Aggressive dog behavor training tips

This is a face that no dog owner wants to see on their dog or any other dog! The fear that goes through every person when they see an aggressive dog is palpable. I know the panic that courses through a dog owner’s veins! I have lived it! I have had a dog every moment of my 57 years of life and have had a couple of different dogs with varying forms of aggression. Two dogs that I will talk about in this post are very different breeds. One was a small, but mighty Lhasa Apso, Goldie Lucks, who bit people and the other is my rescue dog cinnamon, who lunches, and bites. Cinnamon is still with me and we work on her behavior every day.

Why is my dog aggressive?

While stopping dog aggression is not an easy task, it is generally an achievable one with perseverance, patience, and a bit of psychology. When people realize that their dog is aggressive, they often immediately want to know why. Most of the time, when you see an aggressive dog it wasn’t born that way. The short answer is that aggressive behavior is a normal but uncommon behavior in many animals. Aggression in dogs can quickly become a serious problem, especially if it’s over-the-top. Owners of dogs just may not fully understand how to train their dog. This lack of training often leads to aggressive behavior in dogs because they are responding to situations using their instincts, and not proper training since they have never been taught differently. This training or living every day, as I think of it, is ongoing. While a dog may not be born aggressive, many rescue dogs have been traumatized from birth and will take constant love and structure for the rest of their lives. There are certainly situations that make Cinnamon’s behavior worse or agitated and those things are what I will highlight.

Dogs become aggressive in a situation for a number of reasons.

Normally, their aggression is born of fear or possessiveness. Most aggression in dogs cases are fear-based or insecurity-based – not based on dominance. Most dogs act aggressively because they want their triggers to go away, not because they’re trying to take over the household.

Fear-based aggression is common in under socialized dogs. This is also common in dogs that have learned that trying to avoid something doesn’t help, such as dogs that can’t escape a bothersome child in the home or a trigger while they’re on a leash. Cinnamon’s is born of fear. An owner who fails to see the signs of aggression as they develop will soon find themselves with a dog that is completely out of control. This is the owner’s responsibility, and does not mean that the dog is a “bad dog.” It just means it is time for some assertive dog training tips to help you make your dog be a calm, happy member of the family. Aggressive behavior is far less common in confident dogs. Since most aggressive dogs are actually scared, it’s not a good idea to try to “correct” aggression out of them. These dogs have learned that “the best defense is a good offense,” and an aggressive punishment will only teach them that their owner is scary, too.

What does Aggressive Behavior look like?


We all know what it looks like once our dogs have lost control and are in the act of being aggressive, but it’s our jobs as dog parents to know what it looks like before our dogs lose it.

Here are some tips for looking for aggressive behaviors in your dog and how to end them.

Body Language

Dogs tend to use body language to intimidate; therefore your dog may try to situate himself so that he is taller than other animals and he may become tense. His hackles may rise. Cinnamon is a ridge back and from her neck down to her tail, her whole back of fur raises up to look like a ridge when she’s agitated.

  • Your dog may lock his gaze and display more control over the mouth muscles.
  • Other forms are a tightly closed mouth, or lips stretched over the teeth.
  • Your dog might shift his weight forward,
  • Prick his ears
  • Slow his breathing
  • Many dogs will also display dilated pupils (big pupils),
  • Wag their tail in a high, stiff fashion.

Alpha Dog

Dogs are pack animals. In a pack, there is always a leader or “alpha dog.” If no leader is established then the dog will establish itself as the alpha and will be guided by instincts and how much control he has over people, other dogs, and situations. Even though dogs are pack animals, some dogs are naturally born shy or they have been abused and their aggression is the result of their fear. This is Cinnamon. Just remember, small dogs can be vicious also and their bite, while small can cause much damage. My dog, Goldie Lucks, was small but would bite and this was just as terrifying.

We’ll have much better luck with calming aggressive dogs if we help teach them that the world is predictable and safe and that they can get what they want by behaving well, rather than acting aggressively. Set realistic expectations whenever working with training an aggressive dog. In your home, you need to be the one to establish yourself as the alpha dog. To set the structure and rules consistently. You establish physical boundaries as well as behavioral boundaries. To do this, you must first teach the dog that you are the one in control.

