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  • Pupy Training: Tips To Overcome Chewing And Barking

    Puppies are one of the sweetest creatures on earth. They are adorable without even trying and irresistible enough to make anyone fall in love with them. Delightful as puppies are, they can fall into unsuitable habits like chewing and unwarranted barking. These behaviors cannot be tolerated in the home, especially when visitors often come by. As worrying as such behaviors may sound, they are fairly easy to control. In fact, the puppy stage is the perfect time to begin training for good habits.

    Puppy Training: Tips to Overcome Chewing and Barking | Everything Shed Dog

    Chewing: Causes

    One of the most common pet owner’s peeves is their puppy’s tendency for chewing. Come to think of it, who has never seen a puppy who didn’t like to chew? Chewing is simply part and parcel of a puppy’s growth and development. The chewing usually starts when puppies begin teething and are now able to start on solids. Having something to gnaw on at this stage eases the teething process and relieves any soreness in the gums they may be going through. Puppies also get into chewing because they use their mouths as a means of exploring the world around them, much like human babies do.

    Chewing can also be due to a lack of stimulating activities. Anyone who’s ever raised a puppy will know that chewing can be thoroughly engaging for them. If not, a puppy may be feeling anxious, and having something to chew on calms it.

    All this chewing can lead to puppies gnawing on things they ought not to.If left to their devices,puppies can chew through their humans’ things or worse, get their intestines blocked or their teeth damaged. Thus, owners should know how to properly redirect this ruinous behavior.

    Chewing: Solutions

    An effective rule of thumb to go by to control chewing is to teach a dog what can and can’t be chewed. This rule requires two things: puppy-proofing the house and approved chew toys.First, an owner should impose a tighter rein over general housekeeping during a puppy’s training period. Anything that should not go into a dog’s mouth should not be left lying around or exposed. Toxic plants, human food, household cleaners, and electrical cords should all be relocated, kept out of reach, or made chew-proof.If the house can’t be made completely puppy-proof, the pup should be kept within acceptable areas or in a secure enclosure if left unsupervised.

    Chew toys are essential to curbing a puppy’s desire to chew.When the puppy starts to chew on something, it should be reprimanded immediately and given the toys as replacement or diversion.An important note owner should keep in mind, toys should be easily recognizable from other items in the house. Old items like old shoes, socks, or clothing are inappropriate as chew toys since these resemble items in the house. If a dog has begun chewing on inappropriate items, taste deterrents like bitter apple can be applied.

    In addition, chew toys should be ensured safe and not pose choking hazards for the puppy. While rawhide and big beef bones are often recommended, a determined chewer will gnaw through these materials, creating occasions for choking.Toys should be large enough not to be swallowed or get stuck in the puppy’s mouth.

    Since chewing is a potentially destructive behavior, a puppy should learn to associate chewing with positive experiences. The puppy should receive praise, physical fuss, and even a treat when it shows interest in the appropriate chew toys. An owner should also let the puppy have fun with the preferred play things to further affirm the positive association. After a set time, the owner should collect the toys to train the puppy that chewing is still just a special treat.

    Barking: Causes

    Another puppy behavior that owners complain about is excessive barking. Barking is a natural behavior and means of communication among canines. Dogs tend to bark for various reasons, including excitement, distress, frustration, aggression, or just for attention. Among puppies, the common causes for barking may usually be due to distress, frustration, or for attention. Puppies tend to feel insecure if left alone and resort to barking to demand attention or express their distress. Sometimes though, they bark when they are bored.

    The owner needs to recognize the reasons for barking and teach the puppy to learn when barking is acceptable and when it isn’t. For this purpose, an owner should get to know his/her puppy and the situations that trigger it to bark.

    Barking: Solutions

    Barking is one of a canine’s ways of communicating to its owners. Thus, the goal is not to completely prevent barking, but to allow it as needed. A few methods can be used to control barking, depending on the reason for the barking. The first thing an owner should do is to understand why the puppy is barking in order to apply the appropriate measure.

