Advice To Help You With Your Dog
Do you want to own a dog? Do you know what it takes to truly care for your dog in the best way possible? If you think you know it all, but want to learn more, or if you’re a novice, this article provides a ton of up-to-date information about owning a dog, so read on.
Crate Training for the Puppy
Puppies generally need enclosed small places to feel secure. Crating works because the pup feels safe in his own private place. Some think that crating is like placing the pup in jail. In this instance, you should never use the crate to administer punishment.
Make sure the size of the crate is comparable to the dog. It is fine to get a larger crate if the dog will grow into it. Use a partition board to keep the crate smaller until th pup grows. Make sure the animal has enough room to lie down, turn around, and stand up comfortably.
Introduce him to the crate first. Let him explore around it. He may go in or just sniff around it at first. He will slowly become at ease with the structure. Begin by placing the pup in the crate for 20 minutes at a time. If he starts to whine, you should ignore it. Placing a cover over top of the cage also helps. It makes the crate seem more confined. You can also put a toy or blanket inside with him.
After twenty minutes, take him out of the crate and then straight outside to potty. Praise him if he does. Take him back inside afterward, and play with him for about half an hour. Then place him back in the crate again. If he doesn’t go in, throw a treat inside. Praise when he enters and close the door. Try another twenty minutes. Puppies can be confined for one hour for each month old they are plus one hour. If your puppy is four months old, he should be ale to build up to five hours.
Never leave puppies in the crate for longer than eight hours. They need to be let out at regular intervals to exercise and potty. Following a schedule is the best way for a new puppy. He will come to learn wha is expected and comply with minimal fuss.
If there are prescription and other medications within your home, keep them away from your dog. Swallowing even one pill can end very badly, with a sick or dying dog. If, by chance, a dog does eat some of your pills, contact the vet right away.
Pet-proof your home before bringing a dog into it, just as you would for a crawling toddler. You need to move anything toxic to a higher shelf and consider the danger that plants may pose if nibbled by your dog. Remember that anti-freeze is deadly and that leaving things like pennies or crayons on floors can pose a choking hazard to curious pups.
Avoid impersonating a medical professional when it comes to your dog’s health. In an attempt to save money, many people try to diagnose their pet’s conditions or use human treatments on various elements and that can be very dangerous to the animal. If you can’t afford full vet care, tell that to the doctor and ask their advice anyway or if they could arrange a payment plan for you.
A Trained Dog Is Happier
Train to the five or six basic commands, sit, stay, down, come and heel(leash training).
There is an order of importance in dog training that order is in our opinion:
- Potty or house training, no one wants to come home to a surprise “accident”.
- Since house training and walking on a leash go hand in hand they are ultimately inseparable.
- Come when called is vitally important for safety.
- Down since dogs naturally like to jump up on people and “down” is an instant stop for this and for other misbehaviors
- And 6. Are sit and stay both are useful and are part of helping the dog gain confidence as well as his place in the pack hierarchy(your family).
If you’re like most people house training is far and away the first order of business. Using a crate to properly house-train your new dog will be time well spent.
If training has become routine and boring with your dog, consider introducing agility exercises into the mix. These will still teach your dog to obey and be challenging, but they tend to be a lot more fun than the regular commands. Get the whole family involved by making an obstacle course and working the dog through it frequently.
When it comes to priceless information, you now have all you need to get started. The first step is to take one command and put it to use. Once you have mastered that technique, move on to the next. Your dog will appreciate it and be happier for it!