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Dog Training – How to set gentle boundaries for your dog

Do these situations sound familiar to you? The doorbell rings and your dog immediately rushes to the front door? Does your dog immediately jump into the leash at a dog encounter? Or just won’t stay in his basket, even though you sent him there?
All these problems can be solved by setting gently boundaries. We at Pupy would like to explain to you today what a boundary is, why it is important to set boundaries, and how you can gently and successfully set boundaries for your dog.

What is a boundary? A boundary is the occupation of a space that your dog is temporarily or always (it’s up to you) not allowed to enter. The point is not to punish your dog but to establish a very clear rule.

Why are boundaries so important? Through set gentle boundaries, you give your dog orientation and security. He does not have to decide for himself how to behave in different situations, e.g. when visitors come. This ensures that your dog has less stress. In addition, boundaries can avoid conflict situations. A good example is given by dogs among themselves: If a dog lays claim to space opposite the other, e.g. his own basket, he usually makes himself big, fixes and growls at the other dog if necessary, if he approaches too close to his resting place. The other dog has now two possibilities, either he accepts the boundary and goes out of the way of the conflict or he crosses it and triggers a conflict. Most dogs will avoid the conflict and accept the other dog’s boundary. This is usually followed by an appeasing behavior e.g. licking the muzzle and turning away the dog, which is now looking for another place to rest.
How do I set gentle boundaries for my dog? Of course, we humans communicate somewhat differently than dogs, nevertheless, we can imitate certain behaviors successfully so that our dog also understands us.

Small exercise:

  1. Stand in front of your dog.
  2. Make yourself tall and walk towards him.

What happens?

  • Most dogs, now take a step back or even sit down.
  • Now turn away from your dog again and take the tension out of the situation.

What happens?

  • If your dog stays on the spot, he has understood the boundary.
  • If your dog approaches you again, you go towards him again, this time until he sits down. Then you turn away again.
  • If your dog has accepted the boundary, you can now dissolve it again by crouching down and calling your dog to you in a friendly manner and praising him verbally, and playing with him if necessary (food is not necessary here!).

Congratulations! You’ve just successfully set a boundary for your dog and also dissolved it.

How can I use this technique in everyday life? You can use this technique of setting boundaries in everyday life whenever you want to separate a certain space from your dog. This can be a real room, such as the kitchen, or a certain area, such as the area in front of the front door when visitors come, or the area in front of your feet when your dog should walk on the lax leash.

As you can see, boundaries can help you with a variety of concerns with your dog. The important thing to remember here is that there are dogs that like to test and question their boundaries. If your dog growls at you when you set boundaries, or shows any other behavior that seems unusual to you, you should definitely discuss this issue with a competent dog trainer. Feel free to contact us about this in our trainer chat in the Pupy app.

If you have any questions about this or any other topic regarding your dog, you can always contact us via our trainer chat. We look forward to getting to know you and your dog!
Have fun training with your dog!

Your Pupy Team


3 reasons why your dog doesn’t want to stay in his basket.

” Go to the basket!” – and your dog jumps into the basket and stays there until you allow him to go out again.

“I wish!” you may be thinking.

Many dog owners only know the basket as a quick place to go when there’s a chew toy, or as a forcing measure when there’s a visitor, or as a punishment for unwanted behavior. And here is already the first problem why your dog does not stay long in his basket. The basket was never seen as a place of relaxation, but always in the context of an event (food, visit, punishment). However, the basket should be one thing in the first place, a place of rest and retreat. Your dog should perceive the basket positively, feel safe and be able to relax. Your dog should like to visit his basket, and voluntarily.

To help your dog learn to love his basket from the start, we have revealed the top 3 mistakes in basket training and how you can do it better.

1. the treat mistake

Most basket training exercises start with luring over food. Also in our app, we start the training this way. This is where the first mistake can happen. If you send your dog into the basket with a piece of food or chew bone and he gets up shortly afterward, you must block your dog or if he has already completely disappeared from the basket, take him by the harness or a house leash and lead him back. Back in the basket you can repeat the command “basket” and wait until your dog lies down. If your dog lies down in his basket for a while, you can throw a few pieces of dry food between his legs to reinforce the lying down.

