Showering your dog with affection for no apparent reason will only lower your rank in
the pack. Submissive dogs fawn over their leaders. By fawning over your dog you’re telling him that he’s on top of the totem pole. You
can easily combat this by simply asking your dog to do a command before giving him attention. We all appreciate what we have to work for
more than what we get for free. Your dog thinks the same way.
All games should start and stop when you say so. If a ball finds its way into your
lap, or a toy gets flung toward you, simply ignore it. Once your dog has given up, THEN you can call him over and initiate the game
yourself. Be sure that all games also stop when you say so. A good rule of thumb is to leave the dog wanting more. So don’t wait until
he’s tired of the game be-fore you stop. This is a simple and effective way to assert your leadership. Feel free to play with you dog
whenever you like, but be the one who starts it.
Work For A Living
Well mannered dogs ‘work’ for everything they want by doing commands first. Before
going outside, ask him to sit, before petting or giving attention ask for a down. Every interaction with your dog is a chance to practice
your training. Feel free to mix it up and keep him on his toes by asking for different commands through out the day. This gives
you plenty of opportunities to work with your dog on obedience training without having to set aside thirty minutes each day to do so.
But I don’t want to be mean to him! This is a common response from owners. Many feel that asking their dog to work for a living
is cruel and that dogs should be allowed to ‘just be dogs’. The fact is that you don’t have to be a Drill Sergeant. A good leader is
calm and fair, not a harsh dictator. It’s up to you to be aware of your body language, tone of voice and to reward your dog for
correct responses. Doing so will ensure that you both enjoy your time together.
We all know the saying “a tired dog is a good dog,” and it’s true. Exercise is an
important factor to how well your dog behaves and obeys your commands. A dog with boundless energy and no outlet is like a coiled spring
just waiting to explode and they often do so at the most inopportune times. By providing plenty of exercise you’re setting him up
to succeed when you start training. A calm dog is one that is able to focus on his owner and provide quick responses. An overly excited
dog becomes frustrated easily during training, which makes any responses to you slow if not non-existent.
The Down Command
Laying down is a submissive position for your dog. Ideally he should lie down without
a fuss as soon as you issue the command. If you’re not getting this response then it’s time to start to practice this more. If your dog
refuses to lie down, snaps, grumbles or otherwise protests this is a clear sign that there’s something lacking in your relationship.
A dozen downs a day will get your dog back on the right track and make obedience second nature.
You never want to give a command you cannot enforce. Dogs are acutely aware of our body
language, probably more so than we are, and each inflection of your voice, tip of your head and movement of your body has meaning to them.
It’s up to you to learn how to properly give commands, rewards and fair corrections. If you’re willing to put in the time and effort the
end result will be a well mannered dog who knows his place in your pack and is eager to obey your next command. The key is consistency and
effort, and this one is no exception. Your dog’s ability to change is directly linked to your ability to follow through and be consistent.
Training a lifelong commitment so get ready to enjoy the ride.
If you need help getting or training a service dog do not hesitate to contact BSTTW at 936-483-9014.