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Posts Tagged ‘Puppy Training’

Jack Russell Terrier Training Tips

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Jack Russell terrier training is essential, especially if you adopt a Jack Russell when it’s a puppy. Like most terriers, Jack Russells were bred to hunt and kill rodents and they have a lot of energy. Because of that energy, they require a lot of exercise, training and mental stimulation to live peacefully in a family situation without driving everyone crazy with their antics.

During adolescence Jack Russells have loads of energy, and it’s almost impossible to train one unless it’s getting the proper amount of exercise; this means up to an hour and a half of active running each and every day.

If not allowed to run full bore and burn up excess energy, Jack Russells will find things to do – things like tearing up cushions on sofas and chairs, ripping up plants in the garden, and chewing on every shoe in the house. It’s easy to understand why an owner needs to be sure that a Jack Russell terrier gets a lot of outdoor exercise.

Jack Russell terriers are easily distracted, and without exercise, those distractions can result in non-stop barking, in the house and outdoors as well.

Jack Russell terriers were bred to be diggers as most rodents live underground. If you don’t want your garden or yard dug up every week, you might want to put a sand box in your back yard and let the dog’s natural instincts for digging take over. You may need to put some of the dog’s toys and bones in the sandbox to spur it’s digging activities.

To stop a Jack Russell from chewing on everything in your house, you’ll have to limit the dog’s access to certain areas of the house during the day when no one is home. When family members are home they can guide the dog away from items you don’t want it to chew on and redirect it to things that are okay to chew on.

The most effective way to accomplish this is to teach the dog a “Leave it” command by holding several treats. Give the dog a couple of treats while saying “Take it.” Then close your fist and say, “Leave it.” Wait for the barking to stop, then give praise and reward with a treat.

Once the Jack Russell learns to obey these commands, you can start practicing with objects the dog likes to chew but should not be messing with. These could be shoes, remote TV controls, or anything lying around the house that seems to be irresistible to the dog’s attention. When the dog obeys your command to leave the object alone, reward it with a treat or one of its chewing toys.

These dogs make great pets, but instituting Jack Russell terrier training and seeing that it has plenty of exercise, will make them a welcome addition to almost any family.

Training Dogs to Obey

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Training a dog to obey can be fun or frustrating, depending on how you go about it. Probably the most effective and important thing you can do during training is to be consistent in your actions and words so your dog knows what to expect each time it obeys your commands.

Training for an adult dog is handled differently than training a puppy. Dog obedience training for adult dogs covers all aspects of dog training whether your dog is disobedient, overly aggressive, begins biting people, starts chewing on your shoes or furniture, starts attacking small children, or is not properly house trained.

There are many books available on training an adult dog and you can find easily find exactly what you need with a quick scan of the dog sections in Barnes and Noble, Borders, or even your public library which usually carries a wide choice of books on training dogs.

If your dog jumps on you or someone else and you want the behavior to stop, don’t yell at it, push it or kick it. Your dog won’t understand these actions because all it sees is that you’re paying attention to it, talking and touching it, which is exactly what it wants from you.

Instead, shake your head and keep repeating “No!” each time the dog exhibits this behavior. If your dog is barking non-stop, get up and leave the room but don’t yell at your dog because this just reinforces the bad behavior.

Dog owners feel that their dogs “know they’ve done something wrong” because they “act guilty.” The reality is dogs don’t realize what they’ve done wrong unless you catch them in the act. Punishing a dog minutes after an unwanted behavior does not work. Your dog is “acting guilty” because your body language is interpreted as being angry, and dogs are very perceptive of a human’s body language.

Even if you are able to catch your dog at the time bad behavior is being demonstrated, it may not understand why you are punishing it.

Training a dog to obey you requires good communication from you. Dogs do not understand situations the way humans do, so it’s important to relate to a dog on its own level. Always be sure you’re not unintentionally rewarding bad behavior. Instead, teach your dog what you want it do and reward that behavior.

Puppy Food vs. Adult Dog Food

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Puppies have different nutrition needs than adult dogs. Puppies go through several stages of development very quickly and require a special diet, while adult dogs only need to eat to maintain their proper weight and good health. Puppy food is for puppies and adult dog food is for dogs who have outgrown their puppyhood.

In the first few months of a puppy’s life, it will cycle through many changes including cognitive development, muscle development, bone and joint development, internal organ growth, and development of its immune system.

In order for puppies to meet these requirements, they will need to eat more protein than adult dogs. Puppy foods are formulated with a higher protein count, but the quality of the protein is very important. Check the labels on any puppy food you’re considering buying to be sure the first three ingredients are protein sources, not “meat by-products” or grains such as corn, white rice or wheat. Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are also important, but if they are not listed on the puppy food label you can easily buy the capsules at any grocery or drugstore.

Puppy foods containing some fats will provide energy and make the food more appetizing to a puppy. Puppies require 25 percent protein and 17 percent fat content in their food. Calcium and phosphorus are also important for the proper growth and development of a puppy’s teeth.

You should vary the type of food and sources of protein while a puppy is young, gradually introducing different foods to its diet. A dog’s stomach is designed to attack any foreign object, including a different type of food after becoming accustomed to only one taste or type of food for a long period of time.

Puppies usually are switched to adult dog food between the ages of one and two years. Smaller dog breeds will mature more quickly than larger breeds and may begin eating adult dog food when they are as young as one year. Larger breed dogs may not be able to eat adult dog food until they are at least two years old.

When a puppy starts putting on extra weight you may be overfeeding it or giving it a food with too many fillers that a puppy can’t digest.

