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10 Training Tips for Your Dog

Our little furry best friends won’t always be good boys, because why would they? It is their nature to be a little mischievous and naughty. However, there are times when they choose the wrong place, the bad time, and the worst thing to do. That’s when we may lose our mind and try to learn how to do some damage control.

Unfortunately, shouting “No!” or “bad dog!” rarely works, which is why we asked our best dog trainers to share their best training secret, only to find out that it is way too easy than we have ever thought.

So in case you have a new furry friend that drives you crazy sometimes, this list is for you to understand all the secrets and to learn how to train your doggy.

TRAIN IN A BORING ENVIRONMENT

TRAIN IN A BORING ENVIRONMENT

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Have you ever tried to train your dog in a public space, like a dog park or a crowded neighborhood? I know, it didn’t go as good as you thought it would. The reason is there were too many distractions, and dogs are not multi-taskers.

So the first thing you need to pay attention to is to be in a boring, non-distracting environment. Technically, it should be an empty room with no toys, pillows or anything that may attract the dog’s attention. Don’t forget the high-value treats for rewards.

Make sure to find the ones that he will go crazy for when performing a new behavior.

STOP YANKING ON A LEASH

Stop yanking on a leash

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While walking your dog with the leash, have you ever wondered if you are the one walking your dog, or if your dog is walking you? In any case, and from now on, you should forget about the yanking latter because when you try to pull back, the dog will pull forward.

Not because he is being difficult or stubborn, it is just the way dogs were designed. Allow me to explain more: when the dog pulls and gets where he wants to go, he will feel rewarded and will always continue that behavior. The only solution is to walk your dog on the leash inside.

So if he walked successfully next to you in your home, advance to the front yard, backyard, and then around the neighborhood. Eventually, your dog will master the art of walking next to you with or without a leash. Don’t forget to reward him.

“LEAVE IT” IS BETTER

“Leave it” is better

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Dogs don’t really understand the meaning of something “disgusting”. In fact, they are more attracted to it, especially if it repulses us. For example, items that fell out of the garbage, poop, and food that fell on a dirty floor, etc. So, the most effective sentence to use is “Leave it!” This sentence is proved to be “heard” well by dogs more than “Drop it!”

Again, try to practice it in a boring room with no distractions. This way you will avoid seeing your dog picking up gross things from the ground when you take him outside where more dangerous and harmful items exist.

TEACH THEM WHERE TO POOP

Teach them where to poop

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Even while being a good parent who holds poop bags every time you walk the dog, it is still embarrassing when he still chooses to poop in the middle of the street or on your neighbors’ front lawn while they are right there watching everything.

Thankfully, there is a solution, a very simple one actually: guide your dog to one specific spot where you want him to poop, give it a few minutes, and don’t speak, smile or play with him.

Let him sniff and soon enough, he will realize that it is time to make number 2. You have to reward him heavily and immediately with his favorite treats.

LET THEM LINGER AFTER POOPING OR PEEING

Let them linger after pooping or peeing

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It may sound easier if you just opened the door and let your cute puppy take care of their potty business on their own, but you will always end up with “poop land mines” everywhere.

The solution is to train the dog using a leash in order to teach him how to get used to eliminating when you are close to him. Then you should reward him with his favorite treat and take him for a quick walk.

If you rushed back inside, they may consider it as a punishment so he will quickly learn how to hold it in instead of letting it all out. So, make him poop/pee immediately after you let him go outside, then the quick walk should be the reward for doing it in your preferred location.

CALM THEIR FEARS

Calm Their Fears

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Have you ever thought why would your puppy bark at vacuums and hair dryers? According to Donna Culbert, a dog trainer, and owner of Donna’s Do Right Dogs, barking does not only for showing excitement or anger, it is also for expressing their fear and anxiety.

So when your dog barks loudly at that moving object that makes a scary “unusual” noise means that he is really scared, and he may even start chasing the item as he freaks out.

So to calm him down, put the item (unplugged) on the floor with treats sprinkled all around it, let him discover it slowly, then change the location of that item away from your dog as you are giving him treats in order to keep his calm.

Once you feel like he is starting to accept that object, turn it on. If he didn’t bark, then he must have controlled his fears and you should reward him. Finally, you will be able to use that noisy item without scaring your little puppy.

THE REWARD MUST EQUAL THE JOY

The reward must equal the joy

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Speaking of rewards, it is not right if you order the dog to “come!” then ask him to lie down. The reward must equal the joy that you made your dog leave to come to you. For instance, he likes to chase cars because he finds it a fun experience, but also, very dangerous.

So instead of shouting “Come!” you should command it with a ball or a squeaky toy, and then have your dog chase you. You can make it a little more entertaining by letting him catch you and then immediately play tug with him for a minute.

DON’T SAY “NO” WHEN THEY WHINE

Don’t say “No” when they whine

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You made sure that your sweet puppy has dinner, potty time accomplished, played fetch, and all was good. But for some reason, he is looking at you whining and giving you a sad puppy look that breaks your heart.

According to many dog experts, there are many reasons that drive dogs to whine including boredom, excitement, anxiousness or need for attention. The best solution to end their “attention whining” is by ignoring them completely.

For some puppies, even saying “No” is rewarding because they have got your attention. If you ignored him and he actually stopped whining, reward him with a treat so he can understand that no whining equals attention.

END THEIR BEGGING

End their begging

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In order to have a calm, sweet dinner with your family, date or yourself, you should teach your puppy from the beginning to go to a specific spot during your mealtime to avoid any annoying barking or begging.

