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5 Amazing Positive Dog Training Tips

No matter how long a person has been a pet owner, there are always new dog training tips to pick up along the way. The learning process is never over for canine or human – and a refresher course could never hurt, either!

1. Be Prepared with Rewards

What is your loveable companion’s favorite thing in the world? Is it food? Play? Attention? Whatever it is, make sure to stay well stocked at all times! This magic ingredient is not to be used as a bribe, but as a reinforcement to let your pup know that good things come to those who behave!

2. The Clicker Works Wonders

Rewards, on their own, can only do so much. When it comes to communication, humans and canines are only barely compatible. There is a tool that can help: clicker training for dogs revolves around using a sound cue, a clicker, to mark the precise moment that a desired behavior is exhibited. Unlike the voice, a clicker is a consistent, reliable way to let your pup know exactly why she has received the reward so that she can do it again.

3. Watch Out for Bad Advice

This one is a toughie. Nobody wants to disagree with a family member or friend, but sometimes even well-intentioned dog training tips should be quietly disregarded. We’ve all been there: dog jumps on visitor, host instructs visitor to simply push the dog off. The simple fact that the dog was jumping in the first place is a good indicator that the suggestion hasn’t paid off thus far. Same goes for the nearby spray bottle – if it worked, it would never need to be refilled.

4. Beautiful Consistency

We, as owners, must be vigilant! Sure, those puppy eyes may be cute, and maybe “just once wouldn’t hurt”, but it sure doesn’t help! Whether the problem is crate-whining or food-begging, the behavior mistakes must be ignored while the positive actions are rewarded. Every little goof-up simply requires more time and effort to undo. This is likely one of the most frequent tips found in all dog training guides that is willingly disregarded, and we’re all guilty of it.

5. Be on the Lookout for Good Behavior

The best opportunity to utilize any dog training tips you may know is actually between sessions. It really helps to cement the desired behaviors. Even if your pooch is simply lounging in the kitchen while you’re putting away groceries, a bit of affection can do wonders to show her that you appreciate the action. Be careful about these unexpected rewards, though. If it is a grocery snoop that you are dealing with, a food treat may not be appropriate for that particular time.

Armed with positive, constructive dog training tips, there are no boundaries to the bonding that will inevitably take place between pet and owner. When the fear of harsh reprimand is removed from a canine’s life, the possibilities for exploration and creativity always prove to be much more exciting than rigid, fearful obedience! If you are still unsure how you can train your dog in a positive and beneficial way, then please read this guide.


How to Select the Best Bird Cages

Proper cage selection is vital to your bird’s health. Your bird spends a large portion of time in its cage each day, so it is important to choose a cage that meets its needs. Choosing an over-sized or under-sized cage can be detrimental to both the development and behavior of your bird. A good starting point is to choose a cage that is roughly 2-3 times the width of your bird’s extended wingspan, although that rule doesn’t necessarily apply to very small or very large birds. When keeping two birds together, you need to choose a cage that is twice that size, as shown here.

Bar spacing is as important as cage size, large bar spacing is not suitable for smaller birds and can allow them to escape or even become caught in the cage. Small bar spacing causes problems for larger birds as smaller bars are usually thinner and more easily destroyed. Generally, cages for smaller birds have 3/8” to 1/2” bar spacing (cages for birds such as finches can have even smaller spacing). Larger birds do best with a bar spacing of ½” or more, all the way up to 1” for macaw cages. The difference between 1" and 3/8" bar spacing is substantial.

The majority of cages come with cage grates. Grates play an important role in your bird’s cage as they limit access to uneaten or spoiled food, as well as keeping your bird from walking in its own waste. Grate spacing is usually comparable to bar spacing.

Another optional component on some cages is a playpen top. These tops enable you to create a place for your bird to play when not confined to the cage while not taking up a lot of extra space in your house. However, it is important to remember that playpen tops are often not a good choice for large birds, as being higher than their owners can give them a feeling of dominance. We carry a selection of cages from A&E Cage Company and Prevue-Hendryx which you can order online at


How to Give Your Dog A Proper Shower The Easy Way

Many movies make it seem like washing a pet is a small task. You can't normally expect a dog to be delighted about being showered by his master. Soapy water is the opposite of fun and dirty, so dogs could try to avoid baths. If this is your dog, then you might be having a tough time showering him. With enough training and practice, you could bathe your puppy without agitating it easily as shown here.

Begin showering your puppy as soon as it's of sufficient age, but not too old. This is the time you will know if your dog does not react negatively to the activity. It is only normal for your dog to be a little bit resistant, specially if it’s his first time. It's all about getting your dog acquainted with the activity. If you want to make it simpler for your dog during a bath, you could give it a toy or treat. A goodie will work as a treat to your pet and should be given once again once he acts well through the activity. Pups get distressed much easier when their body is submerged, so it is not recommended to fill the bath beforehand. Rather, play with him for a short time inside the tub and give it a few treats and toys. If your dog is already calm, you can start filling warm water in to the tub.

Another tip you should take note is be sure that your dog’s ear will not get water. It is harmful for dogs to have water in their ears. You may choose to protect your dog’s ear by blocking it with cotton balls. This process also takes time and adjusting to, so you need to take precautions if you have no other choice for safeguarding your dog’s ears. A mild soap is usually recommended for your dog’s hair and skin because they're great at extracting the bad odour and they do not eliminate the dog’s natural oils. If you want to put shampoo in your dog, ensure that the shampoo is veterinarian-recommended. Other parts of your dog that you have to protect during bath time are eyes and mouth. If you want to be sure nothing bad happens, make use of a small container for pouring water, hose, or prevent washing the dog above the neck. Just use a damp cloth when cleaning your dog’s head.

Drying seems like a comfort but it’s as hard as bathing. Blow drying is beneficial however the noise from the blow dryer may cause irritation to dogs. This can be the occasion to bring out the goodies and toys and that should help make your dog be more at ease. A particular part of this equipment could become hot, so make sure it's not going to come in contact with your dog’s skin during drying as shown here. If you'd like to make sure safety, simply use a towel. Your pet dog will likely want to dry himself by moving his body.

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Hello, I am John Vega from Boca Raton, FL.  I stated this website to talk about home improvement.  I spent 10 year in the industry and I love to share what I know.  However, the site has morphed into a multi subject site.  If you need some home improvement advice and you can't find it here you can contact me on the contact page and I will be glad to help you out.