Training dogs is a joy, and dog tricks can range from the simple to the complex. For many of us, the question is just how far can we go when teaching our dogs new tricks. If you’ve been looking for some ideas to take the training of your canine companion to the next level then read on and we’ll show you some great ways to bond with your dog and amaze an audience.
1. Hands Up!
A visually impressive trick and one which is sure to please the crowd, teaching your dog to put their hands up while sitting is rather easy.
Like all tricks, you simply need to guide your dog to the correct position after stating the command and reinforce it with a treat.
Pair it with a finger gun and you’ve got a crowd-pleaser. It’s definitely one of the easier tricks to teach your dog and most should be able to pick it up within a day or two. Think of it as taking things just a step beyond the usual “sit” and “stay” commands.
2. Shut the Door
You actually don’t need a genius dog like a German Shepherd to handle this trick. All your dog needs is enough bulk to push the door shut.
This is a useful trick as well as being impressive. It’s most often taught to service dogs as they seek to help their humans out. This one will take a little while to teach, so buckle down when you’re getting ready for it.
The first thing that you’ll need to do is place a treat on the door. Many people use something that will stick to make it easier. Encourage your dog to take the treat and then give them another one, reinforcing them with words or a clicker.
After that, you’ll want to get them used to just touching the door and withholding the treat until they get frustrated and paw at the door or poke it with their nose. Only give them the treat when the door is shut and you’re well on your way.
3. Fetching Items
One of the things which most people don’t understand about training dogs is that you can actually expand their vocabulary and use the same trick to get a dog to do multiple things if you’re careful with how you make the approach.
A personal favorite of many trainers is teaching dogs to fetch various items from around the house. This may be as simple as “get your toy” or as useful as “go get my keys.”
Associating an item with a word is easy enough: pass the item to your dog and have them hand it to you. When they do, say the name of the item and give them a treat for positive reinforcement. This is to build their vocabulary and get them to associate the item with the word.
Afterward, you can place the item away from you or throw it and ask your dog to get it. When they bring it to you give them some positive reinforcement and you’ll soon find they’re able to get many items from around the home.
How well your dog can be taught in this manner depends on their breed but even a relatively simple dog should be able to find a few items.
Even better: your dog may be able to find easily lost items like keys once they’ve learned this trick.
4. Picking Up Their Toys
Tired of your dog leaving their toys all over the room?
Teach them to pick them up!
The easiest way to teach your dog this trick is to have a designated box for your dog’s toys and some treats. Hand your dog a toy while their head is over the box so that when they drop it falls in the box. Then hand them a treat.
Repeat this until they associate the toys going in the box with the reward. Afterward, move the box gradually away and continue with the positive reinforcement until they begin to grab their toys and throw them in the box. Make sure to associate it with a verbal command.
Paired with the ability to recognize their toys individually this trick is sure to impress. Have your dog bring you individual toys and then put them back when you’re done playing.
This trick can also be used to have a dog put your laundry in the basket. Get some utility from your pup and have them help you keep a clean house!
5. Wipe Your Paws
Tired of muddy prints all over the floor? Teach your dog to wipe their paws!
It’s a little bit trickier to teach but most dogs will get it if you’re consistent. The first step involves having your dog stand on the mat or towel that you want them to wipe their feet on. Repeat the verbal command and reward them when they get on the wiping surface.
Afterward, you’ll want to withhold the treat and stand back. Get the dog to stay on the maty but reward any movement of their paws with the treat.
This one may seem simple but it may take time. Not all dogs will even be able to get it, but the majority will soon grasp the concept and you can have them wipe their paws before they dirty your floors.
Are You Getting It?
Teaching your dog tricks is one of the best parts of having a canine around. The truth is that many people don’t realize just how versatile their dog can be. Your skill as a trainer is much more important than your dog’s intelligence for the most part.
So, are you ready to start teaching your dog some amazing tricks? If so, start with these and keep going. You’ll be surprised at how great the bonding is and sooner or later your dog won’t just be impressive… it’ll also be pulling its own weight around the house.
