Dog Training

Tips for a Well Behaved Great Dane

Friday, March 4th, 2011

I know I made a heap of mistakes when I tried to train my own dog “Gus”. But we can’t change the past - I know! I am really passionate about helping as many others avoid the mistakes I made, which is why I am here talking to you I guess! Save yourself the stress and frustration, and grab the book from here, www.dogtrainingmasters.com I say this; because I only wish there was something like this when “Gus” was around. Anyway, here are a few extra tips for you.

Begin training your pup early in life:

This is so since whatever is learnt early in life is easier to learn and teach. Besides, the older your untrained dog, the more difficult for you to make him “un-learn” all his bad habits.

Be gentle and humane while training:

Train your dog with gentleness and humaneness, and always use positive motivational methods. Make your obedience sessions upbeat so that he enjoys them, but if things begin to drag, try the play training approach by using games like Hide-n-Seek, Fetch, etc.

Does he demand or beg for your attention?

If your dog wants your food while you’re dining, that’s bad enough. And if he jumps on you while you’re lounging around, that doesn’t speak well of his training either. Does he demand your attention when you have visitors or does he ignore your commands? If he responds to you well at home, you can expect the same of him outdoors too, but if he doesn’t, he’s going to ignore you when he sees other dogs in the street or pigeons, passers-by or food scraps.

Give commands to him that you want enforced:

If you give your pet a command, see that he obeys it. But if it is not, then the message your dog picks up is that obeying you is really at his discretion.

One command must beg one response from him:

Make him learn that every time you shout out a command, it must be answered by one response from him. If you repeat your commands, your dog gets bored and doesn’t apply his mind to anything you say. It also teaches him that you’re calling his bluff. So, don’t say “Sit, sit, sit, sit!” if what you mean is “sit.” Once you’ve said the word, lure him into doing what you want him to, then reward him amply.

Don’t combine commands:

If you combine commands, it confuses your dog. So, either say “sit” or “down,” but never “sit down” as he knows that each of these words is for a separate action.

Speak in a calm and authoritative voice:

When issuing a command, neither should you speak in a loud nor harsh voice, but certainly speak in a calm and authoritative voice. Even if he is especially unresponsive, let your voice waft across to him calmly. Then, he will begin to respond. Sometimes, dogs don’t respond because they are confused as to what their owners really want and at other times they could be deterred by fear or nervousness.

Use your dog’s name positively:

Take your pet’s name positively rather than combining it with reprimands, warnings or punishment. Your dog should be confident that when his name is called, good things will happen to him. He should be able to respond to his name with enthusiasm rather than fear.

Correct his bad behavior, rather than punishing him:

Teach your pet what he should do, communicate this to him, but don’t beat him in order to teach him. This will not serve to teach him the lesson you want him to learn but instead will undermine your relationship, and keep all the fun out of your motivational training.

Time your training:

You need to catch your dog in time just as he is about to make a mistake in behavior and correct him in the act. For instance, just when he is poised to jump on the kitchen counter and grab some food, correct him then and there. In his mind, the action and your response combine to teach him the lesson you want him to learn. Now, he will never jump onto the kitchen counter for food.

Don’t give your dog attention when he misbehaves:

Don’t do this because this only reinforces this kind of behavior that you want out of his behavior pattern.

Be patient:

Your untrained dog may give you many occasions to lose your cool, but keep a handle on your anger. It doesn’t pay to be angry nor should you yell, hit or be harsh with your pet. This intimidates him and instills fear and stress in his mind where you are concerned.

How to Manage and Train Two Dogs?

Friday, March 4th, 2011

So you have decided after considering all the pros and cons of owning two dogs, to bring home a second dog in your home. Once you have chosen your second puppy you will then need to carefully introduce each other. One of the best places to introduce your second dog to your older dog is in a local park or some other neutral environment. Your two dogs may not necessarily become best of friends simply after the first meeting.

Don’t worry about this! It may take time for them to get used to each other and adjust to the changes. If you are able to introduce both dogs prior to you bringing home the new dog, then this will only benefit their relationship once the new dog has come to your home. Keeping in mind that all dogs view the world in terms of packs and hierarchies with in the dog pack, when your new dog comes home you will notice that both dogs may battle for the right to be the top dog.

Although not always the case sometimes the Alpha dog is usually either the largest, oldest or the male dog. So be prepared for some fighting, which may be over food or some toys. If this does occur then simply separate their food as well as their toys. Determining who is the Alpha dog between the two is something that can only be decided between your two dogs.

