawhides because they’re often treated with chemicals, like sodium sulphide to remove hair and arsenic to create fun shapes. This material can also be a by-product of the wicked international fur trade.


In some cheaper toys, BPA is often used to make sturdy toys. However, this chemical can be toxic for your puppy. If you must use a plastic toy, make sure that it’s BPA-free and not treated with any flavorings that can result in digestive problems.



A Good Middle Ground: Soft, But Durable

The soft feeling might provide your puppy a high level of interest. While we want the toy to be soft to offer relief, we also want it to be firm and durable to last longer. You don’t want the toy to be too hard either because it might hurt the sensitive gums of your little buddy.


The best chew toys for puppies should be made of firm and flexible materials. A good middle ground between durability and softness is very desirable. To ensure durability, make sure that the toy uses good quality materials, like hard rubber and fibrous ropes.


The material shouldn’t be too thin that your puppy’s teeth can break the toy into pieces. When these fragments are swallowed by your puppy, they may cause a serious health risk. The small objects might choke or cause intestinal obstruction.



The Appropriate Size

For your puppy’s safety, look for chew toys that fit the size of your puppy. Large toys may be difficult for a small puppy to play with while small toys may be hazardous for large puppies. If you own a medium to large breed of puppies, like Retrievers look for a larger size of the most sturdy chew toys.


The problem with small toys is it can be easily swallowed or become stuck in your puppy’s throat. If your puppy is a vigorous chewer, keep him away from thin, squeaky type rubber toys because he can swallow them whole.



If It’s More Engaging, The Better

The attention span of puppies seem to be short, so you’ll want a toy that can keep him engaged. Puzzle toys are great in engaging his mental capabilities. Some chew toys can also be stuffed with goodies and treats to keep him entertained.


Once your puppy reaches the teething stage, he may suffer a bit of discomfort in his gums. To provide relief, look for a toy that can be frozen. The cold temperature can numb some of the discomfort while providing the entertainment your puppy needs.



Ease In Cleaning

Just like human toys, we want the chew toys for your puppy as clean as possible. With all the chewing your puppy might have done on the toy, chances are it can be filled with saliva and the toy can get smelly after several days. For ease of cleaning, look for a toy that can be washed easily in the dishwasher or washing machine.


To learn more about how to pick the right chew toys for puppies, watch this:

5 Best Chew Toys For Puppies

Activpet Puppy Chew Teething Rope Toy Small Set Mini Dental Pack

The Activpet Puppy Chew Teething Rope Toy Small Set is a set of four rope toys in different sizes. These chew toys can clean your puppy’s teeth by reducing plaque buildup and prevent gum disease. They also massage the gums to help relieve the discomfort associated with teething problems.


The rope toys are created of 100% cotton and floss fabric. There are no plastic or rubber parts, so this set is safer to chew by your active buddies. With all these varieties, you can keep your puppy engaged on different games, like fetching, tossing, and tug of war.

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The ropes with the fuzzy ends tend to fall apart easily

May not be ideal for a heavy chewer as it breaks apart after a couple of hours

The loose fabric can be swallowed by your puppy

Kong Puppy Kong Toy

The Kong Puppy Kong Toy is highly recommended by vets and trainers because of the delight it provides to your little pal. It’s available in many sizes to suit different sizes of puppies from extra small to large. This natural rubber toy has a super-bounce that makes fetching more enjoyable.


The blue or pink color is made with an exclusive teething rubber formula. It’s made of the softest rubber so it’s gentle on your puppy’s teeth and gums. You can stuff this toy with any Kong Puppy Easy Treat, Snacks, and Ziggies. Aside from promoting chewing behavior, this Kong toy may reduce separation anxiety, restricts misbehavior, and helps in crate training.


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The ropes with the fuzzy ends tend to fall apart easily

May not be ideal for a heavy chewer as it breaks apart after a couple of hours

The loose fabric can be swallowed by your puppy

Mammoth Flossy Chews Cottonblend Color 3-Knot Rope Tug

The Mammoth Flossy Chews is a cottonblend color 3-knot rope tug available in several sizes from extra small to extra large. The rope fibers help clean your puppy’s teeth as he plays and chews. The tug shape allows interactive play: while you or the other puppy holds one end of the rope, your puppy can tug the other end.


