Taking care of Man’s best friend

The number of dogs owned in the United States is estimated at over 83 million by the Humane Society of the United States (source: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/facts/pet_ownership_statistics.html). Canines are considered “man’s best friend” because they are fiercely loyal, protective, and loving. For new owners, training a young, playful puppy can be challenging. The following tips will help owners successfully transform the little pup into the perfect family pet.

Start Young

Starting early is key to making training easy. Puppies will start to recognize the owner’s body language and tone of voice immediately. By working with the puppy frequently from a young age, pet and owner develop a close relationship, and the dog learns his or her place in the family.

Use Positive and Negative Association

Using rewards for good behavior encourages the canine to keep up good behaviors to keep getting tasty treats or owner praise. Associating bad behavior with annoying sounds teaches the dog not to do things without harsh punishment. Whistles, spray bottles, and balled up socks will deter bad behavior when timed appropriately.

Use Tools to Help with Training

Training dog collars, clickers, and e-fences are just a few training tools owners can use to keep their faithful friends in check. These teach the dog boundaries by emitting sounds or low frequency pulses that do not hurt the animal.

Canine obedience training can be rewarding for both the owner and the pet with the use of proper techniques and the right tools.

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