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Tips to Properly Socialize Your Puppy

Teaching your puppy to socialize with other animals and humans from a young age is crucial for both his happiness and safety, as well as those around him. A puppy that doesn’t know how to properly socialize can often feel anxious around new people or pets, causing him to act in undesired ways such as barking, jumping, and showing aggression

If you don’t know where to start with socializing your puppy, we’ve got you covered! Here are some tips from the experts to make sure that your dog is both well-trained and socialized.

Start By Realizing Why It Matters 

A socialized dog is a safe, friendly, well-behaved dog. Dogs have innate protection instincts that trigger when they’re confronted with anything they believe is strange. Familiarizing them early on with a variety of other breeds will help them feel more comfortable—and more safe, and therefore calmer—as an adult. 

Make a Commitment

Socializing your puppy won’t happen on its own! If you’ve realized that this needs to be a priority, find ways to do it, such as attending puppy meetups and visiting dog parks. Then, put it on your calendar—often—and don’t let yourself cancel. 

Familiarize Yourself with Your Dog’s Body Language 

The point of socializing is to manage your dog’s inherent triggers. He’s going to be stressed when you first start, so bring treats and prepare to be a calming influence on him. If your dog is letting you know through tensed-up muscles and frequent barking or growling that it’s too much for him, know when it’s time to take a break and try again in a few days. 

Sign Up For a Puppy Training Class

This comes with two distinct benefits! The younger your dog is, the easier it will be to train them—so working with professionals to ensure your dog knows how to sit, stay, and heel will be a lifelong investment that pays off more if you begin very early. Secondly, puppy classes usually are taught in midsize groups of dogs and owners with several professional dog tutors helping keep order—which means your dog will have a safe space in which to learn how to play nicely with other dogs while keeping his main focus on you! 

Key Takeaways

Dogs are complex creatures. They love, they grow, and they learn. That said, all dog owners need to forget the old adage “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Regardless of your dog’s age, they are able to learn new things, especially if you take them to one of the best puppy training classes around. At Argos Dog Training, we offer a variety of dog training courses in Boston including group sessions, private training, and beyond. Give us a call at 617-302-7467 or fill out an online form and we’ll have your pup enrolled in no time! 

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What to Do If Your Dog Wakes Up Too Early

For many people, sleeping through the night can be difficult as is it, especially if you’re already basing your sleep schedule around children and then add a barking dog into the mix too. It’s important to ensure that you establish a healthy and consistent sleep-wake schedule for your pup, so that you both can get a restful night’s sleep!  Teach your dog to wait until you say it’s time with the following tips and tricks.

Consider his Health

First, you’ll want to make sure that your pet isn’t waking up too early because of an underlying medical condition. Dogs have very few ways to let us know that something is wrong, and being awake when no one else is might just be the only method of sounding alarm your dog has! Talk with your vet to make sure your dog is healthy before trying other options.

Get Plenty of Exercise

If your dog isn’t sleeping through the night, try to tire him out completely the evening before. If he’s exhausted enough, his body will naturally require a full night’s sleep to recharge. Try taking him for additional walks, playing fetch, or letting him run around the yard for a few laps.

Use the Bathroom

Let your dog out for his last bathroom opportunity later in the evening. Especially if your dog is younger, he might not have the capacity to last for hours and hours during the night—so, the later you let him out, the longer you’ll naturally have to sleep in. 

Remove the Triggers

Reduce the triggers for wakefulness around your dog’s crate. It’s simple- if your dog doesn’t wake up, he won’t wake you up! Adding in a white noise machine, a crate cover, or a baby gate if he’s not crated to restrict his movement will help him understand that bothering you isn’t an option. 

If all else fails, work incrementally to train him to wake up later. Figure out what his stimuli are, or set a new stimulus (such as the sound of your alarm clock) around when he usually wakes up. Then, move that stimulus later by five minutes every few days, and refuse to get up a second earlier! 

A Dog Trainer Can Help

If you need assistance training your dog, not only with sleeping but everything else — then give us a call! Our trainers at Argos Dog Training use effective techniques to teach your dog proper behaviors, skills, and beyond. Check out our list of dog training courses, including group classes, private sessions, and more in Boston MA. Fill out an online form to request a consultation or give us a call today at 617-302-7467!

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How to Keep Your Dog Happy & Healthy in the Winter

When the snow starts to fall, it can mean lots of fun for our furry friends. Whether your dog loves the winter or not, it’s important to keep them safe through the cold months. Check out these five tips for how to keep your dog happy and healthy in the winter!

Protect the Paws

You wouldn’t walk around in the snow barefoot – but your dog does. Dog paws are a little more tolerant to cold than human feet, but they still need to be protected. Dry, cold weather exposes paw pads to cracking and peeling, and ice melt can cause cuts and burning.

Protect the paws with booties, especially in extreme cold. If your dog won’t tolerate booties, try petroleum jelly on the bottom of the pads. Always do a paw inspection when after coming back inside and wipe off any ice melt or salt.

Make A New Bathroom

Some dogs love snow but, for some, it can be a drag. For smaller dogs especially, deep snow poses a serious navigational challenge – and that can make going to the bathroom nearly impossible. Help your dog during potty time by digging a small path through the snow. You can also create an indoor bathroom by laying out pee pads in a laundry room or bathroom. Making sure your dog uses the bathroom will help prevent things like bladder and kidney issues.

