Dogs bark when they want to communicate. Excessive
barking is a behavior problem. It is important that the
dog learns when to bark and when not to bark. The dog will
bark when someone is at the door, a car passes by, and
a stranger. They want to protect their environment. It is
normal for a dog to bark when it is having separation
anxiety, is bored or is responding to other dogs.
To prevent this behavior you have to determine what is the cause of
the barking. It is important that the dog gets plenty of
exercise to burn off excessive energy--avoid leaving the dog
alone for too long. Avoid shock collars. Try to get your dog's
attention with a clap and when the dog is quiet give him a
treat. Be very patient with your dog--don't yell across the
yard. Don't let the dog bark constantly as it is very disrespectful
toward your neighbors. Everyone in the family should be
consistent with this training...It's win-win!
A dog trainer or behaviorist can help.
If walking your dog on the sidewalk or street and a loose dog
happens to attack your dog--the person who is responsible is the owner
of the dog that has attacked your dog. We have a leash law in Pinellas
County Florida. Yell for help, and maybe the owner or neighbor will arrive
and take control of the loose dog. Give your dog only a couple of feet of
leash. The more leash he has, the more momentum he can build up.
Most dogs do not attack a human without provocation.
Don't run--dogs think that chasing is a game.
Protect you and your dog by using:
Back Off Dog Repellent http://www.postalproducts.com/product/S1001152.htm
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Causes no permanent damage
House the rabbit in a dog crate inside your house if you are going to keep it in the house. Be sure to use the bottom
floor pan tray because the rabbit likes to dig. Make sure that your rabbit doesn't ingest any materials, because it can
cause blockage. The rabbit needs room to exercise, explore and feel safe. For the well being of your rabbit, you must
let it get out of the crate for a few hours daily. Rabbits are very social creatures--most will be much happier as a part
of a pair than on their own. Choose a location where it won't feel lonely or abandoned. In the crate, there needs to be
room for your rabbit to move around and lie down, as well as space for food, a hanging water bottle, a small litter box and toys. Rabbits are fragile animals who must be handled carefully. Never pick a rabbit up by its ears.
Let your rabbit get accustomed to being handled. Spaying or neutering your rabbit is very important. Your rabbit is
going to need an annual check-up. Be sure the veterinarian is able to treat rabbits.
Built a cardboard house for your rabbit. Your rabbit likes to chew, dig, shred, arrange and hide. Cutting 2 or more openings on the box should be appropriately sized for your rabbit. Add a toilet paper tube and paper towel tube.
Litter box: having a regular feeding time will help rabbits to use a litter box. Only use shredded newspaper inside the
litter box; it is not toxic. Praise and give your rabbit a treat when you see it using the litter box.
Do not punish your rabbit for mistakes--hold off on the treat and praise until it behaves the way you want. Be patient!
Water: give your rabbit fresh water. On a hot day give your rabbit 1 or 2 ice cubes in the water dish. If your rabbit is not
drinking enough water, with a spray bottle, spray the vegetables all around and give it to your rabbit.
Food: fresh hay should be readily available at all times. Younger rabbits should be fed alfalfa. (Do not give alfalfa to adult
rabbits) because of higher protein and sugar content. Hay is important because it provides essential fiber for good digestive health and
helps wear down a rabbit's teeth. Place hay at one end of the litter box to encourage the use of the litter box. Be sure
your hay is fresh (looks and smells fresh). Always wash the vegetables thoroughly. When introducing new veggies to a
rabbit's diet, try just one at a time in small quantities. Variety is important for your rabbit. Try three different vegetables at a time.
Here are the vegetables your rabbit may like:
Broccoli leaves (stems or tops can make rabbits gassy)
Carrot tops (carrots are high in calcium and should be given sparingly
Lettuce - romaine or dark leaf (no iceberg lettuce and no cabbage)
Here are the fruits your rabbit may like:
Apples (no seeds)
Video on picking up your rabbit correctly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdt0XKNlfRY&feature=relmfu
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