Four Steps On Potty Training A Chihuahua

It is of very much importance to train your Chihuahua to potty. It is because potty training a Chihuahua will make your dog responsible with her mess. This will also prevent you from cleaning up your dog’s mess throughout the year.

If you don’t know where or how to start your training project then you have to read this article for the basic steps on how to potty train your Chihuahua.

Before you can directly do potty training a Chihuahua, you must first provide your chi a crate. A crate is a box or somewhat similar to a cage which is larger than the size of your dog. It is made of plastic, wood, or steel. This is intended to limit your dog’s movements in the house which can cause her to litter anywhere. Just place some toys inside your chi’s crate to prevent her from whining.

Teach your chi basic commands for easy control. The commands that you are going to teach her are monosyllable words which she can easily understand. These words are sit, stay, down, heel, stop, potty, or no. These are just basic commands commonly used to housebreak a puppy. Use one command for one respective action. Make sure to let your chi master the first command before you proceed to the next command. This will help her comprehend easily.

Start the training proper. Start potty training a Chihuahua by leading her outside to potty early in the morning, after every meal or after every time she eats, and at evening before going to bed. First, you have to observe her actions when she feels like going to potty.

Through this you will know when to lead her out. Teach her remember the door where you are going out. You can hang a chime for her to comprehend the sound. Give her a treat every time she does your command correctly. Next, you have to lead her to the place where she is supposed to potty. Never leave her outside. Command her to potty. Give her treat if she is done. Then lead her inside again.

This time, you repeat the process. This is for the sake of practice and comprehension. Do not punish her if she does not make it right. Just be consistent. Keep on repeating the process until she remembers at least one part of the entire procedure.

Use positive reinforcement in potty training a Chihuahua. In cases when she soils inside the house, do not beat her or punish her. Instead, lead her outside to her potty area. If you have any companion inside the house, then you ask that person to take your pup outside while you clean the mess. Use odor neutralizing agent to remove the odor. This odor can make your chi go back to that area to potty again.

Potty training a Chihuahua is not that easy. However, it entails you of great patience and consistency in order to be successful.

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Dos And Don’ts In Training A Chihuahua At Home

Training a chihuahua at home is preferred by many owners. It is because they are able to monitor their chi’s progress. Well, you can also train your pup on your own. Just read this article to know its dos and don’ts.

Dos:

Establish your authority over your chihuahua. This is crucial and important. It is because chihuahuas like other dogs are pack animals. This means that these animals used to live with many others and one should stand as a leader. So, between the two of you, establish your authority over her before she can establish hers.

Teach your chihuahua housebreaking. This is also called potty training. This is to teach her of proper disposal. Bring her outside to potty. Training a Chihuahua about housebreaking needs keen observation in order for you not to end up cleaning her mess inside the house.

Teach your chihuahua obedience training. This includes the basic commands and crate training. Teach her the commands sit, down, stay, and heel for obedience and for you to easily control her actions. Also, teach her crate training. The crate is considered as her room where she could sleep and sometimes eat. There are also toys inside to keep her company.

Get your chi to socialize with people and other canine breeds. Training a chihuahua to socialize help her get used to different stimuli without getting stressed out. Also, this will lessen her aggression.

Reward and praise your chihuahua for every job well done. This is a good motivation for your chi to do more for you too. This makes her do her best for the sake of the treat. Eventually, she will make everything you expect from her.

Don’ts:

Do not tolerate your chi for obsessive behaviors like jumping, biting, whining, growling, and barking. Though these are common behaviors for your chi, you still need to teach her the proper time and situation when to do so. Obedience training is advisable for this issue.

Do not punish your chi for a mistake done. This is one of the mistakes committed by some owners which eventually make their chi stay away from them.

Do not leave your chi anywhere in the house or yard. This might get your chi in great trouble with your neighbors. This can also give big space for your chi to get naughty by chewing your cushion and pillows.

