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Obedience Dog Training and Choosing a Good Dog Trainer

Obedience dog training is a great way to teach your puppy how to listen to you, how to behave, and generally how to grow up and mature into a well-mannered adult dog.

The easiest and cheapest way to start obedience training is to take your puppy to group training. The advantage of going to an organized puppy obedience class is that your puppy can interact with other dogs and learn critical social skills. The disadvantage is that you and your puppy may not get the individual attention that your puppy may need.

I have talked to many people, and heard many other stories, about pet owners taking their dogs to group dog training classes and they either didn’t get much out of it, or they were even asked to leave. This is because the dog trainer couldn’t help, or handle, the dog. These dogs really need one-on-one obedience training.

Some of the trainers that teach group classes don’t have much real world experience in training. But, you can find very good dog trainers at some of these classes though. No matter if you choose to go to group dog training classes, or if you prefer to have a trainer work one-on-one with you and your dog, you will follow the same steps in looking for and choosing a trainer.

  1. It is up to you to find out who is teaching the class, and to research this dog trainer. Look for a dog trainer that has many years experience, and find out what associations they belong to, and what certifications they have.
  2. You also want to ask for references. The more the better, and FOLLOW UP! Don’t just look at the list. Call people on the list and ask them questions. Were they satisfied? Why or why not? This is your dog, so you want a trainer who has very satisfied clients.
  3. Have a budget in mind, but don’t go by price alone. You get what you pay for. Find out what kinds of services they offer, and find out what training techniques they use. Are they humane, and are you comfortable with the technique they use?
  4. Ask to sit in on a training and watch them. If they won’t let you watch them in action, what are they trying to hide? If you can watch them, how do they interact with the dog? Are they successful with training the dog? Do they act comfortably and in control, or do they seem ill at ease, or do they get upset easily? You want a dog trainer that is ALWAYS calm, comfortable, and in control, no matter what the dog does. And believe me, dogs can really act crazy at times.

If you follow these simple steps, you should find a great trainer for your dog, whether you choose to take your puppy to a class training, or if you choose to use a dog trainer for one-on-one training. Good luck and good dog training.

I talk mostly about puppy potty training, but, another very important tool in dealing with your puppy is dog obedience training. What I want to make sure everyone realizes is that when you potty train your puppy, this is not the same as obedience training for your dog. This seems intuitive, but I see so many dogs that are potty trained but have no obedience training at all.

You don’t want a dog to go potty in your house. That is why you house train them. Well, you don’t want a dog that misbehaves either. You want a dog that behaves well and does what you say when you give a command. But, for some reason, a lot of dog owners stop working with their dog after potty training. These dogs won’t soil their home, but they may jump up on people, they don’t come when called, they pull when on the leash, and much worse.

Why do people fail to follow through with dog obedience training? I haven’t found the answer to that yet. Bottom line, if you want to have a well behaved dog as an adult, the training must start when they are a puppy. You can either train them yourself, or take classes, or even hire a dog trainer for private sessions.

This is not to say that you cannot train an older dog. Any dog at any age can be trained, if you put in the work. An older dog can be potty trained as well, which I teach in my book “Quick and Easy Puppy Potty Training.” It will just be easier and faster if you start when they are a puppy.

There are plenty of helpful books and DVDs out there so you can start teaching your puppy at home, or you can sign up for a local obedience class near you. Many pet stores offer classes for a reasonable fee. Also, a lot of animal shelters offer classes. If you adopt a dog from a shelter, they will most likely let you know about this.

Even if you decide to train your dog with a profesional dog trainer, it is a good idea to read books, watch DVD’s, and learn as much information about dog training as you possibly can. This will help you form a solid relationship with your pup as you learn and practice training techniques.

Don’t stop at puppy potty training. As you begin to work with your puppy, start to look into dog obedience training. If you want a complete dog, one that is well behaved and is easy to interact with, and one that you are proud of, then you need dog training.

Remember during all the ups and downs you’re sure to face with a new puppy, try to keep your attitude and energy positive, stay patient and focused on your goals, and consult with professionals when you run into obstacles. All of this will pay off in the end when you have a loving and lovable companion.

