Best Dog Training Tip Everyone Ignores
Best Dog Training Tip Everyone Ignores
It is interesting, but I suppose it is human nature to ignore certain things.
I find that people often ignore things that they think will add more difficulty to their lives.
But, the truth is there is this ONE SIMPLE dog training tip that will actually make life with a dog much, much easier; eventually.
Keeping a young, new, or untrained dog on a leash (which sounds incredibly complicated) in the house will actually lessen your frustration and need for training in the end.
People come home, open the door and let the new furry companion tumble in and have free reign.
Some forward thinkers will baby gate off certain areas of the house, yet still leave the remainder of the house open for exploration.
Truthfully, I used to do that too. I mean, it is how 99% of us were taught to bring a new animal into the home.
But, when I started taking adult dogs from animal shelters and training them to be service dogs, I had some eye opening experiences.
Walls were chewed, food stolen, and expensive things ruined in what seemed like the blink of an eye.
Let’s face it, an adult dog can chew things up much quicker than a distracted puppy.
If I was going to stay married and have nice things while living my dream I was going to have to find another way!
So, I started training right away by keeping them on leash.
If I couldn’t watch them, they went into a crate.
It was like Magic
I have to admit, it was tedious and frustrating, but it was like magic!
If the dog grabbed my shoes, the table, my glasses, a bag of chips… I was RIGHT THERE and I could stop him.
If he jumped on the counter; I could pluck him off.
If he tried to chase the cat; I could stop him.
If he began chewing the carpet; I would notice!
He learned impulse control and manners by default!
He learned that it simply wasn’t even worth his effort to do naughty things, and it literally forced me to take IMMEDIATE ACTION!
I mean it is pretty ridiculous to think you would glance down and see him eating your shoes and just let him continue.
The leash keeps him from wandering throughout the house without supervision and it keeps me from being lazy.
Ever been laying on the sofa and you “think” you see or hear your dog doing something naughty but you are so comfortable you don’t want to get up?
If your dog is tethered to you or what you are sitting on it is virtually impossible to let your dog get away with bad behavior.
And after a few weeks he has been conditioned to hang out with you, and you have taught him some manners and obedience by default!
How to Make it Work
But, you have to be able to make it work without feeling like prison.
Some people are horrified when they think of a dog being on a leash or a tether all the time.
And, I admit that the immediate visual image it brings is not one of contentment and happiness until you realize that you must provide the dog with things to do in their space.
I often utilize a 10ft or so tether in my living room attached to the sofa.
And the dog is provided with all kinds of toys, treats and bones to entertain himself with when he is bored.
I would never expect a dog to spend long periods of time with literally no stimulation.
You will be amazed at how quickly you notice when the sound of what he is doing changes to something unknown or naughty.
You will be amazed at how quickly you notice when he begins to do the potty dance to signal you that he has to go potty outside.
And, you will be amazed at how easily he trains when you control him, his environment and his behavior!
It literally alleviates dozens of bad behaviors from ever taking root!
One day you will thank me for such a simple and easy tip to follow!
Never, ever, ever leave him alone on a tether.
If you can’t take him with you, put him outside for a moment or put him in his crate until you can!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.