Training Tyrone: My Roommate in Austin.
“Understanding your dog and knowing how to control him, develop his potentials, and resolve behavioral problems, emotional conflicts and frustrations are no less essential than love and respect.” – Michael W. Fox
I am expanding today! Normally, I write about people, but today, I will blog about a fine dog. This post is about a recent dog training I had with a friend’s dog, Tyrone. I was staying with Tyrone, so to help us get along we did some exercises.
He’s cute, right?!
Tyrone lives at the Dixie Ranch, where I have been living in Austin. Tyrone is Jess’ dog and faithful friend. But Tyrone is a little jumpy, wary of strangers, and quick to defend.
I didn’t really get to hang with Tyrone, until Teddy came over. Teddy is Jess’ dog trainer and Tyrone’s bud. We went to the park and attempted to make some friends with Tyrone. I learned some goods that can apply to life.
Tips for Handling an Insecure/Wary Dog:
1. Lead Him. Hold his leash tight and be calmly, assertive.
Cesar would say, Be the Pack Leader! But just being calm and assertive. Tyrone wants to follow, but if no one is leading he gets jumpy.
2. Give as much Positive Reinforcement as possible.
Tyrone gets in cycles. If he is angry a lot, he gets angrier easier. If he is happy and friendly, then he is a peach. The more friends he has, the more likely he is to make friends. Tyrone’s confidence will go up!
3. Give him Beef!
I think it helped that I was giving him handfuls of beef. He loves it!
Since this training session, Tyrone and I have been buds. Do you know a thing or two about dogs? Please share your wisdom!
Create Our World.
“The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that you will not come back when you go out the door without them.” – Stanley Coren, Dog Psychologist