Dogs bark in order to communicate their needs and feelings. Your dog barks for a number of reasons, like when it needs to go outside, when it wants to play and when it’s hungry. Your dog will also bark when it’s happy, sad, sick, bored or lonely. Even if your dog seems to bark without a reason, there is one, it’s just something that is small or hard to spot. It’s important to remember that dogs can hear and smell much better than humans can. Your dog may sense something that you don’t, and is reacting to it. If you’ve ruled everything out and your dog still seems to bark without a reason, such as at a blank wall, for example, have it checked out by the veterinarian.

Dog owners that spend a lot of time with their dogs and get to know them well can figure out why their dog is barking. Usually, the dog’s eyes and/or nose will point at the reason for their barking. The reasons for barking can be obvious, such as when your dog is standing at the back door while it barks at you. In this instance, you know that it needs to go outside. There are many types of barks. Learn to recognise what your dog is trying to tell you when it barks.

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In order to explain clicker training, you first have to look at its basis, which is operant conditioning. Operant conditioning is a fancy scientific term that refers to the technique of positive reinforcement by means of a conditioned reinforcer, in other words, a reward. Animal trainers have used this technique to train all kinds of animals including rats, pigeons, dolphins, birds, rabbits, dogs, cats, horses and even fish. Examples of the tasks that animals are trained to carry out include pigeons that carry messages for the military in areas where other types of communications fail, dolphins that deploy weapons to military targets in the ocean during wartime, and seagulls that find and report on life rafts and swimmers that have drifted too far away from the shoreline.

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The centuries-old practice of using livestock guardian dogs to protect livestock from predators is well known. In general, livestock guardian dogs make wonderful family pets and capable home protectors. The three most important traits to look for in a livestock guardian dog are trustworthiness, attentiveness and aggressiveness. This is because the dog owner must be able to trust the livestock guardian dog not to cause any harm to the livestock, to be constantly aware of where the livestock is located and be naturally aggressive against any, and all potential predators.

It’s important to note that livestock guardian dogs are not a herding dog or a pet, but rather a full-time member of the flock. Guardian dogs protect livestock by patrolling the pasture, confronting predators, barking, scent-marking and discouraging potential predators. The guardian dog must consider itself a member of the flock to insure that it feels a strong bond to the flock, which will bring out its strongest protective instincts.

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After conducting much research, I’ve compiled a list of the top Australian dog names and their meanings. However, before I list them, there are a few tips that you can use to help find the perfect name for your new dog.

One of the most important things you will do, as a new dog owner, is pick a name for your dog. Remember, you will use that name several times a day, sometimes in public, so choose a name that you like, and are proud to call your dog.

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Trimming your pet’s nails is necessary, because untrimmed nails can catch in carpeting, furniture or clothing and will break and bleed, which is painful for your pet. In addition, untrimmed nails will become ingrown, which is extremely painful and may cause infection. Overgrown nails are also much more difficult to trim, because the quick, which supplies blood to the nail, will extend down further if the nails grow very long. Trimming your pet’s nails can be easy and routine with a few simple tips.

Start trimming claws or nails when your pet is very young to help them learn to relax, making the process much easier and more pleasant for you both. Trim nails regularly to get your pet used to the experience. Offering a treat and lots of praise will make trimming nails a positive one for your pet. If your pet is uncomfortable with nail clipping, trim just one nail or one paw each day.

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Mountain biking has become a very popular sport and is a fun and healthy activity to share with your dog. However, before you start, check with your pet health professional to make sure your dog is healthy enough to participate in such a physically demanding activity.

Once your dog is at least six months old, you can begin to train it to run alongside you. Take plenty of time to train your dog properly and don’t rush the process. To prevent serious injuries to your dog, have the necessary equipment on hand before you leave for your biking trip. Train your dog by starting with a very short ride, increasing it as the dog becomes more accustomed to running with a bike. Short loops around the park or an oval-shaped trail or roadway is a great way to begin.

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Fleas have been around for millions of years and there are more than 2,000 species of them on our planet. Voraciously hungry, they will seek out any warm-blooded animal for food. Although the bites usually cause minor itching and irritation, flea bite allergies are common. It only takes one flea bite to trigger an allergic reaction. Fleas are carriers of the dog tapeworm, which the dog picks up when it grooms itself and eats a mature flea with a tapeworm cyst. 

Thankfully, there are safe and effective spot on flea treatments for both cats and dogs available at vet-n-pet DIRECT, which provide excellent results at keeping fleas in check. There are spot on flea treatments that repel and kill ticks, so if ticks are a concern in your area, look for one of these combined products.  

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Water is one of life’s most important necessities. Your pet needs to have an accessible supply of clean, fresh water at all times in order to maintain optimum health. A lack of water can create major health problems in pets. A water deficiency of just 10 percent can cause serious illness, and 15 percent can lead to heart and kidney damage, possibly resulting in death. In addition, water is important for most body functions, including circulation and digestion. Water cleans out the body, filtering out waste and helps to regulate body temperature.

Fortunately, it is easy to provide clean, fresh water. There is no measuring needed, because a healthy animal will instinctively drink enough water to maintain proper body hydration. When the weather is hot and/or your pet is very active, be aware of the signs of dehydration, such as listlessness, panting, a dry mouth or sunken eyes; if you notice any of these symptoms, call your veterinarian right away.

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It is a common dog owner’s dilemma: your dog has started to scratch, bite and/or lick, and it is only getting worse with time. The first thing that comes to mind is that the dog has fleas. Fleas are the most common reason that dogs scratch, bite and lick at themselves. It is easy to detect the presence of fleas, because they are dark in colour and approximately as large as a pinhead. When you part the dog’s fur, you can see the fleas as they crawl around on the dog’s skin. Another way to see them is to place your dog on a white sheet or towel and brush the fur. Check the fabric and if fleas are the problem, they will be visible. Flea bite allergies are also very common. It only takes one flea bite to trigger an allergic reaction. There are a number of safe and effective spot on flea treatments and shampoos, available at vet-n-pet DIRECT that provide excellent results at keeping fleas in check.

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