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If you get your dog groomed, then PLEASE do NOT let them trim your dog's whiskers!! They are very important to your dog, and they use them more than you think. They are very sensitive (have lots of touch sensor nerves at their base), and are moveable (hold something near your dog's nose and the whiskers will all move forward towards the object). They are not there just for decoration, and should not be trimmed to try and improve appearance. 😥

A few quotes from the linked article:

"You can actually map each individual vibrissa to a specific location in the dog's brain, suggesting that great importance is assigned to information from these structures."

"Since the dog's eyes can't focus very well on close objects, and his muzzle blocks his line of sight when he is looking at things near his mouth, the information from the forward and downward pointed vibrissae appears to help him locate, identify, and pick up small objects with his mouth."

"Unfortunately, amputating vibrissae is both uncomfortable and stressful for dogs, and it reduces their ability to perceive their close surroundings fully."


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Why Do Dogs Have Whiskers?
Why Do Dogs Have Whiskers?
psychologytoday.com
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Does your dog only 'sit' when there is a treat in your hand? Do you have to bribe every behaviour from your dog?

There are lots of ways to reward behaviour other than using treats. One of my favourites is using games that the dog loves to reinforce a behaviour that I want.

For example, my spaniel loves to chase the ball. So when I have the ball, I ask him to 'sit'. When he sits, the reward isn't a treat. The reward for the sit is that I throw the ball! So I'm reinforcing the cue "sit" with a game that he loves, and it has nothing to do with food or treats.

So when you want to reinforce a behaviour, try to think about what your dog wants, and use that as a reinforcer, instead of treats or food. :-)
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Check out some absolutely gorgeous photos of dogs from the Guardian's Dog Photographer of the Year competition. Some amazing images there... http://ow.ly/I73H30l6C7b
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Check out some absolutely gorgeous photos of dogs from the Guardian's Dog Photographer of the Year competition. Some amazing images there...
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Do you have to give pills to your dog? If so, you might try this technique to make them look forward to pill time rather than avoiding it.

I have to give my dogs pills every day for the foreseeable future. I stopped shoving pills down my dog's throat many years ago. Now I find a way to make it more palatable so they eagerly await their medication!

Below is the before pic sowing the pills and the pieces of banana. Then the after with the pills inserted. And lastly their faces in anticipation! :-)

With my lab it is easy, but with the spaniel, I have to get the medicine/fruit ratio just right. Too big and he chews it and discovers the pill. Too small and there is too much medicine smell. So it is just big enough to hide the pill and still be swallowed in a single gulp.

Next time give it a try and see how quickly it disappears! http://ow.ly/i/GLTXY http://ow.ly/i/GLTZv
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