Thousands of Poodles, dogs to be beaten and eaten in Yulin Dog Eating Festival

I have a really weird and silly question for you.  Would you beat, torture and eat your poodle for fun at a public festival?  I didn’t think so, but what about a dog that doesn’t belong to you?  Well, I know that you shudder to even think about that possibility as do I.  But it is actually the case in China at the Yulin Dog Eating Festival in China.

Dogs like Lucy, our Poodle, are eaten as a part of the dog eating festival every year in Yulin, China

There is a sad reality about the way that dogs are treated in the Yulin, Guangxi Zhuang region of China.  On June 21, 2013, another yearly tradition of a Dog Eating Festival began to the dismay of concerned and loving dog and poodle owners like ourselves.

Some animal rights organizations have claimed that tens of thousands of dogs are slaughtered each year for this so-called festival.  Many dogs are electrocuted, burned and even skinned while alive.

China has no animal welfare laws such as the ones in effect in the United States and other nations.

What can people do who are opposed to this kind of animal cruelty on such a huge scale?  There are a number of petitions we can sign online to help get the message to those in the Chinese government.  We can let them know of that this kind of treatment of animals is unacceptable and that it is time to end this dog-torturing food culture that deems dogs like our beloved poodles and other dogs just a piece of meat that can me maimed at will just for food.

 

Here are links to some of the petitions being circulated on the web:

 

http://www.petition2congress.com/10339/we-urge-chinese-government-to-stop-yulin-festival-eating-dogs-in/

 

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/698/040/400/oppose-to-dog-eating-festival-starting-21st-june/

 

If we all sign these and get our animal loving friends and fellow poodle and dog owners to sign, we might just be a little closer to putting a stop to this barbaric practice and take a big step closer to ending this dog cruelty in China once and for all.

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Finding the best treats for training your poodle

Training your standard poodle, miniature, toy poodle or other breed of dog is one of the most important parts of owning and caring for a dog. Finding the best treats for training your poodle is going to be one of the best things you can do for your dog training sessions. If you can find the treats that are like “doggy-crack”, you will find that the training will go a lot better for you.

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This poodle is practicing some training for a tasty treat

Finding the best treats for training your poodle

When you can find the best tasting treats that your poodle will crave, it will help to gain the dog’s focus and reduce some of the distractinon that can hinder your training progress. Dogs need to really be motivated to be able to focus on the commands and on you, rather than what else is going on around them. There are lots of smells, sounds and sights for your poodle to be distracted by and it is a lot easier when you have a treat that they go nuts for right in front of them when working with your dogs.

In a recent article in Petside.com, some of the top picks of trainers from all over gave their favorite choices for dog training and poodle training treats. Here is a small sample of those top picks:

Best Low Calorie Training Treat: Zuke’s Mini Naturals

About the size of a piece of Kibble, these soft mini dog treats have less than 3.5 calories each, so you don’t have to worry if you give your dog several in one sitting. “One thing I am considerate of is what the dog is happy with and above all not allergic to,” says Georgina Bradley, Top Dog at DogStars Training Academy. Zuke’s Minis come in several flavors to help you avoid allergy triggers including salmon, chicken, rabbit and peanut butter.

Best Outdoor Training Treat: Hot Dogs

“When you’re training a dog, especially in distracting environments, parents should always use something soft and smelly,” says Laura Roach, Dog Trainer of Camp Bow Wow. When there are a lot of distractions outside, a biscuit might not peak your dog’s interest, but lunch meat, semi-moist dog food rolls and good old fashioned hot dogs are more likely to entice your pooch. Roach says to cut hot dogs into little pieces. If your dog has a sensitive belly, you should test a tiny piece of a hot dog before using this dog treat for training.

Read more from the original article here

When it comes to finding the best treats for training your poodle, it depends on your poodle’s tastes and if it has any allergies to certain foods. Small bits of cooked chicken can also work well, but generally speaking, your training treats should be very small and strong smelling to your pooch. Dry kibble can work, sometimes, but a hot dog will always win out in the end.

If you want to give the Zuke’s Mini Naturals Dog Treats a try, you can get some today by ordering online at Amazon.  You can use our affiliate link below to order some.

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Poodle Behavior Problems

Are Poodle Behavior Problems getting you stressed out these days?  Even with good training, some poodle can still have unwanted behaviors that are tough to eliminate completely.

Most of the problems I hear about people with poodles or other dogs complaining about are barking, knocking over the trash, aggressive behavior with other dogs, licking and chewing on your shoes and other good stuff.

Lucy still likes to chew the stuffing out of the sofa occasionally, but she’s much better than she used to be.  Otherwise we’ve eliminated almost all of the unwanted behaviors.  We are working  on getting her not to growl at other dogs while passing them while walking on a leash, which she still does once and a while.

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You can teach an old poodle new tricks with good training

Here are some good tips on how to go about working with difficult behavior modification using various methods and training techniques and commands.

