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How Do I Stop My Dog Peeing in the House? – 7 Expert Tips For House Training a Puppy

By Anne Pottinger

House training a puppy is all a matter of routine, so if you have reached the point where you are asking “how do I stop my dog peeing in the house?” you need to understand immediately that this is happening because you haven’t yet established that necessary potty training routine for him.

A puppy doesn’t come to you already trained. He’s just been taken away from his siblings and the environment he was born into and was used to. He’s frightened and probably very confused.

  • So-Tip Number 1: Never ever punish him or shout at him for accidents. All this will achieve is to make him even more frightened and less receptive to learning what is expected of him. This is by far the most important tip. In the long run, patience and kindness are the fastest route.
  • Tip Number 2: Don’t allow your new puppy to have the run of the house; keep him in a restricted area but make it somewhere where he can see you and hear you. I am a very strong believer in crate training a puppy, this then makes the process especially easy.
  • Tip Number 3: Immediately you wake up in the morning, take your puppy outside to the same place each time and repeat the same word to him in a happy, encouraging voice. I have always repeated “Quickly”, but it can be anything provided you stick to the same word. When he has peed, pat him and praise him lavishly. Tell him he’s a “good dog”.
  • Tip Number 4: Immediately after your puppy has eaten take him outside and repeat the process.
  • Tip Number 5: Always go out through the same door so that it all becomes part of the routine. As a precaution, keep the floor by the door covered with newspaper and always keep a watchful eye on the puppy and whenever he walks over to the door and especially if he starts sniffing the floor or trotting round in circles, take him outside to the usual place.
  • Tip Number 6: A puppy naps a lot throughout the day. Whenever he wakes from a nap, take him outside. Again, this requires you to be vigilant. If he wakes up and you aren’t around to take him outside, that’s your fault, not his!
  • Tip Number 7: Don’t expect a puppy to go through the night without needing to go outside. Place his crate or bed close to yours so that you can hear him immediately he begins to wake and take him outside to his familiar spot fast.

In the end house training a puppy is just one part of the whole dog training picture. Throughout, you will need to be calm and rely upon positive reinforcement. Shouting and punishment will set you back weeks and could very easily destroy your puppy’s confidence, making all other training difficult to return my preference for crate training a puppy makes it so much easier restrict your certain area while you are engaged in other activities around the house provide him with clean comfortable blanket and cuddly doggie toy he will very quickly accept as his space of course should never view prison allow out frequently outside pee eat drink especially play games vigorous game tire happily peeing nap tired is good involve romp before settling down night

Two really good ploys for night-time when house training a puppy is to wrap an old fashioned ticking alarm clock in a blanket. The ticking will be similar to his mother’s heartbeat and will sooth him to sleep. If it’s not summer, a warm hot water bottle in his blankets will also be a great sleep inducer. For a copy of my FREE 12-page Dog Training Basics Report go to http://4petsonline.com/brand-new-dog-training-basics-report-free-4-you/

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Jan 31, 2010 | 2 | Tips, Training

Dog Potty Training Crucial Tips

By Josh Cornwall

When it comes to dog potty training it is all about being consistent with their potty breaks. So you just got home with your new puppy, first thing to do is take it outside to take care on business. When dealing with a new puppy, it is very important to take them outside every couple of hours to take care of their business.

Dog potty training is not hard if you stay on top of things. Placing newspaper down in the puppy’s area in case they have an accident will make clean up much easier. Be sure to clean up the soiled area immediately and remove any scent so the puppy does not think that is the place to go. When the puppy soils outside, be sure to praise them and let them know they did a good job.

A mistake some people make with dog potty training is yelling at the puppy after the fact. Yelling at the dog after they have a mistake inside does nothing but hurt their feelings, they need to be caught in the act in order to get it through to them. Simply saying no and bringing them outside to finish their business is the proper thing to do.

Using treats with dog potty training works well. Give them a treat when they go outside and tell them they are a good dog. When they receive a treat for when they go outside, it will make them want to keep going outside to get more treats. Be patient with your puppy as this is a big learning curve for them, understand them and get to know them for their personality.

For dog potty training if you are putting down newspaper in the puppy’s area, you can slowly move it towards the door every couple of days. After a week or two with consistent puppy walks and moving the newspaper towards the door, the puppy will eventually get that outside is the place to go and you can remove the newspaper all together.

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Jan 30, 2010 | 0 | Training

The Best Way to Stop a Dog From Chewing

By Alan Gardner

Lacking dexterity in their paws, dogs and other animals make a lot higher use of their teeth than we do. Unfortunately, they can also be used in a destructive manner and many dog owners need to deal with the problem of stopping their own dog from chewing on furnishings, walls and many other household fittings and things. So what is the best way to stop your dog from chewing?

