10 Reactions to Your Dog’s Quirks

Whether you’ve had your dog for three weeks or three years, some of these reactions and statements will have you laughing and saying “Deb, that is so true”. Dogs are hysterical, adorable creatures, even when they’re being mildly irritating.

 

  • Your first day with your dog:

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  • When you have had rough day and you come home to your dog’s unconditional love:

    Bill-Murray-Caddyshack

  • When your dog feels ill:

    hyperventilating

  • The entire potty training process:

    too-much

  • When your dog gets mad about your steak dinner:

    mad-sorry

  • When your neighbors don’t like your dog:

    deal-wit-it

  • When you buy your dog an expensive toy, and he chews The cord off of something:

    bummed

  • That one rare day your dog doesn’t care that you’ve been gone for eight hours:

    rejection

  • Even though you expect a new puppy to have an accident, you still react like this when he or she has an accident:

    horg

  • Talking to your dog like he understands, and feeling like this when he doesn’t:

    kristen-stewart-sad

Did I miss one? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

 

 

Deb Alling | Pet Nanny of Joliet, Plainfield, and Shorewood, Illinois

 

(I’d like to thank reactiongifs.com for providing the wonderful reactions to the silly things dogs do!)

 

Everything You Need to Know About Getting a New Dog [Part 1 of 4]

The decision to get a dog is a simple one for most people, you either love dogs and want one in your family, or you don’t. The tricky part is selecting dog breed and getting everyone in the household to agree on what they want from their new companion.

So, this inspired a four-post series on getting a new dog and everything you need to know to get started. Today’s post will cover how to determine if you’re ready to get a dog. Next week’s posts will cover choosing the right breed for YOU, and part three will cover how to compromise on a breed with others. Part four is a big, fat surprise!

Before getting a dog you need to be sure that you’re ready for the responsibility that comes along with it. Think of the end of the movie Aladdin, when Jafar wants to become a Genie for the power.

At first, he’s like “Great Idea!”

new puppy and adult dog walker and sitter in Joliet IL

And then, the responsibilities catch up with him, and it ends up a disaster.

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Yeah, getting a dog is kind of like that.

So, how can you be sure you’re ready? You have to ask yourself a few questions first, and the answers will tell you whether you’re ready for a new pup or not.

Can you afford a dog?

Not simply, can you purchase the dog… but can you afford to give him a good life?  A dog is an awful lot like a child, and medical expenses can come out of nowhere. Make sure you have enough savings, and a steady income that will always provide your pooch with what he needs.

Do you have “itty bitty living space” like Jafar’s lamp?

Make sure you have enough room inside the home and in the yard. A tiny apartment might be okay for a Teacup Poodle, but certainly not a Golden Retriever or Rottweiler.

Is Your Abode Safe and Dog Appropriate?

In addition to size, you need to be careful of things dogs can get into. They’re not like cats, they won’t avoid something that is dangerous for them; dogs eat things. I repeat: Dogs. Eat. Things.

Be sure everything is out of the way, use bitter apple spray on cords, and look into the materials used to build your home or apartment. For example, ask someone to inspect the paint on your walls. If you have an older house that still has lead paint, you’ll either need to correct that or watch your dog like a hawk. You never want your dog to scratch paint or lead paint off walls, and risk ingesting it.

What are your limitations?

Do you dislike the idea of walking daily, or, do you find that you get irritated easily? When your pooch needs something, and you don’t want to do it, you can’t take it out on the dog. Be sure you’re ready to handle the care and maintenance of a dog. Your reward? Unconditional love.

If you feel that you’re ready for a dog after this post, then I warmly welcome you to the world of being a discerning pet owner. Congratulations on your decision to give and receive the uninterrupted bliss that is loving a canine.

Check back on Monday for more help, as the next part will help you select your dog breed!

 

Deb Alling | Pet Nanny of Joliet, Plainfield, and Shorewood, Illinois

 

 

[Jafar Gif Courtesy of http://andthenthingsgotfunny.tumblr.com/]

Canine Training Advice: Know The Difference Between Structure & Punishment

A significant divide exists between punishment and correction with pet-training, specifically in canines. Unfortunately, due to myths, media, and confusion, even caring pet owners blur the line between correction and punishment.  You must not train your dog to fear you or his home, and you must not punish him for behaviors and quirks he cannot control.

You should NOT let your pet wear the pants in the relationship though, or life will feel a lot harder for the both of you. It is important that you discipline your dog, so that he understands what behaviors you will tolerate. It’s similar to the way humans must adhere to policies and protocols; living organisms need structure or chaos will ensue.

 Take a word of advice from Cesar Milan –

“In their natural world, dogs or wolves live in a highly disciplined and structured society. The packs’ very survival depends on maintaining order, and order doesn’t happen without discipline. But often we feel that implementing discipline is a form of punishment to a dog. Nothing could be further from the truth!” 

Changing your dog’s behaviors is important, but you must execute the discipline with care and caution, and you must not punish the dog, or assume he’s upset with you. Think about it… imagine how you’d feel if something were harming you, simply because you couldn’t control your bladder?

So, what is the difference between a correction and a punishment? How can you correct the behavior without confusing or harming your dog?

A correction means that you announce a verbal disapproval of your dog’s behavior as he is making the action. A punishment is a harsh verbal disapproval or physical harm,that occurs after the dog has completed the deed. You must stop your dog from doing the irritating behavior as he is doing it; otherwise he will be confused, and he may end up living in fear of you.