Basic Rules of Dog Training at Home
Send Away Command
An obedience and control tool, both non-confrontational and rewarding to the dog. You may choose your own word or phrase for this command, “bed” or “go to your bed”, as long as it is easy to say and consistent.
This command is used for example when the dog is in the way, when guests arrive, when the dog comes into the house from outdoors, etc. muddy paws. If the dog refuses the command, give them a quick “ah ah” and gently hold them by the collar and lead to the space – reward the dog. Never use the designated safe area for punishment.
Introducing the “Send Away” space:
- The dogs send away space in an out-of-the-way location.
- Positive and comfortable and it quickly becomes the dogs safe area that they enjoy.
- Reward the dog every time they go into the space without prompting.
- Often place the dog’s toys in the safe place, to further associate it as someplace positive.
Inappropriate attention demanding behaviour includes:
- Vocalisation (barking, whining, growling, etc.)
- Touching (pawing, nudging, etc.)
- Demanding play
- Begging for food
- Chewing (for attention)
Use the dog’s toys (rewards) and hold the power to ignore the demands. Be strict and consistent for at least a 3 week period.
If your dog jumps on people, ask guests to ignore the behaviour, stand completely still, turn your head away and completely ignore them (making no eye contact). It is ok to give him a firm “Ah Ah” to clearly communicate that it is not the acceptable behaviour. Send them to their safe area so that they are out of the way and reward them.
Do not allow your dog to set the rules of where you walk, sit or spend time in your own home. If your dog is lying in the middle of a walkway, instead of walking around them, gently touch them (with your foot) and/or use a gentle voice to get them out of the way. This is not meant to be confrontational, rather taking ownership of your home and putting yourself in control in your dog’s mind.
Your dog should only be told-off when caught in the act of chewing something. A very firm “AH AH”, followed by the removal of the object and replacement with something appropriate, bone or toy, followed by praise the moment the dog accepts the replacement. If you do not catch the dog in the act, you can not prevent the behaviour from happening again.
Room restriction is necessary when a dog becomes overly demanding of their perceived space, denied access on furniture or certain rooms in the home. Ignore bad behaviour (barking, whining, etc.), and periodically invite the dog into restricted areas for set amounts of time, give the Send Away command when the time has expired.
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