What I love about this rope is its ability to hold itself well after several uses. When the rope has gone dirty, you can machine washed on gentle cycle on cold and tumble dry. The fibers seem to be safe because once my puppy has swallowed it and the vet says that he’s perfectly healthy.



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May not be ideal for heavy chewers

Some fibers can get loose easily and get swallowed by your puppy

It falls apart real quick once a loose fiber starts to show

Nylabone Dura Chew Flavored Bone Dog Chew Toy

The Nylabone Dura Chew Flavored Bone Dog Chew Toy is a tough chew crafted from durable nylon. This chew toy is specially created for strong chewers up to 35 pounds. It’s available in several flavors, such as bacon, chicken, and peanut butter.


As compared to other chew toys on the market, Nylabone infuses its classic bones with flavors to keep your puppy engaged with chew. The bristles raised during chewing help clean your puppy’s teeth and manage plaque buildup. The bone is quite hard so you can expect it to last longer.





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May not be ideal for heavy chewers

Some fibers can get loose easily and get swallowed by your puppy

It falls apart real quick once a loose fiber starts to show

Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel And Puzzle Plush Squeaking Toys

The Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel And Puzzle Plush is a puzzle game made of three squeaky squirrels in a plush tree trunk. The squirrels are hidden so your dog can play hide and seek with them. After your puppy has removed all the squirrels from the plush trunk, you can hide them back for another game.


Although the material is made of plush it’s durable enough to endure the constant gnawing of puppies. With its different textures, sounds, and shapes, your puppy can have his interest real high. This chew toy is available in multiple sizes: junior, large, jumbo, and ginormous.






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Not durable enough to last for several uses

May not be ideal for heavy chewers

The head of the squirrels have some crumbly glue parts which can choke your puppy if swallowed

Which Is Best?

Among the five products reviewed above, the best chew toys for puppies is the Activpet Puppy Chew Teething Rope Small Set Mini Dental Pack because it has met most of the qualities that we’re looking for. Although the Kong Puppy Kong Toy has the most engaging features, it may not be as safe as Activpet which is the first thing that we’re looking for. Since it doesn’t contain any rubber or plastic parts, it’s the safest among the products above.


Activpet Puppy Chew can also be very engaging with its four sets of rope designs. It can take a beating with its durable fabric and easy to wash for maintenance.


If you’ve tried any of these chew toys or uses something not mentioned above, tell us what you think about this article. Please share this article if you like it.

How To Teach Your Dog To Play Dead In 5 Easy Steps

Can your dog play dead? If not, then it’s time for you to teach him this new trick to impress your family and friends. Learning how to teach your dog to play dead doesn’t require many items- only patience and perseverance.

Before you can start to teach your pet to do the play dead trick, you should have at least taught him how to do the “down” and “stay” commands. I should know because I made a mistake in going straight to the advanced command without teaching these basics. With some treats, I think you can accomplish this task in no time.



What You’ll Need

Treats

Just like us, dogs love food treats. Rewarding your dog with some food treats can be a fun and effective method to train. This will keep your dog from getting bored and motivate him to obey your commands.

Your training treats should be very delicious that your dog will get excited with the sight of them. They should also be small, simple to carry, and healthy. If your dog has a sensitive stomach, you can use treats with simple ingredients, like low-fat meats.

Here are some great dog treat suggestions:

Kibble: If your dog already loves the dry food that you’re feeding him, you can use it as a reward. You may want to to use a more exciting treat to prevent him from getting bored. You can also toss some bacon on your kibbles in a paper bag and let the bacon odor soak for a few hours.

Meat Baby Food: I actually see this kind of treat at the vet. Each time your dog performs a command, allow him to get one lick of meat baby food. If the jar becomes empty, you can refill it with some nice treats, like peanut butter or yogurt.

Chopped Fresh Cheese: If your dog loves cheese, then you can use it as a reward for a good job done. What I use is mozzarella because it’s not crumbly and sticky, unlike other fresh cheese.

