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Dealing With Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety, also known as owner absent misbehavior in the dog training industry, is one of the most commonly encountered problems in dog training.

Chewing, trashing the owner’s possessions, excessive barking, self-destructive behavior, and improper urination and defecation are just a few examples of separation anxiety.

Separation anxiety causes dogs to whine, bark, weep, howl, dig, chew, and scratch at the door the entire time their owners are away.

Well-intentioned owners frequently unknowingly foster this misbehavior by hurrying home to reassure the dog, but it is critical for both the dog and the owner’s well-being that the dog learns to cope with extended periods of separation.

Separation anxiety is frequently exacerbated by how the owner departs the residence.

When the human ultimately leaves, a long and drawn-out farewell might exacerbate the situation by making the dog feel even more alone.

These lengthy goodbyes might elicit a lot of excitement in the dog, leaving him with a lot of extra energy and no way to use it.

Excess energy is sometimes used by these exuberant, lonely dogs in the most destructive of ways, such as chewing up a favorite rug or piece of furniture.

Because the symptoms are typically the same, excess energy is frequently misunderstood for separation anxiety.

If you suspect that your dog has too much energy, consider increasing his or her exercise to see if the problem goes away.

If separation anxiety is the issue, it’s critical to treat the underlying causes of the fear.

It is critical for the dog to feel happy, safe, secure, and comfortable while the owner is away for the day in order to avoid separation anxiety.

It is critical, for example, to provide the dog with a variety of activities to keep it occupied while you are away. This includes giving it a lot of items to play with, such as balls or chew toys.

Separation anxiety is typically alleviated by having a pet companion. Giving the dog a playmate, such as another dog or a cat, can help busy pet parents and pets cope with the stress of being left alone.

Another fantastic technique to ease boredom and separation anxiety is to set aside scheduled playtimes during which you give your pet your entire attention.

Playing with the dog and giving it enough attention and exercise is a proven strategy to keep it from being nervous and anxious.

A happy dog who has been well exercised and conditioned would generally sleep the day away and calmly await its owner’s return.

Before you leave the house each day, make sure to schedule one of these daily playtimes.

It’s critical to give the dog a few minutes to relax after playtime before leaving.

It’s critical to gently acclimate dogs that are already suffering separation anxiety and accompanying misbehaviors to your departure.

Several times throughout the day, practice leaving and returning at unpredictable intervals.

This will assist your dog to become accustomed to your absences and understand that you are not abandoning him permanently.

Separation anxiety is most common in dogs that have been previously lost or who have been surrendered to shelters and then re-adopted.

Teaching the dog that your absence is not permanent is an important part of resolving this problem.

Dog Training Basics

Dog Training Basics

It’s essential for Dog parents like you to know certain basic factors that determine your relationship with your Dog and can go a long way in training him effectively.

Before you begin training your Dog, it is absolutely essential that you build a loving bond with him. This is important as it helps you to understand his needs and instincts and also allows your Dog to have complete trust in you.

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How To Bond With Your Dog

Building a bond with your Dog is the first and the most crucial step involved in training him successfully. As soon as you bring your Dog home, you must first try to develop a caring and loving relationship with him in order to win his trust and confidence.

When Dogs are secure in the knowledge that they belong to the family, they are more likely to respond better to their owners’ training commands. Just like with any relationship, there must be mutual trust and respect between you and your Dog.

Trust takes time to develop and respect comes from defining boundaries and treating any breach of those boundaries with firmness and fairness.

Without enforceable limitations, respect can’t be developed. And when there is no respect, building a bond with your Dog is almost impossible.

4 Golden Rules To Building A Relationship With Your Dog :

  • Spend quality time together;
  • Take him out in the world and experience life together;
  • Establish and promote a level of mutual respect; and
  • Develop a way of communicating to understand each other’s needs.

Building a bond with your Dog will not only help you manage him better but will also make your Dog calm, quiet, and extremely well-adjusted pet.

Love Your Dog and He Will Love You back

Once you’re successful in building a bond with your Dog, you can rest assured that training him and teaching him new and clever tricks will be a cakewalk.

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How Your Dog Learns…

Your Dog’s learning period can be divided into five phases:

The Teaching Phase – This is the phase where you must physically demonstrate to your Dog exactly what you want him to do.

The Practicing Phase – Practice makes Perfect. Once a lesson is learned, practice with your Dog what you have just taught him.

