Puppy Biting | How To Stop A Puppy From Biting?

By Samayo

Oct 11
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Puppy biting  is a fairly common experience in the first months of life in those who decide to adopt a puppy.

"Learning to stop your puppy from biting, requires some time, consistency, and a lot of patience."

Do you want to understand why your puppy is biting your hands, your feet, objects, and clothing?

Are you serious about learning how to stop your puppy biting?

keep reading.



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Puppy Biting - Why?


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Nipping is a painful rite of passage in puppyhood.

This form of chewing is not really a bite, but how your puppy satisfies different needs, such as :

  • cleaning his teeth, 
  • building jaw muscle, 
  • investigating objects,
  • relieving the discomfort of the dentition

  • However, you might think that it is just a bad behavior; 

    Puppy biting is typically a form of exploration or social play, and is rarely aggressive or to cause harm.

    well, encouraging puppies to explore human skin with soft and gentle nibbles during their early developmental stages is also important; 

    Doing so, the puppy can discover how delicate is our skin, and will differentiate between human and dog skin!

    "The most important part of this stage is to communicate when it is too much."

    Normally, the nipping and chewing stage ends around the completion of the second year of life; In some cases also in the first year (it depends on how much the owner will putt effort in training the puppy) 



    Bite Inhibition

    french bulldog puppy biting

    bite inhibition is when the puppy learns to moderate the strength of its bites.

    knowing how to control the strength of the bite, is essential to prevent the young dog , once adult, to bite and hurt someone, even when playing.

    "The puppy will learn also that humans and other dogs are fragile."

    In nature, it is the mother and the siblings who deal with the pup bite inhibition, but if they are not there, it is the owner's responsibility to teach the young dog how to do it.

    Having dog playmates is essential because puppies learn to regulate the strength of their bites when they play with other dogs; this is why this stage of socialization is super important.

    When dogs can learn from each other how to be gentle, they can also learn from people the same lesson.



    What To Do If Your Puppy Bites You?

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    The first thing to do if your puppy bites your hands, feet, clothes is to adopt the so-called negative punishment.

    Negative punishment, It is not about punishing the animal; rather it is a question of completely ignoring the young dog.

    If the puppy bites you, for example, when you are on the couch, say "ouch" or "ahi" ( this way he associates a voice command to this social interruption), and ignore him, if necessary, go to another room and close the door. (with some puppy works better than others)

    Any form of reaction on our part, whether talking, caressing or scolding, is, in fact, experienced by the animal as a form of interaction with him and therefore as a reward.

    Obviously, since chewing and biting are normal behaviors in the growth phase of the young dog, it is not enough only to apply the negative punishment technique, but it is also very important to make him understand what he can bite.

    Normally, The problem arises when we do not teach the pup to differentiate what he can bite and what not.

    In the market there are numerous toys of different materials that can be used for this purpose.

    Start right now teaching your puppy to bite the right things and you will have no problem in the future.

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  • Paul says:

    Amazing Blog Post!

    • Samayo says:

      Thank you very much Paul, I hope you have learned something new. If I can help or you have some questions, please let me know.

  • Oct 09
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    puppy make pee in the house

    Training a puppy is not all about to teach him to obey and learn some cool tricks, education, and socialization are the most important things to keep in mind while training a puppy

    A lot of you ask me often what is the most important thing to know about training a puppy, and my answer is always the same:

    Start training your puppy early, be Patient, be consistent, and add more Patience!

    If you spend a couple of minutes on this blog post, I'll show step by step you how to achieve a well-behaved puppy by your side in no time!




    Before We Start 


    puppy is a "family member" that you should educate and teach how to behave in certain situations.

    Things to keep in mind before we start:

    • Educating and training a puppy, regardless of race or size, will be a long process. 
    • You won't see results overnight, don't get frustrated. 
    • Remember that your puppy is a small "curious" animal that is learning everything from life. 
    • Try to enjoy the process, those moments of fun and joy with your puppy, also when he has taken your favorite shoe as a toy :)
    • Patience and consistency are essential to success while training a puppy.
    • Learn and research everything about your best friend.
    • It is very important that you know well what care and attention your puppy will need. You need to know what behaviors are "normal" and which are not. This way, you can consult your veterinarian or dog trainer in time.
    • The moment is now. Keep in mind that what you don't correct now that your dog is young, will be harder to correct when he grows up. 



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    when to start educating and training a puppy

    A frequent questions that is asked to veterinarians and dog trainers is this: "At what age should I start educating my puppy?"

