Dog Behavior improves inside with a leash

 

Dog Behavior Inside Will Improve with a Leash

 

 

 

It never fails. Whenever I go into client’s home to work on their dog behavior, starting with lesson one, owners are surprised to hear me say, “Put a leash on your dog in the house.”
Now, on lesson two, they are even more surprised to find out that it works surprisingly well to squelch any kind of unwanted behavior.

Demanding Attention Dog Behavior Issue

This little guy is on stage, center of attention, and making demands. It was extremely difficult to carry on a conversation because of his loud barking and demands.
Take a look at the pup in the video who is barking for attention, and what his owner does with the leash to settle him down to stop that unwanted attention barking.

So, settle him down now.

Once settled down by his owner, he became quiet and relaxed and we could resume our talk.

Dog Behavior Problem – Lack of Exercise

What I did find out, in all fairness to the pup, was that because of our early scheduled lesson he had missed his morning walk. That’s right. No morning exercise.
So, now, the next time your dog misbehaves, you’ve got to ask yourself this question: “Have I satisfied all his needs?” So, what are those?

Dog Behavior – Tried and True Solutions

Exercise, like walks, jogs, running him on a bike, whatever his thing is that you like to do with him that he enjoys with you. Mental stimulation. That’s like obedience training. Thinking about doing “sit” and “down” and “sit” and “down”, “stand up”, “lay down”, “sit”, just like that. And also, doggie puzzles. All those things create mental fatigue.

Lastly, you want to make sure that he doesn’t need food, water, or a potty break, or all of the above.

That’s your tip.Hopefully you can put that to use with your dog in your house. I’m Jim Burwell. Keeper and I, as usual, can always be found at petiquettedog.com.

Better Dog Manners Outside – Start Inside

 

Get Better Dog Manners Outside by Doing This First Inside

 

I’m a firm believer that  better dog manners are achieved, if you set boundaries for your dog in your home.

You can call them boundaries, or rules, or whatever you want to call them, and you reinforce them daily, you’ll get much better dog manners outside.

All my clients that have adopted my “Think Outside the Box” dog training approach have found this to be amazingly true, they always get better dog manners.

Just what is my Outside the Box training approach? Well it’s very simple.

Better Dog Manners With One Easy Tip

Put a leash on your dog in the house to control and reinforce what you want your dog to do, and what you don’t want your dog to do.

That’s  things like:   jumping on the furniture when not allowed, jumping on the kids, chasing the kids, nipping and biting, jumping on house guests.

There’s a lot of issues that I talk to people about all of the time.  I found out a long time ago, that dogs are a lot more compliant, and responsible when they’re on a leash or line,

Why?  Because if  they’re off leash, they get to do whatever they want to do. So it’s time to nip that in the bud.

Now, while it seems like a hassle to do, it’s really not.

Why? Because I teach you what to do and how to do it, and also when to do it.

That makes it easy and hassle free.

Better Dog Manners Combines Inside and Outside Training

Now of course, you still have to train outside, no getting around that, but you’re not starting at zero, you’re starting with a dog that’s already developed good listening skills.

That makes it much easier to get the desired behaviors you want outside.

I’m Jim Burwell, I’m on the road today to get more people thinking outside the box with their dogs.

So, tell me, what’s your takeaways from this lesson, and how can you put this best to use with your dog?

Multiple Dog Crazies

Multiple Dog Crazies – 3 Tips

Dealing with multiple dogs can be a daunting task.  When Leila and I got married we combined 7 dogs and 1 cat!  It could have been a disaster but we immediately set about putting rules and boundaries into place so my 4 dogs and her 3 dogs would do well together.  Her cat, well Petie cat just ruled the roost from day 1 !

Everything worked out well because of the rules and structure we put into place.  If you don’t have dog rules, stuff happens and things can get a little crazy.

3 things you can do to stop multiple dog crazies.

I’ve got my sanity list right here.

