What You Need to Know About Rottweiler Temperament

Are Rottweilers dangerous?

Rottweiler temperament is inherited, but temperament and behavior are also shaped through training and socialization. A Rottweiler must be thoroughly trained and socialized at a young age to control his territorial instincts.

The AKC Standard describes the Rottweiler as a “calm, confident and courageous dog with a self-assured aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships.” A Rottweiler is incredibly loyal to his family and very protective.

Rottweiler temperament can be aggressive with other dogs of the same sex. And while some Rottweilers have found a path to peaceful co-existence with the family cat, others are predatory toward cats.

With their families, Rottweilers are playful and affectionate. This large dog likes to cuddle on the couch or the bed, regardless of its size. But Rottweilers are also good guardians. They are leery with newcomers. So they must take their time to decide who is worthy of their affection.

How to Avoid Rottweiler Behavior Problems

The Rottweiler has a reputation for being a dangerous attack dog, but that is not their true nature. To be dangerous, they must be trained that way. With the proper training and socialization from puppyhood, a Rottweiler is an even-tempered, incredibly loyal and loving dog that will protect his family fearlessly. That makes the Rottweiler a wonderful watchdog.

Rottweiler behavior problems happen when they are not properly trained and socialized. Your dog must be taught that the human is the alpha in the relationship. With the right training, a Rottweiler can be a good playmate for children. But this breed may not be suited for a family with small children due to the pet’s strength and the potential intolerance of children’s antics. If he is socialized from an early age, a Rottweiler will welcome friends and family with affection and be tolerant of other dogs and cats.

Any Rottweiler will do what they are trained to do. If you teach them that aggression is good behavior (even without realizing you are doing so), the dog will likely show aggressive tendencies. Without guidance and positive training, your Rottweiler could turn into a challenging pet.

You may be hesitant to help an adopted or rescued Rottweiler since the dog’s personality traits have already been set. You might think that adopting a Rottweiler puppy is safer, but that is not the case. Adult dogs are calmer than puppies and their personalities are already fully established. With an adult Rottweiler, what you see is what you get. It takes the guesswork out of wondering how a puppy will turn out. As an adult, any Rottweiler behavior problems would be on full display. When you meet an adult Rottweiler, you will be able to see how they behave with people and other pets.

Rottweilers who wind up in an animal shelter don’t necessarily get there because they’re bad dogs. Animal shelters are filled with healthy, well-behaved dogs who are trained and housebroken. Adopting from a shelter or rescue organization is probably the safest way for families with children to add a Rottweiler to the family.

Interested in Owning a Rottweiler? Here’s What You Should Know

If you are interested in owning a Rottweiler, you’ll be glad to know that with the right training, the Rottweiler is a wonderful companion. But without continued socialization, companionship, supervision and obedience training a Rottweiler can be too much dog for many households.

When looking for the right Rottweiler, do a careful search to avoid over-aggressive or unstable lines. Observe the dog’s behavior. Ask the right questions.

Most Rottweilers are inclined to be dominant but they will respect an assertive owner who knows how to lead a strong-minded dog. Your dog has to know that you are in charge, even if he is twice your size.

You’ll need to invest the time to train your Rottweiler. Some dogs are dominant – they want to be the boss. You must show them that you mean what you say with absolute consistency. You’ll need to teach him social skills and harness his natural territorial instincts in a positive way. In the right hands, a Rottweiler is a loyal companion and a loving best friend.

If you are interested in owning a Rottweiler, there are some legal liabilities you should understand. Do your homework before you buy. Rottweilers may be banned in certain communities, or you may be denied a homeowners insurance policy if you own a Rottweiler. Because the breed looks intimidating and has a history as a guard dog, people may be quicker to sue if the dog’s behavior is in any way questionable.

All in a Day’s Work: Dogs at Work

You and your dog play, lounge on the couch watching Netflix, and take road trips together, but your canine is capable of doing so much more than just goofing around and relaxing. You might train your dog to fetch the newspaper or do other tasks around the house. Most canines get satisfaction out of doing work that feels productive. Even if it’s just sitting in exchange for a treat, your dog is proud of herself when she obeys your commands. In most cases, the praise that comes with obedience is worth the effort that the dog puts into it.

