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Teaching An Older Dog

Posted by Oze Parrot on 26th February 2006

The majority of people who keep Dogs have them for companionship and treat them as pets. In order for your Dog to be pleasant company he must be taught to behave himself, do what he is told and to observe a few good manners.

Dogs are very much like children, in the sense that they must be shown right from wrong and taught to behave themselves, for their own good and for the good of others.

Puppies can learn basic commands as early as 6 to 8 weeks of age, and this is the time to commence your pet dog’s training and build a strong relationship with him. Waiting until the puppy is much older and larger makes it much more difficult to Teach Your Dog .

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A dog trainer will spend more time Teaching an Older Dog because the animal will be more set in it’s ways. One has to be dedicated and blessed with perseverance to Teach an Older Dog to behave differently, than the behavior pattern, to which he has become accustomed.

All behavior patterns are new to a young pup, whereas with an Older Dog these patterns are already established. So, what you have to do is retrain the dog by getting him to break old habits and adopt new ones.

It is not impossible, but at times you will wonder. You will have to be more strict with an Older Dog as you must demand obedience from the animal in order to break his, previously acquired, bad habits.

An older dog will be more likely to comply with your commands if he thinks that it is his idea rather than yours, for example, if he goes to sit, then you give the command to sit and then praise him, he will think it was his idea and if you keep on repeating this process eventually you will have him sitting on command. This process will work for many of the basic commands such as, fetch, come, stay and heel.

Depending on your dog’s nature, you may find that your Older Dog is fairly easy to train, but some dogs have a streak of stubbornness and are not very susceptible to basic training methods. Teaching an Older Dog will always be more difficult than training a young pup. Bad habits need to be broken and long term habits need to be altered, your dog will thank you for it eventually and the end result will be well worth your perseverance.

Teaching an Older Dog can be a formidable task, try making it fun by joining a class or try to get some support from family or friends. Invest in some training products like toys and treats, or you could enroll your dog in a training school. One thing is certain, while you are Teaching your Dog a few manners, the bond between you will grow and you will end up with a faithful companion.

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Teach Your Aggressive Dog

Posted by Oze Parrot on 1st January 2006

An aggressive dog can be a very serious problem, particularly now that most of the states have adopted new laws that empower the police to charge the owner of a savage dog and have that dog destroyed.

Teach Your DogWhen you walk your dog in a public place it would be prudent to keep him on a leash and have him muzzled. You must Teach Your Dog to enjoy the company of other people and their dogs, not to attack them. At the same time, you must also protect yourself from litigation and your dog from being put down by the law.

There are lots of reasons why dogs are or become aggressive. Possibly your dog feels that his territory is being compromised, or he feels threatened by other people or animals. Generally, a dog’s aggressive attitude is caused by lack of confidence or insecurity. Simple obedience training alone, will not solve this type of problem, you must take some serious measures to Teach Your Dog to be calm and display a friendly outlook.

An aggressive dog doesn’t necessarily have to bite; barking and lunging at people are also aggressive acts and will frighten most people. This type of behaviour needs to be addressed as soon as possible to prevent anything serious from happening to someone or another dog.

Your vet or pet store owner will be able to recommend someone who can work with aggressive dogs and help you to overcome any problems that you cannot solve. Training aggressive dogs is a speciality and unfortunately could cost you a fair amount of money, but the end result is well worth it and you will end up with a well trained dog.

Most obedience and training schools will not take aggressive dogs as most of these places run group classes and don’t want other members to be endangered or frightened by a savage dog in their group. You will have to employ a professional trainer to Teach Your Dog to be docile.

Always check the techniques used by schools or trainers, training an aggressive dog can be dangerous and some trainers may use out of date methods which could be harmful to your dog, although this isn’t always the case it is always better to be sure that you have placed your dog in good hands.

At the end of the day, what counts is that your dog stops attacking and he starts loving. An aggressive dog can spoil the relationship that you have with him, therefore you and your dog aren’t having a good time together, because you are worried about him biting you, other people or other dogs.

