Rescue Dog Training – How to Become the Alpha Dog of Your Home
When you first bring a rescue dog into your home – especially an older one who may be very set in his ways – your first responsibility is to get to know your dog. This requires constant and careful observation. You must spend time getting to know your dog, learning how to read him so that you will understand which training techniques will work best with your dog. For instance, if your dog has quickly assumed the role of “Alpha dog”, your task at hand will require immediate and influential action. However, if he is demonstrating tentativeness, he may be simply in the “role confusion” stage and only needs to see signs of leadership from you to learn where he belongs in the family hierarchy.
So job one is observing your dog’s behavior to determine what type of training will be required and in what doses. If your dog tries to “lead” you or other members of the family, he is trying to take charge. More specifically, if your dog exhibits some of the following behaviors, then you would do well to take the appropriate steps to assert yourself as Top Dog. It’s in everybody’s best interest – including your dog – that he learn from the get-go that he belongs in the lowest place in the family’s pecking order.
To determine if your dog thinks he is “leader of the pack”, look for the following behaviors:
Shows teeth, snarls, or even attempts to bite when you try to remove a toy or bone from him
Always has to be out in front – pulling on the leash, rushing out the door ahead of you
Challenges your authority, from simply ignoring your instructions to outright disobedience
Eats food on his schedule – that is whenever he feels like it – and not on your schedule
Is always trying to control his territory – like sitting in the middle of the hall – forcing all to walk over or around
Pushes his way onto your bed despite your commands to the contrary
The recommended techniques required to establish you as “Alpha Dog” may at times seem harsh. But asserting yourself as leader will be doing your dog a huge favor. For a dog to assume the role as leader in a human environment can become very stressful for your dog. This could lead to anxiety, nervousness, constant barking or even aggression. Dogs simply want to know their place in the family pack and what is expected of them. Oftentimes, an “aggression” problem is really attributable to “role confusion”.
So, how do you go about reversing roles? Start with these four general rules:
Rule 1 – go slowly. In fact the more aggression your dog has exhibited, the slower you should go. You do not want this to become a challenge to your dog to compete with you, but rather a life lesson.
Rule 2 – no more “something for nothing”. Teach your dog that all the good things in life must be earned including play time, treats, walks, petting, even meals.
Rule 3 – do not tempt bad behavior. No more dashes out the door unfettered. No leaving food on easy-to-reach counters. No more treats simply because you looked down and saw two soulful eyes beseeching you.
Rule 4 – Make your dog totally dependent upon you. Become the provider of his every life-sustaining necessity and his every life-enhancing nicety.
Here are some tips and techniques to help you achieve role reversal with your dog:
When taking your dog outside, be sure to walk through the door BEFORE your dog
Always request and get a trick, even if just sitting, before receiving a treat or when you place his food bowl in front of him
When you dog occupies space that he shouldn’t – like the middle of a walkway or on your favorite seat or your bed – gently nudge him until he moves. If necessary, lead him to where you prefer he rest
Never give a command that you don’t intend to enforce. Don’t beg or yell. Help him to obey if necessary, like gently pushing his rear to sit. Once he obeys, reward him with praise
Feed your dog afterthe family eats. And, give him ample time to finish, but do not allow him to “graze”. If he doesn’t eat in a determined time frame (15 to 30 minutes), remove the food
You determine play time
You determine which games to play. Avoid games of strength and resolve like tug-of-war and even rough housing. Hide and seek or fetch are more appropriate (if you play fetch, insist that he return the toy to your feet). Do not allow him to play keep away
Provide your dog with affection, but in moderate doses and preferably as positive reinforcement for good behavior
During this role reversal period, always remain on a higher level than your dog – literally. Be sure to administer praise and even petting from an elevated position. Avoid sitting down to play with your dog. When your eyes make contact, maintain your eye contact until he averts his stare. After you gain the dominant position in your home, you will be able to relax these silly techniques
Do not allow jumping up on people or furniture during this period. This is a dominating behavior. Either ignore the dog or use a command such as “off” or “no” while gently pushing the dog to the floor
Do not allow your dog to pick favorites among family members. This can be accomplished by having everyone involved in the “role reversal” training. Allowing the dog to dominate just one person will defeat your purpose
Do not hesitate to introduce crate training. It will be a safe haven where your dog can escape the stress of trying to be a leader until he learns his rightful place in the home
Be diligent, patient and persistent and your dog will eventually understand that he relies upon you to satisfy all of his needs and wants. This is a happy place to be for your dog, for you and your family. Now enjoy the wonderful benefits of dog ownership.
- Frankie – JRT x Staffie – 2 Week Residential Dog Training at Adolescent Dogs
Our 11 week old german shepherd puppy learning tricks
German Shepherds first started being developed in the late 19th century by a man named Max von Stephanitz. Stephanitz is still today credited as having fathered the entire German Shepherd breed. An admirer of the German sheep dog of the time, he chose to breed selectively to procure his most desired traits and weed out those that were unnecessary or undesirable. Stephanitz bred his dogs for years, creating the founding root of the German Shepherd breed and eventually become the dog we know today.
