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Getting dragged along the street when you're trying to have a relaxing walk with your dog is no fun at all! In fact it makes you darn cranky!
Your shoulder aches, your back aches and you can't wait to get home...
It's not pleasant for you or the dog, my dog used to make awful choking noises when we walked him before he was trained. It is soooo much easier walking him now. Now we both enjoy his walk.
And the great thing was it wasn't complicated to train him. With Doggy Dan's Training it can sometimes be a 5 minute turnaround as Dan demonstrates in his video at the bottom of this article.
Let me first explain the really key mistakes that people make when walking their dog.
There are many tricks to getting your dog to walk beside you calmly on the leash and if your dog is one of those "determined" dogs, they can be large or small breeds, you may need to know all of these tricks to master the walk with them.
But in general, the tips I'm about to give you will really help you, so let's get started shall we?
Keeping your dog CALM is the most important point to start with, if you leave the house with your dog all ramped up, like the one in the video, then you're going to have a more difficult time trying to get them to walk calmly.
So how do we calm this Raging Bull I hear you say? Ok, well the number one thing to start with is this...
1. Calming your dog down.
Think about the build up to leaving the house. Your dog sees the leash and Wham! Your peaceful sleeping dog becomes a raging ball of energy. They start jumping up, wagging their tail, you can't even get them to stand still to put the leash on!
At this stage if you give in and put the leash on them, you're reinforcing their bad behaviour with a reward, which is the lead.
If this cycle continues their behaviour will get more extreme. They are becoming MORE excited and not calm at all.
This continues as they drag you out the door, and down the path getting more and more excited as they go. So the thing that you must do, the next time you prepare to walk your dog is WAIT for them to calm down...Simply pick up the leash and wait for them to calm down, take your time with this.
Put the leash down on the table or even put the leash away and ignore their antics until they calm down, carry on doing what you were doing before, it may take several attempts over a long period, but your dog will eventually calm down and get it.
When they are calm you can try again and repeat until they are totally relaxed as you attach the leash. Repeat the process once you are on the path, if they get excited, wait until they are calm to move off again, sometimes at the beginning you may need to postpone the walk until they respond calmly, they will soon get the message if you are consistent.
It may seem tedious but it's much better to sort out this bad habit now than put up with being dragged around the block for the next 10 years or more.
Note: The issue will not “self correct”.
Now step two is a simple exercise that involves you turning around when your dog pulls ahead.
2. Before you start your walk... look at which way your dog wants to go and change direction, If they want to go left, then you lead them to the right.
Take a step to the right and repeat this until they are actually taking notice of what you are doing.
On your walk, you could simply change direction and go the other way when your dog starts to pull ahead.
Don't wait until your dog is way ahead of you, do it early. This way your dog ends up behind you every time.
It can take some time, but your dog will eventually get it.
3. There are many great devices out there to assist you in getting your dog to heel, chose one that suits you. In the video you can see Doggy Dan using a very special harness where the attachment is under the dogs chin.
This is very different from a traditional harness where the attachment is on the back and the dog ends up pulling like a train.
4.Remember, you are the pack leader and you must be the one to Lead...
The pack leader always leads from the front, if you're dog doesn't recognise you as the pack leader they will fight for the spot at the front and it won't be a pleasant walk.
You can't trick a dog, especially the determined, strong minded ones!
Learning to be the Pack Leader is a whole topic on its own...and it's the basis of Doggy Dan's world-famous training method.
He's developed 5 Golden Rules, which when followed daily, help you become the pack leader in a calm and gentle way.
You'll see on his video website The On Line Trainer
Click Here to see more videos: https://tinyurl.com/y46wkrzu
He states that you first need to establish yourself as the pack leader before any training takes place, you can do this using the 5 Rules, he stresses that is the answer to solving all dog behaviour problems.
5.There are loads of extra tips and tricks such as... knowing how to give the lead a little extra pull without being harsh. Learning when and where to let your dog go and sniff and pee pee, that's the reason you're walking them in the first place, sniffing is like reading the paper for a dog, it tells them so much about other dogs and they enjoy it, as well as marking their spot, so they do need some freedom to do this.
If you would like to master this today, then check out Doggy Dan's website The On Line Dog Trainer, he has over 250 Videos on all aspects of dog training, it really is THE Best Dog Training site on line.
