Monday, May 30, 2011

Day 5 of 52: Tricks To Teach Your Dogs

5.) Down:
Step 1: When he lays down, click and then treat
Step 2: Repeat this several times
Step 3: Say "Down!" when s/he lays down and then click and treat
Step 4: Repeat this several times
Step 5: See if s/he understands. Get them to stand up and then say "Down!" If s/he lays down, click and give him a reward. If s/he does not, go back to step 4.


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Day 4 of 52: Tricks To Teach Your Dogs

4.) Sit:
Step 1: Wait until s/he sits down on their own. Click, then treat.
Step 2: Repeat several times
Step 3: Say "Sit" as soon as s/he sits down. Click, then treat.
Step 4: Repeat several times
Step 5: Say "Sit!" and see if s/he will sit. If they do, click and give him/her a treat. If not, go back to step 4.


p.s. Sorry for not putting this trick up yesterday. I lost track of time!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Day 3 of 52: Tricks To Teach Your Dogs

3.) Touch-Touching will help with training many other tricks
Needed: A clicker and a training stick (a 3/8" dowel with masking tape on the end will work as well)
Step 1: With your dog sitting in front of you, hold the clicker in your left hand (or right if you are left handed) and the training stick in your right (or left if you are left handed)
Step 2: Gently touch the dog's nose with the taped end of the stick and simultaneously click then treat.
Step 3: Repeat about 5 times per session.
Step 4: When the dog begins to lean forward in anticipation as he sees the training stick then let him/her touch the stick instead of you touching their nose. Say "touch" and click and treat when they touch the stick.

When they are proficient with this trick you may begin to use the stick as a lure to shape other behavior.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Day 2 of 52: Tricks To Teach Your Dogs

2.) Teaching your dog its name:
Step 1: When your dog looks at you, click and treat
Step 2: Repeat 2 to 4 times
Step 3: Say his/her name as s/he looks at you
Step 4: Repeat 5 to 7 times
Step 5: Call him/her. If they look at you, click and give him a treat. If he does not look, go back to step 4.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Day 1 of 52: Tricks To Teach Your Dogs

1.) Teaching your dog to respond to the clicker:
STEP 1: Click and give your dog a treat
STEP 2: Repeat this process 5 times. This teaches your dog to associate the "click" noise with treats.
STEP 3: To maintain this connection, be sure to follow the rule: Never click without treating and never treat without clicking.


The Average Life Span by Breed:

  1. Labrador Retriever (12.5 years)
  2. Yorkshire Terrier (14 years)
  3. German Shepherd Dog (11 years)
  4. Golden Retriever (12 years)
  5. Beagle (13 years)
  6. Boxer (10.5 years)
  7. Dachshund (15.5 years)
  8. Bulldog (7 years)
  9. Poodle (12 years Standard) (15 years Miniature)
  10. Shih Tzu (13 years)
  11. Miniature Schnauzer (14 years)
  12. Chihuahua (13.5)
  13. Pomeranian (15 years)
  14. Rottweiler (10 years)
  15. Pug (13.5 years)
  16. German Shorthaired Pointer (13 years)
  17. Boston Terrier (13 years)
  18. Doberman Pinscher (10 years)
  19. Shetland Sheepdog (13.5 years)
  20. Maltese (14 years)
  21. Cocker Spaniel (12 years)
  22. Great Dane (8.5 years)
  23. Siberian Husky (12 years)
  24. Pembroke Welsh Corgi (13 years)
  25. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (10 years)

The Top 10 Dog Breeds:

1. Labrador Retriever
2. Yorkshire Terrier- Yorkie
3. German Shepherd
4. Golden Retriever
5. Beagle
6. Boxer
7. Dachshund
8. Poodle, Standard
9. Shih Tzu
10. Bulldog

:) I prefer number 7 but that's my personal opinion :)