Teaching the command “Quiet!”
When your dog is barking, growl a stern and guttural “Bah!”*
Then, the instant they ARE quiet, say quiet and praise heavily. You could also reward with something high value - such as dried liver pieces or some crumbs of cheese, both being stronger smelling, so usually more attractive to dogs.
Once the word association has been achieved, you can work on varying the length of the time, before you give your dog the treat for being quiet. [Read More…]
Admin - 12:59:33 @ 'Obedience' Type Command Instruction
The super useful ‘Leave’
This can be used for stopping your dog picking up objects or around cats… really anything you want your dog to move away from (Trev, one of our dogs, is always using his nose and not always finding the most acceptable things for us humans).
Keep hold of an especially favorable treat (or super interesting toy that you could be squeaking!!) in your hand and wait for your dog to lose interest - which they will eventually. [Read More…]
Whats your tone?
It may seem obvious but it must be remembered, it’s called a ‘Command’ not a ‘Request’…
Also, something to think about, do you change the tone of your ‘Command’ when giving it in ‘Public’ or in front of certain family members etc. This can effect your dogs response…
Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant & Dog Trainer, Dogs Best Friend.
Admin - 05:37:37 @ 'Obedience' Type Command Instruction
Did you know many dog owners inadvertently train the opposite of what they want their dog to do?
It all comes down to timing.
An example of this is the ‘Off,’ for ‘Off the furniture.’
Be aware of how you give the command for off the furniture. [Read More…]
If your dog does not initially respond to a command, do not repeat the same command again and again (unless for the ‘Recall’/'Come’ or ‘Stay’). This sends the message to your four legged friend that 2-3 repetitions are what the command is made up of.
Be patient, you can say your dogs name, but then wait. Also, we can call it nagging to a dog as well ;-) Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant & Dog Trainer, Dogs Best Friend.