The Leash Connection dog training tip of the month should help you with your dog obedience training problems, dog housebreaking and crate training problems and dog behavioral issues.
May - 2021 - My Dog Doesn’t Listen To Me
That statement is one of the top 4 reasons people put on their registration form when signing up for class.
Now, is your dog not LISTENING to you - or is it your dog does not UNDERSTAND you? Big difference.
I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but I will. Dogs do not magically know English! Let it sink in – dogs do not know English.
The good news is they can be taught English. We are taught what objects are called (chair, lamp, shoe) and how to communicate using English when we are little. Same for dogs.
By putting an action with a word you are teaching your dog English. For example Sit: butt goes on floor. Down: whole body goes on floor. Wait: do not move forward. Leave It: back away from object, etc.
After hundreds of repetitions and lots of patience your dog will understand you…and Listen…because you spent the time to teach him/her English. When training your dog get in the habit of using their name before each command. It will definitely help your dog to LISTEN to you as he/she knows you are talking specifically to them. Remember dogs hear us jabbering all the time – how do they know you are suddenly talking to them unless they hear their name? Keep it simple though, your dog knows WORDS not lengthy sentences so no need to carry on lengthy conversations. Unless of course your dog is your therapist then talk away, but don’t expect your dog to understand. You will feel better and your dog will be glad for the time spent with you!
Okay how many of you are saying “No, my dog knows what I am saying” Test him/her. Open the back door, tell your dog to go to the right corner of the yard and do a Sit Stay. If your dog does it – film it and become a You Tube star! If your dog doesn’t- then it is likely lack of understanding. Simple commands you have taught your dog are the best way to have your dog LISTEN to you.
April - 2021 - Dogs Need To Chew It is in their DNA. Our job is to provide them with natural dog chews designed to satisfy that craving. Chewing on natural products can clean teeth and help with tarter build up. Beef bones, rawhide bones, sterile bones, cow hooves and dental chew products will keep them occupied and happy. Supervision of your dog is important when you give them a bone or other chews until you know how they chew on individual items. Rawhide might last one dog days or weeks but another dog may chew it up very quickly. Rawhide can be okay as long as he or she chews it up very well and does not try to swallow big pieces. Aggressive chewers will do better with a natural bone or sterile bone. Supervision is still necessary with natural bones until you know how your dog chews them.
Rawhide and Pressed Bones – Rawhide bones are made up of rolled rawhide, pressed rawhide and what is called munchie rawhide (pieces of rawhide pressed into shapes).
Natural Cow Bones – At the Leash Connection we carry saddle knuckles, L bones, 2” and 7” center bones, kneecaps, rib bones, sterile bones and large Dino bones. Something for every size dog.
Cow Hooves – One of my favorite natural dog chews. I call it the Sugar Daddy Sucker of dog chews. Dogs wear it down but unlike rawhide dogs don’t bite off large pieces. Great for puppies that are teething.
Pig Ears, Cow Ears and Buffalo Ears – These are a quick chew for most dogs but other dogs will make an ear last.. Great as a treat.
Dental Chews – Since 1955, Nylabone has been manufacturing nylon chew products for dogs. Nylabone products are the most recognized dog chew product and carry the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals seal of approval.
Chewing is an important part of your dog’s well being but it is not the only thing. Regular exercise is necessary so have vigorous playtime with your dog, it's good for you too.
March - 2021 - Customers ask I have a question.....How do I fix......(Dog Problem).....But I don't want to hurt him. I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard this. If all it took was to hurt your dog nobody would have dog problems. Now I said HURT your dog not CORRECT your dog, Big difference. What is A Correction: It is a quick pop and release on the leash, not a pull. It is IMPORTANT to use only the amount of pressure necessary to achieve the proper response to your command. We do not punish dogs for being wrong, we just correct them. Your dog understands a correction when it is quick and to the point, then praised for doing the command you gave. Unlike a correction, punishment is long term and abstract to your dog so this is why we NEVER PUNISH a dog.
The Three Steps of Training:
1. SHOW is putting a word with an action (SCOO-BA-NOG)
2. REINFORCE they must do the action every time you ask. (Dog knows the command now we give a correction when dog doesn't comply with the command or breaks the command)
3. PROOF is to have them do the command anywhere and under any circumstance. (Adding distractions)
When training your dog sometimes you need to know when to help your dog and when to correct your dog because he is blowing you off.
February - 2021- Back Yard Dog - Front Yard Dog - When you first start training your dog it helps if you train in a low distraction area so you are not trying to teach a command and trying to keep your dogs attention on what you are doing. So now we have a few commands that our dog knows like Easy - Leave It - Heeling With Turns - Come When Called on leash and the dog seems to be doing pretty good. Now we go to a new place where the dog has not worked before and it seems like he just lost half of what you taught him, so whats up ?? New smells new distractions new sight picture, but the good news is it shouldn't take very long to get your dog locked back in to the commands you have already taught him. Your goal should be to work in new locations and get the same results that you have in your backyard or the place where you do most of your training.
January - 2021 - Let's play a game called SCOO-BA-NOG. Now we are going to teach our dog his first command. You will need a willing partner (human). Now face your partner and command him to do SCOO-BA-NOG, if he does not comply command him again SCOO-BA-NOG. If he doesn't comply this time take his arm by his wrist and raise arm and hand above his head now when his arm is raised command SCOO-BA-NOG and release his wrist. If your partner lowers his arm back down say NO and take his wrist raise his arm again and repeat command SCOO-BA-NOG then release wrist and see what happens. Once again if he drops his arm down repeat by raising his arm and repeat command. If your dog (human) keeps his arm in the air release your dog (human) with the command OK (now he can drop his arm because you gave him the release command). If he keeps dropping his arm down repeat raising his arm then giving the command SCOO-BA-NOG until he will hold arm in the air without dropping arm. Then give the release command OK and praise your dog (human). Now give your dog (human) the command SCOO-BA-NOG and see what happens. Your dog (human) should raise his arm when he hears the command. Why didn't your dog (human) comply the first time he heard SCOO-BA-NOG, you both speak English? He didn't comply because I used a made up word so you would have to put an action with a word.
1. Your dog does not understand English (If he did when you gave him a command he would obey). When you first start training your dog and you say SIT your dog hears SCOO-BA-NOG, when you say COME your dog hears SCOO-BA-NOG because you have not put an action with a word.
2. When training your dog you must put an action with a word (SCOO-BA-NOG means in this case to raise your arm when the command is given).
December - 2020 - Be Consistent - Be Consistent - Be Consistent ........Dogs learn by repetition – doing the same thing over and over. Therefore, you must do the SAME action and use the same command over and over consistently when training. We have all heard the saying “practice makes perfect”…I believe in “perfect practice makes perfect”.
Make sure that all family members are all on the same page when training the dog, If you are telling your dog “off” when he jumps on the couch and someone else is saying “down,” while someone else is letting him hang out up there, how on earth is he ever going to learn what you want?
Consistency can be your best friend or your worst enemy when training. Your dog is always watching you so pay attention to how you interact with him.