Eliminating On Cue – Via Clicker Training

February 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

How to Potty Train a Puppy?

That is one of the very first questions first time dog owners have. Being apartment dwellers, the last thing we want to see is our dog doing their business any and everywhere.

Because you have arrived at this page, my guess is that to a certain extent, potty training your puppy or dog could be a major concern for you too.  Well, if so, you have arrived at the right place. I am confident that by reading my posts, this one and others upcoming to form a house training series, you will be able to find solutions to your puppy house training needs.

In today’s post, we will cover putting potty behaviors on cue. Imagine if you can cue your puppy or dog to poo or pee at your own convenience or choosing?  Wouldn’t that be wonderful?  Sounds impossible?  Perhaps with traditional training methods, but with clicker training, it is easily done. Here’s how…

Puppy Potty Training  – The Steps to Getting it on Cue

All you need is a clicker and some treats your puppy or dog likes.  Thereafter, simply follow these simple steps:

Charge the Clicker (Step 1)

By charging the clicker, we simply mean to give meaning to the clicker.…

Crate Training – Are You Doing It Right?

December 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

So you get a crate and start “crate training” but things aren’t going as planned.

You thought this method was the way to go…(and it is the best method of house training!) BUT if you’re using methods that are incorrect or outdated this stage can be very long, drawn out and frustratingly ineffective.

But…Yes! crate training does work and it’s the best method for house training there is, though there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about it.

You CAN’T just get a crate and throw your puppy in there. You need to make sure that you “form good habits” and “prevent bad habits” regarding your puppy’s behavior without stressing him out or traumatizing him. During your puppy or dog’s learning stages, using the crate appropriately ensures that your furniture, carpet, etc. will survive while your puppy is learning his acceptable behaviors. (A crate or an acceptably confined area can be used in the beginning stages of puppy potty training.)

Using confinement in the right manner makes your puppy’s potty training progress much faster with very few messes to clean up.

Basic Principles for correct training:

1.Make sure you don’t use the crate to confine your puppy too much.…

Tackling Aggression

November 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Aggression is a serious problem and you should never attempt resolving the issue yourself without seeking professional help.

This article is merely to provide an overview of remedial work and to give hope and encouragement if you’re unlucky enough to be facing a dog giving you these problems.

Number One Reason For Abandonment

Aggression is without doubt the No. 1 reason dogs are given up to shelters. It can range from growling and snapping, to real intentional biting and full on attack.

A lot of owners hesitate to ask for help in these circumstances because they fear the advice will always be to destroy their beloved dog.  Instead they live an unhappy and fearful life with their pooch, commonly hiding their dog away through fear of aggression in public.

Why Do Dogs Become Aggressive

There are many reasons and they can vary wildly. From breeding dogs with bad temperaments, to a lack of socialization and more. But what’s important before attempting to fix the problem, the cause of the aggression MUST first be identified and this is one of the reasons professional help is required. Aggression is usually a sign of another problem and not the problem in itself.

But please rest assured, all but the most severe of cases can be tackled.…

How To Greet A Dog Correctly And Safely

October 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Many people are scared of dogs. Indeed, many dogs are also scared of people.

This can make the first greet between a dog and a person fraught with danger. Yes, it’s not always easy from either side of the relationship and if things start badly, things can end badly.

So, you need to know how best to greet a dog.

In this article I discuss some simple tips you can use that will help you meet a dog in the best possible way that ensures you get off on the right foot (or paw) and make the right start towards developing a good and friendly relationship with them instantly.

Stand Still ! Make Sure the Dog Approaches You

When you first meet a dog, you need to make sure you stand still. You should always let the dog approach you first, not the other way around.

Regardless of how friendly the dog looks, he might feel threatened and react if you take the first step. But when a dog approaches you on his own terms, he feels more comfortable, and less threatened.

Respect The Dog’s Space

Most people love dogs so much they have a tendency to get really close to the dog when they are petting.…

Why Micro-Chipping Your Dog Is So Important

August 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

What is  a microchip?

This is a tiny electronic device roughly the size of a grain of a rice. It is implanted under the dog’s skin on the back of its neck, just in front of its shoulder blades. Each microchip is manufactured with a unique number that can be identified by a scanner. This unique number matches the database records to the owner’s contact details. With this, it is easy to locate the dog owner if a dog ever becomes lost and is then found.

