Puppy Training – Train Your Dog Yourself

Owning a dog comes with responsibility. A dog or puppy owner is truly a parent. Dogs must be trained from a young age to avoid potential bad dog behavior from being learned. Training your puppy or dog to be obedient is one of the key responsibilities of the dog owner. Dog obedience training doesn't have to be painful or troublesome. In fact, training your puppy can be a truly great experience. The benefits of having a well trained dog are many but I will mention only a few here. With puppy obedience training your dog:

1) will learn to obey your commands

2) will be much less likely to run off into the street

3) will be much less likely to jump on guests in your home

4) will learn to fetch the morning paper for you

5) will learn to not destroy your property

Here is one tip to get you started with puppy obedience training. First, you need to get your puppies attention. Do this by always having small treats in your pocket to give them whenever you call them. Quickly they will learn to associate the treats with paying attention to you. But be careful here. You want to associate the dog paying attention to you with the praise of getting the treat. So, call there name, move, and then when they follow you, have show the treat by placing it in their line of sight between your eyes and theirs while they are looking at you. Then give them the treat. This method of puppy obedience training will get your puppy paying attention to you in no time.

Love for an animal is an expression of the human tenderness and this is best depicted through the domestication of them. Now among them dogs are the most favorite of humans for centuries. In any part of the world you will come across this culture of domesticating dogs, which is indeed a difficult task. Are you the owner of any dog following this tradition or mulling over to bring it to the residence? If you are considering the subject, have this suggestion from me. You should always opt for a puppy since they can be tamed better.
It will be best if you start the training when the age of puppy is between 6-8 months. This is the time when a puppy starts to respond and therefore it can conform to the rules and regulations set by you. But keep in mind that a puppy remains always in need of special dog training. It is essential to impart the skills that it needs for maintaining a good life. Even if you are novice you have nothing to worry, it can be implemented provided you are consistent and have the zeal to succeed.
How should you embark on the mode of dog training? The first step that should be taken is to establish good habits at the very early stage. This is necessary to make your dog obedient in the later period of life. Remember that a puppy, in the first place, is a wild animal. For this reason it has a number of bad habits that can put a question on your social dignity. One of these is to wee-wee. This is simply undesirable but it can be controlled through an efficient potty training on a regular basis. You should have an effective control on these from the day one so that it will not bring any social disgrace later.
It is also necessary to make your puppy socialize. It is found that several dogs reach their adulthood without communicating with other dogs. This makes one dog arrogant and also aggressive. If you let this happen, it may be problematic for you in the future to control it. You must take your puppy to the nearby park every day where it can contact with other dogs.
It is also the time to start command training. Why is this necessary? Command training is a very important part of the dog training and brings the puppy under the sway. You should also establish yourself as the leader. Are you hearing this for the first time? Dogs do not understand the concept of friendship but only dominance. They are wild animals and like others do follow the laws of the state of nature where the authority of a leader is venerated. You shall have to be the same leader and initiate the command training.
What type of command should you give? You must take care that every command is of the simplest form. They should be clear, unambiguous and also consist of one word only. If not, they may dampen the spirit.
You must practice this daily.

Dog Training – The Choke Collar Myth, Why You Don’t Need One For Dog Training

Most people would say that it's a no-no to get a puppy when you have a full time work. Certainly it is very difficult for you to train your puppy if you are working full time. But to say that this is impossible is quite over rated.

It is true that when puppy training starts your presence is highly needed. Time is one big demand of having a puppy. Thus, with proper time management, scheduling and tactics you can still have a puppy while work full time. So here are a few puppy training tips to keep in mind)

First thing is "Plan Before Hand" -- To start it off, you should plan everything precisely. Try to get a puppy during the holidays; in this way you have more time to spend at home with your puppy than work. The first few weeks of your puppy at home are most crucial when training him. So try to decide on a season where there is less demand of work for you.

If you can do this, you can start training your puppy throughout the holidays. By the time you go back to work your puppy had already acquired the basics of house training.

The second but the I feel very important in any list of puppy training tips is "Team Work" -- Training your puppy isn't always a one-man show. Other people in the house can help you if you teach them the routines and what to do in training. If you have kids, they could be the ones to look after the puppy if they get home early while you are still in work.

From the very start, your puppy should be introduced to other family members so that he can still be trained even if it's not you who is training him.

The next tip I have is "Crate Training" -- Invest time on crate training your new puppy. You can do this training on times that you're at home. Introduce your puppy to his crate and wait until he becomes comfortable with it. In due time, he would learn to love his crate and it would be easier for you to leave him at home even if no one else is there to look over him.

Of course a very important puppy training tip, for any one working full time is "Indoor Potty Training" -- If you'll be leaving your puppy alone at home, it would be best to potty train him indoors. Select a spot inside the house or make use of litter boxes where he will relieve himself so that he won't soil the house.

