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Signs Of Poor Quality Dog Training

Having your dog professionally trained is usually a good thing to do if you want a well-balanced, healthy dog.  However, like with anything else, not all dog trainers are created equal and not all of them will be a good fit for your dog.  It’s a good idea to learn how to recognize the signs of poor quality dog training so you can look elsewhere and get the job done right.

No Improvement

Perhaps the main sign that the dog training you had wasn’t up to par is no improvement in the issues you wanted fixed in the first place.  If the trainer made it clear that the behaviour issues would be corrected as part of the training and everything is the same after it is completed, the quality of the dog training wasn’t as high as you’d like.

Intimidation or Fear

If your dog finishes up with the dog training and seems intimidated or fearful of loud voices or noises or sudden movements, the dog training was of low quality.  Well balanced, happy dogs are relaxed and won’t seem afraid when you try to provide guidance.  Fear is a big inhibitor in the learning process, and if the trainer has used intimidation or fear as part of the dog training, the dog probably won’t have learned very much.

Bad Timing

If you have a chance to watch the trainer in action and his timing is all off, that is also a sign of poor quality training.  With dog training, it’s important to make a correction or guide the dog to a proper action immediately when the behaviour happens.  If there is any hesitation or premeditation in the correction, the dog isn’t going to be able to connect the dots.  Even with positive behaviours and rewards, if the timing isn’t right you are only rewarding the wrong behaviour.  It’s essential to act when the dog will understand the message, or the message is lost.

Treating It Like a Human

No self-respecting dog trainer would ever treat a dog like a human, but if you ever use one that does, it’s time to look elsewhere.  Dogs are not human, they are dogs and you have to relate to them like a dog if you ever hope to have them obey you and follow you as the pack leader.  Anyone that speaks to them like a human or treats them like a human in other ways is only asking for trouble and a poorly behaved dog.

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When it is time for your puppy to sleep at night, the crate is a great place to put him and know he will be safe. He might not settle very fast or sleep for a long time at first. But, most puppies can be trained to sleep in their crate until morning, long before they are 16 weeks old.

Here are three things you can do that will help your puppy to sleep through the night, and improve your night’s sleep too…

Where Your Puppy Sleeps is Important

Having your puppy in the same room as you will help to reassure him. He’ll then be more likely to sleep for longer.

However, many owners find having the crate in the same room as them impractical. If this describes you, then have your puppy sleep in the crate just outside your room, or in a room nearby.

Should your dog not settle easily when in a different room, a good tip is to leave a radio on. The noise of talking, or music can help to relax him.

Your Puppy Still Needs to Toilet

Just because it is at night and your puppy is asleep, doesn’t mean you don’t have to take him to the toilet. When his crate is in your  room, you can hear when he starts to wiggle and squirm. This is a shore sign that he needs to go to the toilet. Don’t ignore him when he wakes you up. Your dog must not be allowed to soil his crate, or bad habits might start to form.

When your dog sleeps in another room, knowing when he needs to toilet is much harder. You are not going to hear him when he needs to go. You’ll therefore need to wake up every couple of hours and take him out to toilet. Crate training your dog at night is a lot easier if you share this task with another family member.

Luckily, as your puppy grows his bladder will get larger. He will then be able to control it better. You can then gradually increase the time you leave him between toilet breaks. As a general rule, you should increase the time between toilet breaks by no more than 15 minutes at a time. But, only when your puppy can go three nights without an accident.

Preparation is Everything

A good evening routine is essential if you are to succeed in crate training your dog at night. It will also help you to get a good night sleep yourself.

Left to do what they want, puppies will spend large parts of their time snoozing. That’s fine during the day, but not in the evening. Evenings are fun times.

Get your dog exercising. Encourage him to run around the yard chasing after a tennis ball. Invite some friends to your home that will pay your dog attention. Take your puppy to visit other dogs. Do anything that will distract him and keep him from sleeping.

In addition, make sure your puppy gets his last meal of the day at least 3 hours before bedtime.  He should also get no water for at least 2 hours before bedtime. When it’s time for bed, take your puppy out for one last toilet trip, then settle him down in the crate.

