Proud of My Dog - dog training
Accepting in-home training clients In the North Slocan Valley from the Village of Slocan to Nakusp, and Kaslo
Group classes are currently held in New Denver, BC
|Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What do I do if my puppy jumps up:
2. What do I do if my puppy jumps at people on walks even if they are just walking past us?
3. What if my dog runs up to someone in a park
4. What if my puppy jumps up on someone despite my best management?
5. What to do when people come over to visit?
Puppies grow into behaviours they keep practicing. They don’t grow out of behaviours. Behaviours that are reinforced (or rewarded) are strengthened.
Dogs and puppies jump up because the behaviour has been reinforced. Reinforcement can be saying no, telling them to get off, touching them, giving a lecture. Don’t make excuses for your dog; teach them what to do instead!
Tightening or shortening the leash when you pass or meet people does not teach the puppy to keep to four on the floor; often it only encourages pulling. Try to keep the leash loose and use food to reinforce four on the floor.
It is human nature to want to touch and interact with a puppy but it isn’t necessarily appropriate for a stranger, or even friend or acquaintance, to touch or pet your puppy without asking first. A person should have the grace to step away from your puppy if the touch is not welcomed.