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6 Great Ways to Mentally Stimulate Your Dog

Dogs need mental stimulation just as much as humans do. Dogs can become bored very quickly and this often leads to destructive behavior. By stimulating your dog’s senses and mental capacities, you will be giving him the opportunity to learn and experience new things. This is very important for any dog breed and dogs of all ages. Try these Jindo approved activities.

Take daily walks – Walks are good for physical and mental stimulation. The new smells and sights stimulate your dog’s senses and keep them alert. They enjoy discovering new things. Try to take different routes instead of going the same way everyday. This will add some excitement for your dog.

Give him puzzle toys – You can buy puzzle toys online or from your local vet. These toys are designed to challenge your dog. He needs to complete a puzzle or do specific actions to release food or treats. Not all dogs enjoy the same puzzles, so you will need to test it out. These toys will keep your dog busy for a long time and give them the mental stimulation they need.

Visit the dog park – At the dog park, your dog will have the opportunity to meet new human and four-legged friends. Again, the new smells and sights are exciting and will stimulate your dog’s senses and mind. When meeting new dogs, make sure to pay attention to the behavior and make sure that the dogs get along before deciding to take off their leashes or anything like that.

Build an obstacle course – You’ve seen on television how the show dogs jump over things and crawl through things. This is called agility training. Agility training is very good for both physical and mental stimulation. You can build a course with things you have at home and train your dog to walk and run the course. You can have stairs to jump over, boxes to climb through, cones to weave through, etc. It will be fun for both of you.

Take part in recreational events – Things like park runs or hikes can be very good for both of you physically and it will also be good for your dog’s mental stimulation. Meeting new people and other dogs and seeing and smelling all kinds of new things will be great.

Rotate toys – We all get bored with doing the same thing or playing with the same thing everyday. Dogs are the same. They will get bored with the same toys and start looking for other things to do. This is when they start chewing the couch or playing with the toilet paper, etc. Introduce new toys every few weeks or have a box of toys and rotate them every few weeks. Your dog will enjoy a re-introduction to an old toy just as much as a new one.

When taking part in any of these activities, make sure that you put your dog’s safety first. Pay attention to fear-based behavior and don’t force interaction with other dogs or people. Always have water with you and remember to praise your dog for good behavior and when they solve a puzzle.

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How to Socialize Your Dog with Other Dogs and Pets

Socializing your dog is important if you want to bring her into a home where there are already other dogs and pets. It is easier to socialize a puppy than it is to socialize an adult dog. If the adult dog was socialized before, it may make things easier.

Socialization is something that will take time and you should read up and ask advice from veterinarians and dog trainers. The best way to approach socialization is to take it slow and allow your dog to adjust and make friends at her own pace. Here are some steps you can take as well as some things you need to keep in mind.

Introduce them at a distance. When your new dog is meeting the other pets in your house, do it at a distance. Use barriers like childproof barriers to separate them at first. Allow them to look at each other and eventually move closer. Don’t force interaction.

Keep an eye on your dog’s reaction. You should watch your new dog for signs of distress and fear like raised hair on the neck, growling, baring teeth, tail between the legs, etc. These behaviors are fear-based and should not be punished. When your dog responds this way, remove them from the situation and try again later.

Don’t punish fear-based behavior. When a dog starts growling or barking or shows other signs of distress, it is most likely because they are anxious and afraid. Never punish these behaviors as it will reinforce the fear. Rather remove the dog from the situation or give them a different command like ‘sit’.

Allow your dog to adjust. Don’t force interaction and don’t just throw your new dog together with your other pets and hope for the best. If the first interaction is not successful, keep trying at a distance until the dog becomes less afraid and calmer. When it seems that she has started to adjust, you can allow closer interaction and see how it goes. Take it slow and ensure that your pets get to know each other on their terms.

Allow contact. When you see that the dogs are sniffing and interested in making contact, you can remove the barriers or leashes and allow them to sniff and sum each other up. Again, be wary of anxious behavior and be ready to step in if the interaction becomes aggressive. If there is no aggression, allow the dogs to play and interact on their own terms.

Reward good behavior. When your dogs remain calm with new interactions or behave well, reward them with praise or treats. This will reinforce good behavior and make them understand what you want to happen.

Once your dogs have become acquainted, keep an eye on them for a few days to ensure that they are fine. You can introduce cats like this as well, but it may be a bit more difficult depending on your cat. You can also socialize your dog by attending some of our great events.

9 Famous Artists and the Dogs That Inspired Them

Dogs are inspiring creatures and their loyalty and love have inspired many to draw, paint, sing, or write about them. Even the most famous of artists had dogs that inspired them to create certain masterpieces. We did some research and found a few great pictures of famous artists and their dogs as well as the paintings that inspired these masterpieces.