A tip a working pet owner should always consider is "Secure The Premises" -- You can limit your pup's space to roam around while you're gone. You can let him stay in a locked room or you can also get a play pen where he would have his toys to play with and have just enough space to roam around.

There are also services offered like dog day care centers where all your puppy's needs would be definitely provided. Also there are dog walkers who can just pick up your dog at home and give him a walk along with other dogs.

Hiring others or not, you should remember that nothing beats quality time with your pup. So should be the most important thing on any list of puppy training tips should be "Make Time for Your Puppy". Giving him time is best thing that you can do for your puppy.

Enjoy Your Puppy Time

Choke collars are very popular when it comes to training dogs. Most people recommend choke collars for training purposes. There are some things that you need to understand about choke collars before you use one to train.
Choke collar have some big drawbacks and they are difficult to use properly. As a professional dog trainer, I am not a big fan of the choke collar, but a lot of people seem to believe that they are the required training collar for dogs. It is important to understand that if you are going to use a choke collar, you need to know how to put it on correctly and how it is used.
The choke collar works by giving your dog a quick pull and release. The pressure from the collar should only be for a split second. The choke collar does not work when there is constant pressure in the collar. In order for the collar to work properly, you need to make sure that your dog stays on the same side every time.
If your dog is going to walk on your left side, you need to make sure that you put the collar on in a way that it will loosen when you release pressure. As you’re looking at your dog, hold the collar in front of your dog and make a letter “P” with the collar.
Slide the collar over your dog’s head and attach the leash. Now, with your dog on the left side, the collar is on correctly. If your dog goes to your right side, you need to bring him back to your left side.
The choke collar is used by giving your dog a quick, sharp correction. A snap and release. If the collar is on correctly you’ll see the collar tighten and then release. If it is not on correctly it will tighten and stay tight. If this happens, you need to take the collar off and turn it around.
Choke collars are very difficult to use correctly. When you constantly give your dog a correction with a choke collar you dog develops a tolerance to the collar. This requires you to give harder and harder corrections. Over time the corrections can lead to damaging your dog’s neck and trachea.
Choke collars should never be used on a dog under six months old. You do not need a choke collar to train your dog. There are much better collars available for training. Buckle collars, gentle leaders, haltis even prong collars make a better choice than choke collars.
Training can start as young as eight weeks old. At that age only positive training methods should be used. For years dog owners were advised to start training after six months old. This was because the dogs had to physically develop to the point where they could withstand the corrections from the choke collars. It’s a myth that you need a choke collar to train. Learn how to train your dog using positive methods and you won’t need choke collars.

Protection Dog Training – Vicious Animal or Family Pet?

Congratulations on your new puppy. Now you want to know how to potty train puppy the right way. First off, let me start by saying that this will take some patience and dedication on your part but I assure you the rewards of training your puppy to go to the bathroom in the correct spots will make your relationship all that much healthier and will truly make this new puppy your best friend. Here are a few quick tips to make your puppies potty training successful

How To Potty Train Puppy The Correct Way:

1)It is always important to start your new puppies training immediately when you get him home. Please try to remember though that at this point your puppies bladders and the control they have over them are not yet fully developed and there are going to be accidents.

2) Prepare a feeding schedule and stick to it as much as possible. This is important as your puppies bathroom habits are directly influenced by the food and liquids that they consume. Puppies will normally go to the bathroom within 10-15 minutes of eating or drinking. A routine is essential. I would suggest taking up your puppies food and water bowls 2 hours before bedtime and always taking your puppy out to the designated potty spot immediately following meal times and before bed.

3) For initial training it is recommended to confine your puppy to small restricted spaces when you are unable to keep a eye on him. This will reduce accidents as most dogs will not defecate where they eat or sleep. If you are against crate training, a small room like a laundry room or kitchen, I have found effective. You will want to make sure that you confine to floors that are easily washable until your puppy is successfully house trained.

4) Designate a spot. By this I mean designate a spot where you would like your puppy to perform its business and always take your puppy to this spot when you want it to go "potty" remember to always use the same word when commanding your puppy to go.

5) Be sure to praise the puppy and reward them with a little playtime or treat every time it does "the business". Positive reinforcement will be your biggest tool in how to potty train puppy the right way.

Remember that your puppy is going to make accidents and trying to ignore them and not scold them for their mistakes but offering praises for the correct actions will significantly improve your success of potty training your puppy.

By following these tips the question of "How to Potty Train Puppy" successfully will become a lot clearer and you will be on your way to a long and great friendship with your new pooch.

