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How Can I Stop My Dog From Jumping Up

One of the most commonly overlooked, yet consistent behavior problems among most dogs is jumping up. While you might not necessarily see it as a problem that he jumps up and and nearly attacks you at the door every time (because let’s be serious, who wouldn’t want to be greeted with the excitement?!), it actually can be a dangerous habit. If he’s used to doing this when you open the door, he won’t hesitate when it’s a small child, elderly person, or someone with physical disabilities. Because of the safety issues it can cause, it’s important to train your dog to stop jumping and learn a different way to greet people.

Why They Jump

Although there are several theories of why dogs may jump up on people, the most obvious reason is that they want attention. If they’ve been home alone all day, they probably have tons of bottled up energy that they just can’t help but explode with excitement when you walk through the door! Even if you yell at them to get down, the negative attention you’re giving them may send the wrong message. After all, it is attention and that’s what they were looking for.

Putting a Stop to Jumping 

Retraining your dog on this behavior will take consistency and patience, but will be well worth it when he learns how to properly greet guests. Here are a few tips to try while training:

  • Withhold Attention: In this case, no attention is better than negative attention. Rather than scolding him, or pushing him to get off of you, trying completely ignoring him. Turn your back from him, cross your arms, walk away, and don’t say a word. If he’s jumping on you as soon as you walk in the door, you can try walking out completely and entering again in a few moments when he has calmed down. He needs to learn that jumping up will not give him the attention he wants, but rather just the opposite; no attention.
  • Reward Good Behavior: As with any training session, having treats handy is always helpful. Since you’re trying to teach him to not jump, when he finally greets you with all 4 paws on the ground, toss him a treat. Rewarding the behavior you desire, rather than scolding the wrong behaviors works wonders with your dog.
  • Use the Sit Command: When your dog has mastered greeting you with all 4 paws on the ground for a few seconds, start using the sit command. Reward your dog with a treat once he sits. Over time, your dog will learn to sit when you enter the room or walk through the door.
  • Practice With Others: While it’s good to first master the skill with you, the owner, you’ll also want to make sure he’ll use the skill when other guests enter the house. Try asking a family member or friend to practice with your dog. This way he’ll understand that sitting/staying down is the desired behavior no matter who enters the room!

Contact Argos Dog Training

Does your dog have a problem with jumping up on others, or any other obedience issues? The experts at Argos Dog Training can help. We offer a variety of private and group training programs to correct these behaviors using efficient training techniques. Contact us today to learn more!

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Teaching Your Dog to Come When Called

 

As a pet owner, one of the most important commands you can teach your dog is to come when he’s called, the first time. Having this command mastered allows you to trust that he can be free to run around in the park, in the yard, or anywhere for that matter, because you know he’ll come when you call him. This is extremely important for his safety, as dogs are often oblivious to any potential dangers that are around, such as coyote or another wild animal. Knowing this essential command could quite literally save his life one day! So how can you teach him so that he knows to come when called the first time, every time? We have some tips for you.

Find a Quiet Spot

By teaching your dog this skill in a quiet, secluded area at first, it allows him to focus with minimal distractions. If you have a fenced in yard, let him run free and begin practicing the command. Slowly you can work your way up to doing this in the park, on walks, and other public places until he’s comfortable enough with the command that you could do it in any crowded area and you’d trust that he’d come!

Use Treats for Reinforcement

When you’re first teaching your dog this command, using treats will work wonders. Although you don’t want your dog to become dependant on food motivation, its a good tool to use to start getting your dog to associate the words you’re saying with the desired behavior. Ideally, you should offer the treat every few commands when teaching until slowly he understands the command without any treat motivating him.

Never Repeat a Command

This is one of the most common mistakes that pet owners make when teaching any trick or command. If there’s one golden rule for training your dog, it’s to never repeat a command. After all, the goal is to get him to come after ONE call. Once you say the word “come,” if he doesn’t act immediately, you can make whistling noises or other sounds, call his name, and hold up the treat, but refrain from repeating the command over and over again.

Consistency is Key

This is true in any aspect of dog training and life, so it’s no surprise that it applies here. The more you practice this command with your pup, the quicker he’ll pick it up. Make each practice session count by staying focused, even if it’s just a short 5-minute lesson at home.

Contact Argos Dog Training

If you need assistance teaching your dog this or any other command, contact the experts at Argos Dog Training! We offer several different dog training courses and structured daycare programs. Fill out an online contact form or give us a call today at 617-302-7467 to learn more.

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Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

You know what they say… You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, right? Wrong! Just because your senior dog probably hasn’t been in training for quite some time now, that doesn’t mean that he can’t brush up on some old tricks and even learn a few new ones along the way. Not only is teaching them new tricks good for their physical health, but it also keeps them mentally stimulated. Just like humans, dogs should continue to be challenged throughout their life, even into their elder years. That being said, being aware of any health limitations, such as joint pain or arthritis in your dog, is crucial before starting. Here are a few new tricks to try out with your older dog.

