Category - Dog Training

Dogs & Water | How much do dogs drink?

Left to their own devices, and with a free supply of water, a dog will drink as much water as they need to without needing to behappy-dog prompted.

However, leaving a dog with access to an unlimited supply of water is not always an option… so how much water should you leave for your dog?

The type of dog you have, the size of your dog, age of your dog and general health of your dog all come into play when figuring out how much dogs drink. The basic rule is that your dog should drink an ounce for every pound s/he weighs, but this is just that, a basic rule.

There are dog breeds, like Mastiffs, that produce a lot of saliva and drink a large amount of water.

Naturally, play time and warm weather will make your dog drink a little more than normal, but it could also be a sign of illness or infection – your dog may be trying to flush out toxins.

If you’re not sure, your vet will be able to give you some advice so your pooch stays well hydrated.

Drinking a lot of water is fine, but keep an eye out for drinking far more than normal, or a lot less than normal – both signs that you need to visit your vet.

How much water does your dog drink? Do you give him/her free access to water or do you fill up a bowl as needed?

Let us know in the comments below.

Q&A: My Dog Cannot Be Trained

Hi DTB

My question is, is there anything else that I can try beside what you have listed on your site? My dog is almost a year old and I have been training her since I got her when she was almost 7 weeks old. I really need to find a solution, she doesn’t listen to a word anyone says and she is destroying my house and mattresses. Also how can I get my dog from urinating on beds? I really hope that either you or someone else can help me find a solution. I don’t want to have to get rid of my dog. I love her very much, but I am running out of options.

Danielle

Hi Danielle.

It sounds like you are having a lot of trouble with your dogs obedience.

Before I address that though, I want to touch on the destruction issues you are having. Firstly, you need to make sure your dog is getting enough exercise. A dog that does not get enough exercise tends to be destructive. A one year old dog needs a minimum of 2 x 30 minute brisk walks a day, and depending on the breed this may be more.

Secondly she needs to earn her freedom in the house. If she is destroying things and urinating on the bed, you need to keep her confined either in a crate or in a small room when you leave. A dog that does not have good house managers should never be given free reign when they are home alone.

As for the obedience, you need to go back to square one and retrain your dog if she is not listening. A well behaved dog does the following, ‘sit, down, stay, come, and heel’.

You need to work with her 15 min two, or even three, times a day. Make sure you say the command only once, and follow through. By asking repeatedly, she does not think you are serious and will ignore you.

I am not sure what methods you have tried, but a clicker is often very effective, particularly if your dog is food motivated. You can always attend a group class if you need more pointers on how to do this.

Depending in what your dog already knows, I would be running through each command at least 10 times each training session. Remember you must praise your dog when she does it correctly. Dogs don’t obey commands if they think they don’t have to or if they think there is nothing positive in it for them. Most dogs are motivated by a combination of food and praise by their owners.

If you feel you have done everything you can without getting results, then as I said, you may want to find a local class or trainer to guide you through this.

There is no such thing as a dog that cannot be trained to have good basic obedience, so you need to try a different approach. You need to be firm but fair, and always be consistent.

Ask once, make it happen, praise. Be patient and consistent, and you will certainly be able to achieve the results you are after!

Bethwell-trained-dog

My Dog Chews Everything

He licks everything, slobbers on everything, nibbles on everything and chews whatever he can drag away, but I love him, and a lot of the time he’s just being his doggy self.

Does your dog chew things? What is his/her favorite? Have you snapped any guilty-looking, mid-chew pictures? Share them with us!

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Welcome to our Pack

Are you a new puppy parent? Perhaps you’re just revisiting puppy parenthood?

Either way, you’ve come to the right place.

Not only do we have the best dog memes to help you keep your humor during those trying nippy times, we’ve also composed a guide to puppies to help you through your first few months together. dog-meme-7What are you waiting for? Get started now. Click here.

Don’t forget to let us know how you get on, and send us a few photos along the way.

Good luck!

Dog Training Tip

Here’s a question we are asked often – how do I get my dog to stop eating poop?

Whether it is their own, that of another dog, or of cats that wander into your yard, this is not a problem you want to have to deal with.

You’ll find a full explanation here, but this tip will stand you in good stead when dealing with stray poops and other undesirables your dog deems treat-worthy.

Are you ready?

 

Teach your dog to “Leave it!”

It will take a bit of practice, but putting your dog on a leash when you go outside and giving it a gentle tug with the “Leave it” command will eventually help you avoid strange smelling dog breath.

 

Have you tried something that worked? Share it with us below. LEAVEIT

 

Q&A: When Good Dogs Go Bad

Hi DTB

I have a 4 month old husky / shepherd mix. I’ve had her for 2 months and from the start I did crate training. At first she was fine but now she hates her crate. She soils the crate at night cause she knows I’ll have to take her out of it to clean, she barks and howls until you let her out and she shreds the bedding when you ignore her. It’s not like I don’t take her out at night either. I’m at a loss. I can’t leave the house during the day without hiring a pet sitter because she chews the crate when you leave for short amounts of time.

 Alexie

Hi Alexie. husky-puppy

You have a few options that you can try. If you have an appropriate space, and are not set on sticking with the crate, you could try and close her in a laundry room or bathroom. This gives her a little more space but still confines her so you don’t have any accidents or destruction issues in the house (make sure there is nothing around that she can get). If she chews up her bed, I would just put an old towel down for now.