Your canine may enjoy executing tasks for you, but is she a member of a working breed? The American Kennel Club has designated certain breeds to be working dogs. These include the Akita, Bernese mountain dog, boxer, Doberman pinscher, Portuguese water dog, and St. Bernard. You’ll notice that the German shepherd isn’t on the list even though it’s a popular breed for police dogs. Many other dog breeds make ideal working dogs even if they’re not classified as such.

Read on to learn about different types of jobs that dogs can do. You’ll also find out which breeds are best for various kinds of work.

Guide Dogs

Guide dogs help visually impaired people by leading them around obstacles. The first guide dogs aided blind World War I veterans with navigation and mobility issues. These dogs can assist blind people in gaining independence and confidence. However, both guide dogs and the people they assist must go through rigorous training in order to effectively work together. This process can be very challenging, but it ultimately builds a strong relationship of trust and affection between guide dogs and their owners.

Believe it or not, guide dogs haven’t always been allowed in restaurants, hotels and other communal locations. Fortunately, laws have been established that allow service dogs to accompany their owners in public places as long as they don’t pose a threat to health or safety. Golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers are the most popular dog breeds for this job.

Herding Dogs

Collies, Australian shepherds, and sheepdogs are some of the breeds that belong to the American Kennel Club’s herding group. These dogs were part of the working group until the categories were separated in 1983. Herding dogs have an extraordinary ability to control other animals’ movements. Throughout history, they were put to work on farms and in pastures to help keep livestock from roaming.

Today, herding dogs are most commonly owned as pets. These breeds tend to be very intelligent, friendly, and easy to train, making them fantastic family dogs. However, if you have a herding dog, you might notice a few of their old herding instincts coming into play from time to time. For example, if your children are running around in the yard, your herding dog might try to gather them together by barking and nipping very lightly at their heels. Old habits (and instincts) die hard!

Search and Rescue Dogs

Search and rescue (SAR) dogs are incredibly good at picking up scents in the air and on the ground. These hero hounds are often sent out to locate people after destructive events, including earthquakes and avalanches. They’re also very effective at tracking people who get lost in the woods. Last but not least, SAR dogs are used to sniff out corpses during criminal investigations.

SAR dogs may work for fire or police departments. They may also be brought in by rescue organizations and individual disaster canine teams. Although German shepherds, retrievers, and bloodhounds are most often used in search and rescue missions, any breed can be groomed for this job. This training process takes about a year and a half and (unsurprisingly) involves many, many games of hide-and-seek.

Police Dogs

Police dogs are often referred to as K9s. Police dogs can search for drugs, firearms, explosives, or other materials that are important in a criminal investigation. Most of their time is committed to searching for missing people and sniffing out illegal materials, but police dogs are also trained to protect their human partners and attack criminals during physical conflicts. K9s are usually paired with the same police officer until one of them retires. German shepherds and Doberman pinschers are very popular breeds for this role.

A Day in The Life: Seeing Eye Dog

 

Have you ever come across a service dog with its owner? The way that dogs guide and interact with their humans is incredible. Seeing eye dogs can change lives; they can make it easier for blind people to gain independence, go out into the world, and do everything that they want to do.

Although seeing eye dogs have been used to help humans since medieval times, they have only been guaranteed access to public places since 1990. Can you believe that? Before 1990, guide dogs weren’t always allowed in restaurants, hotels, or airplanes. This meant that their owners might not be able to enter these places either. Now, service dogs are more common and more accepted. After all, they are highly trained and well-behaved. They’re also invaluable to their owners.

According to The Seeing Eye, working dogs must be bred and cared for properly. They have to be socialized appropriately and trained by experts. Once they’re trained, the animals are matched with an owner. They mainly serve as mobility aids, but they’re also a beloved member of the family.

Service Dog Puppies

Many organizations that provide service dogs to people have their own breeding programs. Guide Dogs of America selectively breeds dogs that have the ideal personalities to be working dogs. Have you ever noticed how calm service dogs are? Part of that temperament comes from good breeding. The ability to stay composed in a variety of situations is also trained into these dogs at an early age.

