Successful Training for Your Dog: Positive Reinforcement Method
Blog / 02/21/2013

Successful Training for Your Dog: Positive Reinforcement Method It’s widely accepted among the vast majority of dog training experts that the most effective and humane way to train your dog is through a process called positive reinforcement training. This is a fancy phrase for what’s essentially a very simple theory: using positive reinforcement entails rewarding the behavior that you wish to see repeated, and ignoring the behavior that you don’t. This method is in direct contrast to some of the now-outdated but once-popular techniques for dog training, some of which were frankly abhorrent: physical pain and intimidation (such as hanging an aggressive dog up by her collar), or inhumane methods of aversion therapy (such as shock collars for barking). Positive reinforcement works with your dog. Her natural instinct is to please you – the theory of positive reinforcement recognizes that lessons are more meaningful for dogs, and tend to “stick” more, when a dog is able to figure out what you’re asking under her own steam (as opposed to, say, learning “down” by being forced repeatedly into a prone position, while the word “down” is repeated at intervals). When you use positive reinforcement training, you’re allowing her the time and…

The 7 Stages of Puppy Development
Blog / 02/18/2013

The 7 Stages of Puppy Development by Charlie Lafave, author, “Dog Training Secrets!”   In order to understand why your puppy doesn’t listen to you at times, you need to understand each stage of development a puppy goes through as it matures. Let’s take a look at the different stages, but before we do, keep in mind that these stages are generalizations – each dog will progress at its own pace. Stage 1: The Transitional Stage 2-3 Weeks The Transitional stage generally lasts from age two to three weeks, and it’s during this time that your puppy’s eyes will open, and he’ll slowly start to respond to light and movement and sounds around him. He’ll become a little more mobile during this period, trying to get his feet underneath him and crawling around in the box (or wherever home is.) He’ll start to recognize mom and his littermates, and any objects you might place in the box. Stage 2: The Almost Ready To Meet The World Stage 3-4 Weeks The Almost ready to meet the world stage lasts from 3 to about 4 weeks, and your puppy undergoes rapid sensory development during this time. Fully alert to his environment, he’ll…

Introducing the Family Dog to the New Baby
Blog / 01/05/2013

Introducing the Family Dog to the New Baby After welcoming a baby in to the world you are probably concerned about how your dog is going to react to him or her. Many people surrender their pets to shelters because of exhibited jealousy from their dog after a new baby’s arrival and fear of the infant being harmed by the animal. Yet many families have been successful in introducing their dogs to the new baby. Introducing your dog to you baby is a process that needs time and the utmost of care to ensure a happy and safe welcoming process! The steps to ensuring your dog acts appropriately around the baby when he or she is finally taken back to your home are twofold usually – preparing your dog for the infants arrival and introducing your dog to your infant. Preparing your dog Preparing your dog for the baby’s arrival in advance is one of the best ways to help avoid friction and jealousy between your baby and your dog. Your dog is used to your attention and pampering, some jealousy will naturally surface when your new baby becomes the center of attention. Taking some precautions, a few minutes of…

Dog Training Resources Puppy Training Reviews
Blog / 06/21/2012

Dog Training Resources Puppy Training Reviews   Dog Training Resources Here are some dog training resources that cover much more than what is covered in my free Basic Dog Obedience Training video – if you haven’t seen this yet, see bottom of this webpage for details. I’ve personally reviewed all of these resources and highly recommend them to other dog owners. The video and text below go through my reviews of these dog training resources. Reviews Of Dog Training Resources   Secrets To Dog Training By Daniel Stevens Secrets To Dog Training is a huge 261 page book on much more than just basic dog training. It helps owners stop dog behavior problems. It starts with some basics of dog ownership, diet, nutrition, dog toys and types of dog training including dog whispering brought to the forefront by Cesar Milan. It then gets into dog body language, signals and facial expressions to help you understand your dog better. The book then covers aggression problems, nipping, biting, chewing issues and jumping on furniture as well as people. Leash and walking issues are next followed by barking problems. Basic commands similar to the ones I covered in my free dog obedience training…