Archive for the ‘Dog Training’ Category

Having trouble with your dog not listening?

Friday, September 20th, 2013

If you’re having trouble with your dog not listening to you, click here for dog training advice and tips on our UGODOG blog!

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How To House Train A Puppy

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

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.
House Train a 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.

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Trianing Tip #16 – What to do when doggie doesn’t sleep

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Like humans sometimes doggies have trouble sleeping. There can be various causes for sleep restlessness in dogs:

Restless puppy

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.

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As we all know, pets live for treats! here’s a useful tip from UGODOG about Ideas for good treats to use in training. Enjoy!

Friday, August 23rd, 2013


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UGODOG Training Tip #14 – Mat Training

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Brought to you by Agility by Carlson

MAT TRAINING

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.

Mat Training

TRAINING:

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”.

RAISE CRITERIA:
* 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.

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CHEAT SHEET – Training Your Dog to Potty Indoors

Monday, August 5th, 2013

From the Author House Training for Dummies and the writer of the UGODOG Training manual

UGODOG dog training for dummies

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.

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While the pooper-scooper is one of those great inventions a pet owner relies on, maybe relying on UGODOG’s potty-training tips would be of equal value to you? Check ‘em out!

Friday, July 26th, 2013


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Friday, July 19th, 2013


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What are the best dog potty options? Grass or No Grass?

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Are Grass Litter Boxes Good For Dogs?
grass dog potty
Do you constantly worry about reaching home quickly from office to take your pet out? Are you often frustrated at seeing pee spots on your floor? Well, there is a viable alternative to keeping your pet and house clean. Get your hands on the litter box for dogs and give your pet a safe place to potty and stop worrying about everything else.
Most dogs easily learn to use the UGODOG in-door litter box because of the pheromone scent that lets them know where to potty. A convenient method to train a puppy to do his business is a litter box for dogs because it can be used both indoors and outdoors. With plenty of room for the pet to turn on, a litter box is an ideal solution to your canine’s toilet needs. It is spacious enough for the dog to mess around while not letting the pee leak out. The box uses anti-microbial , which is scented enough to attract your dog to the box and also prevent growth of odor, unlike the grass litter boxes alternative that release a bad odor just after a few days of use. Moreover, the plastic box is weatherproof.
If you are somebody who spends most of the time at office, with nobody to look after the pet at home, a litter box is the best thing you can have to make life easier for yourself as well as your puppy. It is easier to train your pet to eliminate on the pet friendly box. The basin of the box can hold over 2 liters of fluid. What’s more, cleaning the plastic litter box isn’t a hassle either; simply empty the box into the toilet and flush. However
Is a Grass Litter Box a Viable Option?
But grass might not be a viable alternative, since it becomes sticky and unsanitary and run the risk of permanently trapping bacteria. Even worse, these don’t dry out quickly, thus posing a risk of wetting the dog’s paws and causing them to wet the entire house, tracking bacteria and urine all over the house. However since the UGODOG litter box for dogs is weatherproof it’s a better alternative for use on a porch.
The in-door litter box for dogs is like a backyard in a box, which offers you the perfect dog potty solution if you stay in high-rise buildings, apartments or have to frequently travel by boat and recreational vehicles. But there are still better options for potty training than grass dog potty in the form of UGODOG indoor dog potty system, which doesn’t use grass. Rather, it uses a plastic grate, with cubical holes, where your pet can easily eliminate. What’s more, the -less option is easy to clean and doesn’t release any odor. Also, these are cheaper than the grass litter box for dogs, which need the to be replaced periodically to keep the odor and bacteria away. UGODOG is a much better alternative for use indoors, as they don’t stay wet and can be easily cleaned.

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UGODOG Tip#12 – Teaching Patience

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Patient Dog Training
Teaching your dog to ‘wait’ is a great way to help him or her learn some impulse control and can be used in training fun things as well. “Wait” will mean for your dog to stay in a particular spot, and “OK” will tell him he can get up and move.

To start, you can have your dog in a doorway (on leash if the doorway leads to a street) have him/her sit, give a reward (‘yes’ and treat) and take a step back. If he stays put, say ‘yes’ and deliver another treat. Take two steps back or one step and pause for another moment. If your dog stays put, say ‘yes’ and reward again. If he moves towards you, say ‘uh oh’ and use your body to get him to move back to his original spot. Ask for a sit again and reward for attention and compliance. After your dog is successful sitting there for a few moments, say “OK” and toss a treat on the floor ahead of him. OR, say “OK” and let him come to you through the doorway (that can be the reward!). Once he get the idea of sitting in a spot until you release him with “OK” add the cue of “wait” after you have asked for a sit. Other applications for this behavior:
• Before getting out of the car (it may be dangerous for him to just jump out when you open the door). Use your body to block him from jumping out, reward for staying until you give him the “OK”. For the dog, the reward is getting to get out of the car! No food treats are needed.
• Before getting to eat their food. What a huge jackpot for a simple 3-? second ‘wait’!
• Before getting to search for a toy or treat you may have hidden for him—a fun way of getting some mental stimulation!
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