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Behavioral Therapy for Dogs

Behavioral therapy for dogs consists of various components that together form a total package. To start with, an extensive intake interview takes place to get a picture of the dog itself, the history, the undesirable behavior, and the circumstances in which this presents itself. This first consultation often takes 1.5 to 2 hours.

If necessary, video recordings are made to further study the behavior and specific behavioral tests are administered. Based on this, the behavioral therapist establishes a diagnosis and a therapy that is tailored to each individual owner-dog combination. The owner is well and clearly informed and guided so that he can get started with motivation. In consultation with the owner, the progress is evaluated and further adjusted if necessary.

What is Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral therapy, therefore, focuses primarily on the origin of the undesired behavior. Problem behavior is best solved by tackling its cause and not just treating its symptoms.

Of course, this is not always an option. Insufficient socialization cannot be undone by therapy. The therapist can try to improve the dog’s behavior in such a way that the problem becomes manageable. A behavior therapist cannot change anything about genetic predisposition, but in consultation with the owner it is possible to look for possibilities to use the property present in the dog in a different way.

The behavior is then reversed, but not trained away. With these kinds of problems, it is of course important that the owner remains constantly alert. As soon as the adjustment of the undesirable behavior is stopped, the dog will sooner or later revert to its old behavior.

Learned unwanted behavior

When there is learned undesired behavior, it is possible to permanently change this. Here too, the cause of the origin of the problem and the cause of the dog’s persistence in its behavior is again the first puzzle to be solved. It is not always easy to solve that puzzle, but that is precisely the challenge that you do not have to take on yourself; that is a challenge for the behavioral therapist.

Yet behavioral therapy for the owner is just as challenging, because it is not easy for the owner, especially in the first weeks. Suddenly a daily routine has to be completely turned around and everything that has happened so unconsciously until now has to become a thing of the past; every action towards the dog must be thought through. All this is often not easy at all. However, for the dog. He usually picks up on the changes very quickly. They are changes that are made in a language he understands all too well: dog language.

In consultation with the owner, the behavioral therapist can decide to support the therapy with aids. Many aids have now been developed, all of which have their own good qualities. For example, think of the Gentle Leader, the Follow Me or the MasterPlus; all animal-friendly aids with which good results are achieved. Sometimes a blockage has to be removed from the dog first.

Consider, for example, fear. We humans may be of the opinion that there is no reason to fear the dog, but that does not take away the fear in the dog. As a result, he may not be open to new impressions, rendering the therapy meaningless. With the support of Bach Flower Remedies, this blockage can be removed.

fear of failure

In addition, it may be that a dog only thinks it can fail, just like the owner who has already tried everything without success. In such a case it is important for both to be able to do good and to be rewarded for doing so. With the clicker – which is only used to teach things and not to unlearn things – certain problem behaviors can be retrained into new behaviors that are incompatible with the problem behavior.

The clicker quickly shows results and is therefore particularly motivating for both the boss and the dog. The interaction between the two does the rest. In some cases, you can also choose the discs. This teaches the dog that certain undesired behavior that he wants to exhibit, no reward and therefore will not produce the desired result. This removes the motivation for this behavior, so that the unwanted behavior will disappear.

Problem behavior in dogs

Despite all the good care of you as owner and despite the fact that you have indeed followed an obedience course, it is possible that the dog still shows undesirable behavior. When you, or those around you, experience this unwanted behavior as a problem, you have problem behavior.

Examples of this are:

  • Disobedience
  • Fear (of thunder, fireworks, cars, etc.)
  • Can’t be home alone
  • Chasing joggers, cyclists, cars
  • Aggressive behavior towards food or objects
  • Aggressive behavior towards other people and/or dogs

Many owners then try all sorts of things to remedy this problem behavior. Well-intentioned advice from friends and acquaintances is followed, but often without the desired result. Incorrect assessment of the seriousness of the situation often plays a major role in this. Despite all the measures taken, the dog persists in its problematic behavior. In some cases, the unwanted behavior even appears to be reinforcing. The measures taken have then in fact only led to a rewarding factor, which is generally so strong that it is perceived by the dog as more important than the punishment it has received for its behavior up to that point.

