Dog obedience and training techniques

August 18, 2012 by  
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In another of our very popular articles on dog obedience training techniques we are going to teach you how to stop your dogs from digging in the garden.

Why dogs dig:

1. Burying bones and finding hem again is very exciting and enjoyable – it is an instant reward similar to the process of positive reinforcement – unfortunately we don’t want this to happen.


A hole in the ground is very cool and a nice place to lie when it is hot in the summer

3. It might be that your dog is pregnant and she digs a small den in the ground so that it is ready for the puppies when they are born.

4. Your pooch may be after moles and rats – another reward when they are caught.

5. Your dog may be copying your behavior

6. Due to separation anxiety – which is discussed below.

* Sometimes dogs and puppies choose to dig and uproot flowers and shrubs in the garden simply because they are bored. It may also be a symptom of separation anxiety – this can be treated through regular exercise and slow exposure to being left alone. There are some home remedies and prescription medications that can also cure this problem. If you think that your pooch is getting anxious when being left alone – start exercising him more and getting him really tired.

Don’t leave the back door open as it will be too tempting for your dog to go and cause trouble outside. If you are unable to supervise your dog place him in a Crate. Leaving toys with an anxious dog and something that has your scent on it can eliminate any digging problems.

* If you think your dog is likely to burrow in the garden – keep a close eye on him and don’t leave him unsupervised.

* Try putting wire mesh in the ground where he is digging as dogs hate the feel of this on there paws and claws.

* Build a sand pit – this is a great diversion technique – bury toys in the sand pit. This is an excellent cure.

* Reward positive behavior and ignore negative behavior.

* Remember that some dog breeds are more prone to digging so think carefully before you purchase your first dog.

We hope you found this article useful and will use some of the techniques that we have provided to cure this problem should you encounter it.


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Basic Training Techniques For Dogs

August 15, 2012 by  
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Dogs make wonderful pets and excellent companions. They have always been known as “man’s best friend”. But in order to be a good household pet and a good doggy citizen they need to be trained. They also need to be trained to be safe and happy members of your family.

You should start training your puppy for obedience as soon as he arrives at your house. The training will be ongoing until he is about a year old and then while he may be considered “fully trained”, you will still need to work with him to keep his skills sharp for the rest of his life. A well-trained dog is a pleasure to own and a pleasure to be around.

The number one rule of dog training is that you must be the “alpha dog”. Some people may not like that term but the fact is that dogs are pack animals and they expect to have a leader. You must be the leader and all of the human members of your family must outrank your dog in the pack order.

Dogs will do anything for the leader of the pack so that must be you.

You must not ever allow your dog to show dominance. Teach him to wait for his food until you are ready to give it to him. Do not ever let him eat before you do. This is a subtle thing that is important when establishing dominance.

Do not ever allow your puppy to do things that you will not allow him to do as an adult dog. This includes jumping and nipping at you. One of the most important things in training a dog is consistency. A dog cannot reason like a human and he will not understand that it is okay to jump on you in your play clothes but not in your business suit. He also won’t understand why he could do something as a puppy but he can’t continue to do it as an adult dog.

Be consistent.

A crate will make all of your training easier. Dogs actually want a comfy and cozy place that is their own and they feel safe and secure in a crate. At the beginning your puppy may whine but you will need to just leave him there and he will adjust. A crate will make housetraining and obedience training both much easier.

It is important for your dog’s own safety to sit and stay. You must be able to get your dog to stop and stay if necessary. It is important to be able to control you dog at times and you will need to make sure that he is compliant with your commands in order to avoid problems like running off or jumping all over the visitors to your house.

Training your dog to walk on a leash and to heel is also an important lesson. And after the basics you will probably want to teach your dog some fun things like fetching. A well-trained dog makes the best pet so do not slack on your duties as a responsible pet-owner.

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Training a dachshund puppy

August 2, 2012 by  
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Although we have heard so many times that training a dachshund is not a piece of cake, but not even impossible. As dachshunds are very intelligent dogs and are stubborn which is very difficult to train them easily. A lot of patience and consistency is needed for training a dachshund. So many dog owners complain about the bad behavior of their dachshunds; it is actually a big problem and it arises when they cannot pay full attention to their dachshunds. The shrewd and stubborn behavior of them always makes them to outfox their owners, but the owners should have to work out on this in order to avoid any mishap during training a dachshund.

