One thing you should not do is hit or spank your dog. Physical forced discipline can cause your dog to become insecure and fearful. If you need to discipline your dog, it should be within 5 seconds after the infraction to not confuse the dog as to why he is being punished. When disciplining your dog, be immediate, consistent, try verbal and nonverbal commands, be firm but not abusive and take into account your dog’s emotional state and discipline appropriately as to not scare or confuse the dog. Try to manipulate your dog when disciplining him into the behavior you want, use positive reinforcement, treats plus use training collars aids.
There are many commands you can teach your dog. First you want to teach your dog the most basic commands and easiest to learn before you engage in more difficult commands. When training your dog, the four most important commands, sit, down, stay and come, you will lure your dog to perform these commands with a treat and after the dog has successfully performed the command, reassure your dog by petting him and praising him.
When you give a verbal command to a dog it should be combined with a visual motion. The first command, sit, is the easiest for a dog to learn. Just say sit and point down with your finger. Second is down or lay down. The dog becomes immobile. Third is Stay. This is essential to keep the dog from wandering into dangerous situations like a street. Fourth is come. Train your dog to come to you regardless of the activity the dog is engage in. Fifth is heel. Teaching a dog to walk next to you at your pace is for control of the dog and to keep the dog from running from you. Sixth is off. You want to keep your dog off of places it is not supposed to be like furniture. Seventh is no. Keep the dog from doing things it is not supposed to do.
There is a lot of disagreement on whether dominance dog training is ethical. Mainly you must show your dog that you are the alpha and the dog must essentially be subservient to you in every way. It is believed by some experts that all dogs want to be the alpha in any relationship whether it is with other dogs or dog and pet owner. They believe you may need to use punishment on the dog if you want to succeed in being the alpha over the dog. Many also believe this dominant trait in dogs has evolved out of their evolution and it is not necessary to punish the dog or engage in dominant dog training.
Bonding with your dog is beneficial in achieving an obedient dog. The most important thing is to spend more time with your dog by sharing experiences and strengthening your relationship through enjoyable activities. Be consistent in your training commands, do not confuse your dog. Make sure dog always has healthy and tasty food. You should remain calm and do not lose your temper at your dog. Pet your dog often and try to understand it’s likes and dislikes and body language.
Dogs are social animals and should be trained from social stimuli. Conceptually you are trying to train dogs to associate words with objects. Using the trainer, the dog and a rival person. This training technique uses a model, or a rival for attention, to demonstrate the desired behavior and can be either good or bad. The rival is either scolded or praised as an example to the dog.
In electronic training, dogs are remotely sent signals to teach them the difference between good behavior and bad behavior. There different e-collars that can be used to send signals to your dog such as by a tone, vibration or a stimulating sensation to your dog. Electronic collars or shock collars are controversial in the debate whether they are painful or not to the dog. Either way they have been proven to be an effective method in training a dog.
You are basically trying to get your dog to react when you give them a command. You do not want your dog to anticipate or act independently and do something you did not ask him to do. You want your dog to hear your command, then only react to what you commanded him to do. Only if your dog acts correctly do you reward him.
Using a clicker to train your dog is the same as positive reinforcement training. Mainly you use a clicker at the moment your dog has done something worth rewarding. Not when your dog has done something wrong or incorrect. Training sessions with your dog should be in short periods of 3 to 10 minutes. Longer sessions tend to bore the dog and cause him to be un-attentive. Start by giving your dog a treat after every time you click the clicker. You dog will start to associate the clicker with a treat. The best age to clicker train your dog is when they are a puppy at least 6 weeks old but it is never too late.
The Koehler Method allows a dog to choose its actions in an attempt to empower the dog. It enhances a dog’s learned behavior an act of choice based on what the dog has learned from its own experience. It trains your dog to follow you in the direction with or without a leash plus other commands such as sit, down, stand, stay and more.
