Some Facts About Dog Obedience Training

Dog obedience training is one of the best jobs a pet owner can give to their dogs and puppies. In fact this is used by many to ensure most behaviors associated with dogs are solved. In addition it acts as the foundation for streamlining any bad behavior that might be seen in dog pets.

The training ensures an open communication is created between the owner and the dog. And when doing this, communication plays an important tool as it allows the dog to get the instructions on what they need to get right. A dog can be taught anything to obey.

Dog obedience training is an important aspect because those which have not undergone training will behave like ordinary untamed creatures. This means they will soil the house, make destructions, bark at every given moment, fight unnecessarily and even go to the extent of biting owners and visitors. In order to eliminate this entire problem, dogs must be taught on how to direct their natural behaviors in places and manners which is acceptable domestically.

Dog obedience training is a sure way of establishing the social hierarchies. By obeying simple instructions, this shows they are able to comply and respect the owner. It must not go over board when training but simple methods that will make them submit. Training must be fun for the owner and the dog itself, and in return it will create special bonds. A dog that is well trained in obedience will get enough space and freedom as compared to untrained one.

Knowing an obedient dog

Dog obedience training allows one to know those that have undergone training. To know the dog, start with the basic commands and get if they can respond to them each moment. Those responding well to the commands are trained in it. However, not all dogs which pass through obedience training are obedient. In case they do not respond to instructions, then retraining should be done again.

When obedience training is being done, two people will be involved, the handler and the trainer. Alternatively one person can do the job alone. This will take some times, but it will depend on the dog itself in taking the tricks and the trainer. In order to succeed in this, trusting and creating a good relationship between the dog and the handler is essential. Mostly the training is carried out for about 10 weeks.

Basic commands

Almost in all dog obedience training exercises, the following commands are given:
Sit- the dog will sit when commanded
Down-This commands the dog to lie with the front and rear feet on the ground
Heel-The dogs shoulders and head are placed closer and parallel with those of the handler
Come-This is also called the recall command to call the dog
Stay- This command tells the dog to remain where it is and in a given position.
The dog must remain intact till when another command is given out.
Other command popular in dog obedience training include fetch, roll over, speak, stop and leave it.
It is good to remember that dog obedience training must be done at a good pace. Though dogs are trained in various aspects, obedience training should be part of trainers’ curriculum. However when training the dog, one should avoid nagging, hitting, slapping and spanking as it will worsen the situation.

Dog Training Tips to Help You

If you have just gotten a dog for the first time, you may have no clue exactly as to where to start in teaching him proper behavior. You can listen to the advice of friends, read lots of books and even look things up on the Internet, but you may find conflicting information on some things that work and some that do not. The fact is, every dog is different and not every training method is effective with every dog. There are however some basic dog training tips to help you that seem to work for the majority of dog owners.

One of the basics that many people seem to be able to agree on is crate training. A crate gives your dog a space of his own to call home. This becomes his safety zone, and he knows it belongs to him. Do not use the crate as a punishment tool. Having the dog in his crate when you are at home is important as well. It will get him used to being comfortable in that spot for the times when you are not at home.

Crate training can help you in several ways. It can help make house breaking issues much better. The dog will not relieve himself in the crate if he knows it is his home. It can also help reduce anxiety for your pet. He knows that it is his safe place and will be happy there when you are not at home or in bed at night.

Leash training is something else both you and your dog need to learn. Many people have problems getting to walk the dog properly on a leash. They get dragged along by the dog or they cannot get the dog to move at all when the leash is on. Both of these issues can be addressed with some training.

When you first put the leash on your dog, you want to make sure he is in a controlled state and not in a complete frenzy, jumping and running around. Have him sit while you put the leash on. When he is controlled, he is more likely to listen to your commands throughout the walk.

If your dog is pulling you every time you are walking, have him sit and make him wait by your side. Keep him and yourself there until you are ready to start walking again. The dog will learn that by pulling, the walk will end and he will have to sit. This will help to eliminate the pulling and keep him by your side.
There are many other tips that you can pick up through books, online or by talking to local breeders and trainers. There are also classes that you can enroll in to help you learn the proper methods in dog training. With a trained dog in your household, you will find that your pet is much more pleasant, easy to deal with and eager to please you and have fun with you.

