Dog Training In A Home With Other Dogs, Cats or Kids!

Puppy training can be
challenging on its own, but when you include other distractions
like other dogs, friends, and family, maybe it's even other pets in your
house for these kinds of distractions, you need to have a plan in this video. Kayl's going to talk about dealing
with distractions in your household, like other dogs or other pets. She's also going to give you a plan so
that your entire family is giving your puppy the best information. Now, today we're using Freya.

is a six month old Golden Retriever, and she just came home to her
new family about two weeks ago. And she's just in the process of
learning about how to deal with all those distractions. So let's get to training. I'm Ken Steepe,
I'm Kayl McCann and this is Freya. Welcome back to McCann Dogs. Years ago, I made the crazy decision
to get two puppies at the same time, they were both so cute. And I
figured I was already training one. I might as well train
both at the same time. And I learned really quickly that it was
double the work and it's not something that I would ever do again. Now I'm very used to having a multiple
dog household. We've always had three, four or five dogs at a time. And I've
learned that when you have a younger dog, there are certain things that you need
to do in the house to make sure that they're not picking up bad
habits from the older dogs.

And that also they're getting the training
and the amount of attention that they deserve. Just like all of the dogs
before they would have had with you. Believe it or not, the best thing
that you can do with a young puppy. When you have older dogs is
separate them as much as possible. And this is something that I've
learned to do with my own dogs, having multiple dogs in the house
over the last couple of years. So if I'm doing puppy training, I will isolate the older dog so that
the puppy has little distraction. The focus is all about me. And then
if I'm going to let the other dogs, you know, do their normal
thing in the house, I'll actually put the puppy in their
crate where I know they're not going to be bothering the older dogs or learning bad
habits or getting into mischief because I'm not paying attention. So isolating them is going to be a really
important staff to make sure that the training process is going
to be an easier one. And that you can focus on the bond that
you have between you and the puppy.

And it's not getting
interrupted by the older dogs. Now let's talk about a few management
tools that you can use in the house to help control your young dog and
lower the distractions. Number one, I would highly suggest you get
some type of house line or leash, something cheap that you can cut the
handle off so that it can slip and slide around the house more easily.

That way you can grab a hold of it
to control your dog when needed. The other thing that's really helpful. If you have other dogs or kids or other
busy-ness in your house is get yourself a baby gate or some type of ex pen, and
then you can barricade it off that way. You know, my older dog can
have freedom in the other room, but he can just wander in here and she
can't wander out whenever they want. And that helps me to supervise my young
dog a little bit more easily without distractions constantly coming in until
she has a bit more immediate skills that we can start to integrate
everybody together.

I can use these types of things to control
my environment and set her up to make better choices. So I'm going to do a little bit of a
training with the younger dog. Now, now I have her on a leash so that I
can control her around the distraction. And I might even just start
off by teaching her to the
dog in the crate alone. Yes. I might need some cookies. Just
lured her away. Good girl. Good. Yeah. So again, I'm not just
expecting that she listens. I mean, to take the time to teach her
that focusing on me around
those distractions is a really good thing.

Yes. Good girl. This would be a good opportunity to
work on some sits and some downs, something to get her mind focused
on me and being obedient and calm. Good girl down as well. Done. Big. Okay. Okay. Good girl. Maybe
we'll go a little closer. Oh, look at that decision. Yes. Good girl. I wouldn't allow her to go and be
constantly sniffing the dog in the crate. You know, if he's in
there, that's his time, that's his space to chill out and be calm. I need to make sure that the young dogs
not being a brat and irritating him in the crate, he needs to have his space, but I'm going to make sure that I'm
controlling the situation by having her on leash.

And I would be supervising her when she's
out and free so that I can help her to make really good choices. You also want to keep in mind that your
older dogs or your other dogs didn't necessarily get a vote in the fact
that you're getting a new puppy. And in some cases, you know, the older dogs and the puppies can
be the best of friends and get along wonderfully. But there are some cases where the puppy
can be a bit of a pest to the older dogs. And if you're constantly allowing your
puppy to bother the older dog or jump on them or follow them around everywhere, sometimes the older dogs can
be pretty annoyed by that, and that can sometimes
hurt their relationships.

