Dog treats are the secret of dog training.
87% of dog trainers use treats in almost every training session, because they are very effective.

"Every puppy love dog treats, and every adult dog also love treats.

I think everyone loves being rewarded for the work done."


Who does not love a treat? Do not overthink;
Your dearest dog is waiting for one. Reward his efforts and make him love you more with a tasty dog Treat. :)




Should I use dog treats for training
my dog ?

french bulldog sleeping on dog treats bed


It is a question that arises in almost every individual’s mind while they are training their dogs.

The answer to using dog treats in training sessions, has both positive and negative aspects. 

We will present both sides of the picture in front of you, the pros and cons of using dog treats, so that you can come up with a better and informed decision.

Training your dog is a crucial yet obligation. The time you will spend in training your dog will be worthy as it will not only make your life easy but also the life of people around you comfortable. 

Experts all around the world highly suggest Positive Reinforcement as the best Training method to start with your puppy or dog.

Using positive reinforcement and clicker training to train your dog means you reward the behaviors you like and ignore the behaviors you do not like.

The reward makes your dog more likely to repeat the behavior you want him to do.

Positive reinforcement relies on the use of verbal cues, treats, hand signals,clicker and toys to teach new behaviors or correct bad habits and achieve desired behaviors.

Dog Treats are considered a a significant part of dog training that will make the training quick and smooth.



Well, I Guarantee you that dog treats will make your life easy.

 Keep track of the dog treats you are giving your dog.
It is not recommended just to visit the market and pick up the dog treat that appeals to you.

A little research will not only result in your dog loving the treat and being very very motivated during training sessions, but will also keep him safe and healthy.

For keeping your dog happy and healthy, it is important that the food you are feeding your dog is full of nutrients.

Keep in mind that one food item good for one dog breed, may not be that effective for other dog breeds.



How To Use Dog Treats Correctly in Dog Training  [ Tips ]

dog food dog treats treat your dog in dog training
  • Use dog treats for reinforcing dog behavior in a calm way.
  • Find your dog’s “high value” treat!
  • Never give a dog treat to your best friend for exciting his stimulating state of mind.
  •  Train when your dog is hungry.
  • Use smaller treats, so they can be consumed quickly and avoiding distractions during the training session.
  • Always offer the treat while your dog is still in the position you want to reward.
  • Always allow your Pal to smell the dog treat to let him know that you have something in your hand, before starting a training session.
  • Reward each step towards the desired behavior, don't pretend from your dog to perform the entire task at the first time.
  • Make training sessions always funny and easy to understand.
  • Rotating between several favourites dog treats will keep your dog interest longer and help keep him motivated in every dog training session.
  • Reduce the portions served in your regular meal times, taking in consideration the amount of treats you are serving during the day.
  • You will have to stay patient throughout the learning regime of your dog. This patience will pay-off in the future when you will see a well-behaved dog by your side.
  • Pair treats with petting and praise, it Helps with the conditioning of verbal praise and the weaning off of treats
  • When your dog sees the treat in your hand, if he jumps on you, show a sign of disapproval for not encouraging such behavior. Take this moment as an opportunity to train your dog.
  • With the time, your dog will be able to understand what he has to do to receive a treat. He will calmly wait for you to give him a tasty dog treat.  When your dog lowers his butt and waiting for the treat peacefully, then it is the right time to give him the treat.


Pros Of dog treats in dog training

dog training with healthy dog treats
  • Quick Response – One of the apparent benefits of using Dog Treats in training sessions is that you will get a positive and quick response. When you reward your dog on performing well, then your fluffy will follow your commands. 
  • Training your dog with distance with the help of marker training such as "Clicker Training".
  • Teaching your dog, complexed tricks and actions using shaping training and a clicker.
  • Instills trust and a strong bond between you and your dog
  • Changing aggressive behaviors with the use of classical conditioning and some yummy dog treats.
  • With the use of treats, toys and clicker training there is no use of physical force


Cons Of dog treats in dog training

homemade dog food raw meat healthy dog treats
  • Wrong timing of treat delivery will cause very quickly unwanted behaviors.
  • If the training is not made with knowledge, the dog will most of the time focus on the treat and not on the task to do.
  • High risk of overweighting your best friend if you don't reduce the amount of dog treats given from the main meals.  
  • It is good to give rewards when your pet-friend performs good, but it may lead to negative habits, because Your dog will always look for treats for doing a job done.  
  • Loss of focus and concentration during longer training sessions, Or lack of focus because of environmental distractions or other animals.
  • High risk of bribe - eg. The dog knows what to do and what you are asking, but he is not doing it because he think "give me a treat and i will do it ". This is a very bad situation.
  • The use of Dog treats will contribute in building a strong bound, but will not contribute in building Respect.


Common mistakes with dog treats

poodle clicker dog training positive reinforcement


Dog training is a rigorous process that changes over some time.  
The training and feeding regime of your dog may be different from your friend’s dog. 

Therefore, search out for best methods and ways of feeding your dog as per his age and breed. Making errors and mistakes is a natural human behavior and not something to stress over. 

Following are common mistakes that individuals make while feeding treats to their dogs.

  • Feeding Leftovers As Treats 
    Many owners feed table scrapers to their dogs as a treat that can lead to serious health issues. We are not saying to do not feed leftover to your dog but keep an eye on the ingredients of the food.
  • Feeding treats that contain excessive amounts of salt, sugar, spices, and fats - 
    Excessive sweet food can damage your dog’s liver, while spices can ruin the digestive system of your pet. If a food contains a high amount of salt, then it can result in sodium poising that can be very harmful.
  • Not as per age - It is important to give treats to your dog as per his age. The nutritional needs of your dog changes with age, also An active dog has different dietary needs as compared to a house dog.
  • too many treats -  Many owners give treats to their dogs regularly, over treating will result at the end in a Habit, and the treats loose power and effect in training the dog.
  •  milk as reward after training -
    Milk is healthy for the puppies but can cause diarrhea and stomach problems in adult dogs. Making use of cow’s milk for your dog is not advisable.


Different Types of Dog Treats

labrador homemade dog food healthy


There are various things that you need to consider while choosing the right treatment for your dog.

 Your main preferences while choosing the food for your dog must be the type and flavor of the treat as per your dog choices. 

There are a wide range and types of treats are available in the market that makes it difficult to go for the best available option.

In order to come up with the right decision, you must know about the different type of dog training treats that are available in the market.

  • Natural Treats
  • Raw Food
  • Biscuits & Cookies
  • Homemade Dog Treats

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Natural Treats : 

Your dog is craving for the chew that has great taste and appealing aroma. The carnivore tendency of your dog attracts him towards the natural meaty chews and bones, but some dogs also enjoy fruits and vegetables :)


Raw Food : 

Rawhides are considered as a classic canine treat. The rawhide strengthens the jaws and works as a natural teeth cleaner.

There are knotted, rolled, compressed and braided rawhides available in the market.  Consider the choices of your dog before choosing the type of rawhide for him.

I personally give my dogs Hot dogs, raw beef meat small sliced, or just cooked chicken or turkey breast.

Biscuits & Cookies :

The dog biscuits are one of the treats that your pup loves the most.

Dog Cookies are like chocolate for us humans.


Homemade Dog Treat Recipes:

Spoiling your dog can be costly for you by purchasing dog training treats.

You can replace these dog treats with homemade treats for your dog

You can add a unique touch and magnificent flavour to the treat.
By making use of common ingredients like peanut butter, honey, wheat flour, and meat, you can come up with some of the delicious treats for your dog.

Your dog may also have allergies that can make it difficult for you to purchase the dog treats available in the market.


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Following are a few easy-to-make recipes that can help you in making dog treats quickly at your home.