How Do I Choose a Dog Trainer?

Did you ever notice if you ask several dog trainers a dog training question you will get several different answers? While you may get a million different answers if you ask a million different people a dog training question, in the end it all comes down to basically only 2 different methods of training a dog.

One-way is the Traditional method (also called the compulsive method, properly known as Positive Punishment) which is when you need to use the force of a choke, prong collar or a nylon slip collar and the training is about “correcting” (usually choking but can also include hitting, kicking, slapping, or any aversive) the dog to get it to do the behavior you want or to stop it from doing a behavior you do not want. The second way to train is called Positive Reinforcement. Instead of focusing on what your dog is doing wrong you focus on what your dog is doing right and then you reinforce that behavior with a treat or toy and praise. For example “If I gave you a $1,000 dollars to sit in a chair for one minute would you do it? Are you more likely to do it again if I ask you to do it again later and pay you another $1,000? Would you prefer to be yanked with a choke collar to get you to sit in the chair and would you look forward to sitting in that chair again”?

A Brief History of Dog Training
In 1910 a German by the name of Col. Konrad Most wrote a book called “Training Dogs- A Manual”. In 1954 the book was translated into English and Konrad Most became known as the father of “Traditional” dog training. It became the model used to train military dogs. It is based on using a choke collar and “correcting” (choking) a dog to get it to do what you want. It was commonplace to take a dog and hang it from the choke collar if the dog did something the handler didn’t want it to do. This type of training has been used on family pets and is still very prevalent today as a way to train any breed of dog from a German Shepherd to a Chihuahua.

The choke collar does just that, it chokes your dog. There is evidence that 90% of the dogs wearing choke collars get broken blood vessels, collapsed tracheas and trauma to the spine not to mention that the thyroid gland sits right there too. In aggressive dogs it increases aggression and in submissive dogs it increases fear. Dogs learn by association. If the dog gets excited and sees a person, an animal or even a small child and jumps towards them, the collar tightens which causes pain which causes the dog to think “hmm, whenever I see that child, I feel pain, I guess I don’t like that child”. The dog associates the child as the cause of pain.

In 1938 a man by the name of B.F. Skinner arrived on the psychology scene with a new principle of human and animal learning called Operant Conditioning. It is based on the idea that if you get rewarded for doing something, you are more likely to do it again to get the reward. What Skinner’s principle of learning basically says is this:
A response (for instance your dog sits) when followed by a reinforcer (your dog gets a treat for sitting) is strengthened and is therefore more likely to occur again.

This principle is based on the idea that getting rewarded makes you want to do something again. You go to work – you get a paycheck. You do your homework – you get to watch TV. The same applies to training a dog. The problem is you can’t tell a dog that if he sits 20 times today you will take him to see a movie. Dogs don’t care about movies or money or a new pair of shoes. What they do care about is food. If your dog does a behavior you like; you reward him with a treat. The treat becomes the “tool” to reinforce a behavior. It is simple. No jerking on choke collars needed to get the behavior you want.

Although Skinner was interested in the learning model in general, it wasn’t until two of his students, Marion Breland and her first husband Keller Breland took this concept and used it to train animals. In the early 1940’s they started Animal Behavior Enterprises, a business that trained and provided animals for commercial purposes.

Unfortunately World War II came along and with it the Traditional method of dog training became solidified. In 1950 however, Keller Breland was hired by Marine land to develop a training program for marine animals. He developed a system of positive reinforcement training that is still in use today. It has taken awhile but slowly positive reinforcement training is coming into the forefront as the preferable way to train.

So the first thing I would ask if I wanted to hire a dog trainer is: “What method of training do you do?” Do you use a choke collar or do you use the positive reinforcement method. Ask them how long they have been training, how did they become a dog trainer, etc.? Don’t assume that because someone says they are a dog trainer they have the necessary experience. Don’t be afraid to ask these questions. A good trainer will be happy to answer them. Your dog is an important part of the family and deserves to be treated by a gentle and knowledgeable person.

