How To Train Your Dog Not To Bite

As a dog owner, one of your responsibility is to make sure that they will behave publicly. This means they are able to get along with others whether they are humans or other animals. For that matter, you will need to train them. It could be tricks that they can do or something more beneficial. One of those is to have them to not bite others. It will need a lot of action if that happens, so what you can do is to avoid it.

It all actually starts when they are still pups. If you notice, they love nibbling your finger, and it would be nice and cute at first, but it would have to stop or else it might turn aggressive later on.

There are ways you can train them, and here they are:

1. Redirection

Instead of having them bite on your skin, have them bite something else. This will also teach them that they should not be biting on the skin. If your dog tries to chew on your skin, give them a toy or bone to chew as a substitute. You can also play games that involve their mouths such as fetch or tugging. This way, they will not think of biting your skin.

2. Distraction

Aside from redirecting their mouths, you can also take their minds out of it. It is mentioned before that playing a game of fetch or tug-of-war will help. Why not do some other games to play with them? This way, their minds will not focus on biting. One of these is playing chase. Another is giving them some treats. You do not also need to spend more on toys for they will be enjoying some other things like a stick or even a blanket. 

3. Obedience

In some ways, obedience training is important. This way, it will be a lot easier to train them on how to behave. This is not just about the biting but also on some tricks and also around your house. And they will be controlled with just simple commands.

Aside from training them to avoid biting, you can also do some other ways to avoid further disturbance to others.

1. Vaccination

Whether your dog is trained or not, it is important to be always updated with their vaccines. One of their vaccines is the anti-rabies. Rabies is not just dangerous for humans when bitten but also for other animals, and dogs are not just ones with it. Always be updated when it comes to their vaccines and checkups. 

2. Crate Training

Another way for them to avoid biting others is by letting them stay in their crate. Crate training is not just for them to be house trained but also to control them when there are visitors around. 

3. Socialize

It will also be helpful if they are socializing with others. They are more used to other people and dogs, so they will likely be less aggressive. This can be done by going to parks or even just taking them for walks.

How To Keep Your Dog From Barking

Barking is part of being a dog. It’s innate to how they communicate and they express themselves. We love our dogs, and it’s important that we hear from them when they have something to say. Maybe they need food or water, maybe they can sense some sort of danger, or maybe they are just trying to get your attention so that you’ll play with them, pet them, or otherwise interact with them to show them you care. Maybe they just want to show you that they care.

There are times though that barking can be inopportune. Maybe you’re trying to calm them down so you can take a cute holiday photo for Instagram, or perhaps you’re trying to have a phone conversation with a relative or worse for business purposes. Whatever the case, there will likely come a time when your dog is expressing themselves vocally and you simply need them to remain quiet for the time being.

If you have the freedom of forethought on your hands, then you can quite often train your dog to understand when it’s OK to bark and when it’s not a good time. This can take from a few weeks to a few months, but it can usually be accomplished successfully with standard dog training tactics. Give them a treat when they respond positively to your command, or perhaps take them out for a run or roll around and play with them so that they know that their behavior is appreciated. It goes without saying that this is a long term approach though, and while it can be quite effective and it is often the best solution, the fact of the matter is that some people simply don’t have the time or the understanding of the training process to make it a reality.

barking dog before collar.

Of course, there is an alternative to try out a barking collar for your dog. While there is some discussion as to whether or bark collars they are humane (the short answer, in my opinion, is that they are as long as they are used properly), there is very little question as to whether or not are an effective solution for getting your dog to stop barking in a pinch. Even still, some owners are hesitant to use bark collars on their dogs. If that’s the case then training is definitely the way to go at the end of the day, but of course, we shouldn’t forget about another effective short term solution that every dog owner can try right now.

Circling back to the beginning of this post, in most situations dogs are barking because they have something to communicate. By simply understanding your dog’s intentions and reacting to them in a way that satisfies their needs, you can very often put them at ease and bring an end to any form of relentless barking. Remember, dogs are living beings just like you and me. They just want to be heard so that they can be comfortable and have a purpose in the world around us.

