Here are various frequently asked questions and training tips to help you get started.
1. How long will Basic Obedience Training take to complete?
Every dog learns at a different pace, based on the amount of time you have to train your dog. Practice is important and at a minimum should take no more than 30 minutes twice a day. The more time practicing, the faster the dog learns.
2. How do I stop my dog from jumping?
Very common with dogs, especially young dogs. This training is called counter-conditioning. Work on a solid sit & stay in Basic Obedience. A dog can't jump on you if they are sitting.
3. How much exercise does a dog need?
Exercise and nutrition are important for a happy, healthy and calm dog. The amount of exercise depends on the size and breed of the dog. Smaller dogs like toy breeds need less exercise. This is breed dependent. Some Terriers, for example, are high energy and need the workout. Larger breeds, especially the working and sporting breeds need a good workout daily. Consult with your Veterinarian and trainer for recommendations.
4. My dog destroys our house or apartment while we are away at our jobs. What can be done?
Begin with plenty of exercise and dog proof the house or apartment. Consider crate/kennel training the dog or engage a dog walker to exercise the dog daily. A good doggie day care visit several times a week will help engage the dog and give them the proper exercise.
1. Teach Sit & Stay
Have your dog sit & stay before it is fed or watered. Bring the food bowl over their head, say sit — stay and slowly lower the bowl. The dog does not get the food until the bowl is on the floor and you say OK. Practice every day.
2. Puppy Socialization
Acquaint your puppy to as many new life experiences as possible. Remember — keep the puppy safe and if it shows any sign of anxiety remove the dog from the area. Young dogs are very impressionable and any new experience should be gentle and low anxiety.
3. House Training
A new puppy needs your help understanding when & where to relieve itself. This takes time, observations and understanding that young dogs do not have the capacity to hold it. Always take the dog to the same location, and add a word like "hurry". Eventually the dog will get it.
4. Crate Training
Absolutely essential when house training a puppy, and contrary to what humans may think, dogs actually like their kennel (crate). Always make the crate a positive experience, even feeding the dog in the crate. NEVER use the crate as punishment!
5. Reference Material for Dog Training
Dr. Patricia McConnell, Ph.D — "The Other End of the Leash" Ballantine Books
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