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Posts Tagged ‘dog dishes’

Treat Your Dog to Some Positive Reinforcement

Monday, March 15, 2010
posted by PetsRule

rawhide-bonesPositive reinforcement is the single most popular method for teaching dogs to obey human commands. Harsh punishment and intimidation are more than inhumane – they create a suspicious, fear-based relationship between owner and pet. On the other hand, rewarding a dog with a treat or a scratch on the back provides incentive for him to repeat that behavior in the future.

Bear in mind that most dogs are food-driven, and they will do whatever it takes to chomp on some dog treats. Once you’ve found the type of treat – whether it’s rawhide bones or a chewable bite – that appeals to your dog, use it as the go-to reward. Since dogs don’t have the same ability to associate actions with consequences well after the fact, you should reward good behavior immediately.

Surprise! You’re a Dog Owner

Monday, March 1, 2010
posted by PetsRule

ceramic-dog-dishSurprising somebody with a puppy can be a very exciting and spontaneous gift. It can also be rewarding, but only if you’ve given the gift a lot of thought. If you buy a puppy on a whim, it’s a dangerous endeavor. You must make sure you have the time, energy, and money necessary to give a puppy a loving home. If you haven’t thought about the purchase beforehand, you run the risk of the recipient losing interest or simply being unable to provide what that young puppy deserves.

With that in mind, before you give anybody a puppy as a surprise, make sure you also consider purchasing the immediately necessary dog products. With the puppy itself, provide the lucky recipient with a supply of dog food, a ceramic dog dish, a comfy dog bed, and a couple of dog collars. The most important thing to consider is that the puppy needs love and attention right away. Put the new dog owner in a position to start feeding and walking the puppy right away. Just provide enough to get through the first week or so. This gives them enough time to make all the secondary purchases for their new best friend.