What’s the New “Reckless Dog Owner” Law in Illinois?

In 2018, the State of Illinois Senate approved a bill that punishes dog owners who fail to keep their dogs from causing harm to other people. The approved bill goes into effect this month.

The bill itself was born out of tragedy. In 2017, a Yorkshire Terrier named Buddy was killed when two neighbor dogs got out and attacked him. Buddy later died from his wounds at an animal hospital. The owners were obviously devastated and got in contact with their local senator to help them seek justice.

The main reason they felt that legislation was necessary was twofold. First, they discovered that the dogs that attacked Buddy were known to be aggressive. They got out due to their owner’s lack of foresight and attention, and unfortunately, it had a devastating result. Second, the owners didn’t feel that they got enough support from local law enforcement and the existing legislation. While they were offered sympathy for the loss of their dog, there was little else that the police and animal control were able to do.

The Justice for Buddy Act, or Senate Bill 2386, classifies dog owners who don’t take proper care of their pets as “reckless” and penalizes them as such. Through the bill, dog owners are reckless if their dogs kill another dog, or are found running at large within 12 months of being deemed dangerous. For a dog to be deemed dangerous, they would have to bite someone without jurisdiction or be found off-leash and behaving in a threatening manner.

What Does This Bill Mean for Illinois Dog Owners?

The consequences of this bill involve the dog owner giving up their dogs to a local dog shelter, rescue, or sanctuary, where the organizations will determine whether the dog is safe to be adopted. On top of this, reckless dog owners will be prohibited from owning any dogs for three years.

The goal with this legislation is to attempt to encourage dog owners to be more vigilant with their pets and ensure that there’s no way for them to escape or get loose. The hope is that this will decrease the number of dogs that are killed and keep communities safer.

However, on the other side of this legislation are concerned dog owners who are worried that the terms surrounding this bill are too vague. The rules around what determines a dog to be dangerous or off-leash makes some dog owners wonder if it’s safe for their dog to run off-leash at the dog park. “Dangerous” is subjective, and some worry that their dogs could be at risk whether they’ve had any history of aggressive behavior.

Either way, the bill has officially gone into effect in 2019, and Illinois dog owners will have to be especially vigilant to ensure their dogs aren’t posing any threats or have the opportunity to run loose.

Meet the Newest AKC Dog Breed — the Azawakh!

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has officially announced that the Azawakh breed is now fully recognized by the AKC.

Of course, you may have already heard of the Azawakh (pronounced OZ-a-wok), and you might even own one! The Azawakh isn’t a new breed per se — but up until January 2019, they weren’t recognized by the AKC as an official breed. What this means is that the Azawakh breed wasn’t allowed to compete in certain dog show competitions. Before this year, the Azawakh was allowed to compete in some competitions but was not eligible for every single one of the 22,000+ events that the AKC sponsors every year. Here’s a timeline of how the Azawakh rose to its official status:

  • January 1, 2008: The Azawakh is able to compete in Companion Events
  • January 1, 2008: The Azawakh is able to compete in AKC Lure Coursing Events for Suffix Titles
  • June 30, 2011: The Azawakh is eligible to compete in the AKC Miscellaneous Class
  • January 1, 2019: The Azawakh is accepted into the AKC Stud Book
  • January 1, 2019: The Azawakh is assigned the Hound Group designation

The Azawakh is the 193rd breed accepted onto the AKC roster, and they’ll be eligible to compete in the Westminster Kennel Show in 2020.

So, why wasn’t the Azawakh recognized before? There are more than 400 dog breeds in the world, but not all of them are recognized by the AKC. If there are too few of the breed in the United States, or the owners don’t have a significant interest in having the breed receive official registered status, they typically won’t be recognized officially. However, they can end up on other club registrations depending on the restrictions that exist within each organization.

What is the Azawakh Temperament?

If you’re not familiar with the Azawakh, these dogs are lean, tall, and elegant. Often confused for a Greyhound or Whippet, Azawakhs tend to be loyal dogs. They’re independent and deeply affectionate and would make a great companion or guardian for your family.

Where Did the Azawakh Come From?

Azawakhs are sighthounds originating from West Africa. Their long and lean bodies come from their ancestors’ ability to hunt prey swiftly through the desert. These hounds have a thousand-year history, and although they look gentle, these are durable dogs whose ancestors had keen sight and speed to hunt prey in the Sahara.

What Do Azawakhs Look Like?