So you want to make sure that you're
being a good advocate for your older dog and making sure that you're supervising
the interactions and you're giving that older dog some time off. And it's also going to be important
to make sure that you isolate them and instill, spend some nice
one-on-one time with them. Just like they're used to before that
new dog arrived. So people often ask us, you know, what do I do with
my young dog and training? When my house is busy and I have other
dogs and we highly recommend you using a crate. Now I'm going to do a little
bit of training with slam
right now because what I want my young dog to learn
is how to be calm and quiet. Even with a house where
there's stuff going on. And you can actually take a few
minutes to train this every day. Now you can even make it
easier by isolating your, your dog in a crate and putting it
in a different room to begin with. So the distractions aren't as high, but eventually you want to move the
man a little bit closer to have her understand that even though
there's stuff going on out here, you need to be calm and
relaxed in your kennel.

Now I'm actually going to do a little
bit of playing stuff with slam, just to make it a little
bit more exciting, but my focus is going to be
on Freya. I'm going to yes. And reward her how she remains
calm and quiet in here. Right. So I have some cookies in my pocket.
Okay, good. Yes.

Good. Quiet. I can throw a couple of treats into her
crane as long as she's being relaxed. Goop boy Slam. Good. Yes. Good girl. Way to go babe good. So she needs to understand that even
though there's busy stuff going on, she needs to be calm and relaxed. What
a good girl? Here babe? Yes. Quiet. Well done. And then as she relaxes, I can start to space out
the rewards.

So I have, I don't need to be connected
quite so much with her. I can focus more on this dog. I also
want her to learn that, you know, even if there's not
much going on, I'm like, I'm good that she can
just start to chill out. She doesn't have to be in
the action all of the time, but she does need to learn
that if you're isolated, you're not going to go in there and bark
and cause a fuss you're going to go in and just hang out. And eventually
it will be your turn. Now, one of the biggest things you need to
watch out for when you have multiple dogs, whether it's an older dog and a puppy
or two puppies is how quickly and easily they bond to one, another
dogs, bond with other dogs, much faster and more easily
than they do with humans. And the issue with that is that if your
puppy thinks that hanging out with the other dog is the most
important thing in their life, it then makes it difficult to
establish a bond between you and them.

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And that can inhibit your
ability to train your dog. It can prevent them from listening to
you. You know, some people will just say, Oh, the puppy will learn it from
the other dog. But in some cases, some good manners can transfer over.
But unfortunately in a lot of cases, your young dog can pick up
bad habits from the older dog. If they're constantly
spending time together, we've talked a lot about controlling your
dog with other dogs in the house as a distraction. But what happens if you
have other pets, you know, such as a cat, for example, we get asked a lot. How do
I get my puppy to stop chasing my cat? And there's a couple of things that
you're going to want to do.

Number one, if you have the line on the dog, you're able to control you have
your barricades, your baby gates, things like that in place
that can be really helpful. And something that's important to keep
in mind is you always want to give the cat an out, you know, they didn't sign up to get a puppy and
some dogs can be great with cats and vice versa, but sometimes that can be
really stressful for the cats. You want to make sure that they have
an opportunity to have an exit strategy wherever they are. The other thing
that can be helpful is, you know, when you have your puppy out and you're
doing some training, plus a cat away, put them in a bedroom or isolate them to
make the distractions a little bit more easy, but when they are out, you know, it's important that
they learn to co-exist.

They don't necessarily have to be friends. Sometimes it turns out that way sometimes
not be want to make sure that you give the cat the option of being able to,
to, you know, go and do their own thing. So it's our job to make sure
that we're controlling the puppy, having the line on, being
able to redirect, you know,
teach her to be calm and, and to listen around the cat is going
to be really, really important too. But that's going to take me some time
to create those obedience skills. So in the process of training, I need to make sure I'm controlling
that situation by isolating.

And then of course, using the leash. One important thing that we need
to talk about is family members. And if you have a busy household
with, you know, a lot of people, it can be really difficult for the dog, especially if everybody's on a different
page in terms of the rules and the structure and that kind of thing. But it's really a different situation
in our household because we're both professional dog trainers, but we've dealt with so many students
who struggle with a specific behavior.

And I'm thinking immediately, if something like jumping up
where one member of the household, it allows the dog to jump up on them. And the person who's coming to class is
desperately trying to fix that behavior, but it creates so much confusion in
your dog's mind when there are different rules for different family members. Yeah. So what you want to do is sit
down as a family and decide, you know, what you want your dog to
be like, what are the rules? And then try to get everybody on board.
If people can be consistent about rules, about commands, about hand signals, all
that stuff, it actually is going to, fast-track your dog's learning because
they want something that's black and white as well. So you want to get everybody on the right
page so that just things are smoother and a little less hectic in the house.

