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Teach your dog to Stand, Rollover, Crawl, Lay Down and Focus:

Teach your dog to Stand:
Starting from the sitting position, hold a treat right in front of the nose of your dog, then say stand. Then move the treat above him so that he will have to stand in order to reach it. As soon as he stands say good boy! Then wait for him to sit back down to give him the treat. While he is standing you can move just a few steps while holding the treat. Praise him a lot if he follows you.

Teach your dog to Rollover:
Starting from the laying position, say roll over and then proceed to roll your dog over gently. Do this by grabbing his legs and then pull him, or simply push him from one side so that he makes a complete roll. After he has completed the roll, make him sit, praise him and give him the treat.

Teach your dog to Crawl:
Starting from the laying position, say crawl while holding a treat in front of your dog’s nose and move it a few inches away from him. If he begins to stand up, just say no crawl, start from the beginning and have him lay back down again. Praise him a lot and give him the treat as soon as he crawls, even if it’s only a few inches.

Teach your dog to Lay Down:
There are various ways to do this. Begin with having your dog sit then say, lay. Then present the treat in front of his mouth, going all the way down to the ground with your hand. The dog will naturally follow your hand and will end up lying down. Give him the treat only when he stretches his forearms in front of him and then praise.

Teach your dog to Focus:
Begin by sitting or kneeling, in front of your dog. Hide your hands so he won’t be distracted looking at them and then say your dog’s name followed by saying focus. As soon as he looks at you in the eyes start praising him. Always keep eye contact and after a few seconds give him a treat. If he looks elsewhere, just call him again and begin to start over. Try to extend the time while he’s focused on you.

Practical Tips for Stopping Food Aggression:

Determine when the best time is to feed your dog. You want to feed your dog at a time when there is relative quietness in the house and when the dog can relax afterward. This brings the stress levels down and allows the dog to relax more and be a less protective. Try to always feed your dog at the same time. In the ideal case that should be after you have eaten, as the alpha dogs eat first and the lower ranking pack members last.

Establish a place and a routine to feed your dog. Always feed your dog at the same place and follow a certain routine. You will imitate the alpha dog that comes back from a hunt and shares the food with the lower ranking members of the pack. Try faking that you are eating a bit first and then giving the bowl to the dog to emphasize this. Make sure that everyone in the household takes his/ her turn to establish the idea in the dog that all humans are higher ranking pack members that share food with the lowest ranking pack member. Soon your dog will understand when it is feeding time for him.

If you have several dogs in the household that are food aggressive amongst themselves, you must know who is the higher ranking member in the “dog only” part of the pack and feed them in this order. If your dogs go through a phase of re-establishing their ranks, feed them apart and out of sight of each other.

Don’t feed your dog at the dinner table while you are eating. The alpha dogs will share the leftovers after they had their fill, not before. Remember that a lot of human food is not suitable for dogs, salt can damage their kidneys. So your best method to follow is not to never feed your dog at the table.

Here are a few more simple training solutions that may help with this common situation. Make sure that your dog gets plenty of exercise. A tired dog is less likely to get aggressive then one that has way too much built up energy. Make known to your dog the proper distinction between food time/ place and other things like time for play. Give the dog the opportunity to alternate between playing and being fed.

Good luck to you, your dog and which ever training methods you take!

How Do I Teach My Dog To Obey Commands?

Most people want their dogs to behave when walking on a leash. It is essential that your dog come when called. Staying when told is also very helpful. But how do you teach your dog to do these things?

The key to success is understand how your dogs mind works, and then incorporate that with proven training techniques, a few training aids, and consistency. Dogs do not understand every word in the human language. Instead, they learn a few words that they are told repeatedly and associate with a specific activity or task. For example, your dog may recognize the word “out” and associate it with going outside. However, if you change the word you use, he will no longer understand what you are saying or what you mean. It is important that whatever word you choose to give as a command, you stick with that same word each and every time.

A word that often confuses dogs is ‘down’ because people use it to mean ‘lie down’ which is the correct usage. However, the dog also often hears it with the meaning of “get off the couch” or “don’t jump at people”. When the word is used to command all three things, your dog will remain unknowingly clueless. Persistent training in this situation means that you would use “down” to mean only “lie down” and nothing else. If you want your dog to get off the couch, you would use the command ‘off’ rather than ‘down’ and if you want your dog to quit jumping on people, you would use a command like “floor” or “no jump” instead of “down”.

Pack Leader:

Before you begin training your dog, you must set the ground rules that you are the master and he is the follower. In some breeds you will need to work 24/7 to remind your dog that you are the pack leader for example a Doberman, while in other breeds for example, a Golden Retriever will only need to establish your “leader-follower” relationship at the very beginning.

