Dog Friendly Tips: Breaking the barking habit
This is the only time the no-reward method is used, to break an established bad habit. A dog that barks excessively when there is no good reason for it, such as an apartment dog that barks and doesn't stop when you leave for work, needs to be discouraged from disturbing the neighbours.
Try this solution. Cut two ten-inch pieces of one-inch-wide adhesive tape from a roll and stick them on a convenient spot within sight of the dog. Leave, but wait where you can hear the dog start to bark, then return, sounding your choice of command perhaps "quiet" or "be still" that you will use later with-out the discipline. Remove one piece of adhesive tape and wrap it around the dog's muzzle and leave again for thirty minutes. We suggest you do leave, as the dog will go through all sorts of contortions in an attempt to remove the tape. In half an hour return and remove the tape, repeating your command to be quiet.
Leave once again and wait for the barking to start over, which it will. Return and wrap the second piece of tape around the dog's muzzle. With all but the most stubborn dogs, two treatments will train the dog to obey the command.
A word of caution: do not use this technique in a hot environment since the dog, not able to pant to maintain a normal temperature, could develop heat exhaustion.
Dog Friendly Article: Treat a Dog or Cat With Sensitive Feet
Does your dog or cat lick their feet excessively to the point that they are irritated or even infected?
Pets, like humans, can be allergic to grass, weeds, or many allergens found in the outside world. These allergies, combined with sensitive skin, can lead to problems with rashes and irritation. These issues most commonly occur on your pets feet, inside the cracks between the pads and claws on their paws. This irritation can lead to your pet excessively licking their feet, to the point that they get even more irritated and infected. If untreated, this can lead to a persistent problem that can be bothersome to your pet's health and happiness. Excessive licking can also be annoying to you, the pet owner, because you will listen to your dog or cat slopping on their feet all night and day, and have wet spots all over your carpet or furniture that smell like dog breath.
To help alleviate the irritation and cease your pet's licking, there are several simple ways to treat infected paws. Since most of the irritation and infection is caused by the amount of moisture between your pet's pads, it is necessary to clean out your pet's paws and dry them out.
A very simple way to do this is to use alcohol and fragrance-free baby wipes. These wipes will help clean out your pet's paws. Use the wipes to clean out your pet's feet, getting into the cracks between their pads and claws. It is important to thoroughly clean out all of their paws. After you have cleaned out their paws with alcohol and fragrance-free baby wipes, rub corn starch (or fragrance-free corn starch baby powder) into all the cracks and crevices of their paws. This will dry their feet out, removing all the moisture from irritation, infection, and excessive licking.
Initially, you should treat your pet's feet with wipes and baby powder at least twice a day, in the morning and night. However, it is a good idea to do it immediately after you take them outside. After the first couple of weeks, you can reduce the frequency of treatment to once daily, or once every other day. If you continue to treat your pet's feet in this manner, the irritation and infection should begin to clear up in a couple of weeks. If the problem persists, your pet's feet may be severely infected, and you should seek professional veterinary assistance and start an antibiotic regimen.
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