Just like us humans, dogs can get bored when they don’t have much to do. Not only is agility a great boredom buster for your canine companion, it can also improve fitness levels, and strengthen the bond between you and your four-legged friend. If you want to practice agility at home, you’ll need some dog… Read More
You’ll love your dog not matter what mischief she gets up to, but life with a well-behaved dog is much easier on the owner. Plus, having some boundaries can help dogs feel secure, not to mention that many dogs get satisfaction from learning new things and find training mentally stimulating.
But, how do you go about training your canine companion and how do you learn more? Luckily, there are plenty of readily available dog training resources and we’ll answer a handful of common questions below.
What’s the Best Age to Start Training My Dog?
The best age to start training your dog is whatever age she is when she arrives in your care. If you get your dog as a puppy, you can start with some basic training right away (after giving her a few days to settle into her new home). Like human babies, puppies are growing quickly and always learning, so they’re particularly receptive to training and tend to learn quickly. However, if you rehome an older dog, start training right away and she shouldn’t take much longer to learn new things than a puppy.
Is it Ever Too Late to Start Training a Dog?
You’ve probably heard the saying, “you can’t teach old dogs new tricks.” Well, that’s completely untrue. If you didn’t train your dog as a puppy or when she first came home to you, it’s not too late. Dogs can be trained at any age. It might take a little longer for them to learn new behaviors than a puppy or young dog would, but they’ll get there eventually with persistence and plenty of treats.
What’s the Best Method of Dog Training?
Positive reinforcement training is the best method of dog training. This is where you reward dogs (with treats, praise, or play sessions) for good behavior or nailing a trick rather than punishing them for bad behavior or getting things wrong. Numerous studies have shown that dogs are more obedient, quicker to learn, and less likely to be fearful or aggressive with positive reinforcement training than with methods that use punishment or dominance. It’s so effective that most “dogs with jobs” learn via positive reinforcement – including guide dogs for the blind, bomb detecting dogs, and search and rescue dogs.
What’s the Difference Between Obedience Training and Trick Training?
Obedience training is teaching your dog obedience commands, such as “come,” “stay,” and “heel.” These are the basics that all dogs should know and can mean the difference between life and death in some situations. For instance, if you don’t teach your dog to reliably come when called, she could run into traffic or another hazardous situation. If you want to get into agility training, your dog must have basic obedience training in the bag, as she’ll need to listen to your commands. Trick training is when you teach your dogs tricks, such as “shake hands,” “high five,” or “play dead.” Trick training is just for fun but can be entertaining for your dog and help promote bonding between you.
It’s no secret that excessive barking is annoying, especially if it’s loud or high pitched. The constant noise can cause headaches and stress, and since the sound carries, it can annoy your neighbors, too, potentially leading to conflict between even the friendliest neighbors. So how do you put a stop to it? That’s where ultrasonic… Read More
Non-stop barking is enough to drive you crazy and create a rift between you and your neighbors. Your dog’s barking may stem from anxiety, a territorial nature, or you may have a breed like a Beagle that simply barks more than others. You love your dog, but, for the sake everyone’s sanity, you may need… Read More
“Jump! Sit! Stay!” Training your dog the right way requires an investment of dedicated practice time, patience and perseverance. It can be a lot of hard work! To keep your dog engaged, it’s common to train with the help of a tasty treat. And who could say no to “the look”- that hungry, hypnotizing stare… Read More
It’s natural for dogs to bark, but it’s a nuisance to owners and their neighbors. Whether you’re making an urgent phone call or putting down a sleeping baby, it’s helpful to know how to quiet a barking dog. Some dogs bark at every person who walks by, whereas others howl while their owner is at… Read More
Whether you’ve just bought a new puppy, or have an older dog who’s been a member of your family for years, choosing the right method of disciplining and training your dog can help you form a rewarding relationship with your pet. But determining how to discipline your dog can be tricky. There are so many… Read More
You’re in bed, about to drift off to sleep, when you hear the unfortunate sound of your cat ripping your brand new furniture into shreds. Or, you walk passed the dining room table and your cat attacks you out of nowhere. Or, even worse, your kitty decides the litter box is the only place it… Read More
Training a new puppy can be an incredibly difficult process. Between house training and behavior training, a new puppy is a lot like a full-time job. When you combine that job with your actual job, you may find yourself in dire need of some short cuts. Not to mention how much more difficult the process can… Read More
Unless you live in a temperate climate, the chances are your pet will be living at least part-time inside with you. And that means you’re going to want to make sure a new puppy doesn’t mess all over your house. House training your puppy may be more or less difficult depending on breed and on… Read More
Sometimes crates are necessary for dogs – especially if your pup is untrustworthy when you’re not paying direct attention to him. You should use the crate for times when you can’t watch your dog but also work on his behavior so that you will eventually minimize his stay in the crate. After you make the… Read More
Boxers are known for being curious, playful, and more energetic than most breeds. Being a large and imposing dog, once grown, makes them wonderful for family protection – but they may also exhibit potentially problematic behavior without proper training. Be sure to start training your boxer puppy early on to ensure he/she grows up to… Read More
You brought a new German Shepherd puppy into your home, and the bond is created from the moment you look into those big beautiful brown eyes. Puppies are adorable, gentle and loyal, but they do require a great deal of guidance and structure within the family unit. Training your German Shepherd puppy takes time, patience… Read More
Beagles. Adorable, low-maintenance and good-natured—beagles are small-ish dogs with a sense of humor. They’re great with kids, can live in an apartment, and you don’t need to groom them. It’s easy to see why beagles are an in-demand breed. But, it’s not all cuddles and rainbows. Beagles, especially beagle puppies have a reputation for being… Read More
Congratulations on your new Husky puppy! The Siberian Husky is known as an intelligent, headstrong dog. This means that to succeed in training your new puppy, you’re going to need to be diligent and consistent. You will need to establish yourself as the leader; if your Husky puppy does not respect you, it’s not going… Read More
French Bulldogs are popular pets for a wide variety of reasons: They’re friendly and affectionate, they’re bright and playful, and they do well in all kinds of living situations. From small city apartments to larger homes with outdoor space, the Frenchie will be perfectly happy and doesn’t just do well with other pets and children—it… Read More
You may have heard that Rottweilers are working dogs, and you’ve heard right. According to the American Kennel Club, Rottweilers are naturally protective and a very trainable breed that loves to be given a job to do. They make great guard, police, herding, and service dogs. But not everyone realizes that Rottweilers can also be… Read More
Shih Tzus are a popular breed, known for their small size and playful personality. But as puppies, Shih Tzus can be challenging to train. As adorable as this breed is, though, it’s important to start training as early as possible. Not only will this give you a break from weeks of cleaning up household accidents… Read More
As a new pet owner, you’re super excited about the joys of owning a Doberman puppy. There’s nothing cuter than a little dog with puppy breath and a huge sense of curiosity. But, puppies can be frustrating and tiring to deal with. They like to chew things, make messes in the house, and wake you… Read More
Dogs have a well-earned reputation as “man’s best friend,” but let’s face it: they can also be a pain in the butt! All canines require a lot of work, but an untrained dog can make your life more stressful and difficult. Responsible and rewarding dog ownership will require at least some level of training. If… Read More
The 52 Top-Rated Tasty and Effective Treats to Maximize Your Dog’s Training Program New puppy? Adopt a dog from the shelter? Training treats are about to be a must-have item. Training treats are often much like ordinary treats, but they’re much smaller in size, because training requires an ongoing effort and too many high-calorie treats… Read More
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