2. rest and activity are not in balance

If we want to teach our dog to rest, at the same time it is also important to fulfill the need for exercise and mental activity. Starting the basket training without first satisfying your dog’s other needs is unfair. Who is relaxed when they are hungry, need to go to the bathroom, or haven’t moved all day? This doesn’t mean that your dog needs to be completely exhausted beforehand. You should just make sure that your dog is satisfied and has been a little physically occupied to need the rest in the basket as well.

3. giving up too quickly and not resolving the command

Really the most common mistake in basket training is that although the dog successfully goes into the basket on command and stays there for a while. But he never knows how long “basket” actually applies. Thus, your dog independently dissolves the command and will simply get up and leave the basket in case of a distraction or after a certain time. To avoid this mistake, you should teach your dog a release command, e.g. “Ok”. This command gives your dog permission to leave the basket. If you are just starting training, it is important to start with a few minutes and give the release after about 5-10 minutes. If this works well, you can extend the time to 20-30 minutes and then to 1 hour. We recommend that you always release the basket command after 1 hour at the latest.

We hope these tips will help you and that your dog’s basket will soon become his favorite place! If you want to start with the basket training right now, download the Pupy App here and watch the first training session right away!

We wish you lots of fun with your dog!

Your Pupy Team ūüź∂

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How do I spend the first days with my puppy?

Finally, the day has come. Finally, your new family member moves in with you! From now on, your life and the life of your puppy will change. You will become a family, a team and nothing will be the way it was before! Are you ready for this new life? – Then go for it!

To help you get started on the right way with your puppy, and to help you get through the first few days like a real dog pro, we at Pupy will give you all the tips you need to know for the first few days with your new furry little friend.

What do you need to prepare?

Preparation is in every situation in life, the basis for relaxation. We’ve made you a list here of everything that should be done before your puppy moves in:

Shopping List:

Also important:

  • Secure all objects, plants, chemicals, and electrical outlets from your puppy.
  • Find a good veterinarian in your area.
  • Write down the number of the veterinarian and the nearest veterinary clinic in your area.
  • Find out about the breed of your dog.
  • Find a small puppy group (max. 6 human-dog teams) and download the Pupy App to train with your dog daily and discuss your individual questions with our professional dog trainers.

The first day with your puppy:

Now the time has come and your puppy is sitting safely in his dog crate in the car next to you. Don’t worry if your little friend gets a little nauseous on the ride to his new home (it happens to even the bravest puppies!). You’re hopefully stocked up on kitchen roll by now, too. In time, your puppy will associate many great things with the car ride e.g. exciting walks, visiting his dog friends, outings, etc. If the drive to the new home takes longer than 1 hour, we recommend you take a short pee break on the way, so that no mishap happens during the drive.

When you get home, your first stop should be your dog’s new pee place. This is the place where your puppy will do his business in the future. Choose a piece of meadow that is easily accessible and where your dog can do his business undisturbed.

Now it is so far! Your puppy enters his new world. You have already checked your home the day before for its puppy safety one last time, so you can now let your puppy explore its new home with a clear conscience. It is best to take him to the room where you spend most of your time and where your dog’s basket is located. The best thing to do is to hide some welcome treats in the basket the day before. This will teach your puppy that it’s worth exploring the room and that his basket is a great place to be.

Take your time now to just watch your puppy, get to know each other, and enjoy this new beginning!

After about 2 hours, it’s time to head back to the pee place so that maybe you both can spend this day without any mishaps. If it has already happened, you know where to find your kitchen roll and the odor remover. But be careful: even if your puppy has already peed in the apartment, you should once again go with him to his peeing place.

For your puppy and also for you, this first day is especially exciting but also exhausting. Therefore, give yourself and your puppy enough space to calm down. Let your puppy sleep and rest when he retires and reflects during this time, your first impression of this exciting day. Are you proud of your puppy? What do you like most about it? Have you noticed any little peculiarities?

The first night:

At some point, even the most beautiful day comes to an end and the first night together is coming up for you and your puppy. It’s best to walk your puppy to his pee place before going to bed. Even if you don’t want your dog to sleep next to your bed, it’s important in the first few days that your puppy is allowed to sleep near you so that you can notice when your puppy needs to get loose again to release. It is best to place your dog box next to your bed (by the way, transport boxes with a roof opening are well suited). Put your puppy in the box and give him a small treat before you go to sleep – this will become your ritual in the future and will signal to your puppy that it is now bedtime. If you notice that your puppy is getting restless at night, lift him out of the box and carry him (if possible) to the pee place of release, so that no mishap happens on the way. If something should happen – you know where the kitchen roll and the odor remover are!