Micro-chipping is done using specialist equipment which injects the chip under the dog’s skin. This is a very quick procedure and only hurts the dog as much as a vaccination injection. This procedure does not require anesthesia and once the chip is inserted the dog can not feel its there, it causes no discomfort.

Why micro-chipping your dog is so important?

Often a dog is lost without wearing ID tags, or the tags are removed and in this case local authorities and animal charities scan stray dogs for microchips. Without these micro-chips, it is very difficult and sometimes impossible to be reunited with your dog once it is lost. So if you love your dog, it is important you microchip it.…

5 Situations When It’s Best to Leave Your Dog at Day Care

July 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Dogs are highly social animals. They love company, feeling their family’s presence and to be a part of things. If they had a choice they would probably like to be by your side all day, seven days a week.

With our busy lives, we often have no other choice than to leave our doggie at home and sometimes for relatively long periods of time.

While some dogs cope well with time alone, others get bored and start being naughty, often leading to issues around the house.

On average, vets suggest that dogs should not be alone for more than 4 to 5 hours at a time. If you need to exceed this, you might want to consider doggy day care, where your dog can socialise, exercise and receive interaction and some company.

After talking with our customers and experts you have identified 6 situations when dog day care should be considered:

1 – You Work Fulltime

Work is no longer a nine-to-five thing where you can drop home for lunch and do a quick dog workout. Employees are expected to stay at work for 8 to 12 hours, which means the important dog-walk and play time is missed every day. At day care, these necessary exercises will never be missed, and will be even better enjoyed with a few playmates and friends around.…

Teach Your Dog To Sit

May 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

There are three simple methods you can use to teach your dog how to sit on command. They include; Praising the dog’s natural behavior, using the ‘treat trick’ and applying physical guidance.

Below is a brief discussion on these three methods. Use them all and you’ll have your dog learn to sit on command in no time at all:

1) Praising the dog’s natural behavior


Start the training at home where your dog is comfortable and there are no distractions around so he is calm and acting naturally in his environment. Make sure that there really are zero distractions meaning no people, other pets, loud music or anything that may distract him. Keep quiet and just watch your dog, ignoring his behavior until you see him sit naturally. Immediately at the time his bottom hits the floor, say ‘sit’ and reward him. The reward can be a small treat or hearty praise and a game. Try to spend some time each day just watching your dog and going through this procedure, many times per day for a few days all the while repeating this procedure. This will very quickly form an association in his mind between the word ‘sit’, his bottom hitting the floor and a reward coming.…

Should I Have My dog Castrated?

March 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

This is an important question that dog owners have to contend with.

This article will help you answer this query by giving you some possible benefits and side effects of the procedure. Hopefully, this will help you make the right decision. I suggest you read everything you can before you make a decision about whether or not to castrate your male dog.

Here are some of the pros and cons of castrating your dog:


• Changes in behavior may happen. Specifically, your dog may become docile and more tamed after castration. If you were not a fan of his annoying behavior before, then castrating might be the right thing to do for your pet. One particular behavior change is your dogs behavior when around bitches in heat. This can drive a complete dog simply crazy! They can become uncontrollable trying to get at them. Castration can help in this case (or spaying the bitch).

• Another advantage of castrating your pet would be the reduced risk of testicular cancer. Castrating will also reduce the urge to roam for the pet. If you don’t want your dog to impregnate all the female dogs around the neighborhood, castrating is the way to go.…

Should You Spay Your Dogs?

March 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

This question is a subject of debate among many animal health care professionals around the world. This article will focus on the pros and cons of spaying your dogs to help you decide whether or not to do it for your pet.

Spaying is something that can either help or cause trouble for your dogs so you have to be aware of the pros and cons of this activity before deciding whether to go ahead. Hopefully, this article will help you to make a more educated decision.


• According to experts, spaying female dogs will help decrease their susceptibility to cancer, specifically breast cancer. This can also reduce susceptibility to tumor growth and development for female dogs.

• Aside from this, spaying can also prevent various diseases from infecting your female dog specifically pyometra. Symptoms for this disease are very hard to detect and therefore would be more difficult to cure.

• Spaying your female dog can also be good if you are not going to use her for breeding. However, there also disadvantages that you have to take into consideration as much as possible. Some of these disadvantages are as follows:http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/guide/spaying-or-neutering-your-dog-faq


• While spaying can significantly reduce the risk of mammary cancer, your pet still has a higher risk of contracting other forms of cancer despite being spayed.…

Worms in Dogs: How to Keep Your Dog Worm Free

March 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Keeping your dog worm free can be difficult, especially if coming from a place of no experience.

