What is the Best Age to Start Training a Dog?

You already are! That’s right, if you are living with your dog, your dog is already learning. Every word, every touch, every interaction of any kind is dog training. The real question is: what are you teaching your dog? To discover what your dog is learning, take a look at your dog’s behavior. You might be unintentionally rewarding behaviors you don’t want.

If you’ve been putting off training, don’t worry: most any dog can be trained regardless of age, although it is easier the younger that you start. Our Puppy Training Class is the ideal place to start training.

So your puppy is not really a puppy anymore? The answer now becomes: the best time to start training your puppy is NOW! The issue with continuing to put off training because of a busy schedule is that the puppy is getting older and is practicing and reinforcing the behavior patterns it is being taught. Consider one of our board and train programs if there just is not enough time in the day (between baseball, piano lessons, work and carpool…) to actively train your dog.

All this being said the best answer to the question, ‘When should I start training my dog?’ is: the day that you are ready to start!

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Starting Your Puppy On The Right Note With Puppy Training

Training your puppy to follow your commands may seem far-fetched, but with the right process it can be a walk in the park.

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The most important aspect to training a dog at any age is consistency. As you begin to teach a dog how to obey commands, you will find that there is often a point when you hit a wall and ask yourself “What am I doing wrong?” This is where training classes come in handy. Training your dog establishes good communications between you and your dog by teaching the behavior you expect from them. Creating and encouraging obedience and calm behavior in your adult dog starts with what you do in puppyhood.

Besides being under the direction of a professional, your puppy will also have the chance to socialize with other puppies. An experienced trainer will also be able to point out mistakes you are making.

Puppy Classes will include:

  • Potty Training
  • Positive reinforcement Training methods
  • How to teach the basic commands: Sit, Down Stay and Come
  • Crate training
  • Teething and chewing
  • Socialization
  • Preventing food and toy aggression
  • Teaching the puppy to recognize his name
  • Eye contact and Focus exercises
  • Introduction to leash and How to walk at a heal

Remember, puppy training classes are only an introduction. It’s always a good idea to continue to take your pet to classes as it grows. After all, your pet will want to keep on seeing its new friends too!

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Dog Training Doesn’t Need to Be Frustrating!

dog versus pillowTraining your dog is one of the most important and frustrating things you can do. Many people have no idea where to start when it comes to training so they just don’t do it. Although you probably won’t love your dog any less if it’s not trained, a well trained dog can lead to a better relationship with your dog,  more enjoyable playtimes, more trips, less worry when friends come over, easier trips to the vet, and more.

At Pet Resorts, we offer dog training classes for you and your pet with a professional trainer. However, if you want to go ahead and get started at home, here are some tips and things to think about when working with your pet.

  • Remember that every interaction you have with your dog can be a training session. Watch how you reinforce or reward bad behavior or even ignore good behavior.
  • Body language is just as important as words. If your dog isn’t responding well to a command, change your body language and cut out extra words you are using. Dogs need simple instructions to perform what you’re asking of them.
  • Consistency is key in training. Be consistent with your dog’s schedule, such as two walks a day, or playtime every afternoon. Be consistent with what and how you discipline. If you break rules, so will the dogs.
  • Some professional dog trainers and behaviorists such as Cesar Milan, promote the formula of exercise, discipline, and affection. It is important that dogs receive all three, and in that order.
  • Never train your dog when you are angry or in a bad mood . Any disobedience or misbehavior he exhibits will make you even madder. You will then take out your anger on him and this can cause permanent damage in the training process.
  • Many Professional trainers emphasize being an assertive pack leader. It is crucial that your pet know you are the one in control. Some ways to make this clear are to always walk out the door in front of your dog, never let your dog pull you along on a leash but keep him right by your side or behind you, and be positive and confident like a leader should.
  • Just as we don’t perform well when we’re in a bad mood or tired, dogs won’t either. Before starting a training session read your dog’s and your own mood and make sure you are both in a good state for successful training.
  • There is much debate in the training world about positive reinforcement vs. “Alpha dog” training. Positive reinforcement is where you reward your dog either with a treat, praise, or toys when they exhibit good behavior. If they are misbehaving you either take away a toy or privilege, or ignore the dog while they continue to exhibit the bad behavior. Alpha-Dog training is a more physical type of training often using pinning to the ground or electric collars. It is very important to note that this kind of behavior can be dangerous if not done by a trained professional or undisciplined person.
  • When choosing a training method, make sure you, or the trainer assesses your dog, its environment, and what is going to work best for both of you .

