Your dog may be your best friend, but he is also his own person, er, canine. He may snuggle with you in your bed, nuzzle you with his cold nose and give you plenty of love. But remember that he won’t do things just because you ask him to. There has to be something in it for him. Usually, it’s toys, food, dog treats, excitement in your voice etc.

This is particularly evident when you’re training your canine friend to move without you, during agility training. You may usually need a toy to motivate your dog during training. But some dogs don’t respond to toys, and respond to food instead. Other dogs are motivated by the sound of your voice. Figuring out what motivates him will make training much easier for you.

Motivation With Dog Treats

Many dogs respond to food, but not always their regular puppy food. Dog treats that your puppy chomps down and clears up in seconds will give you the best results. Treats can include sliced boiled eggs, turkey and chicken. These treats can be both a reward as well as a trigger for certain commands that you’re trying to teach your dog. For instance, if you are trying to teach him obey the command ‘leave it alone’, you can hold the treat in your hand so that he comes over and sniffs, in an attempt to find the treat. If you say ‘leave it alone’ and he draws back, then you can reward him with the treat. You will need a reward for all types of training, and dog treats work well.

How To Motivate Your Dog With Toys

Many dogs have their favorite toys – a rubber ball, a miniature rubber bone, a plush toy or even a chew toy. These toys can be both a trigger and a reward and get your dog to respond. Ignore the toys that your dog doesn’t feel particularly fond of. Focus instead on the toys that he gets excited about – not too excited though, or else he won’t be able to focus on the training.


If toys don’t get him excited at all but he loves food, then you could simmer a toy in chicken broth or with some liver. But be careful – don’t leave him alone with this delicious smelling object or he might actually eat it! You don’t want to have to surgically remove it from his gut.

Show That You Are Having Fun

If you’re stony faced and seem bored out of your wits when training your puppy, he will catch on and won’t want to join. Be sure to show lots of excitement during the session with your adorable pup, no matter how exasperating he can sometimes get with not responding to simple commands. Be motivational, not punishing. When he does what you want, give him plenty of applause. You could even exaggerate your excitement a little, but only depending on your dog’s temperament. Remember, he’s like a child. The more fun he has doing something, the more he’d want to do it again.

Some sensitive and shy dogs can get frightened by loud noises and sudden movements. With such dogs, you should adopt a friendly and even voice, speaking and clapping softly and not moving unnecessarily. Be gentle and you’ll find your dog responding positively to the training.

On the other hand, there are some dogs that are too excitable, and a single whistle or excited calls can set off a manic crazy-eyed race around the grounds. Be gentle with such temperamental dogs too or you could end up getting nowhere.

Other Tips To Motivate Your Dog

You should know when to stop. After some time, even the most motivated dog will get tired of playing games. When he starts getting distracted easily and keeps stopping, you should recognize the signs. Stop just before this point and give him a little rest. You can always go back to training in an hour or so after he’s rested.

Motivating your pet is about getting him to do what you want, something that he has fun doing and would do again. Never use treats and praises to get him to do something that he hates (such as getting into the tub when he hates water). And always be sure to have fun training your new, loving, loyal, furry friend!


Author bio:

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a proud owner of her two dogs – german sheppard Billy and moody poodle Sam. She is interested in topics related to alternative medicine for pets. Useful information for this article has been kindly provided by Stefmar.

dog crates

If you have a dog, you need a dog crate. Here’s how to choose one.

A crate is a vital piece of dog furniture. Dogs are most comfortable when they have a personal den available, and crate-training is also a great way to house-train your pooch.

A look at what crates are made of

There are three common materials for dog crates:
• Wire, looking like a basic cage
• Plastic or fibreglass, typically sold as a “flight kennel” or “pet carrier”
• Fabric over a wire frame, like a pop-up tent

Flight kennels have the advantage of doubling as a safe and comfortable enclosure for transporting your dog to the vet, on vacation, and so on. These are very easy to clean, and they are less likely to scratch floor surfaces than other crates are.

Wire cages are inexpensive and safe. In our climate, the easy airflow through the walls is a big plus. Wire crates will scratch bare floors. There’s an easy way around this, however: Put a mat under the crate.

The tent-like fabric crates have a devoted fan-base, and they can be decorative, which is nice in the living room. They are the riskiest choice, though, unless the dog will always be under supervision when he’s in the crate. A dog can chew through most fabrics. The only real questions are how long it will take and whether you’ll notice the damage before there’s a significant hole. Fabrics with prints are more likely to hide damage. Also, these crates are the most difficult to clean and disinfect.

