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Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips

 
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Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
She is a 3 month-old pit/boxer mix. Quite friendly, and I'm so excited! We have a crate already but any tips or tricks for this breed in particular would be greatly appreciated.

My fiancee wanted a guard dog. I wanted a third shotgun. I guess she won this round :)

Cheers and thanks in advance!
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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
Sing to the dog.
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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
YOU are the boss. NEVER allow the dog to be the boss. That doesn't mean you have to be mean or violent or cruel, quite the contrary. We spoil our two dogs rotten, give them everything they could want - freedom, treats, fun, car rides, never deny them anything within reason. Nonetheless, when I call or command them, they do it without question, because I am the boss. As long as you treat your dog well and maintain alpha status, you'll have a wonderful, happy pet!
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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
YOU are the boss. NEVER allow the dog to be the boss. That doesn't mean you have to be mean or violent or cruel, quite the contrary. We spoil our two dogs rotten, give them everything they could want - freedom, treats, fun, car rides, never deny them anything within reason. Nonetheless, when I call or command them, they do it without question, because I am the boss. As long as you treat your dog well and maintain alpha status, you'll have a wonderful, happy pet!
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Thanks!!

Any recommendations on food?
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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
If you've never owned a dog before and you want it trained well, take a class. Start calling around now and start planning and talk to some expert trainers about timing.

A well trained dog is so much more a treat and is a far more pleasurable pet to have around than an untrained "yapper".

Edit: Note, the class is for you, not your dog. You have to take it with your dog though. The class is to train you how to train your dog.

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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
Good choice on the dog I had a am staff/pit and now have a four month old boxer/great dane. We took some training classes and the one thing I found is clicker training worked wonders for us and from what I inderstand boxers pick up on it really well. As far as food goes we feed our dogs blue brand dog food.
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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
If you've never owned a dog before and you want it trained well, take a class. Start calling around now and start planning and talk to some expert trainers about timing.

A well trained dog is so much more a treat and is a far more pleasurable pet to have around than an untrained "yapper".
 Quoting: Widespread Panic


About what age should I put her in a class? Is it better for me to learn to do the training? I do plan on getting her a "friend" in the future.
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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
Good choice on the dog I had a am staff/pit and now have a four month old boxer/great dane. We took some training classes and the one thing I found is clicker training worked wonders for us and from what I inderstand boxers pick up on it really well. As far as food goes we feed our dogs blue brand dog food.
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Thank you!! May I ask about clicker training? I know I could probably google it, but it sounds like you've done it!
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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
teach it to lick peanutbutter off of anything
and i mean anything
it comes in handy when you are lonely ;)
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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
If you've never owned a dog before and you want it trained well, take a class. Start calling around now and start planning and talk to some expert trainers about timing.

A well trained dog is so much more a treat and is a far more pleasurable pet to have around than an untrained "yapper".
 Quoting: Widespread Panic


About what age should I put her in a class? Is it better for me to learn to do the training? I do plan on getting her a "friend" in the future.
 Quoting: Widespread Franklin


If its still a little puppy wait until it can take audible and visual queues from you. That's when to start.

Yes, as I said, the class is for you. It will teach you how to train your dog. You take the class with your dog and the instructor will show exactly how to get and keeps the dogs attention, not the other way around.
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Start watching the "dog whisperer", that guy knows his shit. I straightened my pooch out at the age of 7 by following his advice.
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Rub his tummy. They are the best people in the world.
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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
Start watching the "dog whisperer", that guy knows his shit. I straightened my pooch out at the age of 7 by following his advice.
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Good advice! ^^
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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
Something else - it helps to get on a dog's mental level when training. Too often, people assume dogs have the same logic and reasoning that humans do. They do not - they operate on a very limited subset mentally of action/reward/punishment. They also have extremely short memories. If you come home and Fluffy peed on the floor two hours before, yelling at her now won't do any good, she will just associate you as being angry for whatever action she is currently doing.

Also, remember that a dog's first priority is almost always to have fun. Anytime you are training and you can make it into a game for them, they will learn that much quicker.

