Basic Dog Training and Tips From Harris The Las Vegas Service Dog So, You Got A Puppy! YAY!! But, Now What? Let My Guy Harris Help You! With Some Basic Dog Training Techniques and Summer Safety Tips, You’ll Have The New Furbaby A Happy, Healthy Part Of The Family and Be A #ProPlanPet In No Time! – #CollectiveBias
Basic Dog Training and Tips From Harris the Las Vegas Service Dog
Summer is right around the corner! And for those of us in Vegas, it’s already getting pretty warm! That means all the 2 legged people and their furry 4 legged pets will be out and about. Fun in the sun ya’ll! I wanted to grab you guys and take over the blog here again for a few minutes for some quick Basic Dog Training Tips. Also, I want to throw out my best Summer safety advice. It’s important for both pet safety as well as people safety! Poorly trained dogs in public places could be kind of dangerous. I’d like to see happy pets and happy people! My tip for the people, you should wear sunscreen. I’ve heard those sun burns can be awfully painful! And mom says… wrinkles. And skin cancer, not to forget that! I’m not allowed to talk about her wrinkles though, she’s kind of touchy. But having a pet with good manners using my easy and basic dog training advice, will make those fun in the sun days enjoyable for everyone!
Basic Dog Training – Positive Reinforcement Technique
Before I jump on these easy, peasy basic dog training tips, watch me in action! I can show off just a bit, right? I know, I’m a good boy, you can say it! 🙂
**You should make that awesness full screen – Just my opinion**
Awesome ain’t I!! (ain’t?? aren’t??) To be fair to your furry loved one, I have had a lot of advanced dog training at a special place – Canine Companion For Independence. It has a special place in mine and mom’s heart. But, the same basic dog training principals taught there apply to all you guys as well! Give a command, get a reward. Positive reinforcement rather than negative corrections!
The first step? Using healthy, high quality dog food and treats to motivate your furry friend! Like I said, good basic dog training all starts with us wanting to get that special reward! But, what to pick? Mom goes to PetSmart and as you know, there’s a gaziilion different types of food and treats to choose from. She buys Purina® Pro Plan® dry dog food. Be a label reader! The best dog treats and food will be made in the US. They shouldn’t contain artificial flavors or fillers. Because… EEwww… And, if protein is not the main ingredient, pick something else! We don’t need all the extra LBS. Over weight dogs are unhappy and unhealthy dogs. Annd, our food doesn’t need ‘gravy’ by adding water. We don’t get bored eating the same stuff everyday. That’s a brilliant marketing ploy to make owners feel happy. But honestly, it makes us gasy. Tummy aches are not fun for anyone. Amiright?? Since food and treats are an everyday part of your pets life, always go for quality to keep them healthy and happy! Purina® Pro Plan® uses real meat (protein) as it’s first ingredient. And, if it’s good enough for 8 out of 10 AKC champs, you know it’s going to be good for Fido. Or, Fifi…. I’d like a friend named Fifi!
Basic dog training can be easily summed up in 1 sentence. Rewards and praise are what dogs work for. Period. Not because we love you. Although, we totes do! But here’s a little secret we don’t tell you. Even though we’re all domesticated and stuff, we’re still pack animals. We look for and need a leader (this would be you) to follow, guide and teach us. The best dog training always includes – command, praise, reward. In that order! Assign a 1 word ‘command’ to the action you want your pet to do. Let’s start with Sit for example. This is pretty easy to teach, even to young puppies. And, the younger, the better. Simply (and gently) press on that cute little tushie while giving the command “Sit!” When their tiny, little back end is on the ground, praise, praise, praise! And finally, reward with a high quality dog treats. We don’t so much use treats as we do a piece or 2 of our Purina® Pro Plan® dry dog food. Again, extra LBS make chubby puppies. Once they’ve mastered and got the hang of 1 command, go on to the next. After getting your love bug potty trained, I recommend starting with all the basic ‘manners’ first. Off, Down, Don’t… Basic Dog training isn’t simply so your buddy can do cool tricks. You want your dog, kids, and all visitors safe as well! Using good dog training tips at a young age makes for a super obedient dog later! Remember to train early and often. That cute 10lb puppy will grow sooner than you realize into an 85lb dog! Trust me on that one!
Mom got me that cute little guy as a pal. His name is Bugsy. Sure, he looks all cute and innocent but see that toy? HE STOLE IT FROM ME! And that comfy bed? MINE! He also eats Purina® Pro Plan® dry dog food. But mom really needs to buy him his own toys from PetSmart. I don’t like to have to share my cool stuff.
I saw this friendly guy at PetSmart the other day. I bet he wouldn’t steal my stuff!
Mom told me to let you know if you visit the Purina® Pro Plan® MyPLAN website there’s a rebate offer for a free bag of Purina® Pro Plan® Dry Dog Food (4-6lbs, up to $18.99.) Good only in U.S.A. (sorry my international peeps). Offer expires 04/30/2015. See full terms. #ProPlanPet #CollectiveBias
So, with warm weather coming -Get outside! Exercise! Run, play, roll around in the grass. All that good stuff! Make sure the ground isn’t too hot for your tootsies and make sure the peoples bring plenty of water for you to drink! Basic dog training is super successful when done while we think we’re just out having fun! Be sure to check out Purina ProPlan on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ProPlan. They have cool pics I like to look at!