    When a puppy barks to get attention, the owner should ignore it completely, no matter how long it takes, until the puppy stops. The owner should not give in even when the puppy is persistent to avoid instilling the wrong kind of behavior. The puppy should know that if it wants food, attention, or play, barking is not the way to get it.If the puppy barks during play, the owner should stop the activity abruptly, resuming only when the barking stops.

    If a puppy barks because of boredom, it probably lacks activities to do or toys to play with. Like the saying goes, a tired dog is a good dog. When a puppy is sufficiently exercised or amused, it will more likely display good behavior.

    Like people, puppies can also experience separation anxiety and resort to whining and barking. What an owner can do is train a puppy to calm down by leaving it for a while and then return before it begins barking. Gradually, the length of time can be increased, but the owner should always return before the puppy becomes anxious. Eventually, the puppy will learn to relax without its human companion.

    Final Thoughts

    Whenever a puppy exhibits potentially problematic behaviors, the best course of action is to learn to correct it in the most effective way as soon as possible. What usually happens is, the longer it takes to correct a behavior, the tougher it will be to correct. This especially goes if the puppy is of a large breed, what with all the physical effort that will now go into the needed corrections. However, if a now older dog is involved, all is still not lost. The truth is you can teach an old dog new tricks. But that is another story for another time.

    In any pet issue, a behavior professional or a well-informed vet should always be consulted. They should be able to provide sound advice on most anything a puppy is going through and guide pet parents towards the best approach to raising a well-behaved pup.

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    Author: Jordan Walker

    Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet-related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for 'attempting' to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages.

  • Bests Friends Remembered, Paw Prints in our Heart!

    It’s the time of year to be thankful for all the great blessings we have in our lives. We may not be rich. We may not have everything. However, there is always so much to be grateful for! Friends, family, those who protect us and more make that list.

    Paw Prints in our heart- dogs

    I wanted to take a moment to recall the furry family members we have been touched by. I, myself, have been lucky to receive the love of several of these unconditional love givers! There was Oscar, the Dachshund that I grew up with and even had my senior pictures taken with. Next my first husband came with Bear, a black Chow, who was a one family dog but oh so good to our family. The first dog I purchased was PJ a Bassett Hound. She had some issues but loved us and we loved her. My daughter then convinced me to rescue Snickers, who was a lab/springer mix. She was the first dog I was able to do some training with, while she wasn’t a hunting dog as she gun shy, she was able to learn so many other things. Then Jake moved in with us when I married John. He was a big Chocolate Lab (Jake not John). He was a hunting dog and tried to teach Snickers his game. She never quite got it but did have fun! I also must include Cheetah, the one and only cat I’ve ever had. He raised Snickers, as we got her young. Cheetah also put Jake in his place shortly after he moved in!

    All of these four legged family members will always hold a place, and leave prints in my heart. Each one was so unique. Good things and bad, they were all loved and cared for and returned that love as nobody else can. We all know how unconditionally our pets love us, even if we don’t deserve it. I try to remember how undeserving I have felt at that time of loss. I try to be the person my dog believes I am! I try to not overreact when there is a little mischievous fur ball in action! We all have good times and not so good times and we all still want to be accepted and loved, I believe our pets feel the same!

    When my loved ones got old they slowed down. They needed me just as much or more. They comforted me every day of their lives. They greeted me when I got home, or were thrilled to go along! When I had a bad day they seemed to know and always wanted to make it better. If I was happy and dancing in the kitchen, each and every one of them danced along! I truly believe that they all made me a better person. If I could be half the person my pets believed I was I would be amazing!

