Wednesday, November 3, 2010

How To Teach Your Dog To Rollover In Two Weeks

I’m no professional dog trainer but, an average person that knows the easy technique to teach any of my dogs how to rollover within a matter of two weeks. Friends are amazed when I call my dog and I tell her to rollover and she does what I command but, I always reward her for an amazing little performance
I have been teaching the rollover technique to my dogs for the last thirty years when my mother told me to teach our Border Collie how to rollover and I told my mother something like Yeah Right how do you do something that is so complicated like that. She said watch me so, I watched her very closely to learn how to do it on my own but, I still wasn’t sure that it was going to pan out in the long run.
After few minutes she was done showing me and it was my turn to practice what she showed me and by the time I was done it seem like our Border Collie was already getting the hang of it on the first lesson.(WOW) So, after that first day I was committed to teaching that same technique at least once day for nearly two weeks.
Why I did quit after two weeks was because, I could not make that Border Collie do any better performance than she was already doing and I was very happy that my dog understood what I teaching to him very well and in very short time. Anytime you wanted that dog to show-off we would grab some kind of treat usually some left-over table scraps and hold it in my right hand and twirl it circular motion while saying rollover all at same time. My dog would commence to rolling over time after time but, no more than three times and my pooch was given his treat for a job well done.
The second dog that I taught was my Alaskan Spitz and her name was Shasha and she learned to roller-over as quickly as the Border Collie but, I did not ever think about training two different dogs that I had the same time. We enjoyed Shasha and her great abilities to roll-over talent and her long life as our beloved pet that lived about 20 human years.
My third dog is a Rat Terrier that I have right now and her name is Starr named by my wife for having a star looking shape right on her nose when she was a pup. As you probably know that these are hyper dogs and she does get a little carried away when she wants a treat and sometime her roll-over turns into craziness dance but, we love her because, we know that she has over abundance of energy that she don’t ever get to completely burn up around our home.
The whole technique of learning your dog to roll-over is very easy and by starting out with you having some likeable treat then get down your knees with the dog right in front of you begging for the treat. Preferably hold the treat in your left hand just high for the dog not to be able to reach the treat and with your right hand gently hold down on back of the neck and top of shoulders region to keep the dog in one general location. Then with the left hand start drawing a fairly big imaginary circle around the dog head still maintaining barely out reach. Just teasing your poor dog to death and be sure the dog follows the treat completely with their head and always gradually drop the treat lower to the ground as you proceed.
Helping them a bit by getting them on their side and getting their head to follow the treat in the roll-over direction is the difficult part of the technique. You may need to help them roll the first several times but, always rewarding them after about two times. It much easier than what its sounds because, dogs love a special treat and they will chase whatever they want to extreme measures to get what they are after. Its nice to have a good trick for your dog to show- off in from others so, when you get chance show your dog how easy is rollover it will be worth the small effort.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Effective Puppy Training Techniques When Working Full-Time

Its very tough challenge to have an effective puppy training techniques set in place when you’re working a full time job trying to make living and your options are very slim.

So, that means your puppy is running loose around your home or they maybe confined to a small room or even pet crate while you’re at work.

Leaving your puppy running loose around your home while your gone should not be an option because, the puppy will only learn bad destructive habits like tearing up everything that he can sink his teeth into and setting cramp traps for everyone to step into and to clean up after. Hopefully, you should agree that keeping the puppy confined to a smaller area will help to reduce the clean up area and save a great deal of your home furnishings from being destroyed. Coming home from one hard day at work to find your sweet little puppy has turned your whole home into a sour mess in just a matter of hours.

It is very hard to try train a puppy when you’re so angry for all the wrong doings but, do not punish the puppy for something that happened hours ago because, they cannot understand why they getting punished for. A closed bathroom is a much better option than the whole house because; it gives the puppy a lesser chance of learning bad habits and that creates less bad habits for your puppy to break. You can set up some kind of poo-poo place farthest away from the puppy’s sleeping quarters would probably be the ideal way to arrange your bathroom to accommodate your pet . So, if they going to do it -they are in the right room to get the job done.

I believe the best option is to leave your puppy in a crate so, that you do not have to worry about a big clean up job after you get home from work and hopefully there is nothing to clean up that would be a great step in right direction for learning the techniques to holding back on their body functions until you can get home to let them outside to unload.

