Divide and Conquer: Training Multiple Dogs – Monument Dog Training Washington DC
No matter the issue, training a dog can be a challenge that requires consistent work and attention. The workload gets more intense if there are MULTIPLE dogs that are in need of training! Many dog owners will have two or several dogs, and only be calling about one. While that one dog may need training more, often times the other dogs need training as well. If not for their own benefit, training ALL dogs will help the major problems in the household.
When working with two, three, or however many dogs, our Washington DC dog trainer follows the “divide and conquer” philosophy. Taking on too much at once will usually reverse any potential success, while also frustrating the dogs and the owner. If all dogs need to be trained immediately, they all sign up immediately. However, when we work, we work one at the time, going through all of them until they understand and show positive responses.
Three weeks while working with a dog trainer Oklahoma City, I worked with three dogs — Marley, Tosh, and Remy. Their owner Lisa was struggling with her dogs’ hyperactivity and aggressive play. All three dogs had no manners and the only command they knew was “Sit”, which they usually disobeyed when commanded by Lisa. What made it so difficult was Lisa was on her own with these three dogs, and she didn’t have any way to control or contain them, especially when they got riled up.
Working together, we were able to get more control, but Lisa needed some help when our trainer wasn’t around. We set up “places” for Marley, Tosh, and Remy, and also utilized their crates more, which they hardly went in except when guests came over. This was an enormous help, and we made sure the dogs were comfortable in the crates. We achieved this by using the crates as management tools, NOT punishment tools.
At our first session, we kept Remy in the crate, while Lisa and I worked on Marley and Tosh. Once we worked the two, we then switched out, and had Lisa work on Remy while his brothers rested after their training. This covered all three dogs without overwhelming Lisa. If the owner is not set up for success, then the dogs will not be either! By getting on a routine with the dogs and giving them all consistent time to work, the three brothers responded better and Lisa felt more like a leader that was in control of her pack!
More dogs equals more work, but the reason most people have more than one dog is because they make up the family, and that family is worth that time and work. It can be challenging, but with a “divide and conquer” attitude, change is possible and behavioral success can be accomplished!
If you have a multiple dog household in need of training, call us at 800-649-7297!