How to get my dog to do as it is told? (Awesome tips)

get my dog to do as it is told?
Dog command

How to get my dog to do as it is told?

  • Getting your dog to do as it is told can be a little hard, and will take some time and patience, but it’s worth it and it’s gonna save you much time later in the future. (We all know that owning a dog is time consuming, and if they are not listening to your commands, it can be very troublesome and it will consume you much more time). A well trained dog can keep you both out of troubles, preventing him from chasing cats, running in streets, chewing your shoes, jumping on people and other bad annoying habits.
     To get your dog to do as it is told, for instance to let go a shoe he chewing on, or to stop doing something they shouldn’t do use the word “leave it” or choose whatever word or sound you want, just use that command only when you don’t want them to do it.
     Also repeat that word constantly because It can take hundreds or maybe thousands of repetitions for some dogs to learn a new command. Like this your dog will start identifying the command and understand what you want it to do.
     Remove your dog’s excess energy because when your dog is eager to do something, his only focus is to release all that excess energy inside. A daily walk or some daily physical activities will go a long way, and your dog should just be fine.
     Finally, make sure that your training is positively motivated, and never forget to immediately praise your dog with some treats when he does the right thing, because dogs love to be praised and they are more likely to remember that you gave them a treat than you shouted loud at them. Also give your dog a variety of treats so he won’t become bored getting the same treat every time.
     Some people take their dogs to a special trainer, cause they think they are not able to do it themselves, but if you train your dog properly from the start you don’t have to think about the expensive training classes.
    P.S: your dog should be trained by only one person, this will avoid confusion.

How do you train a puppy not to pee indoors?

  • Training your puppy not to pee or poo in the house takes a lot of patience, calm and consistency. Let’s say it’s one of the first challenges you will face when training your puppy. Never shout at your puppy and never hit it when they have an accident, this will only extend the process time as well as making your puppy shy and weak (and probably you’ll see more accidents around your house if you hit it, because it is scared), also keep in mind that puppies have no idea where to pee or poo and they never do it on purpose.
    – If you follow this during the training, the process will be simple and easy.
     The best way to train a puppy no to go toilet, is to keep your eyes on it and pick it up whenever you see it about to pee or poo and take it to the place you want it to do it in.
     Also you can use a word when taking it to its toilet area, for instance “go pee” or “go toilet” or you can pick any word you like cause it doesn’t matter what you say as long as you say it repeatedly, this will save much time later, some puppies will learn it quickly than some others.
     This works also with the puppy pads (large square absorbent pads), the pads aren’t for everyone, but they can be useful if you puppy doesn’t have outdoor access, and also they work well for assisting sick or aging dogs.
     Also never forget to praise you puppy every time when he finishes its job in the appropriate area and let it know that it has pleased you. And like all dogs love to be praised, they will always please you in the future! And always clean up the accidents instantly and replace the puppy pad with a new one once it has been used.

How often should I bathe my dog?

How often should I bathe my dog?
Dog bathe time

 Baths provide many healthy benefits to your dog, as well as keeping it clean, making it smell better and fresh, and keeping its coat in a glossy look. Also it gives you a chance to check your dog, because with the fur wet, you can detect things that you may have missed. But how often to bathe your dog? Well this depends on your dog’s breed, coat, health and how active it is.
 Bathing your dog too much can be bad for him. Sometimes It can irritate its skin, dry out its natural body oils, damage its hair follicles and more.. But generally a normal dog needs a bath once every month or once every 2 months, because like we said we don’t wanna cause them some health and skin problems. Of course unless your dog’s smell doesn’t bother you or your dog is not covered with dirt.
 Also always bath your dog with a quality dogs shampoo, don’t use your own, because human shampoos can damage their skins and sting their eyes. You’ll need to dry well your dog with a hair dryer or a towel, especially if they have folds in their skin such as Bulldogs and Pugs, to avoid a cold and skin infections. And maybe a perfume to make your doggy smells good and fresh.
– A quick tip: Always bathe you dog’s body first, and its head last, cause dogs tend to shake once their head is wet.