Dogs by nature do not want to go potty in the small place where they sleep and dwell (Good Dog Sense) so, having the puppy in the crate for the biggest part of the day makes it their true home and they do not want to mess up the small confined home which they live. I would try to make them to go potty before leaving to work and I would only leave a small portion of dog food to eat so, that maybe they could wait on going potty again until I got in from work until I could feed them a good meal.

Not only does it provide a place for the puppy when you’re away from home but, even when you’re at home and cannot give the puppy the special attention. Learning always takes awhile but, it is always easier to teach a puppy than a full grown dog. Puppies like to chew on things to sharpen their teeth so, always keep them something to chew on that cannot shred into 1000 pieces inside their crate for entertainment.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Preventing Ear Wax Build Up in Your Dog

Preventing ear wax build up in your dogs is not very hard task if you do not mind checking the ears periodically like every month or so, and it really depends on the type of ears your dog has but, the dogs with the long floppy and furry ears are the ones that are going to have the worst time with a problematic ear wax build up.

The reason being is that the opening of the ear is totally covered making the inner ear hot therefore making it sweat so, dirt sticks real good to wet and greasy surfaces like the inside of a dog’s ear. The more fur the dog has makes it so much easier to collect and retain dirt therefore; keeping the ears from getting any air so they could dry out naturally.

Ears need a good amount air to work in the proper way and dogs were not suppose to have those ear problems because, other wild animals do not have this problem. It is because , these dogs have been crossed bred enough times to make a different breed and some good bloodlines are made but, little minors things occur like having the ear that is not well ventilated.

For those dogs that have an ear wax build up problem when they have a bunch of fur on their long ears you can get a pair of scissors and trim the inner side of the ear or if you would rather have a professional dog groomer can do this for minimal fee. This should help improve the air way to the ear therefore, keeping it drier!

A little ear wax is normal and protects the ears from foreign invaders and even some loud noise to a certain extent but, too much ear wax and dirt built up deep inside the ear canal cannot be seen by just looking down in the dog’s ear with your naked eye. If there is dirt and wax on the outer skirt of the ear that means the mother lode is deeper in the ear canal and it can cause some very painful ear infections if not done something about.

NEVER try to poke cotton swabs down into ear of the dog because, you will be packing the wax in much harder and there is a good chance you could injure your dogs` eardrum. Another good way to find out if your dog has an ear wax build up problem is to take a” Whiff of Jiff” meaning to smell of the ear and see if it has a yeasty or strong odor suggesting a possible wax build up. You have whole a lot less problems with dogs with the up standing ears that can get good air circulation to their ears providing a lesser chance of moisture to build up.

A good way of treating earwax build up is with mild vinegar and tepid water mixed with equal parts. Lift the dog’s ear straight back without stretching or pulling then pour some of the mixture into the ear and the dog will naturally want to shake their head but, before this happens gently massage the base of the ear with your fingers until you hear mushy sound then you can let go and get out of the way and let them do the do their head shaking.

I would not advice doing this in your home because; of junky matter flying all over floors and in walls your home. This solution will help to loosen up the earwax and after the dog has calm down on their head shaking which generally last a couple of minutes then you can take a piece of cotton and the clean up debris from the outer portion of the ear and then when your finished you can start on the other ear. You can repeat this to help free up more earwax because, being the first time probably will not get rid of all the unwanted earwax.

Doing this about once a month should help prevent your dog(s) ear infections due to heavy earwax build up and by doing so, will help your pet have a much happier and healthier life.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Rat Terrier Dogs Got Their Name Starting at The White House