Do not always cuddle and carry your chihuahua. She might get used to it and refuse to walk by herself. Instead, teach her to walk with a leash and collar around her neck.

Training a chihuahua also needs fun and game. Chihuahuas as toy dogs love to be cuddled. They love to be with their owners. So give your chi sometime of bonding together in order not to make her get bored.

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4 Simple Training Commands for Your Labrador Retriever

Here are some simple training commands for your Labrador retriever. We’ll start with just the basics for now.

Sit!

This command should have your Lab stop what she’s doing and sit on her hind legs. This is the simplest command for any dog to learn, especially you Lab. You can begin teach your puppy this command at an early age and you’ll continue re-enforce through out her life. It is the building block of other commands because it also teaches you how to handle your Labrador retriever.

While your puppy is standing and focused on you place your hand right above her hip bone by her rear and tell her to ‘Sit’ in your best command voice. While simultaneously saying ‘Sit’ press down on her butt. This will let her know what you want done. When her butt is on the ground praise her for a job well done.

Continue doing this daily until you no longer need to re-enforce the desired behavior by placing your hand on the Lab’s rear and pushing down. Though this can be done when your Lab is very excited and not listening very well. Be careful not to push too hard or you may injure your Lab.

Stay!

With this command you will be able to have your Labrador retriever sit and stay at a specified place until your ready. This is very useful when attempting to cross a street or if your hands are to full deal with everything life is throwing at you including your Lab!

Begin this training exercise with your puppy sitting in front of you. Place you full extended hand palm forward (like you are telling a robber to stop) so your Lab can see it. While doing this say ‘Stay’.

The objective with this command is to have your Lab freeze like a robber. While one of the easiest commands it is also very hard because your Lab will want to come to you! At first begin this teaching this command while she’s right in front of you. If she stands up and commands towards you, then tell her to ‘Sit’ and make sure she sits. Then repeat the ‘Stay’ command with your hand extended palm out. Continue doing this until your Lab stays while in front of you.

Over time you will be able to back up a little bit farther away from your Lab and tell her to ‘Stay’. Guess what? She will! A little bit later down the time line you should be able to tell your Labrador retriever to stay while quite a ways away. Some very well trained Labs will stay even if the master is not present. In these situations its important to release the Lab from the ‘Stay’ command. This can be done with the ‘Come’ or ‘OK’ commands which will be covered in the next part.

Come!

You’ve began training your Labrador retriever to ‘stay’ in place, but how do you him from that stance? The easy answer is with the ‘come’ command. This command will let your pup know that he can come towards to you. This is best practiced at first with a leash on your Lab so that he will know to come to you when call.

To begin the training have your Lab ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ while on his leash. Walk backwards enough to at the end of leash. Now call your puppy’s name and say ‘Come’. Your Lab may not know what to do at first so you can give a simple tug on the leash. This will let him know it time to come to you.

In the beginning stages of training your Labrador retriever may be paying attention to you. In these instances you can tug on the leash a little stronger to get his attention. Over time your Lab will listen to you while not on the leash. You can start this when your puppy is young as well.

Leave the leash off your Lab and have him ‘sit’ and ‘stay’. While moving backwards quickly call your puppy’s name and say ‘Come’. Your lab will chase after you in a fun, energetic way. Your Lab will love this! Make sure to praise him once he gets to you.

No!

This is the easiest and hardest command to teach your Labrador retriever. This command is used to let your Lab know that his current behavior is not what is expected of him and he should stop it immediately.

In a firm, loud voice say your Lab’s name and then ‘No!’. You can extend your pointer finger towards him to enforce it. You Lab puppy should stop the bad behavior and look at you after hearing his name. At that time make any corrective behavior adjusts necessary to reinforce the positive behavior you want from your Labrador retriever.

