Your dog may be your best friend but they can be a nuisance if you do not train them properly.
They may bark constantly and try to sneak out at night to get some much-needed exercise.
If that sounds like your dog, then there are a few things you should do to make sure he has learned that he is not to be trusted at night and when he gets the urge to steal in the dark.
1. Make sure he gets his regular evening walk. Do not let him run off at night as that is inviting trouble.
2. Play with him at home or park or give him a good game of catch.
3. If he does steal, then make sure you catch him so that he learns not to steal in the dark. Play tug of war or frisbee with him at home as that is fun and makes sure he does not steal on your property.
In many cases, you will only have to teach your dog basic obedience. They are smarter than some of the newer dogs that are often adopted by people who are not aware of the benefits of obedience training.
1. You must be consistent, if you do not want him to jump up on people then do not allow him to jump on guests.
2. Never give your dog treats at night unless you are there to supervise and ensure he does not steal in the dark.
3. Do not leave him alone in the house if he has an itch then let him go outside to scratch it or let him outside to do his business if he has an accident on your property.
He will learn from his mistakes but you need to be involved and make sure he does not make any more. If you do not and you are not there to supervise him, he may become a thief.
You may not want him to steal as you need the money but he needs to learn not to steal.
The biggest mistake is expecting your dog to be perfect. Dogs make mistakes, do not scold your dog if he steals. He will not understand. If you catch him in the act then punish him strongly with a shake or whack on the snout. He will understand and learn.
If you catch him in the act and he stops then reward him with a reward of love, affection and treats. Show him you love him and respect him. Remember, your dog does not understand fully what you are doing.
Make sure you are consistent and firm with your actions. You do not want your dog to steal. It is not fair to him or you.
He will not understand why he is being punished when he steals. He will not learn the rules of the game. It is not fair on you.
If you want him to respect you then you have to be the leader. When he does something correctly reward him with tenderness, kindness and gifts.