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How to Start a Dog Training Business on Your Own

Successful dog training business begins with as a good dog trainer.

So you have great interest in dog training and you probably already have some experience under your belt and now you are probably wondering how to start a dog training business on your own.

There is a steadily high demand for dog training services as dog owners have continuously demonstrated their desire to invest in the well being of their dogs.

Starting your own dog training business is a profitable venture that requires a low startup capital. Therefore if you have the skills for training dogs and the interest then this may be the right business for you.

To stand a chance of ever becoming successful in the business of dog training it is very vital to state that your dog training skills is one of the two most vital pillars on which your dog training business will rest; the second pillar being marketing. Even if you are a genius in marketing you will need your dog training skills to sustain the business.

The business of dog training can be a very rewarding venture in addition to the fact that you become your own boss. However to increase your chances of succeeding  in this business you have to take the time to learn all the details that help you create a successful dog training business. This article will provide you with the necessary information on how to start a dog training business on your own.

Dog training business in a general sense is nothing but just a business like any other business and the only difference is that it is a business built around dogs. The reason for this statement is to bring home a reality in the world of business: starting a business is often very challenging and a lot of businesses actually die in the very first year while a higher percentage will not go beyond the fifth year.

The statistics in the USA shows that 30% of small businesses fail in the first year while the failure rate increased to 50% by the fifth year. So if you want to be part of the 20% business owner whose survival beyond the fifth year then you should be prepare to do your home work well before starting out.

It is worth stating that just about anybody can be successful in any business including dog training business if they have the right information. Therefore a struggling business means that the business owner needs more knowledge than he presently has.

A dog training business plan

One of the foremost steps in getting started in the dog training business is to come up with a dog training business plan. A dog training business plan is an effective way of documenting your business goals and strategies for achieving them. It helps you to easily keep track of these goals by monitoring your progress and you can always update these goals as the business evolves.

A dog training business plan is the single most powerful means of selling a dog training business to a willing investor. A well detailed and convincing business plan is the first step in attracting investors into your dog training business.

The executive summary of the dog training business plan is very important because most investors may not initially be willing to go through the entire business plan but will rather go through the executive summary. If an investor finds the executive summary convincing them he will then willing to go through the key areas in the business plan.

When you are starting your dog training business you do not need to spend a lot of time trying to come up with your own business plan, you can easily lay hold of a free sample dog training business plan and alter it to suit your need.

Dog training business name, cards and forms

The next step in starting a dog training business is to come up with a dog training business name that reflects that you are into the business of dog training, so carefully decide on a business name that makes it easy for your customers to know that you are in the business of dog training.

Dog training business card.

You will also need a well designed dog training business card that will reflects your dog training business and which you should also use as part of branding yourself and your business.

A dog training business forms may also be appropriate when starting a dog training business; the business forms will take care of such things as dog training application, contract agreement, invoice, dog training report card etc.

Then you have to register the business and you will also need to obtain insurance policy for your dog training business.

When you decide that you want to start a dog training business there are two options available:

  1. You can decide to run your dog training business on your location which means that you must have adequate space and dog training equipment. This can be a lot more expensive approach to starting a dog training business and you must have adequate funds to carry through. This is not advisable for a one man dog training business.
  2. This other option is far less expensive and this is the natural route that most beginner dog trainers will opt for. In this option you are operating out of your house and just a room in your apartment or your garage can act as your office.

Confirm your skills

You don’t want to make a failure of your dog training business by jumping right into starting the business only to start seeing your inadequacies. Dog training business is a twofold responsibility for the dog trainer; on one half you provide canine training and on the other hand you will be providing training for the dog owners by teaching them how to train their dog.

This is the core responsibility of the dog trainer and you need to be double sure that you are good on the job. Often time aspiring dog trainers will look forward to established dog trainer for apprenticeship and this is the best approach to find out how you will perform on the job. Apprenticeship will give you a close to real life experience of what the job will feel like when you are out in the field.

So the reasonable thing is to make an effort to see if you can get an established dog trainer that you can learn from but if you are unable to get an established dog trainer in order to try out your dog training skills, you should at least try and have your dog training skills evaluate by a third party.

It is very easy for you to think of yourself as an excellent dog trainer and that may be true based on the results of dogs that you have trained. But as earlier stated dog training is twofold, if you lack the skill to communicate the training skills to your client then you cannot consider yourself as a good dog trainer.