How to get your puppy used to its new environment?

  • If you are going to bring your new dog into your home or going to take it to another new place, make sure you read this key guidelines, and the process will be easier on both you and your doggy.
  • Puppies can get very stressed in a new home, it can be a scary place for them in the first days, and it will take some time for them to adjust to the new sights, smells and sounds.
  • To help your dog feel comfortable in a new environment, set up a good regular routine for him. Walks, feeding, exercise and other daily activities as much as you can, Knowing that some dogs love being near their owners no matter what he is doing.
  • Dogs without plans or routines will not adjust quickly to their surroundings, will get exhausted and also you’ll find it hard to potty train them.
     Take your puppy out and make sure he gets much new experiences, let him meet other dogs, also introduce him to children, just make sure they don’t jump up on him, otherwise you will finish up with a dog that doesn’t like children as much as a lot of problems in the future.
     Also give your dog some attention, take care of him and show him some extra love. So he can feel comfortable in its new home.
     If your dog doesn’t seem to be adjusting after a few weeks, you may need to consult a veterinarian .
     Also puppies need different injections that protect them from many infections and immunize them before they can get out from the house into their new environment.
  • Sometimes the new change and new environment can affect you dog’s behavior and make it difficult and complicated, but this doesn’t mean your dog is bad and can’t change, it’s just a transient period. All you need is to stay positive and have a little of patience.

What should I feed my dog?

What should I feed my dog?
Dog food
  • Every dog needs a good diet and nutrition, and it’s important especially for a puppy’s growth and development.
  • Feeding your dog cheap food is actually a false economy as it can affect your dog’s health and you may then need to visit a veterinarian and spend more money than you do on his food.
    That’s why always when looking for foods for you dog, whether if you are going to make it at home, or buy it from a store, you need to make sure it’s rich in proteins, carbs, healthy fats, fibers, vitamins and minerals, in order to grow and stay healthy.
  • Your dog can live off scraps from your meals, but only if what you are eating is healthy and quite balanced, a bit of rice, which is rich in carbs and fibers, little of meat as a source of protein, and some vegetables or fruits, just be careful what you are feeding your dog, cause some foods are poisonous to dogs, such as raisins, chocolate, onions, salt etc.. If you have some doubt about some ingredients, it’s better to consult your vet or do some research.
  • It’s a good idea to buy your dog something they can chew on, as it works to clean their teeth, freshen bad breath and reduce plaque and tartar build up.
  • Also you should not give your dog lot of treats. Too many treats means too many calories, too many calories can result in obesity.
  • After all, a home made diet could be healthier for dogs than bought dog food as it may contains less preservatives and other chemicals. But if you consist to feed your dog a bought dog food or you don’t have time for cooking, you can ask a veterinarian or a breeder for suggestions.
  • Another important thing, water is very essential to your dog’s health, especially in summer and hot weathers. So always keep the water bowl filled up for your dog.

How often do I have to exercise my dog?

  • All dogs need to exercise daily, because without physical activities, your dog will become bored, discouraged, unhealthy and they are also prone to overweight if they do not burn off the extra calories they take in during the day. physical activities also helps reducing the bad habits, such as chewing, digging or scratching, excessive barking and more..
  • How often you should exercise your dog depends on your dog’s breed, size, age and overall health. But generally your dog should spend between half an hour to two hours on an physical activity each day.
     Smaller breeds such as Chihuahuas, Beagles and Yorkshire Terriers and giant breeds such as Mastiffs and Great Danes, are less active dog and they require anywhere from half an hour to 1 hour of exercise every day, of course, the activities
    depend on your dog’s age and ability.
     Large dogs and active dogs such as Retrievers, Hounds, collies and Shepherds tend to need more exercise, something between 1 hour to 2 hours daily.
     Flat nosed breeds, such as Pugs and Bulldogs are brachycephalic dogs, which means they have some breathing problems. And they will not need a lot of exercise, if they start panting it’s time to take a break, and maybe a nice calm walk around the neighborhood at night should be fine, especially if you are busy with work or you have some family responsibilities.
     Puppies are very energetic, but they get tired quickly, and they don’t need as much exercise as an adult dog. In general, they need require anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes each day, playing a little with your puppy should be sufficient.
  • Finally and before you start an exercise plan with your dog, it’s better to visit a veterinarian first for a quick consultation, and maybe he can recommend you an exercise program that is suitable for your dog’s breed, age and ability.