When you have a new puppy, broken nights are inevitable. However, you don’t have to suffer for long. If you adopt the right training practices from the start, you will soon have your puppy sleeping right through the night.

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Adrian Key is the owner of Key Searches, publishers of the Dog Training That Works series of books written by Patricia James. For expert advice on how to crate train your dog at night, visit the official Patricia James website.

Most pet owners will agree that dogs are the most loyal pets and they have the capability to bring family loads of joy and happiness. To keep that healthy relationship, you must learn the importance of teaching your dog essential tricks. These tricks include, teaching your dog to avoid barking, training it to walk in a leach, coaching them to litter properly, instructing them to refrain from running away, and teaching them to avoid jumping on the bed.

Teaching a Dog to Avoid Barking
You may also start to feel frustrated, irritated and even annoyed if you constantly hear your dog barking. Also, neighbors will most likely start to complain about your dog if you do not take any action to control the barking. You can manage the barking by following a few steps. Firstly, you must recognize the reason behind the barking. Dogs engage themselves in barking when they are bored, frustrated, annoyed, or when they need attention. You can prevent your dog from getting negative feelings by training and exercising your dog. It’s essential that you understand that dogs are very social and need to get out of the house often. Take your dog out for regular walks and also try and take them to a nearby park so that they can socialize with other dogs.

Training your Dog to Walk in a Leach
It is highly essential that you use a leach when walking your dog for the safety of the dog and other pedestrians. Also, you can easily handle and control your dog when it is on a leach. Dog leach training can be achieved in the following ways; walk in front of the dog to act as a leader, use a short leach in order to maintain control, walk your dog for a good amount of time so that he eventually gets the hang of the leach, be sure to provide treats to your dog during and after the walk, and reward it after you reach home.

Coaching your Dog to Litter Properly
As littering around the house can be harmful for both the pet and the family, it is necessary for you to coach your dog to litter in the box. Littering outside the box can be highly unhygienic and is the cause for many illnesses and diseases. If you put your mind to it, you can eventually train your dog to litter only in the box. Begin with buying a litter box and then placing it in an area that is easily accessible for the pet. Experts say that the next step is to soak a newspaper in your dog’s urine and place it in the litter box (the smell of urine tempts the pet to urinate in the litter box). Lastly, try to just get the dog in the box several times a day. If you pet does urinate outside the box, act as if you are shocked. Furthermore, it’s a fact that getting your dog litter box trained can be tough but if you follow these steps you’ll soon notice a change in your dog’s habits!

Instructing your Dog to Refrain from Running Away
It’s just as simple as it sounds, if you don’t want to lose your dog it’s important that you instruct him to not run away. Begin by blowing a whistle and rewarding your pet every time he reacts to the sound. Let your dog loose in a big but compound area and then allow him to run away as far as he can go while still being able to hear the sound of your whistle. The next step is to whistle and if and when your dog comes back reward him with a treat. Once your pet becomes good at this, make sure to test him by distracting him several times.

Teaching your Dog to Avoid Jumping on the Bed
At first you may it adorable to find your dog jumping on your bed, but soon enough that cuteness will wear off and you’re going to want him off your bed! The number one reason why it is mandatory to stop your dog from jumping on the bed is because it can be dangerous for the pet as well as for you and the rest of the family. According to Karen Peek, a dog training specialist, you must use the “OFF” method to train your dog to avoid jumping on the bed. This method involves yelling “OFF” every time your pet dog gets on top of the bed and make sure that he gets off the bed. If you use this method often your pet will learn that jumping on the bed isn’t going to be rewarding and therefore he should refrain from it.

Along with love and affection comes a sense of responsibility when you have a pet dog. It is mandatory that you teach your pet dog certain tricks while knowing the importance of them. These tricks include, teaching a dog to avoid barking, training it to walk to a leach, coaching them to litter properly, instructing your pet to refrain from running away and teaching them to avoid jumping on the bed. Once you have taught your pet these tricks you will realize that you have made your life a thousand times easier!