There are 7 excellent videos on the subject of mastering the walk, showing you how to deal with every issue and answer questions you may have.
There is even a 30minute Audio that you can listen to while you walk.
You will enjoy your walks so much more once you master this method, your dog will enjoy it more too, being calm and not pulling and choking on the walk.
Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety when you leave the house?
Are your neighbours getting sick of your barking pooch?
Maybe your dog is showing signs of aggression?
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Many dogs will display destructive behaviour when suffering with separation anxiety. Usually they will chose something that has your scent on it, and they will rip it to shreds and sit amongst the debris to surround themselves in your scent.
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That can often result in injuries to other pets and humans...
What is the cause of this behavior?
Well, it can often be found in dogs who've been rescued and have suffered neglect, or it can often show up in dogs that haven't had the proper training foundation in place.
Keep reading to learn what you can do to make sure your dog doesn't develop this dangerous behavior.
What Is Food Aggression?
Food aggression is simply the dog aggressively lashing out toward a human or another animal when food is present.
Other characteristics of food aggression can include the following:
Growling if you or another animal gets too close to your dog’s food bowl.
Stalking you for food.
Lashing out at humans or other dogs and biting, or attacking if they come between the dog and their food.
Guarding their food - even when they are not eating it.
Dogs with Food Aggression will show various levels of behavioral issues - from growling to biting but all should be taken very seriously.
What Causes Dogs To Have Food Aggression?
As previously mentioned, rescue dogs can often suffer from this behavioural problem... due to the past neglect they have suffered.
The reason: dogs who have been neglected have to fight to survive.
It's sad, but you can't blame the dog for this, if a "fight or die " instinct has been triggered, the dog will do almost anything to make sure they don't lose out on their next meal.
I'm sure the same would apply to humans, if your family was starving and food suddenly appeared on the street, and there were other humans trying to take it away from your family, you would try your best to keep it.
But, there is another little understood but very common reason why a dog might become aggressive towards his food and that is because he thinks he is in charge, he thinks he is the leader of the pack.
The more your dog thinks he is the boss, the more he will think that he controls his food as well. Quite often he will want to eat before anyone else, including you!
This goes back to wild dog packs, and it still exists in wolf packs to this day.
The strongest wolves would be the boss, saying who will eat what and when they will eat. They will usually eat first and feed their young first.
Think about when humans eat at the dinner table, if they have guests they always serve the "visitors" first, because our table manners dictate that the visitor is important and should be fed first.
But dogs think differently to us, the dog with Food Aggression won't like anyone getting in the way of him and his food.
How to Fix Dangerous Food Aggression Behaviors
If you have small children or other pets, you must address the serious issue of Food aggression in your home... I'm going to give you a few techniques to teach your dog to relax at meal time and so that they don't feel the need to vigorously protect their meals.
Technique Number 1- Stick to a Feeding Schedule
Having a routine is very important to dogs especially if they have just been rescued and have suffered neglect.
Dogs are incredibly smart, so they are able to tune in on patterns.
Dogs generally know what time to go out in the morning, what time their walk will be during the day, what time their owners go to work and come home.
It’s almost like a sixth sense.
So it's no surprise that they key into their feed times, if they are fed on the same schedule each day.
For this reason you must be consistent! - Pick a time every day to feed and stick to it.
In sticking to a routine it will help your dog relax and have less anxiety at meal time.
Here's a good example. I once worked at a doggy day-care centre, where there was a huge pack of dogs of all breeds.
One of the dogs that I loved very much, called Demo, arrived one day really out of sorts, no one knew why.
He was very grumpy, his energy was low, he got into a fight in the afternoon. I asked his owners what was wrong with him when they came to collect him and they said, "Oh, we forgot to feed him this morning".
I am positive this was a contributing factor! In our family, when we are hungry and become angry we call it “hangry.” And I believe it’s the same with dogs…A dog with a full belly is a happy dog!
Technique Number 2 – Supplement Your Dog’s Diet throughout the Day
Monitoring your dogs diet every day is very important so that they don't gain excess weight, having said that, if your dog has stress-or anxiety-related food aggression issues, it might help to supplement his meals, so that he knows he will be continually fed.
There is a simple logic here...
