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Whether you’ve just acquired a puppy or have taken over ownership of an older  dog, you’ll want to begin training him right away. If you’ve never owned a dog  before you’ll find that it can work. It can also be a source of joy and deep  friendship. 

You may not know what to do to train your dog. You have the option of hiring a  trainer but you may prefer to train him yourself. Here is a step-by-step guide to  dog training at home. 

First and foremost you want to make sure your dog understands that you are the  master. This also includes other members of the family. Children especially should  be respected by the dog. 

Housebreaking is next on the list. No one wants ruined carpets or a smelly home.  Your dog should be shown right away where it is acceptable for him to go. 

Your dog also needs to understand that he has territorial limits. Put up some  markers or spray the perimeter of your yard with a very dilute mixture of water and  ammonia. Put a leash on him and walk him around the perimeter of your property. If  he begins to cross the line you’ve marked out for him, say no in a stern voice and  give him a mild jerk with the leash. Continue this until he no longer tries to venture  off. 

Mealtime is a great opportunity for training your dog at home. You probably won’t  want him begging at the table. After the family has eaten, set his food in front of  him in another room. Teach him to sit and wait for the food to be presented to him.  If he comes to the table he needs to be taken back to another room to wait for his  turn to eat.  

Once you’ve established your authority with your dog you can begin teaching to  sit, stay, fetch, and so forth. When you give a verbal command it’s also a good  idea to use hand signals. A deliberate voice rather than one rising in pitch will lead  to better results. Always lavish your dog with praise when he does what you  command. 

If you find that you’re having difficulty with training your dog at home you may  want to seek the help of a professional trainer. There are also some great sources  of information within dog training books and on the internet. Here are two  especially good sources:

The Dog Whisperer is a nationally syndicated show about dog training. The  website for this show is called “Cesar’s Way”. The web address is http:// 

IAMS has some helpful pointers for problem behaviors at iams/pet-health/dog-obedience.jsp 

Once you’ve accomplished what you want with your dogs basic training you can  begin to have some real fun. By this time he’ll be ever so eager to please you and  you can teach him some new tricks. Observe your dogs natural quirky behaviors  too. If they’re cute or funny you may want to pick up on these and come up with  some very unique tricks.  

Good luck and have fun with training your dog at home!

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Puppies are so full of vim and vigor! You just may wonder if you’ll ever be able  bring your puppy under control. But don’t worry, puppy training isn’t that difficult if  you know what to do. 

When you first bring home your puppy he may be excited or frightened by the new  surroundings. Of course you’ll want to cuddle and play and get to know each  other. But it’s important not to allow the puppy to chew on your fingers or bite you.  If you let the puppy think it’s ok to do so now then it will just be harder to break  him off when he gets older. 

Here are some puppy training tips you might find useful. 

Some people like to begin their puppy training with a dog crate. This is because  it’s unlikely that the puppy will willingly soil his immediate area. This technique of  housebreaking a dog is only effective when the puppy is old enough to  control his bladder and bowels.  

Another method of housebreaking is to show the dog to the door when he begins  to sniff around. Keep at it and he’ll make the connection sooner than you might  think.  

Puppies do love to chew so it’s a good idea to provide a few toys to chew on while  teething. Dogs respond better to reward than to punishment. So if pup starts  chewing on furniture legs or ripping up the couch, stop him immediately with a  stern no. Then take him to his designated area and offer him a chew toy. When he  begins to chew on one of these, praise him for doing so. This will reinforce in his  mind which things are his and which things are off-limits. 

To prevent dog fights in the future it’s important to introduce your puppy to other  dogs as soon as possible. Training your puppy now on how to get along will save  frustration later on. Just make sure that neither dog is allowed to establish  dominance. That place is reserved for humans.  

Barking and whining are hard habits to control in a dog. Of course it would be  completely unfair to expect your dog to never bark. But you can train him to bark  only when it’s appropriate to do so. When is it ok for a dog to bark? 

  1. When he’s frightened. People scream or cry and a dog will naturally bark. 2. When he’s happy to see you he may bark a little out of excitement. 
  2. When someone enters your property or knocks on the door. Praise him for  doing his job of guarding your home and family but don’t allow the barking to  persist. It may be necessary to put him in another room or in his crate.
  3. It’s only natural for dogs around the neighborhood to communicate with one  another. That doesn’t mean though that you have to allow your puppy to bark all  night long. If you’re training your puppy to be an outside dog you may want to put  him in the garage at night. 

Puppy training can be challenging yet fun. There are times when your puppy will  test his limits and try your patience. But if you keep your cool and a positive  outlook, the dog will pick up on your attitude towards training and begin to look  forward to spending this time with you.