The Generalizing Phase – Here you must continue practicing with your Dog in different locations and in an environment with a few distractions. You can take your Dog out for a walk, or to a nearby park and command him to practice whatever you’ve taught him.

Practicing the learned lessons in multiple locations and in the presence of small distractions will help him learn and retain lessons better.

The Testing Phase – Once you’re sure that your Dog has achieved almost 90% success….he responds correctly almost every time you give a command, you must start testing his accuracy in newer locations with a lot of distractions.

Example: Take him to the local shopping mall and ask him to obey your command. He may not come up with the correct response the very first time you do this, but you must not lose hope.

The idea is to test your Dog to see how he responds in an environment that is new to him. Set up a situation where you are in control of the environment and your Dog.

There are only 2 possibilities:

  • Your Dog succeeds!!! (Trumpets please!)
  • In case your Dog fails, re-examine the situation. Review and/or change your training. Then try testing again.

Keep on testing until he succeeds. Follow the rule of the 3 Ps – patience, persistence, praise.

Internalizing PhaseFinally, comes to the extremely rewarding phase where your Dog does everything he is taught to do even without your commands.

Remember:

  • Never scold your Dog if he fails. It’s not his fault. You have failed as a trainer!
  • You must be patient and persistent for your efforts to show rewards.
  • Appreciate and love your Dog when he does it right! A little encouragement will work wonders for your Dog.

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dogs in the house or Owner Training 101?

Since I was a child, we’ve always had dogs in the house, and even when our family was “between dogs,”

I adopted the Boxer dog next door as my own., despite this, as a family, we had no idea how to properly train a dog — as long as it didn’t pee on the floor, chew up our slippers, or come after the sixth cry of its name, we were happy.

I, like many other dog owners, had no idea how to train a dog. We assume we do because the dog sits or offers us a paw when we hold a reward, but they are just party tricks.

When I finally got my own place, I bought my own dog.

She evolved from a lovable puppy to a liability as she grew older.

She strolled away, never returned when summoned, and transformed into the Tasmanian Devil anytime anyone approached.

The final straw came when she barged into the room and scrambled up onto the shoulders of a guest who had come to interview me for a volunteer role.

He was not a dog lover, and I can vividly recall his expression…

The problem was that I had always viewed dogs as fluffy companions, giving in to those sad-looking eyes without recognizing that they saw me in a completely different light.

Dogs are pack animals, and as such, they are well aware of their place in the pack – and you and your family, even if it’s just the two of you, are part of that pack.

If you can grasp that one piece of dog psychology, you’ll be well on your way to a happier dog.

From now on, you’ll make it clear to your dog that you’re the Alpha male or pack leader, and anything you say will be followed.

Take a look at the furniture. That is my property.

You’re either lying on the floor or in your dog’s basket.

Don’t feed the dog scraps from the dinner table; in fact, the dog should be in his basket while you eat, and he should only be fed after the rest of the family has eaten.

But isn’t it being cruel and depriving a dog owner of all enjoyment?

The dog pack’s leader eats first. He sleeps in the most ideal location. When the Alpha male returns from the hunt, he pays little attention to the subordinate dogs fawning around him.

When you constantly act as the pack leader, you’re speaking with your dog in his own language.

When you get home, ignore your dog’s desperate attempts to get your attention until he calms down, and then praise him.

It won’t take long before your dog understands he’s dropped a few ranks in the pack order and begins to act accordingly.

You’ll notice that your dog greets you softly and instantly settles down because he’s figured out that when he gets praise from you, that’s when he gets it.

Still have doubts that training your dog would make him a happier dog?

Consider things from the dog’s perspective.

He’s in a human world full of perplexing things and unfathomable conduct.

If you don’t educate your dog about his place in the pack, he’ll think it’s his turn to lead.

However, this causes him to become upset, resulting in an unruly and confused dog who is continuously attempting to make sense of a confusing world.

When you take authority as the pack’s leader, though, you relieve him of that burden.

He’ll be content knowing his place, his function in the pack, and what’s expected of him, just like a well-trained soldier, and happy to defer to your leadership, knowing you’ll handle the “big things.”

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Dog training

Dog training is the process of teaching a dog to demonstrate desirable behavior under given conditions.

Several examples include the following:

* Teaching a dog basic obedience commands (as part of obedience training) * Teaching a dog to perform tricks casually or for circus acts * Teaching a guide dog to lead the blind * Teaching a rescue dog to locate victims of a disaster

While the precise behaviors taught in each example vary, the core principles remain consistent.