Assertive training is Not a Form of Punishment

Many dog owners punish aggressive dogs with aggressive behavior themselves. Rather than the dog learning to behave from this form of punishment, they learn that aggression is an accepted response. Remember that some aggression is born of fear. When you beat your dog, you might establish some fear and that may cause the dog to stop doing whatever it was punished for, but you also build a foundation for aggression to be acceptable. Sooner or later that fear you created may come out in aggressive behavior that is beyond your control. Instead, use specific methods to teach your dog what is acceptable and what is not.

Rather than using punishment to establish control, you can limit the dog’s abilities and following the pack order. Keep in mind that the alpha dog gets the best of everything, and first choice to decide what the best of everything is. The alpha dog is followed, not led. When you rely on punishment only, you are responding (following), rather than leading.

Leash Training

In order to establish yourself as the alpha dog in your home, you may have to use a leash inside your home. This is so that you can control where the dog is able to go. For instance, if you do not want your dog on the furniture, simply step on the leash when he goes to get on the couch. If you do let your dog on the couch, don’t let your him take your favorite spot on the couch. Make him move over. You are the alpha. Harnesses work well for this type of training because they do not choke the dog when he is being guided, but they do limit what he can do.

Sleeping

If your dog is the alpha dog, he sleeps in the best possible place. In most homes, this means he would sleep on the bed. This is fine once the dog understands he is not the alpha dog and that, you, the alpha dog is allowing him to sleep in the bed, but you have to establish the pack relationship first. Your dog has to start at the back of the pack and work his way up. This might mean your dog has to sleep in a crate until he understands the chain of command. This also means that if you allow your dog to sleep in your bed, he is not allowed to take your pillow or all the blankets! If you go to move him over and he lets out a low growl. That’s it…off the bed he goes. You are the alpha.

Meals

The alpha dog has first choice when it comes to meal times. Since you are starting your dog at the back of the pack, he will be the last one fed. This is done by simple routines of feeding your dog at certain times of the day. You are alpha because you are bringing the food. You may even find that you should crate him during meal times. He can progress to eating at the same time as you once boundaries have been established. No begging allowed.

Playtime and mental stimulation

Playtime is one of the best times to focus on training your dog. Toys should be kept up so that when your dog gets a toy, you are the one to give it to him. When playtime is over, the toy is put up. If your dog takes off with a toy and you chase him, you are letting him know that he is the one in charge, not you. Instead of chasing the dog, wait for him to bring the toy back, then put it away and never give it to him again. (Please note, this does not mean not to give him a toy at all. It just means to get rid of that particular toy.) Mental stimulation is a very huge step in helping to control aggressive behavior. It helps to keep your dog busy and it tires him out. A bored dog will get into trouble. Many dogs spend a lot of their day being bored while their humans are gone at work. Luckily, there are lots of cheap, fast, and easy ways to exercise your dog’s mind.

If your dog isn’t really safe or easy to walk outside, consider the many dog puzzles that are out on the market. Brain Training 4 dogs has many free game ideas that you can play with your dog. Check out the videos here.

 

Collars and Muzzles

Collars and muzzles can be very helpful when it comes to training your dog. They may seem like harsh forms of punishment at first, but they work better than regular collars because of the way they are made. Truly, it broke my heart when I had to put one on Cinnamon. But Cinnamon does not like small children. I will never know why. So, when my family and friends with small children come to visit, she has to wear a muzzle. It makes all of the family members relax, which creates a relaxing atmosphere in the house. If you get a muzzle that fits correctly, like I did for Cinnamon, they can still eat and drink, they just can’t bite.

Those were all great ideas for starting with the basics. Let’s move onto more graduated forms of helping to prevent and deal with the aggressive behavior.

#1 – Take Care of Yourself and Those Around You

The very first step to training an aggressive dog is making sure that everyone is safe. There are several components to this step. The very first step is to identify your pet’s triggers and thresholds without putting anyone in danger. You may already know what your dog’s triggers and thresholds are (for example, a dog that growls around his food bowl is generally easy to identify), but you might not. Be as clear as you can about what causes his aggression. Identify triggers and thresholds by taking extremely careful note of what sets your dog off and what happened right before. Keeping a journal will help you notice more subtle patterns.


All of these are warning signs, and it’s time you paid attention to your dog’s “tells.”

Once you have an idea of what triggers your dog’s aggression, it’s time to put in preventative measures.

