Saturday, November 26, 2011

Important Factors to keep in mind when Training your Dog

It is so important to keep a few things in mind when training your dog. Dog are like humans (not perfect :-) and it's going to take them more than once or a few times to master the skill. Here a few pointers to keep in mind:

* Dog's have short attention spans. Keep training in 15 minute intervals.
* Don't get frustrated. Dogs can sense stress and they react positively to positivity and negatively to negativity (just like humans)
* If your dog has a bad day with the training. End the training session on a command that he or she has already mastered and give them praise.
* Always reward your dog for success. This can be by praise, petting, treats or all of them. Personally, I prefer all three (especially the treats- best way to the heart is through the stomach :-)
* After each training session, play a game with your dog that they enjoy. This helps them associate training with fun!! and that's important!

How to teach your dog to lie down

Teaching your dog to lie down on command isn't hard.

Have your dog start off in a sitting position. Put a small treat in your hand and let them sniff the treat. Don't let your dog eat the treat though or get ahold of it. Slowly, lower the treat to the floor. This should entice your dog to gradually lower themself to the floor to follow the treat. As your dog is lowering themself, say "lie Down". Eventually, your dog will be lying on the floor, praise your dog in a positive tone than give them the treat.

Only give your dog the treat while they are lying down. Do not give it to them if they are standing back up. You need them to know they are doing good. Dogs are like humans, they love to be praised. eventually, your dog will lie down whenever you say their name and the command "lie down"

Hope this helped. Let me know if any questions. Happy Dog Training to You

Friday, November 25, 2011

How to Stop your Dog from Pulling on the Leash

Almost every dog pulls on their leash when they get excited. This is not good for your dog's neck if they use a collar.

Before you take your dog out for a walk, put the leash on them. They will most likely become very excited. Don't rush outside with them, you need to get them to relax first.

Here are some dog training tricks to try to stop your dog from pulling on the leash

* Before you take your dog outside for their walk, put their leash on
* If they are excited, walk them around the house until they calm down than praise them
* Take your dog outside and if he begins to pull on the leash- walk them around the yard until they calm down. Once they are relaxed, praise them for calming down
* Begin to go on your walk. If your dog pulls on the leash, stop and wait until they calm down. Do this each time and always remember to praise (Tone of voice is of utmost importance)

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How to Stop a Dog From Whining

Basic steps to stop a dog from whining

* Teach your dog that there is nothing to be afraid of in their kennel or area that you confine them to

* Confine your dog to the area or kennel for short amounts of time.

* Gradually increase the amount of time you leave them in their area when the whining begins to decrease

* Set up a regular play/quality time schedule for your dog

* If they continue to whine after you set up your play schedule. Tell them in a very stern voice to "Stop Whining"