Posted by Dog citizen in June 30, 2015-
By Juliana Yuri, behavioral consultant and team Dressage Rider Dog citizen.
To have a balanced, well-mannered and pet set, in addition to giving care and attention, it is important to teach him what to do, through commands and limits. This last can be an ordeal for both tutors that have very agitated or stubborn dogs, or for those who die of shame the poor guy that the dog can do!
But, set limits is relatively easy and very necessary for the dogs learn to cope with frustrations and controlled situations, and also gain self-control. A dog that knows no limits, either because it is very agitated or “pampered”, runs the risk of being labeled “boring” or “dominant”, and losing access to people and social contact for an easy problem to be solved.
Here are some tips to impose limits on the dog, in a peaceful and positive:
Teach commands (sit, down, come, stay etc.) and use them whenever you give something that the dog likes or wants: nothing in life is free, the pet will have to earn it! The dog who has everything the way you want, anytime you want, just turning a “bossy”, which uses inappropriate behaviors to make things (jumping, barking, scratching etc.).
Impose some limits, only to exercise: some lines may be useful, as I don’t climb on couch or not leave the gate, however, others may be imposed only in respect of “control”, so that the tolerance of the dog is constantly exercised. For example, when going out for a walk, don’t let the dog run through every door–ask for him to wait on one side, you pass and then passes him. This has nothing to do with being dominant and need to pass in front, is simply a limit that the dog needs respect to get what she wants: a walk!
Other limits may be: just get a bone or toy of the floor when you release or not get a snack that is played on the floor. How to teach it? Place collar and guide the dog and throw the snack on the floor, away from his reach. When he goes to pick up the food, say “no” and the Guide itself will do the job of preventing it gets to snack (don’t take leaps or reprimands). The pet will learn that when you say “no,” he must give up stealing snack of ground and control.
If your pet is very choppy, avoid situations very stimulating: do not attempt to start the training for very exciting situations for the dog! Start setting limits in the House, as the example of the doors during the tour, then to different locations. Always use a leash and guide to contain it, because these tools will help you in your control and, especially, use many rewards when the pet accept the limit imposed. So, he will learn more easy!
Stay strong and don’t give up! One of the major difficulties of mentors is to maintain discipline and not make the limits. But, if the rule is “don’t take the snack of ground”, the pet can never get; or if he can’t go on the couch, no one can afford. Otherwise, the dog learns that no one can resist to fast or face the wrong behaviors, and the limits go down the drain!
Never impose limits of physical form: that is, pushing, punching her, rolling the dog in position “submissive” or any rude way of acting. The best limits are those well explained and invariants, taxes in a practical and intelligent (using tab and collar, environmental barriers and commands). Mainly, if the idea is to impose limits to better control a dominant dog or aggressive, physical strength isn’t going to help anything. Prefer fully positive reinforcement-based methods and don’t hesitate to ask for help from a professional, if you have many difficulties in controlling the dog.
uspsf January 7, 2016
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