Australian Shepherd, Winston, Learns to Settle!

Without training, rules, boundaries, and accountability, dogs can easily stay in a constant state of stimulation.

Day in and day out, this heightened level of excitement becomes habit. It becomes the norm. It becomes the dogs default daily setting.

It’s hard to enjoy the dog when we can’t relax around the dog. Winston, keeps everyone on edge with his constant anxiety-provoking, high-pitched excited whine.

So how do we fix it?

Simple. We show the him that there are rules and boundaries. We create the structure necessary to help Winston understand how to exist around us.

It’s great to practice excitement and do stimulating activities but we need to balance that with structured down time.

All of these concepts (rules, boundaries, structure, accountability, moderation) in dog training apply to people too. It’s just that dog owners don’t always connect the dots so easily because communicating with a dog is one of the differences.

Owners need to learn the communication so that creating the right structure is possible. Of course, the dog has to listen too. 😉

Structured down time starts with the dog learning how to stay put - either on a dog bed or other “place” items.

Of course, Winston wants do everything but stay on his place. So we help him get it right. He’d rather be in constant movement. Enough to drive anyone crazy. That’s not a bad thing. That’s just Winston’s personality...and we love him for his enthusiasm. 😊

But when it’s time for the crazy 🤪 to settle, this is where it begins.


Here at Intelligent K9, our dogs are our kids. We realize the importance of including our dog into our lifestyle as much as possible. For many of us, this can be challenging when our dog does not listen.

No one gets a dog and imagines conflict and frustration.


We have dogs join us as family with the intention of enhancing our lives but it doesn’t always happen that way. We have lots to learn as dog owners and Intelligent K9 San Diego dog training is here to help! 



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