Will My Mother-in-Law's "Too Easy" House Rules Undo My Dog's Training?

Written by Adam G. Katz

Dear Adam:

My family and I want to add our thanks-- to allrepparttar other thanks you constantly receive. You have produced a book that is SOOO easy to read, understand, follow, and with great analogies.

I have readrepparttar 125712 book front to back. My concern will pertain to page 141, "Psychological Mistreatment Through Isolation."

Here it goes....

Onrepparttar 125713 weekdays, I will get up inrepparttar 125714 morning anywhere between 0530 to 0600 (sometimes earlier, between 0500 to 0530). I will let my (now 6 months old) Jack Russell out ofrepparttar 125715 crate, got out for his morning business, play, a lot of petting and rubbing, and with some training. I userepparttar 125716 ball on a rope you suggested. I thought this would create aggression problems, until I readrepparttar 125717 book. Feeding time, I will dorepparttar 125718 down-stay command, for 30 sec or so, then ask him to go in torepparttar 125719 crate, and another stay command, for about 30 sec. Then I feed him inside his crate. After this, it's back outside for his other business. Then play some more withrepparttar 125720 ball on a rope, some fetching, and more fun training. I practicerepparttar 125721 stay command like you said, where I will temp him. He is getting better with my release command of "OK". [Editor's note: Don't use "OK" for a release command. Use something that isn't so easily confused with our everyday vernacular... such as, "Take A Break" or "Free!"] He will not move until I say "OK". I want to make sure I get in as much detail as possible.

At 0700 I have to crate him. Until I get home at 1700. When he is out at about 1700, it's feeding time and then some training again as above, and a lot of touching (petting and rubbing). I know that's 10 hours inrepparttar 125722 crate, however, when he's out, my family and I play like crazy with him for about 2-3 hrs, by 2100 he's looking up atrepparttar 125723 couch and my wife, waiting forrepparttar 125724 "up" command so he can rest with her. I know, I know, I read about not going to their level. When this happens I go torepparttar 125725 chair, away from them. Then he will sleep throughrepparttar 125726 whole night in his crate.

I haverepparttar 125727 option to have him to go to my in-laws forrepparttar 125728 day. They own two dogs, a Golden Lab (2 years), and a Jack Russell (7 months). Both are NOT well trained. The Lab barks at everything. The Jack Russell constantly nips at my dog's hind legs, snarls, and bites and never stops. My mother in-law does not correct either dog. My biggest concern is that my dog will pick allrepparttar 125729 bad habits, because I am not there to correct him. My dog did not bark until he stayed with them for about a week or so. Also, 9 times out of 10 he will throw up in his crate, to and from my in-laws. So I decided to stick to my schedule, to crate him at home. The weekends however, he is out and playing with us.

Beginner Tips For Dog Training

Written by Adam G. Katz

1. What age should I start usingrepparttar prong collar?

[Adam replies: ] Generally speaking, at about four months of age… when you seerepparttar 125711 adult teeth begin to come in.

2. What should I be teaching, obedience wise, with 8 month puppy?

[Adam replies: ] At eight months of age, there really isn’t ANYTHING you can’t teachrepparttar 125712 dog, obedience-wise.

3. When you say pop, when teachingrepparttar 125713 down command,do you mean I should poprepparttar 125714 prong collar? So for example ifrepparttar 125715 dog gets up from down/stay position and walk away, you said to say NO, poprepparttar 125716 leash, then say NO allrepparttar 125717 way back to manhole, then poprepparttar 125718 leash again? Do you mean to poprepparttar 125719 prong or to guide him into down/stay position?

[Adam replies: ] When I say “pop” I mean to tug onrepparttar 125720 leash. Make sure you’re starting and ending with slack. So, you say, “No!” then go torepparttar 125721 dog and give a pop onrepparttar 125722 leash, then walk him back torepparttar 125723 spot and reissuerepparttar 125724 “down” command… and then “pop” downward (or torepparttar 125725 side) onrepparttar 125726 leash and put him back intorepparttar 125727 down position.

5. What'srepparttar 125728 difference between obedience training and sport training (i.e. Schutzhund)? Why do they say you shouldn't train your dog in obedience if you want him to be in Schutzhund? (I just want to know for my own knowledge)

[Adam replies: ] Schutzhund is a dog sportrepparttar 125729 incorporates an obedience routine, as well as a protection and tracking routine. The obedience exercises are mostly route exercises, and are not trained in a street-smart context. As for why you supposedly shouldn't train your dog in obedience if you want him to be in Schutzhund… this is a myth. Some macho types will consistently over-correct their dog inrepparttar 125730 obedience phase… and this will kill drive. But anyone with even a shred of common sense will avoid this predicament.

6. What do you think of raw diets for dogs? Worth it??

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