This is Why You Need to Train Your Dog

Training your dog means exercise, discipline, playtime and affection and it should commence from the moment your puppy joins your family. Whilst you are training your dog you’ll notice that you will experience an inner calming which is a sign that you will become a confident leader for your dog. You must remain consistent in every aspect and you will find that controlling your K9 will be a much easier task than you ever imagined.

Right from the outset, successfully training your dog will be governed by how committed you are as you play the role of leader whilst establishing boundaries. Your ability to give your puppy affection and praise at the appropriate moments will ensure a happy, secure and confident dog.

Leadership

The first training step is to establish and maintain the role you are going to play for the lifetime of the dog. You are its playmate and its friend but first and foremost you are its leader. When you have ascertained this position, you will have enabled the understanding and expectation of your dog. He will now see you as the leader who fulfils his needs; just as the alpha in a natural pack of dogs does.

You will teach him to understand his position in your house and he will depend on your for guidance. To begin let him know there are boundaries and as you place those boundaries show your dog where he can physically go and where he must not enter.

Using food as a reward is recreating what the pack leader would do when he is determining which dog should eat first. Your dog inherently understands this and will respect your commands. It is a good idea to encourage your dog to sit still while receiving his reward if you’re training him and also whilst you are placing his food before him. Encouraging him to sit down to receive his meal or treat has significant representation to your dog.

Exercise

Always ensure your dog receives adequate exercise for without it, just like children, he can become bored. Unspent energy plus boredom spells misbehaviour and is in a lot of cases, inescapable. Walking your dog briskly each day for about an hour, longer if you can afford the time, is sufficient to ward off the boredom and keeps his mind and spirit active. Walking is the perfect opportunity to polish any leadership issues you and your dog might have too.

Keep your K9 beside or just behind you whilst you’re training to walk on a leash. In a natural dog pack, the alpha always walks in front. If your puppy is walking in front of you, gently pull him back into line otherwise the message you’re relaying is that he is in charge, not you.

Remember always, the cognitive differences between you and your dog are distant, so you must take your time and be patient whilst training him. If he makes a mistake, focus and gently correct him. If he tries to take the lead whilst you’re walking, stop. Stand still and put him back beside you and then try again.

Patience is your friend. You’ll more than likely need to repeat this action a few times, but he’ll get the message and when he does, you’ll have a dog who walks beside you like a friend.

Behaviour

Dogs love to please their owners. Your puppy is no exception. Whilst you’re training him to walk, he’s going to find his social skills and he’s going to be meeting and greeting other dogs and people in the park.

These skills are important and as your dog associates people as friendly beings when visitors come to your home, it is essential that your dog not to overwhelm your guests by jumping at them. Teaching your dog manners is as easy as teaching children. Remember the little reward is always an incentive for your dog to behave.

On the other hand, if your dog is unsure of strangers place him behind a gateway in full view of the entering guests and allow him to watch what is going on before him. Dogs require space to escape so if he is not interested and is overwhelmed by the new arrivals, allow him to go into a room where he can settle down.

Your Reward

The more time you invest in training your dog the more communicative rewards you will enjoy between you. You’re reinforcing security for him and social acceptance for all concerned whilst giving your dog the love and attention he needs and you’ll both be rewarded with for years to come.

As mentioned earlier, your dog wants nothing more than to please you. Patience is key and gentleness with a firm hand is as vital as air. The reward thereafter will be a relation built on love, understanding, and loyalty.

Ronnie Explores: Which are the Best Pet Hair Vacuums?

Hello, readers! It’s Ronnie, here again with another pet owner advice post!

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The SPTID firmly believes that the key to any good training relationship between a pet and their owner is to create a living space that feels safe, fun, and clean. In order to create good living conditions for you and your pet, you’ll need to follow a few of our key guidelines, which we address with all new pet owners. For instance, dogs need open spaces to roam around the house and wag. If you close them in, they’ll end up running into things or breaking something around the house, which will create tension in the relationships. Likewise, with cats, you have to be aware that having closed off spaces makes felines anxious, and they’ll start acting out in ways that go against your training because they can’t explore that other bedroom or closet at the end of the hall.

