Train Your Puppy to Stay in the Yard

>> 9/30/09

It's your puppies natural instinct to want to run and explore each time they are out of the house or off their leash. But, we must be very careful as this could be dangerous for your dog, and may result in injury to them. However, your puppy can easily be trained to stay in your yard by using a few simple training steps.

Of course, the best way to keep a puppy in a yard is with a fence, but if you are without a fence will have to rely on a sharp correction for a puppy that tries to leave the yard.

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Housebreaking Your Dog in 14 Days

>> 9/29/09

Housebreaking your dog is seemingly the first test of your patience as a dog owner.

Perhaps you're experiencing the following scenario:

You take him outside multiple times a day and every time, he refuses to make. You assume he just doesn't have to go, so you bring him back inside and moments later he soils the rug.


You take him outside and he goes, you praise him with "Good boy" and after bringing him back in, moments later he goes again.

It's a frustrating cycle not only for you, but for your dog as well. You just can't seem to make him understand what he's supposed to do.

Your dog simply doesn't understand the rules yet. That's why it's important to take your dog outside to make at scheduled times of the day.

It will take approximately 14 consecutive days of going outside, watching your dog make and praising him for it before he starts to get it. Housebreaking a dog takes discipline, consistency and patience.

During that period, every accident that happens in the house is counted as negative two days. Remember, you'll want 14 consecutive days of proper housebroken behavior before you can relax a bit.

After he goes outside, you'll want to supervise him closely for the next ten minutes he is inside the house. At the first sign of going the the bathroom, take him outside.

If he does have an accident, only use the "No" command if you catch him in the act. Otherwise, it's useless and will only confuse your dog.

The amount of time that you should take your dog outside to make will vary depending on the breed, size and type of puppy.

It's generally recommended that you take your dog out every 2-3 hours during the day for the first three weeks. Obviously you won't be taking your puppy out every 2-3 hours at night before bed. So use the following strategy.

Take away your dog's water bowl two hours before bed. During that window of time, walk your dog at least twice. If accidents occur in the middle of the night, you may need to get up once in the night to walk your puppy.

As your dog gets older, his bladder size will increase and the nightly accidents will disappear.

After the first month, begin to space out the amount of time you take your dog outside to make. You'll want to do this until your dog only needs to go out only 3-4 times a day.

In summary, the trick to all of this is using the following tactics.

• Set a schedule to take your dog outside

• Praise your dog with the "Good boy" command when he makes

• In case of an accident, only use the "No" command if you catch your dog in the act

• Take away your dog's water two hours before bedtime

• Walk your puppy twice before bed

• Always supervise your dog when he is inside AFTER making outside

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Jason Ellis has been helping people train their dogs and newborn puppies for years. His expertise deals with applying proven, effective techniques that train your dog to be the obedient companion you've always wanted in a matter of WEEKS. You can find Jason's complete dog training course at

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Top 3 Beagle Puppy Training Issues

>> 9/28/09

Your beautiful beagle may not write fantastic stories and be the prudent companion of one of the world's most famous cartoons, but he or she is sure to be the apple of your eye. The beagle type dog has been around for nearly 2,000 years, but only as a breed of their own since about the 1830's. They were created from selective breeding of many different scent hound breeds including the Talbot Hound, Southern Hound and North Country Beagle. This small to medium size animal is smart, even tempered and not given to inherited diseases, which makes them the perfect pet and unfortunately subject for animal testing.

Beagle puppies have to be one of the cutest canines on the planet! Long soft ears frame a warm loving face that is primed and ready to show you affection at the drop of a hat. Being from the scent hound, these animals are natural investigators and can sniff out a mouse in an acre field in less than a minute, and this is a proven fact! All of these features of this compact dog make them a number one choice of families, hunters and even law enforcement.

If you have immediately fallen in love with the great beagle, you are probably in need of some puppy training advice. Young beagle puppies are full of boundless energy and innate curiosity, which combines for unique training issues.

Training Issues:-


You see the beagle has been trained for hunting and in particularly the long chase; this means your beagle puppy training will be faced with an animal that is single minded and focused. Their extreme sense of smell makes it difficult to pull them away once they have caught a particular scent that interests them. Although they are highly intelligent, they are easily distracted by all the smells around them. For this reason, you will seldom see the beagle in obedience competitions; in fact, they are ranked lowest degree of working obedience and intelligence.

Pack Animals

Genetically all dogs are descendants of the wolf, which makes them predisposed to a pack mentality. However, most dogs over the years have adapted to the single living style associated with being pets. Beagles, on the other hand have been long used as a pack dog for hunting and therefore prone to separation anxiety. You will need to be patient and understanding with them.

Exercising Your Beagle

As mentioned above the beagle has been trained to hunt for long periods of time. They have extreme amounts of energy that need some form of exercise daily if possible. This does not mean you have to run them to exhaustion however; it would be a good idea to take them for a walk or play Frisbee in the park on occasion. This also helps to ward of extreme weight gain to which the breed is prone.


Beagles are soft, loving and entertaining breed that will provide gentle companionship for you and your family for many years. Understanding the breeds inherit traits will give you a leg up on puppy training and make for a happy contented home for all concerned.

About the Author

Ricky Chea is a dog lover and has lived with over 20 dogs and he loves Small Dog Breeds.

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Tips On Training Your New Puppy

>> 9/27/09

Few times are more exciting for a family than getting a new puppy. Every member of the family wants to hold and play with the puppy. This is a fun time for everyone, but also a time when you really have to lay the foundation for socializing and training your new puppy if you do not want problems later on. Correct training and socialization is much easier than correcting behavioral problems such as aggression later on.

The time between 2 and 12 weeks of age is a crucial period for a puppy. At this age puppies are extremely impressionable and learning at a fast clip. This is when your puppy learns to trust or fear other people, other dogs and other animals. Allow your new puppy to feel safe and secure in its new environment. This can be accomplished with a lot of holding, stroking and petting at first to establish your bond as a senior leader of the pack who will care for and protect the puppy.

