Training should be fun! If you and your pooch aren't enjoying the training then you aren't going to do it. Plain and simple. This is one reason I strive to make my group classes and private lessons fun. Here are a few suggestions to make training your dog a happy experience:
1) Don't train tired or frustrated. If you are not in a good mood then training your dog will likely only frustrate you more. Set your dog up for success.
2) Make sure your dog is hungry (i.e. motivated) and not too tired or too hyper.
Awe the adolescent phase. Every dog goes through it. It can
vary in severity from barely noticeable to feeling like the dog fromMarley AND Mejust possessed your dog. Adolescence
usually starts between 6 months and 1 year and lasts for a few months. Luckily
it comes and goes. Your dog may be ornery for a week then return to your loving
companion for a week then the orneriness returns and then disappears again. In
the interest of full disclosure, ornery may be sugar coating it a bit. What
you’re likely to experience is major attitude no different than a rebellious
The Honeymoon Period: the honeymoon period is the timeframe from when you brought
your dog home until he has adjusted to his new surroundings. It usually last
from 2 weeks to 3 months. During this time your dog is basically being a
wallflower. He is standing back and sizing up the joint. Adjusting to a new
home can be a happy but often stressful time for a dog. It’s a lot to take in,
new people, new home, and new rules. The dog isn’t quite sure what is expected
from him so he stays on his best behavior.
This week I found a dog that had been lost for over a week from a local shelter. After getting a tip where she might be, I headed up there with treats in hand. She was spotted going into a heavily wooded area. So once I got there I called her name and threw treats into the woods. I threw some far enough back that she could feel safe getting them and then made a trail back out of the woods so she would hopefully follow it until she could be seen. I didn't know if she was in there but I relied on my gut which told me she could hear me calling her name.
Unfortunately I still see choke chains on a regular basis. I do not look at these owners and judge them. I believe if they knew there was a more humane way to keep their dogs from pulling on leash they would happily use it. That being said, choke chains and pinch collars "are" inhumane. At the very least they causesevere discomfort and at most great pain to the dog.They can also damage the dog's throat and that damage can beirreparable. But there is good news! On the market today is a harness that trainers swear by.