It is no point trying to control or decide on your dogs behalf, who will become the Alpha dog. If you do here minor disputes or arguments between the two dogs, then simply ignore them. Also be wary of praising the top dog, as he or she may feel that that is their signal that it is okay to bully the other dog. Sometimes the fights between your two dogs may become quite serious.

This can occur especially if you had to equally dominant dogs. If you feel you are unable to control these disputes, then you may need to call a professional canine behaviorist. Training to dogs in one home can be quite a challenge. This being said, many of the dog training principles remain the same. The important thing to note is that you may need to train your dogs separately but incorporate their respective names to the commands. So this means if you were to ask your dog to “sit” for example, you would teach your dog that command “Rex sit”.

This is so if you needed to control one dog when both of your dogs are together, then your command will be heard by the appropriate dog. Another trick is training and managing two dogs in one home is to work with them separately. This means if you were going for a walk or you wanted to play with your dog, you should do this separately. Doing this will show your dogs that they individually are loved and appreciated by their owner.

Should You Train Your Great Dane?

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Owning a dog is one of life’s pleasures that only a true dog lover will understand. But it is through the process of training your dog that begins the special bond that unites both you and your pet.

The time you invest in to training your dog is the foundation of the everlasting trust and love and not to mention loyalty between you and your dog. In order to successfully train your dog there are a few things that we as dog lovers need to understand. Your dog is an individual with his own particular quirks and personality.

You need to remember this while you’re training him so that you can specifically handle and meet his specific needs. And when you do this you will be rewarded for a lifelong loving relationship with your dog. Your dog is very intelligent and just like us humans, he will learn many things through his day-to-day observations.

Imitating is a key principle of all canine learning. When your dog was a puppy he would watch and imitate his mother and as a result learn basic skills of survival. It is important to take a note of this learning method, and because it will apply also in your home. If you were to try and teach your dog to sit, and you gave the command to sit and then gently pushed his bottom down into the sitting position, your dog will soon learn and relate the command to the action.

Then with constant repetition your dog will soon automatically respond with the appropriate action of the command. To strengthen the learning process, it is important to provide immediate and consistent rewards for successful completion of the training command. By giving a dog a special treat, or rewarded with praise and attention after he completed a command, then he will associate the command and action with a positive reward.

Dog training is a means where you can establish a special bond and relationship with your dog. Your dog will learn how to behave and how to respond appropriately to your commands. This no doubt will give you a sense of pride and enjoyment that you are able to successfully communicate with your best friend. And let’s not forget your dog! Nothing will please your dog more than to be able to make you happy. So not only will dog training make your life easier and happier, but your dog will also enjoy your positive feedback.

How to Train Two Dogs

Friday, March 4th, 2011

When a prospective pet owner searches for the puppy of their dreams, it is quite common to consider bringing home to puppies rather than just the one. It is understandable why one may choose to bring home two puppies. Of course one could think that a single puppy would be lonely and that it was a great if they had a companion. However this can come with its own set of problems and potentially pitfalls even though on the surface the idea seems to be a good one. If your lifestyle permitted bringing home two puppies, then it will be kind of cute to see both of them grow up together.

This can definitely reduce the chances of either puppy experiencing separation anxiety. But it will be nice to see them grow close together and develop their special bond with each other by being together and doing everything together just as they would being best of friends. However the other thing to consider having two puppies, is that their dependence on each other may also cause some problems.

They could develop what is called littermate syndrome. With the syndrome, there is a potential that the two puppies may become socially isolated with each other. This means that they may become scared of other dogs and other people and fear the possibility of being separated from each other. This may result in a lot of stress and anxiety causing aggression against each other which can lead to fighting and in some cases even serious injury or death. He may have heard this being called “sibling rivalry”.

Interestingly some of the most serious fights occur between bitches. Some canine experts have noticed that if two dogs come together that are very similar in terms of their age, size, sex, as well as temperaments and breed that it can spark off a fight. It is believed that because these dogs are so similar, that they find it difficult to decide which of them is the alpha dog, and is therefore fight to establish dominance. If this is occurring in your home, and one of the solutions to correcting this is by re-homeing one of them.

Although this will be a difficult decision, but if both dogs remained together they will only continue to fight and hurt each other due to their complete self-reliance on each other. It has been noted that after these two dogs have been separated, both dogs will dramatically improve both in personality and temperament almost immediately.

If re-homing one of your parts is too difficult a decision for you to make, then there may be something you could do to help your situation with the two puppies. The idea is to create a distinct identity for each of your puppies. Now doing this isn’t going to be easy and you will need to work doubly hard to achieve it.

