Working for a Living!
All domestic dogs were bred to serve man in a specific capacity. Teach your dog that “nothing in life is free, and that he must “work for a living.” Establish boundaries, rules, and structure for your dog. Doing so will help your dog become a willing, compliant, and devoted companion.
- Provide your dog with consistent leadership, structure, and boundaries throughout his life.
- Your dog should earn petting, praise, and food. Ask your dog to complete a simple skill before he is given his food. During the day, reward a timely and correct response to a command with petting, praise or a treat.
- If you have more than one dog, none should be allowed to assert himself over another. Take control of all situations. Manage and maintain control of your pack as the pack leader and each dog as an individual.
- Keep all petting brief and only when your dog successfully responded to a command. Ignore attention seeking behaviors such as nudging or barking. If your dog pushes you for attention, put him on a “settle,” or in his crate.
- Pick up all interactive toys. Interactive games are initiated and ended by you. These games have rules and you should make your dog follow them. For example, your dog must earn a chance to fetch a ball or toy by responding to a command such as “sit” or “come.” ”
- Your dog should not get up on beds or furniture in any room.
- Provide your dog a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes of exercise each day. He should be physically and mentally fatigued at least once each day.
- Incorporate training into your daily routine, in your home and on walks. Your dog should respond promptly to your basic commands such as sit, down, stay, and come. At least one time each day, practice muzzle control and a 5-10 minute settle.
- Your dog should be taught to consistently stand and walk on a loose leash that is approximately four foot long. Do not walk your dog on a retractable leash or long line unless you are using them for training purposes.
- Your dog should be taught to always wait at entrances and exits. This includes all doors, gates and vehicles.