The option of trying out a third party involves offering your service for free to one or two dog owners in exchange for their honest and blunt feedback, this will give you a fair idea of how your clients may perceive your training abilities. While this may be an expensive venture the result that you get from this exercise will be very helpful and it can also boost your confidence.

Because you are offering you service in exchange for valuable feedback in order to get a third party assessment, it should not be difficult to get the right dog owners to work with. Make sure you do not choose someone that is close to you and try and assess the dog owners you want to work by asking them a few question.

Go for dog lovers that have the least dog training skills and worse dog behavioral problem. And because this is meant to be a test bed for you, you don’t want to give out the farm just some fruits from the farm. This means that the training is meant to provide significant and obvious result for them but not solve the entire dog problem.

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Build a Dog House:How I Built Mine in 14 Easy Steps

Building your own dog house is an inexpensive way to create a special and customized house for man’s best friend.

In this article you do not need to worry about unraveling the plan of a dog house because it is integrated into the following simple, short and practical 14 step processes that just about anyone can follow to build his own dog house.

Before setting out to build a dog house it is essential that you have a general understanding of the most important material (in this case wood), that you will use to build the dog house.

This knowledge will help you in making the right decision when choosing wood type to build a dog house that will last some years.

When building your own dog house you can choose between 2 durable options of either wood or plastic. Both have their strengths and weaknesses:

Wood:
  • Wood is an excellent choice if you are concern (and you should be) about the insulation for your dog house from cold and heat.
  • An easier material for getting the job done if you are going to build the dog house yourself.
  • The sturdy nature of wood is perfect for a jumpy and chewing dog like yours.
  • Wood wears out over years and therefore may require some yearly maintenance such as painting.
  • Vulnerable to termite infestation.
  • Wood tends to absorb dog odors over time.
Plastic:
  • Plastic is very durable and far more light weight compared to wood.
  • Easier to clean up and does not tend to absorb the dog’s odors like wood.
  • While plastic also provide some measure of insulation, it is however not as good as wood and may therefore require additional insulating material.

The post will be working with wood. The best wood to use for outdoor furniture must be able to withstand the ravages of nature – the harshness of the sun or drenching rains – on a long term.

It is therefore essential that you have some basic understanding of different wood types so that you will be in the best position to choose the best wood type for building your dog house.

An excellent wood for outdoor furniture like a dog house must have some resistance to insect infestation and rot.

There are 2 major ways that woods tend to resist rot. Chemical compound found in some woods such as cedars, cypress, redwood offer rot resisting barriers that is offensive to agents of decomposition like bacteria and bugs.

While wood types like ash, birch, pine and spruce have little or no resistance to rot.

The other way that woods that are excellent for outdoor use prevent rot resistance is through physical barriers. Some wood types such as black locust and white oak have a structure called tyloses which fills up the pores of the wood thereby shutting moisture and decay causing agents that thrive in moisture from getting into the wood.

Wood types fall into 2 general categories: soft or hard wood. This is based on the structure and type of the wood and not its durability.

  • Soft wood – They are not weaker than hard wood but are generally less expensive than hard wood because they come from coniferous trees which grow quickly.
  • Hard wood – They come in a variety of grain patterns, texture and colors and are therefore very good in making good looking furniture, however they could be quite pricey.

Some types of soft woods are: cedar, fir, pine, spruce and redwood.

Some hard wood types: ash, birch, cherry, mahogany, maple, oak, popular, teak and walnut.

Some common wood types used in building dog house include:

  • Cedar
  • Spruce

The wood type that will be the best for building your dog house will depend on the temperament of your dog and your climate. If your dog like to chew then a sturdy wood type will certainly be an excellent choice.

In the post we will be working with cedar (however you can use any wood type of your choice) for a number of reasons:

  • Cedar is good for areas with high humidity.
  • Generally used for outdoor projects like building exteriors, decks, furniture, etc. because it is good at handling moist environment without rotting.
  • The dimensions or size of cedar is unaffected by weather, temperature or humidity conditions. This means that unlike other wood type cedar does not get warped by exposure to moisture.
  • Cedar is able to resist insect damage far better than other wood types.

Make sure that your choice of wood type for building your dog house is not treated with any chemical that may harm your dog’s health such as pressure treated pine.

The content of this article would work perfectly for a medium sized dog however you can easily scale the size to accommodate the size of your dog either bigger or smaller.

