Congratulations you’re expecting a new baby soon. Some dog owners have anxiety about bringing home a baby to a house with a pet in it. And wonder how the pet will react or if he will hurt the baby. Before you bring the baby home here are some basic ideas that will help ease the transition:
Introduce the baby’s scent. While the baby is at the hospital it is a good idea to first bring an item that contains your baby’s scent, such as a burp cloth or blanket. You’ll want to set boundaries when introducing the article. Challenge the dog to sniff from a distance, while you are holding the item, “This new item belongs to me, and you will need to follow my rules when around it.” Make sure your dog knows his place. Before the baby arrives, start containing your dog to an area instead of let him have rein of the house. Make sure that he has his own space to play with toys and make the nursery off-limits. Condition your dog to understand that there is an invisible barrier that he may not cross without your permission Control the introduction. Before the baby arrives be sure to exercise your dog and drain him of his energy. While he is out bring the baby in, have the wait at the door step; make sure your dog is in a calm-submissive state before inviting her in. Calmly allow the dog to sniff the baby, but at a respectful distance. Don’t push the first meeting; do not bring the baby too close. Don’t forget the dog. The most important thing to your dog is that you maintain the routine, providing daily walks, feeding time and consistent leadership. If you plan on changing your dog’s routine, start the transition before the baby arrives. This will help your dog feel secure and allow her to relax about the new addition to the family. Your child’s safety comes first. If, after working with a professional and on your own, you are still not 100% confident about the safety of your baby with your dog, then finding your dog another home to protect the well-being of your child and pet is a step you may have to take.
Your dog probably already knows – come, sit, stay, and lay down. So you’re done with the basics and are ready for something interesting, something new to show off at the dog park or to your friends when they come over.
Tricks are not only that are a great way to offer your dog some mental stimulation, many of them build from the basic commands your dog already knows.
Here are some dog tricks that are fun and fairly easy to train a dog to do: 1. Wave
Training a dog to wave hello or good-bye is a fun and fairly simple dog trick. Start by training your dog to shake paws. You will use the same action your dog uses to shake to train him to lift his paw to wave. You will do it the first few time for him then he will catch on with some treat incentives.
a. Give your dog the command to “shake”. When he lifts his paw to shake your hand, move your hand up slightly so he has to move his paw up a bit to get to your hand.
b. When your dog moves his paw up farther than he would to shake, or tell him “good ” and give him a treat.
c. Repeat this action a few times, each time moving your hand up a little higher until your dog is raising his paw above his head.
d. Once your dog has been putting his paw up several times in a row, give the command “shake,” and as soon as your dog starts reaching his paw out to you, give the command “wave” (or you can use the command “say hello” or “wave bye”) and again follow steps 2-4.
e. Repeat this several times until your dog is consistently raising his paw to wave position. After a number of repetitions, stop using the shake command, and only give the command “wave.”
f. Practice the wave command for a few minutes at time, two or three times each day. Your dog will quickly impress your friends as he greets them with a wave hello! 2. Back it Up
Back it up is a fun dog trick that can be turned into a dance move later on (if you teach him to wiggle his butt) and it can come in handy in a variety of situations. Once your dog knows how to back up on command, you can use it to keep him from rushing out the door, crowding you at the refrigerator, or just to entertain your friends.
Back up is fairly simple to teach a dog.
a. Start by holding the leash very loose and give your dog the command to stand and stay.
b. Walk a few steps away from your dog then turn and face him
c. Start walking toward your dog and say “back it up”
d. If he naturally backs up as you are saying it reward him
e. If your dog doesn’t start stepping back as you move toward him, keep going forward, and try to lean your body forward slightly. 3. Take a Bow or Downward Dog
Your dog might do this naturally in the morning when he first wakes up. If you watch two dogs playing together, you will frequently see them bow. Trainers refer to this behavior as a play bow, and it is a dog’s way of asking another dog to come play. He will put his chest to the ground while keeping his rear end up in the air. To teach this:
a. Start with standing position. It is helpful if your dog know stand or stay command.
b. Hold a treat at the tip of your dog’s nose, and slowly move it down, holding it close to your dog’s body. In this way, you will use the treat to lure your dog down until his elbows are on the floor with his rear end remaining up.
c. Hold your dog in the bow for a few seconds, and then use the treat to lure him back into a standing position.
d. As soon as your dog completes the bow and is standing up, tell him “good” or click your clicker, and give him the treat.
e. Practice the bow command with your dog several times a day for no more than 5 minutes each time. Before you know it, your dog will be taking a bow on command. 4. Go Potty
Teaching your dog to go potty on command can relieve you from the stress of wondering when your dog will have to potty again. It makes leaving your dog at home, traveling in a car and taking your dog friend homes much easier.
a. Pick the word you’re going to use that will mean “go pee” to your dog. You could use the classic “go potty”, and then say it consistently.
b. Figure out when your dog most predictably goes to the bathroom. The three big pee motivators are: waking from a nap or sleep, playing, and drinking. What goes in must come out and by setting a schedule for your dog you can predict when he/she will need to go. Knowing that your dog needs to go to the bathroom is key in capturing the behavior.
c. When your dog needs to eliminate, leash him/her up and relocate to your designated UGODOG potty spot. If you have any fear that your dog might go before you get the UGODOG, pick him up and carry him there (if you can)
d. Wait for your dog to go. Give him no attention as you pace quietly back and forth by the pee spot. When he squats or lifts his leg wait, for him to finish. As he’s finishing happily say your cue word “GO POTTY!” When he is done, give a marker (a verbal “Yes!” or the click of a clicker), then lavish him with praise and something really yummy.
e. After a week or two give the cue “go potty!” just before the pee happens but still wait to “Yes” or click until after he’s completely finished. (Otherwise, your marker might distract him from finishing his business midway.)