The most important tool you can use when training your dog is your intuition. If a trainer says something you don’t like or that feels wrong to you trust your instincts. Listen to your intuition and don’t do it. I am here to work with my clients, to empower them and their relationship with their dog. The relationship you have with your trainer, whether it is for only one session or many sessions, should make you and your dog feel good.

Moving to a New Home? Here Are Some Tips to Help Your Dog With the Transition

Moving can be very stressful for our pets. However, with a little pre-planning and consideration of your furry family member’s needs, you can help him and yourself make the transition a cinch.

Here are a few tips to help you and your pup with the transition:

Prior to moving in, if at all possible take your dog to the new home for a visit before the big moving day. Let him explore the new home however, do not let him explore alone to avoid any accidents. Do deliver some delicious treats while inside or play his favorite game, and take walks with your dog in the new neighborhood. Decide before moving in, the best place for your dog to have some “away from the action” time and place his favorite bed there.

On moving day, have a dog walker take your dog for an outing and deliver the tired pup at the new place. Alternatively, have a friend keep your dog with them and pick him up at the end of the day. Regardless of the prior sleeping arrangements for your dog, allow your dog to sleep with you in your bedroom until you can observe that he is relaxed and his normal self.

During the first couple of days and weeks following the move, play it safe while unpacking, make sure your dog has no access to medications, household products such as snail bait etc. Do keep his routine as intact as possible. Use the same bed, crate, and schedules – dogs thrive on structure and routine. Spend some quiet and play time with your dog regardless of how hectic things are, and keep him busy with an appropriate chew toy. Consider your dog’s mobility issues and age requirements. For example, if your prior home had no stairs but your new home does, make sure your dog can use them safely and without pain.
Don’t assume that your dog knows where you want him to do his business. Even if your dog is house-trained, you must teach them where you want him to eliminated. Take him outside regularly depending on his age to avoid any accidents. Once outside, give him a treat immediately after he has eliminated in the area you have selected for him. If accidents occur don’t punish your dog. See it as a mistake in your management, clean it up and re-direct your dog to the desired location.

Keep in mind that even confident dogs can be afraid of new sounds or sights. Do not assume that he is being difficult or stubborn by not wanting to go outside on his own when its dark, for example. He might just need time getting used to his new surroundings. Avoid leaving your dog in the backyard until you have made absolutely sure he cannot escape. If any of your neighbors have a dog and there is the possibility of the dogs fence fighting, bite the bullet and make arrangements to have the dogs meet preferably off leash in a neutral area.

If after a few weeks your dog does not appear to be at ease or is developing behavioral issues, contact a REWARD based dog trainer who can give you additional management tips or training advice.

Why Obedience Training for Dogs Is Crucial

Despite the fact that there are very many obedience classes for dogs nowadays, most dog owners still don’t bother to attend even one. They assume they can handle the training of their dog and save on the time and cost they would have otherwise spent attending a proper structured class. More often than not this fails with the owners ending up being frustrated as they try to teach the puppies’ basic obedience training.

Sometimes in frustration they end up yelling at the poor animal which only serves to make them more irritable and destructive. If not corrected animals become too mischievous and the owners are reduced to constantly checking up on the dog to ensure they do not destroy anything. Eventually this routine ends up making both the dog and the owner miserable.
It is very important not to under estimate the importance of obedience training. The training does not only benefit the dog but the owner and the rest of the people in the home. Obedience training helps establish the pet/master relationship which of course results in the dog knowing that you are in control.

Through obedience training the dog learns right from wrong hence raising the safety level for both the dog and those who are around him. No matter how cute your animal looks, you must always remember that it is still an animal and has to be taught proper behavior and he has to know who is master.

Dogs should never be left to reign free but must be taught obedience because an untrained dog also causes unhappy neighbors. For instance basic skills like leash training, biting management, barking control will go a long way in helping the dog adjust well in the new surroundings.

The owner will be comfortable knowing the dogs barking doesn’t wake the whole neighborhood, and guests especially children are not afraid of coming over due to biting or excessive barking. The animal will also not go around the house destroy things such as carpets and couches in the house.