Preventative measures may include building a fence to prevent your dog going into the street, placing baby gates to separate your dog from the kitchen, muzzling your dog while out and about, not grabbing your dog’s collar, or skipping the dog park. We have a baby gate in our house to prevent Cinnamon from going to the front door. Anyone coming in the front door sets the aggressive behavior of jumping, growling, barking and, if allowed, to bite our guest. This is the gate we use. My gate has to be tall enough so Cinnamon cannot nip people as they walk by. ‘>

Physical Exercise

Some big dogs simply don’t get enough exercise. While your Great Dane might enjoy lounging around all day, most working breeds like German Shepherds need quite a bit of exercise each day. It’s hard to muster the energy to exercise your dog after a long day of work, and it’s often challenging to exercise aggressive dogs in public. If your dog is safe to walk outside on a regular basis, jogging or activity walks are my go-to exercise methods for busy people. Cinnamon and I walk every day. I try to go for my 7,000 steps. That seems to be what is good for both of us. It is a huge challenge though as Cinnamon is set off by bike riders and other dogs. I try to control my environment while we are exercising…this means, I try to go at a time of day when there won’t be many dogs out for their daily walk. If we do see other dogs, we simply turn around and go the other way or we cross the street. We never go to a dog park. It’s just not a good situation for Cinnamon. She gets extremely overwhelmed. When I had my lab and retriever, who were not aggressive at all, it was a must. We went every day to a dog park. As a general rule, healthy dogs should get at least an hour of activity each day between mental and physical exercise. The exercise doesn’t have to be physically intense, especially for older or less energetic dogs.

Pay a visit to a behavior-savvy vet and talk to her about your dog’s behavior concerns.

  • She might be able to help you pinpoint physical issues that are related to your dog’s aggression. There are a few red flags to look for to know aggression may be related to something medical:
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  • Your dog’s aggression had a sudden onset, especially if it’s not linked to a specific experience (such as being attacked at the dog park).
  • Your canine’s aggression is triggered by petting, touching, or approaching a specific area of the dog’s body.
  • The aggression appeared in old age and is accompanied by weight gain
  • Dogs may become aggressive for any number of reasons if they are in pain. Even if your dog’s aggression isn’t caused by a medical issue, medication may still help. Some dog aggression medications can help reduce your dog’s baseline stress level enough that behavior modification can take hold. It’s almost impossible for dogs to learn if they’re 100% stressed out 100% of the time, and medication can help there. There is a CBD formula for dogs that help calm them. It can come in chews and sprays. The one I use is this one. It really helps Cinnamon. ‘>
  • My dog, Goldie Lucks, was actually getting sick with cancer. We didn’t know this because she didn’t show the human symptoms of cancer. She died a year later. So, a sick dog also may show signs of aggression.

#2 – Counterconditioning and Desensitization

Now we’re ready to pull out the big guns. You’ve got all of your safety measures in place, and your dog is fully taken care of. If you’ve done steps 1 and 2 correctly, you already should have seen a dramatic reduction in your dog’s aggression. Some people choose to stop here. Depending on what your dog’s aggression issues are, that’s just fine. Everyone is safe and your dog is happy. But if you really want to calm an aggressive dog, you’ve got to get into counterconditioning and desensitization.

This is the concept of slooooowly introducing your dog to his triggers in small doses, while teaching him that those triggers always make awesome things happen. The best way to show you how this works is to have you watch this YouTube video from Brain Training 4 dogs. Watch it here.

Don’t expect to be able to cure your dog’s aggression in a day, a week, or even a month. Be patient and consistent. Counterconditioning and desensitization is simple, but it’s not easy.

Nobody’s perfect, and mistakes are to be expected. If you’ve done a good job at step one (take care of yourself and those around you), mistakes shouldn’t involve blood. Always do the best you can to avoid mistakes, but be prepared for something to happen.

  • This approach does a few things:

    Crates and closed doors prevent a repeat mistake. You can’t make the same mistake again if your dog is locked in his crate with a chew.
  • Crates and closed doors allow you to step away and keeps you from getting upset at your dog. Getting upset is only going to upset or scare your dog, which won’t help in the future.
  • Chewing gives your dog something else to do. Chewing calms your dog down. Odds are, your dog needs to take 10 to calm down, just like you do.

