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How to Introduce Your Puppy to a Leash?

A puppy is like a newborn child and it will need a lot of time and attention if he is to learn how to walk properly you will need to guide him each and every step off the way, and ensure that he gets all the love and support that he can from you.

Patience

The first thing you need to remember is the fact that you need to be incredibly patient with your pup. The concept of a leash will be new to him, and hence you must do your outmost to put him at ease. Take it slow initially and let your pup take his time whilst he is trying to adjust to his leash.

Find a Suitable Collar and Leash

Next up you need to remember the fact that you will need a collar and a leash which is suitable for your pooch. I would recommend you check out the wide variety that is available at Kustom-Fit Halters. I usually buy all of my collar and leashes from them and they seem to fit my dogs perfectly.

Baby Steps

Puppy Leash Introduction

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First and foremost, let your dog familiarize himself with a collar and a leash. Be warned though some pets have a tendency to throw temper tantrums and hence they will have a tendency to resist putting on a collar or attaching a leash. Hence I recommend that you put the collar on preferably while you are feeding your pooch as at this time he will be occupied with eating food, and it is highly likely that he will be fully focused on his food and will not notice that you have slipped on the collar on his neck. From then on let him get accustomed to his leash and let time do his magic, sure initially he will try to scratch and claw the collar off but after a while you will find that your pup has gotten accustomed to the idea of having a collar around his neck, and doesn’t seem to mind it as such.

Leash and Playtime Go Together

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Basic psychology indicates that if we associate a behavior with something positive, then it is more than likely to result in the subject looking forward to performing that action which will lead to the said behavior. In laymen terms the concept is famously known as Pavlov’s Dog. Hence similarly if you associate the leash with playtime, it is very likely that your pup will start associating his leash with a fun activity and will actually look forward the next time you attach a leash to his collar. Initially start of small and then take your pup to long walks, and maybe head towards the park. Such activities will only strengthen the association of the leash with playtime.

Encourage

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Initially do not yank on the leash and expect that the pup will follow each and every one of your commands. If however he does listen to your commands that is great news for you, however the chances are that he will be a bit stubborn and will refuse to heel. When that happens just exercise patience and kneel down and encourage and pet your pup to guide him towards the desired behavior. Some dogs might just sit down and refuse to move, in such a situation move a few steps away kneel down and offer your pooch a treat. This is an effective trick and it works every time. The reason for this is again due to positive association.

Introducing your pooch to a leash can be a bit of a challenge but with love and a lot of care you can overcome it quite easily.

Training Your Dog to Walk on a Leash

There is a belief amongst many dog owners that dogs are inherently supposed to know how to walk on a leash; however, that is more often than not the case especially if you have a shelter dog, and chances are that you will probably have to train them. Here are some tips that are going to help your dog master the art of walking on a leash.

Before You Start

Training Your Dog To Walk on a Leash

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The pre-leash stage is as important as the training exercises and whatnot. Here you check the fact that the leash and other equipment that you need is in order. In case you need to buy a leash or any other equipment for that matter, I recommend checking out Kustom-Fit Halters, as they have a wide variety too choose from.

Introducing Your Dog to the Leash

The first thing you do is monitor your dog’s behavior there may be times when he tugs at the leash and tries to break free, but at other times he will prod along and walk with you. In psychology there is a term called as Pavlov’s dog which refers to positive reinforcement and behavior modification. We basically are trying to achieve the same results. By rewarding the dog every time the leash goes slack. Give him a treat and a pat on the back to make sure that he repeats the behavior again and again till it becomes a habit.

A Cue

Training Your Dog To Walk on a Leash

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Let’s refer to Pavlov again, what Pavlov did was introduce a cue to let the dog know that food is coming, and his mouth would start to salivate. Similarly what you are going to do is use a clicker or some other means to let the dog know that food is nearby. The second he looks at you and adheres to your command reward him with a treat.

