The same mindset that feels entitled to pull on leash, to drag you towards a bush, and to mark everything is the same mindset that feels entitled to bark, lunge, and react to other dogs.
Address the small, seemingly unimportant bratty/entitled moments and the bigger ones will disappear.
Nothing makes a dog more stressed, anxious, and likely to have serious behavior problems, than feeling like he/she is the most powerful presence in his/her environment.
Leadership creates comfort.
It’s the same for kids. 🙂
The most important key to training your dog is staying consistent. If you correct a dog for something and then let them slide the next time, this sends them mixed signals and they can become confused as to what you want from them. Make rules clear and be sure to follow through. Doing this allows for them to learn and become more confident in knowing what exactly you want from them. If you do this, this will help you have a happy and healthy relationship with your dog.
I will sum up what my style of training does NOT involve. It doesn’t involve high pitched voices, food, intimidating or dominating. What it does involve is clear, calm communication and proper direction (leadership stuff my friends)
What do you share with your dog… a calm state of mind or an excited crazy state of mind. Remember that dogs see your energy and your actions and who you are as the way the are supposed to act because that is what their leader is sharing with them. If you want a calm dog share calmness… if you want an excited dog share being excited. Watch the transformation when you decide.
When you come back from your walk, don’t just take the leash off your dog and release them. That tells the dog that the outside world has rules and structure but the inside world is loosey goosey. That’s not the association you want to make. Down/stay everybody for about 10 minutes…check some email, fill the water bowls etc…and then go over and remove the leashes. But do not release them. When you remove the leashes, most dogs will think its free time…so this is a great training opportunity…simply correct if anyone moves and go back to what you were doing, then a few minutes later, go over and calmly release them. That creates the perception that structure is everywhere and that rules apply everywhere.
Motion is easy. Stillness, especially on command, not so much. 🙂
One of the most valuable skills you can teach your dog (especially if there are behavior problems) is how to relax on command. Once your dog learns how to relax, be calm, and not exist in a highly stressed state, many behavior issues will disappear. Use our “place” command video below to make it happen!