Melanie loves blogging about pets. As a owner of 2 dogs, Melanie enjoying sharing her experiences online. From playpens exercises, to barking and toilet training, Melanie has published numerous posts on dog care. 

cute puppyDogs make great companions; they’re loyal, affectionate, and forgiving, but even if you love and cherish your canine friend with everything you have, that doesn’t mean they don’t have a few flaws that need to be worked on. One of the most common and irritating habits dogs possess is an inclination to chew on everything in sight. This can be destructive to your personal belongings, but it can also pose a threat to your pet (dogs tend to love chewing on electric cords), and in order to protect the well-being of all parties involved, it’s important to try and deter the chewing frenzy as soon as it begins.

Make the Objects-of-Choice Unappealing

In order to make chewing unappealing to your dog, it helps to put a bad taste in their mouth. There are many sprays designed for pet owners to coat the problem areas with. The most common kind, a bitter apple spray, gives off a taste that dogs find extremely unpleasant, so if they go to chew on a couch cushion that’s been sprayed, they’ll quickly change their mind. To really make it effective, try squirting a healthy amount in your dog’s mouth (it’s non-toxic) before you spray it on any objects; this will allow your dog to recognize the scent on the object before even having a chance to bite into it. You might have to re-coat about once a week for a month or so, but after that, your dog should learn the intended lesson.

Keep Things Out of Reach

Make sure to keep your personal items off of the floor; if your shoes are laying around right next to the chew toys, it will be much harder for your pet to make the distinction. Not only will keeping objects out of reach help your dog realize what toys are meant to be chewed on, but it will also give you motivation to keep things tidy.

Give a Positive Alternative

Dogs chew for a number of reasons; it helps keep their mouth and teeth in good condition, it relieves boredom, and it helps them manage anxiety. Because chewing is a normal and natural behavior, you shouldn’t discourage all forms of chewing, but instead, give them a positive alternative. When you catch your dog chewing on a household item, say “no” in a firm voice, and then offer a bone or chew toy. Be enthusiastic and praise your dog when he/she starts gnawing on the appropriate items, and eventually, your pet will grow to know the difference.

Give Your Dog Plenty of Exercise

Oftentimes, a dog will develop a chewing habit simply because of pent-up energy or lack of attention. Make sure you’re allowing your dog adequate time to run around, take in different smells, and socialize with other people and dogs. This will help tire them out and, in turn, make them less likely to cause terror in the house.

Adopting a loving dog into your family comes with lots of rewarding and heartwarming experiences, but inevitably, it also tends to come with a few drawbacks as well. As much as you’d like to have a perfect pet, the chances of that happening are fairly slim, but with love, patience, and consistency, you should be able to keep your dog’s negative habits under control.

Ron Rutherford is a writer with a passion for nature and a soft spot for Thai food. He currently freelances for Havahart Wireless, which specializes in progressive and humane wireless dog fences.

How To Train Your New Puppy

The basics of training a puppy are about the same no matter what breed you decide to welcome into your life. However, knowing something about the characteristics of the different breeds will help you to fine tune your training and use the most effective method for your particular puppy. Two popular family dogs are Basset Hound puppies and Golden Retriever puppies. They both have lovable personalities, although training may be a bit different for each.

The best time to begin training your puppy is the day you bring him or her home. Crate training is the easiest way to train any puppy, since you have more control and can keep a better eye on the pup. The crate you select must be large enough for the puppy to stand, turn around and lie down fully stretched out. Never use the crate to punish your puppy. He or she needs to see it as a safe place to live.

Be Consistent

Take your puppy outdoors to eliminate about every two hours. Go to the same place and say the same thing. You can say go potty, do business or any word you want to use. When the puppy eliminates, be generous with your praise and give a treat. Use the same method for everything you want to teach your puppy and be consistent, whether it is to sit and stay, walk on a lead or to come when called.

A bit of research on the Internet will result in finding training aids such as special collars, invisible fences and training programs. Just be certain that no cruel methods are used that will hurt or frighten the puppy. Even some popular products are not good to use on your little canine. Do not trust everything just because it is on the Internet. Modern technology has resulted in great products and advances in training and health care for pets.

Social Media Help

Social media sites and forums are excellent places to discuss pet ownership with other people who have Basset Hound puppies or Golden Retriever puppies. Members are willing to share their experiences with training and care, and you can pick up some good tips that may work for you. Most pet owners are not experts, however, so if you are not sure of something, check it out with your veterinarian.

