its raining today. looks like Sentosa is out again.
Why is the dog barking?
Breed - Some dogs were bred to bark, such as hounds and
guarding type dogs. However, getting a sporting dog is no guarantee against a barking problem. Almost all breeds have some tendency to engage in alarm barking, although there is a great variation among individuals.
Physical need - The dog is hot, cold, hungry, thirsty, or
has to eliminate. Barking is the dog's way of requesting that you accommodate one of these needs.
Emotional need - The dog is bored, anxious, or excited.
Barking can be a request for attention, or a compulsive behavior resulting from a frustrated need for social and mental stimulation.
What can you do?
Barking is one of the most difficult canine behaviors to modify. It is a "self-reinforcing" activity for the dog, which means that the act of barking is its own reward in many instances. But there are steps you can take to minimize barking. Analyze the conditions in which the barking problem occurs and try some of the following techniques:
- Don't park your dog in the backyard. Dogs are highly social
animals and have an intense need to be with their "pack." Dogs left outdoors are very prone to developing barking problems.
- Make sure your dog's physical needs are met.
- Increase play and exercise so your dog will be less bored and may sleep more. Enroll in a training class to build your dog's confidence and emotional control.
- Do not reinforce anxiety-induced barking or whining by
comforting the dog or talking to him in a soothing voice. Talk to him, take him out of his crate, pet him, and play with him only after he is quiet for at least a few seconds.
- If you have been "giving in" to your dog by letting him out
of his crate when you can't stand the barking any longer, be aware that you have strongly reinforced him to bark to be released from his crate. This behavior will get worse before it gets better, as the dog now thinks he need simply try harder to get what he wants. If you hold out, eventually the dog will give up. Wait for a lull in the barking and praise him quickly before opening the crate.
- Do not try to correct or punish your dog for barking. This
would only increase her anxiety.
- Prevent the dog from seeing or hearing things that trigger barking. This is actually the simplest solution. If your dog barks at passersby or vehicles, find some way to block your dog's view (keep the drapes closed, confine the dog to another part of the house, etc.). The goal is to modify the environment so that you remove the stimulus to bark.
- Socialize your dog to new experiences. Take her lots of
places and praise her for appropriate behavior. Expose her very gradually to sights or sounds that seem to cause her to bark. Reward her for being quiet and relaxed.
- Train an incompatible behavior, so you can give your dog a
command to do something else instead of barking. Your dog could fetch a toy or come to you and sit when the doorbell rings, for example. Consult a behaviorist or trainer for instructions.
and play with him only after he is quiet for at least a few seconds
i've got fan art!! a button and a banner was created for me... thanks to nadnut of the cowboy bar!!!
look into the comments section and paste the link onto your HTML!!
Side Bar button
edited: Pa is unable to paste the code up properly as it is in HTML. So please email or leave a comment in the comments section if you want the Code via notepad.
Going doggone mad
By JEFF HARDERCNEWSColumnistYou know the bureaucrats have gone mad when it's against the law
to keep a chicken in your backyard but killer dogs are A-OK. The recent spate of
dog attacks on young children in the Toronto area is a tragic illustration of
the need for tight control over aggressive dogs -- and their owners.There were six vicious attacks in May, one leading to the death
of eight-year-old Courtney Tempe. She was mauled by a 130-pound bull mastiff.
Bull mastiffs, pitbulls and rottweilers are bred for their extraordinary
strength, bad temper and ability to kill. These animals are not pets -- they are
not for cuddling -- they are weapons. They should be treated like the
high-powered firearms that they are.Perhaps there owners should be charged with assault, or in the
worst case, murder when their dogs hurt people. Like a gun, these dogs can maim
and kill. In the wrong hands, they are deadly. However, I'm sure most
folks own these dogs as a tool of intimidation. It's a macho thing that masks
deep insecurity. The owners want to scare people, the same way outlaws wore
sidearms in the 1800s.The difference, however, is large. Handguns need to be loaded
with bullets, require good aim and the squeeze of a trigger to inflict pain. A
pitbull, rottweiler or mastiff fires without the same deliberate manipulation.
You can't holster a pitbull and it doesn't run out of ammunition.Politicians from across Ontario could learn a lesson from
councillors in Kitchener-Waterloo. With the help of Kitchener-Wilmot MPP Gary
Leadston, councillors passed a bylaw that will eventually rid the city of
pitbulls.Those pitbulls that were already licenced when the law
came into effect last year had their permits grandfathered. But that's the end
of it. No additions from outside the city and no breeding inside the city.The law requires puppies to be destroyed. It's a start.
I have been making friends all over and basically many people are surprised at my temprement. The run-of-the-mill commentry would go something like....
Curious Observer: "So that is a Lab? / Doberman? / Black Chihuahua?"
Pa: "No. Its a Rottie."
Curious Observer: "Oh. So is that the maximum size it would grow to?"
Pa: "No...it should grow a little bigger."
Curious Observer: "But Rotts are VERY DANGEROUS right? they can Kill and bite."
Pa: "Only if you train it to."
Why can't people understand that...
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A BAD DOG. ONLY BAD OWNERS.
Please do not blame us for being vicious when you lock us up in a cage hardly enough to fit us fully grown under the hot sun....and only let us out at night.
Even HUMANS would behave a little aggressive in situations like that.
Here are some Rotties in trouble....for just being rotties.
On less depressing moments, a shout out to Jeff and his newest addition to his family. Hope you grow up strong and demure unlike your older brother.
Pa also wants to add that the black and white tiles looks damn nice and funky.
Also so SPINNEE from the cowboy bar for *hearting* my Pa for having me!
that's about it.
More pictures at the park later!
These jobs are not meant for the faint-hearted.
In this day and age not everyone of us might be called to undertake these tasks, but nevertheless, we still harbour the skills and characteristics that made the us successful. Many of the us are still gainfully employed as:
This is too much.
Nobody understands or knows much about us Rotties.
We're misunderstood and misused.
From now on, I will give a little bit of history and temprement of Rotties with each post. If you disagree or have more to add, please feel free to comment and I'll correct or add it in my next post!
Bear Bear the Fearsome Rottie Fact #1
-Tracing the history of any breed of dog prior to the 1850’s is almost impossible. The origin of the Rottweiler is not a documented record, due to the Rottweiler being considered one of the oldest dog breeds.
-The Rottweilers origin goes back to Roman times, we accompanied Roman troops on their journey through the Alps. Some of our roles were herding and guarding the stock and protecting the camp. It is documented there was such regard for these dogs that Nero himself has several around his palace for guarding purposes.
-In the region of das Rote Wil, which later became Rotwil and later still Rottweil, we bred with the native dogs and became known as the “Butcher Dog”. Our role became driving, herding, and guarding cattle, sheep, pigs, and pulling carts. We also protected our masters and were known for wearing money belts around our necks, in order to keep our masters lively hood safe from thieves.
Actually that's 3 facts. I will educate the public more about our breed in future posts.
Actually I dun really understand the question...but THIS IS MY FIRST TIME GETTING TAGGED!
Wow. Thanks Scuba. So I got to pass on the Tagging thing right?? Since Jaffeboy hasn't written anything about it yet... can I tag him?
okok I dun cheat. I tag...
Remembered always till the end of our time.
Ouch. ok... now we're even ok?
By the way, I thought Jaffe's mom should know that I am 9.6kgs as of today.
Just now Blogger had a problem with me loading pictures.
The Screams of Pain!!
With his leg still in my mouth, Jaffeboy had to tag team Herbie just to be able to push me off.
Until later then.