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Video: Teaching Your Dog How To Behave In The Home
As with small children, dogs, especially young ones, also need to be taught how to behave in the home. Growing up, children eventually understand on their own why they should not touch certain things, but the dog will never understand the value of things and does not realize the risk of harm.
Training. You should be sure to constantly pay attention to your dog's behavior in the house, especially with puppies. Any time you notice that your dog starts to chew or chew on the “wrong” thing, such as furniture or a door, transfer this desire to “chew” onto a more correct object, such as a special toy for dogs.
As the dog grows up and your repeated “shifts” of its attention to the right objects, the dog will develop a corresponding skill, and it will look for its toys itself when it wants to chew on something. This consistent training will prevent many of the troubles in the house when the dog is left uncontrolled.
Hard correction in this case will not be effective. Instead of punishing, simply interrupt the dog's chewing on any wrong object and immediately turn the dog's attention to the toy. Keep your dog's toys accessible so that you and your dog can easily reach them when needed.
Pay attention to what things your dog is especially interested in so that they are out of reach, especially when no one is home.
Little secrets. Teaching your dog how to behave in the home is a great chance for you to show your creativity! The more resourceful your dog is, the more creativity you will have to get into training. Inventive dogs need resourceful owners! Here are some secrets to use when training your dog:
1. Food waste. Food scraps can contain chicken bones and other scraps from your table that dogs love. It should be remembered that this kind of litter is a serious health hazard for the dog. Many animals will gladly eat anything, even metal or glass objects, if only a piece of food remains on them. If you catch a dog carefully examining your trash can, you should surprise him with an unexpected sound, and it should be done without being noticed. A harsh sound coming out of nowhere will distract the dog from the debris. This trick works especially well with young dogs.
When you are away, you should place the trash can out of the reach of your dog, for example, close it in the cabinet under the sink. You can purchase a special bucket that closes carefully. Sometimes the solution is to place the bin high enough for the dog to not reach it, but remember that our pets can surprise us with their agility, jumping ability and ingenuity.
Never leave your dog alone with litter, even after training. Remember that your pet has too strong an instinct to dig into waste, and every time he gets to it, it serves as an encouragement to him to continue doing it. Dogs do not realize that eating certain things could damage their health. Food waste is a very strong motivation for a dog. You shouldn't forget for a second that your pet's life depends on how inaccessible you can make food waste for her.
2. Garbage. Garbage is non-food waste. Despite this, it may be of interest to your dog. Some dogs simply love to eat paper and especially cloth, which are a serious health threat. Dogs focus more on smell than sight, so they notice things that humans are too familiar with. The best preventive measure is keeping non-food waste out of your dog's reach.
You are likely to keep non-food waste in a reasonably safe place. Usually, dogs are less interested in him than in your leftovers. However, for the safety of your pet, you should place particularly hazardous litter where it is most inaccessible.
3. Beds and sofas. If you are an avid adherent of cleanliness, you have allergies, or your beds and sofas are covered with expensive covers, you should train your dog not to lie on them. If you don't let your dog on the bed and sofas since puppyhood, without making any exceptions, then you will be able to raise a dog that will never break this rule.
If your dog has "tasted the forbidden fruit," you will have to somehow isolate him from the upholstered furniture in your absence. Dogs, like humans, enjoy soft resting, so you should provide your dog with its own soft resting area. This can be a bedding, a blanket, or a special dog couch available at the pet store. You must remember that resting on a soft pad is essential for dogs, as many of them have serious orthopedic problems at one time or another in their lives.
Еще одной проблемой с хозяйскими диванами может стать ситуация, когда собака, привыкшая на них отдыхать, начинает там же и мочиться. Иногда это можно объяснить с позиции защиты своей территории, хотя большинство из собак все же предпочитают ее защищать другими способами. Иногда во время сна у собак встречается непроизвольное мочеиспускание, особенно если у них наблюдаются урогенитальные инфекции. В таких случаях вы должны изолировать собаку от мягкой мебели, пока не решите проблему с поведенческой или медицинской точки зрения.
During your absence, you can use locked doors, special playpens, baskets, grates or even objects that are located on furniture to isolate upholstered furniture from the dog. If this does not help, the best solution is to isolate the dog in your own cage or separate area, such as a hallway. Use your imagination to fight for your upholstered furniture!
