Using a Dog Pack to Train Duke

June 5, 2010 at 1:41 am Leave a comment


Some of the biggest problems with Duke were that he jumped on people and mouthed them. He never learned as a puppy that you don’t put teeth on skin. He basically never learned any manners. Duke is a very energetic dog and the easiest way for him to burn off some of his energy is to play with other dogs. This is often also the best way to teach a dog, manners. If he is constantly mouthing and jumping on other dogs they will either put him in his place or will stop playing with him. This is exactly what happened. By the second day of interacting with my pack of dogs he started to play nice. My pack consists of Windy (a yellow lab), Eclispe (black Lab), Fireball (a Toller) and Isaac (a yellow Lab). Now I did have to correct him a few times for jumping on me in the beginning, but it has been at least 4 days since he tried to jump. My goal now is take him out in public to let him understand that he can’t jump or mouth anyone.

I have never met a dog that is starving to learn. I think back to when I picked up Duke from the kennel. He was jumping, running in 10 different directions and seeming oblivious to anyone or anything around him.

Can We Wash the Dishes for You?

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After a week I see a very sensitive and intelligent dog that just wants to please.  When training a dog you first show them what you want, than use it (proof) and finally expect it. For Duke once you show him what you want and he understands. He just does it. Here is an example. I always make them sit stay at the back door to go outside. If I say, “Let’s go outside.” Duke races to the back door and sits waiting for me to open the door. It is amazing. He always looks at me with this look on his face as if to say, “What do you want me to do? I can just imagine him with someone who wants a working companion, a jogging buddy or a dog that will walk next to the stroller while Mom and baby go for a walk. What a life Duke may have in the future.

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