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Susan McLaughlin

When Do We Start to Puppy Training?

A puppy is a young dog, less than a year old, adorable and cuddly, and although they only have a limited attention span you can start training your dog immediately. They can be taught simple obedience commands such as SIT, DOWN and STAY. As they are overly sociable animals, they take up most of the time interacting with their mother or other puppies. Start exposing them to people, once they have more exposure to your family, friends, and neighbors; so that they easily develop social skills and will not get scared or anxious with people around. It usually takes a little less than 6 months to fully train a puppy.

In puppy training, you need to be consistent, as this is how puppies boost their learning process. It is also vital that you show them that you are in command. You should be a strong, stable, dominant leader to them so they become well-behaved dogs as they grow. You need to be patient and have some regularity in the things that you teach the puppy, repetition in the puppy’s daily routine, and the commands you use would surely reinforce your training. Never forget to praise the act and add a tender pat on the back after a command was executed well by the puppy. This helps a great deal in making sure they retain the commands you teach.

For you to be successful in puppy training, you should be physically and mentally ready as this would require for you to identify the dog’s ability to learn so that you can match their pace. Puppies are high in energy so you should be ready to run, roll, jump, chase, wrestle and be prepared with lots of barking sounds.

Treats and positive verbal praises are good motivators for puppies to follow commands. A good environment, clean house, quiet neighborhood helps out in being able to train your puppies at a faster pace. To make sure that training is effective, everyone in the household should use the same list of commands and rewards so that the puppy would not get confused. Again, consistency is the key. Also, do not make each training session too long. Since puppies have limited attention spans, 5 minutes should be enough, but make sure that you incorporate it in all the activities that you do together. Make sure as well that you do not train them in one place so that they would remember they need to follow the command wherever they are.

Part of puppy training is a regular visit to the veterinarian. This enables you to get tips on how to take care of your puppy and understand your puppy more. It is also important for them to have the right diet and have a healthy lifestyle, which includes having an adequate amount of exercise. Daily walks with your dog do not just create that bond between you two but are also a way of showing them that you are the dominant leader who shows them the way.

 

Dog Training

Most households nowadays prefer to have a dog in the house as a pet, as well as to protect them from possible danger. Thus the need for knowledge on dog training emerges.

Basic knowledge on dog training is a must for those who plan to have a pet dog. This includes basic commands such as “Sit”, “Come”, & “Drop it”, which is short, straightforward, and easy to remember. These three are the 1st commands that a dog should learn. Once a dog identifies and remembers these, you should have less of a worry about having your dog out of control. Common nature for pets, especially dogs, is to please their master. They are always excited to get rewards for their actions, so training them effectively would make life easier, and you would be able to gain control over your dog and gain a well-mannered pet.

Dog training methods may vary from different trainers, but rewarding good behavior is more successful than punishing your dog due to unwanted actions.

Using treats and showing affection during dog training will facilitate a faster learning process for your dog. Consistently following the routine created and making the training fun will fortify the bond you have with your dog.

Just like puppies, adult dogs also love to play around, always give that venue for them to just play and show the enthusiasm they have. Dog training will have to be a daily routine at the start up till a year, and would somehow lessen the difficulty to train them as you bond more closely with your dog.

Part of dog training is exposing them to different environments to make sure they would be able to adjust accordingly, such as in big crowds, places with lots of kids, food, park and the likes. Tricks and acts can be taught but may take a longer time to be learned by your dog. It is very important to be patient when training, and try not to get frustrated about set backs as this is normal and it happens to anyone or any animal in training.

One of the most important habits that should be taught to dogs early on is potty training. This is where most patience and consistency is needed. Always remember to bring your dog outside your house for them to do their thing at the same time every day, when they wake up, after meals, or every other hour depending on the kind of breed you have. This is why it is most important that you get to know your dog so you would know what approach in dog training to use. Visiting the veterinarian would be a good way to start to get to know your dog, as they would be more knowledgeable and understanding about the different breeds, and would be able to give you tips on how to handle them. Having friends or neighbors who are also fond of dogs would be advantageous as they would be able to give you advice too on how to handle different situations with your dog.

Just like babies, dogs love to be loved and await affection so make sure to incorporate that in your dog training.

