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Table of Contents

1. Feeding Schedules For Puppies And Adults Dogs

2. Reasons For Keeping Dogs In A House Versus Outside In A Kennel

3. The Training Crate-Housebreaking and Beyond

4. Proper Exercise and Why-A Story-WAYS TO MAKE YOUR DOG UNHAPPY

The Ten Commandments
by Jim Heverly

  1. Never ever hit your dog.
  2. Never ever yell at, or around, your dog.
  3. Always treat a dog with love and respect.
  4. Always treat your dog like your best friend.
  5. Don't forget that dogs have feelings, just like you.
  6. Never let your dog run loose (loose dog + car = dead dog).
  7. Always treat your dog the way you would like to be treated.
  8. When training your dog, never loose your patience or get angry.
  9. Never use your hands on a dog except to pet, care for, and show love.
  10. Never use anything on a dog that will inflict pain or hurt (such as a newspaper).

    An added amendment just for good measure: Don't play wild or roughly around, or with, your dog.

  11. NOTE: These rules are for ALL animals!

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1. Feeding Schedules For Puppies And Adults Dogs

If you are bringing a puppy into a household it is extremely important that you remember to feed the puppy according to the scheduling below. A puppy must eat the same quantity of food that an adult dog consumes. Since their stomachs are very small the amount of food must be spread throughout out the day and night to equal the same quantity.

If a puppy not get the proper nourishment they will chew on inedible objects trying to make up for the lack of nourishment. A dog will learn destructive chewing habits all because the humans that were bringing them up did not understand how to feed their puppy properly. This behavior will become imprinted in them and as adult dogs they will continue their destructive chewing behavior.

Here are the rules for feeding (which are to be spread evenly throughout the day):

a. after weaning: a minimum of meals should be six to eight times per day

b. three to six months: three times per day

c. six months to a year twice per day this feeding amount is for life

d. The dog will help show you that the meals should be cut down in number because the dog will skip scheduled meals which is an indicator to cut out a specific meal slot

I must make a special note as to the why's of feeding an adult dog twice per day. An adult dog that is fed twice per day:

a. is usually calmer because the feeling of being hungry is eliminated

b. an animal that is fed twice per day isn't bloated from one major feeding which makes them mentally more alert versus lethargic

c. its healthier for the physiology of the animal

d. physically they are able to have the desire to participate in activities because they are not weighed down with food

e. able to get a better nights sleep because they are not always thinking about food

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2. Reasons For Keeping Dogs In A House Versus Outside In A Kennel

Studies have shown that a dog does not hunt better being stuck in a kennel versus being inside. The dog's senses and physical attributes are not made more acute by being housed outside.

A dog looses bonding with the household because he is housed in a kennel outside. He can't learn to interact with the family because they have been removed from a major part of his life.

The dog's discipline and orderliness, as far as social skills and interaction with humans, is minimal because in his outside environment he doesn't need them.

Mentally the dog is damaged because of lack of stimulation both mentally and physically.

Being in a kennel is just like being in solitary confinement in prison

Being in a kennel physically he cannot exercise properly and his musculature, skeletal, and organ-wise therefore the dog's life is shortened.

Physically the dog does not become stronger. He will die sooner from the harsh elements of the outside. He cannot live comfortably being exposed to extreme temperatures such as heat and cold.

The dog looses his housebreaking schedules if he ever had them, and he will not be able to enjoy going to places with the family because he cannot control his eliminatory functions. He will go when he has to because he has been taught by being in the kennel he can go whenever he wants.

When he is taken out of the kennel he will be extremely difficult to control because he is so anxious and neurotic to be out of confinement.

Most dogs that are housed in kennels show serious mental debilitations. Because of boredom they develop barking problems, pacing, staring into space, become very unresponsive to stimulation such as play and training, They also develop other serious problems such as chewing on themselves, chewing on fencing and other objects, and running back and forth (fence running) just to name a few.

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3. The Training Crate-Housebreaking and Beyond

A training crate (or "cage" or "kennel") is made of metal wire that allows your dog to view the world, without giving him the ability to roam. You should buy a crate large enough for your dog when full-grown. Partition it off to fit your new puppy, and move the partitions as he grows. Only the wire type of crate should be used for training and general use. The travel/carrier type of crate has three almost-solid walls, very limited visibility, and is built for security and comfort during transportation. If used for training or general confinement, a travel/carrier becomes a claustrophobic prison over time.

