Basic obedience Skills: The fundamental training necessary for a dog to comply in a human environment.
Basic: reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality.
Obedience: the act of obeying or being obedient to.
Skills: those abilities that have been acquired by training.
Basic obedience Skills include: sit, recall to a sit, heel, stay, down or combinations thereof.
Leadership Issues: Authority/The One in Charge.
Leadership issues: Dogs are pack animals and in a pack environment there MUST be a leader. When dogs don’t perceive a leader in their human environment, they WILL assume the role whether they want to or not. Leadership issues include, but are not limited to: growling over food, guarding or protecting objects (objects include anything that goes into a dogs’ mouth), jumping, crowding in or out of doorways first, aggression, pulling on the leash, excessive barking and not coming when called are all examples of a dog with leadership issues.
Redirection instead of Domination: To channel into a new direction rather than using power to defeat.
When your dog is doing something outside of your boundaries you want to redirect them from that which you do not want them to do to something you do want them to do. In a dogs’ world, change the moment, change the behavior. You NEVER want to dominate your dog, rather, confront their leadership challenges. Pushing down on their backside to have them sit or forcing them into a down position, rolling them over onto their back, correcting with harsh verbal reprimand, especially for something which was done earlier, are all examples of domination. We must confront our dogs' leadership challenges and redirect them to something that is more enjoyable for them and us.
House Training: The first obedience technique we teach our dogs, to behave and comply when in OUR den. House training can include potty training, crate training, recall to a sit, feeding amount/type and scheduling.
Crate Training: Teaching our dogs that we have the right as pack leader to control their space is paramount. Never use a crate as punishment, we must teach our dogs that this is their “safe place”, THEIR den!
Chewing: All dogs chew as puppies because they are teething. It CAN develop into a learned behavior therefore we must teach them what they can and cannot chew on.
Playbiting: The act of biting as play which can lead to aggression. Teeth on skin should never be permitted, regardless of the situation. Also remember that puppies are born in litters. When they play they bite and jump. We must teach them our rules and boundaries!
Jumping: Dogs jump for three reasons: to give facial greetings, to establish dominance, inadvertent reinforcement. To stop the act of a dog jumping we must change the way we do things when our dogs jump! Stepping on a dogs’ hind feet, pinching their fore-paw or kneeing your dog in the chest are punishment techniques and should NEVER be used. Why would you want to punish your dog for doing something that is perfectly natural in a dogs’ world? We must teach an alternate behavior that is more enjoyable than the act of jumping!
Anxiety Issues: Anxiety Issues can be behavioral based. Dogs can develop anxiety for various reasons. Often, anxieties develop because of owners inadvertently reinforcing the behaviors. Separation anxiety develops when our dogs are separated from their pack. They must learn that it is ok to be alone! Thunderstorm anxiety can develop for various reasons; sound of the thunder, wind or driving rain, change in barometric pressure, ionization of the air or combination of any or all of these.
Excessive Barking: Excessive barking can be behavioral based. Excessive barking is when our dogs will not stop barking on command and/or bark at most everything. The barking can be related to a leadership issue, the dog believing they are in charge of protection, for example. It can also be caused by anxiety or the temperament of the dog and is most often inadvertently reinforced by the owner!
Aggression: Aggression can be behavioral based. The most serious behavioral problem dog owners will face is dominance aggression. There are several types of dominant related aggressions: redirected aggression, fear aggression, parental aggression, play aggression, pain induced aggression, learned aggression, medical aggression, territorial aggression, possessive aggression and pain induced aggression. Aggression can be exhibited for more than one type of aggression simultaneously so it is very important and, most often, best handled by a behaviorist trainer.