‘Sit Up’ Buddy: Training Your Dog To Sit Like You


The trick of “sitting up” is easily taught to small dogs, but should try not be included in a big dog’s education, as it is difficult for them to preserve their balance.

The training of sitting up is one of the first tricks to teach and forms the groundwork for many other dog tricks. To train a dog to sit up, prepare some treats as a reward, and set your dog on his haunches in a corner, so that he cannot fall either backward or sideways and has very little or no space to lose balance.

Keep him from pitching forward by holding one hand under his chin and with the other hand hold the treat above his nose and keep repeating distinctly and deliberately say, “sit up.” Do not make him sit up too long at any one time, but repeat the lesson frequently and reward him often with plentiful of praise and treats.

During his first lesson he will require considerable assistance from your hand to prevent him from pitching forward, but as he gets control of the balancing muscles and understands what you want, he will depend less and less upon your hand to keep him in position and you can gradually render him less assistance until you will only have to keep one hand in position two or three inches from his neck or chin, so as to be ready to prevent him pitching forward; later on you can withdraw this hand entirely and simply hold the treat just above the level of his head.

By constant practice he will sit up well after you set him up; then he should be set up against the wall, so as to afford him a support for his back only, and after he has been well schooled at this and can keep his position easily, practice him against chair legs, cushions or other objects that afford him less and less assistance, until finally he learns to preserve his balance and sits up without anything to lean against.

During all these lessons the words “sit up” have been impressed upon his mind by frequent repetition, and now comes the final lesson to teach him to sit up as soon as he hears the words, and the chances are, if he has been diligently drilled, it will be necessary only to call him out in the room, show him a treat, hold it up a suitable distance from the floor, say “sit up” and he will do so, when he should be given the treat while still in position.

The only necessity to perfection is to practice him several times a day until he will sit up at the word and without being shown a reward; that can be given him after he has obeyed.

You have now a foundation for many other tricks. He can be taught to beg by moving your hand up and down just in front of his paws, which he will move in unison with yours. He can also be taught to salute by bringing one paw up to the side of his head, or to hold a wooden pipe in his mouth, or to wear a cap on his head or other articles of wearing apparel.

In teaching a dog to submit to being dressed up, do not attempt to get him to wear too many things at once; try him at first with a cap and after he becomes accustomed to that you can put on a coat and gradually accustom him to the other clothing articles.


Enjoy teaching your dog the “sit up” trick and most importantly have fun along the way!


orijen dog food

orijen dog food

Orijen dog food is manufactured and marketed by Champion Pet Foods. Champion Pet Foods has been in the pet food business for over 25 years, and was first founded inCanada. They are a family owned company, and currently operate out ofAlberta,Canada. None of the ingredients of Orijen brand dog food formulas are obtained or produced in a facility other than their manufacturing plant inAlberta.

My Dog Died: Support When Your Dog Passes Away

The grief you’re likely to feel after the loss of a pet can often be overwhelming. After all, your dog or cat was probably a huge part of your life for a decade or more. There was once a deep bond, but now there is emptiness and you feel alone without your pet. Grief recovery is a process that can take longer than you might expect, so give yourself plenty of time to process your feelings.

Several different emotions factor into the grieving process. One of the most common is depression – those lingering feelings of sadness that naturally come with a loss of any type.

In some circumstances, you may also feel guilty, wondering if you did everything possible for your pet, or finding yourself playing the game of “If only I had…” Pet owners who make a difficult decision to euthanize may also be plagued by guilt. Especially in the case of terminally ill pets, it’s important to remember that you made every decision with your pet’s best interests in mind and that there’s no reason to beat yourself up over the outcomes.

Depending on how your pet died, you may also feel anger – say, if you feel a careless driver was at fault, or if you feel your vet didn’t do everything possible in the event of injury or illness.

Experts in bereavement agree that it’s important to express yourself, no matter what you’re feeling, rather than trying to keep your emotions bottled up inside. If the animal you lost was a family pet, the whole family can support and listen to each other, while single people may have to turn to outside family and friends for a sympathetic ear.

