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General Tips For the New Dog Owner

The first tip is that if you have a family with kids, it is important that you sit down with them and talk about bringing in a new dog. You need to remind them that your new pet is going to be a little skittish the first few days, especially if you adopt and shelter dog, and that they are going to have to be slow moving to pet them and get their attentions until the get used to being in their new environment. You also need to let them know that a dog is a living animal, and if your kids can’t treat it like a toy. Not pulling the ears and tail, and that the dog will bite if provoked.
You should also establish a veterinarian to take your new dog in on a regular basis. You can find many local vets online or in the phone book, or if you have a friend or family member who has a dog, you can ask them. While older dogs are less susceptible, young dogs are puppies are vulnerable to common diseases like Parvo and distemper. You dog needs to be vaccinated against these, and if your pet is going to spend time outdoors, they need a rabies shot as well. Rabies is common in outdoor vermin such as squirrels, raccoons and skunks.
Puppies and young dogs need to be house trained. Many say this is hard to do, but if you know the signs, it can make it easier. First you need to take you young pet outside often. That way it gets the idea that it is supposed to go outside when it needs to relieve themselves. You can tell when a dog needs to go to the bathroom, it starts sniffing around for a spot to pee or defecate. If you see them snooping around, it is time to take them out. As your pet gets older, it will stand by the door, or come up to you to let you know its time.
It is also a good idea to get your dog into some basic pet training classes. This will teach them in a kind and gentle way that you are their master, and not the other way around. It will teach them when to sit, and stay, as well as other things that can prevent accidents from happening, such as running out into the road and getting hit by a car. It can also teach you how to get your pet to obey you, through voice commands and hand gestures. If your dog is going to be a guard dog, more extensive classes may be needed.
Owning a dog can be a great experience, and one that you and your family will enjoy for many years. A dog is just another member of the family, and requires a lifetime commitment. You should plan to have the dog, and not be something you do on a whim. You need to be able to care for it for more the ten years, because many dogs live long past that. You have to be responsible for taking care of it, cleaning up after it when you are taking it for a walk, and keep it on a leash. There are also pet identification, and you have to get the dog licensed.…

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Dog Training Builds Mutual Trust Between Owner and Pet

Many people who get a dog do a poor job of researching how much responsibility is involved in owning a pet. This is especially true of people who neglect dog training.
There’s a wealth of information about dog training, but experts say that one of the best reasons to train a dog properly is to establish a relationship of mutual trust. Unlike other kinds of pets, dogs are social animals that have been bred through centuries to serve and be close to their human owners. Dogs by their nature are pack animals that look to a leader to know how to behave, and a human who doesn’t establish this kind of relationship really fails to take good care of his or her dog.
Good dog training also should train the owner as well. Pet owners should know the proper commands to keep their animals under control, so that they can have confidence in how their pets will behave around people and other animals. This is especially important in situations where some kind of danger or hazard suddenly appears.
Unfortunately for dogs, humans for centuries had an attitude that it was necessary to “break a dog’s spirit” in order to train them properly. This attitude resulted from humans’ sense that they had to dominate their animals in order to control them properly. Thankfully over the last century or so, animal experts have learned much about the natural instincts and behaviors of dogs so that dog training has advance from this earlier, more cruel attitude.
The best thing a dog owner can do for his or her pet is to start their dog on obedience training as early as possible. The age to start obedience training may vary with the puppy’s personality. Just like human beings, some pups are mature enough at 10 weeks to start training, while others may not be ready until 12 or 15 weeks. If an owner finds after a couple of weeks’ classes that his or her puppy isn’t responding, it’s probably best to suspend obedience training and start again in another month or so.
Dog training for obedience involves the owner and puppy learning a series of basic commands. Among these are “sit, ” “stay, ” “down, ” “come, ” “heel, ” “drop it” and “leave it.” In most cases, these commands are taught with the use of food rewards such as dog food, tiny dog biscuits or small pieces of appropriate human food such as string cheese or baked or boiled chicken. Each of these commands is intended to teach a certain posture to the dog that the owner can use to control its behavior.
Among the basic obedience commands, “stay” and “heel” may be the most difficult for puppies to learn. Puppies are naturally full of energy and playfulness and they want nothing more than to explore. Owners who find it hard to channel all that puppy energy must develop the patience to keep practicing all obedience commands until their dogs can do them well instantly.
One thing that is never, never, never appropriate in dog training is to strike, hit or physically abuse a dog in any way. Dogs, especially puppies, quickly become devoted to their owners and physical abuse will destroy that relationship. Always train a dog with firmness, but with patience and lots of love.…