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Video: Japanese Dog Refuses to Leave Injured Friend Behind

A touching video about the ultimate loyalty between two dog friends.  Click here for the youtube video.

We are pleased to share that the dogs were picked up after the video was filmed and are in care of a local shelter.


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Help animals in Japan!

The animals affected by the earthquakes and tsunami need your help.  You can make a donation through the non-profit organization World Vet, which is on the ground in Japan now to provide veterinary aid.  A major animal issue right now is that people are fleeing the country and leaving their animals behind.  Shelters are being overwhelmed with animals.  Your donations are urgently needed to support shipments of supplies to aid local animal welfare groups in Japan.  Please make your tax-deductible donation today.

If you would rather donate veterinary supplies and/or medicines, the items that are being requested by World Vet are the following: De-worming medicines, vaccinations, fluid replacements, wound treatments, and cages. Donations of these items can be shipped to: World Vets headquarters, 802 1st Ave N, Fargo ND  58102

JasperandZoe.com is supporting the cause.  For every purchase you make, we will double the amount in donation to World Vet.  No codes necessary as this is not a promotion but a humanitarian effort to help the animals.  Thank you for your help.

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Eight Ways to Reassert Your Role as Pack Leader

(Reprint from Dogster.com by JasperandZoe.com)

Is your puppy still being a puppy? Is he challenging your authority and being difficult? It is likely that he is still in his adolescent phase and with all the distractions and curiosities of the world around him, even a well-trained puppy may not always listen. It’s time to go back to basics and reassert yourself as Alpha. Puppies who live in a home where the pack order is clear are more secure, calmer, and, dare we say, happier.

If your puppy is challenging you, you may notice some specific signs. He may become territorial about space or food. He may start jumping on people even if you had trained him not to. He may become rebellious during training sessions. Or he may start marking again. If it’s not in your demeanor to sternly order your puppy around, no worries. There are many ways to reassert your position as Alpha without barking commands.

  1. Be Calm – The calmer you are, the calmer your pup will be. Whenever he gets excited, gently say “Calm!” and don’t proceed with your task until he calms down.
  2. Always Leave First – When you go out for a walk, always be the first one out the door.
  3. Always Eat First – Have your dinner before you feed your puppy. Do not allow begging.
  4. Take Away His Food – At any point during his dinner, you should be able to take away your puppy’s food. If he resists, remove the food and calm him down before returning it and repeating.
  5. Go Back to Basics – Go over the basic obedience commands again. Start with “Sit!” and “Stay!” and move forward only when he re-masters them.
  6. Use the Floor – If your puppy is allowed on the bed or the couch, change this. After he passes this phase, you can probably re-allow him up but, for now, make it clear that his place is on the floor.
  7. Use Your Height – Do not get down to your puppy’s level. Stand or bend over him.
  8. Make Him Move – If your puppy is in your way, don’t walk around him. Gently move him out of your way while saying “Move!”

Remember, in your dog’s mind, your family is a pack and he needs a leader. Imagine how chaotic a home without rules would be for humans and you can see why your puppy will be difficult if you don’t give him structure. If your puppy doesn’t know who is in charge, he will be confused and, subsequently, assume he is supposed to fill that role. If you allow your puppy to be the Alpha, you’ll have a dog who refuses to get off the couch, who eats anything in sight and worse, may become aggressive toward others.

Once your pup is back in his place in the pack, you can modify some of the rules such as getting down on his level. But if the rebellion comes back, revert to a strict stance until he acknowledges you as Alpha again.

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