Smart Ways to Teach the Basics to Your Dog

>> 4/30/09

Everyone needs to train their dog, that's a fact. But there are some smart ways to train the basics to your dog and some methods that are not so good. Our aim is to try and show you some of the better ways, which we hope will enhance the experience for both you and your dog.

The first thing you must remember is that you are the boss. Dogs are pack animals by nature and will adhere to the 'leader' of that pack. To train your dog properly, you first need to establish that you are the leader early in your relationship.

Naturally some breeds of dog are more aggressive in their desire to be the leader themselves, other dogs are not so forceful. Nonetheless you must demonstrate that you are the leader and in control. Your dog will test that control absolutely. He will try to push your willpower in this manner. There is no reason to be physically abusive to your dog in order to get control, it's accomplished by your actions and your will must be stronger than your dog's.

Training a young dog is akin to a child. You must be consistent at all times. Today, if you say no, then tomorrow you mean no and so on. Try to set a timetable and a specific time each day for training. Your dog will come to expect it and look forward to it.

An excellent place to begin teaching the basics is with the basic command to sit. Fairly easy to teach and a nice easy way for your dog to be taught control. Sit is also a useful command, it always feels good when one single word brings your dog to a stop and he 'sits'

When teaching your dog commands use the same word for each command, for instance if you start off with 'sit', don't change it to 'sit down' after a few lessons. Positive reinforcement is necessary when your dog does as you command. He is looking to please you so don't disappoint him, when he does something right always be sure to praise. Do not get angry and shout because you will confuse and scare him.

At first, try working on training every day. As your dog starts to learn more commands, you can take a day off here and there but training should always be a part of your relationship with your dog.

Going through dog training basics with your dog will take consistency, persistence, and a lot of patience. Your efforts will be rewarded when you have a well behaved dog who has a stronger bond with you.

Smart Ways to Teach the Basics to Your Dog by Brad Davenport

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What Are The Uses Of A Dog Cage

>> 4/27/09

Many pet owners choose to let their pets roam free around the house all hours of the night, while others choose to buy cages to place them in. Those who are used to letting their pets explore often refuse to buy any type of cage for their pet. Some people might ask why buy a dog cage? Dog cages are a relatively cheap way of training a pet a particular discipline.

Dog cages come in a wide array of colors, shapes, sizes and budgets to suit almost anyone's needs. For the larger dogs, a steel cage is recommended due to its strength and long life. There are many places where you can get a dog cage at great savings. Check the largest retail pet store outlet in your area as you will find many great bargains.

Dog cages are a great way to transport pets from home to the vet's or on a family excursion when you don't want the pet climbing all over the seat of the car. When out visiting the beach, or on a family picnic take the dog cage along and you will be able to place your pet inside when you so desire.

Depending on what type of dog cages you choose, make sure to lay some old blankets inside as a way to provide warmth and comfort to the family pet. Toss in some toys and bones and use the cage at night, if you don't like your pet roaming around the house.

Certain types of dog cages can also be used as a training method, and when the pet misbehaves consistently, place it in the cage for a time-out. Soon it will learn to break the habit that has put it their in the first place.

What Are The Uses Of A Dog Cage by Donald C. Mihajlov

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Donald C. Mihajlov is the author of Dog Training Books and Owner of Dog Cages Usa. For other free resources on training your dog, go to Dog Training Resources.

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Free dog treats sample from Simply pAwesome

>> 4/26/09

Every now and then I come across some freebies for dogs. I will be posting them to this blog as I come across them.

This one is for a free sample pack of dog treat from Simply pAwesome.

As of this posting they have seven different sample flavors to choose from.

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Only one test pack per year per client regardless of flavor. Available to USA residents.

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Basic Dog Training Tips

The most important thing when we turn on the subject of dog training is to be consistent in all you do. The basics on dog training methods are simple enough for all dog owners to pay attention to. Dog training has the objection to educate your dog to be capable to communicate and respond to you and your instructions.

As said before, the success of your dog's training depends on how consistent you are with your instructions and the way you give them. Dogs learn by example and experience. You can train your dog effectively by giving clear recurring instructions and exclaim the desired action commands each time and placing the focus on the reaction you want from your dog and award the dog for good and correct behavior.

The way you act and the attitude you present towards the dog during training sessions will have a significant impact on the way the dog will act out towards you. Negative and destructive behavior from your side will only be detrimental to the whole process. However, a friendly but firm approach will encourage the animal to react positively towards you and the training.

