Dog Games

Dog Games

Playing dog games are part of owning a dog.

Dog Games – Raising a Healthy Dog

Dogs loving playing. An dog with an active mind usually makes for a dog that is happy. So how are you able to do to excite and stimulate the mind of your dog?? Well you can present him with a toy, for example a kong ball where he has to try to figure out ways to get the treat out of it. You could give him a squeaky toy that will keep them occupied as he tries to eliminate the squeak. But above all else, dogs love the opportunity for them show you how clever they are and make you proud. They are able to do this when you play dog games with them. Your dog is bound to love one of the dog games described below, if not all of them.

Dog Games – Hide and Seek

Hide and seek is an opportunity for you give your dog some basic commands, such as sit, stay, wait and come. to instruct your dog their down, wait and the come command. First you need to get your dog to sit and stay. Then you go off and find a great hiding place. Once hidden call your dog! If you dog finds you, and he will, be sure to reward him!

Dog Games – Locate the toy

FInd a toy that your dog likes and wipe it against yourself so that your sent on it. Let your dog dog sniff it. As it is sniffed by them tell them what the item is, name. Then instruct your dog to sit and stay. Go hide the item then return to your dog who should still be sitting and staying. Then instruct your dog by his name to find the item by calling by its name. Track your dog as he hunts for the object using his scent to follow the trail to find the toy. Reward them when they do well as they hunt, especially as they get close to the thing and offer continuous encouragement.

Dog Games – Catch the ball

This really is a great game for your dog and you. They learn coordination and you be proud and impressed. Get a ball and just throw it in the air. Say your dog’s name and catch! Initially your dog might look at you with eyes which are saying what on earth do you want me to do?! If your dog doesn’t catch the ball, make it impossible for them not to catch ball and throw it in front of his nose.

dog games
dog games
Or even even better let the ball hit him on the snout. Obviously dont let it hurt him. He will get the idea. Finally when he does catch the ball let him know how well he has performed by copious amounts of praise and a treat. Eventually he will catch the ball like a pro, however you throw it!

If your dog really doesn’t get it, try him to take the ball from you. Praise and reward him when he does. Next step is to gentle toss it into his mouth and again when he ‘catches’ it praise him. Some dogs take much longer than other to learn this but with patience and encouragement on your part, your dog can learn to catch.

Dog Games – Agility Course

Dogs adore running and jumping on, over and through things. Try taking your dog to an agility course, especially if he show signs of agility. Set up a course using whatever you can find and walk your dog through the course. You might be very surprised how quickly your dog catches on and will be racing around the course before you know it using its brain to impress you!

Understanding your dog

Understanding your dog

Understanding your dog is central to a good relationship. Troubles between dogs and their owners are caused for a large number of reasons, but mainly lack of understanding. Most of these could be easily averted. Inconsistent training, impatience, unrealistic expectations, lack of care, negligence, and tough or inexperienced dog handling are responsible for most of general behavioural issues with dogs.

Understanding your dog – taking the time

Dog owners who invest the time to become knowledgeable about their dog’s needs don’t often see behavioural issues. So understanding your dog’s needs builds, love and trust and a bond.

Dog owners who neglect this will likely create panic, confusion, fear and even melancholy in their dog.

Understanding your dog – unique character

In one sense, dogs are not dissimilar to humans. Of course they mess around sometimes, but generally they try to do their best. Dog have an inate desire to please their owners. Any attentive and perceptive dog owner will understand this. Like humans, some dogs are easily distracted, some are more laid back, some are more aggressive and some are more shy. So understanding your dog is particularly so when it comes to training. The character of the dog will reflect the type of training that is needed and the amount of patience required.

Understanding your dog – body language

A dog can’t talk, so you have to pick up the non verbal channels of communication. If you’re able to read your dog’s body language, it is likely that you will have the basis of a great relationship with your dog. As with all

Understanding your dog
Understanding your dog
relationships, communication is unquestionably the best technique for success. Below are some observations of general behaviour characterists which seem to ring true regardless of the breed.

Understanding your dog – hostile tail-wagging

When a dog wags its tail, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is happy or being friendsly. As an example, you are out in the fields with your dog and it is off the lead. Another inquisitive dog comes up into contact with him. Its ears are erect and its tail is wagging hi and stiff. Its eyes are motionless and fixed on your dog. The fur on the back of its nexttare raised. It is not even growling, but this dog is communicating aggression. This dog isn’t interesting in playing and if you can lead your dog from the scene calmly and quickly.