Azawakhs can have a variety of colors and markings including red, clear sand to fawn, brindled, parti-color, blue, black, and brown. They may also have black or white markings on their legs. Azawakhs are also tall and have long legs that give them the ability to run far and fast. Because these dogs are so lean, it’s not uncommon to be able to see their bone structure and musculature through their skin. To the untrained eye, these dogs might look underfed or malnourished, but this is actually how they should look! The average Azawakh weighs 35-55 pounds, which also aids in their ability to run fast. Similar to Greyhounds and Whippets, they’ll need a warm coat if you’re heading out for a walk in colder weather.

You can learn more about the Azawakh breed by checking out our profile on them here.

Is My Dog Drinking Too Much Water?

Water is critical to health for all living beings, including dogs. Drinking too much or not enough can be a sign of or cause life-threatening problems.

How to Recognize if Your Dog is Drinking Too Much

When trying to determine if your dog is drinking too much, you must know how much is a normal amount to drink. A normal healthy dog generally drinks 20 to 40 ml of water per pound of body weight per day. This comes out to be about:

  • 1 ½ cups to 2 cups for a 10-pound dog
  • 3 to 4 cups of water for a 20-pound dog
  • 6 to 8 cups for a 40-pound dog
  • 9 to 12 cups for a 60-pound dog
  • 12 to 16 cups for an 80-pound dog

For a more detailed break down of how much a dog should drink based on weight, go to: How Much Water Should a Dog Drink?

The amount of water intake also varies with several factors including if a dog eats dry food or canned food eater (canned food contains more water), activity level, sodium ingestion, warm weather exposure, medications given, fluid losses such as from vomiting or diarrhea, and any underlying disease that may cause excessive thirst.

So as mentioned above, dogs normally take in about 20 to 40 milliliters per pound of body weight per day or about 3 to 4 cups of water per day for a 20-pound dog. Anything more than that, under normal environmental conditions, is considered excessive drinking (also known by the medical term “polydipsia”).

Causes for Dogs to Drink Too Much Water

There are several medical causes for excessive drinking. The most common causes are:
Chronic renal failure commonly referred to also as chronic kidney failure and abbreviated as CRF, is a common problem in dogs. It is most common in older dogs. The digestion of food produces waste products, which are carried by the blood to the kidneys to be filtered and excreted in the form of urine. When the kidneys fail, they are no longer able to remove these waste products, and toxins build up in the blood producing clinical signs of kidney disease. Signs may include increased thirst, increased urination, lethargy, vomiting, weight loss, bad breath, and weakness. Learn more about Kidney Failure (CRF) in Dogs.

Diabetes mellitus, commonly known simply as “diabetes”, commonly abbreviated as “DM”, is a chronic condition in which a deficiency of the hormone insulin impairs the body’s ability to metabolize sugar. Diabetes mellitus leads to an inability of the tissue to utilize glucose. The disease occurs from high blood sugar levels, inadequate delivery of sugar to the tissues, and changes in the body metabolism. The most common signs are increased thirst, increased urination, weight loss, and lethargy. Learn more about Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs.

Pyometra, the medical term used to describe an infected uterus, can be open (draining pus from the vagina) or closed (pus is contained in the uterus by a closed cervix). Common signs include lethargy, decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, drinking excessive amounts of water, and urinating often. Learn more about Uterine infection (called pyometra).

Acute kidney failure, also known as acute renal failure and commonly abbreviated as “ARF”, is characterized by an abrupt decline in kidney function that leads to changes in the chemistry of the body including alterations in fluid and mineral balance. The changes that arise as a result of ARF affect almost every body system and is commonly caused by toxins. Common symptoms include vomiting, decreased appetite, weight loss, lethargy, and changes in water intake. Learn more about Acute Kidney Failure in Dogs.

High blood calcium, also known as hypercalcemia, refers to an abnormally high blood concentration of calcium. There are many different causes including cancer. Learn more about Hypercalcemia in Dogs.

Cushing Disease, a relatively uncommon abnormality of the endocrine system, is also known by the medical term hyperadrenocorticism. This is a disease state in which an overactive adrenal tissue produces excessive amounts of cortisone. Cortisone and related substances are essential hormones of the body, but when produced in excessive amounts these substances may cause systemic illness. Learn more about Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s disease or syndrome) in Dogs.

