Make Your Dog Smile
Dogs jump up to say hello, quite simply. They don’t know how humans prefer to be greeted, and it never occurs to them that they might knock us over or ruin our clothes. Thankfully, consistent anti-jump training can quickly solve the problem for good.
Anti-jump training when you arrive home
Anti-jump training inside your house
Anti-jump training when visitors come to your house
Anti-jump training when you meet people on the street
Training Tip: The key to anti-jump training is consistency. You can end jump-up greetings for good if you turn away every time.
Troubleshooting: IBe patient. It might get worse before it gets better. If your dog has used jumping as his main way to say hello, it will take a little while for him to learn new ways.
Why crate train your dog?
Because a crate is a terrific training and management tool. It is useful for house-training, brief alone-time, settling, and any form of travel. Most importantly, a crate teaches your dog to hold it when he has to go to the bathroom. A crate helps your dogs in many ways-and saves your carpets.
Is using a crate cruel?
Absolutely not. A crate can be your dog’s favourite place in the world. Use treats, praise, and toys to make your dog love his crate.
Just remember never to use the crate for more than 3-4 hours at a time, except for bedtime.
Getting your dog used to the crate
Step 1. Begin crate training right away-preferably the first day your dog is in your home.
Step 2.Throw small tasty treats into the crate one at a time. Praise your dog when he goes in to get the treat.
Step 3. When your dog is comfortable going into the crate, practice closing the door for 1-2 seconds, then treat him through the door. Let him back out. Repeat this step many times, gradually building to 10 seconds.
Step 4. Stuff a Kong with something very yummy or use a special bone that will take a lot of time to chew. Put the treats in the crate. Shut the door. Move about the house normally. Let your dog back out after 5 minutes or when he finishes his treat. Don’t make a fuss over him. Repeat this step several times, varying the length of your absences from 1 to 20 minutes.
Step 5. Next, leave your dog in the crate with something delicious while you leave the house for short errands, like getting the mail or watering the garden. Gradually build your absences.
Troubleshooting: If your dog is going to the bathroom in his crate, remove any bedding and make sure he has been to toilet before you put him in the crate, and that he is not being left for too long. Make sure you are following the rules for good toilet training. If all else fails, contact us.