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Take Advantage of Daily Dog Training Opportunities


Take Advantage of Dog Training Opportunities

When starting to train your puppy or new dog, there are many small moments in your daily routine where you can practice their basic manners.

The reinforcement you use does not always have to be food treats – food often works, but think about switching it up every so often. 

Want to learn more about your dog's behavior and get some training tips? We've  got 101 more for you here!

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Topics: Dog Training, Behavior & Training, Puppy Training, Puppy, Training, Dog, Dog Behavior, new puppy, puppy tips, Dog communication

Teaching Your Dog to Play Fetch (and Return)


There are three types of dogs in this world: dogs that don’t care about fetch, dogs that fetch but don’t retrieve, and Labradors.

Unless you have a Labrador or live in a perfect 1950s Pleasantville, (in which case you probably have a Labrador) you’ve most likely had to face the crushing reality that a lot of dogs don’t have the fetch instinct. 

Plenty of dogs will happily run after a thrown toy, but then refuse to bring it back — or they might pick up the toy and make you chase them around just for funsies. Other dogs are more interested in the hair between their toes than the fetch toy you’re trying to get them excited about. 

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Topics: Dog Safety, Loose-leash Walking, Behavior & Training, Dog, Dog Walking, Dog Leash

6 Tips for Taking Your Dog Off Leash


Nearly every dog owner has the same worries about letting their dog off their leash: What if they don’t come back? What if they get injured?

It’s not hard to imagine the reasons for keeping a dog on a leash — safety from cars, other dogs, other people, wildlife, and potential hazards like rodenticides in public parks — but are there benefits to having your dog off-leash? There certainly can be! Here are a few of the benefits that dogs can experience when they're allowed to go (safely) off-leash:

 

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Topics: Dog Safety, Loose-leash Walking, Behavior & Training, Dog, Dog Walking, Dog Leash

Bringing Your Dog to Work, How to Do It Safely


Many companies now allow their employees to bring dogs to work, and more workplaces are doing the same. According to the 2015 Society for Human Resource Management survey, 8 percent of American workplaces allowed employees to bring pets to work, which was up from 5 percent that had such a policy two years earlier. 

Amazon, for example, has not only opened its own downtown dog park, but “more than 2,000 dogs are brought in regularly to Amazon's main campus where about 25,000 employees work,” according to CNBC. 

You could even say that modern workplaces have really... gone to the dogs (cue rimshot).

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Topics: Dog Training, Dog Safety, Behavior & Training, Puppy Training, Socialization, Benefits of training, Dog Tips, Pet Hazard, adult dog tips, puppy tips

What You Should Know Before Taking Your Puppy to the Dog Park


Dog parks can provide excellent exercise and social interaction for most dogs, and even their owners! But not all dog parks are created equal. Certain parks aren’t safe (or fun) for every dog, and situations within the park can change quickly... even drastically. Depending on the type of dog and the type of person, the experience can vary wildly. Some dogs take to the new environment with ease, while others take longer to adjust. And some just aren’t going to take to it at all — not now, or ever.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Behavior & Training, Puppy Training, Puppy, Socialization, Dog, Vaccines, Vaccination, Dog Leash

Simple Dog Training Tips For Your Daily Routine - Sit & Stay


January is National Train Your Dog Month. This is an awareness month established by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers ( APDT) to highlight the importance of socialization and training to the health, wellbeing, and daily life of dogs. We at Preventive Vet think this is a great idea and an important message, so here are 3 easy, every day ways to incorporate “sit” practice and reinforcement into your daily routine.


PRE-MEAL: This is a great time to practice your dog’s sit, as well as their (very important) “stay” and “leave it.” Not only are these good for basic obedience, but solid “stay” and “leave it” can also help to prevent digestive problems and poisonings when “off limit” foods or medications are dropped or encountered on walks.

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Topics: Dog Training, Behavior & Training, Sit & Stay, Dog Tips

The Difference Between Clicker Trainers and Trainers Who Just Use Clickers


Clicker trainers use a clicker to shape a behavior – that is to say, they use the clicker to help and encourage a dog to work his own way through a behavior to the desired effect. This makes the dog responsible for his own learning. Other trainers use the clicker, but they do a lot of luring – using food or another object that the dog will follow to “walk” the dog through the behavior to the desired effect, thereby removing the need or incentive for the dog to fully engage their brain and work through the behavior themself – and just use the clicker to mark the behavior.

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Topics: Dog Training, Well-behaved Dogs, Shaping Behavior, Behavior & Training, Clicker Training, Dog Trainers, Dogs, Clickers

An Introduction to Clicker Training


Good dog trainers often use a small box called a clicker. The clicker makes a distinctive clicking sound when you press on it. This sound tells your dog “Yes, that is what I want you to do,” and it promises her a reward for a job well done. The clicker marks the exact moment she has done what you like. If you don’t like using gadgets, your dog is afraid of the clicker or you can’t use a clicker for some other reason, you can use a marker word, like “YES” instead of the clicker. You can also use a hand signal or the flash of a penlight if your dog is deaf. I will assume you are using a clicker below, but if you are using something else to mark the behavior, just use it in the places where I say to click.

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Topics: Dog Training, Shaping Behavior, Behavior & Training, Clicker Training, Puppies, Dogs, Luring Behavior, Targeting, Capturing Behavior

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