Yes, whether you believe it or not these Rat Terriers` got their name starting at the White House within the term of what President? This president owned a little dark colored dog that was well known for eradicating rats in the White House. I have already experienced that with my own little Rat Terrier many times over and actually she has caught and destroyed two rats this year outside my home.
This breed of dogs are great hunting dogs and are very fast making their prey very vulnerable especially if it is a cottontail rabbit that is inside a fenced in area like my own back yard looking for the its entrance hole to make an extremely quick exit with my rat terrier on the tail of the cottontail rabbit that does not end in very good situation for the poor rabbit
My rat terrier is named Starr and she is a very smart pet meaning she learns and trains very well. I had her rolling over for treats within two weeks after I decided that I was going to teach her that easy trick that I have already taught several of my previous dogs and it only takes a few weeks for my dogs to fully understand and perform for me the trick when I simply say "Roll over "or just a twirl of my hand in a circular motion and the dogs will respond by a fast roll over then they want to be rewarded with a treat.
Rat terriers originated in Great Britain where they were developed from a cross between a Terrier and Smooth Fox Terrier in 1820. The adult dogs weigh about 10 or 25 lbs. and stand about 13 or 18 in. tall at the shoulders and the miniatures or about 13 in. and under. There is a much larger strain weighing over 25 lbs. and are called Decker Giants named after the breeder Milton Decker who created a larger breed for a hunting companion.
Rat terriers are really energetic and need some kind activity to keep them active to help them burn off some their daily tanked up energy like exercising by going outside and running and playing is a daily requirements to help with some over abundance of energy . Training these dogs is super easy as compared to some other breeds. Out of all the different breeds of dogs that I have had so far in my life they are all smart enough to understand my commands if I teach them with a daily repetition and if I do not try to overload too much teaching at one time and do not ever give up on the dog entirely because, they will eventually come around to understand you if you train them correctly and properly.
Theodore Roosevelt the 26th president of the United States in 1904 was the one with the little dark colored terrier that was clearing out the rats in the White House what about that -Teddy the Rough Rider!
But, for Rat Terriers you do not have to teach them too much about hunting especially rats but, you might have a problem with them chasing cats because, my Starr hates cats to pieces! Watch This Great Video!
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Learn All About Welsh Terrier Dogs

Welsh terrier dogs were originally bred as hunting dogs. However, this native breed of Wales soon rose to become show dogs. Breeders attempted to outdo each other by developing the Welsh terrier dogs' wiry coats and coloration. People often take a Welsh terrier dog as a pet because it is one of the most mild-mannered of terriers.

You might think that this characteristic would make it one of the more boring terriers. In fact, even the most die-hard terrier fan can have fun with this breed. This is because of the fact that Welsh terrier dogs love to play. This makes the Welsh terrier dog a great companion.

Although not as high-energy as other breeds, this dog still is a terrier, which means that it still does contain some high levels of energy. Because of this, it is advised that they be given proper exercise regularly. Another good advice to follow is to properly socialize the dog at an early age. This would help the dog be friendlier towards humans and would help the dog to develop a good tolerance of other animals. It is generally friendly around children, provided that the children do not provoke or pester it too much.

The Welsh terrier dog can be trained using different methods. What you need to keep in mind when training a Welsh terrier dog is that you can be firm but gentle. The Welsh terrier dog can be taught to perform a variety of tricks. This breed actually can do very well in fly ball tricks or tricks that involve catching flying things such as a Frisbee.

You should brush a Welsh terrier dog’s hair at least once a week in order to remove dead or loose hair. This would help prevent unnecessary shedding inside the house. Although regular bathing is not really required, it is advisable that you wipe off dust and dirt from your dog regularly using a damp washcloth.

Because of its high energy level, it is advisable that a Welsh terrier dog be kept in a fenced in yard. This will give the dog enough space to play catch. However, if you take it out regularly to give it exercise, a Welsh terrier dog can do without the yard.

One thing that always gets people’s attention is the Welsh terrier dog’s excellent ability to jump. Because of this ability, it is sure to provide a lot of amusement to people. The main reason that it can jump and hop like it does is its long legs. It is because of these legs that a Welsh terrier dog can perform various tricks that other dog breeds are unable to do.

Why do you need to know all these things about Welsh terrier dogs? First of all, understanding these facts will help you discover the best way to take care of a Welsh terrier dog. Understanding these facts will also allow you to decide whether a Welsh terrier dog will make the best pet for you.

By learning all you can about Welsh terrier dogs, you get the knowledge necessary to provide the needs of your pet. This means that you will be able to develop a good, caring relationship with your pet.

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Training Your Silky Dog: A Terrier Anti-Terror Basics

It is essential to have a dog that knows how to follow the right rules and how to live around your house. To achieve this, dog training must be considered.

Most people think that training a dog is hard and expensive. Moreover, dog training requires a lot of patience and creativity for your dog. We have to remember that dogs may be intelligent but they can not be as intelligent as us. The article provides some of the basic things dog owners need to know so they can do the training themselves. However, to maximize the full potential of your dog, a dog trainer should be hired instead.

What are the differences between a submissive dog and a dominant dog?

A submissive dog normally:

• avoids eye contact.
• rolls on its back.
• crouch down, ears back and tail lowered.
• is comfortable on its back in your arms.

On the other hand, a dominant dog:

• maintains eye contact.
• is unwilling to move from his place on the couch.
• dislikes grooming and petting.
• is possessive of dishes and toys.

Training your silky terriers requires kindness and consistency. Silkys respond actively to praises and to rewards. In addition, they become harsh and unresponsive towards punishments and animosity, respectively.