In training a dachshund, it is comparatively easy to train the puppies. In early stages you can lead them as they are learning and picking things, and they learn what you want them to learn.

Basically from a new born puppy till 12th month, it needs much love, deliberation and good food. In this stage these things should be taken care of. Make sure you keep your puppy out of unpleasant happenings, because they get scared and training will not affect them. However when they grow up they will be used to those situations but in early stages it is fearful for them. There are some stages through which they should be treated accordingly. From 3 to 4 weeks the session for training a dachshund puppy starts, during which it learns how to walk, he reacts to noises, starts to eat solid foods, playing with their mates and exploring things around them. This is when you have to keep you puppy away from sudden loud noises and leaving them alone at home, it’s scary for them. After fourth week till seventh the puppy start to go alone and wander everywhere, it’s a stage that learns how to do things without its mother and also starts weaning. Following this till 12 weeks, the puppy learns simple instructions like ‘come’, ‘go’, ‘sit’ and ‘no’ and etc. always talk in a very gentle tone, if it is doing something that shouldn’t do; just say “No!” do not shout or yell. Educate you puppy to get bedded properly at this time. From 12th week onwards, try to take them on walk, make them familiar with other people and animals.  And make sure you have started the serious training of dachshund, because at this age they feel the changes in their bodies and begin to adjust with those changes. You should act as a leader, giving more time for their sessions. And keep in mind to take hold of training your dachshund more seriously.

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Toilet Training a Puppy

July 17, 2012 by  
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One of the very first things you must do after bringing a puppy into your home is to toilet train it.  Even if you bought a puppy that was already house broken, you still will have to do a small amount of training to get it used to its new home.  If you start while the puppy is young and stick to the routine, your new puppy will be toilet trained in no time!
You’ll need to get a few items together to start your training.  First, you’ll need a dog crate.  You’ll also want to get treats, a collar, and a leash.  You may also want to purchase a baby gate or two to restrict your new puppies access to your house.
If your puppy comes to you young and has is not house broken at all, you will need to keep him where you can see him at all times during the day.  Even when you’re just relaxing at home, it’s important to not let your puppy out of the room you are in, otherwise it could develop bad potty habits that will take much longer to break later on.  Use baby gates or a leash to make sure your dog stays where you can see it.  Alternatively, you could close as many doors as possible to restrict your dogs access to places where they may want to eliminate inside the house.
At night you are going to keep your dog in its crate.  This may seem cruel, but rest assured that it is not!  Providing your puppy with a crate and plenty of soft bedding gives it a “room” of its own that it feels safe and secure in.  Dogs naturally avoid eliminating where they sleep, so confining your dog to a crate at night will keep him in an area he naturally won’t want to go to the bathroom in.  Make sure to select an appropriately sized crate for your dog.  If you choose a crate that is too large, your dog may do his business in one corner and sleep in another.  If you have a large breed dog that will grow significantly over the years, you may need to purchase multiple crates as your puppy grows, or buy an adjustable crate that will grow with your dog.
Now for the real fun.  In the morning you should take your dog out to use the bathroom immediately upon waking up.  Use the leash and collar and keep your dog with you, even if you have a fenced yard.  As soon as your dog eliminates, offer plenty of praise.  Play with your puppy for a few minutes if you have the time.  Associate going outside to eliminate with good things.  When you come back inside, offer your dog a small treat and more praise.  This will teach them to come back inside when they are done doing their business.
Next, feed your dog their breakfast.  They will need to go out again approximately half an hour after they finish eating.  Repeat the same process as before, taking them out on a leash and lavishing them with praise as soon as they eliminate.
Throughout the day your dog will need to be taken out every couple hours and offered the opportunity to eliminate.  If you wish to train your dog to ring a bell when he needs to be let out, now is the time to start the training.  Attach the bell to your door, or wherever you plan on placing it and ring the bell each time you take the dog out to use the bathroom.  Do not ring the bell at any other time.  Soon, your dog will associate the bell with getting to go out to eliminate.
Keep your dog within eyesight while at home, and watch for signs that he needs to be taken outside.  Sniffing the ground or digging are both indicators that your puppy needs to relieve himself.  As soon as you see a sign, take the puppy out.
At night, open the door to the dog crate about an hour before you go to bed.  Let your dog see the crate and enter and exit as he pleases until it is time to go to bed.  This will help him transition into the crate and will familiarize him with the crate before he is put in it for the night.  Right before you go to sleep, take your dog out again.  When you go to bed, put your puppy in the crate and go to sleep.  Some puppies can’t hold their bladders all night long, so if your dog wakes in the middle of the night and starts barking or making noises, you should let them out of the crate and take them outside.  This should decrease as the puppy gets older and learns to hold his bladder for longer periods of time.
When you are not home, the dog should be left in their crate until they are fully house broken.  If possible, you should return at mid-day to let the puppy have a chance to go out, or you should enlist a neighbor to help.  Most puppies cannot hold their bladders for longer than 6 to 8 hours at a time.  Avoid using newspaper or puppy training pads while you are gone, as these products only teach your dog that it is allowed to eliminate in the house.
If you follow this routine carefully, your new puppy will be house broken in no time and you will never have to worry about your dog eliminating in the house!