    Don’t worry about accidentally rewarding your dog by feeding him a chew toy after a mistake.

     

    Above All, Be Safe When Dealing with Aggressive Dog Behavior
    Aggressive dogs are inherently dangerous. They are threatening to cause damage or have already followed through on that threat. If you do nothing else when calming an aggressive dog, keep everyone safe. This means understanding your dog’s triggers and thresholds, reading his body language, and using appropriate prevention strategies such as muzzles.

    Use non-confrontational training methods to teach your dog that his triggers are actually treat machines, then teach him a replacement behavior. Work with a professional if at all possible. Brain Training 4 dogs gives many sound training techniques and you can watch it on a YouTube video in your home.

When you are training your dog, be sure to reward him or her for good behavior. You can do this with a toy, a treat, or lavish praise. This lets the dog know he has pleased the alpha dog and may be moved from the back of the pack soon.

Have patience and introduce your dog to new ideas and settings a little at a time. If your dog is nervous around people, only expose him or her to people for a short period to begin with, petting him and reassuring him all the while. Your dog feels safer with an alpha dog indicating that all is well.

Are you training an aggressive dog? What advice has helped you? We’d love to hear your personal experiences.

Bones for Your Dog – Delicious Treat or A Deadly Snack?

Lets face it, dogs love bones, they always have and always will. But, could they spell disaster for your best friend?

There is a difference of opinion among canine experts as to whether bones should be given to a dog raw, cooked, hard, or soft, and even whether they should be given at all. On one point, however, there is total agreement, never give a dog splintering bones from chicken, pork, fowl, and rabbit, (although chicken bones that have been cooked in a pressure cooker until they are very soft can be quite nourishing and safe).

A marrow bone is the traditional symbol of a treat for a dog, and he obviously appreciates it. It may be too big and hard for small dogs. In fact, large breeds generally handle bones much better than small ones. Bones that are mostly cartilage, such as spinal and shoulder bones of veal, knuckle bones, and soft rib bones, are good chewing material that can be entirely consumed.

There are some serious concerns you need to watch for when giving your dog a bone.  A dog can break a tooth on a bone, thus, causing expensive surgery.  They can get a mouth injury, kind of like when we bite the sides of our tongue or insides of our mouth.  Believe it or not, a bone can get wrapped around a dog’s lower jaw.  I’ve had it happen to my daughter’s dog.  She became extremely scared but we got it off carefully.  She no longer gets the round bones.  Did you know a bone can get caught in a dog’s esophagus?  I’ve seen that happen to my neighbor’s dog.  He was trying to eat the bone too fast and just swallowed it.  The problem was, it was too long.  We actually had to gently pull it out!  It was scary for all of us!!  Constipation due to bone fragments. Your dog may have a hard time passing the bone fragments because they’re very sharp and they scrape the inside of the large intestine or rectum as they move along. This causes severe pain and may require a visit to your veterinarian.

The real danger is intestinal compaction, especially in small dogs, if the masticated bone has not been mixed with other residue in the dog’s stomach. A small amount should cause no trouble if it is given right after a meal. Chop and steak bones are more dangerous. Careful eaters simply clean off the meat and fat, but greedy gobblers run the risk of internal injury from jagged bone splinters. The same is true of a leg of lamb bone.  They may also get constipation due to bone fragments. Your dog may have a hard time passing the bone fragments because they’re very sharp and they scrape the inside of the large intestine or rectum as they move along. This causes severe pain and may require a visit to your veterinarian.

Peritonitis is a nasty, difficult-to-treat bacterial infection of the abdomen and is caused when bone fragments poke holes in your dog’s stomach or intestines. Your dog needs an emergency visit to your veterinarian as peritonitis can kill your dog.

There are some good things about giving bones to dogs though.  Dogs and bones have gone hand in hand (or paw in paw) together forever! They are a natural source of calcium, they help scrape away tartar and plaque build-up through chewing action, they contain no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives and they are durable, flavorful, and long-lasting.

What is the best policy to follow with a dog of your own? A teething puppy between four and six months of age should always have a bone, real or imitation, to chew on. You might give an adult dog a suitable bone as on occasional treat – for example, once a week. It will give him enormous pleasure, will help to keep his teeth clean and free from tartar, and will occupy him for several hours. But a nylon bone offers the same advantages without the risk!

