House Training Your Puppy 

Getting a puppy is an exciting event, but one not so exciting part is house training the puppy. House training is something most pet owners want to achieve as soon as possible to avoid damage to their home and some very smelly messes, but it’s not always an easy task. If you’ve recently gotten a puppy or you’re thinking about getting a puppy, these house-training tips are for you!  The Basics Before you can learn how to house train, you have to have a better understanding of it as a whole. Dogs can’t be house trained until they’re in tune with what their bladder and bowels feel like when they need to know so that they’re able to hold it. Typically, that’s around 12-16 weeks of age but every dog is different. You can expect 4-6 months of house training before your dog is fully house broken. Remember to be patient, have a positive attitude, and spend more time praising the good than punishing the bad while you house train your dog.  House Training Methods There is no easy method of house training. It’s recommended that you take your dog outside first thing in the morning, last thing before bed, after naps, and after meals. Even if they don’t go, at least you’re making outdoors available to them just in case. The rest of the time during the day you’ll need to watch your dog and take them outside whenever it appears, they might need to go. Some people find it’s easier to keep their dog in a crate during this part of the training process.  Knowing When Your...

5 Common Training Mistakes That Lead to Bad Behavior

Training your dog is an enduring experience, requiring patience from you and discipline from your dog. We all make mistakes, but when you’re training your dog, there are common mistakes that can make the process harder than it already is. We’re going to tell you about five common mistakes that every owner may do that leads to bad behaviors. Not Practicing Enough If you don’t practice enough, your dog’s performance will suffer. For some, they take obedience classes, and it goes well. The dog learns, and everyone’s happy. Except, as the days go by, you forget to continually practice with your dog, wondering why it won’t respond to certain commands. Just like how we can get rusty with certain skills or learning material, your dog can too. Don’t make the mistake of not practicing for a few minutes a day until it becomes natural.   Nagging Your Commands In hindsight, it may sound great. Keep repeating your commands, and your dog will listen. Except, your dog will start to take those nagging commands and expect it to be the whole command. For example, telling your dog to sit. If it doesn’t the first time, and you keep saying “sit,” your dog will look for you saying “sit” multiple times before it actually sits. What you should do is say the command once, and if your dog doesn’t respond, either wait or do it again in a different setting.  Mixed Signals Positive reinforcement works unless you mix it with correction-based training. Be careful to not accidentally combine the two, as it can become a confusing atmosphere for your dog. This will cause your dog to...

Teaching Your Dog to Come When Called 

If your dog knows one command, it should be “come.” Bringing your dog in public and letting him off the leash somewhere such as the park can be scary, but trusting that your dog will come to you when called, will help put you at ease. It is crucial for both of your safety that he knows this command. Dogs are notorious for chasing squirrels, running after a noise they hear in the woods, etc. However, what if that noise happened to be a bigger animal than he thought? Once you recognize that he may be in danger and you yell for him to come, it’s crucial that you’re confident that he will come immediately. This is a command that could potentially save his life. So how can you teach him this important skill? Check out some of our tips below to get started!  Start Inside Keep it simple at first; Start indoors, where there are minimal distractions, and not far for your dog to go. It’s important to take baby steps with your puppy and remember that he can’t go from a kindergarten level to high school overnight. Build up the confidence in your dog indoors, before bringing it outside to practice.  Make it Positive This is an important tip, no matter what skill you’re teaching. When you call your dog to come, he’s more likely to do so if he knows he’ll be rewarded when he gets to you. If you scold him, punish him, or do anything he perceives as negative when he comes to you, he’s going to start associating that with the word “come.”...

Teaching Your Dog to Walk on a Leash

When you’re first training your puppy, there are many important commands and skills you’ll want to teach him. As always, it’s best to start with the basics; Sit, stay, come, etc. Once he’s mastered these, teaching him to properly walk on a leash is an important skill that you’ll want him to have as soon as possible. After all, it’s something he’ll use almost daily! The earlier he learns it as a puppy, the easier it’ll be. Here are a few tips to get started!  Introduce the Collar and Leash First, it may take some time for him to get used to wearing the collar. Start by putting it on for short periods of time around the house. If you introduce the collar and leash during playtimes or while giving treats, he’ll start to associate the leash with positive and fun things, rather than developing negative feelings towards it.  Use a Cue Once you’ve got the collar and leash on him, you’ll want to teach him a cue that signifies food or a treat is coming. Some people use a sound, such as the clicking of their tongue, or one word to get their attention. Whatever you use, stay consistent so your dog knows what to expect. Once he catches on and starts coming to you for the treat, reward him to encourage that behavior.  Teach him to Come During the session, as he’s on his way to you, you can gradually start walking back a few steps at a time, to encourage him walking further on the leash. The goal is that with the cue noise, he’ll automatically...

Why Should I Train My Dog?

Dog training now is a lot more than teaching your dog cool tricks to do, there are actually rewards for both you and your dog to benefit from! Dogs are sharing our homes and lives in closer ways than ever now and it’s important to train them for their safety and enjoyment. Training Benefits Both Dog and Owner When it comes to training, your dog isn’t the only one reaping the rewards; you benefit too! Training your dog can help you better understand his needs, making you a better owner and companion to your dog. Using positive reinforcement, or using constructive guidance, instead of disciplining misbehavior while training your dog will help him understand what wants/needs for a happy life with you, his owner. Training increases the bond of loyalty and companionship between both of you! For Their Own Safety The better you can control your dog, the safer he will be. Teaching voice commands like “stay,” “sit,” or “come” will keep your dog out of harm’s way, whether they are leashed or not. A dog that bolts off the leash is more likely to run in front of a car or sneak out the front door when you’re trying to leave. Training your dog to be well-behaved and listen to commands is beneficial to their own safety, so you don’t have to worry about his every move.  Helps Your Dog Be More Sociable This not only helps your dog but other dogs and people too. The more friendly your dog becomes, the more equipped he will be to deal with the pressures of his everyday life. Expanding your...

Integrating a Second Dog Into Your Home

If you’re anything like us, once you have one dog, you just keep wanting more! You couldn’t get enough of their puppy days before they grew up…It’s almost like baby fever for us dog lovers. And after all, wouldn’t your dog love a friend to play with when you’re out? Adding a second dog can mean double the cuteness… but it can quickly turn into double the trouble, if he’s not properly integrated into your home. Just as there are steps you need to take in order to “puppy proof” your home when getting a first dog, there are steps that need to be taken to make the adjustment smooth for both the new dog and your beloved first furry friend. If you do choose to get a second dog, take precautions, and avoid these common mistakes to ensure that both dogs will be healthy and happy in their environment. Common Mistakes When Getting a Second Dog:   1.Getting two dogs of the same sex and breed Who doesn’t love twins, right? Wrong. Although it may be adorable to walk around with two dogs that are almost identical, you’ll probably realize that there is quite a bit of tension between the two. Studies have shown that two dogs in the same household of the same sex and breed are much more likely to have inter-dog aggression. Since they have the same “hardwired” behaviors, it will take a lot of work in the training phase. When it comes to dogs, opposites certainly attract. Try getting a second dog whose behaviors will complement those of the first dog. 2. The two...
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