When the German Shepherd was brought over to the United States, the breeders in America changed up the bloodlines of the breed by mating it with other types of dog. It is still up for debate whether these breeders aided or damaged the development of the German Shepherd, as American breeders were working towards a show-quality dog while the original German Shepherd was intended primarily for work.
German Shepherds in the United States have coats that are on the shorter side of medium, usually brown and black, tan and black, or cream and black, but not uncommonly producing an all white or all black variety. The truly German variety of the breed has a longer coat which is occasionally (but rarely) seen in the U.S.
German Shepherds were initially developed by Stephanitz as a working breed. To this day, even with the American cross breeding, German Shepherds excel in the work force as hunters, farm dogs, service dogs, narcotics dogs, and law enforcement dogs. German Shepherds are an exceedingly agile, strong, and athletic breed, with a very malleable temperament. They can be trained to work as aggressive guard dogs or be gentle helpers on the farm.
In their native country, the breeding of German Shepherds is so meticulously monitored that a registered shepherd must have had both its sire and damn Shutzhund certified, which means that they have been evaluated for temperament and ability by professionals. Shutzhund certification pays no mind to the size, coat, or general appearance of the dog, which is vastly different from the American variety of canine judging.
The primary visible difference between true German Shepherds and American German Shepherds, besides the length of their coat, is the lack of sloped hips. True German Shepherds have hips level with their shoulders, as the original breed was intended to. American German Shepherds have a distinct slope at the back of the torso into the hips. Sloped hips are argued over by many international breed enthusiasts, being the desired trait for showmanship in America, but also leading to an earlier onset and more significant risk of hip dysplasia.
Whether you are choosing to acquire an American German Shepherd or seeking out a true German Shepherd, you must research your breeder thoroughly. Because of the popularity of this breed and its potential for strength, there are many unethical breeders out there who are trying to turn a quick profit by mating irresponsibly. With proper research, either variety of German Shepherd can provide you with a loyal worker or a loving family pet.
- Choosing an Online Dog Training Program
Puppy Training Guide – Some of the Best Puppy Training Tips
Having a dog is like have a best friend. If you trained him in the right way that is. Here’s a few tips if you encounter puppy training problems.
1) You should begin to train the puppy early between the age of eight and twelve weeks. At this age they are more receptive to training. The older the dog gets the harder it will become. This is because they have already learned a great deal of things. It is possible to train older dogs too, but its much harder and needs more work, so the sooner you start the training, the better.
2) You should train your dog in a quiet area. The puppy is easily distracted by everything around. So if you have a quiet spot at home or outside, train him/her there.
3) Be patient! A puppy is just that, a puppy, not a child. They do not really understand your words (At leas not in the beginning) so it is very important not to give up. He will learn sooner or later.
4) You should never yell at the dog, it really doesn’t help you in any way. The puppy will just look at you with his big eyes wondering what you are yelling about. Using firm voice is one thing, but yelling is not ok.
5) The best words you should make your puppy used to are such as sit, fetch, stay, down e.tc (You should make sure that all members of your family uses the same words or you will confuse your little pup)
6) You should also get your puppy a toy box, and that box should be filled up with some nice items your dog may chew on. Else he will chew on everything that he isn’t allowed too, I speak of experience. Not only are the items good for learning purposes, they also help your dog to have a good teeth, and at younger age it also helps to relax the tension in the teeth, allowing the puppy to be more relaxed. If you see that your dog is starting to chew on something that is not allowed, pick him up and place him near the toy box and start playing with the items. Soon the dog learns not to chew on things he is not supposed to, IF you stay focused and consistent.
7) If your puppy has an accident in the home what should you do? Well first you should place him in a secure area, like a crate (crate training is by the way one of the best training the is for your dog) and remove the accident. Its important that you get rid of all the smell or there is a great risk the puppy does it again, because the area smells like toilet. Remember dog has a greater sense of smell than we humans do, so ordinary soap and water will not do the trick. If you ask in the local pet shop, they will help you find the right product for you. And remember, never ever punish your dog for the accident! If you see the dog in action, pick him up and take him for a walk.
Yelling and behaving badly afterward (and 1 minute is long time afterward) the dog will not understand what you mean. And some people rub the dogs nose into “the accident” that is just cruelty to the puppy, and it might even make him ashamed to do his needs, even outside. So if you do this to your dog, stop it, right now.
As a final word, if your puppy chews on things he is not allowed, or you find an accident in your home, remember that this can never be the dogs fault. To avoid puppy training problems stay focused on your puppy at all time!
Your Puppy’s First Trip In The Car – Online Dog Training Videos
Many schools and accredited institutions provide dog grooming training for people interested in following a career in this field of activity. The programs are meant to teach the trainees all the skills required for pet care professions either in part-time or full-time businesses. At the end of the training course you can get a job in a pet care organization or start your own pet grooming business. Traditional dog grooming training is conducted in accredited institutions that function on the basis of a well established curriculum. And although Internet programs are a lot more flexible, their reliability is doubtful most of the times. Home training is also criticized for the lack of resources and the impossibility to develop skills by working with live pets.
