TRICIA'S CLASS DW.2
HOW TO TRAIN A GOOD FAMILY DOG
Wouldn't you love to have one of the the best dogs in your own house? It all begins with good training and great love towards your pup. Having a good dog doesn't just mean getting a dog and never being home, you have to be dedicated and I will tell you how. It starts with picking out the cutest brown lab/pitbull with a little bit of white on his neck. Then comes picking out the perfect name. Roscoe fits him perfect but I sometimes call him boo bug and so does Joe's mamma (by the way Joe is my boyfriend).For us it was easy because Roscoe was given to us by a friend. After the name and getting to know him we had to potty train mister Roscoe.
Potty training can be really hard, but if I know how to do it the right way,it will be easier than it seems. There are several ways to housebreak a puppy. First you can put down papers or pretreated pads encouraging them to use these areas for going to the bathroom. The pads are scented with a chemical that attracts the puppy to use them. Whenever you see the puppy starting into his "pre-potty pattern," such as walking around and sniffing the floor, or even standing by the door you gently pick them up without talking and carry them over to the papers/pad and then praise them when they go to the bathroom.
When all goes well and they are using the papers consistently, the papers are either moved closer to the door and/or another set is placed outside. The transition is made from concentrating the toilet habits from one spot inside the home to one spot outside the home. Finally the papers inside are eliminated. The only problem with this method is that for a period of time it encourages him to eliminate inside the home. In our experience, house training may take longer when this method is used. Neutering and spaying is highly recomended before they are even potty trained, or they will defintly number one and number two all over the house way more than you would like. We would always be out of the house at work or school. So we would call a friend or family member to let him out if inside too long. One time Roscoe had to go so bad and no one was there he tried going number two out the screen on the bedroom window because he knew it was so bad to go on the carpet. It was a gross scene but hey at least he tried to go outside, it was too funny to get mad.
This is what I consider to be crucial, and always strive for when training my dog. Building a strong owner-dog relationship based on trust and mutual respect.To have confidence in and control of my dog in any tough situation.Most importantly to have happy outgoing dogs that are properly socialized.To work with my dogs natural drives and instincts. Absolutely no cruelty or harsh "old school" training techniques. Certainly you don't have to "break a dogs spirit" in the training process, and you can yell strictly but do not abuse a dog physically.
I expand further on these rules within the specific dog behavior problems. A great number of puppy and dog behavioral problems are the result of separation anxiety.Many behavior problems (such as barking, biting and digging) stem from a lack of communication, or miscommunication between you the owner and your dog. Simply put your dog is not aware of what is expected of him/her (I'll just say Roscoe from now on to make it easier).Applying some proper obedience training at an early stage (the earlier the better!) is a most effective technique to correct any behavior problems, and also to prevent any future problems. The fact that you are reading this possibly means it is not too late for these tips to train your dog right!
Be clear that you are always the alpha dog or leader in your owner-dog relationship.Make it clear to him what is unacceptable behavior - every time. Make it clear to him what is acceptable behavior - every time. Even though it may seem as though your dog is behaving poorly to...
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