Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Teach your dog to lie down

1 Grab a doggie treat and put your dog in front of yourself. Make your dog interested in the treat by waving it in its face.

2 Put the dog into a sit position and hold the treat close to the dogs nose, then slowly move your hand towards the floor.

3 The dog's head will follow the treat onto the ground.

4 Pull the treat (still on the floor) towards the dogs chest and the dog should lie down in order to gain it. Do not pull it towards you as this will encourage the dog to get up and walk towards the treat. If the dog does get up repeat the process but when moving the treat towards the dog do it much slower.

5 Give your canine the treat, but only AFTER he gets into the lying down posture. If your lovable little pooch doesn't comply , don't give him the treat now. Instead, try again. Do reward small behaviours that lead to the desired task such as dog lays down half way but not completely in the initial stages if he does not comply straight away or it may lead to frustration.

6 Do keep the session short 5-10 minutes max but regular throughout the day.

7 Only when your dog is doing the task should you put in a verbal command to link with the action as saying the word down when the dog is not down will not teach the dog to make the association with the desired action and word. To go even further, you can slide the treat to the opposite side in which your canine friend is laying. Hopefully he will roll over.

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Teach your dog to roll over

Learn how to train your dog to roll over in three easy steps! With dog treats, patience, and a little bit of work your dog will be trained in no time.

1 Teach your dog to lie down. You can train your dog to lie down by placing him/her in the sitting position. Then say "down" and bring the treat towards the floor to get the dog to follow. If your dog does not understand, you can help things along by gently pushing the dog towards the floor. When your dog lies down, praise him/her and offer the treat immediately. Work with your dog until he/she can lie down on command and stay in that position.

2 When your dog is on the ground, put the treat around the back of the dog's neck. Gently push on one of the dog's shoulders to push him/her into rolling over towards the treat. While you do this, say the command "roll over." Your dog will roll to try and get the treat. Be sure to give him/her the treat when the roll is completed.

3 Work with your dog for 5-10 minutes a day on the new command, and make sure to keep it fun. When your dog successfully rolls over for a treat, begin using the command without a treat. Be sure to offer your dog positive reinforcement so that completing a command is fun and rewarding.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Teach your dog to come

"Come" is one of the most important commands your dog will learn. It not only makes your relationship with your dog easier, but it teaches your dog some obedience and may save your dog's life someday. Teach your dog to come on command using positive reinforcement methods.

1 Start with your dog on a leash in a quiet room or place with no distractions.

2 Find a treat that your dog really likes (like beef jerky, lamb, chicken, uncooked hot dogs or leftover meat scraps) The pieces should be bite size so the dog doesn't have to chew it and  can immediately associate the reward with coming to you.

3 Put your dog on a leash,show him a treat and say in a normal tone "[your dogs name], come." Do not yell or speak in an overly cute tone. Simply give the command.

4 Hold the treat as close to your body as possible and wait for your dog to come and get it. If he does not come immediately, use the leash to gently pull him over and give him the treat. As your dog accepts the treat reinforce the word association by stating "Good come" in a normal, but upbeat tone of voice.

5 Gradually increase the distance and add distractions as your dog improves.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Teach your dog to shake

This trick will be fun for you and your dog, and will impress family and friends!

1 With the dog sitting in front of you, hold your hand out flat with a small treat between your thumb and your palm.

2 Offer the dog your hand. At first he will sniff and nose at your hand, but eventually he will paw at it.

3 When he paws your hand, give him a treat from your other hand, not the treat he was pawing at. Using a clicker is helpful.

4 Repeat this until he automatically paws at your hand when you offer it.

5 Once this is consistent, offer your dog your hand in the same position (thumb against the palm), but without a treat present in that hand. Always reward the dog with a treat from your other hand. It may be helpful to make your hand smell like treats before this.
The dog should paw your hand without the treat present. If not, work with the treat a bit longer until the dog better understands the idea.

