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7 Signs Your Pet Actually Understands You

01 Mar 17
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There’s a good chance the title of man’s best friend isn’t only reserved for your family dog.  No matter whether you like to snuggle up with your fuzzy feline or spend your afternoons riding your favorite horse, there are no rules about what creature can be your best friend. But part of what brings you and your pet so close together is the unspoken communication that occurs between you. You may be the only one actually saying words, but chances are your pet understands exactly what you’re trying to say. Would you know how to tell if your pet truly understands you?

There’s a lot more to animal communication than you may realize. Whether you’re bonding with horses, dogs, birds, chickens, pigs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats, or even fish, the ability to communicate in some form is entirely possible. Plus, in most cases that communication isn’t just you speaking to your pet. There are non-verbal forms of communication as well. Additionally, what a lot of people don’t realize is that your pet is likely communicating with you as well. Even without barks, purrs, or neighs, there’s a good chance your pet is communicating a whole lot to you, without even making a sound.

To get a better idea of just how much your pet understands and loves you, check out the list below. Does your best friend engage in any of the following behaviors? If so, there’s a good chance your pet totally gets you!

1. They seem to “pay attention” when you speak

Do you have to shout or clap your hands just to get your pet to pay attention? Or do they turn and look your way when they hear your voice? If you pet seems to be all ears when you speak, that’s a good sign your pet has a good understanding of its owner.

2. They follow you around

3. They stare at you

4. They snuggle up close to you, especially when you’re feeling down

5. They expose their belly

6. They respond with appropriate body language

Over at “Modern Dog Magazine” it was explained that because dogs have a language of communication unique to them,  they may use sounds but most of their communication is sent with body language like facial expressions and body postures. Dogs aren’t the only pets that use body language as a way to communicate. In some way, just about all animals do!

Pay attention to your pets’ body language in specific situations and notice consistencies. There’s a good chance they appear very excited and happy upon seeing you. There’s also a good chance they appear to cower or hide when they feel threatened or scared. If you’re personally struggling emotionally, notice how you pet reacts. If their body language is appropriate to your personal situation, that’s a great sign you have one incredibly understanding pet!

7. Your pet hates when you leave

When you make an effort to pack up before heading out the door, notice whether your pets’ behavior changes. Do they suddenly run and hide? Do they bury themselves in your suitcase? Do they follow you to the door? Is there anything that tugs at your heart strings more than when your pet sits at the front door or window and watches as you pull out of the driveway? If your furry friend does one or more of those things, there’s a good chance they’re telling you “please don’t go!”

To combat feelings of separation anxiety, try to switch up your routine before leaving each day. Also make sure your pet is getting plenty of exercise and attention. Of course, be sure to give them a proper good-bye as well, even if it’s just a quick pet on the head.

 

 

 

 

Can animals really understand human communication?

01 Mar 17
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Research has finally begun to show what pet owners have been saying for years: my pet understands when I talk to it. While it’s mostly dog and cat owners that claim their dog or cat understands them, research not only confirms that statement – to an extent – but it also shows that it’s not just domesticated animals that show this ability. On the other hand, any animal, no matter how sophisticated or intelligent, will not be able to understand human communication without training with an animal whisperer.

Today, we will be taking a look at a few cases where horses, cats, and dogs, demonstrated the ability to understand human communication.

Horses were taught to signal temperature

Horses have been used in agriculture, sport, and other ways for centuries. Now, they seem ready to join the group of intelligent animals that can communicate by pointing at symbols.

A Norwegian horse breeder took on the task to teach the horses how to show whether they needed a blanket or not. During training, the horses were shown the difference between the three symbols on the board. The horses were praised and given a treat for each choice they made, and afterward, the horses were able to communicate their preference. By touching their muzzles to the board, the horses would communicate whether they were cold and needed a blanket, whether they were fine or whether they wanted the blanket off.

While the fact that the horses got trained isn’t that surprising, considering we’ve been training horses for various tasks for centuries, the training shows that horses can actually understand human communication much better than we previously thought.

Cats really do understand everything you say – but they don’t show it

The world today seems to be in a constant disagreement over which is the superior species: cats or dogs? One thing is for sure, the main behavioral difference between cats and dogs is that dogs can be trained, while cats aren’t. On the other hand, cat owners keep claiming that cats do understand, and now science has proven it.

Researchers from the University of Tokyo studied cats’ behavior. During the study, the pet cats heard several different voices without being able to see who was talking. The researchers discovered that the cats showed signs of recognizing their owners’ voices and reacted to them, even if they weren’t able to see their owners.

