Did You Know You re A Canine Trainer
The purpose of obedience training is to condition your dog to behave in a manner that is consistent with your lifestyle and desired household environment. No dog will be perfect upon adoption, and unfortunately, they don't come with an instruction manual! But proper training, patience, and love will ensure you and your dog live happily together.
Dogs live very much in the 'now', they react to the 'now', yes, they carry past experiences and baggage similar to us, however, their REactions are in the 'now'. That's why does my dog bark at other dogs you can't expect them to know that, she's a really good pack leader sometimes but, has bad days and isn't so good on other days... they just don't understand this concept of inconsistency, they will simply give you the reaction you deserve or warrant in any given moment. Like us, they do carry triggers created in the past, but, and it's a big BUT, unlike us, their reactions can very much be controlled by the way their pack leader reacts in the 'now'.
Step number one. Rule out pain or health problem.You can do this by taking a closer look at your dog. Examine his body for any abrasion or splinter. Check his vital signs. See if he is not limping when he's walking. Do you know that thyroid problem as well as diabetes has similar symptoms with dog depression? If he's not suffering from any of these, he might be really suffering from depression.
Perhaps you have seen the show "It's Me or the Dog". This is a program that demonstrates in real life what can happen when a dog pulls on leash has not been sent to dog obedience School. The lessons learned can help your family avoid the feeling that the dog has taken over the house and make sure you stay in charge.
Once I gave the treats, I ignored the dogs, or they would hound me for more treats, and eventually they would come to me, get their treat, and gradually wander back to their previous activities of grazing, searching for non-existent rabbits, etc. Then I stepped up the training. Calling the dogs to me in the middle of the back yard is one thing, but having them all race to me at the back door is entirely different. Calling from the back door means that they might have to come inside the house, and inside means no wrestling, barking, and acting like crazy dogs. Outside is far more fun on a sunny day!
Dog obedience training isn't just for the canine. Dog owners have to learn to anticipate a reactive dogs reaction to things, and by learning the basic thought process, you can ward off bad behaviour with a few modifications around your home. Prevention is often the key to your sanity. It may go without saying that you shouldn't leave your nice shoes sitting out, but what about your furniture?
OI also want to have my own car and a driver, so that I can go for long drives as and when I want. Oh what fun would it be, to just hop on to the back seat of a convertible, have the wind blowing in my face and to have no one pushing me to the extreme corner of the car seat. I can't wait to lie back and say to myself, "Now that's the way to live!
Tip: Dog-aggressive dogs, horses that buck unpredictably, and cats who spray all have the problem of reactivity. A stimulus triggers a response. In other words, they react instinctively before deliberating. In our communications with animals, if we can teach them how to build in a delay before responding, we have created the precondition for choice, the choice of an adaptive rather than reactive behavior.
Now that I have self-diagnosed my failure, where to begin? I'll digress and say that I do not give out many treats at my house day to day, we usually reserve those for training, and my dogs are not used to getting treats for basic, household behavior these days. Right or wrong, I just don't mess with treats much on a day to day basis, unless it's a small cookie when I leave the house. As youngsters, or being new to the house, treats are dispensed when learning the acceptable behaviors in our family. But with four adult dogs, the most recent being Gizzer arriving three years ago, daily treats for routine manners have gone by the wayside.
Dog obedience training could be easy when you will follow these easy yet effective ways. But then again, this is not an activity that your dog is the only player because this should be you and your dog. It takes love, respect and passion for you to be successful in this dog obedience training.