Lie on your side, play dead, and put your head down are calm dog tricks that are fun to teach and will help your dog maintain self control.
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Sophia Yin, DVM, provides Six Cold Weather Safety Tips for Dogs and Cats to help owners identify hazards to pets common during winter weather.
A research study found dogs can understand human pointing cues to infer the location of food. Dr Yin performed the dog pointing cue test on 2 JRTs who flunk the test while 1 Scottie passes.
Is your dog smarter than your cat because his brain is bigger? It turns out that brain size is not a measure of intelligence and cats can learn many tricks as quickly as dogs.
Whether you have or deal with naughty dogs who need lots of guidance or you just want to learn new fun ways to play and interact with your dog, training tricks may be exactly what you want. Interestingly tricks can be useful in many ways.
Anyone who hangs out with dogs and their owners has probably heard this or similar comments a million times-“My dog is dominant, he ignores our commands and plays too rough with other dogs.” To the general dog owner, this statement seems pretty normal, but to researchers studying social hierarchies in animals ranging from lions, to macaque monkeys, to bulls, the statement is likely to solicit a pause followed by a “huh?”
Ever since that great video featuring Tyson the skateboarding bulldog hit it big on YouTube, skateboarding has become a standard dog trick that owners attempt to train. Most owners start by using some basic method of luring the dog onto the skateboard with a treat or pointing to the skateboard and hoping the dog will get on. If he does, then they praise and pet him like they would a child who has finally managed to ride a bike without the training wheels. They may even give the dog a treat.
Contrary to what many pet owners think, it DOESN’T take an expert to train a dog or cat! The principles of dog training are quite simple, and thoughtful practice is really all it takes. Anyone and everyone can train a dog!
Domesticated cats can learn tricks as quickly as their flashier big cat (lions & tigers) counterparts, once their humans learn a few basic training secrets.
America is a democracy, but the American family is not. It’s a dictatorship. One youngster explained to me, “In this house, the dogs are the lowest. Next are the kids, then the parents and the cats are on top.”