Break the Barking Habit

A dog who barks constantly is a real annoyance.  As a result, I’ve done some investigating on what experienced trainers recommend most.

After doing plenty or research on various dog forums, blogs and websites, here are the six most recommended tips for getting your dog to be quiet.

1.When your dog starts barking, you must firmly say “Quit It” or “No barking!” Simply saying “no” does not mean enough to your pet.

2.If your dog barks again, take a spray bottle filled with water and spray your pet one time using the same command, e.g. “Quit it” or “No barking!” Make sure the tone of your voice and your body language is strong and assertive.

3.Stay consistent with your dog training. Your poodle, beagle or sheltie may continue to bark for a period of time. Do not lose your composure. You could squash your dog’s desire to please you. Remain calm and repeat your chosen command using the spray bottle mentioned in tip #2.

4.Never hit your dog. Some people believe using a rolled-up newspaper and creating a loud “swack” is effective. This is rarely the case. Scaring your “best friend” is not recommended. Under no circumstances should you ever hit your dog unless it is break up an attack with another animal or person.

5.When your dog stops barking, give him another command such as sit, shake hands, etc. Then praise your pet calmly. By praising him right after he stops barking, your dog make think you’re sending him good words for the bad behavior/barking.

6.Use “shock” or “spray” collars only as a last result. You may find these costly electronic devices stop the barking, but make training more challenging because of your dog’s pain. By staying consistent as suggested in the preceding 5 tips, you will eventually be successful in stopping barking.

Staying consistent in training with both my dogs has always reaped the biggest benefits. As dog lovers know, a dog’s first and foremost mission is to make you happy and provide unconditional love.

Basic Puppy Training Techniques

There are a number of important guidelines that you need to keep in mind when teaching your puppy the basics about good behavior. Exercising the right training techniques is what will make or break your training regimen with your dog. Follow these five important guidelines and teaching your puppy will be easier than ever.

1 – Be Gentle – Your new puppy is going to be extremely sensitive at first, and as a result will not be able to handle anything that is too stressful on both an emotional and a physical level. Although learning generally quickly takes place, now is the time where your puppy will react poorly to stress or being trained too rough. If fears are picked up too easily during the training process, then it may inhibit the puppy’s ability to learn, so make sure to be gentle but firm in your training.

2 – Keep Things Brief – Puppies have even shorter attention spans than children. Your puppy is only going to learn when his or her attention is on you, and you will not see the results that you are looking for when your puppy is tired physically or mentally. Make sure to be brief when putting your puppy through training activities, and then you can move on.

3 – Exercise Patience – Expecting overnight results is only going to frustrate you and cause your training regimen to lose its focus. Relax, and understand that things like this will take time, and puppies learn in spurts. Puppies also do go through brief memory lapses so do not allow yourself to become overwhelmed if your puppy seems to forget some of its training from one day to the next. Exercise patience when it comes to training and you will be just fine.

4 – Exercise Simplicity – Teaching your puppy should be done in a step by step process if you want to attain the best results. This is the best way that your puppy will learn. Exercise a simple, step by step approach and your puppy will learn more quickly and will enjoy the process more thoroughly than if you were to employ a more intensive training regimen.

5 – Build Confidence – Confidence is the core of every healthy adult dog, and confidence begins with building confidence in a young puppy. Building confidence in your puppy is not hard at all to do; all you need to do is spend positive time with your puppy as often as you possibly can. This will help to build self confidence in your puppy. You should not always be in training mode when you first get your puppy, but instead sometimes you should step back and play with your dog, having fun with him or her in the process. Training is important, but above all else your dog needs to know that you are friends.

These five fundamental training foundations are vital in preparing your puppy for an effective training regimen and will drive better results when properly integrated into your step by step puppy training process.

Housetraining Your Puppy

Housetraining takes patience and the ability to follow a schedule.  Most puppies respond to a schedule because it gets them used to doing the same thing at the same time every day and they learn the behavior you want easier.

You must first determine your puppy’s limit in holding his urine.  Keep a diary for several days until you spot a pattern between eating and eliminating.  This minus 15-30 minutes will give you the puppy’s comfort zone.  This is how long he can hold his urine after he has gone potty.

The puppy will usually have to go after they eat, drink, play or sleep.  Most dogs need to be taken out upwards of three to five times a day providing they haven’t drank an excessive amount of water.

The best thing to do if you take him walking is not to bring him back until he does potty.  Be ready to stay outside until he does.  This could take some time.  If you bring him back in before he is ready, he most likely will have an accident before you can get him back outside again.

The most important thing is to lavish him with praise each and every time he does the right behavior.  This reinforces it because he receives attention and a treat.  If you wait and praise him later, it won’t be effective.

To keep him from finding spots, close doors to rooms with carpeting or rugs, because they prefer certain area to eliminate on.  If the puppy does have an accident, use a pet odor neutralizer to prevent any odor.  They sometimes will sniff around until they find the exact same spot they went the last time.  Don’t use ammonia based cleaners as they break down into urea, which is a part of urine.

Getting the Puppy His Own ID

Fifteen to twenty million dogs were lost in the last year due to no identification on the dog.  Even simple collar tags can help your pet to be returned.  Without any form of ID in place, if your dog goes missing, there is no way to track him even if someone finds him.

Take a moment and make it easy on your best friend if he gets lost.  Make sure he can find his way back to you.  Even the best dog training won’t help if the puppy is lost.

There are several ways to insure the animal will be returned.

The first is an ID tag and Rabies Certificate, which should be worn on a collar.  The tag should have your address, phone number, and the puppy’s name.  The Rabies Certificate tag has a serial number that can be traced by a vet.

You can also place a tag with any illnesses the animal may have such as Diabetes.

A new device is gaining popularity.  It is a microchip they place under the dog’s skin.  A computer scanner can read the bar code on it and find where the animal belongs.  The owner’s name and address is entered into a national database.  The only downside is the chip may move to other places in the body making it hard to find.

Tattoos are another option.  They are placed inside the ear.  It will cause a minor discomfort to the animal for a couple of days.  In the long run, it’s better to have some pain than to lose you best friend because he got away from you.  They will tattoo a serial number and register it with the national database.

Licenses for dogs have gone up in the last few years.  They used to be ten dollars and are now up to twenty to thirty dollars depending on whether the animal is spayed or neutered.  Licenses insure the dog’s rabies shot is up to date.  Rabies is fatal 99% of the time for both dogs and humans.

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