Requirements :

  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Work bench (or 2 saw horses)
  • 10’ cedar 2×4
  • Safety goggles (glasses) – make sure to use this in order to prevent wood debris from getting into your eyes.
  • Hammer
  • A bag of 16d nails
  • A bag of 8d nails
  • 4’x8’ sheet of untreated cedar plywood siding
  • 8’ cedar 2×4
  • Cedar shaving
  • Hand file
  • 1 gallon of exterior wood primer – you apply the primer before painting
  • 1 gallon of exterior enamel paint
  • Roofing shingles
  • Roofing nails

STEP 1

Take the measurement of the dog before building the house

The first step in building your dog house is to measure your pet’s height, weight and length and add 12 inches to the height, 18 inches to the length and 9 inches width in order to get the dimensions of your dog house.

A medium size dog of about 25” height, 23” length and 21” width will require a house dimension of 37” high, 41” long and 30” wide.

Because a dog’s body heat warms the house, it should be just big enough for your dog to stand in and turn around easily.

STEP 2

Put the 10’ cedar 2×4 on the work bench and cut it into 8 pieces with the circular saw:

  • 2 pieces that twenty two and seven eight inches long (22 -7/8”).
  • Another 2 pieces that are twenty and three quarter inches long (20-3/4”).
  • Cut the remaining 4 pieces each into six inches long (6’’).
Cut the 10’ cedar 2×4 into 8 pieces.

STEP 3

The dog house will be fitted with legs so the house can stay some inches above the ground. This will help to prevent water from getting in and also protect the dog from the cold ground in the cold periods of the year.

With the circular saw ground (i.e. rounded the edges) one end of each of the 4 (6’’) pieces, these will become the legs of the dog house.

The making of the legs of the dog house.

Then take 2 of the legs and 1 of the 22 ‘‘7/8 pieces and line up the flat edges of the legs (the rounded edge in the other direction) with the edge of the platform side (22 ‘‘7/8) and nail the 2 legs to the 22 ‘‘7/8 using the 16d nails. Repeat the step for the other side. These 2 pieces will be the 2 sides of the platform.

The finished legs of the dog house.

STEP 4

The 2 20’’3/4 pieces will be used as the front and back of the frame, place the 2 side pieces of the legs from step 2 above opposite each other with the legs inside and nail the front and back pieces to the sides pieces that contain the legs.

Finished product of step 4: the base of the dog house

STEP 5

Put the 4’x8’ plywood on the work bench (or saw horses) and cut it according to these dimensions:

  • 2 bottom pieces of 20’’3/4 inches by 25’’7/8 inches.
  • 2 roof pieces of 31’’7/8 inches by 21’’7/8 inches.
  • 2 side pieces of 16’’ inches by 25’’7/8 inches.
  • One back piece of 22’’ inches wide and 27’’ inches high.
  • One front piece of 22’’ inches wide and 27’’ inches high.
The 2 bottom pieces of the dog house.
The 2 roof pieces for the dog house.
The 2 side pieces of the dog house.
The back piece of the dog house.
The front piece of the dog house.

Stop Dog Barking: Tips for Curbing Excessive Barking

Stop dog barking.

Truth must be told, dogs are born to bark but when our dogs are barking excessively and for no apparent reason then we need to know how to stop dog barking. There is really no problem with a dog barking but getting the dog to be quiet when asked to do so.

There are several reasons why a dog may be barking; it maybe raising an alarm or a warning sign to its owner or other animals, it may be out of excitement, it may be trying to attract attention or simply out of fear. We certainly do not want to stop the dog barking if it is attempting to ward off an intruder or raising an alarm to alert us of danger.

Curbing the excessive dog barking of your dog will not happen overnight and it takes practice, work, time and consistency.

Effective tips on how to curtail excessive barking

The very first step to stop excessive barking of your dog is to make sure that you do not react to your dog when she barks; most dog owners fall victim of this by shouting at the dog to stop barking, which might suggest to the dog that you are pleased by her barking – by barking back at her- thereby inadvertently encouraging the noisy behavior.

Stop excessive puppy barking.

Rather than trying to stop your dog when she is barking, you need to ignore him and by so doing you will be in a better position to observe what may be triggering the barking. You need to be able to uncover what is making the dog bark in order to stop it.

Do not try to stop your dog from barking by rewarding her with a treat in order to keep her mouth busy.

