“Vacation, winner, surprise,” these words are music to our ears. These next words, not so pleasing to the ear, “work week, flu season, housework.” What this has to do with your dog? Everything. Imagine your dog having learned to become anxious, fearful, or defiant based on hearing certain words and how they are spoken. The result can be the exact opposite of what you wanted. If this has happened to you, read on.
At Paramount Dog Training, we have provided dog behavior modification and training for 15 years. The need for our help is based solely on how owners unintentionally communicate commands inconsistently to their dogs. Also, in what we fail to do to make sure the dogs mind is calm and receptive. The result is a frustrated dog AND owner.
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My journey into this profession began 15 years ago with an impulse adoption of a Siberian Husky. Not understanding the needs of the breed, I made every mistake possible and paid the price. Soiled carpets, chewed wood furniture, “dog at large” fines from the dog warden. Out of shear frustration, I took the dog to a trainer to prove that I had a dog with no IQ or train-ability. Oh was I surprised. Not only did the dog demonstrate his ability to follow commands immediately, I was made to realize I failed to fulfi ll any of the needs that would make him balanced.
It went like this: Husky’s need exercise. Lack of exercise equaled pent up energy and chewed furniture. Chewed furniture made me angry. Anger caused him to soil on site when he saw me. Confining him to stop the chewing equaled more pent up energy. This of course resulted in him running away. This started the cycle all over again. I became so focused on my rebel of a dog, I never even thought it was lack of things on my part. There is help!
THE FIX OF BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS ARE SIMPLE, DAILY RITUALS.
- A tired mind is a calm mind. Walk, bike, or run your dog to burn the energy that interferes with focus.
- You lead, the dog will follow or dog leads and you will follow. Ask yourself what you do every day to show the dog that you love them? Now ask what you do every day to show that you lead them? We follow people due to their title or pay grade; dogs do not.
- Teach the dog what a command means; don’t assume they know it.
- Say the command only one time, then immediately praise them or guide them for failure. Dog’s cannot count, but every time they hear “come” and are not moving toward you, in their mind, that is what come means. Same with sit.
- Have a four-foot drag leash on the dog indoors. If the dog fails a command, you can physically guide them to comply.
- Praise the specific command, “good sit,” “good stay.” Saying “good boy” or “good Fido” is too general.
- Training. Simply put, unless you obedience train a dog, how do you expect them to be obedient. English is not the dog’s primary language. By controlling what is important to the dog, you control the dog. This includes food, affection, the walk.
A comprehensive, evaluation of your dog will tell us exactly what we need to bring calm balance to your home. The approach to training will be based on trainability, temperament, and issues of the dog.
Paramount Dog Training has been serving since 1999, with four certified trainers to help bring calmness to your home. We will train any age, breed or behavior problem. We have private, group and puppy classes. Once you have an obedient dog, you will never go back! Serving Cuyahoga, Medina and surrounding counties.