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This article was co-authored by Elisabeth Weiss. Elisabeth Weiss is a Professional Dog Trainer and owner of Dog Relations NYC, a dog training service in New York, New York. Elisabeth relies on science-based, force-free, and reward-based techniques. Elisabeth offers behavior training, puppy manners, body awareness and injury prevention, diet, exercise and dog nutrition services. Her work has been featured in New York Magazine and on the Dog Save the People podcast. She also trained all the dogs in the movie “Heart of a Dog” by Laurie Anderson that features Elisabeth’s journey with Laurie Anderson’s and Lou Reed’s dog Lolabelle and how her passion for playing the keyboards played a significant role in improving her quality of life after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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Describing a dog as “dominant” has come to mean a dog who sees themselves as “top dog,” “boss,” and head of the household. In reality, this motivation for this type of behavior is exceedingly rare. The real explanation is usually that the dog is just trying to make sense of a world they don’t understand. When we don’t set firm ground rules, or fail to understand the messages dogs are sending out with their body language, dogs then write their own rules. [1] X Research source In Defense of Dogs. John Bradshaw. Publisher: Penguin In order to change so called “dominant” behavior, you need to understand what motivates your dog, set clear guidelines, and spend the time needed to reinforce those guidelines.

This article was co-authored by Jaimie Scott. Jaimie Scott has been training dog owners as the Owner of Jaimie Scott Dog Training in Sacramento, California for the past 15 years. Jaimie meets clients for 1-on-1 training, group classes (owners only, no dogs), as well as live video classes. Jaimie has published videos, blog articles, and eBooks to share tips for training and his personalized insight into dog behavior. With a focus on training the owners, Jaimie believes that dogs need to know who’s in control at any given time in order to feel secure and be happy. Jaimie holds a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from Pacific University.

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Playing with a dog is fun for most people. It’s a natural behavior for dogs—especially young ones—and gives the owner a great opportunity to bond with them. Play is also important for a dog’s mental and emotional well-being. [1] X Expert Source

Jaimie Scott
Dog Owner Trainer Expert Interview. 16 June 2020. Depending on the intensity, playtime can give a dog great physical exercise as well. Play can range from unorganized, spontaneous play to organized, intense competitive games or sport. Aim to play with your dog twice a day for a minimum of fifteen minutes. Some rambunctious dogs will need longer play times to keep them happy. By learning the right types of toys and games, you can easily rotate a fun routine of play for you and your dog.

This article was co-authored by Osama Maghawri. Osama Maghawri is a Dog Trainer and Founder of OneStopK9, a dog training service in Miami, Florida. Osama utilizes balanced training methods to teach communication between owners and dogs. He specializes in basic obedience and behavioral issues such as resource guarding, fear-based aggression, and leash reactivity. Osama also helps owners understand the behaviors of their breed and how to continue training on their own in the future.

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Are you considering bringing a dog into your home? Dogs are loyal and loving friends and usually give us back way more than we give them; however, they do require a lot of care to stay healthy and happy. If you are planning on bringing a dog into your home, there are many things to consider to ensure a long and healthy friendship

How to share your dog knowledge on wikihow

How to share your dog knowledge on wikihow

How to share your dog knowledge on wikihow

How to share your dog knowledge on wikihow

How to share your dog knowledge on wikihow

Osama Maghawri
Professional Dog Trainer Expert Interview. 9 September 2020. In general, take your dog for at least one, 30 minutes, walk a day, although this may not be near enough activity for a high energy dog.

  • Simply taking your dog outside to relieve itself isn’t enough exercise. Make sure the dog gets tired out a bit every single day.
  • The amount of exercise your dog needs will depend on their age, breed, health, and overall level of energy. Younger, very energetic breeds will require much more exercise than older, less active ones. Keep in mind that some breeds are not suited to as much exercise as others.
  • If you can, find a place where it’s legal to remove the leash and let him run around and stretch.
  • To avoid damaging developing bones and joints in puppies, it is generally recommended to not take them running or do other repetitive high impact types of exercises, such as jumping from high places. As always ask your veterinarian for exercise recommendations.
  • Interacting with your dog by playing a variety of games will keep your dog stimulated both physically and mentally while also helping to build a strong bond between the two of you. [4] X Trustworthy Source American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Leading organization dedicated to the prevention of animal cruelty Go to source
  • Also depending on your dog’s activity level and your schedule, doggie daycare can be a great way to give your dog the exercise they need while allowing them to interact with other dogs and people.
  • Insufficient exercise can lead to boredom, which can cause many behavior issues including destructive ones. It can also lead to obesity, which can cause many related health issues and should be avoided at all costs.
  • As well as exercise, mental stimulation is vital for a healthy dog. Consider playing games daily, training, and using puzzle feeders, as ways of preventing boredom.

