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Paws For A Moment Quick Tip: Yelping At the Door

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Have a toy or mini dog?

Then you're in luck!

TeddyHilton.com special correspondent, celebrity dog trainer Inger Martens, has a Quick Tip on how to train a yelping pooch.

Front door etiquette is important, especially for mini and toy breeds who have tendencies to run out or bark at the front door.

With some help form Inger your dog can greet guests in a "Civilized Manor."

Can you imagine?

All you'll need is a leash, patience, and dedication!

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Q & A With Our Very Own Dog Trainer

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Inger the Dog Trainer

This week we have a question from a reader for celebrity dog trainer, Inger Martens about a destructive german shepherd.

Question:

For the most part, my year and a half german shephard is a good dog. However, she has a couple of problem habits that lead her to be not trust worthy while we are at work or sleeping, having to be in a kennel.

My dog will go for a significant stretch of time (2week+) with no incident, then she will suddenly chew up a shoe she managed to get a hold of, or the corner of a large pillow on the couch. She once got a hold of a leather leash that was dangling from the coat rack a bit too low and literally shredded it.

I give her the large dog rawhide bones to chew on, but sometimes she will ignore the rawhide and destroy something else. Recently it was a couch cushion while we were sleeping.

I can try to remove shoes, leashes, pillows, etc from a room but I can't put her in a room with no couches,etc, so I need a way to correct the behavior when rawhide just isn't cutting it?

How can I try to correct this behavior?

Here's Inger's Paws for a Minute™ quick tip:

Chewing is a function of a dog NOT a behavior.

What they chew on overtime becomes the behavior. Get it?

Part of the problem is that often owners don't correct the behavior. So, you need to calmly go over to her and put the leash on and guide her over to the chewed item. Now you can show her and say no!

The leash helps you guide her over to the chewed item and helps her not to have a misunderstanding by being able to run away. What you are saying no to is her saliva on and the scent of the chewed item.

Dogs sense of smell is crazy strong, what your saying no to is the pillow or whatever else. Remember, the reprimand has to have a positive ending. After saying no, walk her over to the chew bone and say o.k (in a really happy voice) then take off the leash. You might want to try bully sticks as an alternative chew bone. Dog's LOVE them.

They're kind of pricey but they rock!

all my best,
Inger

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The Perfect Dog Treat!

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With half of Americas pets overweight - it's important to know how to treat our furry bffs!

TeddyHilton.com special correspondent, celebrity dog trainer Inger Martens, explains when where and how to use dog treats!

Check it out above!

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Q & A With Our Very Own Dog Trainer

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Inger the Dog Trainer

This week we have a question from a reader for our very own celebrity dog trainer, Inger Martens, about a very alert Australian Shepherd who won't stop biting.

Let's see if Inger can help…

Question:

"I need help with my dog Laddie. He is a 6 year old Australian Shepard… and in many ways an awesome dog.

He isn't destructive, gets along well with other dogs, and is overall a nice guy… but… I can't get him to quit play biting.

We have been trying now for 4 1/2 years (sine we adopted him) and nothing sticks. We have 'yelped'… he thinks its funny and plays and bites down harder. We have done the Ceasar Milan dominant posture with 'biting' him. He also sees that as an invitation to play. We've grabbed his muzzle and said 'no' firmly… we've ignored him… we have hired 4 dog trainers over the years and two have actually quit on us because they were tired of being bitten by him.

Once, in desperation, we even put nasty smelling anti-chew stuff on our arms. No affect. He just thinks this is the most fun way in the world to play and if he doesn't feel like he is getting enough attention your forearm will end up in his jaws. We don't know what to do. He gets exercise, has two doggie-siblings to socialize with, a fine diet, and more toys than most human children.

I don't know what we are missing. Any other insight on how to get him to knock it off?"

Here is your Paws For A Minute™ quick tip:

Hey There!

Thanks for the question!

Well you're right yelping, barking back, muzzle grabbing or dominating postures don't work on people, why would it work with a dog! It sounds like you need to use a little reverse psychology, and be a little smarter than Laddie, instead. Think about doing a combination of things.

