Dog Training and Safety Tips

Well-trained pets make the heart and home happier.

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Many of the tips have been provided by the North Shore Animal League America.

1. Keep commands short and simple and praise or reward your dog immediately following good behavior.

2. Correct bad behavior immediately so your dog connects what he has done wrong with your disciplinary action.

3. Never hit or yell at your dog. This will only make him afraid of you.

4. If your dog tries to jump on you, say “no” then turn around and do not pay attention to him. Don't talk, pet, touch or even look at him. Any form of attention, even eye contact is a reward. Try to ignore your dog completely. If you are excited or make a big deal, your dog will make a fuss, too.

5. Don’t try to train if you’re in a bad mood. Your dog will read these emotions and avoid your commands.

6. Be consistent when training. Experts say to spend about 5-15 minutes each day teaching your dog basic commands.

7. Play with your dog after training sessions; this way he'll think training is fun.

8. Remember, you are the alpha dog in this relationship. Make the rules and give the orders. Your dog will instinctively respect you as the leader of their pack.

9. Establish a daily routine for feeding, walking and playing.

10. Just like people, dogs can become overweight or have heart problems if they do not exercise. So try to take a walk with your dog every day.


11. Maintain a consistent schedule for your housebreaking routine. This will help your dog anticipate the time they need to eliminate and help you to predict it as well.

12. Feed your dog a good diet the same time every day and feed in a confined area to reinforce cleanliness. Only leave food down for a half hour for each mealtime. Do not leave food out for your dog all the time; this will help avoid housebreaking mishaps.

13. Do not reprimand for a housebreaking accident that you did not see happen. If you witness an accident, give the dog verbal correction and bring the dog to the proper place.

14. On leash, bring your dog to the same spot each time and stay there until he eliminates. Attach a word to the action such as "empty" and always remember to praise verbally.


15. Never leave your pet in a car during warm-weather months. Parking in the shade and leaving the windows open is not an option. In a hot car, your pet's temperature can rise rapidly. It only takes minutes to reach dangerous levels.

16. Do not allow your dog to hang out of the window of a moving car. Objects such as rocks or tree limbs could seriously injure your pet or they might fall or jump out.

17. Do not allow your animals to ride in the back of a pick-up truck. They could be thrown out or jump out.

18. Take your pets inside if there is the possibility of a thunderstorm. Loud thunder may frighten them or lightening could strike them.

19. Check your pet daily for fleas and ticks. Talk to a veterinarian about preventing these insects from infesting your pet and your home.

20. Never approach a dog who is tied or confined behind a fence or in a car.

21. Don't approach a dog — even your own — without letting him see and sniff you first.

22. Don't disturb a dog while it is sleeping, eating, chewing on a toy or caring for puppies.

23. Children need to be wary of dogs they don't know and respectful towards the ones they do know.

24. The most important lessons for children to learn are not to chase or tease dogs they know and to avoid dogs they don't know.

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