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dog obedience training tip

The most important of all dog obedience training tips in order to have a happy dog doing what you want him to do is: always be consistent.

Always remember that your dog wants to please you but he needs to have a firm understanding of the rules how to please you.

No matter which dog obedience training method you use:

  • clicker
  • leash
  • or reward,

you have to be consistent.

Your dog will always test the rules you have set forth for him. It may be only once per month at first but if you don’t react each and every time in the same way, your dog will try more to break the rules.

Other dog obedient training tip that works

  • Positive reinforcement results in an increase in the frequency and intensity of a behavior.
  • Negative reinforcement results in a decrease in the frequency and intensity of a behavior.

In other words: reward your dog when they are doing good and give your dog a penalty when your dog isn’t obedient.

Never punish or scold your dog under obedience training. A punishment will put in negative feelings into your dog. Praise him for a good behavior instead.

Penalize your dog. Make note that "penalize" is different than "punish".

A "penalty" can be anything that your dog does not like. It may be a leash jerk, not moving when he’s on leash so there’s no walk or just ignoring him. This would make him feel guilty and behave in a way he knows pleases you.

Dog obedience training summarized

Dog obedience training can be difficult if not impossible if you do not know what you are doing.

However if done properly both you and your dog will be much happier. Make sure to always follow the number 1 dog obedience training tip: consistency rules!

Free Dog Training

free dog training guide

Download this free dog training guide : simple step by step instructions you how to train your dog.

Expert dog trainer -Darr Houssen- compiled this free dog training guide so you can train your dog in the comfort of your own house.

Her dog training guide is laid out in building block style. This means that you and your dog will be learning a lot of different exercises and commands in 6 sessions.

All training is broken down in small sections so the dog training will be fun and fair for both dog and handler.

The free dog training guide is divided in sessions with a brief outline listed for quick reference and then explained in detail.

Always remember the golden rule in dog training: persistence removes resistance!

Download your free dog training guide here!

house training a pug

Learn how to potty train your pug in 2 months, with extra tips for house training and crate training your pug. Do know that:

  • pugs cannot hold their bladder for longer than one and a half hours, not even when they are in their crate
  • pugs are very sensitive pets and should not be sharply scolded. Never hit pugs with any object or magazine or newspaper nor your hands.

When you are gone all day, then you will not be able to take your pug outside when needed, so you have no choice but to paper train your pug. A dog’s paper training is wonderful for severe cold weather when it is difficult to get outside.

Expect your pug to be house trained after 2, 4 to 6 months when you follow the easy steps below.

Toilet habits of pugs


  • at 3 months of age pugs will need to go out about 6 times daily.
  • at 6 months of age pugs will require 4 times daily.
  • at 12 months and up pugs will need to go out about 3 times a day.

Bowels will vary according to the quality of food and how much you feed your pug.

  • pug puppies: 3-5 times daily
  • adult pugs: 1-2 times daily

Pug house training methods

Here are three preferred methods to house train a pug according to your and their lifestyle:

  • Crate Training – teach your Pug to hold themselves when in their crate – best if you are home some of the day
  • Paper Training – teach your Pug to go on a designated spot of house training paper – best if you are not home most of the day and do not have help
  • Schedule Based Training (SBT) – teach your Pug to go out at consistent, regular times – best if you are home most of the day or have help who is home, and you can be absolutely regular with the schedule

Pick a method that works best for your lifestyle, as it’s critical that you be consistent and set yourself up for success.

How not to house train your pug

It will do no good for you to hit your pug or rub her flat little nose in her mess and if she doesn’t mess in front of you then you certainly can not expect her to understand your anger if you come home to a mess of "chocolates" or piddle.

What you need to know before house breaking your pug

  • If your pug squats directly in front of you, pick her up and firmly say "NO, NO, Outside" and take her outside.
  • Ask yourself what sort of lifestyle and flexibility you have to house train your Pug.
  • Read below or research your preferred method so you know it inside-out and come up with a pug house train game plan.
  • Once you’ve selected the method to train your pug, be sure to apply it correctly. This means doing some homework to research the method, understand it and create a game plan for your Pug and your lifestyle.

Don’t short-change this step! The root cause of most pug house training failures is applying a method incorrectly. Each of the methods listed above works well for pugs, but only if implemented properly. Do your homework and don’t be afraid to look to trainers or other resources for help here.

Think like a pug: try to step into your pugs’ "shoes" for a few minutes to consider the challenges of house training a pug… "you" are small in size… "you" have a little bladder… "you" have to go pee pretty often when young.

So don’t expect to last 8 hours between pees! And if you’re under 3 months old, "you" can’t really control your movements…so expect the house training to take some time before "you" get it!

