Monday, March 19, 2012

Everyone Walk, Not Run to the Door

More tips & tricks for training your dog...The rule of thumb is to leave behind a tired dog whenever you leave the house for work or school. That means exercising him in the beginning of the day.
Our new puppy, Tucker, in his slicker which is still a bit too big for his 3.5 month-old body!
A morning power walk, run, or jog next to your bike is a sure way to help him be calm when you leave. Using a jogging service in the morning is great for this issue. Or consider teaching Rover to go on the treadmill for a 15-minute power walk in the morning, so he can wait till you come to get him later in the day.

Now that the weather is improving (hopefully) and Spring is around the corner, our dogs are feeling the shift in energy. Dogs want to share in your excitement to be out-of-doors.

Unfortunately, this can also cause them to feel over-excited, even anxious and unsure. So be calm when you approach the door. Rushing out in a frenzy teaches your dog to be anxious in the morning, and they might learn to "charge" or jump the door in an effort to “rush out” with you.

A good rule of thumb is to have them sit or lay down several feet from the door as everyone exits calmly.

As always, be the calm you want to see in your dog. They are masters of mimicking your habits!
A last note: Bo's book profits are going to a dog charity (we'll announce it as soon as I can finalize the agreement with the foundation we chose), so spread the word!


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  2. Excellent! it is very useful post and tips for puppy training. How to train your puppies is a question asked by almost all dog owners. It seems everyone has advice and tips, and opinions on the best way to train your puppies.

    Puppies learn very fast with proper training. The primary few days at home are very important for puppies and the examples you set now will last a life span. Following these basic techniques as soon as you bring your puppy home will make sure a positive housetraining experience for you and your puppy:-

    * Ensure you give your dog lots of consideration and attention when he’s doing the right and good thing. Praise him plentifully when he’s been a good boy.

    * There is nothing intrinsically incorrect with telling your dog “no,” it’s just that it doesn’t give him sufficient information. Instead of “no,” instruct him what you want him to do.

    * Give your puppy recurrent admission to his toilet area for preventing soiling inside house. Reward the puppy for do so - give a special treat.

    * Nourish your puppy with 2 – 3 meals per day. Leave food out for 15-20 minutes then take away the leftover food. Never leave food out for puppy to eat at will. This helps you find out when she’ll have to go potty.