Puppy Obedience Training – Start When They Are Puppies

Puppy Obedience Training

Puppy obedience training should begin before they are 3 months old. By this time your dog should understand his surroundings and be well-adjusted. If you wait until your puppy is 3 months or older you may be missing out on a wonderful opportunity.

The killer of bad habits is to allow them to develop while they are young. After all, you would not allow a 5-month old baby to run before it was 3 months old, would you? If you do not start the obedience training of your young puppy now, you will find that it is a lot harder to unlearn the bad habits than it is to relearn the good habits, and you don’t want a puppy to tear up your house causing you to have to do a home remodel to fix on the chewed on banisters and scratched walls.

The best way to determine the age of your dog is to figure out the shoulder-to-chest measurement from the ground to the top of the shoulder. The top of the shoulder is the highest point in the dog’s body. From the ground to the top of the shoulder is approximately 2 inches. From the ground to the feet is approximately 1.5 inches. From the feet to the hock joint is approximately 1.25 inches. From the hock joint to the tail is approximately 1 inch. Therefore, if your dog has a body length of 27 inches from the ground to the top of its shoulder, the length of his body is approximately 56 inches. If your dog has a body height of 24 inches from the ground, the height of the dog is approximately 52 inches.

You should be aware of the following:

For each month of your dog’s age in months, add an inch to your figure for the month of your dog’s ideal weight. For example, a 2 month old dog should weight correctly at 36 pounds. If your dog is 3 months old, you should weigh 40 pounds. Now you can use these figures to calculate the correct weight for your dog. Type of food you feed your dog is a vital role in determining the weight of your dog. Don’t feed your dog any kind of food that is low in fat and high in protein. If you do feed your dog such food, you will put your dog on a diet that is going to make him fat and lazy. The consequence of being overweight to a dog is the same as it is to a human. It causes joint pain, disease and a shortened lifespan. If your dog is suffering from joint pain, see your doctor immediately.

If your dog is a working dog, energize him before you start any exercise schedule. A dog that is sluggish or listless when you come home at lunchtime is usually the one that was not given much exercise earlier in the day. Your dog will eat when you get home and will likely be out of breath. Don’t be surprised if your dog is out early in the morning and later in the evening. If your dog is a puppy, it probably didn’t get a lot of playtime early on either. Puppies have soft stomachs, but very little energy.

So, what type of food should you feed your dog? Low calorie, grain-free food is best. You can also try giving your dog smaller amounts of food more often. Give your dog a few doggy treats occasionally. You can’t feed your dog as much as it wants to eat (or the food tastes too bad to the dog), so it is a sensible plan to decrease the amount of food you feed your dog until eventually he stabilizes at a healthy weight.

There are supplements that you can give your dog if he has lost his appetite. If you feed your dog a diet that is low in nutrients, your dog will need a growth formula that is high in protein. Or, if your dog does not digest all of his food very well, he might need an extra source of carbohydrates to make up for his difficulty digesting his food.

Why Do Dogs Bite People?

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Dog bites are a widespread phenomenon. About 4.7 million cases are documented each year in the United States. About one in five of those is a serious enough case for a medical examination by a veterinarian. What is not well known is the fact that the number of people bitten each year is growing. The problem is recognized as a major health problem by various organizations.

There are two basic reasons why dogs bite. One is to defend themselves. They are just doing what they think is right. Another reason is that the dog may feel threatened. The tendency for a canine to bite when feeling threatened is a somewhat normal thing. They will also try to scare off a person whom they feel may be a threat.

Unlike denial, anger, or depression, which are better handled on their own, aggression is not a normal reaction. Obviously there is always a certain percentage of the population that bites. But generally it is considered to be a normal reaction, and perhaps appropriate to some degree. What may not be appropriate is allowing a dog to roam free, especially in an area with children.

A dog usually bites as a threat to someone else. Usually, when the dog bites, it is someone else’s property that they are attempting to steal by barking and growling. It is important for children to learn to respect the dog and not be afraid of it. Teaching children to respect dogs will teach them how to behave around them.

A dog normally bites once in response to a threat or as a warning. If you ever watched a mother dog, she doesn’t hesitate to let out a warning once she gives her all. Once the warning has come out, there is no reason to stop the biting. If a dog does not bite in response to the warning, then there should be a reason for it and an immediate removal to distract them from the chase.

Some dogs feel very threatened by a child’s activity, such as pulling of the ears and tail, so they will rather chase that child as a means of avoiding the child and potential danger. This is common in dogs that feel their owners are making them angry.

Now that we have this all out of the way, lets take a look at the various reasons why this may be happening and how to prevent it.