6 Once the dog consistently works without the treat present, try offering your hand open flat (thumb relaxed and extended out). Once again, reward him afterwards. If the dog will not perform, try gradually moving your thumb out until it is in this position.

7 Introduce the verbal cue "shake" (or another word of your choosing). Say "shake", pause a moment and then offer the dog your hand. Reward when he complies.
The behaviour may be shaped further as desired. Some dogs may offer their paw when asked but will also nuzzle your hand simultaneously. Ignore this behaviour until the dog is well acquainted with the previous step, then start to reward only after he stops nuzzling your hand. Eventually he will realize that the nosing is fruitless and will cease to do so.

8 Gradually reduce the frequency of rewards. For example, start to reward the dog only every other time it performs. Then only once every three times. Be careful not to decrease the rewards too quickly, as the dog may become discouraged and stop performing the trick at all.

9 The dog may become bolder and start coming up to you and pawing at you in an attempt to be rewarded. Thusly, only reward the dog for pawing when you ask it to, and never when it does so on its own initiation.

10 Another way that works is getting the dog's paw and saying shake while shaking.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Do´s and Don´ts of Dog Training !


Do’s

Do be nice to your dog every time he comes to you (even if he’s just coming back from an unexpected romp around the neighborhood).

Do get into the habit of giving a command only once. If your dog doesn’t respond to a command you have taught him, reinforce the command.

Do use your dog’s name to get his attention, and then tell him what you want him to do.

Do eliminate the word “no” from your training vocabulary.

Do use a normal tone of voice when you give a command. Your dog’s hearing is quite acute.

Do be consistent in your actions and expectations.

Do provide an outlet for your dog’s energies.

Do keep your dog mentally stimulated by training him.

Do understand that your dog is a social animal. Train him so he can be a part of the family.

Do socialize your dog with people and other dogs.

Do become your dog’s teacher.

Do make learning fun for your dog.

Do consistently reward with praise the correct behaviors.

Do spend plenty of time with your dog and give him lots of exercise.

Do keep trying, and your dog will reward you by getting the message.

Do get outside help when you get stuck.

Don’ts

Don’t do anything your dog perceives as unpleasant when he comes to you.

Don’t nag your dog by repeating commands — nagging teaches him to ignore you.

Don’t use your dog’s name and then expect him to read your mind as to what you want.

Don’t expect your dog to know what the word “no” means.

Don’t yell at your dog. He’s not deaf. Raising your voice doesn’t improve understanding.

Don’t confuse your dog with unrealistic expectations.

Don’t try to suppress behaviors that need an outlet.

Don’t let your dog stagnate.

Don’t lock up your dog or put him out because you haven’t trained him to behave.

Don’t isolate your dog — he’s a social animal.

Don’t expect your dog to obey a command you haven’t taught him.

Don’t get too serious in your training.

Don’t reward undesired behaviors.

Don’t make your dog neurotic by neglecting him.

Don’t give up when the going gets tough; keep trying.

Don’t blame the dog; you are his teacher.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

American Pit Bull Terrier

American Pit Bull Terrier
Country of Origin: United States
Height: 18–22 inches
Weight: 30–60 pounds
Coat: Glossy, smooth, close, fairly stiff
Colors: Any color, pattern, combination except merle