The intonation of your voice must serve to signal your satisfaction or dissatisfaction towards the dog's conduct. A firm tone of voice will indicate wrong or unacceptable conduct and when you talk excitedly in a pleasant tone will create the impression that he conducted himself well and in a right way.

A short training session filled with fun and some kind of challenge with short and precise actions are most likely to keep the dog's interest, which will in return execute your commands in an approving way.

While in the training process, reward your dog for his obedience to your commands. Rewards can take on the form of nibbles or chunks of treats or even play.

It is essential to conclude every training session in an encouraging way and to make your dog aware of your approval and satisfaction. This way the dog will make a pleasant resemblance to the training and are encouraged to act out in a positive and well-behaved manner.

Basic Dog Training Tips by Donald T. Mihajlov

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Donald Mihajlov is the author of 'How to Train Your Dog Or Puppy' and President of Dog Cages Usa. For other free resources on taking care of your dog, go to Dog Training Resources.

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Potty Training Tips for your Dog

>> 4/24/09

There is one key to successfully potty train a pet dog. Look at it as a relationship building activity with your pooch. Do not see it as a necessity to keep him from spreading his mess around unnecessarily. A good dog is one that is loyal, dependable and cheerful. Use the potty training affair as an opportunity to mold your puppy into one.

First important tip is to stick to a schedule when feeding the dog.This makes you anticipate his activity better. Be consistent in what you feed your dog, when you feed it, when you give it water and when you take the dog out for a walk.

Teaching them at an early stage helps a lot. Be prepared to extend the limits of your patience as you deal with puppies. Have a positive approach as you help them go through the task.

Once he shows the need, lead him to the designated place where he can do his thing. Show how he should position himself properly. Do this regularly. If he poops outside of the area, clean the mess immediately and mask the odor.

The designated toilet area can be outside the house or a corner of the backyard. Wherever the area is make sure it is one that he can easily find by himself later. Also have a handy leash while the dog is undergoing training.This makes it easier to lead him around.

Don't take him back immediately. Let him have some fun. Praise him if he does it right. Reinforce the idea regularly.

When he does the routine right, make an effort to praise him. Dogs love to be praised and they return that praise by being obedient to their owner. Potty training is all about building that bond between you and man's best friend.

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How to Effectively House Train Your Dog

>> 4/23/09

When it comes to dog obedience training, one of its main focuses is house training dogs Once you have done the training properly, there will be not much trouble, although some people still have a hard time with potty training their dog.

When it comes to dog obedience training, one of its main focuses is house training dogs. Once you have done the training properly, there will be not much trouble, although some people still have a hard time with potty training their dog. In view of this, here are some things to do to effectively train your dog at home.

First of all, you must understand that dogs don't have the aptitude to think or reason like humans do. Furthermore, they can't understand any verbal message well. But, they can at least make out simple commands through body language and gestures.

1. To reinforce nice behaviors on your dog, you will have to develop a good training strategy. Some common strategies include:

* affectionate touching
* giving of rewards like chew toys or treats

You must apply these strategies every time your dog obeys you or has done something good. Reinforce this strategy without fail and you will be surprise at how fast your dog will learn and pick up the good behavior that you are teaching him.

2. Likewise, if there are strategies for imposing good behaviors, there should also be a way to show them that what they are doing is not nice or their behavior is not good. Typically, a firm "No!" plus a look of disdain is enough. Also, tugging on their collar will send them the message that you don't like what they are doing.

3. Potty training a dog involves a steady routine. You should make a permanent schedule for taking them out of the house. This routine should not be interrupted until your dog becomes very accustom to it. The ideal time to take them out is every morning, some twenty minutes after they have eaten and before it's time to sleep.

4. Feeding your dog must have its schedule, too. This feeding schedule must be at the same time and it must be strictly followed every day. In this way, you will also be taking them out at a precise time each day. These daily routines will make it easier for the dogs to grasp how you want them to act.

5. Try using a dog crate to house train your dog. It's a good tool to discipline a dog especially when it comes to relieving themselves. As the crate will be made into a dog?s sleeping quarter, he will rather move as far away from it as he can just to relieve himself. Therefore, the dog will eventually learn to control himself and would seek the right place to urinate or defecate. Generally, only a sick dog will relieve himself in his own crate.

To conclude, when house training dogs, you must be patient enough and affectionate with them. Dogs hardly ever learn instantly, but if you are caring and work with them patiently, you can train or teach them properly. Moreover, it maybe a bit hard to understand the gestures that your dog is trying to convey to you at first, but through observing them carefully, you will soon pick it up.