Here is what you can do:

• Feed them separately

• Walk them separately

• Train them separately

• Crate them separately

• Play with them separately

You will probably need to do this for at least 12 to 14 months, because by this time their personalities and temperaments will have been formed and they will become more confident in their abilities as individuals. By being treated separately and in some regard being apart from each other, then they will learn and grow to become well rounded and adjusted dogs.

Training a Dog Not to Bite

Friday, March 4th, 2011

It is a fact in the canine world that puppies chew. This is often a dog’s choice method during playtime and is an important way for them to handle teething. It is perfectly natural for a dog to bite during these circumstances, but it is absolutely not acceptable for a pup to ever bite a person. This is why it is so important to learn the basics of training a dog not to bite as soon as you bring your new pet home from the shelter or the breeder. A dog that instinctively bites can be dangerous – not only to those living within your home, but visitors and those who pass by your yard while your dog is outside. It is very important to train your dog not to bite as a part of the responsibility of dog ownership. The good news is that there are some basic steps that you can take as soon as your dog enters your home that will lessen the odds that your pet will ever bite someone.

Socialization is Key

Most dogs learn in the first four months of life that aggressive biting is not appropriate behavior. They will find this out through their social interactions with other dogs. For example, if a puppy chews too hard on a littermate during a play session, the other pup will let him know that his behavior is not acceptable by growling or barking. If a dog is taken from his litter prior to this four-month mark (and most are), you will need to provide socialization with your puppy to help him to learn this important lesson. It is easiest to train your dog not to bite through interactions with other dogs, but it is equally important to socialize your pet with the human members of your household as well. The more used to people that your dog becomes, the less likely he will be to exhibit behaviors of fear or intimidation that lead to biting. When you bring your puppy home, incorporate him into your family, and let him get used to being around all of the family members.

Discipline is Important

It is a good idea to stay away from playtime activities that include nipping or chewing of any kind, such as wrestling or playing tug-of-war with your pet. Never allow your puppy to bite or chew on your hand, even if it is in a playful way. Teach your children how to properly handle your dog, by instructing them to leave the pet alone when eating, sleeping or chewing on a toy. If your dog is exhibiting behavior that you think might be a biting danger, consult your veterinarian or animal shelter for resources in training classes and guidance. Obedience courses are a great first step in training your dog in all aspects of appropriate behavior, including training your dog not to bite. Community centers, pet shops and veterinarian offices are all good places to find out about the obedience training courses in your area.

A dog can be a welcome addition and an enjoyable companion for any family. Proper training of your dog is paramount in developing a positive relationship with your pet. One of the first goals in teaching your dog proper behavior should be in training your dog not to bite.

How You Can Tell if Your Great Dane Is Well Trained?

Friday, March 4th, 2011

If your dog is trained, he will: Allow you to run your hand over his body to check for injury, illness or fleas and to give him the appropriate medication Be well mannered, so you can let him lose among your friends and family. This only means that you hardly ever supervise him, less boredom for him and fewer chances of ever getting into mischief If you spend the maximum amount of time with your dog, you’re apt to see the slightest change in him such as a cough, cold, limp or loss of appetite.

This could result in early or timely medical help and a prevention of serious problems Prefer to stay near you and listen to your instructions and praise. In so doing, he will remain safe with you Walk or run with you on a leash without pulling, dragging or strangling, so you and your dog can exercise as much as possible and spend more time together Not swallow dangerous objects because he will know what you mean when you say “drop it” and “leave it alone.”

You can also go on to teach him his physical boundaries such as the yard gate, the kitchen stove or heaters. Besides, you will also have to teach him all the dangerous places he must never enter unsupervised Sit when you tell him to and realize that this command spells safety for him. Be a healthier dog, as training can help prevent tragedy and foster a better relationship with him Be a happier dog because he can enjoy the freedom other untrained dogs cannot enjoy, particularly in restricted places such as stores where only well trained dogs can enter

Benefits of training your Great Dane:

The benefits of training are many and include the following: You are your dog’s leader and mentor: Once you train your pet, the bond between you and him is strengthened. Not only does it build communication between master and pet, but it also fosters a better understanding and mutual respect, besides also subtly and effectively demonstrating to him that you are the leader of the pack, or the “Alpha.” But if your pet doesn’t recognize you as his leader, you’re in big trouble, particularly if he’s unmannerly or domineering or just a wee bit snappy.

Training can keep him alive and well:

If you give your dog obedience training, you will develop sufficient voice control to prevent any tragedy with your pet dog. Imagine a situation when your dog shrugs off his collar in the middle of a busy street. All you will have to do to prevent any harm come to him is to heel him across the road and then ordered to sit while you replace his collar. Alternatively, if one of your family leaves the front door open and your dog makes his escape, you can call him back home by using the recall command that he has learnt.

