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Click training 101: Getting your puppy started on a clicker

pups and pups Over the years I have had many dogs, all of which I have trained on my own. I’ve been often asked “Your dog listens so well, how did you get him to do that?” Teaching a puppy a few basic commands really isn’t as hard as some might think. As long as you can have the patience and the time to dedicate to properly training them, you can have a wonderfully well-behaved puppy yourself! I am a firm believer of the “click-training” method when it comes to training dogs. Having something to audibly stimulate them in order to receive the desired action in return tends to work better than just verbal commands on their own. In this “how-to”, I’ll illustrate to you how to get started with click-training and the basics you will need to know.

If you plan on using the click training method, you’ll need to get a few things to start. First you will need to get a clicker (about $2.00 at pet stores). You’ll then want to get some small treats that your puppy likes (my puppy likes a combination of his puppy kibble and “Crazy Pet Train-Me Reward Dog Treats” — about $5.00 at pet stores — the train-me treats work well because they are chewy and moist, easy for a puppy to eat). You might also want to have something to carry the treats in, like a nylon bag that you can sling around your waist, or you can just keep them in your pocket.

Once you have everything you need, you can start to associate your puppy with the clicker. To do this, click the clicker and then give the puppy a treat. Go to another part of the room, click the clicker, and give the puppy a treat. Repeat this step over a few times in different parts of the house. Your puppy will start to associate the clicking noise with getting a treat, thanks Pavlov! When you are convinced that your puppy understands that the clicking sound means they will receive a treat, then you are ready to move on with the training.

Before you begin to teach the puppy even the most basic commands such as “sit” and “stay”, you need to work with your puppy on getting their attention. Doing this is actually quite simple. While in the room with your puppy, say their name. When they stop what they are doing and look at you, click your clicker and give them a treat. Repeat this step a few times in different parts of the home. You will notice that your puppy will catch on very quickly! You will want to repeat the name-association exercise a few minutes each day to ensure that they understand, but make sure that you do not over-do it. Puppies have a short attention span, and get tired and restless quickly. Make sure you keep all training sessions to about 10-15 minutes daily.

Once you are confident that you can get your puppy’s attention quickly and easily, you can then move on in the training process.

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November 3, 2009 Posted by | Just One More Pet, Pet and Animal Training, Pets, Success Stories | , , , | Leave a comment

Chinese University targets cats in H1N1 fear : report

MORE CAT HATE-China is now going to do mass killings of cats because they believe they will catch H1N1. You talk about INSANE. Maybe the Chinese government should start killing off their own people because HUMANS carry H1N1 – NOT CATS. I HATE CHINA!

A sophomore from Beihang University is quarantined at the university hospital. A freshman died from H1N1 at the university last week.

A famous technology university in Beijing is alleged to be ridding its campus of homeless cats because of fears the animals will pass A(H1N1) to students.

“I was informed by a security guard in this university they will clean up approximately 50 abandoned cats in the campus, starting on Wednesday,” a student surnamed Kui from the Beijing University of Technology (BUT), who looked after the cats, said.

“The security guard told me the decision was made at a university presidential meeting, but they refused to tell me how they would get rid of them,” he said.

This appears to support a report by the Beijing News on Saturday, in which a security guard said the plan was genuine.

However, security guards and the university’s administration department denied the existence of such a plan when contacted by METRO yesterday.

Despite the denial, a cat shelter was set on fire by a cigarette on Saturday, one day after the decision was reportedly made.

Three cats escaped but were now in serious danger from exposure to the freezing weather, Kui said.

More than 700 freshmen at Beihang University were infected with H1N1 at a military training camp last week. A male student later died.

Kui said his university was concerned about the situation at Beihang University and was trying to take action, which included getting rid of homeless cats.

After learning of the plan, a retired professor surnamed Xu from BUT told METRO she approached the security office and asked them how they would remove the cats. She was told they would first try to find people to adopt them, and would leave those remaining in a field on the outskirts of Beijing.

“I am afraid some cats will be hurt or even killed,” Xu said.

Qin Xiaona, president of the Capital Animal Welfare Association, a charity organization established in 1997, said cats who have undergone sterilization operations and vaccinations are not harmful to people.

According to Kui, nearly 80 percent of the cats in BUT have had sterilization operations. Those who hadn’t been sterilized were either too young to have the operation or too old to be fall pregnant. Students and teachers covered all the costs of the operations.

“I spent almost 300 yuan ($44) a month to feed them and I know of another retired professor who spent 1,000 yuan recently to have three cats sterilized,” Xu said.

“There is not a single medical expert or research to suggest any connection between the H1N1 virus transmission and cats. Furthermore, the university didn’t spend a penny on them and the cats don’t cause any trouble. I don’t understand why they want to get rid of them,” Xu said.

Xu is now contacting kindly people and animal shelters to see whether they can adopt the cats. The Capital Animal Welfare Association is also involved.

“Adopting abandoned cats is not really encouraged because it promotes other cat abandoners to follow suit,” Qin said.

“The best way to protect abandoned cats is find responsible people to take care of them, let them stay where they are, and give them sterilizing operations and vaccinations,” Qin added.

Qin told METRO she would contact BUT and try to convince them to keep the cats.

In February, a group of male students from BUT angered netizens when they stamped on an abandoned cat and left it in a dormitory lobby until it died to days later.

China Daily – Updated: 2009-11-02 10:45

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USA: Stop Excessive Feeding of Drugs to Food Animals

ASPCA Urgent Alert

Dear Animal Advocates,Championed for over 10 years by the late Senator Edward Kennedy, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) is a federal bill that would phase out the common practice of constantly feeding antibiotics to food animals when they aren’t sick.

Large-scale livestock and poultry producers have become overly reliant on antibiotics. By keeping animals on these drugs all the time, factory farms can become ever more overcrowded and unsanitary while circumventing the disease outbreaks that these poor conditions ordinarily would produce. Therefore, curbing the use of antibiotics may prove to be an incentive to raise animals using more humane and sustainable methods.

This is not only an animal welfare issue, however: it is also an issue of human health. Scientists agree that the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture is contributing to the increase in antibiotic-resistant human diseases. These illnesses are especially costly and difficult to treat.

What You Can Do

Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center online to email your U.S. senators and representative urging them to support and cosponsor the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act.

You may use the same link to read about this legislation in greater depth.

Thank you so much for supporting the ASPCA and our nation’s animals.

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