Dog Care and Training

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Dog Care

Basic Care

Dog Rescue Newcastle have written a one page Dog Care Basics (PDF format).

We've also written a 25 page Information for Dog Owners (PDF format) which covers topics including veterinary care, feeding, car travel, bad breath, obedience training, housetraining, safety around children, what to do if your pet is lost, rehoming your pet, and more.

Skin Problems

If you have a dog who is itching, scratching, or biting himself, we have written this 7 page document listing possible causes of skin problems and their solutions Skin Problems in Dogs: Causes and Treatments (PDF format). It includes help dealing with fleas and a comprehensive allergy elimination diet for finding out if a food allergy is part of the problem.

Persistently itchy skin in dogs can be caused by one or more of a number of factors: itchypuppy

  • Stress
  • Dirty or dry skin or matted fur
  • Contact with things in the environment
  • Airborne allergens
  • Fleas
  • Allergy to a particular food - Dog's Allergy Elimination Diet

Bored Dogs

With our busy lifestyles, many dogs spend hours each day left to their own devices, sometimes leading to social and behavioural problems. As we learn more about animals it is increasingly apparent that mental health is of enormous importance to their wellbeing. The 5 page document Backyard Fun for Your Dog (PDF format) contains a list of suggestions to provide environmental enrichment for those times when your dog is left home alone.

Since dogs are social animals it is vitally important that you spend quality time with your dog each day, so these ideas should be used in addition to your normal family interaction, dog training and walking.

Free Comprehensive Guides to Dog Care and Training

Adopting a Rescue Dog bookAdopting a Rescue Dog, a free, 107 page guide (1.8 MB PDF file) to the first week of bringing a rescue dog into your home and helping him become a part of your family. Filled with useful tips, we think it can help both you and your new companion get off to a great start. Topics include:

  • A Month Before You Adopt
  • Selecting a Rescue Dog
  • Preparing Your Home
  • Introducing Your Dog To Your Home
  • Real Tips/Stories From Owners
  • Training
  • Socializing
  • Healthcare

Before You Get Your Puppy After You Get Your PuppyBefore You Get Your Puppy, by Dr. Ian Dunbar, free 104 page guide (2.7 MB PDF file) to preparing for your puppy and basic training especially housetraining.

After You Get Your Puppy, by Dr. Ian Dunbar, free 156 page guide (4.7 MB PDF file) to puppy and dog care and training: including household etiquette, socialisation, bite inhibition, adolescent problems, basic behaviours such as sit, down, come, walking politely on lead, plus games.

 

You'll need the free Adobe Reader to open these PDF files. You probably already have it, but if you don't you'll need to download the free Adobe Reader.

Dog TrainingLearning Shouldn't Hurt

We advocate the use of only positive training methods only, ie: rewarding good behaviour; no check chains, hitting, yelling or other forms of punishment. Why?
Why I Switched to Positive Training - and -
Training methods not to use and things you shouldn't do with your dog. (Please watch this very interesting Youtube video).

House Training (Toilet Training)

Dog Rescue Newcastle have produced a 3 page guide How to Housetrain Your Puppy or Dog (PDF). Also watch this video Housetraining Your Dog by Dogmantics.

Puppy and Adult Dog Training Classes

We strongly recommend dog training classes for all puppies and adult dogs. They are a great way to bond with your dog and will give you all the knowledge you need to ensure your dog is a happy, well behaved member of your family. Learning Shouldn't Hurt

Although most vets offer puppy classes, and there are dog clubs in many large towns and cities offering classes, often  the instructors of these classes are not qualified in dog training so the quality of the lessons varies greatly.  Many trainers are still teach damaging, dominating methods, and often classes sizes are too large to provide a safe, positive experience for you and your dog. Here are our recommendations for you and your dog.

Puppy Classes (Newcastle and Lake Macquarie)

  • Puppy Pre-School at Lake Vets in Charlestown and Belmont. Puppies must be 8 to 14 weeks old at the start of class. The program consists of 5 x 1 hour lessons over 3 weeks at 6:30pm, Monday and Wednesday. Website: http://www.lakevet.com.au/    Ring 4945 9677 to book.
  • Senior Puppy at Lake Vets. Similar content to Puppy Pre-School but for puppies from 4 to 6 months old. These are conducted at Eleebana Public School on Sundays. Ring 4945 9677 to book.

