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The No.1 Rule of Dog Training!

When dealing with your dog, consistency is very important. And I’m talking here about both the initial teaching/training of your dog, and also the reinforcement of those teachings throughout your dog’s life.

It’s essential for your dog’s mental wellbeing for you to be consistent when disciplining, playing and just simply spending time with your dog. But it’s also important for other members of the household (and even frequent visitors) to treat your dog in a similar manner where possible. This is particularly so if your dog has any behavioural problems such as jumping up at people. If you don’t also ask your family and your visitors to make it clear to your dog that this is unacceptable, your dog is unlikely to curb the jumping altogether. And this may simply perpetuate the problem.

A very important time to be consistent is feed time. You should always feed your dog in the same manner. Example: Put food in the bowl. Make your dog sit and wait calmly for you to put the bowl on the ground. When the bowl is on the ground make them wait another ten to thirty seconds before you give the command to eat. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to feed the dog. Even if you are in a rush you should try to keep feed time consistent.

Another good area to be consistent is when you go for your walks. I like to grab the leash from the wall and walk to the gate or door. Then stand still and wait for my dog to settle down and calmly sit in front of me waiting for me to put the leash on. Once the leash is on I then make them wait for me to open the door and for me to walk through the door first. Once I am through the door I call my dog and then we are on our way. I do it this way because I never want my dog to rush out on the street when I open the door for visitors or to leave.

Dogs that experience consistency tend to be better behaved dogs, and, guess what? Better behaved dogs are happier dogs, and happier dogs are healthier dogs!

So you know what to do – love your dog, spend quality time with your dog, and make sure you are consistent!

Take Care

Robert Belobrajdic

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4 Comments

  1. thank you I will try this I make her a meatloaf with mince,oats vegies ,eggs ,flaxseed meal and wheatgerm meal. its a meatloaf for dogs
    she loves this I give it to her at night its just that I have been told to feed her dry food as well but she wont eat it . I will try your way and see how she goes thank you kerry

  2. Thanks for reply l will try your method for encouraging my fussy girls to enjoy their food one of my problems is rhat l am a shift worker (registered nurse) and l think haphazard meal times has helped to make my dogs fussy but l will try hard to change things l think your dog food actually smells edible even to me l wont be trying it though!

  3. Hi I have a 9 week old Jack RussellxFoxy Terrier. I was told that he would eat anything, but when I got him home everything changed. like the others he wouldn’t eat the dog biscuits ,so I changed the biscuits, he’s not really bothered to eat them at all. Then because he’s a baby I tried puppy milk, and again because the breeder never gave him milk he won’t touch it.
    It very hot at the moment and he still doesn’t drink much. water.
    Knowing just what to feed him, because he is a puppy is a big concern for me.
    Can you please give me some advise, Thank you
    Robyn
    PS I have read the other comments and have gleaned some information

    1. Hi Robyn, When people tell me a dog is fussy, especially a puppy. Right away I think it’s most likely due to OVERFEEDING. A 9 week old Jack Russel is a very small dog and needs very small meals. For example if he was 2kg you would split his meals up into 3 x 25g of Stay Loyal. So my tip is decrease the meal sizes, put the food down for 10 min, if he doesn’t eat take it away until next feed time.

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