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Playing By The Rules: Dog Park Etiquette

Luciano Aguilar Dog Park Etiquette, Los Angeles Dog Training 

Dog parks are conveniently fenced-in areas where you and your pooch can socialize with other pet pals. The problem is, some dogs — or dog owners — aren’t always so nice. Our Pet Pro

“An off-leash dog park is a great place to take a dog for canine play and companionship,” says Aguilar. But things could quickly get ugly if you and others don’t practice good dog park etiquette.

Before you go to a dog park, you want to make sure your dog is social toward other dogs. If not, a dog park isn’t for him. You also want to make sure your dog has all his vaccines so that he doesn’t bring home any diseases. If your male dog isn’t neutered, beware of any rough-housing: A simple game can become disastrous in the blink of an eye. Similarly, if your female dog is in heat, don’t bring her to the dog park – you’d be asking for trouble.

While your dog is having fun, it’s your time to supervise and make sure your dog’s visit is a pleasant one. Some dogs like to be around their owners more than the other dogs – and that’s okay because dogs don’t have to be part of the pack. If they’re happy being around you, that’s fine. Finally, make sure to clean up after your dog – it’s only right.

One viewer recently asked: “When I take my just-cleaned dog to the dog park, I’m afraid he’ll pick up new fleas. Should I worry about this?”

Aguilar says that you should definitely have some concern about fleas and ticks at a dog park. Not everyone is going to care as much as you do about cleanliness. Any preventative flea or tick product will definitely help reduce the risk of infestation.

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Luciano Aguilar Dog Park, Los Angeles Dog Training

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Preparing Your Dog For Takeoff

Luciano Aguilar Dog On Plane, Los Angeles Dog Training

Commercial airlines transport more than two million pets each year. Dogs are, by far, more frequent fliers than cats. Our Pet Pro, Luciano Aguilar, shares how to make your dog’s next flight as safe and comfortable as it can be.

Traveling by air has its own set of challenges, so bringing a dog into the mix can really get complicated. Getting a dog onboard a plane definitely takes planning and preparation. Airlines vary in policies on transporting pets. You don’t want to find out after the fact that it’s going to be very difficult or impossible to take your pet with you.

Here’s what you need to find out from the airline in advance:

• Do they allow dogs on their flights?

• Can you bring your dog as carry-on or will he have to travel as cargo?

• What types of pet carriers does the airline accept?

• What time should you arrive at the airport to check him in?

• It can be as much as three hours before take-off. Where is cargo
check-in located? It’s often in a different area of the airport.

Airlines will charge you an extra fee. The amount depends on whether your pet rides as carry-on or cargo. Fees vary from airline to airline.

Generally, you can carry on a small dog that fits in a soft carrier and that can be stowed under the seat in front of you during takeoff and landing. At no time are carry-on dogs allowed to wander the aisles. And keep in mind, dogs can get fussy. Nobody likes a crying baby on a plane, but it’s kind of expected. A barking or whining dog is not. Be prepared to get some dirty looks or complaints from other passengers if you can’t control your dog.

Temperatures in the plane’s cargo hold can get uncomfortably hot. Some airlines only let pets fly in the cooler months or during certain times of the day in the warmer months.

When preparing your dog’s kennel for air travel, you want to put some type of bedding in it. You can use some newspaper or a blanket to make his flight a little more comfortable. It’s a good idea to clip your dog’s nails before you travel so they won’t snag on anything. Make sure the kennel is well labeled with your dog’s name and your name, address and phone number. Cargo or carry-on, airlines require a health certificate from a veterinarian declaring that your dog is fit to fly.

Don’t forget to bring a leash and keep it with you. And have a recent photo of your dog just in case, for whatever strange reason, he goes missing. Be sure to walk your dog before checking in and as soon as you arrive at your destination.

Like parents of small children, you have to decide if flying with your dog is something you really want to do. Consider the added expense, effort and anxiety it can cause and decide what’s best for you — and for your dog!

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Luciano Aguilar Dog Plane, Los Angeles Dog Training

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How To Housebreak Your New Puppy

Luciano Aguilar House Breaking Puppy, Los Angeles Dog Training

Bringing home a new puppy is a lot of fun, but house-breaking it can be a real chore. Our Pet Pro, Luciano Aguilar is here to help you along the road to clean carpets and floors – because we all want our pets to do their ‘business’ in the appropriate spot.

“Puppies come with a lot of responsibility and one of the first and most important things is teaching her when and where to go to the bathroom,” says Aguilar.

Aguilar explains that there are four times puppies most commonly have to relieve themselves:

1. When they wake up
2. About 20 minutes after food or water intake
3. After extreme play
4. Right before bedtime

While training, Aguilar recommends keeping your puppy on a leash, even inside the house. This will help you monitor them and note their changes in behavior. Remember, accidents are going to happen so remain calm and just clean it up.

Puppy housebreaking may be quicker if your puppy sleeps in a crate. She will quickly learn that she has to wait to do her business.

