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Fetch the Paper

Friday, August 24th, 2007

This is a utilitarian command where you can ask your dog to fetch the newspaper from the driveway.

Fold an old copy of your newspaper and tape it securely for practice. Encourage your puppy to take an interest in it. Reward her with food and appreciative gestures when she begins to take an interest in the newspaper. When she tries to play with the paper and tries picking it up, associate it with the verbal command “Fetch”.

Keep the paper in the plastic bag that it comes in and use the command again. Reward her after she picks up the paper. You have to be careful to reward her after she has picked up the paper.

You can now place the treat strategically in your hand so that she has to drop the newspaper in your other hand to get the treat. This way she will learn that the treat comes only after she has retrieved and then released the newspaper.

Once your dog/puppy begins to understand the command, take her to the porch and keep the paper at a distance of few feet away from her. Repeat the process with treat in your hand and encourage her to bring the paper to you.

Shake the paper and try to make her take interest in it if she seems confused. Once she picks up the paper successfully, you can continue to increase the distance until the newspaper is at the driveway where your newspaper carrier delivers it and you can issue the command from within the house.

Reward her every time she makes a successful attempt and gradually you can reduce the frequency of the rewards, as your puppy gets perfect with the command. It is important that you do not allow her to tear up the paper even when you are training her with old and used newspapers.

Warn her with a firm and stern” NO” if she tries to tear the newspaper. Over a period, you could train her to fetch other things like ball or a handkerchief.

Training Your Dog Guide

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Before you start training your dog, it is best that you know your options well. These days you can find many types of dog training, in many different places. These trainings vary in price and each one them has something different to offer.

The first type of training is known as puppy preschool. This is a course meant for puppies that are about 6 weeks to 5 months old. These puppy preschool classes generally last for no more than 6 to 8 weeks. In these training sessions, your puppy is essentially taught how to socialize with people and as well as other puppies. Here your puppy also begins to learn how to sit down, stay at a place, and how to come.

The second type of training course is meant for the dogs that are at least 5 months old. This is known as the basic dog training. The duration of these classes is usually about 8 to 10 weeks. This is the basic course, where your dog is taught the art of walking properly on a leash, sitting, staying, coming and heeling.

The third type of is known as the intermediate training. This aims at teaching the dog mostly the same things that are taught in the basic training course, in a more detailed form. Here the dog is trained to stay for a longer span of time, and is also taught to follow the orders given by other people.

The intermediate generally lasts for about 8 to 10 weeks, and is meant for those that are no less than 5 months old. It is essential for the dog to have completed its basic course, or to be accustomed to the basic commands that could have been taught by the owner.

The next type of training course is known as the advanced dog training course. Here, once again, the course is quite similar to its previous one, i.e., the intermediate dog training course, except for the fact that this time it is more detailed. Here, the dog is taught how to sit even without you in the view.

This training course is about 8 to 10 weeks long, and is meant for those that have completed their intermediate training. Here, they are also trained to walk beside their owners without a leash. Moreover, it gradually prepares the dog to take the Canine Good Citizen training course.

The Canine Good Citizen training for dogs is the last course. To pass this course, your dog will be taught the 10 necessary aspects.

This course is strictly meant for those dogs that have completed all the previous courses. The test is quite tough and can only be passed if the dog is really well behaved. Depending on whether your dog can pass, the course can last for several weeks.

Keeping this information in mind, you should be able to decide the dog training course best suited for your dog. However, you may seek the opinion of your local dog trainers to know more. Many trainers consult for free. So now you should be at least a step closer to introducing your dog into a training course!

Jumping

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Most dogs love to jump. However, you can make effective use of her inherent jumping abilities for acrobatic jumps and jumping through  hoops. Before you can teach your puppy to jump through a hoop, get her to jump over a straight barrier. Select a low height barrier in the initial sessions. Generally, you should keep the barrier at a height of one inch less than half of your dog’s height.

It is important to get a check up done on your dog to ensure that she does not have any physical problems. This will help in preventing any physical injuries that your dog may face during the jumping training.

Once you have the barrier in place, let your dog check it out. Discourage her from chewing the barrier. Do not push her into jumping. Encourage her to take the jump and reward her after the successful jump. Reward her even when she makes an effort for jumping.

This will make the process interesting for her. If your puppy is reluctant to jump, first let her walk over the barrier. After a few sessions, repeat the training and induce her to attempt to jump over the barrier. You should use verbal command “Jump” when she is about to proceed for jumping.

If you want your pooch to jump through a hoop, a good idea is to use a hula-hoop. You can keep the hoop on the ground and encourage her to go through it a few times before you train her to jump through the hoop. You can reward her with food rewards and verbal praises even when she walks through the hoop.

Once she goes through it comfortably, let someone hold the hoop and use the same process and verbal command that you had used earlier trying to make her jump through the hoop. This will help her understand what you expect of her. Sometimes it might take a while before your pooch masters the art of jumping.

Have patience and continue with your efforts. Later on, you can use the command “Over” to make her jump over the barrier and “Through” to make her jump through the hoop.