Are Dogs Allowed In Target?

It’s time for another “Target run, and done!” headed to a store that sells canine-related products and is represented by a friendly dog as its mascot on advertisements. However, before you grab your Red card, shopping list and keys to rush out the door, make sure you leave your pup safely at home. If you do show up with your four-footed furry friend, expect to be asked to leave.

Target is not a pet-friendly store, and the company’s policy only allows service animals. What this means is that only registered service dogs are allowed. Don’t be confused thinking your emotional support animal will be welcome, either. The only canine their store policies support is a service dog.

Let’s get into more detail about the pet policy:

When you think of Target stores, a red bullseye logo probably comes to mind. For many, that red bullseye image may also conjure up a picture of a dog. More specifically, their official white mascot. Originally, this white dog sporting the infamous red rings around one eye was named Spot but is now called Bullseye. With all of their pet-friendly representation, when it comes to allowing pups inside the store, the official policy is anything but welcoming unless they are working pets.


As required by law, they do allow service dogs. Though, don’t think you can claim that your happy little furry companion is actually a support animal. Service and emotional support dogs are not the same thing. So, don’t walk into the store with a non-service animal and expect to go unnoticed.


According to a Target spokes representative as well as the official store policy, Target is not a pet-friendly store. An answer to the question about Target’s canine policy appeared on a social media post where an official representative answered the question as follows:

Only service animals are allowed inside. This policy exists to help provide a safe, distraction-free shopping experience for all guests… – Jen

To be fair, of course, health regulations regarding places that sell or store food items, grocery stores and most restaurants dictate that they cannot be pet-friendly. Though, some allow them on the patio outside. With this in mind, Target’s policy does fall under this restriction since the store does sell grocery items.

Conclusion

The next time you make a Target run, the best thing you can do is leave your pet safely at home. Otherwise, don’t be surprised if you are asked to take the dog out. Of course, another option is to choose a more pet-friendly store in which to shop.

My Dog Poops in The House in The Middle of The Night…And I Am Very Upset!

Greetings fellow dog lovers. You are probably here because your pooch does something we all dislike- your beloved dog poops in the house in the middle of the night while everybody else is asleep.

my dog poops in house in middle of night

Or, your pup wakes you up in the middle of the night and you have to stand there, wasting precious sleep time while he circles the yard, looking for a place to poo.

Then you have to decide, will you pick it up then or wait until the morning? Either option is unpleasant, you just want to sleep!

I know I struggled with this same issue.

My dog, Patch, was waking me up constantly and it was making me irritable in the morning, and my husband too.

Combine this with my toddler son who was potty training and sometimes wet the bed, and we were cranky all the time. I knew my son would outgrow his issue in time, but what about Patch?

Surely there had to be a solution that would be safe and helpful for our pet.

I tried all kinds of things- not feeding him after a certain hour, putting down puppy pads, and I even considered letting him stay outside for the night (it was summer time).

But I did not want him to feel lonely or left out of the family, so he stayed indoors. I felt helpless.

Things changed, however.

Naturally, I got to Googling during my lunch break at work, and my search led me to a cool product that worked well for our family, and I am sure it will work well for you too.

Brain Training 4 Dogs is no joke when it comes to making sure your pooch gets the boost he needs in his intelligence. You will just love how easy the program is, and how it magically unlocks your dog’s hidden intelligence.

Yes, you heard me correctly. Each and every pooch has a hidden intelligence inside, and it is all a matter of tapping into it.

Your pup can and will learn better, healthier habits that will keep the whole family happy. Everybody living in harmony is something we all can appreciate.

About Adrienne

The program is headed by Adrienne Faricelli, who is a CPDT-KA certified dog trainer, and she has been in the game of training pooches for the last ten years.

This lady knows her stuff! Her program is based upon a philosophy of kindness, science, and lack of force.

You will use positive reinforcements- that is, rewards-that will help you train your pet in a way that is fun for both of you. Everybody ends up satisfied.

It works by boosting the bond between you and your dog and sets him or her up for success. And yes, you can use it at any age.

Puppy, middle dog, or even an old dog- they can learn new tricks, despite what the old saying says.

It’s going to change your pup for the better in both the physical and mental sense.

Think about it,

We humans work for rewards.

We go to work because we are rewarded with paychecks and benefits.

