Dogaholics Training Tips


We've compiled some of our "go-to" tips we've learned from our experiences with our own dogs and our many years meeting all types of dogs at Dogaholics! 

For the Dog with "Places to Go"

"When teaching your dog to walk by your side on a leash (called HEELING) I like to take "high value" treats with me. High value treats are something that your dog likes way more than any other distraction on that walk that might seem more exciting, like a squirrel or people. This will get your dog's focus on you instead of focusing on pulling you." - Candace, Founder of Dogaholics

For the Dog with Too Much PDA

"Many dogs get very excited when greeted by another person and tend to jump, get rowdy and give you slobbery kisses. It may be very hard but ignoring your dog until they settle down and then greeting them will help correct the jumping. If you start high pitched baby talk and get all amped up, your dog will too. Their extreme excitement to see you produces a lot of physical energy. Jumping brings your dog closer to your face so they can give you kisses. It may be a learned behaviour in our dogs. Licking their mother's face is a plea for food and also a sign of submission to her." - Jenny, Dogaholics

"For a dog that jumps when you walk in, divert the energy away from the previous success they experienced. The first few times totally ignore your dog until you have taken off all your outerwear and shoes. Give them time to settle down. The next few times divert that focus into commanding a sit or lie down until you are ready.  This will translate into them automatically sitting waiting for you to be done and give them some loving.  Having a visual reminder like a rug or mat for them to sits helps reinforce the concept." - Ola, Dogaholics Team Member

For the Dog Who Tests Boundaries

"The Pet Corrector is a great way to communicate "No" to your dog. Treats reinforce good behaviours but it is hard to communicate when your dog is doing an unwanted behaviors like barking or jumping. This product lets out a hiss of air that grabs your dog's focus. When it is used along with treats you can more successfully communicate with your dog and get better results." - Jenny, Dogaholics

"Ask yourself, what could be causing my dog to act this way? It is not always an easy question to answer and you might need to reach out to a behaviourist. If you can narrow down the cause then it will bring you closer to finding the solution. I find that many unwanted behaviours come from anxiety, stress and fear." -Jenny, Dogaholics

"When a dog is will not respond to consistent reprimands, I resort to what I like to call the "Mama Says No" technique. As soon as you see your dog misbehaving or barking or whatever behavior you're trying to curb, firmly, but gently, squeeze the back of the neck once or twice like a pulse accompanied with a harsh and loud "Tsh Tsh" sound. The physical contact mimics the natural behavior of mother dogs telling young pups what not to do while the loud sounds distracts them from the behavior and directs their attention to you. It is humane and noninvasive, and I find it to be quite effective when you wish to effectively communicate "No" to your pup." - Chelsea, McCune

Tried and True Notes For The Pet Parent

"Consistency is the most important tool for success in training your dog! You have to communicate the same message to your dog over and over. Your partner, room mate, friend, etc.. have to carry on the training as well. Dogs will take advantage of situations when they can. When the behaviour is only expected some of the time, it is confusing and your dog will not understand what you expect of them." -Jenny, Dogaholics

"It's always good to end training sessions on a positive note with a simple "Good boy!" - Christa, Dogaholics Team Member

"When training a dog, PATIENCE will be your biggest asset. Set your dog up to succeed by staying consistent in your methods and remembering that good behavior doesn't happen overnight!" - Ben, Dogaholics Team Member

"Dogs are are keen at spotting opportunity and making it a habit, when working on a new trainingseries, make sure everyone in the house and any dog walkers or care takers understand what you are trying to achieve". - Ola, Dogaholics Team Member