Listen to Your Dog
Learn to pay attention to your canine companion. Do not force your dog to say hello to another dog, animal, or person if he appears to be uncomfortable. He’s expressing his dissatisfaction for a purpose, and you should respect that. Forcing the issue can often lead to more serious issues in the future.
Be Generous with Your Affection
Most people aren’t shy about expressing their dissatisfaction with their dogs, but they tend to overlook the positive aspects. Big blunder! When your dog is doing the right thing, make sure you reward them with lots of attention. When he’s been a good boy, let him know. Now is the time to lavish your attention and admiration on them. It’s even acceptable to go a bit overboard.
Does Your dog Really Like It?
The fact that the bag claims “a treat all dogs love” does not guarantee that your dog will enjoy it. Some dogs are extremely picky about what they eat. Hard and crunchy snacks are usually less appealing to your dog than soft and chewy goodies. Keep an eye out for what she likes.
Tell Him What You Want Him to Do; dogs aren’t mind readers
There’s nothing wrong with telling your dog “no,” unless it doesn’t provide him with enough information. Instead of saying “no,” tell your dog what you want him to do. Since dogs don’t generalize well, if your dog jumps up to say hello and you say no, they may jump higher or to the left side instead of the right. Asking him to “sit” might be a better option. To minimize any confusion, tell him exactly what you want him to do.
Be Consistent in your dog training
It’s critical to incorporate as many family members as possible when training your dog so that everyone is on the same page. How on earth is your dog going to learn what you want if you tell him “off” when he jumps on the couch and someone else tells him “down” while someone else lets him hang out up there? Your success will be determined by your ability to maintain consistency.
Have Realistic Expectations of your dog
It takes time to change one’s behavior. You must have realistic expectations about modifying your dog’s behavior and the time it will take to change undesirable behaviors. Barking, digging, and jumping are common “normal” doggy habits that take the longest to learn. You should also think about how long your dog has performed the habit.
For example, if you didn’t mind your dog jumping up on people to say hello for the past seven years and now decide you don’t want him to do it any longer, it will take a lot longer to reverse the habit than if you addressed it when he was a puppy. It’s never too late to modify your habit; it just takes a little longer for certain behaviors (and certain dogs).
You Get What You Reinforce
If your dog does something you don’t like, it’s very likely that it’s something that has been reinforced in the past. When your dog gives you a toy and barks at you to throw it, this is a wonderful example. You’re the one who throws the toy. Your dog has recently discovered that barking gets him what he wants.
When you say “no,” he barks even louder. Please don’t give in and throw the toy right now! Why? Because you’ll have shown him that perseverance pays off. You’ll have a dog that barks and barks whenever he needs something before you realize it. What is the solution? Before you throw his toy, ignore his barking or ask him to do something for you (like “sit”).
Allow your dog to gradually gain independence in your home. Many pet parents make the mistake of allowing their new puppy too much freedom too soon. This can quickly lead to housetraining and damaging chewing incidents. Close doors to vacant rooms and, if necessary, use baby gates to split off areas of the house. When you can’t actively oversee your dog, keep her attached to you inside the house and utilize a crate or doggy safe space.