These are the three most common challenges humans face when training their canine family members.
Actually, I have a friend with twin toddlers and she has experienced similar challenges!
Anyway, they are daily challenges but quite often they’re things we live with. We complain about them and wish our dogs behaved differently, but in reality, our dogs are practising the exact opposite of what we’d like them to do on a daily basis and being rewarded for it.
Yes, they’re being rewarded for it. If they weren’t being rewarded, they wouldn’t keep doing it!
So, if you’d like to help your dog practice the things you WOULD like them to do, we have free guides that you can follow.
Recall… the beauty of seeing your dog turn and run to you at speed!
It’s a Game
Recall is such an important cue to teach our dogs that we can be tempted to make it a formal activity. We wonder why our dogs don’t come running back when we call, but they have 100% consistency when they hear the fridge door, their favourite squeaky toy or the lid being lifted from the biscuit tin.
Teaching recall needs to be fun, energetic and combined with a sound that the dog can recognise as the START of something fabulous. Poor recall can usually be traced back to the sound equalling the end of something fun. If your dog is having a lovely time, playing with their friends, running around and having a sniff… they hear the recall sound… they run back and they’re put on the lead and taken away from the fun. It won’t take long for your dog to learn that the recall sound marks the end their fun, so it’s no longer something they’ll come running back for.
Loose Lead Walking
Teaching your dog to walk comfortably by your side will lead to more relaxed walks for both of you. Dogs are naturally faster than us humans, the outside world is stimulating and exciting to them and the leads can be frustrating as they want to go and explore.
If your dog is walking on a tight lead, they are essentially being trained to pull. The reward comes from tugging you and being able to move forward. This is uncomfortable for both you and your dog. Pulling also creates tension which in turn, can result in barking at / lunging at dogs and people.
Jumping Up… is currently your dog’s default greeting.
It Makes Sense
Jumping up makes sense to your dog. If they would like to get your attention and jumping up has worked before, they’ll keep doing it.
Often as puppies, jumping up becomes a default greeting because they’re just so cute! They put their paws up our legs and we fuss them. It happens with other people too, as puppies are likely to get a lot of visitors. The visitors will want to fuss the pup, the pup puts their paws up and the cycle begins.
You can find all three guides here, have fun training your dog!