Trainings with obedience classes can be intensely beneficial in petting your silky terriers. In many dog training schools, classes for puppies are available. Young dogs are taught to get accustomed with other dogs and people using limited trainings. However, there are areas that do not conduct formal obedience training unless the dog is at least half a year old. Always remember that a dog is never too old to benefit from training when a good trainer is available, or if the owner is fully committed to the task.

Here are the recommended ways of training silky terriers:

1. Reiteration or Repetition

Reiteration is the name of the dog training game. In here, dogs are asked to do a task over and over again to achieve mastery. Dog tricks are best learned when reiterated and reinforced through rewards.

2. Persistence

Patience is a virtue that requires you to tolerate hardships. Persistence is trying to be patient for a longer time until a goal is achieved. Apparently, dog training requires a lot of persistence from the owner or from the trainer Physical and psychological aspects of the owner and/or the trainer must be sound.

3. Commendation and Amendation

Simply put, if a dog does the right thing, it should be said aloud. Otherwise, the dog should hear, "No, that's not it!" when the trick is not complete or appropriate for the command given. These words reinforce correct responses and diminish the unwanted ones.

4. Rewarding

Bits of cheese would really be good treats for dogs who responded correctly to a given command. Other food can be bought at pet sores. However, if you are able to get the respect of your pet, commands will be executed even if there are no longer involved treats. Likewise, these things reinforce warranted responses.

If your lifestyle permits being in charge of training your own pet, you can do the training as long as you have gathered enough patience and commitment by:

1. spending time grooming your dog.
2. having regular training times on the leash.
3. stroking its belly and toes and rolling it on its back
4. hand feeding some food to ensure that the pet is taking treats gently and slowly.

In asserting dominance, always practice consistency and firmness. Afterwards, you can be a master and a dear friend to your own pet.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Some Terrier Dogs That You Would Find Interesting

The personality of a lively child put into dog- this might be a good way of describing the general personality of terriers. But as it appears, that still would not justify their temperaments.

These dogs came from the British Isles where they were first oriented to hunting fox, rat, otter and the likes over and under the ground. And as its name suggests, “terrier” came from the word “terra” which means, “earth”.

While terriers may be identified through their prominent physical characteristics, they are still divided into various breeds that separate one kind from another.

The following are the subgroups of the terrier breed:

Show Terriers- These are basically bred as small dogs and are used for show rings.

Bull and Terrier Types- these came from breeding between bull dogs and terriers. Only in the last quarter of 1800’s did the breeders separate a number of bull dogs from terrier types for distinction.

Hunting and Working Terriers- The breed that was primarily bred for hunting.

Toy Terriers- These are the smaller versions of terriers, which are basically categorized into the companion breed.

To help you understand the various natures of terrier dogs, we have prepared some dog profiles here, please read on.

Airedale Terrier- This is known to be the largest dog in the Terrier breed. Standing an average of 23 inches from the shoulder, this dog shows off both beauty and elegance that make them fit for both dog obedience trials and show rings.

A cross-breed between Otterhound and Black and Tan Terrier, Airedale possess good skill in scent and superb swimming prowess.

Australian Terrier- Probably one of the dog types that have gotten to so many out-crossings with other dog breeds. A cross breed between the forerunner of Dandie Dinmont and rough coated terrier is said to have been migrated into England. The offspring of which was taken to Australia. With the scarcity of dog breeds in this land, many dogs had been crossbred into it which later resulted to a small type having the characteristics of terriers while being a good watchdog and ratter. It stands 10 to 11 inches with a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.

Border Terrier- A True-blue working terrier, this dog is marked by its medium built while proving to work far better than what its appearance may give. Border Terriers are agile and alert while having the capacity to fit into narrow gaps especially during hunting.

Aside from its being affectionate and good adaptation to training, Border terriers can also make good family pets.

Bull Terrier- Originally bred for dog fighting and bull baiting, this dog is known to have been well-accustomed to courage and good resistance to pain. However, when the bloody dog fights were banned in England during the 1800’s, most breeders turned to breeding milder dogs.

Bull Terriers came from these fighting dogs combined with Dalmatian and English Terrier to produce all-white specie. This new breed though is very much reserved from starting fights which gave them the nickname “White Cavalier”.

There are of course a variety of other terrier species. Initially, you might find them interesting enough to catch your attention but a closer look would lead you to further knowing them. Who knows, you might find your ideal type of dog in this breed. To find out the secrets of Dog Training Click Here!