The Name Game – Building the BEST Dog Training Response EVER!!

When you start your training with your pup the best thing that you can ever do is build in a response to his name first.  What do I mean by response?  I mean the minute he hears his name his head snaps around to look at you, each and every time, regardless of distractions.

Why do I feel this is so helpful?  Because with everything we teach our dogs it starts with them focusing on us.  If you don’t have your dog’s attention you could be saying anything and it will be meaningless to the dog, because his focus is on something besides you.

It makes sense to me if you are walking with a friend and they are looking off in the distance, the easiest way to get their attention back on you is to use their name.  When they hear their name, they automatically focus on you.  Your dog can do that too, but it must be conditioned to respond.  Does your dog respond to the word “cookie” or “treat”?

 

Now that you know what we’re looking for, let’s see how we can get that response.

  1. Take several baggies and put some non-spoilable treats in them, not too many, you can always refill them as long as you remember where they are. Put these at a reachable height all throughout your house so you can access them from numerous different places.
  2. While you are moving through your day at your home and your dog is somewhere nearby but not paying particular attention to you, stop at one of your hiding places and say your dog’s name in a normal strong voice (not a whisper). IF your dog LOOKS at you, immediately say “YES” as a marker, and toss the treat to the dog.  IF your dog does not look at you, DO NOT REPEAT IT, just walk away until another opportunity arises.
  3. It is extremely important that you do not repeat his name EVER, and it is also important not to give him any extra time to respond. If he does not respond quickly, don’t allow more than 10 seconds for a response, simply walk away.
  4. The first time your dog responds, he will immediately realize that you have the rewards hidden around and may start following you around, just ignore him until he wanders back to ignoring you for some other yummy doggie distraction. Be patient, it will happen.
  5. Repeat this game at least 10 times a day for several days and you will see a huge difference in how responsive he is with each successful mention of his name.
  6. The longer you continue this exercise, the more responsive he will be. You can even use his name when you are in different rooms and he’ll start running towards you voice.  Imagine how helpful this will be when you are trying to train your dog to come when they are called.
  7. Make sure to be consistent with your marker, “yes” and your reward to follow, for each successful response. Make sure to use high value rewards for even better and faster responses.

 

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How Can I Get My Kid Involved in Dog Obedience Training?

Dogs are often considered more than just pets, and most owners value them as they would any other family member. They are loyal and intelligent and fill our lives with joy and richness. But, just like children, dogs need a sense of structure and discipline that teaches them how to be in harmony with their household and family.

If you are planning on starting obedience training for your dog, you probably already know how important it is for all the family members to participate in the training and help reinforce what your furry friend is learning. This includes your kids, too.

So, how do you get the little ones involved in their dog’s obedience training? Here are some fantastic ideas.

 

  1. Teach Your Kids the Basic CommandsStart with the simplest commands when teaching your children how to train your dog. Show them how to hold the treat when giving the command and how to praise the dog. You can help by practicing these commands with the dog first, then using treats to get it into position when your child gives the command.

 

  1. Have Your Children Participate in Caring for the Dog, Every DayWhat does training have to do with the everyday care routine? Well, to get the children involved in the training, it’s really important to build a strong relationship with their pet. Giving them food, taking them on walks, and grooming them is the best way to build a strong bond between them.

 

  1. Transform Training Your Dog into a GameDog training can sometimes be frustrating, and you will have to repeat the commands and try new approaches for it to finally work. Kids can get frustrated and bored if you don’t turn it into a playful activity. Try to include the training in the games you usually play with the kids. It’s going to be fun for everyone and it will create the best atmosphere for learning and reinforcing good behaviors.

 

There is much more to say about dog training and how kids can be involved in the process. Our trainers are highly skilled both with dogs and people, helping them create a bond that is beneficial for both sides.

 

Are you interested in dog training services from professionals? We at Dog Days of California offer a variety of training packages fit for every family. Find us at 1995 Peacock Blvd Oceanside, CA, or contact us via phone at 760-631-3299, or through the online form on our website.