Cozy Up

For those cold days and nights, sometimes it’s nice to stay cuddled up inside with your pup. Provide cozy, warm, safe places for your dog to relax by putting down warm, accessible bedding. Avoid using space heaters and never leave your dog alone with a space heater – they can cause serious burns.

Safety First

When you do go outside with your dog, practice safety first! Use a shorter lead than you would in the summer and always used a fixed, non-retractable variety to prevent slipping and sliding. If you’re around frozen lakes, ponds, or rivers, keep your dog away unless they are cleared for human weight. Dogs can easily fall through ice.

Get Lots of Exercise

Just because the days are shorter doesn’t mean your dog doesn’t need exercise. Regular activity will keep your dog fit, healthy, and stimulated, so it’s important to keep playing throughout the whole winter season. Try playing fetch in the snow to get fresh air and sun or, if you can’t go outside, set up an obstacle course with cushions in your living room.

Keeping your dog happy and healthy in the winter might seem like a challenge, but with these simple tips it can be easy.You can also try taking him to training courses to freshen up on his skills! Argos Dog Training offers beginner to advanced dog training courses in Boston. Get in contact with us today to learn more! 

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What is Your Dog Trying to Tell You?

Even though dogs never say a word, they’re able to say a whole lot. Besides their bark, dogs communicate with us through body language – their mouths, ears, tails, and posture tell a story about how they’re feeling and what they need. But unless you’re already an expert, learning to read this body language can be tricky.

So, when your dog is wagging his tail differently or giving you a strange look, what is he trying to tell you? Read on below to learn about some of the most common dog body language and what it means.

Posture

The way your dog stands and moves can tell you a ton about their mood. For instance, a dog perched on its hind legs and looking up at you or cocking its head to the side is attentive and ready to interact. When your dog “takes a bow” and stretches into their front legs, that means they’re ready to play! These and other relaxed signs, like rolling onto the back, show trust, playfulness, and confidence.

Other postures to look for are a pointed or directed stance, which means your dog had probably found something they’re interested in. A curved or arched back can mean your dog is stressed out or fearful, so make sure to pay attention and fix the situation.

Face

Just like posture, your dog communicates a lot from facial expressions. Soft, squinty eyes, floppy ears, and a slightly open mouth mean that your dog is relaxed and playful. There are a lot of subtle signs that can have much different meanings, though. 

When your dog licks their lips or yawns a lot, that could mean that they’re stressed out or anxious. Your dog might also look away from you or only look at you from the corner of their eyes. These signs might be subtle – but your dog is trying to let you know that the situation is a little too stressful for them!

Tail

Most people think that a wagging tail always means a happy dog – but that’s not always the case. If your dog is wagging their tail quickly and widely side-to-side, that probably means they’re pretty excited about something! But if your dog is wagging their tail slowly, they might just be checking out their environment.

If your dog is holding its tail between its legs, that could mean that it feels scared or threatened.

Things to Watch For

As you can see, dogs like to give lots of signals about how they’re feeling – if you know what to look for. Make sure you pay attention to your dog’s body language, especially if they seem nervous, stressed, or uncomfortable.

If your dog shows an aggressive or stressed out posture and starts to growl, bare their teeth, nip at the air, or stare intently, pay attention! These are important warning signs that could mean your dog feels really threatened and might act aggressively.

Practice Makes Perfect

Getting to know a dog’s body language takes time and practice. At Argos Dog Training, we can help you learn how to read your dog’s behavior – and improve it. With our expertise obedience training, we can help your dog learn better behaviors in all kinds of environments. Check out our dog training courses in Boston here, and get in contact with us today to get started! 

 

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5 Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs

In just a few short days Halloween will be here. While it’s hard to believe the year has gone by so quickly, you’re probably too busy focusing on your costume to think about that! Many pet owners want their pooch to get in on the Halloween festivities too. Sharing the fun is fine but doing so safely is vital. Follow these tips to keep your dog safe on Halloween. 

Keep Them Close

Halloween has a bad reputation for higher rates of animal abuse. It’s heartbreaking to think about, but it’s true. Don’t leave your dog outside alone around Halloween time because they are vulnerable to teasing, ridicule, and much worse from those who celebrate Halloween in a not so civil way. If you want your dog outside with you, keep them on a leash at all times. 

Don’t Share Halloween Treats

Any Halloween candy you or your children get needs to be kept away from the dog. Chocolate is toxic to dogs and even the treats that don’t contain chocolate aren’t designed with a dog’s digestive tract in mind. Instead of sharing candy with your dog, purchase them a special dog treat to mark the occasion! 

Choose Mindful Costumes

Dressing your dog up is fine, but you have to be mindful when choosing their costume. Look for a costume that fits them well without covering any part of their mouth, eyes, or ears. It should be loose enough to allow them full range of motion too. You should always let them try to costume out before Halloween to get them more acquainted with it. 

Update Their ID

This is a great time to update the information on your dog’s tags. Make sure your address, name, and phone number are all easily visible and correct with the current information. That way if your dog does get away from you, they’ll be able to make their way back home. 

Keep Pumpkins Out of Reach

Carved pumpkins are a must-have on Halloween, but not for dogs. Keep your jack-o-lanterns out of reach from your dog. It only takes a second for one to tip over and injure or catch your pet on fire. For added safety, use battery-operated candles rather than a real flame. 

Keeping your pet safe this Halloween is as easy as taking a few extra precautions before the big night. Make sure all members of your household are familiar with these tips and understand why they’re so important!

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