How do I train my pet to use ramps?
Would my dog or cat even use it?
This is a question that comes up rather frequently for us, and if I were in the market for a ramp for my dog, I would be interested in the same information. Teaching your dog to utilize a dog ramp is far simpler than teaching your dog to “sit” most of the time and is likely to be the easiest sort of dog training that you will ever attempt to teach your dog. Why?
Because it is about to become abundantly clear to you that your dog will enjoy making use of it practically immediately! Dogs absolutely adore being able to walk up ramps onto couches and beds because it gives them the impression that they are a larger member of the home pack and makes them feel more similar to you. In point of fact, we have never dealt with a customer who possessed a dog that refused to use the ramp after purchasing one from us. Some of the dogs did not want to use it right away for a variety of reasons, such that they did not trust it, that they were terrified of it, and so on. After a couple of days, however, things got moving in the right direction. If you notice that your dog will not utilize the dog ramp immediately after you have built it up, the information in the following section is for you.
Dog Ramp Training 101
Okay, so that might not be 101 steps, but it’s definitely worth 102!
It won’t take much time or effort to teach your dog how to use a dog ramp. If you can show your dog that it is nothing to be terrified of and even something to be rewarded for using, then they will be pleased and even quite proud to go up and down it. If you can show your dog that it is nothing to be afraid of and even something to be awarded for using, then they will. They are having a good time, and you are having an even better time watching them, not to mention that it may prevent you from having to pay a hefty sum for veterinary care in the future. Your dog can become accustomed to the ramp in a few different ways, and we are going to begin with goodies as the first method.
Treats (baiting …lol).
It is common knowledge that our dogs will do just about anything for their favorite goodies, and it is also common knowledge that our dogs will almost always follow the “reward” wherever it goes. Bring out the meal or reward that your dog enjoys the most. To get their mouths watering and get them ready for some ramp action, you should give them one for sitting or for something else that they are already accustomed with as a starting point. Now, you need to coax the dog to follow the treat all the way up to the base of the ramp, and you need to get their feet (at least their front feet) onto the ramp. Now it’s time to give them the treat, and you should also lavish him or them with praise.
After you have finished praising them, tap on the floor of the ramp (not in the way that you would point out a urine stain on the carpet), and then do it again. Now you need to work on convincing them to follow the treat a bit further up the ramp, if not all the way to the top. Even if they only get as far as the first effort, you should still applaud them and give them another treat. If you do this several times throughout the first day, you may just convince them to use it on the first day. However, praise is very important because it demonstrates to your dog that you are very, very pleased with them for getting onto this new object, and all dogs want nothing more than to please their owners. Praise is a great way to show your dog that you are pleased with them for getting onto this new object. Repeat this process multiple times each day on days 1 and 2, as well as any subsequent days, if necessary.
(If you have a medium-sized or large dog, you should remain with Step 1, as it will work within a few further days.)
It is extremely unlikely that anyone will make it to step two, but it is not impossible. If you have a little dog and it is day three, pick that dog up and place him or her on the top or middle of the ramp while you get a treat ready. If it is day three, you have a small dog. Maintain your presence in close proximity to them so they can continue to feel safe and calm down. Immediately, as soon as you set them on the ramp, reward them with a treat and lots of praise simply for being on it. This will encourage them to stay on it longer. You can use another goodie to entice them down the ramp, and once they are there, you should lavish praise on them.
In most cases, dogs that are reluctant to use a ramp right first will go down it more willingly than they will go up it, and this might serve as the “ice breaker” for you. After you have been successful in getting the dog to go down the ramp a few times (which they will), they will trust that this new “object” (the ramp) is stable and go up it for you. As soon as they realize that they can trust it and that it is something that will make them look extremely good in your eyes, they will naturally begin utilizing it all the time and will really strut their stuff a lot of times while they are doing it.
A Note On Dog Training In General
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Every dog is unique and has its own personality, the rate at which it learns, and sometimes even the rate at which it wants to learn new things. Some canines learn more quickly than others, while others might not pick up as much information as quickly (just like people). When it comes to training a dog to perform any task, one thing is certain, and that is that the best way to get them to respond is with a lot of praise and goodies (rewards).
I’ll wager that you or someone you know has a dog that is constantly being yelled at and getting into trouble for doing whatever it is that it does, whether it be urinating on the floor or anything else. I would almost be willing to bet that you do not witness this dog owner demonstrating to the dog what the appropriate behaviors are and rewarding the dog for performing those behaviors. Many times, a dog will continue to do something wrong because he or she is unable to recognize or comprehend the behavior that would be considered appropriate. Why???
because it was not presented to them in a manner that allows them to comprehend it. Every dog has the ability to remember an action or behavior that earns them a reward or treat on a regular basis. For instance, your dog may have noticed that if he or she sits next to the table while you eat, you will eventually give them a treat (otherwise they would not be there), and to them, this means that they are doing a good thing because you are rewarding them for doing it. If this is the case, your dog may have picked up on the fact that he or she will eventually get a treat.
