Rules and Notions of Behavior

Motivation: The dog emulates the master’s moves and attitudes. Always remain positive and motivated; whether your feelings are positive or negative, the dog will sense them. If you are stressed and confused, the dog will follow suit. Your training sessions should focus on amusing moments, fun times; this way, the dog will integrate everything in an atmosphere of relaxation and pleasure.

All family members must use a uniform process. It is important that the “human pack” use the same procedure for establishing position within the hierarchy, that is, the same formulation delivered with assertiveness, and the same gestures each time you use a given command. This will facilitate comprehension of the commands on the dog’s part, and will shorten reaction time by not having to repeat the same command in order to obtain results. For example:

  • Never allow your dog to understand that it’s ok to jump on you, but not on another person. Do not take for granted that the dog will make the difference.
  • Do not confuse your dog with an ambiguous situation such as one person in the family saying “REX, STAY”, and another saying “REX, DON´T MOVE”. There is a good chance that the dog will not react to the command.

Establish with your family the working parameters for the training. That is, decide together which terminology you will adopt for the commands, as well as what you allow your dog to do in the house and outside, and what is “off limits”.

The dog can read your emotions by looking at your facial expressions. If you are proud of your dog, let it show on your face. Dogs communicate through body language. Therefore, the dog must recognize your facial changes, should you have to show your dominance for the sake of behavior re-education. Dogs also construe changes in your tone of voice as emotional changes. In short, if you are satisfied with the behavior of your dog, your tone of voice should be mellow; if you are not satisfied; your tone of voice should reflect this reality by being lower and louder without shouting.

Hand Signs: Procedure requires that each command have its corresponding hand gesture. The dog learns to associate all the variations in your tone of voice and recognizes your commands. However, the task of your dog becomes easier if a gesture is associated to it. At the beginning of obedience training, your gesture is used as a lure, because you are holding treats in your hand. This lure serves to help you obtain correct posture from your dog. When the dog demonstrates his capacity to position himself, the lure is removed, without stopping the use of the gesture. A command reinforced with a gesture consolidates the dog’s learning process. Multivet can guide you in the judicious use of gestures for all basic commands.

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