Never use your dog’s crate as a punishment. When your dog is successfully housebroken and past the chewing stage, leave the crate open; your dog will love to use it as a refuge and retreat. The training crate is invaluable for easily housebreaking your puppy. Partition off a section of the crate just large enough for you puppy to stand up, turn around, and lie down. Until your puppy is fully housebroken, do not line the bottom of the crate with towels or blankets. Your dog does not want to sleep where he goes to the bathroom, so he will hold his bladder and bowels as long as physically possible. If he can push soiled towels aside to stay clean, he will not learn to wait. It is your responsibility to walk your dog at reasonable intervals so he can be effectively housebroken. If your puppy does have an accident, it is because you did not live up to your responsibility, or you were not attentive to his needs.

Set up a housebreaking schedule for your puppy, depending upon the schedule in your household. Adhere to the routine, religiously, until your puppy is fully housebroken. The following tips are a basis on which to formulate a housebreaking schedule that will fit your household’s needs:

1. Do not feed your puppy any meals or snacks while he is in the crate. You may place a few sturdy, non-swallowable toys in the crate.

2. When you wake up, first thing every morning, take your puppy out of the crate and carry him to your selected 10’ X 10’ area outside your house. After an entire night of waiting, your puppy will need to relieve himself as soon as possible.

3. The same 10’ X 10’ area should be used consistently, every day. It will become the area that your dog associates with relieving himself. Also, repeat the same words whenever you take your puppy out to relieve himself to develop a word association with going to the bathroom.

4. Do not play with your puppy during bathroom time; he has business to do and should not be distracted. After he has relieved himself, praise him lavishly, soothingly, verbally.

5. Once inside, your puppy should be fed breakfast. Soon after finishing the meal, your puppy should be walked again.

6. Whenever your puppy is in the house, he should be in the crate. You can take your puppy out to play, but always walk him first, to reduce the chance of an accident.

7. The length of playing time should be very short at first, about 15 minutes. As your puppy gets older, his play time is increased.

8. If your puppy has an accident, immediately take the puppy outside to the selected spot. NEVER HIT YOUR DOG. NEVER YELL AT YOUR DOG. NEVER SHOW ANGER OR DISPLEASURE.

9. When anyone is scheduled to come home from school or work, your dog should be walked, fed, and then walked again. You cannot walk the dog too much. Follow the same routine all mealtimes and in-betweens: walk, feed, walk.

10. Before bedtime, your puppy should be walked, played with, and then walked again so he can have a relaxing sleep.

11. Try to keep the time between the last nightly walk and the first morning walk no more than five hours.

12. Because your puppy will be spending much of the time in his crate, make sure that he gets plenty of exercise while he is with you.

Above all, never get discouraged: I know training takes time, patience, lots of love, and there are no shortcuts; The end product is a loving, trusting, faithful friend for life, like no other you’ll ever know.

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4. Proper Exercise and Why-A Story-WAYS TO MAKE YOUR DOG UNHAPPY

I would like you to try to imagine you are your dog. As a dog you world's experiences are limited by the humans who take care of you. You cannot open doors for yourself, feed or get water for yourself, you can't even decide on the times you have to go to the bathroom. You are solely dependent on the people that you live with. Since your life revolves around those people, you are constantly watching them for behavioral cues that might include you in what they are doing or that might be directly related to your needs. Also since you are on constant vigilance as to their movements and emotions you have become an expert at judging their moods.

Let us look at an average day for you being a dog. You are relatively tired from getting bad nights sleep. Why? Because the house was to warm or it was too cold and you could not change the temperature on the thermostat. Nevertheless, morning rolls around and you are woken up and told its time for you to go to the bathroom. A door is opened and you are let out. No real hugs and kisses, or playtime, just a cursory good morning (like you hear from a retail sales person saying, "have a nice day"). There is a lot of dew on the ground this morning, your feet are soaked, and due to a little brisk wind, you become chilled. However, no one will pay attention to that. The door is opened so you can get back in and your food is thrown down on the floor for you to eat. While you are eating, your owners are getting ready to go to work. You have finished eating just in time because now that door is open again. You have to go outside to relieve yourself because if you do not for the next eight, nine, or ten hours are going to be very unpleasant for you. After a hurried few minutes outside, because your owner is standing by the door impatiently yelling for you to come in, you go back in the house. Your owners are now going to be gone for the next eight, nine, or ten hours. You are alone, bored, unhappy, feeling unloved and with nothing to keep you stimulated. Then, not to deviate from this line of thinking, you live in a house where there is anywhere from a quarter of an acre to 10 zillion acres. The door that is opened for you to go out to go to the bathroom is closed on you with you being on the outside. You cannot get real rest because you have been left out to the elements and the other distractions that are out there that you cannot control.

