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The Do’s And Don’ts Of Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement can be a powerful training tool for dogs, but it’s not as simple as just praising everything that your pup does. If you want to get that most success out of positive reinforcement training, there are a number of important Do’s and Don’ts to follow. Do… Immediately Praise and Reward Desired Behavior Dogs live in the moment, so your response should be immediate. This can include both treats and affection, and should be used whenever your dog does something that you want them to do. If you’re house training a dog, treat him every time he does his

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How To Help Dogs Get Along

  It’s an all-too-familiar scenario. Two humans try to blend their existing packs and wind up with their dogs fighting and creating chaos. It can happen with roommates moving in together, people trying to date, or even when bringing a new dog into an existing pack. It doesn’t have to be this way and, short of having one or more dogs that are red zone cases (which will require a professional trainer’s help), you can take steps to prevent this problem before it happens or solve it if it does. Before the dogs meet One big mistake people make when

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Tricks For Treats: Training Your Dog With Food

Food is a powerful motivator for dogs — which is why it can often be very effective for obedience training. You are asking your dog to complete what may be a complicated task for her — understand a verbal or visual cue and then perform a desired behavior. This may seem straightforward and simple to you, but dogs don’t communicate this way in nature. By harnessing the power of something that is very primal to them — food — you can make learning the task much easier for them. Here are a few tips for how to approach food-oriented obedience

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Safety Tips For Working Out With Your Dog

Exercising with your dog is a great way for the two of you to strengthen your bond and to get some cardiovascular in at the same time. While canine/human workouts can be fun, they can also be dangerous if proper safety precautions are not taken. Follow the tips below when working out with your dog to ensure that you both are safe: Tips to Follow Before Exercising with Your Dog, Make Sure That He is Physically Fit Enough to Handle It Dogs should be evaluated by a veterinarian before starting a workout program. Also consider the dog’s age. Long distance

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How To Socialize An Adult Dog

Most dog owners know that the best time to socialize their pup is when they are, in fact, a puppy. Dogs are at their most sensitive — and receptive — between three and twelve weeks of age, so the earlier that you can get your dog socialized, the better. After twelve weeks, it can be very difficult to get a puppy to accept anything new or unfamiliar. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to socialize a dog properly within this window. Maybe your dog was very sick as a puppy and your vet recommended that you keep them inside and away

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Dog Behavior

Housebreaking Your Puppy: Do’s And Don’ts

The process of housebreaking often brings on feelings of nervousness and worry, but the process does not have to be stressful—for you or the puppy. The truth is this is a situation in which you have Mother Nature working with you right from the start while puppy training. When the puppies are first born, they eat and they relieve themselves inside the den, but the mother always cleans them. There is never a scent of urine or feces where the puppies eat, sleep, and live. When they get old enough, they learn to use outside areas as they imitate their

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Finding The Right Dog Obedience Course

The fall can mean back to school for kids as well as dogs. Obedience courses are great for young dogs that need to learn basic commands, manners, and socialization skills. Typically, obedience courses will teach them things like how to sit and lie down, they will learn how to interact with other dogs and people, and they will become better behaved in general. Dogs of all ages are welcome to come, but experts recommend that dogs receive training when they are puppies before they develop bad habits. Most dog obedience classes will meet for about one hour every week for

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Dog Care

How To Exercise Your Dog Indoors

Note: Before trying any of these exercise techniques, confirm with your vet that your dog is healthy enough. Also note that some breeds, for example those with short legs, may not be well-suited for activites that involve going up and down steps or obstacles. Dogs need their daily exercise, and even things like it being too cold or hot outside or the days getting shorter shouldn’t get in the way. One of the most important parts of Cesar’s teachings is that you need to walk your dog every day, several times a day no matter what the weather is like.

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Choosing The Right Leash And Collar

The leash and collar is one of the most important tools you have. In most places, it’s even required by law when your dog is outside. But there are many different types of collars, and the options can be overwhelming. How do you choose the right one for your dog? And how do you best use it to gain control on the walk? Types of Leashes and Collars Simple Leash and Collar If you don’t have issues on the walk, this can be a great tool. It allows you to keep your balanced dog safely by your side and out

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Challenging Puppy

Dear Cesar, We adopted Cassie, a 10 month-old Shar Pei/Pointer-mix, from a local shelter three months ago. She had a sweet temperament and was always excited. We figured “she’s still a puppy.” She was mouthing and jumping up a lot and needed lots of training, but she seemed to bond to me very quickly. We signed up for training class and continued with regular exercise. Mainly I walked her, but to drain energy more quickly, I took her to the dog park to play fetch. The first couple of times she was fine. Then on one visit, a dog showed

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