    When they no longer appeared to enjoy life and were suffering and unhappy it was my love for them that helped them through or at least that’s what I want to believe. I was there with each of them until the end, with one exception. I was there to hold them, talk to them, and explain there would be “no more worries”. I tried to appear strong, but was completely falling apart inside. I know they knew how I was feeling as they did their entire life, why would now be different. They snuggled up with me as I held them and let the release of the pain and suffering come. Warm and safe in my arms until the very end, one more thing I am thankful for, the ability to help them cross peacefully and know they were always loved! Now as tears roll down my cheeks remembering each and everyone one of those moments I am thankful. Thankful for the love of each and every one of them, thankful for them making me a better person, and thankful I could give them peace when they needed it most.

    Written  By:

    Sandy Apfel

  • 5 Dog Breeds For Homes With Children

    Every young child gets to an age when they start asking for a dog. It is a great idea for many reasons. Having a pet teaches a child responsibility, and compassion. The bond that forms between a child and a pet encourages trust, and self esteem. They help get kids up off the couch, and encourage an active lifestyle. A pet provides unconditional love and companionship to a child, which helps with their emotional stability and growth.

    If you are considering heading to the animal shelter or breeder, it’s a good idea first to consider which breeds are usually a good fit for homes with children. There is no guarantee because breeding is only one aspect of a dog’s temperament.


    The Beagle was originally bred as a hunting dog. They are a good fit in homes with active children. They love to play ball and rough house with kids, always ready for fun and games. They are friendly and gentle with cheerful dispositions. Teach kids not to bug this dog while it’s eating, they don’t always tolerate anyone, even their best friends, getting near their food dish. They normally get along well with other pets. They shed a lot, so they need to be bathed and brushed frequently.

    Golden Retriever

    This breed has the patience required for living in a home with small children.  They need a lot of exercise, so they will be a terrific companion for children who love to run and play outdoors.  The Golden Retriever is a lovable, loyal dog, and is usually quite smart.  It is a bigger dog but is not aggressive, except when seeking affection.  They are easily trained and well mannered, which is why they are used as service dogs.  They often get into trouble when left alone, they need supervision, just like the kids do.  They are overly friendly so they don’t make good watchdogs.

    Bernese Mountain Dog

    This gentle giant is known for its’ love of children.  They are slow to mature and retain their puppy behavior for longer than many other dogs.  They are easy to train, intelligent and good natured. They make good watchdogs though they aren’t overly aggressive.  They are generally good with other pets.  They range in size from 80 to 120 pounds so they are certainly not a lap dog.

    English Bulldog

    Considered to be one of the gentlest breeds, the English Bulldog is affectionate, and loyal.  They are very energetic as puppies but slow down as they mature, and don’t require a lot of exercise.  They do need a lot of attention and love to play.  They are like cartoon characters the way they snort, snore, slobber and drool.


    Boxers get along really well with children and have a lot of patience.  They are happy, friendly, very loyal dogs that love to cuddle. They are playful and intelligent with a sneaky streak.  They are easy to train though they tend to be a little stubborn.  They need a lot of attention and exercise, and tend to be quite boisterous so small kids will get knocked down, but not intentionally.

    Written by Jaqueline Borini

  • Congrats- Puppy Picture Contest Winners!

    The team at has been hard at work over the last month promoting our hunting dog puppy picture contest, which is one of the best kinds of contest we run because, who doesn't like looking at tons of puppy pictures?  It was hard for our team to get any work done with awesome pictures being submitted everyday!  It was amazing to see all these hunting dogs in the making, there is certainly going to be some great dogs out of this groups!

    We also want to thank all our customers and visitors to the sight that voted for their favorite picture, that sure made the voting of the best a lot of easier!  We were amazed to see over 204 puppy pictures submitted and thousands of likes and comments posted on our Facebook Page about the pictures. It was exciting to see the public weigh in and make their voices heard.

    Top Selling Puppy Training Products:

    After much contemplation and discussion we had to ultimately select 3 of the best pictures, and trust me it was not easy!  So without any further a-do here they are:

    1st Place:
    Weims in a basket

    2nd Place:

    3rd Place:

  • Chosen For Exclusive SportDOG Retail Group!

