Pets are often just like family members. They need to learn the house rules and behave properly. Dog Trainer Basil Theofanides teaches you a a few training tricks of the trade.
“G’day guys and welcome to todays session - it is home etiquette training. What does it mean? It means teaching your dog to go inside the home but go to his mat or to his bed without running around and being an absolute idiot. Do any of you allow your dogs inside the home? Chris?”
"Not at all mate, he’s an absolute idiot inside, runs around like a maniac."
"Okay and has he always run around like a maniac?"
"Right so today you will be able to teach this guy to go inside, be part of family and no mucking about."
"How about big Benson over here?"
"Well he comes inside and races up the stairs to check out who’s home, runs around and then he does settle eventually."
"Okay, eventually. Wouldn’t it be nice to get him to come in and stay on his bed straight away?”
“First of all the bed has to be really positive. You can’t be punishing, you cant say go to your bed when you bring him inside, he’s got to really want to go there. So we've got to make it a very positive experience for him”
“We open the door, we say "inside", lead him up to the mat, let him chew the end of it just keep praising him until he lies down, reinforce the command "on your mat" positively. Now if he tries to get out of his bed that’s when you reprimand him. Chris I want to hear your voice, you're a big bloke. You ready give us the big "ah!"
Then after about five minutes we give him the release and we say either finish and we encourage him out, take him by the collar, open the door and "stay out!". Well we don’t say "stay out" but that is what you would do.
“Tell her she’s a good girl. Now this also has a good benefit here too because Honey gets used to Shanae being a young kid and not become possessive of food. Great way of teaching puppies to get used to being handled this way too. What a good girl!”
"Okay Robyn it’s got to be positive not negative so a lot of encouragement, “in your bed" - happy voice! Alright so we just need to give him a bit of a helping hand because I don’t think he really wants to go in there at this stage so lets just help him in there and pat him. Happy voice otherwise it sounds like you're telling him off. Eventually you will be able to open the door and you'll say on your bed and he’s going to go ‘bang’ straight to his bed but your gradually wean him off his chew stick
Okay guys how was that? Its simple isn’t it? It’s a very positive way of teaching these dogs to actually go to their beds. They'll be happy, you'll be happy the whole family will be happy. Your visitors will be coming back because your dogs not jumping all over them. Well done, we'll see you next time. “
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