How to train Nigerian local dogs, Teaching your Local dog is a not difficult project although at times it may seem nearly impossible. Most dogs, especially Rarehunters(local dogs) do want to be good. They just need to learn what you want them to do and what you don’t. Therefore, most of the teaching process consists of communication.

You need to reward the behaviors you want your dog to continue doing and to interrupt the behaviors you wish to stop. Let’s again use barking as an example. When your local dog begins to bark inappropriately, tell her, “Quiet!” In a firm, no-nonsense tone of voice. When she stops barking, praise her in a higher than the normal tone of voice, “Good to be quiet!”

“Rarehunter”

That’s the new name I gave Nigerian local dogs. Not meaningless names like Ekuke or mongrel.

The local dog breed isn’t local, they are also foreign breeds in other countries.

“Rarehunter” means a strong, intelligent guard/hunting dog which is rare and most lovable

So how can you teach your local dog that these sounds have meaning? First, repeat the word as you help your dog perform the act. As you help your dog to sit, say the word, “Snickers, sit!” You can reinforce it by praising the dog after she has done as you asked by telling her, “Good girl to sit!” By using the word has meaning, that she should pay attention when she hears that word, and she should do whatever the word requires her to do.

Just as communication is a big part of the training process, so is your timing. You must use your voice to praise your dog as she is doing something right (as she is doing it, not later, not after the fact). When your timing is correct, there is no misunderstanding; your dog knows exactly what message you are trying to convey.

Good Socialization

Socialization is a vital part of raising a healthy, mentally sound local dog. A young Rarehunter who has been introduced to a variety of people of different ages and ethnic backgrounds will be a social dog, one who is happy to meet people and is unafraid. A local dog who has been kept in the backyard too much in the name of making the local dog a guard dog by force will make it fearful.

A local dog who is afraid can become aggressive out of fear, and these so-called “fear biters” are dangerous. A dog that bites out of fear often doesn’t think before he acts, and most fear biters eventually have to be destroyed because of their danger to people.

Socialization also refers to meeting other dogs and pets. Your Rarehunter should have opportunities to play with other well-behaved dogs so that he learns what it is to be a dog and how to behave around other dogs.

Should your Rarehunter (local dogs) be frightened of something, don’t hug him, pet him, and try to reassure him, your Rarehunter will assume those comforting words are praise for being afraid. Instead, use a happy tone of voice like, “what happened” or “what was that?” and walk up to whatever scared him.

Don’t force him to walk up to it, just let him see you do it. For example, if your Rarehunter sees a trashcan rolling in the street after the wind has blown it over, and he appears worried by it, hold on to your dog’s leash(to keep him from running away) and walk up to the trashcan. Ask your Rarehunter (in an upbeat tone of voice) “what happen?” then touch the trash can. Pat it several times so your Rarehunter can see you touch it. If he walks up to it, praise him for his bravery!

Reduce Barking

All dogs bark; it’s their way of communicating. Rarehunters can, unfortunately, become problem barkers. Some bark for attention; some bark to protect their home from people walking by; others just bark for the fun of it. Your neighbors won’t enjoy the fun, though, when your Rarehunter starts barking nonstop! Therefore, teach your Rarehunter that incessant barking isn’t allowed.

The first thing you need to do is teach your Rarehunter a command that means “quiet” and enforce it while you’re at home. If he continues making noise, gently close his muzzle with your hand as you tell him to be quiet. When he stops, praise him. Please be patient while enhancing this training, a lot of Nigerians easily beat up their dogs mercilessly when training.

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If your dog doesn’t stop incessant barking, spray a mixture of water and vinegar (50/50) towards his nose. He will be disgusted by the vinegar smell and will stop barking to think about the smell. Therefore it can stop the bad behavior without giving an overly harsh correction.

Remember, though, that vinegar should never be sprayed in your Rarehunter’s eyes. The vinegar must not be more than the water in the mixture, if the water is more it will work.

No Begging

Rarehunters are very quick to pick up on a person who is an easy mark; and with that adorable face and brown eyes, who can resist a Rarehunter? You should! There is no reason any Rarehunter should beg for food from people who are eating. Begging is a bad habit and one that usually escalated to worse behavior. The dog may start by picking up food that has fallen to the floor, then may start pawing at a hand or leg, trying to solicit a hand-out.

Eventually, the dog is actively begging and making a nuisance of himself. Sometimes it goes so far that the dog steals food from the kids’ hands or off the table. Fortunately, this is an easy habit to break, although it does require consistency from all family members. A post on training your dog basic commands like stay, down, sit e.t.c. When your rarehunter has learned the down/stay command, simply have him down/stay in a particular spot away from the table( or where people are eating) and make him hold his position while people are eating.

No Biting

All it takes is one bite and your Rarehunter could be killed by someone he has bitten and if that doesn’t happen, you might pay a lot of medical bills. All dog owners must take this issue seriously because right now, the legal system works against Dogs, not for them. There have been far too many bad dog-bite cases. Any dog bite is dangerous and should not be accepted.

Stop rough games with your dog, most people thought that playing biting games with your Rarehunter will make him a guard dog, which is totally impossible. Rarehunters are great and patient dogs, most exhibit aggression out of fear which is totally dangerous to people and also the owner.

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Train your Rarehunter not to bite, which will help you reduce medical bills and increase the trust bond between you and your Rarehunter.

No Rough Games!

Rarehunters are not large dogs, but they are sturdy medium-sized dogs who like to play and love to play rough. Unfortunately, some rough games, like wrestling and tug-of-war, give the dog the wrong message about how he should regard or treat people. When you take something out of his mouth, he may decide to play tug-of-war with it instead! Bad behavior!

Instead of playing these detrimental games, play hide-and-seek instead, or play retrieving games.

Digging

Dogs dig for a number of reasons, all of which are very natural to the rarehunter. Some Rarehunters like a tight, close, snug place to cuddle up in, and a hole in the ground is just right. As hunting animals, Rarehunters also like to follow scents, and that might be a beetle digging in your grass or a mouse under the pile of firewood.

Remember that if you find your Rarehunter has dug a hole, don’t punish him. After the fact correction doesn’t work. (you can only correct him when you caught him digging at your presence, not after the hole has been dogged)

You should offer your Rarehunter a spot where he can dig to his heart’s content, maybe out behind the house where it won’t be too obvious to you.

Other Bad Habits(How to train nigerian local dogs)

Rarehunters are usually pretty good dogs, but if your Rarehunter has some other behavior problems, you can approach them in the same manner as we did these. What is your dog doing? Why is he doing it? Can you use your training to teach him? Can you prevent it from happening?

If you are unable to solve this problem yourself, don’t hesitate to call a professional trainer or behaviorist for help. Ask your veterinarian whom he recommends.

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