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You got a puppy, now what?

  • Dec 13, 2008
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Dog training is tough to say the least. I love my puppy and he's the cutest thing ever, but his energy and moods still throw me off - even after 9 months and continuous advice from the boyfriend.

I've been told/warned/taught (on a small scale) that dogs/puppies are not necessarily 'best friends'/'human babies'/'babies in general when training them. Those nasty or annoying habits (in particular with my dog, barking when not being paid attention) only get worse or are a result of not establishing proper training techniques when receiving the puppy. Thus, one must approach training with total calm and complete appreciation for the fact that - adhering to natural dog rule - will lead to a happy and submissive puppy. I am no happier than the next dog-owner to use the word 'submissive' but I've come to understand that is juts a part of their psyche, and not something I should fear.

That being said, properly training my dog is probably one of the best things I can do for both him and I. He will fulfill an instinctual purpose and I will be a much easier-to-get-along-with-human being.

Chewy Relaxing

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February 22, 2010
I got my first dog a few years ago -- I didn't a thing about dogs and what it took to have one. Plus, I adopted a dog from a local shelter that had been abused and was in very bad physical shape. I had learn very, very fast about dog health and training, since she was an 8-month old lab with tons of puppy energy and no manners at all. That said, I absolutely agree that the best thing you can do for yourself is to go through lots of training. It has made me a much calmer and better person since I finally "got" that I have to manage myself before I could manage an excited 80 pound puppy, I learned how to communicate with her, and we're all much happier and better behaved as a result. Learning how to train a dog is definitely one of the best things you can do for both of you!
May 19, 2009
I hear you! I have an English Bulldog and she is as stubborn as it comes. I've found that reward training (treats for good behavior or stopping bad behavior) works the best and reinforces what I want her to do. Have you ever watched The Dog Whisperer? Great tips to at least try.
May 19, 2009
I'm a huge proponent of puppy training. Puppy kindergarten is pretty fun, too, because you get to be surrounded by tons of puppies and they get to play before the class starts to get all of their energy out. I want to be a dog trainer when I'm sixty but hopefully the big dogs won't knock me down if my hips are fragile by then.

I think the biggest thing to get over is figuring out which technique(s) the owner feels comfortable learning to use because he or she is the one who's going to have to stick to it and be consistent. Also, even though dogs should be obedient and submissive, for me it was better to pick my battles. Like, I was militant about training her not to run into the street or bite babies or jump out of the car, but she is basically a recalcitrant dog in all other aspects. :)  Cesar Milan would not approve!!
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Dog training is loosely defined as a method used to teach a dog to exhibit certain behaviors.  There are many styles of dog training available, including leash training, obedience training in a classroom, clicker training (using a clicker to signal a dog of desired behavior), the use of rewards and many more.

There are amazing array of behaviors that dogs can be taught, such as:
  • Retrieving for hunters
  • Dock diving as a sport
  • Agility courses, where dogs run obstacle courses
  • Obedience
  • Companion animal training, where dogs are trained to perform tasks for their people such as safely walking with them on the street, opening drawers and doors, bringing objects on command and much, much more
  • Illness detection, where dogs learn how to sniff out certain types of illnesses, such as cancer or an owner who is in danger of a diabetic episode
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