Chopped Meat: If you have some fresh meat leftovers, you can dry them out slightly in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Vegetables: You can skip those commercial treats which are high in preservatives and try offering some vegetables. You can try baby carrots, broccoli, or green beans.

Touch Stick

A touch stick comes in handy when you’ll guide your dog to take the play dead position for the first time. This may take a number of days or even weeks to get your dog perform this trick without the help of a touch stick. To make your touch stick more appealing, you can coat the end with spreadable cheese or peanut butter. Once your dog can perform the play dead position without the stick, you can stop using it.

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A touch stick is an extendable stick with a colored ball at the end which you teach your dog touch. By letting your dog touch the stick, you can simply coax him to follow it and thus move particularly. If you can’t find a touch stick anywhere, you can make your own by painting the end of a wooden spoon with a non-toxic paint.

Clicker

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A clicker is a device which you press to mark a positive behavior of your dog. It produces a clicking sound that can be easily recognizable by your dog. Each time you click, you give a treat. If your dog is deaf, you can substitute the clicker with a flashlight.


Step-By-Step Instructions

Part 1: Start With The Down Command

If your dog already knows how to follow the “down” and “stay” commands, proceed to part 3. If not, follow this step to teach your dog the prerequisite commands to accomplish the play dead trick. Playing dead requires your dog to lie down, so before he can learn this trick, make him comfortable with the “down” command.

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Teach Your Dog To Sit

First, command your dog to sit. If he’s new to this command, teach him by holding a touch stick or treat with your hand.

As your dog is looking up at the stick or treat, push his behind until he sits. As you’re doing this, say the word “sit”. Praise your dog or press the clicker and reward him with a treat. Practice this several times until he can sit on his own without you pushing his behind.

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Introduce Visual Cues

Now teach your dog the “down” command. With the treat or touch stick in your hand, slowly move it to the ground and say the verbal cue “down”. By the moment you move the treat or stick down to the ground, your dog should be lying down. Praise or use the clicker and give him some treats.

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Practice Without The Visual Cues

Practice your dog to lie down without a treat on your hand. If your dog obeys, don’t forget to reward him with a treat. Keep practicing until your dog knows how to lie down without the help of the clicker and visual cues. Every day, you can train your dog 5-10 minutes, 2-3 times daily.

Part 2: Teach The “Stay” Command

If your dog doesn’t know how to “stay”, then it will be hard to teach him how to play dead. Be sure that your dog is comfortable staying in a specific position before you teach him the play dead trick. Always select a comfortable place to train your dog for less distraction.

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Command Your Dog To Stay Specifically

To help your dog get ready for training on how to play dead, teach him to stay on the stand or sit positions. Give the command while standing directly in front of him. Once he can stay for 1-2 seconds, praise or use the clicker and reward him with a treat.

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Increase The Amount Of Time

Now increase the time every 1-2 seconds until your dog can stay in the same place for a minimum of 10 seconds. Remember to give him a treat every time he stays a few seconds more.

Now introduce some cues to get him in the position you want, and firmly say the word, “stay”. You can use your hand to indicate a stop sign. Once your dog successfully follows these cues, reward him a treat.

Part 3: Teaching The Play Dead Trick

Now that your dog masters the “down” and “stay” commands, you can teach him the advanced trick of playing dead. Here are the steps that you need to follow.

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Gently Roll Your Dog

First, command your dog to lie down with the verbal cue that you practiced. After that, kneel and rub his belly until he’s relaxed. Now, you can roll your dog onto his side and praise or press the clicker.

If your dog insists, get a touch stick or treat and lure him to roll over onto his side. As soon as your dog is on his back, praise him by saying “good boy” or you can press the clicker. Then reward your dog with a treat. Repeat this step as several times until your dog gets familiar with it.

Once your dog masters this full action a few times, add a verbal cue or a hand signal. You can firmly say, “bang” or “play dead”. Of course, it all depends on you. Make it simpler as possible for your dog to recognize easily.

You can accompany the verbal cue with a hand signal. What I do is hold my fingers to appear like a gun pointing at my dog and say “bang”. It gives a nice theatrical feel to the whole routine. Repeat this step several times until your dog obeys without the clicking sound.

