We were in Lauderdale Lakes last Thursday repairing a Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® System for a current client and his Rhodesian Ridgeback, Baron. I had installed the system and trained Baron about six months ago and everything was going great. Baron no longer ran into the street to chase cars and bicyclists and didn’t try to jump the fence in the back yard. The problem occurred when my client’s landscapers planted some new bushes and palm trees along the side of the yard. They had cut the underground wire in several places while they were digging the holes for the trees and never told my client. Luckily, my client quickly heard the warning beep given off by the system and I could rapidly come out, locate the breaks, and get everything back to normal. As we were finishing up, Betty, my client’s wife, came out and asked me if I knew of anyone who would want to take Baron. Obviously, I asked why. She exclaimed that although Baron was well behaved with my client, he never listened to any other family member.
This is a situation that Robin and I have come across many times in our eleven years of dog training. After a further discussion with Betty and Frank, it appeared that Frank did not see any problem. Baron was pretty good with him and he was fine with that. Betty acknowledged that Baron would obey Frank, but he would always misbehave with every other family member. The more that they tried to get Baron to obey and be a good boy, the more that Baron simply appeared to not want to listen.
From this discussion, it is easy to determine that Baron has an appropriate level of respect and focus for Frank. Frank can get him to complete his obedience commands and can quickly alleviate any inappropriate behavior such as jumping on people or stealing food from the table. We can now set a benchmark knowing that Baron has the ability to obey and that he completely understands that Frank is his boss and will obey Frank.
I told Betty that our goal was to extend Barron’s respect and focus currently only being given to Frank to the rest of the family. Since dogs most easily learn through simple tasks, I suggested that they set up a simple process of association and assimilation. To rephrase this, I wanted them to take the role of the substitute teacher and have Frank (the teacher) let Barron know that he is now giving his control to them.
I recommended the following exercise:
- Frank will perform a group of simple obedience commands with Baron. These tasks should include activities such as Sit, Stay, Come, Off, Walk to Heel, etc.
- During each of these exercises, Betty and other family members should be present, standing right next to Frank.
- Frank should perform the exercise and then hand off control of the exercise and have a family member perform it. If Baron does not obey, Frank should correct Baron until he does.
- Frank should then do another exercise and then hand off control to the family member again. Every time Baron obeys, the family member praises him for his obedience. If Baron misbehaves, Frank corrects.
- After several days of this exercise routine, the family member will begin to take over the correction duties when Baron does not complete his required exercise. If needed, Frank can join in to help with the correction.
- This process is to continue (often another day or two) until Frank no longer needs to correct Barron if he does not obey the family member.
- Now, the family member will perform all of the exercises with Frank simply there in a passive capacity.
- Once the family member can have Barron complete his exercises without any correction, they will start to perform the exercises without Frank. If there is some “sass-talk” or backsliding on Barron’s part, Frank can return for a moment to get things back in line.
- Now that Barron is obeying Betty and the rest of the family members with his obedience commands, they should have no problem in getting his focus to correct for any simple bad behavior such as jumping, stealing food, etc.
Just like the “Substitute Teachers” we had in grade school, we need to teach our dogs to respect all their leaders with equal and constant respect. You can find us by clicking Dog Fence Training Help Lauderdale Lakes South Florida or calling (954) 472-4724. Discover the benefits of Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® and explore wonderful dog training tips at Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Trainers Lauderdale Lakes South Florida. Robin and I are thrilled to have been your local dog professionals for over eleven years in Lauderdale Lakes and all of South Florida. We are great when it comes to keeping dogs safe and contained as well as being professional dog trainers. Learn about our Behavior and Obedience Home Dog Training Classes clicking Home Dog Training Lauderdale Lakes South Florida.