Month: June 2017

Effective Dog Training

Giving your dog a proper training is a must. Once you have decided to get a pet dog, it is already your obligation and responsibility to take care and think about its welfare. Professional trainers accept and welcome all kinds of breeds, sizes and age. For them, even old dogs can still learn good behavior and become obedient if only they are given the right kind of training.

Trainers do not encourage owners to yell at their dogs nor give physical punishment as it may result to a negative behavior. They believe that positive reinforcement should be given whether you want them to learn new tricks or correct their behavior.

Dogs must be trained to obey commands, control their temper, learn new tricks and life skills, become sociable, act normally, become healthier and know their roles. It is not just about the “sit” and “quiet” type of training because it requires a lot of activities that will make their minds active and sharp and their physical bodies stronger.

Here are some important tips that could help you raise your dog well without a professional trainer:

  • Be consistent with your commands and reaction
  • Dogs pay attention to your voice and movements so you must know how modulate your sound when needed and be firm when you are not happy.
  • Understand your dog’s mood and behavior
  • Do not forget to give rewards such as treats or even a rub of compliment every time your fury buddy shows a good behavior or learned a new skill.
  • Make training fun by playing with your dog as well
  • Avoid physical punishments
  • Be patient as you teach your pet. Do not expect a lot and do not be in a hurry to see development when you are teaching them new commands and skills.
  • Train your dog regularly.

Types of anti-bark collars

Anti-bark collars are quite in demand in many countries. Some say it is highly efficient and they are satisfied with the outcome. You may check out the different types of anti-bark collars that you want for your beloved pet:

  • Vibration Collar – this type is proven to be safe although more recommended with not so hairy canines so they will feel it more on their skins. This collar vibrates every time the dog barks. It makes the dog uncomfortable so they choose to keep quiet.
  • Ultrasonic Collar – Dogs have sensitive ears and they can hear even a very soft sound produced what more if it is high-pitched? These collars make irritating high-pitched sound as they bark. But, some people say after some time their dogs overcome the sound and get used to it so it does not work for a long time. Well, it is not advisable to be worn all the time, only when the dog is uncontrollable.
  • Citronella Collar– when the dog barks, this collar sprays a mist of citronella causing distraction and a little discomfort. This kind is the most expensive and not so practical because you have to replace it when empty but among the collars this is the most animal-friendly.
  • Shock Collar – although this one is not available in many countries, you can still find this type in some stores. This type of anti-bark collar uses electric shock which makes the dog stop barking. Some vets and professional trainer condemn this kind because it serves a physical or negative punishment to pets and can cause negative effect to its behavior. Although, some users say it is just a mild shock and not harmful but still, pro-positive training do not believe it is effective and they do not support this product.

How to train your dog to stop excessive barking

Are you worried about your dog’s excessive barking? Are your neighbors complaining about being disturbed by your pet’s noise? Well, it is time to do something about your dog’s uncontrollable behavior and loud barking by following these steps:

  1. Do not practice physical punishment – dogs are not learning to obey every time you hurt them. In fact, they become more aggressive when being punished. Positive training is recommended to make the dogs obey and at the same time they are being trained for mental and physical enrichment.

 

  1. Remove the stimuli – It could be your pet cat, your neighbor’s dog or anything that makes your canine wild and uncomfortable. Put away anything that triggers your dog’s excessive barking. If it is impossible to remove the stimuli, move your pet to an area where your dog cannot see or hear what makes him or her irritated.

 

  1. Teach your dog specific commands – Simple words such as “behave” or “quiet” should be learned. You must train your pet with commands regularly and consistently. If your dog obeys you, give him a reward or positive reinforcement such as treats or his food so he will not repeat the bad behavior which is barking.

 

  1. Ignore your dog’s barking – some dogs are just trying to get their owner’s attention by doing uncontrollable barking which is quite annoying and distracting. Ignore your dog when you know that he just want to be obeyed and notice instead of obeying your orders.

 

  1. Spend time with your dog – sometimes, dogs are just bored or lonely when they make non-stop noise. Walk your dogs to the park as much as you can since this is also necessary to improve their health. They may have too much energy and need to release it just to be tired.

 

  1. Use anti-barking collars – there few kinds of collars to choose from and you can purchase these from supermarkets or pet shops. Many people say it is effective although not all veterinarians recommend it.