Dogs Jumping on People

This is a common problem with many dogs who just love to greet people by jumping up on them. The best thing to do is ask your guests to pay no attention to the dog when they enter the house. If the dog jumps say the word “OFF” in a clear, firm voice. Ask the person to fold their hands across their chest and turn their back to the dog. If the dogs jumps, turn again. The idea is to always show your back to the dog while he is jumping. He is trying to get your attention and if you do not give him any he will lose interest in you and stop jumping quicker. Soon just the word off will be sufficient if he starts to jump on people. Be consistent!

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How to Potty Train My Puppy

Ahh- the most asked puppy training question I receive ! The most important thing to remember when training your puppy is to control his SPACE. Yes, that means you cannot let him just run all over the house and expect that he will tell you when he has to go!  You need to be the one that decides when he has to go by following these simple rules. 1) He needs to go right after he wakes up, even if his nap was only a few minutes. 2) He needs to go after he has been playing. This excites him so when he stops playing, take him out quickly. 3. He needs to go within 10 minutes(on average) after he eats. 4) He needs to go about every 2 hours period. Even if none of the above has occurred.  In between all these times, you must control his space meaning he must be near you and supervised at all times UNLESS he is in his crate. Use gates, tethers, leashes and crates to confine him to small spaces so that he can be supervised. Once he thinks that you get angry when you see him have an accident, he will go where you can’t see him.  So you think he is “getting it” but he really is still soiling your house. When you do catch him in the act, remember that it is you that should have known he had to go and do not punish him, but rather startle him to stop the stream, and get him outside right away. When he goes outside, always praise and reward him. Always take him to the same spot every time(one of your choosing) and give him ample time to go, repeating a key word over and over such as “Potty” “hurry”(you choose). Just always say the same word and he will then know what you are asking of him. If he does not go, put him in his crate and wait 5 minutes then take him out again! Remember , after he goes, praise him and give him a special treat to show him how happy you are! Dogs learn faster when rewarded!

Deborah Hicks, Behavior Specialist

If you need Dog Training or Puppy training in Asheville, North Asheville, Weaverville, Burnsville, or Buncombe County, NC call Asheville Dog Trainer at 828-689-8745.

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Lunging at Other Dogs

Reactive dogs have become more common than ever with the number of dogs being rescued. Many of these dogs are not puppies anymore and they were never socialized with other dogs when they were young. Now that they are in a happy home you the owners love to take them on walks and introduce them to all your neighbors and your neighbor’s dogs, But alas, your new happy, loving dog does not react the way you had hoped. Instead, they lunge and sometimes they even growl at the dogs they pass on the street. You don’t know what to do. All the rest of the time your dog is loving and happy. Why does he do this when he approaches another dog. Doesn’t he like other dogs? Well there can be many reasons and many answers for this behavior. The best thing to do is to use targeting training with your dog. Start in your yard first while your dog is on a leash. Take a few steps, then ask your dog to “watch”. Hold a treat up to your dogs nose and then move it slowly to your eyes. As soon as the dog looks at you(yes he may be really looking at the treat, but that works just as well) then give him the treat. Continue taking a few steps and asking the dog to watch over and over again. Once your dog is doing well in this environment you are ready to take him on the streets. Now the important thing here is to take him on a route where you know where to predict he may see other dogs. You must be on the alert and when you see or know a dog is usually seen in an area,  you must try to spot the dog before your dog does and start a calming talk with your dog and start using the watch command with your treats. It is too late once your dog has started to react in his normal excited manner. If that happens, or you are surprised by an unexpected dog before your dog has been conditioned, then the best thing to do is to ALWAYS continue walking and moving, never allowing your dog to stop and try to get to the other dog. Continue talking and walking until you have passed the other dog then use the watch when you can get the dog’s attention back on you. Targeted training simply means getting your dog to target his attention on you and not the activity surrounding him. If you will make all your walks interactive with your dog, meaning talking to him in a calm voice, stopping along the way and having your dog sit, stay, lie down etc, he will be focused on you and that is the key to helping a dog not over react when he sees other dogs.

If you need help with dog training in Asheville or puppy training in Asheville, North Asheville, Weaverville, Bumcombe County, West Asheville or Madison County please contact Asheville’s Dog Trainer, U Good Dog U at 828-689-8745 or ugooddogu.com or contact trainer@ugooddogu.com.

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Help for dogs who chew and destroy things in your house.

Does your dog chew your furniture, destroy your carpet, eat the drywall and the baseboards in your house and basement? Why, you ask does my dog do this? The first question to ask yourself is how long am I leaving my dog alone each day? Does my dog do this when I leave for work or just if I leave him at night? Most likely your dog is bored. A bored dog does whatever he can to keep from being bored. And a lot of those things are not things we are going to like. If your dog is home for more than a few hours alone and destroys things in your home, you need to control his space when you leave. He needs to be placed in a room or fenced area indoors that has been dog proofed, meaning there is nothing in the room that the dog can harm or can harm the dog.  Some water, a favorite chew toy should be all he needs. Dogs do sleep a lot of the time while we are gone, but they also can do a lot of harm in a very short time.  It is always recommended that you hire a qualified in home dog trainer such as UgooddogU to analyze the particular reason your dog destroys things in your home and to help you find ways to stop or curb this behavior.

