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“Equal Work Equal Pay” Say Dogs

A recent study by scientists in Austria show that humans are not the only ones with a sense of equal rights.

The PNAS report details how a group of dogs were hand selected for their willingness to paw (the doggie equivalent to a handshake).  The group of willing participants were then grouped into pairs, and the not so willing sent home – along with a border collie who was more interested in herding the other dogs.

The dog pairs were then presented with a plate of treats. One side had pieces of bread while the other side had pieces of sausage.  Each dog could see the rewards, and could see what rewards the other dog in the pair was given.  The different pairs were then given different scenarios.

After being asked to “paw” one test group rewarded one dog but not the other.  The dog that did not receive a reward for its action, but watched the other dog get rewarded, refused to participate again.

This suggests that dogs understand fair play and fair pay.  Jealous dogs will not respond to commands and this could be an indication of why your dogs are not obedient.  Is your disobedient dog the victim of favouritism?

Another test group rewarded each dog, but one dog only got the bread treats while the other dog got sausage treats.  The dogs getting the bread treats did not refuse to participate because they were paid less.  However, a similar test with monkeys where they could see a better reward than what they were getting resulted in a boycott.

The phenomenon known as “inequity aversion” where we recognise that a situation is unfair or at least unequal is obvious in people because we can articulate our feelings.  People leave jobs or protest because they are not getting equal pay for equal work.  Children fight because a sibling got a certain toy or treat and they did not.

Now we find out that our pets are equally affected by inequity aversion.  Although they may not have been able to articulate their feelings as well, it seems they do demonstrate behavior which when properly understood is screaming “Unfair! Equal Pay For Equal Work!”
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Crate Training.

One of the best things you can do for your puppy early in life is crate training.

Many people are under the misconception that crate training a puppy is cruel but this is far from the truth.
Dogs actually get a lot of benefit from having been crate trained and they generally come to like the fact that they have been crate trained. Many people also assume that crate training is difficult, but this is also far from the truth.

Dogs, naturally avoid soiling the area where they will eat and sleep and this is one of the reasons why crate training is important.

It is essential to take notes of the times when your puppy likes to eat, sleep, and ‘go to the toilet’ because this will help determine the best times for the crate training. Crate training is not about keeping your dog locked up for extended lengths of time.

Crate training needs to be handled with the care that one would expect from a family member.

You should remember that, done correctly, crate training will enhance the lives of both you and your dog.

There are bound to be mishaps along the way when your puppy might ‘mess’ in the crate but he/she should not be punished for this, as it is highly unlikely that it would have been intentional.

Crate training is the best method of potty training a puppy by far, so it is well worth doing when they are young to eliminate one area that can be a problem with dogs, as they grow older.

While it might seem that your dog doesn’t like crate training initially, (many dogs will fuss, whine and bark when they first start crate training) most crate trained dogs learn to love their crate as their own place, much like children have their favorite blanket for security that they will carry around.

Crate training usually starts with short periods of 10 to 15 minutes slowly building up to two hours as they become more accustomed to their crate.

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Toys Keep Your Dog Entertained

Food cubes are great toys to buy for almost any dog as they make the dog think before they can be rewarded with the food.

This can keep a dog entertained for a long time and is a good remedy for a dog that gets bored while you are away.

By solving a puzzle the dog will be able to get the food treat and dogs are usually very determined when they know that there will be a food reward for them if they can sort out the puzzle.

Other types of puzzle toys are the biscuit balls, which are equally good at keeping a bored dog entertained.

If you are going to be away from home then it is worthwhile looking at buying some of these to keep your dog happy as they pass the hours until you return.

Other good toys that don’t require a puzzle for the reward are the doggie potato chips.
These come in a wide variety of styles from pig’s ears to hooves and they can last for a couple of days.
They are also excellent for the dog that needs to be left alone while you are at work all day, as they will keep them entertained.

There are various different options for the dog that likes to chew and most of these are non-consumable items that your dog can chew on for hours.
As they get older you can simply throw them away and replace them with another new one, as they are relatively inexpensive.

Fortunately most of these toys are cheap so you can test and try them until you find one that your dog will remain contented with.

It’s a great way to stop your dog from getting into trouble while you are away and also to help stop them whining and barking if they are missing you.

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Dogs are a pack animal…

And as much as we may idealise a society where all creatures are equal, George Orwell captured the failure of society to function as equals in his book Animal Farm.

Even in nature there is a recognition an orderly society requires some kind of leadership.

This is perhaps best demonstrated in the dog world.

The survival of dogs in the wild depends on their ability to function as a team or pack. Yet within that pack there has to be an “alpha male” or leader who holds the pack together.

Your cute little fur-ball that curls up on the end of the bed has not forgotten his heritage. He still requires the security and discipline of pack life.

