Correcting Your Puppy From Chewing by Mary Reid -

Correcting Your Puppy From Chewing
 by: Mary Reid
Puppies have a physical need to chew! It all has to do with the teething process. Just like a human baby, puppies have a great need to mouth and chew. This begins around three months of age. During this time, if your puppy doesn't have somthing to chew on, he will look for something. A puppy can entertain himself for hours if he has something to knaw on.

Instead of waiting on a huge problem to start, control your puppy's impulse by doing these:

1. Always know where your pup is and what he is doing. Treat him like a baby.

2. Make sure that all socks, shoes, books, electrical cors, etc. are picked up off the floor. Put valueables away temporarily.

3. If you have to leave him, upt him in his crate.

4. Make sure that what you have in his crate is allowed to be chewed. Use a meat scented nylon bone as his chewie.

5. Put your scent on his chew bone before you leave him alone. He can then smell your scent and be comforted by it.

6. Start preventing him from chewing by grabbing the scruff of his nec and gently shaking him whenever he is chewing a forbidden item. In nature, this is what his mother would do.

7. Make sure your pup gets plenty of exercise. This will help your pup from getting bored and starting destructive behavior.

8. If you have to take an object from your pup, do so gently and praise him when he gives it to you.

Puppies must chew, so keep a close eye on the little fellows and provide them with all their needs. So many times we lose a shoe or a coffee table leg because we have neglected to do the steps above. Just try over and over until he gets it right. Actually, another deterent is to slap a newspaper down beside the puppy when he begins to chew. They hate the noise and will associate it with a no no.

There are so many different ways to cope with your puppy's chewing. Have plenty of patience and provide him with all the neccessary toys he needs to keep him occupied and away from your things.


Horse Training: Calm Your Horse With Sing Song

Horse Training: Calm Your Horse With Sing Song
 by: Andy Curry
Have you ever read, "Talking WithHorses." ?
It was written by a horse trainer named Henry Blake.
He's quite the horseman. He has aneat perspective about horses you should read about if you're interested in how totrain a horse.
There's something he does around hishorses that I really like - he calls it "Sing-Song".
He uses it to calm a frightened horse.
What he says in a sing-song, gentle voice is this:
"There's a clever, boy, there's a clever boy,there's clever little fellow".
That's it. That's all there is to it.
At first glimpse you may be tempted todiscount this nifty trick. But there's actuallysome mojo here.
Now this begs the question "Is it thewords that steady him? Is it the tone of voice? What is it?
First, the tone of voice is important.After all, if you said this in a threateningtone of voice it wouldn't calm him. Thus, thepleasant, gentle, calm voice is one of the keys.
Secondly, animals cannot speak a humanlanguage although they know certain words meancertain things once they're trained to it.
Plus, when the horse hears "There's aclever boy...." it has no meaning in the sensethat you want him to do something...although lateron it will have a meaning of "calm down, everythingis fine, you won't get hurt, I love you, etc."
Thus, I kind of think it's the rhythm of the words and repetition of it being saidover and over. It mesmerizes them.
I like to think of it as a sort of poetryfor horses. Often when us humans listen to poetrywritten in songs, stories, or what have you, the rhyming words reach out and grab you by the ear drumsand cause you to pay attention.
You tend to focus on what's being said and forget about what you were just thinking about.
Perhaps you have read some Dr. Suess books.His books exploded with rhymes. Often, the words thatrhymed were made up and made no sense. But they werecaptivating nonetheless.
And it's my humble, unscientific, professional,non-proven opinion that this is part of how this sing-songworks on horses.
Anyway, I thought you might like this valuable little gem. It's yet another technique onetrainer uses that others never heard of yet can add to their bag of tricks.
It's amazing what you can learn from differenthorse trainers because each has there unique things theydo.
That's why SuperStars of Horse Training exists.You learn from the best of the best of horse trainers.What they do with horses you can too after see what they show you.
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3 Important Things to Remember When Training Your Puppy

3 Important Things to Remember When Training Your Puppy
 by: Dy Witt
Puppies are eager and willing to do the right thing. They love your happy face and the squealy noises you make when they have done something great. They will do ANYthing to please you because of the loving rewards they get from being a Good Dog. They just cannot get enough of your praises and cuddles.
Moving towards "What a good dog!" from "Bad Puppy!" is based on one thing. Your puppy does not know the English language, and the faster he learns it, the better for all, because the minute he knows what you want he will DO it. Make it faster and easier for him to learn by keeping these tips in mind:
1. Be consistent in the words you choose to teach him commands. If you say, "Wanna go potty?" in the morning, and "Have to go out?" two hours later, and "Wanna go pee?" two hours later, etc., then that is THREE phrases you have asked him to learn in one day instead of only one. Decide which words to use, and make sure everyone in your family uses the same ones.
2. Use his name in the command if you want action, do NOT use it if you want him restricted from action. This is very important. Hearing his own name makes a puppy leap into action by his very nature. When you want your puppy to come, say, "Puppy, Come!" [insert his name instead of the word Puppy, of course] When you want him to lie down, simply say, "Down".
3. Do not confuse your puppy with the same words for different commands. If you are teaching him basic obedience, the word "Down" means LIE down, usually followed by "Stay." If you don't want him on the couch, do not say "Down", say, "Off." This word can be used to keep him from jumping up into your lap, onto the couch, chair or bed because it is the ACTION of jumping up you are trying to restrict. Saying "Down" when he jumps onto the couch will just make him lie down on the couch! See the difference?
Do not ever hit your puppy, you dont need to. The worst punishment he ever needs to learn a lesson is your sad frown and walking away from him. One or two minutes is the limit though, do not overdo this. After a minute of ignoring him, give a command he knows well and praise praise praise, with a big smile.
These three tips, used with gentleness and consistency, will teach your puppy all the words he needs to know to be a happy and obedient companion in a matter of days.
He is Risen!


I just discovered this comm, and I have a question... the comm's profile says that you can post anonymously if you wish, but the security setting is such that only members can post, so how can someone post anonymously? You have to be logged in to post, and if you're logged in you're not anonymous.

Anyway, to keep this on-topic, yeah, I've got a crush on someone on my f-list, and I think she might have a crush on me, but I'm not telling you who (partly coz she might end up seeing this). Is it sad and pathetic that I have a "crush" on someone, seeing as I'm 33 years old?