|Become more significant and a better leader figure to your dog by implementing obvious structure and boundaries.This program is designed to be initiated and then practiced for a minimum of 21 to 35 days. At such a time when your dog has become more subordinate and accepting of your leadership.
The information on the “Daily Reminders” blog page is intended to help keep your dog’s attitude in check throughout his life with you.
- Control your dog’s environment. Your dog is under supervision at all times and his movement about your home is restricted. Your dog is to be on leash or confined to a crate. Free time in the yard to limited to bathroom use and is done on leash.
- Your dog must sleep in a crate at night and when he is with you he is on leash. He is not permitted to get up on any furniture at any time.
- Reward your dog with a treat after he goes into his crate. Do not lure your dog into his crate with the treat.
- Your dog should have no interaction with other dogs in your household. All attention and affection should come from you as reinforcement for willingness to please you or another family member.
- Increase your dog’s exercise to 20 to 30 minutes at least twice daily. In addition, reinforce simple obedience commands such as “sit,” and “come” throughout the day. Do not accept delayed or lack luster responses to any command. Remember that anything you ask your dog to do is a command!
- Practice the “settle” at least twice daily. Increase the settle time gradually each day until your dog can do a 5-10 minutes.
- Feed a good quality adult dog food (watch protein and fat for excess) by hand. A large portion of his food may be given as treats as reinforcements for commands such as “sit” or “crate” or “come.” Offer water on a regular basis. Your dog should not have free access to water.
- Eliminate all physical punishment. Do not chase, corner or grab at your dog or your dog’s collar. Your dog should wear a leash attached to a head halter or collar whenever he is not in his crate. Use the leash to control your dog’s movement.
- Keep all petting brief. Additionally, only pet your dog after he has responded to a command such as “come” or “sit.”
- Your dog should not have free access to toys. The only time your dog is to have a toy is when he is being rewarded. You will keep the toy and put it away at the end of the game. A chew bone can be provided after your dog has settled or has gone into his crate.