By the way, it is quite normal if your puppy is a bit restless in his box at first. If he doesn’t settle down at all and you can’t even think about sleeping at some point, here’s what you can do:

  • Open the top opening of your box and hold your hand inside.
  • Keep stroking your puppy until he calms down.
  • Put yourself to sleep, leaving the top door of the box open if necessary.

Tip: If you really want to get your dog used to sleep in another room from the beginning, you will have no choice but to move your own sleeping space to where your dog sleeps for the first 1-2 weeks.

That’s it! Your first day as a human-dog team is behind you! Tomorrow is a new exciting day with lots of new impressions for your puppy. Want to know how to make this day great, download the Pupy app now and let our professional dog trainers create your personalized training plan for your pup.

We look forward to meeting you and your pup!

Your Pupy Team

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How do I become my dog’s best friend?

The dog is the best friend of humans. But how can you also be your dog’s best friend? Even if we look at dogs and humans purely objectively, we quickly notice that we are very different. But not only externally there are differences, especially in communication, dog and human speak different languages. How you can still become your dog’s best friend, we show you in this blog post.

Express yourself consistently and clearly.

Dogs understand nonverbal (body language) cues better than verbal (spoken language) ones. This is also why a dog doesn’t understand what we mean by “sit” or “down” from the start. Dogs, however, have a sense of our body language from the start. Studies have shown that dogs, compared to all other canids, have the greatest interest in humans and like to give them their attention. They want to learn to understand us! And this is exactly what we should use when living with our dog.

Pointing gestures are particularly well understood by our dogs. This is probably because dogs have learned that hands are a reliable source of positive things e.g. food, reaching for the leash announcing the walk, playing together, or the like. Puppies can respond to our pointing gestures from a very young age and even interpret them correctly most of the time. Therefore, you should be especially careful when using your hands with your puppy. Show your puppy exciting and great things that are worth following your hand for. This will be of great use to you later in training!

It is important that you consciously use pointing gestures when interacting with your dog and do not “waste” them by carelessly pointing at something that does not interest or even harm your dog. Any bad experience your dog has with your hands can contribute to your dog becoming hand shy.

Meet your dog with kindness.

We, humans, are usually taller than our dogs because of our upright gait. Dogs know full well that height and weight can determine who is the stronger and so they also assess threats. If we approach our dog by being upright and leaning forward at the same time, we present quite a threatening figure. Also, sticking out our hands from above is not a very friendly gesture to our dog. Your hand is the first human body part to fall below the individual distance (that is, the distance your dog perceives as comfortable). Some dogs resist such a gesture, threaten or even bite you. Therefore, it is important that this especially the first contact between you and your dog is on one level. Make yourself small by crouching down, slowly offer your hand to your dog and let him take the last step towards you. This is exactly what expresses respect and is considered very polite by our dogs.

Excursus Recall: We also tend to lean forward when recalling. However, it is better if we lean back slightly and even take a few steps back when we call our dog to us. This looks inviting to our dog and he feels less threatened by our height.

Stay Fair!

Dogs don’t understand exceptions! Today “yes” and tomorrow “no” your dog will not understand. Once your dog has learned what he is allowed to do and what he is not allowed to do, it is important to keep this way of education. Otherwise, you will become untrustworthy to your dog and jeopardize your relationship with each other. Some dogs even react physically to the constantly changing opinion of their human with the learned helplessness. So if your dog experiences constant failure, this failure leads to a build-up of stress hormones and can affect his ability to learn and concentrate. Therefore, consider early enough whether your dog should be allowed to cuddle with you on the sofa or whether he should lie in his basket. By the way, we are real sofa fans ‚ėļÔłŹ.

Become your dog’s best friend now!

We hope these tips help you out! For more tips and tricks, download the Pupy app now and learn exciting exercises with your dog today!


How does my dog stay relaxed alone?

It is a piece of freedom to leave his dog alone at home for a few hours. Even if we would like to spend a lot of time together with our furry friend, it sometimes happens that our darling has to stay alone for a short time. Whether it is for the weekly shopping, a hobby that we pursue, where our dog can not come along or a doctor’s appointment. For such situations, your dog must learn that it is not bad to stay home alone and gain the confidence that we will always come back as his social partner.