Why Do Dogs Chew In The First Place?

There are lots of motives why dogs may possibly chew. First of all, it is common for puppies to chew. At first this may be to help their milk teeth become dislodged. Later they are going to chew for exploratory and learning purposes.

Dogs also chew to relieve strain and anxiety or sometimes just for pleasure. Dogs which might be left alone might chew to relieve boredom or in anticipation of their own owner returning home. This could be even more pronounced in the breeds that have to have significant activity. A few dogs also chew for attention – this is particularly likely if your own reactions to chewing have not been correct. Rarely, a dog may chew if they have a poor eating habits that will not contain enough calcium.

The correct way To Stop Your Dog From Chewing

The very first thing to do is to give your dog quite a few objects that he is allowed to chew. You should give your dog three or four objects which are diverse in size, shape and texture. Also, give your dog some praise when they do chew the things that you have provided them. This is positive reinforcement of “correct” chewing.

You should also remove valuable things that you don’t want destroyed. If your return house to find your dog has destroyed your 50 year old teddy bear that was left out inside the open then you have only yourself to blame!

If there is a problem, furniture and other objects can be coated with a paste product that makes them unpleasant to chew on. Put this on a piece of duct tape on the spot where the animal has chewed in the past. Like most animals, just one taste and he will steer well clear of that spot the next time and pick out something else to chew on, hopefully the objects you have especially given him for this purpose!

If you do catch your dog about to chew a thing it shouldn’t then a firm “no” is all that’s wanted. If you find out that your dog has chewed on something he shouldn’t have an hour ago or earlier then don’t reprimand him because you may only confuse him.

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Jan 29, 2010 | 0 | dog behavior, Training

Go Ahead, Belt Your Pet

By Judie Mackie

Do you belt your pet? I am not talking about discipline. Safety restraints for pets are rising in popularity. Some states have pending legislature to pass laws requiring the use of pet restraints in automobiles. Though there are no statistics compiled of household pets injured in automobile accidents, judging by the number of pets I have seen traveling in vehicles, the number is certain to be high. In some states, pets are not allowed to travel in the backs of pick up trucks, but like children, you see this all of the time.

An unsecured pet can multiply its weight by hundreds or even thousands of pounds during an automobile accident. Some vehicle accident statistics report loose objects, including pets, to be in the top five reasons for automobile injuries. In a sudden stop your unrestrained pet becomes a projectile and this can result in serious injury or death of your pet or other lives in the vehicle.

When I was pregnant with my first child, we were shown a video tape during childbirth classes of an interview with a mother who had held her child in her arms traveling in their family car. She crushed her newborn to death with her own body weight during an accident. After that tape, none of my three children ever traveled in a car without being properly restrained in a child safety seat. Think of the same associated risk to holding your pet. No, I would never compare the life of my children to that of our household pet, but I have friends whose pets are treated better than some of the children I have seen while volunteering throughout our community. My friends who chose not to breed, to them, their pets are their children. With the pet safety restraints that are affordable, conveniently available and easy to install, their use is worth the small investment.

There are two restraints that I like, and I am not an affiliate nor in any way associated with either company. Pet Buckle makes a harness available that can be used with existing seat belts or you can purchase separate tethers for the automobile or a pick-up truck. The Roadie from Ruff Rider offers a well tested harness unit that is machine washable and available in a variety of sizes. Small kennels are also a great option to protect your cats, small dogs or other smaller pets and are available at most pet stores for under $20.00. They even have a built in loop for seat belts to slide through, securing your pet.

Ask your Veterinarian, they may suggest their favorite product. Go online and learn more about the different types available. You will find the one that is right for you and your pet. Go ahead, belt your pet. Until next time, happy (and safe) trails!

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Jan 28, 2010 | 0 | dog safety

My Dog Has Terrible Breath – What Can I Do?

By Alan Gardner

Dogs frequently seem to have terrible breath. This is so common that if you tell someone they have “dog breath” they know exactly what you mean! However, your dogs doesn’t have to have a bad breath. Once you know what the causes are, you can take steps to eliminate it.

What Causes Bad Breath in Dogs?

Bad breath (or halitosis) in dogs is not that different from bad breath in humans. It will usually caused by gum problems or decaying teeth. Have a look about your dog’s mouth for any obvious signs such as off-color gums or browning teeth.

Less often, bad breath in dogs may be a sign of a more significant trouble such as infection, kidney complications or even cancer. If your dog’s bad breath shows no signs of going away after you’ve taken the basic steps outlined below, then you should get him to the vet.

