I know there are plenty of folks who believe they need to treat aggressive, mischievous, or annoying dog behaviors with an aggressive, physical, or even painful, correction. I am not one of them.
You are the most important being in your dog's life and he wants to please you. And for all the reasons he may act out, whether he 'knows better' or not, you need to be there for him to teach him not to do them, and you can do it in gentle ways.
But I live in this world too, and I've had quite a few dogs, so I don't have blinders on. I know that just saying "No" to a dog is probably not enough, at least not early in the game. To break bad behaviors, though, you have to act as soon as possible, and act in a calm, controlled manner.
So your dog is getting on with his unwanted behaviors: jumping up on your friends, barking incessantly at other dogs, biting on your dining room table legs, getting into your garbage... He needs to learn not to do them, and it is your duty to teach him.
I have found that the fastest, easiest, and safest way to train a dog not to do something is to rudely interrupt her without hurting her, through sound. A quick high-pitched sound generally stops a dog in her tracks, whatever she is doing. It's not foolproof, but it's the best behavior-stopping method I know.
Follow these tips:
- When you use an aversive stimulus to stop your dog from doing something, tell your dog after the sound, "No jumping," or "No biting," or whatever command is appropriate.
- Use the device, give verbal instructions, and then when your dog stops his bad behavior, you must reward him right away. "Good dog!" and a desirable treat or two is a must.
- Then, let yourself go crazy with praise and affection for her.
Here are three sound devices that might keep your dog out of the 'no-no's. Even Terrier parents give them rounds of applause.
1. Best Sound Device When Outside With Your Dog: Doggie Don’t® Audible Training Device
A portable device that you can hold in your hand or keep in your pocket is the most accessible when you're out and about with your dog. The Doggie Don’t® Audible Training Device is very loud, though - over 100 decibels! - so warn the humans around you if you have a chance, because you will get attention!
What I like best about the Doggie Don’t® Audible Training Device is that you can control the length of the sound by the length of time that you press the button, which is conveniently positioned on the 5-inch device. The shorter the buzz the better. As soon as you can see your dog reacting to the sound, stop buzzing!
Here is a short video of how the device works and how it sounds:
If you are consistent with your training, even if used for different purposes (to stop barking, or pulling, or jumping, etc.), you should not have to use the Doggie Don't for a prolonged period of time. Though aversive sound devices are, on the whole, effective, if one of them doesn't stop the bad behavior within the first few tries, it may not be effective for your dog. In the case of the Doggie Don't, you might try increasing the seconds you press the device by one or two. I would start with a two second beep and if it works, great. If not, try three or four seconds.
2. Best Anti-Pull Sound Device: Anti-Pull Dog Training Leash Attachment
Here is a dedicated no-pull noise maker. With the Anti-Pull Dog Training Leash Attachment, the harder your dog pulls, the stronger the ultrasonic noise. He will be able to control the intensity of the sound just by walking slower, slow enough that the sound stops.
Pet parents indicate that this leash attachment works very well. One customer is using the device to train a canine assistant to go for walks with a disabled person.
I think the device is ingenious but, personally, I would not attach the device to a neck collar. For most purposes, unless you are training your dog for dog sports or shows, I would attach the Anti-Pull Dog Training Leash Attachment to the D-ring on your dog's harness. The Anti-Pull Dog Training Leash Attachment is available from In The Company of Dogs.
3. Best Sound Device When You're Indoors With Your Dog: Petmate's Brandon McMillan Shake & Break Training Tool
(I would guess that Mr. McMillan is saying "Off!" or "Get Down!")
Many dog owners know Brandon McMillan from his TV show, Lucky Dog on CBS, where McMillan rescues dogs and trains them to fit successfully in adopting families. But McMillan also creates pet items for Petmate and the Shake & Break is one of them.
The Shake & Break Training Tool contains small beads which rattle against the walls of a closed container when shaken. Notice that there are two materials that form the container - metal and hard plastic. Depending on which side of the shaker the beads are when you use the Shake & Break, the sound of the beads will be different.
Pet parents say this device stops their dogs immediately from whatever bad behaviors they are up to. Here's Brandon McMillan to tell you more:
Another neat thing about the Shake & Break Training Tool is that you can add your own beads or even coins to the jar. If you are inside of the house when you use it, I would think that plastic beads, or perhaps a mix of beads and coins, would be enough to stop bad behavior.
P.S. If you haven't seen Lucky Dog, I consider it a must. McMillan has real connection with his dogs and he achieves great results. You will learn a lot about dog training, and even if your dog is older, it's never too late! If you want to get a ton of his 'tricks' in a short period of time, try his book, Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days!
That's the buzz for today!