Who doesn’t love a puppy? Let’s face it, they are lovable! And owning a puppy can be filled with beautiful and wonderful moments but anyone who has a puppy or is considering adopting one should also be aware that there is some work involved. Mainly, house training that puppy. Learn about potty training puppies with our useful information. So, here are some general things to know before you begin the process of potty training your puppy.
1) Puppies are like children. And just like children, puppies do not know right from wrong. They have to be taught.
2) Age Of Your Puppy Affects How To Potty Train A Puppy
a) The general rule of thumb is that for the first 5 – 7 weeks of a puppy’s life, an indoor potty training system is necessary and should be used in conjunction with the housebreaking process.
b) The most important time in potty training puppies takes place between the first 8 – 16 weeks. This is when it’s important that your training be consistent. That means using the same techniques and keeping to a time frame. Be aware that at this age, puppies can generally hold their bladder for as long as 2 hours. So, consider then when setting up a time frame on how often to take him out.
c) By the time your pet is 16 weeks old he should be able to hold his bladder for as long as 4 hours. Your home dog training should continue but of course by now, your puppy should be quite well trained. You can simply change your time frame now from taking him out every 2 hours to taking him out every 4 hours.
d) By the time your puppy is 6 months old he should be able to hold his bladder for 5 – 6 hours. Most puppies are housebroken by this time, although there may be the occasional “accident”, depending on factors such as changes in the environment and of course any infections or illnesses.
If you suspect an infection or illness please take your pet to your Veterinarian immediately.
Tips On House Training Your Puppy
Potty train a puppy the easy way with our easy to follow steps.
1) Never, ever physically punish your puppy. It’s cruel and it eventually results in bad behavior from your dog. Many dog owners make this mistake when potty training puppies so don’t make this same mistake.
2) Catch your puppy “in the act” and immediately pick him up and take him outside to where you would like him to go. Use a stern voice, enough to let him know that what he was doing was not acceptable. It’s important to catch him “in the act” because it can be confusing to your pet when you’re scolding him and he’s not sure why. You want to potty train a puppy to go outside but it takes time and patience.
3) You want your puppy to learn where it’s NOT appropriate to relieve himself. Notably in the home, near food and sleeping areas. You can do this by using a crate and an indoor potty system. Although it may seem cruel to put your puppy in a crate the truth is, it offers a sense of security for your pet. It’s “his” place. It’s important to note that the puppy should only be confined in the crate for a short period of time. It’s not meant to be a jail cell. You can put your puppy in the crate when you’re away from home but make sure to note the recommendations we have given you regarding the age of your puppy and how often they need to relive themselves.
Crates can be metal or wood or even plastic. These days, they come in a large variety of shapes and materials. Make it comfortable for your pet by making sure it’s large enough for him to turn around in and be comfortable, but not so large that they can roam. In general, dogs do not generally relieve themselves in their immediate territory so you want to keep the space small enough to avoid him “going” in his crate.
4) Consistency is the key factor in potty training puppies. Not only in timing how often to take your puppy outside but also in location. When you do take him outside, make sure to take him to the same spots. For an indoor dog potty system, make sure it remains in the same area in your home. Keep to a feeding schedule as well. Use the same language and the same tone of speech each time you are going to take him out. The more consistent you can be, the better it will be for you and your beloved dog.
5) Don’t wait to begin the house training process. As soon as you bring your new puppy home, start right away. To potty train a puppy, you need to establish your house rules as soon as you can.
6) Make sure to reward your pet by praising him when he does the right thing. Just like children, puppies need to know that they’ve pleased you.
7) A little tip that may help in the first 6 months of potty training puppies is to put up the puppy’s water bowl during the night. This will keep him from drinking throughout the night which will help him (and you) to sleep through the night!
Follow these tips and you will successfully potty train a puppy!
Well, we hope that these tips on how to house train a puppy will help you and your new family member to become the very best of friends for many, many years.
Like humans sometimes doggies have trouble sleeping. There can be various causes for sleep restlessness in dogs:
Puppies who have been comforted by the company mom and siblings is alone and may have trouble sleeping. Many puppies may still have bladder control issues that keep them up
Overweight dogs can be prone to sleep apnea, a condition where they stop breathing while they sleep.
Senior dogs may be in pain, due to health issues such as muscle aches, joint problems, bladder control or arthritis.
Inadequate exercise is the most common cause of canine insomnia due to pent-up energy.
Here are a few suggestions that may help your dog sleep through the night. Experiment with them to find the ones that work best for you and your pet.