The correct way To Treat And Prevent Bad Breath in Dogs

If the breath is not too bad then starting regular brushing can often get rid of it. Dogs don’t normally enjoy knowing they are going to get their teeth brushed so incorporate some reward after the brushing so the dog will cooperate next time. If the dog is not cooperative, you should still try to brush every few days since that is much better than no brushing at all.

Remember not to use a typical brush or toothpaste because dogs are going to instinctively swallow the paste. If this happens, it is unlikely to do any immediate harm, but if he regularly swallows human toothpaste then it could cause digestive problems.

Your dog will develop cleaner teeth if you food with a harder consistency. Another idea is to buy a few cheap bones from your local butcher. These bones would otherwise go into the trash and they make a amazing treat for dogs while at the same time cleaning their own teeth and enhancing their dental hygiene.

There are in addition numerous products on the market that are aimed at improving a dog’s dental hygiene. You will find doggy mouth washes, treats and even breath drops! These can provide immediate relief from the bad breath, but do not use them to just mask the problem. Make sure you are also taking steps to eliminate the causes of the problem.

Sugar

Avoid giving you dog anything that contains sugar. Even though they may love these treats, candies and other sugar containing foods do a great deal of damage to your dog’s teeth. Given that most dogs do not have their teeth cleaned daily then you can imagine how much damage sugar can cause. Do everything you can to completely eliminate refined sugar from your dog’s diet.

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Jan 27, 2010 | 0 | Dog health

Puppy Training Classes – Are They Beneficial?

By Josh Cornwall

Puppy training classes are all around and there are many to choose from. When it comes to training your dog, there is nothing better than to train them your self. When you take the time at home and spend it training your dog with one on one time, there is a bond that is created.

Going to puppy training classes can be helpful if you have never trained a dog before, but it is best to spend quality time with your puppy teaching him your self. Taking a look into a dog training guide can be beneficial since once you learn how to properly train a dog, you will always be able to train a dog.

Puppy training classes can be very expensive, and they are in a large group. With a new puppy this can be more difficult to train them. These classes are more like an owner teaching class and not exactly beneficial for the dog. It costs less to get a training guide online and you will spend more one on one time with your puppy.

Attending puppy training classes later on once the dog has matured a bit can be a good idea for learning more advanced techniques. When it comes to the basic training, home training is the best for the dog. When the puppy is following your commands, be sure to reward with a treat or praise. Positive re-assurance makes the dog feel happy and makes a healthy bond.

Remember that puppy training classes are aimed at training the owner into how to train their dog. Most basic training guides will cover the basics and show the basic training commands for the puppy. Stick to your training and be consistent, if you do it will be rewarding when you take pride in the well mannered dog you took the time to train yourself.

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Jan 26, 2010 | 0 | Puppies

Why Does My Dog Jump on People?

By Matthew Closson

If you have ever owned a dog, one time or another you have probably dealt with this problem. Your dog is so happy to see you that he jumps up on you getting his muddy paws all over your new suit or dress. Or even worse, during his excitement he jumps on a smaller child and knocks them down or scratches the child’s face, arms or legs. Well, guess what, you probably taught your puppy this bad habit. Let me explain:

When your dog was a puppy, he was much smaller and when he came running to you he would jump on your ankle or maybe your knee, no big deal right? And in response to your little bundle of joy, you would reach down and pet him, maybe even pick him up.

Your puppy has just learned a great lesson, jumping up is a good thing. It’s a great way to get positive affection. Your dog doesn’t understand the difference between a small, cute little puppy and in a matter of a few months he is now a larger adult dog with the mass and power to be able to take down a small adult human. All he knows is “jumping gets me love.”

Why do dogs jump?

Most often dogs jump out of extreme excitement. Such as, seeing you after a long absents (coming home from work) or during high energy playtime.

On the other hand, if he jumps in a variety of situations, you could be dealing with more of a dominance issue and symptoms of a more complicated problem of communication and attitude. The longer this type of behavior is allowed to happen the harder it will be to regain control of the jumping issues. At this point and time I would highly suggest that you study alpha-dog techniques.

How you react to your dog jumping on you and others will determine whether or not he repeats this behavior. You will have to make a commitment to continuing effort and consistency in dealing with this problem. To stop dog jumping you have to make it clear to your dog that it is never acceptable to jump on you or anyone.

This means that you must fallow your stop jumping techniques always. You can’t expect your dog to understand the difference between playtime and greetings, nice cloths and play cloths, rainy days or sunny days. If you let your dog jump at anytime, he will feel free to jump whenever he feels like it.

