Often times I will recommend NILIF training to new dog owners or folks with a pushy dog that is starting to show signs of dominance.
Dog whisperer methods are all very well, and work just fine, but if your dogs is pushy these methods can be risky if your a novice. With these methods timing is everything.
Nilif is so much easier, put simply, you make your dog work for every single thing it gets, whether your dog is 150lb mastiff or a 5lb Yorkie NILIF works, and your dog will become a relaxed, happy, adoring companion.
Shy dogs become confident and happy, pushy dogs become relaxed and loving, easy going dogs remain content.
Nilif is not hard to implement, it does not take a lot of time, and it fits into every lifestyle, and works exceptionally well along side other behavior modification training for things such as fear or aggression.
How to start:
Teach your dog sit, down, stay, no, and come, they are the basics of any training once your dog has learned these you can start work.
DEMAND your dogs attention, do not allow your dog to demand yours.
Your dog comes up and nudges you trying to get your attention IGNORE IT. Do not speak, do not push him away, just act like nothing is happening. He may try harder if this as worked on previous occasions, but just carry on doing what your doing. Once he figures out this is not working he will give up.
What you can expect is a burst of demanding behavior before you win the final round, sometimes you will hear a dog owner say,” fido was so funny last night, I was busy doing something and he wanted to play, he all but stood on his head to get my attention” This is what will happen before it finally clicks that this behavior is not going to work any more.
Your dog may nudge you, jump up, bark, growl, whine, toss toys, chew on something get the zoomies etc, in other words your dog is going to try to get your attention by any method that has worked in the past. IGNORE IT.
As an owner YOU ARE THE GOD OF ALL THINGS GOOD.
This very power is the source of why NILIF works.
Food, water, rides in the car, going in and out of doors, play, toys, treats, if your dog enjoys it YOU control it, and he must work to earn it.
As an example dinner time: your dog wants dinner, not a problem, he just has to sit, stay, until you tell him it is ok, it really is that simple.
another example : play time your dog wants you to throw the ball, your cool with that, all your dog has to do is go into a down before you do it.
or: he wants to go for a walk, no problem, he just needs to sit to have his leash clipped on and stay until you tell him he can go out of the door.
Now your getting the idea.
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