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How to Train Puppies : Teach Your Puppy their Name

>> 4/22/09

Expert, Melanie McLeroy show you how to teach your new puppy to respond to their name.

"Melanie McLeroy co-owns the award winning Taurus Training dog training facility in Austin, Texas. She is also certified in animal CPR and first aid."

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Discover How To House Train Your Puppy Fast

>> 4/20/09

Puppies are so adorable; everybody loves them. They are curious, fun, playful and cuddly and we tend to enjoy every aspect of having a new puppy until they do their duty in the house and then we have to contend with the biggest problem and difficulty of owning a new puppy, puppy house training.

House training a puppy can be frustrating and difficult at times. But we all need to recognize that a puppy is still just a baby. He has not yet learned how to control himself and until he reaches the age where he has some of the restraint he will need you to be patient and loving as you spend individual time with him teaching him what is admissible.

A young puppy that is less than 15 weeks of age might need to go outside as frequently as 2-3 times per hour. A puppy that is frolicking hard will also need to go out more frequently because playing creates urine. Remind yourself that your puppy is still not at the age where he can control himself so any mishaps at this point are not his fault but rather your fault for not taking him outside often enough.

The important thing to remind yourself of when you are potty training your puppy is to be consistent. Make sure and have a leash and take him to the same designated potty place every time. Use consistent commands such as "potty now" and repeat the commands as required. Consistency is what it crucial when it comes to puppy house training.

If you make the entire experience a positive one|potty training a positive experience for your puppy your puppy house training will be completed sooner. That means that you will need to be patient and loving even when there is a mishap. Just take him outside and praise him when he does it correctly and don't give it any attention when he does it wrong. Your puppy wants to please you so it is important that you do not do anything that will confound him.

It is unlikely that you will be able to be with your puppy all the time so when you need to be away from your puppy you should use a crate. Puppies and dogs are natural den animals and they like to have a small space of their own. Also, puppies will rarely dirty their own space so a crate will help to teach your puppy how to control himself.

Consistency is the most crucial aspect of puppy house training. Make sure that you use a consistent command and take him to the same place every time so that there is no confusion for him. Making the experience a positive one for him will also help him to learn quicker and you will be finished with your puppy house training earlier.

In a few short weeks your puppy house training will be done and you will no longer have to worry about accidents in the house. Puppy house training is the most important aspect of having a new puppy but it can be much simpler than you expect if you are consistent and positive.

Discover How To House Train Your Puppy Fast by Matt McGrath

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Matt McGrath is a devoted dog lover who teaches dog obedience training. If you are interested in the best house training methods for your puppy, then check out the articles by this professional dog-trainer.

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Teach your dog to speak on command

>> 4/19/09

Renowned dog trainer, Ty Brown, teaches dog owners how to train their dog to speak on command.

How To Train Your Dog to Speak or Be Quiet

Teaching your dog to "speak," or bark on command can be fun as well as useful. A barking dog can ward off intruders and alert you to potential danger... Read more

How to teach your dog to "speak"

Obviously you don't want your dog to bark all of the time, but teaching him or her how to speak is a great trick that is sure to impress your friends and family... Read more

Teach Your Dog to Speak On Command

Teaching your dog to speak is quite easy, especially if your dog already likes to bark when he gets excited. Armed with your dog’s favorite treats and maybe his favorite toy, we’re ready to begin... Read more

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Dog Training - Exercise With Kong Toys

>> 4/18/09

How to stuff and use a Kong toy. Great dog training toy.

Kong Dog Toys for Dogs Who Chew

The Kong toys are different from other chew toys - you can put treats inside the toys to keep the dog interested and solving the how-to-get-the-treat puzzle. The toys are durable rubber... Read more

They are wonderful toys that provide physical exercise as well as mental exercise. Visit the Kong website to learn more or to purchase.

Kong Stuffing Recipes

The following are recipes created by veterinarians, dog trainers and dog lovers worldwide:

* Banana Rama
* Cheesy Dental Kong Delight
* Philly Steak
* Fruit Salad
* Veggie Kong Omelette
* Mac 'N' Cheese... Read more

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How To Train a Dog To Fetch

>> 4/17/09

A wonderful twelve step video to teach your dog how to fetch.

"Warm up your pitching arm and be patient—you might just be playing “Throw” for a while before your dog catches on."

