The Best Dog Breeds

Choosing a dog can be a challenging experience. There are individuals who are concerned about selecting the appropriate breed, the appropriate age, and are looking for the right kinds of features for their family had there are many things to consider, after all, most of these pets will become members of the family. For first-time dog owners, there are many questions to consider. A dog has to fit in with your lifestyle. If you are young and enjoy doing many outdoor activities such as jogging, hiking, fishing, and other things, you should consider a dog that enjoys these types of activities as well. Depending on which breed you’re looking at, some dogs are more inclined to participate in these types of activities. Families must also consider the aspects of young children, family activities, commitment and more. Many families enjoy the company of a golden retriever. These dogs are known to be great companions that are sweet and loyal. They are very tolerant of small children that are known to be friendly. They like playing fetch and retrieving things, and our favorite for many families.

The idea is to match the lifestyle of the family or individual with the dog they select. Some dogs enjoy just laying around for the entire day. Others need constant attention, walks, and things to do.

Betty S. Egger is a retired dog trainer that has spent more than 20 years in the industry. She advocates the proper pairing of dog, breed, and personality with the honest evaluation of the lifestyles of the individual that is seeking a pet. She says that the focus should be more than a question of the breed, it is a question of the qualities of the breed and the individual dog.


The Benefit of the Family Pet

For many people, a pet is a true member of their family. The statistics indicate that more than three out of five households in the United States own some kind of pet. But the word pet is not descriptive enough to capture what these relationships are truly like. A quick look at the thriving pet industry is all the vindication you need to know that pets are important to us in ways that go far beyond ownership. In fact, some studies have revealed that more than 90% of pet owners regard their pets as members of their family. It is an interesting fact that pets also receive gifts at holiday time and for birthdays.

These facts are hardly a surprise to those that are close to the pet industry. For many years, there have been continued reports about the value of pets within a family and with individuals. Being the kind of pet owner that has a dog has been reported to have a health and therapeutic benefit for the owner, according to many studies over the years. Pets are found in many situations where they are designed to help with these kinds of benefits. For example, many senior centers employ dogs as a means of introducing beneficial effects. People with disabilities often work with service dogs that provide companionship and specific duties to aid that person in getting through the day. Within certain prison systems, dogs are utilized in a variety of ways that help prisoners, guards, and the public. Betty S. Egger is a retired dog, trainer. She feels that pets are a natural part of many families, and she supports responsible adoption.

The Seattle Life

The city of Seattle, Washington was recently voted the most popular city in the entire United States. It has a booming economy, a vibrant culture, a beneficial job market, and many other things going for it. Most people know about the coffee, the city’s professional football success with the Seattle Seahawks, the fact that it rains there quite a bit, and other factoids. While all of those things are true, they only focus on a particular slice of what it means to live, breathe, and work in and around the city of Seattle. First of all, Seattle is a very fit town. There are many physical fitness activities that are done in groups and an individual basis. This is evidenced by the fact that across the city and its suburbs, garages are filled with sports gear such as bicycles, skis, paddle boards, and more. The city also embraces a number of progressive values. Ride-sharing, public transportation, recycling, and other signs of this are present everywhere you go. For example, the Microsoft Corporation and Amazon both provide a free bus service for their employees. These are large employers that are in tune with the values of the people in that city.

Betty S. Egger is a retired dog trainer that more than 20 years in the industry. She lives in the metropolitan area known as Mercer Island. As a dog trainer, she was finally tuned to the values of the people in the city. They embrace pets, and this is evidenced by the fact that there are 14 off-leash areas specifically for dogs in the city alone.

Which Dog Food?

Each day, dogs eat some sort of dog food as there are many to choose.  Dogs don’t buy dog food. People do and the dog food industry is one that is global in nature, and it offers many choices to consumers. People who are looking for the right kind of dog food for their dog are inundated with choices from a market that is filled with as much marketing as one can handle. Faced with so many choices and an endless stream of information, they can be difficult to select the right dog food for a dog. Thankfully, there is a variety of sites available on the Internet that are dedicated to advising people on dog food choices.

