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Top 10 Dog Training Tip Articles of 2012

Here are your top 10 Dog Training Tip articles for 2012.  You “liked” them, you “tweeted” them, you asked questions about them.  These 10 articles got you off dead center to begin working with your dog again.

Dog Training Tips
A Bored Dog is a Troubled Dog

http://www.petiquettedog.com/dog-behavior/bored-dog-troubled-dog/


Puppy Training Stressing Stay-at-Home Moms

http://www.petiquettedog.com/puppies/puppy-training-stressing-stayathome-moms/


My Dog is Anxious in the Crate

http://www.petiquettedog.com/dog-behavior/dog-anxious-crate/


5 Reasons Why Dog Training Fails

http://www.petiquettedog.com/dog-behavior/5-reasons-dog-training-fails/


Dog Training: Consistency Not Time is the Key

http://www.petiquettedog.com/dog-obedience/dog-training-consistency-time-key/


I Want a Dog That Will Do What I what Because He Wants To

http://www.petiquettedog.com/dog-behavior/dog-2/


I Just Want Life With My Dog to Be Normal

http://www.petiquettedog.com/dog-behavior/life-dogs-normal/


Out of Control Dog and the Power of Six

http://www.petiquettedog.com/dog-behavior/control-dog-power/


Dog Behavior: Dog Training Can Be as Easy as Just Feeding Your Dog

http://www.petiquettedog.com/dog-behavior/dog-behavior-dog-training-easy-feeding-dog/


Stressed Dog

http://www.petiquettedog.com/dog-behavior/stressed-dog/

 

“Together, We Can Raise a Happy and Obedient Dog”

Thanks for letting me share my dog training knowledge with you.   Don’t be a stranger.  I’d love to hear what you think.

Jim Burwell, Houston dog trainer for 25+ years, serving 8700+ clients, has a profound understanding of dog behavior and the many things, we as humans, do that influence that behavior – good or bad.  Jim has the ability to not only steer dogs and puppies down the right path but to also train the owners to understand their part in having a great dog

His Ground Rules for Great Dogs is the culmination of these years of training into an easy, step-by-step process so that your dog understands what you expect of  him, you empower him to be able to give you the behavior you want and you empower him to be successful at living in a human home.

 

 

dog begging at the table

Dog Behavior: Begging at the Table

Imagine that you just sat down to a nice turkey dinner with all the trimmings. The pumpkin pie is still warming in the oven and you look down—- and there’s your dog -begging at the table. It’s the holidays so “you share,” but sharing doesn’t stop at one bite. This bad dog behavior has never stopped with one bite. Your dog knows this all too well. That’s why he doesn’t go away. There’s more to come!

Then add 15 dinner guests. Your dog thinks he’s just won the power ball jackpot.

dog begging at the table

Now imagine 15 dinner guests seated and your dog is lying on his dog bed by the fire place working a Kong toy. No barking and definitely no begging at the table.

Which would you prefer?

I’ve seen both scenarios and I know which I prefer. That’s right, the dog on the bed. But most owners are nurturers and they love their dogs almost to a fault, don’t you?

I get besieged by calls every holiday season to fix begging at the table. I’ve seen it all too. One owner even had a place setting at the table for the dog with Grandma’s fine china and that’s no joke. It’s not just in the movies!

They just want me to come over and quickly “tweak” or “fine tune” the family dog before the guests arrive. Of course if you’ve been feeding your family pet “hand-to-mouth” from the table for years he’s probably going to need a lot more than “fine tuning” to get the bugs out.

The ironic thing is, you could have trained the “bedded dog” scenario just as easily as you trained your “begging dog” if you knew then what I’m about to tell you now.

If you are still interested in doing some tweaking on your own, here are a few tips.

Tips to “Reverse Train” Begging at the Table

  • To begin with “never feed your dog from t he table.” I just had to get that out there and I know that if you’re reading this you’ve already “done the dirty.”
  • It’s important for every family member to participate 110%
  • STOP all feeding from the table and DO NOT look at, talk to or touch your dog during mealtimes. Paying attention to your dog allows him to think something is about to happen and it actually encourages begging.
  • It’s always a good idea to decide what you would prefer your dog to do instead of beg at the table. Most owners would be happy if their dog just lied down on his dog bed during mealtimes.