Once the puppy feels safe in its environment, it is important that you expose it to as many social situations as you can safely. On the other hand, this is also a time to begin laying your foundation as the pack leader for your dog. A well disciplined puppy will always feel safer and be less prone to problems than a puppy which has developed bad habits running wild around the home.

This does not mean that you have to spank your puppy or yell at it. In fact, you should never hit your dog, under any circumstance. It's been proven that positive reinforcement training is the most effective way to raise your puppy into a well adjusted dog, free of serious behavioral problems. Your tone of voice and body language will most often be more than enough to convey your message to your puppy. Now is the time to set boundaries such as not climbing on the furniture or chewing your shoes. There is no need to yell. A firm sharp exclamation of "Stop" along with positive reinforcement when the puppy complies will do the trick much better than physical abuse or violence.

Chewing will most likely be a problem right off the bat with any puppy. Puppies need to chew and if you do not provide them with something acceptable to chew on then they will find their own chew toy. Most likely it will be one you would rather they not chew on. If you catch your puppy chewing on an inappropriate item, just firmly tell them "no" and replace the object with something acceptable to chew on. Your puppy will be teething and their instinct to chew needs to be directed toward appropriate targets.

A new puppy owner must also understand that training a puppy is going to require an investment of time, attention and patience. Constant repetition and consistency will pay off in the future with a well behaved, happy dog.

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The Most Important Dog Training Tip

>> 9/26/09

The internet is overflowing with an abundance of Dog Training tips. However it seems that so many articles out there overlook the MOST important one.

It’s the one tip that will set the stage for the rest of your dog training efforts. The most important dog training tip is knowing how to be the “Alpha Dog” so your little buddy will respect you and follow your commands with obedient attention. This article is going to show you how to accomplish just that.

Take the lead and be the Alpha Dog…

Dogs naturally have a pack mentality. There's no getting around it. You must establish yourself as the pack leader.

Some people find it difficult to create dominance over their puppy. After all, your puppy is just "sooo cute". How can you look at that adorable face and be stern?

The simple truth is your dog WANTS to be led.

All dogs have either Alpha or Beta qualities. If your dog has strong Alpha qualities, he will compete with you for leadership. Let the dog win this battle and you'll be following HIS rules.

You need to be consistent with your dog training, rule setting and dominance or your dog will feel like he needs to take the top spot on the hierarchy.

Conversely, if your dog has a Beta type personality and you don't establish clear rules, he will become anxious and confused. Without a leader the dog may become fearful, confused or aggressive.

As a dog owner, your responsibility is to train your dog to understand that YOU are the "Alpha Dog" of the pack.

By acting like the "Alpha Dog", your dog will be able to instinctively relax and just follow your lead.

Additionally, your family members or other owners must establish themselves on the hierarchy of the pack. Your dog should understand that he is the lowest on the chain and it is his place to follow everyone's lead.

This will create a friendly, obedient and submissive dog that is respectful of your commands. Really the point of all this is to have your dog's respect and obtain control.

Everything you do from the moment you get your puppy will either build upon your Alpha role or take away from it.

That's why it is so important to have a clear understanding of rules before you get your dog.

When you stick to hard and fast boundaries for your dog's behavior, he will begin to understand what he can and can't get away with. This also includes feeding him on a set schedule.

As he realizes YOU'RE the boss, he will comply effortlessly with the kind of behavior you expect.

Part of this strategy involves the immediate correction of disapproved behavior with acceptable behavior. A good example of this is when your dog is chewing on one of your shoes and you replace the shoe with an approved chew toy.

You must also immediately follow the bad behavior with a sharp "No" and ALWAYS encourage any good behavior with "Good Boy". This taps into the power of positive reinforcement dog training.

I expand on this in other articles. But for now, know that these two phrases are "trigger commands". Over time, they will become incredibly powerful so use them appropriately.

Now you have a much better understanding of how dogs think. So don't feel bad about enforcing rules to your dog. It's actually comforting to him.

By establishing your role as the leader, you make your dog's life less chaotic and can train him knowing you are doing the right thing.

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REMEMBER: Dogs need to live by the rules of the pack in the wild and the same is true in your home. The sooner he knows his order in life, the happier he will be and the easier he will fit into the family routine. Make sure you establish yourself as the alpha dog!

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Active Dog Toys

>> 9/25/09

An active dog is a healthy dog. A good way to keep your dog getting the exercise they need is to find some good active dog toys. It probably wouldn't hurt you to get a little more exercise too. The traditional stick or toy thrown and retrieved works as good as anything.

But sometimes owners have a physical limitation or may not be able to get out and even walk their dog, let alone start exercising with them. Have no fear since in recent years dog toy makes have been hard at work with coming up with new active dog toys.

Some are manual, some are automated, but all provide a great way to exercise your dog on a regular basis. We've done a little research and have some of the most popular active dog toys listed below:

Bubble Machines – Evidently dogs love to chase bubbles. There are several products that spew bubbles for your dog to chase and pop. These machines are easy and you can even add flavor to the bubbles. They start around $13 and go up to about $30.

Ball Launchers – These come in all types and shapes. Some are hand operated, some look and perform like a tennis practice ball launcher, some look and work like a sling shot, and even tennis racket models. They start at around $10 and go up to $35.

Frisbee Type Toys – Frisbees have been around forever and there are lots of new types and special feature models now available. Some make noise, flash lights, have streamers, and some are super soft to make it easy on your dog's mouth. These start at about $10 and go to $20.

The good thing about these types of toys is that it helps your dog use his natural skills and burn off some extra energy and calories. Some of these toys require a good amount of space that is free of obstructions and any dangerous terrain. That goes for busy highways or streets too. Always make sure the area is safe for full tilt running and there are no possible manmade dangers.