Take your puppy out every two hours and don’t rush her. Go to the same spot every time and make sure everyone involved in the house-breaking process is using the same elimination spot. The odor from the previous visits will make your puppy familiar with the same spot over and over again. Keep in mind that most puppies can be house-broken when they’re between 14 and 20 weeks old.

Aguilar reminds us that house-training a puppy takes time and patience, but the effort you put in up front will definitely have a lasting payoff…in the back end!
If you’ve got a dog-related question, ask Luciano using the questionnaire form below.

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Luciano Aguilar House Breaking Dog, Los Angeles Dog Training

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Grooming Services On The Go

Luciano Aguilar Mobile Grooming Lidia Mora

You want your dog healthy and looking its best every day. Here’s a convenient, money-saving idea from our Pet Pro, Luciano Aguilar.

Mobile pet grooming can make clean-up time less traumatic for your pet. But before the mobile groomer arrives take your dog for a long walk to run off that extra energy. It also gives him an opportunity to relieve himself. Don’t feed your dog before his grooming appointment. There is some handling involved and it could make him stressed out or sick. We don’t want that.

In a typical drop-off grooming situation you drop your dog off, tell your groomer what you want and leave. But mobile grooming allows you to check on your dog while he’s being groomed and give your input if need be.

Aguilar reminds us that good groomers do a thorough examination. They check your dog’s coat for any bumps, moles or diseases such as mange. Ear infections are painful and can cause a dog to scratch or whine, so your groomer should check and clean your dog’s ears thoroughly.

Tooth decay is also something common in dogs and your mobile pet groomer puts on her doggy-dentist hat for a thorough mouth inspection. Oral hygiene is just as important to dogs as it is to humans.

Luciano answered a follow-up doggy hygiene question,

Q – Is it safe to trim your own dog’s toe nails?

A – Yes. When cutting your own dog’s nails be sure to stop before the quick, or vein inside the nail. Cut a little and until you see a pink or a black dot. Before cutting your dog’s nails pick up some Kwik Stop Styptic Powder at your local pet shop. This will stop the bleeding instantly should you cut too much. Another great way to keep your dog’s nails trimmed or short is by taking them for a walk on concrete. Your sidewalk will act as a nail file.

Luciano Aguilar is our pet pro on America Now so stay tuned for more pet hints, tips and secrets!

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Car Safety For Canines

Luciano Aguilar Doggy On Board

Stopping suddenly in your car can cause your dog to become a catapulted canine!

“A split-second distraction can be disastrous,” says Pet Pro, Luciano Aguilar. “One of my biggest pet peeves is a loose dog jumping around in the car while I’m driving. I hear it from dog owners all the time.”

Having free-run of the car interior while driving is unsafe for the dog and the driver. According to Aguilar, there are three ways to keep your dog safe in the car.

The first is simple training. Teach your dog to sit in one place while the car is moving. The second is car straps which are like a child’s car seat. These are available in your neighborhood pet shop or follow the links to the right. The third is to use a pet-carrier crate, which is also the safest and best for larger dogs.

Aguilar suggests treating your dog as you would a human baby or family member.

“You never know what can happen so it’s best to be prepared,” says Aguilar. “Cuddling and jumping can come later once you’ve arrived safely at your destination.”

If your dog doesn’t like to sit still then a low-cost harness is the easiest solution. For the frugal-minded, check out this dog harness for under ten dollars!

Our America Now pet pro concludes, “You’d never let your child roam around your car while driving, so make sure the four-legged member of your family is just as safe.”

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Setting Boundaries For Your Dog

Luciano Aguilar Teaching Dog Boundaries

When our Pet Pro, Luciano Aguilar trained guard dogs for the US President on Air Force One there were several commands crucial to professional canine conduct. Now Luciano is suggesting these same commands to make your dog a good tail-wagging citizen.

In Luciano’s words, “We all know dogs love to get into everything and I absolutely love the “PLACE” command to solve this issue. As soon as I bring a new dog home, they are put on a “place”.”

By teaching your dog to go to his “place”, you can go about your daily routine, know where your dog is, and rest easy knowing that your dog is not getting into trouble. The “place” is not a “time out” for your dog. Only takes him to his “place” in a neutral or happy manner.

You want your dog to enjoy being there until you’ve released him. It may seem like it’s taking forever for your dog to get it, but stick with it! If you give up, then he will too. Stick to your rules and expect your dog to respect them.

When your dog has well-defined boundaries you’ll be a happier master! Luciano has many doggy tips and hints in his doggy bag of tricks. So stay tuned!

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Household Dangers For Dogs

Luciano Aguilar Household Dangers

Our Pet Pro, Luciano Aguilar tells us that curiosity isn’t always a doggy attribute. He would like to help doggy-proof your house. Hazards for your dog can lurk in the living room of your own home! These dangers can get poochy hurt, sick or even dead!