You have a more responsive pet:

Training makes your pet more responsive. It also enables you to have quick and prompt control over your dog’s behavior, so in an emergency situation obedience training can actually save his life. In fact, training can save the vast numbers of dogs who ultimately end up in animal shelters. And if a dog is trained, he stands a better chance of being adopted sooner than an untrained dog. Data shows that those pups who are socialized and trained early in life are less likely to end up destroyed by the time they are three years of age than their untrained peers.

Well behaved pets are welcome everywhere:

If your pet is obedience trained, he can go just anywhere you go without your worrying if he can hold his own there. He will never cause you any embarrassment or be a nuisance but display good manners whether at home when you have guests over or out in a crowd.

Build a lifelong relationship of trust:

Few dog owners realize that by training their pets, they are actually investing in a lifelong relationship based on confidence, trust and friendship. In fact, it’s a surefire way of communicating with your dog and of sharing a common language. The more you teach or train him, the more you will get out of your special friendship as this will make him a better friend, more confident and secure and trusting too.

How to Stop a Dog Fight?

Friday, March 4th, 2011

When you see two dogs fighting, it can be very scary and frightening for not only the owners but for any onlookers as well. We need to keep in mind though that there are some things that you really shouldn’t do. Firstly you shouldn’t interfere with the fight by screaming at both dogs to try and get them to stop fighting.

They won’t listen to you because they are more interested and focused on the fight rather than what is going on around them. Never get in the middle of the two dogs and certainly don’t put a hand in between the dogs. Both dogs have fiercely looking a something to bite and if you’re in a way then that is just what might happen to you. Is not that the dog is aggressive towards you, it is just that his aim is to bite and bite hard. Another thing you should never do this to spray water over them or to cover them in blankets.

The last thing you want to do is be mean to these dogs, and wetting them and also covering them with anything can be quite dangerous form. Also don’t use any weapons like stun guns or pepper spray as this will only add to the problem and chaos of the fight. Don’t try and grab one of the dogs by their collar in a means to pull them apart, because as we stated earlier the last thing you want to do is to put your hand we’ll harm in harm’s way. The best way to separate your dogs is by standing behind one of the dogs.

Your aim here is to grab your dog by the back of his feet and raise him so that he needs to balance only on his front feet. You should only do this when there is some one else that is going to do the same thing with the other dog. Once you’ve caught unaided to do this at the same time, each of you should begin to walk backwards separating each dog while still holding your dog’s feet in your hands. Keep walking backwards until you’re at least five or 6 feet away from the other dog. While you’re doing this, there is a good chance your dog will not be too pleased with you holding his legs and may try to turn and snap at you.

If this occurs just keep walking backwards in wide circles. The aim of this is to get your dog’s mind off the fight and for him to focus on balancing on his front feet rather than attacking all being aggressive. Like we mentioned earlier, this can be quite scary situation. Only try this technique if you’re completely confident with handling your dog, and that the other person is equally competent. But when you do this to do it quickly, and immediately try and separate each dog by as much distance as possible. If you have the opportunity to separate by using a fence, a crate, or any other means, then do so as quickly as possible.

Remember, keep your hands and arms out of the way.

Great Dane Rescue Dog Training

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Have you ever wondered how rescue dog training worked? After all, they are able to find victims, regardless as to whether they are alive or dead, whenever a tragedy or disaster strikes.

A Dog’s Ability For Rescue Dog Training

There are some dogs who have a magnificent sense of smell. Since they are smaller than humans, they can also penetrate small areas where humans cannot reach. All of this, combined with their rescue dog training, makes them well worth the praise they get. This is especially true because they think that this work is fun.

An important part of rescue dog training is teaching these dogs to be focused on the task at hand, regardless of what else may be going on around them. Of course, different breeds of dogs are better able to do this. For this reason, different dogs have different jobs. A Bloodhound is renowned for their ability as a search dog while Newfoundland’s are used in avalanche rescues and Labrador Retrievers are the absolute best cadaver dog in the world. You will also find that German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois and Golden Retrievers are also very good at tracking and following scents.

It is highly recommended that dogs who love to play participate in rescue dog training because they will do anything to receive a reward.

How Rescue Dog Training Works

Rescue dog training focuses upon a dog’s sense of smell. With their sense of smell they are able to pick out a target odor amongst millions of different odors. So, whenever a dog is tracking a person, it will focus upon the scent of skin cells that come off of the human body. They can even be sensed in the water in cases of drownings. In rescue dog training these dogs are trained to sniff the air and follow the scent to find the victim.

