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Teaching Your Pet To Perform A Dog Trick – The Owner As A Part Of The Training Equation

By Jean Cote | Posts

While each dog has its own unique personality, its breed plays an integral part, with some being more headstrong compared to others that are more eager to please their masters. Nonetheless, every dog is trainable, whether you want it to perform a simple dog trick or something more complicated.

With such a thing in mind, this leads to one important factor in the dog training equation. It does not matter what breed, age or general temperament your dog has. If you are not fully invested in its training, then all your efforts will mean nothing.

The key to successfully training your dog is to have regular training sessions. But more importantly, training sessions should be short. Frequent and consistent training sessions are much more preferable over a long and irregular training schedule.

Like children, dogs respond better to training in a positive and encouraging environment. Thus, instead of using punishments like hitting your pet or using electricity to shock it so that it will subsequently submit to the behavior an owner wants (which are certainly cruel things to do), pets and their masters will fare better by using positive reinforcements. Once the pet responds positively to a command, the owner reinforces this behavior by giving the dog a reward, the most common of which are food treats but may also include toys and praise.


Should you choose food as a reward for your pet, it would be better to make it something special instead of its general fare during meal times. Apart from keeping in mind that treats should be given in small quantities, pet owners can benefit more from a training session using food as a reward if they schedule training prior to meal time. Should you choose to reward your pet with praise or any other form of affection, it is best to schedule the training when the pet is more responsive to such stimulus. One example of this is when you come home after work or school.

It is also noteworthy to keep in mind that the reward should be delivered immediately after it has responded to your command. Should your pet fail to respond to your command, its punishment should be the absence of a reward and nothing else that is harsh.

But no matter what your motivation may be for having your dog trained – be it to simply teach your dog to be well-behaved inside and outside the home or to help entertain guests with advanced tricks — the important thing to remember is to have fun with your pet.

Teaching An Older Pet Dog Tricks

By Jean Cote | Posts

The Englishman John Fitzherbert is credited for first putting into print the popular saying “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” in his book “The Boke of Husbandry,” published in 1534. In the book, Fitzherbert originally wrote “The dogge must lerne it, whan he is a whelpe, or els it will not be: for it is harde to make an olde dogge to stoupe.”

Now this begs the question that most pet owners ask, which is whether their fine furried friend can indeed learn dog tricks even if they are way past puppyhood.


Most trainers often advise pet owners to train their dogs even before they reach their first year. This is primarily because at this stage, the personality and demeanor of a dog is still malleable and not yet fully set, thus making them perfect for dog training.

Indeed, once a dog reaches full maturity, you cannot do much with regards to changing its unique personality. For example, you cannot change a dog from being anxious and fearful into a confident and friendly dog. However, you can teach your pet to modify its behavior and response to particular situations.

Whether you are training a puppy or an older dog, consistency is the key to success. In training a dog, whether you want it to simply come when it is called or if you would like it to perform more advanced tricks like rolling over, the importance of consistency cannot be overstated.

Pet training is all about reinforcing the behavior you want from your pet, be it a puppy or slightly older. To get it to perform a trick, you have to reward it for obeying and responding to your command through a special, irresistible treat. As you continue to reward your pet every time it performs according to your bidding, it will soon associate good behavior and performing tricks with getting a reward, thus reinforcing your training. It is also a good idea to immediately give the pet a reward after it is done performing.

This technique is also helpful in modifying unwanted behavior like excessive barking or soiling themselves anywhere they please inside the house.

But apart from making your pet a hit at parties because of its ability to entertain with tricks, dog training offers another advantage to both you and your pet. For your pet, it offers an opportunity to stimulate the mind, thus making him more alert and mentally agile. As for you, dog training provides an opportunity for you to improve your bond with your pet.

Becoming A Better Pet Owner With The Help Of A Reliable Dog Forum

By Jean Cote | Posts

For most pet owners, dogs are not merely a token addition to their household. Some people consider them family members, showering them with love, attention and affection similar to those given to children. And as such, they are driven to become better masters.

This is mainly why, in recent years, participating in a dog forum has become a norm, no matter if you are a novice pet owner or a seasoned one.

Despite the fact that there are several reliable sources of information and advice pertaining to pet ownership, the number of participants in forums continues to grow. One reason for this is that pet owners put great weight on the actual experience of pet owners, giving them a sense of involvement in a thriving online community. For example, certain websites may deem certain breeds as unsuitable for a suburban setting or apartment living. However, other pet owners participating in forums may have success stories that they can impart to other forum members which they can emulate. In some cases, there might be owners who turn to forums to get advice among other members with regards to their frustrations in training their pets.


Another reason why pet owners are driven to forums and other online sources is that they can readily find answers to common issues like behavioral and medical problems. The problem here is that posts and responses by other pet owners are not entirely reliable.

So does that mean that you should wean yourself off from forums and similar online platforms?

No. Not entirely. For any issues regarding your pet, particularly when it comes to its health, nothing can substitute the experience and expertise of a trained professional like a veterinarian and a dog trainer. Because they have specifically studied and specialized in this particular field, they can provide the best answers to your questions about the wellbeing of Fido. You would not trust the welfare of your child to an anonymous online contact so why should you do the same for your pet?

At best, forums and websites dedicated to pets and their masters are meant to supplement the professional advice and attention of a vet and trainer. Use caution before heeding an online advice. Or better yet, immediately seek professional help.

Also, you should carefully choose which forums to participate in and which websites to look into. Your vet and trainer can point you to helpful sights to satiate your need for the right information.