How you manage to get your dog used to staying alone step by step you will learn in the following tips:

1. create an atmosphere for your dog in which he feels comfortable.

Set up a place for your dog where he feels comfortable and cared for. Before you even start to teach your dog step by step to stay alone, it is important that your dog feels at home. Set up a basket or a dog box, where he can also come to rest in everyday life. Make this place attractive to him by hiding great treats there or giving him a chew bone as soon as he visits this place. It is important that your dog’s resting place is in a place where he is undisturbed but still gets some of the edge of the action.

2. practice leaving your dog alone step by step.

Begin to teach your dog to stay alone as early as possible and as slowly as necessary. It is perfectly fine if you leave the room for 1-2 minutes while your dog is busy with a chewing stick in his basket. Short walks to the basement or to take out the garbage are also wonderful for the first training sessions. It is important that you do not sneak out. Your dog must be aware that you are leaving the room, because this is the only way he will trust you not to leave suddenly. You can announce your going out with a “I’ll be right back.” When your dog gets comfortable with you being gone for a short time without him, slowly start to increase the time.

Only come back when your dog is calm.

We recommend that you install a camera so that you can monitor whether your dog is calm or not. Alternatively, you can use a baby phone. It is quite normal if your dog runs around the apartment for a short time or protests with short barks and yelps. Your task is to wait for the moment when your dog is calm. Then go back to him, greet him with a “hello” and short calm petting. By getting on eye level with your dog, you prevent him from jumping on you. Sometimes it is also helpful to give him something to carry or chew on to avoid a boisterous and tumultuous greeting.

4. Don’t leave your dog alone until he has learned.

“Just a quick shopping trip, will be fine” – NO! Don’t leave your dog alone until your dog has really learned. If you leave your dog alone when he can not yet safely stay alone for a certain time, it can happen that your dog suddenly panics. By not being able to intervene in time, your dog will associate negative emotions with being left alone and, in the worst case, you will be completely back to the beginning of training. It is better if you organize a dog sitter or other caregiver who can watch your dog until your dog can safely and relaxed stay alone for more than 1 hour. Before that, you should not leave him alone, even if the supermarket is not far away, something can always come up and you stay away longer than planned after all.

5. Cover your dog’s basic needs before leaving him alone.

Make your dog physically and mentally happy before leaving him alone. Take him for another short walk, train or play with him for a few minutes. Also, make sure your dog has eaten and has access to plenty of fresh water while you’re away. For more ideas on how to keep your dog physically and mentally occupied, check out our app.

Get started now!

We wish you all the best in training your dog! In our app, you’ll find everything you need for successful training in the “Stay Alone” category. If you need additional help with Stay Alone training or have any other concerns with your dog, you can always ask your questions through our Trainer Chat. Our professional dog trainers will be happy to help you and together we will find a solution.

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3 Tips to make your dog happy.

To make your dog happy is probably the wish of every dog owner. But what determines a happy dog’s life? Is it the walks together? The right ” training”? Or the right food? Maybe also the common play with his dog friends? What does a dog need to be truly happy? With our 3 tips we give you an idea of what makes dogs really happy.

1. The secure base

Every dog needs a home where he feels comfortable. In addition to providing basic needs such as food, water, a place to retreat and health care, it is especially important to build a good relationship with your dog. This includes giving your dog protection in difficult situations, e.g. during a visit to the vet or by shielding other dogs when they harass your dog. In addition, you should distinguish yourself as a bonding partner by engaging in exciting activities. Shared experiences will bond you together and your dog will understand that it is never boring with you by his side. Another important point is that your dog can rely on you. This includes both that your dog can rely on you coming back when you leave him home alone, and that your dog gets clear rules that you enforce and keep yourself. Saying “yes” today and “no” tomorrow will confuse your dog and degrade your quality as a bonding partner. My what you say to your dog and be mindful of your commands!

2. Rest and sleep

Hard to believe but dogs need about 17-20 hours of sleep. Of course not in one piece. The dog goes through short periods of sleep during the day, which should not be interrupted if possible. These sleep periods are not only important for the recovery of your dog, but also support important memory processes, for example, in the fixation of learning processes. Information from movement sequences, events and facts, are transferred to regions of the cerebrum and processed further there. Especially emotional events are processed and stored in the deep sleep phase. In older dogs, the sleep rhythm usually changes. The sleep phases become longer and more frequent than in younger dogs. So for your dog to be happy and healthy, you should give him enough space to rest. Especially young dogs sometimes have to be forced to this happiness. Here we recommend a little forced break after a walk, training or playing together. Often it is enough to send your dog to his basket, after a short protest phase, the rest phase usually sets in very quickly and your dog begins to doze.

