Archive for October 2011

Socialization

Participating in a group class can be a very effective way to train your dog. Group classes are almost always less expensive than individual training sessions. They also offer your dog the opportunity to socialize with other pets. Look for a smaller group though, so that you still have plenty of one on one interaction with the trainer.

Socialization skills are an important part of a well-rounded training program for any canine companion. Learning to get along with adults, children and other pets makes for a happy dog that is welcome in his surroundings. Socializing your dog is easy and can be incorporated into your daily activities. An evening dog walk, trip to the park or visit to the pet store can provide a great opportunity to expose your dog to short interactions with neighbors and their pets, while getting much needed exercise and bonding time with you.

Introducing your dog to other pets that already live in the home should be accomplished slowly and patiently. Start by allowing the animals to sniff each other through closed doors. After a view days, allow gradual interaction with close supervision. By preventing fast, traumatic introductions, your pets will live together more peacefully.

Hopefully with the knowledge you just acquired about training your dogs you’re feeling more confident with ways you can do just that. The knowledge you learned here is good but remember that there’s always more information to learn, so keep on the lookout for new information and apply that whenever you can and you should see results soon.

How to Housebreak Your Dog

When housebreaking a dog it is quite important for him to know that when he went potty outside that you are proud of him. Give him a treat and some attention as soon as he has done his business. Do not just let him go about his business while you go about yours.

Housebreaking a dog takes time. Make sure that you take the dog out first thing in the morning and keep taking him out throughout the day. Always take him to the same spot when taking him out to potty. The dog will learn to associate this spot with his business. If an accident happens clean it up and ignore the dog. This will let him know that you are unhappy with him. Do not physically discipline the dog or rub his nose in it, doing so just intimidates the dog and makes accidents more likely to occur.

Housebreaking a dog takes time. The key is to be consistent when teaching him where it’s not acceptable for him to relieve himself and consistent in the message that you send as to where you expect him to go. This may be on a pad inside the house, on a lead when you take him outside or running free in a fenced yard.

Hopefully with the knowledge you just acquired about training your dogs you’re feeling more confident with ways you can do just that. The knowledge you learned here is good but remember that there’s always more information to learn, so keep on the lookout for new information and apply that whenever you can and you should see results soon.

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