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Training a Small Dog – Is It Necessary?

Is it necessary to train your small dog? Many people realize the importance of training a large, strong dog and the reasons are obvious.

Large dogs can outrun a human and without control can injure another person or animal, or the owner himself. These dogs are strong. If a large dog has not received obedience training, what could be a simple walk on a leash can be nearly impossible.
On the other hand, small dogs do not appear threatening and are not particularly strong. This does not eliminate the problems. Picking the dog up and carrying her is not the solution.

The importance for you and your small dog to have some obedience training is vitally important. Your relationship with her and her health will be improved by your investment in the training.
By being aggressive when in the presence of a large dog, your dog may well be in jeopardy. Who would win in an argument with a Chihuahua? Would it be the Chihuahua or the German Shepherd dog? That is an easy question.

Training Your Small Dog against Aggression

Small dogs are commonly aggressive. It is almost a Napoleonic syndrome. Owners sometimes don’t see this as a problem because they assume that the little one is too small to hurt someone. They believe that the little dog’s show of power is “cute”. This is an insufficient reason to not address the behavior and it is an errant assumption.

Aggression in small dogs is as large an issue as it is with big dogs. The main reason small dogs become aggressive is that they have not had obedience training.
Making an excuse about how cute the dog is or picking it up are both very detrimental. What this does is give rewards for an inappropriate behavior by giving the dog the attention she wants. Cute does get attention, but you must remain in control.

Training Your Small Dog on Who is the Alpha

The dynamics mentioned allow your small dog to believe it is the dominant one in your relationship and it is in control. Your dominance needs to be asserted consistently and effectively. If not, you and your dog will continue to fight for the top spot in the pack.

Obedience training benefits are not limited to specific commands that are taught. By going through a good obedience regimen you are teaching the dog that you are in charge. You establish your authority and open a clear line of communication with the dog. This is a very important part of your relationship with your dog. By listening to your commands, your dog can be protected from potentially dangerous situations.
Keeping her safe effectively requires the tools to command your dog’s attention and respect.

Basic Dog Obedience Training Classes for Your Small Dog

You undoubtedly want the best for your small dog. Giving the best care possible means training through a basic obedience class. The investment in time is well worth the cost of the classes.
Training your small dog on your own with guidance can be just as effective. These classes take very little effort and contain numerous benefits.

You will be amazed at how much simple training can improve your relationship.

Getting Rover Ready for a Road Trip

Who’s up for a summer road trip with Fido? Photo by adrian on Unsplash

Dogs are hugely popular in America and 36.5% of American households have one. When vacation time rolls around, owners always debate whether to bring their beloved dog along or not.
From an emotional point of view the decision is easy. Why would anyone deprive their children of the unconditional love a dog provides? From a more practical point of view, however, the idea of bringing a four-legged friend on a road trip is terrifying for many owners.
Surely, bringing a dog along will cost more and incur hassle? Like with many things, this so-called truth may not hold up in the light of day. Boarding costs in America are between $25 and $45 a night which adds up very quickly. If you want to save this money, you need to know how to prepare to road trip with a dog.

Start Well in Advance

As with anything, your dog thrives on familiarity. Crate travel is the safest option for your dog, so it is vital that they are used to, and comfortable, with spending time within a specially-designed and safe crate. Take the time to familiarize your dog with the crate, reward him for spending time in it and avoid using it as a punishment. The more positive experiences he associates with the crate, the easier it will be to get him used to using it.
Before going on your road trip make sure that every trip you take your dog on, even just to the shops, involves the crate. It is one thing to be used to the crate, it is quite another when it is in a vehicle.

Plan Your Rest Stops Carefully

It is vital that you build in plenty of rest stops, not just for you, but for your dog too. Think of your family as having gained a new child; you can’t just stop, pee and dash anymore – your dog will need an opportunity to burn off some energy and have fun, just like kids do. Comfort breaks will simply need to be longer and will require more than a bush by the side of the road to hide behind.

Let’s get comfy…sleeping accommodations are important.

Where Are You Going to Sleep

Where to spend the night is a big question on any trip. Being shackled by the need to find a motel or hotel along the way can really put a dampener on the afternoon of a trip. When you add in the worry that you will also need to ensure that any hotels along your route are dog-friendly, it just seems like a recipe for unneeded stress.
Vacationing in an RV removes many of these worries. RVs allow you to bring your home along with you. The children and dog all have familiar surroundings every night and you only need look for a parking space. Bringing an RV can also save you a substantial amount of money along the way on motel and diner bills.

Remember to Have A Dog Aid Kit

New parents learn quickly that their little bundles of joy require more bags and equipment than they could have ever imagined. Having a dog on a long trip is much the same. Make sure you have seat covers, towels, tweezers, wet wipes and a collapsible bowl with you at all times. Do not assume that your destination will have anything you need. If your pet needs a specialist diet then bring enough along for a significant portion of your journey.

Be prepared with a Dog Aid Kit.

Finally, Prepare for The Worst

It is vital that you get your dog vaccinated and chipped. You will be going to strange and unfamiliar places, so ensure that if your dog gets distracted, or attacked you’ve maximize your chances of it pulling through or being returned to you. But most of all, remember the trip is supposed to be fun for both you and the dog.

Happy Trails from all of us at Pro-Train Innovative Dog Training. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions related to Summer Travel. Need your dog trained before a big (or small) trip this Summer? Our trained professionals can have your dog ready for your adventures in as little as two weeks!

