Silent Dog Whistle Training – A Few Tips

Training your dog is perhaps the most important aspect of owning a pet and requires considerable time and energy from your end. However, before you actually begin a training regime, it is imperative to familiarize yourself with the different kinds of dog training techniques. Now, you can always go for clicker training or dog whispering, but if you want better results consider silent dog whistle training.

This form of training uses a special type of whistle that is more sensitive to the ears of dogs, but almost inaudible to humans. Not only do these whistles save your voice from screaming in frustration during training, but it also makes it easier to give your dog commands without disturbing people around you. Are you planning to train your dog using a silent whistle as well? If so, then follow these useful tips:

Decide on the Commands

When it comes to silent whistle training, the first thing you need to do is decide on which commands you want your dog to learn. Usually, it is best to start with simple commands like sit, retreat, rollover, and jump and slowly work your way up to more difficult commands or tricks. For instance, the whistle can be used for calling your dog when he’s off leash, if he’s wandering around the neighborhood again, or even when he has become lost.

Adjust the Pitch of the Whistle

Try blowing the dog whistle to see if your dog responds to the sound. If he does, then set the pitch at the same sound. However, if your dog doesn’t then blow the whistle at different pitches and keep testing until you see your dog’s ears move. To ensure there are no mistakes, consider adjusting the pitch of the whistle in a quiet room when your dog is sleeping. If he wakes up by the sound of the whistle, it’s a clear indication he hears it.

Get Your Dog Accustomed to the Sound

Once you have decided on the commands and adjusted the pitch of the whistle, it’s time to finally begin training. Keep in mind there is no wrong way of using a whistle. Therefore, start by getting your dog accustomed to the sound of the whistle. You can do so by sitting in a quiet room with your dog. As soon as his attention shifts elsewhere, blow on the whistle and wait for him to figure out the sound and come to you. If he responds, give him a treat and praise him.

Use Different Whistle Sounds for Commands

So, now that your dog is finally accustomed to the sound of the whistle, it’s time you pick a series of ‘pips’ for the commands you want him to respond to. For instance, for recall you can consider using a string of pips, whereas to command the dog to ‘sit’ use two pips. Therefore, make sure to set different whistle sounds for different commands. Otherwise, you may end up confusing your dog entirely. Additionally, each time your dog responds to what the whistle asks, give him a special treat!

So, if you want to train your dog using a silent whistle too, then consider following the aforementioned tips.

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Problems you might face training your dog

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When you start training your dog, you might face some common dog training problems.  Let’s look at at a few of the problems and what to do about these problems:

 

Problem: Your dog is unable to learn the trick and stares at you, when you give the command, unable to comprehend what it is you want.

Solution: He is probably unable to understand what it is you want him to do. This means you are either making the training session too complicated or you are unclear about training techniques. You need to communicate clearly to your dog, what you want from him.

 

Problem: Your dog doesn’t seem to want to participate in the training session.

Solution: If your dog doesn’t seem too excited about the training, you are probably not using a treat he loves. By assuming your dog loves a treat that you are using, you are risking the success of your training sessions. To ensure your dog absolutely adores a treat, you want to wave it in front of his nose and if his tail starts wagging furiously, you should go ahead and use the treat for training. If you cannot get this reaction from your dog, you are probably not using a good enough treat and should either try good quality cheeses or bits of sausages as treats.

 

Problem: He doesn’t get the command right every time.

Solution: Your timing is probably off because your actions are confusing the dog. You are either not giving him the treat at the right time, which is immediately after the dog performs the trick. As soon as he finishes performing the trick, toss him the treat and give him loads of genuine praise and probably a hug.

Dog Training is a process, you can’t expect to work with your dog one time and that be it.  It takes time and patience.

For more training tips make sure to check out our new Dog Whistle and Training Guide now available on Amazon.

This Pug really knows alot of great tricks!

Teaching your dog basic obedience skills and fun dog tricks take a lot of patience and consistency.

Check out this adorable Pug and the tricks he has learned with his owner.  My favorite part in the video is when he responds to his owner saying “I love you!” You can tell he really loves his owner and enjoys their training time!

To learn how to train your dog with basic obedience skills like sit, stay, down, come, stop barking, and drop it make sure to check out one of our new Dog Training Books now available on Amazon.  You also get the added bonus of a dog whistle to help with instilling the new tricks you and your dog learn.

Does Your Dog Need Behavior Training?

