Lastly, with Household Items and Cherished Belongings that you don't want the dog to accidentally destroy:
Move your treaured items out of reach of the dog - much like you would childproof your house when a toddler is present.
Some reasons dogs dig:
2.A Place To Rest
1.Find a respite for your dog’s boredom – toys, more play time with his people, bring him inside, and/or monitor backyard time.
2.Dogs like cool, cave-like places to rest. You can offset this
desire for digging by providing a crate or dog house for your dog or
bring your dog inside where it is cooler in the summer. You can
provide a crate/place to rest in the house. A dog door on the side of
the house is also away for your dog to come inside at his discretion.
3.Many dogs, especially Airedales, will often go after moles and burrowing rodents. Supervised times outside may be a solution.
4.Another solution is to section off a part of your yard that can
be a digging playground for your dog and not worry about the creative
Some dogs eat feces out of boredom and frustration. Make sure you have not upset your dog’s
feeding times and if you have, make sure he in not going too long between meals. Supervise your
dog’s bathroom breaks and pick up the feces in a timely manner and remove them from the yard.
Another suggestion is to sprinkle your dog’s food with Adolph’s Meat Tenderizer.
Dogs seem to find their feces less palatable after eating food with this tenderizer.
Chasing/Aggression Toward Cats
This behavior falls under the category of prey behavior. Cats are fun to goad and dogs
like to make them run so they can chase them. When chasing begins, the dog’s prey drive takes
over and the cat can get hurt or killed.
Ways to avoid this situation:
1.Set up a situation where you can correct the dog for
inappropriate behavior toward the cat. This will communicate the rules
to the dog. For example: Put a long lead and choke collar on your dog.
When the dog tries to goad the cat (or shows undue attention to the
cat), correct the dog and use a firm “No!” with the correction. Let the
Airedale know that the cat is simply “off-limits’ and discourage any
attention the dog wants to give to the cats. After communicating this
rul to the dog, the cat is then able to move around the house or sleep
undisturbed by the dog.
2.Don’t ever encourage the dog to chase the cat, even if the dog is a six-week-old puppy.
3.For chasing, set up a similar situation as with #1. Put the
dog on a long lead and choke collar. When he starts to run after the
cat/car/child, wait until he is almost at the end of the line and then
call “Come!” Use a happy, high voice. This command is recommended no
more than once a day. You may have to do this several days in a row
before the lesson sinks in.
4.“Leave It!” Command (*see below for instructions)
A note of caution: Always leash/supervise your dog in an unfenced yard. Keep in mind that
Airedales can run after something at the drop of a hat, so an unleashed Airedale in your front
yard can be an accident waiting to happen.
Consider the reasons behind barking – if barking from boredom, try to relieve your dog’s
plight. Play with him more, move him into the house and among his family, make him part of the
routine, install a doggie door to the inside of the house so that he can come in when he gets
Another solution is to invest in a bark collar. These can be very effective.
Be warned that many Airedales know when they have this collar on versus a regular collar and
will only bark when they have on the “safe’ collar.
If your dog is barking when company arrives, expect him to announce the guests’
arrival and then ask your dog to be quiet. Crate time may be necessary if the dog cannot
Airedales And Children
Always supervise play between the two. Never leave a dog alone with a child who is under
the age of ten, especially when the child is a stranger to the dog.
Always remember that dogs view children as being lower in the pecking order to
themselves so in a time of stress (child is pulling dog’s tail or have cornered it, or is too
close to the dog’s food), the dog may react aggressively.
Train your children to have good “dog manners’. For literature about
teaching good dog manners, see “Good Owners, Great Dogs” by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson.
How To Be Leader Of The Pack
Dogs live in packs where each animal has a rank. The top dog, or alpha dog, is
considered to be the most important of the group. This dog leads the pack and has privileges
and rights that the other dogs do not. Leadership behavior is firm, consistent, and
structured, not mean or aggressive. For owners with dogs, it is important to provide
leadership to your dog if you want your dog to behave around you, your family, and any
company that might visit. Below are some behavior traits that dogs view as being something
the leader of the household would do. Keep in mind that some dogs are more easily led than
others. For the more dominant dogs, the owner will want to be more consistent about showing
leadership. And establishing leadership with puppies is easier than with older dogs. If you
have adopted an older dog, consult a trainer if you are having dominance problems with your dog.
1.Feed your dog scheduled mealtimes (versus leaving the food bowl
constantly available with food) and feed him after you eat, not before.
2.Go through a doorway before your dog does.
3.If you look your dog in the eye, make sure he looks away first.
4.Do not allow your dog to bite or mouth you, even in play.
5.Do not allow your dog to sleep on your bed or with any other family member.
6.Pet your dog only when you want to, not when your dog nudges or
paws at your hand. You might ask you dog to perform an obedience
command before petting him.
7.If your dog demands to be picked up or put down, do this only when they have quieted down in your arms/lap.
8.Initiate and end all games and play.
9.Don't put yourself in an equal or lesser height position with your dog. Don't lay on the floor to play.
10.Don't allow your dog on the furniture.
11.Put your dog in his crate for a time-out periodically with no reason (not as punishment or when you are out of the house.)
12.Ask your dog to perform an obedience command first before engaging in another activity such as play or feeding.
13.Do not allow your dog to pull you when on leash.
14.Do not leave your dog with anyone who is not seen as the leader of the household, especially children.
15.Make your dog move out of your way rather than vice versa when he is in the path of travel.
16.When walking your dog, don't let him sniff the ground or go to the bathroom anywhere he wants.
17.Everything in your dog's life belongs to you. You have first call on all of the things that your dog has access to.
18.Teach your dog to release objects he carries in his mouth.
“Leave It” Command
Put a toy or treat on the floor. Walk the dog on a lead by the treat. When he
tries to sniff it, say, “Leave It!” You may have to use quick correction with the lead to
get his attention away from the treat. Then pick up the treat, ask your dog to sit and when
he does, then give him the treat and praise him. Release him from the sit command and repeat
the whole process. After some time of practicing this, skip the step of giving him the treat
after he sits. You do want to praise him after he ignores the treat or whatever is in place of
the treat (the cat for instance) so that he associates a good time with “leaving it alone”.
Accustoming Your Dog To Having His Feet Handled
Start working with your dog's feet when he is a puppy. Handle the feet often and
gently. If your puppy tries to pull away, continue to hold the foot until he relaxes and
quiets, then release that foot and hold another. You can move the toes apart and touch the
areas inside the pads. Also hold the nails for a couple of seconds and generally touch all
areas of the foot. You can trim your puppy's nails every couple of weeks with human toenail
clippers. As the dog's tail grows, you will want to have guillotine trimmers (can be obtained
at a pet supply store) or a Dremel that will grind the nails. The Dremel can be used as often
as once a week with care taken to avoid grinding in to the quick of the nail. Also, keep a
supply of cornstarch or styptic powder (also known as Kwik-Stop) in case you do cut the quick.
Dab some of the powder on the area and the bleeding will quickly stop.
If your dog resists having his nails trimmed, be firm and insistent. Have someone else
hold the dog if necessary and grooming tables with an arm can be of great help here also. Your
dog can be held in place with a leash connected to the grooming table arm and you can reach his
nails with less hassle on your part.
For dogs that are ultra-sensitive about having their feet handled, start this exercise
when he is asleep. Massage your dog's feet while he is asleep. If he wakes up, pretend that
nothing is unusual.
Do not coddle or baby your dog if he misbehaves, this behavior from you will only reinforce
the undesired behavior from your dog. This is one of the biggest misconceptions owners can
make. Babying your dog during bad behavior=an increase in that behavior.