Tips for Bad Dog Behaviors – Nipping Your Hands

A puppy protected with Pets Best Pet Insurance nips his owners hand.

By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a pet health insurance agency for dogs and cats.

Dogs are not born with owner’s manuals. Sometimes they have naughty behaviors and they rely on us to teach them what is acceptable and what is not. Let’s discuss your puppy’s nipping of your hands and ankles and some solutions to help nip this behavior in the bud!

Problem – Mouthing and Nipping Your Hands and Ankles. Puppies use their mouths to explore their environments and to grab your attention. But ouch! Their sharp, tiny teeth can puncture your skin.

Solution. Teach your puppy the proper play rules from day 1 that he needs to sit on cue before any interactions with people: greeting visitors to the home, engaging in fetch, or getting ready to go for a leashed walk. If your puppy’s teeth contact your skin, make a high-pitched yelp to let him know it hurt. This will help teach him to inhibit his bite. Don’t quickly yank your hand from his mouth because this rapid movement can trigger his play drive. Instead, let your hand go limp as you move it away from his mouth. Finally, offer him a suitable substitute to satisfy his teething needs like a chew toy.

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Memorial Day Donation Match for Dogs on Deployment

Pets Best is national sponsor for Dogs on Deployment in 2015.

Pets Best is proud to be a leading sponsor of Dogs on Deployment, a nationwide nonprofit that connects military service members with volunteers to board their pets for free while they are deployed. Pets Best is matching donations made to Dogs on Deployment through Memorial Day 2015, up to $1,000.

Your donations help Dogs on Deployment achieve their mission to find volunteer boarders willing to care for military pets, and promote pet-owner responsibility by providing financial resources for military members to give care for their pets during times of need!

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Pets Best is proud to offer a 5% discount to friends of Dogs on Deployment and a $40 donation to Dogs on Deployment for each completed pet insurance application!

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Tips for Bad Dog Behaviors – Garden Digging

A boxer breed dog with Pets Best Pet Insurance digs a big hole in his backyard.By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

Dogs are not born with owner’s manuals. Sometimes they have bad behaviors and they rely on us to teach them what is acceptable and what is not. Let’s discuss dogs who love to dig in your garden and some solutions to help curb this behavior.

Problem Behavior – Digging in Your Garden. You pride yourself on your green-thumb talents to cultivate tasty tomatoes or beautiful begonias. But your dog thrives on being a furry rototiller by feverishly pawing churning up the soil, uprooting your garden goodies.

Solution: Make your garden less inviting to your dog by creating a “pepper pooch” solution. Mix two tablespoons of cayenne pepper and six drops of dishwashing soap in a gallon of water. Place this solution in a spray bottle and apply it to your plants. And compromise by devoting a portion of your backyard to satisfy your dog’s gotta-dig tendencies. Buy an inexpensive plastic kiddy pool. Fill it with dirt and hide a few dog treats and toys and then call your dog over to play a fun treasure hunt game.

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Tips for Bad Dog Behaviors – Leash Yanking

Two dogs with Pets Best Pet Insurance pull on their leashes. The dog walker nearly stumbles from them yanking on their leashes.By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

Dogs are not born with owner’s manuals. They can have some bad dog behaviors and they rely on us to teach them what is acceptable and what is not. Let’s discuss leash yanking and some solutions to curb this bad behavior.

Problem Behavior – Leash Yanking. It’s not the size of the dog, but the size of his determination to be the boss on walks. His constant pulling on the leash can knock you off your feet and cause injury to his neck if the leash is attached to a collar.

Solution: Increase your “curb appeal” on your leashed outings with your dog by bringing a small bag of tiny treats. Each time your dog stops and heeds your “watch me” cue, dole out a treat. Your goal is to make yourself more important than outside distractions like squirrels. Secondly, fasten the leash to a harness rather than your dog’s collar. Third, when your dog starts to yank, stop moving or abruptly change directions. When he complies, give him a treat.

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Dog Breed Guide: Miniature Pinscher

A Miniature Pinscher with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Miniature Pinscher

Height (to base of neck): 10 -12.5″

Weight:  8 -10  lb

Color: Red, red stag (red and black hairs), chocolate with rust, and black with tan.

Origin: Scandinavia

Coat: Short, close laying, glossy coat with hard smooth hairs.

Life Expectancy: 13 -14 years

Energy level: Very high

Exercise needs: Very high

Breed Nicknames: Min Pin

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