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Introduce A Verbal Cue

Once your dog masters this full action a few times, add a verbal cue or a hand signal. You can firmly say, “bang” or “play dead”. Of course, it all depends on you. Make it simpler as possible for your dog to recognize easily.

You can accompany the verbal cue with a hand signal. What I do is hold my fingers to appear like a gun pointing at my dog and say “bang”. It gives a nice theatrical feel to the whole routine. Repeat this step several times until your dog obeys without the clicking sound.

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Practice Without The Verbal Cue

For a more dramatic approach, you can aim to deliver the command with just the visual cue, which is your hand forming a gun. You can also stop luring your dog with a treat. This may take a long time, so patience is a must.

To get your dog accustomed to the visual cue, practice it more frequently with less verbal cues. Again, reward him with a treat every time that he performs this trick with the visual cue alone.

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Extend His Playing Dead Time

Once your dog obeys to the play dead command, you can extend him lying there longer. Remember the “stay” command that you have trained your dog, this is the time that you’re going to use it.

While your dog is in a play dead position, firmly say “stay” to let him hold the position longer. Stand up calmly as you instruct the “stay command”. If your dog jumps up right quickly, you can delay the treat for a few seconds. This way, you can slowly increase the time until your dog can play dead for more minutes.

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Practice The Trick In Various Locations

Although your dog has mastered doing one trick in one location, it doesn’t mean that he’ll do it in other locations. Try practicing in different locations and see if he can still obey the commands. You can practice in the different rooms of your house, a dog park, or even in front of strangers.

Prepare 15 minutes for training daily. Puppies can get bored really fast, so you should do your best to get them interested for a minimum of 15 minutes daily. Never lose patience when your dog gets bored

Learn how to teach your dog to play dead in this video:


Pro Tips

Make sure that your training happens in between meals and not before or after a meal. Your treats as a training tool won’t work if your dog is already full. Look for a quiet place where your dog can focus.

Never give the treat when your dog jumps on you. If he does, firmly say “no”. Give it when he’s all calm and submissive. Always hold the treat away from your dog, but not that far that he have to stand to get it. The right position should be closer to the dog’s face, just under his mouth or chest level.

Always give a treat when you click. If you don’t, then you lose the effectiveness of the clicker to let your dog obey a command. When you’re giving the treat, give it right after your dog hears the clicker sound. Now, timing is essential- the best time to click should come at the precise moment your dog does the command correctly.

Never yell or shout at your dog when he doesn’t do the trick after a few tries. Instead, try giving more valuable treats, such as fresh meat. Whether your dog succeeds or not, don’t be pessimistic because this might rub on the dog and may affect his morale. Instead, be positive and grateful for the time you have together.

Wear your dog out before you start the play dead trick. A tired dog will have an easier time lying down and learning to play dead. You can make your dog tired by letting him play or exercise for 10-15 minutes.


Final Thought

Did you enjoy learning how to teach your dog to play dead? I know, it takes time and hard work to let your dog get used to the commands. But once your dog learns this advanced trick, it can really be fulfilling for your part and enjoyable for your dog since he gets a lot of treats.

In my experience, it took about one month of constant training before my dog can master the play dead trick. At first, it can be really frustrating because your dog would either just watch you innocently or be aggressive to get the treat on your hand. Remember, patience is key to accomplish this trick with your pet.

If you’ve tried training your dog to play dead, let us know your thoughts in the comments section. Don’t be shy to share this article with your dog-lover friends if you find this helpful and informative!

How To Get A Puppy To Sleep Through The Night: 5 Easy Steps That You Need To Follow

Does your puppy get restless at night? Does her whining restrict you from getting a good night sleep? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you come to the right place as I’ll teach you how to get a puppy to sleep in simple steps.

I actually experienced this same problem once I brought a new puppy home. Like a baby, she suddenly whines in the middle of the night. At first, I don’t know how to solve it until I learned this method. If you like to a get a good sleep together with your puppy, keep on reading.



Possible Reasons Why Your Puppy Doesn’t Sleep At Night

New Environment

If you recently brought a new puppy, don’t be alarmed if he’s having trouble sleeping the first night. Your puppy might be feeling lonely because he’s away from his mother and littermates. Being in a new environment makes him anxious, so time is needed to get him well adjusted.