Most professional trainers agree that the most effective way is also the easiest way to stop unwanted behavior (such as jumping) in your dog is to ignore him whenever he jumps. No need to yell or correct, although that is usually the first thing that comes to mind when your dog just ruined another pair of nylons or scratch one of your children. You must ignore the bad behavior.

When your dog goes to jump on you, turn your back on him right away. Dogs understand body language much more than the spoken word. So, what you need to do here is use your posture to get your message though loud and clear. As soon as he gets his paws back on the ground, reward him with praise. If he gets excited again and goes to jump, turn your back, head and eyes away from him (the cold shoulder). You can repeat this cycle several times in a matter of seconds. Don’t concern yourself with confusing your dog because they can only comprehend your reaction to their given behavior at that moment. Continue this training technique for the next several days and soon your dog will stop jumping on you.

Like people, dogs have personalities and every dog has a different personality. Training a dog can be a challenging and frustrating experience. It doesn’t have to be.
If your having trouble with potty training, chewing, digging, leash training or any number of problems. I can help! The animal control facilities are full of misunderstood pets. Before you give up please use every resource possible. Most likely I have a tip or method to help you. If I haven’t covered your problem in one of my articles than I know some how has.
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Jan 25, 2010 | 0 | Training

How to Bathe a Dog

By Samantha Markham

Bathing your pet regularly is an important pet of dog ownership. It is crucial for the health and condition of your dog’s coat, not to mention the fact that it is nice to have a clean and odorless pet. Bath day may not be something that you particularly look forward too, but with the right method, bathing you dog can be a pain free, mess free and perhaps even pleasant experience.

Preparing Your Dog

First, you should groom the dog thoroughly, especially if you have a longhaired breed. It is a good idea to ensure that here are no knots in the fur, because if these become wet they will form huge mats that will be painful and difficult to remove. For dog breeds with a double coat, it is advisable to brush the undercoat well, as this can shed in clumps, which will block your drain. However, even when bathing shorthaired breeds it is a good idea to be free of as much loose fur as possible.

Next, take a couple of balls of cotton wall and place them in the dog’s ears. This is important for keeping water out, which will reduce the possibility of ear infections. Of course, this needs to be done gently.

Where to Bathe Your Dog

Obviously, where you choose to bathe your dog will depend on the size of your pet. If you have a small breed, then it may be possible to bathe it in a sink, as this will ensure the least mess. For larger breeds, a tub is often the best bet. However, depending on the weather, you may be able to clean your dog outside with a child’s paddling pool. Whichever location you choose, ensure you have a shower or hose with a handheld nozzle, because your dog isn’t really going to have a bath, it’s going to have a shower.

You will also need some good quality dog shampoo. Never use human shampoo, as it is not PH balanced for a dog and will cause irritation. If your dog has skin problems, your vet will be able to supply a medicated shampoo.

How to Wash Your Dog

Once you are setup, place your dog in the tub or sink, turn on the shower or hose and adjust it to a lukewarm temperature. Begin at the dog’s neck and work back towards the tail. Then move up to the chest and work down the legs and along the undercarriage. Once the dog is well rinsed, start to lather in the shampoo. Ensure that you always keep one hand on the dog, as this will stop him, or her, shaking.

Washing the face can be trickier. Try tilting your dog’s head upward and direct a gentle stream of water down the nose and across the cheeks. Then move the water to the chin and allow it to run down to the chest. Gently rub shampoo into the dog’s head, cheeks, muzzle, neck and ears. Always be careful to keep soap away from the eyes.

When rinsing the face, use the lowest possible pressure setting on the shower and follow the same routine as before, lifting the head and gently spraying down the nose and under the chin. Then, direct the water above the head allowing the water to run down the ears. Gently, turn the ear inside out and rinse the inside, but be careful not to direct water into the ear canal.

Next, you can increase the pressure of the shower and rinse the rest of your dog’s body. Follow the same pattern as the original rinse, being careful not to neglect the front armpits and the tummy, as these are the most sensitive.

How to Stop the Shake

The natural inclination to shake is a reflex that the dog simply cannot resist. If you want to prevent your dog from shaking grasp him, or her, by the scruff of the neck and then grab a towel and rub vigorously. You may need at least two towels to remove the worst of the water, but this way, when he, or she, does shake there will be a minimal amount of mess.

Ensure that you place large towels in the floor, so your dog has somewhere to rub itself dry. You may like to use a hairdryer, but it is wise to make sure your dog is not scared of it first.

It may seem like an unpleasant task, but keeping your dog clean is important to his, or her, general health. Once your dog is used to being washed, the process should be much easier, but if all else fails, consider having your pet bathed professionally.

