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Doggie Signs - How To Know When Your Dog Has To Potty

Potty training your dog can be a very frustrating process. The first and most obvious barrier you have to deal with is you and your dog both speak different languages. If it is your first time house training your dog, you may feel at a loss, but do not fret, your dog may already be trying to tell you he has to go, you just have to learn to speak your dog’s language, or better said, understand your dog’s potty body language.

While dog’s cannot say, “I need to go,” in plain English, there are a number of cues you can be on the lookout for that is your dog portraying the exact same message, the best way he or she knows how. The key is to understanding your dog’s potty signs. These signs could be your dog letting you that he or she needs to go outside in a bad way.

Whining

Whining is more than your dog simply annoying you with whimpers. You may think it is a behavioral problem or that your dog is bored and trying to entice you in a game of fetch, but in fact it could be your dog letting you know that he or she is uncomfortable because he or she needs to eliminate. When your dog whines, let him or her outside and if your dog eliminates praise immediately.

Circling

Another cue that your dog needs to go is if he or she is randomly walking in circles. It may be all your dog can do to stop from eliminating in the house. If your dog is giving you this cue, take him or her outside and see if he or she needs to eliminate. If so, show your dog approval with praise.

Hiding

If your dog loves to be by you and suddenly he or she is missing in action, that could be a sure-tell sign that your pup needs to go. This is one of the more troublesome signs, because typically your dog going off and hiding in a corner or behind furniture means that he or she is looking for a private place to eliminate. You will need to stay on top of your dog while housetraining and immediately let your dog outside so he or she can eliminate correctly.  Again, make sure you follow up with a lot of praise and love to encourage eliminating outside.

Standing/Scratching

One of the most obvious cues that your dog needs to go to the bathroom is when they stand or scratch at the door leading outside. It cannot get any clearer than this, unless you teach them to ring a bell to be turned outside.

Remember, if your dog is doing any of these cues you should let him or her outside immediately so your dog can do his or her business the good way - outside. Once your dog eliminates outside, praise your dog for this accomplishment to further encourage outside elimination.

One of the simplest methods is to train her to ring a bell that is hung on a door. That way, you can hear her request even if you’re in another room. Once you’ve taught your dog how to ring a bell by touching it with her nose, you’ll ask her to ring the bell right before you open the door to let her outside-every time. That way, she’ll associate the behavior of ringing the bell with your letting her out. In other words, she will learn that ringing the bell makes you open the door.

Author Bio: Geri Davis has opened her home to fostering at-risk dogs from her local shelter. Geri keeps her four-legged guests safe with a containment system and remote training collars.

How To Hire A Dog Walker

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Most pet owners do not realize, at the point in time that they become a pet owner, that they may actually need help caring for their pet.  Pets take a lot of time and attention, and frankly there is no way for one person, or even two very busy people, to provide all that their pet needs all of the time.  Considering the fact that almost every parent in the world has to have help with their own children from time to time, whether in the form of a formal babysitter or a friend or relative, it is no surprise that we need help caring for our pets as well.

Dog walking is one of those time consuming tasks that must be done, but that pet owners often struggle with.  It takes time, and pets want attention from their owners during their walk as well.  An owner that is beat from a hard day at work is going to have a difficult time getting out the door for the walk, let alone giving their pet the attention he or she desires and deserves.  Hiring someone to do the dog walking for you, even if only occasionally, is a legitimate, viable option.  How does one hire a dog walker?

Ask Around to Find Somebody Great at Dog Walking

Ask around to friends, co-workers, and neighbors.  They may have someone that they use occasionally.  Search the yellow pages, search online, and do not neglect the local classifieds.  This is something that teenagers often do for extra money, and they may do a great job for much less money than a formal dog walking service.  Use the names you come up with to compile a short list for interviews.

Interview

Even if it isn't a formal interview, meet with the person who is going to be walking your dog and get a feel for their personality and what exactly they offer.  Often they will walk a group of dogs at once.  While it isn't so bad for your pooch to get some social time with other K-9s, you do not want them to be just a number either.  The most important thing to look for is reputation and attention given to each dog.  Reputation is best gauged by word of mouth from past clients, so ask for references.  The only way to determine about attention given is to get a feel, from them, as to how they run a dog walking session.  How may dogs to they walk at once?  Where do they go?  Do they stop and play or just walk? 

Remember the Budget

Your pet is priceless to you, but unless you have unlimited financial resources, you are likely going to need to watch the price.  How much is the dog walker going to charge?  Will they charge per walk or per hour? 

Once you have all your questions answered it should be easy to choose the perfect person from you list to trust your dog's daily walk too, even if only now and then. To learn more, click here.

Faith Stewart writes for a variety of business sites, as well as pet sites.