    SportDOG and PetSafe is drastically changing the way it sells online and and were carefully selected as one of the few approved dealers.  We estimate less than 5% (under 100 total)of current SportDOG online retails were approved so we are honored to be this is exclusive group!  We have been selected because of our true commitment to helping and serving our customers and 100% stand behind everything we sell- that is fact!  We are super excited about this and it will help even further serve our hunting dog customers that so loyally use SportDOG products.

    Authorized SportDOG Retailer                                            Authorized PetSafe Retailer

    Offical Authorization Letter From SportDOG:

    Dear Everything Ecom LLC / Everything Gun Dog,

    Thank you for becoming an Authorized Retailer for PetSafe and SportDOG branded products.   We have changed our strategy for 2013 and have reduced the total number of authorized resellers to make sure our brands are represented in quality selling environments and offer the best possible support and experience to the consumer.

  • 2013 NASHDA Shed Dog World Championships...Read Full Story: is so proud to sponsor such an awesome weekend packed with amazing shed hunting dogs that have tremendous talent and trainers that have truly done an amazing job preparing their shed antler finding dogs!  The condition did not seem ideal....Read the full stories at:

  • The Duck Dynasty Dynamic- Why So Popular?

    duck-dynastyNot only is Duck Dynasty among the top rating reality shows of all networks, it is A&E’s number one ranking reality show; Duck Dynasty sure makes a whole lot of Americans “happy, happy, happy”.  The show is based on the Robertson family, who followed the American dream to the top doing what they have a passion for—duck calls (and, of course, duck hunting). Phil Robertson began creating the duck calls from scrap cedar and selling them through local sporting goods stores. Eventually, Phil’s duck call became known as the best on the market. Willie, Phil’s oldest son, is now CEO of the company where the duck calls are still top rated and are handmade.

    Other than that, why does Duck Dynasty hold America in some kind of spell? At first glance, these bearded, scruffy looking men in camouflage may elicit thoughts of “rednecks” or “hillbillies”. However, it seems that the Robertson’s are indeed a family that allows us to see a bit of ourselves within.   The term “American Dream” was actually coined in the 1920’s, but still remains to define that “rags to riches” ideal that every person strives for.  The Robertson’s have achieved their American dream, however, they have not lost their family ideals and values along the way—it is this quality that makes them relatable, and more importantly, respectable to much of American society. Most reality tv shows are interesting because they show us a side of society that is unattainable to a large percentage of us. For example, shows like Jersey Shore, Real House Wives, or even America’s Next Top Model, these shows hold our attention because we are roped in by the drama (usually negative) and by our curiosity of what it may be like in those “glamorous” life styles.  However, Duck Dynasty is a show that does not thrive on negativity, fighting, and revenge—it thrives on family, relationships, and good ol’ fun.  It is a show that can be enjoyed by the entire family.  In short, this show is popular because it is so similar to our own values (middle class America) and things that we are familiar with—it allows its audience to create a connection.  That connection, I believe, lets us see that “they” are just like “us” and it is comforting to many to be able to relate on that level. Even those of us who are not duck hunters can relate to the characters and plotline of the show. The pride that is taken from being self-sufficient is also an ideal of the show—one that all hard-working Americans can respect.

    Duck Dynasty cast memebersIt is a general human need to feel close to nature and this show reinforces that idea.  All people who enjoy the outdoors in some way can relate to the passion that the Robertson’s have for the outdoors.  The show’s characters are also memorable; I am sure that there are many of us who know someone who reminds them of cookey Uncle Si, patriarch Phil, slacker Jase, or no-nonsense Miss Kay.  Therefore, Duck Dynasty and its characters are relatable, respectable, and memorable. The Robertson’s epitomize good ol’ American values while keeping touch with reality and their roots—and as Uncle Si would say, “that’s a fact, Jack!”

    By: Gina Martens

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