Frida Kahlo and Small Monkey


Frida Kahlo had more than one dog from the Xoloitzcuintli breed. She loved these dogs and even included one of them in a self-portrait she painted of herself. The Painting was called Self Portrait with Small Monkey.

Picasso and Lump


Picasso had a Dachshund called Lump. Lump inspired the painting Le Chien (The Dog). It is a simple painting but a true depiction of his beloved Lump.

Cassius Marcellus and Dogs Playing Poker


Cassius Marcellus is the creator of the famous Dogs Playing Poker paintings. The painting is part of a set of 16 oil paintings that were used to advertise cigars. This painting is iconic and one of the most well-known in the world.

Norman Rockwell and Pitter


Pitter is Norman Rockwell’s furry friend and he is always by his side. You will find many pictures of Pitter lying beside Rockwell in his studio just keeping an eye on things. Pitter inspired the painting called Pride of Parenthood by Norman Rockwell.

Andy Warhol and Archie


Andy Warhol had a little Dachshund called Archie. Archie was the most adorable black Daxie and inspired Warhol to create a print of his beloved pooch.

Charles Schulz and Spike


You may not know this, but Snoopy, the famous dog from the Peanuts and Charlie Brown comics, was inspired by a real dog. The creator, Charles Schulz, had a childhood dog called Spike. Spike was the inspiration for the creation of Snoopy who is one of the most famous dogs in the world today.

David Hockney and Stanley and Boodge


Stanley and Boodge were two Dachshunds that belonged to artist David Hockney. Hockney was truly inspired by these two and he definitely loves the Daxie breed. They inspired more than one painting depicting them in different actions from sleeping to begging.

Franz Marc and Ruthie


Franz Marc created one of his most famous paintings of his dog, Ruthie. She so inspired him that he started to only paint animals. He believed that they were the only innocent creatures in the world and focused most of his work on them.

Lucien Freud and Pluto and Eli


Lucien Freud had two Whippets called Pluto and Eli. These two dogs were often painted alongside his human subjects and they were also the main focus and inspiration for many other paintings. He wanted to try and depict his human subjects as relaxed and natural as his dog subjects.

It is clear that dogs influence humans and inspire them. It actually works the other way around as well as dogs have been proven to respond to music and art in positive ways. Dogs are true and loyal and will always be popular as subjects for art. Send us your own art inspired by your dog.

5 Ways to Naturally Get Rid of Fleas on Dogs

Finding those pesky little buggers called fleas on your dog is something we all dread. Today, Jindo Project wants to share some great natural remedies to get rid of fleas on dogs. You will be surprised at how easy it can be. The ingredients and methods we suggest will not be harmful to your pets or your family and you can use it safely.

Use a flea comb – The first thing you can do is comb your dog’s fur to get rid of any fleas that they are carrying. A flea comb will get rid of those that are clinging. You want to buy a comb that is good quality and that will get rid of fleas, eggs and larvae. Always take care when combing your dog’s fur so you don’t pull his her.

Make your own flea collar – It is quite simple to make your own homemade flea collar. There are different options. One option is to mix 1 teaspoon unflavoured vodka with 1 drop rosemary essential oil, 1 drop thyme essential oil and garlic oil. Another option is the vodka with eucalyptus, cedarwood, and lemongrass essential oil. Pour these mixtures over your dog’s collar and let it dry. You will have to repeat this process weekly to ensure that the collar remains effective.

Read more:  Top 5 Best Dog Training Collars to Help Train Your Dog

Use baking soda or Borax – Sprinkle baking soda or Borax on your carpets and work it into the carpet with a broom. Allow it to stand for a bit and keep your pets away as they may lick it and get sick. After you have left it for a while, thoroughly vacuum the carpets to get rid of all the dead eggs, fleas, and larvae as well as the baking soda or Borax. These powders smother the fleas and it is a good way to clean your home and keep fleas away from your dogs.

Lemon Spray – Citrus also helps to repel fleas. Make a flea repellent by cutting a lemon into quarters and covering it with boiling water. Let it steep overnight and put in a spray bottle in the morning. Spray your dog with this and be careful around the eye area. Try to spray areas like the ears, around the tail, and under the legs as well. Alternatively, you can just rub the juice of a lemon on the dog’s fur if they don’t like the spray.

Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus has a strong smell and can be useful in keeping fleas out of your home. Leave some jars or stems all around the house, especially in the rooms where your dog spends a lot of time. It is said that the eucalyptus will repel the fleas.

