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New Dog in the New Year: 6 Habits Kicked and 6 Skills Learned in Board & Train

Posted by admin at 10:56 PM on Dec 14, 2020


Our busy lives and current pandemic lifestyles can make training your odg under the guidance of a professional difficult and even risky. Board and train programs often called "Doggie Bootcamp" are the perfect way to give your dog a jump start with daily one-on-one attention, daily field trips, distraction environment exercises and consistently positive behavior modification techniques. All of our programs end with a safe social distancing handler's course to train you on what your dog knows, and to instruct your family in the practice of reinforcing all commands and kicked behaviors. 


1. Barking
No one should expect a dog to never bark. That’s as unreasonable as expecting a child to never talk. But some dogs bark excessively, which can  be a disruptive behavior in your home. Our first step in teaching your dog not to bark is figuring out what causes your dog to bark too much.  In our behior evaluation we will pinpoint whether your dog's bark stems from Territorial/Protective, Alarm/Fear, Boredom/Lonliness, Greeting/Play, or Separation Anxiety, among other reasons. 

2. Jumping
Usually the motivation for the jumping up behavior is to greet people. Many dogs like to greet “face to face,” like they do with their canine counterparts. Some people, however, find this objectionable. Dogs that jump up can also cause injury or scare the visitor. The visitor’s reaction to the dog (whether it be fear or retaliation) would then serve to make the dog anxious about further visitors coming to the home.

3. Chewing
Chewing accomplishes a number of things for a dog. For young dogs, it’s a way to relieve pain that might be caused by incoming teeth. For older dogs, it’s nature’s way of keeping jaws strong and teeth clean. Chewing also combats boredom and can relieve mild anxiety or frustration. Dogs who chew to relieve the stress of separation anxiety, however, usually only chew when left alone or chew most intensely when left alone. They also display other signs of separation anxiety, such as whining, barking, pacing, restlessness, urination and defecation. If your dog suffers from chewing, our trainers will help diagnose the reason and work with your dog on relieving the urges. 

4. Dragging
Dogs pull on the leash because we’re slower than they are. When you leave your house heading out for a walk your dog is excited and wants to go! He wants to smell all the smells, hear all the sounds, see all the sights, and explore the neighborhood. Unfortunately, few of us want to move as quickly as dogs do. Dogs also repeat actions that are rewarding to them. The excitement of walking, pulling hard, and sometimes even running are all rewarding. Plus, when he pulls, he gets to go somewhere. Again, this is rewarding.The only sure-fire way to prevent pulling is to not take your dog for a walk, but that’s not recommended. Walking your dog has so many benefits that eliminating walks really isn’t a good idea. 

5. Nipping & Biting
Most mouthing is normal dog behavior. But some dogs bite out of fear or frustration, and this type of biting can indicate problems with aggression. It’s sometimes difficult to tell the difference between normal play mouthing and mouthing that precedes aggressive behavior. In most cases, a playful dog will have a relaxed body and face. His muzzle might look wrinkled, but you won’t see a lot of tension in his facial muscles. Playful mouthing is usually less painful than more serious, aggressive biting. Most of the time, an aggressive dog’s body will look stiff. He may wrinkle his muzzle and pull back his lips to expose his teeth. Serious, aggressive bites are usually quicker and more painful than those delivered during play.

6. Begging
Dog begging for food is one of the most common discipline issues that dog owners face. No one loves that smelly dog breath in their face while they are trying to enjoy a meal. An unfortunate side effect of loving our dogs so much is that we would like to give them everything that they want. So when our dogs start begging for food, it’s almost too much for us to bear… and we cave!
To a dog, begging is a form of communication and to you dog has no connotation in sadness. They beg because it tells you they want something. They look sad, not because they are, but because that is the face and actions that most commonly get them what they want.


Interested in helping your dog kick one or more of these habits? Our 8 week board & train program is fully customized to your dog's environment, and unique demeanor. We guarantee a whole new dog upon their home-coming, complete with 6 new commands learned alongside their behavior modification regime followed by handler's courses to teach you and your family how to reinforce their learned behaviors!