Is your family expecting? Are you a little tense about introducing your new baby to your dog? If youre hoping for a smooth transition, then youll want to start preparing your dog months before the baby ever arrives. Your dog will inevitably go through lots of changes when the baby is born, so its best to ease him into the new routine gradually. Have your dog practice impulse control behaviors like down-stays around all the baby stuff (cribs, carriers, swings and other contraptions). You can also proof the down-stay by holding a doll and playing tracks of baby sounds, like you see in this video. Remember, its much easier to set your dog up to succeed proactively than it is to try to undo a bad experience after the baby has arrived.
- 8 month old German Shepherd Sam Training Session
Top Dog Training Tips
People often say to me they wish they had trained their dog when he was a puppy, thinking it is now too late and that they have to live with the bad habits that their dog has accumulated along the way. It is not true. All dogs no matter their age or breed can learn basic training and understand a range of commands at any time. The only difference is that the training may take a bit longer and require additional reinforcement for the older dog.
Dogs are all motivated by the same factors, they want to please you and earn your love and respect. They are eager for acceptance into your family, just like they would be keen to fit into a pack if they were in the wild and are quick to learn how to do this by responding to your reactions. It is therefore important to remember the way you respond to your dog after every action he or she makes will affect how they will act ongoing. Praise, be it in the form of food, a cuddle, a scratch or a walk will enforce the behaviour that went before, while a stern word or ignoring the dog will deter from a repeat of the preceding behaviour.
Below are some simple training tips and techniques you can introduce at home. Of course if you have a puppy, enrolling them in puppy training school is definitely recommended. The skills that both you and your puppy will learn in obedience training are essential to maintaining a happy and harmonious household.
One method of training that is gaining popularity is the use of a crate. The crate provides your dog with a secure place which is their own safe and happy home. By slowly increasing the amount of time the puppy is in their crate, especially over night or while you are out, the crate can become your puppy’s happy space, reducing barking and separation anxiety. Never use the crate as a form of punishment.
Training on a Lead
Ensuring you are in control while walking your dog is essential for both your dog and your children’s safety. It is therefore important to teach your puppy good lead etiquette early on. If your dog starts to drag or pull you, stop walking, say “sit” in a loud, clear voice (if they do not understand, use your hand and firmly press down on the back of the dogs bottom, your dog should then sit), wait for a moment and then start walking again. Do this every time your dog pulls or tugs and they will soon associate the stopping of their walk with the fact they are pulling and will over time be content to walk beside you.
At home you want to make it clear to your dog you are in control and what you expect of him. This will provide your dog with a level of security, as he will know how to please you. Start with simple commands such as sit, down and wait. Once mastered move on to teaching him other useful skills like how to indicate he needs to go outside to go to the bathroom.
Patience and Consistency
While not a training technique in itself, having plenty of patience and ensuring everyone in your house is consistent in the way they train your dog will ensure you are granted with success. If you are not consistent your dog will get confused, especially when they are excited and this will lead to your puppy acting in the wrong way.
- Ann Arbor Dog Training – IN HOME DOG TRAINER – Ann Arbor Michigan
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- How to Train a Dog to “Sit” (K9-1.com)
Baby voices: Fun for you, great for training your dog!
You see a cute dog and suddenly the desire to start talking in an irritating high voice is overwhelming. But why?
Sheltie Training Collar Guide
With the number of dogs being registered every year, it is evident that many people are amazed with what a furry four-legged creature can do. Dogs have “cuteness” factor that is guaranteed to steal almost every pet lover’s heart. One of those breeds that possess such cuteness is the Shetland sheepdog. This breed is not only champion in appearance. They also have high level of intelligence which is important in becoming successful in sheltie training.
Sheltie training is not impossible neither a very easy task. But to achieve your goals of having a behaved pet, it is important that you are well aware of what works best, including training tools, for your pet. Training tools such as collar must top the list of must-haves for your pet. But take note that, you just can’t choose whatever collar you like. You have to consider it’s:
Collars vary depending on their purpose. Choke collars, also called chain collars are commonly used to train service dogs or agility training. This type of collar, though often recommended to first time dog owners, must be used with caution to prevent accident. Head collars, though they look like muzzles, have different purpose. Use this if you want to have more control over your dog particularly when training him to walk on a leash and heel. Pronged collars are ideal for giant breeds while electronic collars can be used to dogs that are seemingly untrainable. However, be cautious when using the latter for it is not advisable for young dogs or those with health problems.
Size and comfort.
A collar must fit comfortably around a dog’s neck. It must not be too tight to choke your dog’s neck or too loose to be able your dog to slip off it. You should be able to fit two fingers between your pet’s neck and collar to ensure that the collar is correctly placed.
Although quality is often associated with price, expensive ones may not be necessary all the time. You may only need simple and cheap collars when training your dog to stop barking or chewing.
Collars are effective sheltie training tools but bear in mind that what they are doing is part of the job only. Remember that using positive reinforcement such as praise and treats are important as well.
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