8 Homemade Dog Treats Recipes


          Peanut butter cookies (no-bake)

Ingredients


  • 1 cup Pumpkin puree 
  • ¼ Cup Peanut butter 
  • ¼ Cup Milk 
  • ¼ cup Rolled oats 

Preparation



  1. Take an electric mixer and add pumpkin puree, milk and medium butter in it
  2. Beat the mixture at medium to high speed for two minutes
  3. Add oats gradually in the mixture and beat until combined
  4. Use a cookie scoop and make 1 1/2 inches balls by using it
  5. Put the ball in leftover oats and press firmly for coating oats on the balls
  6. Put a lid on the bowl and place for one hour in your refrigerator

                 Wild Rice Chicken Balls

Ingredients


  • Wild rice 1 cup (mashed)
  • Chicken – 1 cup (diced and shredded)
  • Rice flour (1 tbsp.)
  • Parsley (1 tbsp.)
  • Egg – 1 (beaten)

Preparation



  1. Preheat your oven at a temperature of 350 degrees F
  2. Take a mixing bowl and combine all ingredients in it until mixed perfectly
  3. Use a spoon and put one spoon of rice in each cavity and fill the cavity till the top
  4. Put the tray in the oven and bake it for 25 minutes
  5. Let the mixture cool down before serving
  6. Note: You can store these rice balls for 3 to 5 days in an airtight jar.

  Ginger Snaps

Ingredients


  • Almond flour  2 cups
  • Coconut flour – ½ cup
  • Natural peanut butter – ½ cup
  • Ground ginger – 3 tbsps.
  • Cinnamon – 1 tbsp
  • Water – ¼ cup

Preparation



  1. Take a large bowl and mix all the ingredients
  2. Make a ball-like  shape from the dough
  3. Take out dough from the bowl and roll it on a flat top
  4. Use a cookie cutter to cut the tempting treats for your dog
  5. Place the cookies on a baking tray and bake it for 30 minutes
  6. After 30 minutes, turn the oven off and leave the cookies in the oven for the next 10 minutes

Breath Mints

Ingredients


  • Oats – 2 cups
  • Parsley – ½ cup
  • Mint – ½ cup
  • Egg – 1
  • Water – ¼ cup
  • Coconut oil – 3 tbsps.

Preparation



  1. Preheat your oven at a temperature of 325 degrees F.
  2. Take a blender and add oats into it, pulse oats until it turns into a flour-like powder
  3. Take a large bowl, add mint and parsley, water, oil and egg in it
  4. Add the oat flour and mix all the ingredients
  5. Knead the oat dough various time and place on a flat surface
  6. Use a rolling pin and flatten the dough
  7. You can use a knife or cookie cutter for cutting 1-inch mints (you can cut it in any size as per your choice)
  8. Take a tray, lay parchment paper and place the mints at a distance from one another
  9. Bake the mints for 40 minutes
  10. Before serving, let the mints cool down

Pawprint treats

Ingredients


  • All-purpose flour – 2 cups
  • Wheat germ – ½ cup
  • Yeast – ½ cup
  • Salt – 2 tsp.
  • Canola oil – 3 tbsps.
  • Chicken stock – 2 cups

Preparation



  1. You can preheat your oven at a temperature of 400 degrees
  2. Take 2 baking sheets and line with parchment paper
  3. Take a bowl and add yeast, salt, wheat germ, and flour
  4. Combine all these ingredients
  5. You can place canola oil in a separate bowl
  6. You can knead the dough on a flat surface for 2 minutes
  7. Roll out the dough using a rolling pin
  8. Use a cutter and get round cutouts
  9. Transfer the treats to the baking sheets
  10. Firmly press your thumb on the treat, making its impression, then by using your fingers make four circles on the top of your thumb impression
  11. Repeat the same process with all the other treats
  12. Now freeze these treats for 18 minutes
  13. Bake the treats for 20 minutes by changing sides of the treats and brushing treats with chicken stock
  14. Turn off your oven, and keep the cookies in the oven for next 40 minutes


Banana and almond bites

Ingredients


  • Pasture-raised egg – 1
  • Almond butter – ¾ cup
  • Banana – 1/3
  • Cinnamon – 1 tsp.

Preparation


  1. Preheat your oven at a temperature of 350 degrees F
  2. Take a baking sheet and lay parchment paper in it
  3. Take a large bowl, add bananas in it
  4. Mash the bananas by using a fork
  5. Add remaining ingredients in the bowl and mix everything
  6. Make sure that the consistency of the batter is gooey and thick
  7. Spoon out one bite-sized dollop and put on the baking tray
  8. Put the tray in the oven for 7 minutes and turn over the bites after 7 minutes
  9. After 5 minutes, turn off oven and take the bites out
  10. Let the bites cool down

Note: You can use these bites for the next 7-9 days if placed in a moisture-free area

Frozen apple pops

Ingredients


  • Apples 2
  • Plain yogurt – 1 cup
  • Water

Preparation


  1. Take apples and dice apples in small pieces but make sure you remove the apple seeds
  2. Take a blender, add apple slices, water and yogurt and blend all the ingredients
  3. Blend the mixture until it has a good consistency
  4. Take an ice cube tray and pour the mixture in the tray
  5. Put the tray in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours

Note: Give only one apple frozen pop to your dog in a day. You can keep the leftover pops in the container and can keep in the freezer for a week.

Sugar-free dog treat

Ingredients


  • Wheat flour – ½ cup
  • Eggs – 2
  • Beef liver – 2 pounds (cut into pieces)

Preparation


  1. Preheat your oven at a temperature of 350 degrees F.
  2. Take a jellyroll pan and lay parchment paper in it
  3. Take a food processor and place the liver in it
  4. Pulse the liver until it is chopped finely
  5. If there is room left in the processor, add eggs and flour
  6. Blend the ingredients until the mixture is smooth
  7. Spread the mixture on the pan evenly
  8. Bake the mixture in the oven for 16 minutes
  9. Let the treat cool down and then cut it into small squares
  10. The treats will look like a sponge

Note: This treat is perfect if your dog is diabetic. You can store it in the airtight jar for a few days.


How to give your dog a treat Correctly

The best technique for giving a treat to your dog is to hold the treat in your two fingers and allow your dog to sniff it.

Let your dog know that you have to treat with you.

When you are allowing your dog to smell anything, you are activating the most important part of your dog, his brain

Remember that in terms of canine, nose first means let them smell, then eyes let them see and examine, and ears last.
  1. After smelling is done, it is time for eyes. 
  2. Hold the treat right on the top of his nose and move from his back towards his shoulders.
  3. Take the treat slowly so that your dog can still sniff it.
  4. When your dog jumps, move the treat away.
  5. Now hold the treat close to his head.
  6.  When his eyes and nose start to follow the treat, give him a command like ‘sit’ in a calm voice.
  7. As soon as he sits, give him the treat

Keep in mind that you give him a command in a soft voice so that he will follow your command and learn the behavior. Your harsh voice can frighten him, and he may not learn the behavior.





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Clicker training combined with positive reinforcement is the best way to teach your dog awesome tricks; after this step by step [long & rich ] guide you will run outdoor with your dog to practice. 


Who doesn’t love dogs? There are people who do not like dogs. Strange isn’t it? How can someone possibly not love these adorable creatures? Dogs are no doubt a man’s best friend. Do you know how is this possible?

Well, they are extremely multi-talented. Those who own a dog knows what I am talking about here. You can never count the benefits and blessings of keeping a dog.

They are smart, talented, playful and loyal, and for sure You will never regret having a dog.

You can teach your dog tricks using a clicker for dog training. There are some pretty cool dogs tricks that you need to teach your dog.

Dogs are fast learners, many fast learners than you are actually. You will not have to put too much effort into teaching those tricks. They will learn in no time!

Why teach your dog Tricks?

 

poodle clicker training

There are benefits of teaching your buddy tricks. Few are mentioned down below:

 

  • Better Health

It is recommended for dogs to exercise daily for their better health. It is also recommended for you too, by the way. Your dog will build more muscles and will be more active.
If they do not get recommended exercise, they may fall sick.

  • They are eager to Learn

Your buddy dog, by nature, is always eager to learn something from you. Dogs are extremely obedient and loyal. They want to please you in whatever way they can. Once they learn dog tricks, they will do them to please you.