Play! Exercise! Play! Make sure your dog gets lots of exercise through the day and especially the last few hours before bedtime. But don’t over do just give them enough to take the edge off.
Last drink water & Last potty! If your dog is a heavy drinker, leave some water… but don’t fill the bowl. A good trick is ice cubes. Instead of filling add ice cubes to the water bowl instead. That way they have something to do; plus it gives them enough water to stay hydrated, without filling their bladder. Make a “last call” for potty. Go out quickly, get down to business, come inside and go to bed.
Use the dog’s crate. If your dog is a night owl, crate or confine her. Not having access to the entire house and being limited to a crate or confined space with a soft comfortable bed, often is enough to help them chill out for the night.
Make going into the crate or area something they look forward to. With a smile say “Bedtime!” and toss a treat or toy where you want them to go.
Praise them once they are in their crate or confined area. Tell them “Good night” and then leave them alone. You don’t want them to think they are being punished, but you do want to establish a routine.
PURPOSE: The mat provides a location for your dog, to wait for further instruction from his owner. The mat becomes a relaxing place for the dog to wait for it’s next instruction which allows greater control over behavior. This is especially helpful for dogs that like to jump or get overly excited when people come to the door.
GOAL: To teach you do to look for the mat when given a specific command (decided by owner) then lay and wait.
The philosophy is there will be only one spot in the room where the dog will be given a treat – on the mat.
BEGIN WITH DOG ON LEASH, GUIDE TO MAT, CLICK WHEN DOG STEPS FRONT PAW ON MAT. TOSS TREAT ON MAT. ENCOURAGE BEHAVIOR TO HAPPEN BY WALKING AWAY AND BACK TO MAT. CLICK WHEN DOG’S PAW IS ON MAT. DOG MAY STAY ON MAT FOR A FEW CLICKS, BUT THEN WALK AWAY A FEW FEET TO SEE IF DOG WILL STAY ON MAT. IF DOG FOLLOWS YOU OFF MAT, FINE. HOLD CLICKER AND TREATS IN FRONT OF YOU, ALLOW DOG TO SMELL, BUT NOT GET UNTIL THEY MOVE BACK TO MAT. FRONT FEET MUST TOUCH MAT. IF PUP SITS IN FRONT OF YOU, YOU CAN SAY GOOD SIT, BUT DON’T CLICK & TREAT, WAIT AND SEE IF PUP WILL LOOK BACK AND WALK OVER TO MAT. CLICK WHEN PUP GOES BACK TO MAT. IF YOUR PUP GETS “STUCK IN PLACE” YOU MOVE TO HELP THE DESIRED BEHAVIOR TO HAPPEN, WHICH IS PUP STEPPING ON THE MAT. WHEN YOUR PUP OFFERS THE BEHAVIOR OF GOING TO THE MAT, THEN ADD THE VERBAL CUE, “GO MAT”.
* PUP WILL GO TO MAT WHEN YOU STAND TWO FEET AWAY FROM MAT. (CLICK AND TOSS TREAT TO MAT)
* STEP THREE FEET AWAY FROM MAT, PUP GOES TO MAT, CLICK& TOSS TREAT ON MAT
* STEP BACK GRADUALLY TILL YOU ARE SIX FEET AWAY FROM MAT.
* SIT IN CHAIR TWO FEET AWAY FROM MAT AND HAVE PUP GO TO MAT, CLICK & TOSS TREAT
* BACK UP CHAIR GRADUALLY 4 FEET, 6 FEET, ACROSS ROOM, PUP GOES TO MAT, CLICK & TREAT
* ENTER ROOM, TELL PUP TO GO MAT, LEAVE THE ROOM FOR 5 SECONDS, RETURN, IF PUP IS ON MAT, CLICK & TREAT, TOSS TREAT ON MAT.
As a family we have owned kennels and been training dogs since the late 1970′s. We have trained and titled dogs in the Obedience ring, Breed ring, Field trials, Herding Trials, and Agility trials.
Let us share with you some of the points we have learned along the way.
From the Author House Training for Dummies and the writer of the UGODOG Training manual
UGODOG 5 easy steps
You may want to housetrain your puppy or adult dog to go to the bathroom in an indoor potty area. A dog potty or dog toilet can be some newspapers spread on the floor, a dog litter box (like UGODOGO), or some other device located in a designated area of your home. Here are some housetraining tips that make indoor housetraining a breeze:
• Do consider indoor training if you live in a high-rise apartment, can’t get around easily, and/or have a very small dog.
• Do consider your needs, your dog’s needs, and your home’s layout when deciding where to put the indoor potty.
• Do get a crate for your indoor trainee so that he learns to regulate his potty maneuvers.
• Do use scent and repetition to teach your dog that the indoor potty is the only surface upon which he should take a whiz or make a deposit.
• Do be patient if you move the potty from outdoors to indoors.
• Don’t let your puppy roam freely unless you can watch him.
• Don’t get angry at your puppy for making a mistake; get mad at yourself for giving him a chance to do so.
• Don’t take your indoor trainee outside for a walk or for playtime until after he’s done his business.