we have a corgi mix, he is absolutely crazy!!! i need some go ways to train him, i love him and want him to be a less stressful part of our family.  

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Comment by Jan Brandon on September 12, 2016 at 9:25am

wow he is really cute - sure looks like a mix of a male and female corgi- rather than a corgi mixed breed - 

Comment by Angela mcneal on September 11, 2016 at 6:33pm

thank you so much! here is my little guy, he turned 2 on Friday

Comment by Jan Brandon on September 11, 2016 at 2:25pm

here is a link to the humane society primary on training - hope it helps

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/dog_training_positiv...

Comment by Jan Brandon on September 10, 2016 at 4:43pm

A good dog is a tired dog - is the best line I ever learned in many years of dog training classes.  

The best cure for a crazy dog is exercise, exercise and more exercise - figure out fun things the dog likes to do - does he play with other dogs - arrange a daily play date - go to a dog park.   Teach him to fetch - then play play play.  We ran my first guy hard every morning playing fetch - doesn't take long 15-20-25 minutes until he was on his side panting  - crazy before - little angel after.   Go for long walks -and/or do all of the above.  The key is every day exercise- not just once in a while.  

As for chewing - get appropriate chews - an elk antler - bully sticks - or hard bones that you can fill with stuff - give appropriate chews to chew on and they tend to leave everything else alone  - chewing is their thing- like watching TV or reading a book for us.   But be sure to monitor chewing.   If you don't have a good pet store near by - try Amazon or Chewy's.com.  

Training - If you can't afford classes (they have gotten really expensive) look on line for "treat based" "positive reinforcement" training tips-articles.  Tons of good books on Amazon - or your local library.   The training is for you - not really for the dog.    I used to subscribe to the Whole Dog Journal - they had lots of good training articles.  To get started, you will need a 20 foot lead, some tiny easy to swallow treats, and you can easily teach him the sit, come, stay commands at home once you get the hang of rewarding.  From there you will be surprised at how easy it is to teach other commands. 

Also, don't be to quick to ditch the crate.  Excessive crating is bad - but crating for short periods -a few hours at a time- especially with you in the same room really calms some dogs down.   

Good luck with your baby - hope it all works out well. jan

Comment by Jane Christensen on September 5, 2016 at 10:34pm
Make sure you take off the martingale collar when done walking and put his regular collar on
Comment by Angela mcneal on September 5, 2016 at 12:54pm

thank you so much for this!  i appreciate your tips

Comment by Jane Christensen on September 4, 2016 at 10:39pm

I would try a martingale collar for walking.. It tightens when they pull too much and they can't back out. Also STOP if he starts pulling you when on the leash and wait till he stops to walk again. With my pups if they would start pulling I would turn around and go the other way. Barking or trying to get your attention in a negative way I would stop and turn away giving him NO attention or talk. When he calms down then maybe have a treat in the pocket , ask him to sit and then give him a treat. Try making the cage a fun place, have toys in there and give him attention when he is quiet and not trying to get out. Toys or something safe to chew on when he has to go in there...also short periods of time(when possible). I would also keep him tied to you with a leash when you can at home and again reward when he is behaving in a good way, You can break up snack biscuits into tiny pieces...not big. Do you have any friends that have well behaved dogs? Walking with them may be an option. Plenty of exercise is good!!!!

Comment by Jane Christensen on September 4, 2016 at 11:34am
I have a few ideas but will respond later today!
Comment by Angela mcneal on September 3, 2016 at 10:30pm

he is 2, he chews up everything, is terrible on a leash and jumps and barks constantly.  his previous owner kept him in a cage constantly, so we are trying to work on those things.  we haven't had the money to get him in a class yet.  trying to figure out some free ways to train him.

Comment by Jane Christensen on September 3, 2016 at 10:24pm
How old is he? Can you enroll him in classes? What's he doing?

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