5 Simple Ways to a Better Behaved Dog
Here are 5 great ways to improve your dogs behaviour.
We like to think of dog training as something that you do in ‘training sessions’ at specific times
But it’s important to remember, that if you really want to improve your dogs behaviour, training takes place all day around the clock, but it can be great fun too.
5 ways to a better behaved dog
We’re going to look at some simple things you can do, to improve your dog’s behavior when you are together. In each case, you should be able to see significant improvement in a very short space of time.
These are brilliant ways of interacting with your dog(s) that will make them more pleasant and a lot less challenging to be with, wherever you may be.
We’ll be looking at
- Encouraging your dog to relax
- Getting your dog to respond first time to any command
- Teach your dog to move out of your way (or yield space).
- Choose your house rules and stick to them
- Choose your dog’s name and respect it
1 Everyone loves a calm dog
Is your dog too excitable. If you get up, they are on their feet and ready for fun and games! They are always on the alert and never relaxing, that’s exhausting for you!
They may have their own temperament but a large part is also due to the way we respond to our pets.
We tend to ignore quiet and relaxing behaviors and reinforce attention seeking behaviors with yet more attention (which dogs respond to). Why not think about reversing this natural behavior of yours so as to have a dramatic effect on your own dogs behaviour.
And the best way to do this ……
Put some of your dogs favourite treats in a bowl nearby.
At various times during the day, whilst your dog is relaxing take a treat from the bowl and walk past.
Put the treat back in the bowl if your dog jumps up to see what is going on,
Don’t make any comment to the dog or interact with him in any way at this point.
Repeat this throughout the day.
Eventually your dog will decide you are not going to give him the treat, and remain resting, when this happens simply place the treat between their paws and walk away.
Don’t praise your dog or make a fuss and get them excited again, just drop the treat between their paws.
Repeat this over during the day.
You can easily fit this into your day or evening, it only takes a second to walk past the dog. And by the end of a week, your dog will be so much more relaxed.
2 Getting your dog to respond to your command first time
Teaching Your Dog To Respond First Time to your Command
3 Teach your dog to move out of your way (or yield space).
4 Choose your house rules and stick to them
It’s vital that your dog understands immediately what they are allowed to do. Are they allowed on the couch or upstairs? Are there certain rooms that are out of bounds? Setting the ground rules early will establish between you and your dog what the limits are. You’ll definitely have some rebellion from your dog early on as they’ll defy their new rules every now and then. But with enough repetition, your dog will learn what their boundaries are.
5 Choose your dog’s name wisely and stick with it
Choosing a name is one of the most important choices to make when bringing your new dog home; Your dog may already have a name. This may have come from a shelter or breeder who has given them a name whilst waiting for a new owner for them. In these cases, you may like the name and stick with it or choose to give your dog a new name. Dogs will adapt, and if you use a name consistently, they will respond to it. For early training purposes, use a name that’s short with a strong consonant (i.e. Jack). A short, strong name like these will help your dog always hear their name clearly.
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