The first time you use a new treat dogs will play around with it before they actually eat it. It’s like they need to convince themselves that it is indeed a new dog treat. Many times once the dog eats a few treats he decides their pretty darn good after all and he downs them quicker.
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If your dog pulls on the leash, then the walk is neither healthy for your dog nor relaxing for you. It’s also a sign that you and your dog are not paying attention to each other — it takes two to pull, after all. Walks with your dog should feel like walking meditation, not a battle! Please learn about the BAT leash skills in this article or the BAT Leash Skills webinar before blaming the problem on your dog. It’s easier to start out teaching yourself not to pull.
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As for dominant dogs… The behaviours that most people think of as being ‘dominant’ are generally something totally different. Aggression is one of the behaviours that people categorise as a dog showing dominance. Aggression however is a high risk behaviour designed for one purpose and one purpose only – to make bad stuff go away. ‘Bad stuff’ for dogs are things that make them feel frightened, threatened, worried or stressed.
Encourage your dog’s bark announcing strangers who come to your house. You can develop this trait by making a show of going to see why the dog is barking, offering praise, then giving the “Quiet” or “Enough” command. React positively when your German shepherd dog alerts you to unfamiliar people or objects at home, but do not allow this behavior to develop away from home. Your dog should be unconcerned about neutral or friendly strangers you meet when you are out walking.
When you see a dog chasing a rabbit, a cat or a Frisbee you are watching that dog’s prey drive in action. In Schutzhund or protection training, when a dog grabs a sack as the helper runs by, it is working in prey drive. When an older dog chases a helper off leash in an escape bite or a run away bite down field, that dog is also working in prey drive.
Combine the “stand” with other commands. There are many ways to combine commands. After getting your dog to “stand,” you might add a “wait” or “stay” command if you want the dog to stand for longer periods of time. You can also follow with a “sit” or “down” to do some “doggy drills,” and gradually increase the distance between you and the dog. Eventually, you’ll have your dog performing these commands from across the room.
End up your training positively – It is better to end your training on a positive note. Make sure that you end up on a positive situation before you end up your training session. Don’t end your training with reprimanding your dog. Dogs may be animals but they are also living beings and have feelings. Ending an activity on a negative note will affect their emotions, learning capability and interest for training. Be more patient in training your dog so that you may be able to end it positively.
Obviously you want him to be in there comfortably with the door closed as soon as possible, especially if you’re in the process of potty training. But until he gets the “it’s all good” message about his crate, you’ll need to be extra vigilant about getting him outside to potty at frequent, regular intervals.
They aren’t impervious to chewing but are very strong. But with this strength comes a nice little fact that they soften and change shape with age to suit the hands of the handler that uses them. This makes them far more comfortable to grip. And leather isn’t as abrasive on your skin as nylon either.
Never showed up for my appointment. He didn’t bother calling or emailing to let me know. I waited around for about three hours. He finally emailed me a few days later after I emailed him asking why he didn’t show up. He claimed he emailed me to cancel the appointment due to an emergency. I never received that email and haven’t heard from him again. Very unprofessional.
We are in the process of adopting a Belgian Malinois. We do not have a clear history on him. He behaves like he has had done attack training. When we take him outside on a leash he becomes very focused and tries to jump on whoever is walking him, has jumped on us from behind many times. Not sure if this can be unlearned as we are not really comfortable with the behavior. We do not feel we can control this behavior and we are not sure we are comfortable keeping him without being able to control him better.
Encourage your dog to bark at the approach of any stranger. (If you need more help in learning how to train your dog to bark you can click on the link.) A dog that barks at a stranger can be more effective than a dog that responds to an “attack” command but does not bark.
I can tell you from experience, there is not one thing that a $70,000 dog will do that one of my Level 3 Protection dogs would not. Now, there is a significant difference in price from a dog that will bark on command or bark when a threat is assessed, compared to a dog that can subdue multiple intruders, do building searches, perimeter checks, etc. It is much harder to find, and thus much more expensive to buy a dog that is capable of being trained to do the latter! Not to mention, takes 4 times as much time to train a dog of that caliber. We have found that importing a dog, training it here and training the owner how to handle the dog should cost between $10,000-26,000. Any less or any more and you should be suspicious. You do not always get what you pay for when it comes to dogs.
Despite what we like to believe, dogs don’t actually do the things we ask just to make us happy. That isn’t enough of a reward for most dogs. In reality, they do what works for and benefits themselves.
The reason for this is based in the temperament of the dogs. In its simplest sense, bite training is founded on the ability of a dog to deal with stress. A good protection dog is taught from a young age to act in an appropriate way when threatened. He is taught that to show avoidance and run away does not solve his problem.
What a great post! Thank you. I am envious with the bell ringing. I am going to print this up and save it. Hope I don’t loose it……Have a 10-14 year old yellow lab mix we adopted 2 years ago Sunday! Not looking for another dog now but great information to have.
