Should You Let Your Dog Sniff?
10 Tips To Potty Train a Puppy
"The dog’s sense of smell is so adept that a blind dog has much less difficulty adjusting to the loss of vision than a human does."
When dogs start sniffing each other’s nether regions, chances are they’re learning far more about each other than you and the other dog’s owner are learning through idle chitchat. Exactly what the dogs are learning, and what they do with that information, has yet to be figured out by science.
Bottom line: let your dogs take the time they need to smell!
5 Common Puppy Mistakes To Avoid
Much as I hate to admit it, since Boo Boo was our first dog, we made a lot of mistakes with him, and I will write a whole separate blog about that another time.
But one thing we actually did very successfully was potty training.
This method is maybe not ideal for everyone, but for us it really worked well, and it allowed us to get the job done relatively quickly and with very few accidents.
Here are a few tips that worked for us … hopefully they will help you on your potty training journey!
Do you have to walk your dog?
You’ve decided to get a dog … CONGRATS! When we brought home our Boo Boo we made plenty of mistakes. If I knew then what I know now, there are so many things I would do differently. Which is why I want to pass on my experience to hopefully help you avoid these common puppy mistakes with your little fur-ball!
Time Out For Dogs
As in most things in life there isn’t just one answer to how to raise your dog, but there are some great questions to ask in order to figure out what is right for you and your pup!
The answer to this on the surface seems simple, but from personal experience I can say that it is not.
When do you need a dog trainer?
When Steve first held Boo Boo at the adoption place, this small puppy curled up on his chest, and put his soft wet nose up to steve;’s chin and made sweet little snuffly noises. What a gem, we thought. The we got him home.
This was our first dog, so we had no idea what to expect, but we had read some puppy books and watched a lot of DOG Whisperer, so we thought we knew exactly what we were doing.
Plus, we thought, how hard could a puppy be? Luckily for use we had the help of a professional to teach us everything we needed to know. Check out the highlights of what we learned about using timeouts for training!
Positive vs. Negative Reinforcement For Dog Training
I’ll start this by saying I actually think you always need a dog trainer. But what kind do you need? When should you start? How long will it take?
When it comes to training your dog there are lots of different options, so let’s start at the beginning!
Train Your Dog Like A Pro - Click It!
When it comes to training your dog there are a lot of different opinions about the best way to do it which can feel really overwhelming! Here are some thoughts on the benefits of using positive vs. negative reinforcement for dog training.
How To Break up a Dog Fight
You’ve just brought your puppy or new dog home but they have little to no formal training. You know your pup needs to learn to sit, stay, got to mat, but you’re suddenly realizing they don’t just automatically do those things right off the bat!
Most of us have probably experienced it, that moment of absolute panic and helplessness when what seemed like harmless play or a perfectly regular doggie meeting suddenly turns into a full-on fight, teeth bared and fur flying. And then the big question: what do I do?!! How do I stop it without getting hurt myself?!