  • Your dog can participate in a competition

If you do good enough dog training, your dog might get into dog competitions like agility, frisbee, French ring, and many others.
You and your dog can win a prize. Isn’t that good?

     Do you know Clicker Training?

 

Different plastic clicker for dog training

Before getting into how to train your dog for tricks, you should know about Clicker training.

It is quite popular in dog training. Clicker training involves using a clicker to train your dog different tricks. The clicker will act as a signal for the dog, to do the specific action which is required.

Once your dog does the trick, you will have to reward him for his action. When you’ll do *click* with your clicker, your pal will know it is time for action.

Read more about clicker training.

Benefits of using Clicker Training

dog smiling clicker training

Clicker training for dogs got popular in the 1990s because of its benefits. There are the following benefits to teach your dog through clicker training.

  • Your Dog will develop positive behavior

In traditional training, you might have to use a harsh tone and sometimes punish your buddy for making him learn the trick. Your dog might develop a sense of fear through harsh treatment. Instead, using clicker treatment, you will be giving treats to your dog.
This will enforce positive behavior in your dog.

  • You both will develop a stronger bond

When you are giving treats during clicker training, your dog will become more obedient towards you. You both will have fun and develop a stronger and deeper bond of trust and love.

  • It is easy and efficient

Dog training with a clicker is easier than in other traditional ways. You will not have to spend much time to teach your dog tricks. And you know what? Your dog will learn faster, and he will get interested in learning.

  • Your Dog will love to respond

In other training styles, your dog might lose interest and not react quickly to your commands. While through clicker training, he will be ready to answer to get his favorite treat.

 

Dog Tricks with Clicker

 

teach your dog tricks with clicker positive reinforcement

Training your dog with a clicker is fun. Your pal will learn quickly, and you will love him even more. You can teach your dog almost any dog trick using the clicker. Some of them are mentioned down below:

 

  • Trick #1- Teach your dog to respond to your Clicker

The first thing you need to do is make your dog familiar with a clicker. As it will be a new thing, you will have to work on making your dog know the sound of your clicker. To teach your dog how to respond to the clicker in the following steps:

  1. Begin in a relaxing environment, there should be no distractions.
  2. Now, click your clicker and give him a treat
  3. Repeat it several times a day after a certain period
  4. Test your dog by clicking when he is not paying attention
  5. If he responds, give him a double treat!

 

  • Trick #2- Teach your dog how to Heel

Heel in dog training means that your dog walks beside you, not behind you or in front of you. He should have the same pace as of your walking. You can teach your dog to heel by following the mentioned down below steps.

  1. Take your dog leash in your left hand
  2. Pull him towards yourself when he tries to go to another direction
  3. Now click and give him a treat
  4. Start walking and click then treat
  5. Click and treat after every few steps.
  6. Repeat this four to five times a day
  7. Increase your walk once he has started to learn how to heel

 

  • Trick #3- Teach your dog to fetch

Fetch is very common while playing with your dog. In this, you throw an object, and your dog runs like the wind to catch that object and bring it back to you. If you want to clicker train your dog for fetching, follow the mentioned below steps.

  1. Get an attractive toy for him
  2. Make him familiar with it and play with him
  3. Make him sniff the toy
  4. Click, and raise the toy, then treat
  5. Make small toss and when your dog catches the toy, treat him
  6. Start making small throws. Click and then treat on retrieving
  7. Repeat and make bigger throws once he learns

 

  • Trick #4- Teach your dog to Roll Over

Rolling over is one of the cutest dog tricks. Your heart just melts away when your furball rolls over. If you want to melt your heart or train your dog to roll over using a clicker, follow the mentioned steps down below.

  1. Make your dog lie down, click and treat
  2. While he is still lying down, click, let him take a turn and give him a treat
  3. Practice on both sides while clicking and treating
  4. Make him follow the food while lying, from one side to the other and treat him
  5. Repeat and repeat several times
  6. Then make him roll faster with faster hand movements holding your treat
  7. Keep away the treat and make him roll over with your hand movement
  8. Once he rolls over completely, give him a treat

 

  • Trick #5-Teach your dog to release

A release is a dog trick in which you make your dog let go of anything he is holding in his mouth. He might be holding your favorite t-shirt, and you want it back. If you want to teach him with a clicker, follow the mentioned steps

  1. Offer your dog anything to hold, not your favorite T-shirt, and let him hold
  2. Click and give him a treat
  3. When he is about to have his treat, take the object away
  4. Repeat it several times, and your dog will release your favorite things easily

 

  • Trick #6- Teach your dog to speak

Making your dog bark can be difficult at times. But with clicker training, you can teach him easily by following steps.

  1. First, grab his favorite treat.
  2. Click and treat to let him know you will be offering him treats
  3. Hold the treat in your hand and not let him give it until he barks
  4. If your dog tries to get the treat by leaning over you, do not offer him treat
  5. Make him sit and hold the treat in your hand
  6. To want the treat, your dog will speak. Then let him have the treat
  7. Repeat this several times

 

  • Trick #-7 Teach your dog to shake his paws

   Don’t we love when dogs shake their paws? They look so adorable! If you want your dog to look adorable while shaking his paws, the following are some steps which will make him learn with a clicker.

  1. Click and give him treat so he can know what the clicker is
  2. Click, then tickle his paw and once he moves his paw, give him treat
  3. Repeat several times so he knows to rise is paw to get the treat
  4. Now, take the treat in your hand, let him sniff and catch it with his paw
  5. Once he does this, treat him well
  6. Now bring your hand in front of him and wait until he puts his paw on your hand, once he does this, treat him.
  7. Repeat until he becomes good enough to shake his paw when you bring forward your hand

 

  • Trick #8- Teach your dog how to spin

Making your dog spin in a circle is pretty easy. You have to follow the following steps for this dog trick

  1. Hold a treat in your hand, and move it around
  2. When he moves, give him the treat
  3. Now make him move in a circle, click and then treat
  4. Repeat, click and treat
  5. Now just do your hand movement to let him know he has to spin in a circle
  6. Once he learns the hand movement, give him a generous treat

 

  • Trick #9- Teach your dog to give a kiss

We all want to be loved back, right? Especially from our dog! If you want your dog to kiss you back as you do, follow the mentioned down below steps to teach him

  1. First, take some peanut butter and put some on your finger, then click.
  2. Let him eat the peanut butter from your finger
  3. Now put little peanut butter on your cheeks and let him lick it from your face
  4. Once your dog gets used to it, bring your face closer to him, without peanut butter on your face. He will know what you are asking for
  5. Click, let him kiss you and then give him a treat

 

  • Trick #10- Teach your dog to eliminate on command

The one thing we all are worried about is your dog eliminating. You don’t want his to do “that” on your couch, making it stinky and smelly! To teach your dog to eliminate on command, follow the below-mentioned steps:

  1. First, decide a place where you want him to poo or pee
  2. Observe when he usually eliminates. Note the time
  3. When he needs to go, take him to the eliminating spot you decided
  4. Click and say Eliminate.
  5. Once he eliminates, give him treat
  6. Practice this daily. He will know where to and when to eliminate

 

  • Trick #11- Teach your dog how to play dead

It is fun when your dog plays dead. It is one of the most common and fun dog tricks. If you want to make him learn to play dead, follow the steps as mentioned below

  1. Firstly, make him lie down
  2. Click and use your treat to make him come in play dead position
  3. Once he gets in play dead position, give him the treat
  4. Repeat this, do not let him move once he comes into play dead position
  5. Click and see does he plays dead or not. Also, use the wordplay dead over and over so he becomes familiar with the command
  6. Practice and only give him treat once he plays dead

 

  • Trick #12- Teach your dog to ignore or leave something

Your dog might be too active and fond of paying attention to everything. Sometimes you want your dog to leave or ignore a thing. Do make him learn this, follow the steps mentioned below.

