If you want to get the most from your dog ownership, it pays to train them the best that you can. Owning a dog will be more of a pleasure when you train the dog, because they'll be well behaved, even-tempered and a joyful part of your family. In this regard, you will want to learn as much as you can about training a dog, so that this process is successful and enjoyable.
One of the most valuable lessons your dog can learn from you is to "leave it." Dogs are naturally curious, and they have the instinct to scavenge food. Scraps lefts on park benches or in the grass have the potential to harm your dog, especially if people have specifically targeted the "leftovers" to be harmful to animals. Other normal people foods and objects can also be hazardous to your dog's health (pieces of leather, chocolate, or raisins, to name a few).
If you suffer from a mental disability, you may find that a dog or cat helps provide emotional support. Should this be the case, you will want to talk to your physician about an emotional support animal (ESA).
An emotional support animal does not need special training. They are usually your beloved household pet. ESA's are typically dogs, but yours may be a cat or other small domesticated animal. As long as your pet provides comfort and helps to minimize emotional symptoms brought on by your disability, it is on its way to helping you qualify.
If you own one or more dogs, you know that aggression between canines can be scary, dangerous, and ideally, avoided. Here are some tips on how you can deter dog-on-dog aggression both in your household and outside the home.
In the Home
If you have several dogs in the home, preventing conflicts is essential in maintaining a safe and peaceful environment for humans and pets. One of the biggest reasons dogs fight is lack of leadership from their human owners.
Training a puppy is something that seems pretty straightforward, but is actually somewhat difficult to do well. It takes some insight into the mind of a puppy to really train them well, not just throwing commands to them. If you're starting out on the process, here's a look at three things you never knew about training a puppy.
There Should Be No Name Calling
It's a general rule that you shouldn't use your puppy's name during training, at least not in a negative way.