Even though I love dogs, I’m not a dog expert, but when I learned about Dog Tips, I knew it was something I needed to read. I knew I had to follow their tips with the right dog toys. In other words, I’d have to take the right action before they learned anything from me.
For example, if you do not feed your dog regularly or praise it for dog tricks, it will continue to do what it wants to do. It’s just that simple. If you don’t reward it, it will continue to want those things over again.
When people try to treat training a dog as “child’s play,” it doesn’t work like that. If you think that kind of nonsense is fun, you’re in the wrong line of work. Dog tricks are all about being creative and using your creativity to overcome obstacles.
Dogs love to be free and to do whatever they want to do. It’s a part of what makes them dogs in the first place. But if you punish a dog for doing something because you think it’s fun, that’s just silly.
Treat Dogs like Kids
Play or torture, dogs get bored and irritable. They also get depressed when you don’t let them do what they want. You can’t play with your kids and expect them to become better people. They are still kids.
Some people might disagree with me on this, but I will say that by abusing dogs and teaching them these dog tricks is cruel. You’ll be paying for it years from now when those dogs turn against you.
So, does this Dog Tips give the same information I was getting from dog training schools? Yep, they do. There are lots of things I learn in this book, but I’ll only mention a few of them below.
To start with, the authors of Dog Tips are dog trainers themselves and also have some first-hand experience teaching dog tricks. They are not biased, so they tell it like it is.
They discuss natural and homeopathic remedies and other things that help dogs with anxiety and separation issues. Dogs with separation anxiety love to be alone, and even if they don’t have separation anxiety, they still prefer it when you are gone. There are a lot of ways to teach your dog to stay when you are gone, including dog tricks that are fun to perform.
Encourage Your Dog
They also talk about the need to encourage your dog’s growth and health rather than fix behavior issues. The best way to do that is through regular exercise, a good diet, natural vitamins, and other supplements.
And of course, they also discuss the importance of using toys in your training. Their advice includes play dog’s toys, play lovey toys, dog toys, and others that are fun for your dog and teach it tricks.
So, if you’re looking for more tips on how to teach your dog tricks, Dog Tips is a great resource. But don’t worry if you are not a professional trainer. The first book, Softer Than Dog Training, should give you the basics, then you can move on to more advanced strategies.