Canines have innate instincts that favor training in the wild as pack animals. When a dog lives with people, these instincts show as a desire to please a handler, much as a dog would please senior members of a pack in the wild. The handler is simply whoever is currently working with a dog.

Fundamental training

Most dogs, regardless of their final advanced training or intended purpose, live with people and must thus behave in a manner that is enjoyable to be around as well as safe for themselves and other people and pets. Basic obedience is not something that dogs learn on their own; it must be taught.

Classes in fundamental training

Professional “dog trainers” typically do not train the dogs themselves, but rather teach owners how to train their own.

While it is feasible to send a dog to a training school, the owner must eventually learn what the dog has learned and how to use and reinforce what the dog has learned.

Owners and their dogs attending class together have the opportunity to learn more about one another and how to cooperate cooperatively under the guidance of a trainer.

Training is most effective when all individuals who interact with the dog participate in order to ensure consistent commands, methods, and enforcement.

Formal training in classes is not always available until the puppy has received all of its vaccinations, around the age of four months; however, some trainers offer puppy socialization classes in which puppies can enroll immediately after being placed in their permanent homes, as long as disease risk is low and the puppies have received their initial vaccinations.

Generally, basic training sessions accept puppies that are at least three to six months old.

Dog training begins almost immediately after birth.

Dogs who are often handled and patted by humans during their first eight weeks of life are generally far more receptive to training and living in human households.

Puppies should ideally be placed in their permanent homes between the ages of 8 and 10 weeks. In several states, it is illegal to separate puppies from their moms before the age of eight weeks.

Prior to this age, puppies continue to absorb an incredible amount of socialization skills from their mother.

Puppies are innately scared of new things between the ages of 10 and 12 weeks, making it more difficult for them to adjust to a new environment.

Puppies can begin learning tricks and orders as early as 8 to 12 weeks of age; the pup’s stamina, focus, and physical coordination are the only constraints.

It is far easier to live with puppies that have already mastered basic commands such as sitting.

Waiting until the puppy is significantly bigger and larger and has already developed negative behaviors makes training significantly more difficult.

Certain professional trainers, notably those who teach working dogs, detection dogs, and police dogs, are opposed to this notion.

They believe that obedience training should begin when the dog reaches the age of a year or after the prey drive has fully evolved.

Additionally, many trainers believe that spaying and neutering are detrimental to the training process, due to their negative effect on the dog’s predatory drive.

 

Dog training is fundamentally about communicating.

From a human standpoint, the handler is signaling to the dog whether behaviors are appropriate, wanted, or preferred in which conditions.

From the canine’s perspective, the handler must convey which activities will satisfy the dog’s basic instincts and emotions the most. Without this inner fulfillment, a dog will not perform well.

A successful handler must also comprehend the dog’s communication with the handler. The dog can communicate that he is uncertain, perplexed, nervous, joyful, or excited, among other emotions.

The dog’s emotional state is critical while directing the training, as a worried or preoccupied canine will not learn properly.

According to Learning Theory, the handler can convey the dog four critical messages:

  • Reward or indicator of release

Proper behavior. You’ve earned a prize. For instance, “Free” followed by a benefit.

  • Bridge

Proper behavior. Continue to the next step and you will win a reward. For instance, “Excellent.”

  • There is no reward indicator.

Inappropriate behavior.

Consider another option. For instance, “Uh-oh” or “Retry.”

  • Punishment identifier

Inappropriate behavior. You have deserved to be punished. For instance, “No.”

 

Consistent signals or words assist the dog to comprehend these messages more rapidly.

If the handler uses “good” as a reward marker and as a bridge, the dog will have difficulty determining when he has received a reward.

Treats, play, praise, or anything else that the dog finds pleasurable can be used as rewards.

Failure to reward following the reward marker reduces the value of the reward marker and complicates training.

These four messages do not have to be conveyed verbally; nonverbal cues are frequently used.

Mechanical clickers, in particular, are commonly utilized as a reward marker.

Hand signals and body language also play a significant role in dog learning.

Generally, dogs do not readily generalize commands; that is, a dog that has learned a command in one location and context may not quickly recognize it in other situations.

A dog that understands how to “down” in the living room may be completely perplexed when requested to “down” at the park or in the automobile.

Each new circumstance will necessitate re-teaching the command.

This is frequently referred to as “cross-contextualization,” as the dog is required to use what it has learned in a variety of different circumstances.

 

The majority of training is focused on enforcing consequences for the dog’s behavior with the intention of influencing future behavior.

