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Pawsitive Training For Your Dog With The Help Of A Clicker

One of the most interesting and revolutionary changes in dog training has been the recent popularity of what is called "Clicker Training". A clicker is a small noisemaker that produces a distinctive clicking sound. The sound is used as a secondary reinforcer in place of other signals like "Yes". Clicker Training originated with the training of marine mammals. Although the marine mammal trainers used whistles instead of a clicker, the idea is the same.

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More Puppy Training

Puppy Training doesn't have to be difficult or boring. In addition to the basic commands like sit, stay, down, come, and stay. You and your puppy can have fun working on a little more advanced training that works on your puppies individual talents. It will also help with bad behavior.

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How Sensitive Is Your Dog?

Most dogs are eager to please and very receptive to training, provided we teach them properly. Just like us dogs learn through sense of smell, taste, touch, site, and hearing. Dog's senses are a lot more acute than our own. Selective breeding has heightened particular sensitivities of some breeds even further. Consequently dogs will respond differently.

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Addressing Behavior Problems

Nipping and Mouthing is one of the dog and puppy problems I hear the most about. Puppy biting, although at times quite annoying and sometimes painful, is in fact, a normal and essential development behavior. What is important is the teach the puppy an acceptable behavior. "What would I rather have my puppy do?" For example, if a puppy nips or mouths at people while they are trying to pet him/her, try giving them a rawhide or other acceptable chew toy or object while they are being petted. You can also teach them to sit quietly and wait for a treat when people greet them.

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Destructive Digging

Dogs and puppies may dig holes in yards and gardens and even dig at carpeting, rugs and hardwood floors. Digging is a normal behavior that is often motivated by the investigation of smells, sounds, and sights or play. As with other undesirable behavior, you should find alternative toys that can help teach appropriate behavior to your dog or puppy. If alternative toys do not work, another option may be to provide the dog or puppy with a digging area filled with sand or soft dirt. Hiding their favorite treat in a toy should encourage the dog or puppy to start using the desired area for digging.

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Why Is My Dog Jumping Up On People

Jumping up on people is normal behavior. They jump up on people for a couple of different reasons. Most often, the dog is overly friendly and wants to greet the person. When dogs greet each other they usually sniff muzzles, and private areas. The reason they do this behavior on people is to reach their faces. Dogs use olfactory (scent related) behaviors to find out about you. They can get this information from the saliva of your mouth or the tears from your eyes.

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Elimination Problems

There are a lot of different reasons why a dog may eliminate inappropriately. The dog may not be housetrained, may have a breakdown in house training, be urine marking, have separations anxiety, fear or phobias, be excited, showing a submissive response or may be ill. Unless the problem is clearly the lack of house training, excitement or submission, you should have them seen by their vet for a medical evaluation. In an ideal world our canine companions would join our families possessing the understanding and need to toilet outdoors.

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How To Stop Dog Barking

If you want to know how to stop a dog from barking because it's driving you or your neighbors crazy. You are first going to have to know exactly what your dog is thinking so that you know what is triggers the barking. Despite what you have heard or think, dogs don't just bark for the fun of it. Barking is a means of communication and can signify many different emotional states.

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Begging For Food

Dogs are just like us! They like food and enjoy many of the same foods we do, especially meats, anything high in fat and sweets. We sometimes find ourselves face to face with a dog that behaves as though it hasn't eaten in weeks! Prevention is the easiest way to deal with the problem of begging at the table. Unfortunately, we and the rest of the family sometimes give into those mournful eyes.

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