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So you ve told your doggy to get down off the bed, or get down off the settee, or to drop your slippers, or to drop your wife, or to stop savaging your leg (if it s the last one, you have bigger problems than this article can solve. Look elsewhere.) Dog Training Collars barkcollar101 Either way, the doggy isn t doing as he/she s been told; it s time to take action.

It all comes to down to one thing: Status.

The reason your doggy isn t obeying you is because he doesn t see you as the leader of the pack. In the hierarchical world of the canine, pack status regulates everything, including who he takes orders from. So if he s ignoring you, it s because he thinks you re either equal or worse, inferior.

So to fix that point of view, you ve got to explain to him-NICELY-that you re actually running the show, but in a way that he will understand. It s all about consistency, and a little thing we call NILIF (Nothing In Life Is Free) training. In principle, to humans, this is a concept that sounds a Dog Training Collars little bullying, but it s actually the opposite. A doggy who knows his place in the pack-and what his boundaries are-is a happier doggy. Be prepared for a few surprised looks at first-and even a few reproachful stares-but stick with it, and not only will you and your dog s relationship massively improve, your dog s temperament will too. Think about it: are you being cruel when you give your kids vegetables they don t like, and give them curfews, and make them give you lengthy foot rubs when you come home from the gym without showering? Of course not (apart from maybe that last one) you re doing it for their own good and to make them behave correctly. And it s exactly the same with dogs.

So the idea of NILIF, as the name suggests, is that you stop the doggy from doing what he wants, and make him work for it. By doing so, you establish that he needs your permission to carry out things, and that therefore you are above him in the pack. So how do you do that?

Make them sit before they are allowed to carry out anything that they want to.

Now, that may sound like a contradiction in terms, because if the doggy doesn t obey you, how can you get him to sit, right? Well, that s the first thing to fix before we go any further, and before you say you don t have the time, you re wrong; I can get your doggy to sit in under half an hour. Go read this article, and come back:

Right, the rest of you whose dogs sit on command but ignore everything else-and those of you who left to read the article, and have now trained their dogs and come back-let s continue. As dogs can t talk, they have no way Dog Training Collars to say ˜Please , and thus to ask for permission. So the way a doggy says ˜Please is by sitting ¦once you ve established that they sit before they get what they want. (They also don t know how to say ˜Get the %$*£ off my property but I think you can guess how they express that one.)

The Technique:

So here are a few key ways to implement NILIF training. Obviously there are more than these, but these are the major and most effective ones that will help establish your rank and therefore get your doggy to listen generally. I m sure you can get the idea from these on how to use NILIF training in all aspects of your dog s behaviour.

  • Sitting before getting a treat: This is obvious, as you probably trained your doggy to sit this way.
  • Sitting before being allowed up on a settee or the bed: If you allow your dogs on the furniture, they probably jump right up without thinking. Gently push or lift them down, and make them sit. If they do it again, repeat it. If they do it again, scold them, and then make them sit. Once they ve sat nicely for a few seconds, pat the settee and tell them they can get up.
  • Sitting before you put the leash/lead on them: Other than food, the thing that gets a doggy as excited as Elvis seeing an overturned Twinkie lorry is going for a walk. If you re holding that up until they sit, that s a MAJOR ˜Please for them. This will really help them get it.
  • Sitting before you throw a ball or toy: If they don t sit, and keep pestering, turn your back on them. When they walk round to the front of you (they will) tell them to sit. If they don t, turn your back again and repeat.
  • If your doggy is demanding attention or affection: It s not cute, it s your doggy thinking you re their personal amusement toy. There s a difference between cuddling into you, or being excited to see you, and coming over and clambering all over your face as they ve decided they want to be stroked. Push them off gently but firmly, then make them sit and ignore them for a few seconds. If they stay sitting, praise them and cuddle their furry little heads to bits. If they move, make them sit again, ignore, and repeat until they stay there. Then show them affection.
  • Anything your doggy likes: Use your judgement. You re not denying the doggy the things it likes, you re just asking for courtesy first. It s that simple.

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