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Daily Training Tip #110
Things to consider when getting a dog. .
When getting a dog it is important to make sure the dog will be a good fit so that it can best work. .
First thing to think about is your personality and lifestyle. Are you an active person, do you have the time and energy to train a new dog. Are you ready for the responsibility of owning a dog. .
Second thing to consider is the dogs energy level, personality and breed character traits. Once you know what you are ready for it's important to make sure the dog you're interested in is ready for that as well. .
If you like to sit on the couch and just chill probably a high energy German Shepherd is not the best fit.🤣 .
Lastly you'll want to take into account the environment in which this dog will live. If it will be living with small children. If you have a one bedroom apartment or a full house with property. Make sure that the environment is conducive to a dog and to the specific dog you are considering. .
To many people pick out a dog solely based on it's looks. It's so cute and fluffy and yummy looking so they just fall in love. That is like marrying someone solely because you think they are beautiful without ever getting to know them. We all know how that works out. .
Make sure it is compatible and will work out once the honeymoon fare wears off.
Daily Training Tip #109
Make the consequence worth it. .
When punishing or correcting a dog for something we don't want it to do the correction must outweigh the reward they would get for going through with that action. .
If I put ten dollars on the floor and said you can have that money but on your way over to it I'm going to slap you, you might take it if you really need the money. Now if I put a thousand dollars on the floor and said you can have it but on the way to getting it I'm going to slap you most people will say sure because the reward is greater than the punishment. If I put a thousand dollars down but instead of getting slapped you're going to get shot there's no way you'll do it because the punishment of getting shot far outweighs the reward of a thousand dollars. .
With our dogs it is very much the same. When a dog does something that we don't want they do it because it is rewarding to them. They get enjoyment or it makes them feel safer etc. So in order to stop the behavior the correction must be worth more to them than the reward they'd get for going through with it. .
In each situation this is different and must be weighed accordingly but remember if the reward is greater than the punishment the dog has no reason to stop said behavior.
If you want a calm walk it starts with calm in the crate, then in the house, and eventually on the walk. .
You can't expect a dog that can't relax in the house let alone in it's crate to just go outside and go for a nice calm walk. .
It is all connected because calmness takes place in the mind it is not a behavior or trick that is taught. It is a whole bunch of little things that are enforced that brings the dog to that state. .
Start with these three things to help get your dog into a calmer mindset: .
1. Respect thresholds- this means the dog must pause at each threshold it goes through starting with the crate door. .
2. Enforce quiet and calm while the dog is in the crate. No barking, whining, or standing up. .
3. Teach place and hold the dog accountable for breaking the command, then start doing daily duration work. Start with five minute and slowly increase. .
These three things will be a great start to getting your dog more relaxed and actually receptive to listen to you once on your walk. .
Remember it all starts in the house.
Daily Training Tip #108
Two ways to motivate. .
There are only two ways to motivate a behavior, those are reward and punishment. .
Think about your own life and what motivates you to do things. It is either the reward you will get for doing it or the punishment for not. We go to work either because we enjoy it and want the money or because we don't want to be broke. The money and enjoyment is the reward and the being broke would be the punishment for not going. .
This applies to everything in our lives. .
With our dogs it is the same thing. They are motivated by both reward and punishment. For example we motivate a dog to go to place using reward and we motivate them to stay there through punishment for getting off. .
Reward and punishment are both very important in order to motivate our dogs to give us the behaviors we need and to stop the behaviors we don't want. .
If we only work with one and not the other we will not get the most we can out of our dogs as they will not be as motivated as they can be.
What really creates the change? .
Although obedience skills are super important for a dog if that is all that is worked on then they are merely tricks. Tricks are great but they don't help get the dog into a better mindset. .
The change starts when we begin to focus on the small things in our relationship with our dog. Does your dog rush out of it's crate excitedly, does it go crazy when it sees it's leash? Is your dog always roaming the house, hanging out wherever it pleases? Does it rush out the front door the second it's barely open? .
If the answer is yes to any of these questions then your dog being able to sit or lay down when told to doesn't mean much. .
The small things throughout the dog's day start to form a pattern in it's mind and that creates a bigger picture for the dog. It is learning what mindset is okay for it to have.
