Who Can Sit?



“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.

Train Positively 

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.

Use Distratctions

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!

Get Social

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.

Happy Training!

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.




A Trainers Work is Never Done!


Two Paws Up Tuesday”

January is National Train your dog month!

From basic obedience commands to advanced tricks, dog training is a rewarding and engaging experience for you and your dog.

Just as every new human member of a household must be trained to behave properly and use manners, so must dogs. Everyone in the household is better off if the dog conforms to the behavior expected of it. By nature, your dog wants your approval. It wants to please you (most of the time, anyway!). But it can’t do that without being taught what you expect of it.

Potty Training

If your dog spends any time indoors, potty training is an absolute necessity – for very obvious reasons! Potty training is often a time of trial and stress for everyone involved. But be patient, use the proper training techniques, and there’s sure to be a happy outcome.

Start when the dog is young – about 3 to 4 months of age. Any earlier, and your puppy probably won’t yet have sufficient bowel and bladder control. And if you start later, the training period is likely to take much longer.

When you begin the training, start by confining the puppy to a fairly restricted area – a single room, the length of a tethered lead, or even a crate. As your puppy begins to learn that “business” is to be conducted outside, you can gradually expand the area that it’s allowed to roam.

Here are a few tips for effective potty training:

Regular Mealtimes: Keep your puppy on a regular feeding schedule during potty training. That means no snacking between meals! If it’s not mealtime, food shouldn’t be available to the dog. It is also ok to withhold or limit water in the evening before bedtime.

Offer Frequent Potty Opportunities: Give your pup plenty of opportunities to take care of business outside. Go outside first thing in the morning, and every 30 to 60 minutes throughout the day. And also take your puppy outside after it wakes from a nap or finishes a meal.

Familiarity Breeds Comfort: Take your dog to the same spot outside every time. Your dog will recognize it’s scent and more readily do it’s business.

Stay Out With Your Dog: When you take your dog outside for a potty break, stay with it until it has taken care of business, or until it becomes obvious that it doesn’t need to just yet. Don’t just turn the dog out by itself.

Praise Success!  When your doggie does it’s duty, praise it! Offer a treat, or something the dog really enjoys, like a walk or a favorite toy.

As discussed in the last 2 posts, teaching your dog basic obedience is a necessity. While an obedient dog is a pleasure to be around, the opposite is also true – a disobedient dog can be a real pain!

You can take your dogs training to a much higher level if you choose to, of course. But at the very minimum, your dog should learn to respond to basic commands as previously discussed  in Who’s Training Who, That Is The Question? Part 1 and Part 2

To learn everything there is to know about training your dog contact RUFF Academy Real Life Dog Training and register today!

Information courtesy of Dr. Eloise at Love That Pet

Fun Fact: According to Life Science there are 340 different Dog breeds!





Who’s Training Who, That is the Question? Part 2



“Two Paws Up Tuesday Tip of The Week”

Knowing and practicing certain behaviors can mean the difference between life and death. This is the second part of a 2 part series on key commands that should be practiced every day – for life – and that all dogs should know and respond appropriately to every time.

And here are some of the ways by which you can train your dog the commands of “Drop it” and  “Leave it”.

Drop it Command

Some dogs are protective of their toys, even non-aggressive dogs. If your dog appears to be overly protective of toys or food, he may be having a fear response. Fear can lead to biting, and biting leads to the dark side. Nipping this problem in the bud, as it were, is very important while your puppy is still young. Don’t wait for the growling and biting before taking action.

In any case, dropping toys on command is the first step to learning to drop anything that is in her mouth when she hears the command from you. While your dog is calmly playing with a toy, or playing with you and a toy, offer her a treat in exchange for the toy, saying “drop it” as you make the offer. In the beginning, when she drops the toy for the treat, leave the toy where she dropped it and walk away. If she does not drop the toy when you say “drop it” and offer the treat, toss the treat a little ways away from her so she can see it and then walk away. She will drop the toy to get the treat, but don’t pick up her toy just yet. After several successes with this, when she drops the toy at your command in exchange for the treat, give her the treat while picking up the toy and then give the toy right back to her. Gradually change the time that you hold the toy, making it a few seconds longer each time.