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Tips to Ease the Stress of Potty Training Your Puppy

>> 4/16/09

Many of us love the idea of a cheerful, playful puppy, but reality often checks in when we're cleaning up puppy mess. While potty training difficulty differs between dog breeds, there are a few tips that can often be applied to potty training any dog breed.

We need to realize that puppies are like children in that they are needy for attention and require a routine. The best thing you can do to ease the potty-training process for your pup is to make sure that you establish the "sleep-eat-potty" routine.

Although some people are adverse to the idea, others find that keeping a pallet of newspaper near an exit (one your puppy will soon associate with the outdoors). Although we do our best, we don't always pay attention or are in a position to let our dog outside-especially at nighttime. This is a positive alternative for your puppy to use until he develops better bladder control.

The sooner you get to know your puppy's "eat/potty" routine, the easier potty-training will become. A good rule to go by is to estimate that your pup will be ready for a trip outside around 15 - 20 minutes after he has been fed/watered. If you can, try to have your puppy outside at this time so he will familiarize himself with the proper "potty surroundings."

You might find that you can save yourself a lot of unproductive potty trips if you establish separate times to potty and play. You might take your pup outside to potty, then after a successful trip, take him inside. Wait as long as you like before making a separate trip outside for him to play. By separating these tasks, you'll greatly minimize your pup's confusion.

Remember to keep in mind that your puppy will only learn what you teach him, so be as simple and straightforward as possible. "Good boy" and "no" are some of the first terms of praise and discipline that should be taught. Keep these steps in mind and don't let potty training take away the joys of raising your puppy.

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Discover The Easy Dog Training Method That Actually Works

>> 4/15/09

Being able to train your dog on your own is one of the most rewarding experiences any dog owner can have. Not only will you get your dog to be the "good boy" (or girl) you want, but you will also strengthen the bond between you and your pooch.

Before starting any dog training program, keep in mind that you want to be a teacher to your dog. You don't want to be a crazy dictator but you also need to remember that you are the one in charge. You are teaching your pup to be a better behaved dog and be the pooch that everyone admires!

Who's the best person to train your dog? You of course! It's a great way to strengthen your bond and make your pup the best behaved dog on the block.

Obviously you don't want to just go in the backyard and start yelling commands. To properly train your dog you need to have a game-plan in mind. For that reason we included a link at the bottom of this article that will take you to a couple of proven dog training programs you can use at home. In the meantime, let's go over a couple of general tips you should keep in mind when training your pooch.

Before you start any training session, make sure your dog is in the proper mindset. Take him or her for a walk so that your dog can go to the washroom. You also don't want to try to train them right after they have had a meal. Just like humans dogs can get sleepy after they have filled their belly.

Why do this? So that your dog isn't distracted during your training. You want him or her to be completely comfortable.

We also recommend taking a little time to play with your dog before you start any training session. This lets your dog feel relaxed and comfortable with you.

Make sure that you have some treats ready for your pooch so you can reward him - just like humans dogs will continue to behave a certain way when there is something in it for them! Of course you don't want to give away too many of these as this can confuse him. Reward your dog only when appropriate.

It's normal for your dog to run off every now and then during your training. Don't go in a frenzy and chase after them. Simply call him back using an authoritative tone to call him back and keep working on your training when you have his attention again.

There are going to be times where it just looks like your pooch is absolutely clueless about what you are expecting of them. This is normal and you can't let yourself get annoyed or mad at them. Instead, find ways to better communicate with your dog so you get the most out of your future training sessions.

You may have to help him out and physically show him what you want him to do. There are times that it might be frustrating, but this will get a whole lot easier over time. It will pay off in the long run!

Training your dog should be the first step you take in forming a strong relationship between you and your pooch. Whether it's a new dog or one that you have had as a friend for a while now, there's no better person than you to train your pup and make him the "good" boy or girl you want them to be. All the best!

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How to Stop Puppy Mouthing & Biting

>> 4/14/09

Tips on how to stop your puppy's tendency to mouth or bite humans in this expert video featuring a professional dog trainer.

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Dog Training - Teaching Your Dog to Come and Sit

>> 4/13/09

Enrico Cross, owner and trainer of Take the Lead Dog Training, shows you some basic introduction to dog training by showing you how to teach your dog to come and sit.

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Dog Training - Teaching Your Dog to Lay Down

>> 4/12/09

Lie Down is one of the most wonderful commands that you can teach your dog. It can get him to calm down and relax after playtime. If friends want to pet your dog, they might feel more comfortable when he is lying down.

Enrico Cross of Take The Lead Dog Training takes you through the basic introduction to dog training in Teaching Your Dog to Lay Down.

