In this video, we’ll discuss 7 top dog training myths and what NOT to do when training a dog. It’s amazing how many people think that if they are forceful enough with their dog, yell at them more, or even resort to hitting them or using shock collars, that the dog will behave. These are not only the best examples of what NOT to do when training a dog, but it’s also just sad. All that happens when a dog is treated this way is that they fear their owner. There is no love in this approach, nor is it even effective. In fact, it’s not training at all. There are easier and more loving ways to train a dog than resorting to cruelty, and we’ll talk about the RIGHT training methods in this video. Thanks for watching! Debra
In this video, we’ll talk about the things you need to be aware of when exercising senior dogs. As your dog gets older, there are lots of things you need to watch for and accommodate for as his physical abilities decrease. Not only for their happiness, but for their safety! Thanks for watching! Debra
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Older dogs have different care requirements as compared to their younger counterparts. But to most people, a dog will always be a puppy even after reaching canine years, or even after their fur turns gray.
But eventually, a time will come when you realize that your dog is panting harder even when taking short walks or is struggling to climb onto the bed or the sofa. At that time, you’ll need to adjust to the lifestyle requirements of a senior dog.
Below you’ll find tips that will help you take care of your senior dog appropriately. Read on to learn more.
1. Watch Your Dog’s Diet
Senior dogs are less active, and therefore you should avoid feeding them a diet with large amounts of calories. This will help prevent your dog from gaining extra weight that could lead to many health problems. Talk to your vet so you can understand the right diet for your aging dog.
2. Exercise Your Dog
Exercise is a great way to keep your senior dog lean and maintain a healthy body. Just like people, as dogs age, they are unable to perform certain physical activities as they used to do when they were young. But exercises remain an important aspect of their health and well being.
Therefore, you should involve your dog in certain physical exercises. But you should tailor the exercises to the individual needs of your dog.
If your dog has not been doing exercises for a long time, start slow as you increase the intensity gradually. It is also important to consult a veterinarian to understand the duration of exercise suited for your dog.
As dogs age, they tend to be less active and some even disengage from social activities. Even if your dog is too weak to go to the dog park, he’s definitely missing his pet pals, and so you should plan for some play dates. Through this, your dog will socialize and enjoy being in a less-restricted environment.
It is also important to take your dog with you when going out for family outings, instead of leaving him alone just because he has slowed down. Create a comfortable space for your pet in the car, drive slow, and book nice a pet friendly hotel.
4. Have a Vet Check Your Dog More Often
As dogs get older, their immune system also gets weak. It is therefore important to have your dog checked by a vet at least twice a year. Just like senior people need routine care from the doctors, pets will also benefit from these visits.
Your older pet will require additional blood tests, dental care, as well as other examinations. Besides, some breeds have predispositions towards certain health conditions such as hip dysplasia, arthritis, diabetes, and cancer. Frequent visits and early detection will help you discover these ailments before they become life threatening.
5. Consider Dental Health
It is important to maintain the dental hygiene of your aging dog. Be sure to brush and clean your dog’s teeth to prevent dental diseases, decay, and chewing problems.
If it’s a challenge to brush and clean your dog’s teeth, you can opt for dental toys and dental treats instead.
6. Watch Out for Any Behavioral Changes
Your dog can’t speak, but looking at his behavioral changes, you can know if he is ailing or not. While a senior dog is usually less active, paying attention to uncommon behavior can help detect problems early. Some dogs get excessively cranky when they are in pain or avoid interaction.
Signs such as decreased appetite, increased irritability or agitation, changes in urination, and increased water consumption could also mean that your dog is unwell.
7. Keep Obesity at Bay
Overweight pets are at a higher risk of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and even skin disease. You should ask your veterinarian about the nutritional requirements of a senior dog because overweight dogs need a special type of diet that provides the nutrients needed while allowing for weight loss.
For instance, there are special diets with low calories and high L-carnitine content that can help in slow and steady weight loss.
8. Provide Special Accommodation for Your Senior Dog
Just like puppies need customized boxes to sleep and stay warm, you should also provide special accommodation for your aging dog.
If your dog is suffering from joint issues or hip dysplasia, install ramps that your dog can use to get to climb the bed or even the car. Also, ensure that food and water are kept in places where your pets can easily reach them, especially for those with vision impairments.
If you live in cold climates, consider providing your dog with heated beds, especially those with achy joints.