Try out these 5 natural ways to get rid of fleas without placing your dog in harm’s way. We hope this has been helpful. You can also find natural remedies for treating ear infections here.

Dogs and the Arts: Televisionand Movies’ Most Famous Dogs

Everyone loves dogs and we so love to see them in television shows or movies. There have been many favorite dog actors that have left us with fond memories and warm feelings. Today, we take a break from the serious stuff and look at some of the most famous dogs of television for the last couple of decades. Jindo Project loves seeing dogs on television as long as they are treated well and get lots of love.

Beethoven – The lovable and drooling Saint Bernard that everyone loves was so popular that he has a whole franchise. The Beethoven movies were loved by families and kids across the world. He was so loved that the franchise included 8 movies. Named after the great composer Ludwig von Beethoven, this gorgeous dog was responsible for many laughs and aww moments.

Scooby Doo – Scooby Doo-Be-Doo! Where are you? Who didn’t love Scooby Doo? Even kids today know about Scooby Doo and his crime-fighting friends. This goofy dog and his best pal, Shaggy, was responsible for keeping us nailed to the television for hours. We loved to see him solve a case or start shaking at the mention of ghosts.

Lassie – Everyone knows Lassie and many kids even called the Collie breed ‘lassie dogs’. The Collie was originally bred to herd sheep and help out on farms. Lassie is by far the most-loved and most famous Collie dog we have ever seen. She was such a good friend to Timmy and she will always make us smile.

Comet – Another trip down memory lane takes us back to the 1990s. Full House was a family sitcom loved by many. Not only did it make the Olsen-twins famous, but it also brought us Comet. Comet joined the show in Season 3 and immediately stole our hearts. The loveable Golden Retriever gave us a lot of good laughs.

Snoopy – Everyone has read the Peanuts comics or watched the Charlie Brown cartoons on television. Snoopy is the white dog with the long black ears who loves to ponder the meaning of life. He had an extremely well-developed personality and was at times quite emotional. Snoopy is definitely afavorite from our childhood television shows.

Eddie – Eddie was the Jack Russel Terrier that was owned by Martin Crane in Frasier. He was a great companion when he wanted to be and just plain hilarious when he didn’t. He entertained us with some incredible tricks and we always wanted to see what he would do next.

Petey –The Little Rascals may be one of the cutest movies ever made. Petey was the pit bull who was always by their side to keep an eye on things. Petey’s ring around the eye made him unique and absolutely adorable. He definitely added to the cuteness factor of this movie.

Toto – ‘We’re not in Kansas anymore!’ Toto was Dorothy’s faithful companion on her road down the yellow-brick road. He was there through all the tough times and the good times. Without him as a companion, Dorothy may never have gotten back home. We love this cute little pooch.

Hooch, Astro, and Marley are some other television and movie dogs that we loved. There is just something about dogs that make television shows and movies so much more enjoyable. Dogs have such a strong effect on humans that they even inspired some artists. Read more about this here.

How Music Affects Dogs

How does music affect you? Does your mood change as the music changes? Well, animals react the same way. Dogs do react to music. Many scientific studies have proven that music does affect animals in much the same way as humans. Some animals have bigger reactions than others. For example, dogs have stronger reactions while cats appear to be mostly indifferent.

The Effects

The effect of music on dogs have been tested more than once and all the tests say that they are affected. When they listened to heavy metal or rock music, they got agitated, anxious, and wild. When they listened to pop music, they were less affected and didn’t respond strongly. When they listened to classical music, they were calm and relaxed.

So how is this relevant?

Well, knowing that dogs respond well to classical music and that it calms them, can be beneficial to veterinarians and dog owners. A vet is a stressful place for dogs and vets can use music to calm them and make them feel less frightened and agitated. Dog owners can also make use of this type of soothing music when they know there will be fire crackers or other loud noises that may cause anxiety. By keeping the dogs inside and playing calming music, they can help their dogs relax and be less frightened.

Training

This can make a huge difference in how you train your dog and help him or her adjust to new surroundings and people. If new experiences are accompanied by calming music, it may just help with the adjustment. Their response to heavy metal and louder music will also help you understand why your dog may be acting aggressively or become wild.

Other Animals

It has also been proven that other animals also respond to music in a positive way (with the exception of cats). Birds, cows, monkeys, elephants, and fish all respond to music in different ways. Elephants can make music and keep rhythm. Monkeys and cats respond to music or sounds that are made for them and include other animal sounds. It is said that birds react to music the same way as humans based on a study of their brains. Cows produce more milk when listening to mellow and relaxing music.

