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What It Takes To Properly Train Your Dog

Nitro — Submitted by Christina in Salem
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How I Met My Pet: The Salem Animal Shelter called me because I know the director and they knew I was a huge animal lover with a secured fenced yard. They called me to tell me animal control found a 8 week old deaf boxer puppy dumped at the river. My husband Chris and I went to meet the deaf puppy. We adopted him on the spot, named him Nitro. We study and trained ASL with Nitro. He has now passed all levels of AKC training and is the head dog at www.deafdogsrock.com a website that lists deaf dogs in need of homes all over the United States, along with deaf dog training tips, videos and Happy Tails stories. Nitro is now 20 months old and we have 4000 followers on Facebook. Deaf Dogs ROCK!
Christina Lee – Salem VA [Share your own story of how you met your pet.]

You and your puppy will be so much happier if it is fully trained. When your dog is well-trained, then both you and your dog will know exactly what is expected from each other. You won’t have to worry much about doing public outings or letting him stay home alone after he is trained. Even though it may be a bit stressful at the time, once it is trained and has learned it manners and a few tricks, you will see that it was well worth the time investment.

Familiarity with your dog’s food preferences will help you to train your dog. Using the food that your dog loves will encourage it to work more during its training to please you and be rewarded. Make note of your dog’s reaction when the reward is offered.

Demand respect and attention from your dog at all times. If you do not have the time or energy to enforce a command, do not give the demand in the first place.

A cinching collar might not be the most comfortable, but it allows you to guide your dog better than a harness. Use a collar and a harness at the same time to make your dog understands that the harness means he must obey you as well.

Treats are great rewards, but you need to find other positive reinforcements for training. It does work to give dog treats when they learn a new behavior. That said, you likely don’t always have treats on hand during the times that are not spent formally training your dog. Start using praise and extra attention, hugging and patting, when your dog displays a positive behavior.

Punishment is an ineffective tool for training your dog. Try to stop your dog from performing unwanted behaviors, but if he does, redirect him by demonstrating the correct behavior. Training should be a positive experience that helps to build trust, and a closer relationship between you and your dog.

It is important to avoid dwelling on one task for too long. Dogs can only handle a short amount of training at a time, so don’t overdo it. Ten minutes is about the length of time a dog can handle.

If you have to go to work, or something else that will keep you out of the house for more than a few hours, take your dog for a long walk before you leave. If you make them tired, they will have much less separation anxiety.

Do not tie a dog up near another dog, or dogs. The leashes or chains can become intertwined, causing harm to one or more of the dogs. If one dog is larger than the other, it could accidentally tangle the cord around the smaller dog’s neck, causing it to become unable to breath, and possibly die.

Occasionally, behavior problems can occur suddenly and warrant a visit to a vet to clarify any health issues that may have arisen. There are some illnesses or health conditions that may cause the dog to act out. Animals can’t tell us when something is wrong, so they depend on us to interpret their behaviors.

Teach everyone in your family to use the same commands to train your dog. If your dog jumps on the couch and you say “get off,” but your husband uses “down boy”, it will confuse your dog. Your dog is less likely to become confused and will respect everyone in the household if your family makes a few efforts.

Dog training establishes the rules of a dog/owner relationship and once the rules have been set down, both you and your dog will have a much more enjoyable relationship. Do not forget to remind your dog of what he has learned. Watch out for any deviations from the proper behavior, and keep him on his toes. After your dog has learned the basics, you can work together more effectively to instill more complex behaviors.

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