Nail trimming is an essential part of dog grooming, and trim nails are one clear sign of your dog’s good health and hygiene. Professional groomers will perform the task for squeamish owners, but dog nail trimming is a simple procedure if done correctly.

Since nail trimming can be an anxiety-laden experience for many dogs, start handling your puppy’s feet and trimming their nails when they’re young, so they become accustomed to the process. Some dogs will sit in your lap or on a table while you clip their nails, while others may need some form of restraint.

Tip: You can make the process more fun for your dog by letting them lick peanut butter off a spoon while you handle the nails.

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Getting Your Dog Comfortable

In as little as one week, you can have one of those rare dogs who doesn’t mind nail trimming one bit. But, if it takes your pup a little longer to get used to it, don’t despair. Be patient, keep a gentle and positive attitude, and continue to offer praise and treats. Make sure to use safe, dog-friendly clippers or grinders.

Tip: It helps if you frequently touch and hold your puppy’s paws (gently and cheerfully) right from the first day, so they won’t become sensitive to having their feet handled.

  • Day 1: Let your puppy sniff the nail clipper or grinder. Give a treat and praise.
  • Day 2: Touch the nail clipper or grinder lightly to each paw. Give a treat and praise.
  • Day 3: Touch the nail clipper to each paw and squeeze the clipper so the puppy hears the sound, or turn the grinder on and let the puppy feel the vibration. Don’t actually trim a nail. Give a treat and praise.
  • Day 4: Touch the nail clipper or grinder to your puppy’s feet again. Give a treat and praise.
  • Day 5: Try trimming off just the very tiniest tip from one front paw nail. Only do one nail. Offer lots of happy praise and a treat if your puppy lets you. Even if he lets you, just do one. Repeat every day until he lets you do this and doesn’t seem to mind.
  • Day 6: Try trimming just the tip off of just two nails.
  • Day 7: Keep working your way up, trimming additional nails each day, until you’ve got them all and your puppy doesn’t mind. Practice even when you don’t need to clip a nail. Even pretending you are clipping and going through the motions help your pup get used to the whole process.

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Trimming Your Dog’s Nails

There are several types of dog nail trimmers, including scissors, grinder tools specifically designed for dogs, and guillotine types. You can use whatever type you are most comfortable with, or whatever works best for your dog. It’s a good idea to have some styptic powder or other clotting powder on hand to stop bleeding in case you cut a nail too short.

“If you’ve never clipped a dog’s nails before, you may want to have your veterinarian or vet tech give you a lesson on how to do it,” suggests Dr. Jerry Klein, AKC’s chief veterinary officer.

How to share your dog knowledge on wikihowHere are the steps to follow to properly trim your dog’s nails:

  1. Pick up a paw and firmly, but gently, place your thumb on the pad of a toe and your forefinger on the top of the toe on the skin above the nail. Make sure none of your dog’s fur is in the way.
  2. Push your thumb slightly up and backward on the pad, while pushing your forefinger forward. This extends the nail.
  3. Clip only the tip of the nail, straight across. Include the dewclaws, located on the inner side of the paw.
  4. Avoid clipping past the curve of the nail or you risk hitting what is called the quick (the pink area of the nail that contains the blood vessels). A nick there is painful and will bleed. For dogs with dark nails, watch for a chalky white ring.

Grinding Your Dog’s Nails

How to Grind Your Dog’s Nails

  • Grind your dog’s nails using a safe tool.
  • Only grind a small part of your dog’s nail at a time. Support the dog’s toe firmly but gently.
  • Grind across the bottom of the nail and then carefully in from the tip of the nail, smoothing rough edges.
  • For better control, hold the grinder higher up, towards the top.
  • Keep your dogs comfortable and take note of any sensitivities
  • If your dog has long hair, make sure to keep it back from the grinding tool so it doesn’t get caught.

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Failing to Cut Your Dogs Nails

Regular nail maintenance is more than cosmetic. Unhealthy nails can cause pain, and in rare instances, trigger irreversible damage to the dog.

A dog’s nail consists of the living pink quick and the hard outer material called the shell. The quick supplies blood to the nail and runs through the core of it. Nerves in the quick cause bleeding and discomfort when cut. Regular nail trimming will cause the quick to recede from the end. Short quicks are the preferred length for the dog’s well-being and easy maintenance.