  • Multiple  Dog Crazy Tip # 1: Teach Sit
    Teach a solid sit to each dog individually. You can not do this as a “group” exercise.
    Require them to earn everything in your house by giving you at least a simple sit.  This has huge benefits and an easy command to teach
    By teaching them to sit individually, you begin to develop a working relationship with each dog individually. That creates listening from Each dog.
  • Multiple Dog Crazy Tip # 2: Patience
    Sometimes the dog gets it, sometimes they don’t.
    When doling out food treats, if you have three dogs, give one a treat, pet the other two, but don’t give them food treats necessarily.
    Teach them that they don’t always get what they want when they want it. That’s important!
    Control doorways. This is another thing that teaches patience.
    They need to be patient going out to the backyard to go potty. If you’ve got three dogs, once again, make them sit and send each one out separately and individually.
    A lot of dog fights start in tight spaces, so control the going out and your coming in. Your exits and your entrances to your home because that’s where a lot of fights start.
  • Multiple Dog Crazy Tip # 3 Deferment
    What do I mean by deferment? That means stay out of my personal space. If dogs don’t respect your personal space, you’re not the leader.
    They’re jumping all over you, getting into your space on your lap. Always invite them up. That’s important.
    Require them to sit. Did I mention that? And only one dog at a time. We don’t want them piling on.

A Multiple Dog Household Requires Extra Attention to Rules for Your Dogs

It’s all about teaching deferment. When you’re walking around the house, use lower body language, waist down, to gently nudge them and make them move out of your personal space.  One thing you can do is bump them with your knee.  Simple things like that.

If you’re in the kitchen cooking, and they’re in front of the fridge and you’ve got to get to it, don’t hop over or go around.
Simply nudge them with your toe and say, excuse me, and make them defer to you and move out of your space, so that you can go directly straight to the fridge,,

Lessons like this can help you organize your household. If you have multiple dogs, it may take some time doing it, but I can guarantee you the payoff will help you keep your sanity

That’s is for your Multiple Dog House Rules Playbook.

Now, what did you learn from this lesson and how can you put it to use in your household with your dogs?

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Good Dog Doorbell Manners

Good Dog Doorbell Manners

The fix for good dog doorbell manners

 

Have one good alternative behavior for good dog doorbell manners  instead of running to the door and barking and scratching on it.You get to pick that behavior.

Now, whether it’s go to your bed, a good sit-stay, or stay back from the door.

Whatever it is, you get to pick it. And if you have multiple dogs, you have to train each dog individually before you can expect that they’ll perform in concert, together.

My Client’s Solution for Good Doorbell Manners with Three Big Dogs

Yep, count them, three big dogs.

His solution was sending them to the crate, when the doorbell rang.

That got them out of the way and he could greet his guests in peace and quiet. Let’s see how he’s doing.

Dogs come here, come here.

So, when the doorbell rings we want to … We’re teaching these guys to crate up, or go to their bed. Here we go.

Go to your bed. Go to your bed. Good boys. Good boys. And girls.

Good boys and girls, and girls.

Way to go, excellent work.

Good Doorbell Manners are Easy

All you need is the command that you’ve picked that you want your dog to do.

You need the motivation to want to do it, in the first place.

And you need the commitment to work your dog on a daily basis, until they learn the command.

Hey, did I mention there are side benefits to this too? It strengthens your leadership role.

The repetitive training that you’ll be doing, creates mental fatigue, and relieves stress.

It improves your bond with your dog. And don’t forget, it’s just plain fun.

I’m Jim Burwell, and Keeper and I … Where’s the dog?

All I ask is that he just be on time. Well, there he is.

Keeper and I can still be found at petiquettedog.com. You guys take care until the next video. Bye now.

 

 

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How to Teach A Great Stay

 

How to Teach a Great Stay with Your Dog

 

Teaching A Great Stay – It’s  an important command

You know, once your dog knows how to sit, there are three steps to teach your dog to stay in a sit. So, Keeper and I are going to show you those three steps. We’re going to use sit as the example. Take a look.

The Goal of Teaching Your Dog To Stay

Now, you always want to have a goal to work towards when you’re teaching your dog to stay in a stationary command like a sit. That’s really important. Don’t make it too long to begin with. Work in small increments, like 10, 15, 20 seconds, like that, and then build from there.

Teaching A Great Stay – Step One -Time

The very first step is to build time next to your dog. We’ll use five seconds or 10 seconds as our example.

Teaching a Great Stay – Step Two – Distance

Gradually add distance from your dog. Once your dog has a solid sit, and you’ve reached your goal, be it five or 10 seconds or even 20 seconds, then gradually begin to require that same time at a greater distance.

Teaching a Great Stay – Step Three – Distractions

Once you’ve achieved your distance, then the last thing, step number three, is to add distractions.

Those can be anything that are relevant to your environment. If you’re in the home, it’s got to be kids and stuff like that if you have kids.