dog trainingAt Pet Resorts of America, we believe in positive reinforcement, exercise, discipline, and affection. While you can train your dog yourself, a professional trainer has the time and resources to give your dog the best and most effective training possible. We offer day training, obedience classes, and our board and train program. If you are looking the easiest way to train your dog and want to learn how to use all of the training tools yourself, our board and train program is perfect for you.Your dog will stay with us for two or three weeks and receive constant attention and daily training from our trainer. No stress and hassle for you! When you pick up your pet at the end of the program , you will spend an hour with our trainer and be taught how to use all the training tools yourself.You can even come back for follow up instruction for free and reach us any time through email for more support!

CALL OR VISIT US TODAY and get on your way to a happier, healthier relationship with your pet.

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Pet Safety: Poisons

puppy Protect your buddies from household hazards

If you are a typical pet owner, your pet is a part of your family. However, just as you would with a baby, you must be vigilant in protecting your pet from poisonous items that can be found around the house.

Poisonous Plants

Those sweet-smelling flowers or green plants may brighten up your home, but unfortunately dogs and cats are attracted to them too. Popular flora that is dangerous to your pet includes:

  • Lilies
  • Tulips/Narcissus bulbs
  • Azaleas/Rhododendrons
  • Oleander
  • Amaryllis
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Daisies
  • Baby’s breath
  • Pothos – Of the Araceae family; is an extremely popular houseplant

All of the above can cause vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination and in some cases even coma or death. This list is not exhaustive; for a more comprehensive record, visit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) at www.aspca.org.

People Food

As much as your pet begs for a taste of what’s on your plate, it is generally not wise to feed it food or drinks meant for humans. Foods especially harmful to pets include:

  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate
  • Onions, garlic and chives
  • Coffee
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Under-cooked  meat
  • Raw bones (they can splinter)
  • Products sweetened with xylitol (like sugar-free gum)
  • Medications

Everyone has dropped a pill on the floor from time to time. However, if you have pets, you need to pick it up immediately; if you cannot find it, get out the vacuum. Never leave opened medication out on the counter. Also, if you are dispensing medication to your animal, make sure to read the instructions carefully. The ASPCA has received calls regarding poisonings by well-meaning pet owners.

Boarding

Even though we can try to be as cautious as possible in our own homes, we also need to protect our loving little pals from outside dangers as well. Before you board your pet it is extremely important that it’s vaccinations are up-to-date and current with the facilities guidelines. A reputable boarding facility will need to have a letter from your veterinarian that your pet is healthy and is current on vaccinations.

If Your Pet is Poisoned…

Call the Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 . Be ready with a description of your animal, symptoms, information about the poisoning and, if applicable, have the product’s label or container handy. The ASPCA also recommends having a pet first aid kit, containing hydrogen peroxide (3 percent, to induce vomiting), a bulb syringe or turkey baster (to administer the hydrogen peroxide), saline eye solution, artificial tear gel, forceps, a muzzle (to prevent getting bitten if your animal is in shock), a mild dish-washing liquid (to bathe your pet after skin contamination) and a can of your pet’s favorite food. You can purchase such kits in pet stores or online.

Did you know…?

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center handles more than 165,000 cases of animal poisonings every year; many of these calls involve human medications or the incorrect administration of veterinary medicines by pet owners.

by CS&A Insurance

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Why Train Your Dog?

To improve your relationship! Training your dog establishes good communications between you and your dog by teaching the behavior you expect from them. Dogs are social pack animals by nature and they have their own language to communicate with each other.