Finally, in my opinion, the most important thing is establishing that pack order and just getting the dog used to following your instructions. When we first rescued our two, I did teach them the basics of sit, stay, etc - but with an emphasis on following commands in general rather than mastering one in particular. Since then, I've done next to no training at all with them because they are conditioned to do what they are told regardless of what it is. They learn new things now at an incredible rate - and if your doggie loves and respects you, they will always go way out of their way to please you!
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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
YOU are the boss. NEVER allow the dog to be the boss. That doesn't mean you have to be mean or violent or cruel, quite the contrary. We spoil our two dogs rotten, give them everything they could want - freedom, treats, fun, car rides, never deny them anything within reason. Nonetheless, when I call or command them, they do it without question, because I am the boss. As long as you treat your dog well and maintain alpha status, you'll have a wonderful, happy pet!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 36452782


Pretty much sums it up. I love our goofy guy, but he's pretty strong and I never want him to think he's in charge. He's six years old now and the sweetest friend in the world because he knows his place in the family pack (last in line :).
"When tyrants tremble in their fear, and hear their death knell ringing,
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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
Start watching the "dog whisperer", that guy knows his shit. I straightened my pooch out at the age of 7 by following his advice.
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Good advice! ^^
 Quoting: Widespread Panic


^^Great username!
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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
YOU are the boss. NEVER allow the dog to be the boss. That doesn't mean you have to be mean or violent or cruel, quite the contrary. We spoil our two dogs rotten, give them everything they could want - freedom, treats, fun, car rides, never deny them anything within reason. Nonetheless, when I call or command them, they do it without question, because I am the boss. As long as you treat your dog well and maintain alpha status, you'll have a wonderful, happy pet!
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Yeah I hear that. My housemate has a little yapper that isn't trained at all. It bites everyone that comes to visit and completely rules her. I taught him to sit and shake in 5 minutes and showed her how to do it. She hasn't attempted to train him once. She bitches about him when he pees on the furniture or chews up her shoes but does nothing about it. I tried to tell her he needed serious training but offended her. So now I have to move out because none of my friends will come over. A boyfriend left her because it was him or the dog. She chose the dog.. Ridiculous.
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Something else - it helps to get on a dog's mental level when training. Too often, people assume dogs have the same logic and reasoning that humans do. They do not - they operate on a very limited subset mentally of action/reward/punishment. They also have extremely short memories. If you come home and Fluffy peed on the floor two hours before, yelling at her now won't do any good, she will just associate you as being angry for whatever action she is currently doing.

Also, remember that a dog's first priority is almost always to have fun. Anytime you are training and you can make it into a game for them, they will learn that much quicker.

Finally, in my opinion, the most important thing is establishing that pack order and just getting the dog used to following your instructions. When we first rescued our two, I did teach them the basics of sit, stay, etc - but with an emphasis on following commands in general rather than mastering one in particular. Since then, I've done next to no training at all with them because they are conditioned to do what they are told regardless of what it is. They learn new things now at an incredible rate - and if your doggie loves and respects you, they will always go way out of their way to please you!
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THANK YOU hf
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Pretend to eat some dog food before you feed the dog, with the dog watching you. That way the dog knows you are the boss and you are giving it food after you have already eaten alllllll the dog food you want to.

(you can actually eat some dog food if you like, you don't have to pretend. i just pretend)
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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
YOU are the boss. NEVER allow the dog to be the boss. That doesn't mean you have to be mean or violent or cruel, quite the contrary. We spoil our two dogs rotten, give them everything they could want - freedom, treats, fun, car rides, never deny them anything within reason. Nonetheless, when I call or command them, they do it without question, because I am the boss. As long as you treat your dog well and maintain alpha status, you'll have a wonderful, happy pet!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 36452782


Thanks!!

Any recommendations on food?
 Quoting: Widespread Franklin


We feed our dog Rachel Ray's Just Six. Any of the dog foods that are mostly meat and veggie (but not corn) based will do.Meat should be the first ingredient listed. I just like that particular brand for him.
"When tyrants tremble in their fear, and hear their death knell ringing,
When friends rejoice both far and near, how can I keep from singing"

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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
Something else - it helps to get on a dog's mental level when training. Too often, people assume dogs have the same logic and reasoning that humans do. They do not - they operate on a very limited subset mentally of action/reward/punishment. They also have extremely short memories. If you come home and Fluffy peed on the floor two hours before, yelling at her now won't do any good, she will just associate you as being angry for whatever action she is currently doing.

Also, remember that a dog's first priority is almost always to have fun. Anytime you are training and you can make it into a game for them, they will learn that much quicker.

Finally, in my opinion, the most important thing is establishing that pack order and just getting the dog used to following your instructions. When we first rescued our two, I did teach them the basics of sit, stay, etc - but with an emphasis on following commands in general rather than mastering one in particular. Since then, I've done next to no training at all with them because they are conditioned to do what they are told regardless of what it is. They learn new things now at an incredible rate - and if your doggie loves and respects you, they will always go way out of their way to please you!
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THANK YOU hf
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No prob! You will make a great dog owner I am sure :)
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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
The best thing to do as said above is start a basic obedience class, just call around to different pet shops or vets, some one there should point you in the right direction. Plan on lots of treats and repetition is the key. For that kind of dog, start with a large breed puppy food for about the first year, then switch to something with about 30% protein for a high energy dog. And also being the mix that it is make sure it has plenty of socialization with other dogs and people or you could end up having a mean dog when it grows up. Hope this helps a bit.
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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
1. Get pet insurance! But, be careful on those immunizations.
2. Buy real pup food (no corn, by-products, chemicals)
3. Be consistent when training.
4. If you( and fam) are disciplined, the dog will be too.
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Dogs are pack animals. This is their extended family.

