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Dog Training Career: What is Involved?

A dog training career may be just right for you, if you love working with dogs. Dogs of all ages, from puppies to older dogs, need training, and their owners often don’t know how to train them. They look for a professional dog trainer to do the job.

If you are thinking of a dog training career, you might want to start by practicing on your own dog. If you are good at training your dog, you might be good at training other people’s dogs. But if training your dog leaves you frustrated and drained, then becoming a dog trainer might not be the best career for you.

When you are training dogs, you are actually training the owners more than the dogs, so you need to be good with people to consider a dog training career. People are not at their best when they are frustrated or embarrassed by their dog’s behavior. Will you be able to deal with these distraught owners calmly, while at the same time tending to their dogs? Give this some thought.

Consider volunteering to help out at a dog training class at your local shelter. You will get a feel for what is involved in a dog training career. If you are good, the teacher may let you teach a segment of the class. This will be your trial by fire. If you do a good job, then you can move forward with your training.

You can prepare for a dog training career in several ways.

1. Attend a school specifically for those interested in a dog training career. There are many schools and seminars available. Be sure to get lots of hands on training.

2. Become an intern or apprentice to a dog trainer in your area. This way, you can learn dog training on the job.

3. Become a certified dog trainer. Do a search on the internet for dog training certification programs.

Once you have the proper education in dog training, starting your business should be easy. Decide if you want to work with individual clients in their homes or offer dog training classes. It is a good idea to offer a combination of both. By advertising your dog training classes, people who want individual help training their dogs will hear about you too. Soon your dog training career will be off to a great start.

Check around in your area for facilities where you can hold the dog training classes. Often the local humane society will have space for classes, or you could check with dog day care facilities. In warm weather, you may be able to hold your classes outdoors.

Advertise your services by leaving brochures about your training program with veterinarians, dog supply stores, and pet shelters. This way, your advertising will not cost you much.

Congratulations! You have followed the steps above and have a thriving dog training career. You love dogs and are working with them every day. For a dog lover and a natural teacher, you have found the ideal business to be in.

Dog names for male puppies from Greek mythology

Dog names for male puppies from Greek mythology

Here’s a listing of dog names for male puppies. All of these names listed are related to Greek mythology. In pursuit of the perfect name, history and mythology are rich in ideas. Further, they are unusual, along with connotations and meanings for each one. I’ve decided to split them into two categories. One for Greek God names that have a positive meaning, and the other, well, not so much. Let’s start with dog names for male puppies with a meaning or definition that would be considered positively.

Ourea – Mountains.
Pontus – Sea
Nereus – wise old man of the sea
Aether – Light
Hemera – Day
Hyperion – sun-god father
Helius – sun-god
Themis – Law
Mnemosyne – Memory
Metis – Cleverness
Zeus– Father of gods and men. Male thunderstorm god.
Poseidon (Neptune) – God of the sea.
Hephaestos (Vulcan) – God of craftsmanship and skill.
Apollo – God of high culture, of light, medicine, music, flocks, and prophecy.

Next, are the dog names for male puppies with slightly more sinister connotations.

Hermes (Mercury) – Messenger of the gods, god of travel, commerce, rhetoric, herds, medicine, also a trickster, liar, and thief.
Dionysus (Bacchus) – God of wine, AND madness. Is also associated resurrection.
Chaos – Void or chasm
Nyx / Nox – Night (dark place)
Nemesis (Retribution) – who brings pain and punishment.
Erebus – Darkness
Cyclopes – Round-eyes or single-eyed beings
Cronus – Tries to swallow his own kids after being told the future, in that he would be vanquished by one of his own offspring. (father of Zeus)
Hades (Pluto) – Invisible One. God of the underworld.
Ares (Mars) – God of war. Son of Zeus and Hera and disliked by both parents.

Hopefully, this listing of dog names for male puppies in Greek mythology will spark your imagination. When you adopt a new puppy, providing lots of love, patience, and care is of the highest importance. However, the name you give your dog is significant. You’ll be saying that name for years, make sure both you and your dog like it. I’ve also created a video of this article if you would prefer listening over reading. Thanks for visiting CoCo the Blogging Dog!

Dog names for male puppies from Greek mythology video:

Teaching your puppy to use the bathroom outdoors

Puppies are irresistible, fun, and always a popular choice when deciding to adopt a pet. Before adopting a puppy, you should know that your new puppy will require time, attention, and plenty of patience to get off to the right start. Kittens are easy to train, set up the litter box, and with a bit of encouragement they are house trained within a matter of a day. With puppies, it’s slightly more difficult. It’s not unusual for it to take several weeks, and in some cases, even longer than that. It will most likely take awhile to house train your puppy, and along the way, mistakes will happen. When adopting a puppy, keep in mind that it’s normal to periodically be required to clean up messes as your puppy learns the proper area to go to the bathroom.

The process of house training is one reason why electing to adopt an adult dog is sometimes easier. Adult dogs are often completely house trained, or may just need a refresher course. Of course, that’s not always the case, but is true more often than not. If you inquire at the shelter and/or rescue where you are adopting your furry friend from, they should be able to provide you with this information. However, you’ll need to be prepared to provide a certain amount of training regardless of age.

When bringing your puppy home, the first step is getting comfortable with the newest member of the family. If the idea of cleaning up after your dog makes you feel uneasy, you may want to invest in some disposable gloves. That way, you’ll be reassured that waste has no way of coming in contact with your skin. You may want to buy wee wee pads for house training as well, alternatively, newspapers will work in a pinch.