If you are not providing that kind of leadership and structure your dog will feel the need to fill the pack leader role. Your weakness will inspire them to protect and care for you.

Often a strong dog in a weak family has tragic results for all concerned, so it is responsible for you as a dog owner to learn what your dog expects of you.

The following list of what your dog expects from you came from the blog of Dog Positive Training

* Leadership
* Rules
* Routine
* Boundaries
* Stability
* Structure
* Conditioning
* Companionship
* Daily exercise
* Mental stimulation
* Food

Dog Training is one of the best ways of showing your love for you dog. Well trained, well exercised, well feed dogs are the happiest and most loyal of dogs.

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There are a few basic commands that need to be mastered and they are all relatively simple.

These commands are…

Down: this is where you teach your dog to lay down on command, and is one of the main aspects of any successful training program.

Heel: this is where you teach your dog walk beside you at the same pace without pulling on the lead.

Learning the ‘No’ word: this is a particularly important word for your dog to know and can save you a lot of trouble. In fact it is probably one of the most important aspects of training, if you can get your dog to understand and respond to the word no. It can certainly save you a lot of trouble in the future.

Sit: sit is one of the most basic of all dog training commands and is one that you’ll want to teach from the outset to maintain control of your dog’s behavior.

Stay: and finally ‘stay’ – this is important to ensure that no matter where you are, you’ll know that your dog will stay precisely where you want it.

If there is nothing else that you train your dog to do beyond these basic commands, it will certainly improve the relationship you have with your dog and the enjoyment and happiness that you and your dog will have together.
It is well worth the time while still a puppy, as it will improve the quality of life for many years to come.

Training will also let your dog know that you’re the boss and in doing so eliminate many behavior problems.
Dogs that are untrained can often get depressed, despondent, and unhappy and display symptoms of anxiety and confusion.

You are actually giving your dog a purpose in life, where they will get pleasure out of the fact that they are pleasing you.

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Forget aerobics. dog dancing

Forget walking your dog.

Doggy dancing is the latest in pet exercise techniques. Using a combination of clicker training and food rewards it is possible to teach your dog different moves. Set these moves to music and hey presto … you and your dog are ballroom stars.

Originating in the UK Paws to Music, or Heelwork to Music, or Canine Freestyle began as a way of showing the public how much fun heelwork could be.

It has now taken the world by storm becoming one of the most widely participated of dog sports.

Your dog will love the time that the two of you spend together increasing the pet/handler bond. But perhaps more importantly, it will reduce the risk of dog depression.

Dog depression is one of the greatest problems facing dog owners, especially dog owners who live in an urban setting.

Dog dancing will stimulate your dog mentally, and provide an opportunity for social interaction. Another bonus is that both dog and handler will get a great workout.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes are able to participate. Larger dogs are normally slower in movement and are not able to achieve some tricks, but a properly choreographed routine will have them performing like a star.

Never say an old dog can’t be taught new tricks – even older dogs have excelled with the right encouragement, even if they have had no obedience training in the past.

Basic training – sit, stay, roll-over – is an advantage. Also helpful is a natural to play, either with you or a toy, and a love for food. Probably the only essential factor is that your dog wants to stay with you. It is hard to train a dog that constantly runs away!

Those with a competitive nature can progress to entering competitions; otherwise enjoy the social interaction of like-minded pet owners having fun with their dog.

One of the other benefits that doggy dancing produces is often a more obedient and better mannered dog around the home.

So what are you waiting for?

Search for a dance class near you, and provide your dog with the stimulation, exercise, and social interaction he or she is desperately seeking.

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What is the link between Dog Depression and Treadmills?

Is your dog getting depressed?

It is not uncommon for dogs to get depressed.
They can become bored very easily and when they are bored for extended periods of time this can lead to depression.

The more intelligent the dog the more likely it is to get depressed as they need more stimulation in the form of work or activities that can keep their mind active.

This is one of the reasons why dog training is so important, because a dog that is trained well will get a lot more out of life by pleasing it’s owner and it will also have a leader that is can look to for security and confidence.

Often the weather in the area we live can be the biggest problem when trying to keep a dog active with the colder winter months and shorter daylight hours making it difficult to exercise the dog.

There are alternatives for dogs just as there are for humans in these conditions and many people are unaware that it is possible to get a dog treadmill for their dog so they can still be exercised no matter what the conditions outside are like.

This can also be ideal for people who live in apartments or those who are unable to take their dog out for a walk at night due to reasons of safety.

For the convenience of ensuring that your dog remains fit and healthy and doesn’t become depressed and need medication, a dog treadmill might just be the answer that you are looking for.

While you can go to the expense of buying a pet specific treadmill, your dog (and cat if you have the patience) can be trained to use any treadmill – although treadmills without the front upright bar are preferred by animals.


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