A dog will instinctively chase any moving object. That means anyone who moves, including you, as well as smaller animals and birds, are fair game to the dog. Now unless you are on a swift trial, do not stand in the way of a dog as it is doing this. They will instinctively chase you. Now for those who want to prevent this from happening, have two options.

First of all, the best thing to do is to make sure your dog is on a short leash with case foam. It would be best to keep it on the left hand side, near your body.

Second of all, you can position your body at a ninety degree angle, with the leash going from your left to right. Your dog is going to try to run after you. Now, to stop this, rip out that leash. Don’t start tugging on the leash to pull your dog back, that could really let them off the hook.

As you can see, there are two strategies for stopping a dog from chasing, the first is to keep them from getting to close, and the other is to keep them from being able to get at you.

Once you apply these two strategies, you will be well on your way to keeping your dog from chasing and you will have some peace to be back from these activities in safety.

Your dog chasing you may seem harmless enough, but once it starts to get out of hand, it could be rather dangerous and could land you in harm’s way.

Specialty Dog Leashes Improve Safety and Make Training Easy

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As dog ownership continues to increase, our perception of the relationships to others and our sense of safety also must change. One way to achieve safety is to ensure that our dogs are properly trained and controlled. The use of specialty leashes has helped in this regard.

When I first brought my dachshund, Treux home as a pup, I could not imagine how many dangers he would pose. I was young, hadn’t learned much about dogs and lived mostly in an apartment. mostly I did not understand how to read dogs’ body language or how to avoid being brushed by them when I was being walked with one.

I should have known. Without a doubt, Treux and I walked our neighborhood a couple of times a day for years without incident. Then one day a new dog owner whose dog had aggression issues escaped his apartment building when he responded to what looked like a trash being thrown out of a car.

That was it. Treux and I were on our way. I immediately thought about exiting the sidewalk toward the awaiting cars — but just then I did recall how dogs love to charge across the street even when no one is looking.

In the past few years, we have been in close contact with other dog owners as we have visited regularly with our dachshund companions. It has been common to me to witness owners telling others what Treux would do when they were out walking him, how he would actually escape from the leash and go after the neighbor’s cat, or how he has leashed himself to an adult learning to walk on a leash.

Many of these owners have been shocked when Treux happily charges out and takes off after a visiting cat or actually has the urge to charge toward a fast moving car, completely unaware of the potential danger to his escape.

Treux isn’t the only dog who displays this curious behavior. Just as with people, all dogs have the ability to find something interesting to go after, or to avoid, and all dogs have the need to explore.

I don’t fault Treux for charging after the cat or chasing the neighbor’s cat out in the open. All puppies have this charge. They are just wired to do this because they need to investigate and experience the world.

Many dogs have the same problem that Treux has. They don’t understand the pressure they are putting on their owners. They don’t realize they are restricting their owners from vital resources, like their need to explore and learn.

In a dog’s world it is important to allow them to investigate at their own pace. If owners want to avoid being pounced on or to be allowed to run free and play in a dog park without a leash, they need to make the dog guardian’s life a lot easier. They can do this by getting dog collars printed at a print shop near me with the dog’s name, owner’s name and address and phone number.

Treux’s parents, before he came to live with us, were also examples of what an owner needs to be thinking about before a dog is purchased. His mom, sisters had already established themselves as the dominant dogs.

Most owners do not recognize the importance of teaching their dog to drop and stay. Drop can be a minor inconvenience, while stay can mean the difference between life and death for a resistant canine. Here is a priceless example.

Last summer my dad’s dog attempted to get out of the fenced in back yard he was in so he could find a female in heat. While trying to get away he snagged his leash on a nearby tree. He verbally complained to my dad, who told him that was all right and let him out of the yard.

I ran outside and got Treux to drop. I then helped him to stand and then let him know he was a good dog. Treux went back to the house with me and actually went right through the now open door, behind me. He went directly to his bed and laid down.

I advised him the next day not to do this again. I did not want him to think he could get out of the yard and not be punished. I told him I would show him how to successfully drop.

This morning I was busy getting ready for work and found the time to show Treux what I was planning to do. As I was helping him with his pooping, he decided to take care of his business as soon as he could, really without my help. Prior to accomplishing his task he decided to show me how to successfully drop. First he went directly for the treat jar but left his front paws at the top of my staff. When I noticed this I told him “aitic” and instructed him to drop. When he relaxed I gave him a treat.

So, in a day I had managed to teach Treux to Pumpkin Whip. What a difference this makes! Treux was completely begging for food and I didn’t have to feel helpless or special – as I was with the cats!