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Know The Different Types of Dog Training

>> 4/11/09

This article is written so that you might know and understand all about the different ways to train your dog.

Every dog owner must take up dog training to know and handle a dog better. Appreciating a well-mannered dog is something that all can do, training is what makes things difficult. Now, there are many kinds of dog training available but not all will suit your dog.

You may or may not be aware that as your dog goes through his various stages of development, so his training needs will change. It is not true that one size fits all!

Perhaps your dog has already had some training, then again maybe they have not had any at all. This must be taken into account when you look into your dogs training needs.

The first level of dog training is the basic dog training. The basic training is meant for beginners " either a puppy or a grown-up dog that is being trained for the first time. This level includes only the rudiments " how to make a dog sit, stay and come when called. Some part of it also aims at teaching the dog to socialize with other dogs and people in a proper way. This is particularly given to puppies. And if your dog had never taken training before, this basic level is where to start with.

Next up is the intermediate level. Obviously this is a bit more advanced than basic training, and it really is not too suited to puppies. It is ideal for those older dogs who have had a bit of training, either formally in a class, or by their owner at home. The training will be aimed at teaching your dog how to walk to heel, how to fetch something when asked, and how to walk on a leash without pulling, or dragging behind.

I am sure that you have already guessed that the next level of training is the advanced level. Although you might think your dog is ready to go straight into advanced training, can I urge you to take at least the beginners or intermediate level training first. The advanced level is, as you would expect, more advanced than the other levels concentrating on verbal and hand commands for sitting, staying, walking to heel, fetching etc. etc.

Teaching your dog to respond to hand signals is indeed a great move forward, and once you have got to this stage you can then teach them how to walk beside you, off the leash, and without being disturbed or distracted by other dogs and people. You really do need to have a well behaved and obedient dog when you get to this level.

A lot has been written about using incentives when training your dog, and I have to say that I am all in favour of it. A small reward can pay you big dividends. I am most certainly against shouting or even hitting your dog when they don't get it right. We all have to learn, and the reward system works best, and will bring you the positive results that you want.

You must also be careful about choosing the right course for your dog"the course best-suited to it. That way, you may soon be able to boast of owning a dog that is obedient, well-mannered, well adjusted and the perfect pet one can have!

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Revealed: How to Stop Dogs Jumping

If your dog jumps up on you it is most likely out of excitement, something that commonly happens when dog owners arrive home. Jumping dogs can be a real danger however, especially when they jump on children who may be the same size as them.

This however, is one of the easier training skills for your dog to learn. With proper training that is consistent and firm, you dog will keep his paws on the ground and not on your visitors.

One of the main reasons that dogs jump up on visitors is because they want to show that they are in your dogs house, and that your dog is the leader. In this case your dog could become aggressive with the visitors, this problem should be dealt with quickly.

Another reason he may jump on you or your visitors is to issue his greetings. In his attempt to say hello he may jump up and sniff you to be sure of whom you are. The only problem with that is in order to get that sniff of your face; he has to jump up to your chest to do it.

Another potential reason for your dogs jumping is because he has been rewarded or given extra attention for this behaviour at some time. Rewards and attention obviously encourage behaviour, therefore never reward jumping up no matter how cute it is.

One of the best ways to stop your dog jumping is to make arrive home a casual affair. Don't go overboard and turn it into a big deal. If your dog is all over you and bothering you a lot on your arrival, give him a quick squirt of water to the face - this will remind him that you need to be treated with respect.

Coming down to your dog's level is another way you can minimize the jumping. This way your dog will be able to sniff you without jumping up and also gets the attention he's after.

Don't play rough with your dog. Even though this can be fun, doing it shows your dog that you are allowing rough behaviour and even encouraging it. You will also be confusing your dog as it will have no idea when, where, and with whom, rough play is allowed.

When your dog is getting way out of hand, you need to put more emphasis on training your dog. Be firm with your dog on a consistent basis and teach the basic commands to your dog again. The "Sit", and "Off" commands are good to start with.

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Crate Training Your Puppy

>> 4/10/09

Crate training your puppy can be very beneficial to you and your puppy. Many people mistake the crate as being a place to punish the puppy, when actually this is the safest spot for the puppy to go once the puppy gets used to it.

If you have a crate and leave it open, your puppy will start to go to it when he gets sleepy or when he gets confused. Although puppies tend to like crates, you shouldn't overuse one by allowing him to spend hours at a time inside of one.

