So Your Dog Hates On a Particular Dog – What’s Going On? | Dog Parenting 101
There are many reasons why your dog hates one particular dog, just a few or everyone he meets. They include lack of socialization as a puppy, protective of you, was attacked by another dog, age related health issues or he simply got a bad vibe.
Should You Leave a Light on for Puppies? Expert Advice | Dog Parenting 101
Dogs can see much better in the dark than humans can so, in most cases, whether or not you leave a light on for your pup is more a matter of personal preference than necessity.
Can You Allow One Dog on the Couch and Not the Other? | Dog Parenting 101
You can allow one dog on the couch and not the other, especially if one dog sheds lots of hair everywhere. Rewarding your dog for their good behavior is much more effective than scolding or punishment. Dogs learn much quicker under this type of command.
Uncovering the Dangers of Dogs Under Covers | Dog Parenting 101
As long as the blanket is relatively light, not too big relative to his or her size, not weighed down by anything and your dog doesn't have any serious mobility issues, there should be no danger. However, it's probably not a good idea if you have a brachycephalic dog such as a Pug, Boxer, Shih Tzu or Boston Terrier as they typically deal with breathing problems, or one with trachea or heart issues.
Are Electric Blankets Safe for Dogs? | Dog Parenting 101
Generally speaking, electric blankets made specifically for dogs are considered safe, but it is important to follow the manufacturers’ guidelines. However, if the thought of using one concerns you, there are plenty of other options to keep your dog warm.
How to Get an Old Dog to Eat: The Complete Guide | Dog Parenting 101
If your old dog is not eating, your first step should be getting him checked by your vet as soon as possible. Although there are many foods to try and tricks to use that may help get him to eat something, unless you find out the reason for his lack of interest or appetite, things won’t get better. Nausea is a common reason why a dog isn’t eating, and a side effect of many health issues such as kidney disease, pancreatitis and diabetes.
The Pros and Cons of Leaving Water Out for Puppies | Dog Parenting 101
To avoid the risk of dehydration, a potentially deadly condition, puppies and dogs of all ages should have continuous access to water. When it may not be advisable is overnight when you have a young puppy. Drinking will cause accidents in the house, which can slow down house training progress.
How to Care for a Blind Dog: The Definitive Guide | Dog Parenting 101
A blind dog is first and foremost a dog, so you would care for him (or her) as you would one that could see, with extra attention needed to keep him safe both at home and outside. That means things like: making sure there are no toys on the floor to trip over; blocking off stairs with a baby gate; not leaving him alone on the couch; filling up holes in the garden and limiting off leash walks to fenced in areas.
Dementia in a Dog: How to Identify It (And What to Do) | Dog Parenting 101
Some of the signs you will see in a dog with dementia include: staring at walls; getting stuck on the wrong side of the door or under furniture; a well trained dog peeing and pooping in the house; forgetting how to eat; and not recognizing their people.
How to Introduce an Old Dog to a New Home | Dog Parenting 101
In the first few days it's best to keep things as calm in the house as you can. No welcome home parties, no visitors wanting to catch a glimpse of the new family member. Set up a quiet area just for him and limit access to the entire house until he becomes more comfortable. Take him for frequent walks to prevent accidents, always on a leash, and get him started on his routine right away.
Did Your Dog Forget His Potty Training? Here’s What to Do | Dog Parenting 101
There are lots of reasons why a dog is peeing or pooping in the house, and they aren’t all because he forgot his potty training. If he’s always been well house trained and this is a new behavior, the first thing you need to do is take your dog to the vet for a check up.
Step-By-Step: How to Stop a Dog From Begging for Food | Dog Parenting 101
The first step to getting a dog to stop begging for food is for you, and everyone else in your household to agree, from now on your dog is never fed from the table. No exceptions, no one slipping him scraps. Yes it will be noisy, but with the helpful tips you’ll find here you can, once again, be enjoying quiet get togethers.
How to Help a Dog Afraid of Kids: The Essential Do’s and Don’ts | Dog Parenting 101
Using a process known as desensitization, you gradually introduce your dog to children so he becomes more comfortable around them. While the training is going on, manage your environment so they are not left alone together and provide your pup with a safe space to retreat to where no kids are allowed. If you have a puppy, socialization is key whether or not you have children.
How Do Dogs Know to Be Gentle With Babies? | Dog Parenting 101
Dogs know to be gentle with babies because they want to protect the youngest member of their pack or family. This behavior is instinctual because dogs are pack animals that respond well to hierarchy. Interacting with babies also increases dopamine levels and makes them happy.
Is Your Dog Dashing Out the Door? Here’s How to Prevent It | Dog Parenting 101
One of the ways you can prevent door dashing is by teaching your dog impulse control, meaning wait or stay. You also need to take an honest look at how many times a day your dog is getting walked, and what other forms of physical exercise and mental stimulation you are providing him.
Preventing Behavior Issues in New Puppies: Expert Tips | Dog Parenting 101
It is much easier to prevent problem behaviors then deal with them after they're ingrained, and the good news is it's super easy. All you have to do is train your puppy! Something else important to note is, bad behavior in dogs is almost always a result of boredom. See what happens when you start walking him more often.