For puppies trained to live in a crate, it might be disconcerting for the first time. His loneliness might be manifested through constant scratching, whining, and barking.

Pent-Up Energy

The restlessness of your puppy can be due to the energy that he has pent up in the morning. This is especially true if you leave your puppy the whole day to work. Most, likely, your puppy is sleeping the whole day while waiting for you.

When you get back at night, your dog may want to release all that energy after feeding him. It’s quite normal considering that his needs for exercise are not met.

Pain Or Discomfort

Your puppy may be crying in the middle of the night because he feels pain or discomfort. Unlike adult dogs, puppies have a hard time holding their bladder. So if they feel like pooping or peeing, they need to go to the toilet right away.

Sometimes, the crying can be due to a pain. You can tell that your puppy is anxious or in pain if he keeps on panting and pacing. Most likely, your puppy may be suffering from arthritis. If your puppy keeps on licking any part of his body, then he may be suffering from an achy area or wounds.


What You’ll Need

Blanket

For a good night sleep, you may provide a blanket to your puppy. Of course, you have to consider the temperature and season of the year. If it’s warm or summer, you may avoid flannel blankets because they can get too hot.

A good of rule of thumb is to select a blanket that makes your puppy comfortable. The best blanket is something soft, warm during the cold nights, and cold during the warm nights. The fabric should be tightly woven to allow you to shake of pet hair before cleaning.

A tightly woven cotton fabric can offer your puppy a soft place to rest. However, it will stain more easily as compared to microfiber. To remove, simply rub the stain with a few drops of detergent and scrub it gently with a soft brush.

Synthetic fibers like, microfleece, is my favorite because they have small fibers that draw and hold pet hair efficiently. They’re ideal for keeping the nearby places free from pet hair. To remove the excess hair, simply shake it off.

Clock

If your puppy whines or cries because he missed his mother terribly, you can pacify him with a clock. Yes, the ticking of the clock will mimic the heartbeat of your puppy’s mother. The sound may have a reassuring effect on your puppy who may like a sense of familiarity in a new place.

Warm Bottle + Blanket

If you brought a new puppy home, you can soothe his loneliness by placing a warm bottle in his crate. The warmth of the bottles may mimic the warmth generated by his siblings and mother. This will reassure your puppy that he’s sleeping with his siblings in a new environment, even if it’s not (how sad).

To prepare, fill an empty bottle with warm water. Be sure that it’s warm, not boiling hot because it may burn your puppy instead of soothing him. Next, wrap the warm bottle with a blanket that’s soft as possible.

Radio

There are puppies that can’t bear an environment that’s too much quiet. The silence may trigger their anxiety making them fidgety during the night. To reassure your puppy is in company with someone, leave a radio on his crate. You can use any radio you have at home.

Heating Pad

If the blanket isn’t enough to make your dog comfortable from the cold, you can try using a heating pad. Since you’ll be placing this pad under the crate, your puppy can’t chew on the cord accidentally. The warmth of the pad will offer a warm corner for cuddling.

Chewable Treats

Chewing is a soothing activity that puppies enjoy. To give your puppy something to chew on, you can use an edible chew or biscuit. Once your puppy gets bored, you can give him a toy or bone in the crate.

You may give any of these treats to help him associate bedtime with good things. When your puppy is happy, he can sleep comfortably all through the night.

Crate

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Now if you want to have a designated place for your puppy in the house, you can use a crate. To people, a crate may look like a cage, but for puppies, this may serve as a safe den to get some sleep. If you introduce your puppy to a crate, he’ll view it as a safe place for all the activity of the house, including the noise of children.

You can find two types of materials for crate: plastic and metal. Either material will serve as a great refuge for your puppy provided that they are sufficient in size. If your puppy is a small breed, use a plastic type of crate. If not, choose the collapsible metal ones which are more practical for large breeds.


Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Let Your Puppy Get Plenty Of Exercise

Just like us, puppies sleep more soundly when their bodies are physically exhausted. To exhaust all the energy of your puppy when nighttime comes, let him exercise during the day.