Once you puppy gets used to being in the crate at any given time, you can leave him in there for a couple of hours at a time. One example would be if you were not home, you could keep your puppy in the crate, which will also aid in the puppy not destroying the house.

So if you are planning on buying or getting a puppy, you should have already invested in a crate. This is to assure that the puppy knows exactly where it is when you first introduce the puppy into your home. The best places to place your crate are anywhere there is not heavy traffic, such as right in front of a bathroom.

Now that you have the puppy home for the first time you should have the door to the crate open. You want the puppy to familiarize himself with the crate as soon as possible, it can also help to put puppy toys or even a dog treat to lure the puppy inside. Make sure you reward the puppy when it enters the crate for the first time.

Before you know it your puppy will start to go into the crate on their own, this is a sign that they have a great amount of trust for the crate. When this happens you should praise the puppy and reward it as it is almost completely crate trained.

After a while, you can shut the door and see how he reacts. If he starts to whine, you can talk to him and put your fingers through the door, although you should never immediately take him out - instead wait for him to settle down.

When your puppy is fully crate trained there are many uses for the crate. If you are planning on having family or guests over, or if you plan on leaving the house for a couple of hours you can put the puppy in the crate. If the puppy is fully crate trained he will not have a problem laying around in the crate until you open the door.

Crate Training Your Puppy By John Rolly

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John Rolly has been training dogs for over 15 years. If you would like some more information on the how to potty train puppies, you can visit the authors site, easiest way to potty train a puppy.

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Train Your Dog Well

>> 4/9/09

Training your dog is no easy task; any pet owner can tell you that. While many dogs are very eager to please their owners, the bottom line is that they really don't always understand what it is that you are saying and they have very, very short attention spans. These factors can make things difficult for even the most patient of owners, but before you are tempted to throw in the towel, let us consider some simple and basic dog training aids that you can use to help you along the way.

Now tell me something, which do you prefer, to be rewarded for something, or to be punished? Well its obvious isn't it, we all like to be praised and rewarded, and your dog is no different. They want us to love them, and approve of their actions, so if, for instance you want them to toilet in a certain place then praise them and reward them when they do, and they will want to do it there again. Believe you me, praise and reward can work wonders.

There are some actual items you can purchase that can be used as dog training aids and some are more effective than others. Choke collars and chains are being discarded by dog training experts as not only abusive but downright ineffective. However, a good leash and a sturdy collar can be counted as dog training aids because dogs will respond to their owner when he gives them a slight tug. This shouldn't be anything that would hurt the dog, just a gentle reminder of how she needs to respect a stranger's boundary, when she needs to stop barking, and so on. Some may also want to add a muzzle to their list of dog training aids, but these should be used sparingly and only in certain situations. Some dogs just will not stop barking no matter what you do, and keeping in mind that barking is just a part of their instinct the way humans have an instinct to talk to one another, an owner may not be able to do anything other than muzzle their dog when she's out in the yard or if the dog is kept in an apartment where the neighbors may be bothered.

One of the things that I find very satisfying is to sit down and groom my dog with a simple grooming brush. They do not cost much at your local pet store but they can give big rewards. Not only will your dog look good, but it will help them to develop a calm nature. Give it a try and see what I mean. While you are at the pet store purchase a couple of chewy toys, you will be amazed at how much fun both of you will have playing with them, and the bonus is a tired dog that does not get into mischief!

One last thing to say and that is about bathing. If you start this when they are quite young then it can be an enjoyable activity for both of you. Make sure you only use proper dog shampoo, and follow up he bathing with dog conditioner as this make it easier to comb your dog later on. Use a good size towel for drying them, and be prepared to get a bit wet yourself!

Train Your Dog Well by John Savage

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Before you think about any other dog training make sure you go to John's dog training website. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much more helpful this is.

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How to train your dog not to pull- Loose Leash Walking

>> 4/8/09

"In other words- walking on a loose leash.

This video quickly outlines exercises to get your dog walking on a loose leash by your side. Put very basically FIRST you will teach the dog what you want them to do! And secondly, stop reinforcing them when they pull!"

"The exercise is demonstrated using a clicker, but if you do not have one, you can always use a verbal marker like yes etc. However you will get much faster and reliable results by using the clicker. If you hold the clicker in the same hand as the leash, and keep the treats in the other hand, you will find it easier to manage. Practice holding the leash, clicker, and treats when you do not have the dog attached to the leash yet, so you don't become overwhelmed."

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Dog Training - Exercise With Kong Toys

>> 4/7/09

How to stuff and use a Kong toy. Great dog training toy.