Puppies start training in the first few months of life. Establishing a strong bond with humans is important. Volunteers and foster parents will do certain activities to encourage bonding. They’ll massage the puppies and explore their world together. By doing this, they help the pups develop confidence and a positive association with the world around them.

Early training is fairly basic. Between six weeks and four months, a dog learns to walk on a lead. The puppy will learn obedience, manners, and socialization. What does socialization entail? The dog will be exposed to a variety of situations. Maybe it will be encouraged to sit quietly while children play around it. The volunteer or trainer will bring the dog to many public places to get the dog used to being out and about.

During the first few months, volunteers may bring the dogs with them wherever they go. This enhances the socialization process. The dogs will get used to being around new people. They’ll also become accustomed to being in new environments.

 

Official Guide Dog Training

Seeing eye dog training continues until the dog is about 14 to 16 months old. At this point, the dog will be cleared to begin official training. How does guide dog training work? An instructor who specializes in this type of training will teach the dogs the skills that they need to work with blind or partially sighted people.

These skills involve recognizing changes in elevation that might trip up their owners. The dogs will also learn how to locate things like seats, elevators, and exits. They’ll be trained to steer their humans around dangers and obstacles.

How A Service Dog Interacts with Its Owner

The process of matching a dog with its owner begins when the dog is close to two years old. You might think that it’s easy to find the perfect dog for a person in need. After all, these dogs are impeccably trained. They have lots of skills to help people with disabilities. However, the process of matching a dog with a handler is complex. The dog may know what to do, but the human also needs to learn some skills.

When blind people want a service dog, they are first screened for eligibility. The individuals need to know how to walk with a cane. Blind people also need to know how to read traffic. Service dogs can’t understand traffic signals. It’s up to the handler to listen for sounds that tell them it’s safe to cross the road.

Playing matchmaker for a seeing eye dog is similar to finding a date online. Many factors are taken into consideration when joining a dog and a handler. The dog must enjoy walking at the handler’s pace. Some owners need the dog to pull them forcefully when changing direction. Others require more gentle guidance. Some dogs prefer working in specific environments, like busy cities or quiet suburbs.

Harnesses, Collars, and Halters, Oh My!

Has this ever happened to you? You’re heading out the front door, arms loaded up with groceries, car keys, and bags, and your dog slips right out ahead of you. You throw everything on the ground and start chasing after the escapee. Luckily, he heads along the sidewalk instead of into the street. After plenty of coaxing, he lets you grab his collar. Then, like Houdini, he slips right out of it. It’s back to the drawing board.

This situation can be scary, not to mention dangerous. Your dog needs a safer collar. How do you choose between all of the options available, though? How many collars does one dog need? Here’s how to select the right harness, collar, or halter for your dog.

Best Dog Collars

Experts generally recommend having one collar that holds the dog’s ID and rabies tags and another to which you can attach a leash. If you’re getting a collar for your dog, you’ll need to start out with the right size. You should be able to fit one finger under the collar when it’s secured. This ensures that it’s not too loose or too tight. As the dog grows, you can expand the collar. Get a new one when the collar feels too tight even at the largest setting. Make sure that the material is rugged enough to withstand day-to-day wear and tear.

What about flea collars? The Irreverent Vet recommends against the use of generic flea collars that you can purchase at the pet store. These bands of material let out toxic gases that remain near the pet’s head and neck or get absorbed into the skin. Some dogs are sensitive to these chemicals. The materials can be toxic if your dog licks or eats the collar. Instead of putting a flea collar on a dog, consider putting the band into your vacuum canister to kill the insects as you clean your house.

What to Use When Walking the Dog

Walking a dog is a great way to bond, it’s also an effective way to connect with and train your dog. Dogs need the exercise. They also love the mental stimulation that comes with a walk. However, if your overactive dog seems uncontrollable, walks can end up in frustration for both of you.

You may pull on the leash to correct your dog. This behavior only causes your dog to pull in the opposite direction, making the problem worse. Tugging at the collar is also uncomfortable for your pet. Additionally, this habit can be harmful to small dogs.

