Having a lap dog is only fun if you can actually train your dog to sit in your lap. Small dogs love being held and cuddled. However, they don't always know to jump in your lap, circle around to get comfortable, and lie down. Training your dog to sit in your lap can be a command you can teach your little guy to increase and improve the bond you two have together. Spending time with your small dog in your lap can improve your mood, calm your little guy down, and turn into an evening of cuddle fun. Training your little guy to greet you when you get home from a long day at work is one thing, but teaching him to cuddle and sit in your lap can turn your stressful day into a day filled with love and compassion. We own dogs for that unconditional love. Train your small dog to sit in your lap and give you just that.
Before you begin to train your small dog to sit in your lap, be sure you have a safe way for him to get up into your lap. For instance, if you're sitting on a couch and you want your little dog to come to the couch to sit in your lap, be sure you are offering him a safe way to get up onto your couch. Training your small dog to sit in your lap will be a matter of conditioning him to recognize how to get in your lap, when it is okay to be on your lap, and how to settle down while he's on your lap, so he's not constantly licking your face or running around across the couch instead of settling down. You can teach puppies and older small dogs to do this. Just be sure to keep them safe if they are on furniture.
To prepare for training, put yourself in the same seat each time you ask your little dog to come sit in your lap. This could be a kitchen chair, an office chair, a couch, or even on the floor so your small dog does not have to do any acrobatics to get up to your lap. Be consistent with his training and offer lots of treats to your small dog, so he knows he's doing a job you expect him to do and doing it well.
He keeps biting me
Hello, When he bites, does he break the skin? If he is breaking the skin, then you need to hire a professional trainer who is very experienced dealing with aggression and has the proper resources, like another trainer to assist him if needed, to help you. Biting can happen for a number of reasons. It can be play mouthing- which is far less serious, is done in play and excitement and does not break the skin. It can be resource guarding or possessiveness around food, toys, or certain people. It can be dog-related aggression. It can be dominance/rudeness -typically a dog who simply thinks that he is in charge and has learned that he can get what he wants by using his mouth. It can be fear-biting. It can be due to injury, illness, or chemical imbalance. It can also be for another reason. A good trainer can assess why he is biting by asking a series of questions and having a safe consult with Hunter to evaluate him and decide on an approach to train him. Expect your dog to have to be restrained safely or muzzled for the consult until Hunter gets used to the trainer. If Hunter is not breaking the skin, is only biting during play and times of excitement, and seems to be having fun when he does it - and does not look stiff, tense, or proud, then he is probably mouthing, which is far less serious. To address mouthing, check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Leave It" method. You may also need to work on other training to improve Hunter's impulse control, obedience, and general calmness. A good obedience class, private lessons with a trainer, or following one of the methods from the second article that I have linked below can help with that part too. Mouthing biting: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Respect and listening: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you Do not address the biting using the linked puppy biting article if it is not puppy mouthing but is dangerous biting - hard-aggression-related bites need to be taken much more seriously and addressed with a trainer present in a different way. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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