Adult dog food is unlike a puppy’s food because an adult dog’s nutritional requirements are very different given that they have stopped growing and developing. They need fewer calories and a more balanced diet to maintain healthy bones, muscles and internal organs. Adult dogs require at least 18 percent protein and 15 percent fat.

As in puppies, the quality of protein for adult dogs is just as important, and the first three ingredients in an adult dog’s food should also contain protein from the healthiest sources available. There are many cheap dog foods on the market these days, especially dry foods like kibble, so please, please carefully read the labels on these foods and choose the best and healthiest food you can afford for your dog.

Proper nutrition is important for a dog at all stages of its life but is even more important during a dog’s first year while important development in its body is taking place. Shop wisely and buy the best puppy food and adult dog food your budget can handle.

Puppy Teething Tips

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

When a puppy is teething, it’s easy to think it’s just displaying temporary bad behavior when it nips and chews on things – like your fingers for instance. Behaviors like this are simply signs that your puppy is teething. Luckily, by using a few simple techniques you’ll be able to manage the offending behavior.

Puppies stay in the teething stage until they are about six or seven months old, and during that period of time you’ll need to learn how to manage your puppy’s behavior and teach it what is appropriate and acceptable behavior. Unfortunately, if you don’t control the puppy’s unwanted behavior properly, it may imprint that behavior on its brain as being the thing to do, and when it is a fully grown adult you’ll still be dealing with the same bad behavior.

Signs your Puppy Is Teething
* Excessive drooling – this is usually a messy behavior; a drooling puppy will leave wet spots on its bed or any area where it lies down to rest for long periods. Puppies generally have grown their baby teeth by the time they are eight weeks of age. After that time they will begin losing their baby teeth, replacing them with their adult teeth starting around seven months of age. Unless you have one of the breeds known for excessive drooling their entire lifetime, the drooling should end after the adult teeth have begun pushing through the gums.

* Chewing – the most obvious sign that a puppy is teething is when it begins to chew on all sorts of things inside and outside your house. A puppy, regardless of size, will chew on your shoes, your kitchen cabinets, its own or the children’s toys, a stick it finds in the yard, and unfortunately, your furniture too. When a puppy chews on items like this it is teething and simply trying to alleviate the pain associated with its rapidly developing baby teeth.

* Missing teeth – this is common and is no cause for alarm. The same thing happens in human toddlers – the baby tooth has worked itself loose and has been pushed up through the gums in order to make way for the adult tooth pushing through the gum.

* Bleeding or swollen gums – this uncomfortable sign of teething can be managed with gentle, careful massaging of the gums for approximately ten minutes, twice a day. Use a damp cloth that has been soaked and placed in the freezer for at least an hour or more.

To keep your puppy occupied and away from the things you don’t want it to chew on, make sure you have plenty of toys on hand for it to chew on. Plastic toys are better than wooden ones because you don’t want your puppy biting off and swallowing slivers of wood. The puppy’s toys should be rotated every couple of weeks to keep it interested so it doesn’t become bored with the same old toys. You can also buy a few feet of rope and let the puppy chew on it as much as it wants to.

Keeping your puppy’s toys in a special box or container will help your puppy understand and identify which toys are his.

The most important thing you can do during the teething period is to be patient. Even adult dogs will sometimes chew on your shoe or play hide the sock, so don’t be too tough on a puppy who doesn’t yet know better.

With your help and guidance, puppy teething will turn a rascally puppy into a well-behaved adult dog and you’ll no longer have to worry about your furniture or shoes being chewed to smithereens.

How Much do Puppies Sleep

Monday, August 18th, 2014

If you have puppies and they’re sleeping a lot you may wonder just how much do puppies need to sleep. Puppies normally sleep from 18 to 20 hours a day, while an adult dog may only sleep 14 hours. The reason for the huge difference is simply that puppies are still growing and they need their rest.

Puppies require more sleep than adult dogs because they are more active than older dogs and they are growing and physically developing very quickly. In addition, puppies are busy investigating their world while learning new things and getting used to being around humans.

Puppies will spend much of their waking hours eating. They’ll be learning when and where they can go to the toilet when you begin housebreaking lessons. It’s important that they also begin obedience training as soon as possible.

When puppies are awake they use a lot of energy. Some puppies don’t even know when they’re tired, and will play and play until they’re totally exhausted and eventually fall asleep wherever they happen to be.

If your puppy acts like it wants to sleep, let it sleep. It will get some of its needed sleep by taking naps during the day but you should establish a bedtime routine so when your puppy grows into an adult dog it learns that nighttime means sleepy-bye time. Teaching your puppy a nighttime sleep routine will enhance your own quality of sleep since your puppy will be less likely to cry and whine at night.

New puppies usually aren’t able to sleep through the night when you first bring them home, but by the time a puppy reaches four months of age it should be able to sleep all night long. In the beginning you may want to keep your new puppy in your bedroom at night.

Young puppies don’t have complete control over their bladders and bowels and on occasion you may need to make a trip outside at night. It’s a good idea not to give your puppy food or water for at least three hours before you put it to bed. It will then be less likely to feel the need for a midnight potty break. Treat nighttime potty breaks seriously by bringing it back to bed as soon as the potty break is over.

Try not to let your puppy sleep in the evening before bedtime or it won’t be able to sleep through the entire night. If necessary, keep your puppy awake by playing with it or by doing some additional obedience training.

Puppies will sleep as much as they can so don’t be alarmed if your puppy sleeps longer than 20 hours a day.

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