Keep your dog’s belly full so he doesn’t stress about food. Your dog will learn to look to you for food and will associate you with food in a positive way at the same time.
The healthy way to do this is to break your dog’s normal-sized breakfast and dinner into 4-6 smaller meals.
There's a trick you can use if you use dry food is to soak it overnight so it swells to a much larger volume. This gives your dog the perception that there is a lot more food being offered and they feel fuller.
Following this regime will mean you can feed your dog several times per day without overfeeding them. You can also include rewards that you give them throughout the day during training.
Once your dog understands you’ll provide food for him every day and gets comfortable with that you can cut back on the number of mini meals and get back on to a normal feeding regime.
Technique Number 3 – Training the sit and wait command
When Training your dog or puppy to sit and wait for their food it calms their mind and their body.
Take a look at this short video showing you how you can do this with younger puppies. It’s taken from inside ‘Project Moses’ the video diary of my puppy Moses when he was 14 weeks of age.
Technique Number 4 – Don't leave their food down
This is one of the biggest mistakes that I see people doing, they leave the dogs food down. This is not a good idea for a number of reasons.
1. It's not healthy to leave the food down, especially in the warmer weather when it can attract flies and other unwanted animals and pests, plus it smells awful!
2. A dogs digestive system is not designed to graze all day long, like cows. Dogs are animals who eat much larger meals quickly a couple of times each day. (Pups can often eat up to 4 or 5 times a day when very young)
3. The dog will get the wrong message if the food is left down all day, this tells them that they are in charge, not you. This creates a dog who makes his own decisions, is less likely to listen to you and may even ignore you.
So If your dog is not eating the food, pick it up.
Technique Number 5 – Establish yourself as the provider
This final technique is the most important—establishing yourself as the provider and the one in charge.
This part is crucial because dogs who think they are in charge are always going to try to control the food and they will be unpredictable…
This can be very dangerous, especially when other dogs or young children are around when it's feeding time, dogs with food aggression issues simply think that they are the "Pack Leaders" they think they are the ones in charge!
A dog with this mindset, is more likely to get cranky and lash out if they think someone is trying to steal their meal.
Here's the good news…
It’s not hard to establish yourself as the leader in a kind, gentle way. All you need is a little time and patience.
I've found one of the easiest ways to reassure your dog that you are the provider is to always eat your meals first before you feed your dog.
When you finish your meal, eat the last bit over their bowl, to show them that you always eat first. In your dog's eyes, this means YOU are the one in charge and they will understand and get the message.
Your dog will soon understand that you are the provider then everything else falls into place…
Sticking with this routine, will change the whole relationship with your dog for the better. It’s something I’ve helped tens of thousands of people establish with their dogs and it’s what I am totally passionate about.
If you’re interested in finding out more, check out The Dog Calming Code.
In this program, you'll get step-by-step instructions on how to establish yourself as the "Pack Leader", the one in charge or the decision maker. The knock on effect of this is that your dog will relax and focus on you so much more and you'll end up with a more responsive dog who is easier to train!
Next: Steps to Helping Resolve Your Dog’s Food Aggression Issues
To re-cap - Food aggression is a very serious issue that can result in serious injury to other dogs and people.
Is your dog exhibiting signs of food aggression? If so you need to be sure to...
1. Put a comprehensive training program in place—like The Dog Calming Code.
2. Keep kids and other pets away from your dog while he eats.
3. Ensure your dog feels safe while eating meals.
If you'd like to know how to make your dog feel safe while eating, I've put together a FREE guide on 3 ways you can help your dog feel safe during mealtimes.
Best wishes as you work with your pup.
Can you relate to this? You're out for a walk with your dog, you're relaxed and enjoying your walk, when you see another dog coming towards you...
...your heart starts to race, because you know how your lovely but very dominant dog is going to react, with aggression, pulling and barking like mad, it's embarrassing and frightening at the same time.
You don't know how the other dog will react, or the owner!
Even though both dogs are on a leash, if the other dog gets too close it will set your dog off, you know you're going to be in for another unpleasant encounter.
Your dog starts barking and snarling, pulling you off your feet.
You try to find an escape route, but it's too late, your dog is in full Dominant dog mode.
You've tried everything from tugging on the lead, yelling at the dog, you even tired a different harness collar and lead, distracting them with treats but nothing worked.
