Even the best dog trainers don’t start out with perfect pets. Training a dog takes time and effort and with the four items mentioned below, sometimes it even takes extra equipment!
First, if your dog is snooping in the garbage or getting into rooms he shouldn’t be in, there are a few possible easy fixes. Try using a gate to keep the dog out of “off limits” rooms. Try moving the trash can to a harder-to-reach place like under the sink or in a pantry closet with a secure door.
If neither of those options works, you can try an indoor pet barrier system. These emit loud tones and static charge when a dog enters an area he or she shouldn’t be in. The collars are gentle enough not to punish, but to correct wrong behaviors.
Next, if your dog has a problem with barking, there are some no-equipment remedies that might work:
Try using a loud sound or physical distraction to take your dog’s focus away from what’s causing him or her to bark. Use a calm tone (yelling will make him bark more!) and, if necessary, create a wall with your body between your dog and the object of his or her barking.
You may also consider the possibility that the dog is barking because he or she has pent-up energy. Is the dog getting enough exercise and attention? Increasing these could decrease annoying barking.
Third, maybe your dog’s problems are in the yard. Does your dog escape a lot? Is he or she a digger? If your dog is able to easily escape from your current wooden or chain-link fencing system, consider a buried or wireless fence. These fences come with correction collars. If the dog gets close to the edge of the yard, there are several levels of correction plus a “tone only” mode which will help your dog learn his or her boundaries.
If digging is the problem consider one of these two ideas:
1. Create a “digging allowed here” zone for your dog. Maybe digging is just a way your dog entertains himself. If you don’t want him digging up your flowers, introduce him to a corner of the yard that he can dig in.
2. Consider that your dog needs more attention and exercise. Perhaps he’s only digging because he’s bored.
Finally, let’s discuss bad behavior when you’re out for a walk. When training your dog to walk on a leash, make sure to walk in front of him. This shows your dog that you are the leader, not him. Use a short leash so that you have more control and make sure to reward your dog for good behavior with some of his or her favorite treats or a romp in the dog pond.
Make sure, too, that you’ve planned enough time for the walk. Dogs are interested in lots of things and love to sniff, wander and enjoy their walk time. If you rush them, they may rebel or begin to act out on these walks.
If you’re out hiking and would prefer to have your dog off-leash, make sure to have treats handy. I find that with my friend’s beagle, if he knows you have food he’ll always come back. Still, if your dog is easily distracted by rabbits or other critters, consider a remote training collar. You can choose from several corrective levels or a tone-only level and it will work for up to 100 yards.
Stop in to J&M Aquatics and Pet Center today and let us help you find the right training products for your pet!