How To Train Your Dog To Have Better Impulse Control

If your dog is impulsive, can’t follow your orders, and is misbehaving, there are a few different ways you can improve their overall impulse control, and avoid common behavioral problem issues. Learn top dog impulse control techniques from the team at Dog Dayz of California now!


  1. Treats In The Fist
    Put some kibble or a treat in your closed fist. Hold it in front of your dog’s nose, and ignore his attempts to get to the food. Once he stops trying to get to the food, give him a reward like a treat.

    Once he ignores the fist with treats completely, you can move onto the next step. Open the fist holding the food. If he tries to rush and grab it, close it again. Repeat this process until he ignores your open palm of food. Then, reward him with a treat.


  1. Crate & Door Control
    If your dog is crated or kept in a particular room, give your dog some time to settle down. Then, ask him to sit or go down.

    When the dog is in the sitting or down position, slowly open the door. If he gets up and tries to rush through, stop and tell him to sit or go down again.

    Continue this process until your dog stays in place when you open the door. As you continue doing this, the number of times you’ll need to repeat the steps will decrease.

    When your dog stays in place while the door is open, give him his release command and let him come through. This helps teach patience and self-control.


  1. Waiting For Dinner
    Have our dog sit or go in a down position. Place his food bowl in front of him. If he lunges or tries to get up to get the food, remove it and stand back up. Repeat this process until he stays.

    Once the bowl is on the ground, cover it with your hands, then remove them. If your dog is still sitting in place. If he lunges for it, cover it again. Repeat this process until your dog stays in position while the food is uncovered. Then, give him a release command and allow him to eat his dinner.


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At Dog Dayz of California, we can work with you and your pup to resolve dog impulse control issues, improve overall behavior, and make your life (and your dog’s life) easier! So don’t wait. Contact us now to learn more about our dog training services and get the help you need in Oceanside, CA.

Is It Ever Too Late To Start Training A Dog?

No matter how many times you hear it, you can teach a dog new tricks! Dogs are incredibly intelligent creatures, and with the right technique (and some amount of patience), dogs can be properly trained regardless if they’re under 1 year old or reaching the age of 10.

It’s really the same as with humans: some things are easier to teach kids than adults, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s impossible to learn anything once you get older. However, there are some things you should know about the process.


What Does Training a Dog Involve?

Whether you’re getting an older pup from a shelter, or want to correct some behaviors that have developed over the years of your family pet, training a dog isn’t an easy process. When dogs get older, the overall course of the training can take longer, may require more effort, but sometimes it’s not the age of the pup that influences it.

It can also be the type of training you need. In general terms, they can be:

  • Basic commands or tricks. In other words, teaching your dog how to listen to you, and respond;
  • Socialization skills, which is incredibly important if the dog will be recurrently exposed to busy environments where there are lots of people, or lots of other dogs;
  • Changing something in their behavior that may cause them or you harm. For instance, many pups can get too aggressive while they play without realizing it. They’re just excited to spend time with you, but if you’re not careful you can get hurt.


Do You Have to Train Your Dog?

If you’ve had the pup for a while now, you’ve already trained it without realizing it. Or, more specifically, it picked up on some of your cues (that you may not even be given consciously) and reacts to them. Dogs actually do process the meaning of words, so they understand their names, and small cues like “no, ” “yes” or the wonderful “do you want to go outside?”

Training your dog can be quite beneficial both for you and the pup, especially if there is a behavior that needs modification for safety reasons. Plus, it creates a better bond between you and the dog, and who doesn’t want that?


Over to You

Do you have an older pup that needs some training? We can help! Contact Dog Dayz California right now for more information about our services.