- 10 Things You Should Know About Dog Training
- 10 Things You Should Know About Dogs
- 2 Reasons So Many Dogs Are Put To Sleep Each Year
- 3 More Questions Dog Owner Ask
- 4 Things To Do With A Difficult Dog
- 5 Basic Commands When Training A Blind Dog
- 5 Benefits Of Adopting An Adult Dog
- 5 Commands Every Dog Should Know
- 5 Different Ways To Exercise Your Dog
- 5 Questions To Ask A Dog Breeder
- 5 Reasons Little Dogs Need Training Too!
- 5 Reasons Why Dogs End Up In Shelters
- 5 Simple Ideas That Will Perfect Your Dogs Training
- 5 Things Your Dog Wants To Tell You About Training
- 5 Tips To Combat Canine Hyperactivity
- 5 Ways To Socialize Your Dog
- 6 Warning Signs That Your Puppy Is Dominant
- 7 Different Causes Of Dog Aggression
- 7 Tips to Make Your Dog Walk More Enjoyable
- Advanced Obedience Training
- Are Puppy Kindergarten Classes Necessary?
- Are You A Future Dog Trainer?
- Are You Practicing Good Dog Owner Etiquette
- Backyard Dangers For Your Dog
- Can Dogs Have A Heart Attack?
- Can You Trust A Dog That Has Bitten?
- Can Your Puppy Learn To Use A Litter Box?
- Children Friendly Dogs
- Choosing a Dog from a Shelter
- Correcting Poor Behaviors in Your Dog
- Crate Training An Older Dog
- Crate Training Your Adult Dog
- Curb Your Dog's Excess Barking
- Do You Know Who Is The Worlds Greatest Trainer?
- Does Joining Dog Associations Make You A Better Trainer?
- Does Your Dog Ever Embarrass You?
- Does Your Dog Have Bad Breath?
- Dog Etiquette Out and ABout
- Dog Healrh
- Dog Health
- Dog Learning form Dogs?
- Dog Rules
- Dog Safety
- Dog Training
- Dog Training For Beginners
- Easy Ways To Teach Your Dog Tricks
- Exercising Your Dog Can Maximize Your Training
- Fearful Dog
- Get Healthy With Your Dogs Help
- Good Dog Park Etiquette
- Happy Christmas To All My Readers
- House Training: A Crate Idea
- How Can I Correct My Aggressive Dog?
- How Can I Keep My Dog Calm Under Exciting Circumstances?
- How to Calm Your Hyper Dog
- How To Correct Common Dog Behavior Problems
- How To Introduce Another Dog Into Your Home
- How To Introduce Another Dog Into Your Home
- How to Introduce Your Dog to a Doggy Door
- How To Teach Your Puppy Not to Bite
- How To Train Your Dog In Just 15 Minutes A Day
- Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds
- Introducing 2 Dogs On Leash
- Is Using a Muzzle Necessary When Training Your Dog?
- Keep My Dog Calm
- Keep Your Dog Safe When Driving
- Love Dogs?
- Love Dogs? Then Consider Becoming A Trainer
- Morning Exercise
- Not A Chore
- Potty Training Problems?
- Puppy Kindergarten Classes
- Puppy Potty Training Methods
- Re-Housebreaking Your Adult Dog
- Should My Dog Always Be In Training Mode?
- Should You Allow Your Dog On The Bed?
- Stop Your Dog From Chasing Cats And Cars
- Stop Your Dog From Jumping On You The Easy Way
- Stop Your Puppy From Chewing
- Teach Your Dog To Always Come When Called
- Teach Your Dog To Ring A Bell For House Training
- Teaching Your Dog To Be Friendly With Visitors
- The 3 Steps Of Good Dog Training
- The 3 Steps Of Good Dog Training
- The Correct Way To Walk Your Dog
- The Most Fearful Dog I Have Ever Seen
- The Number One Reason Why Dogs Die
- The Top 7 Reasons to Crate Train Your Dog
- Tips For Curing Separation Anxiety In Dogs
- Train Your Dog Not To Run Through Open Doors
- Train Your Puppy Young
- Warning About Treats
- What Is The Best Dog Training Method?
- Why Do We Use Rewards In Dog Training?
- Why Does My Dog Ignore My Commands?
- Why The Down Exercise Is So Important?
Can Your Puppy Learn To Use A Litter Box?
House training your puppy is one of the most important things you will teach him. There are several different ways you can go about teaching your puppy his house training. Some owners are interested in teaching their puppy to use a litter box. Is this possible? Absolutely!
Most puppies can be taught to use a litter box. It’s very similar to teaching a cat to use a litter box, although puppies don’t use them quite as instinctively as cats do. If you have a Toy dog, especially, it can be helpful to teach your puppy to use the litter box since your puppy will remain small throughout his life. This means that the litter box will remain a convenient size for him to use even when he’s an adult dog.
If you have a puppy who will grow to be a medium or large-sized dog then you can still teach your puppy to use a litter box but it may not be very comfortable for him to use the box when he gets older. However, by the time he gets old he should be able to wait longer to relieve himself. That should allow you plenty of time to come home from work, for example, so you can take him for a walk or let him outside.
