Adopt These 9 Easy and Effective Principles And You Have A Rescue Dog For Life
These 9 Rules will stop you from ever thinking about rehoming your “problem” rescue dog. This blog will give you exercise, tools and rules to start adopting and applying so you can have a happier and loyal rescue dog that looks up to you and respects your leadership because he has a job and direction that he’s happy to follow.
1. Teach your dog sit
You need to teach him “SIT” first before asking for it. If you have great, you’re a leader, if not still let’s get to it. Every dog needs a leader if you do not take the position he will. Dog’s will be placed into this position either by choice or no other way. All family members need to do this as well, Well adults or kids over 12. Remember a leader is always calm so can not meet aggressiveness with aggressiveness, so I recommend not to try no alpha rolls or neck shakes. Use your height so stand up straight, and use the correction “AH” sound will let him know you mean business. The next chapter we will be getting to how to correct properly.
Your dog needs to know nothing in life is free. So when I say this it means your dog must earn everything he gets. Sit is what is needed for anything he wants. Dinner? Sit (only say it once) then correct. Keep at it until you get him to sit, if you’ve given up remember that leaderboard, that’s one point to him.
You control all of the good stuff, anything the dog want’s or likes. If he wants to sleep on the sofa, get him to sit and wait and then invitation only. This is how a leader act’s and it may be tough thinking you’re protecting your rescue dog but this is exactly what they need, a calm and consistent leader.
2. No pulling – Walk to heel.
Do not let him pull you on a walk, do not let him lead the way, in his mind, he is leading you to hunt and forage. A good tip is to let him toilet before you set off on your walk as then it won’t be a panic to the toilet straight away on your walk and shouldn’t want to pull as much. The goal is a loose lead walk, so that’s at the side of you, not pulling where his head is no further than your longest stride or even where your footfalls. He also doesn’t get the benefit to the toilet when he wants. If he tries you carry on walking, it’s a strict walk on your terms until you get to the area you decide so the park or a patch of grass, then he can sniff, toilets or rolls around or lies down, it’s his time, fun time… When he’s walking good, praise him lot’s.
Now if he tries to lead in the house, so beat you to doorways or second guess which direction you’re going in, then you can block him in his tracks with your body or sometimes better is to change direction and not go in the way he wants or trying to herd you to (herding breeds do this) you might have to do this for a while, may get dizzy but you need to get him used to not trying to beat you and wait for you.
3. Ignore, ignore, ignore.
Remember when I said you ignore passive dominance? Ok, so when your sog comes up and places a toy on your lap. IGNORE. If she barks at you, CORRECT. After she gives up and walks away, then grabs that toy and make it the most exciting thing and call her over. Now it’s on your terms but just exciting for your dog.
If she tries to also demand your attention, so rubbing her body against you, pawing at you, nudging your hand with her head, you also ignore this. If she barks at you when ignoring that’s when you correct that behaviour as barking is unacceptable.
4. No Jumping
Do not allow your dog to jump, this is behaviour that needs correcting, do not encourage jumping in any form. This is where you get to a difficult point. If you’ve been practising this point before, you’ll know of the stranger danger. Your walking with your dog, you see someone approaching you with a smile on their face, they start making doggie noises to your dog, your dog gets excited and jumps up pulling you forward and the stranger then gives your dog a big fuss, before you even get chance to tell him you’re training your dog not to jump up.
5. The Wait command
So a great command to come after sit or just even on its own, So for example when your dog is about to rush through the doorway you could correct “Ah” then use the command “Wait” you have to say it like you mean it as well, what will most likely happen the first time is your dog will ignore you. This is where a leash comes in hand so you can gain back that control and check your dog as he’s on the lead. So say “Wait” if you’re feeling confident you could say “sit” and then “wait” then YOU go through a doorway first.
6. Look at me
You might not have as much success with this when they are puppies not adolescents. So start by saying “Look at me” and hold your hand towards your eye kind of like you’re doing that A-ok hand sign…Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m on about. When your dog looks at you give big vocal praise and a pat on the head.
7. Don’t sleep with your dog
I heard you gasp for a moment. You might be nodding your head in disagreement right now…Well, who cares. We as owners, as leaders don’t sleep with our dogs. I used to religiously every night for the best part of 3 years in my early twenties let my two Jack Russel’s sleep in the bed with me, sometimes spooning them…yeah, let’s forget that ever happened. Dog’s don’t get this privilege to sleep in the best places, where the leader sleeps, it gives our dogs the wrong signals. Now if you want they can sleep in their bed or crate next to your bed but not on or in the bed.
8. Don’t pick your dog up, unless like a baby.
Remember height is dominance. So picking up your dog in the usual way you’ve have been (usually small dog owners) we tend to carry them around everywhere we go, well please don’t, trust me it will help you long term. If you want to pick your dog up, then do it like a baby, so on their back, which so happens to be a submissive position. Also don’t let them sit on your, same thing applies as you can then have them on their back on your lap.
9. No Biting please
For those who have been bitten by their dogs. Ok, so this one involves creating scenarios that where you can’t get into these situations where he bites you. So no nice treats like tripe sticks or pigs ears until you’re confident he can then drop the treat when you say so. Also no sofa time for your dog, now this might mean closing doors or not letting them in certain areas of your house until you know this is better or have gotten a behaviourist in to help you resolve those issues. It’s always best to get a vet exam to be sure nothing is medically wrong to cause aggressive behaviour in the first place.
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