Train­ing dogs to be re­spon­sive

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - KYRA ENSBEY FROM BRIGHT

Ques­tion: How do I get my dog to lis­ten to me? He al­ways seems dis­tracted and if I raise my voice to tell him he’s done some­thing wrong, he still ig­nores it. Do you have any tips?

Answer: You need to be­come the most im­por­tant thing in your dogs life and the most re­spected.

To do this you need to be fair, con­sis­tent and never use phys­i­cal­ity or yell at your dog. If you use your dog’s name when it has done some­thing wrong, it will as­so­ciate its name with neg­a­tiv­ity. Al­ways set your dog up to suc­ceed, so first do train­ing in a place where your dog is least dis­tracted. Al­ways re­ward and ac­knowl­edge good be­hav­iour with ex­cited praise and high value treats.

Give your dog noth­ing of your self for bad be­hav­iour, no voice, hands or eyes. Re­mem­ber too, a dog may look like it is dis­play­ing dis­tracted be­hav­iour but is ac­tu­ally dis­play­ing avoid­ance be­hav­iour be­cause it doesn’t know what you want or how to do it. It seems to me that you may need some help with your dog to get both of you on the right track, give me a call.

Photo: Rachel Ver­coe

Kyra Ensbey from Bright Bessy dog train­ing.

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