  1. Put a treat in front of him and click
  2. When he comes to get the treat, say the command ‘leave it’ and put your hand over the treatment to stop him to get it
  3. Wait and do not move your hand until he stops.
  4. When he stops, let him have the treat
  5. He will know that he will get a reward on not trying to get a thing
  6. Repeat until you do not have to put your hand over the treat
  7. Test him often by putting an object and saying the command “leave it:
  8. Once he learns to ignore, treat him well.

 

  • Trick #13- Teach your dog to bark on command

Sometimes you need your buddy to bark on someone or something. It could be for fun or   for your safety. In any case, to make him bark on command, follow the steps mentioned down below.

  1. Hold a treat in your hand and do not make him have it
  2. Use a clicker and say the command bark
  3. Wait until he barks
  4. Give him treat on barking
  5. Repeat and keep saying the command “bark” so he gets familiar with it
  6. Once he learns, give him a good treat
  7. Test this command often

 

  • Trick #14- Teach your dog to sit pretty

One of the very cool dog tricks is to make your buddy sit in a pretty style. If you want your pal to learn this trick, follow the steps mentioned below

  1. Click and hold a treat in your hand
  2. Make your dog sit
  3. Say the command “sit pretty” and hold the treat a little higher
  4. Once your dog gets a little higher, give him the treat
  5. Repeat it so your dog becomes familiar with the command “sit pretty”
  6. Wait until your dog lifts his front feet off the ground
  7. Only give him treat once he lifts his front feet
  8. Repeat until he sits pretty without a treat

 

  • Trick #15- Teach your dog to look at your eyes

It would be pretty cool if your dog can look in your eyes. His eyes will warm your heart. It will give you and your dog a moment of stronger connection through eye contact. So make your dog learn this trick, follow the mentioned steps

  1. Choose a place with no distractions
  2. Click and hold a treat in your hand
  3. Do not make him eat the treat until he looks at you
  4. Once he looks at you, give him the treat
  5. Repeat these steps
  6. Now practice this in a place with distractions to see how much he has learned
  7. Hold the treat in your hands until he makes eye contact for a longer time
  8. Repeat until he learns to do without a treat

 

  • Trick #16- Teach your dog how to wait

To make your dog wait is a helpful command. Your dog should know this one. With wait command, release command goes hand in hand. To make him learn how to wait, follow the mentioned down below

  1. Make your dog sit
  2. Click and hold a treat in your hand
  3. Show the treat to your dog and do not let him take it.
  4. Pull your hand way when your dog tries to get it
  5. Repeat until he stops trying to get the treat when you show him
  6. Once he stops, give him the treat
  7. Now practice with using the word command “wait” to make him familiar
  8. Increase the distance and put the treat on the ground and say “wait”
  9. When he waits, then release him and let him eat the treat
  10. Repeat several times a day

 

  • Trick #17- Teach your dog to bring you things:

Your dog can be handy when you want something and are too lazy to get up to get it. Train your dog with the following steps to bring you things

  1. First, you need to make him familiar with things that you would want to bring him for you
  2. Show him your things again and toss them. It will make them excited.
  3. Now put your desired object on the ground and point towards it
  4. Click and give him the command bring (object name)
  5. Make him pick up the object
  6. Once he picks up, treat him well
  7. Now once he has learned to pick up, now you have to make him bring it to you
  8. Show him treat in your hand and he will come to you with the object
  9. Once he comes, take the object and give him treat
  10. Now do this by clicking, and saying the command “retrieve”
  11. Repeat the whole procedure over and over again
  12. Once he learns how to bring you things, practice it again

 

  • Trick #18- Teach your dog to come when called

Our dog might be in another room when you want him. You want to call him to come to you. To make him learn this dog trick, you can take help from the following steps.

  1. Choose your word command to call him like “(dog’s name) come here”
  2. Use his name more often in front of him to make him know what he is called
  3. Use a long leash and go out to practice it
  4. Move ten steps back from your dog
  5. Click and show him treat
  6. While showing the treat use your command
  7. Practice it with greater distance
  8. Gently tug the leash towards you in greater distance and say the command
  9. This way he will learn to come towards you when he hears the come command
  10. Practice this in your home while keeping your dog in another room and yourself in other

 

  • Trick #19- Teach your dog to balance treat on his nose

It is fun to see your dog balance his treat on his nose. This will entertain you and your buddy as well. At the beginning is a little tricky, but he will learn anyway. To make him balance a treat on his nose, follow the mentioned steps down below

  1. Put your fingers over your dog’s nose over and over again after short intervals
  2. He will get annoyed at first, but once you do it again, he will not bother it anymore
  3. Take your treat, click, and use the ‘leave it’ command. He will not go for the treat
  4. Make him sit
  5. Start touching the treat on the part of his nose where you want to place the treat
  6. Hold his head underneath his jaw and put the treat over the nose
  7. Once the treat his on his nose, give him the wait command
  8. After your dog has balanced the treat for a few seconds, release him
  9. Practice this over and increase the duration of wait command

 

  • Trick #20- How to teach your dog to crawl

Your dog can crawl like a baby by following a few simple steps to make him learn this dog trick.

  1. Make your dog lie down
  2. Click and give him treat by lowering your hand at ground level
  3. Move back a little and make him come towards you in a lowered position
  4. Repeat by saying the command “crawl”
  5. Practice it regularly
  6. He will start crawling. Now tell him to crawl and show your hand without the treat

He will learn it quickly. Once he crawls towards you, give him the treat

 

  • Trick #21- Teach your dog go to bed 

You might have bought his special bed, but he does not sleep in it. You can make him go to bed easily by following simple steps as mentioned below.

  1. Make your dog familiar with his bed
  2. Click and treat him while moving your hand towards the bed. He will eat the treat on his bed
  3. Use the word command “Go to bed” while doing so
  4. Keep pointing him towards the bed and treat him when he reaches his bed
  5. Do it without the treat. Command him by pointing towards the bed and saying the command go to bed
  6. Once he has learned where you are pointing, test him by just saying the command go to bed
  7. If he obeys, offer him his treat
  8. Put him in another room, far from his bed
  9. Give the command “go to bed” and see if he comes
  10. Treat him when he comes from another room

 

  • Trick #22- Teach your dog to give you a hi-five 

Giving your dog a hi-five is cool enough to make him learn this dog trick. It is simple and easy to do by following the steps mentioned down below

  1. Make your dog sit
  2. Click and show him treat and hold his paw over slightly while giving him the treat
  3. Keep repeating the process and increase the height of lifting his paw while giving him treat
  4. Lure him with a treat and see if he holds up his paw
  5. If yes, then treat him
  6. Now reach out to him and hold his paw for a few seconds when he holds it up
  7. After holding for a few seconds, let him have the treat
  8. Now put your hand in a high-five position and let him reach out to your hand
  9. Continue the practice and treat him once he obeys you

 

  • Trick #23- Teach your dog to hold an object

Sometimes it is handy to use your dog to carry things. You can easily make your dog hold an object by following simple steps.

  1. Choose a safe practicing object
  2. Hold the object near your dog
  3. Click and treat on every action he does towards the object, like sniffing
  4. Now, do not give them treat until they touch the object with their teeth
  5. Encourage them when they do so. Now keep doing it again and again with the command “hold it.”
  6. Now, let them hold the object for a few seconds in their mouth
  7. Click and treat
  8. Increase the duration for them to hold
  9. Repeat and you are good to go!

The above mentioned 23 dog tricks are easy and fun to train your dog. Dogs are fast learners, and they will learn in no time. They will be working hard on learning these tricks. Make sure you love and pamper your buddy right enough!

Happy woofing and happy training.

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Using reinforcement while training a dog is the best way to get your dog to obey you and carry out commands, but the reinforcement has to be positive!

Positive reinforcement training is very crucial in training animals, very crucial in such a way that it is regarded as the best way of training animals and it is applicable to even wild animals.

Proponents of positive reinforcement swear by the effectiveness of their techniques, and it is true that the vast majority of dogs respond well to these training methods.

How does it work?

