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Teach Your Dog The Sit Stay Command – A Step By Step Guide

This training method uses a clicker and rewards to teach a dog to sit and stay. The dog is first taught to associate the clicker with a reward. You click and then reward. The click is used immediately the dog performs or approximates the required action. This removes any confusion in the dog's mind about why he is being rewarded.

Step 1: Lure Your Dog Into Position

Step 1 Lure Your Dog Into Position

The first step in the training is to lure the dog into position. If you hold the treat above his head he is likely to lower his butt and move his head up. As soon as he does this click the clicker and give him a treat.

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Clicker Training For Dogs – Positive Reinforcement On Steroids

Clicker Training For Dogs

One of the most common and successful techniques for training animals is positive reinforcement. The basis of the technique is to reward and encourage desired behavior. However, one of the problems with this is getting the timing exactly right. The reward has to  given immediately after the desired action has been performed. So if, for example, the animal performs the action and then sneezes and then gets his treat or reward it will not know what the treat is for. It could be either the desired action or the sneeze. This is where clicker training for dogs is useful.

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Learn To Use Positive Reinforcement to Train Your Dog

Learn To Use Positive Reinforcement to Train Your Dog

Positive reinforcement is simply a system of giving your dog a reward when it does what you want it to. So, if you would like to be the owner of a well trained obedient pet, use positive reinforcement to train your dog.

The reward can take the form of a treat or simply praise. In the long term it is probably better to stop using treats and focus on praise. One of the most difficult aspects of training your dog with positive reinforcement is letting him know why he is receiving the reward. The reward must be given within seconds of the dog performing the action required. If you wait longer than this, the dog becomes confused about what he is doing right. For this reason some trainers use a clicker. With this method the dog performs an action, immediately hears the clicker and then receives a reward. He begins to associate the clicker with the reward. He is never confused about which action has earned the reward.

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How To Stop Your Dog Begging For Food

How To Stop Your Dog Begging For Food

Your dog is probably begging because it has been rewarded for this behavior in the past. So if you want to stop your dog begging for food you need to stop rewarding for it.

It is difficult to ignore those big brown eyes staring at you or following your fork all the way from your plate to your mouth. Unfortunately, you have to learn to ignore them.

If you feed your dog before your eat your own meal he will not be hungry and it will be easier to teach him to stop begging.

While you are eating the dog needs to be somewhere else. Otherwise, it is too easy to make and exception and this would be counter productive.

You need to decide where your dog is to be while you are eating. If this is his bed or basket then he will need to be taught this and rewarded to stay there.

Remember, you will get whatever behavior you reinforce. So, decide the outcome you want and reward your dog each time he performs or approximates that behavior.​

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Preventing Dog Bites

Preventing Dog Bites

Preventing dog bites is an important issue for dog owners. Every year more than 800000 people visit hospitals to receive treatment for dog bites. This is just a small proportion of the more than 4 million people that get bitten. Unfortunately approximately 50 percent of those bitten are children.

Pet owners and parents should try to understand the possible reasons for dogs biting children. Most dog bites are from dogs the children are familiar with. They can often be as a result of a child unknowingly provoking the dog. Sometimes a child will upset the dog by pulling its fur or tail but can also occur when a dog is sick or injured.

Having a dog in a family is a benefit for all family members. However, it is essential to avoid situations which could lead to an attack.

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How long does it take to potty train a puppy?

How long does it take to potty train a puppy

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One of the most common questions people ask when they get a new puppy is: "how long will it take to potty train my puppy?" Of course it is not possible to give a definite answer without knowing the exact circumstances. However, on the ThatMutt blog they discuss all the things you should consider before starting.


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