Training Guide: 3 Tips to Control Your Crazy Dog (that every single pro does)

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Got a wild one?  Well, here are some super sim­ple things you can do with your dog right now to burn energy, improve focus, and teach your dog how to con­trol those impul­sive emo­tions that drive you crazy.  These are tricks that all the dog pro­fes­sion­als use to turn high-energy busy dogs into per­for­mance cham­pi­ons and you can too.  Let’s dive in…

Ditch the dog bowl. There are two big rea­sons to toss the bowl in favor of treat dis­pens­ing toys and hand feed­ing (espe­cially for puppies).

It gives your dog some­thing to do, and if you have an busy dog, you prob­a­bly can’t find enough of these.  Nav­i­gat­ing food out of a treat dis­pens­ing toy engages your dogs nose, eyes, brain, and body and this kind of whole-body activ­ity is what most active dogs are seri­ously crav­ing (and not get­ting nearly enough of).

It teaches your dog that you are the all-powerful provider of life-giving sus­te­nance.  Hand feed­ing in par­tic­u­lar teaches an unruly or dis­obe­di­ent dog that you con­trol one of the most impor­tant resources in the world: food, and they have to play nice to get it.  Hand feed­ing can also be an absolute god­send for dogs that have resource guard­ing issues or dogs that are inva­sive and rough when inter­act­ing with people.

So ditch the dog bowl and dis­pense food by hand or treat-dispensing toy.

Train on walks.  For most dogs, deal­ing with dis­trac­tion is your num­ber one chal­lenge… well, train­ing on walks is your num­ber one solu­tion (and most own­ers never think to do this).  So grab a hand­ful of treats for your next walk, then halt every cou­ple of min­utes and ask your dog to per­form a few sim­ple behav­iors for a treat.  With that com­pleted, resume your walk as usual.  In just a few days your dog will have per­formed in a whole slew of new envi­ron­ments and dis­trac­tions and you will be infi­nitely fur­ther on your way to a distraction-proof dog.

Play with your dog.   This one gets a bad wrap in the pet dog com­mu­nity but if there’s one sin­gle way to teach your dog how to read peo­ple and inter­act with them in a calm and gen­tle way, it’s play.  Play is the holy grail of con­trol and polite­ness when excited.  Just a few well-structured short ses­sions of tug or fetch and your dog will not only think you’re the bees knees but will be inter­act­ing with you in a whole new way: calm, con­trolled, and polite.

So get on it and in just a few short ses­sions you too can har­ness the power of the dog pros and calm the crazy in your dog.

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