In my opinion, to educate a dog is to allow him a good integration within his social group, on the one hand, but also within society in a more global way, on the other hand.
It’s very annoying… No matter what tone you use, your dog doesn’t understand what you’re asking him to do. It’s even worse, you sometimes have the impression that he’s completely ignoring you, and that he’s just doing what he wants!
Your dog is adorable but, let’s face it, he doesn’t always behave very well… In fact, it’s quite the opposite. You call him, he keeps running on his side. You tell him to stay where he is, he jumps on you! You take him somewhere, he doesn’t know how to stay still. As soon as someone comes home, you have to grab him by the collar to keep him in place…
Your dog’s behaviour is sometimes embarrassing. When you are in public, his behaviour gives the impression that he is the master and that you are the one who is obliged to obey his wishes. It’s the world upside down! Yet, training your dog is supposed to be simple, right?
Are these situations familiar to you?
- When you walk your dog, he keeps pulling on his leash, it’s painful and tiring!
- When you let him loose, he doesn’t walk beside you, and you have to catch him to prevent him from doing anything stupid!
- When you call him, he doesn’t come back to you – even if he hears you – and you have to run after him!
- He keeps jumping on everyone, sometimes with his dirty paws, even when you tell him to be quiet.
- Wherever you take him, he doesn’t listen to you, he’s acting crazy and seems on the verge of being out of control!
If you have already been confronted with one or more of these situations, keep reading because I will give you simple and effective solutions. By the end of this page, you will know how to solve these behaviour problems in your dog.
Let’s look at it the other way around,
Imagining the perfect day:
It would be so much easier if everything went well…
Imagine this: you are taking a walk in a park with your dog on a beautiful afternoon. He walks quietly beside you. You don’t even have to keep him on a leash. When you let him go for a walk, you know he’ll come running back to you the moment you call him. You don’t have to run after him, he comes to you when it’s time to go home.
After this beautiful walk, you visit friends. You tell your dog to lie down and not to move… And he does so, under the admiring gaze of your friends who are surprised to see how much you are a master loved, listened to and understood by your faithful companion.
Teach your dog to behave well in all circumstances!
You go home and receive visitors. Your dog doesn’t jump on anyone. You tell him to stay down, and he stays quietly in his place. You don’t have to worry about him and he doesn’t bother your visitors, on the contrary…
This scene may not be part of your everyday life today, but it will become one!
Lesson #1: How to teach your dog to recognize his name
Many people think that they don’t need this very first lesson… It is essential! The use of your dog’s name should be very specific and especially not be used as a “passkey” command.
In this first lesson, you will discover why and how to teach your dog his name. Once you have practiced the exercises it contains, you will only have to pronounce his name to immediately capture his attention. He will look at you while you tell him what to do!
Lesson #2: How to teach your dog to sit on command
Teaching your dog to sit is the first step to having a dog that can sit still. You learn step-by-step how to do this with my “backwards” technique. Once your dog knows how to sit by a simple command and/or gesture from you, you will already notice a great evolution in his behaviour.
Lesson #3: How to teach your dog to come when you call him
This is one of the most annoying problems: having to run after your dog because he doesn’t come when you call him. It makes you angry, you scold your dog, he seems sheepish, but he still does it the next time. Thanks to this lesson, when you call your dog, he will come running and will be happy to come to you.
After practicing the exercises in Lesson 4, you can take your dog anywhere you want. All you have to do is tell him “Don’t move” to keep him quiet. You won’t have to watch him all the time, since he will stay quietly in the place you have indicated!
Lesson 5: How to teach your dog to lie down
Once you have reached Lesson 5, you will no longer have to worry about having an uncontrollable dog. In combination with the fruits of Lesson 4, all you have to do is say “Lie down” and then “Stay still” and your dog will lie down and stay put, no matter where you are.
Lesson #6: How to teach your dog not to jump on people
What could be more frustrating than a dog with dirty paws jumping on you? By following the exercises and principles in this sixth lesson, you will teach your dog that jumping on people is not a way to greet them (even if, for your dog, it was a very innocent way to party!).
Lesson #7: How to teach your dog to walk beside you without a leash
In this last lesson, you will teach your dog to walk beside you, at your own pace, with or without a leash. He will no longer pull you around like a madman on his leash, or walk beside you. At this stage, other owners will wonder how you manage to have such a well-trained dog!