Operant conditioning identifies four distinct sorts of outcomes:

Positive reinforcement modifies the situation in order to improve the likelihood of the behavior being repeated (for example, giving a dog a treat when he sits.)

Negative reinforcement removes something from the circumstance in order to improve the likelihood that the behavior will be repeated (for example, releasing the tension on an uncomfortable training collar when the dog stops pulling on the leash).

  • Positive punishment adds something to the situation that reduces the likelihood of the behavior occurring again (for example, growling at a misbehaving dog).
  • Negative punishment removes something from the circumstance in order to reduce the likelihood of the behavior occurring again (for example, walking away from a dog who jumps up).

The majority of contemporary trainers refer to themselves as using “positive training methods,” which is a different definition of the term “positive” than that used in operant conditioning.

“Positive training methods” often refer to the preference for reward-based training to improve desirable behavior over physical punishment to reduce undesirable conduct.

A good trainer, on the other hand, knows all four strategies, regardless of whether she can articulate them using operant-conditioning terminology, and uses them appropriately for the dog, the breed, the handler, and the scenario.

Rewards

Positive reinforcers can be anything the dog finds pleasurable – special food treats, the opportunity to play with a tug toy, social interaction with other dogs, or even the owner’s attention. The more rewarding a dog finds a specific reinforcer, the more effort he is willing to exert to receive it.

Certain trainers go through a process of instilling a puppy’s high desire for a particular item in order to increase the toy’s effectiveness as a positive reinforcer for appropriate behavior.

This is referred to as “developing prey drive,” and it is a technique that is frequently employed in the training of Narcotics Detection and Police Service dogs. The objective is to breed a dog capable of working alone for extended periods of time.

While some trainers feel the toy acts as a positive reinforcer for the desired behavior, the prey drive almost certainly operates on a different level than conventional training and conditioning procedures.

This is most clearly demonstrated by the fact that positive reinforcers lose their effectiveness when they are given every time a dog performs the desired action; the more predictable the reinforcer, the less reliable the behavior.

However, detection dogs perform best when they are constantly rewarded with a toy whenever they locate narcotics, explosives, or other contraband.

This discrepancy exists because when a dog is trained using the prey drive, the training initiates an innate, automatic sequence that must be completed for the dog to feel fulfilled.

The order is as follows: search, eyestalk, chase, grab-bite, and kill bite.

Thus, when a dog looks for and discovers drugs or explosives, he believes his mission is not complete until he can bite something.

This is the key reason he is constantly presented with the toy.

This is not a true positive reinforcer. If such were the case, it would erode the behavior’s overall reliability.

It’s a way for the dog to complete the predatory sequence.

Punishments

“Positive punishment” is arguably the least frequently utilized consequence by modern dog trainers, as it must be handled with extreme caution.

Generally, this sort of punishment is reserved for dogs that willfully violate their master.

Not only is punishing a dog that does not understand what is being asked of him unjustly, but it can also make the dog scared or hesitant to work.

Punishments are only given in accordance with the dog’s personality, age, and experience.

While a firm No works for many dogs, other dogs exhibit fear or anxiety in response to harsh verbal corrections.

On the other hand, some dogs with ‘harder’ temperaments may disregard a verbal rebuke and may respond best to physical punishment such as a fast tug on a training collar.

Trainers often advise against using hands to threaten or hurt the dog; if hands are used to threaten or hurt, some dogs may develop defensive behaviors when stroked or handled.

Keeping away from punishment

Keeping a puppy on a leash in difficult situations and in his box or pen when not closely observed avoids the puppy from getting into situations that would otherwise draw a harsh reaction from the owner (such as chewing up a favorite pair of shoes).

When commanding a dog, the most effective voice is one that is calm, firm, and authoritative.

Dogs do not respond well to timid, begging tones or to yelling, which the dog may interpret as menacing barking or scolding.

Additionally, it is critical that the command word and voice tone are constant each time the command is delivered so that the dog may more quickly understand what the owner means

(siiiiiiiiiiiit does not sound the same as sit, for example).

By prefacing a command with the puppy’s name, you ensure that the dog understands that a command is coming, that it is for him (rather than for other dogs, children, or humans), and that he should pay attention.

This is critical because dogs hear a great deal of human speech that is irrelevant to them, and it is simple for them to overlook commands in the midst of the babble.

To reinforce the command, the dog is always rewarded or reinforced (praise and, typically, a treat or toy) for correctly doing the action.