I was recently in a social setting where I was asked about my dog, Rocco. Rocco is my Rottweiler who has undergone extensive protection dog training. We were engrossed in a discussion about his training and capabilities when we were overheard by another person.
“Oh, you shouldn’t train your dog to do that stuff. That makes them vicious,” was her statement injected into our conversation. I was initially a bit taken-aback and annoyed; not only was her comment unsolicited but it was based on a lack of knowledge. As I thought about it more, however, I came to realize that this is a common style of thinking. There are many misconceptions about protection dogs and protection dog training. Let me dispel some of the myths of protection dogs and talk about protection dog training at its root to combat some of the more prevalent misinformation.
First, let me do a bit of defining. There are many terms thrown around that are often interchanged incorrectly.
A poorly trained, typically anti-social, and fearful creature. Ineffective except for looking tough.
A dog that is trained to guard an
Guard dogs are often used on estates, warehouses, or open areas that need guarding. Guard dogs may or may not be good with people and may or may not have obedience training.
A dog that is trained to work chasing down criminals. They are trained to be used on the offensive.
A dog that is trained to be used first and foremost as a defensive deterrent. A protection dog is trained to show aggression on command and turn off on command. A protection dog is trained to attack on command or if the aggressor is not deterred by the show of aggression. A protection dog has high levels of obedience training.
So now let me return to the original statement. Does training a protection dog make him vicious? I understand why many people would assume this. After all, you are training a dog to show aggression, bite a person, and do what is necessary to combat a human. Protection dog training does not, however, make a dog vicious.
There are several styles and methods for protection dog training. At its root, however, there are two instincts, or drives, that protection dog trainers harness time and time again to achieve results. Let’s examine them.
Prey drive is a drive that most dogs possess, not just protection dogs. A Labrador retriever chases a tennis ball because of prey drive. The local mongrel chases a car because of prey drive. Essentially, prey drive is a dog’s desire to chase and capture a fast moving object. Nothing vicious about it. A good protection dog trainer will harness this drive to teach a puppy to chase a rag. As the puppy grows older he graduates from a rag to a tug. From a tug the trainer teaches the dog to bite a sleeve or a dog training bite suit. All the while the training is approached as a game. As a fun way to use energy and satisfy drive. Basically, the decoy, or guy wearing the bite suit or sleeve, is not viewed as a ‘bad guy’ but as a partner in a fun game. As training progresses, a good trainer will train the dog to discount the presence of equipment and view the person as the prey object. All of this training is done on command only. As training progresses the dog is taught to only respond when he hears the dog training command from his owner. This ensures for safety and control.
All creatures have some sort of defense mechanism. Dogs have three ways of dealing with an aggressor: fight, flight, or avoidance. In protection dog training a good trainer will utilize a dog’s defense drive to build on what he has learned with prey drive. The trainer will show the dog that in certain situations a person is a threat and can be dealt with using the skills taught in prey drive. In this way, prey drive and defense drive work together. In essence, a dog is taught that when given a command that the aggressor is a real threat and he should use his skills to fight the threat. As with prey drive these skills are taught only under command and with high levels of control and safety.
There are not many dogs capable of this level of training. A dog that can accomplish this is a strong and very confident dog. This level of confidence is what often makes protection dogs safe and good with people. They are so confident that they don’t view people as threats unless told to under command by their owner. Protection dog training often bolsters this confidence as these dogs learn the power that they have and their innate abilities.
So are these dogs vicious? Absolutely not. Their natural drives have merely been harnessed to teach them new skills. I like to compare a well trained protection dog with a well trained soldier. Is a soldier more of a danger because of his training? Many would argue that he or she isn’t. The advanced levels of training turn a soldier into a person who is extremely confident. A soldier is capable of being a loving and caring family member in one setting and tool of battle in another. Just because a soldier is capable of using weapons under one setting does not make that person ‘vicious’.
Confidence is the opposite of fear. Fear is what causes many problems both in dog and human alike. When you combine the confidence and high levels of control in a well trained protection dog, I contend that you have a dog that is safe to be around and definitely not vicious.

Training Your Dog With Dog Training Treats

I was not looking forward to going on this call. I knew that it was not going to be pretty when we got there. I knew there would be a lot of upset people and one very injured puppy. I was working as an animal control officer for the city of Fall River and we had just received a call that a puppy was seriously injured.

When we got there, the puppy was still alive but badly injured. The puppy had chewed through an electrical wire and had damaged his little mouth. We quickly took the puppy and brought him to the vet's office.

Working as a dog trainer for the past 18 years, I have always advised new puppy owners to use crates. Ten years ago I did get a lot of resistance from puppy owners about using crates. I would always tell them that using a crate is not cruel. A crate can actually save your puppy's life. A puppy left unattended can chew on electrical cords, choke on something, or get caught up on something.

I would add that using a crate is not cruel and that in fact it is more humane than giving the puppy too much freedom where the puppy could get injured or even killed. With that in mind, here are some steps to puppy proof your house.

Puppies will chew on everything including electrical wires, trash, children's toys, TV remotes, etc. Walk around your house and look at every room. Anything that is within reach of your puppy's mouth should be noted.

Make sure that anything within reach is put away, placed somewhere higher, or removed altogether. This goes for trash cans, potted plants, place mats, etc.

