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How to Teach a Dog to Speak
Even if your dog is never able to say “I love you” as successfully as Mishka and Laika do in the video below, you can train your dog to speak on command. Training your dog to speak isn’t as difficult as it sounds. All you’ll need are patience and a few treats.
Get your dog’s attention
There’s no easier way to get your dog’s attention than by playing with him. Exercise him or play a game of tug so he quickly responds to your commands.
Show him a treat
Once you have your dog all energized, show him you have a treat in your hand. Close your hand and place it behind your back. The goal is to have your dog bark when he sees the treat. Reward your dog with a praise and treat as soon as he barks.
If your dog whimpers, but doesn’t bark, try waving your hand with the treat in front of him.
Repeat until he speaks
The second time you do this, say “speak.” Each time you say the cue, keep your voice in the same tone and volume level. Repeat this process until your dog speaks on command.
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How to Stop a Dog From Jumping
While it may seem counter-intuitive, training your dog to jump over objects can help prevent jumping behavior. Setting time aside for your dog to jump teaches your dog to only jump on cue and over an object. You’ll need a six-foot training leash, pole and delicious training treats.
Set up the jump
Jumps can be made with a pole, standing stick or even a broom. The height of the jump is established by measuring the height between your dog’s front paw and shoulder and dividing that number by two.
Step over with your legs
Once the jump is set up and your dog is on a leash, approach the jump and step over it. The idea is to have your dog follow your lead. Treat your dog after he jumps over the object. If he refuses, consider using a better treat or lowering the jump.
Add a cue
When your dog is comfortable jumping over the object, it’s time to add a cue word, such as “jump” or “over.” Always praise and treat your dog after a successful leap.
For more information on how to teach your dog not to jump, check out this article.
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Dog Car Safety
When it comes to driving with dogs, many pet owners focus on the actual transportation aspect. Getting a dog to go inside a vehicle is difficult and making sure he’s comfortable is even harder. However, one of your first priorities is to ensure a safe environment for your pet.
Toxic Foods for Dogs
Almost everyone knows chocolate is bad for dogs, but there’s a range of foods that are poisonous to dogs. Below, we take a look at the long list of toxic foods for dogs. Continue reading
Exercise Your Dog
It’s no secret how important exercise is not only for people, but for dogs as well. Professional dog trainers recommend exercising your dog for at least 30 minutes everyday. Despite factors, such as age or breed, physical activity is essential to your dog’s health. The best part about exercising your dog is you can fit in your workouts as well, which builds greater companionship between you two.
Redirect Your Dog with a Kong Toy
All dogs chew. They’re naturally born with the need to chew and require stimulation. Their boredom can lead to unwanted chewing and bad behavior. While you can’t completely stop your dog from chewing, you can train your dog to chew on appropriate items. You can do this by introducing your dog to the Kong toy.
Buying Rawhide Dog Chews
Tips on Selecting Rawhides
Rawhide dog chews are a great way to redirect your dog’s attention. Rather than chewing on your shoes or furniture, your dog can receive the same satisfaction from chewing on rawhide.
Dog Crate Training
Dog crates have many uses beyond travel. They can be used as a dog training tool as well as a secure environment. Professional dog trainers understand the value of crate training when it comes to managing a dog’s behavior. Learn how to crate train your dog with these tips. Continue reading
Nothing is more rewarding for a dog than to receive a dog treat he enjoys. With this in mind, it’s important you choose the right dog training treats. The more desirable the treat is, the likelier your dog obeys your commands.
Like other rewards, treats can be incorporated into a valuable training regimen, but they can also be abused. It is important to know the best usage and type of treat that can benefit your dog training and yield the best results.