Dog Training – Why is it so important?

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Training is one of the most important activities you can do with your dog. From socialization to obedience to agility to nose work. Dog are intelligent creatures that need to be challenged and encouraged. Through training, your dog can learn to do something as simple as sit or to sniff out all kinds of goodies. Training doesn’t have to be intense but it must be fun. The important thing to remember is it’s all about the relationship that you build with them. That relationship should be built on trust, respect, and understanding.

6 thoughts on “Dog Training – Why is it so important?”

  1. OUTSTANDING Service!!!! Had Jessica help with two six month old pups basic training, now the house is quite and everyone is behaved. Great customer, friendly, and very knowledgeable. Will use again in the future for advance training. Thanks again @ the TERRIFIC training.

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words. I’ll tell you a secret. I train people, not dogs. The reason why your pups are behaved is you and your hard work. I just give you the skills to ensure your pup is well behaved and you put in the work.

    1. How old is your Mastiff? Age may have something to do with it.

      I usually recommend the 4 Rs:
      1) Remove. Remove whatever it is that they are biting. Hands, feets, hair, etc.
      2) Replace/Redirect. Redirect with something more appropriate.
      3) Reinforce. Encourage playing with that toy.
      4) Repeat.

      Also, make sure the puppy has adequate age-appropriate chew toys. Some pops love frozen toys because it helps with easing their main. They chew because they are stimulating the gums for their puppy teeth to come out and adult come in. It can be painful and softer chews are helpful.

      Lastly, don’t roughhouse, push, or encourage biting in any way. Teeth comes out, games ends.

    1. Hello!

      Potty Training

      The Old Way of Potty Training: Punishment or sticking their nose in it.
      o Puppy squats and pees in front of you. You grab him, spank him, and throw him outside. He’s learning to
      not do it in front of you. The dog will learn to eliminate in other places of the home or hide it altogether.
      o Never scold a dog for messing in the house.

      The New Way of Potty Training: Puppy pees outside in the designated potty spot.
      o Communicate that they did a good job by using a reward marker and treat.

      Puppy pees outside in the designated potty spot (on or off leash). Say “Go Potty”. Mark the behavior “Yes” and treat.
      o Accidents happy. Remain calm. If dog messes, interrupt the dog “Uh Oh”. Take them immediately
      outside and say “Go Potty”. Reward when they relieve themselves outside.

      Potty Training Tips
       You must be specific.
       Generally speaking, a puppy can control their bladder one hour for every month of age.
      o If your puppy is two months old, they can hold it for about two hours.
       Take your dog outside frequently—at least every two hours—and immediately after they wake up, during and
      after playing, and after eating or drinking.
       Put your dog on a regular feeding schedule.
       Pick up the water dish about two and a half hours before bedtime to reduce the likelihood that they’ll need to
      relieve themselves during the night.
      o Most puppies can sleep for approximately seven hours without needing a bathroom break.

      o If your puppy does wake you up in the night, don’t make a big deal of it. They may think its playtime.

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