Cooked bones should always be off-limits. They become brittle and easily break into sharp shards that can do a lot of damage when they pass through the gastrointestinal tract. Never feed your dog cooked bones.  Raw bones are generally safer than cooked, If you want to give your dog a bone because chewing provides mental stimulation and can help keep the teeth clean, then I recommend picking a raw bone that is approximately the size of your dog’s head. Bones of this size will allow your dog to gnaw while helping to reduce the chances that your dog will break off and swallow a chunk of bone that can cause health problems.

Chew treats. You’ve probably given dozens of them to your dog and they love them. They clean their teeth and keep them occupied for hours. Its a perfectly harmless canine treat right? Wrong. Chew treats can harm or even kill your dog. If you are concerned about your dogs health read on.

Now let’s discuss chew treats

Why are chew treats dangerous?

The two most popular kind of edible chew treats are those made of rawhide and those made from compressed vegetable protein. When your dog chews these treats, they may swallow large pieces of them. These pieces of chew treat cannot be digested by your pet and they can become lodged in their intestines. Intestinal blockages can kill your dog in hours. They can cause a condition called intestinal strangulation which is when blood flow is cut off to the intestines. The intestinal tissue then begins to die and rot. My dogs sometimes swallow entire chunks at a time, and since they’re largely indigestible, these can get stuck in a dog’s throat (I’ve pulled many out) and intestinal track. My dog enjoyed rawhide chews until he had to pass a few sharp pieces. They passed right before he was due for a trip to the emergency vet and it was a painful process for him and terrifying for me.

How do I know if my dog has a blockage?

If your dog has a blockage, you may see some of the following symptoms. They may vomit, refuse to eat, regurgitate food, have diarrhea or abdominal pain. If your dog has any of these symptoms, you should consult a veterinarian as soon as possible. If they get a blockage, it will not clear itself. They will require surgery.

Should I stop giving my dog chew treats?

You do not have to stop giving your dog chew treats altogether. You should however monitor the use of these treats. When you can not be around your pet, take the treats away. When your dog has worn the treats down into small pieces, replace them.

Remember, as a pet owner it is your responsibility to look after your dog’s health. We all love out pets and it would be a shame to lose them over something as simple as a chew treat. So keep a watchful eye on your pet and help them live a long and happy life.                                                                                                

My dog needs something to chew!!!

1-Carrots!  My dog loves carrots!  They are healthy, easy to chew and digestible!

2-frozen broccoli!  Another healthy, digestible favorite!

3-But neither of these give the same chew satisfaction as a bone.  So now I use Bully Sticks.  Some people believe that bully sticks are no better than rawhide chews, but I disagree. My dogs love these, and I buy them in bulk. They smell awful, even the ones that are “low odor” bully sticks.

Bully sticks can be expensive. We have discovered a great source of quality bully sticks;  Yep, they still smell, but for the price and the joy it gives our dogs (and the quiet time for the humans), the smell is worth it. My favorites are the Monster bully sticks:  You can buy them on amazon or chewy.

Be safe with your dogs and monitor as they snack!

Smart automatic pet feeders for your dog and cat

I am fortunate enough to work from home but I know most people don’t.  From working long hours at the office to traveling, it’s hard to be able to feed our pets on time every day.  We all know that we shouldn’t leave our pets, dogs especially, very long by themselves but we still may not be home when our pets need to be fed.

Fortunately, technology has hit our pet’s world to keep them safe and happy!  We now have Smart pet feeders!

What is a Smart Pet Feeder?

A smart pet feeder allows you to schedule and manage feeding times, portion sizes, and food supply for your pets. Smart pet feeders are controllable on your smartphones and computers so you can still be able to feed your pet while you’re away or preoccupied. Most pet feeders come with a camera so you can visually check your pet too.  I think the camera component is very cool.  We can monitor our pets to see if they eat too fast or are snacking throughout the day.

Why You Need It

Being a pet parent demands responsibility. Looking after your pet on top of work, personal errands, and family time is quite difficult. Smart Pet Feeders change the game. It allows pet owners to still check on their pets and feed them whenever they’re at work, out for a short vacation or running a long day of errands. A smart pet feeder also compliments a great smart pet toy as well.

Here is my take on the top 5 smart pet feeders on the market today.