Shared ratings from the community address elements about each formulation such as the nutritional composition, the flavor, the price, their overall satisfaction, and many other factors when it comes to dog food. Every dog is different, and there is no better way to find out things about the best dog food than to try a small selection of dog food varieties. Some dogs exhibit specific health problems, which means that there is another dimension of questions that requires review.

Betty S. Egger is a retired trainer of dogs that worked in the industry for 20 years. She says that one of the best ways to approach the search for the best dog food is to open up a line of communications with your local pet store specialist. If your dog is of a certain breed, there are likely communities within your neighborhood or online that have an opinion that is specific to that breed. For best results, online searches can also be best utilized by limiting the scope to highly rated products.

Brain Breaks for Humans and for Dogs

According to studies down all across the nation, some of the best ways to attain information and keep the brain fresh and ready to soak in information is to take a break. Research shows that humans need to give their brains a break when they are studying for a test or doing their homework. That is one of the main reasons elementary students are given recesses throughout their school days. Students leave the classroom for a few minutes and come back with a new mind that is refreshed and ready to learn.

What is interested about brain breaks is that they are not limited to just humans. Dogs need to have brain breaks as well. Often during the youth stage of a dog, they go through a lot of training in order for them to learn how to please their owners. The training is a type of school for dogs, and too much training can cause a dog to lose interest and focus. When a dog is unfocused, then they are not listening to their owners. So when an owner take their dog they need to be sure that they allow their dog to enjoy a break every now and then during the course of training.

Betty S. Egger has been a professional dog trainer for twenty years. Her experience has helped a large amount of people connect with their dogs through the training experience. Egger knows and understands that all dogs need to have breaks during their training sessions in order for them to have the best success in their training.

Dog Training – Brain Breaks

Everyone needs a break, even your dog. When you were in grade school, you got recesses, lunches, and passing periods to reset your brain and prepare you for more learning. Dogs need the same brain breaks when they are in training class. Dogs can only handle so much training at a time before they begin to lose focus. Teaching your dog any kind of obedience or potty training takes time and patience, and a willingness to at least meet your dog halfway when you’re trying to train him. Even professional dogs, like rescue dogs and K-9 police units, have days they can’t work because their brain is too exhausted. Everyone has bad days, and if you don’t give your dog mental breaks in your training, you will find him losing interest and focus more quickly and easily.

Dog trainers, especially those working with puppies, give their pupils time to rest their minds and their bodies frequently throughout their training sessions. Some dogs need some playtime between learning tricks to refocus and let out some of the frustration they may be feeling because they aren’t getting the tricks as quickly as you want them to. Dogs pick up on your feelings more easily than you think.

Betty S. Egger says that giving dogs those mental breaks is crucial because it allows them time to relax during what is always a stressful time for them with a trainer. This also allows the dog more time to get comfortable with his new setting in the trainer’s circle, especially with other dogs usually in its class.

Training Your Dog to Be a “Good Dog”

Dogs are passionate creatures that wear their hearts on their metaphorical sleeves. They care deeply for their owners and aim to please them as often as possible. Taking a dog to training classes is one of the best ways for owners to teach their dog what makes them happy. This allows the dog to learn their owner and become a better pet.

One of the ways that dogs try to make their owners happy is through protecting them. This sounds great, until it is late at night, and the dog “protects” the family by barking constantly at all the noises throughout the night. This type of protection is not what most homeowners want. Taking the dog to training courses helps the dog to understand the type of protection the owner truly would like.

What makes training effective is the time spent teaching the dog exactly what the owner wants from them. Thus, a dog can become a “good dog” and the owner can be happy with their canine friend. Though a dog may not quite be able to understand the reasoning behind why barking through the night is not good, teaching the beautiful beast what is good, helps them to focus on ways they can please their master.

Betty S. Egger is a retired dog trainer who spent twenty years training dogs. Though she mainly sticks to training the pets of her close friends and family, Egger answers questions for those who come to her wanting to learn some of her expertise. Egger lives with her five dogs in Mercer Island, WA.