Dog Training

Underlying Principles: Why you must redirect the dog’s behavior. Dogs run in packs, just like wolves. They interact socially with members of the group they live with. Even if dogs are capable of vocalizing, most of their communication is done with facial expressions, smell, body language, and occasional body contact. These types of communication are innate in dogs and are extremely important to establish a social hierarchy.

This hierarchy attributes reference value and classifies elements in an empirical order within this value. This hierarchy insures survival of the species, as well as harmony with individuals within the group. Each individual holds a social tendency, and can change at any time; in fact, it changes all the time. It varies according to the group of individuals involved (humans and/or canines), of the place as it now stands (ex: the arrival of a child, a visitor, a new environment, a member leaves the place in question, in the car, etc..) Occupying a high rank in the hierarchy does not depend only on size, but rather on behavior patterns. These tendencies ensure balance and cooperation within the pack.

Each pack has a dominant, or “alpha” dog. He fact that the dog holds the position of dominance is attributed to height, hormones, strength and intelligence. The alpha dog detains the privilege of being first at accessing the food source, having first choice of female, as well as the best resting spot. Any young dog that confronts the dominant dog and wins automatically takes his place within the pack.

To a degree, dogs consider humans as members of the pack. Consequently, if the dog does not respect the human’s authority, problems are likely to arise. If a young dog does not receive a clear sign of authority on the part of the master and the family, he will attempt to climb the hierarchical ladder and steal the position of “alpha” dog. Later on in his development, he will become disobedient and delinquent.

Remote Controlled Dog Trainer Using Spray Commander: Preliminary Remarks Programming the Remote Control Dog Training The dog's place within the family Socialization Causes for Dog Disobedience Rules and Notions of Behavior Indicators for Good and Bad Behavior Two Categories for Positive Reinforcement (Primary, Secondary) The "SOUND" Option on Spray Commander When to stop using the sound How to Reward a Dog When to use the Citronella Spray The Warning Feature on Spray Commander How to Use Correction Wisely Play During and After Training Session Never Let the Dog Win Stress and Your Dog The Ten Basic Commands Sequence Chart 1: Primary Training Phase Sequence Chart 2: Obedience Training How to Begin Obedience Training Obedience Training "SIT' when the dog is standing "DOWN" when the dog is seated "SIT" when the dog is lying down "STAND" 1 when the dog is seated "STAND" 2 when the dog is lying down "DOWN" when the dog is standing Consolidation Exercises Practice the commands from a distance Positive Association "STAY" Command The "STAY" command from a distance "HEEL" Command How to obtain desired results with a leash When the dog constantly tugs at the leash The Gentle Leader Collar for Dogs "DON’T TOUCH" Command Biting Dog Games "STOP" Command Spray Commander: A Short-Term Training Tool Re-Educating Your Dog Dealing with Unacceptable Behavior How to Evaluate a Problem Counter-conditioning and systematic desensitization 2. Systematic desensitization 3. Immersion Problems with Soiling Possible causes for soiling Fears and phobias Urinating by submission or excitement How to solve the problem The importance of a cage in education for soiling Should you catch your dog in the act Underlying reasons most frequent in dealing with soiling problems: The pack leader controls the food Examples of dominant behavior How lo introduce your dog to strangers Dog Destruction Possible causes for destruction Games and investigating the environment The dog that demands attention How to prevent destruction Before leaving the house Make sure that the dog gets enough exercise How to Prevent Chasing or Running Away Typical causes for running away or chasing Game investigation social contact Procedure to counter chasing The dog that Jumps and Grabs at People Picking up or Stealing Objects How to Stop Your Dog from Stealing Coprophagia - The dog that eats his stools The Agitated, Excitable Dog The Dog Cries to Obtain Attention or Food Separation anxiety Treating Separation Anxiety Separation Anxiety Steps 4-5 Separation Anxiety Steps 6-8 Conclusion regarding Separation Anxiety Fear of men The difference between a fearful dog and a dominant aggressive dog Fear of certain people or other dogs How the Dog reacts to Change Automobile Rides Dog Tricks and Games The search for a person or an object : "Bring to", "Bring the in" "SNIFF / FETCH" Game "JUMP" Game "ROLL OVER" Trick "GIVE YOUR PAW" "THERE'S A BISCUIT ON YOUR NOSE!" How to establish limits with Spray Barrier How to prevent the dog from leaving his territory and running away Excessive barking How are undesirable behaviors reinforced? Feline Problems Feline vocalisation Inappropriate Elimination Behavior Inappropriate Spraying in Cats Aggression among Cats How to select a good educator if you need help Dog Behavior Glossary