Positive reinforcement is simply rewarding your dog with food, praise, toys or attention right after it performs the intended behavior (eg sitting).

When teaching a new behaviour, food is often used because it is quick and effective.

By doing so, you are increasing the likelihood of the behavior occurring again.
It works, is easy to use and does lesser harm than the alternative training; by punishment.

As mentioned, food is positively reinforcing and therefore is a valuable training tool.

To properly use food, you must establish the behavior to the point that the dog understands what behavior it must perform on its own in order to earn reinforcement, and then, you must quickly begin weaning away the food as discussed above.

Because food is so successful in getting behavior, many dog owners become too dependent on it and do not reduce and eliminate it soon enough.

Thus, dogs can learn to only respond when food is present.

Rewarding your dog for good behavior sounds pretty simple, and it is! However, to practice the technique effectively,
you need to follow some basic guidelines:

  • Timing

Correct timing is essential when using positive reinforcement. The reward should be given immediately after an action; within seconds or your pet may not associate it with the proper action.

For example, if you have your dog sit but reward him after he’s stood back up, he’ll think he’s being rewarded for standing up.

Using a clicker to mark the correct behavior can improve your timing and also help your dog understand the connection between the correct behavior and the treat.

  • Keep it short

Dogs don’t understand sentences. Keep commands short and uncomplicated. The most commonly used dog commands are “sit”, “stay”, “down”, “come”, “heel” and “leave it”

  • Consistency is key

Everyone in the family should use the same commands; otherwise, your dog may be confused. It might help to post a list of commands where everyone can become familiar with them.

Consistency also means always rewarding the desired behavior and never rewarding undesired behavior.

Reward

One reason that positive reinforcement training is so effective is that it uses rewards to teach the dog what is expected of it.

When the dog performs the desired behavior, he is provided with a reward, most often in the form of a food treat, but it could be a scratch behind the ears, a rub under the chin or a pat on the head as well, or toys.

The important thing is that the dog is rewarded consistently for doing the right thing.

When understanding what makes reward training so effective, some knowledge of the history of humans and dogs is very helpful.

The earliest dogs were probably wolf pups that were tamed and used by early humans for protection from predators, like alarm systems and later for guarding and herding livestock.

It is possible that the wolf pups that made the best companions were the most easily trained, or it is possible that these early dogs were orphaned or abandoned wolf pups.

Hierarchy, The Pack Leader

Wolf packs, like packs of wild dogs, operate on a strict pack hierarchy. Since wolf and dog pack hunt as a group, this type of hierarchy, and the cooperation it brings, is essential to the survival of the species.

Pack Rules :

  • Every dog in the pack knows his or her place in the pack, and except in the event of death or injury, the hierarchy, once established, rarely changes.
  • Every dog, therefore, is hard-wired by nature to look to the pack leader for guidance.
  • The basis of all good dog training, including reward-based training, is for the handler to set him or herself up as the pack leader.
  • The pack leader is more than just the dominant dog or the one who tells all the subordinates what to do.
  •  The pack leader provides leadership and protection, and his or her leadership is vital to the success and survival of the pack.
  • It is important for the dog to see itself as part of a pack, to recognize the human as the pack leader, and to respect his or her authority.

A dog with a more submissive personality will generally be easier to train using positive reinforcement since he or she will not want to challenge the handler for leadership.

Clicker

When clicker training is combined with positive reinforcement, you get the best dog training section.

Clicker training is all about reward and association – the clicker is designed to signal to your dog that he or she has done something good or to signal response from your dog. This kind of training is often much more rewarding than traditional dog training methods.
Click here for more information about Clicker Training 

How do you train your best friend?

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Owned a new dog?
Looking for ways to be your dog’s new best friend?
Here You are at the right place.


You can shortly come across all the ways you can be your dog’s best friend.

But first, let’s just talk about what it means to be your dog’s best friend!
You can simply call it things you should keep in mind before trying any of the techniques and giving in your full capacity to be the best friend of your newly owned dog.

A dog is the most loyal friend you can have; he can guard you against any dangers and will be at your side at all times.

But all of this will not happen from the first day. Dog by nature is a fierce animal and is capable of harming if not dealt with nicely.

So always be careful not to threaten your newly owned dog. Instead, give him some space to feel free and safe and just take good care of him and slowly the two of will start getting attached and along a little more time you will be your dog’s best friend.

So the point is, start slow and steady and don’t rush.

Pug sleeping with owner in bed

The friendship with a dog means that you can be hundred and one percent sure that you have a loyal friend and who will not deceive you in any situation and you will find him by your side at all times, no matter what happens.

That much loyalty, From “an animal” is difficult to be expected from a human being.

Techniques you can use to be your dog’s best friend:

 

Step 1: Pay Close Attention to your dog

  • The first step is to stay attentive to your dog.
  • Observe his different acts and try to understand his moods and feelings.
  • Make an extra effort and read his body language. A dog’s body language will give you the most of what you need to know at times. What does your dog want? This is a very important question, and the answer to this can only be found through your dog’s body language.
  • Respect your dog and don’t be really harsh on him. Your dog will still stay loyal to you, but he would never be your best friend. If you really want him to be your best friend then respect him and let him take what he needs.

best friend dog

Step 2 : Give your best friend some space

It is very necessary that you give your dog some space.
No one likes it when someone is on their heads all the time.

Everyone wants some time all to themselves including dogs.

  • Allow him to spend be on his own at times,
  • Make him feel free and safe
  • Don’t make very deep eye contact. Making lengthy eye contacts with your dog would make him feel threatened.
  • Maintain a safe distance.
  • Be close at times and at others let him alone.
your dog best friend

Step 3: Keep your dog happy and healthy

You should always make efforts to ensure your dog a healthy and happy life :

  • Taking good care of his needs including food is really very important.
  • Take him to the vet to get beneficial advice about his health.
  • Supply him with a clean space to live and clean and healthy food to eat. This will make the dog feel good for you, and you will notice that the dog will start taking care of you in return. Dogs are really good at understanding people, and they do a great job at it.
  • You should try your best to understand your pup’s needs and try to fulfill them.
  • Giving your dog a bath and keeping him clean is also a very important need and this will make the two of you closer to each other.

Keep your best friend happy and healthy french bulldog and cookies

Step 4 : Train your best friend

  • It is suggested that you join a short training course and do the training of your dog.
  • Get him to exercise, as exercise is a basic need of every dog. It will make him stay healthy and happy.
  • Also, take him with you for a walk every day.
  • Taking out time to play with your dog from your busy schedules is very much needed.
  • Playing and spending time with your dog will contribute greatly and remarkably in making him your best friend.
  • Also, pet your dog at times.
  • Learn here the places where your Dog loves to be touched and caressed.
  • Pet them on the back, it will give them the feeling of security and friendship and they will start enjoying your company and will always look forward to you.
dog training puppy training

Once you become the best friend of your dog, you will start loving and enjoying your life. They will turn out to be better at being a friend then you could ever imagine them to be.

Be your dog’s best friend.

That’s the best suggestion you could ever get.

The amount of satisfaction it will bring in your life can’t be counted in numbers neither could be described in words.

It’s just a feeling that you will only understand when you are in the situation.
And being the best friend of your dog is really not that difficult.

Just Remember to :

  1. take good care of him,
  2. take care of his food and his health,
  3. play with him, and
  4. spend time with him.
  5. Understand his body language
  6. Learn here the secrets to communicate with your dog

 

In Conclusion, Seems really easy, right?

Well, it is quite easy, and you could only know that when you give it a try.

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Teach your best friend this training commands for dogs and discover the easy way to train him.

There are two types of training commands:

  1. Basic
  2. Advanced

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If you want to start training your dog then the following commands will help you.

First, we will help you to teach with ease to train your dog both types of commands, which are necessary and essential to know for all kind of dogs.

All these training commands for dogs are very important to live with your pet like a family and in a harmonious way.

 

1st “sit.”

This first command is very easy useful and basic for all kind of dogs. By using treats you can try to teach this command.

