Puppy Obedience Train Your Puppy Effectively to PREVENT Behavior Problems! By Wisteria Goldens http://www.WisteriaGoldens.comLegal Notice:- The author and publisher of this Ebook and the accompanying materialshave used their best efforts in preparing this Ebook. The author and publisher make norepresentation or warranties with respect to the accuracy, applicability, fitness, orcompleteness of the contents of this Ebook. The information contained in this Ebook isstrictly for educational purposes. Therefore, if you wish to apply ideas contained inthis Ebook, you are taking full responsibility for your actions.The author and publisher disclaim any warranties (express or implied),merchantability, or fitness for any particular purpose. The author and publisher shallin no event be held liable to any party for any direct, indirect, punitive, special,incidental or other consequential damages arising directly or indirectly from any useof this material, which is provided “as is”, and without warranties.As always, the advice of a competent legal, tax, accounting or other professionalshould be sought. The author and publisher do not warrant the performance,effectiveness or applicability of any sites listed or linked to in this Ebook. Alllinks are for information purposes only and are not warranted for content, accuracy orany other implied or explicit purpose.
Table of ContentsIntroduction ..................................................................................................................................... 3Biting Behaviors ............................................................................................................................. 4Whining, Howling and Excessive Barking ..................................................................................... 6Problems with Chewing .................................................................................................................. 7Jumping On People ......................................................................................................................... 8Pulling and Tugging On a Leash .................................................................................................... 9Untimely Urination ....................................................................................................................... 10Not Heeding the Owner’s Call ...................................................................................................... 12Escaping and Roaming ................................................................................................................. 13Begging ......................................................................................................................................... 14Conclusion .................................................................................................................................... 15
IntroductionIf you own a dog, it is important to incorporate a good training program while raising them toPREVENT bad behaviors before they start. Just about every puppy, no matter what breed, willhave some bad habits and behaviors you will have to break and get rid of if not trained as apuppy or if the puppy is allowed certain behaviors that are not preferred as an older dog, such asjumping up on you.It is necessary to make sure that you are sending the right message by eliminating any behaviorthat is deemed inappropriate and can eventually lead to bad manners or harm to your dog.There are different ways to deal with each of the unacceptable behaviors from your dog.Whatever you do, make sure that it is a positive experience in order to create effective change inthe behavior.Since there are different behaviors for each occurrence, you will find that some will requireunique solutions. Of course, you will have to take into account the breed of your dog. There aresome behaviors that are characteristics within each breed, so those will have to be dealt withaccordingly….such as having a herding dog as a pet. We used to have an Australian Shepardthat liked to ―herd‖ company into the house when they arrived to visit.Starting your puppy on the wanted behavior in the beginning is the key to getting them to do theright thing and have good manners. If you wait until later, it may be difficult for you and yourdog to get things together. It is confusing to an older dog why they are no longer allowed tojump on you, when you have allowed it since they were a puppy.It is important to incorporate proper training and teaching for your dog. Even if it’s not your firstone, you still need to go through the process with every one you get. Make the environment forthem a pleasant one and you can have a happy dog. Dogs do well when they understand what isexpected and receive consistent praise for doing what is asked.You want your dog to be your best friend and make them a member of your family. You wantthem to be that special companion.You want to have a happy dog. In turn he will make you happy. Once they are bonded to you,they are attached and there’s no turning back.Dogs are man’s best friend for a reason. They provide companionship and joy. However, theyhave to be trained properly in order to do that….no one wants to be around an unmannered dog.While you are training your dog it’s important you have patience. It will take time for your dogto learn what you are wanting and what he needs to do in order to make that happen.
