Archive for April, 2010

Puppy Training Tips

April 30th, 2010
Have a new puppy in need of training? Need some puppy training tips?

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Dog Training – Choosing an obedience class 7

April 30th, 2010

How to choose the right obedience class for you and your dog. Discover the different training methods.

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Dog Training

April 30th, 2010 Dog Training. How to get the best dog training. Secrets to Dog Training is the perfect dog training guide to improve relationships and communication between owner and dog.

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Obedience Training for your Puppy

April 30th, 2010

Training is usually broken down into two types: obedience and behavioral. We will discuss obedience training in this article.

Obedience training for your new puppy should begin the day you bring him/her home. You should make obedience training fun and incorporate the training with play sessions. It is so easy to train a puppy when they are having fun and the puppy has no idea that they are learning valuable lessons. Please keep the sessions short and reward the puppy when they obey a command on the first call.

Some basic commands are: sit, stay, come and heel. Focusing on these commands with your new puppy is a good start. You should practice with your puppy at least twice every day and more often if you have the time. Make each practice session short so as not to tire the puppy or let the puppy become bored. Remember make it fun for both of you.

After your puppy has completed their vaccination course, you may enroll them in puppy classes. These classes are beneficial for both the puppy and owners. Before you enroll the puppy, stop by the class and observe the instructor during a training class. Is the class fun for both humans and animals? Do you feel comfortable with the type of training? Remember, your puppy’s welfare is at stake and you want to be satisfied with the training techniques. Also, make sure the class size is small because you will receive more instructions and individual attention. This class should be fun for both owner and puppy and educational for both. If you feel uncomfortable or you’re not happy with the trainers methods you may always find another class and instructor.

Puppy classes are invaluable. Your puppy will learn or reinforce the basic commands you have taught them and will be socialized. Socialization is the foundation of a well behaved dog. A puppy that is accustomed to being around many different people and animals is better behaved and less likely to be aggressive around people or other dogs. Make sure you practice the commands with your puppy at home and continue the socialization whenever you are out with your animal whether it is the park or just a walk around the block. Socialization is so very important during the first five months of the puppy’s life. Letting the puppy get use to strange sights, sounds and smells will make him/her a more stable dog as they grow older.

There are many classes your puppy can attend. Some are called Beginning Puppy Classes, Puppy Kindergarten, Puppy Class 1 and so forth. After your puppy has graduated from the first class, you can enroll them in the next class for further training and socialization. There can never be too much socialization or training for your puppy or dog. As the puppy learns new commands and branches out further in his obedience training, he/she will become more self assured and you as the owner will be more confident and allow them more freedom in the home. Training benefits both the puppy and the owner.

As the puppy grows older, you may want to enroll them in a beginning agility class or a Canine Good Citizen class. There are many continuing classes for puppy’s and dogs and the only limit is how much time you have to devote to your animal and the cost of the classes. There are many group classes offered that are not expensive and in some communities informal classes are formed by pet owners who just want their animals to play and exercise with other animals in dog parks. Dogs are social animals and are happiest when they can run and play with other dogs or play with their humans.

There are many books and articles on the different types of puppy and dog training. If you are not familiar with certain terms like reward training or Canine Good Citizen, do your research before enrolling your puppy or dog in any class. You want a rewarding experience for both you and the puppy in training class.

Jim McKiel

The Benefits Of Obedience Training Your Dog

April 30th, 2010

Your dog is a very important part of your household and the care that they receive is equally as important. Many pet owners wonder if taking the time to put their dog through obedience training is a good idea. There are many excellent benefits to obedience training that will be beneficial to not only your dog but you and your family as well.

Dog obedience training can be extremely important in establishing a pack order in the household. This order should be established as you, your family and then your dog. Since dogs are pack animals the establishment of the order of the pack goes a long way in helping them feel safe and secure. Your dog needs to be one hundred percent aware that you are the top dog of the household. If a dog is under the assumption that they are the top dog of the pack it could lead to some serious problems among the other members of your family, particularly if there are children in your home.

Working with a qualified obedience trainer can assist a dog owner in communicating better with their dog. All too often dog owners think that their dog is stupid or just lazy because of how they respond to the commands that they are given. A quality dog trainer can assist dog owners in understanding better how their dog takes direction thus making it clear what training methods are most effective.

Studies have shown that a huge portion of dogs that are put to sleep have not had any type of obedience training. Taking the time to obedience train a dog can help ensure a happy and healthy existence between a dog and their owner.

Having a well-trained dog can save its life. Should your dog get away from you on a trip somewhere it being well trained can stop it from running out into traffic for example.

A happy healthy well-trained dog can be taken just about anywhere. You do not have to worry about sending a dog outside when you have company over. You can take your dog for a walk down the street without having to worry about them misbehaving.

So when you are trying to decide whether or not obedience training would be a good option for the family dog keep in mind all the benefits mentioned here. You will be happy that you did.