The drawback with the automated versions is they need batteries. And the ones that make bubbles need a water source close by and some type of soap to make the bubbles. The manual ones are low maintenance and can be used anywhere.

The idea behind any of these toys is to get your dog more active and provide some exercise to help keep the weight down and the muscles toned. Probably doesn't hurt the owner to get out and about too. Both the dog and the owner can participate with many of these toys.

And you can always rely on the good old basic stick to throw and let your dog retrieve. Or even make your own version of the stick with any plastic or wood object from around the house. Our dog loves an old piece of rope that we had left over from a tree swing we made for the kids. Anything that throws easy and the dog can get in his mouth will work. Just make sure there's nothing on the device that will be harmful like paint, splinters, or sharp edges.

Active dog toys are great for taking your dog out and getting some exercise for you and the dog. From the most simple stick to any of the newer high tech models, all will get the job done.

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Rock-A-Bye Puppy: Training Your Puppy to Sleep Through the Night

>> 9/24/09

You bring home a new puppy one day with the vivid perception of taking him for his first walk around the neighborhood the following morning. You give him an early dinner, take him out a little later for his evening pee, and then tuck him into the soft, well-padded pooch bed you paid a hefty price for. Then you snuggle off under the covers only to awake several times in the middle of the night to your puppy's constant wails.

Don't be surprised or disturbed. Your puppy is a baby, and babies wake and cry through the night during their first few weeks. Being separated from his brood and brought into an entirely different surrounding aggravates his anxieties, so teaching your puppy to sleep soundly through the night is something you will have to work at so he will adopt good sleeping habits and leave you with peaceful rest each night. You should never allow your puppy to enslave you with his whims and tactics. Remember, puppies develop their behavior from how we respond to their actions. Basic to puppy training are common sense methods at establishing order regarding bedtime as it is with other areas such as housebreaking, barking, socializing and discipline.

It is imperative that all dog owners manage their puppy's activity throughout the day to guarantee restful quality sleep during the night. This is the first and most important step to successful puppy sleep management. Puppies sleep a lot during the first stages of growth, but if you allow yours to sleep at most times of the day, he will be up and about during most of the night and will seek some play or attention when you are just about to call it a day.

Keep your puppy active throughout the day by allowing him lots of playtime, fun and exploration activities so he will look forward to restful sleep during the night. Managing food and water intake is also critical to a puppy's sleep quality, so it is advisable to keep him off food and water for at least 3 hours prior to bedtime. Don't forget to take him out for his end of day potty break before putting him to bed.

Another vital tool to training your puppy to sleep through the night is to schedule middle of the night potty breaks and dutifully stick to them. Seven to nine week old puppies need to be taken out every 2 hours, while two to three month old puppies can settle with an additional hour in between. Beginning 14 weeks, potty breaks can stretch to every four hours. Be awake ahead of your puppy and take him out for his scheduled potty break. If your puppy has to awake you for this, they will learn that they can wake you to get what they want and this could graduate to other puppy wants beside simple potty breaks. Make your puppy understand that these middle of the night breaks are simply and exclusively for potty trips they are not for play, fun or exploration.

Proper training can lead to restful nights for both puppy and you. It simply takes a few weeks of habit formation and diligence which will pay off to a lifetime of peaceful coexistence and rewarding companionship between you and your puppy. Andrea has penned articles on many varied aspects of life for over 3 years and for something different suggest you might be interested in Coupon Organizers or maybe handbags and wallets might interest you!

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Puppy Training Pads Why You Shouldn't Use Them

>> 9/23/09

Chances are you have just gotten a new puppy and we wanted to say congratulations; after all there is nothing more exciting than adding a new member to your current family. One of the main things that people become concerned with when they get a new pup is learning some puppy training tips and if they should consider using puppy training pads.

With over a million people in the United States who own pets; many of them do not like the fact that they will have to learn how to train them. However if you plan on keeping them inside then you are going to want to concern yourself with how to properly train them.

Imagine waking up one morning and you just a new puppy that you and your family love. You walk step outside and place you pup on your new carpet until you get her breakfast ready; you are only planning on being gone for a quick second so you do not feel it is necessary to take her with you.

When you come back into the room where you left her; then you will notice that she has now ruined your new beige carpet. When people notice these types of accidents from their puppies they tend to become upset; however it can all be stopped when you learn how to properly potty train your new best friend.

Chances are you may be considering using puppy training pads; however before you move forward with this consideration there are some things that you should know. Puppy training pads are a bad move because they can ruin your home by causing it to smell badly.

You will notice that even when you change out the dirty puppy training pads it will leave a nasty smell in your home. Your puppy will never become potty trained and you will continue to have to deal with this problem as the become older.

Remember if you know how to begin potty training your pup; then you can have a healthy dog. Be sure to visit our site below and discover how easy it can be to begin training your new puppy to go potty outside.

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What Labrador Training Can Say About Submission

>> 9/22/09

While the Labrador dog breed is known for being among the most emotionally stable and kindest dogs for miles around, some Labrador owners can't help reacting to what seem to be submission gone too far. For example, a certain dog is a winner when it comes to being friendly and at the same time, not scared or intimidated by other dogs. But what needs to be done if this same dog allows other dogs to dominate it, or hump/mount it (the dominate type)? Furthermore, let's say that this dog has no aggression issues and is very docile.

To give a constructive response according to Labrador training standards to this concern, it is good to begin with what submission is essentially among dogs. To them, submission involves greeting humans and other pets with tails tucked, quaking bodies, and urine on them, signs that the dog is afraid.

What's more, some owners only become convinced that their dog is no shrimp when the fuss-free, happy-go-lucky pet a little bit more time. Then one day, it suddenly responds to a casual nip from another dog by jumping to its feet, teeth flashing, growling, and giving all the signs of annoyance at unfair play.

So, the bottom line about the dog personality we were discussing at the start is that it may be actually just plain and simply too cheerful and optimistic to worry how to assert its own dominance, but will actually show its mettle if rudely asked to do so!