The next step after you have taken yourself out of the picture is to uncover the cause of the incessant barking. You could do this by paying attention to your environment, particularly the direction your dog is facing while barking, this way you are more likely to see what may be triggering the barking.

Some of the reasons for incessant dog barking:

  • Your dog could be barking out of excitement, watch her tail if she is waging it while barking.
  • She may be expressing territorial aggression when an intruder gets into her territory.
  • It may also be due to fear, if her tail is hid between her hind legs and the ears are laid backwards then she may be scared of something.
  • If your dog is bored and with lots of energy to spare she may be barking incessantly.
  • Your dog will certainly bark if she is uncomfortable or hungry.
  • Medical problem may also be the reason behind excessive barking such as brain damage, bee sting or an ongoing pain. Canine senility in older dogs may cause excessive barking so it is always a good idea to have your dog check by your vet.

After you have uncovered the cause of the barking, the natural thing to do is to see how you can stop the dog barking by taking away the source of motivation for the barking. This could be as simple as closing the door to keep her from the sight that may be triggering the barking – never allow your dog the privilege to keep up the barking behavior by not getting rid of the source of motivation.

How to stop your dog’s incessant barking.

When you identify the source(s) of irritation behind your dog barking, you have to work towards desensitizing her from the irritation by getting her accustomed to it. If you do this, then you should be rest assured that your dog will always bark whenever that source of irritation shows up.

Steps on how to stop your dog barking by getting rid of the source of irritation

  • Let’s assume that your dog can’t stop barking when she sees other dogs. This means the source of irritation is another dog.
  • Begin by keep the source of irritation at a distance that is far enough not to provoke the barking. In this case you could have your friend stand afar with his dog.
  • Next thing is to start feeding your dog with treats that she really enjoys while your friend approaches with the other dog.
  • When you friend and his dog have passed you by and disappeared out of view stop the feeding.
  • Repeat these steps until your dog stops barking.
  • Bear in mind that when you start your dog may still bark at the source of irritation even with the treat in her view but if you persist she will get accustom to the irritation.

One of the dog barking solutions to overcome excessive dog barking is to provide obedience training for your dog by teaching her the quiet command. Begin by teaching your dog how to bark on your command by saying in a loud and clear tone “BARK” and then reward him with a treat if she does so, then follow up by saying “QUIET” while she is still barking; If she stops barking then reward him with another treat.

Do not use negative reinforcement to teach a dog to stop barking such as raising your voice, spanking or speaking in a negative tone. Negative reinforcement will only make your dog afraid of you and it is not guarantee that it will make the dog stop the excessive barking.

Do this about 3 times a day for 10 minutes for each training session until she gets it.

Yet another way to stop your dog barking is to try and create some form of distraction for your dog when she starts to bark. The basic idea behind this approach requires you to have in your arsenal a list of interesting things you could use to distract your dog when she starts barking – we are talking of things that she cannot do and keep barking at the same time.

How to Train a Dog: Simple Tips for Training Your Dog

How to train a dog.

There is certainly more than one way to train your dog, and dog training does not have to be a chore if you will take the time to learn the simply ways of how to train a dog.

Training your dog should be part of your daily relationship with your dog which takes away the work out of it and your dog will gradually evolve into a better behaved and social pet.

A well trained dog will enhance the bond between both of you and improve the quality of her life.

Different people hold different views when it comes to training their dog.

Views as diverse as:

  • Using a reward to encourage your dog during training.
  • Be firm with your dog so that she will know that she cannot get away with bad behavior.
  • Assert yourself as the pack leader.

Whatever may be the approach, the bottom line is that you want a well behaved and cultured dog that you will be proud of both in private and in public. A dog that will not chase after every moving thing or barks at every opportunity among many other good behaviors that a dog will benefit from proper training.

What you may not realize is that in your daily relationship with your dog, you are already providing some training for her without knowing it. For instance every time you call your dog by name and she comes to you, then your dog already understands the come command you only need to associate it with the word “COME”.

The key is understanding how your dog learns

A lot of dog owner complain that their dog will not listen to them. But then how will your dog listen to you if she does not understand what you are talking about any more than a human being will continue to pay attention to someone that is supposedly speaking to her in a foreign language.

In the same vein if you want your dog to listen to you then you have to understand how she learns. This will enable you to communicate effectively with her.

