德国赛车Easy dog training tips to help you gain the best relationship with your dog. Our natural canine behaviourist, Caroline Spencer, gives you her 5 easy dog training tips to help you solve separation anxiety, barking, jumping up, recall, and lead pulling.
Feeding your dog a great species specific diet with low to zero carbohydtrates may help when modifying your dogs behaviour
It is important to remember that your dog is constantly telling you how they feel through their behaviour. Our guide, Understanding Dog Behaviour – The Basics, has been created to help you understand your dog’s little nuances, which indicate how they are feeling.
Separation Anxiety or ‘The Velcro Dog’
德国赛车The first step to solving your dog’s separation anxiety is to practice not looking at your dog whilst you move from room to room. A look and a walk away is recall and stick by me.
- Stand up, look out the window and sit down again
- Gradually expand on this, moving further away each time
- Avoid eye contact. Eyes mean engagement
- Place your palm on their side after each movement, the ‘calm hold’
Dogs always bark for a reason, whether they are demanding attention or alerting you to a threat.
- Acknowledge with a word. I like to use “Gotcha,” but you can use any word you like. Consistency is key
- Move your dog away from what triggered them and they will focus on you, rather than the trigger and evaluate at a safe distance.
- If they are barking at you for attention. Walk away and give no attention.
Top tip德国赛车 – Actions are more important than words in the early stages.
Dogs jump up if they are over-excited or anxious. Help them to approach you in a more relaxed manner.
- Take a step into their personal space
- Gently brush their feet downwards
- Say nothing when you do this and avert all eye contact
- Repeat as necessary
- Call your dog for affection when they stand back and exhibit calm behaviour
Your dog needs to come back when called. Movement inspires movement and dogs are driven to chase.
- Start at home, inside or in the garden
- Call your dog and move away in the opposite direction
- Stay quiet
- Crouch and look down
- Your dog will come over to see what you find so interesting
- As they move towards you, call them again and praise or play
Dogs Pulling On Lead
Lead pulling is strongly linked to recall. A lead is a connection, not a correction. Your dog should be connected to you, not to the lead. The aim here is to be the movement your dog mimics, rather than pulling on the lead.
- Start with short lessons at home
- Walk backwards, maintain eye contact and encourage your dog to follow
- Your movement should inspire their movement
Feeding Best Practice
Feeding should be a stress free event for your dog. Help them by using simple steps below:
- Dogs can sense how you are feeling, so try to remain calm at mealtimes
- The feeding environment should also be calm. Keep doors shut in the room. Some find playing soothing music helps to create a calm atmosphere (Dogs and Music, How and Why it Helps)
- There is no need to ask your dog to sit. This will create tension and anxiety for your dog
- Place food on a flat plate, so your dog’s line of sight is undisturbed. This will make them feel a lot more comfortable
- Pop food down next to their bed, or in the bed
- When you put the food down, turn and walk away, instead of watching your dog. You are mimicking a wild feeding situation and your dog will recognise that they can eat without being disturbed by competitors
Paws for thought
Behaviour is closely linked to diet
Carbohydrates, sugars and other additives may have a negative effect on your dog’s behaviour. Fuel the body and the brain to get the best out of your dog. A natural canine diet where all food is natural will be wolfed down. Some take a little time to transition.