 

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What’s the Difference Between a Dog Training Facility and a Dog Kennel

If it were up to you, you would probably take your dog everywhere you go. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible and there are moments when you need to leave your dog alone. When that moment comes, you want to ensure that your pet receives the best of care.

If you don’t have a friend or family member who can watch over your dog while you are away, then you may be considering a special facility. But, which one should you choose? And, what’s the difference between a dog training facility and a dog kennel?

Let’s find out!

 

Dog Training Facilities

If you want to get the most out of the time your pet spends at the facility, then you could opt for a dog training one. That way, you can ensure that your furry little friend is properly cared for as well as work on his training or correct certain behaviors.

Make sure that the trainers are licensed and certified as some facilities employ “handlers” who have not been properly trained by a professional.

You should also visit the facility to get a better idea of how clean and well managed it is. You can also see how patient and friendly the trainers are with the dogs. Pay attention to how safe the facility is.  The location should be fenced so that your dog has a safe and nice place to play and learn.

 

Dog Kennels

A kennel may bring images of cold, steel cages, but that’s not the case anymore. Kennels nowadays must provide a suitable environment for the pet as well as ensure that they are monitoring your dog during their stay.

Similar to dog hotels, most dog kennels offer a wide variety of amenities and features. Of course, not all facilities are properly equipped to take good care of your furry little friend. So, when you are looking for a dog kennel, make sure that the facility:

  • Provides sufficient space in the kennel for the dog to sit and stand at full height, lie down fully stretched, or walk around;
  • The dog has access to the sleeping area at all times;
  • Access to their own toys;
  • The dog will go out for a walk at least once a day.

 

See What Dog Dayz of California Has to Offer

If you are looking for the closest thing to be a home for your dog while you are away, then the Dog Dayz of California is the right place. We understand that each dog is different and may require a different approach, so we will take special care of your furry little friend.

Contact us online, or give us a call at 760-631‐3299, to learn more, ask any questions you may have, and book board & train services or dog training classes today!

 

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Puppy Training Tips And Tricks For That New Christmas Puppy

Lots of families get puppies for Christmas, and adding a new furry friend to your household can be exciting. But you need to make sure you start things off on the right foot – and begin training your puppy from day one! Here are some tips from Dog Dayz of California that will help you train your new puppy.

 

  1. Work Out House Rules Right Away
    Is your dog allowed on the furniture? Can it sleep on your bed or a child’s bed? Is it allowed to sit near the dinner table when you and your family eat? Make sure to work out these “house rules” with your family right away.

 

  1. Keep Family Members On The Same Page
    Once you have set up “house rules” for your new puppy, keep family members on the same page. Make sure you, your partner, and your kids, if applicable, follow these rules. Dogs, and puppies in particular, get confused by inconsistency, and this can lead to behavior issues.

 

  1. Set Up A Comfortable “Den” For Your Pup
    Crate training is usually recommended for puppies. You may think crates are cruel, but they aren’t! When properly trained, a comfortable crate with food, water, a soft bed, and blankets may become your pup’s favorite spot!

    Dogs love having a “den” to call their own, and this is a great place for your new dog to escape, decompress, and relax when it needs some space. Whether you use a crate or a dog bed, set up a “den” somewhere out of the way for your new puppy.

 

  1. Get Your Pup Onto A Regular Schedule
    This is one of the best ways to housebreak your dog. Be consistent about when you wake it up, feed your pup, and take your dog outside to pee or poop. The more consistent you are, the sooner your dog will become housebroken!

 

  1. Discourage Chewing
    Confining your pup to a crate when you’re not around and keeping desirable chewing objects – like shoes or furniture – is one way to discourage chewing.

    But you should also give your puppy plenty of dog toys to chew on. When your pup tries to chew something it shouldn’t, discourage him with a “NO” and give him something else to chew on, instead.

 

Get Help From Dog Dayz Of California – We Offer Puppy Training Services!

