Why Dogs Have Wet Noses?

Why Dogs Have Wet Noses?

A wet nose on your dog does not mean a runny nose. Your dog is not sick. Quite the opposite, you should look out if your dog’s nose is dry. A dry nose doesn’t necessarily mean that your dog is sick, but it could be a sign of dehydration, so it is always a good idea to keep an eye on their water intake. 

Dogs have wet noses for a few reasons. One is that a wet nose helps them to absorb scent chemicals. When a dog sniffs something, the moisture on their nose picks up scent particles and carries them to the olfactory receptors in their nose, which helps them identify the scent.

Another reason is that a wet nose helps dogs to regulate their body temperature. Dogs cool off by panting, which evaporates moisture from their tongues and noses. A wet nose helps to speed up this process, allowing them to cool down more quickly.

Lastly, a wet nose also helps dogs to stay hydrated. Dogs can lose a lot of fluids through panting, so a wet nose is an indication that they have enough fluids in their body to keep them hydrated.

In summary, dogs have wet noses to help them absorb scents, regulate body temperature, and stay hydrated. It’s an important feature that helps them to survive in their natural environment. 

© Gabriel Riesco, Pawmos Dog Training LLC |   All Rights Reserved February 2023

 Preparing Your Dog for a Baby: What You Need to Know

 Preparing Your Dog for a Baby: What You Need to Know

 

As a parent I know that bringing a baby into your home is one of the most exciting times in your life. It is also one of the most amazing experiences, but it comes with a lot of work and responsibilities that are time consuming. So it’s important to make sure your dog is ready for this big change. 

A well-prepared dog will be less likely to feel threatened or stressed with the new arrival and will be more likely to welcome the baby with unconditional doggy love. Having said that don’t take it for granted. 

If you are a first time parent just know that everything is going to change. No matter your intentions and your good planning you are going to have less time for your dog. There’s no way around it. 

What NOT to do.

A big mistake new parents make is to start spending more time with their dogs before the baby arrives. The thinking is to make up time now because they know they will be busy later with the baby. The problem with this is that when the baby comes the change from spending a lot of time to not spending barely any time is going to be more dramatic. This can lead to major behavioral issues. 

Here are some tips to help you get your furry friend ready for the arrival of your little one.

 

  • Gradually increase the amount of time your dog spends alone. This will help your dog get used to being alone, which will be important once the baby arrives and you have less time to spend with your pet. Start by leaving your dog alone for a few minutes at a time and gradually increase the length of the separation.

 

  • Introduce your dog to baby sounds and smells. Play recordings of baby cries, laughter, and other sounds so your dog can get used to the new noises they will be hearing. Also, get a blanket or other item that smells like the baby and let your dog smell it so they can get used to the new scent.

 

  • Train your dog self control and games where they learn to be calm around excitement. A well behave dog that trusts you and listens to you is going to learn to be at peace around the baby. Focus on commands like “place” and “ settle”.

 

  • Create boundaries and rules for your dog. Decide where your dog is and is not allowed to be when the baby is around, such as in the nursery or on the furniture. Also, establish rules for how your dog should behave around the baby, such as not jumping or barking.

 

  • Teach your dog to be calm on the leash indoors. Leash communication skills can help tremendously to create calmness and bonding. The leash is a tool that can let your dog and your baby share the same space in a safe and calm manner.

 

  • Set up a safe space for your dog. Designate an area where your dog can retreat to if they become overwhelmed by the new arrival. This can be a crate or a special room where they feel safe and comfortable.

 

  • Show your dog love and attention. Despite the new arrival, it’s important to continue to give your dog love and attention so they don’t feel neglected or pushed aside.

 

By following these tips, you can help your dog adjust to the new arrival and become a loving and supportive member of your family. Just remember to be patient, consistent, and positive in your training and interactions with your pet, and you’ll be sure to have a well-prepared dog who loves and welcomes your new baby.

 

         © Gabriel Riesco, Pawmos Dog Training LLC |   All Rights Reserved February 2023

 

 

 How Dogs Think And Learn?

 How Dogs Think And Learn?

How dogs think? 

Dogs are intelligent and affectionate creatures, and they have their own unique way of thinking and learning. Understanding how dogs think and learn can help us better understand our furry friends and improve our relationships with them.

Dogs think in a different way than humans do. They are primarily driven by their senses and instincts, and their primary mode of communication is through body language,  energy and some vocalization. Dogs process information in the present moment, which means they don’t have the ability to reflect on the past or anticipate the future in the same way that humans do.

How dogs Learn?

When it comes to learning, dogs have a remarkable ability to associate things with one another. Dogs also learn through observation and experience. They observe the behaviors and actions of their owners and other dogs, and they learn from the consequences of their own actions. This is why it’s important to provide dogs with consistent and understanding reinforcement, as well as opportunities to interact with other dogs and people.

They have the ability to learn through observation, repetition, and reinforcement. Here is a brief overview of how dogs learn:

  • 1. Observation: Dogs have the ability to learn by watching and observing other dogs or their human companions. For example, if a dog sees another dog being rewarded for sitting on command, they may learn to associate the command with the desired behavior and begin to sit on command themselves.

 

  • 2. Repetition: Repetition is a key aspect of dog training. When a dog is taught a new command or behavior, they may not understand it immediately. By repeating the command or behavior multiple times and rewarding the dog for successfully completing it, they will eventually learn the desired behavior.

 

  • 3. Reinforcement: Positive reinforcement is a key component of dog training. When a dog successfully completes a desired behavior, they should be rewarded with treats, praise, or other forms of positive reinforcement. This will help them to associate the desired behavior with a positive outcome, making them more likely to repeat the behavior in the future.

 

Overall, dogs are intelligent creatures that are capable of learning through observation, repetition, and reinforcement. With patience and consistency, you can train your dog to learn a variety of commands and behaviors. You can train your dog by using methods like Luring, shaping, capturing and mimicking. I’ll be writing more on this different methods and on what are their pro and cons of each one of them.

In conclusion, dogs have a unique way of thinking and learning that is different from humans. Understanding this can help us better understand and communicate with our furry friends. Whether you’re training a new puppy or just trying to build a stronger bond with your dog, taking the time to understand how dogs think and learn can be a valuable investment.

 

© Gabriel Riesco, Pawmos Dog Training LLC |   All Rights Reserved February 2023