The above knowledge will help you set realistic expectations for training your pug.

Tips for house breaking your pug

The goal is to teach your puppy the proper place to eliminate. First, you must choose the spot where you want your puppy to go. When you take him outside to do “potty”, always take him to the same spot and always use the same door.

Always bring your pug out on a leash while training. Watch your pug very closely when at the potty spot. Plan to wait for him. Let him sniff around. When he begins to go potty, use your cue : a word or sentence that will tell him this is the place and time to go.

Click and treat just as your pug is finishing. You want to click while the behavior is happening, but not too soon that he stops eliminating to get his treat.

Wait another ten minutes or so just to be sure he is finished. Especially pug puppies do not empty themselves completely the first time.

Never “assume” that he has eliminated. Make sure you see him go. If he goes again, click and reward.  

If you take him to the potty spot and he does not go, bring him into the house and confine him. Try again in about 10 to 15 minutes.

Pretty soon, your pug will understand that going potty in the potty spot brings rewards.

Tips for crate training your pug

It is a good idea to have your puppy pug crated whenever you can’t supervise him and at night. Dogs normally will not eliminate where they sleep.

Make sure the crate is the appropriate size for your pug. Proper size is at least 1 ½ times the length of the dog’s body minus the tail and tall enough for him to stand up comfortably.  

Crates with dividers are wonderful for growing pug puppies as you can increase the space as the pug grows.

Make the crate a wonderful place for your pug. Put a nice comfy bed in there. Keep his toys in there and toss in some treats every now and then as a surprise for him to find.

In the beginning, you can feed your pug puppy his meals in his crate. Start with the door open and feed.

After about a week’s time, close the door when he’s eating. Slowly begin leaving him in the crate and increasing the amount of time he’s crated.

DO NOT let him out of the crate when he is crying or making a fuss. Wait for a quiet moment, a lull in the crying, and then open the door.

You do not want to reward the loud behavior by letting him out. This does not mean ignore his cries completely, just wait for him to stop even for a moment before you open the door.

Click to mark that you’re rewarding the quiet moment, then open the door.

After a pug’s meal is finished, open the crate and carry(!) your puppy pug outside, preferably onto grass, to the spot you want your pug to go potty. You will have to use the same words consistently, for example, say "potty" or "go out".

It is very important that you use the same words, as your puppy will learn both where to go potty and that certain words mean a specific behavior is expected.

In case you don’t have outdoor access or will be away from home for a long period of time, you should begin house training using newspaper placed in some corner place that is easily accessible by your pug puppy. Take your puppy to this spot instead of outside to reinforce the habit of going there to potty.

Don’t let your pug puppy run loose inside after eating, drinking, playing or after it first woke up.

Keep a watchful eye on your pug and you will soon learn to recognize the "signs". When the puppy wants to relieve itself, it will usually start circling and sniffing the floor to find the perfect spot for the evil business. Don’t lose time, grab your puppy and carry it to the spot on which it is allowed to eliminate.

Teach your pug puppy to stay inside the crate without complaint. Put a treat in the back of the crate and encourage your puppy to go inside on it’s own and don’t forget to praise it. Once the door is locked, you might want to hand it another treat through the wires or window of the crate.

This might be a difficult task, but try not to succumb to its complaints. Say "No!" in a sharp voice and eventually tap on the crate to get your pug puppy to understand that it won’t succeed with its theatrics.

Normally, a pug puppy of 8-12 weeks of age will not be able to contain itself for long periods of time. It has to relieve itself every few hours, except at nights. Make sure that your puppy relieved it’s bladder as well as it’s bowel.

Your first task in the morning should be to take your pug outside to potty (or, inside but on the newspaper-spot). When this will be is depending on your puppy. It will often wake you up in the early morning by whining and jumping around in the crate.

Don’t confuse the "Let me out of the crate because I want to play now!" grumbling with the "This is an emergency" complaint though. You will learn quickly to distinguish between the two.

In case you need to be away from home all day, don’t leave your puppy in its crate, but also don’t make the mistake of letting it roam the whole house. Leave the pug puppy in a small room and cover the floor with newspaper. Make this area big enough, so the puppy does not have to relieve itself next to food, water bowls or its bed.

If you follow the above house training for pugs advice without letting yourself be hypnotized by the pair of big round eyes and let the puppy do what it wants, you will soon not have to be worried about accidents happening in your house anymore.

Why your pug doesn’t want to do his business outside?

Do you take your pug outside, she does nothing, and then the moment she gets inside she makes it on the floor?