Before trying any method to train your dog, it is essential to understand your dog’s attributes and personality. Top methods by name are the Koehler Method, clicker training, motivational training, electronic training, model revival training, dominant training and relationship training.
You can still wash your dog if you have run out of dog shampoo. Always use recommended dog shampoo to clean your dog. Using human shampoo is not a safe alternative. Some alternatives are dish soap, baking soda, baby shampoo cornstarch or gentle wipes can suffice until you obtain more dog shampoo.
When a dog licks his paws, it is usually a problem associated with allergies. Your dog could be affected by something they interact with such as grass, pesticides or plants. Other possibilities are the dog may have an injury, skin problems, something in his environment, parasites, certain foods, boredom or anxiety.
A dog can cry or grieve of someone they have bonded to for the loss of that person or the absence of that person for a period of time. You can tell if a dog misses someone if they are chewing on your possessions or staring at the door for a period of time. Dogs emotionally attached to someone will have hurt feelings when someone they like is not present for any period of time.
A dog will show its affection for you by licking you. A dog will also show this same natural action behavior to other dogs that he likes. Other reasons a dog will lick you are for taste, communication, for a reward/attention, to show submission, a medical reason, enjoyment, grooming or simply to investigate.
Baths are stressful for a dog. A dog will engage in hyperactivity often after a bath. A dog shakes, has zoomies or has FRAP(Frenetic random activity periods) to relieve stress and excess energy in order to try to return to a more normal scent. After a short period of hyperactivity, the dog realizes that running around is fun and the dog is not agitated anymore.
A dog sometimes still smells after a bath because you are giving your dog too many baths. Too many baths are removing natural oils from the dog’s skin and coat causing the dog’s glands to secrete more oils that attract dirt, grime and odor producing bacteria.
Train your dog using command words by showing the dog the treat when you are giving the command. Make sure your command words are one word. Whether you have to guide your dog into the position you want or the dog reacts correctly to the command, give him the treat immediately to associate that action with the reward. Train your dog one command at a time. As he learns one command, you can teach your dog more commands.
Treats will help you bond with your dog. Offer your dog treats to reward good behavior and to train him. Be sure to offer treats at its mouth or chest level to discourage jumping and make sure your dog takes the treat gently. When offering treats, make sure it is in smaller pieces. You can buy treats or make treats yourself. You may need to experiment to find out which treats the dog likes the best. One rule is to not over treat your dog to keep them in good physical shape and not get over weight.
Bathing your dog once a month is sufficient if your dog has a healthy coat and normal skin. Groom your dog first before bathing to comb out any matted hair. It is best to wash your dog in a tub or shower using warm water and a gentle dog specific shampoo or with a medicated shampoo if they have an underlying skin condition or allergies. Never bathe your dog more than once a week because this can irritate and dry out their skin plus damage their fur.
Train your dog to relieve himself outside instead of inside the house. Start by putting your dog on a routine. Feed your dog at the same times every day. After you feed your dog, take him outside at a designated spot to use the bathroom everytime he needs to relieve himself. After the dog relieves himself, praise him and give him dog a treat for doing the right thing. If your dog does use the bathroom inside, still stick to your routine and just clean up the mess. Punishing a dog for using the bathroom inside will only make him afraid of you.
Pet foods for dogs are made to meet all of your pets basic nutritional requirements. If you think your pet needs additional nutritional support to address any health problems or just want to keep your pet as healthy as possible, you should start giving your pet additional vitamins and supplements.
Prepare your home for your cat to make your cat feel at ease. Make sure you have all the essentials necessary to care for your cat. For starters you will need at least cat food and water bowls, food and treats, litter boxes and litter, cat brushes, cat bed, cat scratching posts, cat carriers and much more.
Determine if your dog have fleas or ticks. If your pet is excessively shaking its head, redness when grooming, scratching a lot, chewing a lot, losing hair, developing scabs or hot spots, it has fleas or ticks. There are several solutions in ridding your pet of fleas or ticks.