- 10 Things You Should Know About Dog Training
- 10 Things You Should Know About Dogs
- 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 You Trust A Dog That Has Bitten?
- 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 Learning form Dogs?
- Dog Rules
- Dog Safety
- Dog Training
- Dog Training For Beginners
- 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
- 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
- The 3 Steps Of Good Dog Training
- The 3 Steps Of Good Dog Training
- The Correct Way To Walk Your Dog
- The Number One Reason Why Dogs Die
- 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 The Down Exercise Is So Important?
The Secrets To Training Any Dog
There is a secret to training any dog. In fact I have never seen a dog that could not be trained. However I have seen dog owners that never took the time to train their dog and then wonder why their pet is out of control.
Okay, here is the secret… desire, consistency and 15 minutes a day. Yes it is just that simple.
Let’s start off with desire. To get a trained dog you must have a desire for a trained dog. If you don’t have the desire or see a real need for a nicely trained dog then it just won’t happen. Look around at family, friends and neighbors I’m sure that somebody you know has a real nicely trained dog. Are you envious? Don’t be, instead simply decide that you want the same with your dog and go for it. A well-trained dog can go places with you and make you proud of the fact that it is so well-behaved.
Next we are going to talk about consistency. It is a must. For example you can’t allow your dog to jump on you today and then tomorrow scold it when it does the same thing. Plainly stated, consistency is something that you have to be vigilant about. When you are with your dog shoot for 100% good behavior. Your dog will learn that behaving and acting properly is something that is always a must.
Okay, the last secret is 15 minutes a day. If you will train with your dog only 15 minutes a day you can have the best trained and well-mannered dog in the neighborhood. Yes, it only takes 15 minutes a day, how easy is that.
I think a lot of people feel that dog training requires hours of vigorous work but that simply is not true. Hire a local trainer to guide you through the exercises and it will even be easier, plus you will be amazed at your progress. Keep in mind that every 15 minute session should have a goal. For example today we are going to make our sit-stay a little better. You are going to work on all your exercises however the one that you are really shooting for today is a longer more reliable sit-stay.
I have one more little secret to share with you that will make that dog of yours even better. Train in multiple places. Yes, when you start training you probably will start in the house. When the dog is doing well in the house then you move outside to the driveway. When that is working well you move to the park and then at your vets office. I think you get the idea, your dog needs to perform wherever it goes so train in those places.
I hope that learning these simple secrets will make you want to get out there and have fun training the best dog in the neighborhood, your dog.
The Correct Way To Walk Your Dog
One thing that dog owners complain most about is the fact that their dog is dragging them down the street when they go for a walk. It’s not only uncomfortable but it can actually be dangerous. Over the years I’ve seen people with hurt arms and shoulders as well as people who have been knocked to the ground.
Now if you have a 3 pound Chihuahua that you take for walks this article probably doesn’t have anything for you. However if you have a larger dog that is dragging you and making your walks uncomfortable then this article is for you.
Let’s start off by saying that you need to start training your dog when it’s young and teach it to walk at your side on a loose leash. If you allow your dog to be out in front of you and pulling you down the street when it’s young it will want to keep doing that same thing as it gets older. So teaching your dog the right way to walk on leash from the beginning is very important.
Let’s start off by talking about your leash. I always tell my clients if you have one of those retractable leashes go get it and let’s throw it in the trash can. In fact I just spoke to a lady today whose dog got loose from her on a busy street because it broke the retractable leash. So go out and get yourself a good leash. Ideally you’d like a 6 foot leather leash because once it’s broken in a leather leash is nice on your hands compared to the nylon leashes for example. If you have a leash it’s made of chain that’s something else for the trash can. Chain leashes can really hurt your hands and be very uncomfortable.
So let’s talk about where and how your dog should be walking. Your dog should be walking on your left-hand side and its legs should roughly lined up with your legs and there should be a small amount of slack in the leash so that it’s not pulling you. A dog that walks in front of his master is a dog who thinks he’s in charge. In order for you to be the alpha and the pack leader your dog should be walking on your side and not pulling.
So how do you keep your dog from pulling? There are a bunch of different apparatus including special collars and harnesses that are supposed to keep your dog from pulling. However I say to heck with those contraptions and teach your dog to walk nicely at your side.
Working with a good obedience trainer is an easy way to teach your dog to walk without pulling. So give your trainer a call and get him out there to help you train your dog to walk on a nice loose leash.
How to Calm Your Hyper Dog
All dogs have different dispositions and some are more hyper than others. A hyper dog can be a challenge for their owner. A hyper dog’s behavior can range from excited to frantic. This can cause a disruption in the home, when you go for walks and when you encounter other people and animals.
