Tag Archives: Dog Training Tips

Train Your Dog Not to Leap & Greet

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Does your dog greet you with a jump for attention? It’s his natural way of saying hello, but it can become a problem, especially if you have a large dog.

Training him out of this behavior is possible and easy, with consistency and the right rewards. Read on for a few tips.

Negative attention can be a reward

Jumping is a common behavior issue that is often reinforced, inadvertently, by the pet owner. What you may not realize is that any attention you give you dog after he jumps on you, even if it’s to say “no,” can be positive reinforcement. Your goal then is to offer no reward for jumping or to ignore him. This will help him learn that only dogs with their paws on the ground will get your praise. Continue reading

How Does a Pet-Safe Garden Grow?

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With the first day of spring approaching, we offer answers to an important question for pet-loving gardeners. Follow these tips to ensure your pet enjoys a fun and safe playtime outdoors.

A pet-safe garden grows…

With care for chemicals

While pesticides and herbicides protect your garden from pests, they may also be toxic to your pet, even in small amounts. Be sure to follow instructions and consider watering the pesticide into your yard after applying it. Then wait 48 hours or the directed time period before allowing your pet into the area. Continue reading

House Guests with Less Pet Stress

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Does Fido accept house guests easily? Holiday events and house guests will be here before you know it, so it’s a good time to prepare.

Here are a few tips to help Fido accept guests with less stress:

  • Provide a safe area: Your dog should have a quiet area he can escape to if he’s overwhelmed by noise and foot traffic. In a separate room, set up an area with his food, water bowl, toys and cozy dog bed.
  • Stick to the schedule: Holidays can be hectic, but your dog will be less stressed if you stick to his regular schedule for feeding, playtime, etc.
  • Offer guests dog treats: We’re not suggesting you add dog treats to the holiday menu, but a few extra treats for Fido wouldn’t hurt. Let a few guests offer him treats (under your supervision). It won’t lead to instant friendship, but may break the ice.
  • Mind those door manners: Does your dog follow “sit” and “stay” commands? Treat him when he sits and stays calmly at the door before you open it to visitors.
  • Pay attention to the little ones: If child visitors want to pet and play with Fido, show them how your dog likes to be pet and which toys or treats to use. Also, make sure they’re supervised at all times. Continue reading

The Basics of Puppy Leash Training

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An important activity for you and your pup is walking.  Training your puppy to walk comfortably on a leash will ensure safety for both you and your dog and make your walk more pleasurable.

Get started with these tips…

Begin at 8 weeks

The best time to start training your puppy is 8 weeks of age. First, familiarize him with the collar and leave it until he’s comfortable wearing it.

Introduce the leash

Once you’re ready to introduce the leash, clip it to his collar and let your puppy simply drag it around for about 10 minutes a day (under your supervision). This will help him get used to the feel and weight of the leash. Do this for about a week. Continue reading