January 16, 2018

Helpful Hints to Help Dog Behavior Training

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by Joe R. Hilliard

When it comes to dog behavior training, beyond the standard house breaking, leash training, and bark and bite training, a dog owner must be prepared to deal with excessive urination when the dog gets excited, controlling whining, and crate training.

The first priority when a new puppy is introduced into the home is house breaking the puppy. This is not something that can be rushed, because the more the issue is pushed, the less results you are likely to see. Designate a certain area for papers, gradually reducing that area as you increase the frequency of trips outside and watch for signs from the puppy. Bladder control is learned over time, and you must be patient.

For leash training, you’ll want to quickly let the dog know that you are in control of the leash, or the puppy will try to take advantage of the situation. When he or she goes to a place you do not want them to go, make sure to gently pull on the leash and speak the command of your choice. It is important that your dog is leash trained with you in control for outdoor and socialization purposes.

The last thing you want to deal with is a dog that barks all time and chews or bites everything. Show the dog that this behavior is unacceptable by allowing him or her to spend time with other, older dogs. This will help because this is a task that nature would have assisted with.

When a dog whines, it is perhaps one of the most annoying sounds for a human. Teaching a dog to control this will help for a better, happier, coexistence as the dog ages. It is a problem that needs to be addressed quickly and handled firmly. Trust the dog to be alone and quiet for short periods of time and reward this before leaving him or her alone for any extended period of time. This is because the whining generally is a result of being away from the family.

The sooner you can get the dog’s whining under control the better for everyone. The dog probably whines because he or she does not want to be away from you, so before you go away for long periods of time be sure to give puppy time to adjust and reward small periods of alone, quiet time before pushing the long ones.

Whining is something dogs love to do and their owners hate to hear. It is usually the result of separation anxiety from the family and his or her loved ones. The way to combat this is to train your dog to be left alone and quiet for short periods of time before leaving them alone for a longer period of time.

If you do not have a lot of time or commitment to devote to dog behavior training, then owning a dog that is already trained may be a better option for you, because having a new puppy in home takes a lot of focus. Make sure you are willing to put forth the effort and dedication required before bringing home the animal. If you think obedience school will solve the problems, you should realize that it will help, but it needs to be reinforced at home.

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Training A Brand New Puppy

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by Tim Sockes

If you are the owner of a new puppy, best wishes to you! You can expect to enjoy yourself but it can be discouraging at the same time. At one moment, you are grinning at him for being so adorable, but the next moment, you want to yell at him because he broke something in your home. So when it concerns training your puppy, the quicker you accomplish this, it will be better for you.

Even though it is crucial to train your puppy quickly, you still must be patient. Let’s face reality. This is something different for the puppy to deal with. You are going to have to give him some time. He is not going to learn everything the first day when he comes to his new house.

The beginning part of the puppy training should be focused on boundaries. What can the puppy do? Where can it go? All these things have to be answered. The best way is just to simply keep an eye on him. Watch and see where he goes when he is in the house. If he walks into closet, be prepared to say “NO”. The dog will soon get a sense by your tone, and where he is in the house, as to where he can go, and where he cannot.

You should be sure to walk him often on a leash. It is not only good for physical stimulation, it also helps reinforce that he is to do his business outside. After he has relieved himself, be sure to reward him with a treat so that he knows he has learned well.

One of the most annoying situations for people with new dogs is when their dogs won’t quit barking. You desire for it to be peaceful and to have silence, but the dog feels otherwise, right? But, it is not as though the dog barks for the reason of making you mad. You have to begin to notice the dog’s barking habits.

Try really paying attention to the details. What is the cause? Is it something obvious which is attributing to the barking, or is it something subtle? Often a dog will bark when it sees someone it doesn’t really know. Dogs are naturally territorial, and will bark at a person, as if to say “back off”.

The real key to get your dog to stop barking is to simply be prepared. Know what’s the cause of it and act upon it before he starts barking. For instance, if the dog barks at the mailman, be prepared for it. You should have some idea of when your mailman delivers the mail everyday. Around that time, put a leash on your dog. When you start to see the mail car give a little tug on the leash, before he even gets a chance to bark. It’s a nice jolt to the system.

A better method is if you are outdoors, have a water pistol on hand. If you recongize what triggers your dogs barking, give him a squirt of water before he starts barking. Soon enough he will make the connection between the water and his barking. This won’t mean anything if you don’t give him a reward for not barking. There has to be positve and negative reinforcement.

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The Pet Tuxedo Phenomenon

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by Victor Santerino

Many people know all about tuxedo cats, but do you know about cat tuxedos? People all over the country have been dressing their pets for years. Dogs and cats seem to be the most popular animals to dress in human like costumes.

Although many costumes have been created for dogs and cats, the tuxedo still remains the most popular. Pet tuxedos help attendees accept the dog or cat in the ceremony, when otherwise they might not.