Some dogs like to have the cave effect that a covered crate provides. Covering the crate with a blanket will produce a nice, dark cave. Be careful about ventilation and temperature. The inside of a blanketed crate can heat up pretty quickly.

Check any crate for sharp edges and loose pieces when you buy it, and from time to time at home. There’s always a small possibility of damage to a crate in the warehouse or in transit.

Looking at Structures

The shape of the crate isn’t a big problem. Most of them are rectangles, or rounded versions of rectangles. Sometimes, just to be different, the occasional crate will be shaped like a pup-tent or a tube. Pup-tents waste height, because the ridge area is not very usable for the dog, and tubes are awkward to turn around in, so stick with basic rectangles.

Some crates are sold with an internal divider which can be removed. These are very convenient if you are crate-training a puppy. You can buy a crate that will be the right size for your dog as an adult, and use the divider to make a puppy-size den while the dog is still small.

Choosing the right size

You might be wondering, “Why can’t you just use an adult-size crate for a puppy? Isn’t bigger better?” When you’re crate-training a puppy, the crate should be small enough that the puppy doesn’t have the option of sleeping in one end and peeing in the other. It should be big enough for the pup to stand up comfortably, turn around easily, and stretch out when he lies down.

How to furnish your dog’s crate

A well-chosen crate is a comfy den for your pooch. A nice den needs some furnishings.

The biggest piece of “furniture” is bedding. There are low-padded dog beds that can be fit into dog crates. Some dog crates come with bedding, and some dog bedding retailers, such as Hot Dog Collars, make beds especially for crate-use or have a wide range of alternatives. Or use a sturdy blanket with a dog cushion. Just be sure the dog can’t tangle himself in the blanket.

The kinds of sturdy drip-bottle such as are sold for hamsters, rabbits, or rats will be handy. Choose the size according to your dog’s breed and age. You can fill these with cold water, or even ice-water, and attach them to the side of the crate to keep your dog well-watered on warm days, on road-trips, and whenever he needs to be left alone in the crate for any amount of time.

Finally, a good sturdy toy or non-messy treat will be appreciated by your pooch.

The next step

The next step is to figure out how big or small a crate you need. Measure your dog’s height and add a few centimetres to determine the minimum height for the crate. Sneak a measurement in when your dog is sprawled on the floor. There’s your length. For most dogs, if the crate has those two measurements as minimums, the width will take care of itself. If your dog has mobility challenges or is a member of a particularly un-agile breed, err on the side of too wide.

Now, take a look at the pet-store and online on pet-supply sites like Love That Pet, and see what your options are, comfortably within your budget.

With 7 years of small animal practice and after surviving 5 years of veterinarian school, it’s no surprise that Dr. Eloise Bright has a passion for dogs and all animals. With Pomeranian, Duster, in tote she has practiced in Sydney, Australia with Love That Pet and has taken the opportunity to volunteer at local charity clinics while completely her Masters in Small Animal Practice. Chat with her on Google+.


How to House Train a New Dog or Puppy

New puppy, new buddy, new rules
If you get a new puppy, you should have nerves of steel. Patience is something you will need lots of when housebreaking your new bundle of joy. Puppies need to visit the little dog’s room approximately six times a day. As soon as you feed them, you should take them out so they could relieve themselves, because a full stomach means pressure on their tiny bladders and digestive system.
Your housebreaking routine should be effective as soon as possible so that the new puppy can learn quickly and so that you do not have a lot of messes to clean up. The faster you establish a good routine the more time you have to cuddle with your new puppy.
When your puppy needs to go
Watch out for signs that means your puppy needs to do number 1 or number 2, signs such as turning in circles, being restless or even squeaking loudly. Form a good bathroom routine that you and your puppy can follow, setting up a small box that is easy to clean and your puppy can easily access in a part of the house can help establish this routine. If it is possible, train your puppy to relieve itself outside.
Whatever routine you develop, stick to it. Puppies need to learn the rules, and you need to be consistent. You need to show them how they have to behave, especially in the early weeks when puppies still cannot control their bladders. An early well established routine will ensure that your puppy becomes housebroken and happy.
What is your dog thinking?
You have to be aware that dogs do not think the same way as we do. Positive reinforcement, praise and punishment can teach your dog right from wrong. When housebreaking your dog, try to praise or punish its actions immediately, so that the little fellow can relate what it did wrong. Especially when you are housebreaking them, do not let them relieve themselves where it is inappropriate and you punish them later. You should either praise or punish them when they do something.
When you get a new dog you have to make sure to housebreak them as well, similarly to puppies they need to be taught what is expected from them. Do not let them control you and try to make sure you set yourself up as an authoritative figure. Because they have already been taught.
A new dog, a new buddy
Having a new dog in your house means that you will have to change a lot of things to accommodate your new buddy. Housebreaking your new dog also implies that you will have to be careful what its previous diet was and how you will form the new diet. With new eating habits also comes bathroom habits. Just when teaching a new puppy, you have to have patience and the will to train your new dog to obey the house rules.
Whenever housebreaking your new dog, always pick the same spot for them to relieve themselves, to form a routine. Pay attention to signs, pacing in place, soft moaning sounds, looking at the door and similar signs can mean that your dog is ready to go.