With distance dog grooming training a lot of emphasis is placed on the use of video didactic materials that take care of the practical part of your education. It is up to you to decide whether this kind of programs are suitable for starting a new career or not. Certifications are provided at graduation, but before paying for any such courses it is important to check whether the program or the center organizing the training is accredited and corresponds to the legal policy of the Better Business Bureau.
The costs are very important. Traditional school classes are more expensive than long distance programs. Nevertheless, good bits and bad bits can be found for any situation, yet, an expert recommendation will always go for the in-class form of training because of the possibility to develop skills more rapidly and in better circumstances. Thus, if you have the possibility to complete dog grooming training in a local school, choose this variant over the Internet distance studies.
All forms of dog grooming training are very modern in terms of educational background. The demand for professional groomers have increased over the last three decades but thirty years ago, dog grooming definitely didn’t sound like a promising job, not to mention career. Social changes and transformations have actually come to shape and improve dog grooming training because of the higher demands for quality services. Consequently, a grooming school that has a fifteen year tradition is more reliable as compared to one that has just been founded. The longer the history of a training school, the better the references.
The Benefits of Dog Training
Jamie Lynn gives good schooling to dogs so that they’ll be more obedient and good dogs. This schooling definitely makes the canine pets very happy and it makes their owners happy too. The owners believe that this schooling is very important for their dogs because it helps the canine pets in becoming good and obedient dogs. A good canine pet is much better to share a home with than a canine pet who is not obedient – many canine pet owners agree about this. It is definitely important to note that canine pet schooling can be a long and sometimes complex and challenging process for your canine pet. However, you can be assured that it will definitely be worth it in the end when you have an obedient and happy canine pet.
There is no such thing as a typical obedience schooling, but Jamie definitely follows a routine schedule to help make sure that you canine pal makes the most out of his or her obedience schooling. Before the schooling even begins, Jamie Lynn sits down with her potential client. She knows that it’s very important that the two of them discuss their individual goals for what they hope to get out of schooling. Some common goals that Jamie thinks are good for both the owner and the canine pet are: mastery of basic commands, learning important stress signals and a few good tricks to definitely add some fun into the routine. Jamie Lynn wants to discuss any specifics problems that the canine pet has with they owner prior to the schooling so that they both are on the same page. On this particular day, the canine pet that Jamie will have for schooling is named Rosie.
Rosie is very happy to see Jamie Lynn, the routine of coming to schooling each week with Jamie has become important to Rosie. Canine pets need to have a stable routine in their lives and Jamie Lynn helps give just that to Rosie in her everyday life. This is very important and structure is an important component to making any dog happy. Jamie has found that many of her dogs that come for schooling are much more happy after they begin schooling.
Jamie Lynn begins the schooling by playing with Rosie for a short amount of time to gain Rosie’s trust and get on Rosie’s playful side. Jamie’s goal is to make school seem like fun and she definitely works hard to accomplish just that. Jamie Lynn spends a lot of time brainstorming many potential ideas for how to make the canine pets happier during their schooling. She knows it needs to be as happy and upbeat as possible otherwise the dogs will definitely shy away from the experience. One way Jamie does this is by offering many treats as rewards to these canine pets for their good work in their schooling. This helps in making schooling both fun and rewarding for these dogs.
Learn From Videos And Gain Expertise In Negotiation Skills Training
There are a lot of ways by which people learn about things; learning by reading books, by working under someone experienced, etc. There is another way to learn of which a very few people know about, and that method is to learn by the videos specially made to explain a particular fact. There are ways by which people understand things better so that they do not forget them, like a school student reads his book while he is walking, or some read in a quiet place, some who doesnt get the facts by reading may learn fast when they listen about the thing, but the best way to learn is to experience that particular thing so that everyone could get an exact picture. We all know that learning things practically is not possible in all the cases, so, there are some firms who have come up with an idea of making people learn by showing them the illustrative videos for anything.
These companies provide training for various purposes for example the negotiation skills training, or the management skills, communication skills, customer service skills, the assessment tools etc. several of the important topics are covered by these firms in order to ensure that their clients get everything they need! These firms makes most of their videos with the real life things, say for example if we take the ken blanchard training in this video, ken Blanchard has used the killer whales to show how to be more productive and how to achieve greater results and also to create such a working environment where everyone would like to work. Well, surely the killer whales have no relationship with creating a happier and highly productive working environment, but these videos proves that there is logic in everything and we can learn from everything. But it is just that we cannot understand until someone tells us. There is a great deal that we can learn from these videos.
We might or might not get these videos in our local market, but if we want to watch those videos than we can buy them on the internet. Most of these firms have their own websites so that they can reach customers from any part of the world. One only needs to search for the appropriate firm and then they can buy their videos online. It is believed that the best way to learn is through experience, but this cannot be possible in every case, so these videos will surely give a virtual experience so that we will learn well.