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Australian-Shepherd-Lovers.com Newsletter #015
Autumn Is Here... Already?!
I can't believe the leaves are turning color already. Time has flown by this summer for me.
I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but I used to be in the publishing business a few years back. I did pre-press and design work so I've really been enjoying putting together the new Australian Shepherd Lovers e-Book. Below I've included an exerpt of one of hundreds of articles that will be included in the final version.
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In This Issue:
- Australian Shepherd Lovers E-Book Project Excerpt:
Dog Behavior – Why You Should Never Let Your Dog Beg For Food and Attention
- Specials and Coupon Codes
- Aussome Aussie Stories - Jag Overcomes
- Photo of the Month
- Dog Quote for Today
Australian Shepherd Lovers E-Book Project
Above is the preliminary cover I've created for the e-book. For someone like me who enjoys doing design work creating the cover before finishing the book is kind of like eating your dessert before finishing your vegetables, but I couldn't resist!
This is a huge undertaking. I'm currently editing hundreds of articles into a comprehensive e-book for Australian Shepherd Lovers. Everything from choosing a puppy, houstraining, obedience training, nutrition, grooming, health and more. But here is an excerpt of just one of the articles:
Dog Behavior – Why You Should Never Let Your Dog Beg For Food and Attention
Unless they are trained not to do so, most dogs will form the natural habit of begging for both attention and food. Some dog owners accept this behavior and think it's cute, but most people get annoyed very quickly when their dog starts to beg every time he wants love, attention, and especially when he smells something tasty cooking in the house.
What is wrong with begging you might ask?
For starters, begging is another form of demanding and it gives your dog an aspect of control within the family "pack". I describe your family as a pack because that is exactly how your dog sees it. Anyways, while it seems adorable when Sparky rolls over on his back expecting a belly rub every time you enter the room, or just sits all teary-eyed staring straight at your plate of food when you're eating dinner, this behavior has the possibility to gain momentum and become aggressive.
Just how aggressive can a dog possibly become?
If you do not think that your dog could ever possibly bite your hand because he expects you to give him food every time he begs, think again. For years a friend of mine would hand feed his puppy pieces of food at any time of the day he was eating. If it was breakfast, his dog would get a two pieces of bacon. At lunch time my friend would hand feed his dog a few bites of his sandwich. The same went for dinner.
After some time, his dog matured and grew bigger, and my friend did not realize that he was reinforcing a dominant leadership role into his dog every time he gave in to begging. Once he decided to change this behavior with his dog, he learned quickly just how dangerous the situation was. At one of his meals, my friend absolutely refused to feed his dog anything and the begging and crying turned into aggression and barking. Then without notice, his dog leaped up onto his plate and snapped at the food, taking a little bit of my friends flesh with it.
Begging can be eliminated with proper training
The above example may seem a bit extreme and you still probably could never imagine your adorable dog biting you in the attempt to get food that he was expecting. However, the problem is real and you must start early in your puppy's life with instilling the rules when it comes to begging.
During your meals, you need to train your dog to sit and stay in a specific area when the family is eating. This may take some time but eventually he will remain in a sit position until after your dinner is over and then of course you should praise his actions by offering him up a nice hot meal that he can eat in his own food bowl, and only after everybody else is finished eating.
I'll keep you posted on how the e-book is coming. It is a lot of work but I want it to cover a lot of information and be a valuable resource for Aussie owners.
Specials and Coupon Codes
Only Natural Pet Store is offering 10% off all Natural Pet Treats during the month of October... Use coupon code: TREATS
Only Natural Pet Store - First Time Order? Take 5% OFF with coupon code SS15
You can still get an 18% Discount on Wysong Dog Food too! Just enter our exclusive coupon code AUSSIE18 when you checkout.
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Pet Nutrition Products is offering f'ree shipping on orders of $75 or more with the coupon code SHIP75.
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Aussome Aussie Stories - Jag Overcomes
Thanks to everyone who has submitted your Aussie stories and photos! When merles are bred to merles there is the potential that some of the puppies will be born having inherited the merle gene from both parents. This condition, called homozygous merle or double merle can result in ear and eye problems including complete deafness or blindness. Jag is an Aussie who was born with the "double merle" genes but was fortunate enough to have found a loving home that accepts his unique condition and loves him just the same. More info on double merle Aussies here.
Reading these great stories is just one of the benefits of our Aussie Stories section. Another great feature is the "Comments" function that allows you to send a message or get advise from our fellow Aussie Lovers. Thanks to our reader from Odessa, MO for your inspiring story and the great feedback offered about raising a double merle Aussie.
Do you have a great story to tell about your Aussie? Can you help answer questions that other Aussie owners have?
>> Aussome Aussie Stories - Jag Overcomes
Photo of the Month
Abbie is an 8 year old red merle that I've owned since she was 12 weeks old. She is my "go everywhere, do everything" best buddy. She loves hiking, kayaking, camping or simply snuggling with me for a nap. During the autumn when we hike, she has to wear a bright orange bandana... as you can see, she blends in with the color of the leaves! — Special Thanks to Anne Zononi, Chesterfield, MA for sending us this Aussome Aussie photo (with photo credit to Mark Picard).
>> Australian Shepherd Photo of the Month
Dog Quote for Today
"I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source."
- Doris Day
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Anton and Levi
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