Of course there are other things that a rescue dog is trained to look for. In rescue dog training, a dog is also trained to take the right position so that the rescue can be executed. From there, a dog must also learn how to use everything that is has been trained to do as a single exercise. Another important part of rescue dog training is for the human to learn how to read the dog’s eyes. Since a dog’s eyes can be very expressive it can also read the handler’s mood. This is 1 of the many non-verbal signals that a dog will learn during its rescue dog training.

Police Dog Training Can Play a Vital Role, but a T What Cost?

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Police dog training is important to get the police dog to perform its assigned role that includes prevention of crime as well as going on operational patrols. In addition, police dogs need to track as well as search for criminals from scenes of crime because police dogs are more effective than a single police officer as it is able to scent humans from many hundred yards away, and they can also search areas that are inaccessible to humans.

Many Different Roles That A Police Dog Has To Perform

Police dog training also involves teaching the police dog to be able to recover articles from the scene of the crime as well as provides help in locating missing persons. Police dogs should also be trained to handle disturbances and it has been found that one police dog is as good as having ten police officers. Also, the police dog can be used in search and rescue operations and is especially useful in searching out explosives as well as drugs.

Police dog training also requires carefully selecting both the dog as well as its handler that should combine well so that necessary skills are imparted and developed to best levels possible. Handlers need to undergo tough physical as well as mental courses and they should learn everything from legislation to veterinary practices as well as canine psychology.

While the handler is police training the dog there is sure to be a very close bond develop between the two and the training involves harnessing the instinctive behavior of the dog and combining it with positive reinforcement. In addition, the natural abilities of the dog must be identified as well as encouraged and improved upon. The essence of police dog training is to encourage the dog to put its instinctive drive whenever commanded to do so into a controlled situation

It is also usual for police dog training to involve constant rewards and praise being given to the dog which should help strengthen its work ethic because the dog puts in much hard work. Good food, care, exercise as well as protection are other facets of police dog training all of which helps impart the best training to the dog. Control, efficiency as well as safety are other essential parts of police dog training.

A dog has the instinct to please the pack leader and for police dog training the dog handler plays this role. It is his or her responsibility to get the most out of the natural abilities of the dog and most training exercises revolve around this aspect of police dog training.

Oceanside Dog Training for Your Great Dane

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Its one of those beautiful South California days and you are walking to the beach. Your young friend is bouncing happily next to you. His red bandana is secure around his neck, his tongue is hanging out of his mouth and he can barely contain his excitement. Every once in a while you throw a stick and pray he retrieves it to you.

Your forever loving canine, with his bright red bandana, gleefully romps through the reeds and grabs it between his teeth. Whatever he will do next is clearly unknown. He looks at the water and the waves, and then he looks at you curiously. You reach down and attach his lead and thus your oceanside dog training has begun.

Of course, every dog needs training. One of the more fun and pleasant ways to teach your dog to sit and fetch is oceanside dog training. Oceanside dog training on a beautiful California day, overlooking the blue Pacific Ocean, can be very calming and very pleasant for both you and your canine friend. Being by the ocean is a special treat for him and, therefore, he will do whatever he can to please his master. So step one of the psychology of oceanside dog training has been accomplished.

The Beach Training

Oceanside dog training should be started after your dog has mastered a few other commands. First, he must come when he is called and second, it is very important that he can stay at your command. Initiate his first steps into the ocean slowly, carefully and playfully. Run with him on his lead through the shallow surf and play with him. This way he gets used to the water and knows he can quickly run back to safety if necessary.

Sit in the water, throwing his stick around and play with him to get him used to the feel of the water all over his body. When he has mastered this process then venture a little further, where the water becomes deeper. A dog will naturally swim when unable to keep his head above water. Thus, the term, dog paddling was born. After accomplishing this step in oceanside dog training, it is time to venture back into the shallow area and commence throwing his stick and using your fetch command.

This oceanside dog training exercise may take a bit of practice, but it can be accomplished. After your dog has learned to fetch and frolic in the shallow waves, it is time to begin the most difficult task of oceanside dog training, throwing the stick into the deeper waters of the ocean. It does help to have a floating fetch stick for this event. A fetch stick with a rope attached to it is ideal for this oceanside dog training. If your dog has accomplished fetching quite consistently, there should be no problem with him wading and then paddling out to retrieve his stick. He can grab the rope easily between his teeth and paddle back to you.

Your dog will almost naturally swim out to the stick without hesitation if he has no fear of the water. All of these oceanside dog training steps may take several trips to the ocean to accomplish. Concentrate on one step each time you make a trip to the beach. Be very consistent with these steps and in no time your faithful friend will become a fun and playful pal for you at the beach.