Tuesday, January 31, 2012

How to get control over my dog

How to get control over your dog?

There are four tricks that you first need to teach your dog to get complete control over them.

The first four tricks that you need to teach them are as follows:
* Sit
* Stay
* Come
* Leave it

All four of these commands are covered in this blog

Once your dog masters these four tricks, you will be able to gain control over your dog.

For example, let's say that your dog is bothering a cat. If your dog knows the "Leave it" command, all you have to do is say "your dog's name", "Leave It" and when your dog looks at you- Just say "Come" and he/she will come.

These tricks are some of the most important tricks that you need to teach your dog. Not only will these tricks help you get control over your dog but they will also help build the bond between you and your dog.

It is important to remember that it may be hard for your dog to comprehend 2 or more tricks in distracting situations (such as chasing a cat) so you need to practice these tricks often. First and foremost, you need to make sure that your dog knows all these tricks well.

Rewarding and praising your dog everytime that they complete a trick successfully is so important. Dogs are like humans- they love praise :-)

It is normal for your dog to have difficulty doing multiple tricks at once in the beginning.

If your dog is having issues with this concept, here are some tips to help them complete this goal

* Review the tricks that you are telling them to do and make sure they know them well enough to complete your commands.
* Speak clearly and firmly so your dog can better understand what you are saying. Remember, tone is important.
* Slow down. Don't move too fast. If your dog can barely complete a 2 trick command, they are not ready to move on to a 3 trick command.

Remember that dogs have short attention spans. Don't train for longer than 15 minute intervals. Don't get frustrated. They can sense that.

If your dog has a bad day and can't complete all the commands successfully, end your training session by giving them a command that they already know how to do well. Reward them so they feel that they accomplished something.

After each training session, play a game with your dog or do something they enjoy such as playing a game of fetch or going for a walk. They need to associate training with fun.

Always remember that training your dog should be fun and rewarding for both you and your dog. Hope this helps.

Dogs are a joyous part of our families and here are just a couple dog inspirational quotes for today

(click images to enlarge)

For more dog training tips, go back to the main page of the blog
Here is the link (so you don't have to hunt and click :-) Enjoy!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Help the animal rescue site for free

I checked with Snopes.com and this is a legitmate site: http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/charity/animalrescue.asp
This is from a friend who volunteers at an animal rescue operation.

Hi, all you animal lovers!

This is pretty simple... Please ask ten friends to each ask a further ten today!
The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily so they can meet their quota of getting FREE FOOD donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It takes less than a minute (about 15 seconds) to go to their site and click on the purple box 'fund food for animals for free'. This doesn't cost you a thing.

Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising.

Here's the web site! Please pass it along to people you know. http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/



Why we love our dogs

Why we love our dogs? A picture can say a thousand words

Thursday, January 26, 2012

How many calories should a dog eat a day

How many calories is healthy for your dog? The energy needs and calories per day that your dog should eat varies. Below is an estimate based on the weight and age

Dogs that weigh 15 pounds:
Young adult, active 590 Calories
Adult, active 550 Calories
Senior, active 440 Calories
Active Terriers 760 Calories
Inactive adult 400 Calories

Dogs that weigh 20 pounds:
Young adult, active 730 Calories
Adult, active 680 Calories
Senior, active 550 Calories
Active Terriers 940 Calories
Inactive adult 500 Calories

Dogs that weigh 25 pounds:
Young adult, active 870 Calories
Adult, active 800 Calories
Senior, active 650 Calories
Inactive adult 590 Calories

Dogs that weigh 30 pounds:
Young adult, active 990 Calories
Adult, active 920 Calories
Senior, active 740 Calories
Inactive adult 670 Calories

If you are not sure how many calories that your dog is supposed to eat, weigh it and follow the feeding directions on the food label as best as you can. Be sure to take into consideration the additional calories in treats that you give throughout the day.

Just the same as it goes for humans, it is not healthy for your dog to be overweight. Skinnier dogs live longer and are overall healthier so feed your pet right :-) Knowing how much you should feed your dog a day is important.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Just a little dog humor for the day :-)

It's important to laugh and smile and who better to make you smile than your dog???

Here's a little chuckle for today

Marriage or Relationship?

If you want someone who will eat whatever you put in front of him and never say it's not quite as good as his mother's

then adopt a dog.