Diabetes Insipidus results from the inability of the tubules of the kidney to reabsorb water properly. It is an uncommon condition in dogs caused by impaired production of a hormone called ADH (anti-diuretic hormone) from the brain (central DI), or an impaired ability of the kidney to respond properly to the ADH (nephrogenic DI). Symptoms include extreme urinations followed by increased thirst. Learn more about Diabetes Insipidus in Dogs.

How Much Water Should a Dog Drink?

Water is an essential part of a dog’s body and critical to good health. Water is essential for all cellular, organ, and tissue functions of the body. One realizes the importance of water when faced with the negative consequences of dehydration. As little as a 10% loss of body water can be fatal.

Water in the body is not static but a constant and dynamic process. Dogs lose water through breathing, panting, urinating, and having bowel movements. Dogs take in water primarily through drinking water but also get some water from eating food and to a small degree by the body’s normal metabolism.

We refer to this dynamic flow of fluids as “intake” and “output”. Intake is primarily from drinking and water content in food. Output is fluid loss through normal methods of panting, drooling, urine, bowel movements as well as abnormal means such as diarrhea, vomiting, or blood loss.

Dehydration results from more “output” than “intake”. Overhydration results from more “intake” than output.

Factors that Affect How Much a Dog Should Drink

There are factors that can impact how much water a dog should drink. For example:

  • Dry dog food vs. canned dog food. Dry dog food has approximately 15 and up to 30% water while canned dog food can contain 50% to 75% water. Dogs that eat canned food may drink and require less water.
  • Body weight. Bigger dogs require more water than smaller dogs. Water requirements are based on body weight.
  • Sodium. Just as we have increased thirst after ingestion of a high salt snack, ingestion of high sodium foods in dogs can create a need for increased amounts of water intake.
  • Exercise & Activity. Dogs that are more active generally drink and require more water.
  • Weather Exposure. The high temperatures of the spring and summer generally cause dogs to pant. Panting helps them regulate their body temperature but also is a way they lose water. It is critical for dogs to have access to shade but also plenty of fresh clean water at all times.
  • Drug therapy. Some medications may increase a dog’s water intake. Drugs may include steroids or diuretics such as Furosemide (commonly known as Lasix).
  • Disease. Some diseases such as kidney disease or Diabetes can cause increased thirst in dogs.

How Much Water Should a Dog Drink?

The amount of water a dog should drink per day is dependent on his size. The general rule is that dogs drink 20 to 40 ml of water per pound of body weight per day. This comes out to about 3 to 4 cups of water for a 20-pound dog.

Below is a table with more details based on size. Note there is a range. Much of the range is determined by the factors listed above. And like people, some dogs are better at drinking water than others. Here’s a chart to help you understand how much water your dog needs based on their weight.

Dogs 3 – 5 pounds
60 to 200 mL/day
¼ to almost a cup

Dogs 6 – 10 pounds
120 mL to 400 mL/day
½ cup to little over 1 ½ cups

Dogs 11 – 20 pounds
220 mL to 800 mL/day
1 cup to 3 1/3 cups

Dogs 21 – 30 pounds
420 mL to 1200 mL/day
1 ¾ cup to 5 cups

Dogs 31 – 40 pounds
620 mL to 1600 mL/day
2 2/3 cups to 6 ½ cups

Dogs 41- 50 pounds
820 mL to 2000 mL/day
3 ½ cups to 9 1/3 cups

Dogs 51 – 60 pounds
1020 mL – 2400 mL/day
4 ¼ cups to 10 cups

Dogs 61 – 70 pounds
1220 mL – 2800 mL/day
5 cups to 11 2/3 cups

Dogs 71- 80 pounds
1420 mL – 3200 mL/day
6 cups to 13 1/3 cup

Dogs 81 – 90 pounds
1620 mL – 3600 mL/day
7 cups to 15 cups

Dogs 91 – 100 pounds
1820 mL – 4000 mL/day
7 ½ cups to 16 2/3 cups

Dogs 101 – 110 pounds
2020 mL – 4400 mL/day
8 2/3 cups to 19 1/3 cups

Dogs 111 – 120 pounds
2220 mL – 4800 mL/day
9 ¼ cups to 20 cups

Dogs 121 – 130 pounds
2420 mL – 5200 mL/day
10 cups to 21 cups

Dogs 131 – 140 pounds
2620 mL – 5600 mL/day
11 cups to 23 1/3 cups

*rounded to the nearest quarter cup

Note: There are 240 mL in a cup, 4 cups in a quart, 8 cups in a half gallon, and 16 cups in a gallon.