Conclusion

Clearly, music is not only universal in what it says and how it makes people feel, but also in how it makes animals feel. If you still believe that dogs do not have feelings and that they don’t understand things or don’t feel and react to atmosphere, you may need to change that view. Dogs are definitely responsive to other people’s or other animals’ feelings as well as music. Music can help them stay calm or it can agitate them in the same way that it does with humans.

If you don’t believe us, try it for yourself. Play some different kinds of music and monitor your dog’s behavior. We bet that you will see a difference. Once you have tried it, let us know your experience and what your dog’s favorite music seems to be.

6 Fitness Activities to Keep You and Your Dog Fit

Fitness is important for humans and animals. So, why not make your dog your fitness buddy and have some fun at the same time? Training with your dog has many benefits. It is fun, you get some fresh air, you get to be in nature, you get fit without realising it, you bond with your furry friend, and it is free. If that doesn’t sound like a good deal, we don’t know what does.

Here at Jindo Project, we love our dogs and many of us train with our dogs. We have gathered some information from our team and these are the most popular fitness activities that you can do with your dog.

Walking or Hiking

Going for a walk is a great way to get out of the house and get some exercise. It is low-intensity, but still effective. This is best when your dog is already a bit older or not fit yet. Hiking is also a great idea. However, you should go on walks everyday with your dog before you go hiking. Both of you will need to build the stamina and endurance for hiking.

Running

If your dog is up for it, try running. Running has many health benefits for you both and is a great way to get the heart pumping. Again, you should make your dog used to running before going long distance.

Playing Fetch and Tug-o-war

Playing with your dog is also a great way to get exercise for you both. Throwing and wrestling and tug-o-war make you use your core and other muscles. It’s like being at the gym, but a lot more fun. You can also pay attention to the muscles you want to exercise when playing with your dog. Make his play time your train time.

Swimming

Swimming is very good exercise for joints. This is a good idea if your dog has joint pain. Water is relaxing and weightless and this helps to get the joints moving without being painful. Swimming, in general, is also very good exercise and you can play games and have fun while getting some exercise.

Doga

Yes, doggie yoga is a real thing. This new thing is yoga for both human and dog and it incorporates the dog in the exercises. It is said to be a lot of fun. If you’re not sure whether there is a Doga group near you, ask your vet or local dog walkers.

Doggy Weight Exercises

You will find many examples of people exercising with their dogs as weights. This is a fun way to exercise for you both and your dog will see it as playing. This is obviously a method that is better suited for smaller or medium-sized dogs.

If you’re like us, your dog is your best friend. We love the idea of making our dogs fitness buddies and ensuring that we both stay healthy. For more opportunities to get fit with your dog, visit the EVENTS page.

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5 Tips for Training Your Dog at Home

Any dog can be trained whether he is a puppy or a rescued adult. Training can happen at puppy school, but it should be reinforced at home. Training adult dogs may take longer than puppies because they already have some reinforced habits. Training is important if you want to have a harmonious home environment. Some dog breeds must be trained otherwise they have trouble with socializing and controlling their behavior.

Whether your dog is in puppy school or you are just training him at home, here are a few tips to remember.

  1. Make a list of what you want your dog to do. Before you start to train your dog, you need to know what exactly you expect from him. If you don’t know, how must he know? Basic commands like ‘sit’, ‘down’, ‘stay’, and ‘come’ will probably be on your list. Also, think about things like begging for food, jumping on the couch, licking people in the face, etc.
  2. Always be consistent. Your dog needs consistency to understand what you want from him. You will get nowhere if you want him on the couch today and tomorrow you yell at him when he jumps on the couch. Decide which behaviors you will accept and stick to it.
  3. Reward good behavior. Rewards are an important part of training your dog. However, giving treats is not the only way and sometimes it is a bad idea. Your dog wants to please you and he wants attention. Attention, praise, love, and ear scratches are often more effective than treats. Consider using a combination of treats and attention to train your dog.
  4. Listen to your dog and pay attention to his behavior. It’s all good and well that you want to teach your dog tricks and commands, but you must pay attention to what he wants. Some dogs may be extremely uncomfortable or scared to meet other dogs or cats. Don’t force him to that. Rather find another way to socialize him and let him get used to the idea. You want to train your dog – not traumatize him.
  5. Be patient. Training and changing behaviors take time. You need to be patient and allow your dog to learn. Consistency will go a long way as will affection and understanding.

Training your dog should be fun for both of you. Be careful that you don’t over-stimulate your dog or make him do things that are bad for him. If you have trained dogs before, send us your opinions or experiences.