Teach the behavior you want

  • Spend time teaching your dog to go his dog bed so that you can use it during mealtimes. One thing that is true with dog training is that repetitive consistency breeds habit in dogs. 
  • You’ve just got to work your dog at every meal and reinforce him staying on his place. Click and treat for going to and staying on his bed. You may want to keep the bed close to the table for quicker re-directs if he gets up and gradually move the bed further away from the table. 
  • Another approach is to tether your dog with his leash on his bed. Tethering him on his bed at every meal will begin to get the behavior you want as well. Eventually you try it without the leash and you have the good dog you want.

Bring a big helping of patience to the table as well. Take it slowly. Look how long you’ve been reinforcing begging at the table! It could take a while but persistence pays off. You will both be happier. Just think, you won’t have to board or crate your dog when you have dinner guests.

Thanks for letting me share my dog training knowledge with you. I hope you found some alternative behaviors for your dog to do. Don’t be a stranger. I’d love to hear what you think. Please come over to my Facebook page to let me know how this article gave you some new training ideas. Remember:

“Together, We Can Raise a Happy and Obedient Dog”

Jim Burwell, Houston dog trainer for 25+ years, serving 8700+ clients, has a profound understanding of dog behavior and the many things, we as humans, do that influence that behavior – good or bad. Jim has the ability to not only steer dogs and puppies down the right path but to also train the owners to understand their part in having a great dog.

His Ground Rules for Great Dogs is the culmination of these years of training into an easy, step-by-step process so that your dog understands what you expect of him, you empower him to be able to give you the behavior you want and you empower him to be successful at living in a human home.

 

Dog Behavior

Dog Behavior: Why Does My Dog Do What He Does

“It never changes!” I keep trying to teach him not to chase and jump but he keeps doing it”. Why does my dog do what he does?  Shouldn’t he know better?”

You’ve seen this. A child “in fun” runs from a puppy or dog in the back yard. The dog behavior or “what the dog does” is to immediately give chase. Most times it winds up with a child crying. And, most times, no one saw what happened and the dog gets the short end of the stick. Sound familiar?

This “natural dog reflex” or “prey drive” includes running, chasing and biting.

I repeat, this is a natural dog reflex not a bad behavior in and of itself.

If no one is supervising the kids and dogs it can, and often has, ended in the puppy or dog nipping or biting the child. Now maybe the dog or puppy just mouthed and did not seriously bite, but it deserves to be discussed how a dog’s natural reflexes or “drives” can be incited to cause bad dog behavior OR good dog behavior.

Dog Behavior

You may not have thought about looking at your dog’s behavior as it relates to his actions or activities of his “natural dog reflexes or drives “so let’s take a look at what makes up each drive/reflex.

Prey drive: In the example I gave of the child running from the puppy or dog, it was clear what happened. It’s not a good idea to allow kids to run from or chase a dog. This just activates a dog’s prey drive and often amps them up to a higher, more intense level of play for which kids may not be ready.

Better way to channel prey drive

Instead, you would do better to teach your kids to play fetch with your dog so that you channel the dog’s prey drive in a positive way, like chasing the ball.

It’s always good to have rules to the game. Require your dog to sit before your child throws the ball. That keeps things fair and balanced.

Another productive way for your kids to play with your dog using his prey drive would be “hide and seek.” Do very short distances at first then begin to increase the difficulty as your dog better understands how the game is played. When the kids hide, they can help the dog find them during hide and seek by occasionally calling the dog’s name. Your dog gets praised and treated when he finds your child.

Defense drive: Here’s another good example of how kids can innocently provoke bad dog behavior. You’ve no doubt seen kids go up to the family dog quickly and with no warning grab the dog and hug it tightly. This scares the dog and the dog’s natural reflex is to run away or bite.

We are asking a lot of our dogs to ignore their natural reflexes or instincts to run or bite when a child suddenly grabs them without warning.