Training Golden Retreiver Puppies. Basset Hound Puppies

Golden Retrievers have great energy and need a lot of exercise. They are highly intelligent and fast learners, although they may want to play rather than learn. They respond better to positive rather than negative training. Be firm and consistent and give them lots of praise and a treat when they obey.

When house training a Basset puppy, keep in mind that this breed can be hard to train. Although they may need a little extra time and patience, once they learn they will not forget their training. They are very intelligent, but some days they just want to do things their own way and can be very stubborn. Always keep a Basset on a lead, as they have an amazing nose and have a tendency to run off when they catch a scent.

Never scold any puppy for accidents and never hit or otherwise physically abuse the puppy. Abuse will only serve to make the puppy afraid of you or aggressive toward humans and will accomplish nothing toward training. Your puppy will soon learn what you want and will try hard to please you. Treat your puppy gently, give it good care and you will have a wonderful companion for all of its life.

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A bell clanking against the door notifies shop owners that someone has entered. This same concept can be used to help your dog notify you when she has to go out. Some dogs are very boisterous and will bark loudly while doing a dance. Others may sit at the door quietly, hoping you notice their distress before it is too late.

Teaching your dog the “ring the bell” concept to be let out will alert you to their needs even when you are in another room, or are busy concentrating on something else. By teaching your dog to alert you when he has to go potty may save you both from a mishap. The concept is easily teachable.

You may even have a string of bells left over from Christmas decorations that will work. Just loop them over the door handle of the door the dog uses the most. If he is used to the command word “go out” or “potty” all you have to do is teach the bell ringing trick.

Ring the bell just before you take the dog out, right after you tell him “outside” or “potty.” He learned that the word “outside” or “potty” meant getting to go out to do his business, so he will quickly learn that ringing the bell will mean the same thing and that you may even tend to his needs faster.

Encourage her to nudge the bell to get it to ring and then praise her and take her out. It may take a few attempts of you ringing the bell, but once she has the idea, you will soon here that bell ringing no matter what part of the house you are in. Stop whatever you are doing and go take the dog out. If you ignore him when he rings the bell, the dog may stop even trying.

If you use ready- made bells from door handle decorations check to make sure nothing is loose. If a small bell drops off, the dog could choke on it. Be sure whatever you are using will be safe, or you can find bell hangers on line that are made specifically for dog training.

A small wind chime that the dog can nudge will also serve the purpose so long as it makes enough noise for you to hear it everywhere in the house. Let’s face it, we all get busy and sometimes miss our dogs sitting quietly at the door waiting for you to notice them. Teaching them to ring a bell will get your attention quickly.

Lisa Mason is a dog owner and writer for Doggie Clothesline. She loves helping others by writing about dog topics on a regular basis.

What Are The Basics Of Dog Training?

Bringing a new member of the family home for the first time is a momentous occasion. The fact that this new member of the family is four-legged and covered fur in no way lessens the excitement. Our dogs are much more than just pets; they are a sounding board for our problems, faithful companion, and friends when we need them most. They bring joy and happiness into our lives and ask so little in return. Of course, that is not to say that pet ownership is without its share of problems and frustrations. Whether a person has a brand-new puppy or dog has been with them for years, many pet owners find themselves throwing their hands up in the air and giving up on the idea of training their dog.

Don’t Ignore Problems

When a dog is misbehaving, whether they are showing aggression or chewing on things that do not belong to them, one of the worst things that an owner can do is ignore the issue and simply allow the dog to continue with their bad behavior. Getting angry, cruel, or even abusive is not the answer either. The key to stopping this type of activity is to firmly yet gently correct the dog and redirect their behavior towards something more productive.

Learn How To Talk To Your Dog

We are probably all guilty of talking to our dog like he or she is another person. The fact that our dogs often seem to understand our words simply reinforces this habit. While there is nothing wrong with talking with a loyal pet, it is important to keep in mind that dogs don’t understand our words, they actually respond more to the tone of voice than anything. This means that it is incredibly important to avoid using the same tone of voice when training for disciplining a dog.