    The answer is very simple: from the first moment when the new puppy or dog sets foot in the house.


    I think the problem is that many owners confuse dog education with dog training.

    Samayo


    They are NOT the same thing!! 

    Educating a puppy means, giving him rules of behavior to follow to improve coexistence with humans and other animals.

    Surely you are already thinking about going for a run with your puppy, teaching him to sit, lie down, stay, sit pretty, etc. 

    Well, do not get too excited :) 


    puppy is like a human baby; we can't start teaching him things and actions until he grows up and is aware. And when he does, we must teach him very little by little.


    Until he is four months old, he will only want to play, eat, and sleep (something totally natural). So just focus on enjoying this time a lot.

    We can start teaching and training our puppy when he is four months old circa.

    Start very slowly, without hurry, and always using positive reinforcement. It is essential to use this method to strengthens the bond between you and your best friend.

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    Training a puppy to recognize his name

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    We are faced with another very important step: training a puppy to recognize his name. 

    You should keep in mind that the time it takes for a dog to learn its name is, on average, between 5 and 10 days.

    Be patient, think that you are teaching your animal a new language.
    It is normal that the first days are more complicated.

    A good way to start training a puppy to recognize his name is by calling him when you have eye contact and always when you have a treat with you. Each time he looks at you when you call his name, reward him.

    From there, continue the exercise, and you will see that in no time, he will respond perfectly to his name every time.

    Tip:

    If he does not look at you, it has no sense to keep calling him 10000 times, Distract him, take his attention with something different for a few seconds, and start the training your puppy again.


    Remember, keep it short!


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    Start socializing your puppy

    The socialization of the puppy is an essential process in which the dog learns to interact with animals, all kinds of people, and environments.

    It is a sensitive and fundamental period so that, in adulthood, the dog has a balanced and self-confident character.

    However, how to socialize a puppy correctly? 

    If, in the first months of your puppy's life, you only have it at home, when you go out for the first time, it is normal for him to be afraid.

    It is very good that in those first months you walk with your pet through different places. 

    You dont have only to show him how to move around the city, but also that there are many types of :

    • people,
    • animals, 
    • cars,
    • bikes,
    • skateboards,
    • surfaces,
    • baby carriages and so on.

    In the beginning, your puppy can be shy but do not worry. He will take security and confidence very fast.


    Tips:

    • Socialization is a process that must be carried out gradually, avoid overexposing your puppy to stressful environments or situations that can trigger anxiety.
    • Don't force your puppy to interact with other dogs or to experience an unpleasant situation. You could provoke the appearance of fears and phobias.
    • Try to make the experiences you offer very variedly and positive.
    • Practice the bite inhibition exercise every day so that your dog learns how to use his mouth as soon as possible. 
    • Make short five-minute sessions with YouTube videos in which you can put different sounds, such as storms, firecrackers, birds, etc. That will help your puppy to get used to them and not experience fear in real situations.
    • Get your dog used to traveling by car, to use the collar and leash, even before having to go outside.



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    Prevent separation anxiety 

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    It is normal that you want to spend as many hours as possible with your puppy. It is so beautiful! 

    But the truth is that eventually, you will have to leave him alone sometimes. 

    One of the causes of anxiety and sadness for our pets is to spend a lot of time without us since they are social animals, they need company. 

    "It is defined as Separation Anxiety, the state of stress that the dog reaches when it does not have access to its owner.


    This state does not occur because the animal feels a dependence on its human, but because he is not able to manage the situation of loneliness and separation."

     

    separation anxiety signals - training a puppy:

    When the puppy is left alone at home, he feels threatened, in danger, and a state of alert is activated in him that can lead to: 


    1. Destruction of objects.
    2. Excessive barking or howling.
    3. Urinating or defecating everywhere.
    4. Excessive drooling, salivation or panting,
    5. Whining, or trembling as you prepare to leave.
    6. Continuous attempts to escape confinement, etc.

    *These behaviors will make training a puppy more complicated; this is why I highly suggest you prevent this from happening.

    Still, it is very important that our dog learn to manage his loneliness.

    To help your puppy not feel alone when there is no one at home, I recommend you limit the space occupied by your pet, so he can feel safe and secure.

    You can get it done by acquiring a pet fence, similar to those used for young children; you can easily find in pet stores or amazon.

    Make sure that the puppy has food and fresh water available, and also a crate or/and a warm bed.