Understanding your dog – friendly tail-wagging

When a dog’s tail is hanging down and moves in broad sweeps, his ears are down and coat is smooth along back and shoulders, he is expressing happiness and being friendly. If such a do doent try to make eye contact with your dog in the eye and starts the general sniffing rountine it is probably looking to be socible.

Understanding your dog – play position

After spotting another dog, your dog quickly goes down on its haunches with its butt end in the air and its ears tucked back. So it is signaling it is ready to play. Other signals indication playfulness are rolling over, barking, grinning and wagging its tail, running around in circles, and jumping excitedly.

Understanding your dog – submissive positions

If a dog rolls over onto its back and looks away you might think it is frightened. More likely it is showing submission. It really trying to say, “I acknowledge you are boss (the pack leader).” Or it is saying to the other dog, “I do not need to fight or have a power struggle.” Dogs that avoids confrontation in this way typically make good pets if you live in the city.

Understanding your dog – signs of anxiety

If a dog is frightened, its body is often lowered with its tail hanging low or tucked between the legs. Often its head will be down ears are laid back and neck fur is raised raised. The dog may automatically crouch close to the earth to shield its belly. Because a fearful dog can fast become a danger predicated on that fear, you best course would be to stand still. Keep your hands close to your sides and don’t look the dog in the eye. If the dog doesn’t show signs of calming down or getting over its anxiety, it’s best to move away slowly.

Dog Training Basics

Dog Training Basics

Dog training basic is where we all have to start when we get a new dog.

Dog training basics – start at the beginning

If there is just one tip with regard to dog training it has to be this. Start at the beginning, on the very first day you bring your dog home. That means day 1. This is so that your new dog associates the rules with the new environment from outset. There is no point allowing your dog to lay on the sofa for the first week and then try to train him not to do so. He will be confused.

Dog training basics – the key

The key to dog training is to consistently reinforce on an ongoing basis the behaviour you desire. And you ignore or deter the behaviour you don’t desire. Nearly all behavioural challenges are caused by poor or inconsistent training

Dog training basics
Dog training
on behalf of the owner. They are also caused by not allowing your do to develop basic social skills of being with other dogs and people. Establish limits, boundaries and clear rules so your dog understands your expectations. This will result in a content, sociable and well behaved dog.

Dog training basics – dogs, not humans

Don’t forget that although we all adore our dogs, they are dogs, not humans. They do not have the same thinking process or rationalisation skills as humans. Dogs want to please their human owners and want their attention. So the behaviour you praise or give attention to (both positive and negative) is the conduct that your dog will continue to do.

Dog training basics – common mistakes

There are two quite common mistakes people make with their dogs.

The first is somewhat counterintuitive. If you comfort your dog if it is frightened, nervous or concerned, this only serves to reinforce that behaviour. So the best approach might be to use a distraction tactic which can serve to change your dogs focus and attention. This should result in a change of state where it is no longer frightened.

Secondly, when your dog is mega excited, for example when you first come home or see the dog after being away. If you over do it and excite the dog even more it is nearly impossible to for the dog to follow your instructions or commands. Also an excited dog isn’t always a happy dog. A dog in an aggressive state will also look like it is excited and is unlikely to be in a state of happiness at that time.

Dog training basics – classes

You would do well to consider attending some dog training classes offered by a professional dog trainer. It can make a huge different to the your relationship with your dog and create a happier, more well balanced dog. So when thinking about dog training, most owners just associate this to basic obedience courses. Obviously this is the base level training your dog and you should do together. But if you just do this sort of training, you might be creating a limit and restricting the true capabilities of your dog. You will never really know what the dog is capable of.

Specialist dog training

Just doing basic obedience classes is also the result of dog trainer’s or training schools limitations. There are specialist dog trainers / dog training schools who can bring the best out of your dog in different areas. Sometimes these schools focus on training different breeds or groups of breeds which have a natural instinct or inclination of certain traits. Below are some specialist dog training course available.

Examples of specialist dog training classes

Here are some of the samples you’ll find when looking into dog training classes.
• Advanced Obedience Training.
• Dog Sport Training.
• Relationship Dog Training.
• Nose work Training.
• Puppy Training and Socialization.
• Agility Instruction and Training.
• Swim Training.
• T-Touch.
These specialist dog training classes are just some of the options offered by specialized dog training schools that will unlock the true potential of your dog. These courses go way beyond basic obedience dog training.