Training Tips From World Class Dog Trainer Jennifer McCarthy
Posted on Jan 14, 2015 , 0 comments
Since January is National Train Your Dog Month, I wanted to give some helpful advice and tips for training using household goods you probably already have on hand. Whether you have just started training your first dog or you’ve owned many dogs in the past – it’s always good to review some ground rules and training techniques to help with some common behavior problems.
Can Of PenniesWorks for: Barking, digging, begging, howling, jumping, food stealing, cat or animal chasing, stalking, jumping on furniture, etc.
How to make it: Take an empty soda can, fill 1/8 or 1 inch with pennies or spare coin change, put duck tape over the top.
How to use it: Dogs hate the noise that this makes when you shake the can very loudly. If for example, a dog is jumping up on someone, I would shake it several times to shock them, and put a command to it such as “Off!”
It’s important to note you can adjust how loud this sound is according to your dog’s sensitivities. More dominant dogs may require you to shake the can more loudly than you would for dogs that may be more sensitive to noise. Use your best judgment based on your dog’s needs.
Squirt BottleWorks for: Barking, digging, begging, howling, jumping, food stealing, cat or animal chasing, stalking, jumping on furniture, etc.
How to make it: Take an empty squirt bottle, fill with water and put the squirt bottle onto “stream”.
How to use it: When a dog starts barking for instance, take the bottle and squirt the water directly in their face. Put a command to it such as “Quiet!” They will usually stop whatever they’re doing. Just make sure to ignore them once you’ve made it clear that the behavior is unwanted.
Tabasco SauceWorks for: Feces Eating
How to use it: Take the Tabasco sauce and place a little on the dog’s poop. One taste of this and they’ll think twice about coming back for seconds!
Tin FoilWorks for: Keeping dogs off furniture, counters, etc.
How to use it: Place the tin foil on your furniture or counters. When a dog jumps up and their paws hit the foil the noise will scare them off.
Most dogs and their owners can also benefit from attending training classes. Check out our class schedule on our website HealthySpot.com. Or to request a private training session with Jennifer McCarthy, you can visit her website at JMDogTraining.com.
Known as the "Wolf Woman", Jennifer has appeared on national television on the National Geographic Channel, Nat. Geo. Wild, Bravo and E! Entertainment networks as well as local news stations across the country including ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox. McCarthy has also appeared in numerous publications such as The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and many more.
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