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If you’ve recently acquired a dog or puppy you may be concerned about how to  train him. An obedient dog is truly a joy to have around. A dog that obeys his  masters commands is easier to be friends with. Your time together will be playful  and fun. On the other hand, a dog that is allowed to misbehave will leave you  frustrated and exhausted. 

A dog that has not received obedience training will become a problem dog. Your  household will be in chaos as he rules the roost. He may tear up your furniture,  make messes on the floor, or snap food out of your hand instead of taking it gently.  You might begin to receive complaints from neighbors about your dogs  misadventures. At the worst he may become aggressive and bite the hand that  feeds him. 

Whether you own a dog to have as a pet or as protection it’s imperative that he  receive obedience training from the beginning. There are classes and books  available to help you learn to train your dog. Obedience training classes are often  held at the larger pet stores. You can also ask your veterinarian to make some  recommendations about classes or coaches in your area. 

Obedience training need not be difficult. Some important points to remember are: You want your dog to always be obedient to every member of the family.  Consistency is the key to getting your pet to obey at all times. 

Rewards are an excellent way to reinforce good behavior. 

A dog that is struck for disobedience may become aggressive toward you.  Conversely he may become frightened of you. 

A strong bond of trust and love is what you want to have as your goal. 

Obedience training need not be formal either. Even play time can be an opportunity  for training. 

Consistency along with praise for good behavior is important in training your dog. 

Especially if you have small children you want to ensure that they are safe in the  dogs company. Swift and proper obedience training will help to ease your mind  about their safety. A baby will likely pull on your pets ears or tail and you certainly  want to make sure that the dog won’t growl at, or bite the baby for doing so. A 

well-trained dog will either see this as an opportunity to play, or just get up and  move. A good dog will submit to even a small child. 

Try to approach each session of obedience training with an attitude of joy and  excitement. Your dog will pick up on your emotions and be more receptive to your  commands. Make it fun for both you and him. Keep plenty of treats in your pocket  to use as rewards. It’s ok to be stern when necessary, but don’t forget to lavish  him with praise when he does well.  

The golden rule applies with dogs much as it does with people. By treating him  with love and respect he’ll return it in kind. It won’t be long before your dog is  eager to do whatever you ask in order to please you.

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Have you just brought home a new puppy? If so you have much to look forward to.  A puppy can bring happiness into a home nearly as much as a new baby can.  Unlike a human baby though, your puppy will grow quickly into an adult. He’ll go  through many changes very quickly. Puppies certainly need plenty of love and  attention. With beneficial training he’ll soon become a cherished member of the  family. 

Your new puppy has his own unique personality along with traits that are common  to his breed. How he responds to the recent change in his surroundings will  depend on these factors. Some puppies may be frightened at first. It’s not unusual  for a scared puppy to hide behind the couch or under a bed.  

Some puppies get very excited about their new home. Your new puppy may want  to jump on you and lick you like a lollipop. He may run around aimlessly exploring  his new home. You’ll want to curb this kind of behavior though from the first day. In  short time you can begin providing further training for your puppy. Especially from  the start you wouldn’t want to overlook any signs of aggression.  

Another matter that you will want to attend to right away is to introduce him to his  own areas. He’ll feel more comfortable knowing that he has a place of his own.  This includes where he sleeps and where he does his business. Take him outside  at the first sign of needing to go. If he has an accident it’s not necessary to strike  him or rub his nose in it. Simply taking him to his area outside will reinforce that  this is where he needs to go. In short time he’ll make the connection and scratch  at the door or whine to go out. As with all training it’s important to be consistent  with your new puppy about this. 

Your puppy will also begin to teethe very soon and needs to chew on things. To  save your furniture from damage it’s a good idea to provide him with chew toys.  Raw-hide chips are available at most any grocery or discount store and are  excellent for pup to cut teeth on. 

Get to know as much as possible about your puppy’s breed or breeds as the case  may be. Try to take into account his natural temperament when training too.  Hopefully you’ve chosen a breed that is conducive to your lifestyle and your new  puppy will fit right in. 

As your puppy grows he may begin to lose some of his “cuteness”. Even though  he is becoming an adult, he still needs attention and love. Spending plenty of  quality time with your puppy throughout his entire lifetime will create a special  bond between you and him. He’ll love you and want to protect you, your family, 

and your home. After all, that is your puppy’s new job and he’ll carry it out gleefully  when that bond is strong.