  • This teaches the dog that he has done something excellent.

Not all dogs are trained to respond to verbal commands.

Many working dog breeds are not taught to respond to spoken commands at all; instead, they are taught to respond to a combination of whistles and hand signals.

  • Dogs that are deaf are perfectly capable of learning to heed visual signals on their own.

In addition to speech signals, many obedience classes teach hand signs for common orders; these signals can be effective in quiet conditions, at a distance, and in advanced obedience competitions.

The precise command words are irrelevant; nonetheless, frequent English words include sit, down, come, and stay.

Short, simple words that are easily understood by other humans are normally suggested; this ensures that people understand what the handler is instructing his dog to do and that other handlers have a fair chance of managing another handler’s dog if necessary.

Indeed, dogs may be taught commands in any language or any mode of communication, including whistles, mouth sounds, and hand gestures.

 

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Dog training: How to stop your dog from chewing.

In dog training sessions, many different topics are discussed. How to stop your dog from chewing is very important but, chewing is one aspect of dog training that is unfortunately not extensively covered in dog training seminars.

It’s difficult to address a chewing problem in a dog training class because the dogs typically have nothing to chew on or destroy!

Please continue reading if you are one of those folks who attend dog training programs but still need assistance with chewing.

Dogs of all ages can benefit from this form of training.

This aspect of dog training is more common among puppies, according to many individuals.

Older dogs, on the other hand, have been known to require this form of dog training because they enjoy chewing on items when their owners are gone!

To begin this form of dog training, it’s important to understand that all dogs chew.

Chewing is necessary for dogs.

So, before you start, make sure you have a few things that your dog can chew on.

Then, to start your dog training, gather all of your dog’s chew toys in one place.

Your dog will learn to associate this location with his or her chew toys in this manner. This is required for this form of dog training to be effective. Make an effort to keep your dog’s toys in a “toy box.”

If you catch your dog chewing on something it isn’t supposed to chew on during this dog training, never spank or beat it.

Instead, praise and pet your dog when it chews on what it’s supposed to chew on for effective dog training.

Positive dog training and positive praising have been demonstrated to have a far better response from dogs.

If the dog continues to chew on items it shouldn’t, give it a verbal warning.

Your tone of voice will suffice as punishment and will be the only one required for this type of dog training.

Put a taste deterrent on the items your dog shouldn’t chew as another approach to dog training. “Bitter Apple” is the name of this Dog Training chew deterrent, which can be found at most pet stores.

These are the most successful methods of dog training for teaching your dog not to chew on things he shouldn’t. Your dog training should go more smoothly if you pay attention to all of these factors.

Dog training may be a pleasant and enjoyable experience…as long as your prized possessions aren’t chewed up in the process! To get good outcomes, stay cool and patient.

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should i ignore my dog barking at night

should i ignore my dog barking at night?

You love your dog so much, but is it too much to ask them to stop barking at night? should i ignore my dog barking at night?

There can be a lot of frustration when you can’t figure out why your dog is barking at night.

To start with, you need to figure out why your dog starts barking at night.

  • It can seem like it’s for no reason. but dogs are extremely sensitive to Noise..

This is one of the most common reasons why a dog might bark at night. If you live in an area with a lot of noise, this is more likely to happen.

Even if you can’t hear what your dog is so upset about, other dogs, animals, distant sirens, and cars can all make your dog bark, even though you can’t see or hear what they’re so worried about.

Pent-up energy is another reason why your dog might bark at night. Dogs who don’t get enough exercise during the day may want to let off steam in the evening and at night.

  • In search of attention

The following is an important point to keep in mind if you are a soft-hearted animal lover:  dogs who want attention aren’t lonely.

“Many dogs bark to get your attention, whether they want you to pet them, eat your food, or something else.”

The best thing to do if you think your dog is barking because they want your attention is to completely ignore them.

Otherwise, the barking will keep going on.

If you say things like “quiet,” “shush,” or something else to tell your dog to stop, that’s attention to your dog.

Another important solution might be.  In order to stop your dog from barking at night, don’t let your dog go outside without you until he learns the desired behavior. Instead of opening the door and letting your dog run freely, put your dog on a leash and go outside with him. This way, you stay in control of the situation

 

  • Finally, loneliness and boredom can make dogs bark at night.

If your dog can’t see you and can’t get to you, or if they’re bored out of their minds, they may be having separation anxiety.

Fortunately, these two common reasons for a dog to bark at night are easy to deal with.

They just require a little patience and research.