It is not simple to Teach Your Dog to be docile, however by employing a good trainer to condition your dog to accept other people and animals, you will earn his respect and have a trustworthy dog for life.

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Equipment To Teach Your Dog

Posted by Oze Parrot on 31st December 2005

Dog training equipment comes in all shapes, sizes and colors so there is quite a selection to choose from.

Your local pet supply store will stock most items that you will need to help you Teach Your Dog.

Alternatively, you can search the internet for pet supplies and choose from the many online stores that sell dog training equipment.

Teach Your DogDog training equipment can be used at home, or at any place that you happen to be with your dog. The equipment is usually lightweight and portable and very easy to pack so you should have no transportation problems . Not only can you get dog training equipment for dog agility training but you can also purchase items that will help you to Teach Your Dog obedience.

Dog obedience items are simple things like clickers, treat balls (which are amazing), extendable leashes and other similar items. They are a lot easier to get than agility items. If you decide that you want to enter your dog in competition events then you would normally pick one or the other, dog agility or dog obedience.

For dog obedience you need only concentrate on dog obedience, for dog agility you need your dog to perform tasks as well as to be obedient so there is a more training involved with dog agility competition.

Dog training equipment can be funky or old fashioned, bright or dull it’s up to you. Many stores cater for individual needs so you can specify what you would like your equipment to be like. Dog training equipment can help you to Teach Your Dog obedience, particularly when you have a stubborn dog.
If you intend to teach your dog agility tasks, then training equipment is essential.

Dog training equipment can be used for any part of your dog’s training, not just for competition purposes. When you want to teach your dog to come, sit and stay or any other commands, toys are always a great help as a training tool. You and your dog need to enjoy special moments together to make a bond with each other, why not make a bond with your dog and train him at the same time :-D

The more fun that you have with your dog, the greater your bond with one another will be.

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Teach Your Dog, The Boxer

Posted by Oze Parrot on 30th December 2005

The Boxer is an amazing dog and is extremely playful, energetic and definitely a handful but he is also a loyal and fun loving companion. This breed of dog is extremely faithful and when a friendship is built it lasts forever.

Teach Your Dog Boxer ThumbThe boxer is very unique and not for everyone, if you’re a new owner of a boxer you have to be aware that they need a lot of attention and training. They are extremely intelligent dogs and this can work to your advantage when it comes to training, but then again can be very disadvantageous as they know how to use their intelligence to get what they want.

Boxer dog training consists of training them up to become guard dogs, this is their main profession if you like. People who don’t know boxers tend to assume that they are naturally aggressive when they are in fact the opposite and are just as playful as any other breed of dog.

Because of their natural stance and aggressive look, people automatically assume that the dog could do more harm than good. If you don’t teach your boxer dog correctly, then this could just be the case.

Boxer dogs are extremely intelligent and because of this they can be very stubborn but this facet of their nature can also be very helpful to the owner trainer. Owners must remember that there will be times when you will ask your dog to do something and he’s going to look you in the eye and basically tell you “no thanks”.

He knows he is supposed to do what you are telling him but he decides he can’t be bothered and doesn’t obey. The main thing you have to remember in these circumstances is, to be patient and teach your dog good manners.

From as early as 6 weeks old you should start to Teach Your Dog. Your boxer dog will learn very quickly from this age and your training methods will stay with him him when he grows up. Socialize with him, play with him and teach him, but do it in an exciting way and you will have a faithful companion for life.

The main aspect of training your boxer dog is socialization. Boxers can be very friendly dogs but they need to be trained to become friendly and non aggressive. They need to get accustomed to other dogs and other people. The best way to do this is to take them to training classes where your boxer will be trained alongside other dogs.

When your boxer reaches 13-16 weeks old it’s time for some serious boxer dog training lessons, this is the period when he is going to test your dominance, he will nip and try to show you that he is the more dominant one, mainly by ignoring you. You have to adopt a firm approach at this time and show him that you will not tolerate that kind of behaviour.

