Dog Training Tips


Dog Training Tips


The Leash Connection dog training tip  of the month should help you with your dog obedience training problems,  dog housebreaking and crate training problems and dog behavioral issues.

Jan. - 2019  - Dogs Need To Chew It is in their DNA. Our job is to provide them with  natural dog chews designed to satisfy that craving. Chewing on natural  products can clean teeth and help with tarter build up. Beef bones,  rawhide bones, sterile bones, cow hooves and dental chew products will  keep them occupied and happy. Supervision of your dog is important when  you give them a bone or other chews until you know how they chew on  individual items. Rawhide might last one dog days or weeks but another  dog may chew it up very quickly. Rawhide can be okay as long as he or  she chews it up very well and does not try to swallow big pieces.  Aggressive chewers will do better with a natural bone or sterile bone.  Supervision is still necessary with natural bones until you know how  your dog chews them.
Rawhide and Pressed Bones – Rawhide bones are  made up of rolled rawhide, pressed rawhide and what is called munchie  rawhide (pieces of rawhide pressed into shapes).

Natural  Cow Bones – At the Leash Connection we carry saddle knuckles, L bones,  2” and 7” center bones, kneecaps, rib bones, sterile bones and large  Dino bones. Something for every size dog.

Cow  Hooves – One of my favorite natural dog chews. I call it the Sugar  Daddy Sucker of dog chews. Dogs wear it down but unlike rawhide dogs  don’t bite off large pieces. Great for puppies that are teething.

 Pig  Ears, Cow Ears and Buffalo Ears – These are a quick chew for most dogs  but other dogs will make an ear last.. Great as a treat.

Dental  Chews – Since 1955, Nylabone has been manufacturing nylon chew products  for dogs.  Nylabone products are the most recognized dog chew product  and carry the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals  seal of approval.

Chewing  is an important part of your dog’s well being but it is not the only  thing. Regular exercise is necessary so have vigorous playtime with your  dog, it's good for you too.

Dec. - 2018  - Customers ask I have a question.....How do I fix......(Dog  Problem).....But I don't want to hurt him. I wish I had a dollar for  every time I heard this. If all it took was to hurt your dog nobody  would have dog problems. Now I said HURT your dog not CORRECT your dog,  Big difference. What is A Correction: It is a quick pop and release on  the leash, not a pull. It is IMPORTANT to use only the amount of  pressure necessary to achieve the proper response to your command. We do  not punish dogs for being wrong, we just correct them. Your dog  understands a correction when it is quick and to the point, then praised  for doing the command you gave. Unlike a correction, punishment is long  term and abstract to your dog so this is why we NEVER PUNISH a dog.

The Three Steps of Training:

1. SHOW is putting a word with an action (SCOO-BA-NOG)

2.  REINFORCE they must do the action every time you ask. (Dog knows the  command now we give a correction when dog doesn't comply with the  command or breaks the command)

3. PROOF is to have them do the command anywhere and under any circumstance. (Adding distractions)

When  training your dog sometimes you need to know when to help your dog and  when to correct your dog because he is blowing you off.

Nov.- 2018  Back Yard Dog - Front Yard Dog - When you first start training your dog  it helps if you train in a low distraction area so you are not trying  to teach a command and trying to keep your dogs attention on what you  are doing. So now we have a few commands that our dog knows like Easy -  Leave It - Heeling With Turns - Come When Called on leash and the dog  seems to be doing pretty good. Now we go to a new place where the dog  has not worked before and it seems like he just lost half of what you  taught him, so whats up ?? New smells new distractions new sight  picture, but the good news is it shouldn't take very long to get your  dog locked back in to the commands you have already taught him. Your  goal should be to work in new locations and get the same results that  you have in your backyard or the place where you do most of your  training. 

Oct. - 2018 - Let's  play a game called SCOO-BA-NOG. Now we are going to teach our dog his  first command. You will need a willing partner (human). Now face your  partner and command him to do SCOO-BA-NOG, if he does not comply command  him again SCOO-BA-NOG. If he doesn't comply this time take his arm by  his wrist and raise arm and hand above his head now when his arm is  raised command SCOO-BA-NOG and release his wrist. If your partner lowers  his arm back down say NO and take his wrist raise his arm again and  repeat command SCOO-BA-NOG then release wrist and see what happens. Once  again if he drops his arm down repeat by raising his arm and repeat  command. If your dog (human) keeps his arm in the air release your dog  (human) with the command OK (now he can drop his arm because you gave  him the release command). If he keeps dropping his arm down repeat  raising his arm then giving the command SCOO-BA-NOG until he will hold  arm in the air without dropping arm. Then give the release command OK  and praise your dog (human). Now give your dog (human) the command  SCOO-BA-NOG and see what happens. Your dog (human) should raise his arm  when he hears the command. Why didn't your dog (human) comply the first  time he heard SCOO-BA-NOG, you both speak English? He didn't comply  because I used a made up word so you would have to put an action with a  word.

1.  Your dog does not understand English (If he did when you gave him a  command he would obey).  When you first start training your dog and you  say SIT your dog hears SCOO-BA-NOG, when you say COME your dog hears  SCOO-BA-NOG because you have not put an action with a word.

2.  When training your dog you must put an action with a word (SCOO-BA-NOG  means in this case to raise your arm when the command is given).

Sept. - 2018 -  Be Consistent - Be Consistent - Be Consistent ........Dogs learn by  repetition – doing the same thing over and over. Therefore, you must do  the SAME action and use the same command over and over consistently when  training. We have all heard the saying “practice makes perfect”…I  believe in “perfect practice makes perfect”.

Make  sure that all family members are all on the same page when training the  dog, If you are telling your dog “off” when he jumps on the couch and  someone else is saying “down,” while someone else is letting him hang  out up there, how on earth is he ever going to learn what you want?
Consistency  can be your best friend or your worst enemy when training. Your dog is  always watching you so pay attention to how you interact with him.