Dog Guard of Valparaiso, Indiana
304 E. 316 North, Suite B
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Owner: Darrin Selking
Phone: (219) 465-7200
Dog Guard of Kentuckiana & Lexington
10609 Bracken Branch Ct
Louisville, KY 40223
Owner: John Wildennman
Kentuckiana Phone: (502) 254-9479
Lexington Phone: (859)312-2347
Training and Raising a Dog in Indiana
With the number of dog-training facilities in Indiana, it’s no wonder that dog owners all over the state are searching for methods to keep their dogs well-behaved, safe, and happy. Most of us dog-lovers understand that training a dog is no easy feat, regardless of whether your dog is more or less individually well-behaved. It takes time and patience, just like being a parent does. However, because of all of the training methods out there among professionals and at-home dog owners, it can become confusing to understand how to train and raise a dog properly. There are also a lot of common misunderstandings among dog trainers.
If you begin training your dog and it is having a hard time learning a behavior, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is stubborn or too dominant to listen to you. Dogs are much like humans in that they all learn at a different pace. Some pick up on new tasks quickly, while others require more time and patience. You need to be sure you are properly communicating to your dog what you want it to do. Proper instruction is a major component of training a dog. Also, take into consideration that your dog physically might not be able to perform certain tasks you try to teach it. An older dog that has hip ailments might struggle staying in a sitting position for a lengthy period of time, for instance.
Another helpful training tip is to realize that positive reinforcement really does work. Some dog owners or trainers believe that this kind of method only works with smaller, more upbeat dogs rather than large and stubborn dogs, but this is not the case. Try putting yourself in the dog’s shoes: You wouldn’t want to listen to someone ordering you around only giving negative feedback, would you?
Some trainers are against using food when training because they believe it’s just bribery, but it can actually be very effective if done correctly. The overuse of food to get a dog to listen can certainly yield negative results, but it can be a great way to let your dog know it’s doing something right. Be sure that if you use food, however, mix it up occasionally by using other rewards like toys or playtime.
It is vital that your dog feel that it can trust you when you are training it. Having a pet is a loving relationship and should always be treated as such; you don’t want your dog to feel like it is constantly being ordered around. Give your dog freedom and security and it will love you forever.
However, giving your dog freedom can have negative aspects. A lot of dog owners let their dogs roam around outdoors by themselves, but they don’t realize how dangerous this can be. Even if you allow your dog to roam in your own backyard, dangers lurk all around the area. If you’re unsure of whether your dog is truly safe, you might consider purchasing a wireless pet fence.
Here at Dog Guard, we offer the latest technology in out-of-sight fencing for dogs. When you purchase our underground fence, Indiana-based professional installers come to your home and place wiring around the perimeter of your yard. This wire is connected via a radio signal to a receiver collar worn by your dog when it is outside. This collar will offer a stimulation to your dog whenever it gets near the boundaries of the wireless dog fence. Before official activation occurs for the electric fence, IN dog owners should walk their dog on a leash around the perimeter of the yard to get them used to the fence. Then, you can properly rely on the collar to keep your dog from approaching the boundaries too closely. Another great aspect of the electric fence: IN pet owners won’t have to worry about harming their dogs with the collar. Our receiving collar is harmless to your pet and will only emit a proper stimulation level to keep your dog away from the boundaries.
When choosing to buy our hidden fence, IN dog owners will appreciate the ease of installation. Most might initially think to build or install their own above-ground fence, but this is costly and not as effective, as dogs tend to enjoy digging holes underneath fences. With our out-of-sight fence, Indiana owners can save money and make their dogs happy, and they don’t even have to install anything: Our technicians will do it for you.