Teaching your dog No
12/18/2009 3:47:25 PM
A well-trained Bullmastiff that knows its place in the family is every dog owner's goal but can be a difficult achievement. A few dogs have no problem jumping on any person who is close by while others become aggressive with strangers or other animals. Even if those traits might have some benefit on occasion, most owners would prefer their dog was sociable with everyone they meet.
Do we need to train our Bullmastiff puppies ? I believe it is and most dog owners wouldn't disagree. It might seem obvious that a well-behaved dog is the best situation for everyone, but a lot of owners feel strapped for time to do the training and the money to hire it out. Some people don't want the hassle of the training process, whether they hire a professional or train the dog themselves. The result is a dog that could possibly intimidate outsiders or members of the family through its disobedience. For everyone's safety, including your dog, training is the best course of action.
Training your dog can be much easier using inexpensive dog training equipment you purchase yourself.
When a dog pulls on its leash when walking, it believes it is the leader and you are the follower. A dog that has this mind-set will do whatever they want while being walked: ignoring its owner and chasing cats, birds or other dogs. A dog like this may drag around its owner while it looks at anything catching its eye.
Current walking harnesses are uncomfortable for a dog when pulled on. The harness fits snugly against your dog's body and neck (but without choking) and puts uncomfortable pressure against the dog's armpits whenever it pulls against its lead. The pressure ceases the minute the dog stops pulling. Dogs will usually stay close to their owner's side. The dog-walking experience improves dramatically after the first use and these leashes require very little skill on the part of the owner.
Extra attention is the easiest way to reward a dog for good behavior. But how do you stop a dog's bad behavior?
The tough thing about curbing bad behavior is the difficulty in communicating with your dog when it is misbehaving. Most owners say "No!" when their dog is caught in the act and it can work for some situations.
When a dog is misbehaving, there is a great training device that can send the message loud and clear. A set of Dog Training Discs ought to do the trick.
Applying these discs in training is easy: when the dog misbehaves, just flip the disc to the ground while you say "No!" The disturbance of the discs clanking together will surprise your dog and when combined with "No!", will send a powerful message to your dog that it is misbehaving. Before long, the dog will associate the discs and the command "No!" It won't take long at all until your dog hears the word "No!" and responds as though the discs had been flung to the ground.
Those two simple items can make a big difference in training your dog and don't cost a lot of money. When it comes to your dog, try to find some time to train it. Find a dog-training course or just read a book or two on the subject.