Training Methods


Fun Dog Training practices positive methods in correcting unwanted behavior from your canine. Your dog(s) should be obedient  for you because he/she wants to please you, not because they are scared of you. Dogs need correction, but the corrections need to be done in a positive way so that your dog has a clear understanding why he or she is being corrected.

Please understand that it is never a good idea to hit your dog because of unwanted bad behavior or to put his face in his feces or urine when he goes to the bathroom on your floor; these methods only make things worse. Negative training methods will not yield optimal training results. Most dogs that go through negative training methods acquire new and more serious behavior problems most times, adding to the original problem.

In our experience, these dogs usually end up being very timid around people which can quickly turn into fear and/or aggression, and we all know what usually happens to untrained aggressive dogs. So always remember before you use negative training methods that your actions of quick gratification may be contributing to your pets' euthanasia, or in a best case scenario, you now own an unstable dog that can't be trusted. Aggressive dogs don't get extra chances.

We use methods that will get fast results without jeopardizing your dog's temperament and disposition. Remember dogs are pack animals, not humans, and should be trained accordingly, regardless of breed or age.

Some of the bad behavior issues we hear consistently are:

1.   My dog goes to the bathroom on my floor; he even does it when I took him outside 5 minutes earlier. I was out there with him for 30 minutes, and he didn't go, then he came in the house and in 5 minutes he went. Is he doing this to spite me.

2.   My puppy goes to the bathroom on the floor 15 times a day and I can't keep up. Will he grow out of this?

3.   I can't have friends and family at my house because my dog is out of control. He jumps all over them and play bites, and he even jumps on them when they are sitting on the couch. He won't listen to me with distractions, no matter what I do. I yell at him, and he does not listen; I try to hold him down, but he is too strong, so I eventually lock him in his crate. Then he just barks at us the whole time, so we just don't have anybody over anymore. Can this be corrected? We want our life back.

4.   I have 2 dogs and trying to walk them has really become a chore, since they pull me down the street and bark excessively at other people and dogs; my neighbors think I am crazy for having these dogs. I am so embarrassed now that I don't take them on their walks, and I know this is not good. Can you help me before things get worse?

5.   I can't leave my dog at my apartment alone because he has separation anxiety. My neighbors told me that after I leave my apartment he barks for at least 1 hour continuously and then starts again periodically throughout the day, and they told me I have to do something to fix it or they will have no choice but to tell the apartment management office. Not to mention he also chews up everything he can get his mouth on when I am gone; he really loves chewing up paper and shoes. I don't want to get rid of my dog, but I don't know what else to do. Can these problems be fixed? And how long does it take?

6.   My dog is an escape artist; every time I leave him in our fenced yard, he escapes by digging under my fence. I think he also jumps over the fence, because sometimes there is not a hole where he got out, so he had to jump it. Also when the front door is open when someone is coming in or going out, he tries to run out every time, and he has made it several times. When I try to catch him, I can't; he plays the "come catch me" game and right when I get close enough to catch him, he runs again. It usually takes a good 30-45 minutes to catch him plus I have all my neighbors watching me yell at my dog all over the neighborhood, and they probably think it is funny. I need help to teach my dog sit/stay/come and not to escape from my yard before I lose my mind.

7.   I got my dog from the humane society, and I think he may have been abused because he is very timid around men, when any men come within 5 feet of him he will cower down and pee all over the place. If they try to pet him, he does everything in his power to run and hide while barking. One of my friends actually chased him down and picked him up and my dog bit him in the finger. Should I take this dog back to the pound? Or is this something that training can help?

8.   I can't take my dog to the dog park anymore because he gets in fights with other dogs. He used to be sweet around other dogs, so we would go to the dog park all the time when we lived next to it, but now I moved further away and basically stopped going. I recently tried to take her there and she got in a fight with another, larger dog. I had never seen this behavior before, so I freaked out. But later, after going home, I thought to myself, "it was the other dog's fault," and I was going to come back the next day to test the waters. At first, all was good, until she went to the drinking bowl and another dog was there first. She proceeded to jump right in, and within seconds my dog was on top of that dog growling and wrestling around. I don't know why this is happening all of a sudden. Can this be corrected?

9.   I think my dog wants to be race horse, because when we are outside, he chases everything that moves, slow or fast, small or big. It makes no difference to him; he will chase cars, bikes, dogs, birds, cats, kids. When he is on a leash, he chokes himself to the point that he will get collar burn on his neck to catch something. Luckily for me, he is only 25 pounds, so I can hold on, but my wife and kids won't even walk him.

10.   I can't take anything out of my dogs' mouth or come around him when he has a bone or is eating without him showing teeth or snapping at me. If I try to move him off my bed, he shows aggression as well, and he pretty much gets mean anytime I do anything he does not want me to do. I got him from the pound and he has always been like this. I thought it would get better after he got used to me, but it has been 1 year and nothing is better in my opinion, it is worse then when we got him.

11.   My dog is very good for the most part. I just want to train him to prevent any bad problems from arising.

12.   I took my dog to group classes and he did pretty well on his commands, but he still has bad manners at home.

These are just a small portion of the problems we have encountered in the canine training business; these are real, everyday problems we have to work with.

 

If you follow through with our behavior breaking procedures, virtually any behavior problem can be corrected. Some problems will get better immediately while others may take as long as 30-40 days to manage.

 

Remember, it is too easy for us to use human psychology on our pack animals, because this is what we know; we don't even realize what we are doing is wrong. The majority of human psychology will not work on your dog; many times it will make the problem worse.

Please give us a call,  you, your family and your pet will be happy you did. It very well may save your dogs' life and yours. Stress is not healthy for you or your pets. Having a well-trained dog is one of the greatest pleasures in life.

 

Finally, please understand if your dog has bad behavior habits, it is not his/her fault, it is only bad behavior to us as humans, and they are doing exactly what they are supposed to do as pack animals.

 

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