5 Surefire Ways to Show Your Dog You’re The Boss

Written by Charlie Lafave

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3. Don’t Walk Around Your Dog Does your dog lie onrepparttar floor and expect you to walk around him? Inrepparttar 125717 wild, dominant dogs lie wherever they want, and dogs lower inrepparttar 125718 social order go around so they don’t disturbrepparttar 125719 Big Dog. If you walk around your dog, he will assume this to be an act of submission on your part; therefore he must berepparttar 125720 leader, not you. If your dog is lying inrepparttar 125721 middle ofrepparttar 125722 hallway, or right in front of your easy chair, make him move. If he’s onrepparttar 125723 couch and you want to lie down, make him move. Don’t step over him. Just gently nudge him and make him get out of your way. You’rerepparttar 125724 Big Dog, remember?

4. You Determine When Your Dog Gets Attention Even asking for attention or affection can be seen as an act of dominance from your dog’s point of view. Dogs that demand attention are asserting dominance, so if your dog gets pushy, ignore him. When you’re ready to give him attention or affection or pet or play with him, ask him to sit first. Don’t run after him just so you can pet him. Make him come to you when you’re ready to give him attention, or play with him. And when you play with a toy, make sure that you end up with possession ofrepparttar 125725 toy, and then putrepparttar 125726 toy away when you’re done. (Note: I’m not talking about his favorite toys that you leave in his crate. I’m talking about play toys thatrepparttar 125727 two of you use for games.)

5. Don’t Let Your Dog Sleep In Your Bed This is a tough one for a lot of people, but when you let your dog share your bed, at best you’re making him an equal to you. He should have his own bed, either a dog pad or his crate that he feels comfortable in – you can even putrepparttar 125728 dog pad next to your bed if that makes both of you happier – but don’t let him take overrepparttar 125729 sleeping arrangements. Before you know it, he’ll be trying to make you sleep onrepparttar 125730 floor! Again, reinforcing or retraining your dog to recognize you asrepparttar 125731 Head Honcho has absolutely nothing to do with harsh discipline. These are changes you can make that will changerepparttar 125732 way your dog thinks about you. And making even small changes like these can have an enormous impact onrepparttar 125733 way your dog viewsrepparttar 125734 social hierarchy in your home – all without a harsh word being spoken! http://tinyurl.com/6u2cj

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Why Your Puppy Nips - And 5 Ways To Get Him To Stop

Written by Adam G. Katz

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2. Replace your flesh with a toy When you’ve resumed play, and if your puppy tries to nip again, try replacing your hand or arm (or whatever’s being nipped) with a toy. Teach your puppy that you’re notrepparttar toy. Put a toy in between you and those needle-sharp teeth!

3. The Nose Tap If your puppy nips turn to him immediately and give himrepparttar 125716 “sit” command. Take your forefinger and hold it up in front of his nose, then tap him onrepparttar 125717 nose and say “no bite” in a stern tone of voice. It’s important to note two things here: 1)repparttar 125718 nose tap isn’t designed as a dire punishment – you’re not trying to hurt him, but rather startle him into stoppingrepparttar 125719 behaviour; and 2) your tone of voice is just as important asrepparttar 125720 nose tap. Don’t scream at him – your voice should be stern and give a clear warning – think of it as a verbal growl – something that he can understand as a dog. An interesting result of this manner of breaking this habit is that downrepparttar 125721 road, when your puppy has learned to recognizerepparttar 125722 raised finger – he’ll usually stop whatever behaviour he’s engaging in just because he knows what’s coming. You won’t even have to raise your voice – just lift that finger.

4. Don’t encourage biting or nipping inrepparttar 125723 first place Don’t letrepparttar 125724 kids start “chase” games – that encourages dogs to think thatrepparttar 125725 kids are prey. Don’t play games that involve waving your hands in front of your dog and encouraging him to jump or nip. Don’t play tug-of-war with your dog – it will not only encourage him to think he’s your equal, it can promote nipping if you use a rope toy, for example, because he’ll try to bite at your hands to make you lose your grip onrepparttar 125726 toy. Play games of fetch and retrieval, but be sure that your dog knowsrepparttar 125727 “drop” or “release” command so you’re not fighting overrepparttar 125728 toy.

5. Be consistent Stoprepparttar 125729 nipping behaviour as soon as it starts, and be consistent about disciplining your puppy for it. Don’t let him get away with nipping on one day, and then discipline forrepparttar 125730 same behaviourrepparttar 125731 next. Dogs don’t understand “sometimes it’s ok,” or “maybe it’s ok it you don’t nip too hard and I’m in a good mood.“ They understand “Don’t ever do that,” and “No more treats if you do that.”

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