Long nails can turn a sound paw into a splayed foot and reduce traction, and they can cause deformed feet and injure the tendons over an extended period. As the long nail hits the ground, the pressure puts force on the foot and leg structure. Some dogs wear their nails down and won’t need to have them clipped as often.

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This article was co-authored by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS. Dr. Elliott, BVMS, MRCVS is a veterinarian with over 30 years of experience in veterinary surgery and companion animal practice. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1987 with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery. She has worked at the same animal clinic in her hometown for over 20 years.

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Whether they live exclusively indoors or spend time outside, pet cats may become host to internal parasites such as roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms. [1] X Research source Parasites of domestic owned cats: co-infestations and risk factors. Beugnet. Parasitology Vectors. 25: 291. Kittens often pick up worms from the mother in her milk, while adult cats pick up worms by accidentally eating worm eggs or eating vermin infested with worms. Because it is relatively easy for a cat to acquire worms, it is a good idea to know the warning signs so you can seek veterinary treatment for the problem early on. [2] X Research source Small Animal Internal Medicine. Nelson & Couto. Publisher: Mosby. Untreated, worms can cause symptoms such as a dull coat or a potbelly, but it is rare they make a cat seriously unwell. Getting rid of worms is relatively easy with the correct worming medication, [3] X Research source Parasites of domestic owned cats: co-infestations and risk factors. Beugnet. Parasitology Vectors. 25: 291. and with a little knowledge, it’s also easy to determine if your cat might have worms.

Wisdom is a virtue that isn’t innate, but can only be acquired through experience. Anyone who is interested in trying new things and reflecting on the process has the ability to gain wisdom. By learning as much as you can, analyzing your experiences and putting your knowledge to the test, you can become a wiser person.

1. Try new things.

It’s hard to gain wisdom when you stay in and do the same thing day after day. You get wiser when you put yourself out there and give yourself the opportunity to learn, make mistakes and reflect on the experience.

  • Going to places you’ve never been before is a great way to get some life experience. Such as booking a trip to another city, or taking a road trip to the next town over. Make an effort to eat at a restaurant that’s popular with the locals, rather than going to your favorite chain. Every chance you get, choose newness over the familiar.

2. Talk to people you don’t know.

Talk to people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives from yours, and pay attention to what you can learn from them. Try not to judge them based on your own narrow point of view. The more you’re able to empathize with others, the wiser you will be. [2]

  • Practice being a good listener, and ask a lot of questions to find out more. Really pay attention to what people are saying instead of letting your mind wander. Every conversation gives you the chance to understand someone better, broaden your views and thus become wiser.

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3. Do it the hard way.

One of the most effective ways to increase wisdom is to do things the hard way. For example, while driving to work, turn off that GPS system. Use your God-given brain cells to figure out where you are. When you’re trying to research something, don’t google it on the internet. Make it harder for yourself so your mind will be force to think creatively. Technology is one of the biggest culprits to decreased cognitive function because they make certain tasks so much easier. If you want to become wiser, try old-school methods. Do it the hard way.

4. Make mistakes.

Experience makes us wiser. Our mistakes make us better people in a lot of different ways. So don’t e afraid to take risks and commit errors. When we make mistakes, we learn faster and more permanently. And eventually, when you encounter the same situation again in the future, you’ll know better.

5. Share your wisdom with others.

That’s not to say you should tell people what to do; rather, lead by example. Show others the wisdom of being open, nonjudgmental and thoughtful in all situations. Think about the mentors who helped you along the way, and find ways to play that role for other people who might be able to benefit from what you’ve learned.

  • If someone asks for advice, do your best to point them in the direction that seems right. Don’t let your personal desires cloud your advice.


Wisdom is developed through experience and experience gives us more knowledge on how to navigate anything in life. With wisdom we are able to escape many possible costly mistakes.

Carla lives inside The Moosh Walks Village and usually spends most of her time on top of the house of Lily, Spanky and Fred.

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This article was co-authored by Lisa Grossman, RN, BSN, PHN, IBCLC, CLC, CLEC. Lisa Grossman is a Lactation Consultant, Registered Nurse, and the Owner of South Bay Baby Care, a business focused on prenatal, breastfeeding, lactation, and CPR classes and services. Using years of experience working with mothers and babies, Lisa started South Bay Baby Care in 2018 with the goal of sharing her knowledge and expertise with expectant and new parents in the areas of newborn care, breastfeeding & lactation, sleep routines, postpartum care, and CPR + First Aid. Lisa holds a BSN from Mount St. Mary’s University, is a board certified Registered Nurse (BRN RN-BSN), an International board certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), a Certified Lactation Counselor (ALPP), a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor (CLEC – UCSD), and a Member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

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Pediatricians recommend exclusive breastfeeding for babies through 6 months of age, and then you can pair breastfeeding with solid foods after that point. [1] X Expert Source

Lisa Grossman, RN, BSN, PHN, IBCLC, CLC, CLEC
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Expert Interview. [13 May 2020]. However, many moms continue to breastfeed their babies through the toddler years (ages 1 to 3). Extended breastfeeding is totally normal, and it provides many benefits for you and your baby! If you want to continue breastfeeding your toddler, all you need to do is make some simple adjustments.