Other dog owners answer in a related way, by saying that if the dog is being actively socializing with other dogs that dominate it instead, dogs can actually work out the matter on their own. Indeed, sometimes it will take a few months of having another dog with the submissive dog every single day before the latter learns a helpful amount of assertiveness and stands up for itself. But even then, the submissive dog will have learned a thing or two how to drop hints - a little growl or even just moving to a more dominant position.

Before we end, it seems that labs with this kind of dispositions also happen to earn a considerable amount of compliments since, while they are not perfect despite Labrador training, owners with the most behaved dogs never think twice about letting their dogs approach the lab in question. Grandparents will also want to have them since the dog is sure to withstand the pushing, piggyback riding, pulling, and the yelling.

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The Key to Working With Dominant Dogs - The Down Command

>> 9/21/09

Most dominant dogs are not quite sure how to handle themselves when forced to change perspectives. Usually, their natural instinct is straightforward, always reverting back to the need to assert themselves. These dogs will fight back by growling when a firm hand is placed on their shoulder blade. Dogs in this condition are stressed, which leads to little to no interest in food. As a result, the most they'll do is snap, not actually bite with the intention of harming.

Dominant dogs are the most understood of all dog types. Nature has crafted these animals to be active and direct, and this is often augmented by dead-end relationships with people. As such, all change is interpreted as bad when it comes to human interaction.

One advisable way of training these dogs is to induce profound hunger; a dog is often more responsive to the "down" command in this state. The quality of the contract training at this stage is important because the tension between the dog and the trainer is a key issue in the animal's temperament. A trainer in this scenario needs to relax the animal and induce the idea that change is actually good.

After a bit of time, however, it becomes necessary for the trainer to address the issue more directly by withholding food entirely. The dog will have to relearn human touch as if it was a puppy. When the time comes to subtract food from the equation, it is advisable to place your left foot on the dog's lead while holding it in your right hand. Now it is time to pause and observe the dog's reaction – if there is no panic or other intense reactions, the pressure can slowly be increased.

For your own safety, make sure your head is not near the dog, as this will intensify any existing tension from the animal. As the animal relaxes into a submissive state, talking kindly to him will allow his resistance to weaken even further. Petting his back and ribs at this time will also help.

Dogs of this nature need to be the center of focus – you want him to understand that he can achieve this desire by behaving and lying down. You are not attempting to place yourself in the dominant position, as this would cause the dog to again revert back to an aggressive state and negative perception of humans. More directly, you want to communicate to him that he can get what he wants if he is submissive to you.

When the dog is finally fully submissive and lying down, this is the time when you can rub his belly and let him even roll over – he is receiving the positive experience and you want to reinforce this positive interaction within him. While receiving positive feelings from your hand on his belly, he is receiving the same from his back on the ground; this makes for a positive connection overall. In this sense, the dog learns that "down" leads to positive feelings. Repeating this will bring a decrease in resistance with each repetition.

When working with dominant dogs, it is important to recognize that the issue with them is not pure dominance; it is also their brittle nature coupled with strong self-esteem. It is hard to adapt well and embrace new places or people. Due to this double issue; change comes at a slow pace with their strong sense of entitlement and self. Most often, this is incorrectly interpreted by humans as them being tough dogs. When a tough training program is applied to an incorrectly-identified tough dog, the dogs will push back because of their sense of place that has not yet been broken.

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Using dog treats to get your dog to do everything you want him to.

>> 9/20/09

Caninestein's Stephanie Colman on how to use treats -- and how to NOT use treats -- to get your dog to do everything you want him to.

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20 Methods to Achieve Successful Dog Training

>> 9/18/09

1. All dog training should be established upon teaching the dog appropriate habits.

2. When training your dog make sure he sees what you are doing. When you say certain words or phrases, have the dog to understand that he is to do certain things.

3. The success to training your dog is he has to understand that at the end, a certain thing will take place.

4. Commands should always be given in the same words and with the same manner of voice.

5. Don't demand or rush your dog for immediate obedience as this will only confuse the dog. Give him a minute or two to carry out your commands. Training your dog takes patience.

6. Developing a bond with your dog is an important step in teaching commands. All future training depends upon this. If your dog doesn't respond to a step correctly, go back to the beginning of the exercise and start again. This will teach him that the act must be done correctly through it's entirety.

7. Immediately after every act that your dog has performed correctly reward him with a treat or a favorite toy.

8. Don't try to teach your dog 2 or 3 feats at a time. Dogs have a one-track mind. However, this doesn't mean a training session can't include more than a 4 or 5 different tasks.

9. Keep in mind a dog can't understand all you say...only the words, the commands and the names you teach it.

10. To be a success at training your dog you must be able to make the dog understand what it is he has to do and then to gradually instill that into his brain until it becomes second nature.

11. Be decisive and firm but always with kindness.

12. To teach your dog the correct training methods focus in your mind each stage of the training and have a thorough knowledge of how to teach it, and how it should be done. Find out what proper techniques and tools are needed by reading training manuals or by watching training videos.

13. The more you are with your dog the more it will become accustomed to your actions and words which will help to make the training easier.

14. Always finish a training session on a good note. If the dog has done something wrong don't quit until he does it right. Correction is essential.

15. Never leave the training session with an angry word to your dog. Always end it on a happy and positive note. Let him know he has mastered the obstacle before you call it a day.

16. Do not get angry or lose control while you are training your dog as this will only make him lose respect for you.

17. You must teach your dog to come to you or follow after you, not to run and chase him.

18. After you persuade your dog to come to you, don't then turn on him and punish him.

19. Don't harass and pester your dog with constant shouting and orders.

20. While you are training your dog don't let anyone except you give the commands.

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Crate Training my Dog

>> 9/17/09

We receive the question, "Should I crate train my dog" on numerous occasions. While some don't recommend the use of a dog crate, we here at Training Your Dog Tips is a highly effective tool in housebreaking your puppy or dog.