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Puppy and Dog Training

July 11, 2012 by  
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If you have a new puppy or dog then you may be interested in providing basic dog training. The training of dog should be taught by an experienced instructor, or you can do the training yourself. The dog training by the instructor may vary in fee and it generally occurs in a class. If you do the training yourself then it is usually free of cost and you can do it at your home. If you choose the option to train the dog yourself then it is best to get enough knowledge about dog training. There are 3 important things that you need to know about dog’s training. These are stay, sit and come. The first part includes the training of your dog to sit. To begin this, you will first require some dog treats. You should do this type of training in some quite environment so your dog does not get diverted.

Tell the dog to sit frequently as you grasp the dog’s treat just over their head.

In this way, the dog has to look up and can sit on their own. If still it is not sitting then gently push the rear down. When they sit down, admire them and reward them with treat. This type of training works because dog continuously hears the word ‘sit’ and will be taught to associate the instruction with sitting and getting praise. The other part of dog training is to teach your dog to stay. This is usually a difficult part of training. This type of training is also included with teaching your dog the instruction ‘come’. Sit your dog in some area with no guidelines. Inform the dog to stay frequently as you pull back. Begin with staying an eye contact with your dog. If your dog gets up then say ‘no’ and start again. Keep in mind that training of dog takes time. You may have to sit with dog to reinforce him to stay the first few times.

Once you have get success in this dog’s training, you then begin by walking away with your rear turned.

Dogs will usually will get up and go after you at this point. Then inform the dog ‘no’ and begin the training again by frequently saying your dog to stay at your place as you walk away. Once the dog has mastered this command, you may teach it come. After your dog get stayed, say it to ‘come’. You should have a good voice and tap your knee as you say ‘come’. Your pet should response to this type of dog training and you may then give it reward. Always try to make use of praise instead of giving punishment. Dogs react best to optimistic training, rather than negative. With the help of this in mind, you should be able to train your dog the 3 fundamental commands. Follow all of these tips and you have a dutiful and obedient dog. Take as much time as you can in order to get the best dog training.

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Clicker Puppy Training

June 29, 2012 by  
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Clicker puppy training has quickly become one of the preferred methods when it comes to dog behavior training. The idea is to anchor the desired action to a sound. This sound is a simple click you get from a clicker. Nothing fancy I know, but very effective.

The clicker is a simple device that will be used when you first begin training your dog on any desired behavior. It is a simple sound that you can make anywhere. So, when your dog is doing what you want him to do, you make the clicking sound and immediately give him a nice treat. This will create an association between the sound and the treat. In no time your dog will LOVE the click!

As you continue the training you will use hand signs or spoken directions to have your dog make the desired action. Slowly you will be leaving the clicking sound apart. It served in the initial phase to establish a strong bridge of communications between you and your dog.

The best part about clicker puppy training is that you are not really forcing your dog to do anything! This is a win/win situation, since clearly forcing your dog is not the best path to take.

The idea of clicker training has been well received by many famous dog trainers, and the same idea is now applied to the training of other animals. As a reward, food is primarily used but you can use also a dog toy that he will absolutely love!