Nipping and play biting can be attributed to many things. Voice inflection, sometimes playing tug of war, and not having any routines can contribute to this wild child behavior.

Daily life's full of patterns. Lots of people come home and have a crazy hello greetings. Bingo the nipping biting starts. Change that! Walk in the door with a big dog cookie. Gesture the letter "J" while holding the dog cookie and redirect him to sit and give him the cookie. That will change that pattern, oh and… zip it with the high pitched hi! No tug of war or rough play, think massage instead. Another big culprit to that annoying habit is you can have a ton of toys but no chew bones for him to chew.

Think about changing the pattern of initiated chew time which equates to chill time. Then YOU can decide when to play.

Oh and by the way, doing some simple 5 minute training commands "on the leash" in the house (now and then) can really help create eye contact and show him the way to pleasing you!

Try it, you'll like it.

Very best,
Inger

Have a question???? Email us at Tips@TeddyHilton.com or check out more tips from Inger on her website Paws For A Minute!

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Please Spay & Neuter Your Pets!!!

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Find out why it's SO IMPORTANT you spay and neuter your pets (above)!!!

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Q & A With Our Very Own Dog Trainer

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Inger and Teddy

This week we have a question from a reader for our very own celebrity dog trainer, Inger Martens, about a very alert Australian Shepherd who barks at just about everything and anything outside the door.

Let's see how Inger can help!

Question:

Hey there,

My 2-year-old Australian Shepherd, Phoenix, always barks when he hears something outside our apartment. People outside, other dogs, doors opening and closing- you name it. I've tried about a million methods to keep him from barking, but nothing has worked. It's like a reaction he can't help. The best I could do was hush him down to quiet little "woofs", but even so, it's quite a problem. Any advice?

Thanks!

Emilie

Here is your Paws For A Minute™ quick tip

Hi Emilie,

Barking at sounds can have to do with territorial behavior which is somewhat response normal response for dogs. However, what will exacerbate this barking and sometimes make it worse is lack of exercise and well… plain old boredom. Australian Shepherds are especially alert! Here are a few steps you could take:

1) Pay attention to the time of day that the barking is the worst. Sometimes people exercise their dogs at the wrong times. For example, i recently had a client who had a similar issue. Her dog was walked and exercised early in the morning and then basically spent the rest of the day barking! You might want to time the exercise to better suite those busy barking times.

2) Next, get the right chew bones for your dog to enjoy! Chewing also tires a dog out and gives them a hobby. A special, new chew bone could be given in a gated area creating a "new space" to chew the bone. By gating an area for a 20 minute period of time while your home will psychologically create a new den space for Phoenix.

3) Put music on while your dog is gated. This creates a calm space that will help get him out of the pattern of going to the door, window or back door waiting for the next sound. All of this will work together over time to help curb the barking.

4) Now, while gated if he continues to bark you can take a coffee can, empty it, put a hand full of pennies in it. If the barking gets excessive, shake the can once, from out of sight, only while your dog is gated. Being out of sight is key! The noise of the can acts just like a siren does of a police car pulling you over for blowing a red light. It's a sanction, a growl or just plain NO! This will can help break the barking pattern.

All of the above sends a signal to your dog of my house, I'm driving and you can chill and relax.

It's really important though, to do all of steps together! Increase exercise, 20 minute increments of gating. Gating your dog for short periods only for pleasant chew bone "chewing" times when you're home, and music! Once your dog is used to this you can extend the gating periods to the busiest times of day. It took 2 years for this to begin so give the new process to help it resolve!

Thanks for the tip, Inger!

We hope these tips help Phoenix learn to use his inside voice, Emilie!

Have a question???? Email us at Tips@TeddyHilton.com or check out more tips from Inger on her website Paws For A Minute!

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Get Rid Of Your Wee Wee Pads!

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Is your dog older than 1????

Then you should NOT have wee wee pads in your house!

TeddyHilton.com special correspondent, celebrity dog trainer Inger Martens, tells you how to easily help pee pee train your pooch!

Check it out (above)!

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