Dog Training

Teach Your Puppy to be Handled

Most new puppy owners have no problem petting, cuddling and giving a lot of affection to their new bundle of joy which is a big part of building that bond between you and your dog. But one important aspect which is often overlooked is getting your new furry friend used to being handled in a way that he or she will need to be handled many times in his life.

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Before You Get Your First Dog

Dog LoveI love dogs! They're just wonderful creatures. To me a dog is the definition of unconditional love. They add so much to our lives in so many ways.  They are loyal companions. They're quick to forgive. Dogs improve our health. They entertain and protect us. They're overjoyed to see us when we've been away. Our furry friends are always ready to give us a kiss. They calm us, cuddle with us, play with us and empathize with us. They can detect cancer, predict seizures and other conditions. as well as combat lonliness and depression.  Dogs can find lost or missing people and track down criminals. The list goes on and on and on.

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Teach Your Dog The “SIT” Command

 

sitTeaching your dog to sit should be the first command he or she learns. The "sit" is the foundation for other commands and it's also the easiest one to teach. Always be consistent with your body and hand movements and your verbal cues and be patient with your new student.

dog training treat

Be sure to have a reward ready to motivate your furry friend. You want a treat that's small, doesn't need to be chewed and is  desirable to your student.

 

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Dog Separation Anxiety

Dog Separation Anxiety

We love our dogs. We want them to be happy and healthy and well behaved. But sometimes something goes wrong. That dog of your dreams has become the dog of your  nightmares. Your dog is behaving very badly and you’re at your wits end.

Do you really have a bad dog or is it Dog Separation Anxiety?

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Socializing Your Puppy

<img src="puppy-socialization.jpg" alt="Puppy Socialization" />I can't stress enough how important it is to socialize your puppy if you want an adult dog that is not nervous and scared around people, other pets and his world in general. Puppies are most receptive to new things from about 3 weeks up to about 12 – 14 weeks of age. It's vital that you put in the effort to expose your new friend to as many new things as possible during this critical time of developement.

 

Socializing Your Puppy

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/socializing-your-puppy

Socialization means learning to be part of society. When we talk about socializing pet puppies, it means helping them learn to be comfortable as a pet within human society—a society that includes many different types of people, environments, buildings, sights, noises, smells, animals and other dogs.

Most young animals, including dogs, are naturally made to be able to get used to the everyday things they encounter in their environment—until they reach a certain age. When they reach that

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Should I Use a Dog Crate?

<img src="puppy-in-dog-crate.jpg" alt="Puppy in Dog Crate" />Should I crate train my puppy?
 

A lot of people have the feeling that a dog crate, also called a kennel, is cruel and nothing more than a cage or prison cell. If not used properly that is exactly what it can become. If used the right way it becomes a safe haven, a welcome refuge for your puppy. The outcome is totally up to you. That is why it is so important to introduce and use it correctly. Although the door has long been removed, my oldest dog, who is over 13 years old still uses his crate. It's his den and there has never been anything negative associated with his "den". That is the difference between a cage and a den. With that said…,

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How To Crate Train A Puppy

Before we get into crate training, please understand that this is a great tool to keep your puppy safe and out of trouble while providing him with a comfortable space of his own. Please don’t let it become a prison or babysitter. DO NOT stick your puppy in a dog crate for 8 or 9 hours while you go to work. If that is what awaits your new puppy please reconsider getting one in the first place. There is no substitute for contact and interaction with your new four-legged friend….

You can teach your puppy to love the dog crate.

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Stop Puppy Biting

<img src="biting-puppy.jpg" alt="Biting Puppy" />Puppies can be savage little beasts. They're like piranha fish and their teeth feel like little needles. The force they can exert is surprising. They chew on anything they can get in their mouths, including your fingers. And it hurts!

It’s important to begin teaching them from the beginning not to bite humans; that your fingers are not play toys.

Over the years I’ve read about many techniques that people advise and frankly, some are hit and miss and many of them don’t work at all.

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Who Is Top Dog In Your House?


Is Your Dog In Charge?

When training your dog, it’s very important to understand how a dog thinks. They are pack animals with a complex social structure and and a clear hierarchy and that fact is something you need to aware of in order to have the best relationship possible with your dog. Keep this concept in mind and it will help you train your dog more effectively.

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