What are Water Recommendations for Dogs?

  • If your dog is active, he or she is in the heat, or has any fluid loss such as from vomiting and diarrhea, they may require more water than what is listed above.
  • It is recommended that you give your dog plenty of fresh clean water at all times.
  • Your dog’s water bowl should be washed thoroughly twice weekly and ideally by running through the dishwasher.
  • Your dog’s water bowl should be big enough to hold 36 to 48 hours of water.
  • Offer one water bowl outside and one inside. If you have multiple dogs, it is recommended to have more than one water bowl in the house.
  • Please contact your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your dog’s water intake. Learn more about Why is My Dog Not Drinking Water?
  • Not drinking can be dangerous and lead to life-threatening dehydration. Learn more about Dehydration in Dogs.

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Why is My Dog Not Drinking Water?

Water is an essential component of a dog’s body and critical to good health. Water is required for all cellular, organ, and all tissue functions of the body. Pet owners sometimes ask the question “Why is my dog not drinking water?”

One realizes the importance of water when faced with the negative consequences of not drinking, which is “dehydration”. Dehydration results from more output than intake. This can occur from not drinking or from excessive output.

Output is defined at the amount of fluid leaving the body. Output can be from normal fluid loss, drooling, panting, urination, and bowel movements. Output can also be from abnormal losses such as from diarrhea, vomiting, and/or blood loss. As little as a 10% loss of body water can be fatal.

How Much Should a Dog Drink?

In a normal environment, the amount of water a dog should drink per day is dependent on his size. The general rule is that dogs should drink 20 to 40 ml of water per pound of body weight per day. This comes out to about 3 to 4 cups of water for a 20-pound dog or 6 to 8 cups of water for a 40-pound dog per day. Learn more about details of water requirements by weight with this article: How Much Water Should a Dog Drink?

Occasionally, some dogs may drink too much water. Learn more by reading this article: Water Intoxication in Dogs.

Factors that Affect How Much a Dog Should Drink

There are factors that can impact how much water a dog should drink. For example, a dog may drink more if they are on certain medications such as steroids, exercising, exposed to warm weather or hot temperatures, fed high sodium snacks, and/or eat primarily dry dog food.

Reasons Dogs May Drink Less Water

There are many reasons some dogs may drink less water. Just like people, some dogs are naturally better water drinkers than other dogs. The big concern is if there is an acute change in YOUR dog. If your dog suddenly stops or substantially decreases his or her water consumption, that is reason for concern and reason to contact your veterinarian immediately.
In general, some dogs will drink less for the following reasons:

  • Diet. If they eat canned food (which contains much more water than dry dog food) dogs will generally drink less water.
  • Lifestyle. Dogs with a sedentary lifestyle may drink less water than an active dog (exercise which leads to fluid losses).
  • Environment. Consistent exposure to moderate temperatures or mostly indoor dogs. Some dogs will drink less as the seasons change and temperatures get cooler.
  • Anxiety and Stress. Some dogs in new environments or situations may not drink water as well as they should.
  • Illness. Any illness that makes a dog not feel well can decrease thirst. This can include viral or bacterial infections, pain, gastrointestinal diseases, cancer, kidney disease or failure, bladder infections, and more. Just about anything that causes a dog distress or discomfort can cause them not to want to eat or drink.

Signs of Dehydration in Dogs

Signs of dehydration can be vague and may include:

  • Depression
  • Dry gums
  • Increased heart rate
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Slow capillary refill time
  • Sunken eyes
  • Weakness

What to Do If Your Dog is Drinking Less Water

If your dog is drinking less water and this is a change from prior behavior, it is important to evaluate all aspects of your dog’s behavior. For example:

  • Is he or she eating normally?
  • Are the bowel movements normal? Is there diarrhea?
  • Is your dog urinating normally?
  • Is your dog licking his or her lips or drooling that could suggest nausea?
  • Is there any vomiting?
  • Is your dog coughing? Have you noticed any trouble breathing or labored respirations?
  • Does your dog appear to be in pain? Is your dog limping? Hunched posture? Reluctance to move?
  • Can you see any wounds on your dog?
  • Does your dog have the same behavior and activity level? Is he playing or greeting you at the door like normal? Or is he lethargic and less active?

Any abnormality is cause for concern. This can be compounded if your dog is very young or old, pregnant, nursing, or has medical problems such as diabetes or kidney disease.