If you want to stick with the crate, it is important to put her in there frequently for short periods of time. No matter which you choose to do, this is the strategy you want to use. (You can put a bone or a stuffed kong in there with her so she has something fun to do when you go for longer periods of time).

I would put her in, pick up your keys, walk out for a few minutes and then return. Make sure when you leave you show no emotion. You put her in close the door, and leave. When you return you open the door and let her out. No big hellos or goodbyes, make coming and going a ‘non-event’.

Make sure you give her a good walk before putting her in for a long period of time. For dogs, sometimes even negative attention is better then no attention.

By four months, she should be starting to be able to hold her bladder through the night. Make sure you feed her no later then 5pm, and no water after 7pm. Take her out to relieve just before you go to bed and put her in the crate/room. If you do have to get up in the middle of the night, give her no attention. Simply take her out or just clean it up and put her back in. It should in no way be fun for her.

An appropriate crate is small enough so she would really have to sit in it. If you have her in a huge crate she can move away from the mess. The concept of dogs do not like to mess where they sleep only works if she literally cannot move away from it. By four months I would say you should be starting to ignore the barking in the crate. Typically the first night is very hard, the second night a little less so, and by the third or fourth night they settle down quickly because they learn it is not getting them what they want…your attention!

Let us know if this helps!

Beth

Dealing With Puppies That Nip and Bite

The question we are asked most often is undoubtedly this: “How do I stop my puppy from biting / nipping me?”

The answer is not simple, but we’ve laid out a few steps in this guide.

To get you started, we thought we’d summarize the main message – Dogs don’t have thumbs so they use their mouths to get your attention and explore their world.

dog-meme-no-thumbsThe best thing to do as a dog-parent is to try to understand how your dog operates so that you can bridge the communication gap and help your pup put his best paw forward. Be vocal when your pup does something that hurts you so that s/he knows what they’re doing is wrong, and then look at teaching the NICE command so they can learn to take things gently. More about that here.

Let us know how you get on!

 

Q&A: My Dog Has Separation Anxiety

Hi DTB!

Do you have any suggestions for a dog with separation anxiety? We can not even go for laundry in the basement or walk outside without our 7 month old Bischon/Cavalier going insane. It’s very frustrating and he even just barks at as non stop when we are relaxing at night on the couch. We play with him, he goes out in the yard, and we are just going crazy! He’s lucky he is the cutest dog around!

Kiley

Hi Kiley

Separation anxiety is unfortunately a very common problem these days, particularly with small breed dogs. It is important to remember that dogs have no sense of time. It doesn’t matter if you leave them for 5 minutes or 5 hours, what matters is that you left them. So, there are several things you can do to help him deal with you leaving. Firstly, never acknowledge your dog when you leave or when you return.dog-has-separation-anxiety This makes your coming and going a ‘non issue’. When you leave, simply pick up your things and go. When you return, do not give your dog attention. Put your things down, busy yourself with something, and then once your dog is totally calm, you can calmly reach down and say hello. Do not make your coming home exciting for him in any way. In addition to this, I suggest you pick up your keys and leave the house as frequently as possible for short periods of time. Just go stand outside for a minute or two, and then return. The more often you do this, the more he will realize you leave, but you always come back! Continuing with these changes will help him relax about being away from you.

The barking at you when you are on the couch is a totally separate issue. This is for attention. He is demanding it, and it sounds as if at least some of the time, he wins and you take him out to play. Never reward him for barking at you. The best thing to do is simply get up and walk away. Dogs quickly learn to stop doing something if they are not getting the result they want. He gets attention when he is calm and quiet, never when he barks. On a side note, be sure he is getting at least two good walks a day to help with his energy levels. Young dogs need lots of exercise, and often these behaviors are an indication that they need more!

Beth Jeffery

 

Dog Training 101

It’s time for your Dog Training Basics Tip of the Week – teach-your-dog-to-sit

It may seem like an obvious place to start for some, but for new dog parents this one simple command can be the difference between a happy household, and one ruled by a disobedient dog.

Teaching your dog to sit is the basis for all other commands and will come in very handy if your dog gets a little over excited. Not sure how to teach your dog to sit? Not to worry, we’ve put together this handy guide to get you started.

Teach your dog to sit.

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Checklist For A Well-Behaved Dog

Think you’ve got your hound well-trained? Measure up again our 17-point checklist for well-behaved dogs and let us know how you scored in the comments section below 🙂

  1. Good dog checklistAble to walk on a loose leash without pulling
  2. Able to greet friends and strangers without jumping or shying away
  3. Able to walk without chasing bicycles, children, cars, squirrels, rabbits, balls, other dogs, etc
  4. Can quiet barking on command
  5. Understands nipping and mouthing is not allowed
  6. Able to be left alone at home without destruction, barking or anxiety
  7. Able to play, chew and relax without constant interaction with owner
  8. Able to relinquish food, toys or inappropriate objects at owner’s bidding
  9. Can be groomed or handled without complaint
  10. Is reliable with housebreaking
  11. Veterinarian or groomer can handle dog without a problem
  12. Does not rush through doorways ahead of owner
  13. Interacts appropriately with children
  14. Able to tolerate accidental nudging or grabbing (even when asleep) without snapping
  15. Will move location – even if on furniture or bed – when directed without growling or snapping
  16. Respects leadership of owner
  17. Tolerates at least, and my play or interact appropriately with other dogs

How did you score? Let us know by leaving a comment below!