 

Poodle Behavior Problems

 

What am I to do, you ask? Well, ideally, it’s what you should have done all along – from the beginning. But if you’re reading this you probably need this list.
Here’s the easy short list:
•    Exercise is critical. Constructively manage that energy and provide him with two good walks a day with you or other responsible family member plus toys that dispense kibble (his dry dog food) slowly so that he begins to earn part of each meal by working the toys.
•    Schedule regular dog obedience training exercises on leash in the house. Work on the basic commands to give him a sense of working for you rather than you following his lead. Get him really good at come, sit and down.
•    Put him on an earn-to-learn program to earn his food, toys and love and affection.
•    Make a list of all dog behavior problems you want to fix (like jumping) – and prioritize the list.
•    Make a list of what causes each problem (like a visitor.)
•    Then determine what you would prefer your dog to do (like a sit.)
•    Work on your program daily – on leash and set your goals but don’t push your dog. Enjoy the process!
To get the most from your dog, let him know what you expect of him with your rules.
Set boundaries about your personal space. If he learns to respect your personal space, he will eventually respect the personal space of other family members and your guests.
For your dog to get the most from you, he will figure out (sooner than later) what the results of living by your rules and boundaries will yield: long walks with you – his favorite person and that great dog behavior will get an occasional trip to the beach or park with you.
His best learned lesson is giving before receiving –knowing that he must give a simple sit before he receives anything.
Being consistent with any program takes time. That’s why you should enjoy the process. Take pride in each small step in the right direction.

See the original article here

 

Start with one of the more undesirable Poodle Behavior Problems and work with one at a time using consistent reward based commands.  Do a little bit each day so neither you or your dog is overwhelmed.  A little training goes a long way, but be consistent with both your voice, hand signals and your routine.  Your poodle is very intelligent and has an inherent desire to please you.  Sometimes, behaviors get a little set in stone, so be patient as you try to work with your dog to gradually eliminate them and turn them around.

If you like this post or have learned something about poodle behavior issues and poodle training tips, please share it with others and like it on facebook.  Other people have training issues they want to work out as well.   Thanks for reading!

If you are looking for a great book on dog behavior, I recommend getting How To Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication by Stanley Coren available at Amazon.  This book is highly rated and has gotten excellent reviews from it’s readers.   You can pick up a copy today by clicking the link below.

 


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Why Do Poodles Lick People?

Did you ever wonder Why Do Poodles Lick People?  I had a cocker spaniel who would give me a lick or two, but my miniature poodle, Lucy, just licks and slurps me like crazy and won’t stop until I get up.

Some say it’s because your poodle or dog is expressing love and affection.  I know that Lucy is so happy to see me every day that I get a wet sloppy greeting from her on my face.  I think it’s part affection and part respect.  In a way, I think she is letting me know I am in charge.  In the wild, the more subordinate dogs will lick the pack leaders.   Sometimes Lucy will lick me when someone comes into the house she does not know.  This sort of lets the person know that I am important to them.

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Lucy our poodle loves to lick my face

For one thing, the licking process is learned early on in dogs from the mother.  The mother will lick it’s newborn pups to stimulate them and get them to begin breathing, as well as getting them cleaned up a bit.  The licking process is an instinctive one and it goes back to when they were born.

Poodles like to lick their human friends because we taste good.  In actuality, our skin is slightly salty and our glands are constantly emitting our scent along with salt.  Dogs get information from their nose and we are unconsciously giving information to our poodles all of the time.

Why Do Poodles Lick People?

Taken from petplace.com, the following excerpt offers a perspective on the question of why poodles like to lick people.

I don’t believe dogs express their sometimes quite profound feelings for their owners by licking or “kissing.” In fact, I don’t believe dogs really “kiss” at all. Perhaps some dogs are so awed by their owners that they feel the need to signal their ongoing deference by face licking. Call it love, if you will.

One other thing we should always bear in mind is that any behavior can be enhanced learning. Psychologist BF Skinner immortalized the concept that reward increases the likelihood of a response. So it is with licking. If a dog licks his owner’s face – perhaps as a vestige of maternal lip licking, perhaps out of anxiety, or just because his owner’s face tastes salty – and his behavior is greeted with attention, hugs and (human) kisses, he will likely repeat the behavior in future. In such cases the dog learns just how to push he owners buttons and the owner becomes analogous to a vending machine.

So while face licking may not represent true romantic love, it nevertheless can sometimes be interpreted as some token of a dog’s affection or respect … and that’s nothing to sniff at.

Original story may be found here

Be it instinct, or be it a way of your dog feeling comfort or showing it’s respect, it is a part of being a poodle or a dog.  There may be many different reasons as to the question of Why Do Poodles Lick People.  For me, it is a part of my daily life with Lucy, the poodle, and I feel somehow more connected with her when she is giving me her kisses and licks.  It’s funny though, that once she starts, it’s hard to get her to stop licking me

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