If you do not teach your dog it will teach itself making it too much to handle probably even ending up back in the animal shelter. To avoid this, incorporate the obedience training which will show the dog the rules and how they should follow them. Through rewards for doing a good job the dog will be motivated to follow the set rules that will help the dog owner breathe a little easier.

When he does something wrong he has to be corrected in order to avoid a repeat of the same. Apart from rules the dog also learns the common commands such as: down, come, stay, heel, fetch and leave it.

Obedience training is not always serious as it sounds, it can also be fun for both the dog and the owner to enjoy. It is a special moment that helps the dog bond well with you which will make implementing the rules a little easier. This is because the dog will be more relaxed, confident and receptive to instruction.

Effective Ways to Communicate With Your Dog

How many times have you wished you could talk with your dog? Dogs right from the kennel or the pound have history. How can you learn what has happened to them? Dogs as young as six weeks can give you cues. They will show you their tendencies. Puppies have innate personalities. You can know how these puppies will interact with both humans and other dogs. Will they be protective? It will be there. Will they bite your kid? Maybe? This article is for novice trainers and new dog owners. We always get a dog, see a problem and then set out to fix it. If you learn a few key ways to communicate with your dog you can avoid trouble. If you do not then you may have to accept being his toy. He will rule your home If that is okay with you then read no further.

Dogs are pack animals who co-exist in the wild with one leader. We forget they were wild. Pack leaders bark, decide to mark their territory inside your bedroom and tear up your stuff. They bite, growl and terrorize other dogs and people. Dogs of all breeds, mixes and sizes fit this bill. Try not to own one unless you are willing to do the training. You must be the pack leader and dominant over your dog. He will like the position once he accepts it.

To communicate easier with dogs, look for a dog who will look you in the eye. The dog who never looks at you is a red flag. Dogs that do not respond to your voice or hand clapping are much more difficult to train because communication is difficult. Look for a dog that walks beside you and looks into your face. A dominated dog looks to the pack leader with sideward glances. The dog maintains contact with your eyes and checks in but he no longer stares at his owner.
Once you have your pet’s attention then talk to him in low tones and pet him. Listen carefully and wait to get an impression. Sometimes its very subtle. Many people can actually see pictures in their mind sent to them by the dog. Abuse victims send examples of the incidents. One psychic reported that she saw a picture of the dog being put out of a car and left by the side of the road. This particular dog seemed very sad and needy. Once in a stable home, she was easily trained and loyal. She loved being a house dog.

Learning to hear and speak mentally and psychically to a dog requires patience and practice. Psychics who do this regularly are not successful 100% of the time. There are factors within the dog that causes them not to trust anyone. This occurrence makes it obvious that empathy is required. It doesn’t matter if the seeker has psychic ability.

Combine conventional training with mental communication. Dogs can learn commands by rewarding their response with praise and treats. Repeat the commands often and mix them up with different prevents boredom. Send the commands mentally with the audible version and listen constantly. Eventually a mental response will come from the dog.

Dogs give strange looks and some can startle once they understand that you can hear them. They will send impressions and pictures. Practice is essential. Individual words can be heard and then complete thoughts. Some dogs will happily race around the owner and act just like the person has been away on a long response is rewarding and emotional for all parties.

The sky is the limit. Notification of what is going to happen to a dog is so appreciated by them. There are so many explanations for dogs. We can ask them to take a pill, be cooperative at the vet or the grooming parlor. We realize that the relationship between humans and dogs is now forever changed. There is some sadness to think that these relationships have always been possible. None of us knew. The same form of communication works with all animals. Wild or tame animals can teach us and talk to us. It is up to us to listen and learn.

The Best Use of Training Collars for Your Dog

Many people have had the experience of being awakened in the middle of the night by a barking dog. This can be very annoying. Inconsiderate neighbors leave their dog out at night, which creates a nuisance for the entire neighborhood. It’s really not the dog’s fault. He’s just doing what’s natural for him. Fortunately, there is a way to train dogs to behave appropriately and to be an asset to the owner and neighborhood rather than a burden. Training collars for dogs provide mild electrical shock or stimulation to the dog, which alters his tendency to bark. The number of times the dog actually barks can be reduced significantly with training collars. Some people think that using such devices is cruel to dogs, but this is not so. The most important thing about training collars is that they are not cruel devices at all. Being kind and humane to dogs and other pets is an absolute requirement. Training is not about being cruel. It is about teaching the animal appropriate behavior.