Since defense drive includes flight or bite, you can see how critical it is that you spend a lot of quality time desensitizing your puppy or dog to lots of kids and kid activity – on leash at first.

Better way to avoid defense drive

Here’s how you do it. Teach all kids to approach your dog “slowly” especially if your dog is a little uncertain around kids. As you know, kids can be highly emotional and loud.

Supervise having kids give your dog a food treat but requiring the dog to sit first. This will help the dog make positive associations with kids.

Remember, just because a dog gets used to one child doesn’t mean he will be okay with all kids. The more kids he likes the better.

Many owners take their puppy or dog to school to pick up their kids. With a few food treats in your pockets to dole out to the kids, there’s the perfect opportunity to work your dog around kids. If you are doing this already, hats off to you! Good job.

My rule of thumb for folks with new puppies is to desensitize your puppy to 90 kids in 90 days.

Why 90 days?

The window of socialization for puppies usually closes around 5 months of age. If you get your puppy at 8 weeks (2 months) then you have about 3 months or 90 days to get your puppy really good with kids and people.

The Fun Drive:  Pack drive: This is the fun drive as it includes activities that have the potential to create the ideal relationship you would want to have with your dog.  Let me explain. Pack drive includes all of the following activities: eating, sleeping, resting, grooming, walking, game playing and yes, obedience training. 

Certainly you can see the possibilities here!

One-on-one interaction with your dog in these activities provides opportunities to work on teaching your dog the rules by which he needs to live. That is, giving before he receives anything from you. Now let’s go through a few so that it becomes clear.

It’s a simple rule of requiring a sit and/or down for all of these things: his food, access to your furniture, before going for a walk or going, before passing through doors, before fetching a ball or engaging in a game of tug.

To keep him sharp on his obedience commands and to give him a reassuring “sense of place” as a follower, work on his obedience training (sits and downs) 3 times daily for just 2 minutes. He will enjoy your enthusiastic participation!

Everything I’ve mentioned does not take a lot of time. That’s the cool part. It just takes being consistent. But above all, have fun with your dog.

Thanks for stopping by and allowing me share my dog training knowledge with you. I truly hope you found answers and hope for helping your dog and his behavior.  Don’t be a stranger.  I’d love to hear what you think.  Please come over to my Facebook page to let me know how this article impacted you and the way you think about dog training.  Are you looking at it a little differently?
Remember:  

“Together, We Can Raise a Happy and Obedient Dog”

Jim Burwell, professional dog trainer for 25+ years, serving 8700+ clients, has a profound understanding of dog behavior and the many things, we as humans, do that influence that behavior – good or bad.  Jim has the ability to not only steer dogs and puppies down the right path but to also train the owners to understand their part in having a great dog. 

His Ground Rules for Great Dogs is the culmination of these years of training into an easy, step-by-step process so that your dog understands what you expect of him, you empower him to be able to give you the behavior you want and you empower him to be successful at living in a human home.

 

Review: Territorial Aggression

Hi, my name is Lori Latham and my dog is Maggie. I called Jim because Maggie was aggressive toward anyone that came over or anyone that would approach us, people or dogs, approach me or her when we were outside OR at home.

After I talked with Leila on the phone, as a first step, before I commited to do it, I already had a mind set change and I had a new understanding of the dog world.

That was what prompted me to go ahead and pay for the lessons and sign up.

After my first session with Jim I learned so many different things that Maggie, well, she became a different dog altogether.

But it was a combination, I think, of my mindset and my understanding of the dog world.  But also, Maggie’s understanding that I’m the leader of the pack and she’s the dog and she IS a whole different animal right now.  I am very excited!

Review: Fearful dog behavior

My name is Karen Slack.

Belle, our Border Collie, is really afraid of people and new environments, causing her to bark and urinate on the floor. I called Jim as he had worked with my previous dogs. The minute he walked in the door – no barking or peeing. He worked her in our building around 40 employees and desensitized her to the ones she was afraid of and most importantly taught me how to work with Belle. One of the big reasons I called Jim to help with Belle was I knew he would give me a step by step system to put into place so I could keep moving forward.  I love that he had email support which I took full advantage of.  It made me feel like I could always reach out for help during our lessons.