Biting BehaviorsEven though play biting is considered as a normal puppy behavior, you should also keep in mindwhen dogs get older, it could pose a serious risk to others including yourself.It may be cute in the puppy stage, but as they grow, it’s not cute anymore. You have to startwhen you still have a puppy to get them to change their behavior regarding biting.As a puppy, biting is a learned behavior that comes from their mother and littermates. They liketo interact with each other, which will include ―play‖ biting. If there is one puppy that is overlyaggressive, the others will get after the aggressive puppy for being too rough. As they continueto play with each other, the puppy will learn to subside with the biting. You can continue thistraining while they are still a puppy when they are with you.Here are some tips that you can take to get an advantage: Let the puppy know that you hurt when they bit you. You can be stern and say ―Uh-Uh‖ or ―ouch‖ to let the puppy know it hurt you. The puppy will know that they have gone too far and they will think about what they’ve done. Slowly take your hand away. Doing this too fast can cause more damage. If they bite you again, repeat your verbal reaction. Step away from the puppy for a while. They will realize that you don’t appreciate what they did and will figure out that you don’t want to be around them. Give them a toy to chew on. Reward the puppy when they are good and not biting you. Be consistent when you are training them to stop biting. Continue to let the puppy know that bites are not acceptable. Your puppy should take an obedience class. That way he can interact with other dogs as he gets older. He will learn about limits with humans and other dogs. As your puppy gets older and grows into a dog, he needs lots of physical activity, including regular exercise. Also, give them a chance to play outside so that he can get some fresh air. Make sure he gets to walk and play fetch. Keep them on a schedule with their physical activities. They will get used to doing things and will come to enjoy doing them. Always supervise young children with the puppy. The puppy may still be in the learning stage and may bite the child. Puppies have sharp teeth and while only playing, can hurt.
Refrain from aggressive behavior with them. This can influence them to continue biting. This includes: playing with the puppy where they chase your hands or feet it encourages play biting. Do NOT swat or grab their muzzle playing either. If they continue to bite despite your best efforts, contact your veterinarian or a dog trainer for assistance.
Whining, Howling and Excessive BarkingThere are times when whining, howling and barking are normal for your dog. However, if youhave a dog that constantly whines, howls or barks, it can become a problem. Not only can itbecome a problem for you, it can also become a problem for your neighbors if you live in anapartment or a subdivision. No one wants to receive constant complaints.Here are some ways that you can deal with a dog that is constantly creating havoc: Find out why the dog is whining, howling or barking so much. They may be hungry, thirsty or both. Make sure that the dog is always fed and always has water. Don’t forget about supplying the dog with toys so that they can stay busy. Goldens do not like being by themselves. They get upset when no one is around and it ―can‖ create anxiety for them. In addition to being lonely, they get stressed out and starting making all kinds of annoying noises. Even if you are at home with the dog, they need to learn how to be alone. Don’t make it a habit of always catering to them when they whine. If you do, they will expect you to come every time. You’ll have a difficult time breaking the habit. Sometimes a dog will make noises because they need to use the bathroom. The three times that you need to know to take them is after they eat, after an activity and after a nap or when they are waking up in the morning. There will be other times, but once the dog gets trained, you will be able to understand their cues. After you have provided food, water and toys for the dog, they should be quiet. However, if they are not, don’t be afraid to let them know that their behavior is not acceptable.
Problems with ChewingChewing is natural, starting from puppies all the way to a dog. Dogs think that chewing isnormal. However, it is not necessarily correct, especially if it is your furniture. If you noticeyour dog is chewing, you will need to correct the problem as soon as you notice it. Give a firm―Uh-Uh‖ command and take away the unacceptable item and replace it with an acceptable chewtoy.Make sure your dog has a variety of dog toys that they can chew on. Using these toys can teachthem what they can chew on and what they cannot. Kongs filled with nutritious treats can alsosatisfy the need to chew and give them an activity at the same time.Do not let your dog play with ―old‖ socks or shoes. They can’t tell the difference between oldones and new ones and therefore, some of your new items may become unwanted play toys.Chewing on the toys will also keep their teeth and gums healthy. Consistently encourage yourdog to play with the toys.It is also important the area where the dog plays is kept free of clutter. For your part, make surethat there are no shoes or other items that can provoke them to start chewing on them.Sometimes when a dog continues to chew, it is maybe because they are bored or lonely. Look atyour routine and interaction with your dog and make sure they are getting the attention theyneed.