Find the key to being your new pack’s leader. Encourage and help all your family members to become pack leaders for your dog. If you are not the pack leader, your dog is. The pack leader trains the pack members. Become the pack leader. Turn your out of control dog into an obedient pet.

An Inside Look at Types of Dog Training

Throughout my Florida dog training career, I have seen a wide array of dog training requests.  There is everything from show dogs, basic training and more.  Here is a brief overview of the two most popular canine training wishes.

Basic K9 Obedience

Whether you adopted an adult dog or a puppy, there are basic forms of training to review with your pet.  This is essential to creating a happy, healthy and loving home for the entire household.  It eliminates any bad habits from developing ensuring peace in the house remains for all household members.  It is also a chance to build a strong bond between you and your dog.  It encourages play through interaction, while learning a new command.  It is a positive experience for both parties, as long as positive reinforcement is utilized during these activities.  Examples of the basic principles covered are “sit” and “stay.”  These are two commands that are the foundation for the rest of your dog’s life.  It comes in handy when going for a walk, answering the door, and encountering other animals and humans.

Hollywood Dog Training

Do you think your dog has what it takes to be in commercials or movies?  This type of training includes basic canine obedience, but adds distinct elements to the training.  For instance, your dog needs to ignore external factors found on a commercial or movie set.  There are bright lights shining, crewmembers walking around, and loud noises coming from moving sets or equipment.  Your dog learns how to overlook these elements to deliver a given task or direction successfully.

To find out more about Florida dog training and what there is to offer your dog, talk to one of instructors today!

How to Find a Holiday Pet Sitter

The best gift you can give your pet for the holidays is to spend time with him.  But this is not always feasible.  Sometimes you have to travel and keep your pet at home.  Alternatively, there are many holiday parties to attend, and it would be inappropriate to bring your dog along.  Our Florida dog training professionals understand this issue.  Thus, we have come up with suggestions on what to look for when hiring someone to watch your pet.

Why You Need to Hire a Pet Sitter

A pet sitter is someone who is in the business because they love animals.  If you leave your pet with a friend or neighbor, the attentive care a professional provides might be missing.

With an experienced pet sitter, the person will facilitate maintaining your dog’s feeding, exercise, and bathroom schedule.   Make sure the person is aware of what to do in emergencies.

Also, be certain the person has a contract to protect your dog and home as well.  If the selected pet sitter does not have a contract, then be leery about hiring him/her.  It could be a problem.  It shows the sitter does not want to be liable for any damages, personal belongings or your pet.

What to Look for in a Pet Sitter

Does the pet sitter know first aid?  Has the sitter earned certification through Red Cross?  What type of training has he/she gone through?  These are important questions to ask when looking for a loving, kind and effective pet sitter.

To find a pet sitter in your area, talk to one of our k9 obedience instructors today.

What to Do if Dogs Don’t Get Along – Part 2

In our prior post, we discussed two ways to workout out the tension between dogs living under the same roof.  We provided two essential tips in taking control in a positive manner ensuring the dogs start bickering causing stress for the entire household.  In this post, we shall provide you with a few more tips that will help decrease if not stop aggressive behavior between your loving pets.

Stop Toy Hostility

Dogs fight over toys, so you have to take more of an active role in handling this situation.  Do not leave toys lying around the house.  This only encourages negative behavior. Instead, start training the dogs separately.  Focus on the “drop it” command.  Use treats as a reward for dropping the toy.  This will make your dog drop the toy in exchange for a delicious treat.  Then, once the dogs have mastered this scenario solo, bring the two dogs together in the same room.  And practice the same technique with both dogs together.  This teaches the dogs to release a toy when you say, “Drop it,” preventing any aggression over toys from escalating further.

Prevent Fighting Behavior over Food

If you have aggressive dogs, then the toy may not be the only issue your dogs fight over.  Food could be a catalyst for many fights between dogs, and you need to stop this before it gets worse.  One way is to construct the dogs to “sit” before placing food on the ground.  With repetition, the dogs will calmly sit before receiving food.  Eventually, this will become an instant reaction to bringing the food before them.  Just remember in initial training phase, you will have to train the dogs separately.

To find out more about Florida dog training, talk to one of our experts today.  Enroll in a k9 obedience class and learn tips on how to generate positive behavior.  It will eliminate stress and tension felt by the entire household.

What to Do if Dogs Do Not Get Along-Part 1

When dogs live under the same roof and do not get along, it results in an unbalance of the entire household.  No harmony exists with constant snapping and fighting between dogs.  Everyone stresses from having to be on a continuous lookout of the dogs’ behaviors preventing any dogfights from occurring or escalating.  No one wants to live in such a manner.  Here are some tips in a two part series of how to relieve some stress from the family, dogs and create some peace in the house.