Before you bring home a new puppy or mutt pretend you’re a curious dog suggests Luciano, then go hunting in your house at your doggy’s eye-level. See what you find and imagine how your little friend would fare if he encountered it..

In Luciano’s words, “For a dog your home can be a major danger zone”

Keep in mind that dogs are very curious animals and they learn through smell and taste. If something looks like a potential hazard, don’t risk it. Put it out of their reach, just like you would for a baby. Visit www.aspca.org, to learn more about potential hazards around the house for your dog.

You can visit the ASPCA and Humane Society web sites. These organizations have a comprehensive list of household doggy dangers and lots of valuable information on this crucial subject.

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A Smart Dog Is A Happy Dog

Luciano Aguilar Making Your Dog Smarter

When it comes to dog training, ignorance is not necessarily bliss. Our Pet Pro, Luciano Aguilar, explains how you can make your dog both smarter and happier.

“We’ve all heard of those dogs that seem to have been born completely trained,” says Aguilar. “Unfortunately, those dogs are very rare. That doesn’t mean you don’t have an amazing dog; it just means you might have some learning to do together.”

He continues: “When you take your dog to a good training class, you’ll be the one doing most of the learning. You’ll learn how to teach your dog right from wrong and, in the process, build the bond between both of you. The more reliable your dog is, the more freedom you’ll give him.”

Luciano says that training your dog will make him a better thinker and as a result, he’ll be a much happier dog.

“What you get is a dog you can take just about anywhere,” he concludes.

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Top Dog Commands

Luciano Aguilar Top Dog Commands

We all know dogs are smart. But did you know there’s a border collie named “Chaser” who knows 1,000 commands? This kind of obedience doesn’t happen overnight and every dog has to start somewhere.

“Although dogs are capable of learning well over 1,000 commands, the average pooch may only master as many as 40 commands in his lifetime,” says Luciano Aguilar. “But there are three commands your dog should definitely learn first, because they’re so critical to his safety.”

Obedience training is a form of communication between you and your dog. As his guardian, you are responsible for making sure he is safe — so good communication is essential.

“Simple, one-word commands are always the more effective. And of all the one-word commands, the three most important are ‘Sit,’ ‘Come’ and ‘Off,'” says Luciano. “Teaching these commands is easy. All you need is your dog’s leash and his favorite treat or toy.”

“”Sit” is an important command which Luciano says is really the “stay” command in hiding.

“I don’t believe in the “stay” command,” he explains. “If I tell my dog to sit, then he should stay there as well.”

Hold a treat above your dog’s nose and tell him to “sit.” Reward him with a treat when he complies and repeat until he obeys without any incentives.

“The “come” command is important because you want to be able to keep your dog out of hazardous situations. If your dog wanders too close to a busy street, you want to be able to call him back to you where it’s safe.

Start at the end of your dog’s leash. Tell him to “come” in a clear, excited tone. Bend down, tapping your knees to make the command more inviting. When he obeys, reward him with a treat. Then repeat.

“”Off” is another top command and is also to protect your dog. You want to make sure you can get your dog out of danger, and that can be as small as a child’s toy that could choke him. Tell him “off” so that he drops the toy and moves on.

To train the “off” command, use an unfamiliar treat as an incentive. Instead, tell your dog”off” when he goes near the treat. When he obeys, reward him with a familiar treat.

“You want to teach your dog ‘off’ instead of ‘no,’ because the word ‘no’ is so widely used it will lose its value,” adds Luciano.

It’s your responsibility to keep your dog safe and that means teaching him to obey you. These three essential commands will help you protect your dog and create the building blocks for more advanced commands.

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Can Dogs And Cats Get Along?

Luciano Aguilar dogs and cats

Owning a dog is already a lot to handle. But what if you want a dog and a cat? Our Pet Pro Luciano Aguilar says that if introduced properly, a dog and cat can certainly live in the same house, and may actually be friends.

“Dogs and cats may seem like perfect strangers, but some actually get along quite well together,” says Luciano. “If they join the family when they’re both young, your dog and cat will have a much better chance of getting along later in life. But, if your dog and cat don’t grow up together, make sure their first meeting is a positive one.”

Luciano says you should prepare your dog for the introduction by brushing up on some basic obedience skills like, Sit and Come. This will help you to control your dog around his new feline friend.

Here’s an exercise you can use to acquaint the two. Keep your cat in one room. Using a baby gate, block the entrance to the room, but allow the door to remain open. Bring your dog to the gate and tell him to Sit. Reward him with treats for good, calm behavior. Your cat may run and hide, and that’s okay. With practice, the two will become more aware of each other.

Then you can have a friend or family member hold the cat close to the dog, allowing the two to become more aware of each other in this safe environment. When the two seem comfortable in the presence of each other, remove the gate and bring them closer together in the same room. Keep a short leash on your dog, and let your cat set the pace. Be ready to pull the leash if your dog shows any signs of aggression.

If you follow these steps, over time your dog and cat should gradually become more and more comfortable with each other. They may even become lifelong buddies.

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