3 Commands Every Dog Should Know

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 We all love teaching our little fur babies. And whether it’s teaching them to close doors, speak on command, or solve basic algebra, they love it too!

Well maybe not the math part, but to obehonest n one likes math.

 Maybe you haven’t gotten around to teaching your dog the basic tricks yet. We all have different expectations and different relationships with our four legged friends, so that’s fine.

Or maybe your dog can outperform some children in talent shows, that’s fine too!

Whatever your dog’s level of training, there should be at least three commands your pupper  knows by heart. These commands are simple to learn and easier for you teach them. What’s more, they are necessary for keeping your dog safe and you in control in any situation.

So let’s jump right into it and learn the ways you can teach your dog these essential commands!

 Eyes on me…

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 You can call this one the look command, the watch me command, or even the eyes here command. Whatever you want to call it is up to you. What’s important is that this command teaches your little pup to look at you and not be distracted by anything in the environment.

This is an essential command that will make it easier to teach your pup further down the line.

So how do you get your dog’s attention no matter what is happening?

  • Start teaching your dog the eyes on me command by having them stand in front of you.
  • Once they’ve settled down in front of you, place a treat in your hand and show them.
  • After they’ve recognized that you have something tasty for them, extend your arm out to one side, far away from your face.
  • More than likely their attention will remain focused on the tasty treat, so you’ll need to command them to look at you.
  • Use whatever command you choose to get their attention. As you say the command use your other hand to point at your face.
  • Repeat this process until your pup locks eyes on you. Once they make eye contact, give them the treat and a nice scratch behind the ear.
  • Continue to repeat the process, gradually reducing the hand gestures until your pup looks at you with simply the verbal command.


Sit…

  • Begin with your dog standing in front of you and start with the eyes on me command.
  • Once you have your dog’s attention, show your pup a treat, getting them to focus on the tasty treat solely. Once they are focused on the treat, move the treat slightly above their head just out of reach.
  • Slowly move your hand and the treat back towards their tail while keeping them both right out of their reach. As your dog naturally tries to maintain eye contact with the treat they will inadvertently sit down.
  • Once they sit, stop moving the treat, give them a nice scratch behind the ear and let them have the treat.
  • Then repeat the process, this time repeating the command “sit” as you move the treat over their head. Once again, when they sit, reward with praise and a treat.
  • Continue to do this until your pup starts to associate the sit command with putting their rear on the ground.

If your pup doesn’t get the hang of it at first, avoid pushing their rear downward while issuing the command as it really isn’t the best way for them to learn the command. Instead take a break and then return back to process again, repeating this until they start to sit on their own.

Stay…

  • Begin by issuing the eyes on me command, showing your pup a treat, and giving them the sit command.
  • Once they are sitting, gently place one hand up as if to say stop while issuing the command stay.
  • If your dog holds the sit position while you give the stay command, reward them with a nice scratch behind the ear and the tasty treat you were holding.
  • Repeat the process again, each time extending the amount of time you wait between issuing the stay command and giving them the treat.

If your pup moves or gets up before you issue the stay command, simply start all over again until they reliably sit and stay focused on your commands.


Teaching is hard work!

If your pup is having problems paying attention or learning the commands, don’t get frustrated. Instead take a break, play with them a little, and then start the teaching process over again.

Remember even with breaks, your dog has a limit to amount of focus they can give in one sitting, so take it slow and steady. With enough consistent practice, your pup will get the hang of listening for your commands, opening the door for you to teach them other commands.

Do you have any tips or stories about how you trained your little fur baby? Head over to our Facebook page and leave a comment to let us know!

 

 

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Turning Dry Dog Food into Doggy Delicacies

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Everyone enjoys a good home cooked meal…

Who can say no to a freshly prepared home cook meal?

Whether you walk upright or have four paws, the warmth and taste of a home cooked meal is something you can’t just turn down. And the way we feel about eating tasty food goes double for our doggy companions. Considering that smell plays a large role in taste and taking into the consideration the fact dogs’ olfactory sense is more developed than our own, a home cooked meal isn’t just tasty, it’s irresistible!

While in a perfect world you would be able to cook fresh meals from scratch for both you and your dog, we know it isn’t always possible. And that can be so for numerous reasons, whether scheduling, time constraints, or simply cost, which we definitely understand.

So how do you turn your doggo’s  regular dinner time into a delicious home cooked meal while not breaking the bank or having to spend too much time in the kitchen?

It’s simple, spice up your kibble! Not literally of course though…

 By adding a few extra ingredients you have lying around, you can turn your pup’s kibble into a doggy delicacy in no time.

And the best part is you already have everything you need in your kitchen right now!

So let’s dive right into this recipe to spice up your dog’s dinner time options!


