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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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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 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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