First, you have to choose its favorite food or treat. By using it you have to start from your hand moving up, and when you are going to down your hand, then you have to say sit. After this kind of training regularly, your dog will respond to your commands and start sitting by listening to your voice once.

2nd “lay down.”

This one is a quite difficult command to teach any kind of dog. It’s very challenging for any owner because dogs didn’t like this position, either you can try this by using food you can hold, or the favorite toy, near it to his nose that he can smell properly then you have to put your hand down by saying down or lay down; this command will help the dog to learn to be relaxed and patient .

3rd “stay.” 

It is necessary that you can only teach this command after the 1st one. You can start this command by sitting your dog in front of his favorite meal. You have to say stay that time when your dog starts coming towards the meal this command will help you to train your dog to know about when you want him not to move anywhere, it is basically for self-controlling.

4th “come.” 

This command is also very basic and simple; this is a life-saving command for any dog. Such as when your dog is in trouble or in any kind of dangerous situations like crossing traffic running roads. You can teach this by holding the leash of your dog in your hand and make some distance between both of you and call your dog come keep doing this. It will help you to teach him what you want to say.

5th “leave it.”

This command will help your dog to stay safe, you have to reduce his curiosity and teach him that you can found something else better than this one when he is going towards something decorous. In this command, you have to use two different types of food by showing him first one you have to say leave it then you have to show him the second one, let him allow to lick repeat this unless dog did not respond to this command.

6th “name.”

This command will help you to teach his name. Try saying his name when he looks to you keep doing this after this your dog will start to respond by his name

7th “wait.” 

This command helps your dog to stop and not to move anywhere unless you want. You can teach this command same as come and stay command which is earlier I have explained.

8th “okay or release.”

After teaching him to wait for a command, you have to try okay when your dog is moving towards his meal hold his leash tight and say wait, and when he follows this release him slowly by saying okay keep repeating this it will help to teach your dog when he has allowed doing something from your site.

9th “take it.”

This is a simple command to teach, have fun with this video. 

10th “bring it.”

Teaching command bring it is difficult as compared to take it both commands for dogs are used for the same purpose;

The difference is that take it is for basic learner and bring it command is for the advanced one,
you can try throwing a ball or something else and keep saying “bring it” to your dog until he responds to you.

11th “bark.”

It is very annoying when a dog continuously barks anywhere and to everything.

Teach your dog in which situation he has to bark or to stop barking is very useful and necessary.

Watch the video above to learn the easy “how to” technique.

In conclusion, the main idea is to help many people to train their dogs on their own by using these methods.

Of course, you can easily train your dog as you want to do.

Important is having fun with your best friend.

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Nose work is important for dogs because you can stimulate the brain of your dog,
and also because it can make your furry friend get more tired than running.

Dogs are rather humble and playful animals. But some dogs tend to have an aggressive and unleashing personality around other dogs or humans.

I am sure dog owners must have had this issue once or more in their life.
And have realized how much nose work is important for dogs!
which have compelled them to find ways to calm their dogs and safe to be around other dogs and humans.

Nothing work for your dog? and you still on the look for calming down practices for your dogs!
Nose training is one of the tools that can work well for your friend.

Nose work gives dogs who are full of energy and smart, a purpose and something to execute their energy on.

All dogs have energy that needs to play out and some dogs are smarter and more full of energy compared to others.
Nose work training and games, with other different types of tools to work with, can change the attitude of a dog around humans and other dogs over time.

What is K9 Nose Work?

Nose work helps dogs to calm down, and allows dogs to use their natural ability to detect a scene and then hunt the source! which puts smart dogs to work and give them a sense of purpose.

When a dog is trained, he can find one of three scents from anywhere you can possibly have hidden it.

When the dog competes at the end of the training; he has to detect scents in four elements exterior, interior, vehicles, and containers.

Nose work is important for dogs, However, it is not necessarily taught dogs to obey their owners or at their workplace.
Dogs are not at all always taught nose work for professional scent detection work.

This sport has made life’s of dog owners easy and was found by NACSW (National Association of Canine Scent Work).

Their main goal is “to make the activity and sport of K9 Nose Work safe, fun and fair for virtually every dog and dog lover.”
They conduct Odor Recognition Tests and K9 Nose work Trials, authorize activities, and train certified instructors. The founders are enthusiastic about building a community of avid god lovers and people who love dog sports competitions. 

Here a video about how to get started with the 4 pipes system.

Why Nose work training is the best thing?

Searching activities and sports using the sense of smell, are designed in a way in which your dog can still play if your dog can’t run and jump like a puppy, or it’s raining outside!

This is a fantastic thing for older dogs, with less physical activities.

Your dog can wait in the car where he is the happiest and the calmest;
can only be brought when it’s time for him to hunt the scent.

Everyone knows how important it is for dogs who tend to unleash, to take nose work activities and tasks as their play.

How to start Training?

The first step to start with is finding an instructor for your dog.

A Certified Instructor, CNWI, can definitely get the job done better than any other person. An instructor who has all knowledge about nose work sport for dogs; and who understand the details and participate in activities.

Or you can opt for online classes as well.

There are 3 important things you need to consider when looking for an instructor:

  • Interview instructors before hiring them to work with your dogs and know about  their styles and teachings
  • Try to find a teacher that will actively host and take part in nose work events and trials
  •  
  • It’s important for dogs to visit outdoor and outdoor environment and even at places like Home Depot.
    So, look for instructors who don’t just stick to one location.

Tips to get started with nose work classes

The first month is about initial task days, where your dog will be given food in different boxes, which shapes like a shoebox.

The price of the training needs to be discussed beforehand with the instructor of your dog;
as duration may levitate the final training bill.

You can also bring treats for after the training, which will get your dog excited every time.
It can be anything delicious like meatballs or hotdogs or anything your dog loves.
Your dog will be trained to research and distinguish 3 different odors, Birch, Anise, and Clove.

Birch is the odor that is start off with, this odor is the begin of the NW1 level.

Your dog will start recognizing the treat and will know that the odor will get them the treat. Practice over practice will make your dog a perfectionist, your dog will move ahead of containers and boxes.

It shouldn’t be forgotten that containers are the initial step to all nose work sports. Your dogs will go through tasks that will determine whether the dog can find the odor in 1 container.

1 Out of 20 and this drill is called ORT, Odor Recognition Test.

Nose work is important for dogs but the question arises;

Are you ready to all the hard work to get your beloved dog trained?
Let me know below in the comments.

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How To live with the smartest dogs in the world?
Border collies are not the easiest dog breed to have at home , but once you have one, you will always want these amazing sheepdogs as a companion in your life.

Dogs as pets

Dogs are the most loyal and sweet animals to have around, and it takes as much responsibility to love and care for them.

Having a sheepdog at your home is no less than having a new family member in the house.

A dog requires an equal amount of love and affection as you do from it. Dogs are the most loving creatures, and they deserve all the love.

A dog’s mental, physical and social well-being needs to be looked always, at any time, not just to cure your dog’s illness when he is already sick.

Attention Seekers

border collies blue merle

This is Buddy, My Best friend.

A dog needs attention and love other than food and basic necessities, like a walk, toys to play with, and for their owner to adore and love them, for them to not fall in stress and anxiety.

According to Federation Cynologique Internationale, there are more than 300 dog breeds.

If you are a dog owner, you should be able to differentiate between your pet’s breed and requirements.

You are one lucky dog owner if you have a border collie because these sheepdogs are the smartest dogs in the world.
You are definitely in for a fun time.

What are border collies like?

Every breed of dog has specific traits and characteristics, to successfully determine the care your dog requires, you should go over all of it once.

In general border collies are:

  • medium-sized dog,
  • longer body than tall,
  • the neck is of proportional length to the body,
  • semi-pricked ears and some have fully erected,
  • Brown or blue eyes, and occasionally different eye colors in the same dog (normally in the Merle border collie)
  • long double coat
  • most common coat color is black and white, but they’re a lot of variations, like liver and white, tricolor,blue-red-sable merle etc..

