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Last Updated on August 30, 2016 by Diane Hoffmaster
These dog training tips have been sponsored by Pet Supplies Plus and The Motherhood but all opinions expressed here are my own.
Back in my life before I had HUMAN children I was totally devoted to my canine kids. My husband and I were active in many different dog sports including flyball, agility, obedience training, and disc dog competitions. We had two shepherds, a large truck and our weekends were spent traveling from one dog trial to another. It was an amazing amount of fun, for both dogs and humans! Then, my husband and I had our first baby and things got a little tough. We lugged around the playpen and baby toys from one show to another for a while but add that to the large dogs, crates and gear and we finally had to throw in the towel on our professional dog training days. When our beloved shepherds passed away from old age, our home was lost without a dog to love and we brought home a puppy. Our Dutch Shepherd, Teyla (AKA Naughty!) keeps us on our toes! Even though we aren't doing dog training as a competitive sport anymore, we work with her regularly just to keep her busy and give her a job to do besides chase the squirrels!
If you have a dog at home (or are thinking of getting a dog!) you should definitely work some dog training into your daily schedule. A well trained dog is a happy dog and one that is much less likely to end up in a shelter! To get you started on your dog training journey, keep these tips in mind!
- Make sure your pup is healthy before you start. Knowing about any aches and pains, hearing issues, vision problems, etc will make dog training easier.
- Start with a hungry dog! Most dogs will work well for food so try getting in a few minutes of dog training right before a meal and use small treats as rewards.
- Know what motivates your dog. Mine will do just about anything for a ball or squeaky toy. Invest in a new toy or two and only bring it out during dog training.
- Keep distractions to a minimum. Trying to train your dog on a sidewalk with cars rushing by may just be too difficult for your dog. Choose a quiet area with few distractions until your dog is familiar with the commands. Then, once they know what you are asking of them, you can work in a few distractions.
- Use reward based, positive training methods to start with. Never scold a dog for not doing what it is asked if it does not understand the question. Once the dog knows the command solidly, then you can bring in 'NO' or a corrective sound when a mistake is made.
Dog training can be a ton of fun for both you AND the dog. Don't have a dog? You can train other pets as well! We have a Sun Conure that we have trained to play dead, shake our finger, and fetch a small spool of thread. Yes, it takes patience to train a bird (or cat, dog, ferret, etc) but having a well trained pet makes them much easier to live with! Now, if only I could train the lizards to do something interesting. Despite my daughter's best attempts, they pretty much just sit there and look bored!
Pet Appreciation Week is coming up June 1 through June 7 and this is a great time to spoil the animals that bring such joy into our lives. Pets have needs and wants and just about all of them can be found at Pet Supplies Plus! I made my first trip there last week and was amazed at the selection! No matter what kind of pet you have at home, you will find something to treat them with for Pet Appreciation Week! We found all natural treats for Teyla (Rabbit based treats I have never seen before!) as well as more toys than you can imagine! And we bought quite a few of them! We had a blast testing them out and she was so excited to see what would come out of the bag next! She was NOT, however, impressed with the bows we bought her. But, at least we didn't try fitting her into a dress!
Pet Appreciation Week with Pet Supplies Plus
Of course, I couldn't leave the store without buying Petri the bird something and the bearded dragons got some delicious new lizard kibble and even the fish (who remain unnamed because their turnover rate is way too high) got some new food. My daughter tried convincing me we needed to buy another bearded dragon or a ferret while we were there but since there are already more animals in this house than humans I denied that request vehemently!
Remember to spoil your pets this Pet Appreciation Week and consider taking up dog training to teach your canine a few new tricks! Don't just stop with boring old sit and stay! While those are incredibly helpful, dogs are so smart you can teach them all sorts of crazy things. Teach your pup to turn in circles, fetch the newspaper, turn off the light or whatever else you think they can learn. Check out Teyla's video below for some not so impressive dog training! And please excuse the poor video taping skills! It is incredibly hard to record yourself training a dog!
Pet Supplies Plus Twitter Party
June 1-7 is Pet Appreciation Week, and we’re celebrating with a Twitter party to talk about our pets and share tips on proper pet care. Pet Supplies Plus is dedicated to helping pet owners find the best foods, treats and toys for each pet’s individual needs. They carry a broad selection and serve as an excellent resource for pet owners on everything from nutrition to how diet can affect pets’ behavior.
The Motherhood is joining Pet Supplies Plus for this Twitter party to discuss, learn and share more about our beloved pets. Get your cute pet photos ready to share!!!
When: Wednesday, June 4, at 1p ET / 12p CT / 10a PT
Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #PSP4Pets hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite: http://twtvite.com/psp4pets
Prizes: Throughout the party, we will give away six $25 Pet Supplies Plus gift cards to randomly selected participants who correctly answer trivia questions tweeted by @theMotherhood25. Prizes are limited to U.S. participants only. Check here to find a store near you to use the gift card!
Hosts: @theMotherhood, @theMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann
Bonnie, ChilL Mama -- @ChilLMama
Brett, This Mama Loves -- @brettbmartin
Diane, Suburbia Unwrapped -- @suburbiaU
Jennifer, One Mom’s World -- @onemomsworld
Jessie, MomVantage -- @MomVantage
Lee, My Sentiment Exactlee - @TheExactLee
Michelle, Smart Savvy Living -- @savvyliving
Pet Supplies Plus would like to give one of my readers a $25 gift card to use to spoil their own pets with. This is a Giveaway Tools contest so follow the directions below to enter.
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.