We offer private training in your home, as well as training from experts at our facility. To learn more about dog training, contact us online or give us a call at 760-631-DAYZ (3299) – and get the help you need to train your new puppy.

 

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How to Train a Dog to Stop Jumping on People

Having a dog to share love and trust with is one of the best things in life. It’s easy to let go of the little things our dog does when they get super excited or happy to see you. Many of us have had our dogs since they were puppies, and that’s where a lot of habits start cementing in their behavior.

One of them is jumping on people. Whether they are super happy to see you when you get back from school or work, or they want something really badly, jumping on you might seem cute and harmless when they are small, but it can be a dangerous behavior when dealing with big sized dogs.

Even if your dog can’t possibly do any harm by jumping on people, it’s still a behavior you will want to correct, and not just to save your clothes from muddy paw prints or dog hairs.

 

Why Do Dogs Jump on People?

The main motivation for a dog to jump on someone is to greet them, as they would normally greet other dogs, face-to-face. Naturally, some people might get scared or uncomfortable when that happens, which can lead to punishment for the dog.

If this chain of events is repeated, the dog might actually develop an aversion towards visitors, and display aggressive behavior instead. You can see why it’s best to encourage “polite greetings” through dog training, and prevent any incident.

 

How to Train Your Dog to Stop Jumping

First of all, when it comes to eliminating such a natural habit, you need to be very consistent when the behavior is displayed. Ignoring the dog when it jumps does help, as long as everyone in the house keeps doing that, with no exception. Also, keep your dog from jumping on strangers on the street, as they might be tolerant of it and encourage the behavior without realizing it.

Punishment is never a good solution in the long run, as it can trigger other bad behaviors, but what’s to do if ignoring the jumping doesn’t help? The best way to eliminate jumping is to show your dog what to do instead: greeting politely. Have your dog sit before he meets a visitor, keep it behind a training gate or a pen, and keep the atmosphere calm.

Persistence is key, and understanding that your dog doesn’t mean harm when it’s doing that. Encouraging wanted behavior and not paying (positive or negative) attention to the jumping will, eventually, get you rid of it.

If you have tried these methods with your dog, but it’s still jumping on your guests or your kids, you can try a dog training session at Dog Dayz of California. The experts there will help you train your dog in a respectful, effective way, and show you how to get your dog to understand your commands.

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How To Train Your Dog To Have Better Impulse Control

If your dog is impulsive, can’t follow your orders, and is misbehaving, there are a few different ways you can improve their overall impulse control, and avoid common behavioral problem issues. Learn top dog impulse control techniques from the team at Dog Dayz of California now!

 

  1. Treats In The Fist
    Put some kibble or a treat in your closed fist. Hold it in front of your dog’s nose, and ignore his attempts to get to the food. Once he stops trying to get to the food, give him a reward like a treat.

    Once he ignores the fist with treats completely, you can move onto the next step. Open the fist holding the food. If he tries to rush and grab it, close it again. Repeat this process until he ignores your open palm of food. Then, reward him with a treat.

 

  1. Crate & Door Control
    If your dog is crated or kept in a particular room, give your dog some time to settle down. Then, ask him to sit or go down.

    When the dog is in the sitting or down position, slowly open the door. If he gets up and tries to rush through, stop and tell him to sit or go down again.

    Continue this process until your dog stays in place when you open the door. As you continue doing this, the number of times you’ll need to repeat the steps will decrease.

    When your dog stays in place while the door is open, give him his release command and let him come through. This helps teach patience and self-control.

 

  1. Waiting For Dinner
    Have our dog sit or go in a down position. Place his food bowl in front of him. If he lunges or tries to get up to get the food, remove it and stand back up. Repeat this process until he stays.

    Once the bowl is on the ground, cover it with your hands, then remove them. If your dog is still sitting in place. If he lunges for it, cover it again. Repeat this process until your dog stays in position while the food is uncovered. Then, give him a release command and allow him to eat his dinner.

