Training This BIG, STRONG Dog to to STOP BARKING at Other Dogs and Relax! Reality Dog Trraining

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32 Comments on “Training This BIG, STRONG Dog to to STOP BARKING at Other Dogs and Relax! Reality Dog Trraining”

  1. It is natural for dog lovers to want to know how dogs feel. In fact, dogs communicate a lot with their whole body. Not only their tails and whines, but also their gestures and behaviors can tell you a lot about how they are feeling. For example, even gestures such as yawning can contain messages. Knowing the meaning behind each of these gestures may help you get closer to your dog!🐶🐶🐶🐕🐕🐕🐕

    1. Just guessing the advice here, but when Zak was socialising Inertia as a pup and tried to introduce her to a friendly but huge wolfhound and she hid, he arranged some more playdates with suitable medium large dogs to work her up to the wolfhound giant. 🙂 Suitable playdates is important – think 1:1 play in a safe space rather than dog parks and off leash dogs bounding out of nowhere on walks.

  2. Great ep! I wonder if Chop is a strong sniffer and pulls along the trail of another dog. I mean – I know he pulls, but is it different with a fresh dog smell or other animal smell? 😀

  3. Can you please make a video and/or series at some point, about working with desensitizing your dog to FIREWORKS in the weeks leading up to New Year’s Eve?
    PS. Thank you for everything you have taught me so far!

    1. Victoria Stillwell (It’s Me or the Dog) basically just arranged an irresistable treat e.g. cheese, bacon pieces etc., and when a firework went off she said ‘yes’ at that moment and fed the tidbit. She kept doing this throughout the round of fireworks. Essentially you cause the dog to associate the sound of fireworks with something really good happening. It’s also helpful to do this at a fair distance from the actual fireworks, possibly indoors in a safe space. (And if your dog is too anxious to take treats, I can’t help you! Make them a sofa den to hide inside of and crawl in there with them for a hug. 🙂 )

  4. I absolutely love this series! I love how you’re showing every detail that goes into training a dog, which not many trainers show!
    As an owner of a lab myself, I have a question. I have been training my dog the ‘leave it’ command. I just started it today and it went pretty well. I put treats on his paw and he wouldn’t even look at them until I command him again. But the problem itself lies there. He will listen to me as long as he knows I have treats with me. The moment he sees I no longer have them, he’s back to his energetic form! And the strange thing is that whenever he’s super excited, he would grab any random slipper in the house and run wildly with that in its mouth. And I dare you to leave your slipper with him for 5 minutes, and it’ll be torn off to bits in seconds. I almost had a breakdown today begging him to leave the footwears in the house alone, but he would merely ignore me. Everyone is upset with his behavior and I can’t let this continue 🙁 So, if you got any tips regarding this, I’ll be really glad you helped me out. 🙏

    1. All training takes TIME and REPETITION. Every day, every time, the same thing. Please don’t be discouraged after one day, week, month. Use the treats for a few days then taper off because they need to learn they’re not doing a trick, they are following a command and learning a behavior. Labs and Retrievers are smart and catch on quick, but they also catch on quick to the idea of “I’ll only do it for a treat.” Transferring the behavior to “I’m doing this because you said so,” is important. Your dog will get it soon. Our dog is 12 and we still have moments of “Bea, SIT, STAY!”, when almost always a hand signal and look are enough. Be patient and IGNORE what other people are saying, expecting, pressuring. This is about you and your dog and your relationship. Take time, repeat, repeat, repeat, it will work. Promise. (Also go to a thrift store and buy a bunch of slippers. When he decides to pick one of yours up, use the “Leave it” command and show him a thrift store slipper to exchange for it instead of a treat. Start using slippers to exchange for your slippers, then wean him off those. I believe he’ll grow out of the stage of doing this. Make sure he has several plush toys to enjoy as he seems to like squishy things, when he grabs your slippers don’t chase him or yell, just a firm Leave It command and show him another slipper or toy to exchange, Good Boy. I think he’ll catch on quickly.)

    2. Our Treeing Walker Coonhound loves shoes and she’ll steal them every chance she gets. Our solution? Manage her environment. The shoes aren’t accessible anymore. On the rare occasion that she can poke her face into the basement door and snitch one, she’s got pretty good “drop it” and “leave it” commands. Sure, she still runs off delightedly with them every now and again. So when she does that, we ignore it. She wants us to play. Chasing her makes it fun. So we don’t! In just 3 weeks, we’ve seen a huge improvement. Keep at it, stay consistent, and it’ll work!

    3. Hi, leave it is a great command but it does take time. One thing about training with treats is that once you are sure they know the command, you’ll want to mix up when they get treats instead of giving treats every time. (Keeps them guessing, and keeps the treat valuable.) When it comes to something like footwear or garbage, the most important thing is to set the dog up for success by making the things they want to get into unavailable. Find a place to put shoes where your dog can’t get them, get everybody on the same page. That is the best way to get a dog not to do something: Make it hard/impossible for them to do it. If he has a shoe in his mouth, offer him an appropriate toy instead and make it as interesting as possible. Make sure the shoe is the boring option. I hope this helps.

    4. @Emily Estelle I trained my girl to bring me the socks when she picked them up. I would use the excited voice: have you got my sock?! She starts heading toward me: ohh thank you for that sock! She drops it in my hand: I hold it to my chest, excited voice: ohh Ilove that sock! She then follows me to the fridge to get a gold reward: Chee$$$e lol

      Her sock hunting is a great trick at other ppls homes as well.

  5. I really loved the new editing style! I’m sure you’ve heard a million suggestions, but I think it would be great for you to bring a deaf dog on for a series. My parents have a deaf pitbull, and my first dog is my Deaf Boxer. I think a lot of people refrain from getting special needs dogs, and that you could really help get rid of their stigma!

  6. 09:40 Ha! True-est reality of dog training right there.

    Owner: today was a really good training day, Chop’s made SO much progress!
    Chop: I wonder if this couch is edible

  7. I’m having my own struggles with a reactive dog. I adopted him a couple of months ago. He’s 2 years old and I am guessing a Lab/Redbone Coonhound mix but the DNA test is in the mail to find out for sure. With other people he can react moderately to heavy…but with other dogs it’s always 100%. Glad to have this series at the same time to help give me ideas.

  8. Chop is doing so well 👏. You can see clearly how he’s bonded to Zak with the leaning on him and his tail is always wagging when he looks at you. It’s good you give him plenty of affection, I think that helps since he probably hasn’t had much of it in the past. Good job Chop 👍🥰

  9. The settle training is so good to see. It has made me realise I need to train that with my own dog. We have relied too much on using the crate when she needs to settle (and she does settle without any problem in there) but she isn’t very good at relaxing outside of the crate so it has become this double-edged sword.

  10. I really love and appreciate the fact that Zak shows every accident and improvement that chop did. This is my favorite dog training YouTube channel, I’ve never have a dog before so this is really informative. I know what to expect and prepare in dog training.😁

  11. This is so nice to see! I’m fostering a dog for my friend who is so hard to get the attention of when he focuses on something else and it’s so hard. He’ll bark a lot like Chop and will ignore us, even for high-prize treats. Thank you for this video.

  12. Love this series! I know it will be a few years until I can get a dog, so this is tiding me over while also educating me! Also…there’s a Tesla video in the middle of Chop’s playlist 😅😂☺️

  13. Love watching you guys work, you can really see Chop working through things in his head and the way he trusts you and leans against you is gorgeous. 💕

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