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Tara's Dog Training Blog ~ TarasDogTraining.com
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Seek Positive Training for your pooch!
Topic: Adoption

Tara's Dog Training is helping every shelter dog stay in their home through positive training. Most shelter dogs end up back in the shelter because their owners were unprepared for the behavioral problems some may have from being bounced around from home to home, living on the streets and/or extended stays in shelters.

Before adopting a dog find yourself a trainer who can get you started on the right path from Day 1! Encourage all friends who have a rescued pooch to get training and make sure it's the positive kind! Whether its a rescue or a new puppy, seek training for your dog and give him/her a chance at a happy, full, stimulating life.


Posted by tarasdogtraining at 8:06 AM
Updated: Friday, 8 January 2010 3:57 PM
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Socializing a Puppy
Topic: Socialization

A great way to socialize a puppy is to play PASS THE PUPPY. Gather friends you know to come and meet your new pup. Start out by having everyone sit in a circle with some treats in hand. Each person holds and feeds the puppy a few treats, then passes him/her to the next person. This helps the pup get use to lots of different people and the treats help to make the new people a positive thing. Your puppy will definitely start wagging his/her tail at the sight of all your friends after a few rounds of this game! Happy Passing!


Posted by tarasdogtraining at 7:12 PM
Updated: Friday, 8 January 2010 3:57 PM
Loose Leash Walking
Topic: Gentle Leaders

Before setting off on your walk with your dog decide what you will reward your dog for and what you will not. For example, if you start off your walk and your dog is there by your side, make a choice to reward that and continue to reward that throughout the walk whenever your dog is in the heel position.

If your dog pulls, one thing you can do is turn around and wait until your dog is by your side again and offer praise once he/she arrives there in the heel position. 

Remember that nagging your dog or yanking on the leash doesn't convey much information for your dog, so think positive and find those reward opportunities...your dog will thank you for it!



Posted by tarasdogtraining at 3:40 PM
Updated: Friday, 8 January 2010 3:59 PM
Monday, 30 November 2009
Potty Training Tips
Topic: Housebreaking

There are a few good points to remember before beginning your treatment plan for housebreaking.

Be sure to NEVER punish a dog for accidents. This will only make the dog avoid eliminating near you. He may end up sneaking into another room to be able to go while you’re not around.

You must begin to desensitize the pup to a crate by placing his food inside as well as fun toys. Make sure the crate is empty and is only 1 1/2 the pup’s length minus the tail.

Whenever you leave a dog in a crate he must be well exercised and his bladder should be empty. He should also be placed inside with a good chew toy.

A pup can be expected to hold his bladder by the number of months he is + 1. You can extend the hours that the pup can hold it through the night by withholding food and water 2-3 hours before bedtime. By doing this, a 2 month old may be able to hold it for 6 hours through the night before needing to go.

Posted by tarasdogtraining at 8:40 PM
Updated: Friday, 8 January 2010 3:59 PM

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