Dog Training Tips

Dog Training Tips

Training and housetraining your dog is sometimes a difficult task. At The Puppy Place, we have developed these basic guidelines for housetraining and training your dog against problem chewing and biting.

Housetraining Your Dog

In general, a dog will not soil the area it lays in. Therefore, if they are confined to a small area (for training purposes) they will not use it as a restroom. Instead, they will wait until you take them outside.

The best way to confine your dog for this purpose is to place them in a crate, Kennel cab or puppy exercise pen for 2 to 4 hours at a time. After the time is up, take your dog outside to relieve itself.

When your dog relieves itself in the proper place, reward him/her! A freeze-dried liver treat is ideal because it’s odorless, light, and most dogs enjoy them. This pattern of rewards for correct behavior should be followed for 2 to 4 weeks, after which your dog should be housetrained.

No Biting

no bitingThank You / Take It teaches a dog to gently take an object and release it when told. We like Thank You as a polite variation of the Let Go command, but telling your dog to “drop” or “give” would work as well. Whichever command you choose, using it consistently is the key.

Show Fido the toy, wiggle it, and then say “Take it.” Hand him one end while you’re holding the other. Hang on while Fido plays for a moment, then say “Thank you” and remove it from his mouth.

Teach the release by saying “Thank you” and touching the side of Fido’s tongue. There’s a gap behind the fangs, where the tongue is visible even with the teeth closed. Most dogs will release a toy when you touch the side of the tongue there. (For those who won’t release, hold a tasty treat off to the side so the dog must release the toy to get the yummy.)

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Find out why a cat purrs and the benefits it has

Find out why a cat purrs and the benefits it has

The purr of the cat is one of the most amazing sounds that can exist, is a sound that makes you smile and that assures us that everything will be fine. That gentle sound has the power to reassure and disturb us all at once. That is why many of us wonder why a cat purrs. Some facts related to this sound may surprise you.

Purring has more than one reason to be so if you are the type of person who thinks cats just purr when they’re happy you’ve been missing out on an amazing truth. If we conform to the definition of the Academy Purring is the action and effect of producing a kind of snore in demonstration of contentment however; there are still things to discover about this magnificent sound and its effects on both cats and humans.

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HOW CAN I GET MY NEW DOG TO STOP BEGGING AT THE TABLE?

HOW CAN I GET MY NEW DOG TO STOP BEGGING AT THE TABLE?

Begging at the table can be something your dog brought with him from his previous home, and it is understandably a behavior that some find unacceptable.

If you’re not used to having a wet nose poking at your leg under the table or, worse, a pair of deep brown eyes staring pitifully up at you as you enjoy your pasta, it is possible to change the begging habit. Let’s start with easy solutions and progress to those that may require more effort on your part.

The most foolproof solution is to restrict your dog from the kitchen or dining area during meals. A simple baby gate in the kitchen doorway will solve your problem, unless your dog has resorted to whining or barking at the dinner table. In addition, it may be helpful to feed your dog before you feed yourself, just in case the begging is actually driven by hunger. Many dogs probably don’t know the meaning of the word!

The longest-term solution is known as “extinction”: in order to extinguish a behavior (and begging is a good example) you must remove every trace of reinforcement or reward. In other words, not only must you stop giving your dog any food from the dinner table, you must also try to stop dropping any surprises onto the floor. (Wasn’t it Freud who suggested “there are no accidents”?) Although extinction takes longer than other methods for stopping an undesired behavior, it tends to endure, as long as reinforcement is no longer given.

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