If you need help with dog training or puppy training in Asheville, Weaverville, North Asheville, Beaver Lake, West Asheville, or Buncombe County call Asheville’s Dog Trainer U Good Dog U at 828-689-8745 or go to UGOODDOGU.com or contact trainer@ugooddogu.com.

 

 

 

 

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How do I potty train my puppy ?

Asheville Dog Trainer

Ahh- the most asked puppy training question I receive ! The most important thing to remember when training your puppy is to control his SPACE. Yes, that means you cannot let him just run all over the house and expect that he will tell you when he has to go!  You need to be the one that decides when he has to go by following these simple rules. 1) He needs to go right after he wakes up, even if his nap was only a few minutes. 2) He needs to go after he has been playing. This excites him so when he stops playing, take him out quickly. 3. He needs to go within 10 minutes(on average) after he eats. 4) He needs to go about every 2 hours period. Even if none of the above has occurred.  In between all these times, you must control his space meaning he must be near you and supervised at all times UNLESS he is in his crate. Use gates, tethers, leashes and crates to confine him to small spaces so that he can be supervised. Once he thinks that you get angry when you see him have an accident, he will go where you can’t see him.  So you think he is “getting it” but he really is still soiling your house. When you do catch him in the act, remember that it is you that should have known he had to go and do not punish him, but rather startle him to stop the stream, and get him outside right away. When he goes outside, always praise and reward him. Always take him to the same spot every time(one of your choosing) and give him ample time to go, repeating a key word over and over such as “Potty” “hurry”(you choose). Just always say the same word and he will then know what you are asking of him. If he does not go, put him in his crate and wait 5 minutes then take him out again! Remember , after he goes, praise him and give him a special treat to show him how happy you are! Dogs learn faster when rewarded!

Deborah Hicks, Behavior Specialist

If you need Dog Training or Puppy training in Asheville, North Asheville, Weaverville, Burnsville, or Buncombe County, NC call Asheville Dog Trainer at 828-689-8745.

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My Dog Jumps on Everyone when they come in the front door! (Part 2)

Asheville Dog Trainer, Deborah Hicks

Asheville Dog Trainer

So how do we change this situation and make it more positive for him and less stressful for you? My suggestion is to make sure that he is given another job to do when someone comes to the door. Let him run to the door to “tell you” that someone is there, then get him to go to his PLACE/SPOT. His PLACE or SPOT is somewhere near the door but out of the direct path of the person coming in. Most people use either a room or area just to the right or the left of the door used for entry. He wants to see the person coming in, but it is his job to go to that place and sit waiting for the person to come in, walk past and then wait to be released. So you need to teach the word PLACE/SPOT by using the word and your body motion(like pointing and using your arm to wave him over to the spot on the floor) and then when he gets there, ask him to SIT. Some people use a rug to mark the place or spot. Please use positive reinforcement like a treat or special toy as a reward for helping him understand that if he goes to PLACE/SPOT, he did a good job and is rewarded for that. If your dog already knows how to STAY, then your next step is to get him to stay while you then open the door (remember he is already sitting.) If he gets up, immediately close the door and put him back into PLACE/SIT/STAY again. You of course will have to let your guests know that you and your dog are in training so they understand what will be happening when the door closes in their face! I suggest using friends and neighbors to help you with this part over and over again, before using it in real life! Ask your guest to make no eye contact and simply walk in past the dog. This first step should be done quietly, no words spoken by you or guest. Everything in behavior modification is done incrementally so remember that once he is staying for you while opening the door, and letting the guest pass quietly with no reaction, he may react(like getting up from his sit/stay) if you speak to the person. Once he gets past that, he may react if you touch or hug the person. So always go back to last thing he did correctly and slowly introduce the newest addition to the scenario.

If your dog does not know how to stay, then you need to start more slowly than this by teaching him stay by getting him in a SIT and then put your hand up in a Stop sign position in front of him and use the word STAY. Wait just a moment and when he stays reward him. When teaching stay the most important thing to remember is that you need to make sure you release him BEFORE he gets up, meaning start off in really small increments of time and build from there. If he keeps getting up he is never rewarded and never learns that by staying, something good happens. Remember dogs have a “what’s in it for me” mentality. So start out with a short stay and then get longer. Then work toward taking a few steps back and he still stays. Then turn your back and he stays. Then walk away with your back turned. Remember that when teaching a new behavior, do it one step at a time. If he gets up too often, then you are moving too fast. Go back to where he last did it correctly and move SLOWLY to the next step.

Remember that your dogs need your help in becoming the GOOD DOGS they were meant to be! Dogs love structure and having a job to do! Let them show you what they can do when presented with positive rewards for good behavior rather than punishment for bad behavior. They are counting on us!