Practice these commands every time you see your dog with a toy or during play with your dog. If this is done several times a day, every day, she will drop the toy as soon as you say “drop it” and show her the treat. Make sure to practice this command with her outside too. Keep treats in a bag in your pocket or carry-pack at all times so that you are prepared for opportunities.

Leave it Command

Once your dog has gotten into the swing of dropping her toys on command, you should start adding “leave it” into the process. When she drops the toy, pick it up and place it on the other side of you. She will probably go for the toy after she has had her treat. Saying “leave it”, give her a treat when she steps away from the toy. Do this with several different types of toys.

Practice outdoors as well. Whenever your dog sniffs around something on the ground, say “leave it” and give her a treat when she stops and looks up at you, She will be learning that when she hears those words, stops what she is doing, and looks at you, she gets a treat.

*Remember that with all commands, you should go back to one of the initial guidelines for puppy training. The dog should always be sitting before getting any treats, so adding the “sit” command to the other commands will help to keep this consistent.

These critical commands can also be practiced in obedience class, but classes should not replace home practice. Classes are a great complement to home training, and are even an ideal place for your dog to learn to ignore the distractions of other people and dogs. You want your dog to obey these commands wherever he, or she, may be.

Information courtesy of  Pet MD

FUN FACT: The largest litter of puppies is 24, all of whom were born on November 29, 2004 to Tia, a Neopolitan Mastiff owned by Damian Ward and Anne Kellegher of Manea, Cambridgeshire, UK. They were born by Caesarian section. 

Fun Fact provided by Guinness Book of World Records




Who’s Training Who, That Is The Question? Part 1






“Two Paws Up Tuesday Tip Of The Week”

Did you know that January is National Train your Dog month and Walk your Dog month? We will be covering some basic training commands that you will use on a daily basis.

Training a dog is a challenge, especially since it needs to be practiced every single day. It also needs to be consistent, meaning the same response or non-response every time. But training is worth the trouble when you find that your hard work has paid off at the park, when a guest comes to visit, and in your daily interactions with your dog. Training goes beyond the pride of having a good dog. Training can also save your dogs life.

Knowing and practicing these behaviors can mean the difference between life and death. Here are some key commands that should be practiced every day-for life- and that all dogs should know and respond appropriately to every time.

(Credit to Dr. Lisa Radosta for the commands and their related behavior responses.)

“Sit” : Sit until I tell you that you can get up.

“Come” : Come running to me when I call.

“Stay” : Stay until I tell you to get up.

“Leave it” : Drop what is in your mouth, look away from what you are engaged with, don’t pick that up.

We will be covering the Sit and Come commands today. Next week will be the Stay and Leave it commands.

Here are some of the ways by which you can train your dog these commands:

“Sit” command

Start at home by giving your dog a treat each time he obeys the command to sit. Do this when he is behaving appropriately. Remember to ignore any unwanted behavior until it stops, and then give him the command to sit. In the beginning, give your dog a treat and words of encouragement every time he sits for you, and do not give him treats unless he sits.

Gradually increase the time he has to sit before being rewarded with a treat, giving words of encouragement and then following up with a treat. With consistency, you will be able to stop unwanted behavior simply by asking your dog to sit, and as you lengthen the time between the sitting and the treat, your dog will sit just for the pleasure of pleasing you and receiving your affection when he does as asked.

When walking outside, always have treats at the ready for opportunities, even after your dog has gotten older and is comfortable with his commands. In the beginning, when the situation presents itself, such as another dog out walking, or when it is obvious that your dog would really like to go in a different direction. Stop where you are and ask him to sit, following up immediately with a treat once he has.

At the start of training while outdoors it is even a good idea to take the treat your dog loves most-a”high value” treat. High value treats can include meats (like hotdogs and jerky), soft treats, peanut butter treats, and dog biscuits that he doesn’t otherwise get. These treats should be reserved for those commands that are especially critical, like stopping and sitting while outdoors, coming to you when called, and staying until you release him. Even if your dog does initially respond by pulling away from you, stay in place and wait for him to stop pulling and then ask your dog to sit. When he does, give him direct eye contact, a treat, and verbal encouragement. Do this every time you have an opportunity.