– Catherine Daniels, huge animal lover, loves writing about them in spare time, enjoys hiking with her dog Cookie and cuddling with her cat Zoe.

Help Your Kids Train Your Dog

Dogs and kids just seem to kind of go together. As one sage dog lover noted, every dog deserves a kid. It’s true. A dog’s life can be immeasurably enriched by living with children. And the same goes when children are raised with a dog. But it all depends on having a responsible adult teaching a child how to interact with dogs. Lots of kids are bitten each year because they don’t know how to behave around dogs.


There are a few basic Dos and Don’ts when it comes to what you should teach your kids about dogs:


  • Don’t let a child put his face near a dog’s mouth, especially a strange dog. When kids are bitten, it’s often on the face.


  • Teach children not to run from dogs – dogs will chase them. Even if they are playing, things can escalate and children can get injured.


  • Tell your children not to scream around dogs. If your dog has been raised with your kids, s/he probably won’t mind, but the sound of children screaming can be very upsetting for some dogs.


  • Teach kids not to bother dogs when they are eating. Some dogs guard their food and they can become irritable at dinner time.


  • Teach kids not to take toys or other treasured objects from dogs. Some dogs guard favorite toys and can become gruff if a child tries to take the toy.


  • Don’t let children tug on tails, pull ears, or otherwise do things to aggravate dogs. Some dogs will put up with this kind of play but others won’t. Teach your child to play with dogs appropriately.


  • Never, ever leave a baby alone with a dog. Although we love dogs and often consider them as family members, it’s important to remember that they are still animals. It’s not safe to leave a baby alone with a dog.


It’s recommended that all children under the age of 5-6 years old be supervised when they play with dogs, just to be safe. It’s very easy for running and rough play to get out of hand and someone – even the dog – to get hurt.


Along with these safety basics, you can teach your kids how to pet the dog gently. Show your children how to brush and bathe the dog. Your kids probably see you feed the dog every day but take time to explain something about the dog’s meals. As your children get older, you can tell them about your dog’s veterinary care and the other things that dogs need for good health. In this way, you’ll be teaching  your children how to properly care for a dog as a pet and setting a good example. These may be small things over the course of your dog’s life, but they’re important for children to learn. You would probably be surprised by how many kids grow up without knowing anything about dogs.


Another great way to teach your kids responsibility is by getting them involved in training your dog. Dogs need to be trained and it’s a wonderful way for a child to bond with a dog. Here are a few basic things that your child can train your dog to do:


  • Teach “down”: Show your child how to hold a treat in front of the dog’s nose, and then drop his or her hand to the ground. The dog will follow the food and drop into the down position. As soon as the dog is lying down, make sure your child gives the dog the treat and lots of praise.


  • Teach “sit”: Have your son or daughter hold the treat just about your dog’s nose and slowly move it back over the dog’s head. As your child does this, your dog will rock back into a sit. As soon as the dog sits, have your child praise your pup and give him the treat.


  • Teach how to walk on a leash: Your child can help train your dog to walk on a leash. To do this, have your child hold a treat or your dog’s favorite toy waist high. Have him or her tell the dog “Let’s go” and start walking. Your dog will watch the toy or treat and start walking along nicely.


That’s all there is to it! With a little assistance from you, most kids can train their dog to learn these obedience basics

Dog Training Tips

Lots of people get a puppy or dog and they have good intentions about training their dog. They buy books or DVDs. They watch dog training shows on TV. They might even start a dog training class. But for one reason or another, they don’t finish teaching their dog the basics of obedience training. This happens with lots of people, so if you stalled with training your dog, don’t feel bad. Here are some tips that might get you started again.