9. Consider Regular Checks for Arthritis
The American Veterinary Medical Association shows that many pets suffer from arthritis. Therefore, you should have your dog checked for arthritis more often. If you notice signs such as decreased activity, difficulty climbing stairs, difficulty sitting or standing and seemingly stiff joints, you should contact your vet.
10. Keep Your Dog Occupied with Toys
You can use toys to keep your old dog occupied. This will not only help keep your pets entertained but also help in weight loss. Toys that require chewing or promote activity will also stimulate the aging muscles and keep your dog healthier for longer.
I think nearly every dog owner in the world has asked themselves whether using food to train their dog is effective…or just cheating! When it comes to the question of how to train a dog with treats and whether or not you should be using food to train your dog, the best thing to do is to get advice from a professional dog trainer, not fellow dog owners at the park.
What I’m about to explain comes directly from professional dog trainer, “Doggy Dan,” – the owner of the video-based dog training website, The Online Dog Trainer. What Doggy Dan teaches us about this may surprise you!
Myth #1: If you train your dog with food, they’ll only listen to you when you have food in your hand.
This is simply not true. Dogs will listen to you whether you have food or not, even if they were initially trained with treats. The reason you can start by using food to train your dog is because at first, your dog will do absolutely anything you say, just as quickly as he can figure out what you’re asking – if there is a treat to be had. This is the quickest, most effective way to train your dog – getting him to listen right from the start. Then, once your dog learns to respond to your commands automatically, you simply fade out the treats gradually –offering them less and less often. I’ll cover this later in this article. But for now, let’s learn how to use treats effectively.
How to Maximize the Use of Food Treats
Maybe you know someone whose dog only listens to them if they offer the dog a treat. Or worse, maybe the dog doesn’t listen at all, even if a treat is involved. Maybe this is you and your dog? Maybe it seems like the only way to get your dog to listen to you is to bribe them with a treat, and that just doesn’t seem right. Well, the good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. And the solution isn’t complicated – it’s easy!
Three Simple Tricks from a Professional Dog Trainer
I always recommend to people who are struggling to train their dog that they visit a website called, The Online Dog Trainer, where professional dog trainer Doggy Dan has more than 250 videos where he shows you how to solve absolutely any dog training issue you can think of. Doggy Dan is one of the world’s most accomplished professional dog trainers – so much so, that his website is endorsed by New Zealand’s SPCA! If you’d like to check out his dog training website, clickHERE. Or…stay with me and continue this article – I’ll give you the link to Doggy Dan’s website again at the end! Here are three simple tricks I learned directly from Doggy Dan on how to train your dog using food.
Dogs are more motivated and excited by receiving treats as rewards if the size of the treat varies. In other words, it’s better to give your dog a couple of small treats, then surprise him with a huge sausage. Yes, you heard that right! Imagine his delight when he begins to expect a mini milk bone, then all of a sudden the jackpot of all doggy treats appears! I promise you your dog will be so excited about the possibility of another big sausage showing up that he’ll work for you and work for you and work for you – obeying every time – receiving the small treat, small treat, small treat…until Jackpot! a big sausage again! You just can’t keep giving your dog the same small, boring treat every time. Maybe a big sausage isn’t feasible – but you get what I mean. Surprise him every few times with something particularly big and yummy. It’ll keep him coming back for more in the form of obeying you every single time. Every time you give him a command or make a request of him, he’ll be hopeful that the big treat will be his reward!
What is even better to a dog than a big sausage?
Two big sausages? Good guess! But the answer is actually the same sausage – but cut into 5 or 6 small pieces. Now, the next time your dog obeys a command, start putting the pieces into his mouth, one after the other, until the whole sausage is gone. Talk about Jackpot! He’ll think he’s won the lottery! Receiving piece after piece of this wonderfully tasty treat is beyond rewarding for a dog. (Are you getting the idea here? The idea is to build yourself up to be the most wonderful, most delicious creature in the universe in your dogs eyes! LOL)
Not all treats are created equal.