It led to the possibility that cats might actually understand more than dogs – but they don’t show it as a survival method. Any cat owner will tell you that when a cat is sick, injured, or generally not feeling well, they tend to hide until they feel better. That happens because in the wild, being sick can be seen as a weakness and attract predators, so cats have learned not show when they’re not feeling well. As an extension, it’s quite possible that your cats really does understand everything you say. They just hide it as a means of survival.

Dogs are just as intelligent as toddlers

Have you ever heard of Rico, the wonder collie?

Collies are among the brightest dog species. Originally raised as farm animals, collies have a greater intelligence than the average dog, and they excellently perform various tasks when trained. As such, it is not a surprise that Rico the wonder dog was able to remember and distinguish between 200 words – many of which were objects.

However, unlike cats, that seem to grasp human language and communication naturally, Rico and other wonder dogs were trained. Rico’s owner would say the name of the object – toy, banana, Frisbee – and Rico would wander around the house until he found and fetched said object. According to the study, Rico began fetching objects when he was ten months old, and he continues learning new words with relative ease.

While training is important, dogs can grasp the meaning of action words: sit, stay, lie down, etc. Moreover, while it’s not easy to train dogs, it can be done, but the truth goes a bit deeper.

In a different study, several dogs showed three distinct things. First, they were able to recognize praise told in a positive tone of voice. Second, when they heard praising words in a normal tone without the positive tone, they didn’t react. Third, they did respond to other words spoken in a positive tone, but they reacted the strongest when they heard praise in an upbeat tone. In other words, when you say “Good dog!” in a happy voice, your dog understands and feels as if you’ve given them a treat.

How communication works – and what dogs showed during the study

When we communicate with another person, both sides of our brain are working. The left side of our brains detects the words that are being said, while the right side of our brains flare as we analyze how something was said – emotion, inflection, and meaning.

During the study, the dogs’ brains were scanned, and it was recorded which side of their brain was active when the researchers spoke to them.

The study showed that dogs processed human speech much in the same way as humans do. When the dogs heard a familiar praise spoken in a happy tone of voice, both sides of their brain flared up in recognition. On the other hand, when they only heard the words without the happy emotion behind it, only the left side of their brain was active as they recognized the words. Also, when the dogs heard an unfamiliar praise in a friendly tone, only the right side of the brain was active – they knew the tone, but the dogs did not show any sign that they were affected by the words. Only when both sides of their brain flared up in recognition did the dogs demonstrate that they were happy hearing the words.

In conclusion, while wild animals, no matter which species, might be able to recognize and distinguish human communication and the human voice, individual species can be taught to do this. In fact, domesticated animals like cats, dogs, horses, even pigs and other farm animals as well, might be even easier to train due to their domestication.

5 Benefits from Recreational Activities for Animals

09 Sep 16
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Unless you work at a zoo, the only time you get to participate in doing recreational activities with animals is if you own a pet, or a friend or family member needs you to take care of their pet for a certain period of time. However, any person who owns a pet knows that there are many different activities that you can do together with your furry (or in some extreme cases, scaly) companion, and that there are just as many benefits from doing the activities as well. Of course, if you own a pet fish, there aren’t many activities that you can do together, and if you decide to own a pet snake, the usual guidelines for how to keep yourself and your pet healthy and happy simply do not apply, as unconventional pets like spiders and snakes need special care. But, cats and dogs are conventional, and while that does not make them less of a responsibility, it does make taking care of them a lot easier and fun.

Every pet is uniquerolling-pug

Having a pet is one of the best things in the world, true, but it is also a responsibility. Different dog and cat breeds require different type of care, but what they require the most is attention and
affection. In other words, spending time with your dog should become a part of your schedule, no matter how busy you are, and you should always show genuine affection and not look at the time spent with your dog as a responsibility you’ve taken care of. Dogs are very sensitive, even if they seem to forget times when you’ve been cruel to them and are always happy to be around you.

 

Numerous bonding activities

Cats are usually happier staying at home and purring in your lap, but dogs are very outdoorsy and get extremely happy when they are taken out. Of course, this does not mean that you only need to take your dog out for walks one or two times during the day. There are numerous other activities that you can do together.