It turns a beautiful relaxing walk into a nightmare! and you don't get a chance to chat to people on your walk because your dog is so anti social.
Where did it all go wrong? You've almost given up hope.
The thing that dog owners and trainers need to understand is that if the dog has been getting the wrong message at home, it's too late when you see another dog coming down the street to turn it around.
Here's the thing... dogs are not as complicated as humans, they don't care about the size of the T.V. or a faster car, or a luxurious holiday, they may be intelligent but they are also simple animals, dogs are all about SURVIVAL Full Stop. This means protecting their property and the pack, especially when they are outside the home.
If you think about this, they are pack animals and they only understand leaders and followers, as leaders they decide what is dangerous and take the initiative to protect the pack.
So your dog thinks it's the pack leader and sees another strange dog approaching, they will show their pack leaders skills by walking right up to the other dog, head up, chest out, tail up, growling and barking in an attempt to get the other dog to back down.
And that's when all hell breaks loose.
But don't blame the dog, what started this was you giving them the message that they were the pack leader in the first place!
That they were in charge in your home...
This is where I found Doggy Dan's training method so helpful.
He really understands how your dog thinks and he's able to help you to show your dog that YOU are the pack leader. And the on line site shows you how simple this is to do.
Dan even offers YOU a 3 Day $1 trial of the site that you can take advantage of. The really nice part is that everything he does is done in such a kind and gentle way. He simply uses 5 Golden Rules.
Wait till you see how Doggy Dan's pack act around other dogs they don't overplay their role because they all know that he is the pack leader and so they can relax.. Now every dog is different, some can be more dominant than others, some will be more submissive.
But as long as YOU are the pack leader, it won't matter what type your dog is, that's the secret. Once this is established, you'll find training will be so much easier.
You'll find you'll only need a gentle word of warning, a slight pull of their lead or a food treat distraction will work really well.
It's not to say that the training techniques you are using at present aren't good, but with no strong foundation, they just won't work for you.
In Summary: Once the other dog shows up, you're dog is not going to take any notice of you because they have bigger things to worry about. Like protecting their pack (which is you)
So, YOU need to become the pack leader to turn it around. Doggy Dan has given me some great training tricks to pass on to you, if you follow these you'll have a calmer dog when the other dog approaches.
Check them out...
But remember, the foundation of YOU as pack leader HAS to be in place first.
Remember to relax immediately afterwards, dogs sense your tension.
The thing I love about this method is that it works with your dogs instincts. For instance, we know that it is natural in the dog world for one dog to be above the other in a pack, you can't change that in a dog's behaviour.
But if you position yourself as the top dog in the pack, they will be less likely to become overly protective, tense, aggressive and dominant and take things too far.
Take a look at look at this great video of two dogs playing at being dominant and submissive.
If you're ready to take control back from your dog and become the gentle and kind pack leader they are looking for then get your 3 day $1 trial and take a look around this amazing site, I think you'll LOOVE Doggy Dan's method of Training.
P.S. Remember that leaving it till the other dog is approaching is too late, get help for your dog now and sort out the problem so you can turn things around, your dog is just waiting for you to give him the right message.
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Training a new pup isn't easy if you don't have the right guide lines to follow, it's essential to train them properly if you want peace in your home, not to mention shoes without teeth marks.
Puppies are like babies, they teethe and they like to put things in their mouth and chew them, especially if the items has your scent on it.
Many a good pair of Jimmy Choo shoes have become Jimmy Chewed shoes. Sorry, that's my silly sense of humour!
Anything within the puppy's reach can be a target to be chewed. Even when you buy them good doggie chew toys!
They just LOVE the smell of your shoes and that's why they prefer them to a chew toy.
If you do have to leave your pup at home while you work, you could always crate them, there are many choices now, even clear plastic crates that they can see through but can't jump out of, they look more attractive than the normal wire crates in your home and you can take out or add on sections depending on the space your pup needs.
I am going to be featuring some great training tools from Experts in the Dog Training Niche, you can choose if you'd like to watch the training on Videos, or read a book and all in the comfort of your own home.
On line Dog Training is excellent, because you can go over each section at your own pace. So stay tuned for my recommendations in my next blog.
In the meantime, hide your shoes! 🙂