You spend half an hour each day shouting at your kids not run through the house, because you don’t want everything you’ve worked hard for in life to be broken. But your dog also seems to share the same disregard for the rules! It's been one too many times that you've heard a precious vase or table ornament break as he leaps into and around the house. It simply has to stop, your bank balance needs a break and your sanity needs time to recover.
When you enter the house full of shopping, children and coats, you don't want to trip over your dog in the doorway as he charges into the home and around the downstairs. He might be invincible, but one wrong fall over him could see you out of work for weeks!
Luckily, training your dog not to run into the house is relatively straightforward. It consists mainly of obedience commands to assert your control and enforce the rules. You will also need to use a number of simple measures to deter him from running in the first place. You may also need to change his current exercise routine and consider investing in some distractions.
If the culprit is a puppy he should respond to training relatively quickly. If he is older and has years of disregarding the rules under his belt, then breaking the habit may take a number of weeks. But be patient and persistent, this training is essential if you want to avoid injury to your dog, yourself, and to the rest of your family. Think how relaxing those evenings will be when you have one less member of the family to shout at!
Before you start tackling your marathon running canine friend, you will need to get together a few things. Treats or his favorite food will be essential for incentivizing and rewarding him during obedience training. You may also want to invest in food puzzles and toys to redirect his attention elsewhere.
For one of the methods, baby gates may be required to limit his indoor running ability. An extra long leash will also be required too.
Once you’ve collected these bits, just set aside 15 minutes each day for the next few weeks, bring a positive mental attitude and you’re ready to get to work!