However, times change and now the novelty has worn off. Rather than being a good house-dog he's become something of a nuisance in the noise department. From kids playing in the street to the mailman, it doesn't take much for the dog to erupt into the canine version of World War 3 on the Richter scale of barking. To make matters worse, the neighbors have started to grumble about the noise and you've no idea how to quiet the dog down... especially as shouting at him only seems to make matters worse.
For the seasoned adult barker, you need persistence, patience, and consistency in order to re-educate your Corgi. You'll also need some or all of the following:
My puppy LOVES to grab things in his mouth, most importantly: socks. He'll grab whatever he finds, especially my sons blanky, and will play with it. With my sons blanky, he has even ripped through it before. What do we do? Most importantly, how do I get him to stop chewing on my sons blanky?
Hello Xavier, First work on teaching Dash the "Leave It" command. To teach this, place a couple of treats into your hand, close your hand, and let him sniff your hand. Tell him :to "Leave It" while you do this and wait for him to give up on getting the treats. As soon as he gives up, praise him and give him a treat from your free hand. Do not give him what is in your closed hand ever though. Practice this until he will immediately leave your treat filled hand alone when you tell him to "Leave It". As he improves, increase the difficultly. You can increase the difficultly by placing the treats on the floor and covering them with your hand or foot, by moving further away from the treats, so that he can see them, but quickly covering them again if he tries to get them, and when he is really good at this, by dropping them on the floor while you tell him to "Leave It". When he has mastered this with treats then practice "Leave It" with house hold items, such as blankets and socks, the same way. Once he has mastered leaving house hold items alone during training sessions you can use "Leave It" every day whenever he begins to bother something that he is not supposed to have. When you tell him to "Leave It" in every day life, when he obeys give him one of his own toys instead. It is natural for puppies his age to chew and carry things in their mouths, but he needs to learn to chew on his own toys. Also work on keeping socks and blankets and other objects picked up. Most dogs will out grow the tendency to chew on every thing if you can prevent them from forming habits of it. Managing his area better, in addition to teaching him "Leave It" and practicing with items when you can supervise him, should help. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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