Author Archives: Mark Mansfield
Author Archives: Mark Mansfield
Boating with dogs is extremely popular. Whether you take your dog out duck hunting or just like to cruise the lakes and rivers, about 62 percent of Americans say they take their dogs boating with them. With that many dogs on board, it’s important for dogs to know how to behave on a boat. Here’s […]Continue reading
Many people worry that if they play tug-of-war with their dog (or “tug”) that they will be teaching their dog to be aggressive. They’re afraid that playing tug with their dog can lead to problems with dominance. Are they right to be worried? Does tug-of-war teach aggression? Actually, many recent studies have shown that dogs […]Continue reading
Adopting a puppy is a big responsibility in one’s life. Puppies need your attention, time, energy, love and commitment. One of the first biggest tests of your responsibility as a pet owner is housebreaking. You have to teach your dog to do its business in the appropriate place and to be able to hold it […]Continue reading
Growing up in my household as a child, every Fourth of July was a big deal and Bonfire night in Australia in November. My father was big into buying fireworks from a local stand and we would sit outside and pop them all off after an afternoon of grilling steaks and burgers. The whole family […]Continue reading
Getting a new dog is incredibly exciting. A dog is a true companion who will always stick by your side. Getting them to that point isn’t always easy, however. You will not only need to feed and groom your pet, you will also have to train your dog to be disciplined. Getting Started If […]Continue reading
Teaching your dog the command “sit” and the proper response is likely to be the first thing he is taught. Puppies can begin being trained on how to sit as soon as he is comfortable and adjusted to his new home. The command “sit” is a very important lesson to teach your dog and will come in handy many times.Continue reading
Having a dog that jumps up on visitors can be embarrassing, frustrating and just a general pain. Many of us don’t realize that we ourselves encourage this behavior.
Think of the last time you came home from work and your excited little dog ran up to you. He probably jumped up on you and you probably cooed and praised him for missing you. It’s a good feeling to get that sort of attention from your animal but it’s a habit you’ve got to break if you don’t want him doing the same thing to visitors in your home.
Many people want to start training their puppy right away. One reason for this is because the puppy might be doing things that are less than desirable; another is because it is a great way to bond with each other. Even so, your puppy should have some freedom until it’s about 4 to 6 months old.Continue reading
You know that when you’re not home, your dog misses you. He always greets you when you’re back and he can sometimes be found expressing his frustration about not being around you by tearing things up around the home, digging, chewing or using the restroom in inappropriate places. These events can mean a variety of things, but in your dog’s case do they mean that they have separation anxiety or are they just bored and misbehaving?Continue reading