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Albert Einstein could have been a Dog Obedience Trainer ! by Marilee Cole

“Insanity:  Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  Albert Einstein

I wonder if Albert Einstein had a dog ?   This certainly pertains with training your dog.

Everyday scenario:   You (hypothetical) take your dog out for a walk.  Sunshine is walking along nicely, enjoying the company of his BFF and the beautiful day.  You stop at the mailbox and ask Sunshine to “sit”.  Sunshine is watching the cars go by and doesn’t “sit”.  You ask , again…. Sunshine still doesn’t “sit”, you then ask a third time… still no response.  By this time you are irritated because you know that Sunshine knows how to “sit”, he does it all the time at home, so you jerk on the leash, raise your voice and say “Sunshine, I said, sit.”  Sunshine looks at you and sits.

Same scenario:  but with a different ending.  You take Sunshine for a walk , stop at the mailbox and ask Sunshine to sit and he sits !  You praise him … what a great boy !!!  pet him, get your mail and walk home.

What made the difference?  First scenario:  Sunshine has learned, he doesn’t have to sit until the 4th request and the tug on the leash.  Why?  Because when training Sunshine you didn’t communicate that when you ask for a command, you want the command on the first request.  Sunshine also may have been so enthralled by all the great looking cars going by that your request became background noise and a physical prompt (hand on his bottom) would have reminded him he was with you. Training with physical prompts is another form of communication.  The inflection of your voice definitely got his attention but Sunshine was probably thinking, ” Wow !  What made my BFF so angry, I had better sit.”  So, Sunshine, sat out of intimidation not out of desire to please you.

Training  with physical prompts will help the dog understand what you want and will help build the social bond with your dog.  Training with consistency will help the dog understand and respond the first time you  ask.  Remember, when your dog becomes rock solid at home, up the challenge and train in a new location… and even in the new location you are still training.  When do dogs learn ?  ALL the time, not just when we are ” training”  them.

Phoenix Dog Training – 3 Critical Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe While Training in Phoenix, Arizona

Dog training in Phoenix allows you and your pet to experience a variety of training environments.  You can hit the mountain reserve for scent work, go into the desert for retrieval or agility work, or even work on basic heel, stay, and come commands right outside your own front door.

While being outside and working on these training aspects can be very enjoyable for both you and your canine, there are some aspects to training your dog in Phoenix that can be quite dangerous.

3 things you should be aware of when doing any type of Phoenix dog training are provided below. Phoenix dog training

  • Heat – this for many folks you would think would be a no-brainer.  Unfortunately, if this were the case, there would be no reports of dog related death due to heat stroke.

Yet, in Phoenix there are several reported instances where dogs have died resulting from heat related injuries.  (And those are just the ones that have been reported.)

When temperatures start climbing, it’s important to take into account your dog’s health and ability to handle the heat.  Depending on the length of the training and intensity, in the majority of cases it is advisable to avoid training outside when the temperature read 100 degrees or above.  Caution should even be taken when the temperature starts getting into the 90s.

Also remember to have plenty of water on hand as well.  Your pet will require more than you.

Just think, if it’s hot for you, it is twice as hot for your dog.

  • Burning the pads of your dog’s paws – In association with the heat, Phoenix dog training also requires you to give consideration to the surface on which your dog will be standing on while training.

 

One of the most misunderstood aspects of outdoor dog training in Phoenix is the effect of surface heat on a dog’s paws.  And while air temperatures may only feel warm…the cement, asphalt, and even dirt are absorbing that heat and the temperature on the ground is much hotter than what you feel in the air.

Remember the saying it’s so hot outside I could fry an egg on the sidewalk?  Well, the same heat that cooks that egg is what burns the pads on your beloved pet’s paws.

One good rule of thumb to follow is, “If it’s too hot for you to stand barefoot on a surface outside, it’s too hot for your dog as well.”

  • Snakes – Although not as common a threat as the two items listed above, snakes can still be a danger to any dog training you take part in.  This holds especially true during the hotter months of the year.  That’s because the snakes come out for a little sun on occasion, but usually lurk in the coolness of the shade during the day.

Your unsuspecting pet can come upon a rattler unknowingly and out of the blue comes a venomous strike.  If the snake hits his mark, that could severely maim your pet or even cause death.

Plan your training now, contact Cheeky Dog Obedience Training at (480)488-1871.