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Dos And Don’ts In Training A Chihuahua At Home

Training a chihuahua at home is preferred by many owners. It is because they are able to monitor their chi’s progress. Well, you can also train your pup on your own. Just read this article to know its dos and don’ts.


Establish your authority over your chihuahua. This is crucial and important. It is because chihuahuas like other dogs are pack animals. This means that these animals used to live with many others and one should stand as a leader. So, between the two of you, establish your authority over her before she can establish hers.

Teach your chihuahua housebreaking. This is also called potty training. This is to teach her of proper disposal. Bring her outside to potty. Training a Chihuahua about housebreaking needs keen observation in order for you not to end up cleaning her mess inside the house.

Teach your chihuahua obedience training. This includes the basic commands and crate training. Teach her the commands sit, down, stay, and heel for obedience and for you to easily control her actions. Also, teach her crate training. The crate is considered as her room where she could sleep and sometimes eat. There are also toys inside to keep her company.

Get your chi to socialize with people and other canine breeds. Training a chihuahua to socialize help her get used to different stimuli without getting stressed out. Also, this will lessen her aggression.

Reward and praise your chihuahua for every job well done. This is a good motivation for your chi to do more for you too. This makes her do her best for the sake of the treat. Eventually, she will make everything you expect from her.


Do not tolerate your chi for obsessive behaviors like jumping, biting, whining, growling, and barking. Though these are common behaviors for your chi, you still need to teach her the proper time and situation when to do so. Obedience training is advisable for this issue.

Do not punish your chi for a mistake done. This is one of the mistakes committed by some owners which eventually make their chi stay away from them.

Do not leave your chi anywhere in the house or yard. This might get your chi in great trouble with your neighbors. This can also give big space for your chi to get naughty by chewing your cushion and pillows.

Do not always cuddle and carry your chihuahua. She might get used to it and refuse to walk by herself. Instead, teach her to walk with a leash and collar around her neck.

Training a chihuahua also needs fun and game. Chihuahuas as toy dogs love to be cuddled. They love to be with their owners. So give your chi sometime of bonding together in order not to make her get bored.

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How to Train a Siberian Husky Dog

If you own a husky dog then you probably have at least 1 problem that you would want to correct. Most husky owners have far more than just 1 problem and this website will help you deal with those problems. Before we begin you should understand that huskies are pack dogs and they’re still not that far off from their wolf ancestors.

In the wild a husky dog is part of a pack and someone is the alpha dog of that pack. Your household is the pack, and if nobody is the alpha dog your husky assumes that’s his role. There are 3 levels of ranks that your husky knows: The alpha dog, which is the trusted “dog” of the pack that takes care of all the needs; there’s the husky that obeys and respects the alpha dog, and there’s everyone else below the husky who the husky doesn’t have to listen to.

So if you are the alpha dog and you earned respect from your husky then you will be respected and your husky will obey your commands. I’m sure you know many cases where a dog listens to only 1 person but ignores everyone else’s commands. That’s because the husky sees that one person as the leader. And since everyone else isn’t the alpha dog the husky doesn’t have to listen to them.

So what do you do to become the alpha dog? Provide everything that you need, food, shelter, protection, make the rules and enforce them, don’t abuse or wrongly punish your husky. Spend time together and treat him with respect. Those are some of the things required to become the alpha dog.

The rule of the wild is this: The pack leader eats first, then the rest. So when it’s feeding time for your husky, eat first, and then feed your husky. When you’re walking and your husky is in the way, don’t go around or step over him. He will think that he’s in charge. Instead, move him out of the way. In the wild the pack leader doesn’t go around the others, instead, they all make way.

Don’t let your husky sleep on the bed with you, as you’re putting him equal to the alpha dog. At least not until a firm understanding has been established that you’re the alpha dog.

Restrict your husky from entering certain rooms and give him a space of his own. If you let the husky go anywhere he wants and do anything he wants to he will think he’s the alpha dog!