One of the primary ways that dogs learn is through the consequences of their behavior and their future behavior is determined by the nature of the consequences.

Like humans, animals (dog inclusive) will make effort to get the good things of life and avoid the unpleasant – this is where the power of effective communication with your dog resides.

If the behavior of your dog results in immediate reward (whatever the reward may be), then your dog will make effort to repeat that behavior so that she can get the reward. It is important that the reward come immediately after the good behavior so that she can associate the reward with her good behavior.

The consequences of your dog’s behavior either positive or negative must not just be immediate but must be consistent.

If her behavior results unfavorable consequences such as being ignored then she will strive not to repeat such behavior.

How to House Train a Dog Using Simple and Effective Tips

Having your dog doing its business within the house can be pretty irritating and disgusting, this also means more cleanup work for you, therefore every dog owner must learn how to house train a dog.

Different dogs will present different challenges when it comes to house training however there are some basic instincts that will help in your house training of your dog.

It is not unusual for your dog, particularly a puppy to frequently pass out waste either immediately after eating or a few minutes after and at irregular intervals but this is part of the things that you need to bring under your control in order to make house training your dog a success.

Preventing accidents and rewarding success is the key to successful house training.

A basic fact to bear in mind is that it takes about first 6 months for puppies to be completely house trained.

If you observe or feel that there is something unusual about your dog soiling the house, for instance if you dog suddenly start relieving herself in unusual locations and at inappropriate times or she has already been house trained then you may want to consider medical observation as part of the process of resolving the issue.

It may be wise to see your vet and have him rule out the possibilities of a medical condition. Some medical conditions that are traceable to inappropriate defecation and urination are:

  • Gastrointestinal Upset – if your pet is defecating unusually in the house and you observe that her stool looks different e.g. loose stool. She may be suffering from gastrointestinal Upset.
  • Change in her diet – a change in your dog’s diet may result in house soiling problems. It may cause her to eliminate more frequently than usual.
  • Incontinence – urinary incontinence can be result in your dog house soiling. When a dog is suffering from incontinence she may be unaware that she has relieved herself. For older dogs it may be age related incontinence.
  • If you recently administer some medication to your dog and then you notice an unusual house soiling then you may want to visit the vet and have him check if there is any connection between the medication and the house soiling.

Some reasons why a dog may soil in the house

  • If a dog has never been house trained, it is only natural to expect her to relieve herself at the location that she feels like doing so.
  • An incompletely house trained dog may also be guilty of house soiling just like a dog that has never been house trained. Due to the incompleteness of her house training, she may not know how to communicate to her pet parents that she needs to relieves herself outside.
  • A breakdown in house training may results in dogs that had been previous house trained soiling the house.
  • A dog may also develop a preference for a particular surface e.g. on a carpet, on a blanket or on the couch. This could happen when the dog has been house for significant period of time in a particular location and got used to eliminating herself on that surface.
  • A well house trained dog may soil the house due to anxiety. A sudden disappearance of a lovely family member of the addition of disliked person or pet may cause a dog anxiety which may result in house soiling. A dog may also house soil due to separation anxiety when her owner leaves her by herself.
  • Some dogs are just damn afraid to go outside to relieve themselves, so they will simply do their business inside the house. Sometimes rainy conditions and the cold may also be responsible.
  • Some dogs soil the house, particularly urinating in the house for scent marking i.e. a territory claim as commonly seen among the big cat family in the wild. This is a way of passing a message to another dog within the territory that says: “I’m here and this is my territory so keep off”. Dogs that scent mark tend to raise their legs while urinating on vertical surfaces.
  • A dog may also soil the house out of excitement or when rebuked.

How to resolve house soiling due to a preference for a particular surface

If you notice or think that your dog has preference for a particular surface for relieving herself, then you will need to employ that surface type as part of her house training. For instance if your dog loves to eliminate on concrete and your prefer that she does it on grass in the yard, then get a concrete and lay on the location in the yard where her house training her to eliminate and sprinkle some grass on it.

With the passage of time, gradually increase the quantity of grass on the concrete until she is comfortable with it before you take away the concrete slab.

Solving house soiling due to the fear of going outside

A dog that was raised indoors or one that moved into urban area from the country may be afraid to go outside to relieve herself. As a dog owner it is your responsibility to help them overcome this fear.

The dog eliminating outside.