What makes this command so difficult for us humans is that when our Labs are acting inappropriately we want to act inappropriately as well by hitting or whipping them. This does not correct any behavior in your puppy. Most of the time it only confuses him because he did stop when he heard the command and now he is being punished for doing so. Be careful you don’t fall in to this trap when first learning to train your Labrador retriever or you may find yourself and your Lab in deep waters later.

There are many more tricks to teach your old Labrador retriever or puppy. These require a Lab to have these basics down firmly. You should train your Lab puppy everyday in order to practice these commands and have them understood properly for a long and safe life for your Lab.

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Making the Frisbee Interesting When Training

How to make the Frisbee interesting

Looking for a challenge for you and your dog, while building a stronger bond interacting with you canine friend. Why not teach you dog how to play Frisbee a go?

Here are some tips that will guide you on how to create your Frisbee dog. An excellent way to create a positive experience is to feed meals on the disk, this makes the disk relevant and teaches your dog that good things happen when the Frisbee comes out. I recommend you use the plastic disk for this part of the training, we will move to a soft Frisbee later on.

Though some dogs are fine with plastic disks, I find most prefer the soft ones that are now available. Whether your dog will choose using a soft or hard disks we begin with the plastic ones and change to soft ones when we begin teaching throws.

1. Another way to get your dog excited is to play tug with a soft disk or a rubber disk.
2. Moving the disk back and forth on the ground will also increase your dog’s interest in the disk.
3. Another way to build interest is to slide it along the floor a short distance for your dog to retrieve.
4. Rolling the plastic disk on its back by flicking it is yet another way to build interest, rollers also teaches your dog the proper way to grab the disk.

Games to help build interest in the Frisbee

Can I play too game? Play Frisbee with another person, your dog should be running back and forth, pretend to miss a few times allowing your dog to get the Frisbee.

It should be me game; you can also build your dog’s interest by letting your dog watch while you play with another dog. This usually gets an immediate response to want to play.

Catch me Frisbee game; to play this game you’ll require that the disk be attached to a leash, by clipping the clasp of the leash to the disk. Then run away from your dog playing keep away with the disk. You’re trying to excite your dog’s chasing instinct and develop interest in the toy.

The revved up disk chase; Crouch next to your dog while facing in the direction of the dead Frisbee, that’s the Frisbee you placed 25 yards away on the ground. While holding on to your dog to hold him back say ready, set, go releasing your dog on the go trying to beat him to the Frisbee which you won’t. Now that you have built drive for the Frisbee it’s time to teach him how to play the game.

How to teach your dog to catch the Frisbee

My favourite time of year to teach throws is in the winter, I always seem to wait for the snow to make this game even more fun in the beginning stages.

Step one; teaching your dog to catch a stationary Frisbee. Hold the Frisbee in front of your dog at nose level and encourage your dog to get it.

Step two; teach your dog to catch a moving Frisbee. Hold the Frisbee out in front of your dog at nose level encouraging him to get it while moving it away from him.

Step three; teach your dog to catch a flying disk; Hold the Frisbee out above your dog’ head, then bring it down to the dog’s level while moving it away and encourage your dog to get it when it’s within his catching range. This teaches your dog to catch the Frisbee in a safe manner.

Short throws; encourage your dog to get the Frisbee but this time you’re going to let go of the Frisbee so your dog catches it in the air.

Short distance throws; when throwing the disk it’s important to throw it out in front of your dog’s running patch.

Long distance throws; once the dog understands the game he will start looking back at you to see where you’re going to throw the Frisbee.

Teaching a good foundation will allow you to be successful. Building drive is an important facet of this game. Don’t be in a hurry, take the necessary time to build drive; the years of fun you’ll both have will be returned tenfold.

The Go Around

Go around is an important cue to teach your dog, it not only looks cool but it sets him up in a position where you can easily throw the Frisbee for him. To teach go around, simply lure your dog with the Frisbee from the front to the back of you and back to the left side. The saying that those who play together stay together couldn’t be truer than in the case of a dog.

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