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Dog Friendly Tips: Make A List, Check It Twice

Packing For Your Dog’s Trip – You don’t want to arrive at your guesthouse only to find that you forgot the dog food! Make a list of all of your pet’s essentials a couple days before your travel date. Gather up the items ahead of time just to make sure you have everything you need. Our pets’ essential items include: Dog Food, Dog Treats, Dog Blankets, Dog Bowls, Dog Collars, Dog leads, Harnesses, Dog Waste Bags and a Dog First Aid Kit.

Dog Friendly Article: Who Is Training Who?

Read this you might be surprised!!

Have you ever thought about why your dog seems to be hard to train? There are probably several reasons for this. The equipment you are using is not right for your dogs temperament, your dog tries every other thing except the action you are trying to teach, your correction is not meeting the distraction level of your dog and finally you have NO dog attention - to name just a few.

The equipment we use while training our dog: For basic training we use a 6 foot leather lead and a choke chain or a pinch collar. We first start with a choke chain and if we get success that is the collar we will use. But if our dog has a high tolerance for corrections or we need a better correction, then we will use a pinch collar.

A properly fitted choke chain is very important in training. It should be the size of the dog's neck plus 2 inches. If your choke chain goes over your dog's head a little snug that's alright because most breed of dogs have a larger head than neck. Now to put the choke chain on right drop the chain through either ring and make the letter P of the alphabet. Now with you looking at the letter P slip it over your dog's head. With your dog on your left hand side if you pop up on the leash and release- the choke chain should also release the tension on the dog's neck.

If you are using a pinch collar remember it does not go over your dog's head, you must unhook it at a link in the collar then go around your dog's neck and hook the collar back together. You can add or subtract links from a pinch collar to change sizes. A pinch collar should fit semi snug on your dog. If a pinch collar is fitted too loose it will not give an effective correction.

Some ways that your dog will try to get out of training or learning commands: When you first start training a new dog many times your dog will do things to get out of training. Dogs will do silly behaviors that you must stop before you can train a certain action.

Have you ever read a dog training book that said to teach a command do such & such - but to your amazement it just didn't work with your dog?! That's because they didn't tell about the crazy stuff dogs do to try and get out of training. Below is a list of some of the most common things dogs do on certain exercises.

. Heeling or walking on lead: Sniffing the ground, pulling on the lead, lagging behind, going to your right side instead of staying on your left, jumping on you, biting the lead, trying to grab the lead with its front paws, refusing to move forward or lying down on the ground and refusing to move. Most dogs will get their owners to stop if they do one or more of the above actions while training.

. Sit: Your dog will simply not sit while teaching this command, lays down, the dog's body seems to turn to Jell-O, stands stiff as a board, starts sniffing the ground and gets up, tries to jump on you while you position him into a sit.

. Down: Brace themselves with their front legs so you can't make them go down, you get your dog down but he rolls over on his back, tries to bite you or snaps at you, tries to crawl forward, yells and screams and pitches a fit, goes down in the front but the rear stays up, will not stay down after being placed in the down.

. Come when called: Sniffing the ground, tries running away even on lead, the dog runs past you, freezes and does not come, lies down and does not come.

. Stays: Tries to follow you as you leave on the stay, dances around with its front feet, creeps forward on the stay, breaks the stay as you walk around him/her, gets up on the down stay and lies down on the sit stay.

Correction and distraction levels:

A correction is a pop and release of the leash not a pull. Most people will pull on the leash. How much do we correct our dog? We only correct the dog with the amount that is necessary to get the dog to comply with our command or to stop an unwanted action.

Each dog has a different threshold when it comes to a correction. Threshold or correction level has nothing to do with age, sex, breed or weight of the dog, so you need to find your own dogs threshold while training.

You will also need to understand that when your dogs distraction level goes up so must the correction level. An example of this would be that you are training your dog on a command, like walking on a lead, and the correction for your dog would be a pop and release on the lead if he starts to pull, tell your dog to Heel, and your dog complies with the command. You continue walking and now meet another dog and person but this time the same amount of correction is ineffective.

You will need to increase the correction due to the distraction of the other dog and person.

No dog attention: At the basic pet training level the main things that will cause lack of dog attention are sniffing the ground and everything else your dog sees, pulling on the leash and jumping. If you have your dogs attention it solves 80% of your training problems.

In my 24 years training dogs I have found the easiest dogs to train are NOT sniffing, pulling, or jumping. So if you can get just these three problems under control you can train a dog that will learn new things very fast because he is now focused on you and ready to learn. I will let you in on a secret - sniffing leads to pulling on the lead, so if you stop the sniffing (while training) you will start gaining more attention towards you and the commands you are trying to teach your dog.

Remember I am not saying that your dog can never sniff, I am saying they can't sniff while you are training. When you release your dog from a command they can still sniff to go to the bathroom and explore but don't let them pull. I will always believe sniffing (Leave It command) is the first thing I would get under control then everything else starts falling into place.

Dog Attention will solve 85% of most of your training problems.

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