- Consistency and correct timing are the keys to success. Press the button the moment the dog makes the mistake. You want him to think he caused the correction by taking a particular action, and he cannot learn this if your corrections are too late.
- Keep yourself "out of the picture" if you can. You'd like the dog to think that he caused the correction by his own action. Therefore, it's best to say nothing as you correct him.
NOTE: Are you training with a collar that only has momentary stimulation? If so, then use a series of "taps" of momentary whenever continuous stimulation is called for.
- Choosing continuous or momentary stimulation. For most problem solving, momentary stimulation is the best choice, although continuous will also work. To stop a dog from chasing something and for controlling excessive barking, continuous stimulation is preferable.
- Remember, some misbehaviors are easier to prevent than change. Maybe there is a way to remove the temptation and solve the problem. For example, if the dog steals the garbage, it might be easier to put the garbage where the dog can't get into it.
- General obedience training can help dogs with behavior problems. Obedience training ("Heel," "Sit," "Down," "Stay," "Come," etc.) teaches your dog to respect you more. It teaches you how to communicate with your dog more effectively.
Also, many problem behaviors can often be traced to the dog having too much energy and no outlet for it. Regular obedience training sessions for just 20 minutes a day will give your dog a job to do and a chance to wear off excess energy; he will become a much calmer and more welcome companion.
Links to different types of Misbehaviors
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