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Jan 24, 2010 | 0 | Dog grooming

Consider Positive Dog Training

By JC Martinez

Having a well trained dog is one of the most wonderful experiences you can have with your pet. The problem is that with all the different techniques available, how do you know which one is the best one for your dog? In this article I will be explaining one of the most popular techniques available today: Positive Dog Training.

Positive dog training is a technique that focuses on praising and positive reinforcement every time the dog performs the task correctly. In other words, you only reward the dog for good behavior. Studies have shown that most animals (not only dogs) respond better to this type of approach.

This approach does not involve hitting, spanking, or punishing a dog when a task or command is not performed to your satisfaction. This is considered a “negative” approach, and it has been found to work poorly with dogs as well as other animals.

There are many types of rewards you can use with your dog, such as doggie treats, kind words, a quick rub, a pat on the head, etc. Studies have shown that dogs respond better to this type of training using positive reinforcement.

Lets take for example the “sit” command. After you tell the dog to sit, make sure to follow up with a treat and praise as soon as the dog sits down. Do this repeatedly and consistently so that the dog makes the connection between sitting and praise (positive reinforcement). You can start with a treat, but eventually make sure to change the reward to praise because you will not always have access to treats.

Another instance in which this technique can be very helpful is during potty training. Use the same technique as described in the paragraph above every time the dog goes to the bathroom when and where they are supposed to. Soon enough the dog will relate the reward to going to the bathroom where he or she is supposed to. Training the dog this way will speed up the potty training process greatly.

Another important aspect of this training involves the tone of your voice. When giving a command your tone of voice must be firm and with authority. Do not scream, yell, or use a high-pitched tone of voice. Just be firm so the dog knows you mean business. When praising the dog use a happy and pleasant voice. Dogs love to be praised and rewarded, and they can tell from the tone of your voice.

The use of positive training will help you train your dog faster, and will maintain a very happy and positive environment for both of you. There are many books and information online that is available on this topic, so if you are interested in learning more, do a quick research online or go to your local library to get more information.

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Jan 23, 2010 | 0 | Training

How to Handle Your Digging Dog

By Avrum Elmakis

Nearly every one of your canine’s behaviors comes from one of two places: it is either due to instinct or something he has learned (typically, as a pup). Digging is an action that can spring from either source. Moreover, some breeds are more prone to do it than others. For example, a Terrier is a natural digger. They’re often bred to be proficient diggers in order to expose foxes and other types of game. In your yard, that skill is far less useful – or welcome.

Below, we’ll explain some of the reasons dogs dig that are unrelated to their instinct or breeding. We’ll also provide a few tips for discouraging the behavior in your pooch, or at least modifying it into an action that is acceptable to you.

Understanding The Triggers Behind The Behavior

One of the most common reasons canines dig is because they’re bored. Left alone in a yard for long periods, they’re forced to find ways to entertain themselves. Burrowing into the ground exposes roots and insects with which they can play. This is why many professional trainers suggest buying toys for your pooch – to keep him occupied and entertained.

Another trigger is curiosity and the desire to explore. Canines are curious by nature. If they’re fenced in but can see beyond the perimeter of the yard in which they’re contained, they might see something worth investigating. So, they dig in order to escape under the fence. A desire to escape can also be triggered if your pooch has not been spayed or neutered. In that case, he or she might try to get out in order to mate.

Another catalyst is the heat. When dogs are left outside with little to no shade, high temperatures can send them scrambling to find a cool place. Unearthed soil provides relief. This is one of the main reasons to provide your pooch with a doghouse. On hot days, he can retreat inside.

Modifying Digging Into Acceptable Behavior

For many dogs, the best way to discourage digging is to encourage them to dig in areas that you set aside for them. For example, suppose your canine is burrowing into your flower bed. Designate a special area away from your flowers in which he can dig whenever he wants. Encourage the modified behavior by providing treats when he digs successfully in his special area. You can even bury a piece of chicken or cheese in his designated space and allow him to find it.

There are several products that can further discourage your dog from digging. For example, a product called No-Dig can be sprayed in the area that you want want him to avoid. It treats the space with an odor that is unpleasant for him. In addition to behavior modification techniques and anti-digging products, make sure your pooch receives plenty of exercise. Two or three walks each day will allow him to expend energy. Often, a canine’s boredom stems from not being able to get out and explore beyond the space to which he’s contained all day.

Even though digging is instinctive to most canines, the action can be unlearned. Use the tips above to discourage your pooch from destroying your yard.

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Jan 22, 2010 | 0 | Tips