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Stubbon Bulldog Puppy Argues With Its Owner !

Dogs have an amazing ability, they always seem to be able to put a smile on our faces no matter what they are doing. This stubborn Bulldog puppy really wants to join his owner on the couch, but he needs to learn that pets aren’t allowed on the furniture. He is clearly not happy about this rule! But it must be very hard to say ‘No’ to such an adorable creature with face like this. How adorable is this little guy?

Once dogs become a part of the family, they want to spend a ton of time with everyone. All they want is to get some belly rubs and to give you wet kisses which leads to follow you around everywhere, even on top of the couch. However, owner says ‘No’ and the little guy refuses to obey and barks in discontent!

This dog-owner filmed her adorable Bulldog puppy and captured its funny attempts at barking on camera, when the little pooch wanted to join her on the couch and couldn’t understand the rules that apply in the house. After being told that he cannot hop on the furniture, the cute pup tries to argue his way up by emitting strange, funny noises, that he calls barks.

When this adorable pooch tries to bark, the only thing we hear are the cute squeaky noises similar to toy sounds. Owner cannot help but giggle when she hears the outcome of pup’s barks.

Bulldogs make great family pets. While they typically spend most of their day snoozing on the sofa, they still love of play and are very relaxed dogs. These bulldogs are intelligent and training them is easy, too! Overall, they are a sweet-natured breed that loves to snuggle.

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How to – Adult Dog or Puppy Crate Training

How To Puppy Crate Training

When I adopted Gretel, she was almost 1 years old and the rescue told me that she was crate trained.  After bringing her home we realized she was most definitely not!

How to crate train your Dachshund

She threw an anxious fit when I shut her in a crate.  One time, she broke a nail scratching the sides and bled all over.  Another time, she actually busted the plastic crate in half.

I had to, basically, start training all over for her.

So how do you successfully crate train a new puppy or an adult dog?  Here are some helpful tips to crate train your dog, including the notoriously stubborn Dachshund.

Selecting a Dog Crate

There are a variety of crate types on the market that are made from a range of materials.  Each has their own value, depending on the circumstance.

Common dog crate materials include: soft sided, plastic and metal.  The reason for using a crate will likely dictate the type of dog crate you select.

For example, soft  sided crates made from fabric are ideal for air travel whereas metal or a hard plastic is more suited for potty training, or establishing a safe “den” for a dog to retreat to while in the home.

I chose a metal – sometimes called open-wire – small dog crate from Carson Pet Products for Gretel because, after trying the small plastic ones, I realized that she needed to be able to see out to feel comfortable.

The general crate size rule is that it should be just large enough for your dog to stand and turn around comfortably.

While a crate is not solely used for potty training, the theory is, if a crate is too large and allows for extra space, there’s a higher chance a dog will relieve him/herself. Choosing a crate that is just big enough to be comfortable almost always eliminates this issue.

Gretel was more relaxed in a larger crate so I “broke the rules” and went with a crate that was 2-3 times larger than the recommended size. I solved the crate-potty issue by filling the entire thing with her dog bed so there was no where to pee except in her “den”, which dogs don’t like to do.

If you have a dog that is still growing, there are crates with dividers that you can purchase which allow you to adjust the amount of room they have as they continue to grow.

Which Dog Crate Do I Recommend?

We use the small double door wire dog crate from Carlson Pet Products.

Carlson Pet Small Double Door Dog Crate

A couple of reasons I like this crate are:

  • It’s versatile – I can leave it uncovered so Gretel can see out or I can cover it up if she needs her own private den when we are out and about (she tolerates that now – she didn’t at first).
  • It has two doors – one on the side and one on the end – so I have a lot of options for placing it around the house.
  • I can easily store it when I’m not using it.
  • It’s quick and easy to set up.
  • The bottom pan is removable and easy to clean in case there are any messes.
  • Carlson would have let me return the crate within 30-days, with proof of purchase of course, if I hadn’t liked it or it hadn’t worked for Gretel (important: this applies only if the crate is purchased directly from Carlson Pet Products).
  • It folds flat, and latches closed, so I can easily take it with me if we are traveling where a crate is needed (like a hotel, dog fitness/agility classes, and camping when she was on strict crate rest for IVDD).