When the dog goes to his place, don’t ignore him completely, say hello and give him a treat. Or you could give him something tasty to chew like a bully stick or a marrow bone in order to distract him for a few minutes.

If he came back to the table, try to lure him back politely. This one can be a little difficult, but with consistent training, you will definitely get the results.

HOME ALONE

Home Alone

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In case you need to know if your dog is ready to be home alone without a crate, then pay attention. If he gets into things while you are still around, then probably not! However, if he is not destroying anything anymore, then he might be ready.

It is best to close the rooms where you put the most valuable things before leaving him. Like your office or the kitchen. Pick a small space and put all his toys around so he can be satisfied with all the things surrounding him.

That way, he will be distracted for a while from destroying anything valuable. But first, you have to conduct a few tests before leaving him for a long time. Try 15 minutes at first, 40 minutes, and advance to an hour, etc.

 

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10 Fun and Impressive Tricks You Need To Teach Your Dog by Mark Reed

Dogs are the best life companions; they give us unlimited hours of entertainment, endless love and affection, and absolute loyalty. Even if you spent a very tough day, coming back home to find your funny and excited buddy jumping with extreme joy will definitely boost your mood and make you forget all your problems.

However, training will help to keep your best buddy obedient, happy, and mentally active. Teaching your dog some effective tricks is a perfect way to let him express his affection and to keep him mentally stimulated and safe. Besides the typical commands such as stay, heel, and sit.

#1 – SHAKE PAWS

Shaking Paws or hands is an impressive dog trick that will amuse both of you. It is an easy trick that you can train your dog to do in a few training meetings. All you need to have is your dog and some of the treats. Here is how to do it:

First ask your dog to sit, Hold the treat in one hand and try to show it to your pup. Close your grip over the treat and ask your dog to shake by waving your closed grip to keep him focused on the treat.

The moment your dog interacts and touches your hand give him the treat and say “good” so he can remember the trick. Try to apply and practice shake paws for 10 minutes three times a day. Then you will notice that your pup will offer you his paw whenever you ask him to do it.

#2 – BACK UP

Another impressive dog trick is back up. This funny strategy can be practiced in several situations and will help you to keep him from crowding you at the refrigerator or rushing out the door or even entertaining you and your family. Back up is completely simple, all you need is to be patient and have some good dog treats. Here is how to do it:

First, give your dog the stay command, take few steps away from the dog and then look at him. Start to move towards your dog and tell him back up, the moment your dog starts to step back as you move towards him give him the treat and say “good boy”. Try to practice this training more than three times a day to make your pup respond more effectively to the commands.

#3 – TAKE A BOW

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Taking a bow is actually a natural behavior that all dogs perform. The trick involves having your pup put his chest to the floor while maintaining his rear end up in the air. Dogs frequently bow when they play together or want to lure their companion to have some activities or exercise.

So, you won’t find it difficult to use your pup’s innate playfulness to train him for such a trick, also it is a perfect way to end a presentation of all the great new tricks your dog has acquired.

#4 – WAVE

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Training your pup to wave hi or bye is an amusing and a simple dog trick. It is a wonderful trick to salute family members and friends that was first deployed in the military service. When your dog learns how to shake paws, you will use the same strategy to train him to lift his paw to wave.

You just need to ask your dog to sit, hold the treat in front of him, take a yellow post-it note and make it above your dog’s eye. Whenever your dog raises his paw to remove it, reward him with a treat until he acquires the trick perfectly.

#5 – SPEAK

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When you train your dog to speak, you will solve a typical behavior problem that all puppies make. Dog trainers usually recommend using the quiet and the speak commands to put an end to redundant barking.

When you train your dog to speak or to stay quiet tricks will make you control his excessive barking in many situations. It is also entertaining to show off your pup’s conversational abilities especially at family and friends gatherings.

#6 – SPIN

Spinning is an exciting and a funny trick that is quite easy to train your puppy to do. You just need to hold a treat close to your pup’s nose and start to lure him into a spine. You can start for example with one direction; let’s say the right one, and then the opposite direction which is left. It is absolutely amazing to see how your smart puppy can differentiate between right and left.

#7 – GIVE A KISS


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Training your dog to kiss is one of the simplest tricks to teach. Well, not everyone will enjoy his big, wet doggie kiss, but little kids will definitely want it. Yummy treats like cream cheese or peanut butter are all that you need to train your little puppy to give kisses.

Put a little treat on your cheek; say your command and you will soon be able to receive all the emotion you want from your passionate puppy.

#8 – BEG


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Begging is an adorable dog trick that can be little more difficult than the previous tricks, but with a little patience, you will be able to see your dog bagging at any time.

Here is how to do it: first you need to have all of your dog’s favorite treats ready; second, ask your dog to sit and give him the command “beg”; try to make the treat close enough to your puppy’s face so he can be attracted to reach it; as soon as he raises his head try to encourage him by saying motivating words.

Try to repeat these steps many times so your dog can acquire “begging” effectively.

#9 – ROLL OVER

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Rollover is another simple and easy trick that the majority of dogs do naturally when they want to allure you to play. The majority of people train a pup to roll over in different tiny parts and work up to make their dog roll all the way.

This trick will need some extra effort, but it is absolutely funny and entertaining, especially when you both go out for a morning exercise, you will absolutely enjoy it.

#10 – PLAY DEAD

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Play dead is an entertaining trick that everyone wants to do. Your kids will be astonished when they see you holding your fingers like a pistol and say boom and your pup will fall to the ground spontaneously to play dead.

Although it looks awesome, it is not as difficult as you might think to teach your pup to do it, especially if you have already taught him to roll over effectively.