Animal Behaviour Consultant, Scotty Valadao, has some training tips to turn misbehaving Missy into disciplined Daisy.

You can teach an old dog new tricks, according to Valadao. “The ideal age to get them started is 8 weeks, but dogs of all ages can continually learn and be taught new behaviours,” she explains.

Before you even start with the training you have to make it clear to the dog that you are in control. This will help establish the Human/Canine Hierarchy. “When a dog feels that the owner is not taking control, the dog will automatically try to and various behaviours develop,” says Valadao. “A dog that knows the owner is in charge is a much calmer, well-behaved dog.”

Now that Fifi knows who is in charge, let the teaching begin:

Train your dog not to jump up against you

The reason this behaviour develops is because owners allow it when dogs are small. But as the dogs grow up and get bigger (and heavier!), owners don’t like it so much anymore when their full-sized Great Dane jumps up against them.

“This is easily corrected, but takes time, practice and consistency,” says animal behaviourist Scotty Valadao. She recommends you take some of the dog’s daily food allowance, call the dog, and ask for a sit. If he complies, reward him with a few pieces of kibble. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Once the dog “gets” the exercise and sits every single time, start to fade the reward by calling the dog, asking for a sit and rewarding with verbal praise. Next time, call and reward with food. Then with verbal praise, and so forth. Mix it up so that he doesn’t know what to expect, and keep on repeating the exercise.

If the dog is a “seasoned” jumper, then start this exercise on a lead. If the dog is too familiar with the owner and gets his way all the time, get a friend to come over and help with the training. The dog will behave differently around less familiar people. And remember: repeat, repeat, repeat.

– Wilma Stassen,Health24

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