It’s never too early to began training your puppy and its never too late to teach your old dog new behaviors.
A well-trained dog is a happy confident dog who knows where he stands in his “pack” (your family). That’s why many of our clients began to see what can sometimes seem like a magical change in their pup’s attitude and behavior during week 3 to week 4 of our training together.
Dogs who were digging may stop suddenly. A chronic barker may grow silent in situations that were explosive before. And here’s a big one, that we often see, a dog that was pulling, growling and barking aggressively at other dogs during a walk is now walking calmly beside you. You see, as you take on the leadership role and your confidence grows your puppy slips naturally into her role as a follower, a role she will be much more comfortable with. She doesn’t feel the need to vie with you for the “top dog” position. She doesn’t have to protect you. As the leader that’s your job.
Believe it or not Dogs don't come into the world knowing human language. We train you to recognize the signs the dog is giving, and help the you train the dog to respond appropriately to human signs and language.
We only use reward-based training, also called positive reinforcement. The dog offers a behavior, the behavior is recognized with an auditory marker, (I use the word YES!) and this is followed with a reward-initially a treat and praise. The more often the behavior is rewarded the more likely the behavior will occur.
Once the behavior is solid, we will give the rewards on a random basis only. And eventually praise only will be needed.
If you can relate with any of these, here's some good news: She is not being naughty on purpose and there is nothing wrong with your dog . In fact, the above behaviors are completely normal and even expected . . . . . that is, if your dog thinks SHE’S in charge . . .
Once your dog has a clear message that he is NOT the alpha dog, he’ll take on an entirely new set of behaviors.
All of these behaviors are best achieved by having a strong foundation of training. Foundation training is taking the small steps to work toward the big picture.
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