         Tips:

    • For the first five months, don't leave your puppy for more than 3 hours alone.
    • Don't get overexcited when you come back home.
    • Also don't be dramatic with your puppy when it is time to go.
    • Make arriving and leaving uneventful.
    • Give your puppy the chance to go potty before leaving him alone.
    • When you leave home, make sure the puppy has had enough exercise.
    • Consider crate training.
    • Distract (with something to chew or stuffing toys like kong) the puppy during the first 30 minutes you leave (critical period); it will alleviate its frustrated feelings and reduce destructiveness.



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    How to choose the right crate - Infographic

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    Training a puppy not to bite

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    Training a puppy not to bite is not that difficult; it needs only some consistency in correcting this behavior.

    You have to think, It is totally normal for our puppy to bite us because when they are so young, they just want to explore everything and nibble on everything. 

    Also, due to the period of teething, they suffer a lot.

    And YES, curiously biting things, relieves that pain. 

    That's why it's normal for them to bite our shoes, our furniture and even bite us. But if it's normal, it doesn't mean we should allow it.

    Training a puppy that he shouldn't bite us, should be corrected from the first time he does.

    With a simple "Shhh" or "No!" It is enough,
    never use force.

    After the correction, we will give him right away a toy for puppies, and encourage him to bite the object. 

    This way, he learns that he can bite his toys and not our hands or shoes.

    Remember, Be patient :)

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    Potty training a Puppy

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    Yes, I know perfectly how annoying it is when our puppy pees and poops inside the house, EVERYWHERE...

    That's why it's important that you start training your puppy from the first day.

    This is the stage of training a puppy where patience and consistency become more important!

    Very often, you will have to go outside with him to the park, so that your puppy learns to do his needs there, away from home.

    Physically your puppy can't hold pee, and I guarantee you that it is not about obedience or disobedience. 

    So, you shouldn't get mad at him for the fact that he does his needs where he shouldn't. 



    Pro Tip: It is important that the place where he pees outside is a different surface than the rest of the house.


    When your puppy will surely make pee, after:

    1. Sleeping
    2. Playing
    3. Eating or drinking
    4. Leaving the crate
    5. Or when he smells very interested the floor
    6. When he waits at the door

    Of course, there may be many other occasions when the dog can pee inside, but after one of the events listed above, it is very likely that it is going to happen.

    I recommend you to take the puppy (2 - 5 months old ) outside at regular intervals of 2-3 hours (even for 10 minutes), or after one of the events listed above.

    Remember, be patient.



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    When to start training a puppy physically

    TRAINING A PUPPY TO RUN
    From birth to fourteen or sixteen months of life, our puppy will devote all his energy to play, know the world, and to make new experiences.

    But you should not force him to exercise to develop more muscle, that will come much later.

    Until he is four months old, you should not take long walks with him, it is more advisable to go to a park and that he plays and runs as much as he wants with other dogs.

    After four months, you can start taking walks with him, but never force him; instead, start training his brain with some basic obedience commands.

    And after 18/24 months, you can go jogging, backpacking, hiking or biking, without any problem, and remember, do these activities always on cool days.


    Train your puppy to sleep in his own bed

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    Dogs choose to sleep and rest in the place of the house where they feel most comfortable and this does not always coincide with what we have thought for them. 

    Many readers comment that they have spent a lot of money on a house or bed for the dog, and then their furry friend chooses to sleep on the floor or in the kitchen near the garbage can.

    Observe your puppy, identifies where your puppy prefers to sleep, or where he chooses to rest most often. 

    Then, you can put a towel or bed there and gradually enter the command “place.” 

    After some time, test if your puppy has properly learned the command, say "place," and reward every time the fact that your puppy actually goes to his bed.



    Train your puppy in positive

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    You may not know it, but it has been shown that it is more effective training a puppy by strengthening positive behaviors than by punishing negative ones. 

    The term "positive" means that the reinforcer is presented or added immediately after the behavior.

    Positive reinforcers are usually pleasant things for the puppy, or things for which he is willing to make some effort to get them.

    Combine clicker training in your positive reinforcement sessions.

    You can read more about clicker training and positive reinforcement in here: Clicker Training



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    Conclusion:


    Educating a dog is very hard; it requires a lot of energy and patience. 

    But believe me, at the same time, it is very rewarding since you are forging what will be a future balanced, happy, and well-behaved adult dog.

     Personally, I lived two very different puppyhoods with my dogs. 

    Every dog is a world.

    Just enjoy it.

    And share this blog post to spread the word and help other puppy owners.

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    Oct 08


    • How is the dog vision of the world?
    • Have you ever wondered how dogs see?
    • A human and a dog see the colors the same way?
    • Are dogs color blind? 
    • Is true the myth that dogs see everything in black and white?