Packs typically have Alphas, Betas, and Omegas.

Alphas are the dominant pair, Betas are second to that.

Omegas are the whipping boy.

When a dog cowers in fear, it is showing omega behavior. There is nothing really wrong with omega behavior, but you should not let your dog stay in omega mode for a long time. Omegas tend to have shorter lives.

If you chastise the dog (for whatever reason), be sure to "bring it back into the fold" of being an accepted member of your "pack" once you have made your point.


Right now, I have two "rat dogs" (as I call them) that I wound up with due to a sons divorce. They seem to have adopted me and my wife as their new pack. The older of the two seems to enjoy sleeping where ever I have been sitting... until I show up. Deathly scared of lightning, he makes a great weather dog. Just look over and see how freaked out he is and you know if it's going to storm or not. When he stays glued to my heels, I know we are gonna catch a heavy storm.
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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
The best thing to do as said above is start a basic obedience class, just call around to different pet shops or vets, some one there should point you in the right direction. Plan on lots of treats and repetition is the key. For that kind of dog, start with a large breed puppy food for about the first year, then switch to something with about 30% protein for a high energy dog. And also being the mix that it is make sure it has plenty of socialization with other dogs and people or you could end up having a mean dog when it grows up. Hope this helps a bit.
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Every little bit right now is helpful to me hf

I also plan on her being a companion for my morning and evening runs. Will she be able to handle 2-3 miles after a little training?

What age can I get her spayed?

Those are probably my last questions for now...lol

Thank you guys and gals so much for your help! I love this place hf

You may return to your currently scheduled doom watch :)
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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
Throw the crate away

You want a watch dog, why crate him?
He needs to know what area he is to protect.
He needs to attach to you as the person to protect.
Cant do either in a crate

Start now with beware of the dog signs. I encourage my dogs to bark and growl when someone is on the street, but they know 'pizzaman' and 'chinaman' because they know he brings US food.

One thing I've always regretted but still occasionally try to teach them. If you know another language (I am Russian) teach them commands in that other language, so only you can command them. A perpetrator will shit when you say kusai (sic em) and the dog charges.

My next dogs will be German shep and Doberman. Both are easily trained professionally. Reason for these, a German shep will be up front and in your face. Still breat with kids. A Doberman is strictly indoors, docile at first. When someone breaks in, he will let them BUT he wont let them leave. The Doberman will keep the perpetrator in a corner until commanded to heel.

With any dog, I would invest in professional training but remember, with certain breeds you cannot always trust them.

Had a friend with a Rottweiler. Kids would ask to come over and play with him every day. Then one day, he ate off the arm off of a 6 year old girl.
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Re: Just got my 1st dog!!! I'll definitely need some training tips
When leaving the house/apartment, you walk out the door first. Clear sign of leadership
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Throw the crate away

You want a watch dog, why crate him?
He needs to know what area he is to protect.
He needs to attach to you as the person to protect.
Cant do either in a crate

Start now with beware of the dog signs. I encourage my dogs to bark and growl when someone is on the street, but they know 'pizzaman' and 'chinaman' because they know he brings US food.

One thing I've always regretted but still occasionally try to teach them. If you know another language (I am Russian) teach them commands in that other language, so only you can command them. A perpetrator will shit when you say kusai (sic em) and the dog charges.

My next dogs will be German shep and Doberman. Both are easily trained professionally. Reason for these, a German shep will be up front and in your face. Still breat with kids. A Doberman is strictly indoors, docile at first. When someone breaks in, he will let them BUT he wont let them leave. The Doberman will keep the perpetrator in a corner until commanded to heel.

With any dog, I would invest in professional training but remember, with certain breeds you cannot always trust them.

Had a friend with a Rottweiler. Kids would ask to come over and play with him every day. Then one day, he ate off the arm off of a 6 year old girl.
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That is some great advice, especially about the crate and knowing another language!! Thanks chief!
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all pitbulls need to die. put a bullet through its fucking head before i do.

I pray that your neighbor poisons your dog.
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all pitbulls need to die. put a bullet through its fucking head before i do.

I pray that your neighbor poisons your dog.
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bsflag

99% of the time, it's the owner who's dangerous.
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all pitbulls need to die. put a bullet through its fucking head before i do.

I pray that your neighbor poisons your dog.
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bsflag

99% of the time, it's the owner who's dangerous.
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hey look ghetto fucking trash. the cops will kill your dog soon enough don't worry.