Making the Most of Your Dog’s Behavioral Training

Tips For Teaching Basic Manners To Your Family’s New Puppy

Posted by on July 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Teaching Basic Manners To Your Family’s New Puppy

Nothing can try your patience more than having a new puppy living in your home. While puppies are fun to play with and snuggle, they need to be taught basic manners while they are still young. Early training for puppies is essential to keep the sanity of everyone in your household and to train your puppy how to become an obedient adult dog. Follow these tips to keep your sanity while training your family’s new puppy: Use Praise, Not Punishment for Potty Training While many people believe that it is effective to punish a puppy for going to the bathroom in your house or for chewing up your favorite pair of shoes, the reality is that even spanking your puppy with a rolled newspaper is damaging to their psyche. Hitting your dog, even with a pain-free tool, makes your dog fear you rather than respect you. Since dogs are natural pack animals, it is important that your dog respects you as the pack leader, or they will not follow your commands as they grow older and wiser. The best way to train your puppy to perform the good behaviors, and stop doing things that are destructive, is to follow them around and praise all of the appropriate things that they do. For example, don’t hit your dog with the paper when it tries to urinate on your recliner, instead, take it outside and praise it well when it urinates on a bush. Pet the puppy. Clap and use an excited voice and say; “Good dog!” This behavior shows your puppy that you are pleased when they take this action, and even young puppies will respond to praise training. Provide Appropriate Chew Toys and Daily Exercise Puppies get a much deserved bad rap for chewing on things like a person’s favorite shoes or the TV remote control. Sadly, puppies are both teething and still learning about their world, so they can be very destructive. This growth time leads puppies to act similarly to human babies and explore using their mouth. This is one of the main causes of chewing – the puppy is trying to relieve their gum pain and explore their new world. To help a puppy cut their teeth, you should always provide them with appropriate chew toys. While rawhide is not acceptable for puppies, there are some good quality synthetic dog bones on the market that allow your dog to chew as much as they want, without the gastrointestinal problems that can come from rawhide. Puppies also chew because they become bored. When their mind and body is not stimulated, this makes dogs revert to a primal instinct to chew and groom. This is one of the reasons that abandoned dogs often chew on their own feet or continually groom themselves. In order to prevent bad habits such as chewing, make sure that you exercise your puppy each day. Simply throwing a ball around your backyard for a few minutes can make the world of difference for your dog and can completely stop chewing behavior caused by boredom. If you need help with your training or want more tips, contact a local training center like Levenson Barb Dog Training...

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Overcoming Of The Clippers: Tips For Clipping Your Frightened Puppy’s Nails

Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You’ve just adopted a puppy and you couldn’t feel more excited. However, you quickly realize how sharp your new family member’s claws are. Your pups claws may interfere with playtime and wreak havoc on your rugs. Clipping your puppy’s nails is an important part of responsible pet ownership. It prevents your dog from suffering damage to his feet, saves you from painful scratches, and averts tears in your rugs. Although clipping his or her nails may seem like an easy task, you may be surprised when your pup runs and hides as soon as you pull the clippers out. A fear of nail clipping is not uncommon for dogs. Whether it’s because they are afraid they will get hurt, or because they are uncomfortable being in a vulnerable position, nobody really knows. If your pup is showing signs of nail clipping fear, don’t just put the clippers away and forget about it. Try these tips to get him or her acquainted with the practice. Introduce the Clippers Start by introducing your puppy to the clippers. Use an excited voice to explain that he or she is going to have a wonderful experience. Get extremely excited. Don’t hold back. Dogs feed off their masters energy, and the more pumped up you feel, the more pumped up your dog will feel. Once your dog is bursting with excitement, pull out the clippers. At this point, just show the clippers to your dog. Give him or her a treat and lots of good pets. Put the clippers away and repeat this exercise several times a day for at least a week. You’ll know your dog is no longer afraid of the sight of the clippers when you don’t get super excited, but he or she does when you pull the clippers out. Play With His Feet When you’re done with the clipper introduction exercise, play with his or her feet. As you pet your dog slowly move down to the feet. Touch each of his or her paws, and each of the nails. Use a lot of upbeat praise when you are handling his or her feet and make sure to have plenty of treats on hand to reward your pooch with. Again, practice this exercise for about a week. Start Clipping Once your dog isn’t afraid of the sight of the clippers and he or she is comfortable with you touching his or her feet, you can move to actually clipping the claws. Before you begin, bring the clippers out so that your pet sees them and then set the clippers aside. Pet and touch his or her feet. Pick up the clippers while you’re touching your pets feet, but don’t use the clippers; then put the clippers down and offer your pet treats. This action will get him or her used to the idea of you holding clippers in your hand while touching his or her feet. Once your pet appears comfortable with you touching his or her feet while holding the clippers, proceed to clipping. Move slowly, be positive and upbeat, and reward him or her with plenty of treats throughout the process. Using these tips, your dog will start to associate having his or hers nails clipped with being reward and see it as a positive experience. Eventually,...

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