The cat tuxedo is not seen nearly as often as its antithesis. However, you will see some cat lovers dressing up their cats and placing them near the alter during wedding ceremonies.

The major advantage of putting a cat in a tuxedo over a dog is that the cat is less likely to rip the tuxedo off right away. Once the cat is used to the tux he/she usually leaves it alone. This is great because you do not want to have to follow the cat around fixing its tuxedo all day long.

Cats have a disadvantage over dogs in the fact that they are usually less dense in size. They cannot have a big and regal tuxedo placed onto them because it simply will not fit correctly.

Placing a dog tuxedo on your dog is the most common practice you can do in terms of dressing up your pet. These animals have been used in weddings as ring bearers for quite some time now.

The dog looks great in a tuxedo because he/she can hold large tuxedos with great detail and style. This animal can even sustain a top hat if you have trained him/her to cooperate with a hat.

The great hindrance to placing a tuxedo on a dog is the dog itself. Many dogs will take the tuxedo off by biting and pulling. These animals need to be taught to keep the tuxedo on them well before the tuxedo event.

Bookmark this page and read carefully over it before embarking on a pet tuxedo adventure. This will ensure that you know what are going to be involved in.

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How To Tell What A Dog Is Thinking

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by Holly Ann

One of the great things to know in order to be a successful dog trainer is to understand how a dog is thinking. While there are many skills that you are going to be required to know, reading a dog spots may be one of the most important traits to learn. The better you can understand the dog’s body language the better you will be able to communicate.

Just like humans and other animals, a dog will show intention by using body language. There are actually 3 parts to keep an eye on. They are the head, tail, and posture. We are going to take a look at the three parts.

First let’s take a look at the dog’s head. Starting with a dog ears, you can tell a lot by the positioning. Won a dogs ears are pointed forword it usually means that he is alerted by something. Now, let’s take a look at the dog’s mouth. When it out and makes a grin to squeezing it’s muzzle area usually that means that something is threatening the dog.

Additionally, when a dog shows its teeth and its sides of mouth are pulled into what looks like a grimace, the dog may be dealing with fear or has some kind of lack in confidence. These kinds of characteristics will help you interpret the dog’s feelings. Once again, body language is the key to success.

Another major factor in dogs body language is its tail! There are hundreds of different emotions which can be shown by dogs tail from playful happiness to deadly sorrow. Make sure to keep a watchful eye on your dogs tail in different situations and you will learn to literally read your dog.

Here are a few examples. If the dog puts his tail between his legs, it means it’s embarrassed. Likewise, we all know what it means when a dog is wagging its tail.

Finally, the posture a dog poses is equally important. When a dog is stiff and is standing on its paws, this usually means a dog is threatened and it is not a good idea to approach. In general, when a dog is feeling comfortable and relaxed its musculature does not look flexed.

So, by paying attention to a dogs posture, facial and head expressions, and tail position you can tell a lot about what a dog is really at what a dog is thinking. As you embark on becoming a successful dog trainer, keep these things in mind and watch your relationship with your trainees blossom.

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Choose your best friend

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by Amanda Somrekli

Your puppy should have its own personal space. The crate, also known as a cage, kennel or den, must be big enough for the puppy to easily stand up and turn around in. I hate the word cage as it makes it sound like a punishment cell and that is most definitely not its purpose. A puppy should be able to go to its crate whenever it wants during the day.

You have to consciously watch your puppy to learn its body language. This will give you clues as to when it needs to go to the toilet.

You have to praise your puppy every time it does the toilet outside. The tone of your voice should be really enthusiastic but keep it soft not loud.

As the world now longs for toy breeds, believe it or not, these aren’t the best with children. The are more self-preserving and can get hurt much easier than a large breed. Dogs that were bred to herd, like border collies, can chase children and bite them.

In the beginning, the puppy should only be expected to stay in the dog crate for 2 daytime hours at a time. During his periods out of the crate, your puppy will need plenty of playtime, attention and loving.

Puppies should be given at least an hour between crating periods when they can play and explore and romp. This helps to burn off their seemingly unlimited puppy energy and helps them understand that crating will only be temporary.

Special treats can help make his new bedroom a pleasant place to stay. Give your puppy a small treat every time he has to go into his crate. Make his new bedroom comfortable. Get him a soft clean but durable blanket.

They are probably unsuitable pets for people who cannot or will not provide a considerable amount of daily exercise, both physical and mental. They are also inappropriate in households that are not prepared for the characteristic behaviors part of the Border Collie’s working heritage that include:

The second method mentioned here for house training puppies is crate training. This method involves keeping your puppy confined to a crate when there are not people around to supervise it.

Border Collies are unsuitable for households with small children. They may end up trying to herd the children or react quickly to unexpected movements.

