ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Every dog's favorite gift!

Updated on November 11, 2014
GollyGearHope profile image

Hope Saidel is co-owner of Golly Gear, a bricks-and-mortar and online shop featuring fun, affordable and practical small dog products

Your time and attention are most precious to your dog!

"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made." Roger Caras

It's true. Dogs are wonderful companions and the best at teaching humans the meaning of absolutely unconditional love. The best gift you can give your dog is your time and undivided attention.

It doesn't have to be long - 10 minutes a day is enough if that's all you have. Forget everything you "should" be doing, forget about the concerns of the world, forget about all the deadlines you have to meet, the calls you have to make, the bills you have to pay. Just for 10 minutes. And give those precious minutes to your dog, who will truly appreciate them.

In the picture you see me (my feet, anyway!) and my dog Dax competing for and earning her Novice Rally title. We trained just a few minutes every day.

Training is a great way to spend 10 minutes!

The Clicker Training Kit is a great introduction to training. Positive reinforcement training, the fancy name for Clicker Training, is a fun way to make dog training into a game that both you and your dog will enjoy. The Kit includes a book, clicker, treats, and even a set of "trick cards" for a quick start in showing off your skills - and your dog's!

It's true that in just a few minutes a day, with no "corrections" or "punishment" your dog can learn just about anything - from the basics of sit, down, heel, stay, and come; to "tricks" like roll-over, sit up, play dead - or whatever you can think of that your dog is physically capable of doing.

Not all dogs learn at the same rate and some behaviors are easier for some dogs than others. But every dog can be trained with the same tools we use for children: patience and consistency, and making learning fun!

Toy Temptations
Toy Temptations

Treats are motivational!

Reward-based training (Positive Reinforcement) requires some yummy treats! We've never met a dog who didn't like Toy Temptations. Available in six flavors - including Chicken/Parmesan. Corn, Soy, and Wheat-Free, these treats are made and sourced in America.

Before purchasing any treats for your dog - be careful to read the label completely. Numerous recalls of foreign-made or foreign-sourced treats have resulted in news headlines about pet deaths over the last few years. You want treats for your dog that are not only "Made in the U.S.," but made from ingredients grown in the U.S. as well.

Treat Bag
Treat Bag

Keep those treats handy

We use the Treat 'N Training Bag all the time. It has a belt clip and a cinch closure - treats are handy when you need them and you can easily close the bag.

Some dogs become "wise" to the treat bag's presence - they'll go directly to the side with the cookies if they see the bag hanging on your hip. While treat bags are very convenient, try hanging it on a back pocket, where the dog can't see it.

If your dog enjoys playing with toys you can also reward with a game of tug or fetch. Anything the dog truly enjoys is a good reward. We've talked to some people who believe that a hearty "Good Dog!" is reward enough. We wish that were true for all dogs, but most require a bit more "payment." After all, even if you love your job, your co-workers, and everything else about your work - would you do it if there weren't a paycheck involved?

You can find a complete selection of training gear, toys, treats and "going out" gear at our shop, Golly Gear, specializing in fun, affordable and practical products especially for small dogs.

See what you can achieve!

It does take time and patience - but you can train your dog to participate in any of these fun events - Obedience, Rally, Agility, Nose Work, even Canine Freestyle (Dancing with Dogs) like the handler/dog teams in these videos!

© 2012 Hope

Does your dog do some tricks?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      michael-krishtopa 

      6 years ago

      My dog make shivasana much better than me.

    • GollyGearHope profile imageAUTHOR

      Hope 

      6 years ago from Skokie, Illinois

      @Judith Nazarewicz: Terrific! And I bet it was fun for both of you to work on those tricks. I love seeing my dog(s) trying stuff out and playing with me in our training.

    • Judith Nazarewicz profile image

      Judith Nazarewicz 

      6 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      My dog closes the door, plays dead, jumps up on a stool, and some other tricks. He can be such a ham sometimes!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)