Puppies can cause a lot of damage. Don't give your puppy the opportunity to chew and destroy your belongings. Part of puppy proofing is managing your dog's behavior. I highly recommend using crates, baby gates, and X-pens while your puppy is learning the rules of the house.

Managing your puppy's behavior is important. The better you are at managing your puppy's behavior, the less angry and upset you'll get with your puppy. The secret to a successful relationship with your pup is to not give your puppy the opportunity to get into trouble.

When training your dog some people prefer to use dog training treats to reinforce their dogs desired behaviors and when used correctly can be quite effective. There are different schools of thought on this and there are other dog training techniques, which also involve positive reinforcement like praising your dog when they repeat the correct behaviors. However a good quality-training treat will really get their attention when you want it.
A good training treat for puppies or full grown dogs is one that is soft and can be eaten very quickly typically in one gulp. In fact the smaller it is the better. Also you don’t want to use hard treats because these will leave crumbs behind. This will distract your dog which will take their attention away from you because they will be to busy looking for the crumbs that they left behind.
Some people prefer to make their own homemade treats for training. You could use cooked meat like chicken or beef and some people even use small pieces of cheese. You could probably try any one of these to find out which one really excites your dog and gets their attention.
There is also a wide selection of commercially available treats that could be used for your training sessions. Some of these commercial treats are freeze dried meat like poultry, beef, chicken liver, even bison and some are 100% grain free which is great for the dog that might have grain allergies.
When using this training technique you should always combine praise when rewarding you dog with a treat for performing the correct behavior. One thing to think about is to start shifting toward more praise as a reward than treats when your dog begins to consistently perform the correct behaviors. This will help in keeping their weight under control also.

Advanced Obedience Training For Dogs

For successful

with regard to barking, you must understand that from time to time and for different reasons for different types of dogs, puppies will bark.

A quiet dog is not necessarily a good dog, but some breeds are naturally quieter than others.  Hunting and guard dogs are more likely to be silent most of the time, while working dogs that have traditionally used their voices as tools of their herding trade will be more vocal more often.

Any

you do must take account of the following situations in which any dog can be expected to bark.











The demanding barking puppy

Before you look to use

to break a barking habit, ensure she is getting enough attention, play and exercise. Dogs are active, social animals and all your pet may need is an extra 30 minutes "you"  time in her day.

If your dog is barking to manipulate you - getting your attention with her voice then making demands like "let's go for a walk again NOW" or "get out of your chair and throw this ball I just found"  you need to actively ignore her.  Not just pay no attention, but turn your eyes and face (really your whole body) away from her. 

She is very likely to bark louder and longer on this turn of events, especially if she has succeeded in bullying you in the past, but you are pack leader and no longer the nice soft human that can be conned.

Do not weaken or you will never break the barking puppy habit.

Are you wondering what ‘advanced dog obedience training’ could possibly mean? It is similar to levels and grades that an individual passes in the course of his education. In the same way, obedience training for dogs is divided into specific grades or levels beginning with a basic training.
Children are enrolled in pre-school first. Here, they learn how to communicate and interact with classmates, share their belongings and become a part of a group. Similarly, dogs go through a basic training, which deals with rudimentary discipline and achieves the same ends as studying in kindergarten does for kids.
Most dog owners are satisfied when their pets get past housebreaking and eat inside the house without creating a complete mess. However, there are a few who believe that their pets are capable of better behavior and send them off to dog obedience training classes.
There are certain commands that instruct the dog on how he should behave. These are ‘Heel’, ‘Sit’, ‘Stay’, ‘Down’ and ‘Come’. If the dog responds correctly to these commands each time, then he has passed his obedience test.
Basic training helps a dog fit in better with his family. He is trained to respond to the commands spoken by his owner. Sending your dog for dog obedience training is a positive step towards disciplining him. Enrolling your dog in obedience classes will enable you to communicate effectively with him. Your pet will also understand your commands and follow directions obediently.
Dogs are smart creatures and pick up things very quickly with some breeds being sharper than the rest. A child who moves into junior high is ready with advanced skills that are more than just reading, writing or simple calculation. As he progresses into higher grades, the work gets harder and he puts in more effort into his education. In the same way, pets that are sent to obedience training schools need to work harder to pass an advanced level.
If your pet has successfully passed all obedience training levels, you could enroll him in competitions held for trained pets. You can also inquire about the different titles that each competition holds at the American Kennel Club obedience trials. Each trial to measure dog obedience is split into specific classes or segments and each carries a corresponding title. These trials will be the true test of the rigor of dog obedience training that your dog has undergone.

Practical Steps to House Train a Dog

Teaching your puppy crate training is a great way to give him a good start, install positive habits early, and bond with your new pet. Puppy crate training is a very effective way to housebreak your new puppy, and also teach basic manners. Here are some concepts that will get you off to the right start.

