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How to teach a dog trick

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Your puppy can be a source for fun and amusement for you, your family and visitors. After you have taught basic obedience commands to your puppy, you can teach her some tricks to impress everyone. The tricks will not only be a source of fun and amusement but also reinforce the obedience training and bring your puppy closer to you.

This will go a long way in training your puppy to be a well-mannered puppy that is liked and loved by all. Your puppy can win attractive awards and prizes at dog shows and competitions by demonstrating these tricks. 

Puppies are intelligent creatures. You can teach your puppy tricks quickly and easily if you give her proper training. You need patience and some food treats to get your puppy to learn tricks and impress everyone.

Basic Tricks:

You can easily teach your puppy some basic tricks. Each trick has an opening command and a closing command. The command to begin the trick should be something similar to “Sit” and the closing command could be “OK” or “free”. This way the puppy knows when to begin and when to end the performance. Give her food treats at the end of each command during the initial phases of training. However, you can reduce the food treats and replace them with praises as the puppy progresses with the training. In addition, you could do something different like playing her favorite game to reward her after a superb performance. Here are some simple steps to teach impressive tricks to your puppy.

Speaking:

Speaking or barking on command is an impressive command. You can teach your puppy to bark when you ask or indicate her to do so. This is a useful command for old or disabled persons who live alone in the house.

You can train your puppy to bark on command asking someone to make a loud noise by your door. Then you have eye contact with your puppy and proceed to command her to bark. It is important that you also teach her to stop barking when she loses eye contact with you.

You can start this training by holding a food treat or a toy in front of the puppy and then encouraging her to bark. Reward her with the treat or toy when she obeys you and speaks on command. You can also associate the command with a hand signal and use it just before she speaks. This will help her associate the hand signal to the command. To stop her from barking, you should say “Quiet” or stamp the ground with your feet. Reward her again if she obeys. Ignore her if she is not paying heed to your command. She will slowly get into the groove and follow your orders.

Living Happily With Your Puppy

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Now that you are aware of the basic tips and tricks for puppy training, you can commence the training of your puppy with immediate effect. While you are training your puppy, you have to keep yourself reminded of two golden rules of puppy training-consistency and continuity.

Most of the accidents and failures during the training program are because of the owner’s failure to follow these rules and making basic training mistakes. Whenever you are going to hit a training roadblock (which I am sure you will), evaluate your approach and find out where  you faltered in your approach style.

Puppies are situational learners and may forget what they have learned when they are in a different environment. It is therefore necessary to have continuity in your training approach. You should make training a lifetime process of fun and learning that is part of your puppy’s day-to-day living rather than adopting a regimental and compartmentalized training approach for a fixed duration. 

Ninety-nine times out of hundred you will find your approach was at fault and not the puppy. Avoid using harsh training reprimands and training equipment that is painful for your puppy. Make training a fun and welcome event for which she must wait eagerly rather than making it a painful and sad memory for your puppy.

Puppy training serves a dual purpose. While it makes puppy ownership a convenient and no fuss experience for you, it establishes a life long bond of love, care, respect and companionship between you and your puppy.

Effective use of a puppy or dog training program will help you in keeping your puppy in good health and free from bad manners that could land you into a financial or legal mess. A well-trained puppy or dog is a happy dog that is a source of fun and amusement for you, your family and even for your neighbors and visitors.