It’s Back to School Time – For Your Pet, Too

Pups are absolutely adorable—no argument there; however, these high-energy four-legged fur balls are also a lot of work. Although obedience training doesn’t sound like the most exciting part of your newfound friendship, it is definitely an essential task. If Fido is going to be your partner in crime, he’s going to have to learn the ropes!

The Precise team has three tips to keep your pup’s tail wagging through obedience training:

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Consistency: Repetition is the key to success when training your newest furry friend. When teaching them a new trick, it is important to repeat the same commands, tones and gestures each time, so your pup doesn’t get confused. Once your pup has mastered a new trick, be sure to exercise the skill often—practice makes perfect.

Confidence: When instructing your dog make sure they can hear the confidence in your voice and feel it in your actions. Dogs need to understand that you are in charge, not them. Make your words sharp and your actions purposeful. Following a successful execution of a command, be sure to use an uplifting and encouraging tone to congratulate your pet, reinforcing their good behavior.

Reward: Be sure to give your furry friend some incentive. We recommend giving our Healthy Habits treats a try! Your furry friend wants to make you happy, so make sure you’re being generous with your affection. Don’t be afraid to praise and treat your pet after mastering a command. Rewarding proper behavior will make your pup more likely to repeat the command. Also, be sure that you are only rewarding behavior you wish to see again.

Keep in mind that a puppy has a similar mentality to a small child. Just as you would expect children to make mistakes as they learn, you should prepare for your pup to have a few hiccups too. Pups tend to have fairly short attention spans, so it is important to keep training sessions short. Begin with the basic commands necessary for the pup to behave properly in social settings such as, sit, stay, come, drop, and heel. Once they have mastered those, you can move on to the fun stuff. They’ll be greeting your guests with a pawshake in no time!

What are your obedience training success stories? Share them in the comments below!

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Kirk Young

Kirk Young is the executive vice president for Precise Pet Products.

He brings nearly 25 years of industry experience to the 79-year-old company’s legacy of producing quality, affordable foods that taste great and are healthy. As executive vice president, Young is currently responsible for developing and managing new sales and marketing strategies to better communicate the brand’s legacy value: American-made products that include only natural ingredients from the U.S. and New Zealand.

Throughout his career, Young has received numerous recognitions for his exemplary work. He was awarded with the Ralston Purina Company’s first “Business Excellence” for writing the IMPACT Program, a PIDA award-winning program.  Additionally, he was the first sales executive to win the Ralston Purina Company’s prestigious “Vision Award” along with the “Creative Marketing Award” on two separate occasions.

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Mike Compton

Mike is the vice president of operations for Texas Farm Products. In this role, he is responsible for the operations, quality assurance and nutritional content of the products that the company produces.

He began working for the company in 1976 as a part-time high school employee, loading feed onto customer trucks as orders were received. After attending college, Compton returned to Texas Farm Products as a laboratory supervisor and has been part of the company ever since, climbing the ladder to become vice president of operations in 2005.

Compton currently serves on the regulatory affairs committee of the Pet Food Institute (PFI) and the nutrition council of the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA). He has served as the chairman of the AFIA nutrition council specialty feed committee.

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Dr. Lisa Drapela

Dr. Drapela is the staff veterinarian for Texas Farm Products. As the staff veterinarian, she is responsible for giving direction to consumers about Precise formulas and how they can be best used for a pet.

Prior to joining Texas Farm Products, Dr. Drapela worked as an associate veterinarian for small and large animals at a private practice.  In this position, Dr. Drapela was in charge for the daily operations of the main clinic as well as all the surgeries and the care of patients.

Since 1994, Dr. Drapela has been a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Texas Veterinary Medical Association.  Additionally, she has also been a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

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Marnee White

Marnee White is the customer service manager for Precise Pet Products. Working at Precise for the past 13 years, she knows the brand like the back of her hand.

White has two miniature dachshunds named Oscar and Annie Mae. Though Oscar is a puppy and Annie Mae is in her golden years, she loves both just the same.  Her love for animals at all stages of life makes her a perfect member of the Precise team.

Look for White as the author of our “Mailbag” posts where she will answer frequently asked customer service questions.

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