The hours go by slowly and since there is absolutely nothing for you to do you sleep. Waking up every so often to either get a drink or nibble on some dry commercial dog food that was left down for you. The one ever so dismal highlight of your day is when the mailman comes. It gives you a couple of minutes of allowing yourself to express your thoughts, but with the mailman just as your owners, it falls on deaf ears.

Finally after eight to ten hours your owners come home. One of your owners is in a hurry because that owner has to go to some kind of meeting and he is yelling at the other owner about something or other. You cannot make out what that owner is saying but you know one thing from being so observant and watching their moods, you know that that owner is angry. Now you are afraid because you do not understand what is going on and you think that the anger is directed at yourself. That owner finally leaves and the other owner is now upset and angry. Finally, that owner lets you out to go to the bathroom, if that owner remembers. You are now supposed to forget the goings on in the house and relieve yourself. This has always been hard for you to do because once you become upset and scared from the house-goings-on it is difficult for you to do anything but be afraid. Again, it seems like seconds have passed, that infamous door opens up and the same old yelling begins for you to come into the house. When you get in waiting on the floor is your dinner. The other owner is crying and upset which affects you but you have to eat because if you don't the food will be picked up and you will have to wait all night until the morning before you are fed again.

This evening is no different from any other evening. You lay around with very little attention paid to you because the owner that is home is catching up on all the things that have to be taken care of. About three hours later that owner finally sits down in front of the television and puts a hand on top of your head acknowledging that you are there. The other owner finally comes home and lets you out through that door again. Moreover, just like clockwork after a few minutes you are being yelled at to come in the house again. Both owners then retire and another day has passed in your life.

Needless to say this is not a blueprint for every home but after visiting thousands upon thousands of homes doing dog consultations almost 99% of the homes do not deviate very much from the above scenario.

WAYS TO MAKE YOUR DOG HAPPY

The above rendition has been given to you as a foundation for the advice that I will now give you. The only way to take your dog out of the devastating abyss that you have placed him in is exercise. Exercise stimulates the mind, the body, and makes for a happier and healthier dog. But what is exercise? You are about to tell me you have property big enough for him to exercise in. WRONG!! Picture yourself going to the same place every day from morning to night for 30 days. The same place (your backyard) is not exercise because your backyard becomes commonplace and claustrophobic for your dog. Nothing is new, nothing changes, it is what the old timers called "CABIN FEVER".

Now you are about to tell me that you do care for your dog and you religiously take him out for a walk every night or every where you go in the car you bring your dog. Neither one of these constitutes exercise. The walk at night is boring and does not allow your dog to be a dog. The car trips are worse because not only is he not allowed to be a dog but he is now confined in a area that is "cabined fever". However, my dog is happy going for his walks and riding in the car - bologna. He has a choice between his mind-destroying cabin fever of every day or having a substitution of other stimulus, which is better than the latter but is still mind destroying. So what is the answer?

A dog should be taken a minimum of three times a week to a strange field. Before you go to this field, you construct a lead made out of clothesline. For dogs less than 50 pounds, the lead should be 50 feet long, for dogs over 50 pounds the lead should be 100 feet long. Always make sure their are two collars on the dog that are attached to the lead - one collar should be a choker the other can be a flat collar. The live link on the choker and the link on the flat collar should be attached to the lead you have constructed. If he slips the flat or the choker, you will not loose your dog because it is highly improbable that both collars would be slipped. You then go to the field and let your dog run his butt off. You walk with the dog so he always has enough of the lead to keep investigating and running in his new surroundings. I go by the three lay-down rule. When the dog has lain down three times it is time to take him home. Remember always have fresh water available to him to he does not get heat prostrated.

The second week you find another field and do the same thing as above. Each week you try to find a new field to give him his exercise. If after three weeks you run out off fields start over on the first one again. It is your responsibility to find as many fields as you can so he does not get cabin fever. Now what do you think is going to change in your dog's personality doing the right type of exercise program?

1. He will be more relaxed in the household

2. Usually after a couple of weeks exercising the nuisance barking and other annoying habits stop (or if they don't completely stop there is a major decrease in them)

3. If you have a dog that jumps the fence or tunnels under (gee now you know why he was doing those things) usually those behaviors stop

4. His coat muscles, mind, and attitude shows definite positive gains

5. If the dog is going to be trained this exercise program because of all the positive changes makes the training easier not only for the dog but the owners

Bottom line here is that exercise is a win-win situation for not only the dog but also the owners. You cannot talk about it you have to do it. You as a dog owner have the responsibility to make sure that your dog's life is as physically and mentally comfortable as possible. Now you know a way to do that. Now it is up to you.

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