Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Puppy Training Treats

Nancy asks…

Puppy safe training treats?

Is there a puppy safe training treat out there?
I want something soft, small and not hard on his young stomach. He is only food motivated, so far, toys mean nothing to him.


pilchards are sardines…gag

Yahoo Answers answers:

Hot dogs. 100% all-beef hot dogs. Cut into small pieces – I can get over 50 pieces from one dog (you cut lengthwise twice first, resulting in 4 strips, then across).

Roll-Over is a good soft treat as well, but hot dogs are cheaper :-)

Add: If you want, after the hot dogs are cut up, you can microwave them to cook them, but I’ve never bothered.

Add again: I know some people use summer sausage instead of hot dogs – again, cheap, meat based, dogs love it, and humans can eat it too!

Add: for low-fat hot dogs – just keep an eye on the sodium content! And Memphis Belle – what are pilchards???

Oh, thanks. Then why don’t those crazy Brits just call them sardines?? ;-)

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Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Puppy Training Videos

Michael asks…

Service Training my puppy?

I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and sometimes the symptoms (especially the chronic pain) keep me from doing everyday things. I have a mini Aussie that is 8 months and he is already great in basic training. He loves working, but long walks can’t always happen now due to my ailment. I am wondering if there is anyway he could be trained to be some kind of service dog to me. I don’t want to send him away, but I think if he could help me get things and help me around then he would still feel like he is working while actually being a great help to me. I think it would make us both happy. I am not knowledgeable enough to train him on my own so does anyone know who I could get to help with this? I am willing to hire someone to help with this training. Also I would like to know your opinions on whether you think this is a good idea or not. I just want to provide my working dog with a job and make sure he is happy also!
Yea everyone says hypothyroid is easy to treat, but when the doctor can’t find the right levels of meds for you the saga can go on forever. I’m currently working with a specialist to help me get back on track. As for telling someone that they shouldn’t be restricted by a condition is unnerving because everyone is different with different symptoms. Some days I am unable to move my shoulders, legs or be able to bend over. Also my feet and hands go numb making it hard to pick stuff up or even stand up. Sorry to rant but I’m tired of hearing how easy it is to deal with this when its not…

Yahoo Answers answers:

If you only want him to work at home, you can probably pull it off. If you want a fully trained public access service dog, the cost will likely be prohibitive. It typically takes 18 to 24 months of intense training to fully prepare a dog for public access work.

The task training, on the other hand, is actually the easiest part of training. So if you only needed help at home, that could be done in as little as two months depending on exactly what you need, how quickly he learns and how skilled your trainer is.

Here’s an article on how to find service dog trainers. It includes links to various lists of trainers organized by state to help you find one near you.

Private trainers I’ve worked with wanted $50 per half hour session. That can add up pretty quickly. If I’d hired a private trainer for my current service dog, I’d have paid well over $40,000 for him and that’s on board + train which is cheaper than having a private trainer come out to your house.

I’m roughly guessing that training your dog to retrieve could be done for around $1,000 to $2,000. Note: I’m talking about a service retrieve, not playing fetch or picking up a dumbbell. It’s more detailed.

Here’s a video of one of my candidates doing assorted service dog type retrieves:

That took me a good two months to train the dog in the video who lived with me (so I could easily get a dozen short training sessions scattered throughout the day). She’s now semi-retired because she was attacked by another dog and never got fully over it.

If you are more interested in giving your dog a job to keep his mind active and occupied, you might consider taking some classes together instead. Aussies almost always love agility. A good class should run around $100, so it’s a more economical way to find him something rewarding to do.

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Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Puppy Training

Nancy asks…

Puppy potty training?

I need some tips i have 9 week old puppy and no matter how often i take him outside and he uses the bathroom he still goes inside…he wont learn…anyone have and special tips…or ideas on how to quickly potty train

Yahoo Answers answers:

Well goodness, he is only 9-weeks-old. You have a couple more weeks to go. At this age, he can’t hold his potty long, maybe 4 hours at most. You are probably taking him potty 9 million times a day. They usually get better by 12-weeks-old, but don’t let your guard down then, you still have to watch them like crazy. The bladder is grown around 6-months-old, and they are usually fully potty trained around 1-year-old. You really just have to hang in there, keep trying to get your routine going, and be sure to give lots of praises when he does a good job, so he learns to please you. Here are some tips for you, use what helps and leave the rest, and just keep trying, it really does get better, I promise.