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Dogs are wonderful pets to have around the house. They are incredibly loyal, dependable, and play well with kids. After all, they didn’t earn the title for being man’s best friend for nothing. However, oftentimes dogs can suddenly exhibit problematic behaviors and they may not obey your commands or treat you with respect. They may get aggressive and even display signs of aggression or violence. In such circumstances, dog owners contemplate on whether or not their dog requires behavior training. So, if your dog displays these surefire signs, then perhaps it’s time you too look into behavior training:

Your Dog was an Abandoned Puppy

It has been noted that many dogs who display signs of aggression or other behavioral problems were usually abandoned while they were still young. And, it is true that a dog’s prior history influences the way the animal reacts. Therefore, if you believe that your dog has experienced an abusive past and that has led to your pet aggressively barking at everyone who walks past your house, then perhaps it’s time you consider behavior training.

Your Dog has been fighting a lot

It is wrong to believe that “dogs will be dogs” and it’s in their nature to fight. While this may be common among wild dogs, but when you have a pet in the house the same ‘attitude’ isn’t exactly a good sign. Usually, untrained dogs tend to sort out pack rankings through fights. The winner results in one animal signaling submission, but the behavior accompanies some serious injuries.

Therefore, this is a clear sign that your dog requires behavior training. In fact, dogs that exhibit aggression towards other dog’s means that they are in desperate need of training. Without it, you will actually rob your pet of experiencing positive communication with other pets, and trips to the park will also soon become impossible.

Your Dogs Jumps on People

Have you found yourself frequently assuring people that your dog is “friendly”, but the minute you look back, you notice your dog jumping up on people? This is a common sign of aggression and signifies that your dog does indeed require behavior training.

Without it, your dog would continue aggressively barking at other dogs and also start scaring small children. Of course, your dog may be friendly towards you, but if you cannot control your pet in public and honestly can’t trust your dog not to attack other pets and pedestrians, then you should consider behavior training right away.

Your Dog Has Been Stealing Stuff

Last, but not the least, if your dog has been stealing food, clothing, or other objects recently, you might want to consider behavior training before the problem persists and neighbors start knocking on your door. However, if you sense that your dog is getting overly aggressive upon telling him to “leave it”, commit to working with an experienced behaviorist or dog trainer.

So, if your dog displays any of the above mentioned signs, consider starting some obedience or behavior training right way. This way, you can ensure your dog doesn’t exhibit any wrong behavior in the future that might scare other people.

For a great resource to get you started check out our new Dog Training Book and Dog Whistle now available on Amazon.

 

How to Use a Whistle to Train Your Dog

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Learning how and when to train your dog is probably the most important aspect of owning a pet. However, before starting a training regiment for your dog, you should familiarize yourself with the various dog training. Now, you probably must have heard about dog whispering and clicker training, but for the best results consider a dog whistle for training your dog.

Dog whistle training can be an extremely effective technique for commanding your dog to do almost anything you want him to do. It utilizes a special whistle called an ultrasonic whistle to get a dog’s attention and give commands. Do you want to whistle train your dog as well? If so, then here are a few tips on teaching your dog basic commands like sit and calling the dog to you:

Whistle Commands – Teaching Your Dog to Come to You

  • Prepare some special treats and put them in your pocket and hang the whistle around your neck. Then, take your dog to a room that’s free from all distractions or sounds.
  • When you notice the dog paying no attention to you, quickly blow the whistle (only a short blast). Upon using the whistle, wait for the dog to cover over and investigate.
  • As soon as he does, give him a special treat and praise him saying ‘that’s a good boy’ and petting him. Next, when the dog gets distracted again and pays no attention to you, repeat the process.
  • If he comes again, reward him and pet him. This way, he will learn to come to you when he hears the sound of the whistle.
  • If he doesn’t, avoid talking, coaxing or begging for the dog to come, as this will ruin the whole objective of the training.
  • Repeat this process several times, until your dog finally makes the connection between the reward, the whistle, and the command.

Whistle Commands – Teaching Your Dog to Sit

  • If your dog has mastered the sit command accompanied by a raised hand signal. Start to replace the verbal command with the whistle command.
  • Use the whistle for one long blow and use your hand signal to command the dog to sit. Then, add the verbal ‘sit’ command.
  • Repeat the same process, but eliminate the verbal ‘sit’ command eventually. This way, you dog will gradually respond to the whistle and hand signal.
  • Practice this several times and treat your dog each time he passes the test. Gradually, your dog will learn to respond only to the whistle and forget about hand signaling.
  • You can consider increasing the distance of responding to whistle ‘sit’ command by increase the ‘steps back’ upon repeating the above process.
  • Once done successfully, start to practice moving out of your dog’s site for a short period and then blow the whistle. This will teach him to respond to the whistle command, regardless if you will present in the room or not.

