Building Respect Through House Rules
Your puppy/dog doesn’t come to you automatically trusting and respecting you just because you are “human”. To earn his trust and respect; you must set and enforce a consistent set of rules. Consistent means the same rules with the same consequences enforced by all members of the household.
Dogs need 4 things in order to be happy, obedient and mentally well balanced: essentials (food, water, shelter), exercise (structured), clearly defined and consistently reinforced rules and love
If there are no defined rules in your household, your puppy will either become confused due to the inconsistency of rules/consequences or become completely out of control, following perfectly normal behavior for the dog world that does not fit into the human world. This will lead to frustration and anger from you, creating frustration and/or aggression from your puppy.
When your puppy becomes frustrated, that frustration will manifest in one or more of the following:
Nipping Biting Chewing Barking Digging Aggression
Although all of these behaviors are natural and normal for your puppy, they can escalate very quickly into a frustrating and potentially dangerous situation for your family. Here are some tips to help him stay happy and well behaved.
- Setting the house rules: Make a list of rules for your puppy. Put this list together with every member of your family’s input. List everything he is not allowed to do (i.e. jumping on people, bolting through doors, nipping, pottying in the house and anything else your family decides on). After each rule, write down what consequence you will give him if he breaks that rule. Decide together, and then post it on the refrigerator where everyone can see it. This will help your family to be consistent and make your dog’s training progress at a faster rate. See example below.
- Walking: Dogs have an instinctual need for walking and this is one of the best ways to burn off some energy, add in some training, as well as give your puppy much needed mental stimulation and happiness. This is not a “potty” walk, it is an exercise walk. Using the proper equipment is very important; use a leather or nylon leash and either a buckle collar or no pull harness. There are many different equipment options on the market, so if a buckle collar or no pull harness doesn’t work for you and your puppy talk to a positive reinforcement trainer for additional suggestions. Walk your puppy at least once a day (preferably two times a day) for at least 20 minutes.
- Nothing in life is free: Your dog must work for everything he likes! Food, walks, attention and play all need to be controlled by you. Your dog must sit and wait or at least be calm before he gets to eat his food, before you put the leash on, before you pet him and before you begin play. If your puppy seems to be bossy, you should be the one to instigate all play. If he brings you a toy, ask him to sit first and then you can pick up the toy and engage him in play. Your puppy demanding that you play with or pet him may be cute at first, but it won’t be so cute when he is bigger and more demanding.
- Decide whether your puppy will be allowed on the furniture. If you don’t want your puppy on the furniture, NEVER allow him on it, don’t make exceptions – your puppy will not understand when it is ok and when it is not. If he is allowed on the furniture, attach the Nothing In Life Is Free program to it, he must sit before you give him the ok to jump up on the furniture. For pups that are having dominant, bossy or aggression related behaviors or if you just don’t want them on the furniture; they should not be allowed on the furniture at all – even when you are not there. If this is the case, you will need to block his access to the furniture when you are not home.
- Teach your puppy not to invade your space. He should not be allowed to jump on you. When he jumps on you, use as little physical contact as possible; ignore him completely until he calms down and then give affection.
- Stay calm and confident: Dogs read and feed off of our body language. If you show uncertainty, frustration, nervousness, confusion, anger or stress, your puppy will pick up on those feelings and become stressed, confused, aggressive and/or nervous. If you are calm and confident, he will be calmer, balanced, happy and more obedient.
I believe dog training should be fun, rewarding and exciting for both the dog and the human. I take a scientific approach to training and train through love, kindness and respect with clearly defined rules and boundaries and get fabulous results. I have been a trainer for 20 years, graduated from Animal Behavior College (ABCDT), I am certified through Association of Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA) and the International Association of Canine Professionals (CDT). I am the founder and president of HEARTland Positive Dog Training Alliance; a group of pet professionals and dog owners dedicated to positive reinforcement training.
A doggie in a cup! Sounds cute, isn’t it? It would be, as if your little stuffed-toy pup came to life. A teeny-weeny golden retriever, that could fit in your hand…………exciting hmm? But hold on. Golden retrievers are dogs; live, energetic, intelligent, loving, full-bodied living creatures, right? They are supposed to be man’s companion and not mere ‘moving and breathing toys’.
