There’s nothing better than being able to take your dog along when you head out for a coffee or bite to eat, but it’s important to teach some top dog training tips for going out to social environments to help keep it relaxing for both you and other diners.
Whether you have a puppy or are training an older dog, I have a few top dog training tips to help teach a dog manners, even if your dog is a little bit reactive at times.
1. On your mat
My first in the top dog training tips list is to teach your dog ‘on your mat or bed’ at home and to take one along. Place training is really useful for many situations. When they are learning, you simply lure them over to their bed with a treat, and mark as soon as they hit the spot, then you can start to shape and put it on cue. Check out how to do it here.
2. Look at me – focus game
If you have a reactive dog, then you can use the ‘Look at Me’ when another dog, or person, approaches to distract them and bring their attention back to you, rewarding calm behaviour.
3. Don’t encourage them
Don’t pick up little dogs on your lap if a big dog walks past, as they then tend to react more, and often aggressively, as they are in a bit of a power position.
4. Keep them occupied to avoid boredom
Keep them occupied as well. Take along their favourite toy or a long lasting chew like the Vitapet Lamb Ears to keep them busy.
But remember treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s total daily calorie intake.
5. Address problem behaviour as early as possible
Teach your puppy ’the cafe latte’ as soon as possible, having them at your feet and ignoring attention seeking behaviour like barking or whining at you, and always using positive reinforcement when they are displaying calm behaviour.
It is important to ensure you are not reinforcing unwanted behaviour in your dog either, so read more about that HERE.
For more training tips and tricks, you can check out the pages on our website, or also visit Vitapet Central.
About the Author: Lara Shannon is a certified dog behaviourist and trainer, pet food nutrition specialist, Executive Producer and Host of Pooches at Play on Channel 10 and editor of Poochesatplay.com. Lara also runs her own dog training business in Melbourne’s Bayside area and is the Author of World of Dogs and Eat, Play, Love Your Dog