Obedience Training (Part 6 of 6)
By Doreen Gray
Your Pet and You
I thought this time instead of writing a "how-to" article, I would write about a few things NOT to do.
If you want a clam, easy-going pet, you must be calm when you interact with him/her. I never, ever play rough, rough up the hair, rub the skin fast or tap (swat) the sides of the face on any dog. These things tend to excite the dog, and a dog that is excited about these types of things is the dog that will:
I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea. This type of dog is the one who gets shut away when people come to the house (robbing it of necessary socialization skills), stays at home, never rides in the car and has few, if any vet/grooming appointments. I think the reasons for being a soothing owner are becoming obvious.
Try to remember - you love your pet, but everyone else does not. You can eliminate a host of problems by just being a calming source to your pet.
This next section is for the person with children. If you have children you must remember a few things:
Please do not make excuses for your dog. Excuses such as:
If your dog knows a command, he/she should do it every time you ask it of them. All dogs will try you now and then, but if you make them do the command every time, no matter what is going on, they will do it - period! If your dog gives you the dog finger and you do nothing to correct the situation - you are the one to blame!
If you don't want your dog to pull - never, ever let it, no matter what!
I hope you see the logic in this and will take it to heart. If you think it's too hot/cold, don't train. If you suspect your dog is having a bad day, fine, make him complete the task at hand and quit, but make him do it first! If you allow your dog to disobey sometimes, it is the same as obeying sometimes.
I hope this helps you to understand that not all training is what to do, sometimes the things we don't do are just as important.
Until next time, Happy Heeling!
(Doreen has had Mastiffs for eight years, Rottweilers for ten years and has spent the last six years training. She is licensed by the National Dog Trainers Association and has been teaching for three years. Several articles on training have been written for the National Dog Trainers Newsletter. Her focus is on CGC, TDI and behavioral work, primarily with Mastiffs. Two of her Rotts are obedience titled. Doreen is now National Director for MCOA Rescue.)