Moving with Pets: Expert Advice for a Stress-Free Transition for Your Furry Friends
Attention, pet parents! We understand the significance of your furry friends in your lives. They are not just pets; they are part of your family. That’s why it is crucial to plan and ensure a smooth transition for your pets’ well-being when it comes to moving.
Fortunately, Bethesda Movers have assisted numerous families in moving with their pets and have gathered expert advice to help guarantee a stress-free transition for your furry friend.
Begin with a Visit to the Vet
Before commencing any moving preparations, visit your vet for a checkup and obtain copies of your pets’ medical records, including vaccination records. This step is especially important if you are crossing state lines or international borders, as each country has different requirements for pet travel. Also, discuss potential health conditions that may complicate the move or require special considerations during transportation.
Familiarize Your Pet with Their Carrier/Crate
For most types of pet transportation, carriers must ensure their safety during the move. You can make the carrier more appealing by placing snacks or their favorite toy inside. Introduce the carrier gradually and positively, allowing your pet to spend time inside to become comfortable with its size limitations.
Research Pet-Friendly Accommodations and Surroundings in Your New Area
If you are moving nearby, contact friends who might have helpful information about specific areas surrounding your new location. Consider nearby dog parks or other destinations your pet is familiar with when exploring housing options.
Helping Your Pet Adjust to the New Home
Your pet needs something familiar in their new surroundings. Prepare a spot for them with their bed, bring their old blanket, or recreate a corner from their previous living space. Ensure they have access to familiar food and water, and provide an area for them to play and feel at ease in your new house.
Update Your Pet’s Personal Information
Ensure that your pet’s identification tags have current contact information. Microchipping is also a reliable option for permanent identification, especially if your pet becomes lost during the move.
Pack a Bag for Your Pet During the Move
Similar to packing for yourself, it is important to pack a bag for your pet with all the essentials for the journey. Include enough food, medication, portable dishes, toys, comfort blankets, and other necessary items like leashes. It’s better to have more than not enough!
Prioritize Safe Travel
When choosing the mode of travel, prioritize safety and comfort over convenience. Opt for air-conditioned cabins for flights or train rides, separate from luggage. If you prefer driving, make regular stops to provide rest and walk-around time for all passengers, including your furry companions.
Settling into the New Home
Once you arrive safely at your new home with your pets, give them time to adjust without constant supervision. Let them explore each room at their own pace. Offering familiar food during this period will help ease their adjustment process.
There you have it! These quick tips, based on the expertise of experienced movers, can assist you in relocating your furry family members. Remember, on a moving day, prioritize the well-being of your pets above all else.
Broadway Barks Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary
Bernadette shows her love for the stars of the day_
New York may be in the midst of the dog days of summer, but on Saturday, the atmosphere in Times Square was hazy, hot and adorable, especially on Shubert Alley where Broadway Barks celebrated its 25th Anniversary. It was twenty five years ago when Bernadette Peters was starring in Annie Get Your Gun on Broadway that she and fellow animal lover Mary Tyler Moore decided to start an event to help animal adoption agencies. Over the years the event has flourished and raised money for over two dozen rescue houses and shelters.
The event began at 3 pm when vans of dogs and cats arrived to be held, petted and loved in the hopes of finding a home. Ms Peters walked through Shubert Alley and down 46th Street, greeting the two legged volunteers and playing and petting their four legged friends. For the next two hours animal lovers from around the tri-state area enjoyed the company of these beautiful creatures
Beginning 5 o’clock and lasting until 7 the stage was filled with a steady stream of celebrities from film, TV and of course Broadway; but, the stars of the evening were the dogs that they introduced to the crowd. From a young tiny chihuahua to a grown Great Dane the crowds oohed and aahed as the presenters narrated the histories of these animals, speaking for those who could not.
The two hours flew by thanks to Ms Peters and her cohost, Randy Rainbow, the Emmy nominated singer who has created numerous musical parodies that became internet sensations, especially during the Covid years. In fact, Mr Rainbow wrote a parody especially for this event which was performed by Josh Groban and the cast of Sweeney Todd; Sweeney Dog, The Pooch of West 45th Street.
