Dogs require physical and mental stimulation and many behaviour problems such as barking, chewing, mouthing, digging, etc. are a result of boredom, isolation or insufficient exercise. It is proven that exercise and the mental stimulation that comes with it could be a cure for some of these problems.

A pack leader will always eat first, so eat your dinner before your dog and never let it in the same room as you when your eating.

When giving the dinner to your dog ask them to sit, wait before you allow them to have it.

Dogs should never go through a doorway before you, always after.

Never let a dog upstairs or on the furniture as if they are higher than you it could elevate their status as a pack leader.

Never let your dog lean on you or demand attention.

Always stroke your dog when it is calm and submissive and not when it is excited.

Get your dog used to you touching their feet, ears, tummy, teeth and looking in their eyes at a young age as it will help when they go to the vets.

Keep your dogs toys in a box, don't leave them lying around the house. You get the toys out when you are ready for them to play and put them away when you want the game to end. Dogs should never decide when the games should start or finish.

Never say hello to your dog when you first walk in, wait at least 15 minutes.

Never say goodbye to your dog when you leave.

Don't accept any unwanted behaviour from your dog. Use the "aaagh aaagh" sound in a low voice. It may take some time, but they will get used to it.

It's always cute when you bring a little puppy home for the first time and you pick him up and they then starts to bite your fingers, they're like little razor blades. This is a 'no no'. When they get older their teeth are a lot biger and if they then go on to mouthing this is when it becomes a problem. At a early age show your dog that you are the pack leader.


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