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Hunting Dog Training Techniques
When you think of a hunting scene, what do you imagine? Perhaps you see a man in camouflage clothes, toting a rifle. Perhaps you see a proper British man in red jacket and knee high black boots on horseback. And probably, no matter how you picture the people, there’s a hunting dog nearby.
Dogs have been great companions to hunters for hundreds of years. They provide friendship, of course, but can also help a hunter be more effective in the field by tracking, flushing, pointing, and retrieving game.
When you’re training a dog to hunt with you, it’s important to make sure your dog is trained properly and knows exactly what’s expected of him in the field.
One tip that’s repeated over and over by trainers is to start your dog in training early. It’s much easier to train a puppy than a full grown dog. And by training early, you ensure more hunting time with a well trained dog.
The first piece of advice given to all dog trainers is to be patient. It takes dogs time to learn commands, and you shouldn’t expect too much too soon. After all, it takes humans time to learn new things, so why should you expect more from your dog?
Along with patience, you should make sure you introduce your dog to commands slowly. If you try to do too much at once, your dog will get overwhelmed, and you won’t get anywhere. This is frustrating to both you and your dog.
Consistency is another point that’s stressed to trainers. Once you decide what commands to use, whether they be verbal, hand gestures, or even whistles, make sure you stick to what’s set down. If you start training a dog to sit, for example, by saying “Sit,” and then suddenly make a whistling sound to command the dog to sit instead, your dog won’t know what you want, and you’ll set your training back.
Praising your dog for obedience and good behavior is a very good way to get results quicker. Dogs respond well to positive reinforcement. If they know they’ll get positive attention, they’re more likely to repeat the behavior. Even if you think the good behavior is something “minor,” give your dog a friendly pat on the head and a “Good boy!” to let him know he’s doing a good job.
The proper training of your dog for the hunt is important. And while it may be a little overwhelming at first, patience, consistency, and praise can lead to a great hunting companion for any hunter.
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Pick Your Price Adoptions at the SPCA of Brevard
Adopt Buster for Any Price You Choose!
The SPCA of Brevard is bursting at the seams, so it invites the community to adopt any pet and pick the adoption fee too, during the month of September. Thats right, states SPCA Adoption Coordinator, Debra Cantwell, you can pick any age or size pet from any of our locations, and pay any price youd like to adopt that pet. There are over 120 animals that are available for adoption right now through the organization. We want to see all these dogs and cats in loving homes where they belong, that way we can save even more homeless pets in our community.
The Pick Your Price adoption promotion applies at all SPCA of Brevard locations, including its new adoption center at 6035 Sisson Road in Titusville, both cat adoption centers at the Melbourne and Merritt Square Malls and any off-site adoption events during the month of September. For the first time ever, pets of any age, including puppies and kittens, are eligible for this promotion for one month only.
All animals adopted from the SPCA have been spayed or neutered ($ 25-$ 90 value), are up-to-date on required vaccines ($ 30 – $ 50 value), have been de-wormed ($ 9 and up value) and have been tested for feline leukemia/AIDS or tested for heart worms ($ 25 value each). They have also been micro-chipped ($ 10 value) and receive a free wellness exam certificate at the SPCA Clinic ($ 30 value). Plus, any dog adopted in Brevard is also eligible to receive one free training session, courtesy of Brevard Dog Training by Paws for Veterans, Inc. All this can add up to a value of over $ 200. Knowing that you are giving a homeless pet a family to love, however, is priceless!
For more information about this adoption promotion, contact 321-567-3615.
About SPCA of Brevard The SPCA of Brevard is a private, non-profit organization with the mission of protecting and providing a voice to the homeless animals of Brevard County. It receives no funding from the government and relies on private donations to be able to serve the community. It operates thrift stores in Titusville and Merritt Island, which are stocked solely with donations for resale to help fund adoption center locations.
Founded in 1979 in Titusville, Florida, the SPCA is the largest private no-kill animal rescue group in Brevard, will find homes for more than 2000 animals this year. It is the first adoption facility with free-roaming cat rooms in the County, allowing adopters to interact with the cats in a more home-like setting. Its new Adoption Center in Titusville is over 11,000 square feet and sits on nearly three acres. Additionally, it operates two satellite Cat Adoption Centers in the Melbourne and Merritt Square Malls, which have contributed to a 241% increase in adult cat adoptions. Additional adoption statistics can be found here. The SPCA of Brevard Clinic also provides reduced-price vaccines to the public and has performed more than 55,000 low-cost spay/neuter surgeries since 1999.
For more information, visit http://www.spcabrevard.com.
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Tips on House Training a Dog
One of the most important areas of training a dog is house training. However, this can be a very frustrating task. One of the best ways to succeed is use the dogs own instincts. By nature, dogs are usually very clean animals. They prefer to keep the areas where they eat and sleep clean and free from soil. Dogs also like a routine and like to know where they are supposed to urinate and defecate. For instance, if they are taught to do their business on gravel or concrete, they will look for gravel or concrete to do this. If they are taught to go on grass or dirt, they will look for grass or dirt. Take advantage of these habits.
First, you must set up a training area. You will need a place that is small and confined, like a bathroom or kitchen. A crate will work for small dogs or puppies but larger animals need more room. You need to spend some time with your pet in this area playing with him. Your pet will also eat and sleep in this area as well.
You should put together a special bed for your dog or purchase one. Don’t fret if your pet soils in this area at first. He will soon learn that this is where he eats and sleeps and stop eliminating there. Once the dog figures out the bed is for sleeping, you can move it to different locations in the house. Make sure you do this only when you are home. If you are not there, move the bed back to the training area.
Next, you will need to set up a bathroom area. Find a location for this purpose, probably outside. But, it needs a to be a place the dog can go whenever he needs to go. You should go with your dog to give rewards for good behavior. Feed the dog at the same time everyday. If your dog is fed at the same time everyday and establishes a schedule for eating he will also establish a routine for eliminating. Once you get a feel for those times, it will be easier to guide your dog to the designated location. Your dog should have easy access to the bathroom area; that way accidents are less likely.
Now, you can continue the house training. When your pet is in the habit of urinating or defecating in the toilet area and not in his eating or sleeping area, you may extend the training area to include the rest of the house. Don’t start to fast. Go slowly at first. Add one room at a time. Don’t go into new rooms until you are sure your pet has good control of his bathroom habits. Do this only when you are present with the dog. If you are not home, keep your dog in the original training area. You can speed the process up, but do so with caution. It is advisable to go slowly rather than have to retrain your pet at a later time. If you do choose to speed things up, make sure you are there to reward your dog. Remember, it is important not to punish for accidents. This will only slow the process down by confusing the dog.