Burglaries often end up on news but the news below is not often heard.

The case of the stolen 4 month-old English bulldog puppy stands out.

The family makes an appeal for the return of Romeo. And they’re even offering a reward. Brandie Nelson, “They came in through the back of the house kicked the back door in.”

Jon Nelson, “It was surprising because you know we’ve lived out here for a while. I’ve actually lived in this area and I’ve never had any problems like that.”

A brand new door and protection from ADT were the first things the Nelson family’s counting on to make sure they don’t become victims again.

Last Thursday burglars broke in and left little behind.

Jon Nelson, “I walked in. The first thing I noticed was the couch turned over and, you know, I looked over and the TV was gone. I went through the rest of the house and things were just turned over, you know, kind of destroyed and everything like that.”

They tell me the crooks swiped several plasma tvs, jewelry, money and numerous game systems along with the video games.

Brandie, “Very upset, very violated just really shocked.”

Police say it’s more than $10,000 dollars in losses.

But what this family misses the most is not *what* but *who* they say got stolen.

Brandie, “His name is Romeo. He’s an English Bulldog. He’s four months old. He was a Christmas present. He’s definitely happy, playful. Probably a little bit bigger than the picture. He’s grown quite a bit. He’s just a very happy friendly dog.”

They say they left Romeo in this cage with Ginger.

When they surveyed the mess the burglars made the puppy was no where to be found.

Jon, “I didn’t actually realize he was gone till probably around 10 minutes later.”

It’s a blow especially to the children.

Brandie, “The kids miss him. I can’t say how long they cried when all of this happened so that’s one thing we’re hoping that we can at least retrieve.”

Jon, “The other stuff you know it’s replaceable the dog is kind of not replaceable.

The family is offering a small reward for any information that leads to the return of Romeo.

Call 423-400-9163 or 423-400-5143 if you can help the family.

Police tell us the puppy is worth $1500.

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Dog training whistles have evolved from our need to train dogs and make them listen to our commands. It is not a practical solution to whistle commands to our pets in the mainstream community. Neighbors will eventually complain from annoyance of constant whistling. It is also futile in some areas having high traffic and loud noises. Francis Galton invented the dog whistle in the 1880s. It was named Galton’s whistles considered to be an excellent tool to catch your dog’s attention.


Your choice of dog whistle is a wide array from plastic types to the metal dog whistles. The basis of your dog whistles depends on the breed of your dog and how energetic your dog is. There is a combination type of two whistles into one having dual frequencies. It produces different dog whistles sounds.

For those of you who would like to understand how dog whistles work, take a look at the underlying mechanism on dog training whistles.


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How dog whistles work

The concept of dog training whistles is based on the ability of dogs to hear higher frequency of sounds than man can. The optimum frequency range for humans is around 2000 Hz with a maximum frequency of 20,000 Hz. Dogs, on the other hand, can hear frequencies higher than 20,000 Hz. In fact, they can hear a minimum frequency of 8,000 Hz up to 48,000 Hz. Dogs are anatomically gifted than human when it comes to how their inner ear vibrates or resonates to the high frequency sound waves.

A dog whistle frequency is more optimized to produce sounds above 20,000 Hz to be easily heard by dogs even in noisy settings. These silent whistles (to man’s ears) are designed in such a way that when air is forced down the cylinder and out of the hole with the sharp edge in between, a transmission of high frequency sound is produced.

The length of the cylinder greatly affects the pitch of the whistle. The shorter cylinders produce a higher pitch while longer cylinders yield lower pitch. Ideally, most dog whistles are one inch or less.

Training the Dog

We know for a fact that dogs can hear higher frequencies, which make dog, whistles a great tool for training. However, there are no magical spells to lure your dog to respond to whistle commands. Chances are, your dog will ignore the sounds of dog whistles when it is busy roaming the garden or merely not paying attention.

It is generally observed that dogs respond to the voice commands of a dog trainer. It is then easier to train your pet when given verbal commands of a dog trainer. Similar to verbal commands, these whistle commands heavily rely on sound cues to train dogs.

