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Although you CAN teach an old dog new tricks, starting your dog on the right foot in the beginning is key to getting your dog to conform to doing what you expect from him.  Puppy training is important to incorporate proper training and teaching for your dog since the beginning…

Dogs can act out in a variety of ways, including damaging things, escaping and roaming, chasing people, begging for food, and barking just for the sake of it…

The basic need of the average dog owner (you) is to:

Know how to potty train your puppy

Train your dog to come when called

Train your dog to cease tugging at the end of the leash when out for a walk

Train your dog to stop unnecessary barking

Train your dog to refrain from jumping up on people

Train your dog to sit down and stay when told

Here are some topics that you will read about in this brief guide:

Begging for food

Chasing People, Objects and Other Things

Escaping and Roaming

Dog Fighting

Begging For Food

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  • Get something that your dog dislikes. You can try fruits such as grapefruit that is sour or green apples that are bitter. Do NOT give grapes to your dog. The consumption of grapes (and raisins) presents a potential health threat to dogs. Their toxicity to dogs can cause the sudden development of kidney failure) with anuria (a lack of urine production).
  • Try using Tabasco sauce or apple cider vinegar. Give your dog a sample to see whether he likes it or not.  Use other foods that you think the dog may not eat (and do not present a potential health threat to dogs). If they don’t eat the food, they probably detest the smell and/or the taste of the food.
  • If the dog starts to beg, give him a piece of your food along with the stuff that he does not like. The dog will be already familiar with the taste and will reject it.  If there are other people who are eating, have them do the same.
  • Be consistent and use something that your dog dislikes. The more consistent you are, the more your dog will get the message.
  • You can also use the “No” command consistently. Make sure that you mean it; otherwise, your dog will not take you seriously. Eventually, your dog will get the message and stop this behavior.
Chasing People, Objects And Other Things

Dogs are known to chase after moving objects, whether they are human or not. A main example is the mailman delivering the mail.  Another thing that dogs chase after are wheels on a car/bike as they are moving. These are common targets for dogs. However, this is can be dangerous for the dog as well as the subject they are chasing. When people are chased by a dog, they instinctively start to run and that make things worse.

You must correct this behavior. The best time to start is when the dog is still young and not threatening. It’s even more important for those breeds that are large and those that are known to have aggressive behavior. The sooner you start, the better chance you have of getting the dog to obey you.

It is not a good idea to let a dog run free if they have not been trained not to chase. Even if they have, they still need to remain on a leash in public. Depending on the breed, some are easier to train not to chase people or things. Those dogs that are used for hunting or herding purposes are more likely to continue chasing.

When you are training your dog, do it in a safe area that is built-in. An ideal place would be a yard that is fenced in. This way the dog will be able to concentrate on what you are trying to do with him.  You want the dog to understand that you are trying to teach him the proper behavior.  Also, the dog must be given a chance to go over the behavior that you are trying to teach him.

You should also train the dog in your home.  This is another way of keeping the dog in a controlled environment.  Place a training line on the dog.  You and the dog will stand at one end of the hallway or one end of a room.  Get a small ball and wave it in front of them.

Roll the ball to the other end and use the command “off”. This command lets the dog know that they are not to chase after the ball. However, if they start to go after it, say the command “off” again and gently and firmly tug the training line.

You will not let the dog touch the ball.  If you allow him to do so, then they will think that the command “off” means that they can touch it. Do this several times or until the dog has learned what the command means. After the dog has gotten the message, give him a treat as a reward for learning that command.

Try the same thing but go to another room.  Repeat the process again in more rooms of your home.  After you feel that your dog has mastered the training, you can do it without the training line.  Keep in mind you must remain in a controlled area.  It may take a while for your dog to get the hang of this.  Be patient until you are confident that he has learned to stop chasing.

Do a test to see if your dog has actually learned from your training. Get a person who rides a bicycle or motorcycle, or get someone to act as a walker or a jogger. The dog should not know them. In fact, the person that you choose should be a stranger to the dog, but not to you.

Keep the dog on the leash and allow the person to move several times. During this time, you will do the “off” command.  See if the dog will remain still or try and chase the person.  If they try to run, gently and firmly tug on the leash. If they stay put, you can give them a treat.

Escaping And Roaming

It’s important that you do whatever you need to do to keep your dog from escaping and roaming around in the neighborhood. They can be a danger not only to others, but to themselves as well.  There are people out there who would not mind getting their hands on a dog that does not belong to them. So it’s crucial that you take the appropriate steps to keep your dog and others safe.

Many urban areas require that a dog is on a leash or the owner could face fines. Dog owners should always have their dogs on a leash. Unfortunately, many dog owners allow their dog to roam free. This is not a good idea. In fact, once a dog can roam free and unattended, he could care less about obeying the commands of their owner. It can also pose a danger to your dog and the residents in the area.

Once the dog has the ingrained perception that he can roam free, he will delay heeding the owner’s call, if he comes at all. If you allow this to happen, you could get in trouble that may go beyond a fine. If you have not allowed this type of behavior to happen, don’t start it.  However, if you have, do your best to reverse the situation.

Is Your Dog An Escape Artist?

There are sometimes when it’s not your fault that the dog has gone astray.  Some dogs will work an escape plan by themselves.  Once they get out, they will go after anything in sight. That includes humans, cars or anything that makes a movement. Working to prevent this from happening is easier than trying to get your dog back once they have gotten out.

One of the things that you can do is eliminate anything that will provoke your dog to get away.  You must keep your dog busy.  If they are bored, they will want to get away and will scheme to do it. If they have plenty of toys, along with water and sleeping arrangements, they won’t think about getting away.  They will be too busy playing and getting their rest.

Allow the dog to work off the energy that has built up inside of them. If you have a dog that has a lot of pent up energy, they will want to escape. They are not using their energy and it makes them bored and anxious to get out.

You must also make your home so that it won’t be easy for your dog to get away.  Make sure that the fencing is sufficient enough that they will stay in the controlled environment.  If you have a dog that has a habit of digging, you may have to place metal stakes in the ground. You may also have to make the fence higher if your dog has a habit of jumping.  The last resort is to keep your dog confined when no one is at home to watch him.

Dog Fighting

Here are some ways that you can prevent your dog from fighting:  keep your dog under control in the event they meet up with another dog. Make sure that you have trained your dog to be obedient. They should be able to obey all of your commands. As long as your dog is trained properly, they will do what you say and not egg on a fight with other dogs. Your dog may not be an instigator when it comes to fighting, but the other dog may be

  • Make sure that your dog’s collar is fitting properly and carry an umbrella and spray bottle for protection.
  • If an aggressive dog comes in your path, have your do to sit and look away from the aggressor. Avoid making eye contact with the aggressor. It just makes him more prone to attack, whether it’s you or your dog…
  • Neither you nor your dog should run. This just escalates the situation. Instead have your umbrella available. Put the umbrella between the dogs so that it will open.
  • Put your foot in front and say “Stop!”, then open the umbrella. As you open the umbrella, the aggressive dog will try to escape your clutches.
  • If you use the spray bottle, go for the aggressor’s nose and say “Stop!” and spray.  Try to avoid the eyes.
  • If the umbrella or spray bottle trick does not work, you and your dog back away slowly.
  • If the other dog is extremely aggressive, they may still try to attack.  You may have to seek additional help. Scream for Help !

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