To teach your puppy to use a litter box you will first need to get a large litter box. It’s usually best to get a large, plain, rectangular box. Plastic is fine. For obvious reasons you will not want to get one of the fancier cat litter boxes with a hood or other gadgets since your puppy may have trouble fitting inside or he may try to chew it.
You can use regular cat litter in the litter box for your puppy. Many dog breeders teach their puppies to use a litter box. They like to use a mixture of cat litter, such as Fresh Step, and alfalfa pellets or pine shavings. Alfalfa pellets are used as both rabbit food and as bedding so your puppy may try to eat some of them but they won’t hurt him. He will probably leave them alone after he tries them a few times. Alfalfa pellets are good because they are very absorbent and they keep down odor. Pine shavings are good because they are fluffy and they also keep down odor.
You should avoid using cedar shavings as a litter box filler since they have an oil which can hurt your puppy’s eyes.
At first you should place the litter box in a place where your puppy is sure to find it. You can put it in a spot where your puppy has already had an accident, for instance. Be sure to place a bathroom rub or mat under the box to cut down on the amount of litter that your puppy kicks up or digs out of the box. It’s likely that your puppy will try to dig in the box at first. He’s a dog and dogs do like to dig, so you should expect this at first.
Watch your puppy carefully and when you see signs that your puppy needs to potty you should lead him (or pick him up) to the litter box. Place him back in the box if he tries to leave. With good timing your puppy should relieve himself in the box. Make sure you praise him and give him a treat. Tell him what a good puppy he is. Keep doing this each time you see that your puppy needs to potty.
If you are consistent about leading your puppy to the litter box each time he needs to potty then you will have him trained to use the box very quickly.
Some puppies accept litter box training very quickly but some puppies will always prefer to go outside.
Keep the litter box clean. Pick up deposits quickly and change the litter often, especially the top layer. You can scrub out the whole litter box with bleach and water as necessary.
The Long Stay Command
The “Long Stay command” is very helpful in many different situations but we are going to go over only a couple here in this post. Dog safety is one of the main seasons that we use the “long stay command” because nobody wants their dog to run through a door and get run over by a car. Another reason is it isn’t great for your dog to run up to and jump on every body that comes in through the door.
If your dog is used to running through any door that is open it might take a lot of lessons to stop them from doing it but it is worth the time and effort to make you dog safe around doors. When I’m filling my car with fuel “Sally” my golden lab will stay in the car with the door open, as I don’t want the poor girl to get too hot. She can see me and I know that Sally will not jump out and get run over.
Long Stay Command Training: Ten to 15 minutes each time is all it takes.
You can start training inside your house with a lead/leash on and use inside doors as a safety measure. When the dog tries to go through the door, simply close it. If he/she is exited whenever you get the lead/leash out just say “stay” and ignore them until they calm down.
The next thing to do is lead the dog to a door and use the “stay” command or sit stay command. The lead/leash will stop them from going through the door. You can do this with out the lead/leash when your dog gets the idea but still do it inside until you are sure that he/she knows that they need your command. When you start training outside use your back yard first because there will be fewer distractions, but still use the lead/leash until you know that they will not go through a door with out your permission.
Sally always goes to the dog and waits for permission before going through a door and as a service dog she stays at my feet as long as I want her to. You can also train your dog to “sit stay” with you out of sight while you are in another room, this is very handy if you are going to do obedience training.
Now go and enjoy your training time with the world best trained dog.
Why Does My Dog Ignore My Commands?
There are actually multiple reasons why your dog may be ignoring your commands. In this article we will discuss some of the reasons and what you can do to reverse that annoying behavior with the family pet.
One of the most common reasons that a dog ignores its owners commands is the fact that it probably has not been trained and it has no clue what the commands mean. You must remember that a dog does not speak English and even though a dog can learn many words it has to go through a learning process.
Teaching a dog commands actually goes through multiple steps and the first step is the teaching phase where we teach the dog the command by placing it into the position we want like with a sit or down command.
However there are other reason your dog may be ignoring your commands. One of those reasons is that your dog is actually deaf. In that case your dog is not trying to cause trouble by ignoring you it simply cannot hear you. If you suspect your dog is deaf you can also do some simple tests with calling and hand clapping. If that seems to not get your dogs attention a visit to your vet should be the next matter of business.
So if your dog is trained well and is not deaf what could the problem be? It could be one of those dogs that simply hears when it wants to. There are humans just like that.
Possibly when you are giving your dog a command it is being distracted by somebody or something else. Yes even what you think is a well-trained dog can suffer from this problem if it has not been trained with distractions. A dog that does all of its commands beautifully in the living room may actually not do anything when you take it outside and there are distractions.
The final phase of dog training requires your dog be trained with distractions. I always recommend for dog owners to train their dog in several different places with distractions as the training goes on. If you don’t do the proofing phase of dog training your dog will definitely ignore you when you are out in public because it has never been taught that it has to.
So by training your dog well and with distractions you will be amazed how it quits ignoring you and starts responding to your commands well.
Tips For Curing Separation Anxiety In Dogs
You arrive home from work to a crazy, spinning, whirlwind of energy. Your dog follows you to your bedroom, where you find that she has chewed up your very expensive pair of shoes. Your next door neighbor comes to complain to you that your dog has once again been driving the neighborhood crazy by howling all day long. If this scenario is familiar, then your dog is probably suffering from separation anxiety.