Many of us will be isolating and due to this our normal everyday interaction with our dog will have changed. You may be experiencing strange behaviours that you haven’t seen before. Your dog may be more clingy and following you around more than ever. If so, you will need to set some guidelines and boundaries in order to have a stable home for with your fur-baby.
Tips for Setting Boundaries.
- Always ensure your dog has to earn everything for reward. That means if he is outside and you want to bring him in, don’t just open the door and let him barge his way through.
- Have a treat and command SIT as you open the door. If he doeskin SIT, close the door and leave him outside. Try again in a few minutes. Ensure you do not repeat SIT SIT SIT as that leads to a bad association and disobedience.
- Say SIT in a firm tone as you present the treat. When he sits, use vocal praise “Good Boy/Girl”.
- Give him the next command, “IN” and lure him inside with a treat. Once inside, command SIT and hold that for at least 5 seconds before rewarding with vocal praise a pat an the treat reward.
By establishing this simple routine will go a long way in managing your dog’s behaviour at home. Our next tip will be on Home Etiquette training so stay tuned.