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There are many households that have pets. Animals are a fun and welcome  addition to a home. When you are expecting a baby you should know that there  are ways to prepare your dog for the new addition. Preparation for a baby is top  priority and getting your pet used to the idea of a new person being there is most  important. Just like any other form of training, it is best to remain positive and  patient with your dog so that they will learn the things you want them to. After all,  there’s no room for mistakes when there’s a baby involved and you can never be  too prepared. 

Some tips for preparing before the baby arrives: 

If the mother-to-be is the one that is usually the closest with the pet, let another  member of the family begin daily activities with the dog. Allow someone else to  walk it, feed it, and give it attention so that the dog does not feel abandoned when  the baby arrives. 

Be sure that your pet is very healthy and has all required vaccinations. A check-up  with the vet will make sure that your pet is parasite and disease-free. Also talk with  your vet about what you should expect when exposing your dog to an infant. This  will give you an idea of how the dog will behave. 

Have your pet spayed/neutered. Animals are typically very territorial. Having them  spayed/neutered will resolve bad behavior and lessen the chance for aggression  and anxiety. 

Take your pet to an obedience class that uses positive training techniques. This  will teach your pet good behavior and teach you how to react in certain situations. 

Expose your pet to sounds you would hear in a household with a new baby. These  kinds of sounds are a baby crying, a rocking chair, swings, and other baby toys.  This way they will not be startled or uncomfortable with the baby actually there. 

Teach and re-teach your dog that the baby’s room is off-limits. To keep them from  feeling left out you can use baby gates or screens to close off the room without  closing the door.  

Teach your dog not to jump on furniture or in your lap unless you say so. Also  make sure they know that all baby furniture is off limits. 

Before you actually have the baby, use a baby doll and act like it is the real thing.  This will give your puppy a head start in getting used to the new addition. Also use 

products on yourself that smell like the baby. Since dogs rely so strongly on scent,  this will help a lot in getting the dog accustomed to the baby. 

After the baby is born: 

Before bringing the baby into the house, allow the dog to sniff at the babies  blanket or article of clothing. It is best to be gradual and take small steps. 

Allow another person to carry the baby so that when you enter the house you can  give your pet the attention it wants. After all, when you’re absent for a little while  your pet will miss you. 

After giving your pet the attention it wanted, sit down with the baby. Cautiously let  your pet sniff around and investigate. This allows the pet to become “acquainted”  with the infant. Keep treats on hand to reward positive behavior and reactions. 

Stick as closely to old feeding and playing routines as possible. Dramatic and  sudden changes can stress your pet and cause anxiety. Of course there’s going to  be a little chaos with such a huge responsibility, but it’s worth the effort to ease  your dog into the situation. 

Always remember to continue taking a little time out of your day to spend with your  dog and keep a positive relationship with them. This will keep the bond strong  between you and your pet. 

Having a baby is a very exciting experience. Tons of preparation is required to  ensure the safety of an infant. In the end, however, it will all be worth it. If your dog  is happy and behaves properly there is lots of fun to be had for many years to  come.

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Socializing your dog essentially means getting your dog used to life outside the  house. When you socialize a dog you are introducing it to the sights and sounds of  your world and helping him/her to see it as normal. There are simple ways to do  this and the benefits are many for both you and your pup.  

Why should you socialize your dog? 

An under-socialized dog could become too excited or even aggressive with  strangers and can harm someone seriously. 

If a dog is well accustomed to being out in public you can enjoy doing lots of  things with your pet like going to the park without serious concern over your pets  behavior. Your dog will be able to enjoy these outings and even “mingling” with  other dogs without fights. 

Dogs that haven’t been socialized are unpredictable and dangerous. A well-socialized dog is a calm, confident, and happy one. 

There are a few simple ways to teach your dog to be comfortable and well behaved outside of the home. Something key in beginning this process is to  remember to repeat the same lessons daily so that they are not forgotten. If you  are patient with your pet and have a positive attitude you will succeed.  

Some socialization methods include: 

Enroll in an obedience class to teach you positive ways of training your dog. 

Take your dog out with you into the streets. Bring lots of treats for a reward to  reinforce positive behavior. Be sure your pet is secured on a leash first, of course. 

Allow your dog to experience the sounds and sights of cars going by, people  walking past and other animals being around. The more you do this the more  accustomed to it your dog will become. 

While you will be tempted to punish the dog if it behaves badly, you should just  ignore it. The kinds of bad behavior that you should ignore are jumping, barking,  leash jerking or biting, and other attempts to get your attention or go free. Rather  than harshly punishing the dog, you should simply try to redirect its attention  toward you. Only reward or praise any desired reaction like calmly walking, sniffing  around, or sitting patiently. This will teach the dog to only do those things because  they are good.

