BasicDogTraining.org http://basicdogtraining.org Teach your dog the basics in record time Fri, 21 Dec 2012 00:28:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Teach an Old Dog New Tricks http://basicdogtraining.org/teach-an-old-dog-new-tricks/ http://basicdogtraining.org/teach-an-old-dog-new-tricks/#comments Tue, 27 Nov 2012 03:57:20 +0000 admin http://basicdogtraining.org/?p=139 The popular saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” is not true. Not only can you teach a dog of any age new tricks but you can also train them to be the type of well-behaved pet that makes any owner proud. The truth is that many older dogs with bad habits have [...]

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The popular saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” is not true. Not only can you teach a dog of any age new tricks but you can also train them to be the type of well-behaved pet that makes any owner proud. The truth is that many older dogs with bad habits have been taught those habits by their owners, either through lack of training or the wrong type of training. So while it can be harder to get an older dog to relearn new habits and behaviors it is not impossible. And any dog, young or old, will ultimately benefit from learning positive behavior and having a more stable relationship with their owner.

Below are a few tips on training an older dog to listen and behave as well as a younger dog would.

  • To begin with you should make a list of the negative habits that your dog currently partakes in and the good behaviors that you want to replace them with. This can include housebreaking issues, barking, aggressive behavior, and not heeding when called. Each of the behaviors you note down will need to be addressed separately, but it will help to see all of the behaviors written down so you can get a general idea of how much work you have ahead of you.
  • You may also want to make an appointment with your veterinarian to discuss these issues as your dog may need to be evaluated for underlying health problems which could be affecting their behavior. For instance, a dog who has vision or hearing problems may be acting aggressively out of fear and confusion rather than outright aggression. Your veterinarian can give you tips on modifying your dog training tactics based on any health concerns that they note during your dog’s checkup.
  • Before you begin training your dog to emulate positive behavior you actually want to work on breaking the negative habits. Try to stick with basic one-word commands. Reward your dog for any steps they begin making towards learning positive behavior and reward them for no longer performing bad habits. It’s also important to keep training short, 15 minutes on average, so as not to tire your older dog.
  • If you are going to try rewarding your dog’s good behavior with food treats then choose small and healthy treats rather than doggy “junk food.” It’s always important to feed dogs healthy foods that will help to keep them slim and active. With older dogs it’s even more important since some older dogs have injuries that keep them from being as active as a younger and fully healthy dog. Stay away from fattening treats or people food for the sake of your dog’s health.

If you have never tried training an older dog before you may be surprised at the speed with which your dog begins to pick up new habits. However, every dog is different and even if it takes your dog a little longer to pick up on their training it is still worth it to have a well-behaved and trustworthy adult dog.

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Best Dog Training Collar http://basicdogtraining.org/best-dog-training-collar/ http://basicdogtraining.org/best-dog-training-collar/#comments Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:10:39 +0000 admin http://basicdogtraining.org/?p=119 Enter any pet store and you are likely to be inundated with the amount of different collars available; this can make it hard to choose a collar. However, every new dog needs a dog collar as part of their basic supplies, and some cities and states require that all dogs be properly tagged with a [...]

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Enter any pet store and you are likely to be inundated with the amount of different collars available; this can make it hard to choose a collar. However, every new dog needs a dog collar as part of their basic supplies, and some cities and states require that all dogs be properly tagged with a collar and ID tag. In fact, a collar and ID tag will help you find your dog more easily if they ever get lost. Below is a guide on how to choose the best dog training collar for your pet.

Types of Collars

  • Nylon collars are the basic collars that can be found in any pet supply store. They are durable and able to withstand heavy wear even in water. Most nylon collars can be purchased in a variety of colors which makes it easy for pet owners to personalize their dog supplies to their taste.
  • Leather collars can be used on any dog and are also considered heavy duty. Leather collars are more natural than nylon collars making them less likely to cause an allergic reaction or to scratch against a dog’s delicate skin.
  • Choke collars or choke chains should never be used as a regular collar. These collars are only meant to be used as a training tool and many people don’t use them at all. Choke collars should always be taken off immediately after a training lesson.
  • Harness collars fit around a dog’s neck and ribcage and are especially helpful to use for a dog that pulls a lot when they are walking. Harness collars are gentler than regular neck collars and will not choke a dog.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Always choose a collar that fits your dog. You don’t want the collar to be too big or too small as both can end up causing harm to your dog. You should also choose a collar that is not too light or heavy in terms of its weight so that your dog is comfortable at all times.
  • When placing the collar on your dog you should make sure that you can slip two to three fingers in between your dog and its collar. This will ensure that the collar is not too tight. Some nylon collars may start to stretch as your dog wears it day in and day out so check it every once in a while and tighten it if it seems to be getting too loose.
  • You should also tug the ID and make sure that it can’t get loose since the ID is going to be your number one tool in finding your dog if he ever gets lost.