Boxers are genuinely a lovable family dog and would make a proud pet for anyone, they are dogs that prefer to sit on your lap for a cuddle than anything else.

Teach your dog when he is young by using boxer dog training techniques and you will be assured that you will have a stunning, loyal family friend.

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Your Dog Training Techniques

Posted by Oze Parrot on 29th December 2005

When you say “sit” does your dog give you that “there’s no way I’m going to do what you say” look?
When you’re taking him for a walk does he tug and pull and make you half run to the park?
If the answer is “yes” then you need to learn some dog training techniques. They are harmless and aid free ways to train your dog to listen to what you have to say to him.

Teach Your DogThere is one dog training technique which I have tried and tested and it is great. It’s called the “Nothing in life is free” technique. It basically works on the fact that nothing is free, your dog has to do something to get something in return. For example if he wants food he has to remain seated until you make his dinner, or if you want to talk him for a walk then he has to lie down until you put his leash and collar on.

These training techniques are all based on the fact that your dog will realise to get what he wants he has to do what you are telling him to do. If he doesn’t do it, just Walk away, don’t shout at him or persist with your instruction, if he doesn’t listen to you just ignore him and walk away.

Wait for 10 or 15 minutes then try again. He will begin to realise that you are in charge and he has to do what you say to get what he wants.

When dogs are born they usually have siblings and their mother is the “Leader of the pack”, when a young dog leaves his mother he starts to think that he is free and can do what he wants. When he first joins a family he starts to act in a dominant manner. He tries to be leader of the household.

You can’t let him gain this position you need to show him through dog training techniques that you are the head of the house not the dog. Show him that he does not have to be aggressive to get what he wants.

Sometimes dogs use the sympathetic approach using their puppy dog eyes. This is just another attempt at trying to get higher in the dominance hierarchy and you can’t let them get ahead of you.

When it comes to kids, dogs see them more as playmates than masters as children can get down to their height and play with them, under adult supervision when your child gets to around the age of nine you can start to teach them to use dog training techniques so they can show the dog that when they ask him to do something he has to listen to them as well as you.

Dog training techniques are extremely efficient and very simple to carry out, the training doesn’t even seem like training it just requires repetition and you dog will soon catch on and realise that nothing in life is free.

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Teaching Your Dog To Behave

Posted by Oze Parrot on 28th December 2005

Dogs acquire bad habits through lack of guidance, this can cause you many problems.
Does he bark all night long and keeps you from sleeping? Are you afraid he is going to keep biting? Does he chew everything except his toys? If the answer to any of these questions is yes then you need to invest some time into teaching your dog how to behave.

Teach Your DogDogs that bark can be extremely annoying but don’t loose your cool, if you shout at him he may just try to shout louder than you. You must determine what is the cause of his barking. Is he barking because he is afraid? Is he happy? Is there someone out there? If you can’t find the reason for the barking then he is doing it because he is looking for attention.

This is where dog behavioural training comes in, there are lots of products available to help owners that have dogs that bark constantly. Special collars are available that will allow you to give the dog a tiny electric shock when he barks for no reason. This will educate your dog and deter him from barking at nothing.

A biting dog is maybe one of the more serious behavioural problems, especially now that the laws are tightened and any dog that bites someone is more than likely to get put down.

Teaching your dog not to bite is one of the most important lessons that they can learn. You have to be firm and take a strict approach so that your dog will remember this course of his training.

When playing with a young dog they will automatically nip and gnaw at your hand this is because when dogs play together they play with their mouths. When teaching your dog not to bite stroke him with one hand while offering something which is acceptable to be bitten with the other hand, something like a chew toy or a raw hide treat, until your dog realises that hands aren’t there for biting.

This process has to be constantly repeated until it takes effect.

Dog behaviour training is simple enough for the experienced dog lover but when it comes to beginners they may need help from any available source. Accept help from friends and family and maybe even enroll in a dog behaviour training class, this will help you to meet other people that are having the same problems with their dogs that you are having with your dog.