 

Need More Help? Contact Us For Dog Training Services

At Dog Dayz of California, we can work with you and your pup to resolve dog impulse control issues, improve overall behavior, and make your life (and your dog’s life) easier! So don’t wait. Contact us now to learn more about our dog training services and get the help you need in Oceanside, CA.

Puppy Training Camps: Are They Helpful Or Harmful?

It can be hard to find the time to train your pooch properly – particularly if you have an energetic puppy. So you may be thinking about sending your pup to a puppy training camp. But is this a good idea? Are these camps helpful – or are they harmful? Read on to find out.

 

What Is A “Puppy Training Camp?”

A puppy training camp is exactly what it sounds like. It’s also often called a “board and train” camp. Your dog will be boarded at a facility, and receive extensive one-on-one training time with a professional, who can help with things like housebreaking, sitting on command, walking on a loose leash, crate training, and more.

These sessions will also be mixed with plenty of downtime and playing with other dogs to help improve your pup’s manners and ensure that he’s comfortable being around other animals. Of course, your pooch will get plenty of alone time, too.

 

Puppy Training Camps Can Be Helpful – But Only If You Work With Experienced Trainers!

So, are puppy training camps helpful? The answer is “yes,” but only if you work with experienced trainers at a reputable facility. There is little-to-no regulation in the industry, so the types of services offered can vary widely.

At Dog Dayz of California, for example, we employ expert, reputable trainers, and balance training with plenty of play sessions. You’re encouraged to visit your pup regularly, and can even take him home on weekends.

Not only that, but we also provide at-home visits after your puppy’s training period is over to ensure that he has taken his new habits and training to heart and to help you learn how to communicate with your dog more effectively. This ensures that you develop a strong bond with your dog, and that they are responsive to your commands. Want more information? Click here for details.

 

Work With Professional Trainers For The Best Results

If your dog is a good fit for a puppy training camp and you choose expert, vetted trainers such as the professionals at Dog Dayz of California, puppy training camps are a great option. To learn more and see your options for training packages at our facility, please contact us now. We would be happy to meet you and your pooch in person to learn more about your needs, and the training you’d like to provide for your dog.

Is It Ever Too Late To Start Training A Dog?

No matter how many times you hear it, you can teach a dog new tricks! Dogs are incredibly intelligent creatures, and with the right technique (and some amount of patience), dogs can be properly trained regardless if they’re under 1 year old or reaching the age of 10.

It’s really the same as with humans: some things are easier to teach kids than adults, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s impossible to learn anything once you get older. However, there are some things you should know about the process.

 

What Does Training a Dog Involve?

Whether you’re getting an older pup from a shelter, or want to correct some behaviors that have developed over the years of your family pet, training a dog isn’t an easy process. When dogs get older, the overall course of the training can take longer, may require more effort, but sometimes it’s not the age of the pup that influences it.

It can also be the type of training you need. In general terms, they can be:

  • Basic commands or tricks. In other words, teaching your dog how to listen to you, and respond;
  • Socialization skills, which is incredibly important if the dog will be recurrently exposed to busy environments where there are lots of people, or lots of other dogs;
  • Changing something in their behavior that may cause them or you harm. For instance, many pups can get too aggressive while they play without realizing it. They’re just excited to spend time with you, but if you’re not careful you can get hurt.

 

Do You Have to Train Your Dog?

If you’ve had the pup for a while now, you’ve already trained it without realizing it. Or, more specifically, it picked up on some of your cues (that you may not even be given consciously) and reacts to them. Dogs actually do process the meaning of words, so they understand their names, and small cues like “no, ” “yes” or the wonderful “do you want to go outside?”

Training your dog can be quite beneficial both for you and the pup, especially if there is a behavior that needs modification for safety reasons. Plus, it creates a better bond between you and the dog, and who doesn’t want that?

 

Over to You

Do you have an older pup that needs some training? We can help! Contact Dog Dayz California right now for more information about our services.