Keep in mind that crate training should be a positive experience for both you and your puppy. Many people believe that crate training is cruel, and refuse to consider it as a training method. Dogs, however, enjoy having a den-like environment that feels save and secure to them, and crate training, used properly, focuses on rewarding experiences and positive reinforcement, not pain or punishment.

Crate training involves keeping the puppy inside the crate for a certain length of time, and then removing the dog to an established toilet area, where he can relieve himself. The reason that crate training works so well for housebreaking your puppy is that it encourages him to 'hold' it, and associate emptying his bladder outside the crate. The puppy won't want to soil its den, as that is where he lives and sleeps.

When first beginning crate training, the puppy may protest at first by whining or barking. Eventually, he will be able to stay comfortably in the crate for longer and longer periods of time. Start with 10 minutes at a time, and eventually, you can gradually increase up to two hours. However, a puppy should not be left in the crate for an extended amount of time, usually no more than three to four hours.

Once you get started, there may be occasionally accidents, and it very important not to punish the puppy or dog when it makes a mistake during the crate training process. You will also be more successful if you keep a diary of when your puppy eats, and when he requires a bathroom break when training. This will help you anticipate your puppy's needs on a regular basis.

A strong crate is the very basis of good puppy training. The crate should be large enough that your pup or dog can stand up in and turn. You can get a large crate, and then make partitions, creating a larger space as your puppy gets bigger. Or, you can start with a smaller crate, and then move up to a large size over time. It is important the crate be comfortable and long-lasting.

Once you've house-trained your puppy with crate-training, you've gone a long way toward creating a positive bond with your dog, and have instilled the habits that should stay with him for a lifetime. Crate training may take some time and focus at first, but, it solves the housebreaking problem, and helps to prevent accidents in the future. This investment goes a long way toward a happy household for you and your dog.

At the core of any worthwhile plan to house train a dog is always prevention, and never punishment. But what are the key points that you can control for a complete house training plan? Here are some of those.
1) Bring your dog to a veterinary exam and urine/fecal check.
How your puppy is healthwise will determine to what extent will the training be successful. Being a new puppy owner, bring your dog to a vet within 48 hours of his getting home from the breeder or shelter. If your puppy flunks the tests and is proven to be less than healthy, enlist the help of the vet in resolving any health condition that may compromise the house training; an example of this condition is bladder infection.
2) Confine the puppy when it cannot be watched.
Crate training or area confinement is an important device for dealing with a puppy or an adolescent dog, when it will be the only one in the house. If introduced appropriately to the pet and used in the intended manner, crate training can actually be seen to be efficient and humane in how it minimizes house training accidents, aside from how it safeguards your puppy when you can not keep an eye on it all the time. The crate is not supposed to be used for long stretches of time and, moreover, must not be a means of punishment. Keep your dog on its toes through enough daily activities done together, interactive playtime and exercise. In sum, a crate can be the best means to house train a dog, and moreover, to prepare it for obedience training.
Now here is more advice on how to handle crate training. If this type of training and the other modes of confinement will be used, then it must be together with sufficient exercise and companionship. We cannot downplay here the potential damage to your dog’s personality that excessive periods of isolation can cause, manifested in behavioral problems such as destructive behavior, self-mutilation, and excessive barking.
3) If possible, get the dog to eliminate within the walk; do not return until he does.
If your puppy has been kept the whole night inside a crate, bring him outside first thing in the morning. When your puppy does indeed eliminate outdoors, praise him mightily and give him a treat. Bringing your puppy back right into the house before he’s fully eliminated is the recipe for a potential house soiling accident indoors!
The solution to a dog that simply cannot eliminate, is return home, crate the dog, then try leashing him and bringing him outside every 15-30 minutes until he “goes”.
4) The dog must be barred from places which are inappropriate areas to eliminate.
Some dogs pick certain areas or types of surfaces to eliminate on, going for rugs, carpeting, etc. You need to keep your puppy off-limits from these delicate or sensitive areas or surfaces. A puppy bolting out of sight may mean that the dog will visit its secret spot to eliminate, so its very important to secure the entrances to rooms and passageways where the dog can furtively take a pee or poo.
5) Get rid of worms and parasites.
Get in touch with your veterinarian if you think your pet is infested with worms, coccidia, fleas, ticks, or other internal or external parasites.

How To Potty Train With Puppy Pads

Potty training puppies is easy once you establish a routine. Every new pet owner will have to potty train their puppy. Don't look at this as a bad thing. Dog's are creatures of habit and will adjust very quickly to a schedule. Keeping a close eye on your puppy will help to avoid accidents.

The best way to potty train puppies is to create a schedule. Have a certain time for puppy to wake up, go to bed, eat meals, playtime, nap time, everything. Before/After these activities, puppy needs to be taken out to potty. When you take puppy outside, use a leash and take to the same spot, wait while puppy finds "the spot" and praise puppy for doing a good job.

