A Dog Tip for A Misbehaved Dog This Holiday Season
I was in Davie on Monday installing a Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® system for a new client and his Goldendoodle named Bogey. Goldendoodles are often frisky and full of energy and Bogey was no exception. He had been digging under the back yard fence to get to the canal and visit other dogs up the way. My client just wanted to put a stop to it. The installation went well and Bogey quickly understood that he no longer wanted to go near the fence and leave the property. My client was ecstatic because he had been trying to put pavers, hurricane siding, gravel, and all other types of barriers to keep Bogey from escaping with no avail. Now Bogey stayed in the back yard and he didn’t have all that ugly stuff all over his back yard fence. As we were finishing up, my client mentioned that Bogey had another problem. This was nothing to do with getting out of the yard. It seemed that he was very rambunctious when guests came over. He would nip at them, steal their stuff, and grab their food off their laps or coffee table when they were sitting and watching the game. Was there any quick fix like the one I provided with the invisible fence?
Besides installing and supporting our Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® systems, Robin and I have been professionally training dogs in South Florida for over the last eleven years. We have found that people are getting far busier with their jobs and family responsibilities the last several years. Free time has become a very rare commodity. Because of this, we have looked into alternative methodologies to help our clients achieve the appropriate behavioral and obedience goals with their dogs.
These enhanced methods often involve the use of special equipment designed to hasten our clients’ empowerment with their dogs. We always emphatically make note that these methods still follow the natural, non-aggressive processes that dogs naturally understand and respect. They never involve anything that would ever scare, frighten, or hurt the dog.
My client said that the key problems that he was having with Bogey was nipping and stealing. The nipping is an “attention getting” and posturing action. The stealing can simply be that items were left unattended with his direct ability to acquire them. When the guest sees that Bogey has the item, they engage him and allow him to take charge.
We can work through the behavior modification process to redirect Bogey’s understanding of his place in the family and his need to provide focus and respect and the problem can be solved. This is a great process, but it takes some time. We can take a second route of passively removing Bogey’s ability to perform those actions. Because we are living in an expedient world and my client needs results now (the Holidays are upon us), Option B is the best course of action in this situation.
As my client alluded, he just doesn’t want Bogey nipping and stealing. He had no problem with him being engaged with his guests. So, how do we allow Bogey to mingle with the guests and family members without nipping and stealing stuff? We look at the tool Bogey is using to accomplish these unwanted activities and neutralize the effectiveness of that tool.
Bogey uses his mouth to nip and steal stuff. We need to remove his ability to use his mouth for those inappropriate actions. We still want to allow him to bark, pant, drink water, and be comfortable. In order to accomplish this, we suggest the use of the Baskerville Muzzle. This will allow him to do all the things we just mentioned, but it will deny him the ability to nip or steal. I suggested the following:
- Get a Baskerville Muzzle that is properly fitted for Bogey. He can find more information at our Amazon Store.
- Put the muzzle on Bogey several days before his guests are due to arrive. Have him on a leash when the muzzle goes on. This just makes it easier to calmly complete the process.
- If Bogey resists, put some peanut butter or other of his favorite goodies inside the muzzle so that he has to stick his snout in the muzzle to get them.
- Keep the muzzle on for just a few minutes and then remove it. Make no big deal of putting it on or taking it off.
- Repeat putting the muzzle on and off several times a day. Have the muzzle on during different types of activities. I suggested having it on when they are calmly watching TV and when they are outside running around in the back yard.
- Extend the length of wearing the muzzle and continue placing goodies in the muzzle in order to make it a happy are rewarding experience.
By the time my clients will arrive, Bogey is more than happy to wear the muzzle at miscellaneous times during the day because it is a time of reward. It allows him to do whatever he has done in the past, except for nipping and stealing.
Since a main factor in our dog’s learning is consistency, our ability to include that in our training technique is key. Please contact us by going to Dog Fence Training Help Davie South Florida or calling us at (954) 472-4724. See the benefits of Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® and learn great dog training tips at Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Trainers Davie South Florida. Robin and I are grateful to have been your local dog experts for over eleven years in Davie and all of South Florida. Our services are key when it comes to keeping dogs safe and contained. As you know, we are also professional dog trainers. Read about our Behavior and Obedience Home Dog Training Classes by going to Home Dog Training Davie South Florida.