Active dog harnesses may be your best option to use while walking, running, and hiking. Back-clip harnesses are comfortable, especially for small dogs. This is also called a dog harness vest. These devices allow you to clip the leash on at the dog’s back, which prevents it from becoming a tripping hazard. A back-clip harness might not stop your dog from pulling, though. In fact, your canine might get a kick from the feeling of dragging you along like a dog sled if he’s not trained to walk on a loose leash.

According to Vet Street, front-clip harnesses are more effective for dogs that like to walk you. Canines can feel every movement of the leash. With their lead attached at the powerful and sensitive chest, dogs can better respond to motions and commands.

Dog training halters might be best for extremely strong or overpowering dogs. Head halters often get confused with muzzles because they wrap around a dog’s snout and jaw. These types of trainers are kind of like a horse’s halter. The design gently encourages dogs to stop pulling because it directs their snout down and back when they start to barge forward. According to the Humane Society, this doesn’t hurt the dog the way a choke chain or prong training collar could.

To fit a head halter properly, make sure that the band around the neck sits high, just behind the ears. The strap that covers the nose should be able to slide down to the area where the nose meets the fur. When the dog’s mouth is open, that strap will rest closer to the eyes.


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A Day in The Life: Bomb Squad Dogs

Can you tell if your coffee has sugar in it just by sniffing it? Dora probably can. Dora is a bomb squad dog who works for the FBI K9 program. She’s a friendly yellow Labrador retriever and looks just like a childhood pet. However, she’s a hard-working member of the nation’s law enforcement. Bomb squad dogs may work for the police force, the FBI, or the military. They’re trained to sniff out explosives in suitcases, cars, and other objects.

An explosive detection canine can pick up the scent of about 19,000 different combinations of chemicals that may be used to blow something up, according to the FBI. In fact, a dog can smell a teaspoon of sugar in a swimming pool. The FBI uses these dogs to ensure the safety of their facilities. Before 1999, the FBI used working dogs on a contract basis. The agency created its own K9 program in that year.

The FBI uses Labrador retrievers as bomb detection dogs because they’re calm and sociable. Although some working dogs aren’t brought into public settings very often, the FBI dog units are often working with the public. They must be able to respond well to people who approach and want to pet them. Still, they may wear vests that ask individuals to refrain from touching them.

Training Bomb Detection Dogs

In the FBI, bomb detection dogs are trained on a daily basis. In fact, they have to perform certain tasks to earn their food. The dog’s handler will hide something somewhere and command the dog to find it. When the dog finds the hidden object, she gets fed. This type of training goes on whether handlers are sick, on vacation, or just taking a day off.

Before they’re hired as part of the force, the dogs undergo rigorous training that begins in the first months of life. Initial training involves learning basic commands like “sit” and “stay.” The animals also learn to stay focused in distracting situations and socialize with other dogs and people.

When they’re old enough, bomb squad dogs begin training to sniff out explosives. MSA Security is one company that trains teams of bomb-sniffing dogs. The business teaches dogs to identify 32 different chemical odors and sit when they detect them. The trainers do this by placing the various scents in identical empty paint cans lined up throughout the room. When the dog finds a substance, it is rewarded. The repetition and reward imprint those scents on the dogs’ brains. More specific training is then performed to teach the dogs to find explosives in cargo, vehicles, luggage, buildings, public transportation, and offices.

According to Smithsonian, the best explosive-detecting breeds of working dogs are German shepherds, Belgian Malinois, and Labrador retrievers. German shepherds will work tirelessly if they’re rewarded with play. Retrievers do best when they’re rewarded with food. That’s why the FBI incorporates daily training into its Labs’ feeding schedules. Golden retrievers may have the best sense of smell of all dogs. However, they’re so intelligent that rewards don’t always get them to do what you want. If the dogs don’t feel like doing something, you can’t do much to get them to cooperate. Bloodhounds aren’t used because they have a good sense of smell but aren’t very smart.

Bomb Dog Handler Training

Bomb dogs are usually paired with the same handler for life. They work, live, and play with these humans. Therefore, the people must undergo specialized training too. Companies like the Global Training Academy educate and certify individuals who work with bomb dogs, including police officers across the nation. There are many other handler training programs, but Global Training Academy has set the standard.