PetSafe Smart Feed Automatic Pet Feeder for iPhone & Android, 12-meal

Key features:

  • Wi-Fi-enabled feeder connects to your home’s wireless router and works with your Android or Apple smartphone, giving you the ability to feed your cat or dog no matter your location.
  • Use the app to customize and schedule up to 12 meals a day, with portions ranging from 1/8 cup to 4 cups to fit your pet’s feeding needs.
  • The Smart Feed is powered by an adaptor with an optional battery backup (batteries not included) and works with iPhone and iPod devices iOS 9 or later and most Android smartphones 5.0 or later.
  • Unique conveyor design dispenses most shapes and sizes of dry and semi-moist food and helps prevent jams while the pet-proof dispenser keeps prying paws from sneaking food. Yes…I have a dog that would do this!
  • Feed your pet no matter where you are

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Petnet SmartFeeder 2nd Generation White Automatic Pet Feeder, Medium

Key features:

  • Holds up to 2 Gallons, 25 Cups
  • SMARTPHONE CONTROLLED: Manage your pet’s daily meal schedule anytime, anywhere – using your Apple iPhone or Android smartphone.
  • CUSTOM MEALS: Use the Petnet App to personalize the time and portion of each meal, or feed from your phone if you’re running late
  • SMART ALERTS: Get phone notifications for successful feeds, low food warnings, food delivery updates and more!
  • NEW FEATURES: Pet-Proof Self Locking Lid, Removable Food Container, Food Container Lock, Food Level Sensors, Dishwasher Safe Metal Bowl, Durable Portion Wheel
  • SMART HOME ENABLED: Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Nest Cam so you can use voice commands to dispense food, get updates about when your pet was last fed, find out how much food is left, and even view snapshots of your pet eating
  • PET FOOD DELIVERY: Purchase includes FREE trial of SmartDelivery – Get your pet’s food delivered in the freshest bag size, based on how much they should eat each day. (Not all foods available. Currently shipping over 2,500 bag sizes and recipes.)

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RICHDOG Automatic Pet Feeder – Pet Feeding, 

  • Holds up to 6L of food
  • can schedule up to 4 automated feedings per day by using the built-in programmable timer. Program each meal time with a single click of the easy-to-use LED screen.
  • has 2 exchangeable food dispensers. 2 models are available – Model S: for the small and medium-size pets with 1 to 39 portions (5 g-195g); Model L: for medium and large size pet with 1 to 39 portions (10 g-390g).
  • Dual Power Supply (batteries not included).
  • Voice Record & Play at the Meal Time. This Auto pet Feeder can customize exclusive information to make pets excited about dining and enjoy mealtime! You can record less than 10 seconds of recording. Press and hold the microphone button for three seconds to start recording the information to be played each time the pets feed is assigned. Call your pet to eat at meal time. (e.g., here, Bobby! Come to eat, Good dog!) Even if you are not at home, your voice can be with your pet all the time.
  • Customer Service and Product Warranty RichDog Automatic Feeder offers you a 1-year warranty and repairs the defect without charge.

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OYTOOL Automatic Cat Feeder Pet Dog Food Dispenser Feeder For Small Medium Large Cat Dog-4 Meal Timer Programmable Voice Recorder Portion Control 

  • Time and Amount Programmable:  The feeding schedule and amount of food can be easily and precisely set in accordance with the user instruction up to 4 meals. 1-39 portions control and feeding schedule
  • Infrared Induction:  This automatic pet feeder comes with infrared detection technology ensure the machine automatically stops when there is a certain amount in the blow, which will prevent the food from spilling or getting stuck;
  • Voice Recorder&Speaker;: this cat feeder can record your voice for several seconds to call pets for meals, he/ she won`t feel lonely if hear the voice of their owner when have meal;
  • Power Supply:  the power adapter that comes with the feeder or batteries are both acceptable to deliver power to your automatic pet feeder.The pet food dispenser is also easy to disassemble and clean;
  • Great Helper for Feeding Pets:  this auto pet feeder can feed pet for more than 5 days.

