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?

2 replies
  1. Cathy
    Cathy says:

    I do have a multi-dog household but my question is about something different.
    What do I do about one of my male dogs who is neutered and house trained but still likes to mark certain spots in the house?
    I know who’s doing it because I occasionally catch him in the act.

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