Exercise the Tension

Just like in humans, a great way to release tension between dogs is to take them for walks.  A lengthy daily walk amongst dogs can help take control of the situation, and reestablish who is in charge, you.  You are able to make sure they stay under control on walks and decrease any bickering between the two dogs.  This will translate to when the dogs are off the leash too.  Use the walks to emphasize the behavior training, and review commands.  Then when the dogs are at home if they even start acting up in a negative manner, initiate a command and it will be followed accordingly.

Take Preventive Measures

If the dogs are left home alone, then use a way to keep the two dogs separated until you return.  It is better to monitor them, but it is not realistic for someone to have to do this on a nonstop basis.

To find out more ways on how to get your dogs to get along, talk to a Florida dog training instructor or a k9 obedience teacher today.

How to Teach Your Dog Tricks

Teaching your dog tricks is a fun bonding experience for you and your dog.  It allows your dog to remain engaged, perform tricks, receive rewards and praise, and enjoy each other in a positive manner.  The key to successfully executing this is by using positive reinforcement.  Here is a basic outline of some of the most common tricks to teach your dog.

Shake Your Hand

Teaching your dog how to shake your hand is a simple one to learn.  It starts by having your dog sit.  Next, reach out and take a hold of your dog’s paw into your hand and say, “Paw.”  After practicing this repeatedly, your dog will understand.  Overtime, all you will do to implement this trick is put your hand out, say the command, and your dog will shake your hand with his paw.

Speak

Trying to get your dog to speak is not a difficult trick to teach with the right tools.  The first step is to engage your dog in an exciting activity or game where your dog likes to bark.  Then, when your dog barks say, “Speak.”  Reward your dog with a treat and repeat the activity.  Eventually, your dog will learn to bark on command.

There are numerous tricks to teach your dog.  It is just a matter of using positive reinforcement, staying upbeat, and providing a happy environment.

For more information talk to a Florida dog training or a k9 obedience instructor today.


Why Dog Training is Important

There are many reasons why dog training is important, but I would like to share with you a personal story about why dog training is essential to keeping your dog safe, happy, and healthy.

I rescued an abandon dog that I repeatedly saw at the local park.  Finally, one day I decided to bring it food and over time, the dog would come to me during my daily exercise walks at the park.  The dog seemed receptive to tagging along, so I decided to bring the dog home to have as her pet.  The dog went home with ease, but I quickly realized how destructive a dog could be without any dog training experience.

My new dog was not familiar with following rules, respecting home belongings, and steering away from specific objects.  My loving companion would tear up the furniture, clothes, whatever he could get his paws on.

Socialization is Key to Healthy Dog Living!

And my pet was very loyal and loving towards me, but it became apparent that he was not socialized.  This is where the immediate danger occurs.  He was not friendly from the beginning towards other dogs or people.  He did not know how to behave on walks through the neighborhood.  Thus, whenever faced with another animal, my pet would act in an aggressive manner.  This would cause other dogs to switch to combat mode.  It was going to be a huge problem if I did not nip this in the bud immediately.

Luckily, no dog was seriously injured from the aggressive interactions.  And now my pet is charming, loving and displays positive behavior due to enrolling in Florida dog training or k9 obedience classes.  I believe training courses saved my dog’s life for otherwise; he would be in a dogfight resulting in fatal consequences.

If you would like your pet to live a safe, healthy, and happy life then enroll is a dog training course today!

Dog Walking Tips

There are ways to make dog walking not seem so much like a chore, but rather time you both may enjoy together.  Here are some basic tips to keep you on the right track.

Choose Your Leash Wisely

You need to be sure to select a lease that coincides with your dog’s personality and habits.  If your dog is easy to walk even during high traffic, then a flexi-leash is fine.  It allows your dog to explore surroundings without feeling confide.  If your dog has the bad habit of biting on the leash, a chain leash may be more appropriate.

Stay Off the Lawn

Pesticides, fertilizers, various plants and flowers may all be dangerous to your pet’s health.  Stay away from these areas.  In addition, you don’t know what type of bugs or creatures could be looming within the grass.  There may be a poisonous snake or spider.  Just steer clear to keep your canine safe.

Allow Your Dog to Say Hi…Within Reason

If along the path other dogs and people wish to pet your dog, then wait and see how your dog reacts.  If your dog is known to remain calm and allow people to greet, then great.  Encourage it.  If your dog does not get along with others avoid the contact altogether.  You don’t want a negative situation to ensue.

To find out more dog walking tips, talk to a Florida dog obedience professional or enroll in a k9 obedience class today.