Everything You Need To Know About Dog Behavior
Hello i'm dr ned trethan at oakdale veterinary group and today we are going to answer some questions about dog training and socialization today with me is betty who's going to ask some of these questions dr ned when should my dog start obedience training uh.
Straight away the first time you get a new dog from the shelter or you get a puppy from a breeder you're going to want to start training them to fit in with your lifestyle that's going to involve feeding at set times taking them out to the bathroom after you have fed them or when they wake up from a nap.
So that already is part of the training to get them used to fitting in with your lifestyle once they have completed all vaccinations and your dog is safe to be around other dogs you can also take them to a trainer and that will depend on how old your dog is what are the most.
Important basic commands my dogs should know um sit so here we go if your dog can sit on command i'm pretty well trained um you want your dog to lay down isn't quite as useful come here if your dog is running in the park and they see another dog and they're like straight.
To the far side you need them to come back so heel or hair is a useful command um with my dogs when they were younger we told them to go potty outside so that was a useful command if we go through the airport i can find some grass and say to my dog.
Let's go potty and we'll find a little patch and hopefully that means that he goes on the grass and not in the airplane which wouldn't make him popular how can i socialize my puppy um how can you socialize your puppy if you have another dog i have two dogs so if i got a puppy they.
Would get to socialize together if you don't have a second dog at home you could take your dog to a friend's house to a relative who has a another dog that is friendly calm to be around and of course vaccinated so that they don't risk infecting your new dog if you.
Once they're fully vaccinated you could go to a dog park you could join a socialization or training class with your puppy going on a walk one of my dogs mowgli likes to stop and sniff and say hi and if the other dog looks friendly then we'll let them greet each other should my dog be.
Punished for bad behavior um it can be tempting to to want to punish your dog when they misbehave but really it's your dog is not is just not trained appropriately so punishment isn't really the best way to train your dog the best option is to provide them with.
The appropriate instructions so they get it right if you take a puppy for example when they wake up from a nap they're going to need to go pee much better to take your puppy outside tell them to go potty and then praise them if you're still busy making a coffee and your puppy's sniffing around.
The corner is that the puppy's fault or is that your fault so it's best not to punish them they're gonna learn much more quickly from positive enforcement there is some training you can do with a clicker you can train them to respond to.
A click or a sound and that can be a negative stimulus for them but it needs to be used correctly or you can actually make it much harder for them to understand what is going on so you should really only use more advanced techniques.
From a special trainer is my dog too old to be trained uh old dog new tricks it's probably much harder as i mentioned in a previous video the longer a dog has a negative behavior the longer it's going to take to retrain that if the dog has been sleeping or getting on your couch for.
Five years and you want to train your dog not to get on the couch you're not going to teach them that in a week that's going to take many weeks or months of consistent messages to them that that's not appropriate so it's never too late to train a dog but it does become harder.
When they are older what should i look for in a dog trainer um i have been to one trainer uh he's a super nice guy uh i felt that he was gentle and kind with the pets he seemed to know what he was talking about uh it was a trainer for police dogs and.
Shits and dogs a guy's name is joel he's down down in delhi south of turlock i got he actually came to me as a client so i went back it was kind of a two-way relationship but i respected his knowledge the way that he's trained all the different people in the class.
He was very open about his training techniques um so i would say you want to see someone that isn't yanking your dog around being aggressive with them if they're punishing the dog a lot that's not a where i would want my dogs to go you want to put them in a loving environment how do you pick a school for your child.
You don't want the teachers being mean to your child for no reason there are roles that they have to follow but you want your dog to be in a safe environment to learn what vaccinations are needed for dog training classes um they should have all their core vaccinations your dog will need four.
Vaccines to be safe around other dogs the first is a rabies vaccine dogs can pick up rabies from wild animals or other dogs if the dog was rabbits or rabies is a must they can pick up parvovirus that's the most common infection that we vaccinate for.
That's part of a combo vaccination called five-way so we would make sure they all have the five-way vaccine and the rabies and then for dogs that are socializing there are two respiratory vaccines bordetella otherwise known as kennel cough and.
Canine influenza these are both both respiratory vaccines just like social distancing for coved if the dog is not socially distant and they are socializing then they need those vaccines what is environmental enrichment and how can it help my dog's behavior if your dog is bored they're gonna.
Enrich themselves if we look in this room it's not a very exciting room but this door handle looks pretty chewable this trim looks nice my in-laws dog ripped all those things off their house um so what are you going to give your dog to keep them happy lots of attention so you want to make sure that you are not leaving them alone.
For prolonged periods if you can give them toys that are safe to play with any toy that you give the dog you should first observe the plate to make sure the dog isn't going to chew the tighter pieces and swallow bits otherwise that could be a risk.
Think of agility dogs they have poles to weave through tunnels to run through you can have rope toys for total war you could use a ball to throw for them or a bumper anything that they can play with and have fun with maybe a paddling pool great thanks for watching guys we'll see you soon.