1. Pick up a set of whistle commands as cues.

For example, two short toots means ’stop’ while long toot could be associated with the command ’sit’.

2. Give the verbal command followed by the whistle sound that the dog learns to associate the command with it.

To help the dog learn, pair up the whistle command with a voice command.

The idea is to incorporate it for all the other commands. You should keep it simple to make it easier for the dog to remember all the commands. Additionally, there are many types of whistles that produce various tones associated with a particular command.

The dog whistles have the advantage of providing consistency than human voice commands. Dog whistles are excellent tools for clicker training. The choices of dog whistles are abundant. There are different types of dog whistles are available to suit the deaf and the older dogs with hearing loss. A friendly reminder to all pet owners who plan to use dog whistles. Be careful as how often you blow the dog whistles. These whistles can cause damage to your hearing, which is more adept to lower sound frequencies.

written by: Toni S.

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Spike, a defenseless puppy, remains under medical care two weeks after being beaten with a shovel and thrown against the ground by his owner.

East Elmhurst neighbor and eyewitness Alvin Lau captured the abuse on his cell phone’s video camera on Wednesday, February 24, as owner and alleged suspect, Maria Aguilar, 36, inflicted injuries on the 11-month-old English bulldog.

Lau called the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), which transferred Spike to its Manhattan hospital.

If this witness had not reported this cruelty to the ASPCA, Spike may well have continued to suffer abuse at the hands of his owner,” said ASPCA assistant director Joseph Pentangelo. “It is a crime that someone would do this to a defenseless pet.”

ASPCA special agent Deborah Ryan arrested Aguilar, 36, on Friday, March 5, at the 115th Precinct, after Aguilar turned herself in and the ASPCA’s “investigation yielded sufficient probable cause to support that arrest.”

According to Ryan, Aguilar admitted that she threw Spike and hit him with a shovel. She has been charged with felony interference with or injury to certain domestic animals, and two misdemeanors: criminal possession of a weapon and “Over-driving, torture and injury of an animal or under-feeding.”

In 2008, the ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) unit, which upholds and enforces NY State animal cruelty laws, investigated 5,227 reported cases of animal cruelty, made 78 arrests, and rescued more than 400 animals.

According to Stacy Wolf, vice president and chief legal counsel of the HLE, though the number of investigations and arrest decreased, at least one third of the 2009 arrests have been for felonies.

In recent years, cases have shown recognized links between violence to animals and violence in families,” said Wolf, who oversees 22 licensed Peace Officers with power of arrest. “People who go through the trouble to torture and create suffering may be doing it to human victims, too.”

Rhonda Windham, an anti-cruelty veterinarian at ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital on 92nd Street in Manhattan, said Spike’s veterinary medical records indicated he had been seen at least nine times by a clinic in Woodside between June 2009 and February 2010 for surgical and ophthalmologist consultations.

Part of Spike’s laundry list of physical abuse includes: a neck fracture; blindness in his right eye and injury to limbs that have cause lifelong lameness and some degree of pain in his joints, according to Windham, who added that Spike has sustained multiple injuries consistent with blunt force trauma.

The cruelty to Spike has shaken another East Elmhurst resident, Maria Orzo, who volunteers with the organization, Neighborhood Cats, that controls the cat population through the trap-neuter-return method. Orzo said she can’t get Spike’s suffering off her mind.

She hit him and the little animal just cried. Just thinking about what happened to that poor dog is hair-raising,” said the animal-lover, who has seen the video of the abuse on the Internet. “I have two puppies that look like him and when I look at the photos, I just start to cry.”

Let’s hope this case of dog abuse send out a message to all pet owners to be loving and understanding owners in as much as we would expect our pets to love us back.

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Learn tips and instructions on how to train your dog to come back. Be sure to take notes and practice the tips found in the free video below:

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The thought of your playful and friendly bulldog waiting for you at home is one endearing pet to go home to. The sight of your lovely but chewed furniture, however, is not what you want to see when you get home. Find ways on how to teach your dog that there’s more to life than just chewing your furniture.

photo courtesy of Dr. Julie & William Wickel

photo courtesy of Dr. Julie & William Wickel

Ways to stop your dog chewing your furniture:

1. Determine the root of your dog’s habit of chewing on furniture. The reasons may be from teething, curiosity, boredom or a behavioral disorder. Your veterinarian or behavioral specialist will be glad to assist and discuss these options with you.

