What Puppy Training Classes Can Teach Your Beloved Pet — And You
Getting a new puppy is an exciting time for a household. The whole family can spend time going through a long list of dog breeds, determining which dog would have the right temperament and energy levels to match their own lifestyle. They can have fun thinking of possible names to call the new member of their family. Picking out pet supplies such as food and water bowls, the brand of dog food, and the kinds of treats and toys to buy can also be an enjoyable experience. There’s all sorts of good things to look forward to — cuddles in the morning, play time with other dogs, long walks at the park, running at the beach, and the knowledge that every time you come home at the end of the day, there’s a little ball of fur waiting to greet you with a loving nuzzle (or lick, or doggy kiss), helping melt the day’s stress and worries away.
But, first things first. After deciding on the puppy to get, you take him home and discover key points in his behaviour. The first thing he does after exploring the house is relieve himself next to your potted plant. He finds a pair of sneakers by a bedroom door and begins to playfully chew on the shoelaces. He catches a whiff of his dog food as you prepare to fill his bowl and he starts jumping up your legs. And you attempt to spend time with him on your lap as you sit comfortably on the couch, but he prefers to nip and bite your fingers and arms.
Regardless of dog breed, a puppy will always display certain behaviours and qualities that will need to be guided or corrected so that they will not become problematic as they grow older. With patience and consistency on the part of the owners and the help of effective puppy training classes, a puppy can grow up to be a balanced, well-behaved, happy and energetic dog that will be a delightful part of any family.
Here are a few things that pets and their human parents can pick up from attending dog training classes:
1. Basic commands to hone obedience (such as sit, down, stand, stay, and leave/drop it. These simplest of commands will go a long way in teaching a puppy to respond to his owner and to maintain harmony every day. By associating these words with the right movements, both puppy and owner will have smoother, more organised and more harmonious interactions.
2. Aside from basic dog obedience training, a puppy will also learn to curb certain unfavourable practices such as pulling on a lead during walks, jumping at owners and other people, or excessive play biting (which can become painful for a person). These acts may appear cute in puppies, but when they become frequent practices and remain uncorrected until the puppy grows into adulthood, a dog could end up physically hurting people or destroying possessions.
3. Socialisation with other dogs and people. When a puppy grows up with its mother and siblings, it will naturally learn correct behaviour through play and guidance. But if a puppy is separated from its family too early, it may fail to learn these valuable lessons. Being in the company of other dogs and people helps teach a puppy when play is becoming rough, or it can introduce the puppy to humans of different ages and energies.
4. Ways to keep a puppy mentally stimulated. Dogs naturally require plenty of exercise and play to help improve their physical health, regulate their energy levels and stimulate their mental capacities. Dog owners can learn the most effective ideas to keep a puppy’s mind occupied and his body healthy.
By: Sam Buddy
It would be a wish of every owner to provide a good care to their lovable pet. But when you leave your dog alone at home while going to the work, you get worried. Hiring a dog walker or sitter will be a good idea in order to gain peace of mind while you’re away from your dogs for hours at a time.
By: Yoey Thamas
Siberian Huskies are strong, compact, working sled dogs. The medium-sized head is in proportion to the body, with a muzzle that is equal in length to the skull, with a well-defined stop. The color of the nose depends upon the color of the dog’s coat. It is black in gray, tan or black dogs, liver in copper dogs and flesh-colored in pure white dogs. The medium-sized, oval-shaped eyes are moderately spaced and come in blue, brown, amber or any combination thereof. Eyes can be half blue and half brown (parti-eyed), or dogs can have one blue eye and one brown eye (bi-eyed). The erect ears are triangular in shape, and set high up on the head. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The tail is carried over the back in a sickle curve, not curved to either side when the dog is excited. The large “snow shoe” feet have hair between the toes to help keep them warm and for gripping on ice. Dewclaws are sometimes removed. The medium-length, double coat is thick and can withstand temperatures as low as -58° to -76° F (-50° to -60° C). The coat also comes in a longhaired variety called a wooly coat. The wooly (sometimes spelled woolly or wooley) coat length comes from a resessive gene and is not in most of the kennel club’s written standard. Coat colors include all, from black to pure white, with or without markings on the head. The face mask and underbody are usually white, and the remaining coat any color. Examples of common colors are black and white, red and white, brown, gray and white, silver, wolf-gray, sable and white, red-orange with black tips, dark gray and white. Piebald is a very common coat pattern.