When potty training puppies, expect accidents to happen. If you find a squishy mess, clean it up and keep a closer eye on puppy. Supervising puppy can help to eliminate accidents. If you catch puppy in the act, now is the perfect time to show puppy where to go, say "no" and take outside to finish going, then praise puppy.

Keeping a close eye on puppy can help you learn the signs that your puppy may need to potty. When potty training puppies, if you see them walk around in a circle sniffing, or wander off, they probably need to potty, take outside immediately. Don't scold puppy for accidents, they will start to become feared and begin hiding when they have to go, therefore, prolonging the potty training process.

A new potty training technique for puppies is using puppy pads. If you know how to properly use puppy pads, it can be a very easy and effective way to housebreak a puppy. However, if used improperly, your dog will not learn to go potty outside, it will always want to go on its puppy pads in the house. After reading this article you will know how to use these types of pads for a simple way to potty train your new pet.
So what exactly are puppy pads? They are an absorbent pad that is easy to clean up. You simply pick it up and throw it in the trash. With potty training it is important to always keep the puppy pad in the same place. When your puppy starts sniffing around or squats, quickly put it on the pad. If your puppy does its business on the pad praise it.
Keep watching your new dog and putting it on the pad when it appears that it has to use the bathroom. After awhile the puppy will get the hint and start going to the pad without your assistance. Once your puppy only goes on the pad and nowhere else in the house, move the dog pad outside. When the puppy goes to the original pad spot, take it outside. It will see its dog pad outside and eventually get the new hint that outside is where it should be going to the bathroom.
Also to avoid any accidents, keep in mind that puppies have small, weak bladders. Dogs usually need to go out when they wake up, 15 minutes after eating or drinking, before they go to sleep, and after they were playing or running. If you use puppy pads and pay attention to your puppies’ signs that it has to go to the bathroom, you can avoid having to clean up tons of accidents.

Dog Training – Fantastic Tips to Teach Your Dog to Walk Nicely on a Loose Lead

Dogs are the most favorite animal of human beings. The relationship between the animal and the humane begins starts its journeys long years ago, in the primal era of the growth of the human civilization. Dogs like human association, it is the natural participation from their part or more precisely making them our pet is not a force application. But to make them our obedient needs some techniques which man acquires through continuous learning process.

But if keeping a dog deserves a continuous monitoring is really disturbing, so the only solution remains, which is to make them trained in proper way. You have to concentrate that your dog ought to follow your commend, not every command but which is within their capacity of understanding and communicating.

We should keep in our mind that dog's minds are not as sharp to follow our every direction, but in their attitude in term of response or reciprocation has had a certain limitation, so it is our responsibilities to follow their attitude and direct them, instruct them accordingly. Human's minds are much more developed and advanced from an animal so we have to minutely observe dog's aspect of attitude.

To make them trained we need to follow some specific training rules. It should keep in our mind that dogs are not accustomed or familiar with the humane language. They only follow the expression of their "master" and from the repetition of the same action of expression such as "out", "come', etc they create a concept in their mind to exercise or execute it. However, if you exchange the word you what you have used, he will no longer able to follow what you want. It is important to note that what the words you used to give as a command, you should continue with that same word vocabulary each and every time.

There are different kinds of dogs and they are used in different purposes. To use the dogs in specialized sectors needs special training. In the course of the training our attitude towards them should be friendly and cooperative because they are the mere hapless and helpless animal. We should not laminate the concept that we are the superior or the master of the animal and they are the servant.

There are the many dog training companies who take the responsibilities to train your dogs properly. These training companies fit for those who cannot manage sufficient time to watch and control their pet in the initial stage of being obedient to their master. They need a continuous monitoring to keep them physically and physiologically sound. Their teeth should regularly wash, they need sufficient food with a plenty of non-vegetarian food.

Just a well trained, well disciplined, and happy dog make you proud everywhere and you fell a real and rare mental satisfaction which is no less soothing. You can get a real friend in your loneliness who will never betray you. You can take them anywhere even any companies because with the passage of time they gradually become more cooperative.

