All of us have discovered pets make great companions, but training our four-legged friends can sometimes be a daunting task. Research shows, however, that the type of food puppies are fed could make a difference in how to have a smarter dog.
In a study conducted by The Iams Co., puppies nourished with enhanced levels of docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, responded better to training. DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid believed to play a role in healthy brain development.
Based on this research, the company developed Iams Smart Puppy formula, a food containing enhanced levels of DHA, is the first step in how to have a smarter dog. Using Iams does help dog owners raise smarter, more trainable puppies.
“For veterinarians, the research on DHA means training can be easier for the client when their puppy is nourished with optimum levels of this key brain-building nutrient,” said Dr. Dan Carey, a veterinarian with Iams.
But can food alone do the trick?
“While top-quality nutrition or training alone will better your chances of raising a well-behaved puppy, it is in combination that owners truly see the best results,” said dog trainer and pet expert Dana Gallagher She offers the following dog-training tips:
* Catch ’em in the act – of being good. Sometimes we get so frustrated with negative puppy behaviors that we forget to notice the good stuff. For two days, praise your puppy’s every sit, quiet moment and gentle nuzzle. You may be amazed at how obedient your puppy becomes.
* Use calm hands. If you want a calm puppy, touch calmly using slow hand motions that go with the lay of the fur. Short, fast movements (especially around the face) will excite most puppies and cause them to nip.
* Remember the “Four T’s” – touch, talk, treats and toys. Teach your puppy that through you, all good things come. Use the Four T’s for behaviors you like and you’ll see more of these behaviors.
* Spend a few minutes a day. Work with your puppy as your coffee brews or during commercial breaks. Like politeness in children, manners in puppies are developed every day, throughout the day.
* Repetition reaps rewards. Puppies learn when you practice with them. A few repetitions done often will not only earn you a well-trained dog but a special bond you’ll enjoy for many years to come.
As head trainer of K9 Dog Training Club, I Dana Gallagher want to welcome you to our site and tell you a little about myself. As you can probably tell from watching my videos – I love dogs. In fact, I love them so much that several years ago I quit my corporate job to devote all my time to training dogs. I wanted to follow my passion and so I sacrificed a high paying job to do what I love best – and I’ve never been happier! I’m a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) through the widely respected Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.