You’ve had a long day at work and as soon you walk through the door, your pooch is leaping up and down trying to get your attention. You can barely sit down, he’s so excited. While you’re glad he’s happy to see you, 30 seconds to gather yourself first would be appreciated. This over-excitement manifests itself in other ways too. He likes to nibble and bite your hands and arms when you play. It started off being cute and humorous, but when he snapped at another dog on a walk recently, you feared the harmless habit has turned into something dangerous.
If you can train your dog to divert that energy elsewhere though, like into a game of tug and war, you can avoid any biting problems. Not only will it tire him out so he spends more time napping than he does biting, it will also help him understand what he can and what he cannot bite.
Training him to play tug of war is nice and easy. The main thing you need to do is get him excited about playing and motivate him to sink his teeth into a toy. Throw in some tasty treats to reward him and he’ll be wanting to play tug of war every day. If he’s a puppy and full of energy, this could take just a couple of days to teach him. If he’s older and not as energetic or switched on as he once was, then he may need up to a week before he catches on.
Get this training right, and you’ll have a fun game to play with him, and a great way to tire him out. If walks don’t do the trick, then tug of war will certainly leave him dozing in the afternoons. It will also reduce the risk of him excitedly biting anyone and channel his nibbling behavior into something safe.
The first thing you’ll need is a tug of war toy. These can be bought online or from a local pet store. If he’s big and strong, you may need a heavy duty toy. You can even make a toy out of old clothes, tied together.
Treats or his favorite food will also be essential for incentivizing and rewarding him. Set aside 5-10 minutes a day for the next few days for training.
Apart from that, just bring some energy and come in a playful mood and you’re ready to begin!
Everytime my dad gets home, Lucky wants to play with him, and since my dad is in his 60s, he is fairly weak and very tired especially on weekdays.
Lucky keeps jumping on my dad although we have told him sit over and over each day we arrive home, but it seems like his energy is so high that no matter what we do, he still hasnçt improved on his jumping. He does sit though, but only a few times within a 2 minute span of jumping and biting.
After jumping and biting, Lucky would grab a ball or another toy of his, and nudge my dad with the toy as though he wants to play. I'm stronger than Lucky when it comes to tug of war, but it seems like Lucky prefers my dad more, and my dad has to clench hard as he can to budge the toy in Lucky's mouth.
Sometimes I try to play with Lucky so my dad can go nap or rest, but it doesn't always work, though. Since I'm the youngest and I train Lucky, it seems to me that Lucky dislikes me mostly because I train him, and the redt of my family doesn't.
Hello Kien, Check out the video that I have linked below to help with the jumping. Once Lucky sits, instead of jumps, after being corrected, your dad can give him a treat. Lucky should then learn to go straight to sitting and bringing him a ball without jumping on him first. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaF7vQU3k4E Fitting a collar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3iczULPcdE I suggest teaching Lucky to play fetch and the "Drop It" command, so that your dad can play with him outside while sitting or simply standing, without having to tug on anything. Check out the article that I have linked below for how to teach the steps of Fetch. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-to-fetch/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Is not interested in playing fetch or tug of war but is playful with other dogs
Hi there. I am going to send you some step by step info on teaching fetch. Tug of war is a bit harder to teach. A lot of the time, it is an instinctual behavior. You can encourage play time with it and make it fun by incorporating treats, but it's usually something they pick up on their own. How to Teach Your Dog to 'Fetch' Step 1: Introduce the Fetch Toy Once you’ve picked out a good toy, introduce it to your dog so they start to get excited about fetch. Place the toy near you. As your dog gets close to it, click, praise, and give a treat. If they touch their nose to the toy, click, praise heavily, and give treats. Continue this process until your dog reeeally likes the toy. Caution: See why you should avoid throwing sticks for your dog. Step 2: Move the Fetch Toy Around Now that your dog is starting to figure out that touching the fetch toy means treats, start moving it around so they have to move to get to it. Don’t throw the toy yet, or even move it very far. Simply hold the toy in slightly different positions — at arm’s length — and encourage your dog to touch it. Each time they touch the toy, click, treat, and praise. Continue this little dance until you’re sure the behavior has stuck. Dog Catching FrisbeeStep 3: Get Your Dog to Grab the Fetch Toy Now it’s time to start rewarding your dog when they actually grab the toy with their mouth. This can take a little patience on your part. The key is to watch your dog’s behavior and reward when it starts to look like the behavior you want. Place the toy on the ground at about arm's length. If your dog moves from touching their nose to the toy and begins using their mouth, it's time to click, praise, and treat. Each time they get a little closer to biting the toy, continue to reward. If and when they pick up the toy with their mouth, act like it’s the best thing you’ve ever seen (and don’t forget to click and give treats). Remember that your dog will be looking to you for reassurance that they’re on the right track Step 4: Play Little Games of Indoor Fetch At this point, your dog should know that placing the toy in their mouth means they get a treat. The next phase is perhaps the trickiest, but you only need to follow the same method of rewarding small steps toward success. Toss the toy a few feet away from you. When they pick it up, click, treat, and praise. Continue this until they understand what they’re supposed to do. Then toss the toy and encourage your dog to bring it back to you. When they do, click, treat, and praise. Step 5: Throw the Fetch Toy Farther Once your dog has realized that they get treats when they get their toy and bring it back, start "upping the ante" by throwing the toy farther. It might help to find a hallway (which will reduce distractions) and toss the fetch toy farther and farther away. With each successful fetch, offer treats and praise, then toss the toy a little farther. Repeat as many times as necessary for your dog to understand what this fetch game is all about. Step 6: Add Some Words This part is optional. If you would like to add a marker word like “fetch,” now is the time to do so (when your dog is successfully fetching their toy). Say the word before throwing the toy, then lay it on heavy with treats and praise when they successfully fetch for you and say something like “good fetch.” Of course, it’s not necessary to say “fetch” or another similar word. By this point, your dog has probably learned to enjoy the game itself — with or without a verbal cue.
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