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The Hounddog Brazilian mastiff

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by Hedi Salson

Tracking and sniffing is the Brazilian mastiff’s job, the gentle giants are a cross between a mastiff and a bloodhound. Giving them their full title of Fila Brasilerio they originate from Brazil and were introduced to the United States of America by the Conquistadors. In the early years of the breed its main purpose was to guard plantations.

The bigger the better and this one is big, the Brazilian mastiff can weigh over 100 pounds and stand 2 feet tall. Colouring goes from tan to black, with yellow and brindled dogs been very sought after, facially the dogs have the looks of the other cross the bloodhound.

mastiffs can be gentle or aggressive when the situation requires it, very very loyal and make a valued member to anyone’s family, very good with children also.

hunting comes natural to the Brazilian mastiff because of their bloodhound instincts, the purpose of the mastiff in the hunt is to mainly track the hunted animal , and after capture to hold the animail with causing no damage. Their real name starting with fila means to hold in Portuguese.

protective and loyal are only part of the traits of this breed of mastiff, they are in general a much healthier dog benefiting from been more active and not been prone to been over weight.

One of the downside traits of the mastiff is their dislike for strangers, they have been known to attack for no reason, so be warned if you have a tradesman coming to the house make sure your protective giant is out of the way.

The way to get to know you Brazilian mastiff is to spend time with the dog, the have personality of their own and will repay you with loyalty and affection, as well as eating you out of house and home. The protective side has even been showed with some mastiffs taking a dislike to show judges.

if you are thinking of getting a Brazilian mastiff puppy be sure to do your research, make sure the breeder has a license and will give references if asked, and if you are not sure ask questions.

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Easy Dog Training

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by Nellie S. Wilson

There are many easy dog-training exercises you can use to train your dog. All dogs should have basic dog training, as this is key when you are trying to communicate with your dog. Without any training you and your dog will not understand each other.

Dog training allows you to communicate with your dog in a way that both of you will understand each other. Training a puppy of dog is simply as long as you keep it simple, short and fun for both of you.

If you have a puppy then it is important to start training them right away within the first month. Puppy’s minds are constantly adapting to their surroundings in the first month and this is when they learn new habits and behaviors. You want them to learn good behavior instead of picking up bad habits and undesirable behavior. All of the members of your family should participate in the training and everyone should agree upon the responsibilities and rules concerning the dog.

Your dog should have a schedule that everyone follows as well as designated sleeping, eating and toilet areas. You should also play, feed and train your dog at the same time each day. Monitoring food and water consumption is important o teach them bowel and bladder control.

When you are away from home a leash and collar can be an excellent tool in order to establish boundaries as well as prevent accidents. However when you are at home you should not confine your dog but allow them to interact with the family.

Dogs are fast learners and to instill good behavior they should be rewarded immediately after exhibiting good behavior. Dogs should only be rewarded when they deserve it and not just because they are giving you a cute puppy face. It is possible to train your dog to recognize its name by crouching down and calling its name and then rewarding him or her when they respond. You should try to repeat this as much as possible until your dog comes when you call its’ name.

Common dog behavioral problems such as aggression, biting, chewing, digging, excessive barking, fearful dogs, jumping, pop eating and separation anxiety through training. It is important to remember that training even easy dog training will take time and you need to have patience and be prepared to give your dog lots of attention. The sooner you begin training the easier it will be.

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Shih Tzu: Man’s Best Friend

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by Rebecca Simpson

The popular Shih Tzu breed has rich origins in royal Chinese history. Today’s Shih Tzu descends from dogs bred by Dowager Empress Tzu Hsi of Tibet, who rose to power in 1861 and died in 1908.

The Empress bred her dogs for traits like loyalty, good disposition, and perfect facial features. She gave Shih Tzu puppies as gifts to Chinese nobility and foreign diplomats. Tragically, when the Empress died, her successor resented the dogs and the era they represented, and many dogs were killed.

The breed first appeared in the United Kingdom during the late 1920s or early 1930s. North American soldiers who got to know the breed in Europe during World War II became fond of the little dogs and brought them back to the United States and Canada.

The Shih Tzu is a small, lightweight dog, weighing from nine to sixteen pounds. Its size makes it well suited as a lap dog and a pet for city dwellers. The dogs have been bred for centuries to provide human amusement and companionship. They are eager to please and thrive when they are the center of attention.

The dogs were bred to have a lion-like appearance, with their flattened facial muscles, bowed legs, bulging eyes, and intimidating facial expressions earning them the nickname of “lion dogs.” Their wrinkled faces were also said to resemble chrysanthemum flowers, giving rise to the breed’s second nickname of “chrysanthemum dog.”

The Shih Tzu’s coat is long and slightly wavy and requires careful daily grooming to prevent mats and tangles. The results are worth the effort, as the dog’s silky coat enhances its elegant appearance.

