There are many ways to train dogs and I doubt that there will ever be a definitive answer as to which method is best. There's an old joke that sums it up quite well: "What's the one thing that 3 dog trainers will always agree on? That the other 2 trainers are doing it wrong."
So how is a person to know what to do? It is best to research the methods of trainers that you think you'd like to work with and then go and watch them work. If they won't let you do this, then you may want to keep looking. Not all methods are going to appeal to everyone and it will also...
Puppies are undeniably adorable and dog lovers' eyes light up whenever they see one, but there is much more to owning to a puppy than enjoying its heart-warming cuteness and silly antics.
With puppy ownership comes a lot of responsibility. Be honest with yourself and consider the amount of time that you can devote to a puppy (or any dog for that matter) before you make a decision to get one that is solely based on emotion,
Do you have the time, the desire, the patience, and the lifestyle to raise a puppy that will one day become a well-balanced adult dog? I...
I think that it is very important to crate train your dog.You never know when your dog might have to go into a create – for travel, vetrinary visit, etc, so it's best to have them used to it already to avoid added stress and anxiety. The best time to start crate training is when they are still a puppy, but that doesn't mean that you can't do it later.
The first thing to remember is that the crate must never be used for punishment. The crate should be your dog's safe and quiet spot where they feel happy and secure.
Obedience training is not the same as training a dog to do a 'trick' like roll over, shake a paw, or asking it to speak. There will be a future blog on this. Working with a qualified instructor is extremely important. Don't try this on your own by just 'winging it' - there are many steps to training your dog and each dog is different.
Obedience training, when done properly, teaches the dog to learn a set of drills as well as what is appropriate behaviour and what is not acceptable. The dog also learns to listen to you because YOU ARE IN CHARGE.
Bite prevention is very important for anyone, but especially children who are often very eager to pet strange dogs. Here are a few tips. If you would like to know more, please contact me, or if you think your child's school would be interested in having a dog safety and bite prevention talk and demo, please contact me for that as well.
1. A child should never run up to a strange dog - always approach calmly AFTER asking for PERMISSION to pet the dog first.
2. Once the dog is calm (on leash and by the master's side), slowly approach and allow the dog to smell...