Is owning a dog time consuming? How much does it really take?

Is owning a dog time consuming?
How time consuming are dogs?

Is owning a dog time consuming?

  • Absolutely yes, dogs are really time consuming. They are a lifelong responsibility and always need constant care and attention and a lot of time and patience, especially in the first months of their training, if you trained well your dog you gonna save much time later, which means a happy life without conflict. And if you can’t give much effort for their training in the beginning, better own an adult dog who is already trained for you.
  • Dogs really need to go out, explore the city and meet new dogs to socialize with, by taking them to the parks etc. Also they need to exercise everyday or at least a nice calm walk at night if you don’t have much time. They also need feeding, grooming, bathing, playing and more..
  • This not only costs time but also money, for instance if your dog become sick or feeling unwell, you have to take him to the veterinarian, which can costs a lot of money sometimes.

If you don’t want to do all this or you don’t have no time, then better to not own a dog.

How do you prepare for your new dog?

So you decided to bring a new dog home, congratulation! Now it’s time for the next step, preparing your home for your new coming friend, whether it’s a puppy or an adult dog who needs a loving home. Surely your new dog will be nervous and uncomfortable and that’s why you’ll need to make sure he’s as comfortable as possible. And as we said, owning a dog is time consuming, so it’s better to prepare your home before bringing it in.

  • If you are adopting an adult dog that is already house trained, your job will be more easier, but you still need to prepare other things anyway, such as the bedding, food (after asking the shelter or the breeder which food he has been eating), and some toys or chewy balls to keep your dog amused. There is also some extra stuff to purchase for your dog if you want, such as the bowls to eat from, treats, a leash and collar, grooming equipments and anything else you think he may need.
  • This apply to puppies as well, except puppies need other more things such as puppy pads and toilet paper, otherwise your time will be dedicated to cleaning up after your puppy, because puppies can pee and poo anywhere and they have no idea where is the right place to do it. Also puppies are much demanding, and you need to be around them and taking care of them in the first days after they arrived.
  • Another thing, you have also to dog proof your home and make sure your house is as safe as possible, cause a new dog in a new environment is bound to explore, eat inappropriate things which can be toxic and root through the trash or anything that smells exciting to them.

Should I Get A Puppy or an Adult Dog?

why is it better to get a puppy than an older dog?
Should I Get A Puppy or an Adult Dog?

If you are thinking of getting a new dog home, but you don’t know what to get and having troubles making a decision whether to bring a puppy or an adult dog, go ahead and read as we help you specify what’s the best for you.

  1. On the one hand, Puppies are cute as a bug’s ear, and it’s often the most popular choice for new dog owners, getting a puppy instead of an adult dog gives you the opportunity to train him and build its personality. But getting a puppy requires from you a lot of patience and time by playing with them and taking care of them, also puppies need to be with you most of the time so that they can feel comfortable, that’s why if you have a family and children a puppy will be better for you.
    A quick tip: do not bring home a puppy under 2 months old, which is a big mistake that many new owners make.
  2. On the other hand, an adult dog will be already trained what makes it easy for you and save you some time (there will be no cleaning up carpets from puppy dirt and so). Also an adult dog is already big and stopped growing in contrary to puppies, and there will be no surprises. Also it will save you some cash, for example if you buy a dog house for your puppy, you’ll need to buy another that fits his size when he grows up.
    A quick tip: When you bring an adult dog home, give them love and take care of them and soon they will adore you.

Should You Get A Female or a Male dog?