 

Of all the elements of your home, cleanliness is the most important part of maintaining a happy, orderly household for humans and animals! Even if you’re  a naturally clean person, bringing a pet into your home is bound to create some cleaning headaches at first. You vacuum already, sure, and you’re used to dealing with dust and crumbs from your everyday life. But the fact is, pets create an unbelievable amount of fur that’s now your problem, and they track dirt in from outside after their adventures to wreak havoc with your old cleaning routine.

 

That’s why we think it’s so, so important to be prepared for your new pet’s arrival with a good vacuum! You can’t use just any old vacuum to clean up after pets. You need something that’s designed to cope with the bales and bales of fur that you’ll be dealing with, as well as the dust and dirt.

 

I always tell pet owners to buy a vacuum with a filtration system, whether they’ve got family members who are allergic or not. It simply makes sense to get a vacuum that’s going to do a better job at keeping small particles contained once you vacuum them up! Personally, I like to use bagged vacuums, since I find that using bagless canisters makes more of a mess than I want when I’m emptying them out.

 

My favorites are Miele canister vacuums. The best feature on their vacuums to me is the filter bags. They’re a combination feature that has the air filters and the bags in the same piece, so you don’t have to replace them separately or spend all your time trying to scrub out a reusable filter, which for me would be clogged after a week, tops.

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The most important reason I like them is because they last forever. I’ve been using mine for going on 6 years now, and I haven’t had a single problem with it. I’ll give most of the credit to the fact that it’s got a metal motor, which you can definitely feel with the weight, even though it’s not too heavy to use easily. I also haven’t had any problems with the plastic bits on the attachments, which are way more solid than my old Panasonic vacuum.

 

You’ll have to make sure you get something dependable, since cleaning up after pets puts something more like industrial or commercial workload on a vacuum. I suggest looking for brands that have long warranties, at least 5 years or so.

 

Don’t underestimate how much power you need, either! I have mostly hardwood floors at home which makes things a bit easier, but I still find that fur balls end up under all my raised cabinets and appliances, which is why I need a lot of power to suck them out. It’s even more important if you’ve got deep carpets where dirt and hair gets ground in and you have to be able to reach way in their to get it back up.

 

I always tell pet owners that you should buy a vacuum that gives you lots of tools to deal with all the places hair gets stuck. You’re gonna need to have an upholstery tool or brush to clean your furniture and things like curtains, if you have them. You’ll also definitely need a crevice wand to clean between couch cushions and the edges of your floors. I like to have  a couple of different floor tools as well, just to be able to do different surfaces. My Miele came with a motor head for carpets and a big sweeper attachment for hard floors, which is a good mix.

 

Another big plus for my Miele is that it’s actually quiet enough to use around pets, which definitely isn’t true of most vacuums. It makes kind of a low whir or a hum instead of the roar that comes out of the vacuums I’ve seen at some of my friends houses. I don’t necessarily recommend this to everybody because it depends how tolerant your dog is, but I actually use the vacuum on mine, and he loves it! I just turn the suction down to one of the lower levels and use the upholstery tool like a shedding brush to get any loose bits. He thinks it’s a wonderful game, and it saves me lots of time with a hand brush.

 

I personally think Miele is the best pet hair vacuum brand out there, between the filter bags, the suction adjustment options and the build quality. I’d say they’re definitely worth the extra money over Shark or one of the other brands. Also, while I know a lot of people end up buying Dyson’s because they look really flashy, my friends with pets who have bought them tell me that they break super easily because they’re all light plastic. One also told me that her Dyson canister gets clogged because there’s a stupid crook in the hose where it goes into the canister, which you can’t fix. My Miele Titan doesn’t have any design flaws as far as I’m concerned, and I’m pretty sure I’m the only one of my friends who hasn’t had to buy a new vacuum for 6 years and running strong.

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So, dear pet owners, if you’re looking for my recommendation, there you have it! There are lots of Miele canisters, which basically means you have to choose the one that has the best attachments for your floors. Again, if you want one to handle every type of surface, that’s when I’d recommend the Titan.