This section covers Dog aggression & biting, barking & growling, jumping up & chewing along with separation anxiety & whining and what to do about them
Dog Training Tips & Advice
We go into more detail in the articles in this section, but here are a few general tips that pretty much apply across the board.
You as pack leader
In all the below dog training exercises the emphasis is on you giving a command and your dog obeying the command. You holding the dominant position in the relationship will establish you as pack leader. If your four-legged friend dictates when he gets fed, when you give him or her attention, or what commands they will oblige you with, then they will consider that they are the boss. You can't blame them really; after all it is then they who are really giving the commands. This is dog training in reverse.
When your dog comes to you and demands attention ignore him or her. Give your furkid attention when you want to. When you are ready, call your dog and praise them when they come.
An important part of dog training is understanding a little K9 psychology. Height above the ground is a status symbol to a dog. The dominant dog sits on higher ground and looks out over his pack. Having your furry friend sit on the sofa beside you is a signal to them that they are your peer. Your dog should sit at a lower position than you, preferably on the floor while you sit on the sofa.
Make your dog do something for you before you do something for your dog. Before feeding, make them sit and wait, put their food down and make them wait again until you give the 'ok' command. Only then allow your dog to eat.
Make your dog lie down on command, this is a submissive position.
Make sure your dog always obeys your commands and only give those commands when you can control the dog. Each time you give your dog a command you cannot enforce you teach your dog disobedience.
Each Dog is an Individual
Your furry friend is an individual. These dog training exercises are suggestions only and may need to be adjusted for your particular pet. Training a dog is a two-way street and you must train yourself first to be consistent and second to watch and learn from your dog. Acknowledging that you will learn how to train your dog from your dog will enable you to develop a better relationship with them.
Give Your Dog The Attention They Crave
Canines are social animals and dislike being ignored. If you ignore a dog there is a good chance they will do something to get your attention.
If the resulting action is good, then praise them. If it is bad, continue to ignore them.
In most situations, you are better to say nothing than yell or discipline him or her. In most cases, the dog is trying to get attention and it doesn't matter whether that attention is positive or negative, so your yelling is them getting what they want!
If you follow this argument to its logical conclusion then your dog will eventually only do good things.
Start as you mean to go on
Don't let your puppy get away with something you would not condone in an adult dog.
Never give your dog a command which you know they will disobey or that you know that can not reinforce.
Consistency is key to successful dog training
When it comes to dog training, there are many aspects that contribute to success. Supervision, practice, patience, timing, and providing leadership are all necessary, but the key to your success is consistency.
Consistency means doing the same things and enforcing the same rules time after time, with no exceptions. Simple in theory, but not so simple in practice.
Assume you have now decided the kitchen is a no-go area for your dog. The only way to enforce the new rule is to consistently not allow the dog in the kitchen.
From now on each time your dog ventures into the kitchen telling them "no", redirect them to a new area of the house, such as the living room, and place them in a "down/stay", then praise the dog.
As consistency is the key the new rule needs to be enforced all of the time, not most of the time or some of the time, but every single time mister or little miss mischief wanders into the kitchen.
Every Single Time
As previously mentioned, simple in theory, but not so simple in practice. 'Every single time' means when you are going about your daily life and tend not to be in training mode.
If you think it is easier to let it go just this once, or you think the dog didn't see you see him you are only fooling yourself.
Your dog saw you see him. He knows that you saw him but aren't doing anything about it. And if your dog knows they are getting away with it now, why not later?
It can be very difficult to be consistent 100% of the time. However, by taking that extra 15 seconds to redirect the dog they can learn to change a habit in just a few days.
The 'consistent' rule also holds true for every dog behavior you want to modify, whether it's jumping, digging, barking, chewing or any other issue.
Consistency is also the reason why most dogs will pick up new behaviors from a professional dog trainer after the first or second lesson. Simply because a professional dog trainer has always been 100% consistent.
Teaching Your Dog New Tricks
Remember that dogs love to be taught new things. It keeps them stimulated and they love to do things that you approve of.
Good luck with your dog training and remember to make it fun for both you and your eager student. We hope these articles help in achieving your goals