If the handlers can’t recognize the dogs’ communication, they can’t do their work effectively. The human side of the team must learn to give commands and read the dogs’ cues. ROVER is a video game that was developed by the military to train people to listen to their dogs.

The K9 program is highly competitive. People who work as part of a working dog team are often military veterans or decorated officers. In addition to the training they receive to work with the dogs, they must know how to care for the animals too. These working dogs are loved family pets in their downtime.

Where Do Bomb-Sniffing Dogs Work?

These heroic dogs usually work with different law enforcement agencies to investigate properties, military operations or special events. For example, bomb dogs do a sweep before large gatherings like marathons. The dogs, which are sometimes referred to as vapor dogs, may work in sports stadiums and airports.

All About Police Dogs

Police dogs are specially trained to be part of the force. They’re referred to as K9s, a shortened version of the term “canine.” Police dogs may sniff out criminals, drugs, bombs or other items, and different dog breeds may serve different purposes on the police force. For example, Rottweilers and Doberman Pinschers are often used for protection, and retrievers, hounds, collies, schnauzers and beagles are frequently assigned to search and rescue or drug detection missions. Moreover, Sound Off Signal explains that there are single and dual-purpose service dogs. Single-purpose dogs primarily track scents and provide protection. Dual-purpose dogs serve those functions and also detect narcotics or explosives.

PetPlace is committed to teaching pet owners around the world about how incredible their animal companions are. Today we’ll be filling you in on everything you need to know about police dogs.

How Do Police Departments Obtain Their Dogs?

According to the National Police Dog Foundation, most K9 units do not take in dogs from the public. They often get them from specialized breeders in Europe. This tradition has been in place for decades. Unfortunately, many police departments don’t have a budget for K9 units. As a result, in many areas, agencies raise funds to acquire police dogs.

Police dogs must be intelligent, have a strong sense of smell and possess a willingness to work. Dogs that are innately shy or anxious don’t make ideal police dogs. However, intensive training that begins at an early age can help foster certain traits in a dog. Socialization and obedience training are also important since dogs in K9 units must follow challenging and complex commands in demanding and stressful environments. Some police departments acquire dogs with basic obedience training and then assign them to more intensive training to bring them up to speed. In other cases, the police purchase dogs that have already undergone police dog training.

Regardless of how the dog was trained, it’s important for the police handler to develop a relationship with their canine. Once both the dog and its human partner are adequately trained, they are certified to work in the field.

How Are Police Dogs Named?

A police dog’s name will be called out loudly and repeatedly throughout the course of its career. Most training facilities and K9 units agree that their dogs should have names that represent their aggressive, rough nature. After all, criminals should be intimidated when the handler calls out a police dog’s name. Yelling out “Daisy” isn’t likely to scare anyone. Names like Bomber, Kujo, Attila, Fury and Blade are more appropriate for police dogs.


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Are Police Dogs Trained to Be Aggressive?

Bite sleeve training teaches police dogs to attack people who threaten the dog’s partner. During this type of training, an aggressor will wear a bite sleeve and act in a threatening manner toward the handler. When the handler gives a command, the calm dog will bark viciously and attack the sleeve. Dogs in the K9 unit are also trained to read their partner's’ body language. If the officer is relaxed, the dog will most likely be relaxed. But if the handler shows signs of fear or tension, the dog will react by intimidating the source of the threat.

It’s worth noting that police dogs are trained not to engage in active aggression unless they are given a command. Attack commands are usually given in German. This is partly tradition and partly to ensure that the dog only responds to the handler’s orders. Although police dogs can be aggressive on demand, they usually make great pets. These loyal, obedient and intelligent animals can become great additions to any family.

What Happens When a Dog or Its Handler Retires?

Police dogs usually retire between the ages of eight and ten. They then become the handler's’ family pet. If a handler retires, the dog might retire with the officer. Depending on the dog’s age and health, it may also be re-trained to work with another partner.

Retired police dogs may also be adopted, but this process is more difficult than the regular dog adoption process. The police station or adoption agency will have a long list of requirements to make sure that the dog’s needs are met. Some agencies will not place retired police dogs in a home with other small animals. Because police dogs usually live with their owners, you may have to get on a waiting list to adopt a police dog. It may be easier to adopt a military working dog or government contract working dog.