We help friends or family because we like the feeling of pride we get by doing so, and because it means we can ask for help too if we need it. It’s not a bad thing to use treats on your dog at all!

And even if you don’t get it right the first time, Adrienne offers a training guide that will help you smooth out any wrinkles, so to speak, that arise out of training.

Plus, you need not worry about Adrienne’s resume. She is fully accredited to work with dogs. She has worked with them for ten years as a behavior consultant and certified dog trainer.

She has also worked with pets intended to be therapy and service dogs. Dogs love her, and she loves them. She’s highly trusted and sought after in her industry.

She became certified in 2010 by the Italian Association for Dog Trainers and Canine Consultants and is also a certified CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed) in the United States. It is required that you continuously take new courses so that your certification stays valid.

You can find her work in many popular publications, like USA Today, Daily Puppy, Nest Pets, E-How, and she also writes for Every Dog magazine and APDT Chronicle of the Dog. How’s that for somebody who’s in the know?

How Does It Work?

Most dog training that we use on our pooches is dominance training, which entails the dog behaving in such a way to avoid punishment.

This leads to the pooch feeling poorly about himself- we’re talking low self-esteem, lacking in trust, and slower learning.

But by being positive, you can ensure that your pooch will become a problem solver, learn faster, and actively wants to train.

This is done all by using positive reinforcement training!

Pricing and What’s Inside

The cost of this revolutionary program is just $47. That’s pretty affordable and costs a lot less than training collars, clickers and training spray. And once you pay it, you are all done-never have to pay it again after that. The program is yours for a lifetime.

You get the following when you sign up:

Brain Training for Dogs eBook (328 pages)

21 videos that teach you how to complete the training exercises with your dog and be successful at it!

An 89-page eBook all about Behavior Training for Dogs.

There’s even more in there….

Each step has its own video with it, so you can visualize what it is you need to do with your own pooch.

No guessing games here-it’s all outlined clearly. You will also enjoy access to the members only area where all this great stuff is located in one central spot.

Aside from the great training videos and tips, you can also enjoy some other good, dog related stuff, like Case Studies, a place to send your questions to Adrienne for review, and a community forum for members to chat with one another and get advice.

Owner Training

I was surprised at how much of this training focused on training ME.

Yes, I had to learn some new behaviors if I wanted this to work. You can too, just keep an open mind and stay positive.

The writing in the program is very easy to follow and is written in a way that everybody can understand it.

The instructions are clear and will ensure that you don’t miss any steps or get confused. And Adrienne knows that all dogs are different, so you will not be expected to follow everything to a tee.

There are definitely troubleshooting methods available that you can use in case something doesn’t go quite right.

You will also learn how to use clicker training. You will learn how to feed your dog treats in a way that he or she won’t accidentally bite your fingers.

There are also skills in this program that show you how to use food to your advantage, called fading food lures.

You will also learn about fading continuous rewards, adding verbal cues, and hand signals versus verbal cues, plus simplifying hand signals.

Behaviors You Can Fix

This program does wonders to fix those annoying behaviors. If your dog struggles with whining, barking, jumping, chewing or digging, this program can and will help you solve them.

You can read my whining story down below, as it is what Patch was struggling with at night.

Puppies and dogs whine because it was how their mothers responded to them as a way of providing warmth and food. But as they get older, the moms stop listening and the puppies stop whining because the moms do not feed into the behavior.

Another common issue is barking at nothing. If your pooch just barks for the sake of doing so, the goal is to stop reinforcing the behavior. You can keep your dog away from distractions, like windows, and also ignore the behavior altogether to stop it from happening.

To fix chewing issues, Adrienne offers some great tips. Patch has a nice KONG chew toy that keeps him busy in his crate.

Jumping dogs come as a result of us reinforcing the behavior when they were puppies. It’s cute then, but not so cute when they are 70 lbs! Adrienne shows you how to remedy this.

And for digging, Adrienne shows you how to stop that behavior and why it happens, too-some pooches need a cool place to lie, others are seeking a place to birth their puppies. It’s all covered in the program.

How Did It Work for Me?   

The program worked really well for me and Patch. Patch was whining a lot throughout the night, and it was because he had to poo.

So, I made sure to feed him when we all ate as a family, and then let him out later on. He would go and do his business, and I would not feed him until the morning. But still, he would whine a lot. I knew he did not have to go, as he had already done so earlier.