You can take your puppy out for walks around your neighborhood or in the park for at least 30 minutes. If he’s not yet vaccinated against outdoor diseases, you can let him play indoors anytime of the day. You can give him a toy or you can play with him for some bonding time.

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Feed Dinner 3 Hours Before Bedtime

To make sure that your puppy is well fed, let him eat his dinner about 3 hours before sleeping. This amount of time will allow him to digest the food properly and go poop if he needs to. Feeding your pup later than 3 hours will likely need him to go to the toilet in the middle of the night.

You may also want to let your puppy drink a couple of hours before his sleep time. This will prevent him from drinking close to bedtime, which will urge him to pee later when his asleep.

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Take Him To The Toilet

Often times your puppy wakes up in the night getting fidgety when he needs to pee and poop outside. Since puppies have poor bladder control, they can’t get back to sleep and wait the next morning to pee or poop.

In general, a puppy can control his bladder about one hour for each month of age. So if you own a three-month puppy, he can wait to the bathroom for about three hours.

Before bedtime, set a routine where you take your puppy outside so he can poop and pee. The last thing you need is to wake up in the middle of the night to take him out to the toilet.

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Prepare The Place For Sleeping

Now you want your puppy to sleep as comfortable as possible. If you have a crate, the better. If you don’t, allow him to find his sleeping space in your home.

Now you want your puppy to sleep as comfortable as possible. If you have a crate, the better. If you don’t, allow him to find his sleeping space in your home.

Learn how to crate train your puppy in this video

You can prepare the crate or sleeping space with some blankets, radio, warm bottles, and clock. If the night really gets cold, try putting a heating pad under the crate. This position of the pad will prevent your puppy from chewing the cord, which can be dangerous.

Remember to turn the radio on low. Rather than music, switch the channel to a talk show. The sound of voices may soothe your dog that feels lonely. To calm your puppy and keep him entertained, place some chewable treats.

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Visit A Veterinarian

If your puppy is still whining or crying even if you have fulfilled all the steps above, consult your veterinarian. The whining can be a sign of pain or medical problem.

If your puppy keeps on scratching, it may be a sign of dry skin. Try cleaning his blanket with mild detergent. You can solve the dry skin of your puppy by bathing him with a moisturizing shampoo.

If none of these measures help, consult your veterinarian to identify what may be causing your pup’s allergies. Your vet may suggest eliminating some food on his diet to check if certain food triggers the itchiness.

Your pup may in pain that’s why he’s making a fuss at night. If your pup keeps on pacing and panting, he may be suffering from a painful condition, like arthritis. Restlessness can also be a sign of serious medical problems, like canine heart disease. If he has trouble breathing and keeps on coughing at night, then it can a signal for congestive heart failure. In these cases, go check a vet immediately.


Pro Tips

Line the crate or sleeping space with a newspaper in case your puppy poops at night. Put an elevated area at the back of the sleeping space so your pup won’t be sleeping in his own waste. You can use a dog pillow or bed.

Make your puppy get accustomed to your sleeping arrangements. If he cries or whines at night, leave him be. Comforting your dog will only encourage him to whine and summon you whenever he wants.

Some puppies can take a long nap right after dinner especially if their bellies are full. You should put a stop to it by waking him up after 20-30 minutes. Play with him until close to sleeping time so your pup’s body will make up the lost sleep all through the night.

If you have the puppy for the first time in your house, try placing the crate near your room. In this way, he can still see and smell you to feel comfortable. Again, don’t give in to his whining to get him used to the sleeping arrangement.

Never use the crate as a punishment. While you can say to kids, “Go to your room”, you can’t do this to a puppy. This will lead to stress at bedtime as he will think that he’s being punished. Only use the crate for bedtime, alone.


Final Thought

Did you enjoy learning how to get a puppy to sleep? These instructions are really helpful if you have brought a new puppy home. The new environment can be quite stressful for them and being lonely can also trigger their anxiety.

Getting a puppy to sleep is not that difficult as I thought it would be. All you need to do is make him comfortable and make sure that you set a routine. For my puppy, it took me about several weeks before I can get him used to his sleeping space.

If you have tried any of these tricks or use another trick not mentioned in this article, let us know how you get your puppy to sleep in the comments section. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends if you find this helpful and informative.