It’s also true that friends who aren’t pet lovers may not understand the impact the loss of a pet has had on you, and are not willing to listen empathetically. If this is the case, you may be able to find a pet support group in your area – call your vet or the local humane society for a recommendation.

Dogster’s Saying Goodbye: Memorials & Support forum is an amazingly supportive place to share your loss with others who understand exactly what you are going through. It’s often ranked as one of the most valuable forums in our community.

Remember that other pets in your household may also be grieving. It’s not uncommon for dogs or cats that were raised together to react to the loss of a companion with listless behavior and loss of appetite. You can support them with love and extra attention.

For children, the loss of a pet is often their first experience with death. Being supportive to them means explaining the event in a way that is appropriate for their ages and that fits into your family’s spiritual and religious beliefs. Children under six often don’t understand that death is permanent, while older children may be so curious about the process that they ask questions that seem morbid. No matter what age, let your kids be part of any rituals or activities you plan to celebrate your pet’s life or memorialize its passing.

If your pet died at home or if you had a cat or dog put to sleep by your vet, you may be disconcerted by the process of deciding what to do with the remains. Deceased pets can often by handled by veterinary offices for a fee. Home burial is perhaps the most popular option, giving you the comfort of laying your pet to rest in his own yard or garden. Be aware, however, that in most cities, ordinances discourage or prohibit pet burial, even though it’s unlikely these ordinances will be enforced.

If you rent, or if you move around a lot, home burial may not be an option you’re comfortable with. You can check your local Yellow Pages for a pet cemetery or pet cremation facility. Or, go to The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement and then click on your state to find a listing of all such services in your area. You can also shop online or locally for a decorative urn to hold your pet’s ashes, or a custom head stone to mark its resting place.

Often pet lovers have to deal with the question of when to adopt another pet. Some may feel ready to do it right away, while others may feel the need to wait weeks, months, or even a year. In general, any time frame is okay, as long as you’re sure you’re adopting a new pet in an effort to move forward, rather than looking backward and trying to replace the pet that you lost.

How Can I Prepare for My Dog’s Well-Being if I Pass Away?

Pet ownership involves many responsibilities: shelter, health care,nutrition, exercise, and insuring they’re taken care if you go away. But what about their care if you pass away for good, leaving them behind with, perhaps, many good years left for them?

There’s been a rise in pet wills, as seen in the case of Leona Helmsley’s pet trust. Of course, Helmsley left $12 million for her Maltese and most pet owners won’t have $12 million to leave, but you can set up a reasonable will and/or a trust that will handle your pet’s care after you’re gone.

How to Prepare Now

It is wise to look into pet health insurance as early as possible so that future caregivers will have that back-up in case of serious illness or injury. Prices vary depending on the carrier, the type of coverage, the age of your pet and often the breed. Expect to pay approximately $25 to $50 per month.

Pet Insurance Carriers:

  • Trupanion Insurance – coverage includes hereditary conditions, diagnostic test surgeries and medications.
  • PurinaCare – coverage includes the option to visit any veterinary or specialist of choice, does not exclude hereditary conditions, and has choice of deductibles.
  • VPI Insurance – the largest carrier in the U.S. Coverage includes office visits, lab fees, accidents, surgeries and prescriptions.

Other Actions:

  • Alert card – carry a card in your wallet with your pets’ information and numbers to call if something happens to you.
  • Neighbors – make sure at least one neighbor has a key to your house and knows how many pets you have.
  • Emergency notices – place emergency stickers on the front and back of your house for firefighters and police. They should indicate how many and what kind of pets you have.

Cost of Caring for Pets

Basic annual costs include recurring medical, food, toys and treats, grooming, license, and accessories such as collars, leashes, and crates.