“Come & Stay” Command

Practice the “Come” and “Stay” commands in a non-distracting environment at first. A game of fetch in the yard or at the park, preferably a closed in park or one that is far from a road, is a great practice opportunity. Keep your dog on a leash, and before you release him, ask him to sit, treat, and then let him go to fetch the toy or stick. As he is running around, call for him to come, making the treat obvious. When he does come, put him on his leash, ask him to sit, give him the treat, ask him to stay, and then release him to play, as long as he has been staying. Do this repetitively throughout every playtime-leash, sit, treat, stay, release, play- each time you go out to play, and then frequently once he has gotten the hang of the “Come”  command; so he doesn’t forget.

FUN FACT: According to the Guinness Book of World Records the tallest dog ever is Zeus (USA) a Great Dane, who measured 44 inches tall on October 4, 2011 and was owned by Denise Doorlag and her family, of Otsego, Michigan

Training information courtesy of: Pet MD





Canine Annoyances, Check Your Kitchen Part 2




Two Paws Up Tuesday Tip Of The Week!

Part 2 of home remedies that you can find in your kitchen.

5. Oatmeal to Stop Your Dog from Itching

An itchy dog can be quite an annoyance, especially as it goes around scratching itself on any piece of furniture it can reach. But don’t blame your dog, sometimes they’re itchy because of allergies and can’t help but to scratch. If your pup is itchy, forget the backscratcher! Finely ground oatmeal is a time-honored remedy for irritated skin. You can use baby oatmeal cereal or grind it yourself in a food processor. Stir the oatmeal into a bath of warm water and let your dog soak in the healing goodness. Your dog will thank you, trust us. Dogs with skin allergies, infections, and other diseases which cause itchiness have been shown to gain immediate relief with this approach.

6. Epsom Salt Bath for Dogs’ Wounds

Dogs can be like kids at times, and as such they are bound to suffer from wounds and the occasional unexplained swelling. Try treating these ailments with Epsom salt soaks and heat packs next time. A bath consisting of Epsom salt and warm water can help reduce swelling and the healing time, especially when combined with prescribed antibiotics and veterinary supervision. Be sure that your pet does not ingest Epsom salt, however, as it can be very harmful. Also, do not bathe your pet in Epsom salt if there are open wounds.

If soaking your dog in an Epsom salt bath twice a day for five minutes isn’t convenient or practical, a homemade heat pack using a clean towel drenched in the same warm water solution can be applied to wounds for the same effect.

7. Flea Home Remedies

Does your dog have fleas? Some dogs are allergic to flea bites and just one can cause them to itch for days. Never fear. Before turning to the big guns, try some borax powder. The standard stuff at the store will work wonders on fleas by poking holes in their crunchy insect exoskeletons. A good way to make sure those parasitic suckers get annihilated is to sprinkle the borax on the floor, and then sweep or vacuum up the excess. The invisible borax crystals left behind will kill the fleas and you won’t even have to lift a finger. It’s inexpensive and practically non-toxic compared to an appointment with the exterminator, just make sure that your dog does not ingest any borax.

To relieve the dogs allergies and repel fleas in its fur, try a simple solution of lemon water. Fleas are repelled by citrus, so this can work both as a flea preventive, and for making your dog smell clean and refreshing. A useful solution can be made by pouring boiled water over lemons and allowing them to steep over night. This solution can then be applied all over your dogs skin using a fresh spray bottle. And, the tried and true Brewer’s yeast method cannot be left out. Brewer’s yeast can be given as part of a regular diet in powdered form, sprinkled over the dog food, or in tablet form, perhaps wrapped in a small slice of bacon or cheese.

Home (or holistic) remedies aren’t just for tree huggers anymore. It’s important to take care of your dog from day to day, not just when it’s feeling a little under the weather, and the best way to maintain the best health is often the most natural way. But most of all, it’ll help keep your “baby” from crying like a hound dog.

Information courtesy of PetMed

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