Stephen Dent Special: Training a Blue Heeler

If any of you have had the pleasure of running across a Blue Heeler you would notice that they are very playful and beautiful animals. But when these dogs are younger they can jump all over the place and be hard to control. Here are some tips I came up with to help my client control her one year old Blue Heeler.

Command Voice:
When my client started using a sharp, command voice her dog started listening. I learned this in the military and parlayed it into my dog training. Show your dog you won’t be accepting any nonsense and he will pick up on this. Using a weak and un-insistent voice won’t get anyone to listen you…much less a dog!

Punishment:
A good way to let your dog know a behavior isn’t tolerated is kenneling. Dogs don’t like being confined, especially Blue Heelers, so I had my client put her dog inside every time he acted up. This is not a full proof strategy because sometimes dogs don’t understand why they are being punished but it goes a long way into trying them to get certain behaviors to start. For example, my client’s Blue Heeler used to always jump on guests. So when the dog did it again she promptly put the dog in the kennel. Because the dog didn’t want to go back in, he was much more conscious of his behavior in the house…for a while anyway. Which brings me to the next point.

Consistency:

I had to teach my client consistency. She is a very nice woman, sometimes too nice so I had to teach her how to handle dogs in the Stephen Dent fashion. This includes not backing down, and not feeling bad about punishments. But you can’t just punish a dog. Which is the next point.

Reward your Dog:
When you dog does something good, he should be rewarded! This is important because dogs are very emotional and want approval. Show your dog just how much you love his new behavior by rewarding him – but don’t do this too much.

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