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Do you want to make your dog more sociable? If your dog seems a little shy around other dogs or people, this is not normal behaviour. You must understand that dogs are social beings by nature because they belong to a species that live in packs and build stable relationships to ensure their survival. For this reason, they have adapted well to living with humans. If your dog has a problem with socialising, they will suffer from bad experiences and learning, so this explains how to make your dog sociable.

In order for your dog to be sociable, you must start by recognising that this depends on you. A dog is sociable and happy if you care about their welfare and you dedicate time to their social education. So you must do the impossible so that your dog learns to socialise, although it is usually best to expose your dog to new experiences when they are a puppy. What really matters is that those encounters are positive because they can leave a mark which is very difficult to combat.

This OneHowTo gives you some tips so you know how to introduce two dogs in a favourable way to each other.

How to share your dog knowledge on wikihow

A key aspect is to know when to start socialising your dog. Ideally, you should do it at an early age, i.e., when they are aged between three and twelve weeks old as this is when they are programmed to gain new experiences. This includes discovering sounds, smells, textures and flavours. This is also a stage where they are protected by their mother and feel hungry for knowledge.

From the fourth month of life, they are less predisposed to new things. This is because they start to live without their mother close by, and their instincts protect them from anything new as it could be a potential threat. This is pure genetics and without maternal protection, they try to stay safe and everything new is viewed with less enthusiasm. This does not mean that, once your dog has grown up, that they cannot keep on learning. It just means that it will be harder but, as always, nothing is impossible with love and patience.

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To help your pet to socialise, an important recommendation is that you try to never expose your dog to negative experiences. A bad encounter will cause your dog to not relate well with others in the future, so if they fight with other dogs, they will learn to be afraid and may become aggressive.

Good advice for promoting their social behaviour is that when you play with them, do not tolerate any behaviour that promotes violence towards people. Classic fighting games are basic for learning how to hunt and protect themselves, but it is better if you focus these activities with toys or dogs of similar ages. If you see them trying to play roughly, you will have to be firm and say no, but never scream at them or cause them any pain because this will generate a lot of mistrust.

Your dog should become used to dealing with people so you must devote time to having daily physical contact with them. Not only will you develop an attachment but they will know that they are safe by your side. For as long as you can every day, scratch their head, stroke their back, legs and stomach. If they react well, keep doing it frequently and while you do it, speak to them softly and slowly so that they feel absolutely peaceful and safe.

Over time, stroke their tail and even the pads of their feet. Do everything you can to make it easier during vet visits. These contact sessions should take place in any place where your pet spends time, so that they get used to different environmental signals such as sounds, smells and textures.

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Another strategy for starting their socialisation is that when you present your dog to strangers, do not force it. You should make the rules of the game very clear by speaking softly, for example, and when any aggressive behaviour appears, don’t continue with their company. You should also be very careful around children. Do not allow them to treat them roughly.

The rules to follow are that whenever your pet is quiet, allow them to approach people without a problem so if you notice your dog feels uncomfortable or anxious, end the session. To socialise your dog with other animals, it is important to present their smell by giving them any object that is impregnated with their aroma.

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You should understand that when you introduce two dogs, they are strangers. For example, dogs often sniff each other to get information from other animals, so do not just interpret that if they wag their tails they are happy. You should be aware of other signals. Maybe it’s best to start presenting them from two separate rooms, just in case.

Take care with big dogs as they tend to be more at risk when relating to cats. Remember that cats are very fast and a cat could leave a scratch on your dog. You should also be cautious when presenting cats and small dogs because cats may believe they are their prey. OneHowTo gives you some guidelines for dogs and cats to get along.

How to share your dog knowledge on wikihow

Another recommendation for making your dog more sociable includes paying attention during encounters or in the presence of children. If you think it’s a good strategy to take your pet to the park and allow all children to approach, we would advise that it isn’t wise. It may seem like your dog is not complaining, but inside they may feel afraid. If there are children who want to approach, try to make them follow rules and allow them to approach gradually.

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