Crate Training as a Puppy Potty Training Technique

One of the toughest times a new puppy owner has to go through is when you first bring your puppy home and have to potty train him. This is something that takes time, patience, and a good sense of humor. The following technique will make that task a little bit easier on you and puppy.

Take Time to Crate Train Your Puppy

I think that one of the best ways to avoid the frustrations of new puppy ownership, and one of the best gifts you can give yourself and your new pet is to crate train him. Crate training takes some discipline, but it’s well worth the time and effort in the long run. It is probably the best way to potty train your puppy, and it will come in handy in situations like transporting your pet.

First, get your puppy an appropriate dog crate. There are plastic and metal dog crates available in different sizes. Choose the best size for your puppy, one that is large enough for him to stand and turn around in.
Don’t get one that is so large that your puppy can just go to one end of the crate and go potty.

You want your dog to view this as his new home or den. Dogs will avoid soiling their own dens. If you get a
large crate in anticipation of your puppy growing, just block off the back part of the crate. Remember to put a soft towel or blanket in the crate.

Encourage your pup to go into the crate with a treat and/or toy. An interesting toy, such a Kong filled with peanut butter will keep your dog engaged and happy in the crate. Leave the door open and praise him when he goes inside and stays there. Don’t force the pup into the crate. Remember, this new home is supposed to be a pleasant place for them, not a punishment. You can even feed your puppy in the crate to create a positive association for him.

When the animal is comfortable being in the crate, close the door and leave it closed for progressively longer periods of time. Begin leaving the puppy alone in the closed crate and gradually lengthen the time you
are away from the crate. Make sure that your puppy has gone potty before you begin this training. This is very important to avoid your puppy having an accident.

If your puppy whines, don’t immediately comfort him and let him out. That just teaches them that if they whine, they get what they want. Ignore the whining. (I know it’s hard!) Let your puppy out only when
he is quiet and calm. Remember, you had your puppy do all his potty before starting this training, so you know his whining is not due to this.

A well-exercised puppy will probably make it easier to crate train, so be sure to keep up a consistent routine of exercise and play. A tired puppy means a quieter, calmer puppy that will more than likely just curl up and nap in the crate.

When you do let him out, don’t make a big deal out of it. You don’t want your puppy to think that being outside of the crate is the better, happier situation.

One of the biggest challenges with a puppy is potty training. Crate training makes this task much easier to handle. Young pups need to eliminate every 2 to 4 hours. Let your puppy out of the crate and outside to go potty on a regular schedule, like first thing in the morning, after meals, and before bedtime. This teaches the puppy a routine that will last throughout his life.

When letting the pup out of the crate to eliminate, put him on a leash and go immediately to the potty area. Give him 5 to 10 minutes to do his business. If he doesn’t go, put him back into the crate. Wait for about another 15 minutes, and try again. Depending on your puppy’s age, when he ate or drank, and the last time he went potty, adjust your waiting time in between taking him out to do his business.

If he does go, praise him, give him treats, and play with him. You can even let him play in the house freely for a time, with your supervision of course.

Keep your puppy crated during the night. You will probably have to let him out in the middle of the night for a potty break, but that hardship won’t last too long. Puppies grow fast and soon he will be able to hold it for longer periods of time.

As for leaving your puppy in the crate when you leave the house, remember that young dogs need to eliminate every few hours, so arrange to come home, have a neighbor check in, or hire a pet sitter to make sure your puppy is taken care of.

Crate training your puppy is an excellent way to house train your puppy. And, when done properly, your dog should love his crate.

Don’t Leave Your Puppy Home Alone with Toys

When you get your new puppy, you will soon find out that they are very playful and quite restless. You will go to the pet store and find all kinds of toys for your puppy to play with to occupy his time. And, you will probably be inclined to give your puppy plenty of toys when you leave your puppy home alone, whether in his crate or in a pen.

Although toys are a great way to keep your puppy occupied and happy, remember that you have to be very picky about what you let him play with, especially if you have to leave him alone and when you are house training. One of my clients gave a puppy a Nylabone and rope chew toys. The puppy suffered a bad bout of vomiting and diarrhea during my first pet sitting visit, giving me a scare because there appeared to be blood in the vomit and diarrhea.

