How to Train Your Dog

Training: How To Walk On A Leash

January 28, 20130 Comments

You want your dog to walk by you on a loose leash.  Watch and learn some techniques for helping your dog to learn how to not pull.  If you allow them to pull you, they think they are in charge and will continue to pull you from now on.  It will be a better experience for you both if they simply walk along with you.

Tips For Terrier Breeds

January 18, 20130 Comments

Terrier breeds can be a little aggressive and that is completely normal and to be expected.  Even if your dog is fixed, they are likely to still wanting to be the one in charge.

Here is some advice and tips from a veterinarian on how to handle a ‘bossy’ terrier.

Take some notes and be sure to get some toys to help your terrier get some serious energy out!

“Cover Your Eyes” Dog Trick

December 3, 20120 Comments

Tape, anyone?  Who knew that this simple work item could help you train your dog a new and adorable trick?

You don’t want to frustrate your dog, however, so only work on this training in short sessions.

Getting Your Dog to Use its Nose

November 30, 20120 Comments

Setting up training exercises like this will really help your dog to use its nose.  With a powerful sense of smell, you can use trainings like this to develop and stimulate your dog.  Keeping them busy if half the battle most of the time, so training is one way to keep you both happy! Try it and let us know how it goes.

How to Train Your Dog to be Calm, Submissive

October 24, 20120 Comments

What is good about this video from the Dog Whisperer is that he is not able to get the dog to behave the way he wants on the first try at it.  He simply removes the dog eventually from this situation, tries a different activity and then goes back to try the training lesson again with this aggressive dog.  No one is perfect and you simply need to try again when your lesson does not go quite the way you wanted.

It is important to learn how to train your dog to be calm, submissive and to be okay with greeting and being around other dogs.  This is a well worth it lesson and one that will help you to see that a simple break can mean all the difference.

How to Train Your Dog to be Calm, Submissive

See? Even Cesar is not always ‘on it’ and sometimes dogs really do have a mind of their own.  It is important, however, to learn how to train your dog to be calm & submissive.  Your energy really is a factor and needs to be addressed before you try to have a training session.  Did you learn anything from the video?  LIKE it if you did.

How to Train Your Dog and Do it Happy

October 22, 20120 Comments

This video goes over some tips that will help you prepare how to train your dog and do it happy.  Let’s face it, training can get pretty frustrating at times. Unless you happen to have a super genius wonder dog on your hands, there is going to be a bit of a learning curve.  Perhaps some things your dog will pick up quickly, but there are bound to be some commands that has him or her tilting their head at you with that “What?” look.

These tips will help you get on the right track.

How to Train Your Dog and Do it Happy

We love the tip about writing down all the things your dog loves and that can help motivate them.  Divide that list into four categories:

  1. Food (of course!)
  2. Toys they love
  3. Your attention – what do they love from you the most?
  4. Life rewards – are there places they love to go or favorite sniffing spots?

Being able to circulate through these rewards will not only help your dog, they will assist you in how to train your dog and do it happy.   After all, this is the point of even having a dog in your life – to enjoy all the love they bring you and to share the happiness of being with them.

So take a deep breath and get ready to follow these tips. Your dog will thank you for it!  LIKE this post and share it with others that love their dog.

How To Train Your Dog: Reading His Tail

October 17, 20120 Comments

This is a brief over view of the different wags your dog displays.  That tail speaks a language of its own and it can be helpful to understand the basics.  If you want to know how to train your dog, reading his tail is a good indication of when he might be in the mood for a training session or not.

The guy in this video demonstrates how a tucked tail indicates a fearful state while a tail pointing up, even if it is wagging, is an indication of aggression in your dog.  Using these cues, you can act appropriately to help your dog relax and feel better.

How To Train Your Dog: Reading His Tail

You also want to watch your dog’s stare.  If he is staring very intently at something, you want to break that attention right away and bring him back to paying attention to your commands.  Fixation like that is a clear indicator that he may be thinking about doing something aggressive and getting himself in a bit of trouble. Learn your dog’s ‘tells’ and you will have a better chance at keep both of you safe and sound.

What Dogs Hate the Most

October 8, 20120 Comments

It is cruel and not acceptable to ever hit your dog. Beyond that truth, it is also not an effective training method at all.  The best training method would be to do what dogs hate the most. They don’t like to be put in their place – although that is exactly what happens in packs.  They get put in their place by the pack leader and what he does is put them into a submission posture on their back.

You can do this, too, when your dog misbehaves. If your dog gets in a fight with another dog or does something that is unacceptable, you can put them into a submissive posture and let them know that you are the boss. And the best thing about it? You are not hurting the dog at all!

What Dogs Hate the Most

Once you start to put the dog into a lay down position you need to follow through and not give up. It is important that you assert your position so that your dog will listen to you when you give them a command. This is the method that does not hurt the dog and is something that they will understand as well.  LIKE this if you know you are the boss!

How to Train Your Dog to Settle | Video

October 3, 20120 Comments

This video covers in good detail how to train your dog to settle down.  This means that you train the dog to go to its mat to lay down and relax.  Learning to settle will help you at times when it is better for the dog to be out of the way.  It can certainly help if you have guests and can also be helpful for the dog – as it puts them in a familiar place where they can, indeed, settle down, if the situation gets them a little over excited.

How to Train Your Dog to Settle

The trainer in the video also suggests that learning how to train your dog to settle can be a good way to eventually train a dog that is reluctant to go into a crate.  If you plan to crate train your dog and it is not that comfortable going into the crate, this training is an excellent segue to the crate.

He uses a clicker to reinforce the training so you may need to get one if you don’t already have one before you begin this training.  What do you think? This is a good video that explains exactly what to do. If you found it helpful, LIKE the post and share it with others.  Questions? Let us know below!

How To Train Your Dog To Rollover

October 1, 20120 Comments

This training can get a little tricky because your dog may not quite understand what it is you want him to do.  This video offers a pretty good example of how to train your dog to rollover.  The women shows how she allows her dog to lick the treat in her hand before she begins the movement that is slight back and then over.  As the dog follows, the rollover movement is then accomplished.

This particular training may not work as well with a large dog, as their necks are longer and they may be more tempted to just follow the treat with their head and not their bodies.  In that case, it might be necessary to work the treat in a different motion along the dog’s body to help it finally roll over.

How To Train Your Dog To Rollover

As the dog begins to finally roll, then you can introduce the word as a command. Be sure, as always, to offer plenty of praise when your dog gets it right.  This is not quite a regular movement that dogs make.  If my own personal experience is any indication, they more usually get onto their sides and stay there!  LIKE this post if you agree!

 

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