After teaching your furbaby some basic dog training techniques, will you leave my mom a comment to buy Bugsy his own toys please? (insert sad puppy face here)
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
It sounds like they really know their stuff! My dog needs some training badly!
Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly says
Love the photo of the doggy meeting the bird, super cute! I don’t have a furbaby right now, but do remember how long training took and when I think of getting a puppy at this point in my life where I travel so much training would definitely be difficult for me now.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
These are great tips! Positive reinforcement is always the way to go. NEVER use punishment to train. Also, Bugsy! I heart Bugsy!
Rachelle J says
I’m going to have to pass the post along to my mom. Her dog is in desperate need of some training, ha!
Catherine S says
These are really great tips. I need to share this with my sister. Her dogs don’t listen at all.
Jenna Wood says
Wow! Harris is so disciplined! I can barely get my dog not to trip me running to the door I can’t imagine her actually aiding me around the house. These are great tips from a very well behaved dog! #client
Thanks for the tips! I love the focus on positive reinforcements – that makes so much sense. Our 7 year old Husky is pretty stable but when left alone too long, he throws tantrums!
What great tips. we don’t have a dog but if we did this would have been very helpful to us.
Brianne- Just Trying To Save Money says
Awesome Tips!! Good to know!!
vanessa: BriteandBubbly says
These are great tips. I need to use them for our dogs as they are out of control. I do know you should never use punishment to train. It just teaches them to bite etc. and just makes the behavior worse.
We’re working on doing some training with our dogs. They’re doing so well- but they do it all for treats. 😉
What a sweet boy. That’s wonderful that he is a service dog. Such a great way to help humans in need.
Great tips on dog training. I will for sure use these ideas when we do get a dog.
maria @ closetohome says
This is the brand we started off with from our dogs breeder. What a beautiful dog and know it takes a long time to get to that service status.
Liz Mays says
It’s so nice to treat your furry friends with high quality food like this. It’s also a great way to reward their behaviors!
Jenny Temcio says
I have been wanting to learn more about dog training! Your dog is beautiful!
Great tip on the free dog food. Anything for free and I am there.
We did a puppy kindergarten class with our first dog, and naively thought we’d just use the same tricks with the next dog. Just like kids, no two dogs are the same. We had to mix our strategy up a little, but having the right treats did wonders.
James hills says
Bugsy is so cute! Great dog training tips – I wish my Niki could be a service dog or at least a car dog but she is so wild at times 🙂 Maybe I should try some of these tips.
That video was awesome. 🙂 I like the laundry basket help, I can’t get my own kiddos to jump in willingly with that one here… lol. 🙂
Ashley @irishred02 says
Beautiful pups and so well trained. I fully am on board with dog training, our Rottie was a mess without it!
Mama to 5 BLessings says
LOVE the photo of him with the bird. So cute! I am always amazed how dedicated service dogs are.
Marcie W. says
Awesome tips! Our Boxer/Pit Bull mix went through two puppy training courses when he was about 2-3 months old. He is now four and still remembers so much of what he learned during those first few months. A little can go a long way!
Marina @ Mommy Snippets says
Great tips! I’ve always found it difficult to train dogs.
I dont have a dog but one day I might own one. I think all dogs should be trained and this had good tips!
I think every dog should undergo some training! I’ll keep this in mind when we get a dog
Janeane Davis says
You gave some good tips here that will help all dog owners.
A well trained dog is a happy dog (and a happy owner!)
Debbie L. says
He is a cutie – service dogs are so smart. Amazing how much love they can give.
valerie g says
one of my friends has a service dog and he is the most well behaved dog ever. great tips!
My dog needs some training. he just has some habits that could use some grooming
Laura Funk says
Great tips! I swear my old girls will never train. We have had professionals in to help us and they just continue to be crazy.
What a fantastic dog! Such great tips! My dog needs some of these tips!
Jamie H says
We got a rescue dog back in November and we’re still working on training him. A good diet and exercise definitely make a difference though!
These are great tips. All of our dogs have been trained at home by my husband & myself.
we only have cats, and training a cat is a whole different thing than training a dog! These are some great tips.
Dominique Goh says
It’s really great that they have such places to help train your dog. I do believe that if the dog is well train it will make taking care of it a breeze.
Jennifer H says
These types of stories touch my heart. I’m so glad service dogs are available for those who need them.
Sara P. (@SensiblySara) says
Those are great tips! We don’t have a dog, but my sister could use some of this info!
Aw, he is such a cute dog! I love the name, too. I have a small dog (Maltese), but I want to eventually get a bigger dog. 🙂
Nina Say says
This blog came just in time! Our new puppy is ready to be picked up tomorrow and my whole family is so excited! We have the name, the bed, all the accessories… and all we need is to train him! These were great tips and I can’t wait to try them out! Thanks!
These are all great tips! Rewards seem to work really well for our dog. And of course finding the right food for him.
My dog is so spoiled.. she could use some major training! Thanks for posting this.
Cat Davis says
Food was always a huge motivator for our lab. She would do just about anything you wanted, but only if food was involved.
Ellen ThatChicMom says
Oh wow I wish my dog as that well trained. I have high hopes for better training with our next dog.
Julie M. says
Harris is such a beautiful dog. His coat is so shiny!
Jennifer @ Mom Spotted says
My dog has failed every training class we’ve brought him too. He’s still motivated with a good treat but loses all want when they are gone lol. We’re a Purina family too!
Great tips. I dont own a dog but my parents do