Thus, the dog may have dog problems which, if they are not dealt with adequately, can make it a problem dog. It is therefore a good thing, if the dog exhibits undesirable behavior that is experienced as a problem, to call in the expertise of a behavioral therapist. It is wise not to wait too long before calling in this expert, because the sooner a problem is tackled, the greater the chance of success.

Leaving your ear to the well-intentioned advice of other dog owners in your area for half a year is generally half a year of maintaining or even exacerbating the unwanted behavior, while this half year could already have been used to tackle the problems .

puppies

Even puppies, even if they come from a recognized breeder, can show behavioral problems. When the puppy is about eight weeks old, the learning process has played a major role, but not yet played a major role, so there could be a biological cause. If you, as the owner, suspect abnormalities in your puppy’s behavior, it is a good idea to call in a behavioral therapist as soon as possible.

The sooner action is taken, the better. Depending on the breeder, a puppy that is not collected until after twelve weeks may have a lack of socialization. Of course there are breeders who know their responsibilities very well and who spare themselves neither time nor effort to sufficiently socialize a dog that due to circumstances stays a little longer. Unfortunately, it also happens very often that breeders are less conscientious about their puppies.

Pups that stay a little longer are often kept a bit afterwards in the hope that a buyer will come soon. These puppies are not taken outside enough to meet different kinds of people, children and other kinds of dogs, traffic and everything they will have to deal with for the rest of their lives. In addition, there are unfortunately always the so-called “bread breeders”, where the puppies stay in sheds and lofts and do not actually come out until the moment of sale.

These puppies, with a poor to very poor socialization, are not easy to convert into social family dogs; they are disabled. There may even be a kennel syndrome. In that case, the dog is no longer open to its surroundings at all and lives in a hell, as it were. Sometimes, however, it is still possible to make up for the damage step by step, but that requires a lot of patience, time and craftsmanship.

In the case of a very poor socialization, it is not always possible to guarantee in advance whether a therapy will be successful. It is then up to the owner to consider whether he can and wants to invest a lot of extra time in the dog, without guarantee of results. It is also possible that you meet a puppy out of thousands, who behaves well, but who has a traumatic experience. You will often not notice anything about the puppy at first.

Nevertheless, there is a good chance that after a few months he suddenly turns out to have a phobia. For example, if your puppy has been attacked and bitten by another dog, it is a good idea to give him therapy with a behaviorist to prevent possible problems in the future.

Adult dogs

It is often the adult dogs for which a behavior therapist is called in. Of course this includes dogs that are taken from the shelter and that have the necessary scars from dealing with their previous owner. In those cases, intensive re-education comes into play. But it also concerns dogs that have been with their owner from the start.

Sometimes it concerns dogs in whom problem behavior suddenly arises at a later age. The cause often lies in a shocking event, such as moving house or the loss of a family member to whom the dog was particularly attached. Other times, it concerns dogs that gradually developed the problem behavior. Because the owner has never really noticed certain behavior of the dog, has always ignored it, has not corrected properly or has hoped that it would go away on its own, behavior can slowly but surely arise that is experienced as a problem.

Again, the sooner action is taken, the better. This does not alter the fact that many adult dogs, even if they have been causing problems for a very long period of time, are capable of surprising improvements. When we as humans get under the skin of the dog and thus start to think like a dog, we can learn to “understand” the dog and we can adequately “tell” him what we do and do not expect from him.

Dogs generally respond quickly and positively to this. If there is more clarity for the dog, there will also be more relaxation for him. At first, the owner only comes with effort, but soon he will be rewarded for this effort when he can see the improvement in his dog’s behavior.

Of course one problem is not the other and it will often depend on the cause of the problem behavior and the way in which it has been dealt with, how quickly results can be achieved. For example, if his unwanted behavior has always brought something to the dog, you will achieve results faster than it was only once. In some cases, the behavioral therapist will also draw the owner’s attention to the fact that certain undesirable behavior will first increase in intensity, then weaken and disappear completely.

In any case, every improvement stands or falls with the efforts and possibilities of the owner. After all, he is the one who has to do it – under the expert guidance of the behavioral therapist, of course.