How to Encourage Your Dog to Drink Water

If your dog is drinking less water, you may try the following to encourage him to drink:

  • Wash and rinse the water bowl thoroughly and refill with fresh clean water.
  • Some dogs enjoy pet fountains and will drink more when available.
  • Allow your pet to lick water from your hand or your finger.
  • Feed canned food, as it has much higher water content than dry dog food.
  • Add warm water or low-sodium broth to your dog’s food. It works well to add the water or broth about 30 minutes before trying to feed.
  • With your veterinarian’s permission, offer small amounts of Pedialyte. It is sometimes recommended to mix Pedialyte with water in a 1:1 ratio and offer small amounts at a time.
  • Adding an ice cube to the water bowl can encourage some dogs to drink.
  • Please contact your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your dog’s water intake.
  • Offered bottled or filtered water. Some dogs like the taste and will be encouraged to drink.
  • As a last resort, you can use a syringe to give your dog water. If your dog is weak, there is a risk of aspiration, which can be life-threatening. In general, if your dog is so sick that you need to give fluid by syringe, he would benefit from the advice and treatment from your veterinarian. When offering water by syringe, squirt it gently in the front of the mouth or cheek pouch. Do not shoot it directly into the throat to minimize the risk of aspiration or choking.

Ultimately if your dog is not drinking, the risk of dehydration exists. It is best to see your veterinarian to help identify the underlying cause and provide treatment if needed.

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Does Dog Water Intoxication Exist?

What is Dog Water Intoxication?

Dog water intoxication, also known as acute water intoxication or water toxicity, is an uncommon problem in dogs that can occur due to increased amounts of fluid in the body which changes blood sodium levels. This is a rare condition but one that has potentially fatal consequences.

In a normal dog there are very specific amounts of fluid and electrolytes inside cells and outside the cells. When the body is overwhelmed and cannot process the fluids, electrolytes in the body which are normally present in very precise ranges begin to shift. For example, excess water can dilute the sodium level in the fluid outside the calls. The body tries to compensate, which ends up causing water to go into the cells, including the brain cells, which can cause life-threatening neurological damage.

Learn more about what is normal – How Much Water Should a Dog Drink?

Causes of Dog Water Intoxication

Dog water intoxication can occur from the following:

  • Dogs going to the pond, lake, or swimming pool that ingest or drink excessive amounts of water.
  • This can occur from dogs drinking too much from playing in the water and ingesting water. Some dogs will ingest water while swimming or fetching toys.
  • Excessive water ingestion after deprivation. This can occur after dehydration from excessive exercise or from excessive drinking after restriction of water such as a dog being accidently locked in a room without water.
  • Dogs that excessively drink out of a sprinkler or drink from pressurized water flows such as a garden hose or sprinkler.

What Are Signs of Dog Water Intoxication?

Symptoms of dog water intoxication may include:

  • Abdominal distension or bloating
    Coma
  • Difficulty or labored breathing (dyspnea)
  • Lethargy
  • Low body temperature (hypothermia)
  • Low heart rate (bradycardia)
  • Nausea or drooling
  • Seizures
  • Trouble walking
  • Unsteady walking or incoordination (ataxia)
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness

Treatment of Water Intoxication in Dogs

The treatment of water intoxication will depend on the underlying cause and the symptoms displayed by the patient.

  • Very mild cases may be treated with a temporary restriction to water with close observation of blood electrolyte levels and monitoring for progression in symptoms.
  • Advanced water intoxication may require intravenous fluid (IV) therapy with fluids that contain sodium. It is critical that the sodium level in the blood be raised slowly. There are very specific criteria for the treatment. For example, the goal of treatment is to increase the plasma sodium concentration no faster than 0.5-1 mEq/L per hour. Increasing the sodium level too quickly can result in shifts of fluids in the body that can be fatal. Abrupt changes in sodium levels can cause brain damage that may not be apparent for 72 hours post-therapy. Drugs such as furosemide or mannitol may be recommended to help remove fluid and reduce pressure in the brain.

How to Help Your Dog

If you believe your dog has water intoxication, please call your local veterinarian or veterinary emergency clinic immediately. They will help to guide you on the recommendations for care.

You can prevent water intoxication by monitoring your dog’s interaction while swimming or with pressurized water sources such as the sprinkler or garden hose. Give your dog frequent breaks when exercising and offer frequent opportunities to drink fresh clean water.