Avoid Common Mistakes

One of the most common mistakes that pet owners make involves how they discipline their dog when he or she misbehaves. It is incredibly important to avoid physical punishment or negative reinforcement. Consistency is also vital. This means not only correcting bad behavior in the same way every time but also rewarding a dog for good behavior as well. An owner should regularly exercise their dog in order to provide them with an outlet for pent-up energy rather than allowing it to turn into aggression or frustration.

One of the best ways to get started with dog training is to put a high-quality dog training program to use. Getting advice from experts who have experience with a variety of common problems can be incredibly helpful.

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Most people think it’s cute when an adorable little puppy jumps up on them looking for attention, wagging his tail. Who can resist such a little ball of fur? The problem is that little balls of fur grow up to be big dogs and when they do they can knock you down when they jump up on you. But your dog thinks it’s fine to go on jumping up on you. You used to like it! He doesn’t know that anything has changed even though he may now be big enough to knock a child or elderly person down when he jumps on them or he might accidentally injure someone.


It’s very common for dogs to jump up on people. It’s easier to break this habit with some dogs than others. It helps if you don’t let your dog start jumping up on you even when he’s a cute little puppy! Admittedly, it’s hard to resist doing this sometimes. If you have already started letting your puppy jump up on you, you should stop letting him do it now. The sooner you try to stop the behavior the better your chances of keeping it from becoming a serious habit.


If your puppy or adult dog already jumps up on you and other people, here are some ways to stop this behavior.


  1. Ignore your dog. Most of the time when a puppy or dog jumps up on people it’s because he’s seeking attention. He’s happy and he wants to greet you. You can discourage the behavior by ignoring your dog when he jumps up on you. Turn your body away from him. Do not speak to him or touch him. Disengage your body and move away. This method does work but it only works if everyone in your home ignores your dog when he jumps up on them. If your kids pet your dog when he jumps up on them, it won’t work. You also can’t scold your dog or tell him, “No,” either. Don’t speak to him at all, even to give him negative attention.


  1. Give your dog a substitute behavior. If your dog is jumping on you or other people when they walk in the house, you can teach your dog to do something other than jump on them. The best thing to teach your dog is to sit when someone walks through the door. Your dog needs to know the Sit command but this is easy for any dog to learn. Once he knows how to Sit when you give the command, you can tell him to sit when you arrive home. When you answer the door or the doorbell rings, give him the Sit command. You can practice this lesson by having a friend come over and ring the bell or knock on the door while you give your dog the Sit command. If your dog will sit reliably when you give the command then he won’t be jumping on you or anyone else. You can take this command further and teach your dog to “Go to his place” or “Go to his room” or “Go to bed” to send him to his special place to lie down when people are arriving at the door. This command will also prevent your dog from bolting out the door when people are coming in, which can be a concern when the door is open for long periods. Remember that dogs learn best with praise and rewards and they work well when teaching your dog to Sit as a substitute behavior for jumping up on people.


These two methods are considered the best approaches for teaching a dog not to jump on people. One of these methods will usually help you teach your dog to stop jumping and behave more calmly when you or other people arrive at your house


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Dogs can chase things for many reasons but at the heart of most chasing behavior is the prey drive. Whether your dog is chasing a rabbit, a jogger, a car, or a tennis ball, it’s usually because the object has triggered your dog’s prey drive. All dogs and wolves have this drive, which is instinctive and helps dogs hunt and find food, but some dogs have a stronger prey drive than others due to millennia of selective breeding. Many hunting dogs, for example, have a strong prey drive so they can find rabbits or other prey for the hunter. Dogs who have a strong prey drive have a great sense of pleasure and fulfillment when they can exercise this drive. Herding dogs also have a strong impulse to chase things that move.


If your dog is chasing things then he’s probably seizing the opportunity to try to satisfy this drive any way he can. It can be hard to break this habit in some dogs, especially if they have a strong prey drive, because they are getting a physical rush when they chase things.


Ordinary training does not usually work for teaching a dog not to chase things. If you offer your dog a cookie, he will ignore you because it is so much more fun to chase something. If you command your dog to Come, he will likely ignore you because he is caught up in the excitement and  pleasure of doing something that gives him a rush.


