“Your dog is so well behaved” is one of the best comments that I could receive from an individual.
Usually that is followed by the question: How do you get them to behave so well?
So I have come up with a few basic points that you can start using with your dog and I think you will like the outcome…[just remember your ABC’s]
A: Attention- All dogs love it, but I am talking more specifically about –YOU-paying attention to your dog, Let me explain. Far to many people expect a pet or even a child for that matter to just behave and be good. Life just doesn’t work that way. You have got to put in some time and attention into your fur kids.
Start by getting yourself and your dog on a walking routine, say 3 times per week to start out. Plan it and stick to it, put it in your smart phone for goodness sake (they all have a calendar app).
This does a few things: First it is healthy for you and your dog and who wouldn’t want to shed a pound or two. Secondly, it gets you and your pet on the same wavelength, let them burn off a little pent up energy in the beginning then they will start to pay attention to you and your commands during the second half of the walk so focus your training and attention towards them on the later half.
Try sitting by a curb before you cross a street or intersection, count to 10 while your dog patiently waits by your side (your parents did teach you to look both ways didn’t they) then start the walk again. When you reach another intersection repeat the sit -10sec- walk routine.
Pretty soon if you ask this same behavior of your dog in the house when company comes over your dog already knows what to do sit -10sec- wait for another command. WOW it all makes since to your dog now!
Attention can carry over into the house also; take time to pay attention and work on small training steps.
Try this one, before your dog heads outside for a bathroom break and again before they come inside make them sit -10sec- then open the door and give them a command to go outside only after you have stepped thru the door, i.e.: [the human gets to have priority going thru a door].
Stay with me on this one, YES you can do this: SIT -10sec- STAY command-you go outside then tell your dog to COME. This should be repeated on your way back inside.
By repetition and consistency with this exercise you are subconsciously training your dog that you are the leader and they need to pay attention to you.
Keep at this one it takes time and patience, but your reward will come when the neighbors stop by unexpected and you open the door up after you have told your dog to SIT -10sec- STAY while the guests walk into the house without “Crazy Dog” jumping up all in their face. You may even here the comment: “Your dog is so well behaved”.
B: Boundaries- All pets and humans for that matter need more of this one.
Without even thinking about it by sticking with your 3 time a week walks and paying attention to your dog you are setting boundaries. You and your dog are starting to click, and the exercise puts them in a perfect frame of mind to pay attention to you with the task you are asking them to do.
I will let you in on a secret: YOUR DOG LOVES TO INTERACT WITH YOU!
One of the truly basic happy feelings any dog can get is just to be with you, the humans, no matter what you are doing.
Don’t want your dog to hop up onto the furniture, set those boundaries, try giving them a nice pet bed to sit next to you on the couch this way they are with you but not on top of you. Your dog will still feel like they are with you.
Another Example: Don’t want your dog to be up in your business at the dinner table, stick to your boundaries, patiently move them 6 feet away from you and tell the SIT – STAY, you will no doubt have to repeat this a couple of times but your dog will get it and you will feel amazed…Set those [Boundaries]
C: Consistency- This one is hardest for us the humans!
Yes we are busy with the job, family, bills etc. but nothing worth doing ever comes easy so stick to your guns and be consistent in your training.
The fact that you are reading this says you are a passionate pet parent and want the best dynamic for you and your dog.
Our Home has been volunteering as a Foster Family for rescued dogs and although you can never tell the background of these great dogs when they come into the program I can say that by applying these simple ABC’s of Dog Training you will see results, and the end reward is worth the effort when you hear someone comment: “Your dog is so well behaved”
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There are many ways of rescuing a dog. One would be to actually go to a shelter and pick a dog out. Then there is one step removed from that process - adopting from a rescue group. A rescue organization houses its pets a couple of different ways. One is they have a facility where the animals are housed and cared for until they are adopted. The other involves foster homes, and just like with children, these fosters open up their homes and hearts to these dogs. The later was the route we took in adopting our dog Oslo. We have been able to know Oslo almost from the day he was born; his mother was rescued while pregnant.
These great volunteers took in his mom, cared for her, helped her deliver and care for the pups. And while this rescue took one dog off the street, they had now one mom and all her puppies to care for and adopt out so none of them would ever end up on the street again. These volunteers spend countless hours caring for these dogs, as you would care for your own, loosing sleep and worrying about finding them the best home. I did not realize the extent of care and worry till we decided to foster.
I volunteered for the group that we adopted Oslo from and I was not going to foster at first. Our group has an email system set up that alerts volunteers of things needing done in the organization. This includes the dogs that are currently in area shelters. I had no idea how many there would be, week after week, face after pitiful face that needed help. So after saying I wouldn’t, I did; then off to the shelter to “pull” my first foster dog.
The shelter: I have always been an emotional person, so I have avoided these places that I deemed as sad so I wouldn’t turn into a giant bawl bag. I tucked emotions aside and went in; knowing that at least one of these dogs was coming out with a better life. After seeing all of them, row after row, cage after cage, I could realize how overwhelming it would be to come here to find your next furry love. But that is what I was there to do. I help out a breed specific rescue so I knew who I was after, they took me to a huge bouncing ball of energy and excitement, and I started thinking; are you truly crazy? You really know nothing about this dog that you are about to take home, have I let my heart talk me into something completely nuts?
He was laying down after we completed all the paperwork and didn’t even get up when I went in to put on the collar and leash I had brought with me. Here I am, about to take this 75-pound stranger home with me. He happily trotted out with me and loaded in the car like he had always been my dog.
The whole first night, as he slept in his kennel, I worried what had I done, how is he going to be with my dogs, does he like kids, is he potty trained, is he going to bark all night? I’m happy to say we made it thru that first night and all the others since.
His name is Hurley, a tribute to the character from J. J. Abrams hit show LOST, and he is a very good boy. It has been thru this experience that I have come to realize the great importance of foster homes. You open up your house to a furry stranger, they don’t know what to think of you and while you might be thinking your crazy, they are just as afraid.
A foster dog is like buying a car with a [Car Fax Report]. This dog has been living in someone’s home for weeks to months, they know all of their good points, and they know all of their flaws. When I walked out of the shelter with Hurley I didn’t even know what I was going to call him, let alone how we were going to get along. Adopting a dog from a foster home eliminates all of those fears for the next person.
He’s been test-driven. He’s had any repairs needed, he’s micro chipped and neutered, he’s put on weight if needed, and he has been loved. And unlike a shady car dealer, the foster home loves this dog; they want him to go to the best family and to be a successful match. You become truly vested in this dog.
While a potential adopter is thinking about all of the information on the “Dog Fax Report” and falls in love with a cute face, the foster parent and the rescue group are looking the adopters over like a dating service would. Are they right for this dog? How is he going to get along in their family? Are they willing to put in the work if needed? Will they love him forever? Like it or not, try as you may, you fall in love with these dogs, and they fall in love with you.
So whether you are adopting from a shelter or from a rescue group realize that people are on your side and looking out for the best interest of these dogs. Any method of saving a dog in wonderful, but if your nervous about introducing a strange dog into your house, know that you have options thru rescue groups. Your perfect match is out there, maybe even napping on someone’s couch till you find him or her that Forever Home.
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