You are not alone when it comes to having a dog with behaviour problems. Every dog will behave badly at times, it’s just a matter of learning how to teach your dog properly.

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Obedience Training For Your Dog

Posted by Oze Parrot on 25th December 2005

The basics of dog obedience training are to teach your dog to sit, stay and come. These basic training commands are extremely important and will serve you for the remainder of your dog’s life. When you take your dog out you don’t want him to be running amuck in the street, you want to show him as the perfect dog that you think he is.

Getting frustrated that your dog jumps up on people when you are visiting friends? Can’t understand why your dog runs away from you at the park while everyone else’s happily comes back to their owner?

Teach Your DogThe simple answer is to engage in a dog obedience training course. Dog obedience training can be achieved in a matter of weeks with the right attention, dedication and patience, it is simple, effective and fun to do.

There are a lot of obedience classes being run continuously, so if you can’t teach your dog by yourself there is plenty of support available at any one of the available classes. Not only are you training your dog you are socialising with him, getting him used to other people and other dogs.
Dogs are kind of like children to an extent, they need to be taught right from wrong.

I always find that treats are a great method of dog obedience training; you award them with a special treat when they have done something you have asked them to. If they don’t respond they don’t get a treat. There is no point shouting at your dog as he will only become scared of you and you don’t want that, you want to form a happy relationship with him. Dog’s are a man’s best friend.

When teaching your dog obedience try and teach him away from distractions like his toys, take him to an empty field or park where there aren’t any people, only the two of you. Tell him firmly but nicely that you want him to sit, then take your hand and place it on his back and gently guide his bottom down, when it is down say sit and tell him he’s a good boy then award him with a treat.

Repeating this over and over again will make him realise that when you say sit you mean for him to sit and he gets rewarded, soon enough he will know to sit when you tell him to and the treats are no longer necessary.

Getting him to stay is another matter, you’ll probably need another person for that. Get him to sit (once he has learned how) and get a friend to hold him. Walk away from him telling him to stay, using your hand hold it up firmly. By doing this will make him realise that when you hold your hand up that you want him to stay, not just when you tell him to.

Then give it a few seconds and let your friend release him, when he comes to you make him sit and tell him how clever he is and give him his reward. While using this technique you are also teaching your dog how to come to you as well, so don’t forget to say “come” to him, not just his name.

When dogs are born they are like soft clay, they need to be moulded and shaped. You can teach your dog from any age but the younger you start the better as it becomes more difficult as the dog grows older and gets set in his ways.

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Training Your New Puppy

Posted by Oze Parrot on 24th December 2005

A puppy can provide lots of happy memories for you and your family but puppies require a lot of time to be spent on initial training, they are not all fun and no work.

Just remember that dogs are for life, not just for Christmas.

A new puppy in the home excites everyone especially children but make sure you got the puppy for a good reason and not just on a spur of the moment feeling.
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A puppy’s temperament depends on where the puppy has been brought up and what type of breed he is. German shepherds, Rottweilers, bull dogs and boxers are all guard type dogs so tend to be very loving and protective.

Border and bearded collies tend to be herding dogs and reared on farms and tend to be quite enthusiastic and never sit still (be aware because they are reared on a farm they may be a little bit nervous around modern day technologies, such as bridges, loud noises etc).

Labradors, gun dogs and pointer are all hunting dogs so expect them to be full of energy and laughable moments. Of course these are just general expectations every dog has its day, and its personality.

Puppy dog training is something that can be achieved in a matter of weeks depending how much time and attention you spend on it. You don’t need to train for hours and hours a day, a few minutes several times a day is all it takes.

The first thing you need to train your new puppy in is obedience, commands like sit, come, heel, stay and fetch are basic enough for them to learn. As they get older you can incorporate commands like paw, roll over and play dead.

Training a young puppy is not as hard as you may think as they are like a blank sheet of paper waiting to be written on. The way that they are taught and the procedures they learn, will influence them for the remainder of their lives, although training isn’t forever, you need spend a few minutes every day just to keep reminding them what to do.

