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?

tricks

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

dog training

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!

A Few Amazing Benefits of Obedience Training Your Dog

Owning a pet dog is an incredibly thrilling experience. It’s almost like having a newborn baby to take care of, which means a lot of fun and also many challenges. So, before you run out to get a new dog, take some time to think about it. This is because not all dogs are trained and it is primarily up to you to teach them how to obey to commands and behave properly.

Therefore, you need to make sure you are ready for the care and commitment it takes to raise a new puppy or dog. However, if you want to ease the process down a bit, you can consider dog obedience training that allows both you and your pet to reap numerous benefits. To understand more, let’s take a look at the benefits of obedience training your dog:

A Good Understanding of Your Commands

Dogs face trouble understanding the verbal and hand signals you give to them. Therefore, they do not understand the human cues you give them and without the training, they will learn the long and hard way of guesses. Conversely, obedience training will enable your dog to learn all verbal and hand signals in a fun and easy way. This means, once your dog has completed training, you will get to communicate with your dog better.

No More Barking or Biting

The two of the worst potential canine behavior problems owners have to face are barking and/or biting habits of their dogs. And, dealing with these problems while your dog is still young is incredibly important. The good news is: obedience training can help you address both these problems. The training will teach your dog how to quiet down and stop biting when you command him to stop. Therefore, you can finally say goodbye to the excessive barking and biting habits!  Sometimes adding in a training tool like a dog whistle to stop barking is an added way of instilling the training skills.

Easy Management

Obedience training schools will teach your dog basic commands, including drop, heel, stay, and sit – the four key commands that form the foundation of teaching all other commands in the future. This means, you will better be able to manage your dog. And, better management means that they will be easily controlled, thus making them a part of the family.

Cleaner and Peaceful Home

The dog obedience training package includes potty training, protection training, housebreaking, and correction of bad behavioral problems. The potty training and housebreaking will teach your dog to answer its calls of nature at the correct places and the protection training will teach your dog how to protect itself from other dogs. Correction of bad behavioral problems can eliminate issues such as pulling, whining, and excessive barking.

Learn to Walk Your Dog Properly

Does your dog drag you down the pavement while you’re out on a walk? Well, obedience training classes will teach you how to prevent your dog from dragging or pulling behind you. Therefore, you will finally learn how to stop your dog from running and pulling on his leash, hence making dog walking more fun and easier both for your dog and you.

Do you want to receive the benefits mentioned above? If so, then perhaps it’s time you opt for obedience training for your dog as well.

Common Behavior Training Mistakes to Avoid

dogtraining

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

stunts

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.

Tips on Stopping the Barking with a Dog Whistle

dogbarking

Nothing can take the enjoyment out of a nice walk around the block, a simple car ride, a family outing in the park, or a relaxing evening at home than an ear-piercing never-ending barking from an overly excited or aggressive dog. While many dog owners believe this is just the nature of the creature and very little can be down to alter this behavior, they are actually wrong.

Dogs are incredibly intelligent and smart and can be controlled to stop barking for no reason at all (unless of course the dog is trained to specifically guard a home or property). Some popular techniques include obedience training and behavior training, but the best of all is of course whistle training. So, if your dog is being irritatingly loud, then follow these tips on how to use a dog whistle to stop the barking.

Use Verbal Signals

If your dog hasn’t been taught regarding what a whistle does, he may register to the sound but probably won’t react at all. Therefore, it is first important to teach your dog to stop barking using hand signals or verbal signals. For example, the moment he starts barking, consider putting your hand in front and say ‘stop’. If he still doesn’t stop, that’s the time you use the whistle. Keep using it, until he doesn’t stop. Once he does, give him a treat. This way, your dog will understand what command you’re giving.

Make Your Dog Understand Commands

As a training lesson for your dog, consider giving several short whistle sounds and use hand and verbal signals to make him understand the commands you’re giving. For example, call your dog to come to you using a specific whistle sound (like blowing on the whistle twice). Once he comes to you, pat him, praise him and give a treat. Similarly, when he starts barking consider blowing on the whistle thrice. If he stops, go to him pat him and give him a treat.