However, if you notice that your dog is sensitive to the sound of the whistle, blow it quietly. But, keep in mind to use each whistle sound with consistency. Otherwise, you may end up confusing the poor dog.

If your ready to take the next step in your dog training make sure to check out our Dog Training Guide and Dog Whistle Now Available on Amazon!

Common Behavior Training Mistakes to Avoid

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Dogs are awesome creatures and make for great companions. They are dependable, loyal, and offer unconditional love. This is one of the main reasons why many dog owners consider their dogs as part of their family. However, for dogs to co-exist with humans, they need to be trained in order to curb their natural instincts.

This includes pooping anywhere they want, barking excessively, or jumping. But, contrary to what most people believe, successful dog training depends more on the person than it does on the dog. That’s why in today’s article, we discuss some of the most common dog behavior training mistakes you must avoid at all costs:

Ignoring and/or Rewarding Bad Behavior

Dogs will not outgrow their natural instincts (unacceptable behavior for us) like digging, chewing, chasing, excessive barking, or any negative behavior on their own. They need to be trained in order to let go of these bad habits. Therefore, when they aren’t corrected at the right time, you can forget about solving the problem. Ignoring or rewarding bad behavior just for him to stop doing what he is will only result in him doing it more.

Using Pain to Teach Your Dog

Dog training takes patience, time, and consistency. No dog is “un-trainable”. A stalling, or even regression, of your dog’s learning is likely your fault. Regardless, the point here is to always keep your cool while training your dog. You should never get angry or try teaching your dog to behave properly using physical punishment. By using pain to teach your dog, you will destroy the trust between the two of you and training him will be more difficult.  You are much better off learning to train the dog using helpful tools like a dog whistle or clicker with a treat to use encouragement rather than punishment.

Inconsistent Training

There is no better way to slow down your dog’s understanding and training than to be inconsistent. Think of it from your dog’s point of view: “I jump on the sofa once, they tell me to get off; I try again, they make me get off; I try once more and voila they make me sit; but when I try again, they tell me to get off again; I’m confused!” (This is just an example, we don’t know if dogs think quite like this). So, you see inconsistency results in confusion. Therefore, if you only work on training exercises when you feel like it, you can forget about teaching your dog anything.

Not Enough Exercise

Dogs are, through evolution or design accustomed to the exploring the outdoors by walking. They walk to hunt food. They walk to find water. They walk simply to walk! Therefore, it’s not a surprise for them to get bored out of their minds, if you have kept them isolated in your home. Saying so, not providing enough exercise to your dog could lead to all that excess energy, boredom, and frustration to manifest in a way that you are not happy with, causing problems in your training regime.

Giving Up Too Soon

Last, but not the least, many dog owners get incredibly frustrated with the training process and often give up too soon. As mentioned earlier, no dog is “un-trainable”. Therefore, never give up and keep on at it, until your dog starts obeying your commands.  If all else fails you could always call in a professional dog trainer to help you.

So, if you don’t want any delays or problems in your training routine, then make sure to avoid these common mistakes mentioned above.

How to Teach Your Dog New Stunts

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Every pet owner knows the feeling of fulfillment and accomplishment when they teach their dog new tricks. It is incredibly fun and exciting to watch your little doggy obey your commands and perform numerous tricks like playing dead, rolling over, jumping hoops, or shaking hands. But, of course teaching a dog tricks isn’t exactly an easy task. It requires great dedication, effort, patience and time from your end. That’s why in today’s article, we will share a few tips on how to teach your dog some new stunts:

Get All Essential Equipment Ready

When it comes to teaching your dog new stunts, you need to get all the essential equipment ready. These can include a collar, a training leash, possible a dog whistle, and some special treats to keep your doggy intrigued during the teaching process. At the same time, try familiarizing your dog regarding the purpose of the equipment. This will make it easier for him to understand what the collar and training leash is for and will motivate him to perform his best.

Start with Some Simple Commands

Before teaching your dog some new tricks, ensure he understands and is completely familiar with basic commands like lie down, stay, come, and sit. Otherwise, it may be difficult to teach your dog tricks that are a little more complicated and tough. Remember, you need to start small and then work your way up to impressive tricks. Not to mention, if your dog has hard time paying attention, you also need to teach him how to look at you during a command.