3. The parenting

Although parenting is already mentioned in tip #1, it has a special place. Parenting should not be confused with training. In training, behaviors are linked with commands. Parenting serves to explain the world to your dog and to integrate him into your everyday life. It is important that your dog gets the opportunity to get used to the sounds, smells and different everyday situations in your life. This starts with housetraining, continues with the sounds of the vacuum cleaner and other household appliances and ends with staying alone. Also, getting to know limits and the meaning of the word “no”, are important for a happy dog’s life.

Get started now!

For each of these 3 tips you will find suitable training content in our app. If you have any questions about this topic or have any other problems with your dog, we will be happy to help you in our trainer chat. There you can discuss your individual questions with one of our professional dog trainers.

We wish you a lot of fun while implementing the tips ‚ėļÔłŹ.

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What is the best way to get my puppy to stop biting?

Probably one of the most common questions that new dog owners ask us in our chat at the moment. The small pointed puppy teeth not only look cute but can also hurt quite a bit and abuse many a pair of favorite shoes rudely as a chewing bone. But don’t worry, we at Pupy will save your hands and shoes and explain step by step how your dog learns the so-called bite inhibition, and tell you the top 4 chewing alternatives to shoes and wooden tables!

Bite inhibition in play

Surely you have noticed that your dog uses his teeth in play instead of his hands. First of all, there is nothing against it. Your dog does not want to bite you viciously and usually does not have rabies when he goes over the top in the game. On the contrary, for him, the whole thing still means fun, even if the pointed milk tooth just scalps your thumb. However, since we humans really don’t have thick fur and definitely have more sensitive skin than dogs, we have to show our new family members the intensity with which they can play with us.

If you observe puppies and dogs with each other you can quickly see that they also stop each other in their eagerness by interrupting the game with a stop signal. Usually, this happens super quickly, you’ll hear a short howl, then maybe a threatening baring of teeth or brief bumping or snapping at the air. The dogs interrupt the game, sometimes briefly shaking off their stress or placating each other. Then it usually continues with the game, as if nothing had happened. As dog owners, you can imitate this behavior to some extent.

Of course, they should not now practice in front of the mirror to bare their teeth. No. What you should imitate is the short sound of pain, e.g. with an “ouch” and the interruption of the play sequence. So if your puppy has gone over the top, first make pain sound e.g. “ouch”, then interrupt the game and turn away from your puppy. Very important: Your puppy is not pushed to the ground or otherwise physically punished here. It is enough to turn away from your puppy, stand up and let him think for a moment why the game ended so abruptly. After 2-3 minutes you or your puppy can start the game again. Unlike us humans, dogs don’t hold grudges and we should learn that from them too!

Calf biting and dull 4 minutes

Another common problem in puppyhood is the “Dolle 5 minutes.” Your puppy will run around the apartment like crazy, biting curtains, the sofa, and sometimes your feet or calves. Unfortunately, getting very excited has the opposite effect. Because if you get excited, this mood can be transferred to your dog very quickly. It is better if you meet your dog in such a situation with calmness. Catch him at a moment when he comes towards you, leash him if necessary and take him to his basket or dog box. Have sent him to his place, a chewing bone or very slow petting can help to calm your dog. In general, a short house leash that you attach to your dog’s harness (1 meter and without a loop) is recommended for the first time. This way you avoid an unintentional game of tag while your dog is getting excited. Nevertheless, you should keep in mind that short racing sessions without anyone or anything getting to feel your puppy’s teeth are also perfectly fine and should not always be prevented.

Of shoe biters and furniture lovers

Beloved clothing and pieces of interior decor can also fall victim to your teething puppy. The key here is to create an alternative. Offer your dog plenty of opportunities to chew during teething, and it’s better to leave your favorite shoes by the front door or in the shoe closet during this time.

5 suitable chewing items during the change of teeth:

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3 tips on how to calm your nervous dog.