Dogs have a great capacity to learn.

There are really many different kinds of training collars. There are some very inexpensive ones which are very good, as well as more high-class types. The important thing is to buy and use the type that best fits your needs as an owner. You should have a clear idea in the beginning as to what you want to accomplish when you are training your dog. Problem barking can be an issue, but there may be other things about which you want to train your dog. For example, you may want your dog to come immediately when summoned and not to get distracted with something else. Being obedient is very important. A dog who does not do what his owner wants can be very problematic.

Dogs make great companions. They can be protectors and keep a good watch over property and children. Proper training is essential. Of course, you want the best training equipment available and you want to do what is best for your dog.

I love all animals and would never hurt any animal in any way. Dogs have a great ability to receive and give love. Teaching a dog appropriate behavior is really a sign of love. You will spend many, many enjoyable times with your dog when he is properly trained. The dog’s ability to give and receive love will bring great joy to your life.

Runaway Dog!

Every time you open the door, out of thin air, your dog flashes by and runs outside. Are they giving you the message that you’re a lousy warden and they want to blow this prison?

Probably not. Most likely it’s because you screwed-up in the first place and let the mutt run outside just once. It could have been to chase a squirrel or to urinate on one of the neighbor’s kids. The issue is that you let it happen, so the canine now thinks its O.K.

When you accidentally allow your pet to dash outside you gave the dog permission to sniff the air of unlimited boundaries – until they are pancaked by a truck. Even after the vet inflates the pup back to its normal shape you’d think they’d remember the last time they darted to freedom. They don’t. And inflating a flat dog can cost some serious money after a while.

Let’s do these things:
• Bond with your puppy or dog. If they don’t like you, do you really think they’re going to listen?
• Let your best friend pee or whatever before you start any training session. It’s just logical, as Mr. Spock would say. Really hard to get your puppy to pay attention if they really have to go outside to do their thing.
• The most valuable and important directions you must teach your canine is to “stay” and “sit.” Incorporate hand gestures into the vocal commands, too.
• Eliminate all distractions during any training exercises. You want them to concentrate on you and not the giant, 35-pound rib-eye tied to a nearby tree.
• After they start to get it, then you can introduce some distractions. Go small. Thirty-five-pound rib-eyes will totally dent your budget.
• Practice the training every day. After you’ve gotten the “stay” and “sit” stuff down pat, think about enrolling the pup into some type of basic obedience class.
• Make sure that everyone in the house is on board when it comes to the incredible dashing dog. You’re going to have to train more than just the pup, you likewise need to train those humans.
• One thing everyone has to learn is that they should never touch the doorknob until they know exactly where the dog is. You pet needs to be as far away from the door when it’s opened.
• Having some people over for a visit? Put the mutt on their leash and heeled. After they enter, close the door and release the canine.
• When it’s time for your guests to hit the road, make sure you don’t reach for the doorknob until the small furry one is either secured or far, far away from the door. And don’t stand there with the door open.
• If everything fails (which is pretty unlikely) crate or leash your dog before you open the door.

A final suggestion. When the dog comes back inside after flirting with the great unknown, do not punish the little guy. Tacking another 5-years on their sentence will not make them love their warden.

How to Toilet Train a Dog

Learning how to toilet train a dog can be frustrating but it can also be lot of fun. One of the underlying factors I have found through walking my own dog is that people say that they do not have the time to teach toilet training methods to the dog and yes it is fundamentally true that it is easier when the dog is a pup but teaching it can be applied at virtually any age. Although with older dogs it is a lot more difficult.

The key thing when teaching your dog toilet training methods is Patience and Perseverance. You must keep a cool head as this is a training process and like with all other things don’t give up after the first attempt or after a few days/weeks as this is where perseverance becomes a major factor. When you have a child you teach the child as you go along. The same thing can be a blueprint for you to toilet train your dog too.

