Do you have a hard time with your dog during Halloween? Does your pet dog barks at trick-or-treaters and guests?
Don’t fret, we have got some training tricks to help enjoy this Halloween with your pet dog.
How to make them stop jumping on kids (trick-or-treaters)?
Start with the “Sit” command
- Take a dog treat and hold it in front of your dog’s nose.
- Slowly move the treat up their snout and over their heads. You will notice they keep their eyes peeled on the treat while they sit down.
- In case, they try to jump to take the treat away from your hand, slightly pat them on the snout and move the treat back.
- If they sit, give them the treat.
- Do this two-three times and then start saying “SIT” before beginning the process again.
- Command “Sit” and if they sit, give them the treat.
- Do this a few times and keep at it, until you are sure that your dog understands your command.
How do make them stop rushing to the door after the doorbell rings?
Teach them “Wait”
- Firstly, call your dog to sit in front of you and say “WAIT.” If your dog stays even for a few moments, praise them.
- Practice this, the more time your dog stays in front of you after the command, the more praise you give.
- Your dog will pick up the behavior that after the “Wait” command if they stay, they get praise from you.
- You can also give them treats to condition this behavior and strengthen the command’s control.
How to get your dog to leave a treat?
Teach the “Leave” command
- Take a simple treat (dry treat) that your dog doesn’t like or enjoy much and give it to them every time they want a treat.
- When your dog gets bored of trying that treat, praise them and offer them a soft and chewy treat that they like.
- Now repeat the same exercise, give them the dry treat first and say “Leave it,” once they drop it, give them the tastier treat.
- Repeat a few times, till your dog realizes that if they drop the treat on the command, they get a better treat – they will be conditioned to the command.
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