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Dog Obedience Training
Dog obedience training – Are you thinking of bringing a new puppy or dog into your home? Or maybe you’ve already brought the new member of your family into your home and are wondering how to get things off to a good start by heading off some bad habits that can cause a lot of headache and frustration? One thing you want to focus on immediately is to make sure your puppy or dog learns the difference between dog toys which are okay to chew and play with, and other items which the dog should not touch.
Here are some ways to start your dog off right.
1) Keep your dog or puppy in their dog crate during those first few weeks whenever they are not being watched or supervised.
2) Buy or make your dog a good quality dog toy box and keep a variety of toys, kongs, bones, raw hides or dog stuffies inside.
3) Teach your dog that their toy box is the ONLY place to find chew toys.
4) Be very consistent in your early training.
To begin your puppy or dog training, when you take the dog out of their crate for playtime, lead them directly to their toy box. If your dog likes peanut butter, smear a little on their toys once a day as a teaser. Take a few minutes to play with them and show them how to play with their toys. Throw a toy and have them run after it, play tug of war – just something to peak their interest. Then, when their interest starts to wander to other things they should not chew on, give them a firm “Ah, ah” or “Leave it” command and playfully bring them back to their toy box where you again spend a minute or two playing with them.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep a close eye on your dog at this early stage and at the first sign that they are chewing on anything they shouldn’t be, repeat the above routine. There are also a number of anti-chew dog sprays on the market which you can spray on areas you notice your dog chewing on. These sprays are non-toxic, but have a nasty taste that dogs hate.
Whichever method you employ to train your dog or puppy, it is very important to be consistent at this early stage as you are helping your dog create lifelong habits. A dog that lacks training and is allowed to roam free and destroy or chew non-dog items, trash, home furniture or even their dog bedding or dog furniture is eventually going to ingest items which can cause them great harm, or cause life threatening intestinal blockages. It does take extra time and effort, but those few minutes a day spent training your dog where to find safe, chewable toys and how to use their toy box are well worth the end result of a healthier, happier, well trained dog.