When you want to pet your husky don’t come to him! Call him to you and then you can pet him. You have to think like a dog and think what the alpha dog would do in the wild.

Your husky puppy doesn’t think like humans do. If you don’t catch your husky puppy in the act, yelling or hitting (which you should never do) will only confuse your dog and complicate further training.

Punishments should almost never be given out; instead, use the most proper method of dog training – the positive reinforcement method. Just like you could catch your puppy in the act (which you rarely can) and try to teach him what is wrong, you should teach your puppy what is right and reward him greatly for it.

Imagine a scenario where your puppy is crying and barking because it wants attention (and not to go to the bathroom, because that’s different). You, as a smart puppy trainer, should know that you shouldn’t give your puppy attention when it barks and cries because it will ultimately associate barking with getting attention. So next time your puppy wants attention, it will start barking knowing you will come running. Instead, ignore your husky puppy until he stops barking completely – only then you can give your husky puppy attention, treats, and praise.

You can eliminate the barking problem altogether by training your puppy to bark on command. When you reward your husky puppy as he barks on command, your puppy will understand that it’s only good to bark when you say so – ultimately preventing your puppy from barking altogether unless you tell him to. I have written a complete Siberian husky training guide for owners just like you.

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Feeding Your Dog Well – A Lesson From Hippocrates

Hippocrates knew his stuff when he said: ‘Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food.’ If I had to think of one of the least nutritious examples of sustenance for human consumption (although I don’t really consider it food) then I’d have to remember the first time I stopped drinking soda. I was sipping a can of TAB calorie free soda back on my porch. Perhaps it was out of boredom that I turned the soda can around to read it, but suddenly I found myself reading a list words I couldn’t pronounce. Were those the ingredients? I never drank soda again.

I can’t say I’ve changed much in the way of checking ingredients and eating naturally. In fact, I’ve gotten more diligent about it. And so it’s no surprise that another significant epiphany managed to overtake me years later when I read the ingredients on a package of commercial dog food. I was taken back to that moment in 1983 when I tossed that can of TAB forever and in all my consistency, I tossed the entire bag of food in the trash and never looked back. This is what I called my dog food epiphany.

Just for the record my ‘epiphany’ occurred before the major dog food recalls of 2007 and incidentally after my Viszla Fred developed a brain tumor. He, through my ignorance, was only fed a popular commercial brand of kibble his entire life. He died at 8 years young.

A day that stands out for me in Fred’s life was the day I took him to the neurologist for his seizures. The first question the Vet asked as he examined him was “What are you feeding him?” I knew right then that I didn’t do right by this animal and immediately I tried to correct it with a natural diet, hoping I would save the dog, but it was too late.

I’ve learned that many Veterinarians aren’t well versed in nutrition and the commercial dog food companies take advantage of this. It behooves me to think that many veterinarians know the ill effects of commercial dog food and yet because they profit from it simply because these foods cause conditions like ear infections, skin rashes, gastrointestinal infections, and ultimately cancer or a brain tumors, they only ask THE most enlightening question when you’re there for an emergency when obviously, it’s too late.

Well, you live and you learn. Like I said, I never looked back. Four years later, we acquired our re-homed pup Valentino, a spunky 7 month old, male, Golden Retriever who’d been brought up on Nutro, (which I immediately tossed into the trash). I switched him to a raw diet and noticed within days that my spunky golden together with chemical free diet and daily romps in the park began to settle down (by the way, this was the main reason his previous owners re-homed him – because he was to hyper). It became apparent to me that the Nutro Brand dog food actually made him more hyper and nervous.

On the Raw diet, Valentino ate 5-6 pounds of raw meat per day- and it didn’t travel well, so I set out to find an alternative. I discovered my happy medium, a human grade, chemical free, balanced and nutritious diet. I found this human-grade dehydrated raw food was easy to travel with, hypoallergenic, some were organic and all were human tested, (yes, taste tested by humans) and nutritionally balanced. This is what my dog and I needed — some integrity.

