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"Daniel, Here is a picture of my 2 "babies", JohnnyD and Benito. They are 1 1/2 years old and 9 months old, who very much need attitude adjustments. I ordered your Secrets to Dog Training ebook because they have barking problems as well as growling/nipping from JohnnyD (the oldest). I have only read a little bit of your book mostly in the areas needed. I am implementing your techniques and testimonies from others, with slow progress so far.
I will keep up the training. So far, quickly getting their attention onto something else at the start of barking seems to help tremendously. I look forward to learning more as the days go by, and having 2 well behaved chihuahua's. Thank you for all your expertise help. Thank You." -- Sandra Martinez (USA)
I have been reading your newsletters and have your book. All are very helpful although I must admit that I haven't been the best at keeping my dog under control.
I have a 10 month old Bichon Frise, Cory and as cute and loving as he is, he can be a real terror. In this I mean, he eats my bedding, his bedding, and any cloth item that may be lying around. Yes, I know I should never have allowed him to sleep with us. But my husband gave in and then I could never get him back in his crate. I guess I have a problem with my husband too!
So now I need to know, is this something Cory will grow out of? If not, what can I do to stop him other than getting him back in his crate? I tried to do this and he barked all night which my neighbors did not appreciate. I have also brought a bone to bed hoping he will chew on that instead. He does but then in the middle of the night he wakes and begins to dine on my linens. This is getting expensive.
Your advice is appreciated.
Thanks for your email. I think the easiest option in this situation, is to keep putting him in his crate. It might mean that you have a sleepless night or two, but it will be worth it in the long run. Once in the crate at night, you will have to totally ignore Cory. If you let him out after 30 minutes, all he has learned is that he needs to bark or whine for half an hour before you will come to get him. If you completely ignore him, he will eventually learn that his barking is a waste of time.
Make sure that he is getting plenty of exercise. Try taking him out for a brisk walk just before putting him to bed. This tire him out and therefore will encourage him to sleep all night! Also, put a chew toy in his crate, so that if he is awake, he will have something to keep him occupied. I find that a sturdy chew toy, with a treat in the center will often keep a dog busy for hours at a time. There is a good selection to choose from at PETsMART.
Is night-time the only time that he chews? If so, it might be because he was bored and trying to keep himself busy while you and your husband were asleep. Make sure that he has plenty of company and things to keep him mentally and physically stimulated throughout the day.
Good luck Diane, and please let me know how you progress.
Daniel Stevens and the Secrets to Dog Training Team
Take a Bow Command
The great thing about this trick is that dogs will often perform it on their own, as a way of stretching their muscles after lying down.
Whenever you see your dog stretch in this manner, say the word "Bow" and praise and make a big fuss over him. Perhaps even give him a treat.
Be ready, with a treat on hand when your dog has just woken up from a nap!
During training sessions, the bow command is best taught when you are kneeling down, side on to your dog.
Slip one arm under his belly, near his back legs.
With the other hand, hold a treat in front of your dog’s nose. Allow him to sniff it, but don’t let him eat it just yet.
Give him the "Bow" command, and slowly move the treat down, so that your dog lowers his head. Then, as your hand nears the ground, move the treat out slightly, so that your dog bends and leans on his front legs to keep following the treat (ensure that you are still holding his rear end up).
Once he has reached the bow position, praise him, and then allow him to stand up.
Once he is back on all fours, give him the treat.
Practice this a number of times throughout the day, and make sure you use lots of praise and encouragement.
Don’t be discouraged if your dog doesn’t understand this trick straight away. Some dogs will learn very quickly, whereas other might take longer before it finally becomes clear!
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