Puppy Training & Dog Training
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Housebreaking Your Puppy - No training is more important and more basic for dog owners than that first important lesson: Do it outside!
Finding a Dog Trainer - Most people simply don't have the time, energy or patience to devote to training their dog or puppy. For some, the answer is to outsource the effort to a professional trainer.
Dog Training Psychology - Even the dumbest of dogs are clever. Just think of the many ways they get humans to do what they want. Few can resist the soulful eyes and the offered paw when eating something the dog also views as tasty.
How To Stop Chewing - An average-sized Golden Retriever can untie a knot in a rawhide bone in minutes. If only they'd stick to those most times it ends up your furniture, shoes and everything else they can get their teeth into!
To Use or Not to Use Control Tools - The distinction between dog training and control is most times too easily lost. Using commands and hand gestures, with leashes or treats, to solicit desired behavior is training. Using choke or 'no-bark' collars, electronic fences and similar devices on your dog is for control.
Pros & Cons of Crate Training - The Debate about whether or not crate training dogs is healthy or harmful is still alive and kicking. Undoubtedly you have met the dog owner that swears by crate training and also the owner that despises crate training.
Dealing With Jumping - Most dogs display a tendency to jump on people that visit and this can quickly become bothersome for you and your guests. One theory about why dogs jump suggests that they are trying to get close to the person's face - not to attack, but to interact.
The Best Dog Training Diet - Nothing is more essential for good dog training than good dog health. And the foundation of good health is a good diet.
Training Your Dog Not To Bite - According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), dogs bite more than 4.7 million people per year. Law suits, medical bills and sometimes dog euthanasia are common results from this unwanted - and often avoidable - behavior.
Training Non-neutered Dogs - Whether through an intention to breed or other motive, many individuals leave their companions intact (spay or neuter procedure). Left with a full complement of nature's hormones, these dogs can react differently than their surgically altered counterparts.
Training Assertive Dogs - Descendants from wolf packs, dogs seek a natural hierarchy in which some are dominant (alphas) and others tend to follow. Struggles start in young pups to sort out who is which early on, in some cases three weeks after birth.
Socializing Your Dog - Dogs, like humans, show a wide range of tolerance for others. Some are immediately friendly with every new dog, while others are forever hostile to even the opposite sex of their own breed. Dogs are by territorial by nature, but with some training you can successfully socialize your dog.
A Dog's Nature - This may surprise some but Dogs are complex creatures. Some studies suggest that number of breeds reaches as high as 800 in Western countries alone. Taking into account that distinguishing one breed from another can be carried to ridiculous extremes.
Pet Tricks Training - Teaching your pet tricks is easiest when you work with their nature, not against it. Most dogs are eager to please and respond enthusiastically to rewards. Teaching tricks is often as much a matter of simply using those rewards to direct or build on a spontaneous behavior as it is teaching an entirely foreign one.
Teach your Dog to Come - Dogs aren't really stubborn but sometimes they are easily confused and don't know what is wanted by their owner. It is important to make it clear by quickly establishing alpha (dominant leader) status. Effective training means you must be willing to exercise patience and modest, firm force to get the desired behavior.
Teach your Dog to Lay Down - Dogs have a natural tendency to seek and adhere to a hierarchy with an alpha (leader) at the top on down to an omega at the bottom. 'Down' is one effective technique for enforcing your alpha status.
Teach your Dog to Sit - Dogs can learn an amazing variety of behaviors, but few so fundamentally important as the 'sit'. Beyond the basic need to establish that the human of the pair is the alpha (leader), it has a number of practical benefits.
Teach your Dog to Stay - Dogs have a significant capacity for training their trainers. Apart from making us wave our hands and bark odd words, we regularly fetch treats and run after tennis balls. Not useful to us, but the dog enjoys it.
Training Rescued Dogs - Normal dog training requires patience that is greater nowhere else but childrearing. Training rescued dogs takes even more.
Tips for Large and Small Dogs - No project, apart from raising a child, requires more patience than dog training. All breeds have different attributes that present challenges. Some are intelligent, but boisterous and easily distracted. Some are eager to please, but dim-witted. But special considerations are required for size.