Recent Tony winners Alex Newell, Bonnie Milligan, Victoria Clark, and J Harrison Ghee were joined by their castmates to present some popular pooches. Emmy and Oscar nominees and winners such as Laurie Metcalf, Marsha Mason, Carol Kane, Eric McCormick and Jason Alexander all took second billing to their respective canine costars.
The entire event was a success as funds were raised to support the shelters in attendance and especially for a few of these special animals because I saw some new pet owners taking home their new best friends.
The event was produced by Broadway Cares and the New York City area animal shelters and adoption agencies that were represented on July 8th were: 1 Love 4 Animals, Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniels Rescue, Adopt A Boxer Rescue, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Animal Care & Control (ACC), Anjellicle Cats Rescue, Best Friends Animal Society, Bide-a-wee, Bobbi and the Strays, City Critters, Francis’s Friends, Hearts and Bones Rescue, Husky House, Linda’s Cat Assistance, Little Shelter, Long Island Bulldog Rescue, Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, Muddy Paws Rescue, Pet ResQ Inc., SaveKitty Foundation, Second Chance Rescue, SPCA of Westchester, Urban Cat League, and Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue.
Georgina Bloomberg, Rita Cosby, Jeanine Pirro and Lara Trump For Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
Approximately 7.2 million cats and dogs enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Each year, approximately 2.6 dogs and cats are euthanized in U.S. shelters annually.
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC wants to make a difference and T2C attended their “Cocktails for Canines” this week. This not-for-profit raised funds and awareness to help animals in need and was co-chaired by Georgina Bloomberg and Lara Trump.
The money raised is for a development of the center is a project which has been 3 years in the making. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC is excited to have come this far. Despite raising $150,000 at the Gala, the charity still anticipates requiring approximately $150,000 to get the rescue center ready, to open it and start taking in dogs.
Notable Attendees included:
Jackie O’Sullivan, Stacey Silverstein,
Marin Gellar, Olga Ferrara, Tijana Ibrahimovic,
Randi Schatz, S Jennifer Martucci, Nicole Tufano, Mrs. Moadelovddian, Mrs. Shanoz, Margaret Luce, Leesa Rowland, Cagri Kanver, Nadja Sayej, Marcy Warren, Brigitte Segura.
Giving out goodies and treats were:
Music at the Gala was donated by Allen Dalton Entertainment Group, and spinning was World Renowned DJ Superdave.
How Soon Can I Start Training My Puppy?
Different training methods can be used to train puppies depending on their age. Most often, puppies can begin training at 8 weeks old.
How Soon Can I Start Training a Puppy?
Becoming a new pet parent can be exciting. When you first bring your puppy home, you are likely eager to start training, so that you and your puppy can live a happier life together. Puppies can begin learning skills when they are very young. Many breeders or rescues will begin some training as soon as puppies start to eat solid food. By the time your puppy comes home, your puppy is old enough to start learning life skills and what to expect each day.
Begin Training at Home
Puppies usually have their first vaccinations around 8 weeks old then continue to receive vaccinations until around 16-18 weeks. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior recommends that puppies start group classes as soon as 7 days after their first set of vaccinations, provided only health puppies are coming to class and appropriate sanitation procedures are in place. Unfortunately this type of class is not available in all areas. In some places, there is a higher risk for infectious disease. For puppies who have not finished their vaccinated series, especially in some areas, it may be safer to begin training in your home rather than at a facility. Virtual dog training programs provide a safe way for you to start training your puppy without bringing them to a facility around other dogs and puppies. These programs typically involve one-on-one training through live sessions with a trainer, decreasing the risk of your puppy being exposed to disease.
Puppy Development Stages
Puppy training may need to be adjusted depending on how old your puppy is. Having one-on-one sessions with a trainer is the best way to ensure that you are tailoring the training to your pup’s specific behavior.
