Archive for January, 2009

How to Train your Dog or Puppy like a Professional

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Deciding to train your new puppy or an older dog at home as opposed to sending him/her to a professional trainer is a wise decision because you are the best person to train your own dog. The bond between you and your dog will be stronger, your personalities will mesh better, you will have confidence in the training of your dog as well as in your dog’s skills and abilities, and your dog and you will love and trust each other. Read below for some information to get your new puppy off to the best possible start, correct numerous behavioral problems in older dogs, and simply apply basic and advanced dog obedience training.

 

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Housebreaking a Puppy

While the arrival of a new puppy is cause for joy and excitement, it comes with frustrations. The most frustrating part of new puppy training is housebreaking a puppy. This is especially true because there will be unpleasant messes to clean up during the trial and error period. From your dog’s point of view there is no right or wrong place to go potty; thus, it is your job to clearly communicate and reinforce where it is acceptable. The keys to potty training a puppy are to closely monitor your puppy to try to limit messy mistakes and enthusiastically reward the desired behavior every time it occurs. Know that opening the door every time your puppy wants to go to the bathroom is not an effective method of potty training. The best tool to use when training your new puppy is to designate a potty area and use a dog toilet. Dog potties, for example the UgoDog Indoor Dog Potty, are cleaner, more effective ways of housebreaking your puppy.

Limiting Separation Anxiety

Frequently, dogs become too reliant and dependant on their owners. As a result, they can experience separation anxiety when their owners leave home, which can cause them to act inappropriately when you’re apart. Generally, a mild case of separation anxiety can be fixed by utilizing the following simple lessons.

  1. Make sure your dog is comfortable when you are away by providing plenty of fresh water, clean bedding, appealing dog toys, and some food.
  2. Before leaving, be sure to give your dog plenty of exercise.
  3. If you often have the radio or television on when you are home, you can leave it on while you’re away and your dog will be comforted.
  4. Pay no attention to your dog when you first arrive home and when you are just about to leave. Then, when he/she is calm, initiate some contact with him/her.
  5. Separate yourself from your dog when you are home. For example, keep him in the garage while you are in the house. This way he/she will learn being apart is ok.

For more severe cases of separation anxiety, you may want to consider a visit to your vet for medication.

Walking your dog

Dog walking is a crucial skill to master for both you and your dog. It is important for you to train your dog to walk correctly with a leash because they will be much safer and more manageable. Additionally, several cities have ordinances requiring dogs to be walked on leashes. To master dog walking, you must first get your dog comfortable with wearing something around his neck. This can be accomplished by the dog wearing a collar or maybe a cute bandana. Your dog will probably roll around and try to take the item off, but it is important that you do not remove it until your dog has settled down and forgotten about the item. Once your dog is comfortable wearing something around his/her neck, you can introduce the leash.Show your dog the leash before you put it on so he/she can become accustomed to it. Let him/her sniff and inspect it. Ensure your dog knows it is not a chew toy. At first your walks should be quick and short so your dog can get used to the concept. When your dog begins to strain the leash, stop immediately instead of pulling him/her back into place. When your dog is walking comfortably along a loose leash, give him plenty of praise. Eventually, you will be able to walk long distances and you and your dog will enjoy taking stress-free walks. Housebreaking a puppy, limiting separation anxiety, and walking your dog are just a few of the numerous lessons you will need to teach your dog. Know that for every aspect of your training consistency and persistency are crucial.

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