How To Groom Your Dog

Your dog is your responsibility. That much is true. It is not only for their benefit but also for yours. For them to become stronger and healthier, you will have to feed them correctly. For them to be able to be well behaved and go around places, they have to be trained, and you can always have them as a companion because of that.

Grooming is also very important. It is not just to make them look good and presentable but also for their health and hygiene. And like the others, it is also for your good. Would it be nice to cuddle them with their soft fur and absence of dog odor? What is great is that you can do it yourself and can save up from bringing them in dog salons. 

1. Bathing

Before anything else, take them to a bath. This way, you will be able to wash away the dirt that is stuck in their fur. This will also help to make it softer. You will need a shampoo for this, and there are a lot of available shampoos for dogs which are mostly gentle and are made for them.

2. Brushing

After taking a bath and have them dry, brush their fur to get rid of the tangles. This will also help their coat be shiny and clean. Be gentle so that they will not hurt and also will avoid more shedding of fur. This actually requires a lot of patience especially if your dog is long furred. With all the tangles, it might take a while. But even so, it is really important to do this even if they do not have a bath. By brushing their fur, it will remain clean and shiny. It will also help get rid of loose hair.

3. Hair Trimming

If your dog has a long coat, they will need some trimming. The first thing you need to be aware of is using scissors. You do not want to hurt them. Make sure to use blunt-nosed scissors to be safe especially if you are a first-timer. You can also ask for some advice from your veterinarian on how and also the safe way. Keep in mind the areas that needed to be trimmed like around their eyes, anus, and chin. Another way is using clippers or shaving them. It is said to be safer but is advised to have the help or a vet or professional groomer.

4. Nail Trimming

It is also important to trim their nails. You can definitely do it by yourself as long as you have the right trimmer and know how to do it. Keep in mind that dogs are not fond of touching their feet and would be traumatizing for them if they got hurt, so you really need to have the skill and be confident with it. If not, you can always, ask your vet or groomer to trim it so that it can be done right without any hesitation.

How To Train A Dog To Sit

A dog is not just a companion for many. They are more than that. They are family and friends. They give happiness and also takes away stress and would make them forget some of their worries. And that is why they are called the man’s best friend. 

Some would say that even they are a responsibility, it is a great one. It is part of their life and joy to take them for walks and but them food and toys.

Dog photos are also well-liked these days, and that is why many have set their dogs on their own social media. It would be a lot easier to take their photo if they know tricks. Sitting is one of the basic tricks a dog can do. If you are thinking of teaching your dog some tricks, you can start with this for it is also the simplest.

Here the things you need to do:

1. Prepare for Treats

You will have to make sure to ready your treats on hand. For this, it is advisable to have small ones. This also counts if you decided to use a clicker, you will need to have that by hand.

2. The Right Environment

As you are starting to train them you will have to choose a place where they are comfortable and at ease. That way, it would be easier for them. It will be also easier for you to control them. Unlike when the place makes them anxious, it will be hard for them to concentrate or just be scared in general.

3. Have Their Attention

In training them, make sure you have their attention. This means keep them away in anything that distracts them. This includes their favorite toy or anything that will catch their attention. This is also one of the reasons why it is advised to not do the training outdoors. Aside from the fact that it is an uncontrollable environment, they may also get distracted with the surroundings.

4. Know the Methods

There are two methods in training your dogs to sit. You can choose one that will be easy and right for you and your dog.

a. Capturing 

It is said to be an easy way to train. In fact, it is perfect for trainers who are lazy. All you have to do is to carry treats or your clicker then go in front of them and ask them to sit. For them to know, you will have to gesture what sitting is to them, and they will know. As soon as they sit, give them the treat.

b. Luring

As the name suggests, this one is luring them with treats. You will have to put your dog in a sitting position when you give them the treat. Repeat it until your dog gets it. Every time they sit, give them a treat.

5. Be Patient

Remember that it will not be done easily, and it will also be depending on your dog. So, you will have to be patient and not to rush things. They will get there.