Dog School Austin

3908 Manchaca Rd - 78704

Owned and Operated by Certified Canine Behavior & Training Specialists

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Our convenient, customized, and experienced services always include training with a certified canine behavior and training specialist.  We offer behavior and quality of life solutions for you and your dog in a stress free home environment.  At Dog School it's our goal to always exceed your expectations, contact us and come see why!

Now serving Austin, Texas.  

Does your Dog Struggle with Separation Anxiety?

Do you have a hard time leaving and or re-entering your home because of your dog’s separation anxiety?  Does your dog become destructive, overly anxious or bark excessively while you are gone? This is a common problem that Dog School addresses, we recommend a few techniques that can help break this cycle.

Sometimes we can create or make separation anxiety worse just by our simple behaviors that are human nature for us but  that only mislead our pets.

Comings and Goings:

When you are getting ready to leave your home and in the actual act of leaving your home, simply ignore your dog completely.  The same goes for when you re-enter your home, ignore your dog until you have come inside and are settled and then you can say hello to your dog when they have calmed down.  When you give dogs a lot of attention verbally, physical affection or sometimes just a small acknowledgement (for sensitive dogs) right before you walk out the door, they are being showered with stimulation and then it is immediately shut off and that is when they will look for outlets to keep this stimulation going by destruction or other similar behaviors.

Crate Training:

Another thing that can help if your dog is crate trained is keeping a crate out of sight from your door and windows so that when you leave you are not creating any visual stimulation and while you are gone your dog is not pacing at the window or looking for passersby to take out their stress and anxiety on with excessive barking.  Just remember when you put your dog in the crate, it is simply giving the command for going into the crate and no other attention in regards to you leaving and when you return you can even wait until your dog has settled back down and then let them out of the crate and wait again for them to settle outside of the crate before greeting them with attention.

Interactive Toys:

A great tool for distracting your dog from their separation anxiety while either loose in the house or in their crate is giving them an interactive toy with treats or their daily meals before you leave.  You can just place it either in their crate or somewhere away from the door for them to enjoy while you are gone.  This is a great outlet for their nervous energy or separation anxiety.

Rewarding Anxiety:

This pertains to home and also while you are out in public with your dog, for example at the vet’s office.  If you see that something is making your dog nervous, never accidently praise your dog for this behavior by comforting them with petting and verbal praise.  Again this is human nature for us but not something that gives a dog comfort, dogs need a leader and in a moment when they are feeling nervous they need you to step up and be their leader and not reinforcing their fear by telling them “it’s okay”.  Try just ignoring the situation, staying calm, and or redirect by doing some training exercises.

Exercise:

Remember a well exercised dog is usually too tired and happy to worry about you when you leave the house, so make sure to keep your regular walks, runs or hikes going daily to keep your dog mentally and physically stimulated!

Always remember we want training to be fun for you and your dog! Check back next Tuesday for more training tips from Dog School Austin!

 

 

Tips for Excessive Barking

Does your dog have a favorite pastime of barking out the window at all types of passersby? Does anything from cars, people, dogs or even a cat set your dog’s alarm off?

Remember barking is natural for dogs and like anything if they are not properly trained how to use their inherent nature in a home and not in the wild, it can become a bad habit instead of just simply a natural instinct.

Work on correction and redirection while your home with your dog 

Always have a house leash on your dog so you can maintain control and be the leader of your pack, you can use a regular six foot leash or a short one foot leash.  Correct your dog as soon as their alert barking alarm goes off with verbal correction and then follow through with redirecting your dog through training.  Use what your dog knows best and have some treats handy, try a sit or a down, “focus” having your dog make eye contact, with you, or take your dog to their bed and reward your dog for that command but also for being quiet.

Remember that every command is only correct when they are quiet, so if your dog continues to bark you can use the command to correct and say “no sit” or “no down” and focus on “quiet” training. Set your dog up for success, use their best training skills to turn them away from the barking temptation.

In the future you can just simply use one of these commands to instantly stop the barking since all commands are quite commands.

Out of sight out of mind

 What to do when you are not home is just as important as what to do when you are home.

If your dog has a barking problem, help them with that stress and burden. Find a safe place in your home for a crate that is out of sight from any window or things that set him off. When you leave your house make sure to keep your dog in this safe place so that you can stay consistent and your dog doesn’t get reinforced for a barking habit while you’re gone.  Your dog will be happy to finally get some peace and quiet.

Always remember we want training to be fun for you and your dog! Check back next week for more training tips from Dog School!

Owned and Operated by Certified Canine Behavior & Training Specialists