Older dogs

That behavior therapy for older dogs is pointless may be referred to the land of fables. Undesirable behavior in older dogs that have been showing this for many years is of course ingrained and cannot or can hardly be remedied anymore, but it is possible to look at dealing with these ingrained problems as well as possible. A behavioral therapist can give valuable tips and advice and help everything in the right direction by means of dog-friendly aids.

There may also be an older dog that has to be transferred due to family circumstances, for example. Such a transfer is not easy for an older dog. His environment and routine were completely familiar to him and he will miss his previous home for a long time. If they come out of the shelter and have had to experience a lot of stress there in their old age, that also has its influence. If an older dog has difficulty with a transfer, whether or not from a shelter, and develops problem behavior as a result, it is certainly useful to call in a behavior therapist.

Just in case there is no transfer at all, we often see an older dog becoming part of the furniture. He does not immediately demand attention and sometimes gets it less and less or not at all. This can cause dogs to become depressed. They may also suddenly develop separation anxiety or show senility symptoms at a later age. This then manifests itself in asking to be let out while they have just returned, not knowing their way any more, living in a “little world of their own”.

The older dog also undergoes quite a few changes physically, which are not all equally easy. For example, they may need to be let out more often because their bladder and bowels are not functioning as well. When an older dog starts to show behavioral problems, it is therefore advisable to call in a behavior therapist. With an objective view of things, he can often put his finger on the sore spot and give advice that both the owner and the dog themselves can use.

Education versus action

When training, you gradually teach the dog something in a positive way. For every piece of an exercise that the dog performs well, he is rewarded and that way you achieve the desired result. So you teach the dog to show certain behavior when you ask for it. Parenting, on the other hand, has to do with social rules.

This applies to both dogs and humans. You can teach a child to read and write at school. Then you talk about education, but if the child then starts writing all kinds of protective words on the wallpaper, the aspect of upbringing comes up for discussion. You will have to let the child know that some things are acceptable and others are not.

The same goes for dogs. Education is therefore about setting boundaries. This is allowed and that is not allowed. In order to discover those boundaries, dogs will often first cross them once. That is the moment when the dog must be made known where exactly the boundary is. Communication is therefore of great importance. We cannot require our dogs to speak our language, but we can master their language.

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How Do I Insolate My Dog House? 3 Tricks To Get It Right

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Outdoor dog house offer a safe and comfortable haven for your pet. When the winter season approaches, every owner tries to effectively protect his dog from the cold! That is when we ask ourselves… How can I insulate my dog’s kennel so that it spends the winter comfortably?

AIVITUVIN insulated dog house manufacturer suggest you the following tips and tricks to insulate your pet’s house and thus offer your companion a cozy refuge. 

First of all, the dimensions of our pet’s house must be adapted to its size. The heat given off by the dog’s body warms the shelter, so a shelter that is too large will make it easier for that heat to dissipate. If the temperatures are very cold, your pet’s body can be exposed to multiple injuries and frostbite, mainly on the tips of the ears and tail.

Select The Right Materials For Your Dog’s House

An outdoor dog house must be robust and solid to cope with climatic changes throughout the year (cold, wind, frost, snow…). Therefore, it is essential to choose resistant materials such as wood, PVC or resin.

Wood

Wooden dog houses are well insulated. They have the advantage of staying cool in summer and once winter comes, they keep you warm. The house thus becomes a real and cozy home.

But wood can be very sensitive to water and moisture. Wooden houses are generally protected with a glaze that prevents water from entering, while allowing the wood to breathe.

We advise you to insulate a dog house from the ground, with plastic or metal legs. This will ensure optimal ventilation of the base and a sufficient distance from the ambient humidity of the ground.

PVC

PVC is a material that prevents sudden changes in temperature and insulates perfectly from the cold. However, care must be taken when choosing a quality product, as PVC can quickly deteriorate, yellow and/or crack over time. It is about finding a doghouse that is as waterproof and robust, and cheaper than wooden kennels. The manufacturers of sheds constantly innovate for this, making at the same time decorative PVC sheds that imitate wood.

