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The Fix for a Dog That Plays Keep Away

The Fix for a Dog That Plays Keep Away

 

 

Does Your Dog Play Keep Away?

This video is all about how to fix your dog who plays keep away and how I solved this problem when Keeper plays keep away with us.
Leila and I love to play fetch or kickball with Keeper. Kickball is her thing.  She’ll kick the tennis ball out into the back yard.
He’ll fetch it and return and bring it back and drop it, and she’ll rinse and repeat that whole activity with him. He loves it.

Keeper  Tries To Control the Ball and Play Keep Away

We love to do that just as much as any other dog owner does with their dog. But sometimes with a bossy dog, the desire to keep the ball, yes, even with Keeper, becomes too great a temptation.  The game of play keep away begins.

You don’t want trying to have him give up the ball to turn into a game of cat and mouse, which is exactly what your dog or Keeper would love to do. Keeper typically does it after about three or four throws.

Play KeepAway Options if Your Dog Won’t Release the Ball

  • Assuming your dog is not tired after three or four throws, you could bribe him with a treat right to end the play keep away ?
    Nope, that won’t work because the game itself should be the reward.
    If you start using food treats, he’ll drop the ball and come back to you and get the treat, and then you’ll
    have to go get the ball.
  • You could walk away and end the game which then makes the ritual of keeping just out of your reach – pointless.
    Nah. Keeper will hang onto it and come back over and drop it at my feet, and then as I go to grab the
    ball to put it up until I want to play again, he may try to grab it and play keep-away with me at that
    point.
  • What totally works for Keeper, my very observant dog, very bossy dog,  and his ploy to play keep away
    Leila and I keep a spare ball up there on the washing machine or the dryer in the utility room. When
    we ask Keeper to go find his ball so we can begin the game, he’ll hop up on there and show me where
    the ball is.
  • We’ll get the orange ball and then we’ll get a spare ball. We’ll put that in our pocket.
    Now, he KNOWS there’s a spare ball!
    Keeper knows that I have my own spare ball and I don’t need his, when I ask him to drop it,
    he went back to dropping the ball to resume the game.

Now, I ask you, how smart is that? So he’s bossy and smart!  He’s figured it out though.

Give this a try with whatever your dog plays keep away with and see how it works. You MIGHT have to use a little imagination depending on what your dog “decides to own” but just give it a little thought and “outsmart” your dog  As always, with a bossy dog,  the best thing to do is develop a relationship with your dog through training.  Read this and learn more good training

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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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 is The 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,.

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Bored Dog Creates Behavior Problems

Have a Bored Dog? This May Be Creating Behavior Problems

In many cases a bored dog is very similar to a bored child. If you don’t fill that brain with good things to do and think about, both the child and the dog
will find things on their own to do to solve their boredom.

It truly does not take a lot of time or effort to turn your bored dog into a stress free, worn out wonderful dog again.  We are very mindful of this with Keeper who is truly, to smart for his own good!

Find what your dog is naturally attracted to and is good at doing.  Keeper is very athletic which is why most all of the videos he is in —he is Doing something that requires jumping, fetching, swimming etc.

Maybe your dog is not athletic.  But take the time to watch your dog and see what “trips his trigger”.  Maybe it’s searching for things.  Play “find it” with him inside or out and hide his favorie toy or a high value food treat and tell him to go “find it!”

Maybe he likes to retrieve.  Take the time to know your dog and what lights him up.  You’ll be glad you did.  Go from a bored dog to a “DOG WONDER”!