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Archive for November, 2010

House Training

House training is the biggest reason for dogs winding up in shelters. Its probably the number one reason I used to get calls from frustrated owners who wanted dog training help.

Get your House Training IPhone App

One thing I always instructed my clients to do was keep a log of their accidents. By doing that you can help figure out how often your puppy needs to go out. I have since built a House Training IPhone App – It will allow you to keep track of successes and accidents, and it will help you by providing a timer that reminds you to take your puppy potty.

We hope this helps in your potty training of your puppy or new dog. We even included dog training tips for dogs of all ages.

The adolescent dog

Blaze is 10 months old. He is a strong, big (80+ lbs), gorgeous yellow lab puppy. His size would make you think he is full grown. In reality he wont mature until he is closer to 3. He has started showing some confidence and barking at things he wouldn’t normally bark at. I attribute that to testosterone spiking. I dont know if its true but its my theory.

The question of the day is how to handle a large strong adolescent dog. I can’t speak to small dogs as I haven’t owned one of those but I imagine the same principles apply.

1) Exercise. This is a must for any dog, but especially at this age. I think a puppy at 10 months old needs sustained exercise in a safe way. Their bones aren’t done developing so you have to be careful about running. We do a lot of retrieving and we are going to start teaching some impulse control with it (wait to be released).

2) Mental Stimulation. Daily training is a must. Not just any type of training will do, it has to be training where the dog is required to do some thinking. Tracking is a great sport, but our choice is clicker training. Currently I am teaching blaze how to pick up a dummy and hold it. I’m purely free shaping this exercise (making the dog figure out what I want and slowly making it closer to the final behavior). I’ll try and video a session or two. After 20 minutes of this game, he’s usually tired.

3) Chewing. My personal favorite: antlers.

4) Time. This too shall pass. I keep telling myself that every day. I remember when Nitro was young, the troubles I had with him. He was a sniffer, a puller, a barker and now he is a really nice dog.