4. Buffets and tables. Delicious food left unattended can get you in big trouble! As with litter, it is very seductive to the dog and rewards for the effort it takes. No amount of punishment after the fact of stealing food will teach a dog not to take it, moreover, such punishment can damage your relationship and the character of the dog.
Do not leave food unattended in the dog's reach. You may only do this for teaching purposes. As with trash, try to get the surprise effect. The shock effect at the right moment, especially when the dog is still young and impressionable, is the best training tool.
If a dog steals food at least once, it will serve as a powerful incentive for such behavior for the rest of its life. Some dogs are more dodgy thieves than others.
Remember that a dog's life is too short to waste valuable time and be angry with him. If your dog requires more careful parenting, provide it, and do not allow yourself the emotions that spoil your relationship with your dog.
5. Holidays. Whenever the housekeeping routine changes and everyone is busy with pleasant holiday chores, you shouldn't forget about your dog's needs. Holidays are a dangerous time for a dog, when such harmful things as food from the festive table, gifts under the tree, tinsel and other items that you would never even think about become easily accessible to him. Dogs have a different outlook than humans, and you should learn to anticipate her possible actions.
During the holiday, try to organize the safety of your dog in such a way that it is constantly under someone's supervision, or carefully monitor things in the house so that they are out of reach of the dog. It is better to send some dogs in advance for these days to relatives or to lock them in a separate room.
Your little school-age guests can be a lot of hassle. Never leave children alone with the dog. It will be best if the children are taken care of by an experienced adult who knows how to communicate with them, and the dog, respectively, by a person who has experience in handling dogs.
6. Guests. Whether it's a single guest, a dinner party, a baby's birthday party, or a BBQ in the country, guests at home can create some pretty unexpected problems with your pet. For example, anything in a guest's wallet might seduce your dog. Guests are likely unfamiliar with the rule that food should be kept away from dogs, and you may be too busy to keep an eye on the dog. In these cases, you need to prepare two options in advance: a leash at the front door and a cage or free room to isolate the dog. Be prepared to use the first or second option whenever you are too busy to look after the dog.
7. Doors. Until your dog is trained not to leave the area without permission, use a double barrier system in front of the door. This way, you will prevent your dog from running out of the door into the street when you leave the house. Use these barriers constantly until the dog learns not to jump out of the house without the owner's permission. Unfortunately, too many dogs are eager to knock down doors, which is a very common cause of accidents, especially when the front of the house faces the roadway.
8. Special temptations. Your dog especially likes things with your scent, which can be a hassle too. These items include unattended medicine bottles, shoes, children's toys, gloves, glasses and especially underwear.
When your dog finds your belongings thrown on the floor, he thinks they are his toys. Remember that a house with a dog should always be in perfect order. Never train your dog not to touch your belongings by punishing him for doing so. This approach will cause serious problems, even aggression.
If you suddenly drop something on the floor and your dog grabs it, never try to catch up with it. It is best to immediately rush to run away from her, encouraging her to pursue, and in the end give her some delicacy or dog toy in exchange for your thing. This method is great for teaching your dog how to ride.
9. Dangers outside the home. It may seem that the danger lies in wait for your dog only in your home. So maybe it's better for the dog to live in the yard? Unfortunately, outside our home, dogs have many other dangers. In addition to material damage, a dog living in the yard can create trouble for you with neighbors and law enforcement agencies, for example, if it likes to bark, especially at night, or jump out into someone else's plot or garden. In addition, people often like to tease dogs tied behind a fence, which can significantly degrade your pet's character.
The only way out in this situation is to constantly monitor the dog. After all, if we lock an unattended dog in the hallway of our house, it can be quite safe there, which is not the case when we lock an unattended dog in the yard or garden.
Time is on your side. As your dog matures with regular training, it acquires good skills. As a result, her training is much easier. Watch your dog closely, study his habits and interests in order to be able to prevent the development of unwanted skills, otherwise in the future you will have to make tremendous efforts to correct bad behavior, not to mention the fact that by regular and correct training you save your pet's life and do its more secure.
If your dog suddenly starts to behave worse than usual, pay attention to his health. Check the dog's weight, discuss the situation with your veterinarian, get tested.
A sudden increase in a dog's desire to chew on something can be a symptom of a nervous system disorder, stress, as it is a natural reaction to various physical and emotional stress. Try to identify and eliminate the source of such stress - physical or emotional - before bad behavior becomes a habit.
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