This required me to take the puppy to the vet. I had no idea what could have been wrong with the puppy, so I did not take any chances. After the vet examined the puppy and ran a series of tests, they determined that the dog simply chewed off and ate too much of his chew toy. I saw the rope chew, but I did not even find any of the Nylabone in their home.

This incident illustrates just how much care must be taken to supervise your pets when they are chewing. Every dog is different. Some barely gnaw at toys, and others try to devour them. Get to know your dog and his playing/chewing habits, and always supervise carefully.

If you must leave your puppy alone with a chew toy, make sure there is no possible way for them to swallow it, chew chunks off and eat it, or otherwise harm themselves with it.

Kong toys are pretty tough and when stuffed with peanut butter or other treats and they’re a great way to keep your puppy entertained. Just keep in mind, that if you stuff a Kong with treats and goodies, this may cause your puppy to have to defecate sooner. In your puppy house training, you should not leave your puppy alone for long periods of time, anyway. But, if you are paper training your puppy and have your set up done correctly, then your puppy will just do his business on the paper.

Another toy that claims to be pretty resistant to enthusiastic chewers is the Hurley Durable Dog Toy. It’s made of Zogoflex, a non-toxic recyclable material. Do a search on Google and you’re sure to find something that your puppy will have fun with and won’t be able to destroy. But no matter what the marketing material states for any toy, be sure to supervise your dog with any new toy to make sure what he can or can’t do to a supposedly durable toy.

House Training a Puppy with Diarrhea

House training a puppy who has diarrhea or irregular bowel movements can be a little challenging. There may be a few reasons your puppy has loose stools. Let me also say, that you should always consult with your veterinarian if your puppy does develop diarrhea.

First, make sure your puppy is not eating something he shouldn’t be. Puppies like to explore, and they tend to find things and eat them. This can easily cause loose stools or diarrhea. Part of your puppy house training is making sure to puppy proof your house.

Second, do not feed your puppy any people food. Your puppy’s digestive system cannot handle it, and they may develop loose stools or diarrhea.

Third, for young puppies under 12 weeks old, your vet probably has you feeding your puppy around 3 times a day. Every dog is different, and their digestive systems are different. Some puppies may need to be fed 4 or 5 smaller meals a day as their systems develop. This will help avoid overloading their digestive system, and allow time to digest their food. This can help your puppy avoid loose stools or diarrhea.

You will have your work cut out for you. You will basically be doing the same house training for your young puppy with diarrhea as a puppy without, but much more frequently.

You will really have to keep an eye on your dog and read his body language. As soon as you get your new puppy, your puppy house training needs to include learning what your dog is telling you. Yes, your puppy can tell you when he has to potty.

Depending on how bad your puppy has diarrhea, you may just want to set up a schedule of taking your puppy out every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, or whatever seems best to let your sick puppy releive himself and to avoid any accidents in your house.

You will also probably want to fast your puppy. This means that you should not feed him for up to 12 hours, until he stops defecating. After fasting your puppy, you may also want to start with feeding your puppy some plain canned pumpkin, or some boiled chicken with rice.

As always, anytime your dog has any health issues, you should consult with your vet for help. They may suggest you bring your puppy in for testing to make sure your puppy’s diarrhea is not something more serious. You also need to make sure your dog does not get dehydrated, which is a danger with diarrhea.

If your puppy does get diarrhea, you will be in a tough position. If it’s a weekend, then you should be able to take care of him without a problem. If your puppy happens to get sick during the work week, then you may have a dilemma.

You have a puppy now. You will either have to stay home from work to make sure your puppy is taken care of, or have someone else take care of them. Preferably, this should be someone who has been taking part in your puppy’s house training, or someone who has experience in house training a puppy with diarrhea. Do not leave your puppy alone.

A puppy with diarrhea is a delicate situation, but this is a defining moment in your puppy house training. You must take the good with the bad, and this may be bad. But it is your responsibility.

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