Steps to Crate Training a Dog

Crate training should be a positive training experience, using positive reinforcement such as praise and high value treats.

Don’t ever force your dog into a crate or use it as a punishment for their behavior.  In order for crate training to be effective, the crate needs to be viewed as a happy and safe space for your dog to be spending time.

Step One – Get Your Dog Familiar With a Crate

No big hoopla needed.  Simply place the crate in an area of your home where the family spends a lot of time together, such as your living room.

You can make the crate comfy with a towel or blanket.  I personally recommend placing an article of clothing you’ve worn, like a night shirt, in the crate so your smell is a part of the new comfy den.  It can be soothing for dogs to associate the crate with your smell.

Some dogs may naturally hop in a crate and start to take a snooze, others may not.

If your dog doesn’t go in the crate on their own, bring the dog over to near where the crate is located by calling them over in a happy way, and giving them a treat when they are close to you or sitting near the crate and rewarding them when they come over to pay you a visit.

Place some high value treats near the crate entrance, and reward the dog as soon as it gets close to the door and takes the treats.

Next, place some treats into the crate and praise them as soon as they enter the crate (even partially) to retrieve the treat.

Next, place some treats (or a toy, if your dog is not treat motivated) towards the back of the crate so they need their whole body to enter in order to retrieve the treat or toy.

Praise your dog and give some additional treats each time they enter the crate.  Repeat this step a few times over the span of a couple days.

Step Two – Crate Time = Meal Time

Having your dog associate a crate with its meals can help with crate training.

Dachshund enjoying dinner in her dog crate

Start by feeding regular meals near the crate.  If your dog is not going into the crate voluntarily at this point, place the dog’s bowl of food in the crate, as far in as your dog will feel comfortable going without exhibiting stress.

Each meal, try to have the bowl of food be pushed back a little further until their body is fully in the crate and they are calm.

If you have not yet closed the door to the crate, once your dog is entering for their meals, begin by closing the crate door and immediately opening it while they are still eating.  After you’re able to open and close the door a few times without them noticing, you can try keeping the door closed until your dog has finished its meal before opening the door.

If they are comfortable with that, you can begin to extend the length of time before the door is opened in increments of 5 to 10 minutes, which will allow your dog to get used to being in the crate.

If they whine, don’t open the door until they stop whining, otherwise they’ll associate that behavior with a reward (the crate opening) and it will reinforce this behavior.

Step Three – Practice Makes Perfect

Once your dog is comfortably eating their meals in a crate without showing signs of anxiety, you can now have them crated for longer periods.

Start by calling your dog over to the crate and giving a treat.  Next, give the verbal cue to enter the crate (for some people its the word “kennel,” for others it’s “bed” or “bedtime”).

You can encourage them to enter by pointing to the inside of the crate while you have a treat in your hand.  Once your dog enters the crate, give them the treat and close the door.

Hang out next to the crate for a little while (starting with a ten minute span), then make your way to another room for a bit, and then return to sit near the crate.

If your dog is quiet and calm, open the door, and praise it.  If your dog is whining, wait until they are no longer making noise to open the crate (see above).

Continue to repeat this process and increase the length of time you leave your dog in the crate and the amount of time you’re out of the room.

Gretel the Dachshund not so happy in her dog crate

Once your dog can stay comfortably and calmly in a crate for 30 minutes, you can leave the house and try leaving your dog crated for short periods with no one home.

Alternate crating times when you’re home and when you’re away so your dog doesn’t associate the crate with you not being home.

Each time you open the crate, praise calmly.  You don’t want your arrival home to be filled with activity that can cause anxiety.

Personally, I try not to let Gretel out of the crate immediately after I come through the door.

I often come in the house with no fanfare and do a couple of things, like put my groceries in the kitchen or keys on the table, before walking over to her crate and calmly letting her out.