Jumping On PeopleDogs like to jump up on people. However, there are some dog owners who actually encouragethis kind of behavior. They should keep in mind not everyone likes dogs and their dog shouldnot jump up on everyone they encounter. Even though they are cute when they are still puppies,it can really pose a problem as they become full grown dogs.The problem with this is as the dog gets older, they weigh more. The more the dogs weigh, themore dangerous jumping on people can be, especially for children and senior adults. Also, thereare people who don’t like dogs, they certainly will not appreciate your dog jumping on them andpossibly knocking them down.A child could be seriously injured due to the weight of the dog. The dog owner could be inserious trouble, regardless if it’s their child or not that got hurt. Whether it’s an adult or a child,you could find yourself with a lawsuit if you have not trained your dog not to jump on people.The best time to teach him not to jump on other people is when the dog is still a puppy. It’seasier to train them as a puppy vs. retraining them if the dog were older. Once you allow them tojump on other people, it can be difficult as the dog gets older to break this behavior. They havelearned this is acceptable and breaking this habit can be difficult and confusing for the dog tounderstand.The way to do this is when they try to jump on you wave your hand above and across the top oftheir head, step back away from them and tell them ―off.‖ Praise them, ask them for a sitcommand, and then give them the attention they are wanting.Make sure that everyone in the family knows the rules and does not encourage the dog to allowjumping on them. It can be confusing if you have one person allowing it and not. The wholefamily must be consistent, regardless of who it is.
Pulling and Tugging On a LeashAnother behavioral problem that dogs can have if not properly trained from puppyhood is pullingand tugging on a leash. This is a behavior which is usually started and allowed by dog owners.Train your puppy to walk on a ―loose‖ leash. There are several ways to do this, but the easiest itto just stop if the puppy pulls. Do not start again, until the leash is loose. It doesn’t take manytimes until the puppy realizes they do not get to continue on their walk until the leash remainsloose.If you have a dog that is really struggling with learning walking on a loose leash, try a bodyharness or gentle lead leash. They help to protect your dog’ neck if he is pulls strongly. As youare walking the dog, give them a treat for staying your side.Some other tricks: If they pull ahead of you, change directions so that they will end up behindyou. This should be done before the puppy gets to the end of the leash. Do not allow the puppyor dog to pull you. While they are still young, they need to learn how to walk the right way.As they get older and larger, it’s crucial that they are walking correctly. As you correct him, donot yank or pull on their neck. Just make a gentle movement and they will respond. Using toomuch force can cause the dog to become agitated.
Untimely UrinationThere are two types of untimely urination, excitement and submissive. When offering yourpuppy love and affection, the dog urinates. When you scold your dog he urinates. Urinationwhile greeting or being punished is a common dog behavior. The first step toward resolving thisproblem is to realize that it is completely natural. Excitement UrinationExcitement urination is the result of infant muscles that simply cannot hold their urine when thepuppy gets excited. They can get so excited when he sees his owner he temporarily loses controlof his bladder. Since they are still small, they tend to not control their bladder. In fact, they maynot realize what’s happening. The one thing you don’t want to do is get angry with them. Thatjust makes it worse for them and for you. They will continue to urinate because now they knowthey have upset you. The vast majority of dogs simply outgrow this problem as they becomestronger and gain control of their muscles.What you can do help is implement prevention. Help him from getting excited about certainthings. If he is excited when you come home, make sure you are not provoking it. Don’t greetyour dog with a high pitched, excited voice in seeing them. Keep everything calm in greetingthem when first coming home.Continually expose him to whatever it is that is making him excited and urinating. The more thatyou do it, the less excited they will get, which in turn, will stop the urination.As they get older and grow bigger, they will be able to control their bladder better. Submissive UrinationSubmissive urination falls into a completely different category. Dogs have several behaviorsdesigned to reduce violence between them. When challenged, a submissive dog must displaysome or all of these behaviors to display its lower pack status and to prevent an attack.Submissive urination is most commonly offered in this type of greeting. By wetting, the dog ismerely acknowledging the other dogs superiority.While all dogs are capable of offering this behavior soft-tempered, sensitive are most prone tosubmissive urination. Whenever he perceives a threat he eliminates before anyone gets the ideathat he might have a dominant bone in his body. To him, this behavior is perfectly acceptableand required.When friends come to visit, the puppy is worse than usual. If a guest attempts to bend over andpet the puppy it triggers the behavior.