Training a Guide Dog — How Does it Work?

Guide dogs are an essential part of many people’s lives, and the tasks they can perform are nothing short of amazing. But these dogs aren’t just born that way. Training a guide dog is a long and tedious process, and it requires a lot more work than training a family dog.

Most guide dogs are Labradorsgolden retrieversGerman shepherds, or a mix of these breeds. Sometimes boxers are used as well. Dogs are specially bred for gentleness, good health and even temperament to make sure they’ll be able to perform for their humans and make their lives easier. Guide dog organizations usually breed their own dogs to ensure these traits so the dogs they raise will be the ultimate companions.

Basic Obedience

Basic obedience and socialization training begins around 8 weeks of age, often conducted by a volunteer puppy raiser. The dogs — either male or female — are showered with affection to nurture their ability to bond. The volunteers will usually take the guide dogs everywhere they go to get them accustomed to being around people they don’t know and other unique situations. Some college campuses have programs where students can take guide dogs in training to classes and around campus to get them experience in the real world.

At a year-and-a-half, after the dogs have been cleared as people friendly, the dogs begin their training to be guide dogs with a sighted instructor. The tasks guide dogs are taught fall into three primary skills:

  • Changes in elevation, such as an upcoming curb, stairway, edge of platforms, etc.
  • Locating objects, such as exits, elevators, seats, or specific destination
  • Obstacle avoidance, such as navigating around obstacles and hazards

The Keys to Training a Guide Dog

The human partner makes most of the decisions for the team. When crossing a street, for instance, the person listens for the right time to go. Dogs cannot tell when a light turns green, so he or she relies on the person for the command.

They are also taught how to disobey a dangerous order. Called “intelligent disobedience,” the dog will refuse a “forward” command when it is unsafe. The dog is carefully conditioned to disobey during certain situations, because they do not necessarily understand the inherent danger they are avoiding. The person must reinforce the behavior with praise; otherwise, the dog may forget.

When training a guide dog, the individual is taught the commands that the dog knows, as well as health care and grooming. They’ll also learn the access laws governing guide dogs. The training process takes several weeks, and when it’s finished, the guide dog and individual are a team. The two are able to navigate the world together and the bond they’ve created is typically very strong.

Though the dogs are trained to handle diverse situations, such as busy city streets, airports, subways, and other populated areas, the dogs require periodic retraining when situations change.

Besides being legally disabled, eligible individuals must be in good physical and mental health, a minimum of high school age, able to provide adequate care for the dog, and also show a need for a guide dog. Most programs offer the dogs free of charge or for a nominal fee. Some organizations will pay for all expenses, including travel and room and board, if it’s necessary to help the individual afford the guide dog.

Training a guide dog is a long process, but in the end, people with disabilities are able to work with an incredibly well-trained pup to help them live their lives in an easier way. It is an exciting and rewarding process, especially when a newly graduated dog is finally matched with his partner.

Let Them Work

When you see a guide dog,, your first instinct should be to stay away. Unlike seeing someone walking their dog and asking to pet him, seeing a guide dog is like seeing someone doing their job. It’s important that you leave the dog alone so he’s able to help his partner to the best of his ability. If you’re distracting him, he might miss a cue from his owner and put them in a tough spot.

The next time you see a guide dog — look but don’t touch. Respecting the training that the guide dog went through to be so well behaved will help you avoid a difficult situation.


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Tips and Tricks for Training an Older Dog

It’s never too late for your dog to learn good behavior. Training an older dog doesn’t have to be a difficult task as long as you have an open mind.

Whether you’ve just adopted an older dog, or you have a dog that’s a few years old who never got proper training, there’s a way for your dog to learn and understand what’s right and wrong.

The first thing you need to keep in mind before you start training an older dog is that you need to have a good understanding of where your dog is at. Depending on how old your dog is, if he was adopted, and what he’s been through, your dog could have developed negative behaviors that could take a little more time to reverse. Also, your dog’s age can affect how much he can do and the length of time he can do it.