How to Treat a Dog’s Ear Infection Without Vet Help

Ear infections in dogs is a common problem and one that can cause your dog a lot of discomfort. The good news is that you don’t need a vet to help them. Jindo Project has some herbal treatments or homemade remedies for dog ear infections that you can apply yourself. These remedies have been tested and proven to be effective in clearing up ear infections.

What causes an ear infection?

  • Bacteria
  • Allergies
  • Yeast
  • Hormonal imbalances

What should you look for?

Signs that your dog may have an ear infection include him shaking his head, scratching his ears a lot, tilting his head, or rubbing his ears against furniture.

Signs of infection

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Scabs inside the ear
  • An odor in the ear
  • A reddish discharge

Which remedies can you use at home?

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

This is a magical liquid that can be used for so many things around the house. It will also help your dog’s ear infection. The acetic acid in the vinegar will remove the dirt from his ears and also kill yeast or bacteria that causes the infection. Try to avoid vinegar when the dog’s ears are red from the infection. It will hurt him. Mix the vinegar with water and administer through a syringe or rub it on gently with a cotton ball.

2. Macerated garlic

This works well for mild infections. You can make your own remedy by steeping garlic cloves in olive oil. Use about 2 cloves and let the mixture sit for 2 weeks. After you have strained the mixture, you can pour a few drops into the infected ear. You can continue this until the infection clears up.

3. Mullein

Mullein is a plant that has antibacterial properties. It is very effective in treating ear infections. It is easy to make your own remedy with the dried leave. You can buy dried mullein leaves at your local health shop. Making the remedy is simple. Pack some leaves in a jar and cover it with olive oil. You can also add garlic for extra effectiveness. Allow the mixture to sit for about 2 weeks and strain. You can then apply drops to the infected ears.

4. Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera is another natural miracle plant that has many healing properties. Using warmed Aloe Vera gel will help cure the redness and irritation caused by ear infections. It will soothe the pain and scratchiness.

5. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has a lot of great properties including that it is antibacterial and anti-fungal. It has proven to be effective in healing for both humans and animals. To make your own remedy, warm the oil until it is liquid. You can add some garlic for extra effectiveness. Allow it to cool a bit so it doesn’t burn your dog’s ears. Use a dropper or a cotton ball to apply a few drops in each ear. Repeat 2 to 3 times a day for about a week.

These remedies are effective and cheaper than most commercially available products. You can also make these remedies and keep them on hand to apply weekly and help prevent future infections. For more great tips like these, come join one of our events.

What is the Best Approach to Feeding Your Dog?

Feeding your dog may seem like a simple enough thing, but if you don’t take certain things into consideration, you may be harming her. All dogs are different and they have different nutritional needs. You should base your feeding and food decisions on your dog alone. Follow these simple steps as set out by our experts at Jindo to ensure you are feeding your dog correctly.

  1. Talk to your vet. The first thing to do when you rescue a dog or get a new puppy, is to talk to the vet. The vet will be able to give you good pointers on what types of food will be best as well as how much and so on.
  2. Determine your dog’s activity level. Puppies and younger dogs are very active while older dogs are less so. You need to also keep in mind if you or your children are playing with the dogs a lot or not as this will increase their activity level. Older dogs also experience a slower metabolism and this should also be considered. The more active your dog is, the more protein and energy she will need to stay healthy.
  3. Choose the right food. Dog food is made for specific ages. Look for food that is ideal for puppies because it contains more nutrients and energy than food for older dogs. Older dogs have different nutritional needs than puppies and should not be fed puppy food. The brand of food is your decision. Keep in mind that cheaper foods don’t always have the right nutrients or enough of it, but this is not always true. The best thing is to do some research to find out what will be best for your dog and will suit your pocket as well.
  4. Don’t overdo treats. Treats should be a treat which mean that your dog should not get a treat everyday. Treats should be kept for rewarding good behavior or to just be a treat. Also, check the fat content and other harmful ingredients if you buy treats. Some treats can be very high in fat and cause your dog to become overweight. A better option is to give them cut up pieces of meat or fruits and vegetables. This way you will know it’s healthy and your dog will still enjoy it.
  5. Be consistent with feeding. Always prepare the food the same way and feed your dog at the same time. There is nothing wrong with changing the food now and then, but try not to give them too many different things as this can upset their stomachs. Feed the same amount everyday and if you’re unsure if you are giving too much or too little, consult with your vet.

Lastly, avoid giving your dog foods like chocolate, onions and garlic. These foods are bad for them and can even poison them. If you stick to these tips, you will have a happy and well-fed dog. Send us your advice and experiences with feeding your dog and keeping her healthy.