I was in Boca Raton last Wednesday with a new Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® client and his Collie named Scout. I was putting in a system to keep Scout from running onto the golf fairway and “visiting” all the golfers. Their HOA did not allow them to put up a standard fence across the golf course and a hedge would not keep Scout from getting out. After two days of work, I completed the project and trained Scout so he would stay in my client’s back yard. As I was wrapping up, one of my client’s friends stopped by and learned that I was also a dog trainer. He said that he had taken his dog to a dog trainer in Deerfield Beach. The trainer taught his dog how to sit, stay, place, walk, and come. His problem was that the dog was still barking and jumping on people. Sometimes he still showed aggression towards other dogs and small children. When he had asked the other trainer what to do, he was told just to pop Scout on the nose. That really wasn’t working.
This is a concern we have heard from many “soon to be our clients” over the years. Their dog has specific issues and the training program that they pick, although probably quite good, is designed to resolve other issues. This would be equivalent to our having a problem with math and taking an English class to try and resolve it. You must fit the tool to the task.
My client’s friend’s problem was that he needed canine behavioral training to solve his problems (barking, jumping, etc.) and applied a canine obedience tool (sit, stay, come, etc.) to try and do the job.
When you believe that you need help in training your dog, it is critical that you apply the appropriate training. The first thing that you must do is to clearly identify the things your dog is doing (or not doing) that are annoying you. Once you have your list of “My dog annoys me because…”, you can put together a list of what you want to accomplish from having a dog trainer help you. Your list should contain your goals with a clear definition of what is success and what is failure.
For example, if your dog runs to the door and jumps on your guests every time they come over; your goal could be that you don’t want your dog to jump on people when they come into the house. If your dog doesn’t listen to you, your goal could be that you want your dog to give you complete focus every time you call him. Your goal could be that you don’t want him pottying in the house.
As you can see, these are goals that provide a clear and undeniable point of success. If you haven’t reached that point yet, you are still in a state of failure and require more work.
Now that you have your requirements, you need to pick the appropriate program that will meet your goals. I break training down into four categories. Each of these categories provide tools specific to the type of goals the client needs to accomplish. (I am not discussing guard dog training or special needs training.)
- CANINE BEHAVIORAL TRAINING: If your dog is exhibiting bad behavior, this is the type of training he needs. “Bad behavior” can include such things as aggression, anxiety, jumping, not listening, nipping, etc. They are all the things that a dog does that will normally have us say “Bad Dog!” The focus of this training is to create a level of trust and respect between the owner and dog as to have the dog always supply the owner with calm and respectful focus. The owner must create an environment of safety where the dog believes it is in his best interest to obey and follow his owner and leader.
- OBEDIENCE TRAINING: This is a situation where you want to give your dog commands and have him obey. The standard commands most people want their dog to perform are come, sit, stay, place, walk, down, etc. The owner must break each command into small goals that can be easily taught and repeated. The successful completion of these goals will create the success of the command. The important lessons taught to the dog owner in the completion of their goals are repetition, consistency, and calm execution.
- SOCIALIZATION: Many times, dogs are fearful and reactive to unfamiliar sights, sounds, situations, and smells. If a dog has never been around other dogs, he may be reactive when put in a situation with dogs in close proximity. A dog may bark and go after the carpet vacuum. A dog may have a very hard time getting into a car and going for a ride. These are all rather sublime situations from our point of view because we familiar with the situation and understand that the outcome will always be ok. If our dog has not been properly introduced to the situation and has had a consistent, safe, and calm result from his participation; he may react through fear. The goal of this training is to have the client successfully create scenarios that slowly put their dog into the specific environment where they are unsure. The client must then nurture and guide their dog through the situation, showing them that they are always safe and secure.
- POTTY TRAINING: This is pretty much self-explanatory. Your dog is pottying in the house and you want that to stop. The one thing that we must understand is that there are two different methods for Potty Training. If the dog is to go outside to the bathroom, the program is based on observation, analysis, and management. If the goal is to have the dog potty on a potty pad, the program is based on environment, natural canine instincts, and control.
So, why is my client’s friend still having problems with his dog? The answer lies in his choice of training programs. He had issues that required a Canine Behavior Program and he employed an Obedience Training Program to resolve the issues. Once he employs a Canine Behavior Program, his dog should be fine.
It is always easy just to go with the easiest dog training program. It is important that you pick the program that will solve your problems and meet your needs. You can contact us for any dog fence or dog training issues by clicking Dog Fence Training Help Boca Raton South Florida. Our Dog Guard office phone number is (954) 424-0170. Learn more concerning Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® and our successful methods by going to Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Trainers Boca Raton South Florida. We are very happy to have been your local dog professionals for over twelve years in Boca Raton and all over South Florida. Our products are really great in keeping your dog safe and at home. If your dog doesn’t escape the yard, but is jumping, stealing food, not listening, barking, etc., we can fix that too. For more information, please go to Home Dog Training Boca Raton South Florida.