Cassandra has enjoyed training her dog, Daisy, with a variety of command words and seeing Daisy's confidence grow.
Dogs Are Simple If You Teach Them Well
Dogs are fun-loving creatures who want to prove their love to their family. They are willing to do whatever it takes to love you. But if you misunderstand them or condemn them, they will be confused and unable to please you. You must teach them skills, language and tools to please you.
Teach them ten or twenty command words and use them with authority. Never use your dog’s name as a command to come or to stop bad behaviour. This doesn’t work. Instead, use commands such as the following:
- Drop it
- Let go
- Go get it
- Lay down
- Good boy/girl
Write down the ten or twenty most important things your dog can do for you to make you feel good. Then teach your dog. Repeat them, and be consistent. Your dogs look to you for authority. If you look to them for authority, good luck.
9 Things to Teach Your Dog
Here are nine good ways to raise your dog up right. Your dog should learn to do the following:
1. Come When You Call
Reward your dog for coming, sometimes with cookies, sometimes not, and always pat them on the head when they arrive. Even when they are late or dawdling, always praise them on their return.
2. Go to the Bathroom Outside
Never allow your dog to use the indoors as their facility. Every time it happens teach them by showing them to the door with their collar kindly, and put the waste outside. Over time they will get your message.
3. Bark Only Reasonably
Train your dog to have some distance from you with in the house by leaving the dog behind a closed door for gradually increasing varying periods of time. (This tip is borrowed from a Swede I met in Oslo, Norway, with a new Black Lab.) Separation anxiety is a cause for barking.
4. Stay at Home Without Destroying Furniture (or Peace and Quiet)
Leave them at home with plenty of food and water and toys out. Gradually increase the amount of time spent away from home. Reward them with a treat upon your return. Praise them for ‘Waiting’. Give your dog this vocabulary.
5. Protect Your Home and Your Children
This is your dog’s natural instinct. Never laugh or downplay your dog’s protective acts. Remember that they pick up on your delivery of words as well as the words themselves and they understand more than you know because they listen to you constantly.
6. Eat Nutritiously
Deliver your dogs meals in a timely manner first thing in the morning. This gives them a sense of safety and as they wake up with an empty stomach as you do. Combine kibble with wet food to delight them. Add some scraps from the table to make them feel included.
7. Be Gentle With Other Dogs
Sit them down when a dog approaches. Teach them to respect other dogs, no rough playing or pushing allowed. Use your voice strictly and loudly to divert any roughhousing between dogs. No or Stop commanded alerts them and you’ll be able to separate them.
8. Have Manners Around Children
Sit them down to introduce them to children. Teach children who approach to stand back first and observe the dog from at least two feet away. Give a few moments to see how the dog reacts. Most friendly dogs will want to see and smell a child’s hand. They can smell cookies a mile away. Teach the child to approach the dog with their hand out to allow the dog to smell it. Then they can pat the dog on the head. Say, Good dog.
9. Stay off the Sofa
Don’t talk about the sofa, don’t debate using the sofa, draw the line and use it only for yourself. Sweep off a dog who over steps household boundaries. Then let the matter go. Matter of Fact.
Daisy Feels Confident
Daisy is a confident dog. She even has high self-esteem, mentioned by a passerby when they watched Daisy in a park. Notice in the video below how she always looks back to check on me and listens to me. She's even smiling.
Daisy is a happy dog, and I strive to give her the most vocabulary so that she understands what is happening around her. I always prepare her for things in advance so she feels she has some control, and this reduces her anxiety. She's the best dog I've ever had! My first dog.
Daisy and a Birthday Wish!
Pigs require little in the way of housing and can be kept indoors or out. They can be toilet trained like dogs. Indoor pigs will need their own space, preferably their own room with a pile of blankets to nest in. Because pigs love to nest, you should provide them with straw or sawdust outside or blankets inside.
Vietnamese Potbellied Pig
In contrast to many full-sized hogs, which can tip the scales at 600 to 1,500 pounds, adult potbellieds average just 120 pounds – which is still plenty for an animal that’s smart enough to open the refrigerator door.
Enroll your puppy, under 1 year old -- but older than 8 to 10 weeks old so he is weaned -- in the American Kennel Club's S.T.A.R. Puppy Program. This program consists of a series of six or more obedience classes taught by an AKC Canine Good Citizen-approved instructor. These classes teach basic obedience commands, including housetraining, and allow your puppy to socialize with other dogs and people. At the end of the program you receive a certificate of your dog's competency which allows him to continue on to other training programs.
Attend the AKC's Canine Good Citizen training program classes with your puppy. The S.T.A.R. program acts as a precursor to this program of more advanced training. Some therapy dog programs, such as Therapy Dogs International, require this training before allowing your dog to register with its organization. This program is generally a good way to prepare your dog for such training, even if not required. These classes teach more advanced obedience techniques, work on your dog's temperament and continue to socialize him.
To find classes in your area, contact your local SPCA, animal shelter or AKC breed-specific club (for pedigreed dogs), to see if they offer AKC CGC program classes many of these organizations offer this program to all breeds of dogs.
Raising a rescue dog can be a delightful, though unpredictable, experience. Depending on the dog you get – and the home you keep, and the training you provide – you may have no problems at all in regards to pet safety and leash training. Or the animal may need intense dog training, and you may need to hire a professional to work on the behavioral issues.
Different rescue dogs have different needs and challenges. Here are critical tips to assist you with potty training, behavioral problems, and food training.
Regarding potty training issues: routine is king. Minimize the animal’s stress, if possible, particularly if he or she had been abused. Give the dog a lot of time outside, and limit the animal’s space, particularly in the beginning, so that he or she avoids trying to mark territory in unrecognized areas of the home. Be consistent and compassionate.
Regarding behavioral training, first identify problems related to anxiety or aggression. Understand what you’re dealing with, before you develop solutions. You won’t solve aggressive tendencies or anxiety symptoms in one or two dog training sessions. Give the dog time to develop trust and heal, psychologically, from any past trauma. While you’re getting to know each other, avoid situations that could provoke aggressive or destructive behavior. For instance, keep the dog away from precious furniture or small children, until you’re confident that he or she can handle such situations.
Choose appropriate food. Dogs are omnivores, like humans are, but many dog foods contain lot of corn and grain and refined flour – elements that would never occur in a dog’s natural diet. Researchers believe that refined carbohydrates in dog foods may, in fact, explain the recent epidemic of diabetes and obesity in canines. Feed your dog foods that he or she evolved to eat. Stick to your routine, and talk to your vet if you have questions about a particular food or dietary regimen.
Purchasing Your Prairie Dog
Baby prairie dogs generally become available in the United States between the months of April and July. This is around the time when they breed and then pups are collected. In an effort to control their population, thousands of prairie dog pups are collected each spring and summer by vacuuming them out of their burrows.
A revamped sewer truck is often used to suck the rodents out of their homes they are then either used as food for endangered wild animals such as eagles and black-footed ferrets (which naturally controlled the population until humans drove the species to near extinction), or they are sold to the pet trade.
Baby prairie dogs make better pets than captured adults since they are more easily trained. Owners consider them very affectionate but if kept by themselves, prairie dogs will demand a huge amount of attention. If raised with other prairie dogs, as they should be, they will bond more with their rodent family than with their human family, but this is the much more natural and healthy choice for them.