I’m always on the lookout for sage advice when it comes to training and caring for pets. Sometimes, one idea will work well with one pet, and another might not. I can easily train my male dog tricks, but my female dog is stubborn. It’s not because she’s a senior, it’s part of her personality. Since a puppy, she has been that way. Perseverance and patience has made her the number one guard dog. So, don’t give up. It all pays off in the end.
The book I came in contact with was Miriam Fields-Babineau’s Training your Puppy in 5 minutes: A quick, easy and humane approach (2005). The author made many suggestions and gave examples, but I’m only going to focus on two.
The first is taking your dog on a leash:
use a treat to lure pup/dog beside you
give treat only after say “sit” then, move on
do this a few times
The second is what the author calls “the jumping bean syndrome”:
redirect pup/dog in positive means by stepping away
immediately lure pup/dog to sit
reward pup/dog by giving attention (but don’t ignore pup/dog when sit or will start jumping again for attention)
Note: when jumping on someone else-
redirect with a noise ex. put 15 pennies in a box, shake, and growl “No”
when pup/dog stops, lure to sit, and praise
Redirection is the key to lure pup/dog to a positive behavior and to focus on you.
Find what entices pup/dog and use that as a treat such as a toy, food, stick, etc.
You want to teach pup/dog that good things come from you.
I know I’m going to need it when I try it with my dog to stop him from jumping. Yikes!