Your Poodle and your cat acted out by two people (A Video)

If you have a Poodle (or another kind of a dog) and a cat at home, you will love this video. Here’s a funny portayal of your Poodle and your cat acted out by two people on video. One guy is the dog and the other is the cat. I laughed my can off watching this one. You should get a good laugh, too.

Can you relate to this at all? Even though there are some stereotypes which may not be the case, but seeing this reminded me of many of the differences between my poodle and cat that are really like that. Did you find this funny or enjoyable? Please leave your feedback in the comments section.


Your Poodle may offer clues to human compulsive behavior

It is possible that your poodle may offer clues to human compulsive behavior.  A recent study led by Professor Hannes Lohi at the University of Helsinki, Finland offers insights into the the compulsive behavior in humans by the study of such behaviors in the canine world.  The researchers claim that certain dog behaviors such as tail chasing could be helpful in uncovering the cause of OCD in humans.  Environmental and genetic factors were explored as part of the study.


dogs like this poodle may help us to understand OCD in humans

Your Poodle may offer clues to human compulsive behavior

The genetics research group, based at the University of Helsinki and the Folkhälsan Research Center and led by Professor Hannes Lohi, has in collaboration with an international group of researchers investigated the characteristics and environmental factors associated with compulsive tail chasing in dogs. A questionnaire study covering nearly 400 dogs revealed several similarities between compulsive behavior in dogs and humans: early onset, recurrent compulsive behaviors, increased risk for developing different types of compulsions, compulsive freezing, the beneficial effect of nutritional supplements, the effects of early life experiences and sex hormones and genetic risk. The study shows that dogs offer an excellent animal model for studying the genetic background and environmental factors associated with human obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD). The study has been published in the journal PLoS ONE on July 27, 2012.

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368 different dogs were involved and the owners completed a questionnaire about stereotypical behavior.  Blood samples of the dogs were also taken and the researchers were able to find a possible link between vitamin supplements and decreased tail chasing.  More studies will be needed to determine if there is proof that vitamins and other supplements could be helpful in reducing compulsive behavior in dogs.  The head of the study, Dr. Hannes Lohi said that Dogs may turn out to be of significant use in investigating the causes of human psychiatric diseases.


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.

poodle behavior

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.

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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!

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Why Do Poodles And Other Dogs Do What They Do

My poodle Lucy does some things that I find interesting and somewhat unusual and I found an article that explains some of the reasons Why Do Poodles And Other Dogs Do What They Do.

For instance, when she plays with her toys, my poodle will shake and shake the little toy back and forth vigorously over and over and I thought she was just having a ball with it. But as this article explains, it is an instinctive movement that simulates holding it’s prey and the shaking is to make sure it is dead. This is not what I would have expected or assumed at all.

When Lucy would go outside, she would often chew on the grass and the dandelions and I thought that this was because she needed to vomit becuase something she had eaten had not agreed with her. But, as the following story shows, this is not always the case. Here’s a part of the recent news article about Why Do Poodles And Other Dogs Do What They Do. I think you will find this both surprising and informative, as I did.

Many of our dogs’ comical or unusual behaviors stem from instinct.

Dog’s wolf ancestors lived in the wild and fended for themselves, so every action had a specific purpose. Although today’s pet dogs are domesticated, they are still animals, and many of their wild urges and behaviors come to the surface during playing or feeding.

Here are some common questions about dog behavior and possible explanations for dogs’ actions:

1. Why do dogs eat grass?

Certainly, he is not a cow, so why is he chewing on the lawn? A popular explanation is that dogs eat grass when they have an upset tummy because it helps them to vomit, purging them of whatever is making them sick. If you are worried about your dog’s grass intake, try adding some veggies—such as unsalted green beans or a cut-up carrot—to his diet.

Another common belief is that dogs eat grass to improve digestion or to address a dietary deficiency, such as a need for fiber. Some believe that dogs instinctually seek the minerals in the grass or the actual plant fibers themselves. When the wild relatives of dogs (including wolves and coyotes) consume their prey, they also eat the animal’s stomach and its contents, which often includes grass. This may create a craving for them to consume grass. There is no one answer, but there are plenty of theories.

To test the popular theory that dogs eat grass because they know they are sick and need to vomit, veterinarians at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine conducted a survey in which they questioned 1,600 pet owners. Here are their results:

* 80 percent of healthy dogs with access to plants had eaten grass or other plants

* 68 percent of responders said their dogs ate plants daily or weekly

* Only 8 percent of dogs exhibited signs of illness prior to ingesting plants

* Only 22 percent of dogs vomited after eating plants

The researchers concluded that eating grass may not be directly related to feelings of illness. They believe that the consumption of grass is likely an inherited trait from their ancestors who also ate grass. It is believed that wolves eat grass to help purge internal parasites and to prevent the parasites from accumulating in the digestive system.

Try to keep your dog from eating grass by not leaving him unattended in grassy areas or by telling him “leave it” whenever he starts to go for a mouthful of greenery. If your dog absolutely insists on eating grass, limit it to your own yard and do not use fertilizer or weed killer on your grass, as these chemicals can make dogs sick. This educational website describes these reasons in detail and gives good insight into some of the theories behind dogs’ grass eating.

And, if you are wondering about what the toy-shaking is all about when your poodle is playing with a toy, check out what this author says about this kind of behavior.

Why do dogs shake their toys?

This is a predatory instinct that originates from their predecessors’ hunting behaviors.

We must remember that our domestic dogs came from their wolf ancestors, and wolves hunt to eat. As unpleasant as it sounds, shaking the prey back and forth is an effective way for a wolf to kill its prey. By clamping down and giving the animal a few vigorous shakes, the wolf can easily and quickly break the animal’s neck or spine. In those days, a dog who didn’t play with his food didn’t eat!

According to the Woof Report, our dogs today still have many of these instincts deep inside them, and they often come out during play or feeding time. When a dog shakes a toy, he is making sure it is good and dead.

Other hunting behaviors that can come out during play are stalking, pouncing and chasing. Shaking toys during play is completely normal and is a dog’s outlet for his predatory instincts.

While not every instance of funny or odd behavior stems from ancient instincts, many of them do and this is one of the reasons Why Do Poodles And Other Dogs Do What They Do.

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