A Dog Training Lesson
Are you looking for some dog training tips? Perhaps you have some dog problems that you just can’t figure out how to handle. Maybe you’re in the middle of training a puppy. Training dogs can be frustrating and a lot of hard work, but it is so worthwhile.
I’m by no means an expert in dog training. But through my many years on this earth I have always had dogs in my life. Most of them have been rescue dogs. I would suggest rescue dogs for anyone interested in getting a new dog. It’s a wonderful feeling and you will never regret it.
Now, on to the purpose of this article and this short dog training course. Over the years I’ve tried many different dog training techniques to deal with dog problems that I’ve encountered. Many times with rescue dogs, especially older rescue dogs, they might have some bad habits that their previous owner just didn’t want to deal with. Those are the dogs I love to take because they end up being so lovable and sweet once you deal with the dog problem.
One dog training technique that has been very successful for me has been something so simple and yet so effective.
What I do is take a small tin can and put a few pennies in it. Sometimes I will have a few cans around the house so they are handy when I need them.
When your dog exhibits a behavior that is not welcomed, just give the can a shake and at the same time say “No!” This catches the dog’s attention and startles them. They don’t like the sound of the pennies in the can, and after doing this a few times, you’ll see that the unwanted behavior stops. So what you are doing is conditioning the dog to know that when they do the unwanted behavior, they will hear this noise that they don’t like, and therefore after a few times they will stop the behavior. After a few times, you won’t even have to use the can but only say “No!” and they will stop the unwanted behavior.
This is why I have a few cans around the house because you want them handy so you can shake the can immediately when the dog is doing the unwanted behavior.
I’ve used this technique on a number of dog problems that I’ve had through the years. It’s been especially helpful in stopping dogs from barking too much. One of my dogs was a very yappy dog until I tried this technique. After a few shakes of the can, he now does not bark all the time and is much more pleasant to be around.
Another dog problem I’ve handled with this technique is a disgusting behavior of eating their own feces. I know, so disgusting. Two of my dogs now have done this in the past and I was so happy when this technique worked for them. I would have to watch them while they were outside for a few days and keep a window open. Then when they started going toward their own feces with an eye to eating it, I would shake the can from the window and that was enough to stop them. It only took a few times.
I hope you will try this technique and let me know if it works for you. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Also, I have found another great dog training book that has some great simple ideas to help with dog problems that you might want to try. The title is Secrets to Dog Training, formerly known as SitStayFetch. It’s a great resource, PLUS you get six bonus books with it.