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Socializing Your Puppy In A Time Of Social Distancing

The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant affects on all of our social lives. From quarantine, to limits on gatherings, reduced capacity at restaurants and businesses, social distancing, and other regulations, everything is far from normal. But have you considered the affect that it has had on the social life of our furry friends, too? You may be surprised to know that it affects animals in a similar way that it affects humans. They have not been getting to run around the dog park like normal, no pets from strangers, less human interaction, the list goes on. If he was used to going to doggy day care multiple times a week, that has likely stopped too, with many people working from home now. So, how can you help your dog to continue working on his social skills and be happy during this time? We’re diving into why dogs need socialization, and some tips to get started.  

The Need for Socializing 

Puppies need exposure to new situations, happenings, and threats to boost their self-confidence and courage. Socialization does not necessarily mean overwhelming dogs with unpleasant sounds, crowds, and experiences. 

They need to be conversant with different meaningful sounds, situations, places, etc. However, some of these might be difficult to accomplish during this period of social distancing. Still, there are ways we can effectively socialize our puppies around our homes. 

Tips for Socializing 

  • Take your puppy for strolls

 Once in a while, take the puppy out for walks. It could be around the compound or outside your gate. It gives the dog opportunity to meet different people, different buildings, a new environment (especially for a puppy that has not left the gate since birth), hears new sounds, responds to new experiences, etc. It is an excellent form of socializing for that period. 

  • Expose them to healthy threats

 You can organize threats for the puppy, either by playing strange sounds on your phone or introducing them to a close family friend. Watch the way they react to the sounds or people. 

It prepares their minds and instincts towards situations like that later on. They shouldn’t just be left inside a four-walled enclosed house all the time just because they are not humans.

  • Arrange puppy play dates

 As a puppy owner, you must meet with other puppy owners around you. Interact with them and discuss bringing your puppies together to play. Vaccinate your puppy and ensure the other party does the same to theirs, then the families, too, should maintain good hygiene on such meetings to avoid the spread of diseases. 

The playdates assist the dog’s sense of interaction with its kind, and it also allows the owner to understand so many things about their puppies.

  • Enroll them for dog classes

 Dog training classes are good ways to socialize your puppy. It is a safe method too because it is hosted by expert trainers who take the necessary steps and precatuions to avoid the spread of diseases among dogs and their owners. Your puppy gets to interact with other puppies and dogs. The experts also train the dogs for self-confidence, balance, and courage to face situations.

Contact Argos Dog Training

If you’re looking for a trusted dog trainer in the Boston area, you can count on Argos Dog Training. We offer a variety of group dog training classes to get your furry friend socialized while learning new skills. Checkout our list of training classes here and contact us today to get started!

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6 Things You Need to Have When Bringing a New Puppy Home

While the current situation with COVID-19 has been a challenging one in many ways, there is one silver lining; Many people are adopting puppies and dogs from shelters when they needed it the most! If you’ve recently brought home a furry friend or are getting ready to, it’s a very exciting time. However, it’s important to remember that it’ll also be a great responsibility, and there are several things you need to do to prepare. Having these 6 items on hand will help to make it an easier transition for you and your new dog!

Dog Food

This one may seem obvious, but arguably the most important. Since many stores are physically closed, you’ll likely be ordering pet food online. Shipping may be delayed, so to be safe you’ll want to order this as soon as possible. Many experts recommend that you start him off with whatever food he was already eating, and then wean them onto food of your choosing. Your puppy will be going through a lot of changes at once, so keeping his food as a constant in his life at first can help with the transition period. 

Leash & Collar

Getting your dog used to wearing a leash and collar early will help immensely in the long run. Even if you’re not going on as many walks as you normally would be at this time, he should still get used to wearing it. Start by having him wear it around the house to get comfortable. There may be some whining or tugging at first, but he’ll eventually get used to it and learn how to properly walk on a leash. 

Toys

It’s no surprise that puppies love to chew on things! Avoid having your shoes or furniture chewed up by having plenty of fun stuffed toys, rubber toys, rope toys, and more on hand. He may still get into some of your belongings, but this will help to prevent that as much as possible!

Crate 

Teaching your dog that the crate is a safe space and encouraging him to use it as one will help him develop good feelings towards it. Using the crate as a punishment will make him think of it as a bad place, which will be hard to change in the future. Having set crate time during the day, even if you’re working from home at the time being, will help to set him up on a schedule from the beginning. 

Treats

Training your dog from a young age will be much easier than teaching an old dog new tricks. Having treats on hand to help with the training process is key! Use treats as a positive reinforcement when teaching him commands such as sit, stay, and come. Dogs respond well to treats so it’ll be a win-win for you both! 

Dog Bed

This may not be essential, but your new furry friend will certainly appreciate having somewhere comfortable to sleep and nap! It’ll help him to feel at home in his new space. Making your dog feel as safe and comfortable as possible will help make the transition easier.

Contact Argos Dog Training For Assistance

If you’ve recently brought home a new puppy and have any questions at all, the experts at Argos Dog Training are here to help! We provide one-on-one training sessions, and have additional teaching tools and resources to help you be the best new dog parent you can be. Check out some of our other tips here to keep your dog entertained while stuck at home. Give us a call today at  617-302-7467 or fill out an online contact form to get started.

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4 Ways to Keep Your Dog Entertained While Stuck at Home

The current situation that we’ve found ourselves in, where lockdowns and stay-in-place orders have been put in place throughout the country, is having a profound impact on many of us. As we all learn to navigate this new way of life together, there are so many ways in which our daily routines have changed. It’s important to remember that this unfamiliar situation is likely affecting your furry friend more than you realize too. His schedule has changed, and routine is crucial for dogs. Finding new ways to keep him entertained will be beneficial for you both! Here are 4  things to try if you’re stuck at home and need some activities for you and your dog to keep busy.