How to Train Your Puppy: Tips for a Better Behaved Puppy

Puppies need to be trained

Puppies are a lot of fun to be with but they equally demand lots of attention, care and time in order to be well brought up; besides grooming, playing with, feeding and taking to the veterinarian about the most important thing that you must know is how to train your puppy otherwise you will not get the best out of her.

In this article I will be talking about the two most important areas of puppy training: house training your puppy and obedience training. To provide the best in these regard for your puppy, you will have to undertake the task yourself.

Of the two types of training that your puppy will require, house training your puppy is clearly the one that you feel an immediate need for. After all a well house trained dog will be easier to train in obedience commands.

House training your puppy

While house training for your puppy is very important, it is essential to know that you must employ an all positive approach so that you do not scare your puppy and make house training a horrible experience that she dreads.

Puppies are willing to be trained if they are taught.

You should know that young puppies (under one year old) do not have the same level of bladder control as older puppies.

To be successful in house training your puppy, you should ensure that:

  • You frequently take your puppy outdoors and at regular intervals and rewarding her when she eliminate at location that you want her to be doing her business.
  • Prevent your puppy from accidentally doing her business indoors through close supervision and confinement.

House training your puppy is achieved by rewarding your puppy when she eliminates where you want her doing her business and preventing accidental defecation and urination in places that are not acceptable to you.

Employ the use of crating and confinement but keep it to a minimum. Some amount of restriction is essential to make your puppy learn to hold herself.

For instance you could the smart approach of keep her within limit space that is just large enough for her to spread out on the floor and not too large for her to eliminate in one corner of the confinement and still fine enough space to lie down. Your puppy will labor not to eliminate on the place where she will lie down.

How much time does it take to house train your puppy?

The time it takes puppies to learn house training varies from puppy to puppy, however for most puppies you can expect it to take between four to six months. For others it may take as much as eight to twelve months. While some will learn pretty quickly and then seem to retrogress, and never forget that it will take some time for your puppy to develop proper bladder and bowel control.

How frequently should you take you puppy outdoors to eliminate?

Again this is different for puppies but you can safely work with this yardstick: a young puppy (few months) can realistically hold herself for the exact number of hours as her age in months (this is not to suggest that a ten month puppy can stay without eliminating for ten hours).

It is important that you house train your puppy.

Because they are inactive at night they are able to stay a little longer.

The above mentioned yardstick is a safe guide to work with when trying to determine how frequently you should be taking her outdoors to eliminate in order to prevent accidental defecation and urination.

You should make effort to observe your puppy so that you can come up with a more precise time interval.

Essential tips for house training your puppy

  • Be consistent in your daily feeding schedule and avoid meals in between.
  • Take your dog outdoors at regular interval. Start by taking your puppy outdoors every hour and shortly after nap, meals, first thing in the morning and last thing before going to bed.
  • If do not have the time to keep an eye on your puppy then you should confine her to a crate.
  • When your puppy eliminates outdoors, reward her.
  • If you see her eliminating in unacceptable places in the house, do something (like clapping your hands) to startle her without getting her scare.

Obedience training for your puppy in 4 steps:

Step 1

The very first step on how to train your puppy is to ensure that you have some form of reward at hand because puppies generally respond better with some form of reward as it is very difficult to train a puppy without a reward.

Obedience Training for Dogs: Basic Dog Training Tips

There are two major types of dog training, which are behavioral dog training and obedience training for dogs.

Behavioral dog training is aimed at correcting the bad habits of your dog such as car chasing, jumping, chewing, furniture jumping etc.

Get your dog’s attention.

It is very essential to be consistent during behavioral training, so that you do not end up confusing your dog. For instance do not allow your puppy on the bed if you will not be willing to allow her on the bed when she is older.

Obedience training for dogs however is getting your dog to obey specific commands such as come, sit, stay and also teaching it to heel.

Obedience training for dogs should be no longer than 10-15 minutes for about 2 or 3 times daily, otherwise your dog might get bored if each training session last beyond 15 minutes. Puppies in particular have a short attention span.

Obedience training for dogs opens up a channel of communication between the dog owner and his dog since effective communication is essential in order to instruct the dog on what is expected of her.

Tips for obedience training for dogs

A very important aspect of obedience training for dogs is to reward your dog during training for good behavior; this will greatly enhance the learning rate of your dog.