Healthy and Vegetarian Friendly Doggy Dinner…

 Ingredients you’ll need:

  • ¼ cup Whole grain brown rice
  • 1 Carrot
  • 4 brussel sprouts
  • ½ cup dry kibble
  • 4 Green beans

 Preparation:

  • Begin by preparing the brown rice much as you normally would. Bring water to a boil in a small pot and add in the brown rice. Lower the heat, cover the pot, and let cook for 45 minutes.
  • While the rice is cooking, prepare the veggies! Before grabbing the cutting board and knife, be sure to rinse the veggies though.
  • Start by peeling the carrot and cutting it into 1 cm pieces. After you finish cutting the carrots, cut the green beans into similar portion sizes and then set aside the two.
  • To prepare the brussel sprouts, first begin by cutting off the stem. Then remove any leaves that look brown or yellowish. Once you’ve removed both the stem and any unsightly leaves, cut the brussel sprout in half lengthwise.
  • Set aside all of your veggies for now and bring a new pot of water to a boil.
  • Once the pot has begin to boil, add in all the veggies,cover, and let boil for 15-20 minutes.
  • After 15-20 minutes, strain the water from the veggies and set aside to cool.
  • By now the rice should be just about done, so remove from the stove and fluff the grains with a fork before also setting aside.

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Now that all of your ingredients are ready, it’s time to mix!

  • Add all of your ingredients into your dog’s bowl and stir to mix. If you want, you can add a small amount of water to soften the kibble, though that is optional.

And there you have it! You’ve just went from a regular dinner to doggy fine dining!
If you want, you can even prep larger portions of the meal and freeze what you don’t use for meals later on in the week!

If you have any questions or a your own doggy dinner recipe you’d like to share, stop by our Facebook page and leave a comment!

Pet Play Dates in India

Dogs by nature are social creatures, it’s part of who they are as animals. So they need a healthy dose of interaction with fellow doggos every once in while in order to be as happy as they can be.

But if you share your home with only one dog, how can you make sure they’re getting enough puppy play time with other dogs?

 It’s simple, doggy play dates!

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By meeting up with other pet parents for puppy play dates you give your favorite friend an opportunity to run with other dogs and enjoy the best parts of being a canine.

And puppy play dates are good for more than just your furry friend.

They get a chance to play around with new friends while you get an opportunity to connect with other like minded individuals in your area. It’s a win-win for your entire family!

And beyond being a fun time, meeting up with other pet parents provides your four legged friend with much needed socialization. Without it, your dog will be more wary and suspicious of the world around them. This can lead to certain behavioral problems and an overall tendency to be more aggressive. All of which just means your favorite friend is not as happy as they can be.

So, since socialization is a key component to your dog’s mental health and a great way to have fun, you’re probably asking yourself…

Well, where do I go to meet other proud pet parents? How can I schedule healthy doggy play dates for my friend?

 So let’s find out!

Going Online For Meet Ups…

Given that our world has become more connected than it has ever been, starting online is the best place to begin.There you can find local people in your area that are doing exactly what you are and looking for ways to connect with other pet parents.dogs-2450047_640

And while there are quite a few platforms for bringing together people for pet play dates, there are a couple that are a little more popular than others.

For one, there is Meetup which allows you to not only join in on the play date fun but also create and manage your own meetups.All you need to do is create an account and then start looking for meetup dates around your area. It’s that simple!

Or if you don’t see one around your area, you can start your own group to meetup and begin enjoying puppy play dates with other pet parents in your area.

 

Taking a trip down to your local dog park…

 If you aren’t one for making scheduled play dates, you could always take a trip down to your local dog park. There, you can let your furry friend meet and play with other doggos for an afternoon of socialization.

And depending on your local park, there might even be scheduled meetups for different activities like swimming and other fun stuff. So find a dog park around you, pack up your furry friend and get ready to make some new friends!

 

Good Old Fashioned Dog Play Dates with Your Neighbors…

 More than likely you know of a few other proud pet parents in your neighborhood. You probably even have similar schedules as you pass by each other on your daily walks.

So why not take the opportunity to build your connections with your neighbors while giving your doggo a chance to make a new friend.

Even if you can’t meet up for more formal pet play dates, scheduling a walk or two with other pet parents gives your furry friend a chance to socialize with other dogs, even if only for a walk.

A Happy Dog is Social Dog…

 Often as pet parents our busy work schedules mean that after work we just want to go home and unwind before tackling the next day ahead. But we have to remember while we were out enjoying the world, our best friend was at home waiting.

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And all that waiting around the house can make your pup anxious, nervous, and deprive them of some much needed socialization with others.

So make some time to schedule puppy play dates, even if it is just for a walk around your neighborhood.

You’ll find your furry friend will be healthier, happier, and of course around to love you all the longer!

Do you have any ideas for pet play dates in your area or are there ways we missed? Stop by our Facebook page and let us know by leaving a comment!