When dealing with your hyper dog you need to remain calm. Dogs can sense when you’re frustrated or angry. They know when you’re nervous or excited. Any of these emotions can be a trigger, making your dog more hyper. Projecting a sense of calm, can help to calm your hyper dog.
Here are some other ways to calm your dog and relieve some of its energy:
“Dogs Need Mental Stimulation”
Find ways to redirect your dog’s energy. Some people have found that toys and exercise can help calm a dog. Long walks can help relieve built up energy and help a dog calm down. Agility training has also been known to help stimulate a dog and calm hyperactive behavior. These are all activities that provide mental and physical stimulation.
Obedience training also provides mental stimulation, while teaching your dog proper behavior. Not only will this training help calm your dog, it will also help you learn how to be calm around your dog. When you learn how to be calm, you can teach this technique to your family and friends.
“Get Everyone To Help”
A common problem people have when trying to calm their dogs is other people causing the dog to become hyper. If there are people who spend a fair amount of time with your pet, you should get them to help. If someone is always excitable or angry or frustrated around your dog, they can erase all of the hard work you’ve done in seconds if you don’t take control.
Make sure everyone you know, understands your dog needs a calm environment. Then work on teaching your pet how to interact with others. If your dog is used to running into the room and jumping on your neighbors or nipping at your kids, then you have to train them not to do that. This training will help the dog be calm, because it will, in time, learn what is expected of them.
“Make Sure Your Dog Gets Regular Exercise”
While all of the training and playing may help to calm your dog. It won’t help if your dog is not getting regular daily exercise. It’s important to take your dog for long walks and allow them to burn off that excess energy. Dogs need more than a few minutes out to get the exercise they need.
You can supplement your walk with trips to places where your dog can run off-leash. Regardless of the type of exercise, the most important thing is consistency. Walking, hiking, skating and even biking are possible while walking your dog. These activities give you and dog a chance to bond, while both of you get a great workout. And best of all when you’re done and go home, you’ll have a calmer dog.
The 3 Steps Of Good Dog Training
Dog training consists of three basic steps. If done properly and in the correct sequence, you will have a happy, well-trained dog. The three steps are: teaching your dog, correcting him, and proofing his training so that he is able to perform in any environment.
Step 1: The Teaching Phase.
During this first phase, you are teaching the dog what a command means and what he is supposed to do. This step can be used whether you are teaching your dog to Sit or something much more advanced. You have to teach the dog before you can move on to do anything else. It’s important to make teaching as much fun for your dog as possible during this step and the steps that follow. Dogs learn best when you keep things fun. If your dog thinks training is like a game, he will have a good attitude and enjoy learning.
Step 2: The Correction Phase.
During this phase you know that the dog knows the exercise but he refuses to do it. When this happens you give a verbal and/or small leash correction. The dog learns to do what you ask every time. Although you are correcting your dog, you should still keep this phase fun. Maintain a positive attitude toward your dog. Do not train your dog when you’re angry or upset.
Step 3: The Proofing Phase.
When your dog is doing everything well you start increasing the distractions present so that he learns to perform in any environment. This means that you can add sounds, things moving, additional people in the room and even take him to new places to practice the exercises. Proofing helps to make your dog perfect at performing the exercises and he learns to ignore the distractions. Take your time. It is more important to get things right than to rush your dog’s training. It can take a long time to proof some commands so that your dog performs them reliably. During this phase you will most likely be working without the leash so plan to work in enclosed areas at first until you are sure that your dog can be trusted in open areas.
By taking the required time to work on each step you will have a dog that not only works well in your living room without any distractions, but also outside around other people and distractions. The secret is to take the time to accomplish each step properly and make it fun.
Teach Your Dog To Ring A Bell For House Training
Teaching your dog to ring a bell to let you know when it needs to go outside to do its business is really pretty easy. I have found that it usually takes somewhere between 4 to 8 weeks for the dog to catch on to the process. About 85% of the dogs catch on and are willing to do it while about 5% of the dogs actually get scared by the bell. Usually these are the very small dogs.
The process is simple but you must be consistent. We start by getting an appropriate bell. I no longer suggest using the jingle bell because they have a small hole in the bell that can actually catch the dog’s toenail. Instead I prefer a small cowbell or even a small desktop bell like you would see at a hotel on the counter to call the desk clerk. These desktop bells are available at Staples office supply/Office Supplies or any hobby or craft shop.
With the cowbell simply hang it from the door low enough that your dog can hit it easily with it’s paw. The desk top model can simply be placed on the floor next to the door.
