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Encouraging a Dog to Do the Best That They Can Do

Updated on June 4, 2018
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Author of 5 books, a retired pet groomer, certified advanced dog trainer, Search dog handler, dog breeder, herbalist who loves to write!

Encourage your dog to come and housebreaking tips

Encouraging your dog to do the best that it can

I love to watch a dog accomplish what he sets out to do.

It captures a moment that resides in all of us.

An accomplishment of though, focus, action and movement in perfect harmony.

It brings into creation the art of being able to put in motion a thought in real life

with the joy of the moment.

Dog love to please us, they have proven time and time again throughout history that they will do for us anything we ask or need with tail wagging joy and total commitment.

They learn early on to come to us and ask us to take them for a walk, to feed them and to love them. They know how to get our attention and we've all heard how about how well our dogs train us.

"stay" Katie

"stay" Kate, AKC Champion Irish Water Spaniel
"stay" Kate, AKC Champion Irish Water Spaniel | Source

A well trained dog is actually a partnership built on trust and love with its handler.

Dogs that are trained to fear being wrong aren't working with their handler as a team mate, as a partner. They are reacting from fear of punishment and so they have learned that the handler will do this to them if they don't do that.

They have not learned to think of the performance but of the punishment.

Even the slightest punishment puts the dog's attention on what you are doing to him and not what he is doing at the moment.

So it makes sense when you are housebreaking a puppy to take him outside and stay with him, watch him and when he does his business outdoors, if you show him you are so happy about him doing that by petting him and praising him, he will love to do that again for you. And, if he puddles inside, unless you catch him in the act there is little you can do because he will only remember that you got mad, and rubbed his nose in something he didn't want his nose in.

Sure he knows he messed up at that spot and not to pee there again. He has to find some place else to do that so you'll find yourself doing this all over the house, putting him outside, shutting the door in his face and he'll come in and do it again because you never showed him how happy it makes you for him to do it outside.

"Come" When Called

Washee Thunderfoot (author's dog)
Washee Thunderfoot (author's dog) | Source

One of the most asked questions in dog training is, how do I train my dog to come?

One of the most asked questions in dog training is, how do I train my dog to come?

It's also one of the most important things your dog should learn because in an emergency calling your dog to you may save its life if it was heading into traffic.

You will never be as fast as your dog on foot so forget chasing him other then to keep him out of harms way.

If there are no traffic or harmful situations in the near by area and he will not come to you, turn around with your back to him and walk away calling him to go along with you.

You are not telling him to come to you but to come along with you and if you make it really interesting like "oh let's see this" and stop to pick at something on the ground, throw a leaf or two, toss some gravel in the air, or dance around a little or run a few steps, he'll wonder what's up and come see.

Gotcha boy! Make sure he knows how happy you are that he joined you in seeing what that was and he'll be more excited to come see next time, lots of petting and good boy praise.

When you feed your dog be sure and incorporate the word come with its name, if he sits near by,take him out of the room before and until you have the food ready then say come his name, lets eat, when you bring him back to eat. When your dog is running around the yard, practice calling him to you in a playful, encouraging way and squat down at first so you are at his level and not as threatening.

Always make come the most enjoyable experience your dog has with you and he'll look forward to coming to you.

Never ever, ever call a dog to you and punish him.

Always encourage them to do as you'd like.

Dogs at Stay on a Grooming Table

Some of my groom dog friends
Some of my groom dog friends | Source

If a dog is doing something bad, like chewing a sock..what do you do?

If a dog is doing something bad, like chewing a sock, its best to get them a toy and say "hey, look what I have."

Play with their toy and see how long they stay with your sock.

Take your sock and put it away, give them their toy instead and play a little with them to show them it makes you happy.

Keep in mind the floor is the dog's world, you sort of live above him other then your feet, so most everything on the floor he may have thought of as his own until he learns it belongs to you.

He might think you left that sock there just for him and wasn't that nice of you and then to have you all of a sudden yell and him and take it away makes little sense to him.

Enjoy your time with your dog, encourage him to do things with you in a friendly buddy like manner and he'll be more then happy to please you.

Here's a great Video to Watch!

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