As you learned in the video, positive reinforcement is more effective than negative. Reward your dogs for positive behaviors, do not punish her for negative ones. The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) uses treats to train dogs in their care. The APDT suggests using small, chewy treats to help with timing for your training purposes. You can also be generous and give more treats because the smaller the treat typically means the fewer the calories. (You don’t want to make your dog overweight by giving too many large treats!) Besides, your dog doesn’t care how big the treat is. She just loves that she’s getting so many and getting attention from you!
When your dog begins to exhibit a problem behavior, try to work on correcting it right away. The longer you let it go on, the harder it will be to correct it. Some problem behaviors get to the point where they are almost impossible for the average owner to handle. If you think your dog may need the kind of help that you can’t give him, don’t hesitate to seek the help of a professional trainer.
Keep your training sessions short – If you are training a young dog for personal training, make sure to make our training lessons short. Young dogs have a short attention span and they get bored easily. When you observe that your dog is not participating and losing interest in the training, stop the training and don’t force your dog to continue. The average attention span of dogs before losing interest in an activity is about 30 to 40 minutes.
Clicker train your dog. “Speak” training requires immediate praise, more so than other commands do. Teach your dog to associate the click sound with a treat by clicking and treating a few times in a row.
Stand up and wait a few breaths before giving your release word. can use “free” or you can create a new command for feeding time like “get your food” or “yummy.” Try to choose something you wouldn’t accidentally say to other people, such as “time to eat,” or, “let’s eat,” as this might falsely cue your dog that it’s time for his dinner.
Even though a dog may inherit the defensive gene, a dog’s defensive drive does not start to appear until it reaches puberty. For some dogs this can be 1 year of age – defense does not fully develop until a dog reaches mental maturity – this can be as late as 3 years of age, depending on the bloodline.
Jump up ^ Herron, Meghan E; Frances S. Shofer; Ilana R. Reisner (2009). “Survey of the use and outcome of confrontational and non-confrontational training methods in client-owned dogs showing undesired behaviors” (PDF). Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 117 (1): 47–54. doi:10.1016/j.applanim.2008.12.011. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
Reward him for eye contact. Learn how to use the clicker (see our video on modern dog training). Practice walking on leash or even off leash in the house, where your dog probably doesn’t pull. Each time he looks at you, click and give him a treat. Whenever you go on a walk, do the same. This helps bring your dog’s focus back to you. It’s hard to pull if he’s looking at you!
3. No staring, please! A direct stare is a threat in the animal kingdom (and on New York Subways!). It is perfectly fine to look at your dog; just soften your expression and don’t hard stare directly into her eyes. Do not allow children to put their faces near your dog’s face or to stare into her eyes.
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my tip is to keep him on a leash. I have seen a . Why would any little dog need to be off leash in a field is beyond me. Sorry just sayin’ As for having him behave on the lead, I will have to leave that advise to the experts. I just can’t say enough how important it is to keep your dog on a leash. Even a well trained dog can run off if its prey drive kicks in……like seeing a cat, a bird, or another dog to greet (though this one would not be prey drive) But I think that you understand. I learned this lesson the hard way. I thought that my well behaved highly trained dog would always listen to me off leash (I mean really, he ALWAYS did for years) Then, one day, I decided to let him swim in the dammed up part of the river where the water is calm. He wasn’t wearing a leash or a life vest. A duck flew by low and over the river……….then off went Yogi. He is a Labrador Retriever……..he went for the duck and inevitably got caught in the swift current in the middle of the wide river. He didn’t hear me when I called him to come back because of the river’s loud noise and cars driving over the overpass. He couldn’t see my hand signals either because he was out of view due to the concrete walls holding the overpass up. Plus he was chasing the duck. So, I watched on in agony as he struggled to get out of the current. Then, he went under, he came up, he went under…..I was frantically trying to get him to see me down stream because his only chance of getting out was to see my hand signal and come to me with the current while swimming diagonally. He went under again, and then again. When I had successfully maneuvered into his line of sight; he saw me. I waved the signal that I had for him to come to me. He finally started to ride the current toward me and swam diagonal when he got closer WHEW!!!! he made it out. He was exhausted and scared. shaky. I was relieved and wiser. Now, I NEVER leave him off leash unless he is in a dog park with friendly dogs or in an enclosed space or on my friends 500 acre secluded ranch (which has no river) I hope that these 2 examples help people understand that leashes are important. I also hope that you find some help with your dog issues. There are many utube videos of positive solutions. Seek and ye shall find. Happy trails and tails.
When he starts to get the idea, stop luring but do reward him for staying by your side. Give a treat every few steps at first, increasing the distance you walk between treats until he forms the habit of walking at your side without treats. You can also give him a bit more leash as long as he doesn’t weave or circle.