I know how frustrating it can be. You want to take your dog outdoors, introduce them to friends and family, perhaps even bring them to work. But they never act the way you want them to. They jump up on cars (and furniture), chase people, nip and bite and bark endlessly. You’ve read every blog, tried every technique, and yet nothing seems to work. Why can’t they simply do what you want them to do? Why is it so difficult to successfully manage your dog’s behavior outdoors?
As dog owners, we both know how infuriating these issues can be, how challenging it is to keep control of your dog’s behavior outdoors. Thankfully, these problems don’t have to last forever.
Consistency Is Key to Improve Dog Behavior Outdoors
As someone who has worked closely with countless dogs and their owners, I am a firm believer that implementing and maintaining rules for your dog to follow will achieve greater behavioral success, both inside and outside the home.
Rules, practices, whatever you want to call them, the idea remains the same; consistency is key to solving your dog’s issues.
But how do you know what practice to use?
All of my clients have adopted my “Think Outside The Box” training approach with amazing results, and have found that this method has transformed their dog’s manners unlike anything they’ve experienced before.
Hint: Great Behavior Outdoors Starts Indoors
You are probably asking, “What on earth is the ‘Think Outside The Box’ approach?” It’s actually quite simple, and you can put it into practice RIGHT NOW!
“As dog owners, we both know infuriating these issues can be, how challenging it is to keep your dog under control. Thankfully, these problems don’t have to last forever.”
Start by putting your dog on a leash INSIDE your house, giving them the opportunity to explore just as they would outside. This gives you the ability to control and strengthen the behaviors you want your dog to exhibit outdoors, and weed out the ones you don’t. As mentioned, things like chewing, jumping on furniture, acting aggressively towards others and barking make up just a fraction of the pitfalls we as owners want to avoid.
Over the course of my career, I have found that dogs are far more willing and responsive when they are trained on a leash.
Why is this? Why is it so much harder to effectively train your dog when they’re off leash?
When dogs have the chance to roam freely outdoors, their behavior is driven by their instincts. Everything is dictated by what they smell and what they want to sink their teeth into, and it becomes nearly impossible to communicate your wishes to them.
Well, I’d say it’s time to nip that in the bud, wouldn’t you?
Once you have refined what traits you want your dog to demonstrate, it’s time to take those results outside. While it may seem a little daunting at first, you’ll soon find that starting indoors gives you a huge head start with regards to how your dog will act off-leash and in public.
Your Next 3 Steps
- Step 1: Start by putting your dog on a leash in your house, controlling exactly what you want them to do.
- Step 2: Take what you’ve taught your dog and bring it outdoors. This will give you the chance to see exactly what areas you’ll need to work on if certain issues continue.
- Step 3: Get some simple but effective (and affordable) training. If you feel like you’re not quite ready to tackle your dog’s behavior challenges on your own, and don’t feel quite ready for a one-on-one session, we’ve got you covered. My step-by-step DIY coaching course will take you from the basics of behavior training right through to the transformative final results, so you’ll never feel like you’re in it alone. I’ll show you exactly what to do, how to do it AND when to do it.