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The Golden Retriever moved across the floor to where a half a dozen dumbbell shaped objects were spread out. As the dog approached one of these the trainer said “Yes!” in an enthusiastic voice. The dog immediately grabbed the article and returned it to her in exchange for a treat.
A few moments later the article with the handler’s scent had been returned to the group of other items and placed in a different location. Again the big yellow dog moved forward and was about to lift another object from the floor, however this time it was not the item with the correct scent. Upon seeing this, the handler announced “Sorry!” The dog stopped reaching for the wrong item, looked back at the trainer, and then
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Retractable leashes are best left for long distance training only. Leave them at home when going for a walk. Here is a wonderful article by Dr. Leslie Sinn DVM CPDT-KA
October seems to be a favorite month among many of us here at LVH. What’s not to love about the fall in Northern Virginia – a crisp nip in the air, the brilliant colors of changing foliage, pumpkin patches, and apple picking – it’s the perfect time to get out and explore Loudoun County with our family and furry friends. But before you head out, take a look at your canine companion’s leash. Are you using a retractable leash? Retractable leashes are made out of a thin nylon cord attached to a spring-loaded plastic handle. They have the ability to extend 15–25 feet as your pet walks away from you; as your pet gets closer, the cord retracts into the handle. Retractable leashes are popular with many dog owners because they allow pets more freedom to roam and explore on walks. However, there are many drawbacks and even dangers to…
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We all know too well how irritating a door bell barking dog can be. Your dog is just excited and wants to see who it is. You just want some peace and quiet, and dare I say the ability to get to the door without being knocked over by an exuberant bowser.
First, find the speaker box for your doorbell. This object is typically mounted high up on the wall somewhere near the center of your house. Put your phone down near this strange object.
Find your voice recording app or even just take a video.
Press play and run to your door.
Randomly press your doorbell for about a minute. Make sure it is really random and there is enough time for you to calm your dog down in between each ring, 5-20 seconds or so.
Stop the recording and replay to make sure it works.
Now, get your dog.
Play the recording on the lowest volume your dog reacts too. Just randomly walk around the house with this playing. Do not go the front door at all. Your dogs are probably going to run to the door or window to see who is there. Just ignore them and continue about your day. Do not reprimand, punish, startle, or give attention to your dog in any way. After a while your dog will begin to ignore the ringing noise. Stop playing the recording for at least 5 minutes.
Then, play again with the volume up just a bit. Repeat until you are at full volume. You may even consider plugging your device into a speaker if it does not get loud enough to emulate the real doorbell.
Once your pups are used to this, you may press your real doorbell! Follow the video below.
Here is a simple, yet powerful method to help your dog learn what to do instead of being a wild one.
Your dog really has no idea that sitting quietly and calming down is a much better decision than jumping around and acting crazy. Once the adrenaline kicks in, the thinking brain (the frontal cortex) shuts off. Biologists call this an amygdala hijack. Simply, your dog cannot think straight or learn new things! Like a well trained fighter pilot, we can teach your dog to make good decisions under excitement and stress. It’s up to us to teach them what that is.
Our goal is to teach our dogs the correct thing to do so that they can do it on their own. If we force them to sit or lay down, we are only battling with our dogs. This typically ends up with two very angry, exhausted, and frustrated living beings. Nobody learns anything (except maybe you are really scary sometimes!)
Always set your dog up for success. Start in a place with low distractions. Make sure that triggers that set your dog off are far away and you are not in a place where any can sneak up on you. Never train in a situation where your dog is so out of control that he cannot calm down and listen to you. Work up to more difficult scenarios in tiny steps. The slower you progress the faster your dog’s progress will be over all.
Speak quietly and move slowly. Your dog follows your lead far more than you think. If you are too worked up yourself to calm down, fake it until you make it!
6. Go about what you are doing
7. Repeat anytime your dog gets excited again
If your dog does not sit
These are ten tips to help you and your dog weather your relationship.
Your dog is part of your family it’s important to manage your time properly. We are all pretty busy especially if we are parents shuttling our children around to their various sports and hobbies. Juggling that with work and a dog, it is essential you schedule time in your calendar for you, your dog, and your family.
Be sure to schedule some interactive time with just you and your dog. Spending quality time with your dog strengthens your relationship with him and can relax a busy person like you!
Do not forget to schedule dog free time too. Your dog needs alone time. Schedule time in everyday where he is left completely alone to rest. Crate training your dog can give him a safe space just his own.
Dogs have self esteem? You bet. Dogs are creatures that learn. Mistakes are part of learning. Pet owners need to be careful to let their dog work out problems for themselves. Do not micromanage or help them too much, especially when they are trying to learn something new. Just stand back and give them a few seconds to work it out. If they get confused, just restart the challenge in an easier form or give your dog a hint.
For example, you are trying to teach your dog to sit. Rather than pushing on his hind end, pulling on the leash, or repeating “sit, sit, sit,” stand silent and wait. If he needs help, restart the problem by backing up several steps, say “sit” once, pause a second, then lure his nose up and back with a treat in your hand. Reward!
Just like children, dogs thrive on rules and structure. Your dog should have a clear and consistent set of rules that everyone in the house follows with the dog. Post them on the fridge!
My favorite is wait at the door. Teach your dog he may not run through doors to the outside without your permission. Make sure everyone in the house follows this rule – Always! Keep in mind, dogs are very bad at generalizing. This means that you should not let your dog jump on you when wearing workout clothes, but yell at him when he jumps on your work clothes. This will only confuse or frustrate your dog and cause naughty behavior.
