The following clicker home management program will help you teach your dog that you are the leader; you can do this without frightening or threatening him. The program establishes a balanced handler/dog relationship, and teaches your dog to trust and respect you without you requiring what you prove your dominance over the dog. Most dogs are less stressed when they leave the decision-making responsibilities to their handlers…Your dog must learn to trust your judgement, allowing you to make decisions for him (pg 17).
She suggests that you implement one or two of the ten principles every week or so, depending on how well your dog progresses with each of the steps. What I like about the 10 principles is that they are great foundational behaviors for any dog and, if followed, will help to insure that your dog is a happy and well mannered member of the family. I have written my own columns on similar themes
and have provided links to those blog posts. Her 10 basic principles are:
- Teach your dog to say “Please.” (http://apositiveconnection.com/?p=2455)
- Catch your dog being good.
- Calm gets you everything, noisy gets you nothing.
- Excuse Me!
- You begin the play, you end the play
- Your dog’s mind needs as much exercise as his body. (http://apositiveconnection.com/?p=1687)
- A room of his own. (http://apositiveconnection.com/?p=2089)
- If you give me that, I will give you this. (http://apositiveconnection.com/?p=2238)
- Limit your dog’s access to his toys.
- The bowl is the cue to eat.
**All quotes are from Click to Calm, so I will end quotes with the page number in parenthesis.
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