5 Things Puppies Need to Learn

Enrolling your dog in puppy kindergarten is a worthwhile investment that we dog owners know will pay off in the long run. Unfortunately sometimes puppy kindergarten just goes through the basic motions: Sit, stay, come. It’s time to get more out of puppy kindergarten, and places like Canine College, Bow Wow Resort understand that there’s a need for more in-depth training. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of five things puppies should all learn in puppy kindergarten. Teaching them how to respond to their name. We know dogs can hear us. In fact, we know dogs can hear more sounds than we humans can. So why is it that sometimes our puppies just don’t want to acknowledge when we call their name? It’s best to start calling their name and offering a reward right afterwards so they have an incentive to respond when called. Eventually, wean off the treats and they should be more responsive. How to not be distressed during bath time. This is a tough one, but there a few ways to work around to get your dog to actually sit still during bath time. For starters, call up a friend whose dog is very friendly with yours and that doesn’t mind bath time. Their dog will help encourage yours and will also keep them comfortable. Teaching them about personal space. Dogs are our sidekicks, but sometimes we need our little corner of the house and they need theirs. It’s often difficult to get a dog to understand that their dog bed is theirs and your human bed is yours. Your dog wanting to use your space is often a sign of insecurity. Try leaving...

Common Dog Training Myths Debunked

Dog training is a great way for your dog to be the best it can be. However there are a few myths out there that some pet owners believe in. With an estimated 70-80 million dog owners in the United States, we’d like to address some of the myths surrounding dog training and obedience. MYTH: When my dog can’t learn a behavior, that means they are incompetent, dominant or stubborn. FACT: Pets, just like us, have different ways of learning. Some humans learn visually or via a hands-on approach. It may take a different type of learning for your dog to understand a command — you just need to be patient and know when to abandon the current obedience approach and switch to a new one. One way to ensure your dog gets the proper training for it’s personality is to opt for in-home dog training lessons. MYTH: Puppies need to be at least six months old for puppy training classes. FACT: This is not so! At Canine College, Bow Wow Resort, our professional dog trainers will work with all ages of dogs. Today’s professional dog training methods include positive reinforcement; this type of training can start almost as soon as you take your new puppy home. Instilling good behavior habits early will ensure a great long-lasting relationship with your pet. MYTH: Positive reinforcement style training only works with smaller, more tame dogs — not dogs who are naturally aggressive or stubborn. FACT: Although it may require more patience and time to train an aggressive or stubborn dog, positive reinforcement has been proven to be a great method for professional dog trainers and pet owners...

Benefits of In-Home Dog Training

We dog owners understand that it’s always a good idea to have your dog trained by the professionals. But did you know you don’t have to subject your dog to those often overwhelming group lessons? Many professional dog trainers, such as Canine College, will actually drive to you to train your dog in the comfort of your own home. Although in-home dog training may be a bit more expensive, there are quite a few benefits to consider after you accept the price hike compared to group training. Structured payment plans. Because in-home dog training can cost a couple hundred dollars more than group training, dog trainers understand that not many people may be able to shell out that much money. Fortunately for you there are usually structured payment plans that allow some financial wiggle room. Usually you’ll get a better deal if you buy a larger training package as well. Tailored instruction. Every dog is different: each has their own behavioral problems and has their own speed at which they learn. With one-on-one in-home training, this isn’t an issue. Instead, the trainer will cater the lessons to your dog only, making each individual lesson worth while. No travel required. Many families lead busy lives — especially during the week. Committing to a group dog training session can be difficult to make on the same day each week and the drive out to the training classes can be a long commute. Shorten the time commitment by opting for in-home training instead. Give your older dog a break. Okay, it may be time to admit that you’ve regretted not training your dog when it was younger. But remember,...

What to Expect at Puppy Training Classes

Congratulations! You’ve purchased a new puppy, or perhaps you’re thinking about purchasing a new puppy. Either way, you’re probably considering puppy kindergarten for training. But did you know puppy training classes offer more than just that? Here are a few things you can expect your new pooch to learn from these classes. Housebreaking. One of the biggest concerns for new dog owners, housebreaking can be a difficult process for your puppy to master. Ask the trainer for tips and pointers on how to housetrain your dog. Many trainers will support a type of positive reinforcement approach and urge owners to reward puppies who do a good job. Socialization. Another major concern for you might be whether or not your puppy will get along well with other dogs or other types of pets. One of the benefits of taking a group dog training class is that your puppy will be exposed to other dogs, people, places, and situations. The more they are exposed to new stimuli, the more calm and accepting they will be when experiencing those stimuli again. Good Behavior. Puppy training classes will cover many of the basic behavior problems most dog owners go through. Expect to learn how to handle your puppy when they bite, jump, whine, or scratch. Again, positive reinforcement is a common best practice in these situations. A trainer will urge you to stay firm and consistent with your training methods. Obedience. Behavior training is different from obedience training. Obedience training will be covered during puppy kindergarten in order to instill commands early in the dog’s life. Every dog should know a few basic commands, such as to...

How To Teach Your Dog to Like Other Dogs

Just like humans, dogs will often pick and choose who they like and who they don’t, and often there isn’t much one can do about it. However, there are ways to help your dog at least cooperate with and tolerate other dogs of various ages and breeds. Socialization in the dog world is a complex process that is often misinterpreted as bad or unusual behavior when your dog doesn’t like someone else’s. Understand that older dogs will normally be less willing to get along with others due to the fact that they are past their “sensitive period” — a stage in life between 3 and 20 weeks where puppies respond well to social interaction. Adult dogs who have trouble socializing with other dogs will usually express the following behaviors when in the presence of other canines: Stiff body Averted eyes or head Licking their lips Yawning Growling or barking Staying close to their human family Ears flattened Neck hair raised If your canine companion expresses any of these signs, here are a few ways to remedy the anti-social situation. Find a friendly dog. Perhaps you have a few friends or neighbors you know of who has a genuinely calm and friendly dog. Slowly introduce your dog to this potential friend. One way would be to introduce a blanket or toy the other dog has used to your dog — that way they will become accustomed to their scent. Keep a neutral meeting ground. When you decide it’s time for your dog to meet that other friendly dog, be sure they are introduced in a neutral setting, such as on a walk...

It’s Never too Late to Train a Dog

It is never too late to train a dog, no matter how old. However, a dog owner must understand that in order to teach an old dog new tricks, the owner or professional trainer must have the skills, knowledge, and patience required to handle the job. Getting Started One of the most important takeaways in training an older dog is that they will most likely learn a behavior quicker through the reward, or positive reinforcement, method. This method involves telling or showing your dog the behavior you want them to perform. Once the dog performs the trick correctly, the owner will give them a treat. Be sure to attach a verbal command or gesture that will help prompt the dog at a later date to do the behavior. Be Patient & Optomistic Just like humans, the older a dog gets, the less capable they will be of performing physical behaviors that require a lot of energy. Anything over teaching the standard game of fetch could be too exhausted for your older canine. Be sure to set realistic expectations and goals for your dog so you both don’t become frustrated. Seeking the knowledge and wisdom from your local veterinarian can be of use before you start training. They will be able to determine whether or not your dog is capable of learning certain types of commands or tricks. They will also scan your dog for canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (canine dementia). Benefits The benefits of training an older dog that may have developed some bad habits in his previous years are boundless. As any dog owner can attest to, training your dog...
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