Hi, my dog seems to be overly excited. He wakes us up at exactly 6:30am by scratching at our door. He barks, bites our feet, hands, climbs up to our dinner table, cjews are furniture when we're away. He has some boundary issues.
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Barking, Chewing, Hyperactivity, Jumping up, Toileting
Bark Busters responded:
Hi Kai. All dogs need educating like children, it is fun to teach a loved pet to undersrand what you want from it. It does not speak English nor understand our words. Our system teaches owners to #speak dog'. Sounds like he has no rules in place, thus doing whatever and whenever he likes. He is controlling your home by the sounds of what you have described. . Do not give him any attention when he is demanding it. If he is scratching at the door, do not open the door and let him in, if you do that he wins and the scratching will continue or get worse until you open the door. If he is barking at you, growl the correction word (never his name) you use when he does this, or anything you are not happy with for that matter. then when he is behaving praise him in a happy voice.. You need to practice separation from him when you are home. Then address any unwanted behaviour as suggested above. Dogs should follow their owners,never race ahead - nor getting in our out of doors first. In the dog word the leader leads, so you need to step up and become his leader and start by showing him daily consistency with training, do this by training him on and off lead. We have a great book available on our website which you might enjoy to help you understand the process there is also some great advice free to download on all sorts of topics on our website. . Even your local obedience club may help you. Put him outside at meal times, no dog should be given free reign to jump on tables, lounges or people. Give him chew toys, our Gamechanger is a great mental stimulation toy which will help keep him busy and keep him thinking resulting in less destruction. Thinking dogs are great pets, but they need to know their owners have put rules in place for them. Never be physical with any dog, don;t push him off tables or furniture, you do not want it to become hand shy, so use his lead to get him down of lounges or tables. Remember praise is just as important as a correction when he listens to you. Remember children need guidance and rules, gues what so do dogs. He will love you more if he understands what you want, but you have to teach him.