You may need dog training, if your dog

  • doesn’t obey any of your commands
  • pulls at the leash when walked
  • growls when you try to take food, bones, or toys
  • doesn’t come when called
  • doesn’t respond when you say their name
  • doesn’t sit or stay when told
  • won’t go to “place” (bed or crate) and stay

In order to have the best relationship possible with your pet, it is important for you to understand their language. They will also take comfort and feel more secure when they know you are the pack leader.

Let us train your dog for you if you are

  • too busy or working long hours
  • don’t have the patience or feel you don’t have the ability to train
  • can’t find the time to take your dog to those everyday group classes
  • planning to take that vacation you always wanted
  • going on a business trip
  • moving or remodeling your home

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Welcome to Dog Daycare Nashville!

Our new dog daycare center is a 6,000 square foot building that is right next-door to our current overnight boarding location on it is own 4 acre lot. Your pup will have plenty of room to roam inside or out in this new state of the art facility. 🙂

There will be separate large indoor play areas for different sizes of dogs. The indoor area will have rubber floors to prevent slips and provide a soft cushioned surface for your pet.

The new dog daycare center is completely climate controlled. In winter, radiant heaters that hang from the ceiling will provide a “sun-like” heat that creates the same effect as being outside on a sunny day and of course in the summer, the entire building is air conditioned. Back-up generators will supply power in case of an outage, so our computers, phones, alarms, lights, cameras etc… will continue operating as normal to ensure the safety of your pet.

To gain access to the outside play yards there are two large “garage” type doors so our guests can feel free to run in and out as they please. The outside yards will be divided up as well for the different sized dogs. There are ramps, tunnels and other play toys in the yard not only for our guests to enjoy, but they are also used by our trainers and handlers to teach your pet confidence and experience new things.

There is also a covered built-in swimming pool with a nice covered deck so your pet can swim, play and run around with all of their new friends or just chill out on the deck under the ceiling fan and take a nap in the shade. We are also planning to put in some other water features for dogs to play in. Our guests  can play and cool off at the same time in their own little water park!

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Dog Daycare Nashville

Pet Resorts of America
www.petresortsofamerica.com
7200 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209
Local – 615.356.6996
FAX – 866.785.9470
Email us at: info@petresortsofamerica.com

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Pet Resorts Opens New Doggie Daycare Center

A new doggie daycare will open soon!

Pet Resorts of America in West Nashville will open a new doggie daycare center. We are currently a pet boarding facility with the largest indoor/outdoor runs in Nashville. We believe in giving your pet plenty of room and the ability to go in or out when they want to.  The new dog daycare building will allow us to let dogs play together all day long and participate in various activities through out the day. There will be playing, socializing, training, bathing, games and most of all FUN!

DAYCARE – We are currently providing day care at Pet Resorts boarding facility. Pricing right now is the same as overnight boarding, until we get our new building constructed.

Why is Doggie Daycare Nashville the best for your dog ?

One of the benefits of utilizing our doggie daycare is exercise. Our daycare offers the opportunity for your dogs to keep their minds and bodies active. Regular visits to doggie daycare can reduce the probability of dogs being bored at home. Boredom can lead to excessive barking and destructive behaviors. At Doggie Daycare Nashville, your dog will play all day with friends and enjoy a swimming pool. These activities and fun could help him to burn off any excess energy and become more friendly and tolerant. Each dog has a different personality and also different needs. Some dogs might be so well-adapted to many situations that they can come into our doggie daycare once a month and get along great within our group setting. Other dogs benefit from regular visits to our daycare (daily) and respond better to our daycare handlers because of the consistency.

Dogs are very social animals by nature and enjoy the company of other dogs. It is a wonderful feeling to bring your dog along on walks and not have to worry about your pup’s reactions toward other dogs along the way. Many dogs that regularly attend our doggie daycare are happy to meet new dogs and people.

