Posts Tagged ‘puppy training’

puppy running

 

 

One of the most important, and quite frankly, life-saving commands you can teach your puppy is to come when you call. You want to be confident that your pup will come to you quickly and without hesitation.

 
There are a couple of things to remember,

 
1. Never, and I mean never, punish your dog for coming. You can punish your pup and not even know you did, for instance, your pup is playing with other dogs, digging holes and chasing squirrels, you call him to come, and he when he gets to you, you clip on the leash and take him home, to your pup this is the worst form of punishment and he will hesitate next time you want him to come to you.

 
2. You will want to practice in steps, first in the house, then in the yard, and finally in a larger park. All of this training should be done with your pup on a leash, in the home and yard on a 6 foot leash, and in the park, a 50 foot leash. This will give you control, and confidence that your pup will not get away from you.

 
3. At first with no distractions, and then when you know your pup is getting it right, add some distractions, such as other dogs, people, cats, cars, ect.

 
4. Always reward your puppy for coming to you, even if you didn’t call her to come, for example, give treat, play with toys, ect. Anything that your puppy perceives as a good thing can be used as a reward, even going outside to sniff the ground is a reward for your pup. This will reinforce to your pup that coming to you is a good thing.

 
5. Use your pups name when training any command, this will let the pup know that when she hears her name it means pay attention, puppies can tune out their name because they hear it so much, but when you train your pup in this fashion,… Call her name, “Lassie”, in the same kind of tone as you would call to a friend to get their attention. When she looks at you, and you must wait until she is looking at you, then give the command to come, encourage her as she approaches with smiles and marked excitement, and immediately reward her with a tasty treat when she gets to you.

 

This is a very good method to teach your puppy a reliable recall.

 
Remember this, If your pup is not looking at you they are not paying attention.

 
If you have questions about this or any other topic, please contact me via the contact form at the bottom of this post, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

 

 

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The most important thing you can do as an owner is to learn how to
socialize your puppy.

Most social behavior is learned during the time spent with the pups
Mother and siblings. I decided to give you some tips on how to
socialize your puppy.

However this important lesson in behavior is usually cut short at
the age of 8 weeks when most breeders let their puppy’s go to a new
family.

I feel it would be better for the pup to remain with the litter
until the age of 12-14 months, this would allow enough time for the
pup to learn bite inhibition and how to play socially and get along
with other dogs.

You can begin to teach puppies to be social and enjoy being around
humans, and being touched and handled, at the age of 9 days, this
is why it is important for breeders to begin to touch and handle
the pups, getting them used to having their sensitive areas
touched, such as tail,feet, and a wide range of areas that your dog
may find unsettling when touched there.

Ideally puppies will be exposed each day to different
men,women,children,other dogs,loud noise, ect..the more experience
a pup has with different things, ie, cats, geese, and other animals
that you may come in contact with, the more confident he will be
about what to do in the event of something unexpected, ie, car back
fire, especially when you make these experiences positive with food
rewards.

Another benefit of learning how to socialize your puppy,
is that you will be less liable to raise a dog who may bite someone
and cause you a lot of trouble.

Here are some tips for learning to socialize your puppy.

Note: I do not recommend that you let strangers interact with your pup.

1-Before vaccinations have your friends and family come and play
and train your pup. Have a bowl of puppy goodies available, and
have everyone reward good behavior with a treat. Your pup will soon
learn that when people are around it’s good I get treats, belly
rubs and lot’s of praise for being calm and obedient.

2- Once your pup has had his needles you can have a party and
invite all your friends, and family to bring their dogs over
for a meet and greet party, have treats and have everyone
participate in the training of your puppy.

Training for obedience during these get togethers will teach your
pup to pay attention to you know matter what is going on around
them.

3-It is important to remember that your puppy will not be cute and
rolly- polly, happy-go-lucky and trusting of every thing. Around
the age of 14 months your pups attitude if left un-socialized will
turn to one of fear and suspicion.

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You may remember when you went to school, and the teacher asked little Johnny why he didn’t pass in his homework,and was made to stand in the corner, or stay after school because the teacher didn’t believe Johnny when he said that he didn’t know how to train his puppy not to chew things, and he ate his homework.

 

 

Well any dog owner will tell you about the truth that Johnny spoke of.. I have personally lost, shoes, clothes, furniture, t.v. remotes, you name it and my dogs have chewed it..but that was way back before I finally figured out how to stop my fuzzy faced chewing machines from destroying my house.

 

Is your dog a chewer? Has he destroyed things in your home or personal items, like clothes, shoes and electronics?

 

Believe me I know what you are going through.

 

The good news is I can help..

 

Lets take a moment and look at this behavior closely..

 

Cold hard fact….dogs LUV to chew, it is a natural instinct… So, if you don’t give them something to chew, They will be forced to find something on their own,, … and guess what, they will find plenty of things that satisfy their urge to chew and it will probably belong to you.

 

Chewing can be a very difficult behavior to deal with, but here are some tips that may help:

 

1. Give your dog a good quality chew toy. Make sure he has plenty of toys and that he knows what is acceptable to chew on and what is not.

 

2. Change up your dog’s toys often, so he doesn’t get bored.

 

3. If your dog destroys toys, choose tougher toys that are almost indestructible.

 

4. Make sure there are no loose parts that can be easily torn off and swallowed.

 

5. Avoid toys that your dog could swallow or too big for him to play with easily.

 

6. When you first give your dog a new toy, watch his play to make sure that he plays with it appropriately.

 

7. Choose washable toys. Dogs are basically dirty, from the crap they walk, in to the drool left behind on the toy. This is a prime breeding ground for a host of bacteria and germs.

