Games and investigating the environment

Dogs investigate their environment with their muzzle and paws. Objects are often se en as prey and can thus be shaken, transported and taken apart because it amuses them. At any time, a dog can perceive any object as a toy, such as a pillow, a piece of clothing, a piece of paper, etc... Dogs love to chew, and every dog has its favorite object. Certain dogs have a marked preference for wooden legs on tables and chairs, or wall mouldings. Others which spend a lot of time outside fancy garden hose s, or plastic garden furniture, fence posts, plants and shrubs. Such dogs also have a tendency to dig. If this problem is not addressed, the dog could carry it throughout its entire life. These dogs will destroy objects often, whether the master is present or not. If the dog was severely punished for destructive behavior in the master's presence, chances are that the dog will have learned to avoid punishment. It's easy enough to detect if the problem originates from separation anxiety by observing if the signs of anxiety are present.

Destruction which results from play or exploration can suddenly cease for a time, only to show up again, often because of boredom or lack of exercise. The fact that the dog has many toys doesn't prevent him from destroying other objects. Perhaps the latter are more interesting than his own toys, or again he considers all objects like toys. One way or the other, these dogs will have to follow the program dealing with solving destruction problems, do lots of exercise, and undergo many training and play periods. A viable solution would be to practice the exercise called "good toy - bad toy" within the command "don't touch". These techniques aim to redirect the urge to chew towards "acceptable" objects, such as bones of all kinds, dog toys, etc. The game can therefore be used as an obedience training tool.

Social isolation: These dogs go through life with very little stimulation, so they spend their time demolishing whatever looks good or appeasing to them. These dogs live in families that hardly ever spend any time with them, and are left outside to their own devices. The destruction pattern occurs in the same way as that of a dog who destroys to play and investigate his environment. However, the problem will occur more often, and the dog will be treated differently. Such a dog must be dealt with, or again given to someone who wil l take care of him; what good is there in having a dog if one does not take proper care of him? Simply, the quality of the dog's environment must be improved. That in itself is the solution to the problem. Practicing the ten commands and a few tricks are great ways to enjoy your dog.

Fears and phobias: A scared dog may become destructive. Dogs can be affected by many different stimuli, such as loud noises. You must discover which sounds scare your dog. It is sometimes necessary to film your dog in order to find out. Destruction begins when the dog is confronted with the stimulus, and the dog adopts a stance of fear. If the tear is related to a specific place, it is possible that the destruction will be triggered without the presence of the original stimulus. For example, the dog, looking for a safe place to hide behind or under, will revert to destruction and will inevitably have to damage furniture, rugs, and many other related objects to do it. A dog living outside wanting to enter the house will attack doors and windows in his desperate attempt to get in. If he wants to escape the yard, he will dig under fences, and damage them in the process. If the dog must confront the stimulus in the master's presence, the effects will be attenuated, and the dog could just cry to show its agitation. These dogs must be desensitized to the stimulus causing fear, and follow the program dealing with solutions to destruction. Please consult the section called "fear".

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