About Dogs

Below is some information you may find useful.

Unusual Eating Habits
How to Pick a Dog Trainer Page 1 and Page 2
Dog Trainer List (PDF document)
Dog Barking Brochure (PDF document)
How to Manage Destructive Chewing (PDF document)
Understanding Aggression in Dogs (PDF document)
How to Crate Train Your Dog (PDF document)
Deterrents to Stop Unwanted Behavior (PDF document)
How to Introduce Your New Baby to Your Pet (PDF document)
How to Introduce Your New Dog to Your Cat (PDF document)
Selecting a veterinarian
Separation anxiety Page 1 and Page 2
The canine escape artist Page 1 and Page 2
Training your dog when (and when not) to bark Page 1 and Page 2
Disaster preparedness for pet owners (PDF document)
Emergency/first aid procedures (PDF document)

What causes behavior problems in dogs?

Boredom and excess energy are two common reasons for behavior problems. Dogs are meant to lead active lives. Socialization to ensure he’s exposed to a wide variety of experiences and people are also as essential as good health and a good relationship between pet and owner.

How can I tell if my dog is bored?

If in doubt, take him out. Destructive chewing and incessant barking may be signs of boredom. Even yard-bound dogs can suffer from lack of variety in their lives. The best way to know if your dog is bored is your own behavior. If he’s getting plenty of exercise and has opportunities to interact with other people and pets, he’s less likely to suffer from boredom, loneliness and anxiety.

What’s the best way to teach kids to approach someone else’s dog?

Encourage them to ask the owner for permission first and inquire if the dog is friendly. Always approach someone else’s dog calmly with a lowered hand so they can sniff you first before you attempt to pet it. Refrain from looking him in the eyes. It’s best to never try to pet a sleeping dog.

How can I teach my dog not to be such a scaredy cat?

Most fears will not go away on their own and may sometimes get worse. Begin by exposing your dog to a very low level of whatever he’s afraid of. For example, if he is afraid of bicycles, start with a bicycle placed at a distance of 100 feet from your dog. Reward him for calm, non-fearful behavior in the presence of the bicycle. Gradually move the bicycle closer. As long as your dog remains relaxed, reward him with treats and praise. If at any point he becomes anxious, move the bicycle further away and proceed at a slower pace. Patient repetition works best.

What do I do if my dog is an escape artist?

Finding the reason for escape is the first step. For climbing or jumping dogs, add an extension to your fence that tilts inward at about a 45-degree angle. For digging dogs, bury chicken wire at the base of your fence and place large rocks at the base. Remember exercising your dog on a daily basis is always a good way to prevent your dog from becoming bored and looking for adventure.

How do I pick a dog trainer?

Download a resource list compiled by the Hawaiian Humane Society. A number of trainers offer classes at the Society. To find the right trainer for you and your pet, start by asking a lot of questions and observe classes. Look for positive reinforcement, which is offering something pleasant immediately following a good behavior. It makes that behavior more likely to occur in the future, and is one of the most powerful tools for shaping or changing your pet’s behavior.

What’s a good way to start socializing my puppy? I don’t want to make him nervous with something too new that he’ll be frightened.

If he’s too young to be out and about, start at home. Host a puppy petting party where you invites friends and family over to meet your newest family member. Limit exposing your new pup to outside diseases by asking guest to leave their shoes at the front door and washing their hands before interaction.

My puppy tends to play rough and nips at me. How can I prevent this?

When puppies play with each other, they use their mouths. Puppies usually want to bite or “mouth” hands during play or when petted. Give your puppy an alternative by redirecting his desire to a chew toy. Ice cubes can help a teething puppy. Stop play immediately when she puts her teeth on skin so that she learns that it’s unacceptable, never engage in rough play.

Our veterinarian recommends that our puppy be kept away from other animals until his last vaccination at 3 months. What is the reason?

Your veterinarian’s concern is protecting your pet from disease-carrying playmates. But just as humans in infanthood are already on the fast track to defining their social and emotional profiles, so are puppies. Animal behaviorist believe that a dog’s social flexibility is largely defined by four months of age. The Hawaiian Humane Society recommends that you begin socializing your puppy as soon as possible after his first vaccination as long s the experiences are low risk, pleasant and non threatening.

How can I prevent my puppy from gnawing on the furniture?

Chewing can relieve pain caused by incoming teeth. For older dogs, it’s nature’s way of keeping jaws strong and teeth clean. Chewing also combats boredom and can relieve mild anxiety or frustration. You can offer your puppy ice cubes, special dog toys that can be frozen or frozen wet washcloths to chew, which might help numb teething pain. Although puppies do need to chew on things, gentle guidance can teach your puppy to restrict chewing to appropriate objects, like his own toys.

Are there any tips to house training a dog?

Try to take your dog out every couple of hours. Get your dog to recognize that each time that he goes outside to do his business, he gets rewarded with a treat. If you catch him in the act of eliminating somewhere inappropriate, make a noise to startle him and stop him. Then immediately show your dog where you want him to go by running with him outside, waiting until he goes, and then offer him praise and a treat.

My dog hates water. How can I make bathing less traumatic for her?

Most dogs don’t mind getting and staying dirty. If your dog is really water averse, bathe him quickly and dry thoroughly. Warm water and a soothing tone can help. Plus, if he learns that bath time always ends with special treats, brand-new chew toys, the start of a favorite game, a walk in the park or dinnertime—he’ll soon learn to feel better about it.

How can I get my dog more comfortable around others so that I can enroll him in doggie day care?

Dogs that have not been well socialized can find day care overwhelming. So start by visiting a friend or family member’s dog that’s shy to start. As they build their confidence together, visit a nearby dog park. Once you pet is more socialized to different dogs, sights and sounds, she’ll be ready to enjoy day care. Daycare for dogs provides a great antidote for bored, lonely or high-energy dogs with busy families who work away from home all day and don’t want to leave their dogs alone.

How long does it take to house train my dog?

It really depends on the individual. Puppies gain full bladder control between 3 and 5 months old. However, it’s not uncommon for pups to make mistakes until about 8 months. Adult dogs can vary somewhere between 1 and 5 months. Dogs don’t want to soil areas they live in so limiting access and earning the privilege of more access to the house are essential.

What is clicker training?

Clicker training is a method of animal training that uses a sound—a click—to tell a cat or dog they’ve done something great. Remember to follow every click with a treat. After you click, offer a treat immediately. The Hawaiian Humane Society sells clickers for $3. Call 356-2219 for more information.