Some tips for living in a multi-dog household
- Spend time with each dog separately to establish your relationship with them individually
- Teach new things to each dog alone – don’t try to teach more than one dog something new at the same time
- Once they have been trained on tasks alone then train them together or with other dogs present but waiting/relaxing.
- Establish a solid Recall and Down/Sit – Stay as a bare minimum
- Proof all behaviours with distractions. In this case distractions include other dogs.
- Practice with each dog every day – individually and as a group.
- Have a group name as well as teaching all dogs to respond to their individual names
- Teach inequity and frustration tolerance – patience and flexibility
- Patricia MacConnell suggests body blocks to manouver dogs.
- Teach a sit while the other dog is getting attention and to be alone ina room or crate.
- Teach an alternative behaviour after eating if you feed them together, such as wait at station or wait at bowl to get dessert.
- Teach wait at door and release one at a time
- Teach a group off/leave