You also have to understand that training an older dog mainly applies to how he interacts with your family. You’re going to be teaching him basic commands so that he can be a better part of the family, but you’re not going to be changing his personality. Dogs who are dominant or anxious are likely going to remain that way for the rest of their lives, but good training can help them be better in stressful situations.

Once you’ve figured out how much your dog can handle and how much work you need to do, starting your training with an older dog will be much easier.

Training an Older Dog

The best way to focus your goal of training an older dog is to use reward training. Older dogs aren’t going to learn as fast as puppies, so teaching them that good behavior results in a treat is an easy way to help them understand, and doesn’t require a ton of effort on your end.

Clicker training is another good way to teach your dog what you want him to do. Your dog will be able to associate the sound with good behavior, and he’ll be able to understand what you want him to do in response to that sound with a command.

One word commands are the best to use because they’re easy for the dog to comprehend and remember. When you’re working on training an older dog, it’s important to keep the time between your dog doing the requested behavior and your reward as short as possible. The longer you take to reward your pooch the more difficult it will be for him to learn.

Working with a dog trainer can be beneficial for training an older dog if you’re not extremely familiar with training or you’ve never done it before. A trainer can help you work with the best practices to train your dog, and make sure you’re doing everything correctly so your dog can have the best learning environment possible.

Older dogs might have a harder time understanding commands or hand signals, so you may have to adjust the way you teach commands to accommodate whatever struggles he’s having. For example, puppies can learn commands that are as subtle as a flick of a finger, but older dogs may have trouble recognizing this, so a more pronounced hand motion might be needed. If your dog is hard of hearing, hand signals can also come in handy to help him learn basic commands. Rather than using a clicker, treats would be a better solution to help your dog understand the intended behavior.


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There Are No Limits When Training an Older Dog

There is nothing that an older dog can’t learn, as long as he has a patient and understanding trainer. If you want to house train your older dog, you would use the same method as you would with a puppy, but using a crate makes the process much simpler. Pick a crate that’s the right size for your dog, so you’re sure he’s comfortable. Most dogs will try very hard to hold it when they’re confined, but don’t let your dog suffer. Then give him bathroom breaks at the same time each day. If your dog struggles with incontinence issues, more frequent trips might be needed.

Obedience Classes for Dogs — Is it Time For Your Pup to Go Back to School?

Stealing food from the table, refusing to listen, jumping on visitors, barking incessantly, etc. Does any of this sound familiar? If your dog is starting to drive you up the wall because he just won’t listen, it might be time to look at obedience classes for dogs.

It doesn’t matter how old your dog is, he can still learn good behavior. Of course, it’s easier for dogs to understand right from wrong when they’re puppies and they’re still figuring out how the world works, so the earlier you can start obedience training the better.

Obedience classes for dogs are a great way for your dog to learn good behavior and basic commands so he can be a better canine citizen. Your dog will get to learn with you AND a professional dog trainer. You’ll learn the smartest way to teach your dog, and how to avoid making common mistakes.

Trying to figure out training on your own can be difficult and arduous. It’s also easy to get frustrated when your dog won’t listen, or isn’t picking up what you’re trying to teach him. Obedience classes for dogs help you avoid all of those problems because you’re working with someone who understands dogs and can show you the best way to solve any behavior issues you’re having.

Obedience Classes for Dogs Can Help Your Pup Live a Happier Life

Puppies are the perfect candidates for obedience school because they haven’t yet formed habits, but don’t count out your older dog just because of his age. Every dog should receive some form of training because it helps them adjust better to society and being in public.

A dog that’s well behaved and knows basic commands is able to spend more time with their families and gets to do things that untrained dogs can’t. It’s highly beneficial for dogs to learn how to behave well, and obedience classes for dogs help you do just that.

If you’re taking your puppy to an obedience class, they’ll learn the basic commands that will help make their adjustment to their new environment easier. Your dog trainer will help your puppy learn commands like sit, stay, come, and down, and show you how to properly demonstrate those commands to your pup.

Your trainer will also make sure your dog is reliably responding to these commands so when you leave class, everything he learned doesn’t go out the window. A key to this is making sure you practice. The more times you practice with your dog, the better he’ll remember what you want him to do and how to respond.

