100% Management

If things seem overwhelming, you may need to examine how much free time the pup has. Is there any unattended time? 100% management also includes backyard time. Not providing your puppy with full supervision and management is a very common mistake that many new puppy people make. It is much easier to prevent problems than correct them. If you don’t, he may develop habits you can’t live with. And ultimately the dog pays for it in the end. It is not the pup’s responsibility. It is yours.

It would be unrealistic to assume you can watch over your dog 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is where a crate comes in. Please refer to House Training for more information on crate training.

‘No,’ the Big No-No

Another thing to avoid doing is screeching the word NO! The word is negative and overused and if heard often enough the dog will start to tune it out. When you need to run interference, be fair, kind and consistent, and make it count as a learning opportunity. Please read on to learn more about how you can do this.

Don’t roll the dog on his back or try to muscle him into some submissive state. These are uneducated myths concerning control and leadership. They do not work and more importantly they most certainly will create more trouble.

Never Hit Your Dog

There are appropriate ways of letting your dog know that he is doing something you don’t want him to do. There are also inappropriate ways. Never hit your dog. Avoid screaming at the dog; never rub your dog’s nose in a bathroom accident. Don’t roll the dog on his back or try to muscle him into some submissive state. These are uneducated myths concerning control and leadership. They do not work, and more importantly, they most certainly will create more trouble.

The consequences that you dole out to your dog should match the seriousness of the canine misbehavior, keeping in mind the nature of dog, and whether or not you are doing your job to keep the dog safe and effectively teaching the dog what you want him to do.

Potent Consequences

If you are doing your job properly, then one of the most powerful negative consequences to your dog is for you to ignore him when he’s doing something you don’t want. How often do we see people chasing their dogs and screeching at them? This is a game to the dog and, in most cases, great fun for him. There is a game of “chase me” going on. “Yee-Ha! Let’s go!” Here are some very effective and strong ways of letting your dog know that he has just missed an opportunity to do something right.

Withholding Rewards

We aren’t going out the door until you sit.

You will not get this toy until you sit.

You may not chew on this bone until you sit.

You will not get this bowl of kibble until you sit.

Straightforward and very effective.

Eight-week-old Border Collie puppy lying quietly in metal crate with no cushions or blankets in it, as an example of positive dog training.

Puppy getting a bit of quiet, safe downtime