Saturday, August 23, 2014

22 Things That Will Make Your Dog Awesome

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23 Things that will Make Your Dog Awesome

  1.  Use positive training methods to engage and motivate your dog to want to learn.
  2.  Set consistent and clear rules of conduct for your dog.  If you don't want him on the couch, never allow him on the couch.  If you don't want your dog to chase chickens, don't encourage him to chase other small animals.  Actively teach him that he will get greater rewards for ignoring the chickens.  
  3. If you ask for a behaviour, mean it.
  4. Be honest.  If you promise your dog a cookie, give him one. Don't bath him with a hose  instead.
  5. Be fair.  Break new behaviours into tiny steps. Work on one step at a time. Don't expect more than your dog is presently capable of.
  6. Spend a minimum of twenty minutes per day training your dog.
  7. Spend at least an hour per day exercising and playing with your dog.
  8. Feed him a decent diet, with a minimum of 25-26% protein,  whether it's kibble, dehydrated, or cooked or raw.  Avoid diets corn, byproducts, rendered animal fat, artificial colours.  When possibly try to source locally.  Check the expiry date on the bottom of the package.  Don't be afraid to add nutritious meat, fruit or vegetables to your dog's diet.  Keep carbs to a minimum.
  9. Play brain games with your dog every day.
  10. Socialize your puppy with people, places, and things, repeatedly from the time you get him.  Now is the time to get him around gentle children, and teach him to love getting hugs by making tasty tidbits of meat part of the cuddling process.
  11. Actively teach your dog.  Don't wait for problems to arise.  Show him he never has to worry about guarding his dinner, since food isn't a really that valuable and there will always be more.
  12. Play retrieving games with your dog.
  13. Focus on teaching what you want the dog to do, rather than what you don't want him to do.
  14. Remember you are dealing with a member of a foreign species with no intrinsic way of understanding our verbal language or cultural ways.
  15. Remember your dog learns how to behave from you.  If you are gentle, fair and consistent with him, and never rough, he'll be gentle with others
  16. Include your dog in your daily activities.
  17. Give your dog a job to do.
  18. Have a routine.   You don't have to feed, walk, train, play, at the exact time every day, but a rough idea will help your dog to be secure and happy.  Secure and happy dogs don't develop phobias or aggression.
  19. Have fun with your dog.
  20. Chuck your choke chain, pinch collars, and electronic collars.  These devices can provide quick fixes, but the kind of stress they cause for the dog makes him less amenable to learning, and can cause him to develop weird phobias and aggressive behaviour.  Instead invest in a harness that attaches to the leash at the front of the chest.
  21. Train in a distraction free  environment to begin with.
  22. Wean your dog off food rewards after he learns a behaviour.   You don't want to turn lures into bribes. Instead, use food to reward a series of behaviours.
  23. Work with a Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers CPDT Assessed Dog Trainer.  These trainers need references from another dog trainer, a veterinarian, and a client, must meet minimum requirements for hours of training experience,  must pass a written exam on learning theory and dog training, and must continue their education in order to maintain their certification entitlement.

13 Reasons Trick Dog Training is Soaring in Popularity

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Earl has knows 28 tricks.


Trick training has been around for as long as people and dogs have been hanging out together.  These days, trick training has become the latest trend in dog sports.   Enthusiasts teach their dogs everything from shake a paw to walking on front paws.  Kyra Sundance (and the popular Do More With Your Dog Trick Dog Title Sanctioning body) have been ringleaders in building the sport's popularity.   Kyra has written a whole host of fun, easy to read guidebooks on teaching your dog everything from a basic sit to more advanced tricks like closing doors and fetching mail from a mailbox.

  1.  Trick training a super fun way to engage and bond with your dog.  Trick training is rewarding for both dog and handler, and makes dogs want to learn and people want to keep teaching them.  
  2. Trick Dog Training uses an all positive (force free) style of training is easy for people to master and for dogs to understand.  This produces remarkably fast results so that handlers are more apt to spend a minimum of 20 minutes per day training a canine partner who thoroughly enjoys learning. 
  3. Since having a team is optional in trick work, there is no commitment to anyone but your dog. 
  4. You can learn and practice tricks anytime, anywhere.
  5. Tricks and stunt work are undoubtably cool.  A dog that happily brings cold beverages to guests is a welcome member of any social gathering.
  6. Trick training is inexpensive.  Pick up Kyra Sundance's amazing book, 101 Dog Tricks or Take a 7 class course with a Certified Trick Dog Instructor and you will be well on your way to teaching your dog any behaviour you want (well, within reason, of course). 
  7. Your dog can earn Intermediate, Expert, and Champion Trick Dog Titles and enter trick exhibitions and competitions, or you can just do it for fun, and your dog's fitness and mental stimulation.
  8. Trick Dog exercises are a good low stress workout for your dog.   Physically demanding, low impact  exercises like pedestal work help to wear off a surprising amount of doggy energy.  These exercises also develop and stretch core muscles in the abdomen and back, and this helps to prevent injuries when your dog is out just being a dog.  
  9. Trick dog training provides challenging mental stimulation which makes your dog better at problem solving as well as tiring him out.  Tricks get easier to learn as the dog develops his problem solving skills.
  10. Better overall behaviour.   Many trick trainers report that their dog's behaviour problems just disappeared after a short time of learning and practicing tricks.  I am sure the dogs would report the same news about their trainers too, as trick training really helps hone our skills and timing.
  11. Anyone can teach their dog tricks.
  12. Any dog can learn tricks.  Trick work is easily adapted to the size, shape, breed and age of the dog.  
  13. There are no prerequisites.  Puppies as young as eight weeks can learn to sit and senior dogs enjoy doing less physically demanding tricks like a head cock, or roll over.