Monday, June 28, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
It really made me think. Of course he didn't leave the trunk open on purpose. He thought he'd closed it. It wouldn't have mattered if the computer was gone. Insurance would have made that a lot less painful even though I'd have lost all my pictures and files.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Finding a Trainer
To find a trainer look in the phone book, check online with the AKC for suggested trainers in the area, or ask your local veterinarian. For instance, in Lawrence, Kansas, the AKC suggests Lawrence Jayhawk Kennel Club in Lawrence, Kansas. Trainers with the kennel club have the experience and show background to help you teach your dog the proper responses for both home and show competition. You can check with local pet stores to see if they offer puppy classes, but be careful that they require the puppies have all their shots, and the facility is clean to avoid letting your dog pick up dangerous virus'. There are several others within driving distance of Lawrence that the AKC lists on its site at akc.org. The specifics of each club are very similar. They all operate with AKC show regulations and objectives.
Trainers for the Lawrence Jayhawk Kennel Club are volunteers who enjoy what they do. They are club members who have a lot of experience with their own dogs, working around other kennel club members training their dogs, and showing.
Types of Training
The Lawrence Jayhawk Kennel Club is a well-rounded facility with plenty of offerings for all types of training. They provide puppy clasess for socialization, obedience for companionship and competition, canine good citizenship competition, rally training from novice to advanced and training for the breed ring.
Ages to Start
Puppy classes begin at 3 months. The reason for waiting until that age is to make sure the puppies have all had their entire series of shots to protect them from serious, life-threatening diseases. Some public "free" classes at pet shops or park services allow puppies 2 months old with at least one shot to attend classes. That is very risky. A professional training facility will not take dogs that young. Conformation class training also begins at 3 months. Obedience classes, canine good citizenship classes and rally classes start at six months so the puppy has the mental developement to pay attention to more detailed instructions.
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Saturday, June 05, 2010
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Dog owners have many opinions on the right way, and the wrong way to train, but only one brings about an argument almost every time discussed—containment training. The two sides fight over the humane issues of containment, and its effectiveness. However, dog containment training is a tried and true method of housebreaking that needs to be explored and understood before reacting to it.
What is Containment Training
Dog containment training makes use of a crate, exercise pen, or safe room to confine a dog when his owner cannot keep a constant eye on him. Commonly known as "crate training", containment training centers mostly around young puppies to teach them bladder and bowel control. It also helps to protect house, and dog as well, when they are alone. Done right, dog containment training is a fair, safe, humane way to teach your dog boundaries, keep him safe when alone, keep your belongings safe when he is alone, and creates a happy, secure pet. Containment areas give your dog a place to call his own, too, so he will always have some place to go when he needs his own space.
The biggest issue naysayers have in regard to containment training is the possible abuse involved with keeping young puppies, and even older dogs in a small area for too long. Indeed, it is easy to take advantage of the situation. Young puppies must relieve themselves every one to two hours, and even older dogs should never have to stay in a crate longer than eight hours. The situation of people who work full-time and need to leave dogs alone for full days brings up the question of how to do that without causing harm to the dog. Crates, exercise pens, or even small safe rooms are not a good situation for those long periods. No puppy can hold their bladder or bowels for that long, and older dogs need room to stretch and move. Anyone being gone that long should use the assistance of dog walkers, pet sitters, or a doggie daycare so they can enjoy the benefits of owning a dog.