Here are some different categories for training your puppy:
- Socialization: Puppy socialization typically occurs around 3 weeks old and can continue until around 12 weeks when puppies finish this developmental milestone. Specific behavioral markers indicate the start and end of this stage when positive exposure can have lifelong impacts for a puppy.
- Leash Training: While we may not want to walk in your neighborhood or at parks until vaccinations are complete, your puppy can begin learning how to walk next to you and on a leash in your home or in your backyard. This can start when your puppy comes home.
- Crate Training: Confinement can make pet parenting easier. It can be very helpful to give your puppy a safe space while you are away or occupied. Many breeders and rescues will begin crate training before puppies go home to make travel and the transition easier. Your puppy can start learning about this when he comes home.
- House Training: This is another area where puppies can begin training before coming home. Many breeders and rescues raising litters of puppies will start the process when the puppies are only a few weeks old and are learning to stay clean. House training should start or continue when your puppy comes home, though it may take a few weeks or longer until he is reliable when not supervised.
The timeline of when training should happen can be adjusted depending on your puppy’s behavior.
When to Start House Training
As a new pet parent, you may be eager to start house training your puppy. When puppies are young, their bladder is much smaller, making them incapable of holding their bathroom breaks for long periods of time. As they grow, these bathroom breaks can be spread much farther apart.
Consistency and patience is key to successfully house training your puppy. Maintaining consistent training and a continuous bathroom schedule can help your dog learn what type of potty behavior is encouraged, and what isn’t.
Is It Always Best to Train a Puppy at Home?
Training a puppy from home comes with a multitude of benefits. For one, home is likely where you want your puppy to exhibit the most desired behavior. It is also likely where they will spend most of their time. When you train at a facility, you lose the benefit of encouraging your dog’s desired behavior in an area that they are familiar with. After continuous training, your dog may begin to associate your home with being a place in which certain desired behavior is most expected.
Another reason to train your dog at home is to eliminate the distractions that could come with group puppy training sessions. Not all dogs are ready to focus when surrounded by other furry friends. One-on-one training at home removes those distractions, allowing your puppy to focus on the goals at hand.
The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog: “Identity & Restraint: Art of the Dog Collar”
The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog is excited to announce its newest exhibit, “Identity & Restraint: Art of the Dog Collar”, open April 5th through September 4th, 2023. This innovative traveling exhibition was developed in partnership between the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) and The AKC Museum of the Dog.
“It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to display this beautiful and extensive collection of dog collars understanding of the collar as both art and object and how its design changed in relation to different dog breeds and their uses.,” said Alan Fausel, AKC Museum of the Dog’s Adjunct Curator. “It is especially exceptional when displayed alongside one of the greatest collections of dog art.”
This unique show presents an array of dog collars from the NSLM’s collection. Perhaps the largest collection of its kind, 187 dog collars were generously donated in 2014 by Dr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Greenan, of which 63 will be on display. Fine art from the AKC Museum of the Dog and American Kennel Club Collections will help develop an understanding of the collar as both art and object and how its design changed in relation to different dog breeds and their uses.
The exhibition is curated by NSLM’s George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Deputy Director & Head Curator Claudia Pfeiffer. A comprehensive essay on the history of the dog collar by Dr. Greenan, former NSLM Board Member, will be featured in the accompanying catalogue. This exhibition was made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Greenan, Garth Greenan Gallery, and Mark Anstine and Marianna Lancaster.
For more information on the exhibit or the Museum, please visit www.museumofthedog.org.
Founded in 1982, The AKC Museum of the Dog is dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of the art, artifacts, and literature of the dog for the purposes of education, historical perspective, aesthetic enjoyment and to enhance the appreciation for and knowledge of the significance of the dog and the human/canine relationship. The museum is home to over 1700 original paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, sculptures, bronzes, and porcelain figurines, a variety of decorative arts objects and interactive displays depicting man’s best friend throughout the ages. The AKC Museum of the Dog is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization funded mainly by private and corporate gift donations.
Get social! Follow the AKC Museum of the Dog on Facebook at @akcmuseumofthedog, Twitter at @akcMOD and Instagram at @museumofthedog.
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