Make Your Own Dog Toys

Has your dog torn apart most of his old toys? Skip the Amazon delivery and try making your own toys! There’s no need to spend money on brand new toys that will be slobbered on and chewed up in a matter of minutes. You’ll be surprised to learn what you can make just with the things you already have at home. All you need to make a simple tug toy is an old t-shirt, a tennis ball, and some scissors! You can even make interactive feeders or agility jumps with old PVC pipes.

Exercise and Play Time

Your dog has probably always dreamed of the day he’d get work walks and playtime! If it’s safe to do so in your community, take your dog out for walks, while taking the necessary distancing precautions. Although some parks may be closed, you can let him run freely in your backyard or even set up a makeshift obstacle course for him to blow off some steam. 

Treat Him to a Spa Day

We could all use a little extra TLC right now, including your furry friends! You may not be able to bring him to his local groomer right now, so why not have a spa day of your own. Give him a bath, brush him thoroughly, clip his nails, etc. Your dog will look, feel, and even smell his best! 

Go Back to Puppy School

Was your puppy’s training rushed because you didn’t have enough time? Well, now that you likely have plenty of time, why not teach on old dog some new tricks (or reinforce some old ones)! Work on some of the commands and behaviors he never quite mastered. Most of these are easy to teach right in your yard or living room. If you need some assistance, the trainers at Argos Dog Training are here to help you! We have plenty of options available to be able to help you and your dog. We’ll be glad to assist you and discuss these opportunities for dog training in Boston. Whether you just have a question or are interested in signing up for private sessions, give us a call at 617-302-7467

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How To Train A Dog To Not Bite

Dogs bite mainly when they perceive they are under attack or as a result of their protectiveness. To train your dog not to bite, there are things several things you need to do, and we’re here to clearly explain them. You may not want your don’t bite anyone, but most times, the bite is instinctual. To train a dog not to bit, the owner must understand certain things about his/her dog.

Tips And Tricks:

Understand the Body Language of Your Dog

Every dog communicates using a particular body language. You should always pay attention to what your dog’s body language is telling you. 

The chances that a dog will bite when it feels afraid or unhappy that its territory is being invaded is very high. Body languages like bared teeth, lowered head, raised hackles, etc. are all signs that your dog is uncomfortable and may bite. 

When you notice that your dog is exhibiting such traits, advise people to give it some space. 

Most times, people think that stop their dog from growling is the best thing to do. On the contrary, it does more harm than good in the long run. When you make your dog feel it is inappropriate to growl, the dog learns the lesson and stops growling in any uncomfortable situation. You often hear about dogs biting without warning; well, this is mostly because you taught not to communicate its discomfort through growling.    

Employ Positive Reinforcement Dog Training Method

This dog training centers on rewarding good behavior of your dog rather than punishing the dog for inappropriate behavior. The positive treatments can include verbal encouragement, treats, additional playtime, or any activity you know your dog enjoys. According to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Behavior, dogs trained using punishment are 25% more likely to respond with aggression than other dogs. 

Obedience Training

It is far easier to control an obedient dog than one that is not obedient. By utilizing obedience training, you can make your dog focus on you while it is in uncomfortable situations. When you can control the behavior of your dog, the chances of the dog biting someone is significantly reduced. 

Contact Argos Dog Training

You can utilize the above methods to train your dog not to bite. Argos Dog Training is here to provide you with professional dog training services to help stop your dog from biting anyone. Check out our training courses, and get in contact with us today to speak with a trainer about the best options for your dog! 

 

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How To Work With Your Dog To Solve Aggression Issues

For most people, it is always a frightening experience to encounter an aggressive dog. It is even more terrifying when the dog in question was usually friendly and jovial but suddenly became aggressive towards people. Such dogs start growling, baring its teeth, or lunging at people with little or no provocation. In some extreme cases, the dog may go to the extent of biting or attacking you or family members that it knows very well. 

What actions are you expected to take when your dogs start exhibiting these traits? In this article, you will get to know essential tips on how to curb your dog’s aggression issues. Finding a solution to your dog aggression is essential as such aggression can lead to putting other dogs or humans in danger. Here are some tips to solve your dog’s aggression issues:

Regularly Exercise Your Dog

There is the possibility that your dog’s aggressive nature is a result of poor exercise regimens. When dogs burn more energy, they have a better state of mind and are less likely to show aggression. You should make time to take your dog for regular walks at least once a day. Also, consider taking your dog to the park to burn off excess energy.

Try to Socialize Your Dog

Socializing your dog very early will help them get used to encounters and interactions with other dogs and humans as well. You can take your dog to dog parks for socialization or create a one on one play dates with other dogs. Before enrolling your dog in a socialization class, seek advice from your vet. 

Understand and Know the Things That Trigger Your Dog

When you know the things that trigger your dog, it will help you identify aggressive behaviors in your dog and tackle it properly. You can also consult with your breeder to know about your dog’s history. From your dog’s history, you can understand if the aggression I learned or caused by trauma. When you have identified the things that trigger your dog to act aggressively, let your vet know about such triggers to know if it can be treated. If you enroll your dog to any trainer, let the trainer know about your dog’s triggers. 

Register Your Dog for a Behavioral Training Class

To curtail and curb the aggression of your dog, consider enrolling your dog for aggression training classes. The expertise of a trainer can help provide both you and your dog with tools needed to deal with aggressive behavior. 

At Argos Dog Training, we have tailored programs to help behavioral issues such as aggression in dogs. Our expert dog trainers understand the need to have your dog act friendly with family and friends, and only hostile towards threats. Learn more about the specific group courses and private one-on-one sessions we offer, and get in contact with us today to determine which option will be best for your dog! 

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