Adult Dog Classes (Newcastle and Lake Macquarie)

  • Dog Training Newcastle - Beginners classes for dogs 4 months and older. Small group: maximum of 6 dogs so each dog gets individual attention and learns at his own pace. Friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Location is various parks around Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. Delta Society qualified trainer. Discount for rescue dogs and foster carers. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DogTrainingNewcastle. Email terrinow@gmail.com
  • Alana Hopson offers advanced classes for adult dogs. Website: Cool Doggie Training. Phone or text 0431-698-144 or email. Alana is a Delta qualified trainer.

Elsewhere in Australia

  • Maitland, NSW: Telarah Dog Training Club, a not-for-profit association offers classes in companion obedience in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, with a focus towards food-orientated training and positive reinforcement. Training is held at Number 2 sports ground, adjacent to Smyth Park, High St, Maitland.
  • Central Coast, NSW: Bingo Dog Training. Puppy and adult dog classes and private consultations. Based at Forresters Beach.
  • Central Coast, NSW: Central Coast Dog Obedience and Training Club. Training is at Kincumber.
  • Find a qualified trainer in your area on the Delta Professional Dog Trainers Association website: http://www.dpdta.com.au/. You can enter your state and post code and search for trainers near you.

Dog Trainers for Private Lessons and Behavioral Consultations

If you want to hire a dog trainer for a private lesson or consultation, especially if you are dealing with problem behaviours, we recommend these in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie area:

Dog Training BooksIdiots Guide

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Positive Dog Training, 2nd or 3rd Edition by Pamela Dennison. This guide demonstrates positive training methods, based on a system of rewards and encouragement, to teach basic commands and house training, and correct a host of problem behaviors. It is available from Fishpond.com.au and Booktopia.com.au

 


Puppy Primer book

The Puppy Primer by Patricia McConnell and Brenda Scidmore. Start your puppy out on the right paw with positive reinforcement training. This guide doesn't cover all aspects of puppy care, only training, but it covers training in a simple, readable, fun way. Some topics are: Socialization, Positive Reinforcement,  House Training,  Crate Training,  Handling,  How to Stop Unwanted Behavior,  Helping Puppies Conquer Their Fears, How Play Teaches Obedience and Emotional Control,  How Not to Play, Tricks and Games, Adolescence. Available from Fishpond.com.au

 

Dog Training Made EasyDownload the FREE StarMark Dog Training Made Easy, a comprehensive 53 page, dog training guide for positive reinforcement training. Nearly every skill/behaviour/trick you might want to teach your dog is in this free guide! Plus problem solving, how dogs learn, and common myths. You can also download this 3 page Quick Start Guide. You can use any clicker available from a pet shop for this gentle, fun, and quick training method. Or, you can also say the word "yesss" to mark good behavior instead of using a clicker. You'll need the free Adobe Reader to open this 1.2MB PDF file. If you don't already have it, download the free Adobe Reader.

 

Dog Training Resources Online

There are lots of free resources on the web. Check out these excellent web sites:

Clickety Clips - A collection of all the best dog training videos on the web in one place! Sorted into logical categories so you can find what you want. Plus information about dog care, dog body language, how dogs learn, etc. Your first place to go when you need help training your dog.

Dogmantics - An amazing site with loads of dog training videos and information including the basics, tricks, and problem solving.

Training Videos by Victoria Stillwell - learn all the basics to have a well mannered dog, including walking nicely on a loose lead, come when called, puppy socialisation, impulse control, introducing dogs to each other, and much more.

Peacable Paws - Many articles on training and managing your dog including barking, go to bed, jealousy between dogs, cats and dogs, a new baby, overexcitement about a walk, separation anxiety and more.

Collars, Choker Chains, Shock Collars, Prong Collars - Is it harmful to attach a leash to your dog's neck? All of these issues explored in a well researched, unemotional article.

Dog Training Explained - More than 50 helpful dog training videos from basic puppy training to more advanced training and problem solving.

Starmark Dog Training Made Easy - download the latest version of this 53 page guide to teaching your dog all the basic commands such such as sit, down, and walking nicely on lead plus lots of fun tricks. Look for the link to "Download our Pro-Training Clicker Guide".

 

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