Try making a list of a bunch of your dog’s favorite foods, and rank them. This way, you can really pull out the big guns when you’re working on tough training situations, and use the mediocre treats for easy training sessions.
This willingness to defend himself is an inherited characteristic. It cannot be trained into the dog no matter how hard you try. If a dog has not inherited the defensive gene there is no way we are going to make this dog a protection dog. A few good examples of this are most labs, golden retrievers, huskies or other such breeds. These dogs just don’t carry the gene for protection work. The most that can be expected from these dogs is that it will bark at strangers. But when threatened, they will go into avoidance and run.
So when we hear of a new treat the first thing we do is review the ingredients. While we are very particular in what we allow our dogs to eat for their main diet–we are not as critical in our dog treats. We will occasionally allow them a bit of doggy junk food in the treats because it’s not like it’s a huge part of their diet.
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According to the US Army Field Manual FM-740, an attack dog cannot make friends with anyone but his or her primary handler. An attack dog is fed by a single handler, exercised by a single handler, and never touched or given affection by any other person.
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A walk is a wonderful social outing for you and your dog. It provides a great source of smells and mental stimulation, and is a super way to work on training your dog to respond to requests with distractions; however, it is not adequate exercise for most healthy, high-energy adolescent or adult dogs. Most dogs consider our slow plodding steps around the neighbourhood to be quite boring, and sometimes resort to making their own excitement by lunging or barking. This can be accentuated when they are spending long periods at home without activity, and then are restrained at the end of a leash for a brief outing outside. To take the “edge” off your dog’s energy, add a healthy mix of additional mental and physical exercise to your dog’s life, including indoor games, supervised play sessions with other dogs (if appropriate), and rousing games of fetch in the backyard.
Sometimes dogs can suddenly exhibit bad behaviors—even dogs who are otherwise on their best behavior. Since dogs have no sense of morality, they don’t do something because it’s “wrong” or “right.” They just do whatever works. For example, if you see your dog chewing on a chair leg and give him a cookie to distract him from the furniture, you have taught him that the next time he wants a cookie, all he has to do is chew on the chair leg.
However, food is a physical thing with some substance so it’s far more clear to a puppy what they are working for and they will be far more motivated to work with you. A classic example of this is ‘lure and reward’ training.
All dogs, regardless of size, age, or lifestyle, should be taught basic leash skills. You should able to take your dog for a walk around the block or into a crowded vet office without having your legs wrapped up. Good leash skills are also important for safety, both your dog’s and your own.
Has anyone here ever witnessed an unconventional breed protecting its owner? My Mom has the gentlest pet ever. However her dog (Terrier) can be quite the guardian. She guards Mom like a hawk. Do you feel safer when walking a dog? Are you more relaxed if your dog is with you? How do you make sure you both enjoy the experience?
This is one of my favorites for adult dogs, and especially for dogs who tend to overeat. For instance, shelter dogs or an adult dog who has previously been neglected/abused hasn’t always learned to limit his food intake. You can give them plenty of the Mini Rewards, however, without worrying about calorie intake.
When you have to pass a very tempting distraction (e.g. children playing), use a treat briefly to lure your dog past the distraction. Put a tasty treat at the end of his nose (use tastier treats for higher distractions) and walk him past. Your need for luring will lessen as his polite walking improves.
We are always looking for new healthy treats to use in our training. When it comes to food rewards, variety is the spice of life. Changing the food rewards keeps your dogs interest and they become motivated to get a new and different tasty treat.
He may look at you with an expectant or confused expression as if to say, “What’s the deal with the closed door?” You don’t need to ignore him completely, but you should keep doing what you’re doing and stay very calm as though there’s nothing out of the ordinary going on. Your dog may whine or cry a bit, but he should pretty quickly decide to lie down.
When you begin training a dog, never give a command that you are not in a position to reinforce. Otherwise, you risk training the dog to ignore you because there is no follow through from your end and the commands have no meaning.