If you are in favor of non-invasive and healthy training methods for your puppy, you will love the clicker dog training method. You can use the clicker to teach regular obedience or even tricks for competition. There are even people who use it for paper training a puppy – and that sounds like a really cool idea.

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Siberian Husky Puppy Training

June 26, 2012 by  
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Siberian Husky puppy training starts from day one. The very first day you bring your puppy home, you should be handling her, talking to her and calling her over to you. Husky puppies are cute; it’s tempting to just hold them and play with them. Of course, you should definitely do that, and do it a lot. But, pay attention to how you are interacting with your new puppy. Siberian Huskies are exceptionally intelligent dogs; they pay attention and have a really good memory.

Siberian Husky puppy training is based on interaction. You must engage their minds and keep them engaged. All that means is that you should make the time you spend with your husky puppy interesting. Play with her, talk to her and encourage her to look at and inspect new things.

When you interact with your puppy, don’t encourage behaviors that you may not want him to engage in later.

For example, if you want to keep all your shoes in one piece, don’t give her old shoes to chew on. A dog cannot distinguish between old shoes and your new, expensive, designer shoes. Also, puppies tend to inspect things with their mouths, which means your puppy will probably try to chew on you. Don’t let him! He will learn that it’s okay to bite you. When he starts to get “mouthy,” don’t get angry, just tell him “no” in a firm voice and give him a chew toy. He will learn that chew toys are for chewing on and hands are for petting.

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Potty Training Puppy Now

June 7, 2012 by  
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Every pet owner has to potty train puppy. Setting up a routine is important when potty training puppy. Start immediately upon arriving home with puppy. Keep the potty training experience positive, don’t scold your puppy for mistakes, they don’t know what is right and what is wrong, unless you show them how to act. Scolding can cause fear, they will begin to associate you with a source of pain, instead praise puppy every time they do something good.

When potty training puppy, make sure you take puppy out often. Young pups have small bladders and need to be given plenty of opportunity to relieve themselves. When you take puppy out, make sure you take puppy to the same spot every time, wait patiently while puppy sniffs around and finds “the spot” Once puppy has started to potty, calmly praise them, when finished tell puppy “good potty” and give lots of love and praise.

Let puppy know they did a good job and you are pleased. That’s all most of them want to do is please you.

The best way to avoid accidents is to keep puppy under constant supervision. Accidents can happen when potty training puppy, take it as a learning curve (for you and puppy). Teach your puppy to go outside. When you find a mess on the floor and didn’t catch puppy doing it, just clean it up and keep a closer eye on puppy, don’t scold them for a mess they did earlier, they just won’t understand what your upset about. If you catch them in the act, immediately say “no” and take puppy outside to complete the potty training.

Potty training puppy takes patience and commitment. Keep a positive attitude and praise puppy every time they do a good job, let them know you are pleased. With a well established routine, your puppy will be trained in no time.

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Best Puppy Training Tips

May 29, 2012 by  
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1 – Begin Training Early

Puppies are more receptive to learning between the ages of 8 and 12 weeks, so it’s important to begin their training early. If you’re training an older dog for the first time it may take a little longer, but despite what they say, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!

The following puppy training tips help you and your puppy to become confident during your training sessions.

2 – Find A Quiet Area To Train Your Puppy

Don’t attempt to train your puppy if there is too much going on around you – he will become distracted and will not learn. Find a quiet corner where you and your puppy can concentrate on learning.

3 – Be Consistent In Your Approach To Training

Your puppy will be very eager to please you but, at this stage, he may not understand what you want from him. Your instructions and commands must be very clear and consistent.

Choose a short word for each command, for example, sit, stay, come, down, etc., and ensure you and your family are consistent in its use, otherwise your puppy will become confused and will not learn.

4 – Puppy Training Tips – Choose A Release Word

The same applies to your chosen release word.

A release word is literally that; your chosen word for releasing your puppy from a previous command. By using this command, you are letting your puppy know that he no longer needs to sit or stay down, and that he is free to get up and play, or whatever.

The important thing to remember here is to remain consistent with your choice of word and its application.

Using a release word for your dog, will help to establish you as the pack leader and will reinforce this fact each time you release your dog from a previous command.

