Hello Rachael, Check out the article linked below. Starting today, use the "Bite Inhibition" method. BUT at the same time, begin teaching "Leave It" from the "Leave It" method. As soon as pup is good as the Leave It game, start telling pup to "Leave It" when he attempts to bite or is tempted to bite. Reward pup if he makes a good choice. If he disobeys your leave it command, use the Pressure method to gently discipline pup for biting when you told him not to. The order or all of this is very important - the Bite Inhibition method can be used for the next couple of weeks while pup is learning leave it, but leave it will teach pup to stop the biting entirely. The pressure method teaches pup that you mean what you say without being overly harsh - but because you have taught pup to leave it first, pup clearly understands that you are not just roughhousing (which is what pup probably thinks most of the time right now), so it is more effective. Biting - Leave It method, Bite Inhibition method, and Pressure method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite When pup gets especially wound up, he probably needs a nap too. At this age puppies will sometimes get really hyper when they are overtired or haven't had any mental stimulation through something like training. When you spot that and think pup could be tired, place pup in their crate or an exercise pen with a food stuffed Kong for a bit to help him calm down and rest. Finally, check out the PDF e-book downloads found on this website, written by one of the founders of the association of professional dog trainers, and a pioneer in starting puppy kindergarten classes in the USA. Click on the pictures of the puppies to download the PDF books: https://www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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We live on a 10 acre ranch off of a busy highway to the north. Across our property line (unfenced) my sister lives to the south. My dog frequently races over there to hang out with her dog or just wandering around or other neighbor's property even if he is outside for just a few moments unattended. This problem has just developed in the last few weeks. I'm hesitant of doing any harsh training because I do not want him to get "trained" to not run south, and end up on the highway to the North. I also am confused with boundary training because when I'm with him, we frequently will walk this area and I do not want him to be hesitant and not sure if he can figure that out. Our older dog (golden retriever) has not had issues with wondering off ever and knows the boundaries and always stays close.
Hello! Training your dog to stay inside a boundary is quite simple. To get started you will need to purchase marker flags from your local hardware store. These are generally found in the garden section. You will also need high value treats for your dog. I like to use grilled chicken, roast beef, or cheese cut into very small pieces. Look for a treat your dog will go crazy over, and only use this special treat for boundary training. I prefer to use a clicker as a marker for training this behavior. The clicker is a reward marker communicating to your dog that she did the right thing and will get a reward. You will start inside your house with your dog. Show your dog the flag, when she touches it with her nose click the clicker and give her a treat. This will teach her that touching the flag is what gets her the reward or treat. Next, place the flag a few feet away from you. Have your dog touch the flag; when she does this again you will click. She should then return to you to get her treat. Move the flag further way and practice having your dog go to the flag, click and give her a treat when she returns to you. By doing this, you will be conditioning your dog to move away from the flag. Before moving the training outside, I like to work with my dogs for about a week to make sure they understand they are to move away from the flags. Remember to always use a clicker and a treat to reinforce this. Once your dog understands they get rewarded for moving away from the flags, it is time to take the training outside. Place flags along your boundary line every 8-10 feet. Using a 15 to 20 foot long line, walk your dog around the boundary of your yard. She should go to the flags and touch them. After this happens you will click and your dog should return to you for her treat. Remember to continue to use your clicker and click and dispense a treat every time she touches the flags. For the best success practice this several times a day. You are classically conditioning your dog to return to you when she sees the flags. The flag become the cue to return to you, this becomes an involuntary response to the dog. Practice as often as you can, 8 to 10 weeks of practice will help make this a very solid behavior. The more you practice the more solid the behavior will be. As your dog gets better at returning to you, increase the length of the long line to 40 or 50 feet. You can also introduce some low level distractions to the training. This increases the difficulty of the behavior so make sure your dog gets a lot of praise and reinforcement for returning to you. Gradually increase the level of the distractions. If your dog is having trouble with this part of the training, make sure your distractions are not too high level. The last step is working with your dog off-leash. Make sure you are supervising your dog during this part of the training. Reinforce your dog often during the off lead sessions. Be aware of what is going on outside your yard and if you feel the distractions are too much for your dog to handle put her back on the lead. You will also want to make sure your yard is a fun environment for your dog. The yard should be a place where your dog feels safe and happy. One last tip; Do not punish your dog if she goes out of her boundary. Simply call her back and praise her when she returns. This will teach her that being inside the boundary is always rewarding and good things happen whenever she is inside the boundary.
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Cant get her to return the ball on the beach- she wants me to chase her- and i have to trick her to get her back on the leash
Hello, here are tips on getting your dog to play fetch or retrieve: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-vizsla-to-retrieve. and as well: https://wagwalking.com/training/fetch-9. Keep practicing and it will come before you know it. As for getting Nova back on the leash, the best way is to perfect her recall. You may want to work on it in a setting other than the beach at first, such as a quiet fenced in dog park or the back yard. Then, by all means, start practicing at the beach. There are good methods here: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall and https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shiba-inu-to-come. Happy training!
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My dog runs away from me. He acts like he doesn't know who I am
Hello Lorns, If he is fearful of you, I suggest hiring a trainer to help you build his trust and evaluate why he is fearful. If he does not seem truly scared, he is probably playing "keep away". Most dogs find it very fun to avoid their owners so that the owners will chase them. Some dogs avoid their owners because they have learned from past experience that when they are caught they have to go inside or do something else that is no fun. He needs to be generally off-leashed trained before being given off-leash freedom. Check out the article linked below on teaching Come. Follow the "Reel In" method, and when outside with your pup, until he will come every time while on a forty foot lightweight leash do not let him off leash - You start with a shorter and stronger leash, like a twenty or thirty foot one, and progress to a less noticeable one long and lighter one as he improves. When you are outside with him and he chooses to come up to you on his own, without being called, also give him a treat (hidden in your pocket so he doesn't see it beforehand), to encourage him to follow you willingly as well. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall You may also want to consider enrolling in an off-leash obedience training class. If he cannot perform commands around distractions while on the leash, then you will need to start with Basic or Intermediate Obedience first and once he knows those skills, move onto an advanced off-leash class. building general off-leash reliability will help a lot with boundary training. For boundary training to work, the dog needs to respect you well enough to listen to your instructions while off leash, unless you are using a device that enforces the training for you, like a barrier training device. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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