How to teach a German shepherd how to do agility?

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I am 15 yrs old and I am getting a GSD puppy (3 months old) in a couple of months and I am planning on competing in agility. Both my parents are experienced breeders (border collies) and our dog won all the dog shows. My mum says she wants me to learn how to be responsible and take care of my dog by myself and teach him how to compete without her help. So how old should I start my training? And what tricks I should focus on? I can't wait to get my new best friend! But I want to make sure I fully understand the consept to agility and training. Thanks !! :D

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How to Teach Your dog how to go to the Toilet Outside?

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We bought a little 8 week old cattle dog recently and he is peeing and pooing inside. He usually gets off the furniture and carpet and does it on the wooden floor but we need him to go outside. We leave the door open but he doesn't do it yet. Any tips or ideas as to whet we might do to stop this problem? Thanks!
I do take him outside often. But he just still does it inside!

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You need to *take* him outside and stay with him outside until he goes-when he does go, praise him. He'll need to be taken outside; Immediately in the morning, before/after meals, every 30 minutes, every time he wakes up from a nap, after he plays and right before bed(Can't remember but at this age he might need to be taken outside every few hours until he gets better bladder control). Dogs don't automatically know 'right' from 'wrong'-this applies with house-training too. You need to be consistent with taking him outside. Get a cleaner made specifically for cleaning up animal urine and clean areas he has gone indoors with that.

How to stop my dog from barking all the time?

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She's a 8 month old Chihuahua. I hate the barking and she recently started barking a lot. How do I correct this behavior safely?

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That's a great question, and one that I have often wondered myself.. How to get a dog to stop barking. Small dogs are naturally more talkative and agressive. She may simply be reacting to something she doesn't like.. Small dogs tend to be more hyper, so it is natural (especially with Chihuahua's) that they will be more noisy. I used to work for a breeder, and his dogs would bark when we were walking if they saw another dog. He used to shout "Quiet!" and they would shut right up. I don't know how he trained them to do that, maybe he shocked them verbally "Did he just tell US to be quiet?!" :) Another solution is a bark collar. Not sure how that works though... I think if you said "Quiet!" in a very authorative voice while she is barking and gently pushed her mouth closed you would be able to stop it. I wish I could help more, but this is all I can think of!

How to stop dog from shaking costume off?

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Is there any way to stop my dog from shaking whenever he's wearing his halloween costume? The part that goes over his head, like a hood, always slides back onto his neck when he shakes.
Or does anyone have any ideas on how I can secure the hood to him somehow?
He's a 9 month old standard poodle, with really long/scruffy fur.

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just put it back on, do the same what was like with a collar, he keeps scratching it but just ignore it, its like a compotition whose boss, dont loose x Happy halloween x

How to get my dog on the leash to take a bath?

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My dog is 10 years old and I never had a problem putting him on the leash for a walk or a bath.My poor dog is suffering with stuff stuck on his back end hair. He is growling very mean at me, and may even attack me. What should I do?

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Find a way to get this 'stuff' off his back without having to bath him. What is the stuff stuck on his back? If you tell us what it is we might be able to tell you how to remove it without bathing him. Why would he growl at you now for trying bath him when it's never been a problem before? Something must be hurting him.

How to treat a month an a half old puppies for fleas?

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My dad loves dogs but never has money to take care of them when needed. So he puts them to sleep or see if anyone can take them for him. Doesn't make a lot of money so I unserstand. But his dogs had pups and they have fleas bad, were giving them away but I dnt want to hand them the puppy with a lot of fleas? Anything we can do?

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These puppies can't be sold or given away until they're 8 weeks old, by which time they should have at least had their first vaccination and have been dewormed regularly. Unless your father wakes up to himself and takes the pups to a vet the people who get these pups are going to have flea infested, round worm infested and tapeworm infested puppies. Nice...NOT. If your father truly loved dogs he would pay for vet care when the dogs need it. True dog lovers don't ignore the veterinary needs of their dogs and certainly would not turn a blind eye to parasite infestations. Tell this man to stop breeding dogs and to stop killing them. What he is doing is reprehensible. No dog lover would breed dogs only to kill them. Tell him to grow a brain and find another hobby. The female/s he's breeding from needs to be spayed before more innocent little pups suffer at his hands.