Walks will be more pleasant for both of you if your dog walks nicely on a lead. In this instance, although treats may help, the reward your dog wants is that you continue with your progress. Remember, your dog wants to get there and humans move more slowly than dogs.
The walk starts as soon as the lead is picked up. Only reward the behaviour that you wish your dog to repeat. Therefore, if your dog is leaping around, do not progress until he is calmer. Then try again. As soon as the lead is attached to your dog, stand still. If your dog pulls forward, gently bring him back to your side and loosen the lead. If he pulls again, repeat.
When he is standing at your side, on a loose lead, reward him by taking a step forward. Then stand still. If he is pulling, repeat the above. Only take a step forward when he is standing calmly at your side, on a loose lead. This is time consuming but try to be patient and consistent and remember to practise. For some reason, although we practise teaching our dog to sit and lie down, we think that our dog should learn to walk on a lead during his walks but this makes life harder for everyone. Spend a few minutes teaching your dog how to walk nicely on a lead. Practise around the house, in the driveway, on the street and when you go out for a walk. There is a great deal of learning that can take place before you and your dog even get out of your front door.
If your dog is pulling before you open the door, do not be surprised if he continues to pull during the rest of the walk. If you are having difficulties, stop when your dog pulls, bring him back to your side, and try one of the following:
o Stand still and wait
o Loosen the lead, and repeat until he will wait with you
o Ask your dog to look at you and reward this
o Ask your dog to sit, and reward him
o Walk backwards
o Turn around and walk in the opposite direction
o Walk in a small circle
o Do not allow your dog to dictate where you are going
The aim of all this is to teach your dog that progress will only be made when he is at your side on a loose lead. If he pulls, progress slows down. Therefore, it is in his best interest to stay at your side. The equipment you use on your dog can make a difference. Harnesses and head collars can be a great help. They will not teach your dog, but they can be helpful for him while you teach.
Do not be unpleasant to your dog. The aim is to teach him that the best place is to be by your side. This cannot be achieved by threatening, pulling, jerking or shouting.
Old-style training relied on the use of jerking the dog around on a choke chain, Fortunately, enlightened thinking has meant that this is now an outdated method. Not only was it generally ineffective and unpleasant, it caused physical problems with dogs.

How Dental Hygiene Makes You Healthier

A well-mannered dog is a pleasure to be with and a terrific companion. You can literally set yourself up to be successful in raising a puppy that will be obedient. Throughout the first year of your dog's life with you, take the time and effort to plan your dog's training and exercise patience and persistence. Here are some strategies to get you started on the right path.

Plan the physical space that your puppy will be living in. Consider safety issues such as a fenced-in yard or a crate or gated space inside where your puppy can be kept when you cannot actively monitor it. Puppy-proof your living space to ensure that dangerous items like household cleaners and electrical cords are secured. Close off areas that you do not want your dog to enter. Keep your tables and countertops clear of food so that your pet doesn't develop a counter surfing habit.

Crates should be used when you cannot watch your puppy or when you and/or your puppy just simply need a break. The crate should be a place where your puppy feels safe and comfortable. Remember that dogs like den-like places and the crate will serve this purpose. Crates are very useful for house-breaking dogs.

Choose a crate that your puppy can grow into. Dogs will never eliminate where they sleep so make sure that when your puppy is small that they aren't urinating in one area of the crate and sleeping in another. If this happens, block off part of the crate and make the area inhabited by your puppy too small for them to find a place to go to the bathroom.

If you are crating your puppy at night, make sure that he is tired and well exercised before putting him in. Dogs are social animals and don't like to be alone at night so place the crate near your bed at night. When placing your puppy in the crate, if he whines or cries, ignore it. You must wait them out or it will just get worse.

It is a good idea to make your puppy feel comfortable in the crate by putting some of his favourite toys inside. Here is a great trick: show your puppy a special treat and place it inside the crate and shut the door. Your puppy will literally be dying top get inside and have his treat. When you let him in to get it, gently close the door behind him and praise him.

Dogs must become accustomed to being left on their own. This way they will not suffer stress when left alone and then engage in destructive behaviour. Again, it is imperative to leave them in a safe and comfortable environment. To help them be alone do not fuss over them before you leave. Just be casual and even ignore them when you leave and return. This keeps these times unemotional for you and your dog.

It is a great idea to exercise your dog to tucker him out before you are going to leave him for a long period of time. You should also leave your dog with something to keep him busy. Chew toys, Kongs stuffed with treats, marrow bones and so on work very well here. Leave your stereo on with some relaxing classical music to keep your dog company while you are out.

Good management on your part is required for effective house training. It is important to know that puppies under four months have little bladder control but they can often hold it through the night as their metabolism slows down. A dogs' instinct is to move away from their sleeping area to go and the difference between inside and outside must be taught to them.

A regular feeding and sleeping schedule is vital to house training. Make sure to take your puppy outside after meals and upon awakening from sleeping. If they don't go right away, keep an eye on them. Encourage them to go and while they are going say something like "do your business" so that they associate that phrase with eliminating. Soon you can use phrases such as "do your business" almost as commands and your dog will follow your direction. Remember to praise your dog lavishly after they go where you want them to.

Set yourself up for success by being attentive to all the things you can do to provide an optimal environment for your puppy to learn and grow. Combine this with daily exercise, discipline and affection and you will have a fabulous companion.

