You should start training your puppy or dog at an early age and from the very moment you
take ownership. Positive reinforcement methods work the best - you reward your dog with
praise, petting and a food item such as a biscuit or doggie chocolate drop.
Classical Conditioning A Dog
As your dog
ages it will also learn through classical conditioning e.g. Lucy starts getting excited
whenever I reach for my jacket, trainers or her leash because she recognises these items and
associates them with going for a walk. She also associates her bowl with getting fed and
will sit rigidly to attention, even if I just pick it up to wash it!
Whilst my four legged companion sat beside me I wrote a book which tells the story of
The Drummer Boy.
This novel is about the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo who haunts a modern day army nurse.
Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty's Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War.
Flat-Coated Retriever (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
is a detailed flat coated retrievers book, published by Kennel Club Books, which will prove useful to any owner. Chapters include the history of the Flat Coat dog, advice on choosing a puppy, health care and training tips.
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One way to use positive reinforcement during puppy training is with a dog clicker. There is a
picture and more information of this great training aid at Pet Planet.
100 Ways to Train the Perfect Dog is a stage by stage guide to training your puppy or dog. Each training session is fully explained and fully illustrated with some lovely photos of dogs enjoying the various aspects of dog training. The authors have an extensive understanding of dog behaviour and write in an easy to understand way as they guide the reader through various training tips such as housetraining, teaching a dog to take treats from your hand, retrieving objects, carrying objects, allowing children to stroke, heel walking, sit and stay and even skateboarding!
Teaching Your Dog With Praise And Love
Please never be tempted to smack or hit your dog with any objects - it could cause internal
damage to your dog and will only teach it to be afraid of you. A dog loves attention - use this
to your advantage and give it regular training and praise. For example to toilet train your puppy
or dog take it to the area of garden it should use as its toileting area. Wait with it to
use the toilet and say a key word you want it to learn such as "toilet" "do toilet" and when
it does do the toilet praise the dog and give it a food treat. Keep repeating this and the dog
will soon learn from the repetition of the words and actions and the food rewards. A puppy
may still soil indoors - do not punish it but quietly clean it up and persevere - toilet training
can take up to three months. The best time to toilet train your puppy is after meals and at
bedtime. A puppy or dog will also get restless, start sniffing around in circles or go to
the door when it needs to go to the toilet - always respond to these signs and allow it access to
its toileting area.
Dog Toilet Training
Another way of dog toilet training if your dog or puppy is persistently marking his or her territory or still urinating around the house is to use the paper
dog toilet training. The next time your dog or older puppy urinates inside the house on a moppable floor such as vinyl or wooden flooring get an old towel or cloth and
soak up all the urine. Now rub this onto some newspaper (sorry if this sounds disgusting!) and keep this. It is now marked with your dog's or own puppy's scent. Now
place this urine soaked paper onto the interior floor near to the outside area where you want to teach your dog or puppy to toilet. After each indoor accident move
the newspaper nearer to the outside door until you should be out of the door and placing the newspaper in the garden. This toilet training tip for your dog can
work equally well when toilet training an older dog in a new home. Success is shown when your dog or puppy sits patiently at the door with his or her full bladder waiting
to go out to the toilet.
The Dog Poop Disposal page gives advice on how to get rid of your dog poo safely and hygienically.
If your dog is younger then you should combine this dog toilet training with walking your dog in an area where many other dogs urinate. Your dog or puppy should
soon associate these smells with the correct place to go to the toilet.
Commands, such as "sit", "lie down", "stay" "leave" "bed" etc, needs to be taught as early as possible. Start
with the sit command - this is a natural position for a dog to adopt and will be easily mastered. You
may need to apply gentle pressure over the dog's hindquarters to encourage them to adopt the
position, remembering to say the command and offer praise and a food treat. A good time to teach
the sit command is at mealtimes, rewarding the dog by placing their food bowl down.
This can be repeated with other commands such as stay. Place the puppy/dog in its bed and
say the command stay, remembering to say the command and offer praise and a food treat if
it stays. If not place the puppy/dog back in and repeat until successful.
Puppy training can even get you into the Guinness World Records as owner Heidi Demi found out when her four year old Terrier cross called Gustl was listed for the record most clothes retrieved from a washing line by a dog. Thirteen items were retrieved in one minute and clever Gustl obeys over 50 commands from owner Heidi from Germany.
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