  • Dog parks are places where dogs are allowed to roam free of a leash, usually a fenced parts of bigger parks. If your dog is comfortable and not aggressive towards other dogs, allowing your dog to roam free is one of the best activities you can do to make your dog happy.
  • Hiking, on the other hand, is something that you can do together with your dog, as long as you make sure the trail will not be difficult for your dog to maneuver. While dogs seem very strong and agile, they need to train in order to be strong enough to take on steep hiking trails, or to go on hiking trips that last for hours at a time.
  • Agility training is a very good bonding activity for you and your dog. Instead of hiring a dog trainer and taking your dog to a complicated obstacle course, use your own backyard and create simple obstacle courses and guide your dog through it. Don’t forget to encourage your dog and to give it rewards for a job well done.
  • Playing fetch with Frisbees and other toys is also a very good activity for you and your dog. Toys are a very good way of keeping your dog entertained when you are busy, and using the toys later in play makes the toys and the attention you give your dog more special.
  • Vacation trips with pets are a bit complicated to do, especially if you’re going out of the country, in which case, there are procedures involving getting your dog a passport and proving he is safe to travel and to stay with you. But if you’re not going out of the country, the only thing you need to be sure is that the place where you will be staying for the duration of your vacation accepts pets. Instead of leaving your dog behind, you can take it with you and turn your vacation into an adventure.

 

Health benefits from recreational activities

It is easy to assume that the health benefits of owning a dog come from the increased physical activity a dog owner needs to do in order to take good care of their pet. This is true – dog owners are healthier and physically fit than people who do not own dogs. After owning and training with your dog for a while, your stamina will increase, and you will be less stressed, seeing as all the physical activity will help you release the stress you’ve accumulated during the day. You will also be able keep your dog healthy, through noticing any changes in its behavior that might indicate a visit to the vet, and generally keep your dog happy, which bounces back on you and makes you happy too. And from that, stem the unseen, and mostly ignored, psychological health benefits from owning a dog.

Having a dog is a responsibility we take gladly. It means putting the dog’s needs before ours, diverting our focus from our own problems towards taking good care of our dogs and pets. This fact is very important for people who suffer from psychological problems like depression and even addiction. Today, a very widespread addiction is problem gambling, and having a dog keeps the owner focused on the dog’s needs, rather than their own fight with the addiction. It keeps them away from the casinos, it helps them get out of the house – which is very important. Today, with online gambling at the tips of our fingers with this site and various others, dogs help their owners by being always excited to go for a walk or to do an outdoor activity.

In addition, health problems like cholesterol, recovering after a heart attack can be helped with owning a dog. People who have Parkinson’s disease sometimes suffer from leg freeze – their feet freeze while their body keeps moving and they fall down. They often want to stay at home and become reclusive because of this, but dogs actually sense the freeze in their owners and by licking or touching their feet, they help them unfreeze and continue moving, which is very important for keeping people with this disease as healthy as possible.

And at the end of the day, having a dog and doing various activities with it is not only beneficial, but entertaining as well. Getting a dog is one of the best things a person who is depressed can do to help themselves get better, and have lots of fun while doing it.

Stopping Your Dog from Pulling on the Leash

19 Aug 16
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There are always times when you are walking your dog that your pooch will try and pull your arm off as it gets excited for finally being taken outside and going for a well deserved walk. You should always remain in control of your dog when dog walking it and never let it pull too much in any situation. Here are some helpful tips when it comes to walking your dog and preventing it from pulling too much and taking you for a walk instead!

 

  • Keep the leash as short as possible. This will give dog walker a greater sense of control when walking. It will also allow you to have a tight grip on the leash and show the dog who is boss. Never wrap the leash around your hand too much to cut off circulation as this is obviously a risky move.
  • If the dog is continuously pulling you shouldn’t continuously yank back. This can be dangerous to the dog’s throat and neck and cause a potential serious injury. Have one strong and firm pull on the leash and then stand still and wait for the dog to settle. Then get started again and do this every so often to prevent your dog from pulling.
  • If your dog is good always reward them with a treat as treats are a successful means in dog training. If they keep walking without pulling give them a biscuit or some sort of reward for good behaviour. It’s no different to when you train your dog at home and you need to reward them for their good work.
  • Always remain in front and in control. As a dog is a pack animal and will want to go to the front to show who is boss you should never let them.

Once a dog walker has the control, it is easy to train dogs. For off leash training or keeping a dog separation anxiety at bay, it is best to be a dominant, firm, but caring care giver. Many dog walkers are needed to manage, train, and walk a dog. If you are a student studying in Australia and require free accommodation or little savings, you can become a dog walker. A dog walker in Brisbane for instance, has a lucrative and engaging profession.

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

19 Aug 16
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1. It’s always a good idea to make time for a walk with your dog before you leave. This way you can tires out your pooch so that it will be resting when you have to head out. Make the walk as fast and as vigorous as possible, and make sure you provide ample amounts of food and water on your return.

 

2. Don’t do anything with your dog just before you leave. This includes touching your dog, talking to your dog or even looking at your dog. You need to show your dog that you leaving has no impact on the relationship between you two, and you should do this before you leave as well as when you get home.

