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Keeping Your Dog Safe From Ticks

With the warmer weather finally here, your dog is probably as eager as anybody to get outside and enjoy the sun! After a long winter of being cooped up, he probably can’t wait to start having more outdoor play time, walks, and adventures. When you take your dog anywhere outdoors, especially somewhere near the woods, ticks should always be on your radar. Although they’re tiny creatures, they have the ability to create big problems for you and your dog. The diseases they can spread can even be life-threatening to your furry friend. Here are a few tips and steps you can take to prevent your dog from tick-borne diseases.

Know the Land

Ticks love to hide out in areas with heavy vegetation; Anywhere that’s filled with shrubbery, tall grasses, and leaves is best to avoid. Although they mainly spend their time on the ground, they can climb the taller vegetation and easily leap onto your dog strolling by. Try taking your dog to the beach, or a gravel walking path instead!  

Tick Prevention Products

To keep your dog safe, there are also several prevention products on the market that you can invest in. A tick collar is one option, however, if your dog loves the water, this may not be the best solution. There are also tick-prevention medications that can be taken either orally or applied topically. Talking with your dog’s veterinarian will help determine which product makes the most sense for your dog.  

Daily Tick Checks

Being proactive by doing a quick scan of your dog’s fur coat daily, especially after outdoor activities, is highly important. Finding the ticks and removing them before they have the chance to embed themselves can eliminate the possibility of disease transmission. Do a thorough visual and physical search of your dog’s neck, head, and ears, as these are a tick’s go-to spot.

Know the Symptoms

Although finding ticks on your dog can certainly be cause for concern, the majority of dogs exposed to ticks never actually develop a disease. However, if your dog is one of the unfortunate few, the key is early detection, diagnosis, and timely treatments. Ask your vet about the common signs, and know what to look out for in your dog. If you notice anything unusual, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your vet to have him checked out as soon as possible.

 

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How Can I Stop My Dog From Jumping Up

One of the most commonly overlooked, yet consistent behavior problems among most dogs is jumping up. While you might not necessarily see it as a problem that he jumps up and and nearly attacks you at the door every time (because let’s be serious, who wouldn’t want to be greeted with the excitement?!), it actually can be a dangerous habit. If he’s used to doing this when you open the door, he won’t hesitate when it’s a small child, elderly person, or someone with physical disabilities. Because of the safety issues it can cause, it’s important to train your dog to stop jumping and learn a different way to greet people.

Why They Jump

Although there are several theories of why dogs may jump up on people, the most obvious reason is that they want attention. If they’ve been home alone all day, they probably have tons of bottled up energy that they just can’t help but explode with excitement when you walk through the door! Even if you yell at them to get down, the negative attention you’re giving them may send the wrong message. After all, it is attention and that’s what they were looking for.

Putting a Stop to Jumping 

Retraining your dog on this behavior will take consistency and patience, but will be well worth it when he learns how to properly greet guests. Here are a few tips to try while training:

  • Withhold Attention: In this case, no attention is better than negative attention. Rather than scolding him, or pushing him to get off of you, trying completely ignoring him. Turn your back from him, cross your arms, walk away, and don’t say a word. If he’s jumping on you as soon as you walk in the door, you can try walking out completely and entering again in a few moments when he has calmed down. He needs to learn that jumping up will not give him the attention he wants, but rather just the opposite; no attention.
  • Reward Good Behavior: As with any training session, having treats handy is always helpful. Since you’re trying to teach him to not jump, when he finally greets you with all 4 paws on the ground, toss him a treat. Rewarding the behavior you desire, rather than scolding the wrong behaviors works wonders with your dog.
  • Use the Sit Command: When your dog has mastered greeting you with all 4 paws on the ground for a few seconds, start using the sit command. Reward your dog with a treat once he sits. Over time, your dog will learn to sit when you enter the room or walk through the door.
  • Practice With Others: While it’s good to first master the skill with you, the owner, you’ll also want to make sure he’ll use the skill when other guests enter the house. Try asking a family member or friend to practice with your dog. This way he’ll understand that sitting/staying down is the desired behavior no matter who enters the room!

Contact Argos Dog Training

Does your dog have a problem with jumping up on others, or any other obedience issues? The experts at Argos Dog Training can help. We offer a variety of private and group training programs to correct these behaviors using efficient training techniques. Contact us today to learn more!

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Teaching Your Dog to Come When Called

 

As a pet owner, one of the most important commands you can teach your dog is to come when he’s called, the first time. Having this command mastered allows you to trust that he can be free to run around in the park, in the yard, or anywhere for that matter, because you know he’ll come when you call him. This is extremely important for his safety, as dogs are often oblivious to any potential dangers that are around, such as coyote or another wild animal. Knowing this essential command could quite literally save his life one day! So how can you teach him so that he knows to come when called the first time, every time? We have some tips for you.

Find a Quiet Spot

By teaching your dog this skill in a quiet, secluded area at first, it allows him to focus with minimal distractions. If you have a fenced in yard, let him run free and begin practicing the command. Slowly you can work your way up to doing this in the park, on walks, and other public places until he’s comfortable enough with the command that you could do it in any crowded area and you’d trust that he’d come!