The first thing you have to do is try to eliminate the dog’s exposure to the things that he chases, whether it is joggers, cats, rabbits, or cars. If he continues to have opportunities to chase these things, the habit will only become more ingrained as he continues to be internally rewarded when he chases. So, take temptation out of his path.


The second thing you can do is set up a training session indoors in your home. You need to use a confined space for the training. With your dog on leash, use a hallway or other small area so you can roll a tennis ball for your dog. Your dog will probably start to chase after the ball. When he does, you should tug on the leash and say, “OFF!” Do not release your dog. You are trying to teach him not to chase after moving objects. Repeat this exercise several times per day. Remember to praise and reward your dog for relaxing and not chasing the ball.


When your dog understands this lesson, start practicing it in other places in your home, and then in a fenced yard. You can gradually start trying it with your dog wearing his leash but with you not holding onto it. Be ready to step on the leash to stop your dog from chasing. Keep using the “OFF!” command to tell your dog not to chase the ball you are rolling.


Keep practicing the Off command every day with your dog. You can eventually work up to having someone pose as a jogger, or a cyclist, or whatever your dog has been chasing. Start by having your dog on leash and giving the Off command. Later you can try it with your dog off leash. Remember that these are practice sessions so have your friend go very slowly and try to control all aspects of the situation so you can keep your dog and your friend safe. Keep practicing with your dog so you can go back and correct anything that needs to be changed in your dog’s training.


If you continue to work on the Off command, you can get your dog’s chasing under control but remember that this is a very hard behavior to curb. It will take a lot of practice, praise, and reward. Be patient with your dog and work on this problem before your dog is excited by chasing.


Article by Nancy Cope, owner of the online pet boutique Pampered Dog Gifts, where dogs rule.

Leash Training Basics

It’s not much fun to walk your dog when he is pulling or running circles around you. Yet most of us have to use the leash to walk our dogs all the time. You may have to walk your dog so he can potty. We have to use the leash when we take dogs to the vet or the pet groomer, or anywhere else. It’s important for dogs to have good leash manners, both for their own safety and for ours. Here’s how to teach your dog leash training basics. It’s easiest to teach a puppy these basics but you can teach your dog to walk politely on a leash at any age.

Choosing a collar and leash
Leash training basics begin with choosing a collar and leash for walking your dog. A flat buckle collar is a good choice for your dog. Choose a collar that is comfortable for your dog. You should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck once you put it on your dog. A nice nylon collar is suitable for most dogs or you can use a leather collar. Do not buy an expensive leather collar for a puppy as he will quickly outgrow it. You can buy a leash to match the collar if you like. Small dogs usually take a four-foot leash while medium and large dogs will take a six-foot leash.

Walking politely on leash
To teach your dog to walk politely on leash you should choose an enclosed area to practice at first such as a fenced yard. It’s best to go to a place where there are fewer distractions so your dog can focus on you. With the leash attached to the collar, set out with your dog for a short walk with the dog on your left side. Hold the leash in your right hand. Many dogs will soon start pulling or running ahead of you at this point. When your dog starts to pull, you should come to a complete stop. Freeze. Become a statue. Do not take another step. Your dog will not be able to go very far if you make yourself dead weight and he will quickly turn to look at you. When he comes back to you, to see what’s wrong, then you can start walking forward again, with your dog by your side.

No doubt your dog will pull and run ahead again, so when he does, you should once again freeze and come to a complete stop. And your dog will stop and come back to you again to see what’s wrong. Then you can start moving forward. If you repeat these actions every time your dog starts pulling on the leash or getting ahead of you, your dog will soon figure out that if he wants the walk to continue, he has to stay by your side and walk politely.

Eventually you can take your dog out in public to test him and try his leash training with more distractions, but once he learns that he has to walk politely by your side if he wants to go anywhere, dogs are usually much better behaved anytime they are on leash.

Walking politely on a loose leash and knowing the basics of leash training are not the same as heeliing which requires more precision and asks for the dog to sit by your side when you come to a halt. That lesson requires a little more training. But if your dog knows leash training basics, he is well on his way to being a pleasant dog to take for a walk.