I use a crate* to potty train with, but only for potty training and then I break it down and store it. I put blankets and a small food and water dish in the crate. Dogs don’t potty where they eat and sleep. When they are first little, I only expect them to hold their potty for 4 hours, and then 6 hours, then 8 hours and so on. So when they are first little, I set a timer or alarm clock to wake myself up at night to take them out. I only allow my puppy in the bedroom* or the living room, only one room at a time. They have to graduate to more space. If I allow them to have full run of the house, it will overwhelm them. I take them out the same door each time. I tie a dinner bell to the door handle. Do not use a jingle bell as they could get their toe caught in it. So when they are little, I ring the bell for them, and then open the door to go outside to potty. When they get bigger, I take their paw and whack the bell and open the door to go potty. Eventually getting to the place where the puppy will ring the bell and let me know when they need to go potty. Dogs want to please you, so it is your job to let them know what behaviors please you and what doesn’t. So when my puppy goes potty, I give her a treat*, and clap, and make a fuss and praise her. So she learns that going potty outside makes me happy. If she has an accident I use a word like “shame” and take her out right away. When correcting, I use a stern, firm voice, but I never yell* or spank* my puppies. Take them out when they first wake up, after they eat or drink, or when they are sniffing around. Some puppies go pee right away, but may not go poop until 10 minutes later, so wait for the poop. I have a little play time here, because sometimes I think they are done, and they are not. Puppies train at their own pace. While I may have a puppy that hasn’t had an accident in several weeks, I don’t let my guard down. I don’t expect my puppies to be “fully potty trained” until the 6 to 8-month-old time frame, and depending on the puppy, one-year-old. If they have a setback, shake it off, and start over. I only have my puppies in the crate when I am not watching them. When I am sleeping, cooking, ironing, doing chores, basically when I am not watching her. All other times, she is out of the crate practicing being a “big girl.” This is the time I train her how to behave in the house. So we are practicing “no barking”, ‘no biting”, “no jumping”, and “don’t eat the furniture.” I also have to practice “playing inside” so she doesn’t knock over things. Some puppies can sleep through the night around 3-months-old, but their bladder is grown around 6-months-old.


*I use a crate to train with. It is the method I prefer, compared to other methods I have tried. While personally, the crate traumatizes me, (it looks like a doggie jail), my puppies do better in the crate. They like it, I guess for the den like feeling, but I noticed that if they are in the crate, while I am doing chores, they are o.k., because the crate allows them to see me and be re-assured. The crate can also be a comfort when stored in the basement for dogs who live in areas where thunderstorms and tornados are an issue. It is a safe secure place for them. However, use the method that works best for you…..a laundry basket, a cardboard box, a woof-woof house, child gates……whatever works for you.

*Bedrooms, I use the bedroom and living room for training, because it works for me. Choose rooms that work for you, but watch for rooms that are damp, or drafty. While my puppies sleep in the bedroom during training, once they are trained, I let them sleep where they want to. They don’t have to sleep in the bedroom forever.

*Treats. While I use treats for training, you don’t have to. I like Charlee Bears for training (a little cracker for a little mouth,) I use them for training, but once they are trained, I cut back on them. Although I use them to give pills too. I used different treats for different things. We use one bone at bedtime to let the dogs know it is time to go to bed. We use a big rawhide for when we go on long trips, so they have a bone to amuse them, and they will be expected to hold their potty. When they get the rawhide, they will not eat their food and water, until we get home from our trip. (dogs are funny) Do what works best for you.

*Some puppies will go potty in the same spot each time. Some puppies have to be told to go potty. A command like “go out” for #1, or “go finish” for #2 might work for you. This is a good thing to train if you travel with your dogs. By using commands, the puppy won’t get confused when you are visiting someone, on vacation with you, or when you get to a new home. The command will tell them what you want them to do in an unfamiliar place.

*Yelling. It is not a good idea to “yell” or “spank” your puppy and then take them outside when they have an accident. They may get confused and think that going outside is punishment. While you want to correct them, if you are extreme, they may not want to go outside again.

*Sometimes it seems like you take your puppy out 5 million times a day. You can sit on a bench, or folding chair, or a 5 gallon bucket turned upside down to stay in the shade. I use an umbrella for shade too. You can always tape your favorite tv shows. In the winter I microwave a gel pack heating pad, (sold at walmart in the pharmacy, made by Kaz, I think.) I put the heating pad under my jacket so I won’t freeze to death. In the summer, I freeze bottles of water, so we can grab one real fast on our way out the door. I have a mini back pack by the door I can just grab with doggie treats, a flash light, a rubber band for my hair when the wind is bad, etc. Do what works for you.

*Time lines. Keep it real. Puppies train at their own pace, so while your last 2 dogs may have trained faster, this puppy might take longer. Training is all about routines, and repeating yourself. It is about rewarding good behaviors, and correcting bad ones. If you have a setback, shake it off, and keep going. Good luck.

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