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Training Tip: Puppy Mouthing Is that Mouthing Ever Going to Go AWAY?! This is a common “puppy problem” that can continue through adolescence and adulthood if never dealt with properly. It is part of normal puppy play to mouth and bite other puppies; this is how they learn bite inhibition. If the puppy bites too hard the other puppy will yelp or Momma Dog will put her pup in their place. We need to teach the puppy not to bite down hard on us humans and that grabbing our sleeve is not okay. The best method to do this is to mimic that of other puppies, YELP! If your puppy is mouthing you, make an obnoxious yelp just like another puppy to startle the puppy and as soon as they stop, tell them good and re-direct the biting to a toy or chew object. Another method if your puppy is continuing to mouth or get excited if you do YELP, is to get up and leave. Your puppy loses his playmate and is ignored. You can also use bitter apple on your hands and sleeves if need be. Be patient, it does take some time for puppies to learn this. Keep consistent and they will learn to play bite on toys and chew objects only and not your hand. If the play biting does not subside by 6 months of age, your trainer will implement a more detailed plan of action.
Is it HOT OUT! Remember to keep your pup safe and cool! The long days of summer can be fun for you and your pet. Make sure to keep them safe by giving them a cool place to relax, always have fresh water, never leave them in a hot car, and be careful of the hot pavement on walks. If you have any questions or need advice, feel free to contact us today!
Training Tips: Digging, Chewing, and Barking OH MY!
Generally speaking these behaviors are part of a dog’s behavior. We want to teach our dogs WHAT to chew on, LIMIT digging, and MANAGE barking. As another general rule: exercise, mental stimulation, proper health and diet, socializing and daily training will usually alleviate these behaviors if they are “out of control”. If you are doing all of the above on a daily basis and still having an issue, your trainer will guide you.
Things to consider: 1. Daily walks and adequate exercise 2. Proper chew toys and rotating other toys 3. Using novelty toys and chew bones when dog is left alone 4. Blocking off digging areas or moving items that you do not want chewed on while your dog is adjusting and learning 5. Feeding your dog on a consistent schedule and feeding a healthy diet 6. Socializing your dog with other dogs and with people 7. Practicing behaviors with your dog to mentally stimulate them
FREE Training Meet Up! When: Saturday, January 25 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm
FREE Training Meet Up! When: Saturday, December 14 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Charlie & Me Pet Boutique 410 W. PCH Newport Beach
Come and enjoy what Charlie & Me pet boutique has to offer! Bring your dog and the trainer’s of OC Paws will be there to give you free training advice. We will also be discussing how to get your dog’s attention in any scenario! A basic behavior every well-behaved dog should know. For more info about Charlie & Me, visit their website: www.charlieandme.us
“My dog can be aggressive”
The much too commonly used word, aggression. We tend to think that aggression is this taboo subject and if your dog even looks at someone in the “wrong” way, they are deemed aggressive. If it were just that simple. Let’s start with what the word “aggressive” actually means.
Aggression- the tendency to engage or challenge the environment; this tendency can be turned into destructive behavior by a bad environment. Behavior aimed at causing harm to another.
This clearly states that this behavior occurs because of something in the environment. There is an external factor contributing to this. The only way to change this is to identify the cause, watch for precursors (behaviors that happen before the aggression), and then re-direct the behavior. Sounds complicated? Well, it can be. We expect our dogs to just do what we say or act a certain way. We tend to forget that life for them can be “scary” or “uncertain”. What makes you feel aggressive? What scares you? Is it always easy to change that? The most likely answer is, No. So, why do we expect our dogs to change overnight or just “deal with it”. If you notice your dog showing signs that he/she is uncomfortable, be thankful! You have been given a gift, no aggression has occurred. So at this point, give your dog the space they need (from another dog or person), and to overcome any potential escalation, call us and we can come up with a plan. No one wins when we ignore these signs. We want to understand the behavior to change it, we strive for “Only PAWSitive Results!”
The most basic behavior every dog should know, right?
“Well, why do I have to tell my dog to sit 3, 4 or even 5 times before he/she will do it! I mean I have to start shouting and even yank on the leash or push their butt down to the floor!”
This tells me, the trainer, that the most “basic” behavior is not actually something the dog has properly learned. The cue is not clear and the dog doesn’t really know what “sit” means. He/she has learned that if you get upset and yell, you are most likely going to push their butt down, so therefore they “sit”.
How do we fix this?
A “sit” should be a basic behavior the dog knows how to do. It is simple, easy and helps to establish attention. It is what we call a “baseline” behavior or “foundation” behavior. This behavior will be the stepping stone to so many other behaviors.
They should be able to sit the first time you ask them. But the most likely reason this has not happened is because you never really trained them to do it. You do have a couple options, but I will give you a sure shot training plan. But first, you must promise to not use force or yell. We only train through cooperation and reinforcement.
Have your dog in a location that does not create a lot of extra energy, for example…don’t take them to a dog park to train a “sit”. Also, don’t do it at a time when the dog usually goes for a walk or has dinner. To start to train a calm behavior, you need a calm environment. Once the behavior is trained, you can then challenge yourself and your dog. But first, let’s set ourselves up to succeed.
Go to a quit location in your home, have a couple small treats handy or even use dog kibble. Take the treat in your hand and offer them one while they are standing on all fours, they are sure to be interested now. Then, on the second offer keep the treat in your closed hand and bring it over the dogs head slowly, not so they jump for it but to bring the head up and butt down to the floor. Say “sit” in a calm and clear tone of voice. The dog will most likely “sit”, feed them the treat right away. Repeat this, only ask once while you give the motion. Then slowly fade your hand back and ask “sit”, and as soon as they do, feed them. Once you find you are getting success, have them sit for a longer time, do it in different locations. If they do not “sit” the first time you ask, wait 3 seconds, and calmly repeat the “sit” cue in the exact same voice. Keep it consistent and clear!