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New Drug Can Help Dogs Afraid of Noises

Pexion Has Just Been Approved By the FDA

Does your dog struggle with loud noises? It’s not rare for dogs to get spooked when they hear noises out of nowhere — like fireworks — but some dogs really can’t handle it and start acting abnormal. Some dogs might howl, others might get destructive on the furniture or your new throw pillows because they just heard something really loud, and it was pretty scary. Dogs afraid of noises are quick to show their discomfort, and a new drug called Pexion can help.

The FDA has just approved Pexion, which is tablets of imepitoin, as medicine to aid dogs who struggle to remain calm when they hear things like fireworks, really noisy traffic, gunshots, or airplanes. In other countries, imepitoin is approved to treat epilepsy, but it can also work similarly to drugs like Valium to treat noise aversion.

Canine noise aversion is a blanket term that’s used to describe the anxiety and fear that dogs exhibit due to sudden noise. It can range from mild to severe cases — we all jump at a sudden loud noise, but the difference lies in how we react. With dogs who are unable to return to their regular behavior, Pexion can step in and give them a way to calm down.

In a study, dogs who suffered from noise aversion were given Pexion in the days leading up to New Year’s Eve, and on New Year’s Eve when fireworks were expected to go off. The owners watched and reported on their dog’s behavior, and 66% of dogs were able to maintain their composure when the fireworks started going off. The owners also compared their experience during previous New Year’s Eve celebrations and when their dogs were on Pexion.

With the success of the study, Pexion will soon be widely available to dogs to keep them calm during loud noise events. However, like with any drug, it’s not a perfect solution. A small percentage of owners reported that their dog became aggressive while taking the drug, or experienced increased appetite, lethargy, or vomiting. The specific cases of aggression included growling at a small child and a loss of self-control with other dogs.

So, if you dread New Year’s Eve each year for your dog’s sake, Pexion might just be your saving grace. Just like you would with any drug you give your dog, you’ll obviously want to pay attention to their behavior to see if anything changes. Your vet can help you out with what you should watch for, and will also be able to recommend if Pexion is a good choice.

No one wants to see their dog suffer or have to worry about their home being trashed because their dog is afraid, and a dog that struggles with loud noises might even be putting added stress on you and your family. With the launch of this new drug, you could be able to give your dog a way to stop living in fear and your family peace of mind.

How to Use Better Dog Behavior Training

Did you know that behavioral problems are the number one reason dogs are surrendered to shelters or are euthanized? It’s true. So dog behavior training is a big issue for most dog owners.

In today’s world, a dog’s place has changed. Dogs no longer have duties and jobs. Instead, they spend their entire day waiting in crates, apartments or fenced yards for their owners to return home from work, just to be able to spend some time together and hopefully go for a nice walk. This is one of the biggest issues for dog behavior problems. A dog will find plenty of ways to get into trouble when he is bored or lonely, so make sure your dog has plenty of diversions to prevent boredom.

If you have a dog that is behaving badly, you need to correct the problem; but to do that, you need to understand your dog’s behavior. The most important thing to remember is that a dog is a pack animal. Your dog sees himself as part of your pack. That’s why it’s so important for you to lead him and make him understand that you are the leader of the pack. If you allow your dog to continue with certain dog behavior problems, he will think that he is the alpha dog, and your dog behavior problems will continue.

The Dos and Don’ts of Dog Behavior Training

When it comes to dog behavior training, the most important thing to remember is that punishment doesn’t work. In most cases, the dog will not understand what he is being punished for. He will simply try to hide the behavior and your problems will continue.

Changing dog behavior problems isn’t quick and easy – it can take weeks or months of dog behavior training to achieve. The most important thing to remember is that any attention rewards your dog – good or bad. If you are trying to change your dog’s behavior, remember that punishment doesn’t work. To stop bad dog behavior problems, you must respond to the behavior in the right way. If you yell at your dog when he does something bad, you are still giving him the attention he seeks and telling him that his bad behavior paid off.

The key to dog behavior training is not to allow your dog to be rewarded for bad behavior. Instead of yelling, give your dog the chance to succeed and reward him when he does. For instance, if your dog is jumping up, tell him to lie down – and when he does, give him a treat. This is the type of positive reinforcement that will eventually stop bad dog behavior. Your dog wants to understand what you want him to do, but it will take patience and time to make your wishes clear to your dog.

The longer you let a problem behavior continue, the harder it will be to correct. With dog behavior training, never ignore the problem. It is important that you be aware of the problem and address it right away, every time you see it. If you occasionally let the dog perform the undesired activity without addressing it, the training will take longer and it will be more difficult to stop the behavior. Be persistent. Be patient. Be consistent. This is the way that you will change problem behavior issues in dogs.

