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Easy Ways to remove stinky Dog Odors in your Home

Easy Ways to remove stinky Dog Odors in your Home

Nose-blindness is for real — it is the reason you can’t smell your own house (unless you’ve been away on vacation for a while). The scientific reason has to do with your nose and brain working together to determine whether or not the smell is a threat. If it’s not, the smell receptors get shut off, which is why a particularly pungent odor doesn’t seem as bad after a few minutes of exposure. Basically, you might be living with unpleasant dog odors and may not even realize it’s an issue. And that’s one thing, but what about when you have company?...

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Rewards Always Work Better Than Punishment

Rewards Always Work Better Than Punishment

Reward-based training has been demonstrated to be effective both in the trenches with trainers and — more important — in the realm of science. Scientists Ivan Pavlov and B. F. Skinner made famous the benefit of using rewards and positive associations to change both behavior and emotion in an animal. Pavlov found that, over time, animals make associations with certain stimuli that did not elicit a response originally. In Pavlov's famous dog experiment, the sound of a dinner bell could start a dog’s salivation response, because the dog had learned through previous experience to associate this cue with food. This...

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How to Stop Your Dog From Digging?

How to Stop Your Dog From Digging?

Does your dog seem to regard your yard as his own personal earth moving project? If so, it’s important to realize that digging is a very natural instinctive behavior in dogs. Dogs dig in dirt or other substrates, like mulch or sand, to bury items they want to save for later, like a favorite chew or toy, or to search for items that they have hidden in the past. They also dig to search for prey like rodents or other tasty treats such as insects. Some dogs may also dig because they are attempting an escape or because they are anxious. Though some...

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Are You causing stress to Your Dog?

Are You causing stress to Your Dog?

Even with the best intentions and training tactics, many pet parents unintentionally interact with their dogs in ways that undermine good behavior and cause confusion for their pets. This, in turn, can lead to a stressed-out and badly behaved dog. In order to change your dog’s behavior, you may need to start by changing your own first. Here are five things you should stop doing right now. Because as much as your dog's behavior might stress you out, your behavior may be causing him stress, too. Labeling your dog as “dominant.” Dominance is not a personality trait; it's a situation-specific behavior. True dominance...

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Potty Training in the Snow

Potty Training in the Snow

Dogs are notorious for doing their duty inside the house rather than outside when it’s snowing. This holds true for previously potty-trained pooches as well as puppies in training. And who can blame them? Dogs are smart — they would much rather do their duty inside where it’s warm. In addition, when it’s freezing outdoors, the ground is uncomfortable and unsteady, the air is cold and favorite potty spots in the grass or garden may be covered with snow. Whether your dog is a puppy or an adult, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to pottying in the snow, but I’ve found...

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