Before you issue a command to your dog like come, sit, heel or stay etc learn to first call his name in order to get his attention. For your dog to master obedience training you will have to patiently repeat the same command several times before your start seeing results.

If you are unhappy with the poor performance of your dog during training make sure that your frustration or anger never shows up in your tone of voice because dogs can feel human emotions and will therefore start associating the training with your frustration.

When you issue training commands to your dog make sure you always let it out loud and clear repeating them as often as possible, by so doing your dog will soon start associating the sound of those command words with the corresponding meaning, at which point you will start seeing results that will gladden your heart.

Obedience training for dogs should always start out with the heel command as it teaches your dog the fundamental skills needed to be a good follower. Because dogs are pack animals, the heel command establishes you as the pack leader in the eyes of your dog which will make the other aspects of the training a lot easier as your dog learns to follow you as its leader.

Never be in a hurry to get your dog to master obedience training commands, otherwise you will get everything messed up. Patiently teach one obedience command after the other and only move to the next command when it is pretty obvious to all and sundry that your dog has mastered the command.

Basic dog training commands:

Sit command

The sit command is a very easy skill to teach a dog. It is also of the commands that make it easy to manage a dog because a dog that is able to sit on command is easier to bring under control than a dog that is yet to learn the command.

Teach a dog to sit on command

Get down to your dog’s level – face to face – and with a treat in hand that is held just about an inch over his nose and not any further because you don’t want your dog jumping to reach it. The treat is the trick that you will use to teach your dog to sit on command.

Teach your dog the sit command.

Get his attention on the treat while holding it slightly over his nose, and then gradually move the treat toward the top of his head backwards while he will naturally track it with his nose and eye until it is held in a position that will force your dog to sit.

The moment he sits, say the sit command with excitement like “SIT!!!” and hand him the treat. The reason behind your excited response is to show your approve of what he has done by sitting while at the same time you are associating the action of sitting with the word SIT. Never forget to always mention the obedience training command word every time your dog responds to the command.

If for whatever reason you are unable to get your dog to the sitting position as just described then use the other hand to gently guide him to sit at point when you think he ought to have sat down. Every other thing reminds the same.

How to Become a Dog Trainer: Simple Steps For Beginners

So you want to learn how to become a dog trainer? The fact that there are no formal paths to learning how to become a dog trainer makes pursuing your interest as a dog trainer more of a personal walk. This means that the full weight of the responsibility of becoming a dog trainer rest fully on your shoulders, therefore you have to find out the necessary steps that you need to follow in order to arrive at your destination as a professional dog trainer.

Becoming a professional dog trainer

Dog training is a pretty rewarding business but most dog trainers are self employed people or they work for other dog trainers. Dog trainers are also hired by pet related businesses like pet stores, shelters, groomers and vets.

My intention is to help you answer this question: how do you become a dog trainer?

Before you start out in your desire to become a dog trainer, you should bear in mind that the work of a dog trainer is not just about training dogs but also teaching people how to train their dogs.

Those that train dogs are the dog trainers and those that train people how to train their dogs are dog training instructors.

So the first question you need to answer is: Do I want to be a dog trainer or a dog training instructor? If you don’t want to work with people then you should be thinking of becoming a dog trainer.

What is popularly understood as a dog trainer is an instructor who runs classes for dog owners. He teaches the owners and not the dogs.

In actual fact most dog trainers end up interacting more with people, by teaching them how to train their dogs, than training dogs.

So you must be prepared to interact with people of all shades, both the good and the ugly, if you will succeed as a professional dog training instructor.

Essential steps on how to become a dog trainer:

You need to train your self

Your starting point in becoming a professional dog trainer is to educate yourself, you need to lay your hands on book, videos and articles about dog training, dog behavior and even the business of becoming a professional dog trainer.

It is very essential that you also read widely about the profession itself from people who are successful dog trainers.

It is a lot easier to achieve success in life if we learn from those who have walked the path we desire to walk rather than trying to rework the wheels.

Internship

After you have educated yourself well enough the next natural path to follow in your pursuit to become a dog trainer is to enroll yourself as an apprentice with an establish dog trainer.

It is important to state once again that self education comes before internship because the knowledge you have acquired during the time when you were educating yourself in dog training and about dogs will greatly help you during your apprenticeship.

As an apprentice you get a firsthand experience of how to become a dog trainer beyond the books and the videos. You experience in practice what you have already read in books and seen in videos and then you learn more by acquiring experience.