Or perhaps if they bark at you while you eat or stand on their hind legs, you give them a treat. This will encourage them to continue to bark, whine, and stand on their hind legs the entire time you eat. Your dog has learned this behavior, which you then reward them for, but you did not have to teach them this behavior. I have gone to homes where the owners will not under any circumstances offer their pets any treats while the humans are eating, and guess what?
Their dog is currently dozing out on the couch, and it doesn’t seem to care what time dinner is served. This is very accurate! Consider the following: why would your dog want to urinate on the carpet when he or she can go outside and urinate in the grass and then immediately receive their favorite treat and be treated like a king or queen?
You see, when you reward your dog repeatedly over a period of days or weeks (depending on the difficulty of what you are teaching them), they become aware of what they are getting rewarded for, and a “habit” is established as a result of this association between the reward and the behavior. BINGO! Your dog has been “taught” to perform a task, and as a result, he has developed a habit of doing it. From that point on, make sure that you praise and treat your dog each time they accomplish what you want them to do (even if it’s simply going to the bathroom outside), and that behavior will stick with them for the rest of their lives.
One Final Note On Dog Training
Food for thought! An entire meal for that matter.
There is more to the aforementioned sorts of training than what has been discussed above, whether your goal is to teach your dog to become a trickster of the highest caliber, an athlete in canine sports, or something else of an incredibly tough nature. For something of this nature, which is more advanced, you will require the support of a trained professional in order to assist your dog in becoming the best that he or she can be. The majority of us just want to have world-class friends (and clowns), which is a goal that any dog, with a little bit of training, is easily capable of achieving. When it comes to fundamental sorts of training, any and every dog will respond favorably to praise and treats, though some will do so more quickly than others.
When I watch owners abusing their pets by hitting their dogs and constantly berating them for misbehaving, it fills me with rage and sadness at the same time. You will find that these same people do not put in the time and effort necessary to complete any sort of training, and the majority of the time, these people themselves are unable to learn new things since they are set in their ways. They have a dog that they got because it was so adorable, but they let it act according to its own will and they are constantly beating it because it does things that are not acceptable.
You can always recognize a dog that has been through this because it will approach you with extreme caution and grief, almost as if it is anticipating you to beat it. A dog that has gone through this will approach you like it is a piece of dirt with no self-esteem. This dog not only believes that it is guilty of some wrongdoing, but it also believes that it is a terrible and worthless animal, just like a child who has been abused might think in a similar situation. Ever seen a dog like this? Visit the animal shelter or pound near you.
These pets typically end up there because their owners become so exasperated with their behavior that they can no longer tolerate it, whether it be their dog urinating on the floor or something else entirely. “This dog is a complete idiot!” and “This dog is not worth anything!” “This dog just does not seem to be able to learn from his or her mistakes.” In 99 out of every 100 cases, this is not the situation (even if it is there is no excuse for that behavior). Did you know that many dogs that were adopted from a shelter, pound, or rescue eventually went on to become top athletes in the sport of agility as well as other sports, top trackers for the police as well as search and rescue, and excelled in a wide variety of different things, ranging from obedience to tricksters?
One can’t help but wonder what kind of idiots used to own these incredibly clever creatures and then mistreated them before getting rid of them. I can see it now, I am going to have to start a rant and rave section for this kind of thing because just thinking about it makes my blood boil to the point that I feel the need to vent my frustrations.
If there is only one thing that you are going to take away from this whole web page or maybe this whole website, let it be this…
“If there is one thing that each and every dog on the face of the earth has in common, it is the desire to please their owner! YOU are their guardian angel, mother, father, pack leader, mentor, role model, owner, and idle… YOU ARE THE CENTER OF THEIR UNIVERSE!”
If you have this knowledge, you will not only be able to instruct your dog in the proper method to carry out tasks, but you and your dog will also experience a life that is fuller of happiness and delight together. Your dog will be happier because he or she is making you happy (they can sense this) by doing what you want them to do. This will make you happy because your dog does what you have showed him or her is right, and your dog will be happier because he or she is making you happy. I have high hopes that not only will this page assist you in basic doggie training, but that it will also provide you with a better understanding of your dog in general, allowing you and your dog to take more pleasure in the time spent together.
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