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Tips on how to socialize a puppy

Like how every human being should possess the necessary social skills to adapt and interact, every dog should be socialized to communicate and interact with other animals and human beings effectively.

Begin early

Once you get the thumbs up from the vet, that it is time for the pup to socialize, you can begin interacting with other neighborhood pets and owners. Taking the young animals to doggy daycare is useful as well considering they teach young ones in socializing with other dogs of various ages. Bringing these young ones to dog parks are a good idea as they will bound to play and become active among different dogs.

Mix it up

Do not make your dog comfortable with only a single age group or breed of dogs as it can later inculcate problems when dealing with dogs outside its comfort zone. Instead, mix up the situations placed in front of the pup by having it interact in the presence of adult dogs, puppies, female and male and of other breeds for better upbringing of socialization.

Remember to be part of your pup’s social interactions and pay attention to your pup’s reactions

Do not let your young pup face new situations by itself as it can often overwhelm the poor thing. Instead be alongside with the puppy when it interacts with new humans and dogs. If the pup fails to feel secure and starts depicting negative social skills such as anxiety, remove the dog from the situation and caress it by encouraging. If the puppy interacts positively with other dogs and humans, support him by treating him and making him comfortable.

Accept your dog’s limitations and preferences

It is crucial that you as a dog owner understand the fact that not all dogs react like typical dogs when placed in social situations with humans and dogs. Certain dogs find it difficult and uncomfortable among humans and kids while others may find it difficult to interact with other dogs. However, in order to suppress any negative and anger in unwanted in social interactions, it is imperative to seek necessary training from professionals to make sure that the dog even if it is placed in uncomfortable situations remains calm and does not respond with violence. For further details and tips on such cases enquire with your vet.

End of the day, remember that your dog’s happiness is more important than your need to satisfy social interaction needs. So love and take care of the dog and tend to avoid social anxiety related situations.

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Suggestions on how to help your dog stop barking

Boredom

Often time’s canines which suffer from boredom both physically and mentally resort to continuous and repetitive nonstop barking. You can redress this by providing your dog with fluffy or stuffed chewy toys to engage the dog during your absence. You can consider taking the dog for a long walk and letting him interact with the environment at his own pace. The underlying aspect is not to let your dog remain idle and succumb to boredom which leads to such barking.

Fear and anxiety

Canines suffering from emotional distress and fear can often resort to barking as a means of expressing their anguish and fear. It is imperative that you make the dog understand there is no need to be fearful of something they cannot apprehend. Ability to understand what causes such anxiety can help solve such issue.

Alerts

Dogs will nearly bark at anything and everything that pops up in the environment of unfamiliar nature. Guarding breed dogs specifically tend to display such characteristics. Although it is not bad behavior, it can be unwanted sometimes. For this, you can avail an alternative solution to redress it by commanding a strong, “come back here” during their barking. This will bound to catch the attention and come back to you, which you should accompany with treats till it, becomes a custom.

Attention

Dogs tend to bark as a form of luring and gaining your attention. Dogs do not understand when we may be busy working or occupied with something else. So they resort to continuous barking till you give attention to them. You can suppress these tendencies by commanding the dog to sit or lie down and remain quiet accompanied with treats when performing the command. Dogs are smart and will not stay silent for long and will be a matter of time only before they begin their next session of barking or screaming for attention. Another better alternative is by letting the dog bark till it is thoroughly exhausted and until it slowly understands the situation that you are busy.

Excitement

Another form of ridiculous and continuous barking is when dogs feel overly enthusiastic and heightened excitement. You can find a solution to their excited barking by making them perform commands such as sit, lie down and simple tricks like giving you a handshake and followed up by mandatory treats upon accomplishment of such commands. Training impulsive control techniques can help benefit dogs from such erratic barking as well.

A healthy diet for your pets – what you should include?

If you have pets, you must have realized that they require much more care and attention than even humans do! You have to take care of their every need – right from their hygiene, health to playing with them and giving them attention – you got to do it all!  Among all this, the diet of your pet is to be highlighted – special attention has to be directed towards what your pet eats and what he needs. We’ve come up with a comprehensive diet requirement that you have to ensure your pet is fed adequately with:

Proteins

Just like we all have out protein requirements, our pets too, have their designated protein intake. What can be included in the protein part of your pet’s diet? Quite similar to what protein means to us! You can readily include fish, chicken, lamb, soy, grains such as quinoa, millet, protein-rich vegetables such as spinach, cabbage, broccoli amongst others. Make sure you keep remixing versions of these ingredients in various recipes to make sure your pet gets variety too. Plus, make sure your pet isn’t allergic to any of the protein you plan to add to its diet.

Fats:

Fat content in your pet’s diet is important too – for those stored energy reserves to keep your pet active and kicking. Also, fats play an essential role to maintain healthy skin – yes, for your pets too. Plus, they play an important role in reproduction too. Among fat, you can include any lean meat fat, fish oil, any other oil – sunflower, safflower, canola and the likes of it.

Carbohydrates:

High carbohydrate content food has to make its way in your pet’s diet. Pets derive most of their energy from the carbs they consume. Also, carbohydrates ensure your pets get enough fiber content to keep their digestive tract healthy and also, to keep constipation at bay.  Make a conscious effort to include carbohydrates in bigger portions in the daily food intake of your pet. Amongst a whole lot of carbs available out there you can surely feed your pet with – barley, brown rice, oats, potatoes, and whole corn. These are fully digestible and instant energy providers for your pets.

Vitamins and minerals:

Apart from what you organically feed your pets, added supplements are required to keep them healthy too. You can contact your vet for the extras to be added, apart from the vitamins and minerals derived from the vegetables and fruits you serve your pet.