Use Treats for Reinforcement

When you’re first teaching your dog this command, using treats will work wonders. Although you don’t want your dog to become dependant on food motivation, its a good tool to use to start getting your dog to associate the words you’re saying with the desired behavior. Ideally, you should offer the treat every few commands when teaching until slowly he understands the command without any treat motivating him.

Never Repeat a Command

This is one of the most common mistakes that pet owners make when teaching any trick or command. If there’s one golden rule for training your dog, it’s to never repeat a command. After all, the goal is to get him to come after ONE call. Once you say the word “come,” if he doesn’t act immediately, you can make whistling noises or other sounds, call his name, and hold up the treat, but refrain from repeating the command over and over again.

Consistency is Key

This is true in any aspect of dog training and life, so it’s no surprise that it applies here. The more you practice this command with your pup, the quicker he’ll pick it up. Make each practice session count by staying focused, even if it’s just a short 5-minute lesson at home.

Contact Argos Dog Training

If you need assistance teaching your dog this or any other command, contact the experts at Argos Dog Training! We offer several different dog training courses and structured daycare programs. Fill out an online contact form or give us a call today at 617-302-7467 to learn more.

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Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

You know what they say… You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, right? Wrong! Just because your senior dog probably hasn’t been in training for quite some time now, that doesn’t mean that he can’t brush up on some old tricks and even learn a few new ones along the way. Not only is teaching them new tricks good for their physical health, but it also keeps them mentally stimulated. Just like humans, dogs should continue to be challenged throughout their life, even into their elder years. That being said, being aware of any health limitations, such as joint pain or arthritis in your dog, is crucial before starting. Here are a few new tricks to try out with your older dog.

Put Toys Away

If this is not something they learned as a pup, it’s not too late! Picking up toys and putting them back where they belong is a great skill for your dog to know. Not only will he be getting a little exercise, loosening up his joints, but also tidying the place up for you! You can help your dog learn this trick by first showing him how it’s done, offering treats for completing the task, and practicing consistently.

Name of Objects

This can be a fun one for you, and your dog! Even if your dog isn’t up for hours or fetch in the park anymore, that doesn’t mean he can’t fetch you a few household items every now and again. Start teaching him the names of items by showing him, and repeating the word over and over again. Items such as shoes, keys, or his toys may be a couple of handy items for him to learn. It may take him a while to pick up on the names at first, but once he understands the concept of the name game, he’ll likely pick up on new objects faster.

Tuck Himself In

If you live in a cooler climate and your dog loves to snuggle up in a blanket, this trick may be a dream come true for him! Teach him to lay down on the blanket, grab the corner of the blanket in his mouth, roll-over, and ta-da! He’ll be in a cozy blanket cocoon. This trick is pretty simple; Since he probably already knows “lie down” and “roll-over”, the only challenge will be grabbing the blanket, and putting it all together.

Contact Argos Dog Training

It’s never too late for your dog to learn new tricks, or perfect his skills! If you need assistance teaching your dog some of the basics, contact the experts at Argos Dog Training! Check out our programs, and give us a call today at 617-302-7467!

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Puppy Training Mistakes That Lead to Poor Behavior

Bringing a new puppy into the home can bring a whole lot of joy, but it can also bring an equal amount of work. Training a puppy is a lot like raising a child; It is your job to teach him right from wrong, and make it clear which behaviors are acceptable. After all, if you don’t set clear guidelines and expectations, how can you expect that he’ll behave the way you want him to? Taking the time from the start is crucial when it comes to training your puppy. Being lazy and ignoring/allowing bad behavior can lead to some pretty bad habits for your dog. Check out some of these common mistakes that many dog owners make when training their pup!

Dealing With Accidents Inside

Just like humans, puppies don’t come out of the womb potty trained. It is our responsibility, as their owners to teach them right from wrong. One of the biggest mistakes that we make in the training process is allowing accidents to happen inside the house, without reprimanding them. Ignoring these types of behaviors can be detrimental to their learning process. If they do have an accident, make sure to speak to them in a firm tone and make it clear that what they did was unacceptable. When the time comes that they need to go to the bathroom again, if they go outside be sure to use positive reinforcement and show them that this is the correct behavior that is expected of them.

Avoiding the Crate

Some people feel guilty or mean putting their dog in a crate at any time. However, it is an important thing for him to learn how to get used to, as crate time is crucial for their learning. It keeps your dog, your family, your guests, and your belongings safe during certain situations. Your dog will hopefully learn to think of his crate as a “safe place,” as long as he is introduced to it in a positive manner and doesn’t develop negative feelings against it. As the owner, you have to be strong and make him stick it out. At first, he made cry and whine, but you can’t let him out immediately. This will just encourage him to misbehave everytime you put him in the cage. Instead, practice having him in there for short periods of time to show him it is not permanent and you are not abandoning him.

Allowing Your Dog to Demand

Just like you wouldn’t let your child run the household, you can’t let your dog have that type of power. If you give him what he wants every time he throws a fit barking or crying, you’re teaching him the wrong behavior. He will get the message that this is how to act any time he wants something. Instead, you have to show him that you’re in charge.

Contact Argos Dog Training

Training a puppy can be a difficult task. Whether they need to learn new behaviors, or they need to correct bad habits, the experts at Argos Dog Training can help! Check out our list of programs here!

 

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