(Closed) Watching my mom's dog – advice needed please!

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I would start her on Nothing In Life is Free.  It’s a simple, easy, free training program.  One of the main things it stresses is that you don’t reward them with attention when they whine and beg for it.  You might have a couple of rough days while she gets used to the routine, but she should catch on quickly.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Nothing in life is free is a great training program.  I’m not sure I would start it though unless I knew it would be kept up when she went home.  The basic idea to break a whining/jumping behavior is to reward the appropriate behavior.  Get a pouch with treats to keep with you all day.  Start small.  You want to do the dishes- go in the kitchen, give the dog a spot to sit/stay and give it a moment.  Give her a treat before she starts to whine.  Give her the sit stay command again and treat before she whines.  Gradually you should be able to increase how long she waits for the treat.  It may mean that you get to wash a dish, turn around treat her, wash a dish, treat etc. Pretty much any situation she is whining give her a “job” and reward good behavior in very small steps.  It may take you 20 minutes to be able to get a whole minute without whining at first.  

Also make sure she is exercised enough.  A run/walk to start the day will help her burn energy and make her more likely to listen the rest of the day.  Plan on taking play breaks throughout the day-where you stop what your doing, go out and play fetch or chase, give her lots of scratches and positive interactions.  

Right now she doesn’t know what to do when you are cooking or cleaning or watching tv- so she does what she wants which is butt in.  Give her boundries and things are much easier.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Good Luck with it.  I’m sure in a month you can accomplish a lot.  I’m working with my new furbaby right now, and may start NILIF in a week or so.  She’s a purebred german shepherd that we rescued from a shelter.  We have two other dogs, so we’re having all sorts of fun learning boundries and appropriate behavior.  If I can get her walking nicely on a leash I’ll be soooooo happy- because then I can exercise her the way I want to. It really can make such a difference when they’ve had a good walk/run and aren’t bouncing off the walls. 🙂

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