Dog Training Tips from Coral Springs When the Family is Crazy
To paraphrase Charlie Sheen... "Duh, Yes!"
We always try to reinforce the idea that in order to have your dog learn, you must first establish a calm and consistent environment. This will allow your dog have the opportunity to provide focus and allows you to have the opportunity to command that focus. Your ability to show a passive, assertive nature towards your dog will naturally have him drawn towards you as the one telling him what to do next.
- As a family, you (and I mean all of you) must have a family meeting to discuss how you want your dog to act. Make a list of rules that you will all agree is correct and you all will agree to enforce. If you feel that a rule might be too hard for everyone to enforce, change it before you begin.
- Review each rule and discuss how each family member will enforce that rule. It might be that a sibling just might not engage in a particular act that encourages the inappropriate action.
- Every family member must agree to their tasks and the results they wish to accomplish. This is not only for them, but for the greater good of the entire family.
- Have every member of the family work with your dog on a daily basis on one or more of the issues your family has identified. Have them work in teams so that they can make sure that they stay consistent.