The use of a crate is an effective housebreaking tool for it takes advantage of the dog's natural reluctance to relieve itself in its sleeping place. It can also be helpful in reducing separation anxiety, preventing destructive behavior (dog chewing furniture), as well as keeping your puppy or dog away from potentially dangerous household items, such as electrical wires, poisons, etc.

Crate Training Dogs

Training your dog for the crate is very beneficial for your dog and for you. It's a safe and comfortable space for your dog, actually it is less stressful for your dog. It gives your dog a space of his own so he can relax and give you a little time to relax too, knowing that he is safe and comfortable.

When training your dog, you should never force it, gradually introduce your dog to the crate and let him know it's not punishment or a way to seclude him. It's a place to keep him safe when you are not home, as well a place of his own. It's very beneficial for when your dog has surgery or you need to travel.

Crate training dogs isn't a form of cruelty, even though some people might view it that way. This is a very important step for your dog to learn. When done properly, it provides safety and someplace comfortable for him to retreat to and is a very valuable training tool. Training is most favored when in your dog is young, but isn't necessary.

Crate training dogs can be done in many ways and styles, but the most important thing to remember is to always us positive reinforcement. You can start by introducing your dog to the crate by saying to him "kennel" and let him get into the crate on his own, never push. The goal here is to have him feel comfortable. You can try and put treats in the crate, and placing a soft blanket in the crate also. Speak to him in a happy voice, keep it positive.

When he feels comfortable and gets used to entering the crate on his own, you can put his food dish inside close to the opening, and in time gradually place the dish further in the crate, and eventually you can close the door while he eats. At this time you will be able to have him stay in the crate in short periods of time while you are home, and longer periods of time alone.

Make sure you put him in the crate about 15 to 20 minutes before you leave, and to have him also in the crate when you are home. This will keep him from thinking that by going into the crate, that you are leaving him, which can cause anxiety.

For keeping your dog from feeling isolated at night, you can place his crate in your bedroom or just outside your door. And then when he starts to sleep through the night, and this does not cause anxiety or any problems, you can put the crate in the spot you want. Don't worry if this takes a little time, every dog is different and learn at their own pace.

So using a crate for your dog is a great way to strengthen your relationship and to let your dog feel comfortable and safe. And safe and happy is what is most important.

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I mentioned in crate training that it's a dog's natural reluctance to relieve itself in its sleeping place. Just because your puppy or dog didn't eliminate while inside their crate, it doesn't mean that they will not eliminate when you let them out. As soon as you let your pup or dog out, put on their leash and take them outside!!

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Puppy Instruction: Solutions and Guiding Methods For the Most Common 4 Puppy Manner Dilemmas

>> 9/15/09

Puppy Instruction: Housebreaking is a matter of you keeping track of your dog around the house and observing for signs they may need to go outside and potty.

-Unless you are crate training your puppy, they will most likely be allowed to roam around the house. Now I'm not suggesting you should chase your puppy around all day, just be sure you know where they are, and keep track of how long it's been since they've eaten, or had drink of water, and how long ago it was you took them out.

- Formulate a schedule for taking the puppy outside until it learns to let you know, in someway that they need to go out. This will finally happen, even in the most callous of breeds.

Puppy Training: HELP!! My Puppy is BITING EVERYTHING!!

-This is actually extremely simple to fix. Go to your local pet supply store or walmart, kmart, or wherever and buy your puppy a chew toy. A chew toy that makes some type of noise when bitten is best for puppy training.

-The best way to let your puppy know that they are not supposed to chew on anything except their new toy would be to either, catch them in the act, firmly tell them "no", and give them their toy to chew on. The other way to train your puppy would be to sit with them in the floor and put something in front of them that they have been caught previously chewing on, along with their new toy. When they begin to chew on the item they were previously chewing on, firmly tell them "no", take that item away, and give them the toy. Repeat this process several times and you will almost immediately begin to see results. Eventually, they won't even think about chewing on anything but their toy.

Puppy Training: Training Your Puppy to go for a Walk

-The first thing to remember about leash training should be common sense to most people, be sure to choose the right size collar for your size puppy.

-Today, retractable leashes are a valuable tool in training your puppy. Using a retractable leash will allow you to control where you want your puppy to walk when you eventually are able to walk them without the leash. Just be sure when you are doing your puppy training you remember not to pull to hard on the leash. Have patience when training your puppy and realize it's a journey, that after a while allows your puppy training to become a success.

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- If your puppy is too active, don't worry, this is fixable with a simple training method I picked up years ago when I was still a newbie. First, stop playing aggressively with your puppy instantly. Next time your puppy begins to get aggressive, immediately start to turn your back on them as much as possible, and reward them when they settle down.

- Jumping up on visitors or even other family members is an inconvenient aspects of life when living with a puppy. This is one of those aggressive temperaments I mentioned above. So simply keep repeating those steps, and your puppy will begin to understand how you expect them to act in every instance.

These 4 puppy training techniques are simple enough, yes, but if you do not consistently practice these methods with your puppy, you will never have a puppy that grows up to be the model dog we all want. A dog that listens when you talk, that will stay beside you when you take them for a walk, and respect you as their pack leader. Dogs are pack animals and they will only listen to you if they see you as their pack leader, and by following the steps above your puppy will soon grow to see you as their pack leader.

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When Should Dog Training Begin?

>> 9/14/09

Most owners will agree that dog training is mandatory but few actually know when dog training should start. Common questions include how old does the canine need to be and what should or shouldn’t be taught in the beginning? The answers to both of these inquires are very simple. Training should be started immediately and only housebreaking and basic obedience is required in the beginning.

That’s right, as soon as you welcome your pup home you need to begin his education. He should be at least 8 weeks of age when he joins your family and is old enough at this point to begin learning some commands. The initial lesson that needs to be taught, however, should be house breaking because it is important for your dog to understand right away that he eliminates outdoors.