    So many questions about the dog vision, but don't worry! in this article i will answer to all of them. 

    Let's see also in detail how a dog sees the world: 

    1. Visual field, 
    2. Proximity
    3. Distance, 
    4. Depth
    5. Dog vision at night, 
    6. Color perception.
    In Short, every dog sees the world a little less colorful than ours, but for sure not only in black and white, as many think about the dog vision.

    These are useful news to know that can help us in everyday life: for example, to play with our best friend, is it better to throw him a red or blue ball in a green lawn? 

    Dog vision - do dogs see everything in black and white?

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    NO, dog sees a less colorful world than ours, more faded, but not only made of black and white.

    In the eyes, we find two types of structures:

    1. The rods,
    2. The cones.
    1

    The Rods

    The rods are photo receptor cells in the retina of the eye that detect movement and are sensitive to low light.

    Rod Cells are responsible for the dog vision at night.


    2

    The Cones

    The cones are also photo receptor cells in the retina of the eye that give color perception and detailed vision, in bright light. (the opposite of rods)

    If dogs only had rods, they would be able to see only in black and white, but they also have cones.

    Humans have 150 cones, while dogs have only 40.

    Dog vision and the way dogs see depends on this factor.


    the visual field - Dog Vision

    Dog vision how dogs see the colors of the world

    Dogs has a greater field of vision than humans.

    For example, the German shepherd, whose eyes are positioned laterally, has a very wide field of vision. 

    Instead, the pug or the boxer has a more limited field of vision, having a short-muzzled face.

    The Dog- Human visual field comparison:

    • Dogs has a field of view of about 250 °
    • Humans has a visual field of about 180 °


    dog vision: proximity, distance, and depth

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    As predators, dogs don't see very well what is close to them. They need a distance of at least 50 cm from their eyes to focus well something or someone.

    The sight of the dog beats man over long distances, and in particular, if the object is in motion;
    It is also the result of the evolution of dogs as predators.

    So, when you want to call your dog back, move around a little bit, and it'll be easy for him to see you, even if you're far away!

    The eyes of the dogs are at an angle of 20 degrees.

    This increases the visual field, that is, the peripheral vision of the dog.

    But this excellent peripheral vision compromises the amount of binocular vision (where the visual field of each eye overlaps with that of the other, which confers perception of depth and distance)

    Therefore, dogs have a better binocular vision when they look straight forward.

    night Dog Vision

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    Each of us asked at least once in a lifetime: do dogs see in the dark?

    Dogs see better than humans at night.

    The answer is, once again, connected to the structure of their eyes.

    Dogs eyes have more rods than humans;

    These photoreceptor cells allow for greater visibility at night and therefore improve predatory night-time abilities.

    In addition, Tapetum Lucidum is present in the back of the dog's eyes, a layer of reflective cells that intensifies the light that is absorbed, to further increase the dog vision at night.

    Humans, on the other hand, because they live mainly by day, have a greater capacity than dogs in the perception of colors, also because they have more Cones.


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    How do dogs see colors?

    While humans see the whole range of colors (blue, yellow, green, red, etc.), Dogs recognize two ranges of colors, blue-violet and yellow, and can distinguish between shades of gray.

    However, they are unable to distinguish the shades ranging from green to red, yellow, orange.

    They also have difficulty distinguishing green from gray.

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    Comparing the spectrum of colors as perceived by the dog and the human, we see that the dog perceives as yellow what we see as red, orange, yellow, and green. 

    Certain shades of green and turquoise, the dog perceives them as white. The blues distinguishes them in a similar way to us, while the violet sees it gray.

    when you play with your dog, don't throw a red ball in a green park: it would be hard to see it, rather throw a blue ball.

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    In any case, the sight is not the most important sense of our best friend; the most important and developed is the sense of smell.

    Dogs possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in humans. Crazy right!

    I personally think that dogs can almost smell the colors with their nose :)



    dog vision - Are dogs color blind

    Human beings have in their eyes three kinds of cones, each with cells that are sensitive to their color: red, yellow, and blue. 

    This is known as trichromatic. On the other side, dogs have only two receptor types: blue and yellow.

    This means that the dog vision of the world is similar to what a human color-blind sees (red-green color blindness). This is called dichromatic.



    sweets can affect dogs sight - 
    Dog Vision Disease 

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    That sweets can cause problems in the sight of dogs is something that many people know.

    Read my blog post about Homemade Dog Food to learn how to feed your pet healthy recipes.

