Have you ever thought that your dog is a little baby and you’re the parent? Yes, it’s true. Maybe you don’t think he’s a baby when he jumps around or tries to grab your pants while you’re sitting down to eat dinner. But when you need to get in touch with your baby and give him/her stern corrections, you’re using parenting techniques.
Discipline your Australian Shepherd Puppy
Before I start talking about how to discipline a puppy, keep in mind that the pup is a baby. He/She is doing some damage to your home due to his/her lack of control, so he/she needs discipline to learn proper manners. Look at it this way, your dog is a baby. He/She needs to be taught to be a good baby, otherwise he/she will continue to do damage and make you pick up the pieces.
Discipline, Don’t Punish.
You’re a human, so you understand that punishment does not work. That’s why it’s also important that you don’t use the word “punish.” Punishment can be used to control puppy behavior, but it shouldn’t be the focus of the correction action.When you correct your dog, focus on his or her behavior and the correction action should never hurt your dog or even scare him/her. If a correction hurts or scares your dog, it will probably become fearful in return and then this cycle of fearfulness will continue with stronger corrections until severe damage is done to your relationship with your dog.
Understand Your Puppy
When it comes to your dog, expect the unexpected and don’t become too emotional. Understand why he behaves the way he does because if you try to put yourself in his head, you might get frustrated and so will your pup. Patience is a virtue when it comes to discipline because it helps if you try not to take away your pup’s fun or put him/her down for bad behavior.
Keeping an open mind about your puppy’s behavior will allow you to be flexible as needed in training with positive reinforcement. If a training plan works for one day, but doesn’t work the next day, change it up! Training isn’t a once-a-day thing; so don’t get locked into specific methods that might cause negative reactions from your dog.You need to be patient with your pup and remember that he/she is still growing and learning new things every single day of his/her life.
Passive and Defeated Timeouts
Don’t be alarmed if your pup does not make a sound when being corrected. The appropriate response is to calmly and immediately close the door and walk away from him/her. If your dog is prone to barking and whining, you can use the timeout technique.
Using the timeout method, you will put your puppy in a forced but comfortable environment where he/she can’t cause any trouble. Puppies and dogs are very interactive and will usually be trying to please you; so when they are being disciplined, they may try to please with their body language as well.
Handling Aussie Behavioral Problems The Easy Way
Occasionally, your Aussie will display aggression or behavioral problems such as chewing, barking and jumping. Most often these behaviors are caused by anxiety and insecurity; so the first step to solving your dog’s behavior problems is to get to the bottom of why he or she displays these behaviors. You may find that it is a lack of confidence in himself/herself or his/her environment.
If it is a lack of confidence issue, you might have to give your Aussie some time off from training until he/she regains confidence in him- or herself. This will give you an opportunity to make sure that your Aussie is feeling happy and secure before he or she is allowed back into your training routine.
Australian Shepherd Puppy training should be a fun and enjoyable experience, but it is not all rainbows and sunshine. You will need consistency to help your Aussie build trust in you as his/her owner and to encourage him/her to form a solid relationship with you. You need to be consistent in the way in which you communicate with your dog; because dogs don’t respond well to positive reinforcement if they can’t understand when it’s time for them to stop doing something.
You’re going to use positive reinforcement more than any other method of training, because dogs are much more responsive this way. Over time, you will start noticing a significant difference between the way your Aussie previously behaved and the way he/she responds to positive reinforcement. You will find that when you are using the positive reinforcement method, even things that were once challenging for your Aussie suddenly become a breeze.
Introduce a Crate
When introducing a crate to Australian Shepherd Puppy training, you will want to act as if everything is fine and that the crate is something that you are doing out of necessity.When introducing the crate to Aussie puppy training, ignore any negative behavior from your dog and reward praise and treats for good behavior. Crates can help dogs become independent and to have an alternative form of confinement when their owner is gone for a long period of time or when they need time to themselves.
You should not ask your Aussie to perform complicated tricks until he/she has been crate trained for at least a couple of months. Your dog’s motivation level will be much higher by then so he/she will be much more likely to do what you ask.Keep in mind that this article was written for training Aussies, so it may not work well with other breeds requiring strict obedience training classes or dog shows (example: Cavapoos).
Be sure to have your dog on a leash when out in public and when you are outdoors, as well as when training him/her. These areas will be a lot of fun for Aussie Puppy training, and they will give you the ability to keep a close eye on your Aussie at all times. You’ll make great progress in Aussie puppy training if you keep your dog on a leash while he/she learns to walk properly. There are more than enough areas around the house to teach this skill.
You can use a choke chain if you really feel that it’s necessary, but don’t do so unless you feel that the situation is dangerous. A collar will suffice and even a hackamore is better than a choke chain.