Some parents bring home a newborn and he/she starts sleeping
through the night within the first month. The baby hardly ever cries and doesn’t
The perfect baby.
Some people are equally fortunate with dogs. They bring
their puppy home and he housetrains within a week. Doesn’t nip, chew or dig.
Although these dogs are unusual (about your same chances as winning the
lottery), they do exist.
However, 99.9% of dogs require training. My customers always
ask me: how long will it take to train my dog? The answer is it depends.
Depends on what?
You. Your patience, diligence and dedication to the training
techniques I teach you. Many owners give up to easily. Or start out with good
intentions and then slack off.
Changing a dog’s behavior will take me, you, patience and
repetition. Let’s break it down into a few steps:
- Who is
the leader? Your dog must think of you as the pack leader. You are in
charge, not the dog. As pack animals, many dogs feel it is their responsibility
to be in control. Right from the beginning we need to teach them that you are
the Top Dog. You set the rules and boundaries and they must follow them.
- Is your
dog stubborn or easy going? Some dogs catch on right away. You tell them to
“sit” and they consistently “sit”. Other dogs get distracted more easily and
take additional teaching. In many cases
it’s not because they are “stubborn”, but because they don’t understand what
you are saying. Dogs don’t understand English, so when you give them a verbal
command you may as well be talking in Japanese. That’s why I use a dog training
method that simulates the way dogs normally communicate – voice tones and body
language. There are other factors as well. Your
dog’s breed characteristics, his intelligence and his previous experiences are
also part of the equation. These can also add challenges or assist in changing
your dog’s behavior.
- What is
your environment like? Do you have other dogs? Do you have a rescue dog?
Has your dog ever experienced a circumstance that scared him? For instance, I
had one client who took her dog for a walk everyday and this one dog would always
try and attack him. In this case, the neighborhood could be part of the
problem. Many dogs don’t do well at dog parks because of the mixture of personalities.
When you are trying to teach your dog a new behavior, it is best to do so when
the dog is not adrenalized and can focus and you’re not in a hurry.
- How much
time do you have? Training a dog takes patience. You must set aside time
each day to practice the exercises and reinforce the behaviors. You must be
consistent in your reactions.
Bark Busters will help you get to the root of the behavior
so you know how to fix it. Unless you know why your dog is barking (boredom,
fear), you can’t change the mis-behaviors. And we will do so using dog-friendly
techniques – no harsh shock collars or prong collars for us.
So, if you want your dog trained in the least amount of
time, call Michael Konstantaras at Bark Busters. I will teach you how to change
your dog’s behavior – whether it’s barking, aggression, biting, or sibling
rivalry – in no time.
How long will it take to train your dog? It depends on the having
the right dog trainer and you!