Horse Training Voice Commands

Written by Andy Curry


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Torepparttar uninitiated, voice commands forrepparttar 125771 horse are nothing more than words. But torepparttar 125772 horse they are only sounds.

Obviously, horses cannot speak our language. Since they cannot speak our language we should think through what we say to them when we want certain responses from them.

Takerepparttar 125773 word "whoa" for instance. I have no doubt this isrepparttar 125774 most abused word inrepparttar 125775 human/horse language. Whenrepparttar 125776 rider says "whoa" thenrepparttar 125777 horse should know to stop.

Butrepparttar 125778 problem is this. Oftenrepparttar 125779 word "whoa" is said whenrepparttar 125780 rider wantsrepparttar 125781 horse to slow down...not stop. Before you know it,repparttar 125782 rider has conditionedrepparttar 125783 horse to slow down atrepparttar 125784 word "whoa" instead of stopping. Thenrepparttar 125785 rider can't understand whyrepparttar 125786 "stupid" horse won't stop when he says "whoa!".

Telling your horse a command when you mean for it to do something else is lying to your horse. You never lie to your horse becauserepparttar 125787 results you get will not be what you want. Jesse Beery, a famous horse trainer fromrepparttar 125788 1800's, knew this well and wasrepparttar 125789 first to say "don't lie to your horse".

Thus, when you say "whoa" to your horse, you must only say it because you want to stop...not slow down.

Also, when using voice commands be sure to use simple words with as few syllables as possible.

Thus, if you want a horse to back up then say "back". If you want him to walk then say "walk". If you want him to trot then say "trot".

Next, when using voice commands be sure to associate an action withrepparttar 125790 command. For instance, let's say you're teaching your horse to gallop atrepparttar 125791 command "gallop". So while inrepparttar 125792 round pen you use one of your aids to teach him to gallop. So first you say "gallop" then bring inrepparttar 125793 aid to motivate his movement to a higher speed.

If you want to teach your horse to walk then start your horse aroundrepparttar 125794 pen inrepparttar 125795 opposite direction from which you taught him to gallop. When he's gone around several times, stop him, and pet him. If he goes too fast userepparttar 125796 word "walk" and have him go slower by making a slight move torepparttar 125797 front of him.

Lastly, I'm a big advocate of being careful how you talk to your horse.

Why "Doggie Breath" is nothing to joke about.

Written by Carolyn Schweitzer


Your dogs health is important to you. You show him how important by keeping him well fed and groomed, making sure he gets plenty of exercise and providing a collection of fun, safe toys for his entertainment. You don't skimp onrepparttar quality of his food. And to reward good boys and girls, there are always lots of delicious treats inrepparttar 125770 cupboard.

But if he has bad breath, you could be overlooking a serious problem with your dogs health.

"Dog Breath" is such a common condition that we make jokes about it. Sometimes we even tease our human "friends" using "dog breath" in play-ground style name-calling ( although hopefully this is limited to teenage boys.) And I know many pet owners who comment that they love their dog or cat like a child, but just can't standrepparttar 125771 smell ofrepparttar 125772 animal's breath! Well, guess what? "Dog Breath" isn't normal. It's estimated that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats overrepparttar 125773 age of three suffer fromrepparttar 125774 periodontal disease a serious deterioration ofrepparttar 125775 gums and supporting bones ofrepparttar 125776 teeth. Yes, it's periodontal disease that's responsible for "dog breath". Butrepparttar 125777 problem doesn't confine itself to your furry baby's mouth. It's an infection, andrepparttar 125778 tiny creatures responsible for it can break loose and enterrepparttar 125779 bloodstream. Once they do, they can infect vital organs such asrepparttar 125780 liver and kidneys, endangering your dogs health by causing a far more serious illness.The best way to insure your dogs health, especially where periodontal disease is concerned, is with prevention. It can make allrepparttar 125781 difference.

Periodontal disease begins as gingivitis, which is virtually harmless and completely treatable. If allowed to move torepparttar 125782 next stage--Periodontitis-- it can be stopped, but not cured. Andrepparttar 125783 worse it gets,repparttar 125784 faster it progresses. This applies to all animals, two legged and four legged alike. Think of a car parked atrepparttar 125785 top of a hill. The emergency break is released, andrepparttar 125786 car begins to roll downhill. Now, if you hitrepparttar 125787 breaks right away, no harm done. Butrepparttar 125788 fartherrepparttar 125789 car rollsrepparttar 125790 faster it goes, andrepparttar 125791 more momentum it builds. It gets harder and harder to stop it. Byrepparttar 125792 time it's halfway downrepparttar 125793 hill, you could be headed for disaster! You can maintain your dogs health nicely with proper home care. But, likerepparttar 125794 rolling car, if disease is already present, stopping and controlling it is a bigger job.

Prevention involves, above all, regular veterinary checkups and professional cleanings beginning early in your dog or cat's life. I'll show you how you can help maintain oral health at home, but it's impossible to do a thorough cleaning on an animal who's awake. Trust me on this. It's hard enough to do a thorough job with a cooperative human patient. When we're talking about animals who don't understand what we're doing or why, forget about it.

Most veterinarians recommend annual cleanings, but more frequent or involved treatment may be needed depending on your animal's condition. Please, no matter what you're doing at home, followrepparttar 125795 vet's recommendations. As for your part, introduce your dog or cat torepparttar 125796 idea of having his teeth brushed as early as possible. I know, it's not easy, and it takes time and daily conditioning to get your little guy or gal used to it. But your dogs health is worth it!

So how do you preventrepparttar 125797 most common of threats to your dogs health? Brush her teeth, of course! Every day. Just like you would your own (twice a day for you, and floss too!!). This isn't easy, but it can become an expected part of your dog's routine if you do it right. Here are some suggestions:

Start when your dog is a puppy. The earlierrepparttar 125798 better.

At first, you just want her to get used to you handling her head and looking inside her mouth. Practice lifting up her lips and looking at her teeth and gums--front, back and both sides of her mouth.

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