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JUNSPOW Automatic Cat Feeder, Pet Feeder 6 Meal Trays Dry Wet Food, Auto Pet Food Dispenser Programmed Timer Voice Recording Function, 6 x 320ml 

  • CUSTOMIZABLE FEEDING SCHEDULE: Our pet feeder is very easy to setup and use! As you can see from our pictures there are 6 individual feeding compartments. Each one holds about 320 ml of DRY OR SEMI-WET food, . The tray itself is very easy to remove and clean!
  • FEEDING ON A REGULAR DIET TIME: This feeder helps you customize pet feeding schedule. You are able to set regular feeding time in advance and the auto feeder will dispense food for your pets on the right time. Multiple meals for multiple days and up to 6 meals per day.
  • VOICE MESSAGE CAPABILITY: Our research has shown that if your pet hears the same voice command before each meal, then he or she will begin to associate the two and will know it’s time to eat! The 10 second recording also allows your pet to hear your voice when you aren’t home, which can provide them some comfort from afar!
  • FLEXIBLE STANDBY MODE: We have installed a feature that will automatically set the feeder to “Standby” if there has been no operation for 25 seconds.
  • Ultra Low Power Consumption. Not need DC adapter Powered by 4 “C” batteries (not included). 4 alkaline batteries available for up to 300 days. prevent Pets may also gnaw on electrical cords

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These are all very interesting!  I love this concept!! I’m most intrigued with 

Petnet-because you can get smart alerts and it works with Alexa so you can use your voice to control the feeder.

Richdog-this one is also voice activated.

Oytool-this has Infrared Induction:  This automatic pet feeder comes with infrared detection technology to ensure the machine automatically stops when there is a certain amount in the bowl, which will prevent the food from spilling or getting stuck;

Junspow-only batteries, no DC so your sweet pet won’t chew on the cords.

I vote for Oytool because it has all the features plus infrared induction and is very reasonably priced.

15 Facts about dogs that will leave you breathless

Enjoy these amusing dog facts that bring a variety of information about interesting ideas on dog breeds and much more.

As the famous saying goes, dogs are man’s best friend. Whether it’s a dependable worker, loyal companions or family pets, dogs are great domestic animals that offer a number of good qualities that are put to good use by humans.

Here are some interesting dog facts. See how much trivia you know about your best dog friend. …

1. It pays to be a lap dog. Three dogs (from First Class cabins!) survived the sinking of the Titanic – two Pomeranians and

one Pekingese.  

Source: Vet street

2. Is it a duck…or a dog? The Newfoundland breed has a water resistant coat and webbed feet. This dog was bred to help haul nets for fishermen and rescuing people at risk of drowning.

3. Wow, check out those choppers! Puppies have 28 teeth and normal adult dogs have 42.

Source: About.com

4. A Beatles hit. It’s rumored that, at the end of the Beatles song, “A Day in the Life,” Paul McCartney recorded an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, just for his Shetland sheepdog.

Source: PBS

5. Seeing spots? Or not… Dalmatian puppies are pure white when they are born and develop their spots as they grow older.

Source: Vet street                     

6. Chase that tail! Dogs chase their tails for a variety of reasons: curiosity, exercise, anxiety, and predatory instinct or, they might have fleas! If your dog is chasing his tail excessively, talk with your vet.

7. No night vision goggles needed! Dogs’ eyes contain a special membrane, called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark.

Source: Healthy Pet

8. Dogs do dream! Dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) and during this REM stage dog can dream. The twitching and paw movements that occur during their sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming

Source: Healthy Pet

9. If your dog’s acting funny, get out the umbrella! According to a Petside.com/Associated Press poll, 72% of dog owners believe their dog can detect when stormy weather is on the way.

10. Pitter patter. A large breed dog’s resting heart beats between 60 and 100 times per minute, and a small dog breed’s heart beats between 100-140. Comparatively, a resting human heart beats 60-100 times per minute.

Sources: About.com and Mayo Clinic

11. Is something wet? Unlike humans who sweat everywhere, dogs only sweat through the pads of their feet.

Source: Healthy Pet

12. It’s not a fever… A dog’s normal temperature is between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. How much do you know about dog health? Take our Doggy First Aid Quiz!

Source: Web MD

13. Americans love dogs! 62% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 72.9 million homes

Source: American Pet Products Association

14. Here’s looking at you. Dogs have three eyelids, an upper lid, a lower lid and the third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” which helps keep the eye moist and protected.

Source: Whole Dog Journal

15. Move over, Rover! 45% of dogs sleep in their owner’s bed (we’re pretty sure a large percentage also hogs the blankets!)

Source: American Pet Products Association