Keep training times short. Dogs learn best if you train them for a couple of 10 minute periods twice a day. Like people, dogs tend to lose interest during marathon training sessions. You can accomplish more with a couple of short, focused sessions each day.

Keep training fun. For most dogs, the more you make training like play, the better they will learn. Use an upbeat, cheerful tone of voice. Be energetic and positive. Act like you’re having fun and your dog is more likely to have fun.

Dogs respond well to praise and rewards. There are several different approaches to training but most dogs respond well to praise and reward. You don’t have to be the bad guy when you train your dog. Instead, praise your dog for getting things right. Reward him with petting and/or a treat or by playing with his favorite toy. This approach also encourages a positive attitude toward learning.

Be consistent. If you tell your dog to stay off the sofa six days a week, you will only confuse him if you allow him to get up on the sofa on the seventh day. It’s also confusing to your dog when you tell him to stay off the sofa and your spouse tells him it’s okay to get up. Dogs are perfectly willing to obey but they need to have consistent rules in the home. If your dog is not obeying, make sure you’re not sending mixed signals.

Train regularly. Your dog will learn and remember best if you train every day. Even though you only spend a few minutes training each day, it is important that you work with your dog every day. Keep working at it.

Don’t train when you’re angry or upset. Your dog can always sense your mood. If you’re angry or upset, your dog will know it and training won’t go well. This is especially true if you are upset with your dog. Leave the training until you are in a better mood. Never take your anger out on your dog.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Just about any dog can be trained. You can start training a puppy when he’s about 8 weeks old. Start with easy things like teaching him to Sit and Come, as well as house training. But if you have an adolescent dog or an older dog, there’s no reason why you can’t train these dogs, too. Age is no barrier to learning. You can teach an old dog new tricks. On the other hand, if you have a dog with a specific behavior problem, you might need to contact a dog trainer or an animal behavior consultant. They have the training needed to work with dogs with behavior problems.

Training your dog is an ongoing process. Dogs learn obedience, rules in the home, and socialization. Like people, they continue to learn throughout their lives. It’s never too late for them to learn. So, if you need a jump start with training your dog, try these tips and maybe they will get you started again. Good luck!

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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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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Obtaining The Best Dog Training

Well- trained dogs are liked by most of the dog owners in the world. However, to find or very well trained dog is not easy. The first thing is, that it is possible to train Your dog, it must be completely and understand it, if You understand properly how to do so.

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If You may be worried that training Your dog is too hard or hour consuming, so please understand that, like many things in life, it’s only difficult until You learn how to do it correct. Once You have all the right information, and understand how dog training works, an easy and efficient way to do it in practice.

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Additional rationale is that both, You and the hound are happier if You can be inevitable Your dog will operate as You require in social circumstances. This makes You haughty of the dog, the dog proud to get Your admiration, and once again, You both win.

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Top Dog Training Tips!

The dog will react to anyone, including You. This is the truth in dogs. Therefore, in order to train a dog, a dog owner is also extremely necessary in educating Yourself. Based on something related to training dogs, people too often make mistakes unintentionally, and this is the very big influence. This often occurs because dogs do not really understand the mind. To its owner, the dog would be eager loyal, because the instinctive nature is also found in dogs. Furthermore, this is very normal for an animal. You should focus on changing the way Your dog to express his natural instincts. It is necessary in order to change a bad dog behavior. Remember, the dogs train, shouting and angry at the dog is not the best way. You have to really pay attention to the core dog training advice.

In training a dog, there are many areas, which could be determined. Some of the more advanced dog training tools and advice are that You really need. It could be that the owner will be expensive cost, if the dog has a very bad behavior. Training a dog have a few important basics related. Before that, let’s look at some of the bad dog behavior problems that require training Your dog, now.

Crate Training:

Strictly prohibited, if the abused form of dog training devices, example, while You want time out from Your pet dog. Crate instruction should be used to properly house train Your dog. If the dog does his business then a prize in the form of a healthy dog treat or lavishing them with affection is in order quick pointers here, always be at home when using the crate, do not lock the dog in the crate overnight, make sure the dog is comfortable in the crate.

Leash Training:

Whilst strolling Your dog, You should always be in control. The dog should not be major You nearby. Every domesticated dog needs to be trained in this area. Dogs do not speak. They bark, except for the Basenji breed of course, so do not surmise dogs understand compassionate language.
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