The value of Impulse control
The next thing you can do is to work on your dog’s impulse control. Introduce exercises that require patience. Make your dog wait and reward polite behavior. But start off slowly and raise the bar gradually to avoid frustration.
Only a frustration-free dog with successful experiences will be a diligent student.
A well trained impulse control is very useful for dogs in MANY situations and helps you to handle your dog easier, when things start to become hectic around you.
One more thing
Just to be clear on this one:
All of these methods are not an “off-switch” to teach your dog to react CALM in ANY given situation of life. Your dog will still – and even more!!! – need proper outlets for its energy. If that is not the case, the training will be less successful and the results less reliable.
“High energy” dogs cannot be switched off. The only thing that can be done is controlling and directing their energy towards non-destructive behaviors that still allow for an outlet.
All of This sounds like a lot of work
Yes, it IS work and again, yes, it takes time! But it’s worth it – especially because EVERY training with your dog also entertains and challenges your dog, builds trust and strengthens the bond between the both of you and improves communication and mutual understanding.
Enjoy working with your dog and make it a fun experience!
I hope this essay is helpful to all of the desperate owners of “Jack’s in the box”.
If you have any comments, additional suggestions or questions, just let me know.
Another problem with puppies and young Bull Terriers: Nipping.
Read in this post how to train your dog to play more gently and stop the nipping.