This article will help you deal with this problem by guiding you through the process step by step. Hopefully, you will be able to do it without a hitch after reading this text.

Know the Cause of the Disease

The first thing that you need to figure out is the origin of the infestation. Puppies can get worms from a variety of sources, like from their mothers or from contact with other dogs. Knowing the origin of the worms can help you determine what actions you need to take as other animals may need to be medicated as well as your pet…or they may have to be kept separate.

Learn the Specifics

You also have to know what kind of worm it is. Different worms are susceptible to different medications. So you have to know the specifics about your pet’s condition. They could have tapeworms or round worms and unless you’re sure this is something you may have to ask your veterinarian about.


Be vigilant about your dog’s condition. Your dog may have worms already without you even knowing it. This is why you have to be pro-active when it comes to deworming your dog.…

Night Waking: How to Restore the Peace

March 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Have you ever had a pet that keeps howling at night? If the answer is yes, then the article is for you. We will try to give you some steps that you can take to keep your pet quiet during the night so let you can get a good night’s sleep.

1. Find Out What the Problem Is

The first thing that you need to do is figure out what the problem is. Usually, if the dog has been very well behaved in past evenings, there will be an obvious reason for him to be whiny all of a sudden. So in order for you to get your peace back, you have to figure out what is causing your puppy to become noisy at night.

2. Remove the Cause of the Anxiety

For example, there could be rats inside the house that the dog may find bothersome. Or maybe he just wants to get your attention in the middle of the night. If this happens, all you have to do is remove the cause of his anxiety.

3. Don’t Pay Him Any Attention

Always remember that your dog has heightened senses so he detects things stronger than you do. If you’re moving the cause of the problem does not work, especially in cases where he just wants your attention, it would be best to let him just cry it out until he gets tired of it.…

How to Stop Your Dog from Digging in the Yard

March 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Your dog dug up your favorite rosebush yet again. It is somewhat natural that dogs dig in the yard or around the fence. It’s simply something they love to do. However, there is a point at which this digging becomes a doggone nuisance. It is important to focus not only on how to stop dogs digging but also possible causes of this behavior.

Reason Why Dogs Dig

Some possible reasons for your dog’s digging adventures include: Natural instincts (some breeds are more prone to digging behavior than others), attention seeking act, need for mental and physical stimulation, enjoying the feel of freshly turned soil, the smell of fertilizer is tempting, shelter (to cool off or warm up), hunting, buried treasure, and more besides.

The first thing that you want to do is to find out if your dog’s breed is particularly prone to digging. This will be helpful in determining how successful you are likely to be in stopping your dog from digging in your garden, around your fence, or on your lawn. Often it is impossible to completely stop digging behavior, but there are tactics for reducing the amount of digging (and damage) involved. Click here if you need additional information on how to dog proof a fence

How to Get a Dog to Stop Digging

If your pooch is digging for attention or because he needs mental and physical stimulation, then perhaps it is time to spend a little more quality time exercising him to get rid of the extra energy.…

Great Reasons To Use A Dog Crate

March 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

The use of a dog crate is a fantastic tool for owners of new puppies and grown dogs alike. In the wild, dogs naturally like to ‘den’. And when a domesticated dog is properly crate trained, the crate becomes a substitute for that den, a safe haven where the dog feels secure and happy.

What is a dog crate?

A dog crate can be any container, from metal cages to the plastic carriers that are used for transporting dogs on airplanes. The metal dog cage is a popular choice of crate because it allows the dog complete visibility through the bars. Many models are also collapsible.…

A Simple Puppy Potty Training Routine

March 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

A new puppy, like all babies, will need potty training. A young puppy needs to empty his bladder every hour, and at least once during the night. As the puppy grows, he will be able to hold back urination for an additional hour per month of age, up to a ten-hour maximum. But in order to make sure your puppy toilets where you want them to and not wherever they please, you have to go through a potty training routine. below is a simple routine taken from this guide from the RSPCA.

How To Potty Train a Puppy

Here is a simple puppy potty training routine that will make training a breeze:

1. The first step is to designate a place in your yard as the “potty spot.” You will be glad that you did. When your dog grows up, he will continue to use his chosen spot, rather than messing up the entire yard.

2. Choose a cue word, such as “go potty,” that will keep him focused on the task. During puppy potty training, repeat the cue word until he finishes, so that it becomes attached to the event. Later, this word can be used as a prompt to remind the puppy what is expected of him.…