Basics of Dog Training

Happy dogDog training is both engaging and rewarding for you and your dog. From simple obedience commands to tricks that are more advanced, training your dog can be a fun activity. Just the way human beings are taught how to behave when young, dogs also need training in order for them to behave properly whether you are on the move and have asked for a towing service, the dog should not embarrass you in front of the towing personnel.  If a dog adopts the behavior expected of it in a household, everyone will be happy.

The dog will also be happy.

Dogs always want to please their owners. It is in their nature to seek the approval of their owner. Well, at least most of the time.

The tricks and tasks that you may decide to teach your dog are optional. The following are the types of training that are basic, meaning that they are considered to be very important for every dog owner.

Toilet Training

If you plan to have your dog indoors then you definitely need to toilet train it. You definitely dont want to have a messy home do you? Toilet training is usually very stressful for both the dog and you and your patience is very necessary. If you use the proper training methods, you definitely are going to achieve a positive outcome.

It is crucial that you start the toilet training when the dog is still young (around 3 to 4 months old). Starting early will ensure that the toilet training does not take any longer than necessary. Staring late meant a longer training period. For an effective toilet training keep the following in mind.

  • Regular feeding time throughout training period.
  • Give your dog numerous opportunities to empty their bladder outside.
  • Remember to praise your dog whenever your dog does its responsibility.

Leash training

It is necessary for your dog to learn how to walk on a leash. In some states, having a leash on a dog is required while in others it is your choice. There are some times when keeping your dog on a leash will be a form of protection for your dog. Apart from protecting your dog, leashes also keep your dog away from unpredictable and irresistible temptations.

Training on obedience

dog trainingIt is very necessary that you train your doctor on matters pertaining to its discipline. This is because a disobedient dog can become a real pain. The following are some of the basic commands that your dog should learn to respond to.

  • Sit. This command should be taught first so that you remain in control of your dog.
  • Stay. This command will teach your dog to always be calm, still and to stay in one place.
  • Come. This obviously will teach your dog to always come to you as soon as you command it.

 

Once your dog masters the basics, you can then start to train it on a more advanced level. These activities will keep your dog active, mentally stimulated and fit. Through these activities, you also get to bond with your dog.

Training is an ongoing process for a dog especially when it comes to obedience as you dog is likely to forget if not frequently reminded on being obedient.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun Ways to Exercise Your Dog

dog exerciseAccording to a study done by Michigan State University, dog owners are 34% more likely to exercise for 150 minutes weekly than people who don’t own a dog. It does not matter whether you are just taking your dog for a stroll, it still counts.

 Furthermore, while at it, you get to burn as much as 170 calories in just half an hour. Besides walking, there are other fun activities to engage with your dog that will ensure that your dog get to exercise. Below are some of them.

Paddle boarding while standing up

Pick on a calm day on a bay or lake for our first session together with your dog. This will ensure that your pup develops it sea legs. To make the dog more comfortable you can puddle on your knees so that you can lower the center of gravity and balance the board in case you are struggling to balance the board. It is also advisable to make sure your dog has its preserver on when venturing on the waters. The life preserver will also make it easier for you to lift it back on the boat in case it falls in the water. Numerous doggie vests have a handle that is easy to grab.

Follow the Dog

You can add twist to your daily walks by following your dog and have it walk you for a change. You go wherever she goes. To do this, picture your dog as a walking, four-legged and furry GPS that does not you know where the final destination is going to be. Be ready for where the nose takes you both. 

Tracking

Even though not all dogs are trackers, any dog can take part in a game of tracking. Tracking is a very competitive game for both handlers and dogs. In this game, a scent trail is usually put in place hours before the game begins. In this game, dogs follow the trail to find the object at the end with the encouragement of their owners.

 

Teach a New Skill
Your dog’s brain also needs exercise and teaching anew skill is just one way to exercise it. Find any fun and silly behavior to teach your dog like command by using hand signals or high fiving. Another exercise for the brain is bowing on command.

Having a dog I a lot of fun especially after it has learnt the initial commands. You can do almost every activity with your dog once you teach it how to do it.



Tips to Taking Care of Your Dog

 

dogA dog is a man’s best friend. Taking care of the dog is not just a way of rewarding it for being a faithful companion but it makes sure it is comfortable, healthy and happy. Friends take care of each other and because your dog may be doing everything possible to keep you happy and safe, you should do your part as well. For first-time dog owners, here are tips that will ensure your dog is well taken care of.

Give it a Name

The same way you give a new baby a name is the same procedure with the new friend. Don’t choose a random name but one that has meaning and relates to the dog, your relationship, its breed or history. To ensure its safety, go ahead and get an identification tag that has your name, address, and phone number.  In case the dog gets lost, it will be easy for people to find you. A microchip is a better way of identifying the dog because a collar can be lost.

Offer a Safe Environment

Dog-proofing your home and compound is important. This ensures that the dog cannot get into any danger in and around the house even when you are not around. Furniture and things used around the house should be safe to the dog.

Healthy Foods

Food is a primary consideration and you should always ensure the dog is getting the right nutrients. This may vary depending on the breed, age, and gender. Dogs require vitamins and minerals and if you are not sure what to get them, ask a reputable veterinary.

Exercise

dogsEach dog requires a daily exercise routine. This will not only keep it healthy and fit but will keep the dog happy. The dog will love and relax from a walk in the park or neighborhood just as you would. It is also a chance to bond and explore the outdoors together.

Spend time Together

A dog is part of your family therefore, you should treat it just as you would other family members. You should not let it stay outside by itself for too long but keep it where everyone else is. This way, it will feel your love and appreciate the company. Dogs love companionship and the time spent alone can lead to agitated behavior.

Regular Vet Visits

When you notice problems with the dog such agitation when touched or loss of appetite, it might be time to visit the vet. Also, dogs should get regular weight and general body examination not forgetting a supply of vitamins and dewormers.

Every state has regulations on dog vaccination and licensing. Ensure you understand and follow them. Also, each dog develops differently, therefore, you should be patient especially when it comes to learning acceptable behavior. If you find the dog is taking too long to learn, get a trainer. If behavior problems persist, they may indicate underlying health problems that a veterinary can pinpoint. Taking good care of your dog makes it happy and friendly.