She has learned to stay calm in the crate even as I arrive home, although she does always watch me eagerly.

Our happy, excited time happens after I let her out of the crate. She jumps around and give her lots of kisses.

I do this because I always want her to associate the crate with  being calm and teach her patience that me opening the door does not mean “go crazy time” or that I let her out immediately.

How Long Can a Dog be Crated?

The answer is different if you’re crating a puppy or an adult.

A puppy can normally “hold it,” for a shorter window of time because their bladder is smaller.

The general rule of thumb is a puppy can hold their bladder one hour longer than the number of months old they are.  So if they are two months old, they can wait to go potty for three hours.

That said, you should always take a puppy outside every time it wakes up and shortly after it eats.

When your dog is an adult, it can be crated for longer periods of time, but generally no longer than eight hours. Eight hours is a long time for a dog to be kept in a crate.

But this is where I get real honest.

When Chester was a puppy, I worked long hours and spent a lot of time out with friends. I admit I left him in a crate for up to 10 hours once or twice.

I also admit that there were a few times that I came home, let him out to eat and potty, and then put him back in the crate to go out.

That sounds cruel looking back on it but he was my first dog and I didn’t know any better. I definitely DO NOT recommend doing that and would never do it again unless it was an emergency.

I get that life is busy though and, as much as you love your dog, there may be times that you need to leave them alone in a crate for more than 8 hours.

If your work schedule is such that you can’t run home on your lunch break to let your dog out, you might want to consider hiring a dog walker to check on your dog, and let them out, midway through the day.

Alternately, you could take them to doggy daycare on days that you know you will be gone for a really long period.

Dachshund enjoying a stuffed treat toy in her wire dog crate

Helpful Tools to Make Crate Training Easier

If your dog is anxious, a crate will simply help your pet from being destructive, but it won’t mitigate separation anxiety.

First, if you have used positive training and were gradual with your introduction of the crate, you are less likely to have your dog associate anxiety with being in a crate.

Second, there are calming aids that can help address feelings of unrest your dog may encounter due to separation anxiety.

Note: the links below are affiliate links so I get a small commission, at no additional cost to you, if you make a purchase.

Examples of such tools include: dog anxiety vests (calming shirts) that provide a “hug” of fabric, pheromone diffusers, CBD oil and treats(like what we use from HempMyPet, and treat dispensing toys.

With positive training, and possibly the help of calming aids, your dog can learn to see the crate at home as their happy place.  They will likely find it comforting to climb their cave when they are feeling uneasy or when wanting to take a nap. 

Disclosure: I reference a couple of products in this article – Carlson Pet Products and HempMyPet – that have previously compensated me for sharing information about them with you. I continue to like and use them so I mention them from time-to-time when it’s relevant.

These dog crate training tips will help your Dachshund or new puppy learn to love their crate



Stop Unwanted Frustrated Greeter Reactivity In Dogs

Frustrated Greeter Reactivity
‘Here we go again!’ Was the usual thought on my mind whenever we encountered a person or dog on a walk.

It was always the same story. The approaching dog would walk calmly beside its owner, while my Loki took centre stage, lunging and barking.

There’s no denying it – her desperation to greet other dogs and people was a huge source of embarrassment.

To other owners your dog looks deranged, manic, aggressive even. But you know it’s simply overzealous friendliness. If they both had a chance to be off-lead, things would be so different. They’d complete the usual sniffing ritual and be on their way.

For frustrated greeters, the lead has become the enemy – a party pooper preventing them from being the social butterfly they’ve grown to be.

For your dog they’re just eager to say hello, but for you, your daily walks have become excruciating and tiresome.

Does this on-lead behaviour sound familiar?

If so, you may have a frustrated greeter on your hands. While my Loki still has her moments, we’re well on our way to stopping this behaviour altogether.

But it doesn’t come without consistent training. So here are 3 tips to help keep your frustrated greeter calm on walks.

