Unruly Dog? We Can Fix That! Delaware Dog Trainer Blog
Oftentimes, the key to solving an excessive behavior problem is keeping the dog on a short leash—both literally and metaphorically. As with any dependent being that misbehaves, whether it’s a dog or a child, you have to increase supervision until they earn your trust again.
Chaucer was a Lab/Terrier mix I worked with, and, true to his breed, he barked and jumped non-stop. This irritated the family, the neighbors, and made it difficult for the family to let Chaucer be involved in daily activities. They put him in a crate most of the time, and that didn’t help much because the crate was too big for a small-breed dog, and he continued to spin and bark while in confinement.
A crate should be a small, safe, calm place—resembling a den. Even though our dogs are domesticated, they still possess canine instincts, and one of these instincts is feeling safe in small, quiet places. We downsized the crate, which helped, but that didn’t solve the problems taking place outside of the crate.
Jumping and barking—all hyperactivity, really—can be helped by training a dog to focus. We achieve this through basic obedience training, which teaches the dog to keep an ear out for your commands, and through proper leash handling techniques. The best way to communicate with your dog is through body language and leash cues. Once you can communicate with your dog and he learns to listen to you, you can work on developing a strong foundation of trust and respect in your relationship.
Chaucer’s owners and I worked as a team, with me guiding the training while they executed the majority of it. This way, Chaucer would learn to focus on them rather than on me. In just a few weeks, he began understanding what was expected of him. He could lie calmly in his bed in the living room when the family was together, and he could lie calmly in his crate.
If you’d like to see similar results in your dog’s behavior, give DelDog Dog Training a call at 302.526.2181.