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While there may be many collars that your dog could wear don’t forget that the most important thing when choosing a collar is that your dog is comfortable wearing it. The first time you place a collar on your dog they may not be used to it and will try to take it off. However, eventually your dog’s collar should become like second-skin to them.

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Obedience Training for Dogs http://basicdogtraining.org/obedience-training-for-dogs/ http://basicdogtraining.org/obedience-training-for-dogs/#comments Mon, 26 Nov 2012 18:50:16 +0000 admin http://basicdogtraining.org/?p=111 One of the most important things you can do for your dog is to begin obedience training once they are old enough to learn basic commands. Dogs with obedience training are better-behaved and more likely to listen to their owners when they need to. Not only is obedience training for dogs important owners who want [...]

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One of the most important things you can do for your dog is to begin obedience training once they are old enough to learn basic commands. Dogs with obedience training are better-behaved and more likely to listen to their owners when they need to. Not only is obedience training for dogs important owners who want their pets to learn positive behavioral habits, but it can also mean the difference between a safe dog and one who gets injured due to negative habits.


If you are interested in teaching your dog obedience training below are a few tips to get you started.


  • You can begin obedience training with your dog at any age, but if you are going to take your dog to a school where he will be around other dogs then you should wait until they have their first shots and are protected against diseases. Three months is usually the recommended age for obedience training a puppy outside of the home. Also, contrary to popular believe, older dogs can benefit from obedience training just as much as younger dogs do.
  • An important, and often overlooked, component of obedience training is keeping to a regular daily schedule as much as possible. Keeping to a daily schedule will help your dog in all aspects of their life by providing a secure and consistent environment. Your dog will know what to expect at various times of the day, and your obedience training will greatly benefit from this consistency.
  • You should start your obedience training offering a small food reward after each command that is correctly performed. Each food reward should be a small bite-size treat that can be eaten at once rather than a large piece of food that will take time to eat. As your dog becomes more familiar with the commands you are teaching them you can gradually reduce the food reward and replace it with verbal and physical praise. As time goes on even this verbal and physical praise can be reduced until you are rewarding them with a pat on the head or a verbal “good boy,” or “good girl.”
  • Do not overwhelm your dog by working on many different commands at once. The best way to train a dog is to introduce one new command at a time. Once your dog is very confident with performing the new command then you can move on to introducing another command. The reason you want to introduce each command slowly is because your dog may become easily overwhelmed and unable to follow even one command when you introduce too many at once. As your dog begins picking up a handful of basic commands like “sit” and “stay” you can then slowly start introducing more advanced commands such as “fetch” or “bring.” Working at a slow and steady pace ensures that your training will be successful.

Teaching your dog obedience training should be looked on as an educational and fun exercise. If you treat obedience training like a chore you will not end up getting very far with your dog. Instead, follow the tips listed above and have fun; your dog will become well-trained in no time.

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Agility Training for Dogs http://basicdogtraining.org/agility-training-for-dogs/ http://basicdogtraining.org/agility-training-for-dogs/#comments Mon, 26 Nov 2012 18:34:22 +0000 admin http://basicdogtraining.org/?p=104 If you have noticed that your dog is quick on his feet and able to listen and obey your commands easily then you may want to upgrade your regular obedience training to agility training lessons. Agility training has become all the rage among dog owners as agility competitions have become hugely popular. In fact, agility [...]

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If you have noticed that your dog is quick on his feet and able to listen and obey your commands easily then you may want to upgrade your regular obedience training to agility training lessons. Agility training has become all the rage among dog owners as agility competitions have become hugely popular. In fact, agility competitions are now shown on television, and like any other sport these competitions have garnered quite a following among pet owners and animal lovers alike. However, agility training for dogs requires a commitment on a dog owner’s part since it takes more time and resources than regular obedience training.

Below is a guide on teaching your dog agility training and preparing them for competitions in the future.

    • The key to successful agility training with your dog is first to establish a positive relationship. Agility training is not something that you want to jump into with your dog blindly. In fact, you should only begin agility training your dog once they are past the puppy stage and they have proven that they can follow all of the obedience commands that you have taught them. Agility training will be building on many of these basic commands so make sure your dog has a firm understanding of them before proceeding.
    • Find a treat, either food or toy, that motivates your dog beyond the usual praise and attention you would use for his regular obedience training. Since your dog will be working hard during each agility training session you want to be sure that they are properly and highly motivated to continue their lessons.  Additionally, be sure to lavish them with a lot of praise when they follow your commands. By combining treats, toys, and praise your dog should be highly excited to participate in each agility training session.
    • Don’t forget to continue with basic obedience training alongside the agility training. A lot of the moves they will use while running an agility course will require that they understand basic commands such as “sit” and “stay.” Your dog should already know these commands before undertaking agility training, but don’t forget to revisit their obedience training regularly to make sure they don’t forget these most basic commands.
    • You will need to have access to an agility course for your dog to practice on. Make sure the agility course you choose has plenty of obstacles and targets to best replicate what your dog will encounter during a competition. Most owners choose to find an agility course and trainer locally located. However, some owners who have the room to do so build their own agility course in their backyard. Choose whichever option makes the most sense to you and take full advantage of any local agility trainers and their knowledge when you are first starting out.

