You arrive home after a long day of work and park the car, but before you’ve even got to the front door you can see your canine friend leaping up at your clean windows. You don’t want to feel angry because he is simply excited to see you, but you’re also fed up of cleaning your windows every few days! Not to mention the flashes through your mind of him breaking your window and seriously injuring himself. That’s a hefty vet bill that you don’t need to have to have on your plate right now.
Getting a handle on this behavior will protect your clean windows from grubby footprints and damage. If this is a habit he has had a while, it’s time to kick it, for your sanity, your bank balance, and for the well being of your home!
On the upside, training this type of behavior out of him is relatively straightforward, particularly if he is a puppy. Puppies respond quickly to training when they are young and with just a few days, this new habit could be history. If he is older, you may need to be prepared to invest weeks into training before your windows remain indefinitely clean.
Training will consist of obedience commands to incentivize him to stay clear of the windows. You may also need to utilize a number of deterrents to discourage him in the first place.
If you want to reduce the risk of glass-related injuries, getting this training right is extremely important. Broken windows will not only pose a risk to your dog, but also to other pets and any children in the house. So investing some time and effort into these training methods will definitely be worth it.
Before your campaign begins you will need to get your hands on several things. First and foremost, food and treats will be needed to reward your dog and hammer home the obedience training. A quiet space, free from the distractions of noisy children will also be required.
You will need step stools for one of the methods, plus window film, a citronella spray collar and squirty water bottles for another. You will also need 10-15 minutes a day for the next few weeks until training is complete.
Once you’ve collected all of the above, just bring a positive attitude, some patience and you’re ready to get to work!