Registries (with Group): UKC (Terrier)
ORIGIN AND HISTORY The American Pit Bull Terrier descends from early Greek Mastiff-type dogs called Molossians, who found their way into fighting arenas throughout the Roman Empire. Developed from bull and terrier types, APBTs were originally used by butchers to manage bulls and by hunters to help catch and hold wild boars and other game.
In England, these tasks evolved to become the sports of bull- and bear baiting, the act of pitting dogs against bulls or bears, until these blood sports were outlawed in 1835 and dog fighting sprang up in its place. American Pit Bull Terriers succeeded in the fighting ring by being tenacious, athletic, strong, intelligent, and courageous.
Outside of the fighting ring, these dogs gained notoriety for their strong, handsome presentation and loyal, affectionate natures with their families. In fact, the breed quickly became popular in the United States as a hunting dog and family companion, and dog fighting was outlawed in most states by the 1860s. Today, dog fighting is illegal in most countries, including the United States, but the APBT’s negative reputation for being a fighting dog has stayed with him.
Those who own and admire him for who he really is—and do so responsibly—hold the future of the breed in their hands.
 PERSONALITY PROFILE When raised and trained with respect and knowledge, there is no finer companion than the American Pit Bull Terrier.
A properly bred APBT is kind and caring toward children, intelligent and easily trained, loving, playful, expressive, faithful, and versatile.
However, he is often aggressive toward other dogs and may see smaller animals as prey.
He is adept at herding, guarding, hunting, and weight pulling.
CARE REQUIREMENTS Exercise: The high-energy American Pit Bull Terrier needs several walks a day to keep him physically fit and mentally challenged.
The walks should also be occasions to properly introduce an APBT to different people so that he becomes well socialized. Grooming: The APBT’s short, smooth coat is easily managed with regular brushing with a firm-bristled brush and an occasional bath. Life Span: 12 years.
Training: Responsive and smart, the APBT is a relatively easy breed to train and has excelled in many areas that demand a high level of aptitude.
A training issue with this breed can be how others perceive him, which makes being out with the APBT—who needs the exposure to all sorts of people and places to help him be a confident, trusting adult—sometimes difficult.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Quotes About Pit Bulls | PitBulls

After scouring the internet and soliciting your feeback, we've compiled what we believe to be the best quotes about Pit Bulls (and are true of some other dogs as well, of course).
  • "Pit bulls are the least likely to be human aggressive. On the whole, you have to do a lot of work to make them aggressive to people."  -- Sue Frisch, Dessin Animal Shelter manager
  • "Pit bulls are..... Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the Virtues of Man, without his Vices."
  • "My Pit Bulls are smarter than your honor student."
  • "Hug-a-bull, Love-a-bull and Kiss-a-bull"
  • "You think pitbulls are dangerous? Have you seen who's running our country?"
  • "Yes, I sleep with pitbulls"
  • "If Timmy had a pit bull, he wouldn't have been in the well in the first place."
  • "I asked God for a best friend and he gave me an American Pit Bull Terrier!"
  • "When it comes to pit bulls the beast is often the two-legged animal at the other end of the leash."
  • ‎"They live and die for us. The Pit Bull deserves our utmost respect to be that loyal. We should all aspire to be more like the Pit Bull. Wearing our hearts on our sleeves, loyal to a fault and willing to die for those we love."
  • "Once you go pit, you never quit."
  • "Ban ignorance, not Pit Bulls."
  • ‎"Judging a dog by another dogs actions is like judging a person that knows a
    murderer...pointless. And it makes you look like an asshole." -- Heather Spivey
  • "My pit bull doesn't just warm my heart, he warms my feet."
  • "Punish the deed, not the breed."
  • "The end you should be concerned about is the "Tail" end - Those happy wiggles are brutal!"
  • "Happiness is being loved by a pit bull."
  • "Pit Bulls are very aggressive about showing their affection."
  • ‎"Love is being owned by a Pitbull."
  • "It's true that Pit Bulls grab and hold on, but they grab and hold on to your heart, NOT your arm."
  • ‎"The more people I meet the more I love my pit bull."
  • "My goal in life is to be as good a person as my pitbull already thinks i am."
  • "The only thing viscious about my pit bull is her gas."
  • "Yes, I am a pit bull. No, I am not mean." -- badrap.org
  • "Pit bulls are famous, in circles of knowledgeable dog people, for the love and loyalty they bestow on anyone who shows them a smidgen of kindness." -- Linda Wilson-Fuoco
  • "What has been accomplished by Ontario's pit bull ban is that the government has been allowed to avoid the more difficult task of regulating human behaviour and finding the resources to educate the public in a meaningful way." -- Clayton C. Ruby, Lawyer for the legal challenge against the Ontario goverment.