I literally felt myself exhale. My first sign of relief came from reading the ingredients. Yes! I could READ THE INGREDIENTS! The second, was that I didn’t have to prepare 5-6 pounds of raw meet each day to get the same benefits for Val. I could add my RAW meats as a bonus if I wanted to because THK is already a complete and balanced product and that was just fine with me. Valentino does really well on THK, he is lean, his coat shines, his teeth are pearly white and his ears show no signs of a food allergy.

Valentino loves his ball, plays a mean outfield and swims tirelessly in the lake. I often get comments about Val’s lean physique which often get me into the conversation of what Val eats. I’m always happy to talk food and I’m proud that my dog is living proof of good, honest, nutrition.

Perhaps, my next dog will be named Hippocrates.

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Golden Retriever Lab Mix – The 3 Things That You Can Expect From This Hybrid Dog

Too many people believe that the only good dogs are those that come with papers and pedigree. There are others that are open-minded and realize that some mixes go very well together. A Golden Retriever lab mix is one of those combinations. If you aren’t aiming for the show ring, you can find a great family pet with this mix.

All dog breeds are unique. There are certain traits that are very predictable with some breeds. If you are looking for energy in your dog you may consider a terrier. They don’t seem to ever slow down. If you are in search of a laid back pooch, perhaps one of the hounds may be your choice. Perhaps a mix of the two may be your choice. The same characteristics can be found in the Golden Retriever lab mix.

The intelligence of a Golden Retriever may be important to you and often carries into the golden lab mix as well. Labs are intelligent and goldens exceed them in that particular category. A dog with this mix will be very intelligent and very curious. Knowing that curiosity can be a boon and a downfall, think for awhile before you make your decision. Dogs learn with their eyes, ears and mouth. Knowing how it tastes may require a bit of chewing. If you are not there for lengthy periods, this may not be a good choice.

Temperament is another positive trait of both breeds. The Golden Retriever mix will have a calm, mild and attentive temperament. If you chose to cross a lab and Rottweiler, you may not always have a predictable temperament. Although some may be mild and kind, others can be hostile at times and you would have more difficult time controlling them.

One trait that is obviously predictable is size. Golden Retrievers and labs are fairly close in size. You will have a large dog who believes they are a lap dog. Their color is predictable as well. This is especially true if you are mixing a golden and a yellow lab.

If you are searching for a dog that has the qualities of a golden and a lab, the Golden Retriever lab mix may be exactly what you and your family may be enjoy. As young dogs they will be very active. They are perfect companions for a workout or a quiet night at home as they age. The task of training them to be what you want them to be is up to you. You need to assume the role as pack leader the day you bring your Golden Retriever lab mix into your home.

Websites such as petfinder.com may have some Golden Retriever lab mix puppies. Some of them are bred by accident and others are specifically bred due to the positive traits of both parents. Finding the right puppy is a task you can enjoy as a family. If you are not in the market for a puppy that has a couple of years of trials in store for you, you should consider the idea of an older dog. They will love a forever home and the love that you can give them.

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English Golden Retrievers – Discover How They Differ From The American And Canadian Goldens

If you are a fan of goldens, you can quickly see the difference between American Golden Retrievers and English Golden Retrievers. Both are beautiful, friendly and intelligent, but physical differences are distinct.

The breed originated in Scotland. It was specifically bred to retrieve water fowl and other game birds. Consequently they have a soft mouth and love the water. It was originally a combination of the flat coated retriever, spaniels and bloodhounds. Later the Irish setter was also introduced along with the St. Johns water dog. All of this to produce the ultimate hunting dog for hunting parties. All of the breeds that were combined to make perfect goldens were sporting breeds.

The temperament of the golden makes them ideal candidates for use as seeing-eye dogs, hearing dogs, drug detector dogs and search and rescue heroes. Both the American and English Golden Retrievers are suited for these tasks.

