Here are few things we wanted to focus on with Pao. Professional trainers will probably recommend a logical order of behaviors to work on. I focused on Potty Training (House break), Table Manners (Mostly my daughter’s), Safe walking (Heel) and few more.
- Potty training – oh no! You wake up and first thing in the morning and try to rush out to work; make breakfast for the girls, or just grab a nice cup of coffee… and then you need to clean up a mess. We get upset, Pao gets upset and it sustains a vicious cycle. How do you stop a dog from peeing in the house?
Human Table Manners – “Dad… just this little piece of chicken…” yeah right! Once you share your table with your dog you are doomed. He’ll nag, and dress up with the saddest face ever just to get you drop him something from your plate. It is amazing how dogs practice hypnosis to get you drop things… How do you improve your dog’s behavior when you eat?
Walking – heel! – Often Pao and I walk to my daughter’s school to pick her up. It is a fun walk and some fresh air plus the bonus of seeing your daughter’s double smile when she see you and her best friend after school. But instead of enjoying this even you get tangled in a rope pulling game for every passing dog or biker. You should talk to my chiropractor about my sore shoulder. The do
g needs to learn to walk with you in public and stay focused. How do you train your dog to avoid distractions?
Doorbell and Guests greeting – A good watch dog has patience. Pao checks everyone, which we are happy about, but his motives are not to find
someone suspicious. Pao’s motives are candidates for play and love which could be a nuisance Our guests will suffer from a furry friend that stuffs his snout, jumps, drops a ball at their feet, or just pushes them around. How do you train your dog to behave with guests and door bell rings?
Jumping – Pao is 50 pounds of ener
gy and happiness. He can jump 6 feet high and knock off a 200 pound adult when he is excited. When we say hi to someone on the street or when a kid asks: “Can I pet your dog?” I always hesitate… How do you train your dog not to jump on people?
Digging – That can be an expensive beh
avior… I remember when we rented a house 15 years ago and our dog at the time, a male Lime Beagle, dug in the entire back yard. We had to pay to recover the yard and for a new lawn. How do you train your dog not to dig in the yard?