Friday, February 26, 2010
AJ Training video
click the READ MORE link below to read about AJ's foster home's training tips
AJ is fitting in well into his foster home because his foster Dad has had guidelines and rules for AJ from the start! He works with him every day and is consistent. Notice how calm AJ is even at his young age and with a cat and two other dogs present. This is because AJ realizes he is not the one in control, his foster Dad is. If one does not establish rules of behavior in the companion home the dog quickly takes over and his or her behavior is motivated by his or her own desires. In this scenario, this is how it would look. AJ would be jumping up to demand the food immediately, instead he calmly waits to be offered the food. AJ would be trying to take the other dogs food instead of waiting his turn. AJ would chase the kitty that comes into view, instead he pays no mind to the cat. He is a young and energetic dog and those would all be typical young dog behaviors. His calm mannerly behavior is a result of the guidelines he was given and the work his foster person has done with him. In just a short amount of time AJ has learned the rules of the home and fits in well.
Whoever adopts AJ must be prepared to continue his training and he will reward them with continued good behavior!
A very important part of the dog owner relationship must be establishing a bond of trust and respect. Humane, patient, and positive methods should be used to teach the new dog what you expect of them. Coming into a new situation means a period of adjustment for all. Beginning training right away, helps to create this bond and settle the dog more quickly into his or her new surroundings. The new dog knows what is expected and the structure you create in the house helps the dog relax. It eliminates the need for any upsetting stressful corrections for bad behavior.
You need to set the dog up for success and positive rewards. Do not leave the dog to his or her own behavior, often that will be at odds with the house rules.
Decide before the dog arrives what sort of behavior you want. Then start from the beginning guiding and teaching the dog what you expect.