2. Provide a teething ring or a frozen washcloth for your dog to chew.

3. Keep your dog close and monitor it closely. Use a baby gate to keep him in the same room as you. You can also crate train your puppy and put him in the crate with toys for short periods in times you can supervise it.

4. Divert your puppy’s attention to something more suitable and less damaging, such as dog toy, when you catch your dog red-handedly chewing. Alternate toys of soft and hard textures available to avoid boredom.

5. Set time as a “me and my puppy” bonding moments. The much needed interaction can easily redirect your dog’s energy to worthwhile training such as learning tricks, obedience training workouts, and engaging in outdoor adventures.

6. Make it a point to raise your dog as a physically active pet. You will have fun during these times, and lose weight too! Chances are, your dog will be too tired to even think of chewing the furniture.

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The task of training your dog how to fetch can be easy as 1-2-3. All you to do is to know ways and tips on how to teach your dog.


Tips to remember

1. A dog that retrieves is likely to get more exercise than a dog that doesn’t.

2. You will have an easier time when you use a retriever. You can just stand in one spot and throw the ball for your dog.

3. Most dogs love to chase after the ball and bring towards the owner. When the dog gets close enough he/she starts to play keep away. You can get your dog to give you the ball by having two tennis balls with you.

4. Always make sure to have two balls with you.

5. Get your dog interested in the second ball when they come back to you.

6. The better you are at acting like you’re having a great time with the second ball, the faster your dog will drop the ball he/she has.

7. Don’t throw your ball until your dog has dropped the ball he/she has.

8. End the retrieving game before your dog gets bored with it. In this way the next time you play fetch, your dog will be very excited about it.

Steps on how to train your dog how to fetch

1. Throw the first ball and let your dog go after it. When your dog starts to come towards you, ask your dog to “drop it.”

2. If your dog does not drop the ball, stop paying any attention to your dog and take out the second ball.

3. Start to have fun or act like having fun with the second ball. Toss it up in the air. Show your dog that you’re having a great time with the second ball. Keep doing this until your dog looks at you. If you’ve done this step correctly, your dog will drop the ball that he/she has and look up at the one you have.

4. As soon as your dog drops his/her ball, show the ball you’re holding to your dog. As soon as your dog focuses on the ball that you’re holding, throw it.

5. Repeat the process when your dog comes back to you. Within a short period of time, you’ll have your dog retrieving for you.

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The key to understanding your dog is to also learn how to read your dog’s body language. In this way, you can assess her attitude thus you predict your dog’s next move. Dogs are non-verbal so body language is the best way you can talk to them. Vocalization in forms of barking, howling and whining, takes second place to a canine body language. You are sure to spend some time observing dog once you learn these basic types of dog body language. The advantages of understanding dog language will protect you and your dog form dangerous situations. It will also aid in training or determining common behavior problems.


Confident dog

This is shown when your dog stands straight and tall with her head held high, ears perked up, and eyes bright. You can see its mouth slightly open but relaxed. Her tail may sway gently, curl loosely or hang in a relaxed position. Your dog is friendly, at ease and non-threatening with her surroundings.

Happy dog

A happy dog is basically the same as a confident dog. The dog will usually wag its tail rapidly. Expect your dog to jump and run around with glee. A playful dog will show the “play bow” where its front legs are stretched forward, head straight ahead, rear end up in the air and wiggling. Take this as a positive sign to play.

Anxious dog

The anxious dog may act similarly submissive. It often holds its ears partially back with its neck stretched out. It stands in a very tense posture and sometimes shudders. Often, an anxious dog slightly whimpers or moans. See its tail set low and may be tucked. An anxious dog may overreact to stimulus and can become fearful or even aggressive. If you are familiar with your dog, try to divert its attention to something more pleasant. However, be cautious when you try to soothe your dog. Do not provoke her or try to soothe it.