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Will Online Resources Replace Local Dog Trainers? – The Bark (blog)

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Dog training is not always easy. The dogs in the video are very well trained and disciplined. People had been training dogs for different purposes from centuries. The dogs are one of the most intelligent and human friendly animals, if trained rightly they can be best of pets. Recent study shows that dogs can be a source to decrease the stress level in humans.

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4 Ways to Reward Your Dog without a Treat

Dogs are super active animals and leaving them to sit in front of a television to watch the News or animal documentaries will only waste their energy and will make them bored. Keeping your pet dog busy indoors and outdoors will kill his boredom and will help in better health and mental development. Making your dog work for his food through interactive toys or teaching him new tricks are productive ways to utilize your little furry companion’s energy.

It has been noticed that new pup parents think the food is the only reward that can help them to train their dogs. But let me tell you that there are dogs that do not turn up for food or others are overweight and their parents no longer want to train them through dog treats. For this reason below is a list of rewards that can help you to train your dog easily with no treats.

Verbal Rewards

Dogs are no doubt one of the best pets you can own. They can easily create an unconditional bond with their parents. They are even able to understand what you are going through by your tone and physical gesture. Just like humans, animals also love to be praised…and this is especially true for dogs.  You can use verbal phrases such as “good boy” or “great job buddy” to motivate them to perform the desired behavior.

Remember to bring some excitement in your tone as you are really proud of what your companion has just performed. These simple “happy-talks” will not only motivate him to show desired behavior, but it will also help to develop an even stronger bond between you and him.

Physical Attention

You feel proud after getting a tap on your shoulder when you cook delicious food for your family. Similarly, when you give a hug or cuddle to your dog after showcasing the desired behavior, he feels happy and joyous. Patting, cuddling or scratching your furry companion can even make you his favorite person as a dog loves touch. Just try to figure out his favorite spot where he loves your touch. Showing love to your companion dog will make him repeat the behavior.

 

 

 

Play with Your Dog

Playing is yet another tool that can be used to build a stronger relationship between dog and his parents and to train them wisely. Identify your dog’s favorite toy and keep it with you. Only provide him with it when he behaves according to your command. In this way, you can offer your dog’s favorite chew toy in a reward.

 

 

 

Live Rewards

Does your dog love going out? Does he love playing with you in the backyard? If yes, then it is time to change these daily routine activities that he loves into rewards. We can do this by applying the Premack Principle in which you ask your dog to show low probability action (the one which is desired) and reward him with high probability behavior (the action that he loves to do). Like before going out for a walk you can ask your dog to sit and only unlock the gate when he shows the desired behavior.

Training a dog is a lifelong process. You may find difficulty in the beginning, but stay “paw-si-tive” and keep pouring in the efforts. As always, the highly trained Pro-Train staff is always available for new dog training recruits. Dogman Mark Castillero has trained over 10,000 dogs in his 40-year career and only employs the best trainers in the industry.

Author Bio

Wendy is a self-employed beauty therapist, mother of two; lifelong pet parent and lover of dogs who somehow manages to squeeze in the time to satisfy another of her loves — writing. Wendy is the founder, main contributor and editor of TotallyGoldens.com

 

 

Pica: What To Do When Your Dog Eats Strange Things

If your dog has an appetite for inedible items like dirt, socks, or rocks, you’re probably concerned about the reason behind this abnormal behavior — and what it’s doing to Fido’s health.

As it turns out, the consumption of non-nutritious substances is a known disorder called pica. Pica has numerous causes ranging from underlying health conditions to behavioral issues requiring modification. At worst, pica can give your dog a serious intestinal blockage needing surgery.

Not only is this upsetting for you both, but you’ll also take a financial hit of about $3,000 per Healthy Paws Pet Insurance estimates. If your dog is experiencing strange cravings, visit your veterinarian to determine the root cause and the right treatment to protect his health — and your bank balance!

Address Health Issues

Your vet will run tests to determine if your dog has any underlying health issues driving him to eat non-food stuffs. It may be that his pica is due to a nutritional imbalance, iron deficiency, or digestive disorder that needs treating.

More serious causes of pica may include brain lesions, stomach tumors, or exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. Chances are your dog doesn’t have a serious physical illness, but it’s best to be on the safe side.

 

 

 

 

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Improve Quality of Life

When dogs are bored or lonely, they tend to create their own forms of entertainment. If you think lack of stimulation is causing your dog’s pica, work on enriching his life. Give him plenty of attention, play with him regularly, and take him on long walks. It’s important for your dog to burn off excess energy, so he’s tired and content at home.

Use Verbal Cues

Teach your dog verbal cues to get him to break his behavioral habits. As soon as you see him eating something he shouldn’t, interrupt his behavior by making a noise like a kissy sound (which is more attention-grabbing than using his name). Tell him to “leave it” or “drop it” and lure him away with a treat. Recall is also an invaluable command, especially if he tends to eat things when you’re out on walks.

Lastly, keep objects out of your dog’s reach tidy laundry away, put trash straight in the bin, and keep cleaning products off-limits. You can also spray taste deterrents (like black pepper) on certain items. If you need to, muzzle him on walks.

Although it may take a while to resolve pica, it’s certainly possible with dedication and perseverance. If you’re giving your dog plenty of exercise and a balanced diet, pica should no longer be an issue. If, however, you find it continues despite your best efforts, go back to your vet for advice. It may be the case you need to constantly enforce the above preventative measures to keep your dog safe and prevent potential intestinal blockage.

Likewise, it’s important to determine if the issue is related to the need for behavior modification. Mark “Dogman” Castillero, founder and owner of Pro-Train Innovative Dog Training, specializes in behavior modification. He and his team can help stop an undesirable behavior and help dog owners commit to a program to refocus their dog.

 

 

 

 

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