Fixing the problem starts with understanding what signals trigger the puppy’s reaction. First,dogs assume that direct eye contact is a challenge. For a submissive dog, even a moments eyecontact can be intolerable. Eye contact from above, indicates that the other dog is taller, andheightens this reaction. For some puppies, a person towering over the top of him is guaranteedto cause a submissive gesture. Another signal that dogs perceive as a challenge is bending over or touching their head, neck orshoulders. Dominant dogs often display their control by placing their neck or a paw over anotherdogs neck or shoulders. When a human pats a dog on the head, a submissive dog perceives it asa display of dominance and they are likely to roll over on its back and wet.To change this behavior, avoid those situations that instantly trigger urination. When you firstget home avoid eye contact, not bend over to greet your dog, and in general ignore the dog forthe first few minutes. If you do not trigger the reaction, try some very calm words of greetingand gradually add physical affection over the next few minutes. After the physical affection, ifyour dog still has not eliminated, tell him "good boy" and give him a treat.The use of food for successful greetings is an important ingredient for success. Since physicalpetting may actually cause the behavior to happen, food as reinforcement is a logical alternative.Another advantage to using food is urination and eating is very difficult for a dog to do at thesame time. The dogs response to the food competes with the urge to eliminate, and strengthensthe correct behavior.Guests to the home should be encouraged to pretend the dog doesnt exist. If they absolutelymust greet him, confine the greeting to outdoors. Barriers such as baby gates can allow the dogto get used to the persons presence before actually greeting them. While this reduces histendency to eliminate at first sight, you must still eventually deal with the actual greeting. Whenyou remove the gate, it is a good idea to discourage him from rushing quickly at people andjumping on them, (teach the ―wait‖ command) as it puts him in a position that is likely to triggerthe submissive urination.For the owner and puppy, the solution to this very common problem is a combination of things.The owner is going to reduce the likelihood the puppy is going to greet people incorrectly. Hewill do this by asking guests to ignore the dog. He is only going to allow uncontrolled greetingoutside where and accident wont damage the carpet. Whenever the puppy performs a correctgreeting he is going to use food and limited affection to reinforce the behavior. The owner isalso going to give Rocky some time to outgrow the problem.
Not Heeding the Owner’s CallIt is important for dog owners to realize how important it is for their dog to come to them whencalled to do so. When they fail to heed the owner’s call, it can be dangerous. If the dog is activeand does not come when called, they can run into traffic and get hit by a car.Unfortunately, there are dog owners who allow their dog to roam free without a leash andwithout being solid on their recall command. This is not a good idea. The owner should alwayshave the dog on a leash, unless they are in a protected area and the dog is solid on his recall. Infact, many urban areas require that a dog is on a leash or the owner could face fines.Begin to teach your puppy to ―come.‖ At first place puppy a short distance from you and then excitedlycall his new name. You can also play this training game between two people calling the puppy back andforth with the ―come‖ command. When he gets the idea and begins to ―come,‖ don’t forget to reward thepuppy with verbal praise and a little treat…eventually weaning off the treat. His attention span is short atthis time, so play new games for a few rounds and then wait to play again in a few hours or so. The Comecommand is important – you want the puppy to come when you are outside and ready to go in and thepuppy wants to stay outside and play! You also want to them respond to the come command immediatelyin order to keep them from dangerous situations with needed.As your puppy grows you will want to make sure they understand to still come at long distances awayfrom you. To teach the come command at long distances, put them on a long rope – a light clothes linefor instance, and use the command.Your dog will always be in the learning stage. It’s important that each process of teaching andtraining is something that is positive. That way, they won’t hesitate to come to you whenevercalled.Each time you command the dog to come, give him a reward. It does not have to be elaborate.Encouraging the dog can include high praises and petting. You can also provide them with dogtreats. Just as long as it’s something that makes them feel good and they enjoy. As with alltraining you must be consistent with it.
