Monday, January 17, 2011

5 Benefits of Owning a Rottweiler Puppy

Are you thinking about getting a Rottweiler puppy? Rottweilers are not the right dog for everyone, but if you are the right kind of person then owning a Rottweiler can have a lot of benefits. Here are the top 5 benefits of owning a Rottweiler puppy:

1. You get a great guard dog – Rottweilers are fiercely protective of their homes and their people so if you want to have a dog that is going to be a great guard dog and a great pet then you can’t go wrong owning a Rottweiler.

2. You get a companion – Rottweiler puppies are very people oriented and love to be right in the middle of all the action. Your Rottweiler puppy will be happiest when he or she is tagging along with you as you run errands, mow the yard, make dinner, or watch TV on the couch. Rottweilers are wonderful companion dogs, although because they do thrive on human companionship if you don’t have a lot of time to spend with the dog then you might be better off with a less people-oriented breed of dog.

3. Your kids get a playmate – Rottweiler puppies are very active, and need to be intellectually stimulated with games and tasks. If you want a family dog that will be active as your kids then a Rottweiler puppy will be a good fit in your household. Your Rottweiler puppy will love to play as much as your kids, and you’ll know that the kids are safe from danger with a loyal Rottweiler guarding them while they play.

4. You get a dog that loves to work – Rottweilers are bred to be working dogs and they need a job to do in order to be truly happy. If you want a dog that can help you around the farm, protect your property, and do other jobs then a Rottweiler will be a good fit for you. But you must keep your Rottweiler busy in order for the dog to really thrive.

5. You get a dog that is smarter than most – Rottweilers are known for their intelligence so if you want a dog that is more intelligent than most other breeds and is easy to train and will be obedient and respectful of your authority then a Rottweiler is the dog for you. You need to train your Rottweiler from day one and establish yourself as the pack leader. Once you do that your dog will pick up lessons easily and obey commands.

By. Kathleen Chester

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Pavlov and your dog – Part 2

What do Pavlov’s findings have to do with the ‘clicker training’method?

A lot!

Let me first explain how clicker training works and then highlight where Pavlov’s findings come in…

How Clicker Training Works

Let’s say you want to reinforce or teach your dog a specific behavior such as sitting, standing, barking, eating, or even just looking at you (for those of you who have distracted dogs).

Your purpose is to apply the clicker training method to achieve this.

In this method, the trainer uses a clicker which is a small plastic box with a metal button which makes a distinctive click sound when you press the button.

So, here are the typical steps:

Step #1 – Trigger the behavior you want or simply let occur naturally.

Step #2 – Immediately click the clicker to ‘mark’ the behavior. Repeat this a few times and you may see your dog visibly startle, look towards the treat, or look to you. This indicates that the association is being formed.

Step #3 – Give a small piece of his favorite treat. Don’t give a big piece because your dog will soon grow fatand ugly…yucks! (You might give a hug instead of a treat if that’s what your animal likes.)

Step #4 – Cue the behavior – such as “sit” or “down” etc.

Step #5 – Slowly reduce and fade the clicker and treats.

Alright, now let’s look at:

Where do Pavlov’s findings come in?

Like Pavlov’s experiments where he associate the ringing of the bell with presenting food to his dog…

… in the ‘clicker training’ method, you associate the click with presenting of food.

Technically, this is known as a conditioned response.

Base article from:

Pavlov and your dog – Part 1

Have you heard of Ivan Pavlov?

Here’s Ivan Pavlov’s famous “conditioned response” experiment:

Pavlov is a Russian scientist who conditioned dogs to initiate a salivary response to the sound of a bell. He measured the amount of salivation in response to only food. He continued by ringing a bell as he gave the food.

Once again, he detected a salivary response. At last, by just ringing the bell, he observed the same response as having presented food to the dogs – salivation. These experiments defined what has been a “conditioned response”.

It is this same principle that makes our our mouths water when we smell food :-)

So, how do Pavlov’s findings got to do with training your dog?

It is also this same principle that the clicker method is based upon… (see Part 2, the next article which will soon be posted, so please stay tuned).