5 – Practical Puppy Training Tips – Your Tone Of Voice

Puppy training sessions should be kept light, and should be fun for your puppy. Your tone of voice needs to be firm when giving a command, and lighter, more fun, when giving praise.

6 – Puppy Training Tips – Positive Reinforcement

Each time your puppy does what you ask of him, offer him a small, tasty, treat and give him lots of praise. This will reinforce the fact that he has followed your command correctly.

Your praise, and any treat, should follow his correct action within 2 seconds; any longer and you run the risk of your puppy not associating the two, and he’ll take longer to train.

7 – Puppy Training Tips – If Your Puppy Gets It Wrong

Never become angry, scold, or smack your puppy for failing to get an instruction right. It may take several attempts before he understands exactly what you want from him – have patience.

If your puppy gets it wrong, don’t give him a treat, and don’t offer any praise; simply go back to the beginning and start again. You can say something like, ‘Too Bad’, or ‘No’, to help reinforce the fact that your puppy didn’t get it right. But don’t be too hard on him – he’s only learning.

If your puppy misbehaves however, difficult as it may be, don’t allow him to get away with being naughty just because he’s cute!

8 – If Your Puppy Fails To Follow Your Command

If your puppy fails to follow a command, it may mean that your puppy has not yet mastered that particular instruction. Simply repeat the relevant training until you’re confident that he’s mastered it.

Don’t repeat the command word over and over again, as this will teach your puppy that he doesn’t need to act on the first instruction; he will believe it’s okay to obey on the third or fourth command.

If you believe your puppy is simply misbehaving, don’t reward or praise him, simply walk away from him and try the exercise again five minutes later.

9 – Keep Your Training Sessions Short

Puppies have a short attention span, so it’s best to keep any training sessions to around 10 minutes or so. This should be enough to run through some simple commands without your puppy becoming bored.

Always try to end the training session on a positive note.

10 – Best Puppy Training Tips – Practice, Practice, Practice!

Practice really does makes perfect!

As your puppy masters each command, practice daily to strengthen and reinforce the training you have given him. This will help to establish you as the pack leader, will strengthen the bond between you, and will ensure your puppy grows into a happy, well-behaved adult dog.

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Stopping Puppies From Digging

May 25, 2012 by  
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If you want to stop puppies from digging, you have to know the purpose why dogs dig on the ground. Dogs dig because they want to look for a place where they can hide food or morsels of it from other predators. These canines would seem to be professional gravediggers, amusing guests but not you. Here are easy steps to make them stop this activity, even if you know that by nature dogs dig:

Limit access to scrap foods: By giving them enough food, there will be nothing left for them to stash away. This could prevent and stop puppies from digging and your mown grass will be free from blank spots. They will try to bury bones and other leftovers to be sure that other animals may not be able to get hold of them.

Limit digging area: Since it is their nature to dig and stash, provide them with an area where they can be free to do this activity all day long as they please.

Look at the possibility of giving them a portion of the garden which is shaded so she can do whatever she wants and not burn under the sun. Just as long as you give him an idea of the exact place where this activity can be done, it will not be a hard thing for you anymore.

This limitation can stop puppies from digging in places that are off limits for holes. Make sure that you lead him to spot and give a fast reprimand when this is not followed.

Chili ploy: Dogs hate the smell of any type of Chili. It is also advisable to put ground pepper of the red kind, chili powder, or other aversive substances, mix it with water and sprinkle it over places that you want them to avoid. These substances are deterrent ploys to avert this behavior.

Fix summer: These months pushes puppies to look for places that are cooler when playing in the yard. They would tend to dig for a deeper one for them to let cool off heat. To stop puppies from digging, try to look for an area where you can dig by yourself and try to make him look at what you are doing; he would think that you are doing him a favor while doing this. The feeling of being taken care of is a reason for them to be grateful; towards you. They will never know that what you are doing is to avoiding some blank spots in the yard that could make your landscape ugly.

For some pet owners who can afford to build a wading pool, nice cool water on the dog’s back is a perfect solution to the scorching heat. Cooling off is an excellent respite from the humid air and direct sunlight felt during this season. This is so far the best remedy to stop puppies from digging as you need not worry about further holes on the ground. One might not be able get a puppy to obey anything if the uneasiness felt inside his body system is brought about by heat.

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