Reinforce

Training Your Dog To Walk on a Leash

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By now I am assuming that you have got the basics down to a notch however it is understandable if your dog is not repeating the behavior as often as required, and it’s probably going to take a lot of love and patience for him to master the desired behavior. Remember dogs have a short attention span, and hence their mind diverts within seconds, make your dog come to you by backing up a few spaces and then allow him to come to you, the second he does that again reward him with a treat.

Practice

Training Your Dog To Walk on a Leash

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Once you have got the basics mastered regularly practice with your dog around 25 minutes daily, teach him about the behavior expected of him, and guide him at all times. Behavior reinforcement is largely successful if it’s done on a regular basis, and done in an environment which fosters growth and learning. Offer your dog treats and praises every time he comes to you with a leash on, and ensure that he can practice in a distraction free environment.

It’s Time to go Outside

It’s now time to head to the great outdoors, and put your dog’s skills to the test. Remember that you are bound to be confronted with new challenges as your dog gets accustomed to the new surroundings (chasing squirrels is particularly troublesome), but you can overcome this with love, patience and some training. Remember to follow these tips, to ensure that your dog has no trouble at all whilst walking on a leash.

Dog/puppy Training Advice

Never ever treat dog training like a diet, and give up on it after 3 days; some dogs learn a lot in 3 days, some take 3 weeks for a simple command. If you are going to get a puppy you need to remember what that puppy grows up like is down to you, if you don’t put the effort and time in while they are young you will probably face issues in later life, If you get a puppy at 8-10 weeks your looking at approx 2 hours training per day, almost every day for the first 4 months of the dogs life, but remember this, if the dog lives to 15 years old then what’s 4 months of dedicated committed training at the beginning.

One thing that is really important with any dog, especially puppies is set the house rules early, as long as they are fair, you have to decide things like, Shall I let my dog on the sofa, shall I allow my dog upstairs, or in the bed with me, Shall I allow my dog free roam of the downstairs ect…. Just make sure you have a couple of rules at least, it will help the dog learn. Everyone has different wants, needs and expectations for there dogs.

It is important to remember that most puppy’s will nip, it is often seen as quite sweet and cute in a 8-10-12 week old puppy, and sometimes yes they grow out of it, but most don’t. It is a natural thing for a puppy to do but you have to teach it that it is not acceptable doing it to people, If you don’t you will probably end up with a 2-3 year old dog who still does it, not so funny anymore is it. The best way in my opinion is to implement the discipline (explained earlier in the book) allowing for the age of the dog, If it is a 10-12 week old puppy then a stern No and finger pointing every time it nips, if it ignores this 2-3 times then get up, walk away, ignore the pup, if it follows and keeps on then repeat the stern ‘No’ followed by a stern ‘Enough’ and put in the naughty place.

By: Terry Miles of www.homecountiesdogtraining.com

Budget Bites – Inexpensive Strategies to Deal with Pet Mess

If you’re like me, not much infuriates you more than a pet who continues to make a messy on the clean carpet. Pets are a joy to have around; they provide companionship, give us a low-maintenance responsibility, and are simply fun to cuddle up with under a warm fleece on a rainy Saturday afternoon. But they are not as trainable when it comes to potty duties. They will occasionally use your carpet or floor as a toilet. It is generally too expensive to call in the carpet cleaners or to replace a carpet each time it occurs, so let’s go over some of the precautions and solutions to dealing with pet mess.

Walk the Walk

Never forget to take your pets on walks. Dogs especially, but cats as well. Do it on a regular schedule so your pet knows exactly when it is about to be taken outside. If you’re a city dweller be sure to keep the neighborhood clean and pick up after your pet does the duty. I use two plastic grocery bags I get from WinCo or Walmart, put it over my hand like a glove, grab the droppings, and pull it inside out so that it doesn’t get on my hands and I’ve got a disposable way to collect pet waste.