While it is very important to have limits, not every interaction should be obedience. Too many rules, and you will have a stressed out human and dog! Have rules for things that are important to you and the safety of the dog. Going overboard is no fun for anyone and does not help your relationship. Be thoughtful and selective about the rules you will enforce.
Responsibility goes both ways. It is up to you to learn how to positively train your dog so he understands what you want. Often dogs misbehave because training has not been practiced enough, the instructions were not clear, or you expected too much out of the dog too soon. Rewards such as treats and play are used as communication with the dog throughout the learning process. Since your dog cannot ask you questions, he must learn through trial and error. There will be a lot of rewards given in the beginning. Then it is your dog’s responsibility to learn that he does not get a reward for every single cue (command) given. Once your dog can follow a cue successfully at least 80% of the time, start fading out the rewards.
Dogs need space to be a dog. I often see owners getting frustrated with their dog’s during a walk because they are pulling them from one thing to the next. Other owners have dogs walking down the street in a heel position head down and tail still.
We often forget how unnatural it is for a dog to walk by our side down a street for long periods of time. It is much like expecting a three year old to walk through a toy store without pulling you to look at any of the toys on the shelves. Who is the walk for anyway?
After constant jerking on the leash “nagging” the dog just gives up and does what he wants. Or even worse the punishment causes the dog to “shut down” no longer enjoying his time out with his people.
So how is this dilemma solved? Have two walks! One with the dog wearing a harness he can pull in and another with his normal walking flat collar or front attaching harness on. Yes! Dogs can tell the difference! My dog even has a special mushing harness and leash she wears while pulling me on my bike! Once her normal collar is attached to the leash, she walks nicely.
Keep the fun walks long and the training walks short!
You may also teach your dog using the “free shaping” method. This is the fastest way to teach your dog how to solve problems and learn. Even better it wears them out and is lots of fun!
It’s why you got a dog in the first place, right? This tips is the quickest way to turn a frustrated owner into their pet’s biggest fan again.
So, what should you do with your dog?
There are so many fun activities you can do with your dog!
Remember, you are your dogs advocate. It is important that you teach people how to properly greet and interact with your dog. Never let anyone get away with being rude to your dog, even if your dog seems to not mind at the time. Rude is leaning over, sticking their hand in the dog’s face to sniff, patting on the head, or hugging your dog. What people learn from you will affect their interaction with other dogs they meet in the future. Walk away if someone does not follow your rules, no exceptions.
Along the same lines, you are an advocate for other dog owners as well. Keep your dog on a leash when out in public and clean up after your pup.
Whether you just brought home a puppy or adopted an adult dog, your rules should fit the dog. It is always best to have strict rules at first, then relax them later after dog no longer makes mistakes. This is especially important when house training a dog. Keep them in a safe confined place like a crate or dog safe room when you cannot watch them 100% of the time they are out. Most accidents happen because a dog slipped out of sight for only a second. Never leave anything out your dog can destroy. Set him up for success. If your dog is difficult to manage while out, consider tethering him to you until he learns the ropes.
You have this dog for the rest of his life. Sometimes it is hard to enjoy your dog after he misbehaved. Remind yourself to love your dog independent of his behavior. He loves you unconditionally.
“Strive to be the person your dog thinks you are; especially to your dog.”
Dog training is just like learning a new sport. The skills, timing, and technique can only be learned with practice and a coach to help with your technique.
Dogs are masters at learning body language. They are always watching us for clues to what we are doing or what we want. They probably have no idea what we are saying with our voice, but they sure do know what we are saying with our body! This is why proper technique is essential when teaching your dog something new. Extra body movements can be confusing to a dog, often they just give up trying to pay attention to you and become frustrated.
Keep both of your hands at your waist. Only move them if you are delivering a treat or giving a hand signal.
This gives the dog a visual at their eye level that a food reward is coming right now! Bend your knees enough so your extended hand will be at your dogs mouth without bending over. Which brings us to…
Keep your back as straight up and down as you can. Imagine you have a wire coming out of the top of your head. Like a puppet, you are suspended by this wire from the ceiling. As you bend your knees into a squat, your back will remain upright. This prevents us getting into the dog’s space. This can be confusing to many dogs, “Does the person want me to lick his face, play, or backup?” For some dogs, leaning over them can even be threatening.
Your treat hand is loaded with treats and kept frozen in neutral position. As soon as your dog does the behavior you want, you click, pause, then straighten your arm directly to his mouth and give him the treat. Be sure there is a pause between the click and the movement of your arm.
If you move your treat hand towards your treat pouch or toward your dog’s mouth at the same time or before you click, he will learn to only do something if he thinks he is getting a reward. This will train your dog to watch your hand after you say a command to see if you are going for a reward or not. If your hand only moves when you are going to reward him, he will learn to ignore you when your hand does not move.
So, keep your hand still until after the click.
Straighten your arm with a flash to your dog’s mouth. Your hand should be a blur. If you move too slow, you dog may begin jumping up to meet the treat half way. Yes, they can get bored that quickly! Keep your hand at your dogs mouth until he has the treat in his mouth. Then, return your hand back to neutral position.
Do your best to mimic the correct technique. Video tape yourself and practice over and over again until you have it right. A good dog trainer can coach you through the process and help with your technique.
Reference: Dr. Sophia Yin DVM http://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/dog-training-is-a-technical-skill-treat-delivery-speed