Positive dog training in Honolulu, Hawaii, Oahu
Learning to train your dog should be fun for you and your dog.
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House training a dog or puppy – teaching a dog or puppy to eliminate in the proper place should be taught as soon as the puppy/dog becomes a new member of the family. Do not expect your new puppy to understand where to eliminate when she arrives in your home. Puppy housetraining is something that must be taught. Housetraining a dog can be done at any age. And it will be easier to implement if you do it sooner rather than later. Sometimes known as “puppy house breaking” instead of “puppy house training,” it is important not to punish the puppy when he eliminates in the wrong place. Rubbing the puppy’s nose in his feces or urine does not work. Do not hit your puppy over the nose for eliminating in the wrong place. Over time this will make your puppy anxious and he will begin to hide when choosing bathroom spots.
not listening, not obeying, being naughty – you have the best dog in the world but he just doesn’t listen to your commands. You tell him not to do something and he just ignores you. Why? Dogs do not have an inborn trait of understanding human language. They can be taught what certain words mean, but trying to teach you dog through language is not successful because he just doesn’t understand you. When you work with a dog trainer, you learn how a dog thinks and how to communicate in a way that a dog can understand. A good dog trainer doesn’t talk to a dog. If you take a lesson with someone and their first instruction is “say this… to your dog” that is an indication that you may need to find a new dog trainer. Dog’s do come with an innate ability to understand emotions. Dog’s can read facial expressions and know what a person is feeling. Therefore, emoting or being a good actor is part of process of teaching your pet new behaviors.
Pulling on the leash – teaching your dog to walk properly on the leash means that he walks at your pace rather than constantly pulling you forward. When your dog doesn’t pull you forward, walking your dog will become a more pleasant experience. Dogs will get out for more walks when she doesn’t constantly pull on the leash. Also, humans will avoid injuries to the shoulder joint. There are people that have to go for shoulder surgery after years of being pulled by their dog. Constant pulling can cause shoulder injuries, which can easily be avoided with new dog training.
separation anxiety – crying or barking when the owner leaves. There’s different manifestations of separation anxiety. Sometimes the neighbors will complain because the dog is constantly crying or barking out of separation anxiety. In other cases the dog may destroy things in the house or even try to escape the house to find the owner. Separation anxiety can be solved with the dog trainer observing the dog’s behavior in their natural environment.
dog house training – Adult dogs or adolescent dogs can be taught to eliminate in the proper place just as puppies can be taught house training techniques. Even if the dog has had a potty training issue for a long time, it is still possible to correct this unwanted behavior. Try not to get frustrated with your dog when he eliminates in the wrong place. Your dog wants to do the right thing, you need a trainer to help teach you how to communicate with your pet. Every year millions of pets are abandoned for the simple reason that they are soiling the carpet. Before you decide to get a dog, accept that you will need to take some lessons on how to communicate with your pet. Its not your pet that’s making the mistake, its miscommunication that’s causing the dog to go in the wrong place.
lunging on the leash for cats, dogs, or squirrels. You are walking your dog and a squirrel suddenly catches your dog’s attention. He lunges with all his strength at the squirrel. Or on your daily walk you see another dog, your dog gets all aggressive and starts lunging at the other dog. You are concerned because your dog is out of control. These situations are dangerous because they can cause you to fall and get injured.
aggression towards people – growling, snarling, biting, or making aggressive actions towards people
aggression towards dogs – fighting, barking, growling at other dogs.
aggression around the food bowl – growling at people when they get near the dog’s food bowl.
come when called, running away – not coming when called or running away from the house.
puppy biting – training a puppy has to be more gentle than training an older dog. Puppy biting is a common problem and puppy teeth can be quite sharp. Ow! Puppy biting problems begin with the breeder. If the breeder doesn’t have toys for the puppies to play with, then the litter mates start to bite each other as a form of amusement. Puppy biting can then transfer from the litter mates to the new family. I strongly recommend that you do not hit the puppy over the nose for puppy biting problems. Hitting the puppy over the nose is an element of old style puppy training.
destroying furniture, chewing valuable items
jumping up on people
preparing the dog for the arrival of a newborn baby – every year a family dog that showed no signs of aggression kills an infant. This disturbing fact is a wake up call that every family expecting infants should undergo a dog training program to reduce the risk of their dog killing their baby. Small problems can be ignored with the family pet, but don’t take this chance when introducing a newborn baby into the house. An adult dog may not understand what a baby is. The dog may be thinking that the baby is a toy or an animal. Before the arrival of your newborn baby, meet with a dog trainer and go over your dog’s quirks and behavioral issues. Even if your dog is not showing aggressive behavior, it is invaluable to teach your pet general training techniques that will strengthen your communication skills with your canine friend.
barking – learning how to train your dog is the first step towards eliminating unwanted barking. When you know how to communicate with your dog, barking will naturally be reduced. Maybe you’re being threatened with eviction notices because of your dog’s barking. This problem can be solved and your dog will be happier in the process. Something may not be right for your dog, and its the job of the dog trainer to find out what the problem is and how to solve the matter peacefully.