    What we should know is that the loss of sight is due to a disease that our dog can get if the intake of sugar is excessive: diabetes.

    Dogs have great difficulty in assimilating glucose, which is why this disorder can appear in their lives if they assimilate big amounts of sugar and sweet foods for longer time.

    Diabetes brings with it a series of problems in various areas of the body. One of them is the eye of the animal.


    I hope you have learned something new in this blog post, if yes please share it, this helps me a lot. Thanks.
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    Oct 06
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    dog training

    Today there are countless dog training techniques being used differently by each dog trainer.

    However, the education of a dog is based on two fundamental categories: 

    • Basic dog training technique based on learning theories, called "Operant Conditioning".
    • Dog training technique based on canine ethology.


    If you want to discover what each one of the dog training techniques consists of and how you can use it to train your dog, then in this article I will explain you how you can implement them in your next dog training sessions.

    The basic dog training technique "operant conditioning"  focuses on correcting the dog to avoid the bad behavior to be repeated, and the positive behavior is reinforced in an attempt to get it repeated.

    On the other hand,

    Canine ethology is based on the scientific study of dog behaviors in its natural environment, focusing mainly on instinctive attitudes and actions.

    Dog training technique based on canine ethology

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    Canine ethology is based on studying the dog's natural behaviors in its natural environment. 

    The fundamental idea is based on making the dog understand that its owner is the "Alpha and dominant male" or "leader of the pack" therefore it is he who commands.

    There are people who seem to have a natural affinity for it, due to some innate gift or perhaps through the tone of voice or th​​e body language they use, or even some strange ability to guess what the dog is thinking.

    In the past, people who trained pure breed work dogs, the approach of them was more physical, which implies a significant amount of correction (punishment) when they ignored the commands. 

    The punishment, although intermingled with praise, from which the positive dog training was born  (dog training based on reward).

    Poor education results in the vast majority of canine behavioral problems;

    Also Lack of socialization of the puppy, negative punishment methods such as choke collars,
    e-collars, or human aggressive behaviors in dog training sessions may lead to serious behavioral problems in your dog, especially as an adult.


    An Ethologist is an expert in dog behaviors and dog communication.

    If your dog has significant behavioral problems such as fear, aggression, or anxiety, I highly recommended you to seek advice from an ethologist.

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    In my opinion each dog is an individual who feels stimulation differently, whether mental or physical. His way of being, his age and his sex will influence his behavior during each dog training session. 

    Not all dogs respond to the same teaching methods, and the obedience techniques used, have to be different in different scenarios so that they adapt to the personality of each animal.

    Although canine ethology is popular all around the world, and since it is such a wide technique, a complete step-by-step guide cannot be found online, as is the case with traditional dog training and positive dog training.



    Dog training technique based on learning
    "operant Conditioning"

    This dog training technique is based on using teaching methods that use reinforcement or punishment .

    1

    Positive Reinforcement

    Adding something your dog likes as a consequence of a behaviour.

    2

    Negative Reinforcement

    A behaviour increases because of an aversive event or stimulus is removed or prevented from happening.

    * What is different in this method is that you don’t give something positive for the reinforcement; instead, you remove something negative. Like, remove some restrictions you have applied earlier as a reward for the behavior.

    3

    Positive Punishment

    Adding something your dog dislikes as a consequence for a behaviour.

    4

    Negative Punishment

    subtracting something your dog likes as a consequence to a behaviour.

    Each one is very different from the other, but they can be classified into two main subcategories:

    1. Traditional dog training technique.
    2. Positive dog training technique.



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    1# Traditional dog training technique

    Traditional dog training technique was used to train war dogs in the second world war, heroic war dogs came out there, and this method gained a lot of popularity.

    In this training method, punishments and negative reinforcement were the order of the day in almost every dog training sessions.

    They used pinch collars, choke collars, martingale collars, and electric collars to physically mistreat and correct the dogs until they obtained the exercise ordered by the trainer.

    These techniques were cruel and violent. The result was significant behavioral problems and collateral damage to the dog's neck.

    *I have to precise that the results are obtained (fast) with the use of this dog training technique, and this is why almost every dog owner has decided to proceed with this method.

    These extreme way to train dogs should be avoided; however, the Internet is full of written guides on this "dog training technique".

    I personally think that training a dog is not based on cruel and unusual punishment, but it is based on improving the relationship with the dog and enriching the mutual bond over the years. 

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    Once the dog understands everything you say, your orders, you will feel great satisfaction for the excellent work you have done, and for the beautiful relation you have with your dog.