There are various situations in everyday life that make your dog nervous. Especially puppies and young dogs have to learn to wait, to handle different stimuli and to relax. Your job as a dog owner is to give your dog the necessary calmness and train it. With our 3 tips, you will learn how to calm your dog specifically when he is restless and establish enough moments for relaxation and calmness in your everyday life.

1 Stay calm yourself.

When our dog is excited, starts whining or even barking, our own blood pressure also quickly shoots up and we let ourselves get infected by his excitement. How often do we tighten the leash or unintentionally raise our voice? In order to signal to your dog that it is not necessary to be excited in this situation, it is important that you yourself remain calm and relaxed.

This can be done by not pulling on the leash and yelling “No, don’t do that!” when your dog barks at the other human-dog team. It would be better if you give your dog a stop signal if necessary, then increase the distance to the other human-dog team and bring your dog back down a bit with a relaxation signal and calm praise. Deceleration is king here! Slow down, talk slower, and breathe slower!

2 Establish rest periods.

Dogs don’t always need 24/7 activity and action. The more you physically challenge your dog, the more he will demand from you. You can compare this to a marathon runner who has to run every day or he will go crazy. It is similar with dogs that do competitive sports with their owners. In order to find the balance here, it is important to plan enough rest periods despite dog sports, common hobbies and dog friends, which are then also actively implemented. Your job as a dog owner is not to overload your dog, especially as a young dog, and to make sure that he has the chance to rest or sleep at least 18 hours a day.

This also means that after a walk or training together, not so much has to happen at home, but a cuddle together, is the better alternative to a wild romp. You can also use a suitable resting place such as a basket or dog crate to give your dog some time out. In the beginning you may have to motivate your dog with a command like “basket” to take a little lunch break after the walk, but after a while your dog will learn that this time-out is very beneficial for him and he will go to his resting place by himself.

We also recommend that you do the stand-by exercise with your dog several times a week. This will help your dog to relax and can calm him down in stressful situations.

3 Find the right activity for your dog’s personality.

Certain dog personalities have a greater tendency to be restless. For these dogs it is not conducive to activating hobbies such as agility, flyball, frisbee or ball throwing. The reason for this is the neurotransmitter dopamine, it creates a real rush in your dog and can be addictive. If you have a dog that is already very restless, you can support him better with a hobby that counteracts the intoxication. Good hobbies include those that require the use of the nose e.g. Target Object Search (ZOS) and the tea bag search or hobbies that require a high level of concentration such as slow controlled running over cavaletti poles or learning new chains of actions through Do as I do.

If you have a dog prone to nervousness, we recommend the following training videos in the Pupy app:

  • Relaxing together (in “Puppy Training”).
  • Relaxing everywhere (in “Puppy Training”)
  • Using body language (in “Leash training”)
  • Impulse Control (in “Mind your manners!”)
  • Cavaletti run (in “Fun Agility”)
  • Isometric exercise (in “Relaxation”)
  • “Doga” the dog yoga (in “Relaxation”)
  • “Fun break games” (in “Office dog training”)

Have fun relaxing! The Pupy trainer team wishes you a lot of fun!

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How do I train my dog not to bark?

Barking is part of the normal behavior of a dog.

Dogs bark in a variety of situations, whether it is when the doorbell rings, the mailman, the mail in the mailbox throws or your dog wants to make you aware that it is time for his food.

Barking is a natural sound expression in dogs and is used for communication. Therefore, you can breathe easily for now, because just because your dog barks does not mean that there is a behavior problem. Of course, some dogs can become conspicuous in their barking, but most everyday situations in which we find the barking annoying can be solved with simple educational methods.

Why does your dog bark?

Depending on the situation, your dog may have different reasons why he barks. For example, the classic barking at the garden fence serves the purpose of barking at a potential intruder. Bypassing the passers-by at the garden gate, your dog has a small sense of achievement every time, because no one has dared to enter the sacred garden. Your dog thus shows the barking more often, because it was worth it. You may also have heard your dog bark when he has asked another dog to play. The point here is to get the attention of the other play partner. This barking usually occurs in combination with the classic upper body down position or play bow.

Excitement barking, on the other hand, has the purpose of relieving stress and getting rid of pent-up energy. You can observe this barking, for example, when the doorbell rings or you enter your apartment after work, while your dog has been waiting for you.

Not all barking should be interrupted with a stop signal.