You attach your dog’s leash to his collar and walk it to the door and simply lift his paw and hit the bell. As soon as the bell rings immediately open the door. Your dog will learn that ringing the bell makes the door open.
Like I mentioned earlier it will take a few weeks for your dog to catch on so you will need to continue helping until your dog figures it out. When it does catch on I think you will agree with me that it is very exciting. Yes, now you will have a dog that can ring the bell and get your attention when it needs to do it’s business.
Occasionally I will have a client that tells me that their dog sometimes rings the bell when it only wants to go outside but really does not need to do its business. No problem, open the door and let it out for some fresh air. I think you will find that it is just another step in creating some good communication between you and your dog.
Remember consistency is important in teaching this exercise and also make sure that the dogs paw hits the bell not your hand. Have fun and I hope you enjoy the experience.
Teach Your Dog To Always Come When Called
Teaching your dog to come when you call it is very important and in fact it could be a life-saving exercise. Teaching this command should start early when the dog is a young puppy and before it learns that it doesn’t have to come.
Most people get in the habit of taking their puppy outside to do its business without a leash. That works fine when the puppy is very young but as it starts getting older it realizes that there’s a big world out there that’s worth exploring and guess what, you can’t catch him.
So one of the very first things you should do with your puppy is getting it used to a collar and leash. When you take your puppy outside to do its business, always do it with the collar and leash. This way your puppy learns to come when you call it because you can actually pull it in with the leash and it learns it can’t runaway. So that becomes its habit.
One thing to keep in mind is that your puppy needs a reason to come when you call it. There are actually three different things that your puppy would probably love when it comes. It can be lots of praise, a toy, and even a treat will work as a reward.
Even though I’m not a treat trainer I love using treats to teach a dog to come when it’s called. Basically what you’re going to do is use the dog’s name and the command come, simply Fido come. When he comes to you he has to sit and then he is rewarded with a treat. Make that treat something special that really motivates him to come when you call him.
I’ve had clients use everything from small pieces of steak, string beans out of a can, small pieces of chicken and even tiny pieces of cheese. You simply need to find out what treat turns your dog on and which treat is most desirable to him.
You can make this a game for the entire family. Family members can position themselves in different rooms and take turns calling the dog. Once this exercise is working well in the house then you can move it to the fenced in backyard. Again family members position themselves in different corners of the yard and call the dog and give him his reward when he comes.
What you are doing is creating a real strong habit. So that when he hears his name and the command come, he knows that there’s always something good in it for him. So the question is how many times do we do this? There isn’t a true answer; you may need to do it hundreds or even thousands of times to create the really strong habit.
When your dog is doing this really well then you can start rewarding him sometimes with his treat and other times with physical praise. If you’ve laid the proper groundwork and done the exercise enough times it should now be a habit and your dog should come when it’s called.
One golden rule; never punish a dog that finally comes to you, it will teach him not to come.
Stop Your Puppy From Chewing
Does your puppy chew a little too much? It is important to train your puppy to stop chewing on everything in the house. With these tips you can successfully get your dog to stop chewing on everything he sees.
Crate training your puppy is a fantastic way to house train your dog and an added bonus to the house training is the fact that if the pup is in the crate it can’t chew on the dining room table legs. If you can do the necessary things to get your dog thru those chewing months then maybe you will never suffer the agony of the shredded couch.
Another very simple but effective method of keeping your dog from chewing is to always keep it with you, let me explain that better. What I’m talking about is when your dog isn’t in the crate keep it attached to you. Simply attach a leash to the collar and then attach the leash to your belt so wherever you go the puppy comes with you and won’t have a chance to chew on anything that’s inappropriate.
Of course you can do everything possible to divert your puppy’s behavior to chew on the proper things by making sure he has safe chew toys. When I say safe I mean don’t give your puppy things to chew that could create a choking problem. My favorite toy for a dog is a Kong. These strong rubber toys can be filled with treats or peanut butter and become a great baby sitter for your pup.
Use a spray that your puppy doesn’t like the taste of on items you do not want him/her to chew on. Yes, this really works. Using a good bitter apple product can help with the chewing problem by making things taste badly. The product that I really like and have great results with is Grannicks Bitter Apple.
Consistency is important. You can’t let your new dog chew on some old tennis shoes and then be upset when it destroys a new pair of Nike’s. No chewing means no chewing on anything unless it belongs to the pup and it is made to be chewed.
Chewing is normal for a puppy, but getting him to chew on the correct items is important. If you are having problems with your puppy chewing on your things, try the tips in this article.