Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish
Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish



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Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish

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When To Start Training Your New Puppy


So, you’re a new puppy parent! Now what? You may think that you should wait until your puppy is old enough to go to obedience training to begin training them yourself, but from the moment your puppy was born, they’re being trained. The socialization they had with their littermates, and now with you, is a huge part of initial training, but they are learning from each experience they have – good and bad. Most dog experts agree that 8-10 weeks of age, puppies gain the capacity for cognitive learning. Each puppy is different and their attention spans are short, but you can start with very basic and brief training around this age.

House training is often first on the puppy training agenda. Whatever your preferred method is, house training is about patience, consistency and positive reinforcement which can begin around 8 weeks old. It is inevitable that puppies will have accidents in the home, but sticking to a schedule can also be helpful. It’s usually between 12–16 weeks when a puppy learns to really gain control of their bladder and bowel movements. It takes most puppies 4-6 months to be fully house trained.

Other items on the puppy training agenda may include the ‘come’ command and discouraging nipping or biting. Puppies are notorious for biting with their needle-sharp teeth, but a good rule of thumb is to let out a yelp (as if in pain) if they’re biting you. Just like when they play-bit their brothers and sisters, yelping is an indicator of pain, and they usually take the hint – even if it is just for a short moment (remember they do have short attention spans)! Another technique is to replace your hand (or whatever they shouldn’t be chewing on) for a toy and then reward them for the correct behavior. Teaching the ‘come’ command is a crucial one for puppies to learn as it is not only useful but could potentially save them in a dangerous situation.

All in all, basic principles to remember when you begin training your new puppy are patience, routine, and reward with positive reinforcement. Once your puppy is old enough, bring them to Best Friends for obedience training with our certified dog trainers! Comment below with your best puppy training trips to new puppy parents.


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3 Benefits Of Social Play For Dogs

Benefits of social play for dogs

Bowing, chasing, bouncy movements, play falling, self-handicapping, and friendly wrestling; These are all examples of healthy social play for dogs! Have you ever been curious about the benefits of your dog socializing with other dogs at Doggy Day Camp? We did a little research and found these three benefits of friendly social play for dogs:


1. Getting Along

Much like children playing on a team, social play for dogs can teach them how to behave with others and play fairly. Marc Bekoff, a Professor at the University of Colorado says, “play is not only fun. It’s useful behavior. And studies of play indicate that animals actively cultivate a sense of fairness and cooperation by playing” (source 3).


2. Health and Exercise

According to Vet Street, “between 20-40% of all dogs seen by veterinarians in the United States are considered overweight” (source 5). This could be due to a lack of exercise. When your dog is socializing with other dogs, they are likely running around, playing, chasing and generally being active. Not only does a lack of exercise sometimes result in an overweight dog, but it may also exhibit itself in the form of hyperactivity, barking, and destructive behavior at home (source 5).


3. Having Fun

Dogs benefit from playing with other dogs and having a good time. Whether it’s a friendly wrestling match or a chasing game of tag, it’s important for your dog to have fun when interacting with other dogs. Much like humans, when a dog happily plays, positive changes happen in their brain: oxytocin, prolactin, beta-phenylethylamine, and dopamine are released (source 4). This means a playing dog is a happy dog!


Although it is good to encourage your dog to interact with other dogs, it is important that they do it on their terms when they feel ready. Forcing socialization can frighten your dog and make them aggressive (source 6). If your dog needs help with socialization, consider training with one of our Best Friends certified dog training experts.

All in all, a dog who safely chases and plays with other dogs is a happy, healthy dog. A happy, healthy dog means a happy owner. Book your dog’s socialization time and send them back to school at Best Friends Doggy Day Camp, today!



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Watch Your Tone During Dog Training

Watch Your Tone Dog Training Best Friends Sugar Land

Matching tone to temperament is key for successful behavior training.

Did your mother ever tell you, “It’s not WHAT you say, it’s the WAY that you say it that matters”? We know that our tone of voice can often have a big impact on how someone will respond to something we are saying.

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