DP by Myself!! 

I did it!!! I managed to take all three dogs to the dog park (DP in doggie code) by myself tonight!!! 

There are some DP habits we need to break, otherwise things went great! Things are different with three, especially when Coby wants to copy his brothers. Who knows why we started the habit of allowing Artie and Buddy to run to the gate or why we carried them back to the car afterwards.  Either way, these things are difficult with three. So it’s time to break the habits! 

The park is divided into two sides – small and large dog. Tonight, the large dog side had two dogs and three adults. The small dog side had three dogs and one adult – yes, that was us!! What a bummer! No one else showed up the whole time we were there (30-40 minutes). The temperature was a beautiful 63 and the sun was shining, but there was a lot of mud!!! At least my small dogs could walk on top of the wet ground rather than sink into it. Speaking of mud, one of the large dogs was rolling around in it. It was pretty funny and really messy! I sure hope they came prepared with a towel or something to clean him up! Oh the joys of a dog! 

Below are some pics from tonight.  

          

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6 Things You Need to Know Before You get a Yorkie

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I found this article interesting, and I would have to agree with the 6 points.
1. Heredity Problems ‚Äď Artie and Buddy are siblings and they both suffer from allergies. We haven‚Äôt been able to figure out what they are allergic to, but it seems to be related to something outside, especially this time of the year. Both dogs are suffering with skin rashes and itchy paws.
2. Barking ‚Äď My dogs love to bark!!! They bark at anything that passes by our yard. They also bark like crazy when someone comes to the door. I wish I would have trained them better for guests!
3. House Breaking Problems ‚Äď We have this issue with Coby right now. He is 7 months old, but is still having difficulty with potty training. Artie and Buddy were trained when we got them at 6 months of age, so¬†this is a new experience‚Ķ

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6 Things You Need to Know Before You get a Yorkie

I found this article interesting, and I would have to agree with the 6 points.
1. Heredity Problems – Artie and Buddy are siblings and they both suffer from allergies. We haven’t been able to figure out what they are allergic to, but it seems to be related to something outside, especially this time of the year. Both dogs are suffering with skin rashes and itchy paws.
2. Barking – My dogs love to bark!!! They bark at anything that passes by our yard. They also bark like crazy when someone comes to the door. I wish I would have trained them better for guests!
3. House Breaking Problems – We have this issue with Coby right now. He is 7 months old, but is still having difficulty with potty training. Artie and Buddy were trained when we got them at 6 months of age, so¬†this is a new experience for us.¬†¬†We didn’t realize that Yorkies are one of the most difficult dogs to train.
4. Grooming – One of the things I love about Yorkies is they do not shed!!! When I brush them, there is hair in the brush, but I do not find hair on my clothes or in the house. Yorkies do need haircuts, although their hair¬†can vary in length. ¬†I cut Artie and Buddy’s hair about every 6-8 weeks. Coby goes to a groomer because I don’t feel comfortable grooming him yet.¬†I keep their hair short, so they do not have to be brushed very often. Coby still has puppy hair, so he needs brushed every few days.
5. Separation Anxiety РArtie was an only child for just 4 months. We could tell he needed a friend, so we adopted his brother, Buddy. They were best buds right away!! The dogs suffer from some separation anxiety when we go away, even though they get to stay home with a young man who watches them.
6. Fragile –¬†I¬†wouldn’t consider Artie and Buddy fragile. They are both hefty boys, and they know¬†how to stay out of our way. Coby, on the other hand, is fragile at only 5¬†lbs.¬†He doesn’t know his boundaries yet and sometimes gets in our way.¬†He will learn!
I love Yorkies and can’t imagine having any other breed! They are adorable, loving, loyal, playful and¬†cuddly. If you’d like to know more about Yorkies, please ask. You can also read more by viewing the attached article.
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Why Do Puppies Eat Poop?

