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Dog Ownership 101 - January/February 2016

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Dog Ownership 101 teaches dog owners how to properly groom and provide for their pets. Learn the tricks the best dog owners already know!


TRAINING YOUR DOG? HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL TIPS by Alicia Breckenridge Dog training is a task that truly never ends. Learn how to use the right tone of voice and body language so you can communicate with your dog effectively. Dog training is a process that is never truly complete. Your dog continues to learn as he or she grows. It is important that you continue to reinforce and reward good behavior, and that you let your dog know when they are misbehaving. The following information will teach you how to use effective body language and vocal tones to ensure that your dog knows when you are pleased or displeased with their behavior. Body Language Is Very Important It can be tricky to deal with body language. Here’s an example. Your dog gets worked up when guests come to your home. You begin to shove and yell at your dog, trying to mitigate the embarrassment, as your guests try to defend themselves with whatever’s on hand. No matter what you try -- ‘Stop, Fido! Down, girl! No!’ -- you can’t seem to direct your dog. Your guests’ arrival becomes a comedy of errors. There are specific postures in Doglish for playfulness, relaxing and aggression, because it is all based on body language. Your dog isn’t likely to understand the frantic pushing you do to them if you don’t like how they greet you. How To Show Your Dog You Mean Business When you react like this, given the situation, you’re giving them a different signal than what you’re trying to. By shoving and shouting, you’re simply mimicking their body language and making them believe the behavior is okay. Stand straight, but be relaxed when giving 64 DOG ownership 101 | JANUARY 2016

your dog commands. Show dominance. When trying to train a puppy, it is important to keep as calm as possible, as animals will pick up on a human’s behavior very quickly. If you are upset and trying to chase a puppy, the puppy will be confused and think you are only playing. A puppy wants to please its owner and will follow your example if you are very calm. Save Training Sessions For When Your Dog Is Focused If the puppy is in a playful mood, keep in mind that this is not the optimal time to try and train them, as they are not in the frame of mind to pay attention to what you are trying to teach them. Keep in mind, if your dog sees you as another dog, they are going to interpret your actions as a dog. You see yourself screaming, they see you barking and being rude. It tends to work up the dog as well. This tactic may scare a young dog, but it’s not going to break them. Yelling is scary to people and it’s no different for a dog and the dog can’t interpret what you’re screaming about. Tone Of Voice Is Also Important It’s a good idea to use an uplifting, happy tone when you want to commend your dog. When training your dog, make sure you use a tone that is soothing and does not excite him. You should use direct and clear tones when giving your commands. Use the Peacock Position when giving your commands, which will show your authority. If you bend over, as if you are bowing, this is a signal to your dog that you want something and they may not listen. It may not be in your nature to be a disciplinarian, but there should be a few tones in your voice that signal your dog they should back down or move away. It isn’t necessarily the word, so much as how the word sounds. There should be a tone of shame or disapproval in your voice and it should be properly toned. Commands shouldn’t be continually repeated. In order to have your dog pay attention when you give them a command, you need to only give it once and then show them what you want by positioning them. Put Yourself In Your Puppy’s ‘Paws’ Think about how life would be if you were a puppy, trying to understand all of the people you see, the other dogs you are around, and the strange information you have to be able to take in and understand with no instruction as to how to do it. For a puppy, living with a human can be difficult at times. You crave attention and ask for it in simple ways like putting your head in the human’s lap or your paw on his. The human does not always respond, and sometimes pushes you away. It seems as DOG ownership 101 | JANUARY 2016 65

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