The Smartest Dog in the World

A Border Collie is the smartest dog in the world amongst all dog breeds;
Occupying the first position in Stanley Coren’s ranking, a psychology professor.
Because they are such intelligent dogs, they can be the most obedient dogs during their learning process, with a longer attention span, agile and restless.

border collies smartest dog in the world

Some interesting traits of Border Collies

  • These dogs are attentive,
  • responsive,
  • vigilant,
  • affectionate,
  • and social with other dogs and humans.
  • They are also very curious little dogs,
  • and not to forget, they are herding dogs. And that is why, this breed requires a lot of exercises,
  • you need to give him large spaces to run and play and explore around.

Rewards for owners

border collies smartest dog in the world

If you give Border Collies care and affection, they will reward you with their utmost loyalty, and once they will start seeing you as their own pack leader, you will have a happy life with them.

They will create a very strong bond with you and will accompany you bravely in all your endeavors.

Training a border collie

It is very easy to train a border collie, as they are highly intelligent dogs. They normally learn new commands in lesser repetitions. Their obedience and willingness, combined with their intelligence make them the most fun and fast trainable dogs.

The Downfall With Bordercollies

However, there is a downfall to their high level of intelligence as well :

Border collies have higher chances to easily getting bored with training sessions.

Train your sheepdog with Positive reinforcement;
which is the basic pillar of dog training, should be used, but advanced activities should be used as well that your dogs enjoy, for example going through :

  • agility circuits,
  • rounding up cattles,
  • playing with other pets,
  • searching for lost objects,
  • Learning new tricks,
  • obedience,
  • tracking,
  • flyball
  • Sheepdog trials
  • Disc dog,
  • Dog Dancing and much more.


To optimize the learning process and cut out boredom, a wide range of activities are required to train a border collie.
Some attempts will be required to motivate your dog.

How to socialize a Border Collie puppy

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Border collies are highly sociable dogs with people and animals, both.

A part of caring for, and of having a happy life with a Border Collie, is to keep them from becoming shy and reserved in adulthood. 

These sheepdogs need to be socialized at an early age to have a calm and stable temperament.
By socializing, it means to make your border collies interact with other animals and humans, which will make the adult Border Collie a confident and friendly adult dog.

Or if you adopt a border collie as an adult, they can still be socialized. However, this will take more time, and more money as this may require professional intervention. 

Caring for a border collie also requires giving them a loving family atmosphere where they live.

So You cannot leave these sheepdogs alone for hours on end, as this will affect their mental health.

This breed of dogs loves playing, especially with children. If you know my best friend “Buddy ” then you know what I’m talking about.

So, to care for border collies, give them time, affection and remember that they need a cozy environment, like a big family to develop in, as they were breed to be as herding dogs, they need sheltering packs to thrive.

Caring for a border collie’s health

Like any other dog, this breed will need vaccination appointments and regular check-ups from vets. This breed normally enjoys good health; but sometimes can sometimes have the tendency to suffer from hip dysplasia, epilepsy, eyes diseases, and neurological disorders.

Therefore, a Border collie requires constant check-ups with the vet, so these diseases can be spotted in time and can be prevented.

Border collies also require :

  • an hour and a half of exercise, which include walks and activities, and
  • 3-4 Times a Week Brushing the coat,
  • Teeth should be brushed regularly,
  • Check ears for signs of infections

If you have the chance, let your Border collie train to herd actual sheep, this will help him release most of his energy.

Here below an amazing documentary about border collies.

In conclusion, You may have though border collies are just pets that you can easily take care for;
Border Collies are generally a healthy breed with an average life span of 12-15, after reading all these tips to care for a border collie, do you think you can do it?

Let me know in the comment below, and if you own a border collie, please, tell me more about your love story with your sheepdog best friend.

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The Belgian shepherds “Malinois” were initially bred to be herding dogs. Now, they are used as police dogs, protection dogs, and family companions as well. Belgian shepherd Malinois can be an intelligent, intense and very athletic companion.

Belgian shepherd, also known as Malinois, also looks like a German shepherd in appearance. Malinois are one of the 4 types of Belgian shepherd dogs, and they have been recognized as a separate breed in the US, since 1959.

  1. Groenendael,
  2. Laekenois,
  3. Tervuren, 
  4. Malinois.

 

Tremendous Stamina

Belgian shepherd breed dogs really enjoy working as they have tremendous stamina. Their intelligence and activeness help them in winning at many tasks.

For their ability to work fast and with intelligence, they are also kept as police dogs, for search and rescue tasks.

Malinois are sensitive at the same time, that won’t respond in hard training sessions. While some of them can be friendly around humans, some tend to be shy and reserved with strangers. 

Care and Attention

  • Malinois needs full-time care and attention, people who cannot give the time and care a malinois needs, they shouldn’t keep a Belgian shepherd, just as a house dog. 
  • Malinois are much more than a house dog. They need to interact with other dogs, animals, and humans at an early age, so they don’t develop an aggressive temperament growing up. 
  • Malinois are quick learners obedient to their owner.
  • They are eager to do whatever their owners ask them to. Anything a Belgian shepherd is asked to do, they take it as a play and enjoy doing it. 
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Relation with Children

Although Malinois are very good with children, they may tend to nip at their heels, and they try to herd them while playing. Normally, Belgian shepherds are good enough dogs to be kept at home and raised with children, if bred properly.

The personality of a Belgian shepherd

  • Malinois are confident dogs, and they will consider it their duty to protect their owners at any time, any situation.
  • They are affectionate to their family members. 
  • A malinois watchdog ability is the best feature; they will protect and fight for his people and property with only as much strength as required. 
  • A Belgian shepherd should never be brought up as shy and reserved, as this can rise temperament issues in your dog. 
  • Along with other factors like herding and training. 
  • Malinois puppies who have nice temperaments will be responsive to other human, playful and will want to be held as well, like curious little creatures.
  • A Malinois will inherit its temperament from its parents, especially their mothers if they are around. 
  • Always check the parents before adopting a Belgian shepherd, for temperament issues.
  • Taking Malinois to busy parks, inviting visitors over every day in order for them to meet and socialize, and often to stores that allow dogs, can help Belgian shepherds develop a playful personality. These aspects will give you the whole insight of a complete malinois guide.
  • Take your Belgian Shepherds out and introduce them to your neighbors; it will surely help them grow. 

The health of Belgian shepherds

Belgian shepherds are normally healthy dogs, but like any other breed, they will be prone to some health conditions. Not all Malinois will necessarily get all or any of this disease, but if you have a Belgian shepherd, you will need to look out for them.
Before adopting a Malinois puppy, make sure to check its parent’s health clearance.

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Consult a Good Breeder

A good breeder can get that job done for you. Health clearance will make sure the dog has been tested for and cleared for a certain disease.

Belgian shepherds will need to check for hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, elbow dysplasia, and certifying that the eyes are normal. For a complete walkthrough a Malinois guide, you need to understand every step.

Sensitivity to Anesthesia

Malinois are also very sensitive to anesthesia. There is a higher chance of death for Belgian shepherds if they are put under anesthesia, because of their muscle to fat ratio. Make sure your vet knows of these details before putting your Belgian shepherd under surgery or teeth cleaning.

Care for Belgian shepherds

Belgian shepherds normally do well in spacious homes, where they can run around, play, and exercise. But they can do well in small apartments as well if they receive enough exercise.

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Preferable Climate

A cool climate will be preferable for a Belgian shepherd, but they can also adapt well in warm environments. They love being a part of the family and love staying outdoors for most of the time; these conditions bring the best of them. 

Exercise

Provide your Belgian shepherds with off the leash exercise in a fenced area, including long walks and jogging.

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Malinois require about 20 minutes of exercise 2-3 times a day, and play walks will never satisfy their energy.

The Belgian shepherd will be your best companion if you love to hike or job. Take your malinois along. It doesn’t really matter what you make a Belgian shepherd do unless he’s busy and working, he’s a happy dog. Starting from little walks and distances, you can increase the distance of walks and nature of activities as you Belgian shepherd grows up.
These slow building activities will protect your Belgian shepherd’s joints and bones. 

