Beginner Tips For Dog Training

Written by Adam G. Katz

1. What age should I start usingrepparttar prong collar?

[Adam replies: ] Generally speaking, at about four months of age… when you seerepparttar 125711 adult teeth begin to come in.

2. What should I be teaching, obedience wise, with 8 month puppy?

[Adam replies: ] At eight months of age, there really isn’t ANYTHING you can’t teachrepparttar 125712 dog, obedience-wise.

3. When you say pop, when teachingrepparttar 125713 down command,do you mean I should poprepparttar 125714 prong collar? So for example ifrepparttar 125715 dog gets up from down/stay position and walk away, you said to say NO, poprepparttar 125716 leash, then say NO allrepparttar 125717 way back to manhole, then poprepparttar 125718 leash again? Do you mean to poprepparttar 125719 prong or to guide him into down/stay position?

[Adam replies: ] When I say “pop” I mean to tug onrepparttar 125720 leash. Make sure you’re starting and ending with slack. So, you say, “No!” then go torepparttar 125721 dog and give a pop onrepparttar 125722 leash, then walk him back torepparttar 125723 spot and reissuerepparttar 125724 “down” command… and then “pop” downward (or torepparttar 125725 side) onrepparttar 125726 leash and put him back intorepparttar 125727 down position.

5. What'srepparttar 125728 difference between obedience training and sport training (i.e. Schutzhund)? Why do they say you shouldn't train your dog in obedience if you want him to be in Schutzhund? (I just want to know for my own knowledge)

[Adam replies: ] Schutzhund is a dog sportrepparttar 125729 incorporates an obedience routine, as well as a protection and tracking routine. The obedience exercises are mostly route exercises, and are not trained in a street-smart context. As for why you supposedly shouldn't train your dog in obedience if you want him to be in Schutzhund… this is a myth. Some macho types will consistently over-correct their dog inrepparttar 125730 obedience phase… and this will kill drive. But anyone with even a shred of common sense will avoid this predicament.

6. What do you think of raw diets for dogs? Worth it??

If You Own Two Dogs, Can You Control Who’s The Alpha Dog?

Written by Adam G. Katz

Dear Mr. Katz:

I have two cocker spaniels that are one year apart. The red and white female (Cassie)is almost two and spayed. The buff male (Peanut) is just one 1 years old and neutered. Peanut was rescued from a cocker shelter in October of 1999. He is incredibly devoted, a very good listener and quick learner. He isrepparttar ideal dog as he is very eager to please. Cassie onrepparttar 125710 other hand isrepparttar 125711 most independent and stubborn dog I have ever encountered (you've probably seen worse). She used to only listen to commands when she wanted but I have put a stop to that. I have had numerous problems with her dominant tendencies but have come a long way. She now views me asrepparttar 125712 alpha and only displays aggression when she is in pain -- specifically when I brush her. She has been diagnosed with allergies, is on allergy shots and has bad skin. This is not my problem though as I think I can work through this one withrepparttar 125713 use ofrepparttar 125714 training collar.

ADAM INTERJECTS: It's very difficult to correct pain-response aggression. It's more of a reaction than anything else. Userepparttar 125715 muzzle and restrainrepparttar 125716 dog when you need to give her shots. Other times (just so that she doesn't build a negative association torepparttar 125717 muzzle) put it on, take it off, and then give her a cookie. Do this at random times.

BETH CONTINUES: Cassie displays a lot of dominance aggression toward Peanut. She growls when he tries to pick up a bone near her and when they play (or fight) she will "hump" him. I always feed her first, give her treats first, pet her first but Peanut just doesn't seem to get it. He will walk throughrepparttar 125718 door before Cassie but after me. He is always one head length ahead of her when we walk outside. Further, I think he is trying to challenge her becauserepparttar 125719 playing time more recently has turned into fighting. It's more barking than anything -- to date there has been no blood. However, Cassie usually is on top of him, pinning him torepparttar 125720 ground, and he lets out this barking/yelping noise when she releases, he goes right after her again until I break it up.

She also displaysrepparttar 125721 same aggression towardrepparttar 125722 cat. Ifrepparttar 125723 cat comes into her "area" when she is comfortable in front ofrepparttar 125724 fire or ifrepparttar 125725 cat even walks by one of her bones she goes crazy. She'll chaserepparttar 125726 cat away with growling and quickly running after her.

ADAM INTERJECTS AGAIN: You can correct this behavior. She will learn not to chaserepparttar 125727 cat inrepparttar 125728 house.

BETH CONTINUES: So here'srepparttar 125729 big question. What do I do? Do I continue to treat Cassie asrepparttar 125730 next inrepparttar 125731 pack? Do I let them fight it out? Do I continue to scold her for chasingrepparttar 125732 cat? HELP!

Any advice you can offer will be much appreciated. Your book is great byrepparttar 125733 way....

Regards, Beth

Dear Beth:

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