Excitement Barking

Training to reduce excitement barking takes patience and a calm approach. Dogs that bark due to excitement are easily aroused, and the owner may inadvertently stimulate more barking rather than less barking. Here are some simple steps to reduce excitement barking.

  • Give the dog a favorite toy to carry when it is excited. Holding the toy can calm the dog and cause it to make less noise because its mouth is full. This strategy may stop the barking only temporarily,

Fear Barking

When dogs bark out of fear, the result can be barking that is loud, incessant and extremely frustrating to humans within earshot. A fearful dog will often run away, turn and bark, and then approach, run away again, and turn and face what he is afraid of. The barking continues and his body language often shows fear as he crouches and tries to appear small.

It is normal for a dog to bark out of fear occasionally and you may …

Barking Dogs

Introduction

Almost all dogs bark, but barking that is excessive, becomes chronic, or disrupts the neighborhood can be a problem. Controlling barking takes a serious commitment on the part of a dog owner, and not all situations have a completely positive outcome. However, with some careful training, most dogs can be taught to control their barking well enough for everyone to live in harmony.

Dogs often bark simply because barking is fun. They are social creatures that communicate through barking. …

Frustration Barking

Dogs often bark out of frustration or boredom when left alone for long periods or when they are kept in a confined area with little stimulation. They may also bark out of frustration when they can’t get to something they want, such as a crafty squirrel or a dog in the next yard or kennel run. Unfortunately, barking is usually just the beginning of a dog expressing its frustration. If the situation isn’t rectified, a frustrated dog can become destructive …

Winter Dog Care

Man’s best friends can sometimes be a partner in our winter sports, happily joining us for snowshoeing or skijoring or cuddling afterward in front of a cozy fire. But just as we should follow safety guidelines during the winter months, so too should we make sure our furry friends stay safe.

Some dogs handle cold weather better than humans. Still, they can get frostbite and hypothermia just like we do. In addition, some breeds are genetically prepared for cold weather, …

Pet Food Labels: Terms Used to Describe Pet Food Types

There are a variety of terms used on pet food labels that appear to indicate the quality of the product. These terms are primarily used on dog and cat food labels, but may apply to other companion animal foods as well. Terms such as “generic,” “premium,” and even “super premium” are among those commonly used, as are “natural,” “holistic,” “organic,” and “grain-free.” But what do these terms really mean? Often, the definition is unclear even to pet food experts. This …

Weight-Control Diets for Dogs and Cats: Reading the Label

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When choosing a weight-control or low-calorie pet food, pet owners are faced with a large number of products and product types. Understanding what products are best for your dog or cat can be confusing. Evaluating product calorie and nutrient content, as well as pricing, are important in choosing the correct diet.

One challenge is that the weight-control diets available represent a wide range of calorie concentrations and recommended calorie intakes for dog and cat weight-control diets. For example, one published …

Feeding the Growing Puppy

Introduction

Puppies grow rapidly during the first six months of their lives and have a large demand for nutrients to meet their changing needs. Diet selection and feeding regimen during this time are critical. Most puppies are fully weaned between seven and nine weeks of age and may enter a new home at this time. When bringing a new puppy into your home, make sure you find out what food your breeder or the previous owner used so you can …

Nutrition for Exercising Dogs: Timing of Meals

Dogs engage in various types of exercise. This may include structured training, such as for obedience, as well as participation in competitive events such as fly ball and agility. This may also include routine exercise such as running, walking, and swimming. Because exercise is stressful and can disrupt a dog’s gastrointestinal tract function, it is important to consider when and how much to feed an exercising dog. The timing of the meal is especially important as it may decrease the …

My dog won’t let me brush him. How can I groom him without taking him to a groomer?

Many dogs do not like to be brushed or groomed when first introduced to the process. Some dogs interpret brushing as an invitation to play. It is not unusual for puppies to bite at the brush or your hand when you try to brush them, unless they have become comfortable being groomed.
To successfully teach your dog to like being groomed, you need patience and time. Begin with short grooming sessions in a room with no distractions. Use a toy …