Training Dogs: Knowing The Different Types Of Training

Posted in Dog Training by Randall

Training dogs is a job with a wide coverage. Depending on how you you’re your dog to be, how you want him to act, what you want him to do, your buddy gets into different types of training. There are multiple meanings to the term “training.” It would be helpful to us where to enroll him, or what tips to look into since there are a number of trainings for dogs, so here are some features:

dog trainingBehavior training. This training is simply geared towards making your dog to be a “good canine citizen”. The course includes housetraining, good behavior around other people and dogs, reasonable leash manners and other small things which can make your dog a more of a pleasant companion than a threat.

Obedience training. This is teaching the dog how to do specific activities. This can include traditional “obedience” exercises such as heeling. Here in this training, we consider the most, prompt and precise performance — simply training, not behavioral modification.

Activity training. This includes hunting, herding, search and rescue, lure coursing — any activities designed to strengthen the dog’s abilities and of his handler. Common activities also include sports and agility performances.

Know what your dog needs. And always remember that in every training, there should be a display of fairness and consistency from you.

On-Leash Dog Aggression: How To Control It

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You are walking on a sunny afternoon at the park, humming along with the music played at your iPod, when suddenly you get tugged by the leash that you’ve been pulling, and you can no longer hear the sound of your iPod because of the barks and growls of your dog at another dog. On-leash Dog aggressions are one of the problems we encounter especially at these situations: having walks at the park. It not only threatens us and the other dog, but it threatens other people as well. To deal with, let’s look at some tips, and see if these might work for our little buddy.

training your dogü  At the first sign of aggressiveness, call your dog, yell out an obedience command, to divert his attention. This way, he performs another behavior and loses focus on the other dog, making him passive and not threatening.

ü  In eradicating the leash aggression, while in the process, do your best to avoid possible confrontations. Hold on to that muzzle.

ü  Dogs are sensitive animals, he surely can pick up your energies, emotions, breathing and feelings, so if you grab his leash tightly as he attacks another dog, he becomes anxious and stressed.

ü  Try practicing the Focused Attention Exercise:

  1. Free the environment from any distractions
  2. Prepare treats
  3. With your dog’s leash, call him by name, and say “look”
  4. As he displays eye contact, give him a treat. Keep the sequence the same always
  5. Now, strengthen it. Add some variables, get on with the sequence then move to one side. If he follows you and looks at you in the eye, give him a treat
  6. Repeat the exercise 5-6 times then start again to another side
  7. Take it to different locations and gradually add distractions — take it real slow

ü  Try playing “Find it”. The same with the Focus Attention Exercise. Redirect his attention. Practice throwing a treat to the ground and say “find it!”. This breaks the eye contact and makes your dog non-threatening

ü  Always reward your dog when he politely and calmly greets unfamiliar dogs. Show him that you’re happy with what he’s doing

 

Start training your dog and try them on the next time you go for a walk at the park.

Treating the Jumping Problem

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Getting annoyed of being jumped at and getting pawmarks on your clothes? Break the jumping mania before somebody gets knocked off.

training a dogIn treating the jumping behavior of dogs, you have to first know why they are into such behavior. Below are the following reasons to explain such:

 

  • They’re simply excited — it just shows that they’re happy to see you
  • Your dogs are seeking attention
  • To assert dominance over you and your guests — rare but it happens

Dogs couldn’t get the idea that jumping is not acceptable, or inappropriate at some point. It becomes a challenge to the owner to relay the message that it is

 

Correct the behavior before it’s too late. How? Try some of these tips:

 

  • Start as early as possible — better prevent behavior problems as early as possible
  • Communicate with your dog clearly, implying that the behavior is unaccepted, and always remember to be consistent
  • Never reward the dog that jumps on people by giving them the attention they want. This sticks to them the idea that rewarded behavior is reinforced behavior

 

Always be consistent with your actions, and you’ll see results soon.

Dog Trainer 101: Learning the Principles of Training Dogs

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When starting off training sessions with your buddy, make sure that you are fully equipped with the knowledge you need to understand your dog’s behavior. By knowing their behavior through principles, it would be easier for you to train your dog, as methods and techniques are grounded on these. Whatever method you use, it all falls on the same principles. Ready to start your training? Let’s get started then.

  • Most behavioral problems are due to separation anxiety
  • Behavioral problems are a result of lack of communication, or miscommunication between you and your dog
  • Obedience training at an early stage the most effective technique to correct any behavior problems, and prevent future problems
  • Let him know what is acceptable and unacceptable for your dogs, and be consistent with it
  • Be clear that you are always the alpha dog or leader in your owner-dog relationship
  • Know the cause of such behavior. There are factors that may trigger the behavior, before you modify the act, know why he is doing this, and deal with it first.
  • Be careful you are not inadvertently rewarding the behavior you are trying to eliminate. Be clear on how you want your dog to act.

As long as you are guided with these principles, you will keep yourself on the right track… and your dog, too!

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Dealing with Dog Coprophagia

Posted in Dog Health Care by Randall

It drives us nuts when we see our dogs pulling out diapers from the trash bins or simply eating their poop — a habit they just love to do. It disgusts us, to think that we are feeding them right but still they get extra meals from their poops. To deal with this problem, let us first understand the “why’s” of this filthy habit.

dog behaviorist Two main theories why dogs eat their poop are, one, it’s simply behavioral, and two, there’s a medical problem behind it. If it’s behavioral, keep updating your dog’s vaccinations and deworming schedules to avoid GI problems since diseases can be fecally passed. Or if you suspect a medical problem, visit your veterinarian to confirm a diagnosis.

To keep dogs from eating their poop, try the following techniques, and see which one works for you:

ü  Feed him with well-balanced and nutritious meals

ü  Feed him twice a day at regular times

ü  Ensure that your place is poop-free and keep his mouth busy with chew toys

ü  Adequately exercise and stimulate your dog mentally and physically

ü  Training your dog commands to follow — “leave it”. Be consistent and you’ll keep him obeying.

ü  Always reward a desired behavior. That’s just how they learn.

ü  When your dog is about to act on a poop, distract him.

ü  Put pineapple in his food (poop doesn’t taste good with it for them), or tabasco sauce or cayenne pepper on his poop.

Whatever you technique you try, remember to stay consistent, and you’ll soon break the habit in no time.