Adrienne’s technique taught me that responding to those behaviors encouraged them. Behaviors that are ignored go away over time.

I would listen for Patch to whine, and when he stopped, I made sure to go out and give him a treat.

This took a little while but guess what…there is no longer any whining.

He now stays in his crate all night long until the morning hours, when we take him out for his run around the yard and his bathroom break. It works like a dream, and now all of us are sleeping through the night!

Conclusion

For the simple fact that I no longer have to get up and deal with Patch’s whining, this program was so worth it to me. The price was right and very affordable, and much cheaper than consulting a dog expert or even a vet visit.

Plus, it is just the kind of training we wish for our pets- everything is kind, science based and free of force.

There are no shock collars or other punishment methods. Even if you are new to training a dog, you can do this.

You and your pooch enjoy a better connection overall as you work together to achieve the desired results. And the instructions are just a breeze to follow, and it’s all laid out clearly with videos and the ability to contact Adrienne if necessary.

Next time your dog poops in the house in the middle of the night, Don’t deal with it on your own any more. Just get the program and see for yourself how great it is!

Do Dogs think in barks?

Many pet owners wonder if their dogs do think in barks or if the language that our furry friends are using is actually understood in barks.

do dogs think in barks

While we as humans tend to have words that run through our mind as well as pictures and thoughts, your pet also has the same interpretation of languages and thoughts too.

It’s not unusual to feel on the same page as your pooch at times, and part of this could be due to the way that your pup learns language and expresses ideas inside its head.

In this article, we will explore the way that dogs understand the complex ideas in their lives and how you can work at training your pet using your language of choice.

We’re going to start with the process of exploring how a dog understands English and then move on to recognizing the signs of understanding and how to properly train your furry friend using your language of choice.

Does your dog understand English?

Many pet owners end up talking to their dogs, and as it turns out, studies show that over time, pets can be very aware of what we’re saying.

If you don’t believe that, maybe you’ll change your mind after watching this video.

Animals can really pick up on human body language as well as the tone of our voice. Eventually, they start to associate different words with different outcomes, which means that the language and sounds that we’re using will ultimately translate to our furry friends precisely what we’re thinking.

You may notice that when you take a stern tone with your pooch that they start to lick their lips or show other signs of nervousness. By studying some of the effects of your tone and body language, you can start to generate some happy responses from your pet just from language alone.

According to studies which have been completed by USA Today, dogs are also capable of making eye contact and listening for ongoing cues in the same way that infants would react to a parent.

When you start to notice your pup reacting with a head tilt or other similar actions this can indicate that they’re picking up on some of your instructions.

Pets can also start to observe our body language. In fact, studies have shown that dogs and infants reacted in much the same way when examining body language and building new relationships.

Therefore, by exerting positive body language with your pet they can relate to you and you can make a stronger bond.

The top signs your dog understands you

If you’re looking for signs that your pooch can truly understand you, there are some quick signs to watch for when you’re training and speaking to them. Some of the main looks that you can watch for with dogs can include:

Ongoing eye contact: When your pup starts to display continuous eye contact this is a good sign that they’re listing and in the right place to focus.

Alert ears: if your pooch has perked up ears when they hear your voice, this shows that they’re trying to understand or that they do understand what you’re saying.

Wagging tails: When a dog starts to wag their tail, this shows that they’re in a positive place and it often comes as a result of a positive tone or body language that you have displayed.

Head tilt: A head tilt is an obvious sign that a pooch is trying to understand what you are trying to say.
Although a head tilt can be used as a sign of confusion, it also works very well to show that your pooch is listening and attempting to understand you.

Completing early training: When your pup is attempting to understand some of your commands, they may go through some of the previous commands that you taught them.

If you’re asking a dog to sit they may immediately offer a paw to shake. Eventually, when the pup starts to learn the difference between commands or when they can focus better to your new commands, you can make progress with understanding and training.

How do we know dogs understand English?

Dogs are some of the oldest domesticated animals in the world, and they have been interacting with humans for thousands of years. That’s why researchers are suggesting that throughout evolution dogs to become more in tune with humans.

Because our furry friends are used to growing up in a domesticated state alongside humans, they have a stronger sense of observation when compared to some of their wild cousins.

Domesticated dogs often can pick up on body language and tones within our voice so that they have almost a superpower for learning English.

Moreover, pups often understand words in the way that they are being said. This means that if you start to attach a specific sound to words that you say or a tone to these words, you should maintain consistency throughout the training process.