Iron/Paper Towel Combo

A friend led me on to this one. When a pet urinates on the carpet, using Lysol or Resolve to scrub up the mess works but there is still just that little bit of waste imbedded in the carpet. A great way to lift those tough to get particles from the carpet is using a hot iron and some paper towels. Get the iron hot, place a paper towel on the carpet, then slowly move the iron across the paper towel in circular motions. The urine will begin to soak into the paper towel.

Apple Bitter Taste Deterrent

Grannick’s Apple Bitter is a great product that can be used for all sorts of pet training. If a pet makes a mess, spray some Apple Bitter on the end of a towel. Take the pet to the area in which it made the mess and put the Apple Bitter towel up to the pet’s nose. Dogs are generally pretty smart about knowing what they did wrong, but I don’t have the experience with cats. Apple Bitter causes the animal to associate the bad action with the Apple Bitter. I was able to train my Labrador after only two Apple Bitter exercises.

Pet Crate

Pet crates can be used to house the animal during long days at the office. While not allowing them the freedom to roam about, pet crates are a way to eliminate a pet’s contact with your floor or carpet. Pets will also not leave waste in the crate.

When all else fails and the mess becomes too much for the carpet, a solid carpet cleaning service for your home might be tough to avoid. While it might be tough to come to terms with, this may be the best option. Be sure to take all the inexpensive precautionary steps so you can save money in dealing with pet waste. If you’re smart about the situation, you can prevent pet mess before it even occurs in addition to train the pet that using your home as a restroom is an unfavorable action.

By: Keith Benton

Make Your Dog Work For His Dinner – Train Him To Be A Security Guard!

In the fight against crime, you must do all that you can to protect you and your family. If you have a dog, then he is a great weapon in defending your home from intruders. The idea of someone breaking into your home and stealing things, putting you and your family at a huge risk, is simply awful, but the good news is that with heightened security and a fierce guard dog you will be far safer and less likely to be burgled. In this article we are going to tell you how to train your dog to defend your property – he will probably want to do it instinctively anyway so you shouldn’t find it too difficult. Here’s how:

Take Him to Obedience Classes

The first thing you need to do is to train your dog how to be obedient, and the best way to do this is to take him along for some obedience training. You should be able to find a local training school that will be able to help you with this. The better your dog is at behaving himself, the easier you will find it to get him to guard your house for you. Be consistent in your training and let him know the difference between good behaviour and bad behaviour.

Help Your Dog Understand the House’s Boundaries

Your dog needs to understand exactly where the boundaries of the house that he is to protect actually are. Take him around the property, allowing him to familiarize himself with the gates, fences and walls so that he starts to understand the area that he is responsible for protecting.

Teach Him How to Respond to Friendly Faces

Your dog needs to know that not every visitor is a burglar! Show him who is to be trusted by allowing them to pet him and make friends with him. He will pick up on your vibes, so make sure you are friendly to whoever comes to the door. Reprimand your dog for barking at a friend, but treat him and give him a stroke if he barks at unfamiliar faces such as a delivery man or a random visitor. He will then start to know what he should do if he sees an unfamiliar face in the house when you are not around. Wait until he has finished barking before you give him his treat.

Make It Clear He’s There

You may well find that the simple act of putting a ‘beware of the dog’ sign on your garden gate is enough to deter burglars. After all, they won’t want to risk coming face to face with an angry dog so they are more likely to move on and attack somewhere else. Leaving out a dog bowl is another great way to let people know a dog lives in the house.

Having a guard dog in the house offers you real reassurance and peace of mind, especially when you go to bed at night. Be sure to investigate whenever he barks so that you know for sure that the house is safe.

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By Nancy Baker
Nancy Baker, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger, currently writing for, Queensland Security Solutions, a leading full service security service provider, based in Brisbane. She admires the defence forces and the work they do and enjoys blogging about her thoughts. You can reach Nancy via Twitter @Nancy_Baker_.