    2 # Positive Dog Training technique

    Positive dog training is the most used method to educate a dog nowadays.

    This method works through positive reinforcements; the dog is rewarded when he performs the exercise that the trainer/owner wants. 

    Currently, the most popular method of positive training is clicker training.

    The dog needs to be stimulated continuously during this kind of training. Treats, toys, caresses, and verbal praises are very effective , but the trainer/owner should never punish the dog physically.


    Advantages of positive reinforcement are:


    1. Dog training sessions can take place anywhere; just grab some yummy treats and you are good to go!
    2. Successful and accurate results very fast and easy.
    3. Creation of a mutual, sweet and strong bond between the dog and the owner.
    4. It is a simple and fun way to train a dog.
    5. There is no use of physical or verbal punishment.
    6. You don't need fancy training equipments, forget all the correction collars;  you need only a clicker and a handful of treats.

    What is the best age to train a dog?

    Your new puppy is a blank canvas just waiting to be made into a masterpiece.

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    Start training your dog from the moment you bring it home.
    Puppies begin the training from birth, and professional dog breeders start the handling and the socialization immediately.

    Young puppies have a short span of attention, but you can start practicing and teaching right away simple basic obedience.

    Puppies are small sponges, and they quickly absorb lessons. Your baby dog is beginning to learn the moment he sets paw in your home, and I think that the most important lesson is teaching him that learning is fun.

    If your dog is no longer a puppy, do not worry because you can train a dog without problems at any age, only it will be a little more complex, and of course you need more patience ;) .

    Puppy Training Infographic
    Provided by – All Things Dogs

    dog training Tips for a  successful session


    • When you start a training session, it should be in a quiet environment to avoid possible distractions.
    • Begin training your dog after a play session and when he is hungry.
    • Stay the whole training session motivated, and keep all the time your dog also motivated and engaged.
    • Treats are crucial in dog training; They must be delicious, and the favourite one of your dog.
    • Give your dog orders only if he is looking at you. 
    • Dogs respond much better to short orders, accompanied by visible hand signals, avoid repeating them continuously, as this confuses the dog.
    • Talk less, dogs don't understand human language.
    • The tone of our voice is as important as the expression of our face.
    • When you punish your dog, adopt a more serious and severe tone of voice and say a clear and deep "no" , but not screaming. 
    • The word "no" is one of the most important words that a dog should learn, as it will avoid doing dangerous things, and it will clarify to your dog when he is doing something right, and when not. 
    • Giving orders at the right time and knowing when to say "no" are important things to learn.
    • Dogs looks continuously at the body language we transmit and knows exactly when we are distracted or bored during training sessions.
    • Work on just one command.
    • All dog training sessions should end on a positive note.
    • BE PATIENT, BE PATIENT, BE PATIENT.
    Finally, and to finish, dog training should be fun for you and your dog. The sessions should be short, precise and sweet.

    If you do not get the expected results or your dog's attitude worsens, go to a dog trainer, it is the best decision to take in this occasions.

    If you want to read the best methods of dog training I recommend you to take a look at the following blog posts in the dog training category.



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    Sep 30
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    Pet photography is becoming very popular nowadays.
    I Shoot every day High quality photos of my dogs buddy and selma just with my iPhone Portrait Mode.

    In this post i will share with my favorite Tips and tricks to help You improving your Pet Photography skills with your mobile.

    I use  the portrait mode of my iPhone Xs Max, but most of the creative tips i will share with you, will work with every kind of camera or mobile.

    Checkout The photos i shoot with my iPhone.


    If you are reading this blog post, and you are an animal lover, then there is a 99.9% chance that you might own a pet :) Right?

    We Share with our best friends everything, and we treat them not as animals but as family members.

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    Pet Photography is becoming so popular because of Instagram, and also because we spend so many special moments with our friends, And this is the main reason why we shoot so many photos of them, because they grow so fast, or they sleep in funny positions, or just because they are so amusing by being themselves.

    Now let's jump into the basics.



    Pet Photography Basics

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    It is easy teach your dog new behaviors if you have some yummy treats and you know how to do it, However, when it comes to teach your dog to pose for the camera, to take high quality and sharp photographs of your pet, it is not as easy as it seems.

