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Dog Rehoming - House Training - Fast and Easy

 

Choke/check chain collars or prong collars are unnecessarily punitive, and can cause severe damage to your dog, so put in the time and effort on your gentle training and you will soon see the results.

 

Dog training classes have changed dramatically over the past few years, and modern methods are gentle, fun and easy to use. Dogs learn very quickly using these methods and a good class can help to teach you how to train your dog to perform basic exercises, or more advanced skills, such as competitive obedience, agility or amazing tricks! A good training school should limit numbers of dogs per class so that the atmosphere is calm and all the dogs and handlers benefit from individual attention and help. Instructors should be knowledgeable and caring and no force or punitive equipment should be used. To find a good class in your area, visit www.apdt.co.uk.

 

curing bad habits
Most rehomed dogs fit into their new homes and lifestyles with ease! However, it is possible that your dog has not received any training until now, or has been allowed to practise inappropriate behaviours in his previous home.

 

jumping up
As jumping up is usually a friendly behaviour, it is totally inappropriate to use any kind of punishment to prevent it. Instead, think about what you would prefer your dog to do when greeting people - either keeping all four feet on the ground, or even better, sitting! Teaching your dog to 'sit to greet' people is relatively simple. First, make sure that all jumping up of any kind at home is ignored. Turn your back and fold your arms if your dog jumps up, praise and pet if he is sitting or being calm. Then, get into the routine of asking your dog to sit each and every time he is going to greet someone in the home and out. This kind of training requires total consistency. Banish anyone from your home who allows your dog to jump and says the terrible words, “I don't mind”!

 

pulling on lead
Dogs pull on the lead for many different reasons, but the main one is that we inadvertently reward them for doing it - by going where the dog wants to - and at his pace!

Unfortunately, pulling on the lead is so rewarding for dogs that it is not something they grow out of. Indeed, the more practise they have, the better they get at it!

Get some heelwork practise underway by stopping and standing still, or changing direction, each and every time there is tension in the lead - and only continuing with your walk when the lead is slack. If your dog is a truly persistent puller then using a correctly fitted head-collar such as a Gentle Leader or a body harness can give your training a head-start.

 

stealing
Stealing items from around the house and running off with them is dog sport! Unfortunately, it can lead to all sorts of problems later on if it is encouraged at an early age. Gundogs are especially likely to discover that running off with your wallet gets the whole household in uproar - and that they have just won the equivalent of the doggie lottery!

Put away items of value! Make sure that your dog cannot get hold of your most precious things. Dogs especially love socks, hair scrunchies, pens and shoes!

If your dog picks up something he should not have, but you can sacrifice it, then do! J-cloths, tea towels, tissues can all be ignored. If you cannot walk away, DO NOT CHASE your dog for the item, or shout. Instead, call him to you, praise him and give him a titbit in return for the item. Work on teaching your dog to fetch items to you. This utilises his natural instincts.

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