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Affenpinscher - Obedience Training

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

affenpinscherThe Affenpinscher is a delightful little breed with an almost attractive monkey-like look. In fact, the prefix ‘Affen’ is a German word for monkey. In his country of origin he is often called Zwergaffenpinscher (‘Zwerg’ meaning dwarf.) The French have dubbed it the “mustached devil.” In any case, he is an appealing comical little dog, the smallest of the Schnauzers and Pinschers breed. He is alert, gentle, intelligent, and affectionate. He is wary of strangers and is always prepared to defend his home which makes him a good watchdog.

Miniature Pinschers and Affenpinschers were, until 1896, classified as a single breed. However, in that year at the Berlin show, it was decided that the long-coated variety should be known as the Affenpinscher. The Affenpinscher is a very old German breed that was depicted by Jan van Eyck (1395-1441) and Albrecht Durer (1471-1528). However, there are some controversies as to where his origin began, although his nationality was never been in doubt. Some people believe it to be related to the Brussels Griffon while others attribute the Brussels Griffon to the Affenpinscher. Another theory is that the Affenpinscher is a toy version of the German coarse-haired terrier, the Zwergschnauzer. In any case, this wonderful dog was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936. He was introduced into the United Kingdom in 1975 and was first shown at Crufts Dog Show in 1980.

The average height for this breed is about 91/2-11in. His average weight should be about 61/2-9lb and recommended feeding for this breed would be 1/3-1/2 can of quality meat product (13.3oz size), with biscuit added in equal part by volume; or 1-11/2 cupfuls of high quality dry food. When feeding this dog dry food, make sure that he has an ample supply of water.

Just like most toy dogs, he will be satisfied with a short walk around the park, but will gladly walk you off your feet if that is to your pleasure. Regular brushing will keep his coat in great condition, as well as all normal grooming habits of most dogs.

For more information on training your Affenpinscher dog.

Stay Command

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

Teaching your dog to sit is not enough! But your dog may not sit for a long time. Now you must learn how to make your dog sit in one place.

· Make your puppy sit for some time,

· Put your hand in front of the dog’s face and provide a command- Waldo, stay,

· If the puppy gets up make him to sit again and repeat the same command,

· Allow a few seconds and if he is still sitting, praise him for his good behavior,

· Say- Waldo, OK and let him get up,

· Repeat the process several times till the pup gets accustomed for doing it,

· Try stepping back a step or two and repeat the commands “sit and stay”. Increase the distance everyday to make him sit for longer durations,

· Repeat the entire process several times a day and let your dog perform this exercise at his own time.

Down Command

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Down is another oral command that comes very handy when your dog is going where he is not supposed to go.

· Start the exercise with your pup in a sitting position,

· Dangle a piece of treat or a piece of meat in front of the dog’s nose,

· Start with your dog in the sit position.

· Now slowly move the treat down on the ground in front of the paws,

· Slowly pull the treat out along the ground in a L shape,

· When the puppy lies down, repeat the command- Waldo, down,

· When he sits down, praise him for his good behavior,

· Repeat this command several times a day till your pup masters the technique.