Nevertheless, just because you are house training him doesn’t mean that you cannot begin teaching him other simple commands, such as Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Off and other basics. Just remember to take it slow and teach them one at a time. In addition, you can also sign him up for puppy school if you would like to learn from a professional.

Why teach them so early? Puppies are born without bad habits but will quickly develop them within the first year of their life. The sooner you can teach him, the less resistance there will be because there won’t be any previous issues you will have to overcome first. Understand, this doesn’t mean that you cannot train an adult dog; it simply means that it often takes longer because they are already set in their ways and have developed certain behaviours that can make understanding and responding to commands a struggle.

Is there any training I should avoid while my dog is a pup? Yes, while fundamental obedient lessons are ideal, agility training should be avoided until your pooch is fully developed. The jumping and other vigorous actions that is required for this particular activity is hard on the dog’s joints and muscles and could seriously damage developing and growing bodies.

Thus, begin your pup’s education immediately and remember to be patient, persistent and consistent for optimal results. On a final note, don’t ever lose sight of the fact that while training should start early it never really comes to an end. Even after you pet learns commands they must be used on a frequent basis to ensure he doesn’t forget or become less obedient.

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Dog leash training doesn't have to be difficult

>> 9/13/09

Leash training your dog is one of the basic things that you will want to accomplish so that you can take the dog with you to different places.

It’s natural for dogs to pull, but this can be dangerous for both your dog and the dog owner. Pulling on the leash can injure the dog as well as causing injury to the owner who is being pulled. Leash training your dog, is effectively achieved by teaching him this one simple fact... pulling will get him nowhere. Never let your dog or puppy get anywhere that they are pulling. Remember, you're walking you dog, not the other way around.

Dog leash training can be very frustrating and does takes some time, but it does not have to be so difficult. The following video will provide some helpful tips to follow for leash training dog owners.

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Getting Your Dog's Attention (Part 2)

>> 9/12/09

Welcome to the second part of training your dog to “pay attention”. Continue with the same protocol and after fifteen minutes, get down on one knee to your dog’s level and untie the long-line from his collar, but don’t remove the collar yet.

Just take a few moments to tell your dog what a great job he’s doing. Give him a good pet on the head and talk to him in enthusiastic tone of voice. A good praise and a pat on the dog's head are all you need at this time to help shape his attitude for the next lessons that will follow.

Time For A Break

When you have finished your few minutes of praise, casually remove the training collar and give your dog a little privacy to take a break and think things over. Do not leave the training collar on your dog when he’s unattended because the ring can snag objects and cause strangulation.

Your first fifteen minutes of training may have seemed unremarkable to you. However, if you followed the instructions accurately, your dog began to realize that when he’s tied to you, he must move with you. If he failed to learn that on your first day, you can be sure that he’ll learn it, and more, by the fourth day, since it takes the average dog four days to learn an average thing.

At the same time, your dog is going to learn something else that is equally important. He is going to learn that you have the ability to use sound judgment as well as demonstrating a will that’s much stronger than his. Confidence and respect in your actions will begin to grow.

Day 2

Your second day of training should be same as the first day, except for the direction of your pattern. From your starting point the pattern could be the reverse of the day before, so that your dog will not know ahead of time which direction you intend to take.

Depending on your particular dog, you may or may not have struggles on your second day. If you do, handle it as you did the first day. Ignore all distractions and just walk!

Day 3

On the third day of training, even the most stubborn and uncooperative dog will begin to realize that nothing he does is going to deter your from going in the direction you want to go, and when you want to go. He will also realize that the line of least resistance is to follow you.

You will also notice, as you repeat the procedures of the first two days, that your dog will be watching you just a bit more closely. He is learning that he must move with his owner when on a leash. He has learned that you won’t direct him of your intentions. And since he must move with you, there’s only one way he’ll be able to be aware of your movements, and that is to pay attention to you.

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Getting Your Dog's Attention (Part 1)

In today's article about the first week of training your dog, we are going to apply a basic method that was originated by Mr. William Koehler, a respected animal trainer. His first week's long-line method (slightly changed here) should be highly praised as one of the greatest innovations in canine training.

Regardless of how basic and unpromising these first-week steps may seem, follow them carefully and exactly, and you will have a more obedient dog, one that will learn easier and faster.

Let The Training Begin

On your first day of training, take your dog to the backyard, the sidewalk, or the park (only if it provides little to no distractions). Put the training collar on your dog, making sure that it’s fitted correctly. Tie one end of the long-line to the free ring. Holding the other end of the long-line in your hands, pick a spot at a distance of about thirty to forty-five feet. It could be a tin can, a fire hydrant, or a particular patch of grass. Walk fast in a straight line to that spot. Determine to let nothing stand in your way, especially your dog and his tricks.

If yours is the type of dog who has had no form of total control placed over him, you can bet there’ll be tricks. He may start wailing, which means that he would prefer to go in some other direction and you are not cooperating.

He might roll over on his back and place all four feet in the air trying to hook a claw in the sky, which means he doesn’t particularly want to walk with you because you’re not going to the direction he wants. He may even try to rest directly in front of you which simply means that you forgot to ask his permission to walk, and he’d prefer that you stand still until he’s make up his mind.

In training your dog, you need to keep one thing perfectly clear in mind so that it will also be clear in the mind of your dog: You are training your dog, not the other way around.

Regardless of his tricks, and with the end of the long-line held firmly in your hand, go to the destination that you’ve chosen. As Mr. Koehler expresses “Your dog will go with you if for no other reason than to be near you”.

That first sixty seconds of training (the time it takes you to walk thirty to forty-five feet) may indeed be a test of wills. It is crucial that your dog develop assurance that you will win this test of wills. He will develop this assurance if he knows that you will go from point A to point B without considering his resistance.

By the time you reach your predetermined location, the learning processes will have already been triggered within the mind of your dog, so simply stand there for about forty-five seconds to a minute. Look around and observe everything around you except your pet. Do not even look at him. Doing so just might possibly get you hopelessly entangled in an emotional struggle.