If you don’t, it could be tennis balls, squeaky toys, anything that you can use to begin to distract your dog. Remember, when you’re working with distractions, always start with a lower distraction first and then build to a higher distraction later, once you’ve proofed your dog on the lower distractions.

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Good Down Command Prevents Bad Dog Behavior

 

A good  down command is a great stationary or control command to prevent unwanted behaviors or to redirect to just in case you forgot to put your dog in the down to begin with. Here’s a very easy way to teach your dog to do a down in about four to five easy steps, and your dog will be an expert in no time at all.

In this video I use food treats because most dogs, like Keeper, will work for food. It makes it just that much easier to teach your dog a well accomplished down.

Step # 1 – Lure Your Dog Down to the Ground

Now with food treat in hand, lure your dog all the way to the ground, right between his front feet. When his elbows hit the ground, you praise him and then toss the treat so he gets up and you can repeat this. Do it over and over until he’s doing it quickly.

Step #2 – You Do Less – He Does More

Again –  food treat in hand it’s time to go to the next step. Now you want to do less and expect your dog to do more, so take your food treat hand right in front of his nose and lure him only halfway down, expecting him to go the rest of the way on his own, just like Keeper. Now when his elbows hit the ground, you praise him and then toss the treat so that he gets up.

Step # 3 – Dog Does The Down With No Luring

Your next step is to just put your food treat hand right in front of his nose as you say the word down and expect that he drops all the way without any luring from you. Once he’s down, elbows on the ground, praise him and drop the food treat. Repeat this as many times as necessary to get him to do it quickly. Then you’re ready for the next step.

Step # 4 – Tease Your Dog Into Doing A Down – Say The Word

If your dog is ready for the next step, here’s what you do. This is called the tease. You just let him briefly smell the treat, take your hand quickly away and say the word down, and see if he’ll drop all the way to the ground. If he does elbows on the ground, praise him then drop the treat so he gets up. You can rinse and repeat until he’s doing that quickly.

Step # 5 – Add The Hand Signal to the Tease for the Down Command

Next pair the hand signal with the tease. Once your dog is in a sit, tease him with your food treat hand and then give him a down hand signal and say the word down. Once he’s down you praise him, then treat him. Rinse and repeat until he’s doing this quickly.

Step # 6 – The Completed Down Command With No Tease

Here’s the cool part. Now you eliminate the tease and just put him on a hand signal. Put him in a sit, give him a hand signal to down. Once he drops you praise him and drop the treat. Repeat that until he does it quickly, and you’ve reached your goal. Your next step is to simply work on longer downs and release him once you’re ready to let him up.

Always remember to build time first in a down before you add distance from your dog. Then you add distractions after that. The formula is time, distance, and distractions. That’s how you easily teach your dog the down.

There you have it, folks, a very easy way to teach your dog the down command. Wean him off of food treats and put this to use for you and your dog. I’m Jim Burwell. Keeper and I can still be found at petiquettedog.com.

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My Dog Jumps on Houseguests

Dog Jumps On House Guests

 

Your 4 Step Plan for a Dog That Jumps

Here’s how to work on a dog that  jumps on house guests.

Step 1

It all starts when the doorbell rings and your dog is on leash.

When you go to the door, have your jumping  dog on a leash and just crack the door two inches to greet your visitor.

Let them know what you’re going to do, “I’m going to sit my dog. When I give you the signal come on in.”

Step 2

Next, take your dog out of the way and grab the collar to stabilize the dog, put your foot on the leash, and then invite your visitor in, “Come on in.”

Once they’re in, you shut the door and your visitor heads to your family room to be seated.

Step 3

Then you bring your jumping dog in, on leash, careful not to let them jump on the visitor.

Once again, foot on the leash, settle your dog, anchor with your other leg anchoring the foot on the leash. Just say, “Settle,” one time and your dog will settle down.

Step 4

Now he doesn’t know what you’re doing right now, because you’ve not done this to him before, so he’s a little confused. But you only say, “Settle,” once, then wait for him to figure it out, and he will.

He’ll get tired of being standing there with this snug leash on his collar. Then he’ll eventually settle down, and there he goes.

The Finale!

And that’s how you stop your dog’s jumping on visitors, using the settle command.

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Dog Pulling on Leash 3 Tips

 

3 Tips to Stop Your Dog Pulling On Leash

 

Is your dog pulling on a leash? Well, here’s three tips that’ll help you solve that problem.

Stop Your Dog Pulling on leash Rule Number One:   Have the right equipment.