English Golden Retrievers are prevalent in Europe and Australia. The English type is stockier than the American and Canadian Golden Retrievers. The muzzle is shorter and wider. Its forehead is significantly blockier and the chest is wider and deeper. The tail is also shorter. The English type male should be 22-24 inches in height and the females 20-22 inches. The UKC has not designated a breed standard for weight. The gait of the golden should be well coordinated, smooth and free.

The coats of English Golden Retrievers are light to dark gold. The undercoat is waterproof and dense. It should be straight, but moderately wavy is acceptable. The UKC does allow cream as an acceptable color, but the AKC does not. The darker mahogany color is not acceptable in the British show ring. Pure white is not an acceptable color, nor is black. A dog can be disqualified if its nose lacks pigment.

The kind, confident and friendly demeanor of the English Golden Retrievers is no different than that of its American and Canadian counterparts. They enjoy meeting people and dogs. They are not good watch dogs. Although they may have a very loud bark as a stranger approaches, they will welcome them and lead the stranger to the valuables in the home. They can be disqualified in the ring if they show any hostility to people or other dogs. This assures the potential owner of a good family dog.

This is an extremely intelligent dog that loves to work. They thrive on obedience trials as well as agility. As an active and fun loving animal, they are very adaptable to work or to sitting in a blind for hours during a hunt. They easily focus on a task and make owners proud in obedience competitions as well. Their desire to please their owners or handlers is unsurpassed. They do not require any harsh training and respond well to upbeat, positive training. Sometimes they appear to want to be a lap dog and love being with their people.

The basic difference between the American and the English Golden Retrievers is the way they look. Disposition is the quality that breeders seek and ranks up there with the appearance of the stockier English type.

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Help Your Chi Cope With Chihuahua Separation Anxiety

Chihuahua separation anxiety is a condition wherein your pet becomes stressed whenever you leave her alone at home. With this taken for granted, your chi may become destructive since this will make her resort to out of control barking, biting, whining, or chewing. Chihuahuas’ social nature is one factor why these dogs develop this condition. They are afraid to be left alone. Thus, it results to panic and will eventually make them behave abnormally just to get relief from the stress.

Chihuahua separation anxiety can be easily reduced given the proper attention and training. Like other canine breeds, chihuahuas need to be trained how to cope with the stress caused by separation. As a responsible owner, you need to exert effort and patience to help your chi become independent.

The best thing to do for your stressed chi is to engage her to obedience training. One important training to conduct is the crate training. This is used to make her company when you are not at home. A crate is something which she could comfortably sleep or play. This will make her secure.

In order to make her love her crate is for you to lead her into it. But first you have to teach her the basic commands used by several dog trainers to get their dog’s attention. These words are monosyllables like sit, down, heel, stay. You use these words to command her to go inside her crate.

However, if she won’t obey you don’t push her or shout at her. This will make your dog fear you. Instead, use some strategies to make her come inside. You can put some food inside to attract her. Just be patient with your dog. She will learn eventually.

Aside from crate training your chi, you also need other techniques to help her cope with chihuahua separation anxiety. Every morning at least 10 minutes before leaving for work, do not play with your pet. Just ignore her and go out of the house without giving her any attention. This is one way of telling her that it is no big deal if you’re going out and coming in the house. Also, when you arrive at evening, do not pat her immediately. Leave her for quite some time on her own. Then after a few minutes, call her attention.

Another important strategy to help your chi cope with chihuahua separation anxiety is to bring her for a walk in some public places. This will help her relieve from stress. By nature, chihuahuas are social animals. Therefore, making them confined in a closed place for almost all the time will stress them out. Exposing her to people and other dogs will make her enjoy.

It is very important to give some attention with your pet. They are almost similar to humans. They need a break. So, as a responsible owner, never let your pet taken for granted to avoid worsen chihuahua separation anxiety.