When your forty-five seconds to one minute is up, pick another spot at about the same distance and, without warning or tugging on the leash to get your dog’s attention, walk at a brisk pace right to it. Again, do not let your dog stand in your way. If you have to clear your throat or in some other way try to catch your dog’s attention before moving, then your dog is doing a great job of training you.

Don’t ask your dog’s permission to walk and just go! When you reached your spot, pause again for about forty-five seconds to observe your surroundings – but not your dog. Again, pick a location and, without any warning, walk to it at a brisk pace. Continue this process for the full fifteen-minute training session.

Getting Your Dog's Attention (Part 1) by Jerry Mace

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How To Teach Your Dog To Cross His Paws

>> 9/10/09

A simple and adorable trick that you can easily teach your dog or puppy is to have her cross her paws. Many pets will do this by accident and it always puts a smile on my face when I witness this cute sitting posture.

You can easily teach train your dog to lie down and look elegant with its paws crossed by following these simple instructions:

Step 1: Start the exercise with your dog in the down position (of course he should already be trained to do so before attempting the 'cross paws' trick)

Step 2: Now have your dog offer his paw on command. If he does not know how to respond to this command yet, simply reach out and grab one of his paws. Be sure to click once (using a clicker) and offer a small treat each time. It is important that your dog remains in the down position while doing this.

TIP: If he still struggles to understand how to give you his paw, simply use the treat and place it in the palm of your hand a few inches is a way from one of his paws. Soon enough, he will naturally move to touch the treat that is in your hand in hopes that you will release the tasty snack. Be sure to click each time he taps your palm.

Step 3: Continue having your dog offer his paw, but be sure to concentrate only on one paw at a time and do so repetitively with a click and a treat.

Step 4: When your dog has reached the stage where you can rely on him to target your hand with one of his paws, slowly move your hand closer to your dog's other front paw. Now in order to offer you is paw, he must lift it up and move over sideways in order to reach your hand.

What may happen is that he may choose to lift the opposite paw instead of continuing with the trained paw. Each time this happens, all you have to do is pull away your hand and simply ignore this response from your dog.

Step 5: Your almost done. When your dog can target your hand as it has moved to the opposite side, near his other paw, quickly snap your hand back at the last second. His moved paw should now land right over the other paw and in a crossed-paw fashion. Be sure to click and offer a treat.

Step 6: Continue repeating this training regimen and each time his paw crosses over, slowly fade your hand away so it is further from the dog. Eventually, your dog will automatically cross his paws when he sees your hand signal, and at increasingly longer distances away from you.

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Jack Russell Training For Better Understanding Of An Assertive Dog

One good way to come to terms with the assertive or obstinate nature of a dog is to study how that nature is used by the dogs. Herding dogs are known for more assertiveness than other dog breeds. A Border Collie is an example. The dog is actually tenacious enough to intimidate livestock or other animals, even its humans.

Right from the start, Jack Russell Terriers were meant for some persistent and tenacious hunting and stalking of quarry. The dog will literally enter another animal's home to get it by hook or by crook to leave. The terrier will want to use bark, nip, and bite to enter unknown,even hostile territory, and boss around that animal owner.

How may this field behavior translate in the four corners of your home? Some factors that influence are how assertive your dog is, and how independent it is. Usually, the higher in pack status the dog is, the more likely it is to think independent. Independent dogs are not given to checking on their owners' approval or disappointment before taking action. What makes Jack Russells a challenge to most dog owners is that they are quick thinking and are quite creative. I know a certain female JRT that rolls on its back when approached, and is a submissive dog by nature. In most breeds, more submissive dogs will give way to a leader, and will actually prefer a poor leader compared to themselves leading. But this same dog will not back down from taking on a woodlands predator that outweighs her, so persistent is she to taking down the vermin.

How does a dog handler-owner deal with all this? Dealing with simply extra-dominant dogs is solved by doing even more obedience training. But highly assertive dogs like the JRT are tagged in their very genes to persist and insist in getting whatever they want. So the point is that there is no quick, two-step way to get it to comply. While a Rottweiler will not want to toe the line after a series of obedience training, the Jack Russell Terrier's training report card will look like hit or miss. The dog's assertive nature simply seeks to find a loophole one way or another that will allow it to do things its way. But it could get worse; a dog without physical or mental challenges, or Jack Russell Training will only feel more impelled to have you as the target of its assertive and creative efforts!

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Canine Push Ups

>> 9/8/09

Puppies and dogs need lots of mental and physical exercise. By teaching your puppy and dogs “push-ups” it gives them a great release for excess energy.

This is a combination of two commands: lie down and sit up. The goal is to exercise your dog's listening skills, as opposed to building upper body strength.

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Why Your Puppy Nips - And 5 Ways To Get Him To Stop

>> 9/7/09

Here’s a news flash – puppies nip!

Okay, I guess you already knew that. But here’s the surprise – you may actually be encouraging your puppy to nip. Let’s talk about how to stop this behavior before it grows up to be an adult-sized dog problem.

Puppies are a lot like babies – they use their mouths in part to explore their world. Little kids are forever sticking things in their mouth – from your favorite house plant to the bar of soap in the tub. That’s one of the ways they experience taste and texture, and figure out what’s good and what’s not. It’s all about experimentation.

Puppies are the same. They want to see just how soft your finger is, or what that leash tastes like. In addition, biting or nipping is an important part of learning social skills in their “wolf” pack – the social structure that makes up your dog’s life.

And with some breeds, such as Border Collies, biting or nipping is even more instinctive because of the nature of the breed – they’re born and bred to herd livestock, and that’s how a 50 or 60 pound dog will control a 1,000 pound cow – by biting at the heels or nose.

