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You will need:

  • Your beautiful dog!

  • Some yummy treats

  • A favorite toy

  • Collar and leash

  • A dog bed or mat

 BASIC MANNERS

 Class 1: 

  • Training Method

  • Reward Marker "YES"

  • Attention Focus

  • Jumping Up

  • Wait in a doorway

  • On your mat

  • Sit and stay 

A small curious dog jack russell terrier

Lesson 1.1 Training Method

REWARD GOOD BEHAVIOUR: Simply by rewarding good behaviours you are increasing the likelihood of your dog repeating this behaviour.  So let your dog know when they please you! Rewards come in many forms and include your attention, play, food, toys, pats, verbal praise, access to something your dog wants ...... Remember that your dog does want to please you they often just don't know how. 

BUT WHAT ABOUT BAD BEHAVIOUR? Make sure your dog receives no benefit from bad behaviour and replace "bad" behaviours with "good behaviours". Sometimes this can be as simple as ignoring the bad stuff and praising the good. For example if your dog is barking at you for attention turn your back on them, withdraw your attention and the moment they stop barking reward with your attention. 

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However in most cases you will need train an alternate "good behaviour" and add a consequence for continued "bad behaviour" . For example the opposite of running crazily around the lounge room is to settle on a mat. Once you have taught your dog to go to a mat you can send them there if they become overly excited. 

A consequence of not going to the mat when asked could be to be sent outside. If you use "time out/isolation" as a consequence, remember  to bring your dog back in after a minute or so. This way you can repeat the training many times and your dog will learn more quickly.  

Lesson 1.2 Using a Reward Marker

Lesson 4.1 Greet People Politely

Jumping on People

 

 

You have just walked in the front door holding the groceries. Well, you were holding those shopping bags until your dog jumped all over you! Now you are scrambling to pick everything up off the floor while your enthusiastic k9 friend bounces off you. Perhaps you cringe remembering Grandma's last visit which ended with her flat on her backside after her hairy Granbaby knocked her down?

A jumping dog can be a pest but patience and consistency can remedy this problem.

Why do dogs jump on us? 

A dog jumps up because he wants your attention. When he jumps onto you, he lets you know he is there. Many people react by pushing him away or yelling at him. To your dog, he knows that at least he is being noticed.  The trick is to harness that energy and enthusiasm in a constructive way, so you both get what you want. You want him to keep his paws on the ground, and he wants your praise.

The solution to your jumping dog problem!

When your dog jumps up, cross your arms and turn your back. You are refusing him attention. He might try to keep jumping, but you must ignore him. Do not shout or react. The instant that he stops jumping, give him what he wants, your praise by patting him. If he jumps, back to square one.

Consistency is the key 

A tip for big dogs

  • Meet him at the door with a tasty treat

  • Hold the snack down low to keep him on the ground

  • When he stops jumping, teh reward is his and everyone's a winner

When Visitors arrive at your home

Out your dog on a leash before the visitors arrive. If he doesn't jump, he gets a treat and a pat from the visitor. If he jumps, he's evicted from the room. Dogs learn from repetition, so you must do this over and over until your dog understands the drill. 

Lesson 4.2  Doorway Manners

Lesson 4.3 Teaching On Your Mat

Congratulations on completing Lesson 4!

Let's schedule a catch up phone call or facetime with your Trainer Nicole Beasley to check your progress.  Get your questions ready :-)