If you want someone always willing to go out, at any hour,
for as long and wherever you want ...

then adopt a dog.

If you want someone who will never touch the remote, doesn't care
about football, and can sit next to you as you watch romantic movies

..then adopt a dog.

If you want someone who is content to get on your bed just to
warm your feet and whom you can push off if he snores

..then adopt a dog !

If you want someone who never criticizes what you do, doesn't care if you are pretty or ugly, fat or thin, young or old, who acts as if every word you say is especially worthy of listening to, and loves
you unconditionally, perpetually ..

..then adopt a dog.

BUT, on the other hand, if you want someone who will never come when you call, ignores you totally when you come home, leaves hair all over the place, walks all over you, runs around all night and only comes home to eat and sleep, and acts as if your entire existence is solely to ensure his happiness...

..then adopt a cat!

You thought I was gonna say... marry a man, didn't you?

and this is why dogs are so great

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Teaching your dog to Release

Your dog needs a beginning and an end to every command. The beginning is his name, as in "Fido, Sit" This is another reason why I suggest that you use his name to stimulate his interest. Your dog needs to know when each exercise or trick is completed and the Release command will do that.

You can introduce this as you teach your dog the "Sit" Command.

1) With your dog in a Sit, after you have rewarded him for sitting tell him, Release! in a conversational tone of voice (rather than using the higher pitched tone of voice used for praise)

2) Back away from your dog and lift your hands in the air. He should follow you; when he does, praise him, "Good Boy!"

3)If he's hesitant to move, use his leash to gently pull him from position to show him he's allowed to move. When he takes a step, praise him.

4) After the release, let him move around and relax a few seconds before asking him to do anything else

After he knows the Release and is moving on his own, use it at the end of every obedience command. Using his name at the beginning and the Release at the end gives the dog clear guidance and parameters.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Teaching your dog to speak

Learning how to teach a dog to speak is a fun command for most pet parents. It is quite impressive when you can get your dog to speak on command around friends and family and it's a way for your dog to communicate. This can also be a trick that needs to be kept under control as you don't want your dog barking incessantly whenever they want attention.

One of the easiest ways to teach a dog to speak is by choosing to play a game with them that they really enjoy such as fetch. You need to get your dog excited. When dogs get excited, they bark (or shall we say speak). It's a natural instinct. Dogs are a lot like humans. When humans get excited, they want to talk about it.

When your dog barks out of excitement, reward them. Praise them in a positive and enthusiastic tone and give them a treat. Be careful with this though because you don't want your dog to get confused and think that they will get a treat whenever they bark. You definitely don't want a dog that barks incessantly. Speaking should only consist of a few short barks than your dog should stop. You only want your dog speaking in situations that they should. Giving the dog a treat is a good bribe to get them to speak. I can't stress the importance also of your tone of voice with your dog. When you are teaching them the speak command, you need to say "speak" very positively.

You should repeat this every time you play fetch with your dog and soon your dog will bark whenever you say the command "speak". This trick takes a lot of practice though. You need to be able to dedicate time to teaching your dog to speak daily in the beginning. Dogs have short attention spans and you need to remember that.

Teaching your dog new tricks is a great way to bond and have fun with your dog. They really do enjoy learning them as you do teaching them. It's important not to overwhelm though. Start with teaching them a trick a week but not until they are around 8 weeks old. Of course, you need to start with the basic dog training commands first (such as house training, sitting, heeling etc) Teaching your dog to shake hands and speak should come after they have learned the basics first.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Why is training your dog beneficiary?

Training your dog builds a bond between you and your dog and also builds better behavior for your dog. The benefits of dog training are numerous and far outweigh the time spent doing it. The initial bond with your dog is a tentative one. It is important to start training and bonding with your dog as soon as you get them (which is usually around 8 weeks of age) Start the training slowly but start the bonding immediately. Your dog doesn't know you yet, nor do you really know them. To strengthen that bond and build trust, you must spend time with your dog and do things together. This helps your dog learn to trust you and want to please you. It also helps you to get to know your dog's personality. Your dog learns how to respond to you, what makes you happy and what can not be tolerated. As you do things together, your relationship deepens. It's important to do your dog training in steps and to always keep in mind that trick training should be fun also. You can't make it all work and no play.
Happy dog training to you and hope the blog helps you learn some effective dog training tips.