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4 Simple Training Commands for Your Labrador Retriever

Here are some simple training commands for your Labrador retriever. We’ll start with just the basics for now.


This command should have your Lab stop what she’s doing and sit on her hind legs. This is the simplest command for any dog to learn, especially you Lab. You can begin teach your puppy this command at an early age and you’ll continue re-enforce through out her life. It is the building block of other commands because it also teaches you how to handle your Labrador retriever.

While your puppy is standing and focused on you place your hand right above her hip bone by her rear and tell her to ‘Sit’ in your best command voice. While simultaneously saying ‘Sit’ press down on her butt. This will let her know what you want done. When her butt is on the ground praise her for a job well done.

Continue doing this daily until you no longer need to re-enforce the desired behavior by placing your hand on the Lab’s rear and pushing down. Though this can be done when your Lab is very excited and not listening very well. Be careful not to push too hard or you may injure your Lab.


With this command you will be able to have your Labrador retriever sit and stay at a specified place until your ready. This is very useful when attempting to cross a street or if your hands are to full deal with everything life is throwing at you including your Lab!

Begin this training exercise with your puppy sitting in front of you. Place you full extended hand palm forward (like you are telling a robber to stop) so your Lab can see it. While doing this say ‘Stay’.

The objective with this command is to have your Lab freeze like a robber. While one of the easiest commands it is also very hard because your Lab will want to come to you! At first begin this teaching this command while she’s right in front of you. If she stands up and commands towards you, then tell her to ‘Sit’ and make sure she sits. Then repeat the ‘Stay’ command with your hand extended palm out. Continue doing this until your Lab stays while in front of you.

Over time you will be able to back up a little bit farther away from your Lab and tell her to ‘Stay’. Guess what? She will! A little bit later down the time line you should be able to tell your Labrador retriever to stay while quite a ways away. Some very well trained Labs will stay even if the master is not present. In these situations its important to release the Lab from the ‘Stay’ command. This can be done with the ‘Come’ or ‘OK’ commands which will be covered in the next part.


You’ve began training your Labrador retriever to ‘stay’ in place, but how do you him from that stance? The easy answer is with the ‘come’ command. This command will let your pup know that he can come towards to you. This is best practiced at first with a leash on your Lab so that he will know to come to you when call.

To begin the training have your Lab ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ while on his leash. Walk backwards enough to at the end of leash. Now call your puppy’s name and say ‘Come’. Your Lab may not know what to do at first so you can give a simple tug on the leash. This will let him know it time to come to you.

In the beginning stages of training your Labrador retriever may be paying attention to you. In these instances you can tug on the leash a little stronger to get his attention. Over time your Lab will listen to you while not on the leash. You can start this when your puppy is young as well.

Leave the leash off your Lab and have him ‘sit’ and ‘stay’. While moving backwards quickly call your puppy’s name and say ‘Come’. Your lab will chase after you in a fun, energetic way. Your Lab will love this! Make sure to praise him once he gets to you.


This is the easiest and hardest command to teach your Labrador retriever. This command is used to let your Lab know that his current behavior is not what is expected of him and he should stop it immediately.

In a firm, loud voice say your Lab’s name and then ‘No!’. You can extend your pointer finger towards him to enforce it. You Lab puppy should stop the bad behavior and look at you after hearing his name. At that time make any corrective behavior adjusts necessary to reinforce the positive behavior you want from your Labrador retriever.

What makes this command so difficult for us humans is that when our Labs are acting inappropriately we want to act inappropriately as well by hitting or whipping them. This does not correct any behavior in your puppy. Most of the time it only confuses him because he did stop when he heard the command and now he is being punished for doing so. Be careful you don’t fall in to this trap when first learning to train your Labrador retriever or you may find yourself and your Lab in deep waters later.

There are many more tricks to teach your old Labrador retriever or puppy. These require a Lab to have these basics down firmly. You should train your Lab puppy everyday in order to practice these commands and have them understood properly for a long and safe life for your Lab.

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