    • Before you get started with the photography session, it is very important for you to relax, if you are stressed out then your pet might be able to sense that and the shooting will be very hard.
    • You have to feel as if you are connected with your pet, a strong connection between the owner and the pet is very important for an effective pet photography session. If your pet is distracted towards other stuff, you will not be able to have that interactive photography session.
    • To get complete attention of your pet during the pet photography session, get his attention with snack or a treat. Food motivated Pets will do anything for some Treats. This will help you to get the attention of your pet easily.
    • Learn more about Treats and how effective they are in dog training.
    • It is very important to have proper lighting, especially when you are shooting indoors. Shoot always near windows, and take advantage of the natural light.
    •  Try always to plan your shots, and remove distractive objects from the background (if you are shooting indoor) 
    • Take inspiration from instagram, there are so  many dog influencer accounts out there. 
    • proper contrast and exposure in your camera setting are essential. You can set this automatically in your native mobile camera app or manually in third-party apps (highly recommended).


    Pet Photography Pro Tips

    pet photographer shooting 2 dogs chihuahua


    Pet photography is not at all an easy task, and it requires to have a lot of patience and practice to make the most out of it. 

    Photographing certain things, places, landscapes, and humans is not a very difficult task as you can adjust the angle of the shot, the settings, and other vital factors by simply collaborating or talking to the model, but pet photography creates a completely different scenario.

    Following are some tips to instantly improve your pet photography skills:

    Go for the eyes

    The eyes are one of the most beautiful and expressive parts of animals face.


    Try to make your pet stare into the camera with the help of some treats, and wait for that perfect moment to take the shot. The eyes tell the story and bring to life the picture.

    CAPTURE THE EXPRESSION OF YOUR PET

    Like the eyes, your pet’s expression can also tell you  what he/she is feeling in that exact moment.

    Capture moments, which describes your pet’s character and how he feel or behave in specific environments.

    AVOID USING FLASH

    The flash creates a strong artificial light, which suddenly flickers when you take a photograph, so this might scare your pet and make him nervous.

    GO DOWN

    It is very difficult to get that perfect angle for your shot. The best idea is to get in level with your pet size.


    This helps you to create a perfect angle for your shot.

    Do not go all the way down but instead try to stay in level with your pet eyes.

    CONNECT

    It is essential to make your pet feel comfortable in the environment you are shooting at.


    If you start being harsh with your pet, then he might get scared and confused. 

    You need to be patient. 

    WALK LIKE A NINJA

    Move around your pet slowly, because if you move too fast, he might start also moving or following you.

    LOW APERTURE

    Use low aperture to create that sweet blurry background, if you are shooting with your iPhone, ABSOLUTELY use the portrait mode.


    How To Get Started With iPhone Portrait Mode


    The iPhone comes with one of the most amazing features and specs that you could ever ask for, but the iPhone camera is considered one of the best among all smartphones. 

    The iPhone portrait mode  comes with advanced features.

    Listed below are some of the steps that you need to follow to access the iPhone portrait mode.


    1. Your iOS version needs to be up to date so that you can access all the latest features that have been added by the company.
    2. When you are ready to take a picture, open the camera app and swipe to the right to access the iPhone portrait mode.
    3. The portrait mode has been highlighted as a yellow box so look for that, and you’re ready to take pictures

    One of the features that have been added to the iPhone portrait mode is the portrait lighting to enhance the quality of the picture and the control of the aperture manually (Very cool Feature).



    iPhone portrait mode tips to elevate your pet photography

    sweet dog shooting a selfie with an iphone


    #1 stay close to the subject

    It is compulsory for you to stay close to the subject, which you are trying to capture. 

    The iPhone Portrait mode itself recommends that you only keep a distance about 2.5 meters.

    The depth effect feature can only be activated if you are standing in a clear background, and it should be further away from the subject that you are capturing.

    For example, if your pet is standing against the wall, then the background is too close to the subject due to which there will be no blur effect in the background.


    #2 Lighting and Environment

    Good lighting is very important for using the iPhone portrait mode, so a suitable environment should be chosen to have a proper spotlight on the subject.

    pet photographer bag photo studio photography



    #3 Stay still

    Another important factor is that you need to have to stay still, and the subject that you are trying to capture should not move at all (with reflex cameras it's completely another story, because you can simply raise the shutter speed manually).

    In case of movement, the picture might be out of focus, and the portrait mode depth effect will not work.



    #4 focus

    Focus is very important, and the depth effect will only appear if you are focusing on a particular subject and not the background.

    The blur will come on the object, which you have not focused on your camera. 

    For example, if you focus on the background and not the subject, then the subject becomes a blur, and the background is focused. 

    The focus can easily be made by clicking on the part of the screen where the subject seems to be standing still.



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    iPhone Portrait Mode Lighting 

    dog photo taken with a white iphone


    iPhone portrait lighting effects are available from iPhone 8 to iPhone Xs Max and they can easily be accessed in the portrait mode. 

