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How To Train Your Dog Without Cruelty

How To Train Your Dog Without Cruelty
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There are a few real keys to dog training, whether you are trying to train your dog to come when called, sit, stop barking or any other behavior. Understanding their importance is critical to achieving rapid results that are long lasting and help develop the bond between you and your dog.

The first is simple; you must win your dogs mind. If you don’t achieve this first then you will be struggling the all the way. When I talk about winning your dogs mind what I really mean is that your dog looks to you for all the decisions. Before you do anything else watch one of the amazing video sites that show you the 5 Golden rules to establishing yourself as the pack leader. If you aren’t putting these in place then you are setting yourself up to fail. Just at the crucial point where you really want your dog to listen they will go and do their own thing. For sure your dog may play ball occasionally or even most of the time, you may even have a dog that is obedient 99% of the time, however if you want a dog who always listens to you and does as you ask then you need to win your dogs mind.

The second key to success is to motivate your dog. It is really important that you discover what it is that your dog enjoys both in terms of exercise and play but also in terms of a reward. If you can make the experience enjoyable then you will both achieve more and look forward to training.

Some dogs love to fetch, others love agility, and other dogs simply love obedience training, or swimming out into water and retrieve. At least to start with find out what your dogs love is and help them develop this, what I am saying is work with your dog. The other point to recognize is to make training enjoyable reward your dog.

The three main rewards are:

Food – anything from a single dry biscuit to a whole piece of sausage!
Affection – pats, cuddles, lots of high verbal praise.
Toys – games, throwing a stick or object, chasing your dog etc.

Your dog is always going to work harder if you are fair in your training. Even if you do not want to use food you should make sure that you use affection accordingly when your dog does well.

If you want to use food rewards then always follow these simple tips:

•Always vary food rewards
•Do not give food rewards every time
•Never let your dog know what the reward is
•If your dog doesn’t come first time then do not give them the reward

The third key to achieving perfection is practice! Learning how to encourage behavior that is closer to what you want than the last is the third key to success. Again this is where rewards come in so handy! Motivate and then show your dog what it is that you want and there is no need for any negative training!

One of the best sites that shows you all of this and more is The Online Dog Trainer, put together by top Dog Trainer, Doggy Dan.

How To Stop Separation Anxiety In Dogs

How To Stop Separation Anxiety In Dogs
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Separation anxiety is a very stressful behavioral issue that effects a huge percentage of the dog population, possibly as high as 14%. It is one of the most misunderstood issues with people trying to treat it by approaching it from a human point of view and failing to see the cause. The answer to how to stop separation is simple. Show your dog that you are the pack leader. Let me explain.

Recognizing that the following behaviors are symptoms is a start. They are as wide ranging as they are distressing for the dog, but by treating them you are not treating the cause of the problem. First ask yourself the question; does the behavior stop when you return? If so then I suggest that you’re being away is actually connected to the cause. Lets take a look at a few of the key symptoms.

Chewing –releases an endorphin similar to the one released when a human is chewing gum in an attempt to stay calm.
Barking, whining – this is a call for the owners to return to the pack, similar to if you were to call your children when you can’t find them
Escaping when you are not there – often very destructive, extreme and sometimes dangerous. Your dog is looking for you. So many people are told to try and exercise the problem out of their dog but it will not solve the problem
Digging, destruction – this is all connected to stressful and anxious behavior.
Self-mutilation – excessive, licking and chewing oneself. Excessive drooling is also a sign of stress. These are signs that are often mistaken for being medical conditions but are all stress related
Toileting – if your dog is toilet trained but starts defacating/urinating inside and you think that it is anxiety-related then it could well be. If it is only occurring when your dog is away from you then it is very likely connected to your dog having separation anxiety

Whilst there are lots of places that you can find advice on how to treat all these symptoms there is only one way to treat the cause of the problem. If you are serious about how to stop separation anxiety then you must become the pack leader.

Separation anxiety is a very straight forward problem that occurs when your dog believes they are the pack leader and your are their puppy or member of their pack. In the wild dogs do not wander off out the den on their own and your dogs separation anxiety will continue until you return to him. Once you show your dog that you are the pack leader your dog will be fine with you coming and going as you please.

One of the best places to understand more about establishing yourself as the pack leader is the video based web site The Online Dog Trainer run by professional dog trainer Doggy Dan. Understanding the real cause of the problem is the first step, becoming the pack leader is the solution.

Why You Should NEVER Use A Shock Collar On Your Dog (And What To Do Instead)

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MYTH #1 – “When All Else Fails, The Best Solution To Stop Dog Barking Is Using a Shock Collar.”

FACT: A shock collar is a small electrical box that can be attached to a dog’s neck. It has metal electrodes facing inwards, that touch the dog’s skin. When the dog barks, the dog is then “corrected” by being shocked with electricity! These things are powerful! I’ve tested one on myself, on the lowest setting, and it literally brought me to tears. Imagine how a dog feels. It’s just sad, cruel, and it breaks my heart that these devices are even still being sold.

Not only do shock collars inflict pain and cause a great amount of stress for a dog… but they also DON’T WORK on a large percentage of dogs. Why? Because these dogs either bark through the pain or simply become frustrated and remain silent (but psychologically damaged). It’s just sad all around.

Learn the easiest, fastest way to train your dog – without cruel shock collars, punishments or shouting.

It’s amazing how many dog owners think that if they are forceful enough with their dog, yell at them more, or even resort to hitting them or using shock collars that they will finally learn to behave. Training a dog with the use of pain is not only flat out cruel, it’s just not effective in the long run. There are so many more effective (and humane!) methods that I’d love to show you… then you can bin this piece of equipment!

Do you really think a dog that’s treated this way will WANT to behave? Do you think it will respect you?

How do you think they will feel when they see you? Instead of looking at you as their master, they will simply fear you. There is no love in this dog training approach. In fact, it’s not training at all! Besides, who wants a dog that is terrified of them?

With what I’m about to show you, you won’t have to resort to yelling or hitting your dog, or even using those downright cruel training devices that use shock therapy.

There are easier and more loving ways to train your dog than resorting to animal cruelty:

Step 1: Learn that you can use “positive reinforcement” (reward system) instead of a punishment system. Not only does this get better results, but it makes the dog eager to work with you as well as highly attentive. Punishments not only make the dog afraid of you, but often confuse the dog, as many times, they do not even understand what they have done wrong!

Step 2: Understand that dogs do want a “pack leader” but this means respect, not terror. The real trick to training a dog properly has nothing to do with shouting or violence. It has everything to do with gaining your dogs TRUST so they CHOOSE to obey you.

Step 3: Check out the amazing results (video) of this dog training system. With the right training methods, dogs that were totally unruly become focused and calm. Problem behaviors such as chewing, barking, going crazy when the doorbell rings, aggression and more, can be corrected surprisingly quickly. Watch the video demonstration here.

Let’s get the word out about cruel shock collars. Share this post with your friends and other dog owners and maybe we can make a difference… 🙂