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How To Teach Your Old Dog New Tricks

Pet of the Week: Mister, 11206402
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Mister is about to celebrate his first birthday! This 56 pound Pit Bull mix has been waiting for a new home since August. He came to Lollypop Farm because his owner’s landlord didn’t allow pets.

A bit shy at first, Mister warms up quickly, especially when you offer him a treat. He takes treats gently, and does very well on walks. Children over the age of twelve are recommended, and he must meet any resident dogs to make sure they’ll be best friends.

Mister will need to be enrolled in training. As an adopter, you’ll receive a discount on your first session at Lollypop Farm. Mister is keeping his paws crossed that he will soon find a warm spot where he can lie down in a new home. Come and meet Mister today!

From September 27 – October 3, 2010, Mister is featured as part of our Spirited Adoption Special: Hats Off to our Top Ten! The top ten dogs and cats that have been at Lollypop Farm the longest are available for a special adoption fee: Cats one year of age and older are just , and kittens under a year and all adult dogs are off. We tip our hats to these troopers, and want to send them home!

When you first meet your dog, chances are he didn’t show his true colors and may have come to you with a few “problems”. You can do just a little training, and you will see that your dog will be a better dog in no time.

Your dog must realize that you are the leader of the pack. Your dog must understand that you’re in control, so that he knows to obey and respect you. Always walk in front, in the leadership position, letting your dog follow behind.

Your dog is going to learn best when it is surrounded by positive thinking. Utilize rewards during training by giving your dog a treat to reinforce good behavior. Too much negativity and punishment will cause your dog to fear you more than want to be around you and follow your commands.

You are the leader and you should not let the dog decide when he wants to listen. If you don’t intend on enforcing your command, don’t give it to begin with.

If you do not think you can sit there with your dog for awhile, while keeping your patience, then do not try to train him. Your patience is vital for encouraging the focused attention your dog needs to get the full benefits of training.

As you begin a new training program for your dog, it is important to commit yourself to the process – don’t give up! You will need to give your dog continuous reinforcement, or he or she will go back to how they were before being trained. You always need to keep training your dog, just like you need to continue feeding it and providing it shelter.

When you can learn what will motivate your dog, you will have more success in your training. You are learning all aspects about your dog, his likes and dislikes, and what is effective and ineffective. No matter why you are training your dog, offer him a variety of training exercises and lots of positive reinforcement. Training will be most successful when the dog is happy.

You do not want to over-stress your new pup by trying to teach him too much too quickly. Puppies have short attention spans, therefore keep your sessions short and provide ample amounts of praise. If you try too hard to train the puppy, he will probably just forget what you have taught him and will see the experience as bad. This will make it more difficult to train the puppy at a later time.

Familiarity with your dog’s food preferences will help you to train your dog. Rewarding him with his favorite treat will be much more satisfying and motivate him to better performance in training. Take note of how your dog responds when he is given his reward.

Dogs need repetition and rewards to learn. You must first show your dog what you expect them to do and then repeat the process until they get it. This is the accepted method for teaching a dog a new behavior. Repetition and reward is the way to show them.

Your dog should know the difference between right and wrong at all times. Everyone in the household must consistently enforce the boundaries you have established. These inconsistencies can cause significant setbacks.

The majority of pet owners are pleasantly surprised to find out that training their dog to learn basic commands is a process that takes only a short amount of time each day and fits smoothly into their lifestyle. Moreover, they are often astonished at how quickly their dog begins to respond to the commands. Try out these tips if you are having problems with your dog.

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