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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?

Make Your Dog A Genius

How To Make Your Dog A Genius

The Steps to Make Your Dog A Genius

Make Your Dog A Genius

Teach him to identify toys by name. It’s easy, anyone can do it you saw in the video above.

Here’s Steps To Bring Out The Genius In Your Dog

1. Pick out a few doggie toys – for Keeper it’s Foxy(his stuffed fox, tennis ball (specifically an Orange tennis ball,  and his Kong toy.
2. Start with one toy first and have your dog sit in front of you and put the first toy off to one side of his head – but close enough for him to touch it. Praise/treat for the touch.
3. Add a name to the toy
4. Put the toy on the floor and repeat the exercise. Praise/treat for good job.
5. Cue your dog to touch the toy by name – praise/treat
6. Put the first toy away and begin the same training with the second toy
7. Once he can recognize both toys by name, put them on the floor 3-4’ apart
8. Ask him to touch or get one of the toys.

Yes, this is fun – But did you also know that engaging with your dog like this strengthens his relationship with you?  A stronger relationship with your dog means your dog will listen to you better.  That can involve teaching your dog better obedience commands, like sit, go to place, down and so much more,

If you will take the time to push your dog’s intelligence you might be very surprised just how smart your dog really is!

Just like you, if you don’t use your brain power to the fullest extent, as a result,  you miss out on a lot of what life has to offer.

Allow your dog to push his intelligence limits, then sit back and enjoy.

The main thing is have fun training your dog!

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Don’t Spank the Puppy

 

Don’t Spank The Puppy

I was taken aback last week with a question. And that question was, when do I spank the puppy? My obvious answer was, you don’t.

It’s Not Appropriate to Spank The Puppy

To spank your puppy is inappropriate.  Here’s a couple of good reasons why.

Let’s say you come home from work and you find a mess on the floor and you go grab your dog, rub his nose in it and spank the puppy on the nose with a newspaper.

Not good.

Why?  He could have done it five seconds, five minutes, five hours ago. So he’s not going to associate the punishment with the crime in the moment. What he will make is a direct association with is greetings are no longer fun when dad gets home because bad things happen.

Don’t Spank the Puppy Over Biting and Nipping

Here’s another example. Puppy biting, for example. Your puppy jumps up, he bites you and mouths you on the hand, and you spank the puppy on the nose.

You could create hand shyness that could eventually lead to aggression and, even worse than that, it’s going to break that bond and trust that he’s been trying to build with you.

Do This Instead of Spanking the Puppy

So what’s the answer? Well, the answer is simple. It’s just simply, think of what you would prefer your puppy do rather than the inappropriate behavior and just train him to do that. Okay?

In the case of house soiling, house train your puppy. If you don’t know how to do that, call me. Or call a trainer that can help you set up a good house training program for your puppy. All right?

In the case of puppy biting, you need to ask yourself this question, have you satisfied all of his needs?

Has he had plenty of physical exercise?

Has he had mental stimulation with doggie puzzles and brain teasers, and obedience training? For sure, don’t leave that out.

And he may need food, he may need water, and he may need a potty break. So always run through the list to make sure that you’re satisfying all of his needs.

So now, remember folks, positive training takes time, but it will build a fair and balanced relationship with your dog or your puppy. And it will be built on two things. Trust. Your puppy will learn that he can trust you and that no harm will come to him. That’s a much better relationship. And an understanding that all good things come from you, but they must be earned.

Now you know why you should not spank the puppy!

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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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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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Dog Training Tip For Training Small Dogs

Dog Training  Small Dogs

 

Training small dogs that are extremely hyper and jumpy can be very frustrating to train.  They move around so much!

One thing  can change all that and make training a breeze. Here’s what you can do. You can train that small dog, that small, jumpy, hyper dog on a raised platform.

Simple Fool Proof Trick for Dog Training Small Dogs

  • Raised platforms come in many different shapes and sizes. Your kitchen counter can work or  the island in your kitchen.
  • It can be your washer/dryer.
  • It can be your coffee table, or your outside patio table.

Anything t that’s raised up to give you the element of control.

By doing that, you take the control away from your dog. On the floor, they’re in control, even on a leash. It makes it a lot easier once you elevate them up on that raised platform to do your training. It’s not forever. It’s just for two or three days, for a few sessions a day until you get them trained up and moving through their sits and downs, and then you transfer the dog  to the floor.

3 Things You Must Have to Train Your Small Dog

  1. You have to have a leash on your dog when you’re training, even up on the counter.
  2. You have to have high value food treats to train your small dog, to keep them focused on their lesson.
  3. Last but almost the most important is some kind of non-skid mat.

I took Leila’s yoga mat, cut it in half, and I’ve got two great non-skid mats right here.

The reason for the mat is, up on a marble countertop or something like that, even a formica countertop, your dog is going to be slipping and sliding if they’re not used to being up on a high surface like that. This mat gives him confident, non-skid footing so that they can focus more on their lesson. Find that old yoga mat, blow the dust off of it, cut it in half, or drape it over your counter and get to training. It will make all the difference in the world.

 Training Your Small Dog on the Ground Is Easy!

You don’t have to stay up on the counter for long on that raised platform, wherever it might be. You just have to get your small dog started on their sits and downs up there, then transfer her to the floor. It’s that simple. Many, many trainers do that, they know this little trick. Try that the next time, if you’ve got a small, hyper, jumpy, kind of out of control dog. Once you get them up on the counter, smooth sailing.

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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”!