training tips make abandoned dogs adoptable
Everyone loves an adorable puppy. big pair of sad brown eyes are often
enough to melt the coldest of hearts. And it is often the act after which
puppies come home. But those warm brown eyes and sweet puppy breath often fade
in the light of bad or destructive behaviors.
More alarming, animal activists point out that many animals given up for
reforming are placed in shelters and rescued because of bad behavior.
so let's look at some of the common bad behaviors and the solutions that can
make everyone's lives more pleasant.
The first problem is that of housebreaking. A family adopts a young Saint Bernard. With this giant breed, everything is bigger: bigger bowl, bigger collar, bigger bed, bigger mess.
And why the dog is a relatively great pet, there is one problem. While the dog doesn't have accidents in the basement, which is floored in concrete, or the first floor, which is tiled floor; apparently the dog feels that the second floor, which is carpeted, is fair game.
Many pets are reliquished because of housebreaking issues. But quite often problems which may be resolved with patience and consistency are not overcome because of human stubbornness.
Most behavior problems can be addressed. In the case of our Saint Bernard, the first suggestion became not to allow the dog to be loose in the ho9use unattended. When no one is home with the dog, it needs to be crated in a large crate. A sufficient size allows a dog to stand up completely and turn around without difficulty.
The moment the dog is released from the crate, it must be immediately taken out and kept outside so that the dog do his business before returning to the house. The dog needed repeated praise when she uses the yard and ignored when she doesn't.
Only through repeated positive reinforcement will the dog learn what is acceptable.
At the same time, the home owner needs to have the accident sites inside the house steam cleaned. By removing all traces of the smell of the previous incidents, the owner guarantees that the dog will not return to the same sites over and over.
Another issue involves a loving large dog who out of excitement jumps when his forever home owner comes into a room. The large size dog blackens the eye of his owner one day as the dog is sitting in anticipation of being put on his leash to go for a walk.
A variety of techniques can be used to extinquish this behavior. The easiest way to address the issue of a jumping dog is simply to turn your back as the dog rises up. He or she is reacting to the eagerness of interacting with the owner. When the human turns her back, the dog is denied the positive attention.
Only when the dog returns to his four feet on the ground does the owner turn around and and offer praise and behavioral reinforcement.
But sometimes that is not enough. Sometimes a dog rising on her feet may be gently nudged in the ribs and pushed back to the floor. Or a light step on the dog's back feet will make the dog back up and the front legs to return to the floor.
These steps need to be done gently and immediately followed by praise when the dog reacts in a positive way. The dog will quickly learn what acts get praise and what results in being ignored.
And most importantly, all animals need consistency in training. When an animal is confused by the messages sent, or the message occurs some times, but not others, the animal will not understand what is expected of him. With love, patience an consistency, most behavioral issues can be overcome.