Know What Motivates Your Dog

What does your dog respond best to, toys, food, or attention in general? Once you figure out exactly what ‘currency’ will work best with your dog, you can leverage that to your advantage and teach and him to obey your commands. Think of it as a tool that you can utilize during your dog training regime. Therefore, consider testing a few toys and preparing different types of treats, until you find something your dog absolutely loves and admires (except for another dog of course).

Choose a Trick You Want to Teach

Now, that you have taught your dog the basic commands and have all essential equipment ready, all you have to do is: select a trick you want to teach. However, make sure the tricks you choose are compatible with the personality and the abilities of your pet. This is where determining the breed of your dog comes into play. For example, you can expect a miniature-schnauzer to do the tricks a German shepherd can do. Nevertheless, you can choose some safe tricks like jumping hoops, skipping, or playing dead.

Work in Short, Repeated Sessions

Last, but not the least, always make sure to work in short, repeated sessions where all you focus on is one trick! Repeat the same trick until your dog gets the hang of it and always make sure to give some special treats to boost your dog’s motivation levels. This will help in keeping the classes positive!

So, now that you are familiar with the tips mentioned above, teaching your doggy new stunts won’t be a problem.

A Few Tips on House Training Your Dog

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No matter how much you love your dog, you would definitely get angry once you have noticed that your carpet has muddy paw prints all over, your favorite shoes have been peed on, and your ironed shirt or dress has been trampled on. To be honest when you own a dog, you need to expect these things to happen. But, in order to reduce these disturbing, irritating, and frustrating occurrences to a minimum, you have to take certain steps. One of these steps include, house training your dog. So, follow these useful tips below on how to house train your dog successfully:

Visit the Vet

If your dog has never given you trouble before, but has suddenly begun unloading indoors at inappropriate times, it is imperative that you visit the veterinarian first. This way, you can rule out all potential medical causes, before taking matters into your own hands. Some of the most common medical reasons for inappropriate defecation and urination include incontinence caused from previous medical problems, change in diet, and gastrointestinal complications.

Know Your Dog

Dogs are like people – each dog has a different personality. Therefore, you simply cannot expect your new dog to behave like your previous one, instead take out the time to learn more about your dog – its own traits and personality quirks.

Observe the natural tendencies of your canine friend, especially when it comes to urinating and pooping. For example, some dogs like to relieve themselves on sand or gravel, while others on dirt or grass. Therefore, try learning about the perfect designated poop and urinating area for your dog.

Supervise Your Dog

When it comes to house training your dog, it’s important that you observe him from day one when he attends his call of nature. One of the best ways to do so is tether your puppy to you or a nearby piece of furniture and then watch for signs that your puppy needs to eliminate.

Some signs are rather obvious, such as circling, sniffing around, restlessness, squatting, scratching at the door, and/or barking. Therefore, if your dog displays any of the above signs, immediately grab the leash, and take him outside to his bathroom spot.

Establish the Toilet Area

If you haven’t yet established the toilet area, then perhaps it’s time you do. Take your dog outdoors and give him the time to find his perfect place of unloading. Once he establishes the toilet area, ensure you take your dog to the area each time he needs to eliminate.

Keep doing this until she develops a strong habit of eliminating there. However, it is important that you accompany him to this place to ensure he doesn’t eliminate somewhere else. You might want to use treats in order to make him understand better regarding the toilet area.

Accept that Mistakes Do Happen

Last, but not the least, expect your dog to have a few accidents in the house. It’s a normal part of house training and every dog does it sometime or the other. Therefore, don’t punish your puppy, shout at him, or hit him for eliminating in the house.

So, now that you are familiar with the dog training tips mentioned above, house training your dog won’t be a problem.

DIY Dog Behavior Training Tips

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Dogs can be our best friends and also our worst enemies sometimes. One day, they will be all loving and nurturing, the other day they will bark your brains out (literally). This is what makes it imperative to train your dog regarding how to behave properly. Otherwise, an untrained dog is more likely get on your nerves because of their actions.

