I need Help training my dog with some basic Rules.?

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I have a 4mo old lab/Malamute and she will NOT walk on a leash she just lies down and wont move. She also will not stop barking the whole time she is out on the chain or in her Kennel she will stop if i approach the back yard or kennel. And last but not least the potty training If I let her out she pees and craps then she will come in and pee on the floor. Plus she doesn’t let me know when she needs to go out. please help .

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2 Responses to “I need Help training my dog with some basic Rules.?”

  1. love my goldens says:

    Ah, puppies, aren’t they fun?!
    Here is a website that can help you. There is a whole section on training puppies, including leash training, housebreaking, crate training, chewing, biting, and the list goes on and on!
    http://www.all-about-goldens.com

    Hope this helps!

  2. moof says:

    Such a young dog doesn’t need to be walked on the leash, so don’t be too frustrated yet. At her age, her exercise should be through plenty of playing.

    To begin with, simply clip the leash on her and drop it. Don’t try to walk her; just get her used to wearing a leash. Keep it on her for awhile with your supervision (it can snag on something). The goal is to make her so comfortable wearing the leash that she couldn’t care less when it’s on. If she balks and struggles, do not remove the leash! You must only take the leash off when she’s paying no attention to it. If you take it off when she’s struggling, she learns that in order to get it off, she just has to throw a temper tantrum. If she chews on it, spray it with Bitter Apple spray and give her one of her own toys to chew on instead.

    When she’s comfortable wearing the leash, pick it up. You aren’t trying to really go anywhere; if she wants to lay down, so be it. Now you just have to hold the leash for awhile, wherever she wants to go. Behave exactly as you would if you weren’t holding it. You’re just trying to make her comfortable when you’re holding the leash.

    When she’s 110% fine with you holding the leash, begin to train her to walk nicely. Arm yourself with tons of delicious treats. Find the treat that she’ll do anything for; chicken, hot dog, cheese, use your imagination. Don’t skimp, either. You’d be much more willing to comply with me if I gave you $20 instead of $2, right? The same applies to the dog. She has to be persuaded to walk on the leash, it’s not like it’s a natural dog behavior. Dogs don’t tether each other. So, anyway, make it a game, and "play" with her when she’s energetic. It should be enjoyable!

    Give her delicious treats every time she’s in "the magic spot." (This is usually right by your side. You can choose whatever side you like, I prefer the dog on my left side.) You’re trying to teach her that whenever she’s in the right spot, she’s rewarded with praise and yummy treats.

    Teach her that she needs to pay attention to you when you’re walking. Periodically turn and walk in a different direction without warning. Don’t jerk her after you or anything. Make it fun; it’s kind of like a weird game of chase, so be lighthearted and praise her often. Pair this with giving her treats when she returns to the magic spot.

    Enroll her in puppy kindergarten. She needs it for the socialization, most importantly, but they will also give you the tools you need to adequately leash-train her.

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    She barks because she’s bored. It’s incredibly common for dogs to bark when they’re chained up or caged, can you blame them? She’s bored, she’s lonely, so she barks. Barking itself is her reward for barking, it’s something to do. You can’t really do anything about boredom barking except make her no longer bored.

    Why is she chained? It’s irresponsible of you to own this dog if that’s the only way she can be outside. Both Labs and Malamutes are highly athletic and intelligent dogs, they can’t just sit there and do nothing. Don’t chain her up. It’s your duty to exercise her and stimulate her every day, so go on out there and play with her.
    (I’m also highly biased against chaining a dog outside because when I was very, very young, we had our handsome Lab puppy tethered in the backyard. In that very short while, someone stole him.)

    When she’s in her crate, it should be a very comfortable and cozy place. Feed her in her crate to form a positive association. (Crate = food = good.) Make sure it has a comfy pad, pillow or mattress. She should have safe, fun toys to occupy her. Buy a Kong toy and stuff it with goodies like peanut butter to keep her busy, and only give her Kongs when she’s in her crate so she’ll look forward to it. Give her digestible bones like Nylabone Healthy Edibles.

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    Remember, she’s just a baby. She’s only just developing control over her bladder and bowels.

    You say you let her out; so, you don’t go out with her? A very key part of housebreaking is the reward. You must go outside with her. As soon as she does her busy outside, throw a party! Praise her, play with her, pet her and give her at least ten tiny, delicious treats. Dogs aren’t born understanding our silly human rules, so you have to be there to teach her, "going outside = treats = good!"

    She often pees right when you let her back inside. You know when to expect it. So, watch her like a hawk when you bring her back inside. The very nanosecond she begins to squat, make a very sharp "AH-AHT!" noise. This is to grab her attention and hopefully make her stop midstream or, better yet, stop her just before she starts peeing. That way, you can swoop right in and rush her back outside where you can reward her for going.

    Remember to stay outside for at least ten minutes during a potty break. Puppies often empty themselves in increments.

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    Right now, she might not be able to wait to tell you. Remember, her control is pretty limited. When puppies gotta go, they gotta go!

    Most dogs do not catch on right away to give you a cue. It’s up to YOU to take her out very often and whenever she might have to go. That’s how it works. Dogs usually develop some sort of cue by the time they’re about six months old, like going to the door, whining, whatever.

    You can try to teach her to ring a bell when she needs to go out.
    http://www.gopetsamerica.com/dogs/teach-dog-ask-go-out.aspx

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