Do you have a dog that has so much energy, is jumping on you, biting everything, pulling on the leash and just acting crazy?
This is a really simple dog training trick that works for puppies or older, over-exuberant dogs to calm them down and teach them to focus and be more composed.
Put your dog on leash so the little bugger can’t run away from you. Stand above him and put his favorite treat in your hand so that he can see (and smell) it. Be sure you aren’t holding it in a way that could get you nipped. Don’t say anything to your puppy but SLOWLY (I am serious, very SLOWLY) move the treat closer to your dog. He doesn’t need to sit, necessarily, but if he jumps or tries to grab the treat, simply move the treat out of his grasp and continue the exercise.
What should happen very quickly is that your dog realizes that he needs to remain calm in order for the treat to continue moving in his direction. If his canine brain loses control and he tries to grab the treat, the treat moves away, darn!
So, this gets him to focus and remain calm, even for a short amount of time. But, if you practice this periodically throughout the day, you should start to notice that you can more quickly get your dog to calm down.
This is just one simple training trick that you can do. Of course your dog should know behaviors on cue such as sit, down, leave it, drop it, off, come, stop, etc. But, this can help focus your puppy so then you can start other training tasks.
Scott Cook, a professional K-9 Trainer of 45+ years, has been an avid Canine Enthusiast since childhood and it is worth mentioning that he successfully trained his first dog (a rescue dog with behavioral aggression issues) at the age of 11!
His passion, enthusiasm and love for the dog is evident in his many years of experience as well as his hunger to learn more and it is all this that has made him what he is today! He has had extensive training in the area of canine behavior and training! His studies have included 2 summers in the kennels of the New Skete Monestary, 1 year mentoring with Dr. Ian Dunbar, 1 year mentoring with Ed Frawley, and 2 years association with Michael Ellis!
He is a current Professional Member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and owns and operates his own dog training business with 45+ years of professional Canine Training experience in his kitty! You are in good hands with Scott!
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