    Training a dog to run an agility course is more difficult than the basic training most dog owners choose for their pets. However, agility training is also far more rewarding and most owners are just as excited as their pets when they take part in their first agility competition.

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    Active puppies usually have no problem getting adopted or purchased since owners can’t help but fall in love with them as they excitedly jump up and begin licking their potential owner’s face. However, once they bring them home it can quickly become apparent that while an active dog is great for cuddling and playing with they can also be a handful when it comes to keeping them under control. In fact, overactive puppies can also pose a problem when it comes time to train them since all they seem to want to do all day is play. Luckily hyper puppies are actually quite easy to train once you utilize some of the tips listed below. Your hyper dog will be all the more enjoyable once they learn that there is a time to jump and play and a time to sit still and behave.

    • One of the easiest ways to get any hyper puppy to slow down is to exercise them regularly. Take your puppy out for a walk or run, play fetch with them, and let them play outside as much as possible to release some of the pent up energy they currently have. Not only will regular exercise help to tire them, but it can also help build a strong relationship between you and your dog which will become even more important as you begin actively training them.
    • When you begin actively training your puppy keep each session short and entertaining so that your puppy does not become bored. Most active puppies love to learn and by keeping the lessons exciting you can ensure that you have their attention during the entire training session. However, one thing to note is that you want to keep the lesson exciting for the puppy but not their surroundings. If there is too much to distract them then they will have a hard time keeping their attention on you and their lesson.
    • Don’t hesitate to enroll them in a training course if you feel like you would like more help. Most dogs do well in training courses and as a dog owner you may appreciate the extra help and guidance afforded to you by a training teacher. Additionally, it is always beneficial to introduce puppies to other dogs as soon as possible so that they learn how to socialize with unfamiliar dogs and people
    • Lastly, remember to be patient with your dog. As a new and hyper puppy your dog may simply be too interested in the world to want to sit still at this point in time. Don’t stop training them and keep your patience because eventually they will catch on and learn the positive behaviors that you are trying to teach them.

    Teaching a hyper puppy may take a little more time and patience, but in the end you will have the best of both worlds; an active puppy that will run around outside with you and one that will also heed when you call them back indoors.

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    Housebreaking a Puppy http://basicdogtraining.org/housebreaking-a-puppy/ http://basicdogtraining.org/housebreaking-a-puppy/#comments Mon, 26 Nov 2012 16:52:02 +0000 admin http://basicdogtraining.org/?p=80 The day you bring your new puppy home is a day full of excitement and smiles. That is until your brand new puppy decides to use your expensive oriental rug as their own personal toilet. Accidents happen, but the sooner you get your puppy housetrained the less damage your house will undergo. However, most new [...]

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    The day you bring your new puppy home is a day full of excitement and smiles. That is until your brand new puppy decides to use your expensive oriental rug as their own personal toilet. Accidents happen, but the sooner you get your puppy housetrained the less damage your house will undergo. However, most new dog owners have no idea how to begin housetraining a dog. Is it similar to potty-training a toddler? How long does it take? What approach works best? These are just a few of the questions that most new dog owners have as they stare at a puppy’s urine puddle in dismay.

    Below are tips on how to begin housetraining your puppy to ensure success in as little time as possible.

    • Some people believe that a dog can’t be trained until they reach a certain age. This is a myth, especially in regards to housetraining. You may want to hold off on taking your puppy to an obedience training school with other dogs until they’ve had their shots, but when it comes to housetraining the sooner you start the better.
    • Puppies respond unusually well to pads that are treated with chemicals to attract dogs into using them as a toilet. Puppy pads are a great way to keep your floors clean while still keeping your dog indoors. As your puppy gets used to using the pads you can begin moving them closer to the door until the pad is outside.
    • Dogs also respond well to crate training. During crate training a dog is taken out of their crate every few hours to go to the bathroom outside. Most dogs will not use their crate as a bathroom since this is where they sleep. Crate training is essentially teaching your dog bladder control. When using crate training you should take your dog outside often to ensure that they don’t have an accident.
    • You can also choose to just follow your dog around throughout the day and take them outside as soon as you see that they are ready to go to the bathroom. You will easily recognize the signs as most dogs will begin to sniff or circle around looking for a place to do their business. Take them outside immediately and praise them when they are done. This will teach them that they are expected to go potty outside not inside. In addition to taking your dog outside when you see that they want to use the bathroom you should also take them outside during regularly scheduled walks throughout the day.

    It’s important to remember that your dog may have an accident here and there, especially during the early days of housetraining. Don’t yell at your dog or scare them as this can cause them to continue going inside the home from confusion and fear. Instead praise them when they go outside and firmly let them know your displeasure if you catch them going inside. Before long your puppy will be housebroken and you’ll never have to come across another accident again.

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