Training Tips

Tips to Stop Your Dog From Biting

When training your puppy, there are many commands, behaviors, and tricks he’ll need to learn. It can be overwhelming for both you and him, especially if this is your first fur friend. However, it’s important to stay consistent and teach him the necessary skills before bad habits form. For example, if you have a biter, you’ll want to nip this behavior in the bud as early as possible. We have some tips to help you to get your puppy to stop biting.

Say NO 

Although some dog trainers will tell you that using the word “no” is never the way to go. While we don’t want to scare our dogs, it is necessary to make it clear what behaviors are unacceptable. Firmly saying “no” when your dog is biting can be an effective way to get the message across. It’s important to make sure it doesn’t come off as giving him the attention that he desires.

Turn Your Back or Walk Away 

Often times if your puppy is biting you, he’s seeking attention. Therefore, if you want him to stop, it can be effective to either turn your back or walk away. Essentially, you’re giving him the cold shoulder. Once he realizes that this behavior is not giving him the attention he wants, he’ll likely stop and try a new method. 

Say Ouch

When your puppy bites you, sometimes it can be effective if you yelp or yell “ouch” in a high-pitched voice. Letting your dog know that he’s being too rough is key. He doesn’t want to hurt you, so he’ll feel bad if he thinks he did. After yelling ouch, turn away and ignore him for a short amount of time to see how he reacts. For some puppies, this can get them more riled up, so you’ll want to test this method out and see how it works. 

Contact Argos Dog Training

These are just a few of the ways you can try to get your puppy to stop biting. If you’re still having trouble with this behavior, our trainers are here to help! We offer private dog training to give your pup the one on one attention he may need. Check out the other dog training options we offer here, and get in contact with us today! 

 

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How to Prepare for Your New Puppies Arrival

Getting a new puppy is so exciting for you and your family that it’s almost easy to forget there’s a lot to be done before your new best friend arrives. Welcoming a new fur member to your family is a big adjustment, but preparing beforehand can make this transition infinitely easier! We’ve put together a list of essentials you’ll want to have before your new pup comes home for the first time.

Dog Crate

Contrary to popular belief, dog crates are meant to serve as your puppies safe space and his own home, not his punishment. It’s essential to choose a dog crate your puppy will be comfortable and happy in that is just his. You’ll be using this for crate training, which is especially useful for rescued dogs or anxious puppies. This is a place where they can go for comfort and security when they’re feeling overwhelmed by all of the new sensations they’re experiencing. If your puppy is comfortable in his crate, you can put him in there while you’re out of the house knowing he’s safe and not tearing up the rest of the house! Make sure not to leave him in there for too long and that you’re not using his safe space as a form of punishment. 

Toys

Spoil your new companion with lots and lots of toys! This one may be obvious, but you want to have plenty of toys of different varieties, like hard Kongs or crinkly stuffed animals. You may want to get a plush toy to bring with you when you pick up your new puppy! This will carry the scent of his mother and littermates and help him feel at ease in his new forever home. 

Chews

Puppies chew just about everything! From table legs to their own tails, puppies will chew on anything and everything; they go through teething phases just like babies and toddlers do. Having good dog chews will help you avoid having your puppy chew your favorite furniture, clothes, shoes, and more! Redirect bad chewing behavior to good chewing behavior if you have the right chew toys for your dog. Chews are necessary to have not only for your benefit but for your pups! Until he loses his puppy teeth, he needs to be strengthening his jaw and teeth by chewing on the proper materials. 

Puppy Food

Puppy food is vastly different than regular adult dog food. Your puppy is growing, and therefore needs food that’ll support his growth with the right vitamins and ingredients. Depending on the breed of dog you have, the best type of food may vary. We suggest talking to your vet to best determine what food your puppy should be eating. A few of the top-rated puppy food brands include Wellness Core, Whole Earth Farms, Hill’s Science, Taste of the Wild, and more.

Leash, Collar, and Name Tags

Two of the most important things to have from day one with your puppy is a leash and a collar! You’ll be training your dog how to walk outside with you properly, and puppies need lots of exercise. He’ll have tons of energy so get ready for lots of walks and playtime! We recommend getting two kinds of leashes: a lightweight nylon and a leather training leash. If you’ve decided your puppies name beforehand, it’ll be helpful to order name tags for him! Should your dog ever wander, it’s important to have a name tag with his name, your address, and phone number so whoever finds him can return him safely. 

Puppy Training Classes in Boston

Lastly, if you plan on going to dog training classes, make sure to sign up right away! The faster you get to training, the better your relationship with your FURever friend will be! If you need assistance with training, contact us at Argos Dog Training! We have a variety of puppy training classes, both private and in groups, as well as puppy kindergarten! Call us today or fill out a contact sheet!

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5 Things to Keep in Mind While Training Your Dog

Getting a dog is one of the most exciting milestones in your life: You have a new companion and best friend to call your own! But, don’t let the excitement of getting the new puppy distract you from the task at hand, which is to train this new dog. Training your puppy will make both your life and your dog’s life easier, all while developing a stronger bond with your new friend. To help with this, we’ve compiled a list of 5 things to keep in mind while you train your dog!

Choose Your Dog’s Name Wisely and Stick to It

Now that your new pup is home, it’s time for one of the most exciting parts; picking a name! For training purposes, it may be better to choose a short name, ending with a strong consonant (ex. Ginger, Molly, Scout). Picking a name that ends with a sharp consonant sound will perk up those puppy ears and will allow you always to say his or her name clearly. This will ward off any confusion when the new puppy is learning its name. As much as possible, associate your dog’s name with positive, pleasant things rather than negative. The goal is for him to think of his name like he does the other great stuff in his life, like “walk,” “treat,” or “dinner!”