 

If you use these tips and provide consistent leadership for your dog, he will learn what is appropriate for chewing and what is not…

 

If you want to learn more about this or any other topic, or would like a copy of my Free Report on how to have a well trained dog in 4 easy steps, there is a form below,  fill it out, and hit send, and I will get back to you shortly.

 

 

 

 

puppy running

Every puppy needs daily exercise, both mental and physical to ensure their energy has been drained, and to help keep them on their best behavior, and depending on the breed and age, they may require between 30 minutes for puppies aged 5 months, up to a couple hours for older adolescent pups, aged 6-18 months. That is why I decided to write this post to help you understand why it is important to exercise your puppy.

Just putting your pup in the yard for a couple of hours is not going to cut it, he may run around for 10 minutes or so, and then they will get bored and begin to come up with their own ideas of fun. Mental draining of energy is important as well, short 5 minute training sessions that always end is success for your pup will help to maintain a level of calm contentment.

If you are the type of person who don’t like taking long walks or getting physical with your dog, be prepared for a host of unwanted behaviors to develop in your puppy. Some of these behaviors is as follows:

1- Pacing back and forth.
2- Getting upset with people who are passing by, and barking, showing aggression.
3- Scratching and whining at the door to be let back in.
4- Digging,chewing and generally destroying anything the can get a hold on.

Once you let the pup back inside there will be a wide range of destructive behavior if your puppy is not adequately tired out through proper exercise. Some of these behaviors are as follows:

1- Destroying your furniture,rugs,remotes,ect.
2- Barking at you to let him out.
3- Jumping and barking at every sound outside
4- Getting excited and rush the door when visitors come, maybe develop aggression issues.

If you don’t have time to properly exercise your puppy, hire someone to help you, or find a good service that ensures adequate daily exercise.

I hope you have learned a little about why it is important to exercise your puppy. If you have any questions about this or any topic, or would like a copy of my free report on how to have a well trained dog in 4 easy steps, please contact me through the contact form at the end of this post.

Remember this, a tired puppy is a good and well-behaved puppy.

pup in training

 

Most of you will have heard of traditional dog training, and example of this type of training would be a jerk on the leash to punish the dog for an unwanted behavior such as pulling or lunging.

 

While this can be effective with dogs over 6 months of age, it can harm your puppy because their neck muscles have not developed enough to withstand the jerk. Prong or choke collars are also used in traditional training, these tools cause pain as a deterrent to bad behavior. The problem with using these tools is that if your timing is off just a little, your dog will only learn that having a leash on is a confusing and non-learning experience and the dog not trust you and will see you as unpredictable.
It has been my experience, and I base all my training on the positive reinforcement method of training, not only puppies, but any dog for any behavior issue. You see it is much easier to train a dog when both of you are having fun, and what is more fun to a dog than eating something tasty and getting a good belly rub or praise, “There’s a good pup”.

 

With positive reinforced training your timing don’t have to be perfect. If you miss a cue, no harm done. The best thing about this method of training is that anyone can do it, from your 5-year-old grandchild to your 80-year-old Mother, and your disabled neighbor.

 

Now that you have began learning how to train your puppy effectively, in my next post I will dig deeper into some of the old ways of thinking and how we can use positive reinforcement to our advantage.

 

If you have any questions about this or any topic, please contact me using the contact form at the bottom of this post, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

 

pup chewing shoe

 

 
Puppy’s are curious and adventuresome by nature and they want to check out everything in their environment. This is why we must be vigilant for at least 3 months, in making sure there is nothing to entice bad behavior, ie surfing for food, or accidentally hurting our pup, ie, poisons or pins and needles left out. The following are some tips to help you learn how to puppy proof your home. If you stay on top of puppy proofing you should be able to instill good behavior in about 3 months.

1-  Keep all counters, coffee tables ect, free from food or candy wrappers, books, and remote controls. If you leave even the smallest crumb, your pup will find it and be reinforced that there is rewards to surfing these areas. If you are vigilant about putting everything away, then your pup will grow up knowing that there is nothing of interest there. If you don’t want your pup in the kitchen garbage, remember to always put it away under the sink, or in a closet.

2-  Spray something that tastes really bad on all furniture legs, base boards, and the bottom areas of the wall, before your pup discovers how much fun it is to eat them. This includes electrical cords that plug into the wall, when you can fix it so your pup can’t get at them,,cause he will if he can.

3-  Chicken bones can kill a pup so make sure you get them out of the house as soon as possible. Medication should be under lock and key, and if you use toilet bowl cleaner, don’t let your pup drink out of the flush. Lock up all poisons, like weed killer, pesticides ect. Any thing that would present a choking hazard like,, marbles, small toys,peach pits, should be placed in a safe place.

4-  Keep all upstairs windows closed and make sure the basement door is secure. If you spill anti-freeze( a highly toxic substance) in the garage or driveway, wipe it up right away, this is a sweet tasting liquid and you pup will lap it up with great joy, only to wind up very sick or worse.

These are a few of the many things to consider when learning how to puppy proof your home, if you have more questions about this or any topic, please contact me using the contact form at the bottom of this post.