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Ace Dog Academy Answers 06.19.2024

Introduction: Welcome to another episode of Ace Dog Academy Answers, where we tackle all your dog training questions!

Q1: Dealing with a Chew-Prone Dog

Question: I have an Australian Pit Mix who loves chewing on furniture despite having plenty of chew toys. We've tried sprays and redirecting her, but nothing seems to work long-term. What should I do?

Answer: Chewing is deeply ingrained in dogs, and simply redirecting them to other items often isn't effective. You're right to avoid bad-tasting sprays due to their limited success and potential mess. Here's what might help:

1 Leash Training: Use a leash to physically guide her away from furniture whenever she starts chewing. Consider a prong collar for effective correction.

2 E-collar Option: An e-collar can deter chewing behaviors effectively by making furniture less enjoyable. Start with low levels and gradually adjust based on her response.

3 Consistency: Ensure all family members follow the same approach to avoid confusing her. With persistence, you can shift her focus away from furniture towards appropriate chew toys.

Q2: Teaching a German Shepherd to Navigate Stairs

Question: My six-year-old German Shepherd struggles with stairs despite efforts to train her from a puppy. Is it too late to teach her to navigate stairs safely? What strategy should I use?

Answer: It's never too late! Begin by leash training her with a prong collar to teach leash pressure and correct any hesitation. Here’s how:

1 Leash Pressure Training: Use the prong collar to guide her gently up and down the stairs, rewarding her with praise when she succeeds.

2 Progressive Training: Start on flat ground to build confidence with leash pressure, then gradually introduce stairs in short sessions.

3 Patience and Consistency: Encourage her with gentle guidance and avoid rushing her. With practice, she'll overcome her fear of stairs indoors.

Q3: Excessive Barking During Family Dinner

Question: My ten-month-old puppy started barking excessively during family dinners, despite regular exercise and crate training. What should I do?

Answer: This behavior is common around this age due to adolescent behaviors. Here's how to handle it:

1 Crate Drills: Reinforce crate training with more structured in-and-out routines to teach patience and impulse control.

2 Calm Crate Exits: Practice calm exits from the crate, gradually increasing duration before meals.

3 Consider an E-collar: Use a low-level e-collar to discourage barking during dinner, ensuring it’s used responsibly to communicate effectively through barriers.

Q4: Affordable E-collar Options

Question: Are there budget-friendly e-collar options available for training? Most seem expensive at around $200.

Answer: Finding affordable e-collars can be challenging, but quality matters for effective training. While cheaper models may lack adequate stimulation or durability, consider these tips:

1 Quality Over Cost: Invest in a reliable e-collar suited for your dog’s needs, ensuring it provides effective simulation and longevity.

2 Alternative Methods: Explore alternative training tools like prong collars or leash training if budget constraints are a concern.

3 Long-Term Investment: A quality e-collar can last and aid in effective training, ultimately benefiting your dog’s behavior and your training efforts.

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