Teach your dog to sit whenever you ask
him to. Sit at the kerb when you cross
the road. Sit in front of you. Then
when he runs at you, or anyone else,
if told sit he will sit. BUT it has
to be practised, and used constantly,
not just now and then.
he sits as you have asked reward him
with a titbit...a very tiny one.Sit
while his food is being prepared.
down is another skill that is useful.
Lie down, I am busy. Lie down, I want
to watch TV. Lie down, while we eat.
you say DOWN when he jumps up, the word
does not mean lie down on the ground
and keep still...it means stand on four
legs and dont jump up. So you need to
use another word, like LIE, or FLAT,
QUIET is often the noisiest word in
the English language for dog owners
...and all it does is make him think
you are helping him bark. So WHISPER
he is excited and jumps at you, turn
round and walk away. Pretend you cant
see him. Don't speak or shout at him
as that is still acknowledging him and
he wants your attention. Only speak
when he has settled down...it will take
time at first but he ought to learn
that jumping up is useless as nothing
nice happens when he does it...or nasty
for that matter. Nothing at all happens.
he asks to be petted, DON'T. Keep your
hands away. Don't sit and stroke him
absent mindedly as that gives him too
much attention and makes him feel much
more important than you are. When he
goes away from you, then you can call
him and YOU pet him, not because he
has forced you to, but because you want
to. I have petting times...when I call
my dog and make a fuss of her...not
too much or she will over excite.
he asks to play, dont play. Ignore him.
Then a few minutes later, IF it is convenient,
you call him and start to play.Pack
leaders eat first, and you are the pack
leader...he isn't...so he has to learn
that...but just eating before him will
show him you are boss.
leaders go through doors first...so
he must not rush through in front of
change of diet ought to help, but it
wont happen overnight...it will take
about six weeks, as he will still have
the elements of the old food in his
system. Many foods on the market have
the same effect as those that excite
hyperactive children. I had help with
this from someone who works with them
in the NHS. One Smartie can cause a
problem if red is what triggers a child.
The same with the dogs. Can be colouring,
preservatives or content.
the way, red dyes in carpets can cause
you have been shouting at him, and most
people do...dogs can be very annoying...then
stop, and WHISPER to him. Their hearing
is fifty times more acute than ours...they
can hear a beetle walk across the floor.
Firmness, but kindness.
About Author :
you have any problems with your pet?
Then why not send your problem to DAVID
THE DOGMAN. David is a Canine Behaviourist
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Tel/Fax (00345) 2883388. His web site
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has his own radio and TV shows, and
writes for many newspapers and magazines.
David has been working with dogs for
many years and started his career in
Israel, working on the Border Police.
has been involved in all forms of training,
including air sea rescue, air scent
work, and has trained dogs for finding
drugs. David has devoted the past 10
years to studying behaviour and the
very passive approach. He does not use
choke chains, check chains, or any form
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