So you’ve finally picked the perfect pooch. You researched breeds and mixes. You considered age, gender and types of fur. Now that darling new family member is looking up at you, and it’s time to name him. The choices are endless. You can give him a typically human name or a typically canine name. You can name him for his appearance, his heritage or his personality. In choosing a name that will make both him and you happy, consider how it will sound to him and how it will sound in social situations.
Choose wisely, human.
Choose a name that has no more than one or two syllables. If there’s a longer name that you love, think of a one to two-syllable nickname. A name with more syllables takes too long to say when you’re repeating it to get your dog’s attention and is less likely to capture your dog’s attention. Step 2
Consider the sound that begins prospective dog names. Choosing a name that begins with an s, k or c sound may help your dog hear his name when you call him in a noisy environment. Step 3
Pick a name that ends with the right sound. Names that end with a vowel may also help your dog to distinguish his name if there is other noise when you call him. Step 4
Think about whether the name you’re choosing rhymes with or sounds like common commands you may teach your dog. For example, if your dog’s name is Rover, he may confuse it with the command “roll over.” If his name is “Socks,” will he expect a walk every time you say his name?
Avoid very common names. If your dog’s name is Lady and you call her at the park, you may have a whole pack show up at your feet. Step 6
Consider the future. Think about how the name you give your dog today is going to fit and sound three or four years from now. Naming your new Labrador puppy “Tiny” might not seem like such a good idea when he’s 70 pounds…or maybe it will! Step 7
Choose a name that is not going to embarrass you when you use it in public. It may seem funny to name your gentle, lazy Rottweiler “Killer,” but think about how you will feel giving that name to the receptionist at the veterinary clinic when you take your dog for his vaccinations. Step 8
Think about who else might share a name you’re considering giving your dog. Many guardians choose “human” names for their pets, and there’s no reason to exclude these names from your choices. Just keep in mind that if your dog and your great uncle are both named “Bill,” it could make for an awkward situation when you’re scolding “Bill” for stealing food from the Thanksgiving table.
Look at your dog and consider the obvious. If your new companion is a fuzzy, white Spitz, maybe “Snowball” is a name to consider. If you’re looking for a twist, maybe “Midnight” is more your style.
Border Collies and Poodles are considered to be the most intelligent dogs
2. Afghan Hounds and Basenjis are considered to be the least intelligent
3. Dog pee can corrode metal – so if your dog has peed on any pipes or appliances in the house, clean it up! Several lamp posts in Croatia completely fell over because so many dogs had peed on them
4. Male dogs lift their legs when they pee as a sign of dominance
5. The sound of a human yawning can make dogs yawn
6. Dog bites account for more than one-third of insurance liability claims
7. Wolves and dogs are functionally blind until they are about a month old. Even so, wolf puppies begin to walk and explore when they are about two weeks old, while dog pups don’t exhibit these behaviors until they are four weeks old.
8. Dogs process the color red as black
9. A dog’s nose is the equivalent of a human fingerprint, with each having a unique pattern of ridges and creases.
10. If you’ve ever noticed your pooch twitching in her sleep, this probably means she’s dreaming. Researchers found that dogs have similar sleep patterns and brain activity as humans, and that small breeds tend to dream more than large ones. They’re probably dreaming about playing outside, chasing squirrels or balls, or getting treats.
When dogs dig after pooping, they’re not burying anything – they’re making their territory using scent glands in their paws.
2. Your dog’s wet nose helps him detect scent by absorbing the water droplets that carry smells.
3. But tiny dogs, like Chihuahuas, can hear sounds in higher range than big dogs.
4. Eighteen muscles move your dog’s ears around independently in on another
5. Puppies are born blind, deaf, and toothless
6. If your dog’s acting up, it might be because a storm’s on the way Dogs can hear, smell, and feel a change in the weather long before us.
7. Dog fetuses can learn. Pups whose moms ate food laced with anise seeds when they were pregnant were attracted to the smell of anise soon after they were born.
8. Puppies purchased at pet stores are more likely to attack their owners than dogs obtained from non-commercial breeders.
9. Looking for a good family pet? You might want to avoid akitas, shar peis, and chow chows. Veterinarians rated them as the breeds least affectionate to family members. Golden retrievers and labs topped the list of the most affectionate breeds.
10. Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic: a Newfoundland, a Pomeranian, and a Pekingese.
Dog hair everywhere is standard. On the floor. On your clothes. In your hair. Your car. Your purse. Keys. Food. You name it, there’s hair on it. You kinda hate it, but you kinda don’t care cuz your dog is #1 in your eyes.
2. Fourth of July is a time of terror, not celebration. It usually involves comforting your terrified pup, steering clear of fireworks, and getting on the floor for some heavy duty cuddles.
3. They seem to know — and vanish — when it’s time for a bath or a trip to the vet. You can act totally normal, but the dog will always know something’s up. Always.
4. They just know when you’re going on a trip…and they either flop down in your suitcase, walk around glued to your leg, or walk around a little mopey anticipating your departure.
5. They’re helpful when you make a mess in the kitchen. When you drop something on the floor. When you have extra food left over on your plate. They’re also helpful when you’re sad, glum, or having a bad day. Dogs just know how to be the perfect little helper no matter the situation.
6. Sometimes we give commands to our friends. Every so often, when friends come over for dinner, we’ll say things like “sit” instead of ‘come on in, have a seat’. Or “stay” when they offer to get up and help us clean.
7. There is no spooning companion like a dog. Sure, it might be nice to cuddle up with your honey. But nothing beats a good, solid cuddle sesh with your furry friend.