Brain imaging done on dogs during training suggests that they processed words using the left side of their brains which is similar to the way humans understand languages.

Researchers have suggested with the imaging that has been present; dog brains process the sound of the word as well as the tone that we say the word when they become extremely familiar with the language.

Is there science behind the ways dogs understand us?

Dogs are not, in fact, thinking the exact same language that we speak as humans.

This means that no matter what language you speak your dog is unlikely to use this as the base action for thoughts or feelings in their head.

They do understand the sounds that you’re making and this is often the way that they associate commands.

A pup basically uses association in sounds to understand commands and eventually understand us.

When our furry friends continue to hear the same sounds they can begin to actually associate that sound with a given behavior or reaction.

They may hear the word “walk” and eventually discover that this means they are going for a walk.

They can hear “Shake” and after a long period of positive reinforcement, they can learn that it is a command for them to place their paw in your hand.

When you start to add in different tones to these words, your dog can essentially expand their vocabulary.

When you sound excited about asking for a walk, this will help your pet get more excited to go outside. When you offer a stern word when giving them a command, this can sometimes act as a negative or punishment for your pup when they are slow to obey.

Most of the time in training, positive reinforcement can be one of the easiest ways that pets can pick up new skills.

Dog brains often have their pleasure centers activated when they hear praising words. When you tell your pup “Good boy” in an excited tone, for example, this will eventually activate the same pleasure centers that your pup gets from eating a meal or when they are being petted.

How can I train my dog to understand me?

It’s possible to make sure that your pooch understands what you mean eventually.

Communicating with your pet can be an essential piece of training and making sure that they can remain obedient inside your home.

You can alternately choose the commands that will result in actions for your pet.

When you are training your pooch, you could have a command like “Tennis” to get them to sit with enough positive reinforcement.

It’s usually much more efficient to associate the action you would like your dog to do with the word that you know, or that is associated with that action.

If you are trying to prevent certain actions, it’s also important to keep a stern tone.

This could mean that if you see your dog chewing a shoe or making a mess on the carpet, you take an assertive tone and interrupt them in the process of that command.

When a pooch starts to understand your stern tones and a commands like “Stop” this will eventually be a command that will make them freeze and stop what they are doing.

Having a consistent word for preventing negative behavior can be important to help your pet understands when they are doing something they should not be.

Through mostly positive reinforcement and an addressing of negative behaviors when they occur, your dog can eventually start to associate the commands that you give with specific actions and positive reactions.

Conclusion

It turns out, dogs don’t think in English, but they don’t think in barks either.

While a bark may be one of the best ways for your dog to communicate with you, the way that they perceive your commands is mostly based on sound and repetition.

This is why proper training and practice is so important with your pet!

References

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0148296307002214 http://time.com/4775436/how-smart-is-a-dog-really/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/animal-emotions/201807/dog-smarts-the-science-what-they-think-about-and-know

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dogs-and-people-bond-through-eye-contact/

https://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/how-dogs-read-human-body-language/278

https://www.canidae.com/blog/2015/05/how-dogs-interpret-human-body-language/

11 Tips for Caring for a One Eyed Dog

It can be devastating to learn that your dog has developed a medical condition that may result in the loss of an eye. However, despite how difficult it may be to go through such a tragedy, the loss of an eye doesn’t mean the end of the road for your pup.

Still, you may need to adjust a few things around your home to make it more comfortable for your pooch.

11 tips for caring for your one eyed dog

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You may be worried about how your pooch will adapt to life with just one eye. However, the truth is, most dogs are quick to adjust to this change.

Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that this shift will come without its challenges. To help you, here are some tips to keep your pooch comfortable after such a big change.

Always provide your pup with good nutrition

I can never emphasize the importance of a healthy balanced diet for your pet. Proper nutrition becomes even more essential when your furry friend has eyesight problems.

Carrots and cantaloupe work really well when it comes to strengthening your pup’s vision. Such foods are also really good for protecting your pup against developing cataracts.

In addition to this, when you’re shopping for dog food, always search for food that contains beta-carotene as one of the ingredients. Beta-carotene is excellent when it comes to improving your pet’s vision.

You may also want to supplement your pup’s diet with vitamins as recommended by your veterinarian.
If you wish, you can also consult your vet on the best diet type for your recovering pet.