Submissive dog

A submissive dog is meek, gentle and non-threatening. Your dog holds its head down, ears down flat and averts its eyes. Its tail is not tucked but is low and may sway slightly. Your pet may roll on its back and expose its belly. You might see your dog doing the submissive pose when you just got home. A submissive dog may also nuzzle or lick the other dog or person to manifest passive intent. Sometimes, your dog will sniff the ground or otherwise divert her attention to show that it does not want to cause any trouble.

Fearful dog

The fearful dog combines submissive and anxious attitudes but with more extreme signals. Your dog stands tense, yet very low to the ground. Its ears are flat back while its eyes are narrowed and averted. The tail is between her legs. A fearful dog typically trembles and often whines or growls. Your dog might even bear its teeth in defense. Just like scared man who feels very threatened, your dog may also urinate or defecate. A fearful dog can become aggressive at the moment it senses a threat. Do not try to reassure the anxious dog. Instead, remove yourself from the situation calmly. Be confident and strong when you do steer your dog away. Do not comfort or punish your dog. Dogs are territorial so move her to a less threatening, more familiar location.

Anxious dog

The anxious dog may act somewhat submissive, but often holds her ears partially back and her neck stretched out. She stands in a very tense posture and sometimes shudders. Often, an anxious dog slightly whimpers or moans. Her tail is low and may be tucked. An anxious dog may overreact to stimulus and can become fearful or even aggressive. If you are familiar with the dog, you may try to divert her attention to something more pleasant. However, be cautious – do not provoke her or try to soothe her.

Aggressive dog

An aggressive dog goes far beyond the word “dominant”. All feet are firmly planted on the ground in a territorial manner. When an unwelcomed visitor advances to its territory, your dog may lunge forward. The ears of the dog are pinned back, head is straight ahead, eyes are narrowed but piercing, tail is straight and full. Your dog bears her teeth, snaps her jaw and growls or barks threateningly. The hairs along her back stand on edge. Instincts will tell you to get away carefully when you see a dog showing these signs. Do not run. Do not make eye contact with the dog. Do not show fear. Slowly back away to your safety. If your own dog becomes aggressive to the point of harming other people, seek the assistance of a professional dog trainer (try Dog Whisperer) to learn the proper way to correct the behavior. Dogs exhibiting aggressive behavior should never be used for breeding.

Dominant dog

A dominant dog will try to assert herself over other dogs and sometimes people. Your dog stands tall and confident and may lean a bit forward. Its eyes are wide open and makes direct eye contact with the other dog or person. See its ears up and alert complete with the hair on its back standing on edge. Its demeanor appears less friendly and possibly threatening. You may also hear lowly growl. If the behavior is directed at dog that submits then there is little concern. If the other dog, however, tries to be dominant, a fight may ensue. A dog that directs dominant behavior towards people can pose a serious threat. Do not make eye contact and slowly try to leave. If your dog regularly exhibits this behavior towards people, you need to modify your dog’s behavior.

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Don’t let your bulldog develop ear infections.  The anatomy of their ears is conducive for infections.  The best way to avoid ear infections is to regularly clean your bulldog’s ears.  Find out how by watching the video below.

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The natural way that dogs communicate is by barking, whining, and howling. Dogs express what they want to say to humans. We also want our dogs to bark as a warning of a potential danger or protect us form harm. These forms of canine expression can become a problem when it becomes excessive. The effective solution is to let your dog understand when to bark and when to be quiet. It’s our job to teach this important thought to our dogs. The minute you notice that your dog has a barking problem then start working on this problem before it is too late. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to correct the behavior. It is a good idea to train your dog with Speak/Quiet commands. I know that it is easier said than done. This is possible with dedication and consistency. Don’t lose hope. Your dog can learn to how to bark on command and be quiet at the same time.


