Small dogs can be the perfect companions for a large segment of the population. If you cannot handle a medium to large dog, don’t have much space, want to potty train your pup to “go” indoors, or simply prefer a smaller dog, you have countless options when it comes to choosing your furbaby. Yet while small dogs do have their upsides, they also have some very specific behavioral problems. Continue reading “Three Behavioral Traits to Work out of Your Small Dog”
Good canine manners and obedience training are only part of having a well-trained dog. The third piece of the puzzle is socialization and while this is easiest to teach a puppy of young dog, it can be learned by dogs of any age. Your dog will most likely be facing a multitude of people, places, and situations in their life and needs to be prepared for the outside world. Dogs take a lot of time, money, patience, and persistence. Hopefully you thought of these things before you got your furbaby and if you cannot devote these needs to a dog, you might want to consider your choice of pet. If you can provide these necessities you are most likely ready to be a great pet parent.
New puppies and even old dogs can always learn new tricks, it just takes some work. So if you are in the Woodlands, TX area and looking for dog training experts, look no further than here at Puptown Houston! We believe that training begins a moment a dog is born and we start teaching dogs (entirely off leash) at just six weeks old. Our philosophy is simple: all dogs, regardless of age or breed, are able to learn. Sure some dogs learn faster than others but the same holds true for people. Puptown offers an individualized approach to each dog instead of a “one size fits all” training method. We offer obedience training, behavior modification, plus therapy dog and protection training. We even offer drop off services for “doggie day camp” as we understand that pet parents have busy schedules.
With your permission, our training includes taking your dog to several different places where they will encounter a variety of people, situations, and other animals. Socialization cannot be taught in a ring which is why Puptown exposes dogs to real-world situations as part of their training. And we don’t just train pets, we train their owners too so they can continue to work with their dog and home and understand what their canine company specifically needs to learn necessary behaviors. To give you an example of what our Woodlands dog trainers teach dogs, here are four socializations tips that can lead to a well-mannered pooch.
Being Around Other Dogs
If you want your dog to get along with other dogs then your pooch must be able to interact with other dogs. Part of our training method at Puptown is to let pups run and play with each other to interact, make friends, and learn how to behave with other dogs. Like people, dogs tend to accept what they feel is a pleasant encounter. We feel like lettings dogs simply be dogs is a pleasant encounter as they experience sights, smells, and sounds they deem “safe”. Not only does Puptown achieve this by introducing your dog to other pups, but also by taking your dog to various places and expose them to different people.
Let’s be honest, a puppy or young dog is easier to socialize as an older dog will require more time and attention to this training. From the age of 3-20 weeks, puppies are in a sensitive period in which they are generally accepting of new dogs, people, and places. If a dog experiences any trauma during this period, it can make trust and acceptance much more difficult, especially if the dog is not removed from a bad situation as it gets older. This mistrust can be overcome, but it will take a lot of work and patience. Proper socialization can eventually instill that trust in a dog that will lead to good socialization.
While trying to socialize your dog, behavioral reinforcement is a must. A dog only has a window of a few seconds to know if an action is “good or bad” based on how their handler responds to the behavior. If a dog is rewarded immediately following the successful completion of a command, the dog realizes this is a “good” behavior and they will be rewarded for it. If a dog is (gently) reprimanded for a behavior in that short window of cognition, the dog will learn this behavior is undesirable thus “bad”. Unless someone acts within the window of cognition, a dog will not understand why it is being rewarded versus disciplined.
Step by Step
No matter how old the dog is, socialization must be taught as a series of steps. Begin by introducing your dog to just one dog then gradually move up to letting your pooch run about in a dog park. The same goes for people, start by introducing your dog to one person at a time. Keep a pleasant, relaxed voice when working with your dog and keep interactions brief at first, gradually increasing the times. Socialization should be enjoyable for your dog and yourself and don’t doubt for a second that your dog isn’t picking up on your thoughts and feelings. After all, if you can’t build a trusting relationship with your dog how can you expect him/her to build such a relationship with anyone else?
Your precious pup is more than just your furbaby, it will be a member of your family. There are dozens of things to think about when getting a dog, especially the time, cost, and training that is necessary to make sure your new puppy is well-behaved both in and out of the house. And never forget about crate, potty, and obedience training! You want to make sure that adorable puppy learns good behavior and manners immediately, which is why even experienced pet owners should seek out qualified dog trainers as soon as they get a puppy or a dog. And if you are seeking dog training specialists, head over to our website to learn about the best trainers in Richmond and The Woodlands Texas!
Teaching Pet Parents
Obedience training isn’t just for puppies and dogs, we are also on a mission to train pet parents as well! It is imperative for owners to work with their dogs on a daily basis to make sure they truly learn the behaviors necessary to be well-behaved pups. A great example is potty training. Owners have to watch their dogs to learn their eating and drinking behaviors then be ready to take their dogs outside. Do not wait for signs as your dog might not give them. Instead talk to our trainers and ask when a good time is to walk your dog. Not only will you pick up this behavior, so will your pooch. Yet teaching pet parents doesn’t stop at instructing them on how to potty train, we will also show you how to work with your dog to develop other good behaviors.
As almost every state has leash laws, plus you do not want any harm to come to your dog while it is outside with you, walking well on a leash is an imperative skill for a dog to learn for both safety and liability reasons. Teaching this skill from time a dog is a puppy can be easier than teaching an older dog who already has a tendency of pulling or tugging. Yet never fear as any dog can be taught to be a great walking companion. Our Pup Town trainers will work with you and your dog to demonstrate the “secrets” to make sure your pooch doesn’t walk you!.
Some people think crating a dog is cruel, but this is certainly not the case. No matter how much training you provide a puppy or dog with, there are some circumstances in which it might be necessary to crate your dog when you are not there to keep an eye on it. Emotional behavior like a dog acting out and destroying the house due to separation anxiety is extremely difficult to correct, even in the otherwise most well-behaved of dogs. Then there is the possibility of another pet possibly being more dominant, even down to a jealous cat who doesn’t like sharing space with the new pooch.
For these and other reasons, crate training might be necessary. Yet this is done with the approach that a crate should never be a cage but instead a warm, comfortable place your dog actually wants to be in. By putting toys, blankets, and any other calming object in a crate, your dog will see this as its own special place. The goal is to make your dog want to go into the crate, even when the door is open and everyone is home. Here at Puptown, we can help you every step of the way on this essential training and help to make sure your dog will love their home within a home.
Training your dog goes far beyond potty and leash training, it also includes overall good canine behavior. While we are happy to teach things like advanced tricks and agility, we realize that not every pet parent is looking for this specialized training. Basic obedience, however, is something that every dog needs to learn. These behaviors include things like sit, stay, wait, stop, lay down, and leave something alone. Not only will this teach good behavior, it can protect a dog from injury or even potential death.
For example, if your pooch decides to make friends with a snake, a quick command of “leave it” can prevent a snake bite. You can see how this would be especially important if your dog was close to a poisonous snake. The most basic of these commands, being sit, can calm down an excited pup who might otherwise jump on a person. When you see the meaning for these simple commands, you can easily see the importance behind them.
If you are ready to visit the best professional dog trainers in Woodlands, TX we are looking forward to meeting you and your four-legged companion and working with both of you! Call us today at 832-930-0073 to put your best paws forward.