Golden Retriever is a breed known for its majestic looks along with an extremely pleasing demeanour. Trying to fit it into a teacup is not only cruel but also derogatory. If you love Golden Retriever – the breed, love it as it comes – the medium-large dog. And if it is the size that attracts you, then go for a toy dog breed, e.g. Chihuahua.
Moreover, there is nothing like a teacup Golden Retriever. Some breeds have been specially bred to reduce their size, over the generations. But there is no special small-sized Golden breed.
Talking about the term ‘teacup’, it can be defined as ‘slang’ in the group of dog terms. There is nothing like a ‘teacup’ breed. It is a term popularly used to describe a very small toy dog or pup that is small enough to fit in a teacup. No major kennel clubs approve of this term. Irresponsible, profit oriented breeders, or back-yard breeders as they are called, use this term to market small pups/dogs in order to make them sound special; so that they can fetch high (often exorbitant) prices.
Nelson Williams offers more info at : http://goldenretrievertrainingcenter.com/teacup-golden-retriever. He and his family live in Vermont. He brought home their first Golden Retriever when his now grown daughters were babies. His family has bred and cared for more Golden Retrievers than they can remember. With years of experience and volumes of research, the Williams offer for free, ‘Secrets of Raising Golden Retrievers’: http://www.goldenretrievertrainingcenter.com.
Hey Allan Codling here,
When we get our dogs we often look for dog training advice but often in the wrong places. The primary focus that we need to have is on dog obedience training as it is a crucial aspect for dog owners. Dog obedience training methods are the basis for a getting your dog to be well behaved, responsive. With these methods your dog will be able to live in your home with your family, friends and other dogs comfortably.
A lot of dog owners want to just potty train their dogs and forget about the obedience factor. What they do not realize is it is much more difficult to get your dog potty trained without the regular practice of obedience training. It makes it even more difficult to correct behavior problems like chewing, biting, jumping and aggression. It all starts with dog obedience training.
Dogs have what is called a pack mentality which means that they need a leader. It is your responsibility as the owner to build the relationship between you and your dog and get your dog to see you as the leader. Now many people either take this piece of dog training advice to lightly and spoil the dog and let it do whatever it wants and many take it to far and are way to militant with the dog and offer no real affection. Both of these habits are ill-advised. What you need to do is love your dog and shower him with affection, but always maintain your leader role in the relationship and the dog will become accustomed to this and recognize it quickly(dogs are smart, they know whats going on 😉 .
To several ones, dogs are like their kids to them, the initial thing they check as they enter the house and the first thing that they search for in the morning. Passion for a dog can be naturally in one’s instinct. But for people who are not animal lovers, caring for a dog naturally may be hard but possible. But really, it is possible to learn how to love a dog? This question can have broad range of respones, but actually the answer to this relies on how willing a person is to do so.
To see dogs in a very optimistic way, get the hard work to educate them your way. For you to develop a great companionship with your dog, train him to be obedient to you. It may well be challenging at first, but if you do it cooperatively, you will get to succeed in the end. Effective coaching will ensure you of an obedient dog. Read Secrets to Dog Training review. It is all about an eBook that tackles all the necessary things about training a dog. So to be able to love a dog naturally, the dog itself needs to be lovable. The dog by itself needs to be obedient you. One more advantage of training your dog would be having the time to bond with your pet. Bonding is an essential component in the development of any relationship. This is as well a useful way to let your dog create its believe in to you. Dogs can be rather tender pets. They can safeguard you in every single way they know how. But for this to be achievable, they need to begin to believe in you, and the most effective way to obtain this is quality time by means of training.
Also, to refrain from becoming hassled by dog’s illnesses, it is significant to maintain his well being. It is challenging to take care of a sickly pet. Also, dogs are also capable of feeling pain. Put yourself in their feet so you can realize how they feel. As a pet owner, do your part in being in constant guidance of your pet’s wellness. Make sure that he is not suffering from any illness or weakened by any pain by taking him to the vet regularly. It is also vital that you do not neglect feeding him and feeding him right. Vitamins and supplements will also help you grow a healthy and energetic dog. Also, keep a first aid kit at home so that you can respond correspondingly in case your dog becomes injured or he is in an emergency condition. Your first aid kit have to consist of ointments and typical canine meds such as aspirin for dogs.