Usually, when this happens it’s the result of your pug being preoccupied outside. If she’s outside and playing, that play will cause her urge to subside. In the process, the play makes her excited.

Once you go inside, the preoccupation wears off almost instantly, and she’ll make inside usually only a few seconds or a minute after she gets in.

How long to house train your pug?

It might take 2 months, sometimes less or up to 4 and 6 months, before house training a pug becomes completely successful and you can say that the house training is completed.

Dog Spirit Guide

dog spirit guideA few basic dog spirit guidelines you should know before you get yourself dog or trainer.

First you need to find out what kind of dog you have and give them the guidance they are breed for. Just like you would do with your kids; find out what they like and give them an appropriate education!

For instance: German Import Rottweilers are good working dogs, so make sure they are trained to do a lot of things. Hunting dogs say it all: they need to be trained to find stuff…

So do some research before you start training your dogs to understand their basic needs, what they are good in and how intelligent they are.

Keep also in mind that each dog is different: my border collie is the nicest playful dog in the world, yet he did put his teeth in my arm whilst training the down command. Just watch a dog show and you will notice that border collies really can’t sit still that well, so a down command needs some special attention.

You need to know that bored dogs cause problems. And big bored dogs create big problems…

But if you keep your dog’s mind stimulated on a daily basis, you will have a happy dog. And happy dogs make happy owners (and vice versa!).

So don’t look at training as a boring class for your dog and yourself: it has to be fun and it will keep your relationship with your dog a happy one!

We will continue posting more dog spirit guide tips when you ask a question in the comment section below.

Bakery Dog Treat

bakery dog treat

Make your own bakery dog treats and let your dog beg for more with this easy to make, delicious (I eat them myself) and healthy dog food recipe.

Organic dog treats make sure your dog’s life-span extends with a few years, but can you afford to buy organic dog food?

The alternative is using organic ingredients and make your own healthy dog treats. Homemade dog treats are easy to make and dogs are a much happier crowd than some restaurant customers 🙂

Below you can find a recipe for a delicious beef dog treat. If your dog prefers chicken dog treats, you just change the beef stock used with chicken stock. Always give your dog what he loves, as he will love you even more in return!

Bakery Dog Treat Ingredients

1 US cup = 0.236588236 liters, 237ml or about 1/4 liter

All natural dog treats should be made with organic ingredients to be the most tasty and the most healthy. Since you go the extra mile to make these holistic dog treats yourself, better go the extra mile and buy organic ingredients. Again: your dog will come back and beg you for more of your best dog treats!

  • 3/4 cup Beef stock / Chicken, Vegetable Or use hot water and 2 or 3 bouillon cubes
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup Bulgur (If you don’t have bulgur try substituting something like a 7-grain cereal)
  • 1/3 cup Bran
  • 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast

Bakery Dog Treat preparation

Healthy dog foods start with healthy ingredients and a healthy attitude when making these treats. So don’t rush-rush now but make sure you have some extra time available and enjoy what you are doing.

  1. Place ingredients in bread pan according to manufacturers directions and press “Dough” cycle.
  2. When machine beeps, remove dough to lightly floured countertop and with a rolling pin, roll dough out to ¼” thickness.
  3. Using a dog bone cookie cutter (or any small seasonal cookie cutters), cut out dog biscuits and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet or one sprinkled with cornmeal.
  4. Reroll scraps and repeat till all dough is used up. Place in a warm location and let rise 30 minutes.
  5. Bake at 325F/170C for 30 minutes until brown and no longer soft. Place on a rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.

You can bash them up and use as ideal dog training treats as well…

Serve these organic dog biscuits with lots of love and if you have dog lover friends, why don’t you make more of these kind of healthy pet foods, start your own dog treat bakery and sell your bakery dog treats.

Weiner Dogs

whinner dogs

All you want to know about weiner dogs, you might know them as wiener dogs, teckles or daschhunds.

Other names for weiner dogs

Some people will spell this breed as being winer dogs. Dog breeders prefer to call then dachshunds and they are also known as:

  • whinner or whiner dogs
  • sausage dogs and
  • teckles.