Resin

Due to its impermeability, the resin is ideal for the manufacture of outdoor sheds, as they have effective insulating properties against rain, cold or ice. They are easy to move, so the resin houses will adapt to all seasons depending on the location you choose.

Roof shape

To facilitate the evacuation of rainwater easily, pointed roofs have a great advantage over flat roofs; check that the roof is waterproof (rubber protection, polystyrene or other waterproof material).

 Basic accessories to isolate the doghouse

PVC door

Regardless of the season of the year, it is essential to insulate the interior of the shed against rain. There are many booths on the market that are sold without doors or slats. Outdoor sheds should provide some insulation from the entrance, to protect their interior from nighttime moisture, rain, wind, snow, etc. The doors, generally made of PVC or plastic, isolate the interior of your pet’s kennel at all times.

The blanket, the heating mattress or the mattress

To insulate the floor of the doghouse, you can place a blanket, rug or cushion inside it specially designed for outdoor kennels. So your pet’s kennel will become a warm and welcoming place.

Choosing the right location for the doghouse and effectively insulating it

You have already seen all the requirements for your partner’s shed to be a welcoming place. Now you just have to choose the right place.

During the summer season we will seek to place the doghouse outdoors and in the shade to protect it from the heat and provide it with a cool rest. But with the arrival of winter, you should provide your pet with a home protected from the cold, facing south if possible! If you have a covered place, a garage, or a terrace protected from bad weather, do not hesitate, place the shed in one of these places.

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Can You Actually Know Your Pets Thoughts?

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Ever wonder what your cat or dog is really thinking? Just ask an experienced pet communicator who can communicate with the pet and let you know your pet’s thoughts. Some pet owners do this simply to learn more about their pet’s personality. Others consult a pet psychic who is also a pet healer to find the reason behind a physical or behavioral issue and to heal the pet. 

The following are some tips that every pet owner should know:

  • Pets react to your stress

When a pet begins to act strangely, such as when your cat suddenly decides to ditch the litter box, it is important to – in this case quickly- find the reason. To discover the reason many people consult a pet psychic. The pet communicator will ask the cat why. Often the reason can be an emotional problem. For example, if there is stress in the house and you are not getting on well with your husband, or there is a new cat in the neighborhood that is bothering your cat. Peeing outside the box is one of the ways cats tell you that something is awry. If the pet communicator is also a pet healer, they would let you know not only if there is an emotional reason behind the behavior and what that reason is, but they will also be able to tell you if the behavior is due to a health issue and what that health issue is. For example, peeing outside the litter box can also be an indication that your cat has a bladder infection which causes a cat to not be able to control their bladder. 

  Pets recognize when they are in good hands

Wondering if your pet knows how much you love them? It is highly likely that they do. According to the specialists, all animals know when they are with people who love them. Adopted pets from animal shelters may need a little more time to fully trust you- and a pet psychic can help speed that along- but they know deep down that you care. And yes, even a particularly unaffectionate or aloof cat knows. Similar to people in that some people are openly affectionate while others are more reserved, pet’s are the same way. It’s important to understand that, just like people, pets have distinct moods and personalities but that does not mean they do not love you.

  • Pets mourn the loss of other pets just as much as people do

When a pet passes it is often a deeply sad event. Both the owner and other pets in the home feel the loss and mourn each in their own way. While one pet will keep searching and looking for their fellow pet, others simply know they have passed. Certain pets can sense the deceased pet around them in spirit and will keep sniffing and looking for them. It’s important to allow your pets to mourn in their own unique way and to give them comfort and understanding. There are pet psychics with the ability to communicate with the deceased pet which can be helpful to a grieving pet owner, and to pets who are also grieving.

Pets can get very anxious and lonely when you are away at work on a trip

Generally, if you have a routine where you are gone for certain hours every day, your pet becomes accustomed to that routine. With dogs, If you do have to leave for more than ten hours then it is always a good idea to make sure someone comes by to walk them to break up the time a bit. If your pet tends to be over anxious in your absence, leave some clothing you have worn for them to sleep on or near where they sleep. The scent will comfort them. When away on a trip, this is especially recommended. In cases where your pet displays extreme separation anxiety no matter what you do, an animal communicator and pet healer can help with this behavioral issue. 