3 key factors I used myself when I was toilet training my dog were as follows and I found them to be quite helpful. A friend of mine gave me these 3 tips and I would like to share them with you.

1 – Dogs tend to be repetitious in their habits so keep an eye out for when they need to do there business as they will give you signs such as waiting at the door, ready to go outside. Dogs do not relieve themselves in places they tend to be familiar with.

2 – Do not scold the dog if they do have an accident whilst in your home or somewhere in a public place like a park. This will only cause distress to the dog and upset them and they are very likely to do it again. Clear up the mess with a dog bag discreetly and dispose of it in a proper manner. Issue a firm “NO” to the dog and look at them straight in the face and this has more of an impact that scolding. This method works but again patience and perseverance play a major role here.

3 – Trust,
You dog needs to gain your trust and trust is a very important part here. Whenever your dog has an accident in the house say, it needs to feel safe in the knowledge that they are not going to be severely punished for it and it needs this for self-confidence and gaining your trust will only help you in toilet training your dog.

Four Commands to Teach With A Remote Trainer

Utilizing a remote trainer is often challenging. A lot of people feel awkward because they’re unclear about what to do, however with just a little practice and direction, anybody can learn how to use a remote training collar properly and effectively. When I first began, it even required a couple of days to get comfortable but now it’s virtually second nature! A few people think remote trainers are used simply to correct undesirable habits like digging in the trash or chewing, however you will find numerous good habits you’ll be able to teach and stimulate using a remote trainer. The devices can definitely improve your rapport with your dog.

1. “Sit”: This simple behavior is usually taught in a short time, and you could add the suggested “stay” so that you won’t need to train another command. Simply, tell your dog to sit when pressing the button. Keep in mind, the static amount needs to be on the setting that will get your dog’s attention yet will not frighten them. Having a treat in your other hand, proceed in the direction of your pet and hold it just over his / her nose. As his nose goes up, his tail lowers. When his seat hits the floor, stop pressing the switch. Do it again a couple of times by using a treat, and after that eliminate the reward so he / she simply learns the communication from the remote. See? Now your dog will be able to sit.

2. “Bed”: This can be a good thing to train, since it gives your pet a particular location to go and stay. It also comes in really handy if you have visitors entering your house or perhaps the pizza delivery person is at the front door. While pressing the button, with your dog on the lead, guide him or her to his / her bed and say “bed” or whichever instruction you desire (others consist of place, home, etc.). Whenever he is on the chosen place, cease giving the stimulation. Back away from the location and observe your pet’s response. If he steps away from the bed, move back next to him while once again pressing the button, and repeat the demand until he returns. Before long he’ll fully understand the place you want him during that command.

3. Voiceless “come”: Maybe you have been in a dog park or perhaps open field along with your four legged buddy playing around having a ball, however, when the time had come to call him back you end up shouting with no success? Making use of the vibration or beep functionality with a remote trainer provides you with the capability to instruct your pet to return to you without needing to say anything. This is certainly one thing that every one of my clients love! It is simple to train this once you have taught the sit command. Simply ask your pet to sit and, when he is on the leash, back away from him or her. As soon as you’re a couple of feet away, call him to you while pressing the vibration or tone button. As soon as he reaches you, quit the sound or stimulation and repeat. He’ll quickly recognize that sound or sensation signifies to join you anywhere you happen to be.

4. Off leash “heel”: Among the most typical difficulties I experience can be a dog, that has absolutely no leash etiquette. As opposed to being drug about or maybe pulled to the floor, you may use a remote training collar to prevent tugging completely. While, you’ve got a dog on the leash, press the static button as well as draw your pet towards your side walking where you would like him. Tell him to “heel,” and – when he does as you ask – take away the stimulation. In the event that he starts to pull once more, go back to the stimulation to motivate him to behave. Your pet will begin to realize what you’re requesting of him.

Using these commands you should have a well behaved dog, and every one of them can be trained in a couple of weeks. Don’t forget to have patience and relaxed throughout your training periods. Treat your dog frequently and needless to say provide them with plenty of love to ensure that it stays enjoyable for them. Very quickly, you will notice the improvement in your pet’s behavior and the relationship you share.