The reason why dogs bark

First of all, you can target the problem by knowing why dogs bark. Dogs will bark for a variety of reasons. They just don’t bark in order to annoy you and your neighbors. In fact, other breeds of dog bark more than the others and actually bred to be barkers. Some breed like the Basenji does not bark at all but vocalize in other ways. If you listen close enough, you will eventually learn the meaning behind the different barks of your dog. Thus, the crucial step to make toward correcting the barking behavior of your dog is to understand the reason why. Here are reasons why dogs bark:


It is pretty common to hear a dog bark when someone is at the door or when strangers pass the car or house. Most dogs bark when they sense some type of threat more like announcing, “You can’t go near here or else I’ll bite you.” The sound of this bark is sharp, loud and authoritative. You can train this dog instinct to help protect your family and home.


Dogs cope well when they express an anxious bark. It is an of self-soothing for many dogs. It is often high-pitched and sometimes accompanied by whining. This type of barking is common when dogs experience separation anxiety.


This kind of barking is very common in young dogs or puppies. You hear a playful bark when, of course, they interact and socialize with people or other dogs. The sound of this bark sounds upbeat and musical. Some dogs make an excited bark when they know they’re going to get a treat or out for a ride or walk.

Seeking attention

You know what this bark means when you hear it. It as if your dog says “Hey! Hey! Look! Here I am!” This tone is similar to the tone of a whining child.


The bark of a bored dog is the same to a dog that barks just to hear its own voice. It may sound annoying to you but is also sad to hear. Dogs that are bored often make this sound to release excess energy or just utter sense of loneliness. A walk or playing time may be just what your dog needs to beat boredom.

Responding to other dogs

You might have seen your dog do this. When one dog down the street starts to bark then one by one the other dogs in the neighborhood joins in the barking session.

Put a stop to excessive barking

By know why your dog barks excessively, you can now start to control the behavior. The best way to prevent excessive barking is to try to get rid of the possible source of the behavior. You should be certain not to encourage your dog to bark when not needed. You can also give her activities to divert her energy besides barking.

• Make sure your dog gets enough exercise so there is no excess energy to use just to bark.

• Don’t leave your dog alone in long periods of time as much as possible.

• Never encourage your dog to bark when you comfort, pet, or feed it when it barks for attention or out of anxiety.

• Don’t shout at your dog to stop it from barking. It can cause your dog to bark even more.

• Avoid using shock collars as punishment. Only are they painful and unkind, your dog will learn how to test the shock collar and eventually work their way around them.

• Get her attention with a clap or whistle. At the moment she is quiet, redirect her attention to something more productive and rewarding such as toys or treats.

• When you get your dog’s attention, practice basic commands such as sit and down in order to shift its focus.

• Do not ever let your dog bark constantly outside. You can hardly train her to stop barking by yelling at your dog across the yard. It is a sure and quick way to turn neighbors into enemies and the local police to pay you a visit.

• Train your dog to learn how to speak and be quiet.

• Consult your veterinarian or trainer if you continue to have barking issues no matter how hard you try to manage the problem.

• Consider the idea of a “De-barking” surgery with your vet.

De-Barking Surgery

“Debarking,” or cordectomy, is an elective surgical procedure that involves partial removal of a dog’s vocal cords. It does not remove your dog’s ability to bark rather it makes it sound more quiet and raspy. In this dog lover’s opinion, debarking surgery is unnecessary and unfair to the dog. Most often cases, barking problems indicate an underlying issue that is usually behavioral. Surgery may eliminate the noise away, but the anxiety, fear or similar problem remains. Why not spend your time and money on training and/or visiting a veterinary behaviorist rather than debarking your dog? Surgery and anesthesia always are risky. You should carefully think any procedure a hundred times. If you want to debark your dog purely for human convenience and does not medically benefit your pet then this solution should be avoided.

When other dogs bark in excess

The sound of dogs barking is considered to be a type of noise pollution. It can turn into a nuisance then a nightmare most especially when you try to sleep or sleep. You can politely approach your neighbor to discuss the matter or write a civil yet direct letter. You may try kindly suggesting a local dog trainer or behaviorist. Many people prefer to contact the neighborhood association to act as a moderator. As a last resort, you may need to call the police. Be mindful, however, that this last resort can be damaging to your relationship with your neighbors. On the other hand, you may let the barking issue slip after a certain amount of sleep deprivation.

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