But, keep in mind it isn’t actually their fault, as dogs see the world in a childish manner. Therefore, it’s your duty as a pet owner to ensure your dog gets the proper behavioral training necessary to cope with his emotions and behave in a decent manner. So, follow these dog behavior training tips below and get your dog to finally behave properly:

Listen To Your Dog

When it comes to behavior training, it is imperative that you first learn how to listen to your dog. Keep in mind that dogs have feelings too and you can’t just boss them around and tell them what to do all the time. Therefore, if your dog displays signs of being uncomfortable when meeting another person, dog or animal, don’t insist that he say hello. Keep in mind that your dog is telling you that he is feeling a certain way for a reason and you should respect that rather than reacting negatively and forcing the issue.

Start with Basic Commands

Once you have learned to listen to your dog, it’s time you put your attitude in place and try staying positive and motivated when teaching your dog basic behavior tips. Remember, showing your dog that you have patience will be rewarded with loyalty. So, once you have your attitude set, start off by common grammar of training – the elementary commands, like: “Sit, Stay, or Come”. This way, your dog will be assured you are in control and will start obeying your commands.

A Little Positive Reinforcement

Dog behavior training doesn’t mean you keep at it all day and leave your dog with no freedom whatsoever. This means, avoid focusing on only punishing your dog when he makes mistakes and get your dog to do what you want by consistently rewarding his good behavior. This is especially imperative during potty training, as simply punishing him when he unloads in the house is not enough. You need to take him outside, show him the right way to do things, and upon receiving good feedback, motivate your doggy with a few yummy treats.

Be Consistent in Your Training Efforts

Last, but not the least, behavior training requires you to be consistent in your efforts. Therefore, get as many family members involved as possible to help with the training, especially when you aren’t around. Keep in mind that a sudden gap during the training regime could lead to your dog forgetting the basics and behaving the same way again. Therefore, if you want to prevent that from happening, show your dog that you’re in charge and establish yourself as a good leader by being consistent with the training.

Use some helpful tools

Sometimes when training your dogs you may need some added tools to help with instilling the obedience you are looking for.  Using a good dog whistle and/or clicker can be helpful if you use the right strategies with them to enforce the training.  Finding a good dog training book or manual can also be helpful.

So, now that you are familiar with the tips mentioned above, training your dog with the proper behavioral techniques won’t be a problem.

Does Your Dog Require Obedience Training?

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It is every pet owner’s dream to have the most well behaved and loving dog, a dog that lets you and your neighbors sleep peacefully at night and that doesn’t chew your morning newspaper, but instead brings it to you (just to mention a few qualities). However, not all pets are the same. While some are extremely well behaved, others are incredibly violent and out of control. Therefore, if you have one of the latter type, it’s a good idea to enroll your dog in training school. Here are a few more signs that your dog needs obedience training:

Your Dog Does Not Obey You

This may sound a bit clichéd, but nevertheless if your dog doesn’t obey you, it is a clear sign he needs a little training. Besides, it can get irritating if you tell him to sit somewhere and he wanders off to another room or when you tell him to come inside the home while he’s outside, he runs in another direction (a serious problem). Obedience training can help evaluate the situation and come up with solutions that could just change his attitude towards you.

Your Dog Barks Day and Night

If you are woken every morning by the sound of your dog barking and go to sleep hearing him bark as well, your dog definitely needs obedience training. Of course, it may be in their nature to bark, but that doesn’t mean you cannot control their constant barking, especially at random things, like the birds in the backyard, the TV, or the cars going down the street. Therefore, in order to break this bad habit, it is imperative you enroll your dog in obedience training school.

Your Dog Chews the Furniture

Let’s get one thing clear: chewing furniture is natural for puppies. Dogs usually need to chew on stuff when they start growing new teeth. However, if they continue this habit even after years and multiple warnings, your dog needs some obedience training. Keep in mind that dogs are intelligent enough to know the difference, but they just irritate you on purpose to test your boundaries.

Your Dog Jumps on People

When your dog weighed only 15 pounds with a puppy face, it didn’t actually seem bad when he jumped on someone every time they came over. However, now that he has grown and weighs 5 times more than he did as a puppy, the same habit doesn’t exactly look cute. It can be dangerous for anyone who gets jumped on and for the dog as well if the person in front isn’t really a dog lover. Therefore, this habit must be broken and in order to do so, you need to put your dog through obedience training.

Last, but not the least, if walking your dog has become more like a full-body workout than a relaxing experience, you need to enroll your dog in obedience training. This way, you can ensure your dog behaves properly in front of people at all times and doesn’t exhibit any wrong behavior that might scare someone.

If any of these issues sound like your dog then you may want to start by looking into using some easy but effective dog training tools like a dog whistle or dog clicker and purchase a good dog obedience training book to get you on the right track.