Use a Manual High-Pitched Whistle

If your dog is still being stubborn and doesn’t stop barking, then perhaps it’s time to use a high-pitched whistle. These whistles can emit a sound between 23 and 46 kHz and are rather unpleasant for your dog. Therefore, once they start barking or show any unwanted behavior, use the whistle to startle your dog during his barking spree. This will confuse or distract your dog, thus making it easier for you to control and stop him from barking.

Automatic High-Pitched Whistles

Of course, blowing on whistles all day can get tiring, especially if your dog in stubborn and starts barking at everything he sees. Therefore, in order to tackle this situation, you can consider using an automatic-high pitched whistle. These are found at all retail pet supply outlets and are used to emit a high-pitched whistle to startle dogs when they begin to bark.

Usually, these whistles are battery-operated and are used as free-standing devices in your yard or mounted on your dog’s collar. Once your dog begins responding to the whistle, redirect his behavior to normal hand and verbal signals to stop barking. For example, engage his attention with plenty of exercise, toys or games as soon as he starts barking.

So, now that you are familiar with the tips mentioned above, using a whistle to stop your dog from barking won’t be a problem.

Everything You Need to Know about Dog Whistles

dogwhistle3

Dog whistles are fascinating devices used in a similar way to verbal commands and hand signals. Despite their name, these whistles aren’t what dogs use, but actually what they can hear. This is because these whistles are capable of producing a range of noise (usually between 23 and 46 kHz), which is just barely outside of human hearing.

It accomplishes this by using a narrow cylinder, as compared to regular whistles that are much wider and produce a much lower sound. The narrow body raises the pitch of the whistle by modifying the amount of air escaping through the cylinder. Therefore, these high and low pitches of sounds are rather unpleasant for your dog’s hearing, making it easier for you to train them in circumstances they don’t respond to verbal commands or hand signals.

The Logic behind These Whistles

Dog whistles were first devised when it became clear to veterinary and medical science that every animal has a different range of hearing. Dogs in particular are capable of hearing both, below and above the range of human ears by many thousands of hertz. The first whistle was created by a scientist named, Francis Galton, who discovered that by altering the shape of whistles he could change the frequency produced by whistles.

He soon began experimenting and was able to create both short and long range whistles. Francis discovered that altering the shape could change the frequency. Therefore, large whistles with a larger circumference notably produced lower sounds and shorter whistles with thinner bodies were noted to have produced higher frequency sounds. The intention behind this special whistle is usually to train the dog.

How Can Whistles be used for Training?

As mentioned earlier, dog whistles can be used for training your puppy or dog that does not respond to verbal commands or hand signals. Therefore, you can use it to issue numerous commands by teaching your dog to respond to different sounds produced by the whistle. For instance, if you want your dog to come over to you, blow on the whistle twice. Similarly, if you want to warn your dog not to do something, blow on the whistle thrice. But please note that before your dog starts obeying these commands, you must first train him properly.

Types of Dog Whistles

  • Silent Whistles – Silent whistles produce sounds that are inaudible to humans (hence the name). They are designed so the frequency of sound produced can be adjusted, and heard by dogs only.
  • Pealess Whistles – Pealess whistles, as the name implies, do not come equipped with a Pea. This does mean that there will be fewer sound options available, but the whistle will be less prone to freezing in cold weather.
  • Dual-Tone Whistles – This type of whistle is usually the best and is available in two forms: Pealess and with a Pea.

So, if you are facing trouble in training your dog through verbal commands or hand signals, then perhaps it’s time you purchase a dog whistle as well.

Announcing The Smokey Dog Co. Dog Whistle and Obedience Training Guide

We are excited to announce the launch of our new product The Smokey Dog Co. Dog Whistle and Obedience Training Guide. Now available on Amazon.

Learn to train your dog the easy way with step by step instructions and a convenient hand held dog whistle to reinforce the skills you and your dog are learning.

Dog training doesn’t have to be difficult.  You just need some patience and a step by step guide to follow to give you the tools you and your dog need to work well together.

Now available on Amazon

dog whistle pic7

DIY Dog Behavior Training Tips

dogstory (3)

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.