8. You are impervious to The Head Tilt. You know what we’re talking about. The irrefutably cute head nod that’s the crowning gem of your dog getting exactly what he wants.
9. You measure your life in “B.D.” and “A.D.” — Before Dog, and After Dog. They’re completely different, and you can’t imagine going back to life BD.
10. Even though dogs are suuuper cute, you know there’s something just a little bit cuter about your dog
Getting your dog to stay is a challenging, yet super important part of dog ownership. Mastering the “stay” can keep your dog from dangerously running after cars, chasing down things he shouldn’t eat, or keep him from scaring the neighborhood cat.
At Happy Hound, we tie “down” and “stay” into one command so that when your dog is in a down, there’s an implied stay. The stay should last as long as he’s in a down, and only be allowed to move once you release the command. This keeps your dog’s attention on you, where it should be, and lets you maintain the position of “alpha” over your dog. When you’re alpha, your dog can be more relaxed, and get into less trouble.
How to master the down/stay:
Start in a quiet space where there are few distractions. Put your dog in a down and reward him with a treat for responding to the down command.
Attach a long leash to your dog. We recommend the 50 meters so you can practice recalls from a distance. Stay within eyesight of your dog.
With your dog in a down, start slowly backing up while maintaining eye contact with your dog. As you stay in eye sight, don’t change anything about your demeanor. Stay calm, and walk backwards slowly.
When you feel ready, call “come” (or whatever you want your recall word to be) and gently tug on the leash to encourage him to come directly to you.
One your dog is at your feet, give him the sit command and then give him a treat.
As you add the sit command after a come, you’ll train your dog over time to come right to you and sit down immediately. This prevents your dog from flying past you, coming 90% of the way to you, or other rebellious behaviors that aren’t a true “come”.
If it’s not working
The moment your dog breaks the stay, say “DOWN!”
You can try again next time making your dog wait for a shorter period of time, or by creating less distance between you and your dog.
Once your dog associates down with stay and is able to maintain a down for as long as you want, you can start adding advanced ninja moves to your training. You can start walking circles around your dog. This trains him to keep his eye and attention on you. Practice the “down” command while turning your back to your dog, or in high distraction environments, like when other dogs are present.
If you need additional training help, contact us for one of our training programs. You can leave your dog with us and pick them up a happy and well trained hound!
Is teaching your dog to stay something you’ve mastered? If so, let us know in the comments below!
Teaching your dog to come when called can be one of the most challenging yet rewarding things you can do.
If your dog has good recall, ie: the consistent ability to come when called, you can prevent your dog from running into the road, chasing squirrels or cars, and keep your dog from running into fights with other dogs.
If you take your dog into a high distraction area and you yell “come!”, what happens? Will your dog turn on a dime and come running back to you? Or do you have to yell it a thousand times, while your dog keeps getting into trouble as you run toward her to break up the mess?
Teaching your dog to come when called can be one of the biggest life saving commands you can teach your dog.
Preparing to Teach “Come”
Invest in a high quality 5- 02 meters so you can practice recall from increasing distances.
Take your dog to a low distraction area, preferably when your dog is slightly hungry, so the treats you use are more “high value”.
Put your dog in a down/stay and stay within eye line of your dog.
Slowly start to back away, starting at a very close manageable distance to set your dog up for success. This could mean backing up about 5′.
When ready, say your chosen word for “come” and give the leash a slight tug, guiding your dog right to you. Use your dog’s name and excitedly call him towards you. Get excited as though being near you is a really fun place to be.
Once your dog has come to you and sit at your feet, reward him with a treat.
Things to Avoid
If you say come and your dog is ignoring you, don’t keep yelling it forever and hoping your dog will come. This teaches your dog that that word has no meaning. Reset the scenario and try again. That could mean going over to your dog, walking him to a new location a few feet away, and putting him in a down to try again.
Inconsistency. Use the same word for recall every single time. Using multiple words will confuse your dog and make your recall less effective. Until your dog has a high success rate of coming to you when called, also be consistent in rewarding him with treats. This makes coming to you much more fun, and he’ll be way more likely to come when called!
High distractions. Until your dog is well trained, avoid the most distracting situations. Those are different for each dog, so take note of what’s highly distracting for your dog. Is it other dogs? Cats? Food? Hustle and bustle of people around him? Don’t take your dog into a high distraction environment until you’ve advanced to a skill set where your dog’s recall can be successful in that environment.
If you need help with your dog’s recall, you can drop your dog off for some training sessions and pick them up a well trained and happy hound!
Have you mastered getting your dog to come when called? Let us know in the comments below if a come has saved your dog’s life!
This weekend, we celebrated the grand opening of the new Happy Hound play and daycare center. We had dogs playing, music bumping, people laughing, and prizes to give out. Check out some of our favorite photos from the opening party!
We’ve spent over a year working our little tails off to bring you a bigger dog boarding facility with lots more amenities!
You’ll see dogs having a great time in their cage-free environment, playing and socializing with their other pals, having a safe, fun, stimulating day.
We have special play areas for small dogs, shy dogs and medium dogs—places filled with beds and toys—as well as our comfortable, private rooms for boarding where your pooch can get a peaceful night’s sleep .
You’ll see our trained staff giving lots of one-on-one attention, providing naps and lunches where needed.
It’s no wonder so many of our owner-clients say that, after a day or night at Happy Hound, their best friends don’t want to leave!
Our facility is open seven days a week for all day play. Whether your dog is a shy wallflower, a social butterfly, or a ball playing jock/jockette, he or she is going to be comfortable and have a great time at Happy Hound.
You’ll find our new location at 2101 Mandela Parkway, Oakland… less than 7/10 of a mile away from the current facility. We are so excited to show you our new digs!