Use a six foot leash, standard leash, no Flexi’s or anything like that, and either a gentle leader or an Easy Walk harness. These work best to stop your dog pulling on leash.

Here you see Keeper wearing an Easy Walk harness. That’s the easiest for me to handle him.

 

Stop Pulling on Leash Rule Number Two:   Make left turns and circles.

Now I say left turns if your dog is on your left, this is my left, then you do left turns into your dog.

Left turns go back in the opposite direction and circles to the left, your herding your dog, keeping him on the inside like that as you make your turns and, or circles.

That’s critical. If you do the opposite direction, turn away from your dog, he is on the outside and has control.

When you turn into your dog, no matter whether it’s a right turn for you or a left turn for me, turn into your dog like that.

Now here’s the key with that, if you do it abruptly … The quicker you do it, the more he pays attention to you.

It’s almost like you forgot to signal your turn and already starts staying back a little bit so he can kind of watch you, so that’s important.

Okay, so left turns and circles. Okay, and I do the circles if I have a dog that’s really trying to pull out on a leash quite a bit,

then I’ll just do some two or three circles and then do a straight line for about four to five steps and then I’ll do a left turn again into my dog.

 

Dog Pulling On Leash Rule Number Three: Frequent sits on your walks.

What we’re talking about here folks is to be able to stop your straight-line walking, because it  creates the problems that you’re having. Instead, do your left turns in circles, now introduce your frequent sits on your straightaways.

You walk straight, four to six paces and you sit your dog. Walk another four to six paces, sit your dog.

Four to six paces, sit your dog. Four to six paces, make a left turn, come back, sit your dog, you see what I’m getting at?

Now your dog is paying attention. If he’s paying attention to you, he’s not pulling.

Okay so, it just makes sense to do those second and third tips separately and then combine them together so that you have a really enjoyable and meaningful walk with your dog where he’s paying attention to you on the walk.

Now, once you have your dogs attention with your left turns, circles, and sits, resume your normal dog walks and put your new strategies into place if your dog starts to pull again.

Just make it quick and abrupt to regain your dogs attention. I’m Jim Burwell. Keeper and I can still be found at petiquettedog.com.

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SIT – The Swiss Army Knife of Dog Behavior

 

A Good Sit isThe One Must Have  Obedience Command

Why do I call a Good Sit, the Swiss Army Knife of Dog Behavior, Dog Obedience commands?

First, it’s an easy command to teach. It’s one of the first things all dog owners and all dog training class teach you and your dog to do.

How To Use Your Dog’s Sit Command

Teaching sit is an important safety tactic.

Let’s say  your dog has a tendency to run out the front door:    If  your dog has an excellent response to the sit command, as he starts to bolt you simply say sit  in a firm voice, no yelling, but louder than normal conversation. If you’ve trained him right, his butt will hit the ground and he will stop. This keeps him from running after something and bolting out into the street where he might get hurt.

 Impress Your In-laws with how well you dog will sit

Does this sound familiar?  You have company coming over and well, they’re not crazy about dogs. They ring the bell, you go to the door with your dog by your side and you say SIT. You open the door and there’s your company and there YOU are, with a smile and a perfectly obedient dog doing a beautiful sit – right by your side.

 It’s A Dogs Way Of Saying Please

It is also a great way to train your dog to give you this command, to simply ask you for things.  Some examples are below

  •   He wants to go outside, he gives you a good sit first.
  • He wants up on the couch he simply gives you a good sit first.

The ways to use  the SIT command are endless. In fact, tell me below some of the way you use sit to get a great dog!

Dog Guards You

Does Your  Dog  Guard You?

Here’s how you can create a dog that guards you.

You just got a brand new rescue dog . Lucky dog, since you’re home all day he’ll get lots of attention and love and you two can become great friends.

A week or so goes by and you start to notice small changes. Your best friend comes over and goes to give you a hug and you think you hear the slightest growl coming from your new dog.

You dismiss it as you know how sweet your new dog is, he would never do that.

A few more weeks go by and you two have really bonded. He sleeps with you, watches movies on the couch with you, you and he are almost inseparable.

Then you notice that your dog seems to  guard you from other people and dogs. It’s almost like he’s “claimed” you as his.

My wife call this the “jealous husband syndrome”  – which is a pretty good analogy.

Then your dog’s guarding of you really starts to ramp up and he actually lunges and tries to bite your best friend who comes in the door.

Sound familiar. In this video I give you some very easy, simple every day steps to reverse your dog guarding you,.