Perhaps your dog has always been a clingy pup. Maybe she is a rescue with some trauma in her past that makes her stick to you like glue. Then there are the dogs that are always after you to play with them. Why can't they just entertain themselves sometimes? We have many reasons for wanting our dogs to be more independent. There is nothing like the joy of watching a nervous dog finally strike boldly out on her own, following a scent or chasing a butterfly. Dogs naturally want to be independent, so teaching them is more like reminding than it is instructing.
The time and effort are worth it, both because it is fun and exciting to see your dog learning to react to new things with independent interest and curiosity, and because the skill of independence will allow your dog a joy and autonomy in life that otherwise would have been lost to her. Dogs of all ages, breeds, and dispositions can learn to be independent, but each dog is an individual, and our patience is the most important element in teaching our dogs to think for themselves.
Next, make a list of everything you can think of that your dog hasn’t done, that you could conceivably do. Be creative. Have you gone to your local stores that allow dogs? Do you have dog-friendly friends who would be willing to babysit for an afternoon? Is there a dog park you haven’t tried, maybe at a beach within driving distance, or one that offers swimming or an agility course?
Finally, think of those things your dog reliably loves in life. Gather her favorite treats, toys, good juicy bones for chewing, and a comfy but portable bed or blanket.
she don listen when we are not home she likes to run off and she is a little to frendly to dog that has attacked her before and she walks to strangers when we tell her to stay over all she just dont listen
Hello Katrina, It sounds like you would benefit from attending an obedience class with her. Check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Obedience" method. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Whiskey will not leave my side. I have an acre fenced in yard and he will not go to the bathroom without me. I’ve tried leaving treats outside and toys he just cries at the window. If I don’t walk out with him he will come in and potty in the house. I am loosing my mind. Nancy
Hello Nancy, I suggest working on teaching obedience commands and adding structure to his daily routine that generally builds independence. Work on staying on Place for one to two hours when you are in and out of the room. Work on Down and Sit Stay from a distance in the yard using a long leash woven around a tree behind her and then trailed to where you are to keep her from following you and allow you to tug her back into the correct position without having to walk back toward her - which would give her more attention for getting up. I suggest a fifty foot training leash for this (not retractable). Also, work on crate training with chew toys to help her learn to self-entertain and handle alone time. Teach her to stay in the crate when you are home with the door open, like a stay. She needs opportunities to learn to cope with being alone, entertaining herself, learning to self-sooth, and deal with her anxiety. Teaching her to willingly stay places away from you, such as in a crate with the door open forces her to choose to willingly obey and cope with being away from you instead of physically just making her do it - of she chooses to stay then she will learn more easily. Place: https://youtu.be/omg5DVPWIWo Crate: https://youtu.be/mn5HTiryZN8 Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I failed to train her when she was a puppy, and she isn't good on the leash. I'm slowly training her, but haven't been able to go on any long walks if you have any suggestions for training her on the leash. But she is very attached to me, and her mom who we also own. She really enjoys going outside, but won't go out unless me or her mom go outside. She's also socially awkward with other dogs, what is the best way to get her to play with other dogs? She growls, and seems to be overprotective of me. The rest of my family are not good with dogs, so she only feels close to me and her mom.
Hello Brynnlee, If you mean that she pulls then check out the "Turns" method from the article linked below. Using a gentle leader or front clip harness she cannot slip out of can also help but you will still need to train using a method like the Turns method while she wears the device. Do not use a back clip harness (that can make pulling worse). https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel If she is afraid to walk because she is unfamiliar with a leash, then check out the article linked below for introducing the leash: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-your-puppy-to-accept-leash To build independence work on commands that require self-control and staying further away from you, such as staying in Place for long durations and being able to stay in it while you move throughout the house, a distance down and sit stay using a long back tie leash, and staying in a crate with the door open until released. Generally working on calm, self-control building commands can help build confidence. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ To work on socialization around other dogs I suggest hiring a trainer who is part of a larger training facility where there will be a variety of dogs, including trainers' calm dogs to work on socialization carefully there, then in other public locations once Molly is doing well. Desensitizing her to other dogs from a distance is a good place to start to help her build a pleasant association with simply being around other dogs, then working up to heeling beside you while another dog walks parallel to you with another handler, then three second nose to nose greetings, then generally being calm around off leash dogs if she is doing very well while practicing obedience near them. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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