Just like people, dogs have their favorite foods. If you want your dog to obey every time, then find out what floats his boat! (or maybe I should say what wags his tail! Ha! I’m killing me today…) The fact is, there’s a huge difference in performance between a dog who’s really excited to win the reward compared to a dog who’s only half interested in the treat. For example, don’t just offer a milk bone every time; rather, put a little peanut butter on one sometimes. Or offer a little piece of chicken, bacon or cheese. I personally recommend real, whole foods as treats for dogs – mine loves blueberries, believe it or not. Some dog treats can be harmful for dogs because they contain ingredients, say, to keep the treats soft, that can actually harm the dog. And also remember that some foods can be poisonous for dogs. Be careful, obviously, not to add too many calories to your dog’s daily intake by giving too many treats. Bottom line – keep treats healthy and low-fat as much as possible. Raw carrots are a wonderful treat. Most dogs like them, and chewing them up is great for cleaning their teeth!
Let’s keep in mind that your end goal here will be to fade out the treats over time until they become very random rewards.
Fading out the Food
By now you’re probably wondering if you’ll have to give your dog endless treats from now until eternity if you want him to obey. This couldn’t be further from the truth. As I mentioned earlier, you need to understand how to fade out the food treats over time.
This is important. To begin fading out the food, start by giving your dog the treat from inside your hand so he can’t see it. Then slowly start to reward with food every second time he obeys you, then every third time he obeys you. Eventually, treats will become only random rewards. But remember not to rush this. Fading out the treats should happen very slowly – over a period of months, not days. Eventually you’ll end up only giving a treat every 5th time – then every 10th time – then every 20th time. Until eventually the dog only receives a treat every now and then. The fact is, by this point you’ve accomplished training your dog. They listen now. They understand what you’re asking, and they obey…because it’s become a habit to!
Myth #2: You shouldn’t have to give treats in order for your dog to listen to you.
This attitude seems to be most popular with people who either have never owned or trained a dog, or worse, with people who think you need to use a lot of force, fear or aggression in dog training. This approach is so “old school” – the notion that dogs should just obey “or else.”
The fact is, every dog is different. Some dogs are happy to do absolutely anything asked of them just to please their owner. For these dogs, the owner’s affection and attention may very well be enough. Other dogs are continuously thinking about their next meal. This is a dog who will learn about 100 times faster if you’re offering treats. Dogs who are extremely active, who run around like crazy at the dog park, for example, most definitely will need food treats to even get their attention for two seconds, let alone trying to train them.
Food is always going to be the number one reward for most dogs.
Using food to training your dog is, without question, the fastest and most effective way to teach your dog to listen. Hopefully this article has made you understand the truth in that. You train with treats – then eventually the treats become just random rewards. It’s fast, easy and effective.
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As dogs get older, they don’t need as much physical activity. Unlike puppies or younger dogs, they don’t have a ton of energy they need to burn off every day. Senior dogs are usually content to sleep a lot and relax, and at this stage of their lives, that’s exactly what they should be allowed to do. However, exercise is important, at any age. Exercise stimulates blood flow, which helps deliver oxygen to all tissues and helps remove toxins. Exercise helps bowel function enormously, and this is especially important for older dogs. Exercise helps keep muscles strong and joints flexible, and helps burn calories so the dog doesn’t suffer with a weight problem. So exercising elderly dogs is important. Here are some tips to keep in mind as your dog enters his senior years.
Provide a Level of Physical Activity that’s Appropriate for the Dog
It’s always important, when choosing a dog, to get a breed that matches your energy level and lifestyle. You might, for example, choose to get a dog who will love those morning runs with you. But as that same breed ages, he will slow down. So even if a dog was extremely physically active in his younger years, don’t expect that same level of intensity as he ages. Let the dog dictate what his exercise level is going to be. Let him decide whether he runs or walks – whether he goes fast or slow – and whether he goes for two hours or ten minutes. You really have to pay attention to what the dog is physically capable of doing. A dog who used to run five miles with you each morning may, in his old age, have difficulty walking over to the neighbor’s house and back. And that’s OK. Let him enjoy the level of physical activity that he’s comfortable with.
Taking Your Senior Dog for a Walk
If you choose to exercise outside with your dog, make sure the weather is suitable. Dogs can get heatstroke or frostbite, and you have to be especially careful with senior dogs, as they are more vulnerable to this. If you’re walking your dog in the winter time, please read this article, Dogs and Cold Weather – When is it too Cold?
Walking is a great exercise for senior dogs. Start slow with just a short walk each day, then slowly increase the distance (or not, if you think your dog is doing the most he can).