Excitement barking, as already mentioned, serves to reduce stress and should therefore not be simply stopped or punished. If we stop barking by punishing or stopping it, your dog will have no way to get rid of his stress and will eventually try to bark more intensely or even bump into you.

If your dog barks, for example, when visitors come or when greeting you, it is better to offer him an alternative to barking. For example, you can offer your dog a toy or a chewing bone while you greet him with calm words, petting him quietly. Being able to chew on an object ensures that your dog can relieve stress through the chewing motion, at the same time your dog will find it harder to bark with a toy or bone between his teeth.

Do not ignore the barking!

Ignoring your dog’s barking makes as little sense as ranting wildly at it. Ignoring does not change behavior because it does not show your dog how to change his behavior, nor is it a consequence of his behavior. Additionally, dogs, like us humans, need to greet their social partner after separation, this is an expression of a good relationship and is also shown among dogs. However, the greeting should not be too intense, it is quite enough if you squat next to the dog on the floor, stroke him briefly, and possibly give him his toy or chew bone.

Use conditioning to put an end to bell barking.

For many dogs, the bell, in particular, is the starting sound for loud barking. To put an end to this, you can teach your dog to go to his resting place at the signal of the bell. On the one hand, this has the advantage that your visitor is not immediately received stormily by your dog, but helps your dog to keep his excitement level low.

Here’s how it works:

  • Press the bell (it’s best to ask a friend to do this).
  • Send your dog to his basket after the bell sounds.
  • Reward your dog in the basket, e.g. a treat or a chew bone.
  • Repeat the command

Important: Your dog must already know the command “basket” or “blanket”. You can find instructions in our app!

We hope these tips will help you and your dog!

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How do I find the right dog for me?

“How do I find the best dog for me?” – a question that many future dog owners ask themselves. The decisions about whether it should be a big or small dog, a puppy or an adult dog, a breed dog or a mixed breed and whether the dog should come from a breeder or from animal welfare, are not so easy and should be decided in any case with careful.

In this article you will find many tips and ideas that will help you find the perfect dog for life!

Big or small dog?

It’s a question of style, isn’t it? Not exactly, because most of the time there is much more behind the size of the dog than just the visual aspect. The statement “Big dogs need more exercise than small dogs.” is a myth. Depending on breed and personality, the need for movement can vary and can be further stimulated by training. One advantage of small dogs, is certainly that they have less weight. Air travel and also train rides with a small dog are therefore cheaper and certainly more practical than, for example, with a big Great Dane. Big dogs give you a sense of security for it, not for nothing were breeds, such as the German shepherd, Rottweiler, or also herd protection dogs gladly held on farms, they have a lot of strength are robust and deter not only burglars. Also with regard to a common hobby it is worthwhile to weigh up in which size class you want to play. Sports that require a lot of physical strength, e.g. pulling dog sports, are unsuitable for small breeds. With regard to the size of your dog, think carefully about how your everyday life with the dog can look like and compare how you would deal with dogs of different sizes.

Puppy or adult dog?

Of course puppies are cute, but they also mean a lot of work in the early days. Puppies are very time consuming in the first few weeks, so it’s a good idea to take at least 3 weeks of vacation after your puppy has moved in. During this time it is important to train your puppy and make him familiar with your everyday life. Housetraining and staying alone are important things to focus on in addition to building a stable human-dog bond during the first few weeks with a puppy. The beauty of a puppy is that it is unselfconscious and can share most experiences with you. You’ll gradually grow together into a real team.

With an adult dog, you are spared the time-consuming puppy period, but even a dog from second hand or from animal welfare needs your attention in the early days. Although it is usually housebroken, it still needs time to get used to life with you, depending on its history. Especially a dog with a bad history may need intensive training or behavior therapy, you should be aware of this fact. However, there is nothing to stop you from giving a shelter dog the chance to live a new, happier life with you by his side!

Think about which dog fits into your life!

No matter whether puppy, young dog, senior, animal protection dog or race dog, consider, which dog fits into your life! Inform yourself about dog breeds that you like and possibly consult breeders who can tell you more about the nature of the breed. Find out about the dog you like at the shelter and arrange a trial walk to get to know your potential new furry friend better. Also animal welfare organizations from abroad, can advise you on the phone about the character of their protégés, use this information and decide only then for an adoption.

No matter which way you find to your perfect dog in your life, we from Pupy will help you on your way to a human-dog-team!

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