Take your dog everywhere you are allowed and expose it to as many different  places and situations as possible.  

Socializing your dog is just one of the many other ways to strengthen the bond  between dog and owner. If you continue to train your dog in this way you will see  results that will benefit both you and your pet. Remember that a confident dog is a  happy one. 

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Dogs are fun and loving pets to have once they’ve learned their place within the  family. In general they tend to give love unconditionally and are eager to please.  Some dog breeds, however, can be a challenge when it comes to training. You can  be successful though if you approach each training session with a calm and firm  disposition. This plus adhering to a consistent training schedule will bring the best  results. 

Patience is truly a virtue while training certain breeds. Of course every dog has his  own unique personality, but there are some traits which are prominent within the  majority of dogs of a particular breed. Rarely is it impossible to teach a dog the  proper way to behave. 

Among the breeds that are hard to train it would appear that a common factor is  above-average intelligence. A highly intelligent dog may be somewhat stubborn  and independent. He may even appear at times to be taunting the trainer. Once  

such a dog has learned his lesson about who is the master though he’ll likely turn  out to be a very loyal companion.  

A few of the breeds that are hardest to train are: 

Border Collie – Dogs in this breed require plenty of room to run. Due to their  inherent nature for herding they have plenty of energy.  

Rottweiler – Known for being excellent watch dogs. They are often unfairly  stereotyped as being viscous. Actually these dogs make excellent pets when  trained properly. One thing to note though is that they are very loyal dogs and can  become a bit overprotective of their master. Once trained they tend be very  obedient dogs. 

Husky – Huskies need constant attention toward unwanted behaviors. Hunters at  heart they too are very energetic. 

Akita – These dogs make very loyal, loving pets but do not tend to get along with  other dogs because of their tendency toward dominance. 

Terrier – There are quite a few breed groups within the Terrier breed. These animals  love to play and show off. They are full of energy and can mess up a room in a  hurry with their antics. 

Hound – The bloodhound is often teasingly portrayed as lazy, stubborn, and aloof.  This isn’t too far from the truth. They do perk up though when they are on the trail.

If you own a dog of one such breed then you’re probably in for a struggle to  establish dominance. Whenever the dog is in your presence it is imperative that  you present yourself in a confident manner. The way you carry yourself and the  tone of your voice will either reinforce your efforts or betray any underlying fears or  insecurities you may have. Dogs can easily pick up the scent of adrenalin too. If  you are unsure of yourself in any way he is sure to know it and will take advantage  of your weakness. 

It’s a good idea to do some in-depth research before attaining any puppy or dog.  You certainly want to choose an individual that is happy to make your  acquaintance while keeping in mind any innate tendencies that may surface later  on.

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It’s a common belief that all dogs will try to be dominant in the presence of other  dogs. Because of this some dog owners shy away from taking their dog with them  for a walk in the park. Fearing that a dog fight will ensue they choose instead to  keep their dog at home when they leave the house. 

A little understanding of the truth about dog behavior and the nature of dogs in  general will help to ease any fears about this. Then you can start taking Fido along  with you and enjoy a leisurely stroll together. If you establish yourself as the  dominant one you can better control your dogís behavior, even when other dogs  are around. 

Perhaps you have observed a group of dogs at play. During a social encounter of  all-male, or mixed-gender dogs, one of them always establishes himself as the  Alpha Male. It is always a male dog that takes this position of leadership. The  Alpha Male will insist on submission from the other dogs. This is not a despotic  position though because he will also look after and protect the lesser ones. There  is rarely a fight about this. Some dogs are naturally submissive and fall right into  their place within the pack. 

Taking this into consideration you’ll want to establish yourself as the Alpha Male in  your dog’s mind. Even a woman or a child can accomplish this. You can insist on  submission and obedience. Your dog will gladly comply without much fuss if he’s  received the proper training. 

Here are a few pointers to help you with dominance training. 

When feeding your dog he must sit and wait for you to give him permission to  approach the bowl.  

When you both are walking through a doorway, make sure that you go first. He  must always wait for you to go first. It’s unacceptable for him to shove past you. 

When you walk together he must remain at your side. It may be funny in a cartoon  for a dog to lead his master around while on a leash, but it’s nothing that you want  to allow. 

If your dog ignores your command to come at your command then you need to  change that behavior right away. Walk sternly toward him and surround him with  an air of dominance. You can force him to obey by lowering your voice, pointing  toward where you want him to go, and blocking him from escape. If your dog is  submissive toward you then he will comply without confrontation.