How to Deal With The Most Common Dog Behavior Issues

Here are some dog behavior training tips on how to deal with the most common dog behavior issues.

Inappropriate Chewing – Dogs explore their environment with their mouths, so chewing is a very natural behavior for dogs. Chewing on its own is not a bad thing. It can help relieve boredom or stress, and it can help keep your dog’s teeth clean. The key is to get your dog to chew appropriate items. So if you find your dog chewing on your shoe, redirect his chewing to an appropriate item, like a stuffed Kong toy or a chew toy. It is also important that you remember to praise your dog for selecting the appropriate chew toy.

Digging in the Yard – The activity of digging is extremely rewarding to dogs. Your dog may be digging because he catches a scent in the area, or he may simply want to release some energy. If you don’t want your dog to dig holes in your yard, redirect his digging activities. Give your dog a sandbox or section off a portion of the yard where it is okay for him to dig. Reward your dog with treats and toys to make this new digging spot more exciting than his previous spot.

What is a Dog Behaviorist?

If you are having issues with your dog’s behavior, maybe you should consult with a dog behaviorist. Do you know what a dog behaviorist is? And did you know that there is a difference between a dog trainer and a dog behaviorist?

To better understand the right option for you and your dog, it’s important to know the difference between a dog trainer and a dog behaviorist.

A dog trainer can help train your dog to be the perfect companion. Some dogs require training in the basics such as sit, stay, come, down and go to your space. Maybe your dog needs to learn how to walk nicely on a leash. A dog trainer may teach a dog not to jump or dig in the trash. And some dog trainers provide more advanced dog training. Before you contact a dog trainer, it is best to know exactly what kind of training you are looking for and to make sure that the trainer is equipped to provide those services.

A dog with behavior problems can be difficult to live with, and a dog behaviorist can help. Today, more and more dog owners are turning to a dog behaviorist to solve their dog behavior issues.

What Does a Dog Behaviorist Do?

A dog behaviorist will work with you to help manage and prevent dog behavior problems. A dog behaviorist is a trained expert in the field of animal behavior and animal learning with a wealth of scientific tools such as behavior modification.

A dog behaviorist loves animals and he studies them to learn about their behavior. A dog behaviorist will try to understand why a dog does the things he does and why he acts in certain ways. They try to find explanations for the dog’s behavior by examining his environment. They look for reasons why the dog is acting out.

Dogs with emotional problems can misbehave in many ways. The first step the dog behaviorist will take will be to do a complete evaluation of your dog. He will help identify the cause of your dog’s problems, then, he will create a customized treatment plan to help your dog deal with his problems. The dog behaviorist will work directly with you to teach you how to carry out the treatment plan successfully, and he will follow up with you if you experience any issues.

There can be many reasons for a dog’s bad behavior. There could be another pet in the home that is making him feel uncomfortable, or the dog may have a medical problem that’s causing him to misbehave. If you’ve adopted a dog that has lived in another home, he may have picked up his problems before coming to you. Or, you may have gotten a dog breed that’s not right for your home environment – some dogs need more one-on-one time with their humans, some need more room to run and play and some may not do well with other pets in the home.

A dog behaviorist will visit the pet owner’s home to personally observe the pet as he interacts with the family. A dog behaviorist isn’t interested in training – he’s interested in finding the cause of the dog behavior problem. Once he has observed the pet in his home environment, he will work with the owner to make the proper changes to the pet’s environment. If medication is needed to manage a medical condition, a dog behaviorist will also work directly with your dog’s veterinarian.

Animal shelters are filled with dogs whose owners didn’t know how to help them. Because of continued dog behavior problems, these dog owners eventually became so frustrated that they gave up. But today many pet shelters work directly with dog behaviorists to help them deal with problem pets who have been surrendered by their owners. By working with a dog behaviorist, many of these surrendered dogs will increase their chances of finding a new home.

Destructive dogs can benefit greatly from a dog behaviorist. There can be many causes to your dog’s destructive behavior, and a dog behaviorist can help to pinpoint the problem so you can deal with it head on. Most dogs become destructive when they are bored, but some dogs become destructive because they suffer from separation anxiety. A good dog behaviorist will know the difference and help you to address the underlying issue.

