It’s January and you know what that means! It’s time to break your bad habits, but what about your dog’s? Here at the Found Animals Foundation, it’s time for our pups to break their bad habits as well. In honor of National Train Your Dog Month, we are answering some of the questions that are most frequently asked of our Adopt & Shop Culver City Trainer, Chelsea.
Do your dogs exhibit any of these bad behaviors?
1. My dog loves walks so much she can become over excited and uncontrollable – What should I do?
To begin, make sure every time you bring out the leash the experience is calm and structured. Instruct your dog to sit while calmly hooking them on their leash. Once outside, ask for some eye contact with a ‘watch me’ command and some Nootie No Grainer treats. Keeping a positive focus is the most beneficial task you can ask an excited dog to complete.
If you have trouble regaining your dog’s focus, use a tool such as a Halti Headcollar.
Don’t forget: practice makes perfect and consistency pays off!
2. My dog jumps on everyone – even my in-laws! It’s beyond embarrassing.
The best thing you can do is to ignore the bad behavior, and reward the good. When your dog jumps, cross your arms and look away. Completely ignore your pup: no eye contact, physical contact or verbal commands. I know this can be hard – you’re excited to see your dog too – but it’s a must!
When you do give your dog attention, ensure that all four paws are on the ground. If a paw lifts, completely ignore your dog again.
3. Sometimes I really think my dog is simply ignoring me when I call for him – how can I get him to come every time he is called?
I know it is hard to hear, but you are not the most exciting thing out there! Your dog wants to smell all the best smells, see all the best sights and hear all the best sounds. You have to be more exciting than all of that! Have the best treats you can, make weird noises, jump up and down… anything to get your dog’s attention. When your dog gets back to you, ask for a sit and then reward with something spectacular. We recommend a Good Karma Jax & Bones Rope Toy or a Nootie No Grainer Soft Dog Training Treat, both sold at Adopt & Shop locations.
4. Sometimes I just really need my dog to “stay” – what can I do?
Begin by teaching your dog to hold a position – stand, sit or down – for a longer than usual period of time. Get your dog into the position you desire and begin rewarding with Nootie No Grainers about every five seconds as they hold that position. Move a few steps away and if your pup stays, give a reward. Again, let me repeat, patience is a virtue. Always work at your dog’s pace, however slow or fast that may be!
Thanks Chelsea – we at the Found Animals Foundation found all of those helpful – we hope you guys did too!
Not sure if you can train your pup on your own? If you are in the Los Angeles area you can take classes with Chelsea!