If your dog was allowed to remain with mom and his littermates for an appropriate amount of time (until at least 8 weeks of age), then mom should have taught him the beginnings of bite inhibition. As the pups began to grow and develop those needle-sharp little puppy teeth, mom would have disciplined him for being too rough, either with her or his littermates. Junior soon learns that all play will stop and he’ll get smacked down by mom if he gets carried away.

But when you get that puppy home, and he becomes part of the family, you may be encouraging him to nip by letting the kids run away from him, squealing and giggling in an effort to play “chase” games. While this is cute at the beginning, it can soon turn into a full-fledged problem when he’s no longer such a small, cute puppy, and views any child running away as fair game.

You can also encourage this kind of bad behavior by teasing him with toys – holding them just above his head and yanking them out of range when he jumps for the toy or nips at it. (This also encourages another bad habit: jumping.)

Here’s 5 things you can do to stop your puppy from nipping.

1. When your puppy does nip – stop all play

If your puppy nips too hard, say “Ouch!” in a loud-enough voice to surprise him (don’t start off by screaming!) and stop all play. Turn your back on him, and refuse to continue the game. He should come around to face you and find out what’s wrong – tell him “bad dog – no bite” in a firm tone of voice. Do this every time he nips until he gets the idea that nipping means no more fun.

2. Replace your flesh with a toy

When you’ve resumed play, and if your puppy tries to nip again, try replacing your hand or arm (or whatever’s being nipped) with a toy. Teach your puppy that you’re not the toy. Put a toy in between you and those needle-sharp teeth!

3. The Nose Tap

If your puppy nips turn to him immediately and give him the “sit” command. Take your forefinger and hold it up in front of his nose, then tap him on the nose and say “no bite” in a stern tone of voice. It’s important to note two things here: 1) the nose tap isn’t designed as a dire punishment – you’re not trying to hurt him, but rather startle him into stopping the behavior; and 2) your tone of voice is just as important as the nose tap. Don’t scream at him – your voice should be stern and give a clear warning – think of it as a verbal growl – something that he can understand as a dog.

An interesting result of this manner of breaking this habit is that down the road, when your puppy has learned to recognize the raised finger – he’ll usually stop whatever behavior he’s engaging in just because he knows what’s coming. You won’t even have to raise your voice – just lift that finger.

4. Don’t encourage biting or nipping in the first place

Don’t let the kids start “chase” games – that encourages dogs to think that the kids are prey. Don’t play games that involve waving your hands in front of your dog and encouraging him to jump or nip.

Don’t play tug-of-war with your dog – it will not only encourage him to think he’s your equal, it can promote nipping if you use a rope toy, for example, because he’ll try to bite at your hands to make you lose your grip on the toy.

Play games of fetch and retrieval, but be sure that your dog knows the “drop” or “release” command so you’re not fighting over the toy.

5. Be consistent

Stop the nipping behavior as soon as it starts, and be consistent about disciplining your puppy for it. Don’t let him get away with nipping on one day, and then discipline for the same behavior the next. Dogs don’t understand “sometimes it’s ok,” or “maybe it’s ok it you don’t nip too hard and I’m in a good mood.“ They understand “Don’t ever do that,” and “No more treats if you do that.”

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How to Teach a Dog to Lay Down

>> 9/6/09

Training the dog to lay down is one of the most basic and very important commands you can teach your dog. Teaching your dog to lay down would be very beneficial if you have to talk to someone and you need to settle or calm you dog. Friends who would want to pet your dog may be more comfortable if the dog is lying down.

Training the dog to follow the lay down command may be a bit tricky given that most dogs are not comfortable in that position.

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Dog Training - How to Introduce Dogs to Each Other

>> 9/5/09

"In this video, professional dog trainer, Carla Nammack-Wenger, along with her brother, Austin Nammack describe various techniques to help you train your dog and to help you acquire “leadership” skills. The video covers a variety of topics including how to use your training equipment effectively, how to establish yourself as the “pack leader”, how to teach your dog basic obedience commands, how to introduce your dog to another dog without altercation, how to socialize the “unsocial” dog and how to introduce your dog to strangers."

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Four Favorite Havanese Training Activities

>> 9/4/09

Activities and sports are not only time fillers and energy vents for your dog. More than that, they are structures that people and dogs could use to better understand and communicate with the other. Training with your dog gives better exercise, is a fulfilling exercise, and will improve hoe you know each other. Here we cover some fun activities everyone can do with their dog.

Canine Good Citizen Plenty of dog owners pick CGC training as the first step to helping their dogs. This test is a certification program that observes how the dogs are in simulated daily situations in a relaxed atmosphere. No doubt, it is fun and useful, and both you and your dog will have better ties. This observation of your dog's training and manners is far from being a competition and so, you and your dog are not under pressure to be precise and all proper. This program actually is the base for other AKC activities such as tracking, obedience, agility, and show events.

Rally – O This is the hottest AKC event for the show circuit right now. Teams go through the course at a fast continuous performance without judge intervention. Handlers are moreover allowed to talk with their dogs while competing. But Rally is more relaxed than precision competitive Obedience, with more priority given to attitude and enthusiasm. While the spectrum of exercises and courses are meant to reveal your versatility and teamwork. Rally serves as the bridge from the CGC program to obedience or agility, both for dogs and handlers.

Obedience An obedience trial examines a dog's capacity to accomplish certain routines in the obedience ring. There are three levels wherein your dog can get a title, with the next level more challenging than the preceding one. Tasks cover a whole variety of skills such as sitting, standing, and heeling up to jumping, sorting scents, retrieving. All participants in a class or category need to accomplish the same exercises in the same manner so that the quality of one performance can be matched up against the others. This time, there is really pressure to be accurate and correct according to regulations in the performance of both handler and dog.

Agility In an agility competition, a dog shows off its agility and versatility by accomplishing cues from its handler. With the help of signals from its human, the dog will go through a series of jumps, weave poles, tunnels and other objects. The dog needs to do all of it off-leash, with the handler directing through body signals and voice commands.

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