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Need To Know Facts About Dog Training

Play Me, I’m Yours, Day 1 – Jun 21, 2010 – 037
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After Times Square, I took the IRT subway up to Columbus Circle, and walked across the street to the Merchant’s Gate entrance to Central Park (for another view of the activities at the corner of the park, click here to see my Flickr set "Central Park, Merchant’s Gate – May 2010").

Unlike the pianos in Times Square, which were surrounded by noisy buses, honking cars, and an overwhelming cacaphony of pedestrian yakking, this piano was located behind the massive statue commemorating the sinking of the USS Maine at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War. There was still a certain amount of background noise from tourists, children, and barking dogs, but the automobile noise was fairly muted.

Seated at the piano was a young virtuoso, 12 year old Christopher McGinnis. He plays jazz and classical piano, he sings, he writes his own songs … and for all I know, he can tap-dance on the top of the piano. He played effortlessly for an hour and a half, and I suspect he could have kept playing all day. He was fantastic, and he attracted quite a crowd of people during the time I was there…

Note: this photo was published in a Dec 21, 2010 blog titled "Stopping Barking Dogs-Top 6 Tips On Stopping Barking Dogs." It was also published in a Feb 27, 2011 blog titled "fGreatest Gold-mine of Easy “how to Stop Barking Dogs” Advice Ever Crammed Into One Article."

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A few years ago, a British artist by the name of Luke Jerram came up with the intriguing idea of spreading pianos around the city, with an open invitation for anyone nearby to wander up and begin playing something. Anything. First it was London, and now it’s here in New York City.

Starting on June 21st, sixty pianos have been donated, painted, and "installed" throughout the five boroughs of New York; you can see the locations here. I managed to visit seven of the pianos on the first day, and another seven on the second day. The program will only be running for two weeks, and I’ll be out of town for at least a few of those days … so it won’t be easy, but my goal is to track down, visit, and photograph all 60 pianos by the time it’s over. Even the one at the Staten Island Zoo, and the one located somewhere in the Joyce Kilmer Park up in the Bronx.

Aside from the logistics of getting to these remote corners of the five boroughs, it sounds like a straightforward task: ride a subway train to the appropriate stop, walk a block or two, take photograph or two, and then go back where you came from. But it’s turning out to be a little more difficult than I had thought, partly because the maps provided on the Web site are somewhat ambiguous and imprecise, and partly because the officials (e.g., guards, cops, grounds-keepers, etc.) whom you would expect to know about such things have been remarkably clueless.

I’ve also been hearing rumors that some of the pianos are being moved around between one day and the next. That might explain why I had to abandon today’s plan to photograph the piano in Bryant Park: after circling the park and the adjoining New York Public Library a couple of times, I concluded they had either hidden the piano, or moved into a subterranean cell.

As for the pianos I’ve found, the experiences have been quite varied. Some of the pianos sit mute and abandoned — including, oddly enough, the very fist piano in Times Square, which had been plunked down at Seventh Avenue and 44th Street, and basically ignored by everyone. The same was true of one of the pianos situated in a hard-to-find corner of Lincoln Center, as well as a piano ostensibly located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art — which turned out to be sitting next to the giant obelisk behind the museum, and on the far side of the inner park roadway.

As for the pianos that do attract some musicians: it’s quite a varied bunch. Some are casual amateurs, some of whom have no idea what the program is all about, and who had no advance warning that the pianos would even be there. Some have obviously been planning and practicing for months. Some of the musicians sing, some don’t; some bring along drummers, guitarists, and vocalists. I even heard that one musician brought some dancers to help liven up his performance, but I haven’t seen that myself…

Anyway, I’ll keep photographing the pianos, and uploading the best of the photographs, until I run out of pianos, run out of time, or run out of energy — whichever happens first.

Virtually every negative dog behavior, including barking, growling, and aggression, can be prevented or counteracted with proper training. In cases when these behaviors can’t be completely eliminated, they can be minimized by using these tips. You will not find a better pet than a canine, but proper training is a must.

Make sure your dog is comfortable and compliant with his leash. When they walk properly, it makes both of you safer when you both go walking.

Dog training may end up being a bit of a chore if you’re training more than one dog at a time because often, when dogs are together they won’t be able to stay concentrated. Especially when you first begin training, your dogs can easily be distracted by each other or have different learning speeds so train them as individuals until they both fully grasp the concepts you are presenting.

Keep your dog up to date with dog training, in order to keep him or her compliant with an established set of rules. Often, owners get the feeling that they do not need to continue working with the dog once it is trained. Some dogs will revert back to negative behaviors if the training does not continue. For this reason, you need to reinforce what your dog has learned in training or better still, teach him a new trick every now and then.

Anytime you hire a professional, you need to look into their background, check references and interview them, and the same is true for a behavior specialist for animals. Many animal behavior specialists have opposing opinions on how to correctly train dogs. Be sure to verify that the trainer you hire has similar ideas as yours, prior to implementing any of their tips.

Proper training may be helpful to alleviate a dog’s separation anxiety. Non stop barking and the destruction of your house while you’re away occurs when your dog has separation anxiety. You can help stop the behavior by teaching the dog to engage in other types of activity when home alone. Also, be sure to show your dog a lot of love and compassion to ease his anxiety.

Dogs will always be dogs, so expect his wild side to emerge if you do not give him proper care. Feed your dog a balanced diet, give them space to run, and provide them with activities that will burn energy.

Obedience classes are a great way to whip your dog into shape. It is helpful to have an obedience instructor to help with problems that are specific to your dog.

Don’t be ashamed to ask for help if your training program doesn’t change your dog’s behavior. You may hit a snag in your training and a professional can help get you back on track. A professional dog trainer will give you the tools to correct your training program and help you achieve success.

Make sure training has an element of fun incorporated into it. When you play with your dog, you help make a stranger bond between the two of you. In return, he becomes more receptive to being trained. Training is fun for the dog, but you should set aside some real “play time” as well.

Expect the occasional setback when you are training your dog, but don’t give up! Your canine will need to constantly be reinforced, or what you teach them can be forgotten. Your dog requires food, shelter, companionship, and instruction from you every day, throughout your relationship.

As this article has hopefully shown you, training your puppy or dog doesn’t have to be the stuff of nightmares. Armed with education, patience and the right philosophy, dog training is eminently feasible. Any dog can take on the challenge of learning the things that their owner is trying to teach them and thrive.

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