This question comes with many answers, both positive and negative, and it may depend on who you ask. For example, experts agree that the best training method is through positive reinforcement. But what does that mean exactly? Should you use food and treats to train your dog? Or not?
Dogs provide us with hours of entertainment and endless love and affection. No matter how bad your day was, coming home to a jumping, excited ball of fur will lift your mood instantly. Committing yourself to teaching your dog some tricks is a fun way to spend time with your dog and a great way to make your day even better.
Dogs need exercise, regardless of the weather. In snow, sunshine or rain, they still need mental and physical stimulation. If they don’t get enough activity throughout the day, they may invent their own fun activities out of your shoes, books, furniture, or anything else that can be chewed on. Of course, there are some days where the weather may be too hot, too cold, too windy, or where you just feel like doing something else with your dog. On these days, it’s good idea to have a variety of ideas for ways you can entertain your dog in the comfort of your own home. And luckily, there are lots of things you can do indoors that may keep your dog mentally and physically in shape. These few dog entertainment ideas may be helpful!
The key to any training is consistency; if you’re not consistent, you’re not going to get the result you want. Doesn’t matter if it’s dogs, cats, people or even elephants– learning is achieved through identifying patterns. These few tips can teach you consistency in your dog training:
What’s better than watching our dogs take off through an open field – happy, playing and running free? When our dogs are happy, we are happy! Sadly, our four-legged friends can’t be off-leash everywhere and we have to teach them to walk on a leash. Some dogs aren’t comfortable with leash-walking so putting on the leash can be quite a challenge. To improve your dog’s leash-behavior and the enjoyment of walks for both of you, check out these tips on training your dog walking on a leash.
We teach our children important, basic commands to keep them safe and stop them from running out in front of a car or putting something dangerous in their mouth. For the same reasons, dogs should also be taught certain commands. Whether you have a puppy or an older dog there are certain basic commands every dog should know. (more…)
There is no doubt that your dog is happiest when you’re home. Dogs are social animals, and living in a group is part of their nature. They perceive their owners as members of their pack and want to spend time with us, watch us and help us. However, not many of us can spend all day with our dogs, although it would be great if we could. We have work, school, family, friends and other commitments in our lives. Do you feel bad about leaving your dog alone? You don’t need to as long as you follow a couple of guidelines.
Dog begging for food is one of the most common behavior problems that dog owners face, but also one of the most difficult ones. I mean, who can say no to those big, puppy dog eyes? Not easy at all! An unfortunate side effect of loving our dogs so much is that we would like to give them everything that they want. Begging may seem cute, but it can actually lead to bigger problems like jumping, pawing and even barking. So what to do?
The hunting behaviors in dogs is one of the most dangerous of the natural behaviors that we, dog owners, have to deal with. Almost every dog has a natural tendency toward some predatory behavior which may be a challenge for pet parents. We see it already in the early months when our pups start chasing leaves and butterflies in the garden – which is quite cute and adorable. But, as our dogs get older, the hunting behavior can be dangerous if we don’t know how to handle it. We have a few tips for you!