Put Toys Away

If this is not something they learned as a pup, it’s not too late! Picking up toys and putting them back where they belong is a great skill for your dog to know. Not only will he be getting a little exercise, loosening up his joints, but also tidying the place up for you! You can help your dog learn this trick by first showing him how it’s done, offering treats for completing the task, and practicing consistently.

Name of Objects

This can be a fun one for you, and your dog! Even if your dog isn’t up for hours or fetch in the park anymore, that doesn’t mean he can’t fetch you a few household items every now and again. Start teaching him the names of items by showing him, and repeating the word over and over again. Items such as shoes, keys, or his toys may be a couple of handy items for him to learn. It may take him a while to pick up on the names at first, but once he understands the concept of the name game, he’ll likely pick up on new objects faster.

Tuck Himself In

If you live in a cooler climate and your dog loves to snuggle up in a blanket, this trick may be a dream come true for him! Teach him to lay down on the blanket, grab the corner of the blanket in his mouth, roll-over, and ta-da! He’ll be in a cozy blanket cocoon. This trick is pretty simple; Since he probably already knows “lie down” and “roll-over”, the only challenge will be grabbing the blanket, and putting it all together.

Contact Argos Dog Training

It’s never too late for your dog to learn new tricks, or perfect his skills! If you need assistance teaching your dog some of the basics, contact the experts at Argos Dog Training! Check out our programs, and give us a call today at 617-302-7467!

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Is Your Dog Exercising Enough in the Winter

With the freezing cold temperatures that come in the winter time, combined with snow storms and other harsh weather conditions, it can be tempting for us to never want to leave our house. Getting ourselves to go to the gym and exercise or go for a walk can be much more of a struggle in the winter. However, when we don’t want to go outside, we’re not the only ones being impacted. Your dog still has energy that needs to be released, no matter what time of year it is. (And they’ll still need to go outside to use the bathroom, too!) Physical activity is important for a dog’s health, just like it is humans. If they’re not exercising, they won’t sleep right, and other health problems may occur. So although it may be too cold out to go for extensively long walks as you might in the summertime, there are alternatives to keep your dog active! You’ll just have to get creative. Here are a few ideas to try that will ensure your dog is still getting enough exercise this winter.

Make him Work for Meals

Rather than just dumping his cup of food into a bowl for him to chow down on in 2 seconds, try putting it in a toy that will challenge him! Something like this interactive food dispensing toy will make mealtime an adventure. It’s both mentally and physically stimulating for him to get his food out of. It also slows down how fast he’s eating, which is better for digestion.

Indoor Home Training

During snow storms and other cold weather conditions, take advantage of the indoor time by teaching your dog some new tricks. You can practice sit, stay, come, and even leash training. Just because you’re stuck indoors doesn’t mean you, and your dog can’t get some physical exercise!

Sign up for a Structured Day Care Program

If your dog simply isn’t getting the adequate exercise he needs inside, try signing him up for a doggy daycare program near you! The facility will most likely have more space for him to run around and burn off some steam than he would at home, especially if he’s by himself all day.

Contact Argos Dog Training

If you’re looking for an organized daycare program in the Boston area that will challenge your dog to behave correctly and even learn new skills, check out our programs at Argos Dog Training! Fill out a contact form or give us a call today at 617-302-7467 to learn more.

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Dog Safety Tips for the Winter

When the cold, stormy weather comes this winter, it’s important to keep in mind that you’re not the only one that might need an extra layer when stepping outside! Your furry friend might need a little extra help staying warm this winter, too. Check out our tips to keep your dog safe this winter!

Avoid Thin Ice

Keep your furry friends away from ponds and other bodies of water in the winter, even if it seems the ice is strong enough. Ice can easily crack, causing your dog to fall in and quickly turning into a disastrous situation. The slippery ice could also cause muscle strains or other injuries to your dog.

Protect Your Dog’s Paws

You wouldn’t go outside barefoot in the winter, and neither should your dog! Ice and other winter conditions can hurt their paw pads if not covered. There are several different types of dog booties or paw protectors that you can buy. Choose one that best fits your dog’s needs.

Trim Foot Fuzz

If you have a long-haired dog, the hair in his feet can form ice balls between his pads and toes. Keeping his hair well-trimmed so that it is even with the surface of the foot can prevent this.

Clean Your Dog’s Feet

The streets are filled with salt and other harsh chemicals in the winter time. While this makes it safer for us to walk on the icy sidewalks in the winter, it can harm your dog’s paws. You can keep a bucket of warm water next to the door for your dog to immediately rinse off as soon as he comes in. Some dogs with extra dry skin may even require a moisturizer in the winter months.

Bundle Up

Since dogs have to go out year round, no matter what the weather, make sure they have the appropriate gear to bundle up in. You can have some fun by layering him up in sweaters, coats, and more.

Make a Cozy Bed

Create a nice warm place for your dog to sleep, off the floor and away from drafty doors or windows. Buy a pet bed or make one out of blankets and pillows!

Contact Argos Dog Training

For more tips on keeping your dog safe and healthy this winter, contact the experts at Argos Dog Training! Fill out an online contact form or give us a call at  617-302-7467!

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