We divide dogs up into play groups according to their temperament energy levels so they all get along and have a great time. Check our selection of players .

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Maintaining a Healthy Pet Weight

“Ah look how cute it is…” is the typical response when people see a cute chubby little puppy.  Yes, it may be the most common statement but it definitely isn’t the healthiest.   Obesity is a far too common problem among canines.  We believe dogs to be man’s best friend and we want to treat them as such and make them happy.  The only problem is dogs don’t necessarily know what is best for them.  As the owner you need to be conscious and thoughtful with the responsibilities that come with having a pet.

Obesity in dogs can lead to several major health issues including but not limited to diabetes, heart disease, and bone and joint disorders.   There are numerous factors that are known causes for weight gain in your pet.  The greatest causes for weight gain for your dog are the type of food he eats, the amount of exercise he performs, his age, and his medical history.  All of these causes can easily be dealt with in order to maintain a healthy pet weight and live a long happy life.

How you feed your dog is the most preventable cause of weight gain.  Like people, dogs need to maintain a nutritious diet to stay in fit conditions.   The type of food you select for your dog is extremely dependent on all of the other factors that affect the weight of your dog.  There are foods that are designed for all stages of a dog’s life from puppy to senior.  Puppies have a higher energy level accompanied by a faster metabolism and their bodies are growing at a rapid rate while an older dog is reached his full size and his metabolism has slowed.  With that being said puppies need food that contains higher amount of protein for this growth.

A dog’s level of activity changes greatly though out its life span.  A young dog is inquisitive and can be extremely active.  This high level of activity is known to decrease as the dog’s age increases.  So with the decrease in activity the amount and type of food that your dog receives should also change.  Another helpful is to keep your pet’s mind engaged and active with toys and daily exercise which will help keep the dog’s thoughts away from food and overeating.  Another alternative is dog daycare several days a week.  Not only would daycare be an added exercise activity but would also create a social outlet for interaction with other dogs and people.

The final key is to work closely with your veterinarian and know your pet.  Several medical issues can be the factor that causes your dog to gain weight.  Have your vet check for diseases such as hypothyroidism and Cushing’s syndrome.  Both are internal causes for weight gain.  I know you love your dog and want to do what is best for him in order for him to be with you for a very long time.

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Leash Training Your Puppy

“Who wants to go on a walk?!” were the words that made my face cringe. Honestly, I used to  dread taking my dog for a walk. Getting my arm ripped off in front of all my neighbors was clearly not on the agenda. The extendable leashes helped me tolerate the tugging, but they were clearly no solution by far. This was five years ago and I can happily say that Ginger now walks better than ever. Follow these effortless leash training tips to avoid embarrassment, arm pain, and have a happy puppy:

  1. The collar is the key. Get your dog used to wearing one as soon as you’re considering a leash. Most puppies don’t like the collar and try to pull it off, simply because it is a foreign object. Don’t take it off because he doesn’t like it – wait until he’s forgotten about the collar to take it off. A helpful tip is to put it on him when he’s eating, so that way he’ll associate the collar with something that he loves. Honestly, he’ll probably not even notice it at first.
  2. Once your puppy is happily wearing the collar, the next step is to get him used to the leash itself. Let your puppy run around the house with the leash attached to the collar, hanging freely. This is showing him that the leash is absolutely nothing to be afraid of. When your puppy runs away from you, call him over and reward him when in leash-distance (so he becomes familiar with being close to you).
  3. Finally, it is time for a walk! As soon as you step outside, your dog is probably going to be very excited. Tire him out with a few games before beginning, so he’s not distracted by the new surroundings. If your dog pulls on the leash,  do not pull him back toward you . Instead, don’t move at all and call him back to you. This teaches him that by tugging on the leash, he doesn’t get anywhere without you. When your puppy comes back, generously reward him.

This may take your dog 3 days, 3 weeks, or 3 months to learn.  Be patient . The only way he’ll learn is if you teach him. Be sure to keep up this new routine every single time you go on walks to ensure consistency. Before you know it, you and your puppy will be a lean, mean walking machine!