Puppies that are not properly socialized with human interaction at a young age tend to grow into unstable dogs. If you are living with a dog that cannot be approached by anyone other than you, it is important to get help quickly. Eventually, these puppies become fear biters or they become very aggressive.

How to Choose a Dog Behaviorist

Before choosing a dog behaviorist, you should do your homework. This is an unregulated field, and unfortunately, anyone can call himself a “dog behaviorist” regardless of his actual training. That’s why it’s so important to look for a dog behaviorist with the right education and experience. As a good rule of thumb, look for dog behaviorists who are certified with a respected organization like the Animal Behavior Society (ABS). When choosing a dog behaviorist, remember that there are levels of expertise in the field, from trainers and behavior consultants to certified applied animal behaviorists and board-certified veterinary behaviorists.

How to Become an Animal Behaviorist

Have you ever wondered how to become an animal behaviorist? If this is a career that interests you, it is important to understand the skills that are involved. What skills would make you a good animal behaviorist?

Skills Needed to Become an Animal Behaviorist

Are you a critical thinker with the ability to solve problems and determine diagnoses? Do you have strong observational skills, compassion, and personable character? Do you have the ability to work with a team? These are all important skill sets for an animal behaviorist.

As an animal behaviorist, you’ll need to assess the unique situations with each pet, understanding the issues that are causing the bad behavior. It’s important to analyze the animal to determine the reasons for their behavior, which may be attributed to evolutionary traits or physical environment. You will need to be able to diagnose each condition and work as a team with the animal’s owner and sometimes the veterinarian. You’ll also need to have compassion and a love for animals to work as an animal behaviorist.

An animal behaviorist has to do field work as well as work in laboratories and offices. You should be ready to work long hours when needed and to work in close proximity to the animals.

If you’ve wondered how to become an animal behaviorist, it’s important to note that you will have to familiarize yourself with veterinary medicine databases and analytical and medical software. You’ll have to be able to use stunners, laboratory centrifuges, and other animal testing equipment.

If this sounds like a field that you would enjoy, read on to learn about the educational and licensure requirements for an animal behaviorist.

Education Needed to Become an Animal Behaviorist

So, how do you become an animal behaviorist? Here are the steps as outlined by Study.com.

There are different levels of education required for different kinds of animal behaviorists. At a minimum, it would require a bachelor’s degree, with study in the fields of biology, zoology, psychology, animal behavior or a related field. But most jobs in animal behavior require a graduate degree. You would need to earn a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree.

If you are wondering how to become an animal behaviorist, start by getting your bachelor’s degree. Some schools offer undergraduate programs specifically in animal behavior. Or, you may want to focus on zoology, biology, science or animal biology.

While you are getting your undergraduate degree, you may want to volunteer at a local animal shelter or veterinary clinic for more hands-on experience with animals. You may also want to think about working as an assistant to a professional animal behaviorist to help you to stand out on graduate school applications.

Next, you must complete your graduate study in animal behavior. Most employers require a doctorate degree, so you must complete a master’s and Ph.D. program in animal behavior. The graduate curriculum involves more in-depth study on animal behavior and graduate students have the opportunity to focus on specific areas of interest.

Another way to become an animal behaviorist is to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree and complete a residency program. The DVM program is a four-year program and a residency program lasts for three years. As a resident, you’ll learn to diagnose and treat behavioral problems in dogs and cats. You will also study behavior in lab animals, exotic pets, birds, horses, and livestock.

The Next Step Toward Becoming an Animal Behaviorist

Once you’ve completed all of the educational requirements to become an animal behaviorist, it will be time to choose a career path. Animal behavioral specialists may find jobs at all degree levels. With a bachelor’s or master’s degree, you are most likely to find employment as an educator with a museum, zoo or aquarium. You may also work as a research assistant. If you have a Ph.D., you may work at private research institutes or government laboratories, or as curators or researchers at zoos, museums, and aquariums.

There are levels of expertise in the field, from trainers who work with dogs with behavioral issues to behavior consultants, certified applied animal behaviorists and board-certified veterinary behaviorists.

After completing your degree, you should consider becoming board certified.

Professionals with the official title of “animal behaviorist” are certified by the Animal Behavior Society (ABS). The ABS offers two different levels of certification. An Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist will have a master’s degree in a biological or behavioral science and at least two years of professional experience in the field. A Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist has a doctorate in biological or behavioral science and five years of professional field experience. To become certified on either level, you are required to perform supervised hands-on work with animals. You must also research those animals and become published in scientific journals.