Use distraction

It’s important to use distraction before your dog has a chance to react. If they’re already pulling and yelping, it’s highly unlikely you’ll gain their focus. So always remain under threshold during training.

Just by walking your dog every day you’ll identify at what distance your dog starts to react towards a trigger. Use this distance as a marker and slowly close the gap over time.

Give your dog the opportunity to see the other dog from a safe distance. You should use treats as a reward for holding their attention on you. As the other dog walks towards you, use various commands such as sit, touch, or find it to keep their focus. If the other dog passes by and your dog doesn’t react, praise heavily and continue on your way.

If they lose concentration, take note of the distance between you and the other dog, walk away and try again next time.

Teach impulse control

While at home you should teach your dog basic self-control. They’ll eventually learn to apply this behaviour in other situations and control their impulses with other dogs too.

A few training sessions to consider include teaching leave it, drop it, making them sit before they eat or go out for a walk.

Before they have a chance to react on walks, you can use the leave it command to let your dog know a greeting is not on the cards.

Work on your impulse control training regularly to reinforce the behaviour.


Recruit a decoy dog

If you have a friend or family member with a well-behaved dog, ask them if they’d be happy to do some training with you. This technique is effective because unlike natural encounters, this will be an immersive training experience that helps your dog progress quicker.

Ask your friend to stand with their dog behind your dog’s threshold line. Ensure you have an ample supply of treats and get them to move slowly towards you. As they approach, hold your dog’s focus on you. If your dog looks up at you and shows no reaction, offer praise and treats as you walk towards the decoy.

Tell your friend in advance, if your dog reacts they should walk away and out of sight. Your dog will come to understand that their overexcited behaviour will not gain them the greeting they want. Whereas calm behaviour will.

If they do react, go back to the point where there was no reaction and start the process again.

Here’s a fabulous video on how to deal with frustrated greeters. Using rewards to reinforce calm behaviour.

Correcting the behaviour of a frustrated greeter can be long and frustrating. You’ll need patience and persistence to see any results. Your dog needs to understand that barking and lunging is not appropriate behaviour to greet people and dogs. When they’re calm, they’re allowed to say hello.

By adopting these techniques and using incremental steps to correct the behaviour, you’ll eventually lower your dog’s excitement levels and start seeing those daily walks as a joy, not a chore.


A Common Dog Behavior Problems

Barking, biting, chewing and many other common dog behaviors are often misunderstood and mishandled by dog owners. I’m The Doberman Guy! Today’s quick tip is about: Barking Thoroughly understanding the most common dog behavior problems is the first step to solving and preventing them. Every dog barks and some even howl and whine! Excessive barking is considered a behavior problem! Before you can correct barking, determine why your dog is vocalizing.

These are the most common types of barking: – Attention seeking – Warning or alert – Boredom – Playfulness or excitement. – Responding to other dogs – Anxiety. It’s best to address the issue now before it gets any worse. In most cases you can curb barking with basic training, exercise or mental stimulation. In more serious situations, You may need to bring in a professional trainer or behaviorist. One thing you should not do is ignore the problem. Excessive barking is not likely to improve without intervention from you! To start: Consider teaching the bark and quiet commands. Dedication and attention to detail can go a long way. And don’t forget to be consistent and patient. In a future video: I will show you how to teach a dog to bark and be quiet on command. Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel and activate the bell to receive notifications about the next quick tips. Feel free to write in the comments what problems are you having with your dog. Thank you for watching!.

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How Dogs react to Humans Barking?

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How to Use Dog Training Whistles to Stop Barking.

Dog Training Whistles Tips

This Video is about how use Dog Training Whistles to stop a dog from barking. Well I’ll tell you, usually I use a dog whistle to teach my dogs to come. I use it by blowing and this is a silent whistle that I keep on my key chain. Blow it and give my dog a treat. Ok. What does the whistle do? The whistle because it’s a high pitched sound in this case it’s not completely silent gets my dog’s attention and that is all I really need to do to use it to keep my dog from barking. So if every time my dog stops barking, I go and then give my dog a treat for turning towards me I have started the conditioning process of interrupting the barking sequence at a certain point so that my dog is quiet after that point. And after I have interrupted the behavior ,I then reward quiet behavior.