"Kongs are widely used for therapy and prevention of boredom, separation anxiety and other behavioral issues. Providing food and/or treat stuffed Kongs for your dogs can keep them contentedly busy (working) and out of trouble for long periods of time. Add more stuffed Kongs to increase their work time."

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Revealed: How to Stop Puppies Biting

>> 4/6/09

For dog owners, one of the worst situations imaginable is where you puppy or dog bites an unprepared victim. In most cases this problem is not dealt with well by the owner (if dealt with at all). It does need to be addressed however as it's a problem that will only get worse as the dog gets older. All dog owners should know how to stop puppies biting (or dogs) - this is a fundamental and required skill.

Dogs are pack animals that have long since used biting and fighting amongst themselves as a form of establishing rankings and showing dominance. Your dog actually believes that you are part of his pack and will want to protect you if he senses a threat. This is the reason dogs sometimes lash out unexpectedly. This is especially noticeable in dogs that lack obedience training.

Puppies that are new to your home will most likely bite and nip you and other family members. This is one of the ways that they learn more about the position they hold in your family. Sometimes dog owners find this kind of behaviour cute and encourage it, this should never be done as it can develop a serious problem. This is also allowing your puppy to be the alpha dog - or leader of the pack which is not a good move.

As your dog grows he may attempt to reaffirm this dominance over you by again biting or lashing out at you or another family member. This is one of the reasons that knowing how to stop puppies biting is very important. You need to ensure that you are always seen as the leader (Alpha Dog) and that your dog respects you. You can show this to your dog by subtleties in the way you behave.

Dog trainers use a few simple tricks to ensure they are always seen as the leader of the pack by their dogs. One of these tricks is to always feed your dog after you have finished eating. This demonstrates your superiority in a way that you dog can understand and will help you maintain your position as the Alpha Dog in your household.

You must also be firm with your dog at times so that he can understand you are in charge. From the time your dog is a puppy you should establish this understanding. Dogs who have lived tough lives, such as those thrown in shelters or those abandoned by their owners will be harder to train in this aspect. The will need more time and persistent effort before seeing you as the Alpha Dog.

When training your dog not to bite be sure to establish your role as the leader of his pack, if this does not work, you may want to enquire about the many dog trainers available to help you curb the dog's biting issues, or to invest in a guide that details advanced training procedures (see below for a link). This types of guide make learning how to stop puppies biting very straightforward and simple.

Revealed: How to Stop Puppies Biting by Craig Clemins

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Discover how to stop puppies biting today by checking out for more information. Also read our Secrets to Dog Training Review which sheds light on the most comprehensive dog training methods.

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Want to Keep Your Dog From Pulling on a Walk? Try This

>> 4/5/09

Walking your dog doesn't have to be a chore. It should be a pleasurable experience. But it ends up being more work than it's worth because the dog pulls constantly. If that's a familiar story, you need to try out this harness. It'll make walking your dog actually fun and beneficial again.

That was my beagle. People in the neighborhood thought it was pretty cool that we taught our dog to walk on two legs. Obviously, that wasn't the intention. Then we came across the Yuppie Puppy Anti-Pull harness, and we saw improvement pretty much from the first time it came out of the box. The harness has a number of benefits.

First and foremost, this is the only harness we've used, or found for that matter, that comes with an endorsement from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Many harnesses either choke the dog or else the straps cut into the skin. This one does neither, and that's why the ASPCA endorses it.

Next, it's super easy to get it on and off the dog. Have you ever seen a harness that was so complicated, you needed an engineering degree to figure it out? Me too.

Third, it is guaranteed to control pulling without choking. The only downside is that there's a buckle that rubs against the chest. You may notice that it causes a little irritation, but it's not a big deal.

Next, the harness gives your dog extra comfort with the padded sherpa sleeves that fit snugly under the legs. Most other harnesses are unpadded, and the straps can cut the skin, depending upon where they fit and how severe a puller your dog is.

Fifth, you can choose from more than one color. If this is important to you, you can pick black or red. Not a big deal, but the option is available to you if that's a significant factor.

We have a beagle that's always eager for a walk. We're still working with her on her walking techniques, but this harness has helped from day one. I recommend it highly.

Want to Keep Your Dog From Pulling on a Walk? Try This. by Bob Moore

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Bob Moore is the proud owner of a beagle who has used the Yuppie Puppy Harness with great success. He also operates his own successful dog site. Drop in and take a closer look at the anti-pull harness today

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How to Train a Dog to Stand & Stay

>> 4/4/09

Learn to train your dog to stand and stay in this free dog training video.