How to train a puppy to go to the bathroom outside?

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We've tried kennelling her as we did to our other dogs, but she's not getting the point and it just won't work. How do you suggest we train her to go to the restroom outside only ?

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I don't know exactly how, but one way for during the day, if you can take him or her out every hour. This way he won't have a accident and he might get used to going outside. For night, if you have a cage, dogs usually don't want to spoil there sleep area so that might help. Just get him or her outside quick in the morning. Again, not a expert

How to introduce a puppy to a dog park?

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she is a 4 month old GSD who just had all her vaccinations. i am planning to bring her to a dog park to beone more socialized. she is not agressive at all just very playful and dominant. she knows all basic commands and many more.

how should i introduce her to a dog park when brought to?

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a dog should not go to a dog park until it is full grown with good recall ... bringing a puppy to the dog park is wrong ... the dog park is out of control play and that is not how you socialize your dog ... and saying your pup is dominant, LOTS of adult dogs have zero tolerance for puppies and their lack of social skills and that could lead to your puppy getting hurt ... socializing your puppy does not mean letting it run crazy with random strangers dogs, it means introducing your dog to lots of new people and situations, and controlled interactions with other dogs ... you should bring the puppy to obedience classes which will educate you on what socializing your dog really means, it will help with your pups dominance, and the dog will learn basic commands ... when your dog is an adult and well trained, you could consider a dog park ... but to bring a dominant puppy to the dog park now, if it runs up to the wrong dog, your puppy could get seriously hurt ... and when she is an adult and the first time at the park, let the dog off the leash, do not let into the park until in a sit stay and CALM, and then let her in ... and you should keep moving, around the perimeter of the park, keep your dog moving with you ... don't expect your dog to jump into the middle of intense play, let her work up to that with subsequent visits ... any aggression or unacceptable behaviour, on goes the leash and you leave immediately ... no times out, you leave ...

How to make homemade teething or chew toys/treats for a puppy?

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My 8 week old jack russell seems to be biting and chewing everything, the toys we bought her are very good but quite soft, any remedies or toys i could make? Any ideas for help?

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Buy a Nylabone - these last for ages with most dogs. Check you get one for a puppy. I toss used handcream bottles into my puppies early days and they get as much enjoyment out of that, as any expensive toy. But make sure to remove the cap, and if it starts to get chewed into pieces bin it, immediately. Kong Wubbas are also excellent, and last too. Another thing I use is old socks - knotted, although some might suggest this is encouraging a puppy to grab socks that aren't old later on!! By the way, at 8 weeks, she's not teething. She has all the puppy teeth she needs right now, and they don't start falling out until she's at least 4 months.

How to kennel train in order to house break?

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I have a 6 month old neutered male chihuahua. After trying unsuccessfully to potty train using puppy pads, I've resorted to using a kennel. Is it ok to leave my pup in his kennel while I'm away from home (8-12hrs)? Am I supposed to leave him in kennel and only allow him to wander in house after eliminating?

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I have to agree that 8 - 12 hours is far too long to leave any dog alone in kennel. If you're able to make it home or have someone let him out in the middle of the day, that would be better. I think kennel training is a great way to potty train, but you have to remember that you have to take him out immediately after you get home. Don't stop to chat, or make yourself some food. Take him out for a walk and let him relieve himself. If you don't feel comfortable allowing someone in your house while you're not home or are unable to get home yourself, the baby gate and bathroom idea would be good. Keep the puppy pad in there, and you could spray wee wee spray in the middle of it so he knows that's where he should go. Let him sniff it after you spray it. When you are home, you have to watch him like a hawk. If you see him sniffing around and doesn't want to play, he probably has to use the bathroom, so bring him outside. A good way to always keep a watch on him is to tether him to you with a leash. (You could hold the leash, step on it if you're doing something in one place, or wrap it around your belt loops). Once you're comfortable that he can hold it for 8 - 12 hours, then he can be free in the house. Good luck!

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