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Reasons Why Small Dogs are Good for Children

A common saying goes “dogs are man’s best friend.” There is also an interesting fact about dogs stating they are the only animal on earth that would love you more than they would love themselves. Because of the unconditional love dogs could give, some parents would have their children grow up with dogs around. And, parents who are dog lovers would definitely raise their children with their dogs. Some parents though are a little picky and would choose small dogs over large dogs due to their size and the strength large dogs have.

Most common reasons why parents would choose small dogs are:

Responsibility

This could be the very reason why parents would have dogs while raising their children. The idea of feeding them on time, bathing with them, playing with them, and taking good care of these dogs would help children learn at a very young age some sense of responsibility. Children would bring and live with it as they grow older and face more obligations in the future.

Safety

Due to the dog’s size, parents would avoid unexpected incidents that might happen whenever they play around. Dogs, whether large or small, are playful. The strength of a large dog might cause accidents to children smaller than them. Sometimes, dogs would not be aware of this if they are already too playful, and especially if they are having fun with the children they play with which is why you might use a carrier for your dog such as the K9 Sport Sack

Life Span

With proper care and regular visits to a veterinarian, an average life span of a small dog is 12-14 years compared to large dogs that would live for about 8 years. This would mean more time to spend with children to teach them more things as they grow old together. This would also give them time to build memories and stronger relationship.

Maintenance

Both maintenance of the dog and the house of course. Small dogs do not occupy much space and would not reach things they might want to reach. The household is more easy to maintain with small dogs. You would them break things around the house when playing. Small dogs also poop less and pee less, so it is easier to clean up after them. In addition, maintenance of small dogs is easier than for big dogs.

Building relationship

Parents are able to teach their children a lot of things if they own a pet. Small dogs could be like a little sibling to children who would need attention, love, and care. As they grow up it would not be difficult for them to show their emotions to other people too. Pets would also help children control their emotions and discover new things about their personality.

To have a pet and children playing around at home seems to add more life to a household. It could be quite difficult to own a pet but living with them is worth living. Small dogs are like infants and toddler are too so it would be like adding another little warrior at home to build more wonderful memories as a family.

Why Large Dogs are Good Pets

Here are some large dogs you may want to consider as pets, Great Dane, Labrador, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Doberman, and Chowchow. They are some of the most famously known dog breeds. They are great companions, and good watch dogs too being able to scare away possible intruders because of their size.

Large dogs may seem intimidating and you would think they would be difficult to handle, but they are more relaxed, affectionate and most are more good natured than smaller breeds. As these dogs are larger animals, they are less likely to get scared of people. They have higher chances to be adaptable to others, and thus meeting new friends or socializing would not be much of a problem for these dogs.

One of the biggest considerations to make when choosing a pet is the space it would occupy in your house. But, because large dogs have a gentle and calm nature, they may still be a good fit for owners that live in smaller spaces. While they are not as playful as the smaller dogs, always consider the fact that you should have adequate space for the dog to walk and run. Also, make sure that you have time to spare to bring them out for regular walks in the park for exercise.

Apart from space, one of the things you need to think about is the expense of owning a dog. Large dogs would definitely require higher quality food so they can remain in good health, a larger crate, bigger collar and leash, greater medical expenses, and grooming would be more expensive as well.

Large dogs are easier to train than small dogs as well, as they tend to be smarter dogs than the others, and they are always eager and enjoy learning. Some have a very calm nature, and only shows enthusiasm when they are out of the house or during their playtime. That is why it is important to have a consistent routine in which would also help to train them the appropriate time to behave and to play around.

Here are some breed characteristics that you would need to consider when choosing the right pet dog for you:

1. Adaptability – ability to adjust to environment, new places and new people.
2. Sensitivity- some dogs require more attention than others, and some require consistent and regular routines.
3. Easy to groom- some dogs require regular bathing and grooming, and you should consider the expense that goes with that.
4. Health – some breeds are more prone to health conditions than others, and you should always ask the vet for common illness that can affect the health condition of your pet.
5. Energy Level – consider the type of lifestyle you have as this could influence whether you want a high energy companion or a low energy one who can just sleep all day.

Whatever size you choose, may it be large dog or small dog, any dog can give you unconditional love, provide great comfort especially for people who are on their own, very protective of their family, and they are one of the greatest companions.