  • Pets always have a reason for acting out

Apart from stress, any variety of things can cause your pet to behave oddly. For instance, if you swapped their bed for a new one and the old one, to them, was their secure spot. Or perhaps you started using a harsh cleanser in the house. Many people do not realize that when they use strongly scented chemical cleansers in the house, an animal’s sense of smell is twenty times more sensitive than a person’s. These scents and chemicals can make them hyper and want to escape or nauseous, disoriented, unsteady, etc. Additionally those chemicals can be dangerous to a pet’s health. In order to avoid upsetting or even hurting your pet, it is wise to switch to all natural unscented cleaning products and to keep your pet well away from chemicals and fumes.

If your pet randomly begins to behave differently, oddly or badly, this is a clear signal that something is up. Sometimes it is hard to know what the cause is. Or, even if you might know the cause, it can be hard to appease, reassure, and calm them. A pet communicator and pet healer can be of enormous help in these situations. 

To explore more about the emotions of your pet, know your pet’s thoughts, or to understand the source and heal your pet’s physical and behavioral issues get in touch with a highly rated pet psychic such as Nancy at Seaintuit, an expert pet healer!

About the Author: Nancy is a pet psychic and pet healer who gives readings by phone. Working in unison with angels, she has given thousands of psychic readings worldwide for over 20 years. Read more..

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Pitbull Puppies: Everything You Need To Know

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The Pitbull dogs, with his big smile, are adept at stealing hearts. Although they are incredibly protective of their favorite people, they are also quite affectionate. Also, Pitbull puppies love to play non-stop and interact with both children and adults.

With ancestors from England, Scotland, and Ireland, pit bulls were created by crossing different breeds of bulldog and terrier. Originally they were bred to fight large animals, although now these practices have been banned fortunately. They have also been excellent rat catchers thanks to their terrier side. When they see our full grown American Bully and Pitbull pups, people can’t believe how rapidly they grow! We invite you to visit Burrnationk9s Pitbull Kennel and see our Pitbull Puppies for Sale.

The pit bull does not have an official breed standard and includes different breeds such as the American Pit Bull Terrier or the American Bully. It is closely related to the American Staffordshire terrier, as they both have similar, broad, flat heads and robust bodies.

Who is the best human for a Pitbull?

The Pitbull dogs are ideal for family life. They are known for their kindness and willingness to play with children and love being part of an active household. They need to get rid of excess energy, so if they are locked in an apartment without the possibility of moving they can develop destructive behavior.

The better trained you are, the happier your Pitbull will be. Thus, Pitbull puppies who quickly get used to the leash and interacting with other dogs and other people will enjoy a full and happy life.

Where to find Pitbull puppies

Choosing between adopting and buying a Pitbull puppy is a personal decision that also requires some research. Luckily, there are plenty of resources to help you find an animal shelter or breeder who offers healthy, ethically sourced Pitbull puppies.

If you want to be a responsible pet owner, you must consider the characteristics of the pit bull. Whether you are using a breeder or planning to adopt, you should prepare to welcome into your home a new member of the family who is as energetic as he is loving.

American Pitbull are not aggressive dogs

This breed of dog needs a person by his side who has the experience and time to train and educate him from a young age. Thus, the temperament of the American Pitbull is in no case aggressive because it is of this breed, but it can become an aggressive dog, like any other dog, if it does not receive adequate care and attention and is educated in a negative way or is mistreats you. On multiple occasions, this breed has been used for illegal fights, enhancing aggressiveness and conditioning its character. However, American Pitbull are one of the most loving, loyal, and protective dogs.

Pit bulls have been one of the most sought after and popular dogs for years. Its character and its particular physique have made it become a highly demanded breed among dog lovers. However, sadly, they have also been associated in a generalized way with negative aspects, such as the false belief that it is an aggressive or dangerous race, having become the news of different attacks on humans. However, this lineage of original dogs from Great Britain have one of the most stable temperaments according to ATTS (American Society for the Evaluation of Temperament) and it all comes down to providing a good education, care and stability, as it would happen with any other animal.

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