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How to Stop a Dog Barking

>> 4/3/09

Why do dogs bark and how to stop a dog barking, the answers to both these questions can be found below. Unwanted barking is one of the most common complaints I hear from dog owners. There are a number of reasons why dogs bark, before you can take any action to fix the problem you fist need to identify the cause of the barking.

How to Stop a Dog Barking

Before you can fully understand how to stop a dog barking, you need to have an idea of the causes of barking. One of the more common causes of barking is attention seeking. Many puppies learn from a young age that they can attract their owner's attention through barking. Older dogs sometimes bark because they have been left alone too long, because they are not getting enough exercise, or if they lack mental stimulation.

If you think that this is the cause of the barking, start giving your dog more exercise. Work on obedience training 4 times per week to mentally stimulate him, and provide him with lots of interesting toys so that he can entertain himself when you are not there. Try to spend some one on one time with your dog each day so that he doesn't feel neglected.

Your dog may also be barking because he's afraid of something. Loud noises such as those caused during thunder storms often cause dogs to bark. If this is happening to your dog, take him to a safe place like his crate and turn a radio on to provide some cover for the noise outside.

Separation anxiety is another common cause of barking. If your dog feels highly attached to you, it may start barking when you leave. Separation anxiety can also show up after a death in the family or after moving houses. The easiest way to treat this cause of barking is to train your dog that you will always return when you leave. You can do this by beginning to leave for a few minutes at a time and then coming back into the house. If your dog hasn't barked then you can give him a treat. Little by little start increasing the amount of time you have gone for. Slowly but surely your dog will learn that you will always return, even if you have gone for several house or more.

If the methods above have proved fruitless, you might want to try an anti-barking collar. Not everyone is in agreement with the use of these but some (such as the Citronella collar) are totally harmless and do seem to get good results.

How to Stop a Dog Barking by Craig Clemins

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Hopefully you now have a basic understanding of how to stop a dog barking. If you want more comprehensive information about How to Stop a Dog Barking, read our Secrets to Dog Training Review now.

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Alpha Dog Training Myths

>> 4/2/09

Alpha dog training and training dogs.

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Dog Training Tips - What Is There To Learn

>> 4/1/09

You might own your dog, but does it often feel that you're the dogs pet instead of his master? Many pet owners face this issue. You cant even relax in your home, because if you displace the dog from his favorite chair, sofa, or side of the bed, you'll receive a growl from mans best friend.

If your dog makes you feel helpless because of disobeying you then you need some first rate dog training tips and this is the right path to take to make the relationship between you and your dog more rewarding.

The difficulty of this task will be determined by the breed of your dog. Some dogs, having been breed for hunting or guarding, are very difficult to train. This having been said, however, any dog is trainable and they will, with patience, obey your commands. A dog will only defy your commands if he is allowed to do so.

If you tolerate your dogs dominance over a certain area of the house, or allow him to control household members by means of his behavior, you are essentially condoning that behavior and allowing your dog to be the dominant one. Dogs, which are pack animals, recognize their hierarchical place within their pack or household. In every pack, there must be a leader or an alpha dog.

Unless you establish that you are the alpha dog within your household pack, your dog will take that role for himself. When you train your dog, emphasis your position as leader of the pack by exuding confidence in both energy and posture. This demonstrates that you are in control and your dog will recognize the fact.

Remember, even when you become impatient that firm isn't aggressive and angry. All you need is some simple yet consistent dog training tips to make the bond between your dog and yourself much more enjoyable for not only you but the dog too. Even though some of the tips might not be in your nature you have to let the dog know that you are his boss. The first thing is too control your tone of voice when giving a command.

When you start the training process the first thing to remember is to keep a firm (again not angry) tone of voice and keep your voice in the neutral range. Make sure your not yelling and on the other end of the spectrum make sure your not using your "baby" voice either. This lets the dog know that you are the "Alpha" and not vice versa. The dog should follow your lead meaning you do something first and then he follows you.

When entering your house or leaving your house or walking between parked cars, you should always proceed first and your dog must follow. Eating is another activity you can use to establish your dominance. Eat first and then feed your pet. Even play time should be started by you and not your dog. Although these steps may seem difficult at first, follow them and you will have a happier and more obedient pet.

Dog Training Tips - What Is There To Learn by Craig Vic

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For more information about how to train your dog, then make sure to visit this website about dog separation anxiety.

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