Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Dog Training Collars

Sandy asks…

Why do you treat your dog like a person?

I’ve asked a few questions about dogs over the last couple of days from kennels outside to choke training collars and it seems like people think I’m being cruel. I want to train my dog properly and have been doing that since I have the luxury of being home during the day. But, I treat the dog like a dog. When he is good, he gets treats and when he is bad, he gets punished. I don’t baby talk to the dog. I don’t put him in sweaters. I don’t like him on the furniture and he doesn’t go on our bed. My husband wanted the dog and I’m trying to make the best of it. Our dog does have a good home, but I treat him like a dog. Why do you treat your dog like a little person? I just don’t understand that. I have a cat and would say I am more a cat person, but then I treat my cat like a cat. Help me understand your logic.
I do treat my animals with love, but love doesn’t mean they can do whatever they want. There are still rules that must be obeyed.
freckles – that’s what I was getting at. That’s the answer I was looking for. Thanks.
I meant no offense by the word, “you”. It’s just that I’ve noticed some people that have dogs, have a different type of behavior with them, as if they can do no wrong. I’m not trying to insult anyone, if that’s how I come across, I seriously would like to know why some people behave this way and others don’t. Honestly.

Yahoo Answers answers:

I love reading the answers to a question like this!
The answer is: because they dont know any better.
Thier dog would actually be happier being treated like a dog!

Recently you see alot of schools teaching positive reinforcement only training.I like to call it “trend training”, it doesnt actually work, but it is what people want to hear and it is what sells. That is why I love Cesar Milan, he still works with correction and everyone says WOW look at his results!..LOL

Dont get me wrong, positive reinforcement is valuable, but only balanced with correction.
What happens when the reward is not as sweet as the distraction?

People should be angry at this trendy training taking over because it means that there are some animals being surrendered to shelters becasue thier owners werent given the right guidance and they couldnt train thier dogs.

Now people go to Petsmart for thier training, guess what, they have to market positive reinforcement only because if someone took correction out of context and abused thier dog, petsmart could get sued!

If you love your dog, treat him like a dog!

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Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Dog Health Questions

Donna asks…

What questions should I ask a breeder about buying Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy?

Any general questions I should ask are appreciated. If anyone has a ridgeback, please share your experience with the breed.

Yahoo Answers answers:

Here are some of the questions I would ask a breeder, regardless of the breed.

1. What are the health issues in this breed, and have the parents been screened for genetic problems. For example, in many breeds, you would want to see the OFA and CERF certificates for both parents. OFA (Orthopaedic Foundation for Animals) is a screening for skeletal system problems such as hip dysplasia. CERF (Canine Eye Research Foundation) is a screening for eye problems. Depending upon the breed, there may be others of importance.

2. Can you visit their kennel and see at least one of the parents, at least the dam. They may or may not own the sire, but they will most surely have the mother. You wlll want to see the conditions in which the puppies are being raised, and try to evaluate the temperament of the parent(s).

3. If you’re buying this dog as a show prospect, ask what consideration they will give if it turns out to not be show quality. Be sure to be up front about whether you’re interested in a show prospect or a companion animal. Ask what consideration will be give if the dog develops one of the conditions that is being screened for, such as eye or joint problems. Beware of vague promises like they will garuantee the health for two years. Ask for specifics. What are the garuanteeing against? Good breeders will stand behind their animals, but they will also spell it out for you.

4. Ask them if they will be willing to take the dog back at any time, if you are unable to keep and care for it, regardless of its age. Reputable breeders will practically insist that you do this, and is often a provision of the contract you will sign.

5. Ask to see a copy of the contract. A good breeder will ask you to sign either a show contract, if it’s a show prospect, or a pet animal contract if it’s not. They will have different provisions. For example, if it’s a pet contract, you will almost certainly be required to have the dog spayed or neutered, and provide proof ot that to the breeder.

6. Ask for references, so you can talk to other people who have gotten dogs from them, and ask about their experiences.

7. Ask what kind of evaluation they do for temperament. Some will do rather formal temperament testing, others will do less formal testing. But they all should be able to tell you about the temperament of their dogs.

Some other things to consider. First, expect them to ask as many questions of you. You will probably have to complete an application form – they will want to know about your experience with the breed, what you expect of the dog, where it will live, and so forth. A good breeder is very concerned that their dogs will go to a qualified home. Beware of someone who doesn’t want to know as much about you, as you want to know about them.

Go to the website of the American Kennel Club, and click on the Breeds button. Find the link to the Rhodesian Ridgeback and take that. That will bring up a page that will give you the breed standard, and links to the national breed club – there’ s one for each breed. On that site, you will find all sorts of good information about health issues, there will probably be a breeder referral, and lots of other useful information. Go to the websites of some of the breeders, and read their information. In short, do as much investigation of the breed as possible.

While this may seem like a lot of trouble, it is worth it. And, while you will pay more up front for a quality dog, in the long run it may be cheaper than the vet bills, not to mention the pain and anguish, that goes with dealing with a dog with severe health issues, requires orthopaedic surgery, etc.

There are probably a lot of other questions, but these are some that come to mind immediately. Educate yourself about the breed, and don’t let anybody rush you into buying a puppy. You’re making a comittment for the animal’s lifetime, so take your time and choose carefully. All puppies are cute and appealing but remember that it’s an adult dog you’ll be living with – that cute puppy stage passes quickly, so take you time and choose carefully.

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Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Can’t Teach Old Dogs New Tricks

Maria asks…

Do you think it’s true, You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

I have a 12 year old golden retreiver, and I want to teach him to play poker, do you think he’s to old to learn?

Yahoo Answers answers:

Nope. He could learn

screw the water horse >_>

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