In order for the naughty behavior to be deterred it needs to not be rewarded in any way. Much of the time, rewards for naughty behavior come from the environment instead of from a person.
If the dog is teasing the cat, the excitement created can serve as a reward even though the cat make scratch the dog.
Or, If your dog eats something that causes a tummy ache, the tummy ache is not going to happen as soon as the dog takes the item into its mouth so the association of it being bad is not made.
To avoid behavior problems you need to prevent your dog from being able to practice inappropriate behaviors
and meet its needs for play, mental stimulation, stress reduction, optimal nutrition, pack time, etc.
The video is only 7 seconds long but in that time, you see:
* the dog and monkey sharing and enjoying a mutual activity
* one party reacting when things apparently do not go as they think it should
* and then fear from the other animal.
The important take home message, even minor irritation on our part can cause fear in our dogs.
Both will put anything they find in their mouth. This is a natural way of exploring the world. They are experimenting and testing things out. With puppies sometimes they test our hands, toes or other body part. Do they taste good? Can I eat it? Can I play with it?
Here are some tips to discourage puppy biting.
Don't play games that offer your hands or any other body part as the toy.
If your puppy playfully bites you, say "Ouch" and walk away (it's no fun when the attention ends!).
Avoid problems by rotating your puppies toys and chew items to keep those novel and attractive to your puppies mouth.
Small dogs or those with little to no hair may benefit from sweaters or jackets for protection against the cold. Some won't tolerate "cloths" but many will.
Consider protecting you dog's feet with doggie boots while it is in the snow. This can protect your dog from buried hazards and reduce the need to remove snowballs from between your dogs pads. If you don't use dog boots, then periodically check between your dog's pads to remove accumulated snow balls.
If your dog begins excessively shaking or shivering, immediately take your dog indoors. If you suspect your dog is developing hypothermia, bring him to a vet immediately.
Avoid letting your dog eat snow. Eating snow this can cause stomach upset and even hypothermia. Always keep fresh room temperature water available at all times.
Ok, now go race around, play with snow balls and have a safe and fantastic time with your dog.
Exercise your dog before visiting or receiving company
Prevent predictable misbehaving by using a crate, baby gate, barrier or tether
Keep toys and chew items novel by rotating them
Maintain the rules, boundaries and limitations your have set up even if it is inconvenient
Maintain your dog’s normal feeding and exercise schedule
I started training dogs in 1974. In 1987, a local veterinarian suggested the community would benefit from classes geared towards the average pet owner addressing their real-life issues. That was the beginning of The Well-Mannered Dog, LLC, located in Eugene, Oregon.
Certified Pet Dog Trainer
Until recently, consumers did not have an effective way of evaluating a trainers ability. That changed through the organization of The Certification Counsel For Professional Dog Trainers. The certification Counsel For Professional Dog trainers provides testing and certification for trainers to ensure the consumer is receiving training from a qualified professional. All classes offered through The Well-Mannered Dog are taught by a Certified Professional Dog Trainer who has been tested through a nationally recognized dog training organization. The test examines knowledge of pet dog training, learning theory, and handling behavior problems.
I place a high priority on getting to know each client so I can respect each dog and owner as individuals with unique thoughts, values and experiences. I strive to provide dogs and owners with an environment that is friendly, respectful, fun and embraces individuality in order to enhance each owners learning experience.
I use dynamic, humane methods that employ the use of operant conditioning, classical conditioning and relationship enhancement education. Owners learn how to motivate your dog using treats, play, social, and environmental rewards instead of constantly correcting it. These programs prohibit techniques that cause pain or fear for the dogs (no choke chains, pinch or shock collars). Many of the training exercises are in the form of games to make training fun. Although owners learn how to train their dog using positive methods, they also learn how to set effective limits and how to humanely change rude behavior.
It is very important that owners enroll in class that will meet their needs and that they are willing to take advice give by an instructor. To ensure compatibility visit a class before you enroll just be sure to leave your dog at home when you visit.
Certified Pet Dog Trainer (2002 to present)
Association Of Pet Dog Trainers (1998-present)
Certification Counsel For Pet Dog Trainers (2002 to present)