How to keep weiner dogs without ever buying one

If you are a pet lover, but your lifestyle doesn’t allow you to walk your dog daily, there are other ways of enjoying whinner dogs like:

  • dachshund Christmas cards
    dachshund christmas cards
  • weiner dog shirts
    dachshund shirts
  • write dachshund checks or
    dachshund checks
  • give a dog lover a great dachshund gift like these dachshund shaped soap bars
    dachshunds gifts
    or this cute pepper and salt teckle gift idea:
    dachshund gift

Everybody laughs with the Ugly Dachshund DVD

the ugly dachshund dvd

Weiner dogs are a very intelligent and lively breed of dogs. No wonder they have been used a lot to feature in movies. If you are a movie lover, then get yourself the overly funny Walt Disney’s The Ugly Dachshund DVD. The movie starts whit a complex but hilarious joke that has the Garrisons couple racing to the hospital for what appears to be the birth of a child. You soon learn that the family’s dachshund is having 3 puppies…

ugly dachshund dvd

For the rest of the Ugly Dachshund DVD you will be enjoying light comedy and not too serious explorations of married life. The film is filled with fun, getting the most possible mileage out of a family comedy about dogs.

Weiner dogs summarized

As you can see in the above pictures, these are cute dogs to have or to feature in cute gifts.

If you want to see how intelligent weiner dogs are, then watch them performing in the Ugly Dachshund DVD.

dachshund desktop wallpaper

Click on each dachshund picture below to download your favorite dachshund desktop wallpaper.

Dachshund puppies

dachshund puppies

If you are looking for a family dog in stead of a desktop wallpaper, consider adopting a Weiner dog or dachshund.

Make sure you contact a pet friendly dog breeder and don’t buy your dog in a shop nor puppy mall. And if you don’t want to spend much money, do visit your local animal shelter or find a more specialized dachshund rescue.

Dachshunds are ideal family dogs: these dogs are sporty, very devoted and also very intelligent. Fun but adequate dachshund training will be very awarding for yourself, your children and your dog as well.

Dachshunds are an excellent choice when you have only a small home but are looking for a good watch dog. Unlike their small size would let you imagine, the bark of dachshund dogs is very loud.

dachshund desktop wallpaper

Weiner dogs are slightly aggressive to strangers. Add to that: these little dogs are extremely alert, and you found your ideal small breed to alarm you when strangers are entering your house or property.

Although Weiner dogs are independent, they overly crave for attention and for belonging to a family.


Dachshunds love to hunt, so if you have a little garden, your dog will show his fun and feisty hunting skills.

Once you have your dachshund desktop wallpaper installed, you will be reminded every day it’s getting time to adopt real dachshund puppies one day 🙂

What is more dangerous: German import Rottweilers, crocodiles or humans all together?

So does that mean that Rottweilers and Stingrays should all be shot dead? And when you loved to watch Steve Erwin playing with and handling crocodiles, should you conclude they are gentle enough you could safely swim with them? I don’t think so!

I got some comments in my Clever dog names post about Rottweilers as if I am advocating that Rottweilers are bad. Well, I am not.

My first dog was a Rottweiler and the main reason I bought him was because he would grow big and therefore could help me out guarding my house that I lived in all by myself.

It’s definitely not a dog to keep on your tiny apartment: this dog has lots of energy and needs to let off steam. A daily walk and workout keeps your dog healthy, in the sense that they won’t act madly energetic around you nor around others. And although Rottweilers look fierce, they are lovely around kids.

Facts about Rottweilers

facts about RottweilersSome facts about Rottweiler and picture from the Belgian Army

  • Rottweilers are a large dog breed originating in Germany as herding dogs.
  • Rottweilers worked as beasts of burden, carrying wood and other products to market.
  • During the first and second World Wars, Rottweilers were put into service as war time guard dogs.
  • Currently they are frequently used as guard and police dogs.
  • A well trained and socialized Rottweiler is a reliable, alert dog and a loving companion.
  • Rottweilers are fond of children, very devoted, quick to learn, and eager to please.
  • Rottweilers that are not receiving the mental stimulation they need, will find creative and sometimes destructive ways to elicit it. Behavioral problems as chewing, barking for attention can be a result of lack of human interaction.


The Rottweiler is a working dog that is also good for:

  • protection of children,
  • guard duties.

Warning signs

Any poorly trained dog can become a danger in the wrong circumstances!

Lots of pets will warn you before they go to their ultimate defense: attack. Rottweilers don’t waste too much time giving warnings. When the male attacks, he tends to go very still: no warning growl nor warning movement…

Who is the biggest killer of them all?

Well: switch on your TV news and count:

  • how many people are killed by Rottweilers today?
  • how many people are killed by other people today?

That should give you an indication that it is not German import Rottweilers we need to be afraid of… humans clearly have a more violent nature…

List of dog names

Are you looking for a name of your dog? Find them here. Do you own a dog? Add him in the list.

dog name tagThis page provides you an long list of dog names to chose from.