Interactive playtime is another great way to provide exercise for your dog. Playing fetch if he’s still able, tug-of-war (gently – old teeth!), throwing a frisbee. Here’s a great item I found recently – it’s called a Tail Spin Flyer. This item is fun and safe for your dog, and it’s soft and gentle on your senior dog’s teeth and gums. And it comes in several different sizes.
Interactive toys are a wonderful way to not only provide exercise for your senior dog, but to help keep his mental abilities sharp. CLICK HEREfor a list of really fantastic toys for older dogs.
Provide Good Nutrition
Good nutrition is important at any age, but particularly so for an older dog. Make sure you provide your senior dog with a high-quality food. You can learn more about this by referring to this article, Compare Healthy Dog Foods. Weight is a big issue as they get older as well. Gaining too much weight will cause all kinds of preventable health problems, so it’s important to pay attention to what they’re eating. It’s also important to provide your dog with a high-quality vitamin and mineral supplement.
Swimming is a Great Way to Exercise a Senior Dog
Swimming is a great activity for dogs of all ages, but it’s particularly beneficial for older dogs because it’s low-impact and easy on weakening joints and muscles. Swimming also builds strength, provides a good cardio workout, and it’s naturally relaxing and comforting for most dogs. But only expect your dog to swim if he wants to and enjoys it. Never force a dog into the water against his will. Never leave your dog unsupervised near water, and I would strongly suggest purchasing alife jacket. Senior dogs can easily tire – they need the help to stay afloat. You can find a nice variety of life jackets with good prices at Amazon.com.
Make Sure Your Dog Gets Outside
Even though he may not be able to go for walks as often, or play Frisbee in the back yard with the kids, or chase a stick for hours at the lake, your dog will still enjoy being outside. He needs sunshine and fresh air like everyone else! So if nothing else, let your dog be outside with you and your family. He may be content to relax in the grass while you do gardening, for example, or he may enjoy snoozing in a dog bed on the patio while you BBQ. Grass. Dirt. It’s all good. 🙂
Be Open Minded About Making Modifications for Your Dog
Some things become habit, and a lot of our lives are spent doing the same things we always do – because that’s the way we’ve always done it. But as your dog gets older, he may not do things the way he always has, and you have to be willing to adjust to that. Maybe your dog used to get you up at 5 a.m. every morning. Now he’s still snoozing at 7:30. It’s ok! Or maybe he used to wolf down his breakfast in 90 seconds flat, but now he munches slowly and it takes him all morning to finish it. Again, it’s ok. Your dog might need more help with things as well. He might need you to carry him outside or up and down stairs or at least install a dog ramp to make his getting around easier. He may need you to help him eat. He may need you to switch to canned food because he doesn’t have as many teeth as he used to. He may lose his sight or hearing and need you to be his eyes and ears. Please, try as hard as you can to pay attention to any difficulties your older dog might be having and do everything you can to make his life easier. For all you two have been through together, he deserves it!
Don’t Expect Them to Behave Like a Young Dog.
And certainly don’t punish them if they don’t. Bladder control issues, for example, become a big problem (for people too!) in old age. A senior dog having trouble controlling his bladder is not something to punish, nor is anything else he may be having trouble with. An older dog will be more work for you – you have to accept that. He’ll need to go outside far more often, he’ll need help doing things, he’ll need you to watch out for him more. Accept him for what he is – an old dog who’s been around a long, long time. Give him the respect he’s earned!
Watching Them Slow Down Can be Difficult
It can be heartbreaking to watch the activity level in our dogs decrease over time. But just like with humans, slowing down is a natural part of life and is a part of aging. It may help to think about it this way: When you’re 90, do you really want someone tossing you into a swimming pool, or dragging you for walks at the park every morning, or tossing a ball and expecting you to run after it? No! You want to sit in your recliner and read – or sit on the porch in the sun and relax. Your dog is the same way. You don’t necessarily have to provide stimulation at this senior stage of your dog’s life. What you want to provide is relaxation. Enjoy this time and celebrate your dog’s life!
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It’s amazing how many people think that if they are forceful enough with their dog, yell at them more, or even resort to hitting them or using shock collars, that the dog will behave. These are not only the best examples of what NOT to do when training a dog, but it’s also just sad. All that happens when a dog is treated this way is that they fear their owner. There is no love in this approach, nor is it even effective. In fact, it’s not training at all. There are easier and more loving ways to train a dog than resorting to cruelty, and we’ll talk about the RIGHT training methods in this article.
