And let’s not forget that it may be your dog that is the neighborhoodtroublemaker, eliminating in your neighbors yard, getting into trash, frightening people who don’t know your dog. A fenced dog is safer
Several different types of fencing options are available. Choose the one that best suits your needs and budget.
A dog kennel is a smaller version of a fenced yard for people who have limited space or want to devote only a portion of their yard to containing their pet. Kennels can be constructed to any size or height and can be built with almost any type of foundation from resting directly on the ground to having a concrete pad. If you keep your pet kenneled, be sure to give him plenty of time and attention for his physical and mental well being. All kennels should have a shelter, food and water available.
Many people prefer the look of an open yard without the restrictions and maintenance of fencing. Now widely used, electronic buried hidden methods are available to contain your pet within your yard. A buried cable defines a specific area, which can be large or small and in an irregular shape. The fencing system works by creating an electrical barrier that your dog learns to recognize with a combination of visual and auditory cues. When the fence is installed, a series of flags is placed to outline the new yard boundaries. Your dog wears a special collar that gives a series of beeps as he approaches the fence line. If he gets too close to the fence, he feels a mild electrical impulse. Most pets only need a few reminders before they come to learn their new boundaries. The flags are removed a few at a time until your dog has completely learned the yard. This system also works well for people who may want to keep their pets within a specific area of the yard, out of flower or vegetable garden, ponds or plays areas.
Now that you’ve fenced your yard you may decide to let your dog stay outside while you’re gone. No matter what system you choose, food, water and shelter are essential for your pet’s well being if he stays outside. Make sure your pet is not exposed to heat and cold extremes for long periods of time. A collar and ID tags should be worn at all times.
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By Lisa Spector, Juilliard Graduate, Canine Music Expert and co-founder of Through a Dog’s Ear. A recent article in Pshychology Today by Stanley Coren, PhD referred to a recent online survey by Kelton Research. Of 1,000 people tested, more people are considering their dogs as part of their family and are also referring to them as children. Here are some of the results: Nearly 60 percent say that their dogs play a different role than the dogs of their childhood 54 percent call themselves “pet parents” instead of “pet owners” 58 percent have nicknames for themselves, such as “mommy” and “daddy” 35 percent call their dog their “son” or “daughter” 62 percent of the dogs have their own chair, sofa, or bed 81 percent of dog parents know their pets’ birthdays 77 percent have celebrated their pets’ birthday by buying him or her a birthday present 23 percent of pet parents have a photo album dedicated to only pictures of their dogs 16 percent have started scrapbooks for their pets 71 percent of pet owners admit that they have at least one picture of their dog that they carry with them (although the convenience of storing photos on mobile devices may have added to this percentage) Personally, even though I do consider my dogs as part of my family, I’ve never called myself a pet parent or referred to myself as mommy. However, Sanchez and Gina do have their own dog beds, I celebrate their birthdays (you are invited to a virtual party for Sanchez’s 8th birthday), have scrapbooks dedicated to them, and a picture of my dogs is both my screen saver on my laptop and on my iPhone.
A Hyper Dog can be a Real Handful!
Other Causes of Overactive/Hyperactive Behavior
There are other reasons that your dog may appear to be hyperactive, both medical and behavioral.
Treating Your Hyperactive Dog
To get to the bottom of your dog’s behavior problems, you firstly need to visit your veterinarian. It’s a great help if you can videotape your dog’s behavior; a picture paints a thousand words, and she can see exactly what’s happening rather than having to rely on a verbal description.
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Check out how this Golden Retriever saves her pup
from drowning. Very inspiring.
Attention-seeking behaviour in dogs are often shown in puppyhood initially, when care soliciting from a parent and the need to play and interact with littermates is quite normal of course.
But once they are grown up more and have established more adult relationships with their owners, as well as other dogs, jumping up, pawing, barking or dropping a toy into a lap uninvited and other demands for interaction are not always seen as being cute or fun all the time. However, such demands are often nonetheless inevitably rewarded with the owner’s full attention – a cuddle, a game, and verbal chat in that voice we reserve for babies and puppies and so these behaviours are reinforced, learned and maintained perhaps long after they should have naturally been lost or used more sparingly in social encounters by dogs when older!
Dogs value human attention throughout their lives – especially from their owners, on whom they dote, but clearly also need to learn to become more functionally independent and less constantly dependent on us. There’s nothing wrong with giving attention to our dogs, of course. After all, what’s the point of having a dog if you’re going to spend the entire time ignoring your best friend?! But if you reward behaviour in a puppy continuously and don’t help him to learn to be less dependent on direct contact when he is in your company and to develop his own independent interests, all that attention demanding can become a real nuisance when he’s fully grown, and does nothing to help him develop into a more restrained and contented adult.
For example, if an eight-week-old Newfoundland pup jumps up at you for attention or when you feed him, it’s all pretty harmless. But if that same dog as a three-year-old heavy hairy monster jumps up, he could easily dangerously floor a child or elderly person, or even a strong adult. Equally in a smaller dog, nudging or pawing for your attention as a pup can start off as being very cute but if your adult dog does it over and over again, whenever you are busy and unable to give him attention, it can become very annoying indeed.
In all cases, giving the demanding dog the attention he’s seeking will stop the behaviour only briefly. The moment you turn your focus to something else, it will be repeated again… and again. Pushing your dog away or giving any other negative response, even telling him off, will be equally unsuccessful, as it all still involves giving him some attention. From a dog’s viewpoint, anything is better than nothing, so even such negative attention is valued.
The key, then, is to ignore the attention-seeking, and to reward good manners instead. So if he nudges you for a pat or uses another attention-seeking behaviour, ignore him. Don’t look at him, speak to him or touch him. Completely ignore him and get up calmly and walk away if he persists (as he often will, initially). Instead, when he is quietly undemanding – perhaps busy with a chew toy, or watching the world go by in his bed, call him to you and give him a fuss. This establishes that lots of attention is available but mainly at your behest, not his.
Safety must come first, of course. If your dog’s attention-seeking involves stealing something forbidden and running off with it, assess any dangers. Dogs learn what will quickly get us leaping from our seats, eager to chase them for their prize. Generally, the more prized or dangerous the object, the more intense our reaction – and the dog will soon learn seek out such objects again in the future! If your dog has run off with something that could harm him, you have to remove the item from him. But make sure it doesn’t happen again by keeping all scissors, remote controls, shoes and other ‘stealable’ items out of reach if your dog seeks attention through theft! That way, you won’t reinforce the behaviour by ‘playing’ chase!
Do be aware that nuisance attention-seeking will generally get worse before it gets better when you try to treat it. If you ignore your dog when previously you’ve given him your attention for a particular behaviour, your dog will become frustrated as to why he is no longer able to elicit what he thought was a predictable response from you. So he’ll do what he knows more intensively and nudge harder, or bark louder, or jump higher to get your attention. Be strong and ignore all his attempts, or walk away as required or you’ll soon be back to square one!
If the nuisance attention seeking continues despite your best efforts, do seek professional help from a behaviourist via a veterinary referral. It could be that there is an underlying reason for the behaviour, such as intense insecurity, which will need delicate handling and a broader approach to your dog’s social husbandry.