Category: Dog Training

Oct 30

Dog Training – Why Training Is Vital

The word ‘vital’ has its roots in the Latin word for life. That gives us a clue to why dog training is so important, both for owner and dog – it enhances the quality of life for each. Though dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years, they still have much of the wild in …

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Oct 26

Dog Training Styles

Contrary to popular belief, there are not as many training styles as there are trainers. Despite individual differences, people handling dogs fall into clearly recognizable categories. And no matter your individual style or that of your dog, there remain certain truisms. The Too-Easily Frustrated No activity apart from human child rearing requires as much patience …

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Oct 24

Training Show Dogs

Over 130 different breeds compete in major dog shows, such as the Westminster in the US or Crufts in the UK. But there’s a good deal more to developing a show dog than simply acquiring a dog of one of those breeds and teaching it to sit or stay. Within any breed there are dogs …

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Oct 16

Training Rescued Dogs

Normal dog training requires patience that is greater nowhere else but child rearing. Training rescued dogs takes even more. Though sterilizing dogs – spaying (removing female organs) and neutering (removing male organs) – has been common practice for decades, birth rates continue to outpace ownership. Add to that a percentage who are lost or wander …

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Oct 11

Training Passive Dogs

Like humans, dogs are individuals. Some, through a combination of genetics, circumstances and self-development display assertive characteristics and others are more passive. Assertive dogs seek alpha (leader) status, forcibly remove rawhide bones or toys from others, try to enter doors first and are generally more demanding of attention. Passive dogs – either with, without or …

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Oct 05

Training Older Dogs

Of course, ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ is a myth. Like humans, or many other species, dogs learn new things every day throughout life. My ten-year old Golden is still mentally alert and eager to ‘play’ in new ways. But, also like humans, learning new behavior is often as much a matter …

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Sep 18

Training Assertive Dogs

As descendants from wolf packs, dogs have and seek a natural hierarchy in which some are dominant (alphas) and others follow. Struggles among young pups to sort of who is which start early, in some cases three weeks after birth. Apart from human society, wild dogs will fight – sometimes to the death – to …

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Sep 15

Tips for Selecting Game Dogs

Proper training begins even before the pup is born. While it’s not always possible to buy a pup from champions, selecting the proper breed and temperament is essential. Choosing a pup starts with choosing the dam and sire, whenever possible. The pup’s parents should be active, alert and amenable to training and preferably gaming dogs …

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Sep 09

Dog Training – The Basics

Though dog-human interaction goes back thousands of years, communication between the two is still sometimes rough. The human half of the pair is usually the smarter party, but watching the usual training sessions one can have legitimate reason to wonder. Dogs understand and respond at roughly the mental level of a human two-year-old, but there …

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Sep 04

Specialized Dog Training Tests

It’s no accident that some breeds are more commonly found as working dogs. Retrievers, Shepherds and a few others tend to have the physical characteristics, intelligence and temperament needed to perform the complex behaviors even they need several years to master. Specialized training for service, assistance or even therapy dogs begins before birth and continues …

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