Reward Good Behavior

Rewarding your dog’s good behavior with positive reinforcement is essential to the training process. You can use anything from treats, toys, playing time, or heaps of cuddles. Only encourage him for good behavior, and always let him know he’s doing something right! Rewarding bad behavior will only confuse the dog, so remember only to reward the good. When your puppy does something bad, it’s best to turn away from them and pay them no attention, and they will always stop.

Decide on “House Rules”

Before you bring your puppy home, it’s crucial to decide on clear boundaries around the house. Is the dog allowed to go on the couch or bed? Are some parts of the house off-limits? Setting these rules before the dog comes home will make everything less confusing for both of you. It’s important that your dog has a “home” of his own too. A dog’s crate should be a private place of comfort and relaxation that no other pet can use. He’ll benefit from short periods in there by himself and you can avoid having the dog sleep in the bed with you, should you choose that he’s not allowed on the bed.

End Training Sessions on a Positive Note

Make sure to end training sessions with positive reinforcements, remembering that he’s worked hard, no matter what the outcome of the session was. Leave him with lots of praise, treats, or playing time! He’ll always come back to training with a smile on his face and his tail wagging, ready to learn.

Teach Him to Come When Called

This should be the very first thing a puppy learns, along with his own name. It’s important to reinforce your alpha status, and teaching him to come to you will help with that. Get on his level and call him to come to you, and when he does this makes a big deal using positive reinforcement. Next, try when he’s busy or looking at something interesting. You’ll see the benefits of his perfecting this command later on in his life.

Contact Argos Dog Training

At Argos Dog Training, our goal is to teach your dogs to communicate effectively with you! Please contact us for more information regarding our training sessions, including group and private sessions. Give us a call at 617-302-7467 or fill out an online contact form!

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Warm Weather Safety Tips for Your Dog

Having a dog is a great addition to any household. Rather the dog becomes a member of your busy home or gets to enjoy quality time spent with just you, they’re a member of the family either way. Similarly, to how you apply sunscreen to protect yourself and your children during warm weather months, there are extra precautions you need to take to protect your furry friends too!

Knowing the Threats

Before you can begin protecting your dog, you have to know the enemy. The biggest threat that dogs face during warm weather months are ticks and tick-borne diseases. Ticks typically stay in highly vegetated areas, such as tall grass. When your dog is playing outside, the ticks can quickly attach and begin to feed from your dog. Since you know that heavily vegetated areas are more tick prone, it’s best to avoid them during the summer months. 

Prevention

There are multiple forms of protection against ticks. Many people choose to use a flea and tick collar. This is a good start, but it isn’t enough to keep the ticks at bay completely. In addition to the collar, you should administer an oral or topical flea and tick medication once a month. There are a variety of brands to choose from; speak with your veterinarian to decide what’s the best option for your dog. 

Check Your Dog

During the warm weather seasons when ticks are out in full force, you should preform regular tick checks on your dog. Look through their fur, behind their ears, and in between their paws for ticks. Try to do this quickly after an outdoor adventure to reduce the risk of the ticks imbedding and spreading a disease to your dog. 

Vaccinate

Speak with your dog’s veterinarian about the Lyme disease vaccination for your dog. The vaccine reduces the risk of your dog contracting Lyme disease if they’re bit by a tick. This vaccine has been around for years, but a surprisingly low number of dog owners actually use it. 

If you find a tick on your dog or notice a change in behavior that could indicate a disease is present, contact the veterinarian right away. Embedded ticks need to be carefully removed to ensure both you and your dog are safe. Summer time should be your dogs favorite season, don’t let something as small as a tick get in the way of that and compromise their safety! 

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Summer-Safe Treats for Your Pet

Summer time is the best time for a frosty treat. Ice cream cones hold a special place in our hearts as a childhood memory and a habit that you can never outgrow! Of course, you want to share your summertime treats with your pet. Before you order up a second cone for your pooch, it’s important to know if it’s really safe or not.

Can Dogs Have Ice Cream?

The simple answer to this question is, yes, dogs can have ice cream. But just because you can have something doesn’t mean it’s good for you! Adult dogs aren’t equipped to handle the lactose found in ice cream and other dairy products. Ice cream may not hurt your dog in a small dose here and there, but it shouldn’t be viewed as a healthy summer snack option. 

Safe Summer Treats

If you do decide to serve your dog ice cream you should only give them a small amount of a vanilla or fruit flavored blend. Stay away from sugar-free options; the artificial sugars are toxic for your pet! An even better, and safer, summer treat option that we recommend is serving your dog homemade ice cream. You can make homemade ice cream by combining peanut butter, bananas, and a small amount of yogurt. Put the concoction into the freezer and once it’s frozen, let your dog enjoy their tasty treat! Vegan ice cream is also a safe option for your pet, but you should still stick to vanilla or fruit flavors only. 

What if Your Pet Eats an Unsafe Summer Treat?

If your dog has eaten ice cream without your permission, don’t panic. Figure out roughly how much ice cream your dog ate and what flavor it was. You should be on the lookout for symptoms of illness such as vomiting, diarrhea, gas, and bloating. If you notice any of those symptoms, contact the vegetarian. If you find out that the dog consumed ice cream that contains coffee, chocolate, or raisins, be sure to give them a call too. 

Summer time should be a fun time for you and your dog. There’s no doubt that giving them treats makes them happy, but it’s your job to make sure that happiness doesn’t turn into an illness. If you’re unsure about the safety of a summer treat for your pet, ask the veterinarian for confirmation that it’s safe. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your furry friends!  

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