Basic obedience classes also help your dog with socialization skills and dealing with new environments. This is a huge part of dogs’ early development, and can impact them for the rest of their lives. It’s best that your dog is able to act the same around strangers as he does at home, and your trainer will put your dog in simulated situations to get him used to having new people or other dogs around.

More advanced training classes teach dogs more difficult commands that build off of the ones they already know. These advanced classes are typically used to train dogs who are going to compete in dog shows, but they can also help you to teach your dogs to respond to commands from far away, or learn off-leash training and hand signals.


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Obedience Classes for Dogs Can Help Older Pooches Learn New Tricks

If your dog is a little older, a good trainer can still help your dog learn. If you’ve recently adopted an older dog, obedience classes can be especially helpful for creating a bond and helping your dog adjust to his new home.

A dog that’s a few years old is still able to learn basic commands and can even be socialized, it just takes a little work. Unlike a puppy, you can’t walk into an obedience class and expect your 3-year-old dog to pick up everything the same way. Older dogs have already developed habits and ideas of what they think is right and wrong, so it’ll take more time to change that.

5 Dog Training Products You Need in Your Home

Training your dog is an imperative part of their early development, and while it might seem like a daunting task to tackle on your own, our top choices for dog training products will make life easier on you and your dog.

Dog training products play a big role in helping your furry friend better understand what you’re trying to teach him. Using sounds, like the one a clicker makes, to associate with good behavior is an excellent and efficient way to teach your dog what you want him to know.

It is possible to train your dog with no dog training products whatsoever, however, it might be more difficult than you expect. Your dog can take longer to learn good behavior, and it could end up being mentally exhausting for you. Training your dog doesn’t have to be a chore. Good dog training products guide your dog on the path to success no matter what style of training you use.

When used correctly, dog training products can help your dog learn good behavior much easier. Training your dog is a great way to bond, and will help your pooch be a great canine citizen. Using dog training products to assist you in your efforts makes the process of training your dog much easier, and will quickly have your pup on the road to obedience.

A well trained dog can ultimately be ensured a better life because they’ll be able to be involved in your daily activities more. A dog who’s able to interact socially with other dogs and people is an easy thing to gain with the right training — and the right dog training products.

Want to start training your dog but unsure where to begin? Check out our list of awesome dog training products to help you get started.

5 Dog Training Products That Make Learning Simple and Fun

1. Clik-R

The new wave of pet animal training focuses on positive or reward-based training only, and clicks made by small plastic clickers (“frogs”) are probably the best and most consistent way of marking the successful accomplishment of a behavior. Designed by the world famous clicker trainer Terry Ryan, the Clik-R makes sure you won’t have to worry about missing a chance to reward your pup. The ergonomic design makes it easy to quickly respond so your dog can learn.

2. Head Halter

Does your dog have problems walking on a leash? This head halter is the perfect solution for dogs that pull too much or lunge on their leashes. The halter comes in six different sizes so no matter what breed of dog you have, there’s a size that will fit. The comfortable straps also won’t cause a problem for your dog, making it incredibly easy to train him while you’re walking.

3. Housebreaking Bell

Forget about the traditional way of training your dog to scratch at the door when he has to go out. This bell makes housetraining easier for your dog to understand, so it’ll speed up the time it takes for your dog to be housetrained. Not to mention how impressive and smart your dog will look to friends when he rings the bell on his own! This bell is made of brass so the sound can clearly be heard from a few rooms away.


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4. Training Collar

If you’re looking for a collar to aid you while you train your dog, this one is the perfect choice. This collar has three settings, a warning beep, a vibration, and a static shock. The collar is intended to only be used for beeps and vibrations, and users have said they have never used the shock setting because their dog was able to learn quickly without it. The collar also has a LED light to help your dog see in low light situations.

5. Chewing Deterrent Spray

Have a puppy that loves to chew? This spray will help keep your puppy from chomping on the furniture, door frames, or anything else in his sight. It can even keep your dog from chewing his fur. The spray has no scent and isn’t visible, but it leaves a bitter taste that will keep little teethers from coming back for more so you can continue to focus on training.