Training Your Dog to Sit

Written by Timothy Robinson

Training your dog to "sit" is probablyrepparttar first thing you will train your puppy to do. I write puppy because you can startrepparttar 142850 training as soon asrepparttar 142851 puppy has settled in his new home. You might think this isn't that important, a dog knows how to sit. Well, I think it is very important. Read on and you will found out why and how to train your dog to sit.

1. This first one is easy. You just start by saying "sit" every timerepparttar 142852 puppy sits itself. He learns to associaterepparttar 142853 word sit withrepparttar 142854 action. This is a tip you can use in all training.

2. Take out his favorite treat and keep it in your hand. Sausage usually works well but remember to cut it in small pieces sorepparttar 142855 puppy can swallow it fast.

3. Sit down onrepparttar 142856 floor so you get torepparttar 142857 same level asrepparttar 142858 dog. You are less threatening when you sit. More important is that you are close torepparttar 142859 dog so you can reward him faster. More about this soon.

4. Slowly moverepparttar 142860 treat over your puppy's head. The intention is to getrepparttar 142861 puppy to smellrepparttar 142862 treat (he will) and follow it with his nose. He has two options. Either back still standing or sit down. It's easier to sit down.

5 Immediately as he sits you say "sit" and give himrepparttar 142863 piece of sausage. This isrepparttar 142864 key factor to all training. The reward has to be exact inrepparttar 142865 same moment asrepparttar 142866 dog doesrepparttar 142867 right thing.

6. Praiserepparttar 142868 dog. Show your joy with your voice as well as with your body language.

7. Repeat these steps 3-5 times. Not more than that though, as it has to be fun! Onrepparttar 142869 other hand you can repeatrepparttar 142870 steps several times duringrepparttar 142871 day.

Proper Dog Care

Written by Aki Desorcy

Whether you're a new dog owner or have had dogs around you for many years, learning about proper dog care is essential if you're to give your dogrepparttar greatest possible chance to enjoy a long and healthy life.

The most basic area of dog care is feeding. Unfortunately, many dog owners believe that as long as their dog is being given enough food, everything's ok. Too many dogs suffer from brittle bones, bad teeth and joint problems due to being fedrepparttar 142811 wrong kind of food and therefore not receivingrepparttar 142812 nutrients that are necessary for them to grow and maintain healthy bones, muscles and teeth. Foods that contain artificial colorants and preservatives often lead to allergies developing and feeding a dog on raw meat alone simply won't cover his daily calcium needs.

A dry food that's specially formulated to coverrepparttar 142813 nutritional needs of your dog depending on his age and level of activity is alwaysrepparttar 142814 best choice. Cheap foods may seem like a good alternative but are oftenrepparttar 142815 most expensive choice inrepparttar 142816 long run. Consider thatrepparttar 142817 dog will generally need more ofrepparttar 142818 cheaper varieties as much of what's in these foods is 'padding' and thatrepparttar 142819 padding will just lead to him having more bowel movements than would otherwise be necessary.

Grooming is an important area of your dog's care. All dogs, regardless of their coat type, should be groomed at least once a week. Obviously, some breeds will need daily grooming but even flat coated breeds, like Rottweilers and Labradors should be given weekly grooming sessions.

Duringrepparttar 142820 grooming session, utilizerepparttar 142821 time to check for any other health problems that may be affecting your dog. His skin should be checked for signs of sores or dryness; his ears should be checked for inflammation or pus; his legs and tail should be checked for any damage; and his body should be checked for unexpected lumps and bumps. ***************************************

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