There are some “not so nice” consequences involved when puppies aren’t trained, for a start your house will constantly be a toiler ground for them and your furniture will have massive holes in it. Puppies are like babies and need to be taught the difference between right and wrong, to do this you need to acquire some puppy dog training skills.

Many handlers experienced or in-experienced are turning towards training products and aids but training can be done without these methods. Just a bit of good old hard work is what it really takes.

A puppy may take several months of training but when it is complete the rewards will be well worth it, but don’t forget to top up on your training for several minutes each day or your dog will slowly forget and you’ll have to start all over again, with an even bigger task, that of training an older dog :o

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House Training Your Dog

Posted by Oze Parrot on 23rd December 2005

House training your dog is one of the hardest training techniques as it requires you to be alert and able to read your dog’s body signals.

He can’t tell you when he needs to empty out but he will give you some indication of his intention. People make the mistake of assuming that their dog will bark when he needs to go out, this may be the case with some animals but believe me that this is generally not the case and accidents are found all over the house.

Teach Your DogWhen scolding your dog for emptying out on the carpet remember that we were once young and did not use the proper toilet facilities either. Your dog needs to be house trained, and this can be done in a few easy steps and a certain amount of patience.

To start with, I would recommend putting some newspaper in front of the back door and when you see him start to empty out in the house you can quickly lift him to the newspaper and he will soon realise that if he needs to empty out when you’re not there, to let him go outside, then he has to do it on the newspaper.

The next thing you need to watch for when house training your dog is that most dogs, when they need to go outside, will start to get restless and stat sniffing around, this is when you pick them up and take them outside, when they are really young you should take him outside at least once every hour.

When you take them outside you can say things like, “empty out now” or “do your business” or whatever command you want to use for indicating to your dog that it is okay for him to empty out now. Once they have done their business you must give them lots of affection outside straight away (of course it’s best to wait until they are done) They will soon come to realise that outside is the place to do their business and will soon start asking to go outside.

There are hundreds of books available on dog house training all of which use different techniques and routines. No dog is going to know straight away that outside is the place to empty out, they have to learn and you have to teach them (unless you don’t mind accidents all over the place).
Oh, and don’t forget the scoop :o nya: :lmao:

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Kennel Training Your Dog

Posted by Oze Parrot on 22nd December 2005

Many dogs find comfort in their own place and some find quite strange places to call their own, like the washing basket, the tumble drier, the bottom drawer and so on.

Teach Your DogWhen kennel training your dog, you must ensure that you do not put your dog in there when he has been bad, as tempting as it may be.
There is great controversy about dog kennel training. Many believe that cages, kennels and crates are today’s answer to quick convenient punishment.

Dogs Should not be kept in the kennel for more than four hours due to the fact that they will need to stretch and to empty out.

Many dogs will start to feel uncomfortable after four hours and then they will begin to get anxious.
A lot of people aren’t using kennels properly and therefore end up with more problems then they had started out with, the kennel isn’t really the godsend that some people would like to think it is.

You need to identify the problem that you are using dog kennel training for, is it for housebreaking, chewing, or for making a mess? Once you have identified the problem you then need to utilize the cage to your best advantage.

All dogs should feel at home when they enter their cage. Food and water should always be available to them as well as comfortable bedding. For chewing problems chew toys should be available in the kennel and no where else. If he is caught chewing show him his chew toy instead, don’t shout at him :nono:

Housebreaking is a little bit harder. Most dogs will not empty out where they sleep, so once you notice your dog start to get uncomfortable in his kennel take him out and let him do his business, once he has completed his motion, praise him and continue to repeat this procedure.

Kennel training your dog needs a lot of attention and, more so, with dogs that are very stubborn and inattentive.

You may think caging up a dog is cruel but in truth it is not, what happened to us when we were small? We were left in our cot or playpen to play, that is what you are doing to your dog, nothing cruel or inhumane just practical. Kennels are a little bit expensive to buy so make sure that you intend to follow dog training kennel methods to the end before you purchase one.

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