Archive for May, 2013

This photo speaks for itself…

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

It’s time for a UGODOG – Indoor Potty Training System:


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UGODOG Tip #7 – Ideas for good treats to use in training

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Ideas for good treats to use in training
Training Tip #7

You can use your dog’s kibble as a reward for a lot of things, like teaching tricks or simple behaviors. But if you are working on changing a bad habit, such as jumping on people, or rewarding your dog to come to you, or working with an anxious dog, the treat needs to be a little (or a lot) higher on the ‘yummy’ scale. Ask yourself, would you work for $5 an hour or $50?! Your dog can feel the same way about those treats you are using. Some of my favorites include:

• Dried meats, like liver, chicken or venison.
• Food rolls, such as Natural Balance or Red Barn. This is actual food.
• Dehydrated raw treats, such as Stella and Chewy’s Carnivore Crunch.
• Leftovers from my family’s meals, such as little chicken or ground turkey or beef before I add the sauce or seasoning!
• Nitrate and Nitrite free hotdogs, cut up into small pieces.
Make sure your rewards are BIG on taste and SMALL in size—the more opportunities to create ‘rewardable’ moments, the faster and better the training can progress.

Note: Food rewards in the form of treats shouldn’t make up more than 20% of your dog’s daily intake. Adjustment to your dog’s meals on any given day may be necessary so as to not over-feed your dog. For more information or to contact me, visit pawsitiveencounters.com.

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How surefooted is your little furry friend?

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013


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Potty Pads and Useful Tips for Housebreaking a Puppy

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Puppy Pad Training

Bringing home a new puppy is a matter of great joy and big responsibility. You would certainly not like the new entrant to soil the floors and carpets. Housebreaking a puppy requires good knowledge, right technique and important items like potty pads for puppies. Go through the following sections to learn about each of these aspects before you make the new addition to your family.

Facts for Your Attention!
• Dogs need to relieve at least 6 times a day.
• Puppies fail to learn how to ‘hold it’ until they are about 3 months old.
• Dogs do get worried and anxious for relieving at unsuitable places.

Puppies show willingness and approval to get potty trained.

Things You Need
Potty pads for puppies can be the best accessory in your endeavor. Exercise pens and anything that confines the animal to a particular area of the house is the next thing you need. Invest in some good puppy toys and treats to appreciate it at various stages of the training.

Keeping a Watch
Be ready to devote enough time to keep an eye on the puppy during the initial days. Learn from an experienced dog owner all the signs that dogs show when they feel the desire to relieve. Continuous sniffing, for example, is one such indicator.

Placing the Pads
Place the potty pad away from the dog’s kennel or crate. Keep on shifting the position toward the door leading to the outside every day. After a few days, start placing the potty pads for puppies outdoors. Show more appreciation when the dog uses the outdoor pad! Experiment by placing two pads, one indoor and the other outdoor and see which one the puppy chooses. Reward the puppy whenever it chooses the one placed outside. Remember, you need to help the pet by operating the door.

The Correct Behavior
Housebreaking a puppy depends on how well you behave. Here are some useful things you need to induce in your conduct:
• Use the right command to direct it toward potty pads for puppies. Command properly to ask them to sit and finish the work. It will take time for the pet to become habitual of following your commands.
• Expect the puppy to mess here and there initially. Don’t get angry on such behavior and keep patience to teach the right usage of the pad.
• Always keep ready the dog treats and toys to award your pet whenever it performs well.
• Don’t continuously stare at it while it relieves, and let it finish up properly.
• Learn what to feed and in what quantity. Feeding schedule should also be at place to help the dog stick to a particular potty schedule.

Don’t skip any day of the training. Good quality potty pads for puppies made of absorbent materials are what you need to purchase. Top puppy stores on the internet can help you with the right kind of supply.

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UGODOG Training Tip #6 – Train using treats for fearful or aggressive dogs

Monday, May 6th, 2013

fearful anxious dogs

There is a physiological reason why food is a wonderful tool in working with fearful or anxious and consequently, aggressive, dogs. To borrow from Victoria Stilwell and her article, “Why Positive Training is not Bribery”:
Food has the power to not only enhance a dog’s ability to learn but also helps a dog overcome fear or anxiety by raising the levels of dopamine in the brain and stimulating the desire to seek or move towards the food reward. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays a major role in reward-driven learning and helps regulate movement and emotional responses. If a dog is presented with food before he reaches a high stress level in the presence of a stimulus that scares him, a positive emotional response occurs. There are circuits in the dog’s brain that encourage seeking or hunting behavior and circuits that elicit the fear response. When you present food to your dog you turn on his seeker system, effectively turning off the fear… Turning on the thinking brain deactivates the emotional brain, enhancing a dog’s attentiveness with positive motivation and allowing him to move into a calmer state where learning can take place.
I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thank you Victoria!  For more information or to contact me, visit pawsitiveencounters.com or to read the rest of the article, visit http://positively.com/2012/05/14/why-positive-training-is-not-bribery/

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Need a few potty training tips? We’ve got ‘em!

Friday, May 3rd, 2013


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UGODOG – How to train an adult dog

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Dog Training
Tips on Training an Adult Dog

Being the owner of the most loyal animal on the planet is a matter of pride, but it is definitely not an easy job training your dog. There are different types of training that go into making a dog the most perfect pet, with the most important being potty training and obedience training. Are you facing problems trying to teach your dog where to eliminate or where not to? Do you feel your dog doesn’t listen to your command? There are several useful tips on training a dog, especially when it is about working with your dog’s behavior, agility, obedience, and about making them understand when and where to eliminate.

Where to Begin

Training your dog will require a lot of patience and understanding. You need to understand the fact that your dog is an animal, although a very lovable and intelligent animal. It is extremely important that you learn to work with your dog irrespective of the breed. Let’s take a look at some of the basic tips on training a dog.

• Confinement and Training: This type of training is meant for dogs that are unable to understand where they need to eliminate. If your dog is eliminating everywhere around the house, then potty training is necessary. Confinement is the stage where you need to mark confined areas and ensure your dog eliminates in the marked area. One of the important tips on training a dog is marking an area using reusable housebreaking pads or environmentally friendly indoor dog potty systems. Every time your dog wanders off the confined area, you need to bring it back. This training will ensure your dog uses the marked area for eliminating.

• Praise: Praise plays an important role in any type of dog training, whether it is potty training, obedience, agility, or any other training. One of the important tips on training a dog is that every time your dog eliminates in the confined or marked area or responds to your command, you praise it. There are two ways to praise your dog: with a pat or with a treat. Normally a pat works well enough but some dogs may need a treat as well. Every time you give them a treat, they will know they have done the right thing. Gradually, your dog will learn to obey commands or eliminate in the right place without the need for a treat – it will come to them naturally.

• Communicate: You need to communicate clearly with your dog and practice communication training consistently. What is the immediate consequence of your dog’s behavior? How and what you communicate to your dog for a particular behavior like aggression or feeling of being threatened will determine how they will behave in the near future.

• Discourage: One of the basic tips on training a dog on behavior is learning to discourage your dog every time they behave in a manner that you dislike. For example: dogs love to jump on people to seek attention. If you want to discourage your dog from jumping then all you have to do is ignore them when they jump. When you start ignoring, they will sit down. As soon as your dog sits down, give him all the attention. This will be crucial to their learning process.

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