OK for those of us who have dogs that aren’t perfect … hmmmm… what to do when you have just had it. The following article was provided to us from Nan Arthur from Whole Dog Training. Her entire article can be found on her website: http://www.wholedogtraining.com/articles.html
I only included the top 6 but there are 27 other behaviors you can use as more tools in your toolbox …
Rather than react and regret; respond and relax:
The following are 27 quick things you can do or plan for in response to your dog’s behaviors when you are not really in the mood, or lack the patience to deal with him. These are a few ideas that will hopefully prevent reactions; instead, help you respond to the problem at hand with creative ways that relieve your own frustration and ultimately help your dog in the process.
1. Take a few slow, deep breaths! Not only will it help you relax, it will also show your dog that you are calm as you lead by example. This will also take some pressure off of you and your pooch and give you some clear thinking about how to handle the circumstances.
2. Visit the Kong website and learn how to make lots of different Kongs that would be truly amazing for your dog, and would keep him busy for awhile: http://www.kongcompany.com If you make several magnificent Kongs ahead of time, you can freeze them and have them when you don’t have time to make them from scratch.
3. Buy yourself some sanity— purchase baby gates, exercise pens, a crate, or other things that can help manage your dog’s unwanted behaviors until you can train something better.
4. Step back for a moment and try to see things from your dog’s point of view. Animals do what they do for good reasons (at least in their minds). There is a pay-off for doing what they do; it could be for safety, pleasure, attention, appetitive in nature, or just plan fun. Understand that dogs are not evil or revengeful, in fact, for the most part they try very hard to live in harmony with humans. When a dog misbehaves, it’s his way of telling you he doesn’t know the correct answer.
5. Buy yourself an hour of dog walking from a professional dog walker, or have a friend or family member take your dog out for a long walk or ride in the car.
6. Take 2 minutes, a few times each day to teach your dog a cute trick using lots of treats- not only will you be giving your dog some mental exercise, it’s hard to stay angry at a dog that is offering his paw, sitting pretty, or rolling over!
So try a couple of these to keep the peace !!