Puppy Training: Letting Your Puppy Know His Boundaries

Puppy training can be difficult… especially if you go about it the wrong way. For example, unless you have a fenced yard, never leave your new puppy outdoors alone when you’re not at home. But if you are home, it’s reasonable to expect your trained puppy to stay near the house no matter how tempting a distraction may appeal to him from the outside. Begin by letting him know what his boundaries are.

Take a mason’s twine made from cotton so that over a period of time it will rot away and he will have that duration to generalize the lesson to the area defined. Allow a zone around the house of about 100 to 200 feet…

Lay the twine out around the house at nose height, about six inches off the ground.

It is very important for the puppy to not associate his owner with the shock he’s going to receive when he violates the boundary. Continue reading “Puppy Training: Letting Your Puppy Know His Boundaries”

Train Your Dog Good Eating Habits

As a responsible dog owner, it is essential to take into consideration to train your dog good eating habits.There are many benefits of training your dog eating habits for you and your pet dog. This will help your dog to maintain a healthy appetite, good digestion and excretion. Other than that, it will also learn what it can eat and when its mealtime is at.

Not begging at your table

An untrained dog will think of food in a very general term and it will not bother to choose the food it eats. If you or anyone in your house give your dog food from the table during meals, this will encourage it to beg or even get food off your table when you are having your meals. Not only is this rude and disruptive when you have guests over, your food is unhealthy for your pet.

Fixed mealtime

Set a mealtime for your dog so that it will be easy for it to know when is mealtime. You will be surprise when your furry friend waits for you when it is time for it to be fed. You will train your pet to eat sufficiently and at the right time so that you will not overfeed it and it will promote better digestion for your dog. Puppies need to be fed in smaller portions and more times in a day while a grown dog need to be fed only twice a day. Continue reading “Train Your Dog Good Eating Habits”

Effective Dog Training Methods

Training a puppy needs to begin at an early age. There are many methods to do so, but I recommend using the “Positive Reinforcement” technique. Positive reinforcement involves rewarding desirable or good behavior with treats and affection. I have found that this method works far better that using brute force. Dogs are very affectionate animals and if you show your dog that you love him or her, then he/she will do anything in his/her power to please you and to keep you pleased.

While undertaking this form of training (any form of training really) you need to remember that dogs have personalities as well. This means that each dog is different. This is why dogs like and do things that seem un-dog like. For example, a friend’s dog liked tomatoes. It’s not like they were starving him or something, he just liked tomatoes. My point is that the techniques that I mention here may not work with your dog. This does not mean that all the techniques are flawed. So here are the techniques I was talking about. Continue reading “Effective Dog Training Methods”

Pet Carriers – An Important Accessory for Every Dog

Pet needs utmost care and importance just like any other member of the family. There are many reasons why anyone should buy a pet carrier. Let’s discuss a few reasons here. Whenever someone new enters the family a pet is the first one to get uncomfortable. Even the owner tends to get nervous when an outsider visits the place.

A pet carrier or a crate is the best option during such times. Your pet can remain in the same premises as you and the guests inside the crate. This would maintain the comfort level on both the sides. It can provide them a safe place within their own retreat. Now there won’t be any need to lock them up in a separate room when someone arrives as they would start barking. Also their food can be kept inside the crate and there won’t be any extra hassles relating to your pet. The next reason is your camping and outings. If you are fond of camping’s and outings then why not take your pet with you? It would be a great thing to have your pet riding with you. Having a pet carrier would help you keep your pet in front of eyes. The pet would be travelling in the most comfortable position and even you would enjoy their company. Continue reading “Pet Carriers – An Important Accessory for Every Dog”

Chihuahua Training With Tricks

Out of all of the dog breeds in the world, Chihuahuas have the largest brain in comparison to their body size. As they are also very intelligent dogs, you can teach them different tricks by following the policy of repetition. If you repeat the same training over and over again, they will eventually learn it perfectly. Chihuahuas can pick up information so quickly that some tricks take only few weeks for them to learn.

While training any kind of tricks, it is important to choose a quiet place where your Chihuahua cannot be distracted easily. Make your training fun and show your excitement when they learn something but never scold them if they are not able to grasp your commands. When your Chihuahua masters any kind of tricks, reward them with treats and praise them with some positive words like “Good dog”, “Good girl”, etc.

Here are 3 useful tricks that you can teach to your Chihuahua:

1. Which hand?

This is one of the easiest tricks that you can teach to your Chihuahua. Make her sit in front of you and pick handful of her favorite treats in your hand. Be sure to cover it completely while making a fist. Now, hold both of your hands in front of her and ask, “Which hand”? She will choose the right hand just by the smell of the treats. This simple and cute trick will entertain you, your friends and your Chihuahua as well. Continue reading “Chihuahua Training With Tricks”

Could Your Dog Have a Dog Food Allergy?

Dog allergies are a lot more common than you may think, particularly dog food allergies. A very common reaction and indication of dog food allergies is a very itchy dog. If you notice that your dog is scratching constantly, you may initially believe that your dog has a flea infestation. You should first examine your dog’s skin. What you will be looking for are small black dots close to the skin. This is a definite indicator of fleas. This is flea “scat” or dried blood and excrement from the fleas.

If you have searched for some kind of evidence of fleas, but don’t find any, then you can be sure that your dog is afflicted with a skin issue, in particular, an allergy. Dog food allergies can manifest as itchy skin, and sometimes as ear infections. Since your dog is an omnivore, he should have a diet comprised of around 70% protein (meat) and about 30% vegetable/fruit and essential oils. Dogs have been known to build up a specific intolerance to some of the ingredients which are contained in commercially produced dog foods. Some of these ingredients include: dairy, corn, rice, soy and even proteins, such as chicken and beef. Continue reading “Could Your Dog Have a Dog Food Allergy?”

Dog Training Tips

Training your dog can be simple, or very frustrating. It all depends on what information you chose to use. Many common problems arise during dog obedience training and dog house training. Here are some tips to help you to a more enjoyable and effective training time.

*House training- Look for the signs. Once your dog realizes where it is supposed to go potty, he will give you signs such as nose grazing, loitering around the door, prancing around the room, eye contact, and even barking. I know one dog that actually rings a bell! Dogs should have regular feeding times and food should be picked up right after they are finished eating. They should be let out on a consistent schedule. If he makes a mess, do not call the dog to you, go and get him. Sit him down and make him look at his mess. Scold or growl to show you are not happy. Then take him outside. Do not let your dog see you clean up his mess. This will undermine your authority, as he will think of you as his maid. This is one of the most common reasons for serious house soiling. Your dog must learn control. You should not have to constantly be on the lookout at the door. Once the incident has been handled, do not continue to scold him. Continue reading “Dog Training Tips”