Siberian Huskies are loving, gentle, playful, happy-go-lucky dogs that are fond of their families. Keen, docile, social, relaxed and rather casual, this is a high-energy dog, especially when young. Good with children and friendly with strangers, they are not watchdogs, for they bark little and love everyone. Huskies are very intelligent and trainable, but they will only obey a command if they see the human is stronger minded than themselves. If the handler does not display leadership, they will not see the point in obeying. Training takes patience, consistency and an understanding of the Arctic dog character. If you are not this dog’s 100% firm, confident, consistent pack leader, he will take advantage, becoming willful and mischievous. Huskies make an excellent jogging companion, as long as it is not too hot. Huskies may be difficult to housebreak. This breed likes to howl and gets bored easily. Does not do well if left alone for a long period of time without a great deal of exercise beforehand. A lonely Husky, or a Husky that does not get enough mental and physical exercise can be very destructive. Remember that the Husky is a sled dog in heart and soul. It is good with other pets if raised with them from puppyhood. Huskies are thrifty eaters and need less food than you might expect. This breed likes to roam. Siberian Huskies can make wonderful companions for people who are aware of what to expect from these beautiful and intelligent animals and are willing to put the time and energy into them.
Height: Males 21 – 23½ inches (53 – 60 cm) Females 20 – 22 inches (51 – 56 cm)
Weight: Males 45 – 60 pounds (20½ – 27kg) Females 35 – 50 pounds (16 – 22½ kg)
Prone to hip dysplasia, ectopy (displacement of the urethra), eye issues such as juvenile cataracts, PRA (primarily in male dogs), corneal dystrophy and crystalline corneal opacities. Breeders can get hip screenings from the OFA and eye screenings yearly from a canine ophthalmologist (AVCO) and register the exam through CERF and SHOR). Also prone to a skin issue known as zinc responsive dermatitis, which improves by giving zinc supplements.
They are not usually recommended for apartments, however they can live in apartments if well trained and properly exercised. Siberian Huskies are very active indoors and do best with a fenced-in large yard. Because of their heavy coats, these dogs prefer cool climates. One has to use common sense with respect to maintaining them in the heat by providing adequate shade and air conditioning. This breed prefers to live in packs.
Siberian Huskies need a fair amount of exercise, including a daily walk or jog, but should not be excessively exercised in warm weather. They need a large yard with a high fence, but bury the wire at the base of the fence because they are likely to dig their way out and go off hunting.
About 12-15 years.
The coat sheds heavily twice a year. During that time they need to be brushed and combed daily.
Siberian Huskies were used for centuries by the Chukchi Tribe, off the eastern Siberian peninsula to pull sleds, herd reindeer and as a watchdog. They were perfect working dogs for the harsh Siberian conditions: hardy, able to integrate into small packs, and quite happy to work for hours on end. The dogs have great stamina and are lightweight. Native to Siberia, the Husky was brought to Alaska by fur traders in Malamute for Arctic races because of their great speed. In 1908 Siberian Huskies were used for the first All-Alaskan Sweepstakes, an event where mushers take their dogs on a 408-mile long dogsled race. The dogs gained popularity in 1925 when there was a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska. Siberian Huskies were used to bring in the much needed medicine to the people. In the early to mid-1900s Admiral Byrd used the dogs in his Antarctic Expeditions. During World War II the dogs served on the Army’s Arctic Search and Rescue Unit. The Siberian Husky’s talents are sledding, carting and racing. The Siberian Husky was recognized by the AKC in 1930.