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Stop Your Dog From Jumping Up on People

We know we should not encourage dog jumping up on people, but a fuzzy puppy is just too cute to resist. Some people may think it’s cute if your dog is a toy poodle. However, they definitely wouldn’t consider it very cute if that dog was an Irish Wolfhound or a Rottweiler. In fact, a dog jumping up on people – no matter what size dog you have – is not cute. That  is a sign of bad behavior that owners need to curb.  Stop your dog jumping up on people today!

There are three main reasons why your dog jumps on people:

  1. To get attention and greet people. Dogs identify each other by smelling scent glands around their face, and so try to do the same with people.
  2.  In order to assert dominance. When people immediately respond to the dogs jumping, it puts him in power. You MUST assert your alpha leader rank!
  3. Because, inadvertently or directly, the family or visitors has rewarded the dog for this behavior before. This could be either because the family greeted the dog when it jumped, OR because the dog associated jumping with positive things, such as being fed or getting attention.

In order to stop your dog from jumping on people, you need to first of all make sure your dog is trained in two essential commands: The SIT command, and the OFF command. To teach your Dog the off command, follow these simple rules:
When the puppy or older dog jumps (whether on a person or furniture), immediately say OFF.
The best way to do this in the beginning is to have a leash on your pet and introduce him to situations where he would normally jump on someone. You must have a slack leash, when he is about to jump, you say “OFF” and tug on the leash. Repeat this command several times, until your dog doesn’t need to be told twice. Praise immediately when he stops himself from jumping.

Make sure other family members and visitors understand this command, as well. It is crucial that your dog understand that all family and visitors are above his rank in the pack. Otherwise, he will lash out and try to assert himself on everyone. While using the Off command may not be appreciated by most visitors, but it is more important that a dog has a good greeting manner with all people. A little effort on everyone’s side makes your dog disciplined and docile.
You’ll also want to ensure your dog is well-versed in the SIT command whenever he looks like he’s about to jump. Look for familiar body language that your dog is about to jump, such as craning his neck, preparing his hind legs, and wagging his tail. Immediately counter this with the Sit command.If your dog does jump on people, immediately state Off, then ignore the dog until he has calmed down. As the alpha of the pack, you must reprimand him for his actions. Isolating the dog is a very good method that your dog understands through his pack instincts, for teaching your dog that he has acted inappropriately.
Ultimately, prevention is the best strategy in stopping your dog from jumping on people. There are several ways to approach this:

  1. Knowing that dogs like to greet other animals by sniffing around their face, lower yourself to HIS level. This eliminates the need to jump, and makes him feel more comfortable. Whenever you wish to pet your dog or give him a cuddle, bend down and look at him on an even level.
  2. Some people manage to train their dog to wait for love by showing them their hands at knee level, until the dog learns to apply this rule to everyone. Teach them the DOWN or OFF command to make sure it understands. Additionally, make visitors and other family members aware that, should they wish to pet the dog, to show the dog their hands at knee level, or to bend down him or herself. This will discourage your dog from jumping up. Consistency is always key to training your dog out of unacceptable behaviors.
  3. The other method of dissuading dogs from jumping up on people rely more on aversion, giving them an outcome other than the one they desire and expect. Use your body to ward off the dog. Step out of reach, raise a knee, or catch and hold the dogs legs. All these techniques should send a signal to your dog that he cannot go up. However, if he continues to try to jump, try some of the other techniques, and make sure to consistently reprimand and ignore him until he has calmed won.
  4. Finally, if the problem persists, you can try dog training products such as collars that spray water or citrus. While these are generally used for barking or biting, they can also be used to stop your dog from jumping, if the problem becomes severe.

Ultimately, the best way to train your dog is to:

  • Clearly and consistently express your expectations,
  • Rewarding your dog for a positive outcome, and
  • Reprimanding him for a negative outcome.

Make sure to be consistent and vigilant, and your dog will reward you by no longer jumping on you or your guests.

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