Maybe you're struggling
with nipping and biting it. After we ask a few
questions of the family, we discovered that one of the members
is rough housing with the dog and encouraging that kind of behavior. And that really creates a lot of
confusion and makes the training even more challenging. Yeah. It's really important that
if you're trying to eliminate
a certain behavior from your puppy or your dogs
you know, daily activity, try to make sure that you're not enforcing
it or reinforcing it even by accident in other areas. Sometimes the best thing to do is
just to have cut and dry rules. So it's just not something that you're
rehearsing at all until you have some training underneath your belt. And then if you want to integrate some
of that stuff back into your puppy's lifestyle, once they understand, you know, about not putting their mouth on your
teeth or clothes or not jumping up on the people or the furniture, whatever it
is, you can start to loosen the rules, but we need to make sure that
we start off in the beginning.

It's really obvious what they are allowed
to and what they're not allowed to do. Now, when it comes to family challenges, one of the biggest challenges
of family can have is kids. And there needs to be some kid training
that happens alongside the puppy training. Let's talk about how that
might work out for a family with kids. Yeah, we definitely
need to train the puppy, but there's a few things that your kids
need to know to begin with number one, we want to be really strict about what
the kids are allowed to do around the puppies, because sometimes they can,
you know, be a little bit, you know, energetic or be kids! Yeah,
they squeak and squawk, they run their hands fly and that can
sort of look like a live tug toy for a lot of puppies.

So teaching
your kids to be, you know, as calm around the dog as possible, be
careful that you're not allowing them, you know, to be hitting the dog or to be hugging
the dog that can really you know, set, set things up to be
not such a great situation. What's best though is because we want
the dogs and the kids to be able to, to get along is think of ways that
you can incorporate the kid into your training. You know, they can help with all kinds of daily
activities with the dogs that will allow you to you know, have more control such things as maybe
have them help with feeding time.

You can teach them how
to do some hand feeding. Having the kids help teach the puppy
some tricks, things that are really easy. You can start off by teaching them how
to feed the puppies properly so that the puppies are learning to be calm. But most importantly is when you
have young dogs and kids together, you need to have control of the dog. And if the dog is completely under control
and the kids are moving all around, it's just a recipe for a disaster. So throwing back to some of those
things that we talked about before, such as the long lines and the
crates and those types of things, you're going to want to utilize those
tools to help you to control the dog around those kids.

When we talk a little bit
of we're using a house line, a house line is dependent on supervision. And that's exactly the same as
when you have kids in the room. When the kids are interacting with
the dogs, supervision is critical. We can talk about a
couple of ideas, you know, for things where you might be overseeing
with the kid and the dog into. Yeah. So you don't just
throw the house on, on, and think that that's magically
going to train the dog. You want to use it to prevent your dog
from jumping on the kids or from jumping up on the counter or the table and
stealing the kid's food, things like that. So if I'm supervising and I can
anticipate my puppy making a poor choice, I can step in and I can redirect the dog
using the house line and teach her what she should be doing differently.
And at the end of the day, if you have a busy household and you
have homework and you have dinner and you have like bathing and all of these things,
you need to do put puppy and crate, they don't have to be free
every single second of the day, when you have lots of stuff going on, as long as they're getting
adequate exercise training, there is nothing wrong with them, just chilling out in their crate for
a few hours while you're busy being a parent.

And then when you're ready
to conquer everything at once, then get the dog up. Keep in mind when your puppy is in there, create the kids need to understand
that that is the puppy's quiet spot. So they shouldn't be sticking
their fingers in the crate,
banging on the crate, the crate isn't a toy. And that is where the puppy should know
that they can feel safe and comfortable without too much distraction
or interaction from the kids. Yeah. You can control that by putting
the crate in a different room, or you can even put a baby gate and an
pen around the perimeter of the crate, just make sure that they have some space. Another really great trick to do is
if you have a crate that is plastic, you can actually cover the crate with a
blanket or a towel and just, you know, give the dog a separation and some quiet
from things that are going on around them. Well, we've talked a lot in
this video about every day, having new distractions and what it
might be like in a multiple dog household and all kinds of
distractions in your house.

So if you'd like to check out a video
where we talked about what 24 hours looks like with puppy training in our
household, click that video right there. If you're looking for a structure program
and access to our instructors to ask questions on a regular basis, make sure you check out our
Puppy Essentials online program. The link is in the description below
on that note. I'm Kayl, I'm Ken. This is Freya, happy training..

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