Escaping and RoamingYou should never allow your dog free outdoors to roam in the neighborhood. It can pose adanger to your dog. In most places, you are required to have a leash on the dog. If you allowthis to happen, you could possibly face a fine.But, there are some dogs that will work an escape plan by themselves. One of the things that youcan do is eliminate the need for them to want to get away. Most dogs only dig or jump fences toget out of their yard when they are bored or lonely. Make sure you provide toys (Kongs areinteractive toys), along with water, food, and shelter.If you have a dog that has a lot of pent up energy, make sure they are getting plenty of exercise.Sometimes getting another dog for a companion also helps.
BeggingAs with all bad manner behaviors, the easiest way to prevent this is to not allow it to start at all.One of the primary reasons to train your puppy not to beg is so you can maintain a healthy andbalanced diet for your dog. Many people see a begging puppy with longing eyes to beirresistible and so will offer scraps of food which often isnt in line with the dogs diet and canquickly change a happy and healthy puppy to being overweight.When you are sitting down to dinner, take your dog to a specific spot and tell them to stay. Itmay take some time to achieve this, but eventually they will stay when you tell them. Its okayyour puppy watches you having dinner, but dont be tempted to give them anything from yourplate. After you have finished, you should praise your puppy and reward them with their owndelicious dinner. This is exactly what happens in the dog world. The alpha dog eats first andthen the rest of the pack.Remain consistent with this process every time you have a meal. Dont waver, as otherwise youwill quickly undo all the hard work you have already put in.Your puppy has a very powerful nose and so they will naturally follow pleasant smells in thehope of finding food. However, human food is not good for dogs and there are many things thatyour dog should not eat that are common in your diet. For this reason, discourage your dog frombegging in the kitchen.When training your puppy not to beg, you can use the sit, stay and down commands. Theseare all great ways to reinforce your authority and prevent your puppy from starting to beg.One very important thing to note when training your puppy not to beg, is that this is one time youshould not use food treats as a reward for good behavior, as this goes against what you are tryingto enforce.Voice commands are also very effective to stop begging behaviors, and often a strong Uh-Uh,will cause the dog to go down into a sitting position.Be extremely persistent and patient when training your puppy not to beg. As long as youmaintain the stance that your puppy receives nothing when they beg, they will soon realize thatthis behavior brings no rewards. Dont give in and you wont have to deal with this as a behaviorproblem later on.
ConclusionYou can help your dog change their bad behaviors by consistently working with them, but moreimportantly by not allowing the behaviors to develop at all. Train your puppy to have goodmanners from the start. Consistency is the key in any successful training program. Stick to yourrules and don’t allow anyone else that comes in contact with the dog to deviate from what youhave taught.Once your strategies and training is etched in stone, your dog will start to get used to them andeventually will get rid of any bad behaviors that have developed. You will have a difficult timewith a dog that does not want to follow your orders. Spend time developing your relationshipwith your dog and establishing the leadership he needs.Having a well-trained dog that will allow you to enjoy your dog more and he to bond with youand have trust in you as a great leader.Dogs are like children—they need guidance, leadership, nurturing, love, and support. At thesame time, they must realize that they have to accept the rules of the home in order to be aproductive member of your family.Visit Our Blog to Learn More at www.WisteriaGoldens.com/Blog!