“Two Paws Up Tuesday”
Now that we are at the end of National Train Your Dog Month lets do a little review and cover just a few more things to take your training to the next level.
Contrary to what you may have heard, you absolutely can teach an old dog new tricks. Training is an excellent way to bond with your furry friend, and encourages overall better behavior. From new puppies trying to understand “SIT” to adult dogs going for certification in canine therapy, dogs always have room to learn and grow.
Invest In Puppy Classes
If you have a younger dog, don’t underestimate the benefits of group puppy classes. Your little one will learn important socialization skills right along with the basic commands, and it’s a great foundation for further training you want to do at home.
Training positively is to train using rewards and praise over dominance and submission. “Positive, humane reinforcement methods are much safer and effective in the long run”. Use “high value” or “jack pot” treats such as meat or perhaps even their favorite toy.
Practice commands like “SIT, STAY, and COME” in situations where your dog is forced to ignore outside influences and focus on your voice and instructions ~ this will make a better listener when it really counts. So turn on the TV, play some music, or have kids run around, and work on basic commands. Once you’ve mastered these distractions it’s time to take what you’ve learned and practice the basic commands OUTSIDE. The outdoors is chock full of distractions. Take advantage of this and work on training exercises in your backyard, at the park, your local pet friendly store, or if you’re feeling brave the dog park.
Practice, Practice and more Practice
Dogs learn through repetitive conditioning, so it’s crucial that you reinforce commands and practice often. Stay consistent in your training and you’ll teach long-term habits.
Keep Your Dog Busy
You know what they say: A tired dog is a good & happy dog! Make sure your canine companion gets plenty of physical and mental stimulation, and he’ll be much easier to handle when it comes time to train. Training itself is a great mental exercise for dogs, which is even more reason to keep it up!
The sooner you socialize your dog and get them comfortable around other dogs, the better. Regular doggie play dates, walks around dog friendly neighborhoods, and trips to the groomer are great opportunities to encourage your furry loved one to interact well with others.
Information courtesy of Dog Gone Walking & Pet Care
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FUN FACT: The Westminster Kennel Club held their first dog show competition in 1877. Every February, aficionados wait to see which breed will earn the prize of “Best in Show”. In this competition 4 groups stand out: Non-Sporting, Working, Sporting and Terrier groups. The winningest breed who has won best in show 13 times is the Wire Fox Terrier.