Gray Rollins

The Different Phases of Dog Training

April 30th, 2010

It is a common scenario – someone, maybe a single person or maybe a family, walks into a pet store or animal shelter. They hem and haw, pet and cuddle, and make all sorts of exclamations. A few moments later, they walk out with the “perfect” dog or puppy in tow, ready to start out on their new life together. It may be a big dog or a small dog, an older dog or a younger puppy – everyone’s idea of the “perfect” dog is a little bit different. However, all dogs, big and small, young and old, can benefit from dog training. Puppy potty training can take your puppy from a cute little mess to an ideal housemate and beyond.

The start: Puppy Training

The majority of training for puppies is designed to make them better household companions. For the average family pet, training will often not extend beyond this phase. Trainng your puppy to use a potty pee pad is one of the most daunting challenges for most new pet owners. For working and competitive dogs, this aspect of training is only the beginning. The most popular type of training for dogs(so popular, in fact, that many people do not even realize that it is training) includes things like training your dog to walk on the leash, house and potty training your dog, and simple commands like “sit” and “drop it,” as well as basic social behaviors. It is easiest to begin puppy training at an early age, though if you acquire an older dog, you can train with him or her as well. Dogs are happiest when they know what is expected of them, and training helps to make those expectations clear. Training your dog is also a great way to strengthen the bond between dog and owner.

Competitive Dogs

The next step in training would be for competition. Some owners use dog training to teach their dogs tricks, like catching Frisbees on command, fetching items, or helping them with a freestyle routine. Other dog owners will use training to teach them to run agility courses, pull sleds, or do other activities. This level of training requires a strong bond between dog and owner, as well as a willing subject. Puppy training at this level is not something that you can do once and then go on with your life – it requires daily practice and commitment. Many of the professionals you see competing in agility trials or other competitions have been working with their dogs for years to conduct the training required.

Working Dogs

An even more stringent dog training method is required for working dogs. Working dogs assist people in a variety of fashions – they can be trained to sniff out drugs or contraband in airports, trained to assist the handicapped or disabled, or even trained as members of the police force or military. The dog training required for these dogs often takes months, if not years. Specific dogs are chosen from a young age to participate in this type of dog training, and often specific breeds are preferred due to breed characteristics. Only a few of the dogs that start on this dog training program end up being successful enough to have a career as a working dog. Training can come in a variety of styles for a variety of purposes. Even so, nearly any dog and owner can benefit from dog training.

Nick Luvera

Agility Training for Dogs : Teach the See-Saw During Dog Agility Training

April 29th, 2010

Learn how to teach your dog to do the See-Saw when teaching your dog agility in this free video.

Expert: Elise Paffrath
Bio: Elise Paffrath began her dog agility career in the early 1970s.
Filmmaker: Christian Munoz-Donoso

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Basic Dog Training Tips : How to Train a Dog to Stop Barking

April 29th, 2010

Learn how to teach your dog to stop barking in this free dog training video.

Expert: Jim Leske
Bio: My name is Jim Leske, Animal Behaviorist & Trainer.
Filmmaker: Louis Nathan

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An Introduction to Housetraining a Puppy

April 29th, 2010

From Karen Pryor’s Puppy Love (available at, Carolyn Clark gives you an overview and some tips on potty training your puppy. To learn how to teach your puppy to ring a bell when it needs to go potty, check out How to Teach ‘Ring the Bell’ for Potty Time by Virginia Broitman and Sherri Lippman. From the ClickFlicks Learning Center.

“Clicker training” is the popular term for the training or teaching method based on what we know about how living organisms learn.

Research has shown that any creature—whether a dog, cat, dolphin, parrot, fish, horse, llama, or person—is more likely to learn and repeat actions that result in consequences it desires and enjoys. So clicker trainers provide consequences desired by their animal in exchange for actions or behaviors desired by their trainers.

We call these consequences “rewards” and the process is called “reinforcement.” Clicker training, therefore, is a positive-reinforcement-based system of training.

First widely used by dolphin trainers who needed a way to teach behavior without using physical force, operant conditioning (the scientific term for clicker training) can be and has been successfully employed with animals of all sizes and species, both domesticated and wild, young and old; all breeds of dogs and puppies, cats, birds, leopards, rats, rabbits, chinchillas, fish, and more.

Clicker trainers who learn the underlying principles have at their disposal a powerful set of tools that enable them to analyze behaviors, modify existing methods for individual animals, and create new methods where none previously existed. This flexibility allows the tools of clicker training to be re-invented in new forms that work in a range of situations, and for an infinite variety of animals.

The same principles have also been applied to training for athletes, dancers, skaters, and other people. Called “TAGteach,” this form of training uses a click as a marker signal to teach precise physical motions quickly, accurately, and positively.

More information can be found at

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What is a good site to find tips to start dog agility training?

April 28th, 2010

I’m planning to train my lab mix, Jet, to do agility training. what is a good site that has tips on starting agility training?

Also look for a trainer in your area!
Good luck i hope this helps!