Regular check-ups with your veterinarian are important

This is a very important factor when it comes to preserving your pet’s eyesight as well as his general health. Regular checkups become even more essential as your furry friend ages or undergoes a life-altering surgery such as getting an eye removed.

Good, constant veterinary care can help your pooch preserve the eyesight in their remaining eye. Likewise, constant check-ups at the vet will help you monitor how your pup’s eye socket is healing after the surgery.

These consultations may also save your pooch’s remaining eye as any pre-existing condition may end up getting detected just in the nick of time.

Keep your pooch active

One of the easiest ways to ease your pet back into his normal life is by ensuring that he remains active.
Nevertheless, you should remember that each animal will cope with this change in his own way.

While some pets may quickly go back to their normal lives, other dogs may undergo a temporary period of confusion or fear.

Therefore, to help your pooch cope, keep him active. If he loves going for walks, take him out. If he enjoys playing fetch, you should play with him.

Participating in normal activities will help him adjust to his new life faster.

Safety first

Now that your pup is partially blind, you will have to step up and protect him from getting injured as he walks around the house.

The easiest way to do this is by getting on his level and identifying objects or surfaces that may pose a danger to him.

Watch out for things such as sharp table corners that may harm him. You can even choose to baby proof the house to keep your pet safe.

Teach your pet new commands

Another way in which you can take care of your one-eyed pup is by teaching him a set of commands that can help him cope with his new reality. For example, commands such as “watch” to alert him to watch out.

Although eyesight is only the third most important sense for dogs behind their sense of smell and hearing, it may still be quite an adjustment to go from full vision to partial blindness.

However, incorporating new commands in your pooch training can help ease the task.

Comfort your furry friend by talking to him

Remember that your pooch finds comfort in hearing your voice.

Talk to your pup in soothing tones to help him fight off any anxiety that he may be feeling.

Although dogs may not be able to tell what’s happening to them, they can easily sense a mood shift in their owners.

After the surgery, you should continue to talk to your pet as you normally would. This will help him adjust faster to his new life.

Map out your house for your dog

Now that your dog is visually impaired, you may have to think of innovative ways to map out the house for him.

You will need to find a way to safely guide him to his favorite naptime spot or to the outside. You can easily achieve this by attaching items such as bells or even wind chimes to guide him to the yard.

Create a base camp for your pup

What this simply means is that you should create a designated area for your pooch’s food and water and possibly even his crate.

The goal is to make sure that he finds his things easily. You can help him to identify his spot through unique smells or textures.

For example, you can cover his base camp with a textured mat. That way, he will always be able to identify if he’s in the right spot.

Make a routine for your pooch

This could be as simple as creating a routine from your dog’s bed to his food, to the backdoor and finally to his favorite napping spot.

You should also ensure that these paths always remain clear so that he doesn’t bump into objects in his way. When taking your pooch outside, you should keep him on a leash as you guide him to his spot to do his business.

Eventually, this routine will become engrained in your pet.

You may have to get new toys

This will become especially important if your dog also have vision impairment issues in the remaining eye. For example, balls with flashing lights are better suited for dogs with vision problems as compared to those without lights.

Your pup will still enjoy playing fetch with the flashing ball just like he did with his old ball.

Be patient with your pet

Each animal reacts differently to losing an eye. While some are quick to jump back into their old lives, others may take some time to adjust.

Therefore, if you notice that your pup seems a bit confused, you should be patient. It takes a while for the dog to adapt to his lack of depth perception. However, once he does, he will be good to go.

You can ease your pooch into this by gently touching him on the operated size. This will help him get used to contact from that side.

Conclusion

As a pet owner, it may be challenging to take care of a one-eyed dog.

However, what you should remember is that animals, unlike us human beings, don’t consider it to be a massive loss. In fact, they adjust pretty quickly to their new way of life.

Dogs don’t feel sorry for themselves as we humans do, they simply accept the situation and move on.

Therefore, soon after having the surgery, you will notice your pup goes back to his old cheery self. His other senses will kick in, and it will be like if he didn’t even lose an eye.

Further reading:

https://www.humanesociety.org/news/blind-pets

https://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/how-help-blind-dog-adapt/89248

https://www.handicappedpets.com/blind-dogs-advice-a-products-to-help-them/

https://www.hillspet.com/dog-care/routine-care/how-blindness-in-dogs-should-influence-your-care