My dog is quiet ,there it is. So the whistle to teach, to work with the dog to stop a dog from barking is simply an interrupter. And frankly what I find easier to do is to just teach the word quiet and reward my dog for being quiet. So if I’m out or somebody has come to the door I hear knocking and my dogs go whoo whoo, I’ll say quiet give them a treat after that before long quiet means oh come over to me. And your dog learns that they get rewarded for quiet behavior that is not barking. Barking is a very sort of amped up excited state of being. And once you blow the whistle and interrupt it. Or say quiet and interrupt it your dog drops that amped up feeling and gets rewarded for quiet behavior. Now if you’re going to use something like this to create quiet behavior you have to use it each and every time your dog is likely to start barking.

And that’s where most of us people fall down on the job..

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5 Great Tips to Control Dog Barking Sound

Hey well welcome back to Talking Acoustics today what I want to discuss was Dog Barking Sound! You know we so often we run into situations where either condos or apartments or even in our own homes (stand alone homes) next to neighbors if we go away we have to leave your pets at home which would normally do a lot of times they can cause noise which is a bothersome problem for other people. So these are some tips I think that you can find that’ll actually be not only better your neighbors but also for your pets.

One of the things I thought was very interesting when I did some research about this was that soft music you know of course is very soothing to animals. But what I didn’t know was that classical music tends to be more suitable for, especially dogs, then very simple music. A lot of times we think that animals are thinking a sophisticated and complex as we are well the truth is they’re very complex beings and so when they listen to music they actually enjoy it like Chopin or the minute waltz or those kind of things. So give them a try! The other thing that you might want to consider if the room has windows a simple window plug. That can be something as basic as cutting a piece of plywood that’ll fit within the frame with the window Just put a couple handles on it so it’s easy to pop in and pop out and you’ll be creating a barrier because glass is usually the weak link in any kind of a barrier. Another thing you can not consider doing in any gaps around the doors get some weather stripping get some door sweeps.

Any please air can go sound will go. So if you can reduce those transfer waves that’s going to be very helpful. Another thing that will probably come into play if you have you know reflective hard surfaces is get some absorption in there to soften down the hard reflective surfaces and also take down some of the sound pressure level if it’s a continual barking sort of noise. That will help reduce whatever is left to get outside and and to bother other people Another thing is if you have to go this route (my hope would be that you don’t) but if you do and you need to increase the mass and density of walls or ceilings you can certainly do that there’s a lot of products out there that’ll add mass density to those things.

Layering up with the different materials can be helpful. But that’s a construction issue and of course you always hope you don’t have to go there. I would recommend trying all these other things first and I think that’s about it. This can be something that cannot only give your neighbors may be a little bit of a respite from noisy animals but it can also be a better environment for your for your pet making them more comfortable while you’re away. Thanks!.

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Dog Training Tips – Stopping A Dog From Barking

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 Jim Leske, animal trainer for Expert Village

Today’s topic, we’re going to talk a little bit about getting your dog to stop barking. It’s amazing how many owners ask this question. And there’s some very very simple basic dos and don’t to that. The most common mistake I see so many people make is that when their dog is barking, they come up and they pet the dog and they tell them how good they are and they tell them to be quiet and reassure them that you’re home and here and everything is okay. In human terms, that works, in dog terms what you’re doing is rewarding your dog for barking so the best thing to do is not reward your dog for the barking. Another good example is that when you come home and the dog is barking at the door and you open the door and come in, or even the other way around, if the dog is at the door barking and you let him out, you’re still training them to bark and so as an example, when they are barking, it’s always no or quiet, use a very stern no voice, be consistent, pick a word and stick with it and then reward the quiet.

Always reward the right behavior and you always end up with a wonderful pet, like Bear and Tess here. I’m Jim Leske and thanks for checking in with us. That wraps up our conclusion here of basic dog training obedience tips. Thanks for watching..

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