Daily Training Tip #107
False confidence. .
Many dogs that are acting out in any way weather it's always being excited, jumping, lunging, growling or biting seem to he very confident in what they are doing. .
As soon as these dogs begin to he worked with and those behaviors are no longer allowed many times you'll see a very different side of the dog. The once confident looking dog is not very unsure, insecure and maybe even afraid. .
The training did not make the dog insecure all it did is stop the dog from behaving in ways it is used to. These behaviors are coping skills to help the dog deal with it's insecurities. Once those behaviors are no longer allowed we see the true colors of the dog, a dog that is unsure, insecure and doesn't know how to deal with the world. .
The dog was never confident in the first place it just figured out ways on it's own to mask and cope with it's lack of confidence. .
Then it becomes our job through training to teach the dog new coping skills in order to build it up and help it become truly confident.
Daily Training Tip #106
Helicopter parenting. .
Helicopter parenting comes from a place of love but is usually very detrimental to the child's development. .
Parents love their kids so much and they never want it to feel the slightest bit of discomfort. So they create this little bubble for the child to live in. .
Many dog owners become helicopter parents for the same reason. They love their dog so much and never want it to feel any discomfort. So they create that bubble for it to live in. .
The thing is that discomfort is a part of life and is put there to learn from. This goes for both humans and dogs. .
Most of the time the same owners who are helicopter parents to their dogs end up dealing with a lit of behavioral issues from their dogs. They are the ones who are never willing to correct or punish their dog and so the dog never learns right from wrong. .
It will always end up being more detrimental than helpful to your dog to keep them in that little bubble.
Scooby here.. Sorry I haven’t been on Instagram in a bit. Mom celebrated her 30th birthday so we’ve been busy.. you know, sleeping and snuggling, with a little bit of that party stuff in between, but only a little, because Mom is 30 now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I wanted to show you all my other favorite human.. my Grandpa. He is the best because he plays with me, snuggles with me & lets me plant him with kisses 💙
It was 5:30 in the morning, I was taking the boys (Marley and Hendrix) out to go potty before heading to work. Hendrix had been a part of my crew for maybe two weeks, three weeks max. .
At 5:30 in the morning my neighborhood is nice and quiet...there are very few people on the streets and the only cars are those getting up early to head to work. I was tired and groggy and kinda just enjoying the early morning peace. .
Suddenly Hendrix started to get a little excited and before I knew it his leash had somehow popped off his collar (yes it can happen...even to trainers). I quickly turned around and before I knew it Hendrix was bolting into the street towards one of the neighborhood dogs out walking with its owner. .
In those ten seconds...that felt like forever I saw all the worst things flash through my head...a car turns the corner, Hendrix gets hit...I'm running home to get Marley in the house...scooping up my injured, bloody new beautiful golden retriever to rush to the emergency room. The thoughts were terrifying. .
But none of that happened. Instead I calmly (as calmly as I could) said "Hendrix down". Mid stride he dropped into a down and turned to refocus on me. I was then able to calmly approach him and put his leash on. .
In those thirty seconds all the hard work I had been putting in with him since the moment he came into my life became worth it. .
Why did I say down instead of recalling him? I don't know...maybe because down was something we had been doing a lot of in order to relax his crazy mind...maybe I just got confused in the moment. Who knows...what I do know is that down saved my dogs life. .
I was so grateful that I started my relationship with him based on rules, respect and training. I became so much more motivated to train even harder with him knowing that the simple command down had just saved my handsome boys life.
Daily Training Tip #105
Train like your dog's life depends on it. .
Here's why, because it just might. .
Your dog's life can be saved through proper training. .
A dog that walks nicely next to you no matter what is not going to bolt into the street to chase a squirrel. A dog that knows to respect thresholds won't run out the front door and get hit by a car. A dog that doesn't react to other dogs is a whole lot less likely to get into fights. A dog with a non negotiable recall can avoid so much life threatening danger. .
Besides for the fact that life with a trained dog is so much more enjoyable, it can also be truly life saving. .
A dog with no training has no inhibitions and the outcome can be devastating. .
So train like your dog's life depends on it because in that crazy scenario where it just might you will be so grateful that you put in all that hard work.
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