    The options of portrait lighting effects appear as a semi-circle wheel, you can choose between five different effects according to the environment you are in. 

    The Iphone portrait mode lighting effects are sometimes important to enhance the lighting quality of your surroundings.

    Some of the available options are listed below and are as follows:


    1. Natural light: It is the default setting, which has been automatically set for you already when you open portrait mode for standard use.
    2. Studio light: This feature helps you to brighten the face area and bring enhancement towards your facial features if the subject does not have proper lighting on his/her face. It kind acts like a spotlight on your facial features.
    3. Contour light: It is somewhat similar to studio light but what this feature does is that it provides directional light to the whole image. Directional light is a light that highlights a particular object and enhances it.
    4. Stage light: Like the studio light, which puts the subject’s facial expressions in the spotlight. The stage light puts the whole subject into the spotlight. It brightens the area where the person is standing so that he/she seems to be clear in the picture.
    5. Stage mono: This featured effect is also used to put the subject in the spotlight, but it comes with a black and white background effect.




    iPhone portrait mode depth of field control

    canon camera in dog photography

    On advanced, large cameras like DSLR, depth of field is controlled by bringing down F stops, it corresponds to a wider aperture so that you can adjust the amount of blur required in the background.

    When it comes to smartphones, like the iPhone, you can adjust the blur amount in the iPhone portrait mode by going to the ‘edit’ option (after shooting a photo) in the photos where you will see a depth slider, or using third-party apps (focos). 

    By swiping right or left, you can make adjustments accordingly, which means that you can blur the background as much as you want or as less as you like.

    This will take your pet photography to the next level if you have well composed the photo, and everything is well exposed and in focus.

    * “Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” 


    Just start by sharing this blog post on your favorite social network or with your friends. Thanks !!



    Best Pet Photography Editing Apps On Mobile

    IPHONE PORTRAIT MODE SHOOTING BLUE FLOWER


    There are times when you do not really like the picture that you have taken. Something is missing; you just wish that you could do more with this and add extra details to make it look much better. 

    That is where the iPhone editing apps come in to help you enhance your pet photography, and to make your photos look even better than before. 

    Listed below are some of my favorite apps that provide awesome editing features for your pictures :



    Recommended Free Apps

    This free of cost editing app developed by google, is very easy to use and provides almost every feature, which is useful for the perfect image enhancement. You have control over the color and exposure adjustment of the picture to make it look sharper and crispier. 

    It provides you also with different filters. 


    One of the best features is the portrait enhancement feature, which is specially designed for pictures taken with iPhone portrait mode. 

    This app comes with a built-in camera that provides you control towards its advanced features.


    This app is considered to be one of the best for adding different filters to your pictures.

    Although it is free to download from the app store, you can purchase a subscription for this app to unlock its advanced tools and more than 130+ other filters by paying $19.99 per year.

    Instagram Editor

    Before you can post a picture to your Instagram account, the Instagram editor shows up in which you can make changes and enhance your pictures before posting them.

    First, you can adjust the picture according to Instagram size with the help of your fingers. After doing that, a series of filters show up, and you can swipe to the left to see all the filters.

    Once a filter is added, you can increase or decrease the amount of filter you want to apply.

    Other features included are brightness, sharpening, saturation, vignette, contrast adjustment tools, etc.



    Recommended Paid Apps

    Lightroom (My Favorite)

    Focos (Awesome blur Control)

    Lens Distortions



    Conclusion:

    I would like to conclude with the fact that pet photography is a passion for many people in today’s world. As mentioned earlier, more and more people are adopting this hobby as a profession, and they can make good money out of it as well.

    Online platforms provide opportunities to people where they can easily sell their pet photographs to make out of them an everyday living. 

    Pet photography is also considered as a stress reliever for many people, and it can keep you busy so that you do not have time to think about unnecessary things.

    Pet photography is very helpful for you to practice and excel in your photography skills.

    You can start capturing your pets doing different activities at home and then take it outside in advanced light conditions where you can improve with your pet photography, also because your pet will be more distracted outside.

    If you love to do something, you have to be determined and passionate about it. You are always in a learning phase, no matter how good you might become at something.

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    It all depends upon your mood and your dedication that how much sincere you are towards your task. If you want to be also very good at dog training (this will help you to control better your dog during pet photography sessions outside) then,

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    Sep 07
    dog treats your dog in dog training
    dog treats your dog in dog training


    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 ]

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    • 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

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    • 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

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    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.