 

3. If you find number 2 difficult, then spare some time a long distance before you leave to pay attention to your dog. This way it gives you a chance to say ‘goodbye’ without having to cause an issue between the both of you. The opposite can be done when you return home, just leave lots of time between arriving home and seeing the dog! This technique also works best to stop dog barking.

 

4. Try to remain confident and in control. Dogs will follow a pack leader, and they will follow you if you project a level of this with your dog. Try not to be sad and upset as this will only make your dog worse when performing dog training tasks. The same should happen when you get home, try your very best with it and you will soon achieve it.

 

5. Start small by trying different time frames away from your dog. Start by being apart for a few minutes, then increase it to more, and then even longer as you keep going along. It’ll be difficult at first but as your dog gets used to it more you will soon see the results!

For long vacation, dog sitters are wanted to take care of your dog. Make sure the sitter acts in the same way as you did in case he or she is going out for a short while. You can specify the tasks to the dog sitter and counter check it with the sitter through a detailed dog sitter checklist. Remember, each sitter or pet owner may have different ways to tackle separation anxiety in a dog. If you have an out-of-the-ordinary technique why don’t you write to us?

Daily Exercise – Good Health for Your Dog as well as for You

19 Aug 16
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Regular exercise is a must for both you and your pet if you want to remain healthy and own an equally healthy pet.

Why Exercise

Doing a daily workout with your pet dog is a must for…

  • Owning a pet that is physically healthy and socially acceptable.
  • Bonding with your pet and spend quality time with it.
  • Controlling weight of your dog and building up energy.
  • Enabling it to stay calm, happy, and sociable.

…And, a dog that is regularly taken out to exercise does not jump up at people, bark incessantly, or become too hyperactive. They are less aggressive and more sociable.

How to Exercise without Losing the Zeal

Don’t make exercise a drudgery which you need to perform each day. Instead, make it a fun activity that is varied and overbearing. Some useful exercises that you can perform with your pet dog are:

  • Dog walking
  • Playtime sessions
  • “Fetch activity” with flying disc or ball

…And, don’t forget to work on the needs of a particular breed. Some breed of dogs requires more workouts while others can enjoy themselves on their own.

The environment, area to play, and tools must be suitable enough to allow the dog to practice its physical co-ordination, skills, and workouts. For instance:

  • Terriers must have muddy area to allow them to dig.
  • Hounds require enough space to run and chase.
  • Labradors require hunting areas, such as bushes and hedges.
  • Pastoral breeds require canine sports.

 

How to Start the Exercise Regimen

  • Go slow if you’ve at last, decided to take your dog for an exercise schedule.
  • Start dog walking at soft areas to familiarize the feet for walking.
  • Perform leash training to keep your pet under control.
  • Perform workout schedule when your dog has an empty stomach. A full stomach can cause digestive problems.
  • Take precautions in case of there has been a snowfall as dogs can suffer from frostbite. Similarly, during hot summers take care that your pet is not dehydrated.

Dog Manners

19 Aug 16
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Good Manners that Puppies should Learn

Puppies need to socialize, play, interact, and get trained to be friendly pets with good manners that make them one of the adorable pets for kids at home.

Facts about Puppies

  •  The first phase of learning is when the puppies are 3 weeks old.
  • The second phase of learning is when the puppies are 7 to 12 weeks old.
  • The third phase of learning is when the puppies are 10 to 12 weeks old. Dog walking is one of the major chores done now. It helps a dog to learn basic social skills and manners.
  • The puppies learn to imitate their masters. So, if you are worried, your pet will be nervy.

 

Teaching Acceptable Manners

  • Invite people to visit your home, organize parties, and introduce families with dogs to your pet.
  • Organize puppy-parties to introduce your pet to pups of similar age-groups.
  • Travel with your pup in cars.
  • Take them to public places, such as shops and beaches.
  • Get them introduce to the sounds of vehicles, bikes, heavy vehicles, and trains.
  • Introduce music, siren, and socialization sound tapes to train pups to accept noise, sounds, and music around them.
  • Continue repeating the training chores regularly and frequently.

 

Voice Command

  • Give your pet one name and call your puppy’s name time and again to introduce him to the name and to the voice commands.
  • Keep your voice low and friendly instead of shouting as loud pitch sound would aggravate good mannerisms in pets.

 

Bite inhibition

Puppies bite, especially when they are teething. If your pet has acquired a habit of biting, follow the given steps:

  • Reprimand your dog.
  • Act roughly to discourage biting.
  • Should or yelp if the dog bites.
  • Ignore him if nothing seems to work.