When you first start training your puppy understand it probably won’t happen overnight. You can count on accidents to occur, and that’s where patience is really important. Your puppy wants to please you, and will take awhile to learn the proper areas to go potty. Never hit your puppy, as the only thing they will learn is to be afraid of you. The fastest way to house train your puppy is to keep a close eye on them. As they begin to act as if they are about to go to the bathroom gently move them to the right area. Then, praise them afterwards.

Every puppy is an individual, and some will take longer to learn than others. However, you will be successful by being consistent, and using positive training methods.

How To Display Your Dog’s Picture

If you enjoy taking pictures of your dog, don’t let them sit around collecting dust! Here’s a few suggestions on creative ways to display your dog’s picture.

* Create a collage of your dog’s pictures under glass! For example, a coffee table that has a glass top is a perfect spot to display your treasured dog pictures. Remove the glass top and arrange the photos in varying directions for a unique look.

* You can use CD cases to display your dog’s pictures. You can buy empty ones at most office supply stores, or utilize the ones you already have. Cut the picture to fit the case, and back it with a thin piece of cardboard. Put your dog’s picture in the case, and snap it securely shut. Now it’s in a sealed frame! Then, add a strip of Velcro on the back, and arrange the cases in a 4 x 4 square pattern on your wall.

* A shadow box is a fun way to display larger dog-related items, that are just too big for a regular frame. You can add photos, but also a lock of hair, clay paw prints, first ID tag, or whatever memories of your dog’s life.

* Create a velvet or satin dog frame to display pictures. Cut a length of ribbon to fit the photo, with enough room for a border. Attach the picture with flat velcro, and make a border with colorful beads, sparkly glitter or some unusual buttons. You can place a pretty bow at the top of your creation as a finishing touch.

These are just a few ideas of how to display your dog’s pictures. Of course, with a little thought and creativity, you can think of many, many more ways to display photos of your dogs handsome face!

Going for a drive with your dog

Riding in a car is a treat for most dogs, especially if they are driven to an enjoyable destination. All pet dogs should be car-trained as puppies. Many of them ride in a car the first time when they are taken to their new home, which leaves and uncertain impression that is partly pleasant and partly scary, since it involves an upheaval in their lives. So make your new puppy’s next drive reassuring, like a short trip to some pleasant playground, or simply a 5 or 10 minute spin around the neighborhood before returning to the security of home.

Always wait several hours after a full meal before taking your dog for a drive. Make him ride in the back seat, never on your lap when you are driving. You might cover the seat with an old blanket, well tucked in. Plastic is good protection for the upholstery, but is too slippery a footing for a dog. Many dogs enjoy looking out of the window, and if you lower it a few inches they can also enjoy the passing scents.

Small dogs may get less pleasure from drives because they seldom see anything but the interior of the car. Many of them simply curl up and go to sleep. Small dogs are also more prone to car sicknesses, probably because they don’t have the visual distractions of larger dogs. Some owners find that if you keep the dog’s enthusiasm high, they won’t be bothered as much by the cars movement.

Old dogs that have trouble moving around, like elderly people benefit the most from going for a drive, as it helps to keep them alert and interested in the outside world when their daily lives have become more restricted. If your dog is one of the youngsters who gets a thrill from riding in the car, dashes to your side as soon as he hears the tinkle of the car keys, and sometimes even tries to stow away, try to give him this simple treat whenever possible. But remember that it is a passing diversion, and not a substitute for exercise and play.

Tip: You should never leave your dog alone in the car.

Change a Pet’s Life Day January 24, 2009

On January 24, 2009 it will be Change a Pet’s Life Day, and the goal is to adopt out 3000 homeless dogs and cats from shelters nationwide. With the economic downturn, animal shelters have been dealing with a higher number of pets being turned in, and a lower number of pets being adopted out. If you’ve been thinking about adopting a pet, this would be the perfect time, as they need your help now more than ever. Hill’s Science Diet is sponsoring Change a Pet’s Life Day by offering to pay the pet adoption fees at over 300 participating shelters for the first 10 customers at each shelter. In other words, they will be paying for 3000 adoptions, and have offered to give out free Science Diet food to EVERYONE that adopts a dog at a participating shelter on Change a Pet’s Life Day. To find a participating shelter near you, visit Science Diet, scroll down to the bottom, and select your state.

If you are unable to adopt a dog on Change a Pet’s Life Day, there is another way to help homeless animals, and it will only cost you a few minutes of your time. You’ll notice in my blog roll under “CoCo’s Favorite Blogs” I have a link for The Animal Rescue Site and Dogpile Search and Rescue. With the The Animal Rescue Site, you just click on the purple banner that says, “Click Here to Give – it’s Free!” You can click once a day, and every time you do, .6 bowls of pet food goes to rescued animals. This site is a partner with Petfinder and 100% of the proceeds goes to rescues. It’s all funded by the companies that advertise on their site. Dogpile Search and Rescue is a project initiated by Dogpile Web Search to try to raise money for animals that need help. Last year, they donated $25,000 to the Humane Society. This year they have changed the beneficiary to the ASPCA, and want to raise one million dollars for the ASPCA in 2009! With Dogpile Search and Rescue, you will help to raise funds for the ASPCA every time you search. On Saturday January 24th, don’t forget Change a Pet’s Life Day.