Top Dog Training Myths
MYTH #1: Older Dogs are ‘Set In Their Ways’ and Can’t be Trained.
“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is a saying you’ve probably heard a hundred times. But this is simply not true. The problem is more likely that the dog owner is either using outdated training methods or he has no idea how to train dogs. Training older dogs is just as easy as training younger ones. In fact, in most cases the older dogs respond better to training that the young ones. The truth is, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. You just need to know how to do it correctly.
MYTH #2: Shouting or Screaming at the Dog is OK.
Many people believe that it is necessary to shout at their dogs to get the dog to listen. But what they quickly find out is that this does NOT work. The more you shout at a dog, the more they get used to it. Eventually dogs learn to completely ignore the shouting. The real trick to training correctly has nothing to do with shouting or screaming. It has everything to do with gaining the dog’s trust so they choose to obey you. It’s really that simple (and quieter!)
MYTH #3: Using a ‘Clicker’ is Necessary for Successful Dog Training.
You’ve probably seen those little clickers people use to click when their dog does something good, then follow up the click with a treat. Although this may seem to make sense, the fact is the clicker just interferes with the interaction between you and your dog. You can communicate with your dog – your dog can hear and understand commands – without a clicker. And do you really want to carry the clicker everywhere you go?
MYTH #4: If a Dog Can’t be Trained, Then There’s Something’s Wrong with the Dog.
There has never been a dog that has something wrong with them that makes them un-trainable. The problem is never the dog. The real problem is that the dog’s owner doesn’t know the correct training techniques. I hope this is great news for those of you who think there is no hope for your dog. You CAN train your dog – you just need to know how. I’ll show you where to find the right tools to do that at the end of this article.
MYTH #5: To Gain a Dog’s Respect, You Must Physically Correct and Dominate Them.
Being physical or forceful with a dog, or yelling and screaming at a dog are not only completely ineffective, but also cruel. Love and respect works way better! One of the best ways to train your dog is by earning his respect, not forcing him to respect you out of fear or pain. When you know how to win a dog’s respect properly, he’ll trust you for life and be obedient because he wants to, not because you forced him.
MYTH #6: A Dog Trainer Can Train Your Dog for You.
Some people think that they can hire a dog trainer, let them do all the work, and the dog will be magically trained. That’s just not the way it works. The most important factor in dog training is earning the dog’s respect – building a relationship with the dog. Nobody can do that for you. Dogs are not robots. They can’t be “programmed” by one individual, then automatically become “user friendly.” Taking the time to train your dog yourself, using the correct techniques, will not only result in a well-behaved pooch, but a wonderful relationship between the two of you as well.
MYTH #7: The Best Way to Stop Dog Barking is Using a Shock Collar.
A shock collar is a small electrical box that is attached to a dog’s neck. When the dog barks, he is “corrected” by being shocked with low current electricity. THIS IS PAINFUL. A professional dog trainer once told me that he tested one on himself, using the lowest setting, and it literally brought him to tears. Using a shock collar is cruel, and it makes me sick that these devices are even being sold. Read PETA’s (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) article about the dangers of shock collars HERE. I have a friend whose Golden Lab was destroyed/killed by a dysfunctioning shock collar. Additionally, these are not even effective. Usually the dog either just barks through the pain, or else becomes silent out of fear. Either scenario is beyond sad. Training a dog with the use of pain is never the right things to do. Rather, there are many more effective and kind methods to use. Please read this article, How to Stop Your Dog From Barking for more information.
So What Are The CORRECT Ways to Train a Dog?
The best way to train your dog is to use gentle, loving, respectful and EFFECTIVE training techniques. Remember that your dog can be a trusted and constant friend and companion for many years to come. They’ll do anything for you – protect you at all costs – and love you more unconditionally than I believe any human is capable of loving. In my opinion, it is SO worth the investment to learn how to train your dog correctly so that you and he can have a nice life together – get along well – not bug each other. And wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to worry about your dog’s behavior? What if he didn’t bark constantly? What if he never jumped up on people when they visit your home? What if he never attacked anybody, chased cars or kids on bikes. And what if the dog actually listened to you? Please take a few minutes to take a look at The Online Dog Trainer. This is a website that has step-by-step videos on every dog training issue you can think of, all made by one of the world’s top dog trainers. I promise it’ll be worth your while. Go to the site – look around. You’ll see all the help you need is right there at your fingertips.
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