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Here’s a quick video on three of the most common dog training terms and their easy to understand definitions. It’s a must-watch if you have a dog and want to train him.
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Judy Morris says
Gee, you make it look so easy! What do you do if you adopted a dog (already 6 years old) that is for the most part house trained, but occasionally goes in the house? She doesn’t let me know that she has to go out. I would love to be able to train her to somehow let me know. How do I do that? She is otherwise an extremely lovable little pooch.
Laurie Luck says
Thanks for stopping by, Judy! It really is fairly easy — dogs depend on us for everything, including providing them the opportunity to go outside to do their business. I would make sure the dog doesn’t have any house freedom — she’s where you are (or crated). If she doesn’t have the opportunity to wander, she won’t have the opportunity to go to the bathroom inside.
In addition to no house freedom, I’d make sure she’s going outside on a predictable schedule, say every 2 hours during the day (or crated if you aren’t home).
Judy Morris says
Thanks, Laurie. I can’t really give her no house freedom at all. As it is she’s confined to only the main floor. Upstairs and downstairs is closed off (if my husband remembers to close the doors!). I do try to have her go out 4 times a day, at least. It’s not at the same time every day. I sort of do that purposely, though. I don’t want her to get used to the times, in case I am not available one day at that particular time. She’s a very quiet dog, so I do forget sometimes. Those are the times I wish she’d bark to let me know that she has to go out. Is there any way to train her at, now almost, 8 years old to to let me know?
Also, when I posted my comment, I didn’t realize my name would show there. Is there any way to write ‘Anonymous’ or ‘JOM’?
Thanks so much, Judy
Hi! I have an 8 month old Vizsla. We cannot break her from jumping on people
especially me. We have tried everything. This is not our first vizsla. we lost our other to cancer a year ago, she was 12 years old and an exceptional dog. This one seems so much more hyper or even aggressive than our first. We have a lot of grandkids and are afraid she may knock one of the younger ones down. She loves the kids and would never intentionally hurt them, but accidents happen. Help! Please!
Laurie Luck says
Thanks for stopping by. Sounds like you need to first control her ability to jump with some management. To do this, use a gate or a leash. Put your dog on the leash or behind the gate when visitors arrive so she’s unable to practice the inappropriate behavior of jumping. That’s only half the solution, though. The other half of the solution is to teach her what you want her TO DO. So completely separately, when there aren’t guests around, teach her to sit. Ask her just once, then wait. And wait. And wait if necessary. Don’t force her to sit, don’t keep asking her to sit. If she sits, she gets her click and a treat, if she doesn’t sit, she gets nothing.
By preventing her from practicing the habit (managing the dog and the situation), AND teaching her what to do (training), you’re providing the dog with the full solution in order to get it right.