As your dog ages in your company, you will certainly feel being attached to him. Dogs never fail to satisfy their owners by being loyal and protective to them. There is almost no possibility that you could not learn loving your dog when you give in to the idea. So to repay your pet with his faith in you, do your duty in providing him his basic needs such as food, nutritional vitamins, health needs, appreciation, affection, and quality time. Give substantial focus to your dog’s health because it degrades as they grow old. Sicknesses like arthritis may start. Common arthritis meds include etodolac 400 mg tablet. Never lose contact with the vet to ensure your pet’s wellness.
Copyright (c) 2010 James Mahoney
If you love working with dogs, a dog training career may be just right for you. Dogs all the way from puppies to older dogs, need training, and their owners usually don’t know how to train them. They need a professional to do the job.
If you are considering pursuing this as a career, you could just start by practicing on your own dog. If you are good at training your dog, then you might be good at training other people’s dogs. But if you find that training your dog leaves you frustrated and drained, then a dog training career might not be the best choice for you.
A career can be very rewarding. Most people love dogs and more and more people are becoming dog owners. Also people are coming to realize the importance of training when it comes to their dog’s well being and overall happiness.
There are basically two types of careers since it field really consists of two different areas. These areas are pet and service dog training. These are both in demand, however there are far more opportunities in pet dog training.
For a successful dog training career however it is not enough just to love dogs. You have to be able to get along well with the people who own the dogs too, and when training the dogs, you are also training the owners as well.
So when the owners become distraught will you be able to deal with them in a way that iscalming, but firm and be understanding.
To found out more information about careers in dog training and how to get, check out the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). They state on their web site that they are committed to becoming better trainers through education. APDT is a good place to find out more about dog training jobs, as well as networking with their members.
You can also find dog trainer training academies that provide those interested in dog training careers the basics of the business. Besides training, you can also find out about the running of your own dog training business before getting started.
There are many ways to get started in a dog training career. You could volunteer your services at a dog training class held by a local animal shelter. This will help to give you a feel for what is involved in pursuing dog training career. If you prove to be a good teacher than you could consider going to the next step in your training.
You could receive training at a school for those interested in a dog training career where you can get good hands on training. You should be able to find many schools and seminars available in your area.
But remember a career in dog training requires more than just knowing how to handle dogs, you must know how to handle their owners too. If you possess these qualities in addition to having good training, you could be well on the way to success in this field.
J. Mahoney is the owner of Dog Trainers Ideas.com. Just feel free to visit http://www.dogtrainersideas.com where you will find a resource providing you with advice on all aspects of dog training, house training and dog health. If you want to find more info on dog training Career Click Here!
Training a dog should be an enjoyable and easy task both for you and your dog, but things can be different in Basset Hound training. It is because Basset Hounds, just like any other hounds, are extremely hard to train. They tend not to obey commands given to them because as scent hounds they prefer to follow what their noses tell them. Low desire to please its owner is another reason why a basset hound is hard to train.
When it comes to dog training, especially obedience training, a Basset hound is less likely to be chosen by most dog owners and trainers because of its characteristics towards training. However, it is not impossible to train a Basset hound if you really want to. Some have been successful in training their Basset hounds but only a few of them. Patience, together with your great love for your Basset hound is essential in order to have a well behaved dog.
Training tips are just few clicks away when searching a web and you can also learn through seminars from dog experts. But the best method in Basset Hound training is to know and listen to your dog. Discover what exercise or activity your dog enjoys and start your way from there. Let him understand that training is fun! Be artistic and create fun and exciting training methods and as much as possible, vary it from time to time so as not to bore them. Limit the training session to only 10-20 minutes. Slowing down and showing resistance to work is an indication that he has become bored or he doesn’t like your training method.
Using training tools such as crate and rewards are ideal partner in every training session. Most Basset hounds obey command when offered reward, but will forget the training when reward is being offered. To do away with this, hide the reward from the dog before giving a command. Show him the reward only until he has complied with the command so as to come up with a Basset hound who follows command with or without the presence of a reward. The point here is to give him the idea that you may have a reward for him even if he can not see it.
It is also important to know the right time to start training. Making mistakes in the beginning of the training may delay the process and may not guarantee better results. Begin the training with something he enjoys so that he will be convinced to do it. Avoid being harsh and force your dog to do something which you think he doesn’t like. Consistency and determination is much more helpful.
With these tips, you will surely be able to come up with nicely trained dog. You can now aim higher levels of training such as obedience and agility training, and prove others that it is not impossible to train these stubborn four legged friends.