Dogs and humans have been best friends for long. While dogs give unconditional love, loyalty and friendship to their owners, we are responsible for their proper care, food and water, shelter, safety, regular veterinary care and exercise. Here are some tips to take good care of your dogs:
1. Get your dogs vaccinated against rabies and other diseases at the correct time.
2. Proper shelter for a dog may include a fence yard and a doghouse for large and active dogs. However, most dogs crave for companionship and do not like to be alone for long periods of time outside the home. The family should spend some time with him too.
3. Regular veterinarian check-ups will keep your dog healthy.
4. If you do not want to breed the dog, get it neutered, which is just a routine surgery. It helps your dog to live longer, be healthier and have fewer behavior problems.
5. A nutritionally balanced diet with constant access to fresh water is as good for your dog, as it is for you.
6. Trained dogs behave better and share greater bonding with their owners. Use positive reinforcement training techniques to train the dog.
7. Walk your dog twice a day to exercise your dog and keep him physically fit. However, the level of exercise depends on the breed and age of the dog.
8. Be as loyal and faithful to your canine as you expect him to be to you. Any persistent behavior problems should be brought to the notice of your veterinarian.
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Your Dogs Mind
Dogs share a range of needs, feelings and emotions with people. They are sociable and thrive on companionship, with their own kind and with us. They enjoy mental and physical exercise. They respond to rewards and develop bad habits when get bored. They are always learning, not just when they are being schooled. However, dogs are not people in disguise. Each dog has its own personality, intelligence, tolerance and trainability. Despite centuries of selective breeding, your dog still thinks like its wolf ancestors. It’s a pack animal wanting to know its place in the pack and respond to the pack leader’s commands. In your dog’s mind, you and your family are pack leaders. You make decisions and your dog complies. Understand how your dog thinks and you will enjoy the company with your companion pet.
There are a few easy rules of dog training: keep it short, keep it simple, keep it fun – for both of you. Your attitude & freshness during training is important as your dog’s. If you are not in the mood, forget it – postpone until you are. Your objective is to reinforce the social relationship your dog should have with you. You are leader of the pack and your dog is an obedient follower.
Dogs respond best to short, sharp commands, given with obvious hand signals. Avoid constantly repeating a command, since this will confuse your dog. Attract your pet?s attention by speaking its name, then give your command. The inflection in your voice is important, as are facial expressions. Smile when you are pleased, and scowl at the dog if it willfully disobeys your command.
Basic commands :
Coming to you:
Stand a short distance away from the puppy, in a quiet environment with no distractions. With a food treat visible in your hand, speak the puppy’s name and as it begins to move forward, give the command come. As the puppy moves towards you, praise it by saying “good boy/girl”using a bright enthusiastic tone of voice and give the food treat that you are holding as it reaches you.
Sit and Lie down:
As the puppy has learnt the “come” command, call the puppy. As it reaches you, slowly move the treat up over its head. The puppy will sit in order to keep its eyes on the food. Give the command “sit” as it starts to bend his hind legs. Reward him by giving him a food treat as it does correctly.
Once the puppy is sitting, take the food treat near the nose. As the puppy’s nose follows the treat, move it forward to the front of the body. As the puppy starts to lie down, give the command “Down”. When the puppy has lied down, reward the puppy and give him the food treat.
Walking in a straight line, with the puppy following the scent of the food reward in your hand, give the command ?Heel?. Always hold the leash firmly and at a short distance from the colar. Do not allow the puppy to move here and there. Keep giving command ?heel?. As he does correctly, give the food reward.
Command the dog to sit. As the dog sits, step forward with your right foot. Give the command “Stay” as you move forward. Keep gentle eye contact with your dog and move forward slowly. If the dog starts moving or coming to you, stop him and put him in sit position again. Again step forward. As the dog stays when you move some distance from him, reward the dog for staying and than command him to come. As the dog comes to you, reward him with a food treat.
Irritate the dog by hitting gently around the mouth of the dog. As the dog barks, give him the command “speak” and reward him of doing so. Make sure that the dog doesn’t overbark. If the dog speaks when the command “speak” is given, reward him with a food treat.
Once the dog understands to speak, command it to be “Quiet” while it is barking. Give the food reward as soon as it stops.
Hold the colar to prevent the dog from following the treat. Push the treat towards the dog’s paws. As the dog lifts its paw, move your clenched hand under it and then slightly up off the floor. When the dog’s paw rests on the fist, lift it up and issue the command “Paw”. Then give the food reward. Repeat the exercise.
Repeat the above procedure everyday (2-3 sessions of 10 minutes per day) and your dog will learn all the above mentioned basic commands in a few weeks.
Note: Training should be enjoyable for both you and your dog. Always begin training in a quiet environment and increase distractions over several weeks, until the dog behaves well in any environment. Keep the session short, only train when you and your dog are alert and never issue commands you cannot enforce. End each session on a positive note.
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