Once you’ve established yourself as the leader during dominance training you can  better control your dog in the presence of other dogs. It’s certainly ok to allow your  dog to interact in a non-aggressive way socially. You can let the dogs get to know  each other in the unique way that dogs do. Then should the other dog misbehave  you can easily remove your dog from the situation with the peace of mind that you  are ultimately the one in control.

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The best way to deal with aggression in a dog is to prune his behaviors early on.  Dogs are predatory animals so it’s only natural that one would show signs of  aggressive behavior even as a puppy. It’s the master’s responsibility to train a dog  to be submissive and obedient. 

A dog will act aggressively on different occasions for various reasons. Among the  most common reasons are: 

  • Fear or insecurity 
  • Protecting his territory 
  • Struggling for dominance 
  • Feeling trapped or threatened 
  • Hunger  
  • Boredom (chasing cars for example) 
  • The dog has been pampered and suddenly his needs or wants arenít being met  to his satisfaction. 

Show your dog who is boss from the very beginning. There must be no doubt in  his mind that your every command is to be obeyed immediately. This will take  dedication and patience to accomplish. A very well trained dog will respond  favorably to his master’s commands even at a distance and without a leash. That  is not to say though that you should ever take your dog out in public without a  leash. Most communities have leash laws and even though you feel that you know  your dog well, he may behave erratically in an unfamiliar situation. 

Once your puppy has been de-wormed and had his shots you’ll do well to  gradually introduce him to other dogs. Remain in control of his actions at all times.  If the other dog becomes aggressive, hold your dog back to teach him not to  respond to provocation. If your dog becomes aggressive you’ll need to take  charge quickly. A stern “no” and short jerk on the leash will send him the message  that this behavior will not be tolerated. 

Another problematic behavior stemming from aggression is chasing cars, people,  cats, other dogs etc. Not only is it unacceptable behavior but chasing has resulted  in the death of untold numbers of family pets. 

Chasing is instinctual, hunting behavior and nearly every dog will chase something  at one time or another. Going against such a deeply ingrained and natural trait is  truly a challenge. Since hunting behavior is necessary for survival in the wild, it is  probably the hardest habit to break in a dog. Even if your dog is obedient at other 

times he may very well ignore your commands and take off after that irresistible  rabbit. 

There’s no way to outrun a dog. He’ll leave you eating his dust every time. So how  can you stop him from exhibiting this aggressive behavior from a distance? The  answer lies in gaining control of his ability to go after what he wants in an enclosed  space. Place a favorite toy or piece of food just out of his reach. Prevent him from  going after it by holding him back with the leash. Tell him to sit and when he obeys  you, shower him with praise. Then offer him the thing that he wants. By repeating  this training you are teaching your dog that he’s not allowed to have anything  without your permission. 

Start your puppy’s training early on and don’t allow aggression to take hold. You’ll  have fewer headaches, passersby will be safe, and your dog will be more likely to  live a few years longer.

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Effective dog training can be a challenge at times. You’ll find this to be especially true if  your dog is of a stubborn breed. Sadly, some dog owners become frustrated and angry  when training isn’t progressing as well as she or he thinks it should. Some masters take  to treating the dog cruelly. Hitting or kicking a dog for any reason aside from self 

protection during an attack will only complicate matters. 

If you want to establish yourself as the pack leader, then you’ll need to earn his respect. A  dog who respects his owner will obey his or her commands. On the other hand, a dog  that is treated with cruelty and disrespect will only become afraid of their master. This fear  can lead to the dog turning to biting the hand that strikes him.  

Being in the dominant position within the dog’s mind can only be brought about through  mutual respect and a strong, positive bond between you and him.  

Positive reinforcement along with firm but gentle leash control is really the only way to  carry out dog training successfully. If you find yourself becoming angry with your dog then  you may want to take a time out and calm down. You don’t want to allow yourself to  resort to cruelty in any form. It’s unrealistic to believe that you can control your dog if you  can’t control yourself. 

Once you’ve regained your composure you can try again. Remind yourself that you’re  looking for opportunities to praise your dog for obeying you rather than to punish him for  disobedience. The old adage “with honey you will catch more flies …” certainly rings true  when training a dog.. 

There are other forms of cruelty besides physical violence. Anything that violates the  dog’s rights as a living creature or purposely causes the dog become fearful or  despondent is cruelty. This includes: 

  • Keeping a dog tied to a chain without opportunities to get adequate exercise. • Starvation 
  • Unhealthy living conditions 
  • Leaving a dog in his crate for extended periods of time or otherwise keeping him  contained in tight quarters.
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