Many people think of the mouth as a completely separate area of the body. However, the teeth and health of the mouth influence so many different aspects of health, that it is impossible to separate it from the rest of your body. Making the mouth an important focus of overall health practices will have a positive impact on your overall wellbeing. Dental hygiene comes in three different categories and each is just as important as the others.
If you don’t know that brushing and flossing your teeth every day is essential to the health of your teeth, you might live under a rock. It is recommended that you brush and floss every morning and night, if not after every meal. This helps remove bacteria in your mouth and around your teeth. The floss helps target areas between your teeth where the brush doesn’t reach. If you want to go the extra mile, add a great mouth rinse to your routine to make sure more bacteria is removed from your mouth. Less bacteria means less cavities and dental work in the future.
Professional teeth cleanings are recommended every six months. During these visits, the hygienist will clean your teeth with special tools. The most important step of the cleaning is scraping off plaque and tartar. Plaque is a sticky yellow substance that gathers along the gum line and edges of teeth. It attracts bacteria and holds it close to the tooth, leading to cavities and sensitivity. If plaque is left for too long, it hardens and turns into tartar, which negatively impacts the gums even more.
Once gums are irritated, it leads to different types and stages of periodontal disease. The most common type of disease in the gums is gingivitis. The gums swell, bleed easily, and become very sensitive. Periodontal disease and inflamed gums have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and other inflammatory conditions.
The most common reason people avoid the dental chair is because they don’t want to get dental work done when problems are found. Instead of ignoring cavities and root canals, get them fixed. The sooner you get a cavity fixed, the better. These are problems that the body does not fix by itself and get worse when ignored. This affects your overall wellbeing because the risk for infection increases. Abscess teeth, gum disease, and bone infections are just some of the problems that you will face if you don’t get work done. If those aren’t enough, realize that sore teeth make eating harder. This essential task helps bring nourishment to every bit of your body and correlates to the health of your teeth.
The three reasons listed above are all great motivators to keeping your mouth healthier. A bonus to keeping your mouth healthy and cared for is that your smile is more beautiful. Instead of greeting someone with a mouth of rotten, decaying teeth, you can feel confident showing your smile. Take good care of your mouth and your mouth will take good care of you.

Dog Training – How to Use the Premack Principle to Teach a Dog to Come

The dilemma of being in control of someone else's life is one of the biggest situations and major responsibilities you will have to address whilst here on this planet. Having the love and loyalty of a cat or dog is one of the biggest gifts you will ever receive in return. As they age or become injured it is up to us to become their carer and make all the decisions in relation to their longevity, health and the best course of action to be taken.

As their owner (I truly dislike this term) you are responsible for them as they are unable to speak and let you know how much pain they are in and this is one of the many challenges you will face when it comes time. My personal opinion is irrelevant as you yourself will see and know when and what to do once the situation starts to deteriorate. If you are looking for some guidelines I have taken the time to put some pointers together for you.

Signs it is time to think about making a decisions

These are all the questions you will receive from your Veterinary professional along with others depending on the condition your loved is suffering from. These are the things you need to think about if you are considering euthanasia.

Whether you choose euthanasia or let life take its course is your own personal decision. But my own personal theory is if you can alleviate some suffering, why would you not. Our own selfishness gets in the way sometimes as we know it is the last time we will hold them or see them so we hold on just that little bit longer. If you have the strength to alleviate some of their suffering I believe it is a gift. Being with them whilst they pass is also a gift you can give them, the comfort of your hand and voice as they slip away would I believe have a calming and soothing effect. This also takes strength on our behalf, all this strength is sometimes hard to muster but if we can I think it is our final gift to them.

Once your loved one has passed you may wonder where they go next? You are able to have your pet cremated or buried. This is also a personal choice and one only you and your family can decide. Pet cremation urns are available and some are stunning and there are also some beautiful, peaceful Pet cemeteries that you are able to choose from. This means more decisions for the family to make at a very emotional time, once again on behalf of your loyal and loving fur baby.

Getting your dog to perform a command in a very non-distracting area is not too difficult. Getting your dog to perform a command in an area where there is a lot of activity can be much more challenging. An important command for your dog to perform in a distracting situation is the recall (come) command. When you know how to use the Premack Principle you can practice teaching your dog to come when distracted.
Start off by putting your dog on a long line. Throw a ball or some treats out in front of your dog. Let your dog run up to the treats or ball and get it.
After doing this a few times you are going to throw the ball and let your dog run after it, but this time you are going to bring your dog to a full stop using the long line before she reaches the ball. I want to make this very clear: The long line is used to bring your dog to a stop. The stop should be gradual. Don’t step on the line and possibly hurt your dog. Just bring your dog to a slow, gradual stop.
At this point your dog should be looking at the ball wanting to get to it. You will begin calling your dog at this point. There is a good chance that at first your dog is going to ignore you. Just keep calling your dog’s name until he turns and starts to head back to you.
Once your dog returns to you, quickly praise your dog and then allow your dog to run back and get the ball.
You are teaching your dog that she can get the ball, but when you call “Come” she has to come to you first. This is an excellent command to teach your dog; when your dog comes to you in distracting situations, your dog is much safer. A lot of dogs get lost, injured and killed because they don’t respond to the command “Come.”
As you continue to practice you will see that you don’t even need to use the long line. Your dog will start to respond to your voice every time you give the command “Come.”