The dog makes an excellent family pet but is equally content to be a companion for a single owner or a couple without children. The Shih Tzu is happiest when it is the center of attention, so families with infants or very young children are advised to wait until the children are a bit older before purchasing a Shih Tzu, to avoid potential problems with jealousy.

The British Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1935, and the breed continues to be popular in the U.K. and Europe. In 2006, the Shih Tzu ranked ninth in the American Kennel Club’s rankings of breed popularity. This is a particularly remarkable accomplishment, considering that the AKC first recognized the breed in 1969. The little Shih Tzu has come a long way in the United States in just under forty years, and it is likely to continue to grow in popularity as more and more people discover what a delightful pet this breed is.

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Dog Training: Do You Know Cross Contextualization?

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by Ras Reed

There are innumerable terms that you will have to grasp in the course of training your dog. This will assist you, not only to understand your dog but it will also help you attain some measure of success. One of such terms you must acquaint yourself with is cross contextualization. Remember, your dog is a social animal and is likely to be in a lot of places where you expect it to respond to your commands easily and quickly.

What is cross contextualization? It simply refers to the process of retraining your dog using the same commands in another setting or context. Initially, you started training your dog at home in the backyard or in the park. This made your dog to respond to your commands in that particular area or spot. But when you become confident of the dog’s ability to respond swiftly to your commands, you thought that it would repeat the same anywhere you take it.

To Illustrate, you may be surprised when you take your dog to a public park and command it to sit but it could not respond. The crisis is that it has become conversant in the training at home and could not come to grasp with the new environment. In other words, your dog has not acclimatized to the new setting and therefore need you to do some retraining for it to respond to your commands.

Thence, as a dog owner you grasp that your dog can’t be curtailed to a particular place. So, to evade confusing your dog, it is highly very important for you to retrain it in any new area or location you take it to. It is desirable to list the places you will be visiting along with the dog and build your training sessions around those places or locations.

Be counseled that retraining your dog is not as testy as when you were training it the first time. In cross contextualization, all you have to do is get the dog aware of the new place. In other words, let it get used to the new place in order to respond to your commands. Furthermore, the length of time of training in the new place is steadily shorter than initial training. Now that you are aware of what cross contextualization means, it is no longer acceptable yelling at your dog when you take it to a new environment that is totally different from where you trained it to obey you. All you have to do is patiently train it in the setting you have brought it.

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Bark Control – Curb the Dog’s Desire to Bark

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by Ted Mondango

There are just dogs that are too loud for our liking. Whether they may be ours or that of the neighbors, it is very hard not to get irritated or annoyed by their incessant barking. This is why it is a very good thing that devices on bark control are now available in the market. With these amazing devices, you will be able to curb the loud barking that wakes you up at night or disturb your train of thought while you are working at home.

Using a bark control device is known to be one of best ways to curb uncontrollable loud barking. However, the best way would still have to be dealing with the real reason behind the incessant barking. This is because dogs really bark for a reason. If your dogs barking just means that he is asking for your attention and wants to go on a run with you, then a mechanical device will never work on him. You can also expect these bark control devices not to work well with aggressive mongrels that bark just to show their mean nature.

Now, there are three main types of bark control devices and these are the indoor bark control, the outdoor bark control, and the bark control collar. While the device that you can use indoors as well as the collar is great to control your own dog, you might need the outdoor bark control to secretly stop your neighbors dog from incessantly barking if he has been keeping you up at night.

Kinds of Bark Control Devices

The Indoor Bark Control. This device works at stopping the barking of dogs through the use of ultrasonic sounds. As such, even if there are no receivers or collars involved, it is still very effective in stopping some loud barking. Available in table top and hand held models, the indoor bark controls activation is automatic once a dog barks with its range of 25 feet. Once it is activated ultrasonic sounds are emitted, which will prompt your dog to stop barking.

The Outdoor Bark Control. Effective in curbing a dogs barking within a range of 50 feet, this device gives out a beep once a barking dog enters its range. It will then give off an ultrasonic sound that will curb the barking. Dogs are often startled by the high-pitched sound that is given out by these bark control devices, which is why they are prompted to stop barking almost immediately. As they will associate their bark with this disagreeable sound to their ears, they will take care not to bark within the range of your bark control anymore.

Bark Control Collar. This device is perfect to train your dog not to bark unnecessarily. Using static stimulation in controlling the barking problem of your dog, this bark control collar also has a technology wherein you are ensured that only your dogs bark will cause the correction to be emitted. As such, you wont have to worry that it will go off every time a dog barks around your home aside from your own pet.

If you are planning to buy your own bark control device, you must look into Pet Depot Online now. You will be able to find a number of models here that will suit your needs and preference as well as your budget.

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