Approximate Annual Cost for Pet Care per the ASPCA:

  • Dog – $1500
  • Cat – $1035
  • Rabbit – $1055
  • Guinea Pig – $705
  • Bird – $270
  • Fish – $235

Pets In Wills

Don’t worry about your lawyer giving you a funny look when you say you want to provide for Fido – this is becoming more and more popular. You can even set up a pet living will online now. Keep in mind that it can take a couple of weeks for a will to be probated so setting up care with a temporary caregiver is essential.

Things to Consider in Will Planning:

  • Caregivers – designate at least two caregivers. The other option is a pet retirement home or sanctuary that specializes in long-term pet care.
  • Responsibilities – make it very clear what the caregiver’s responsibilities will be. What if your pet is injured or critically ill? Do they have the right to determine when he’s put to sleep? Describe your dog’s routine. Does he walk a mile every day? Is it imperative that be continued? Also, list any allergies or health concerns and how you want them handled.
  • Temporary Care – talk to your boarding place and see if you can designate them to take your pet if there’s a lag time. The other option is to have someone who has taken care of your pet, a pet sitter or neighbor or friend, who is designated as a temporary pet caregiver.

Pet Trusts

Unlike a will, a trust can be executed immediately after your death and can also apply if you just become ill or incapacitated. A trustee is specified to control the funds and, again, a chosen caregiver. Pet trusts can be purchased online.

Benefits of Setting-Up a Trust:

  • Assets – it can be written so that certain assets are excluded from the probate process and, thus, are readily available for your pet.
  • Disability – it can be structured to provide for your pet even in a lengthy disability.

Disadvantages of a Trust:

  • State recognition – not all states recognizes the validity of pet trusts. Check with your state to see if yours is one.
  • Time Frame – trusts can take months to set up

Other Options

To start saving for your pet’s care after you pass away, consider setting up an Austerity Plan. This simply means finding less expensive ways to take care of your pet now. Use nonprofit shelters for spaying or neutering; vaccinate appropriately (not all vaccines are always needed – talk to your vet); fill prescriptions online (shop around for the best price); consult a vet by phone or online (for simple problems such as indigestion); groom at home. Making headway now and planning ahead can help insure that your pet will get long-term pet care even after you’re gone.

Causes and Prevention of Atopy in Dogs

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Causes of Canine Atopy

Canine atopy is a clinical syndrome that involves an abnormal reaction by a dog’s immune system when it comes into contact with substances or organisms in the environment that do not cause an allergic response in normal animals. The things that trigger the atopic reaction are known as allergens. Common allergens in dogs with atopy include pollen, grasses, weeds, trees, plant fibers, mold, household cleaners, dust, dust mites, various grains, insect bites, animal dander, chemicals, fertilizers, wool and feathers. However, almost anything in the environment can trigger an atopic reaction in a particular dog if its immune system is primed to be hypersensitive to that substance. Atopy in dogs has a strong hereditary component; it shows up more frequently in certain breeds, and has even been tracked within certain families, but the exact mode of inheritance has not been discovered. Factors other than genetics can influence the development and course of the disease, such as geographical and seasonal variation in the presence of particular allergens.

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Prevention of Canine Atopy

As with other hypersensitivity reactions, atopic reactions can be prevented by keeping the dog away from the allergens that trigger the reactions. It can be tricky to identify the allergen or combination of allergens that cause atopy in a given animal. However, if the allergens are not otherwise obvious, it is medically possible to identify them using skin allergy testing. Another thing that can help to reduce a dog’s atopic skin reactions is to minimize its exposure to all things in the environment that are known sources of itchiness, such as fleas, ticks, mites, poison ivy and poison oak, so that the discomfort caused by atopy is not compounded.

Special Notes

Most atopic dogs are allergic to more than one environmental allergen. Atopy can’t be “cured” in the traditional sense of the word. However, it can be controlled with medication, diet and lifestyle changes. Fortunately, this disorder is not life-threatening, but it does require regular veterinary attention and owner management to ensure that affected dogs have the best possible quality of life.