The "No Free Lunch" Policy
Make your dog work for everything he wants. Eating, playing, going outside, interaction with you, sitting on the couch, etc. Have him do a known command (like a sit, down, or wait) before receiving what he wants. It’s the same as asking a child to say “please”. This will help your dog learn that jumping, barking, mouthing, or other unwanted behaviors do not get him what he wants. Being polite is what gets him what he wants. This can also help repair the relationship if you have a domineering dog or a dog that has little to no respect for you or others. Be sure to set realistic boundaries and expectations for your dog, just as you would with a child.
The Golden Rules of Training
1. Patience: Training takes time, it is not a race. Do not try to force your dog to learn faster than he is able. This will just cause frustration for you and your dog.
2. Consistency: Once you have set the rules you must always stick to them. A dog will be just as consistent as you are. A dog that only gets fed from the table once every month or so will still keep begging because he knows that eventually, it will work, after all, it has in the past.
3. Control/Management: If the dog is too hyper or anxious to focus, don’t train him. If you are anxious, frustrated, angry, or emotional, don’t train your dog. If your dog can’t handle a bike going by while you are out walking, walk him in areas where he can get far enough away from the bike to be comfortable (don’t go walking on a bike trail). If the dog can overpower you, find someone to help you come up with a training regime so that you can handle your dog. If you can’t control or manage yourself, the dog, or the environment, training will not happen!
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