WAYS TO GRASP YOUR DOGS MIND
You have made your first step in the right direction.... CONGRATS!
Think of the next couple weeks as a test. Try your best to incorporate the training into your lives, stimulate your dogs mind, and create an amazing bond with your dog.
We are going to ask you to commit to this training program.... its more about you than your dog.
First thing is first... Think of your dog like a teenager. Do they get to come and go as they please? Do you spoil them? Do they live without consequence and without learning the rewards and lessons of hard work? Teach them, Remind them, Be accountable for showing them how doing a good job can feel good!!!
Think of your dogs food like an allowance. Make them work for every morsel. Whether it is handfuls of food, or one at a time. Mix it up.
DON'T BE PREDICTABLE.
Ditch The Food Bowl
For everything they need want and love: (Make them do a command or trick)
Letting them on the furniture
Taking them on a walk
Letting them outside
Taking them on a car ride
Teach your dog to be comfortable being separated from you- while you are home. Best time is when you are cooking and eating dinner. Put them in a crate, or practice a place command.
Some demands dogs do (and dominant behaviours)
Barking and Whining at you for attention
Jumping on you
Pawing at you
Sitting on you
Standing over you
Change can be uncomfortable, doing something new can feel awkward and weird.
Allow yourself to try new things- without excuses. "Failing" and not doing things "perfect" the first time is part of the learning process.
Expect Progress, NOT
DOG FOR AT
LEAST AN HOUR
A DAY- WHILE YOU ARE HOME.
If your dog gets the same reward for doing something that they did perfectly and something they did with 5 corrections- they will not strive for perfection.
AFTER THE INITIAL
(Which you are past at this point)
Only reward for the behaviours you want. Be Diligent!!!
Dog's are incredibly smart. Most of us to not even touch the limits of how smart our dogs really are. If you keep making excuses why they don't do something, then they never will. You need to believe in your dog and in yourself.
from both of you.
When you tell your dog to sit, make sure that they do so.
This is SOOOO very important for both those sensitive/scared dogs.. and also for dogs that seem stable.
Learn how fast we can make a situation negative, without even knowing we are doing it.
While also learning how to help your pooch be the best dog they can be.