Our aim is to list as many dog names as possible, so…

  • if your dogs’ name is not in the list, please leave a comment and ADD the name of your dog
  • If your dog is in the list of dog names: send us an email at comments[AT]
    your dog and attach a picture of your pet, so
    we can feature your dog
    for everybody to enjoy

dog names

ADD your dogs’ name in a comment!

house training a chihuahua

Enjoy a clean house: routine is the keyword in successful chihuahua potty training: do know that chihuahuas need at least to go potty twice a day.

You can teach your Chihuahua to eliminate upon command with time and patience. Watch your puppy carefully. They will often start looking for something when they are about to go:

  • catch your puppy at that point and take him to the toilet area
  • praise him wonderfully if he does what you want him to.

You may be surprised just how much and how fast your puppy Chihuahua responds.


  • if you want a gentle and well balanced Chihuahua when it grows up you must treat your puppy with gentle training. Negative behavior must be dealt with in a consistent and kind manner, not by slapping, hitting and kicking. Positive behavior must consistently be rewarded both with praise and with treats.
  • one method of training your puppy is the crate method. Confine your puppy in a crate or a small area. Puppies usually will not soil their sleeping area. Very frequently remove the puppy to an area for waste elimination. When the puppy does have an accident, you can quickly rush them to the appropriate area. But, remember, accidents will happen and do be patient and consistent.

Things you need to know about your Chihuahua

Most adult Chihuahuas can learn to hold it for eight to ten hours if they have to.

Pay attention to your Chihuahua’s toilet schedule. Their eliminations are pretty predictable if you tune in and watch:

  • adult Chihuahuas usually need to go at least two times a day and
  • young Chihuahua puppies more often.

An intelligent Chihuahua usually wants to please his master. He will feed off of the tone and emotion in your voice. In most cases, if you tell him "bad Chihuahua" in a stern voice he will understand that you are displeased with him and that is enough punishment.  He should respond equally well to praise for a job well done. It’s all right to give the Chihuahua small rewards when he goes in the right place.

House training your Chihuahua should be relatively easy if your Chihuahua understands the rules you give him.

Confusion over what he is or isn’t allowed to do is what causes problems. You, as the owner and master of the Chihuahua, have to take control of the situation and outline the rules your Chihuahua must follow.

Chihuahuas learn through repetition and consistency. If you are not consistent with what you ask of him then he will not be consistent with his response to your expectations.

Chihuahuas are particular about where they "do their business". As a rule, they do not usually like to defecate or urinate where they sleep. That is a good place to begin with house training.

How to house train your Chihuahua

Keep your Chihuahua confined to a small sleeping area during bedtime and then, when you get up first thing in the morning, take him to wherever he is allowed to go to the bathroom.

Leave him there until he "does his business". When he is finished you should praise him for being a good dog.

Do this consistently and your Chihuahua should eventually learn the routine. It can be a challenge house training a Chihuahua, but stick with it ad all will work out.

"Routine" is the key word here. Whether you start with a new puppy, or if you bring home an adult Chihuahua, he has no idea of where his bathroom area is unless you point it out to him.

He may not learn it right away and he may make a mistake or two along the way. Don’t be too harsh on him at first. You don’t want him to think that he’s going to get a spanking or have his nose rubbed in it any time he goes to the bathroom. That doesn’t work.

He will just wait until he thinks you aren’t looking and then he will "do his business" and get away from it before you find out and spank him.

Punishment, in the form of voice reprimand, should be inflicted, only when you catch your Chihuahua in the act!. If you don’t catch him within a few seconds of his relieving himself then you are better off to ignore his miscues and focus on the things he does properly. Praise him for doing well.

It is a good idea to use one word that is always a signal that it is time to go "do your business". At our house the keyword is "go out?". If we say to our Chihuahua "let’s go out!", that means it is bathroom time.

Our hihuahua is let out in our garden early in the morning, several times a day (or all day in nice weather), and again just before bed time.

When old Chihuahuas have the routine down well, they actually help to house train new Chihuahua puppies. Anyway, whether you use "out", "potty", or whatever, pick one word or phrase that your Chihuahua will come to understand means that it is toilet time.

Understandably, the best way to train your Chihuahua is to be there with it all of the time. That isn’t always possible for most people but you still need to be sure you spend as much time with the Chihuahua as is necessary to get him to bond with you and to want to please you.

If you must be absent from your Chihuahua then leave him in his sleeping quarters until you get back and then let him out to go to the bathroom. Don’t punish him if he has an accident while you are gone; just take him out to "do his business" and praise him if he does it in the right place.

If you live in a situation where your Chihuahua has to live indoors and be paper-trained: do try using a litter box!

When you follow the tips and techniques above, your chihuahua will be potty trained sooner than later: if you are persistent and reward your pet when he or she deserves it, you will be successful.