My youngest dog, Coby, is about 7 months old.  Lately, he has been sniffing his poop or the poop of his brothers.  There have also been times, given the chance, that he has eaten poop.  Of course, I think this is disgusting, so I wanted to find out why puppies eat poop.

One of the reasons puppies eat poop is they learn so from their mothers.  To keep their cage or den area clean, the mommy will eat the poop of her young. The puppies see this happening, so they pick up on the habit.

To stop this habit, it is suggested that puppies are either on a leash outside so they can be kept away from poop or any poop should be cleaned up right away.  Cleaning up the poop is the best solution as poop can carry unwanted diseases or parasites.

To learn more about why puppies (or older dogs) eat poop, see the attached article.

 

Why Do Puppies Eat Poop? | petMD.

Potty Training 

I’m becoming frustrated with Coby’s potty training. Coby turned 6 months old on March 11. Lately, it seems as though he is regressing. Tonight I found this information about potty training in the attached article. “Some puppies can be reasonably housetrained by four to six months of age. However, some puppies are not 100% reliable until they are eight to twelve months of age. Some puppies seem to catch on early but then regress. This is normal. Keep in mind that it may take a while for your puppy to develop bowel and bladder control. He may be mentally capable of learning to eliminate outdoors instead of inside, but he may not yet be physically capable of controlling his body.”

So, I guess Coby needs more time. ¬†I will keep doing what I know is best…reward him with treats and/or verbal praise when he goes potty outside. ¬†A new trick I learned from this article involves clapping. When I see Coby begin to potty in the house, I should clap twice loudly to startle him. ¬†Then quickly take him outside. If he finishes his potty outside he should be rewarded. If not, hopefully it will help him learn that potty goes outside. Some phrases I use often with Coby are, “Potty goes outside, Coby” and “You went potty outside, Coby!” followed by a treat or praise.

Potty training can be frustrating. Overall, I think the most important thing is consistency. Young dogs should go outside immediately in the morning, after eating, and before bed. They should be able to hold their potty for the same number of hours as their age in months. So Coby should be able to hold his waste for six consecutive hours.  I can only hope he gets there soon!!!!

For more information about potty training, see the attached article from ASPCA. 

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/house-training-your-puppy

http://www.mightymitedoggear.com/?ref=15

Ways to Correct Inappropriate Dog Chewing

As we all know, dogs love to chew on anything and everything! Chewing is their natural way to explore their environment. We want our dogs to explore and learn, therefore, it is our responsibility to be sure they are learning appropriate behaviors, such as chewing.

Here are some steps to avoid inappropriate chewing:

1. Understand why you dog chews

* It is natural for them to put things in their mouths to explore.

* Chewing helps with any pain they maybe having due to teething or other gum issues. Dogs go through a teething period at 4-6 months. During this time they will chew to help with discomfort.

* Dogs are busy…they need things to do, so they resort to¬†chewing.

2. Puppy proof your house 

* If you don’t want it in your dogs mouth, put it away or up high!

* Close doors to rooms such as bedrooms and bathrooms.

3. Encourage appropriate chewing

* Dogs must be taught right from wrong.

* Make sure¬†you have many appropriate chew toys available. Appropriate toys include raw hides,¬†very hard¬†rubber toys, ropes, stuffed toys, and tennis balls. Even though these toys are available, there maybe times when your dog gets ahold¬†of something¬†it shouldn’t. If this happens, do not chase your dog, instead, offer your dog a treat or a toy (then snatch up the inappropriate item).

* Always take away the inappropriate item and replace it with an appropriate item.

* Be sure your dog is supervised, especially as a puppy.

4. Exercise your dog

* Exercise is the most important aspect of dog life.

* A tired dog tends to show more appropriate behaviors.

* Play with your dog or take it for walks.

Want to find out more about correcting inappropriate dog chewing? Visit one of the following links:

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/destructive_chewing.html

http://www.cesarsway.com/tips/dogcare/5-Steps-to-Correct-Inappropriate-Dog-Chewing

http://www.mightymitedoggear.com

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