This is a question that many people who want to own a new dog ask, so we hope you can be able to answer it after reading this!
– There’s really no big differences in the way they look, except their Gonads and Genital Tract of course, and the male dog tends to be larger in size, that’s all.
– But there’s some other differences, a female dog tends to reach maturity faster than the male dog, the thing that makes it easy for both of you when it comes to training. And females are also better at socializing with other pets.
– Also some people think that the male dog is more aggressive while the female is more affectionate, yes this can be true, but only to some dog breeds! Also this can be changed of course because your dog’s behavior or personality depends on how you will raise and train him.
– If you like breeding and you have plans to do it later when your puppy grows up, well a female can be better for you (where the mating can be done with just a friend’s dog for example).
– A quick tip: it’s important for you to choose the gender of your new dog who will adapts with you better and don’t choose according to the availability or the price, otherwise you might be disappointed later.

Should I Get A Purebred dog or a Mutt?

Should I Get A Purebred dog or a Mutt?
Mixed or Purebred dog?

This is another question that confuse many new dog owners.
– Well, dogs come in a variety of breeds and races, with different personalities, history etc.. And many are bred over many years for a specific duty. For example some are bred specifically to be guard dogs like the Doberman, Great Dan and Rottweiler, others are bred for hunting like the Weimaraner, Golden Retriever.. and some are bred for herding like the Border Collie and the Australian Shepherd, and some are bred just to sit, relax and look beautiful like the Siberian Husky, Akita and more..
– Many dog owners don’t know what to choose, a Pedigree (A dog that has purebred parents of the same breed and may be registered with a breed club like the Kennel Club) or a Crossbreed(A mixed breed dog that has purebred parents of 2 different breeds, also called dog hybrids, like the Puggle, a cross between a Beagle and a Pug) or a Mongrel (A dog who has unknown origins as a result of crossbreeding many different dog breeds).
– Choosing a Purebred (Pedigree) give you a chance to understand his real personality and discover some particularly unique breeds. Also Pedigrees can be healthy and smart animals, but there’s some disadvantages, some Pedigrees suffer from genetic health problems because they have been so over-bred, anyway it’s sad and painful to see them suffer not to mention the veterinarian’s costs. Also they often come from specialist breeders and the price can be very expensive.
– Unlike the Crossbreed dogs and the Mongrel dogs who are much healthier and do not require much visits to the veterinarians and don’t carry an expensive price tag. Also they are smarter than many purebred dogs, definitely not all of them.
Only one disadvantage, sometimes it can be very difficult to predict the temperament and the size of them.

Should I Get A dog from an animal shelter or a breeder?

-Another question that confuse many people, so here are some considerations to take before getting your new doggy home.
Many unwanted dogs end up in the animal shelter and sometimes they are euthanized if no new owner came to adopt them. A true fact to take into consideration when deciding what to choose, also if you choose to adopt a dog from the shelter, you are going to save 2 lives, the one of the dog you adopt and the space you open up for a new unwanted dog. Also it’s much less expensive to adopt than buy from a breeder. But there is one disadvantage which is you may not know the exact breed of your dog if it’s a mixed breed dog. Although there are many purebred dogs that end up as well in shelters.
-Some people have reasonable reasons to go to the breeder, for example wanting a specific dog race they like that cannot be found in the shelter. Also people with Asthma that are allergic to many dog breeds, they need to go to the breeder for specific breeds such as Yorkshire Terrier, Coton de Tulear and Shih Tzu.

The pros of getting a dog from a breeder are:
  • You know exactly the breed of your dog you’re getting and you can see their parents as well.
  • The puppy will already come socialized.
  • You can train and raise your puppy yourself and form his personality and behavior unlike if you adopt an adult dog from the shelter.
But there is some cons as well:
  • Dogs from breeders are much more expensive than from a shelter.
  • Finding a reputable breeder that runs his kennel well and looks after his animals can be a little difficult.

Anyway, this is just to help you know the difference between each situation, and it doesn’t mean that the dog you gonna adopt or buy doesn’t worth it, because a great dog can come from anywhere!
Finally, will you adopt a dog from a shelter or buy a puppy from a breeder? Please feel free to tell us in the comments section.

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