Malinois needs to be calm and consistent with during training, as anger and force can make them aggressive.

We have listed down all tips to adapt and deal with a Belgian shepherd, we have walked you through a complete malinois guide, and do you think you can handle a Belgian shepherd to yourself?

Reading Time: 4 minutesOne of the fascinating aspects of the Police force is trained dogs and their handlers known as K9 Dog Units.

The use of dogs for hunting is dated back to Roman times, and they were inducted in law enforcement over a hundred years ago.

The bloodhounds helped in search of Jack and the Ripper in 1888;
soon after that the dogs were properly trained for the police by the Europeans.

K9 Dog Units are the main asset of police force across the United States, but the question is

where do they come from or how they are trained?

In this article, we will answer these questions and have a look inside how these K9 Dog Units are trained and maintained.

How does any dog become a Police Dog?

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K9 dogs are carefully selected by one of two ways:

  1. One option is that a green dog is purchased having age between 7 to 14 months with basic training based on obedience.
  2. This green dog is sent on a training period of 4 to 12 weeks.
  3. The second way is to buy a fully trained dog which is trained by the officer assigned for this purpose. The selection process depends upon the purpose for which the dog is used for or how much funding is available to be invested by the Police Department.

These K9 units extremely demanded by the officers and they work hard to get one, and for this purpose, they also obtain dog training.

But to build a relationship and trust between the K9 unit and his handler is one of the most challenging steps in this process.

Before assigning them specific duties of:

  1. bomb detection,
  2. patrol
  3. narcotic

The officer and dog both are certified by an independent organization.

What does Police Dog training entail?

K9 dog units are trained for single or dual purpose service:

  • Single purpose dogs are used for personal protection, backups or tracking.
  • The dual purpose dogs are more popular and adequately trained to do everything as compared to single-purpose dogs with the ability to detect narcotics or explosives.

The main reason the police dogs are trained for a single purpose is that they are unable to communicate with the officer through words.

The police protocol for explosives is entirely different as compared to narcotics.

Why police dogs are trained with German commands?

Due to the fact, the service dogs are trained in German, mostly so it will be easier for owners to have more control over them.

Well trained dogs can respond to every one command irrespective of their owner;
But the German language is used for extra precaution.

How does the K9 Dog unit identify a Threat?

Dogs usually follow a “drunk uncle scenario,” and they follow the body language of their handlers to make a judgment call.

If the officer is tensed or backing up the dog will read the body language of the handler and react more aggressively either by command or by judging the scene.  But if the handler is relaxed and walking towards prospect, the dog will be relaxed.

Are K9 Dogs aggressive all the time or loving too?

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K9 dogs can be both loving and aggressive depending upon the situation.

Most people have a wrong perception regarding their all-time aggression as protectors and this cannot be kept as pets.

But in fact, they can be loving too they tend to remain alert as they are trained for this particular reason;
In other words, Protection.

How to become a successful dog trainer?

The successful K9 dog units depend upon the skills of their trainers.

They made them ignore the smell of dog food, birch trees, and tennis balls and catch drugs like heroin.

The training of dogs starts when they are at the age of 8-10 months.
The training of K9 dogs to detect is a big deal which can go up to six months.

Certain breeds for K9 unit’s training

The two races are selected for K9 dog units’ training that can be served for military purpose or protection works.

The two main breeds that are selected for K9 Dog training are:

  1. Belgian Shepherd Malinois
  2. German Shepherd

The sub-type of German shepherd includes giant schnauzers, Labrador retrievers that are common for police jobs.

The reason they are preferred for training because they have specific traits that come in their bloodline.

Other than these particular traits they need to be smart and more social because they have to interact with all sorts of persons.

Is gender important factor during their selection?

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A selection of dogs for K9 dog units based upon their gender is a highly debated topic.

In reality, the reaction of both male and female dog remained extraordinary in their service;

But every dog has its personality.

  • In fact, male dogs are more aggressive because they are always “on.”
  • On the other hand, female dogs can become stubborn once they made up their minds not to comply.

Do K9 Dog Units respond to Siren?

The siren and lights training is not included in dog training. But, they are smart enough to respond to siren and lights as almost every dog goes excited when the lights and siren go off.

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A dog user manual is difficult to find in the library, this is the reason why in this Article I have collected 10 “Must Know” Things before getting a dog.

It’s difficult to be a user manual person. Some people have this habit of reading and going through all of the instructions before they buy any product. They look up information to take care of the product and how well they can maintain it so that it lasts for long.

Unfortunately, with dogs no user manual comes up, well that is because they need to be taken care of individually. One can only develop their own dog user manual after they start taking care of their dog. But there are some general things that you can have in your mind that can help you before getting a dog.

1- Choking hazard

Just as a home is made kid proof, before the arrival of a baby, a home should also be made dog proof before getting any dog, this is my first dog user manual tip.

Which means that hide your scrabble, small toys and every little tool that you think that your dog can choke on to and can get you and your best friend in trouble it is a major tip before you get a dog that you prevent the choking hazard from happening, instead that you worry about getting to the hospital and go ambiguous for a long time just watching your dog squeaking wondering what is actually wrong with him, when it’s a choking hazard. It’s not every day that like Ross Geller from Friends a coincidence of scrabble happens. 

2- All those hair

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The main worry of dog lovers is that they are really afraid of all that shedding of hairs. Don’t worry it’s just a season and your pet will get okay. Get some tools like combs and look for some hack online, vacuum properly. The one thing that can prevent this massive incident from happening is that you take your dog to its groomer every once in a week and get him cute and cuter again. It is one important thing from you use manual.

3- Getting the delicate things out of reach

If you love those ceramic utensils and crockery you got or you have some classic British set up in your home and are deciding to adopt a dog. Then you have to get used to an empty or at least a bit empty home or get non-delicate stuff. Because a non-trained dog can create a hell of a mess. It can hurt them in many ways and your expensive things will always be at danger.


 

4- Get some toys for your dog

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Dogs are all about toys. You can get toys on the basis of their age you can get plush toys so that your best friend can play around and snuggle with them. Plush toys are good for puppies because of one obvious reason that they are soft and puppies cannot tear them and choke on to them just yet. Then according to their age, you can get them a play bone or a tennis ball with which they can play the fetch game.

5- Know your dog’s reaction to certain foods

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The 5th dog user manual tip is that You should be always aware of your dog’s digestive system. Some dogs are not good with every food you offer them. You have to be sure of what suits them like if Natural grain free dry dog food is not what they have a knack for then you should just consult with someone and try different foods. Also, it is important that you change their foods in variety. 

6- Your dog might throw up

Just like human beings dogs also can get bloated and puke very often. Another important thing from your dog user manual is that you should get them to their vet but for emergency purposes, you should always know the home medicines that are available, should be a part of your dog’s shelf. It may come in handy later on. These are to be kept after consultation from your vet of course. 

7- Don’t just let him wander about the house

In other words, the dog should have his own place in your home so that he feels cozy and at home.
Buy some accessories as well for his place it will make him feel fancy and also can help up with his moods and the weather.
You can buy things like a small bed, or a comfy blanket for really cold weather.

8- A routine vet round is necessary 

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Don’t just make your dog go to the vet when he is extremely sick or even just sick. A maintenance checkup is very important in this dog manual because these poor guys unlike the human beings cannot rant the whole story of their sickness and what they feel. So, this point kind of makes the vet visits a month a mandatory measure.

9- Cleanliness is important

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Cleanliness is not only important with kids and other human beings but with dogs as well. Make them take a bath in a routine, don’t make them use to having dirt on their paws, have their nails cut and do them a haircut.

10- Remember! They are family

Now that you have a pet in your home, just remember that they are a part of your family and are to be loved and taken care of just like children. Their age, breed and overwhelms should not be a problem for you. Take patience and do your work.
These are really the main dog user manual tips you need, aren’t they?