Firstly, do not play any games with your dog that involve putting your hands into their mouth, chasing them, or allowing them to jump all over you.
Never alpha roll (forcefully rolling your dog onto their back) or scruff, as these can lead to a fear of hands and so hand biting.
If your dog is being mouthy, start with a stern “Bah!!” vocalization and get up and walk away. [Read More…]
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…]
Firstly, I would suggest trying to follow a regular exercise and feeding schedule (but providing water at all times).
Also, when taking your dog out for a wee, if he or she doesn’t go within 5 minutes or so, bring them back in and confine them to a ’safe area’, then 15 minutes later take them back out to the same area. [Read More…]
Use treats to encourage the alternate behaviours you want. It’s all about timing. If you are giving your dog treats while your dog is being ‘reactive’(growling, barking etc.) in an attempt to distract or ‘create a positive association’ with the people or animals your dog is reacting to, or jumping up on, you may in fact be rewarding and encouraging that reactionary behaviour.
Instead, try to work below thresholds/distances of ‘reaction’ (the aim is for these to decrease over time) and only reward immediately AFTER your dog has behaved in a more positive way, Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant & Dog Trainer, Dogs Best Friend.
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Quite simply and perhaps obviously (or maybe not so obviously?) dogs brains do not think like ours.
Is your family all using the same word for a command?
If Mum is saying ‘Bella* come!’and Dad is saying ‘Here!’ This can be a confusing situation for your dog. [Read More…]