Leashes, tethers or other physical force actually make a dog resist them. At first it is merely a reflex resistance. Quickly it becomes a contest of dog versus owner. Leash straining is one of the main causes of a poor relationship between dog and owner. Without using any physical force, owners must teach their dogs to accept the leash. The dog must not allow the leash to become taut. Self-control again!



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"Mealtime!" needs no explanation.  It should come at the same times every day, especially during housetraining. Dogs possess a biological clock that tells them when it is time to eat. Most owners are guilty of overfeeding their dogs, either by tidbitting them between meals or stuffing them at mealtime. Varying the feeding time or diet of a dog upsets her system. Monotony in diet actually makes healthier dogs.



When a dog raises his paw he is reflecting his objection to something. Paw raising is his/her earliest response as a pup to his/her mother’s licking him after feeding time. When the mother licks a pup’s face, the pup responds by trying to raise a paw to stop her. It can also mean a sign of submission when doing something for his or her owner that he/she doesn’t really want to do.


Wetting on drapes, furniture, etc., is a dog’s way of “branding” his territory. Taking a dog out to walk and allowing him to wet everywhere is a sure way to “un-housetrain” him/her. Dogs need only a single toilet place and should be taught to go only at that place. They quickly learn it. House wetting is a dog’s way of saying he/she doesn’t feel secure about the property.


Sniffing for identification is natural for all dogs. But, because it is often embarrassing, it should be discouraged. Dogs have an extremely sensitive sense of smell. Also, their memory of odors is excellent. A dog who goes through life sniffing at everyone and everything is usually feeling insecure. Self-controlled dogs are rarely “sniffy.” Dogs who constantly wet things are usually also sniffers… and worriers.



"I want to be free." Doors, fences, leashes and tethers are all barriers that stimulate a dog. Owners make too much fuss at doors, especially at leaving and homecoming times. Dogs must be taught to accept doors and should never go through a door ahead of their owners. In fact, they should await their owner's permission before going through a door. Such behavior, once learned, solves many problems.




Digging is usually a sign of tension or frustration. A dog's digging develops a pattern. Where a dog digs tells us why a dog digs. Knowing why a dog digs allows us to make proper corrections in his/her environment.



Tummy-up behavior is the dog's way of saying, "OK... I give up." It is usually done when another person or dog takes a dominant position. This behavior is from early litter life, as is licking. In fact, it is the pup's response to the mother's licking after feeding. Sometimes dogs will not only turn tummy up, but will even follow through and urinate, which is a learned behavior from early life.


DOG-MASTER® dogs quickly learn to live in the home. They are happy, contented, and confident. But they also develop a conscience and self-control. They don't just "let go." Housebreak puppies and older dogs in less than a week!



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Too many owners disturb their dogs when rest is needed. Dogs require rest more often than do humans. No matter how cute or cuddly a dog may look when curled up trying to sleep, he should not be picked up or disturbed. If he needs to be awakened, it is best to call him by name, softly, then praise him verbally.


When dogs bark, they are usually just letting you know they are present. The more confident a dog is the less he/she barks. All dogs have a natural territorial defense instinct. So has man. Boundary lines become very important, often made worse if marked by a fence or a barrier.


The first staircase, as with new experiences, is approached with a head-down, cautious attitude. When concentrating on something, dogs lower their heads. Timid or shy dogs normally lack confidence. Often they ranked quite low in the power struggle in the puppy litter. What they need is to be for succeeding by immediate and lavish praise.