 

Deborah Hicks, Behavior Specialist

 

If you need help with Dog Training is Asheville, North Asheville, Weaverville, Burnsville or Buncombe County NC call Asheville Dog Trainer, Deborah Hicks at 828-689-8745.

 

 

 

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My Dog Jumps on My Guests when they come in my front door! (part 1)

Deborah Hicks, Asheville Dog Trainer with Scottie, Kody!

Asheville Dog Trainer, Deborah Hicks

I can see it now! Your doorbell rings, your family dog runs to the door barking the whole time, waiting for the door to open and your guest to come in. He is so excited to see them and you are nervous and stressed because you know that as soon as the guest comes in, he will jump up on them and continue to run around excitedly then come back to jump again and again. You tell your guest, don’t worry, he will settle down in a few minutes but in the meantime you keep saying “Get down, Bad Dog, Stop, No” all to no avail! Does any of this sound familiar? Don’t worry, you are not alone! Many of my clients at U Good Dog U had the same problem! Front door manners are an important part of a well behaved dog.

Anyway, the above scenario is repeated over and over every time someone comes to your house. It is getting to where you just put your dog away so you don’t have to deal with it anymore. So, your dog never really learns what to do and consequently, the problem never goes away!

I would like to offer a solution to this every day behavior problem. Basically, the most important thing to remember is that your dog is doing this to get the attention of the person entering and wants acknowledgement that he is seen. That is what he WANTS not necessarily what he NEEDS. So what does that mean? It means that if he continues to get acknowledgement from you and/or your guest every time someone comes over, he will continue the same attention seeking behavior! He does not care whether it is positive or negative. He just wants someone to notice him! So all your commands of Get Down, No, Stop, etc are acknowledging his behavior. He is so excited and you have just given him attention (by talking to him), which make him more excited.

Deborah Hicks, Behavior Specialist

U Good Dog U

If you need help with dog training or puppy training  in Asheville, North Asheville, Weaverville, Burnsville or Buncombe County NC, please give your Asheville Dog Trainer a call at 828-689-8745

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Why should I use In Home Training rather than Group Classes?

Lately, I have been getting calls about training from owners of dogs that they have just adopted or purchased and they are looking for training. When I ask what their goals are for the training, they say, I want him to come when I call him, sit/stay, not jump on people, not run out the front door, not counter surf, not go to the bathroom in the house. etc, etc. If those are your goals, then in home training in the best value for your dollar. Group classes are great for some dogs ! But, how may I ask are you going to potty train, teach him not to run out the front door, not try to get food off your kitchen counters, come back when he gets loose out the front door, not jump on your guests and the furniture if you are not in YOUR HOME. Isn’t that where the problems are? I have trained many dogs who have attended group classes, BUT they do all of the above because these are things better learned in your OWN environment. Yes, I have to charge more than the $99 group rate because I have to drive to and from your home, but once there I am giving your dog 100% of my attention for the entire lesson. No other students to interrupt and give attention to, just you and your dog.  Isn’t your new dog worth that much?

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Why won’t my dog come to me when I call?

This is truly the question I get the most from my dog training students. They say, he’s really a good dog, BUT, he won’t come when I call. The first question I ask is what are the circumstances under which he will not come? Then I ask, does he come when you call him inside? What do you do or say when you call him? Most people will tell me that he looks at me, then just pretends he did not hear me.  The most important thing your dog must do is come when you call. It can save his life ! So, the most important thing for dog owners to remember is YOU must be more interesting than whatever he is doing when you call him. How do you do that you ask? Well, be exciting ! Call him in a pleasant, nice sounding tone ! Wave your hands and whistle. When he gets there, make sure you reward him with a high dollar reward! And finally, no matter what-never be mad when he gets to you. Would you want to come to someone who calls you a bad boy when you just ran all the way back? That means from the start, him coming to you is ALWAYS a good thing, no matter how LONG it took! And never use the command HERE to get him to come and then take away his fun. Meaning, if he is playing, call him to you, reward him and send him back out to play. When it is time to come in, use another way like saying, let’s go! to take him inside.  Reserve the HERE for the most important times when he MUST come the first time! And ALWAYS reward him!

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But My Dog is Stubborn!

Dogs are not stubborn. Stubborn is a negative term that indicates a conscious effort to be difficult.

When dogs don’t listen, it’s because:

**They were never taught by their owner to consistently obey every time, all the time, and in every situation. Just because a dog responds to a comand sometimes, it does not mean he knows to obey all the time.

**They are completely preoccupied with something else ( a new smell, taste, person, animal, play or some other distraction) Frankly, you DO NOT have their attention.

To avoid teaching your dog NOT to comply with your request, never ask them to do something if you  A) do NOT have their attention and B)  know they will NOT obey.

If you need help with Dog Training in Mars Hill, Weaverville, North Asheville, West Asheville, Biltmore Forest, Candler, Montford, Merrimon Ave, Woodfin, Beaver Lake and Grove Park, Buncombe and Madison Counties, contact Behavior Specialist, Deborah Hicks at 828-689-8745 Trainer@ugooddogu.com

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