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Essential Tips For Training Your Dog

Jul 4, 2008
While many animal lovers welcome puppies, and sometimes full grown dogs, into their home, many are blissfully ignorant to the care and nurturing necessary for training your dog to realize its full potential. Below, are a few tips for your dog's early life, upbringing, and prolonged, enjoyable existence! They are presented in chronological order.

1) Be Loving, But Firm

From its first days as a puppy to the moment you finally realize that your little angel is a full-grown canine, your dog needs to live in a nurturing environment. Shower your little friend with love and attention to make him or her feel special. Whenever he or she makes a mistake, lay down the law but never use cruel or harmful means of correction. Instead of smacking a dog when something goes awry, simply use the "tsk, tsk" ideology. Let the animal know a mistake is made by temporarily denying it love (emphasis on temporarily). But do not hold your anger for long.

2) Housebreak Your Dog Early

Anyone that has ever had an experience with an indoor dog knows that accidents are inevitable. The key is to realize that the presents and messes left by your dog are not its fault. To curb this trend, simply place your dog (or lead your dog to, depending on the size) on a particular item (newspaper is popular, but also an old pillow or blanket could suffice) whenever he or she begins to do his or her business. Gradually lead this item closer and closer to the door as your animal excretes, finally ending it with the item outside. If the training is done properly, the animal will now be used to heading outside to use the restroom. Naturally, there may be some more accidents here and there (for example: if you are away from home for an extended period of time), but this is one of the most effective ways to potty train your dog.

3) Provide Your Dog with the Proper Nutrition

Giving your dog quality food throughout its life is of paramount importance. Simply buying generic, cheap dog food will not suffice as an individual dog has individual needs. Certain animals may become crippled by arthritis; there are specific foods for that. Certain animals may develop heart problems; there are also foods for that. You cannot assume that all dog food is the same as it may become detrimental to your animal. Discuss the proper formula for ingestion with your veterinarian.

Obviously, there are many, many, many more variables to consider when deciding to adopt and raise your very own dog. But handling these problems will provide you with a smooth beginning, wonderful middle, and enjoyable conclusion to raising your animal. All of God's creatures are important and each one has its own personal needs. Be sure to take this into consideration when deciding to adopt a pet. Dogs are not toys that can be cast aside and picked up whenever you feel like it. They need love and affection from their owner to show that they truly matter.
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