Use treats to encourage the alternate behaviours you want. It’s all about timing. If you are giving your dog treats while your dog is being ‘reactive’(growling, barking etc.) in an attempt to distract or ‘create a positive association’ with the people or animals your dog is reacting to, or jumping up on, you may in fact be rewarding and encouraging that reactionary behaviour.
Instead, try to work below thresholds/distances of ‘reaction’ (the aim is for these to decrease over time) and only reward immediately AFTER your dog has behaved in a more positive way, Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant & Dog Trainer, Dogs Best Friend.
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The Crate -
The piece of equipment known as a ‘Crate’ is not a cruel cage. It is a hugely beneficial training tool for your pup and adult dog.
The crate provides a sense of security for all stages of life (so should not be dispensed with once your pup matures). [Read More…]
Fear of Noises, Guy Fawkes Prep. Part Two -
- You must be the strong one.
Don’t act worried about the loud bangs and squeals outside for your dog and don’t cuddle or coddle them as this can inadvertently be seen as praise for their fearful behaviour. [Read More…]
Ask for ‘tricks’ to be performed at this ’stressful’ time. Shower your dog with praise and affection and some treats if the ‘trick’ is worthy when performed. The ‘trick’ is what you are praising for, not any reaction. [Read More…]
Whining can be occurring because of -
- Attention Seeking (To get treats, toys etc. from you)
- Excitement - When your dog is greeting you
- Appeasement (wanting to pacify or avoid conflict).
The dogs tail will be often tucked in under their body, which is lowered, with their head down also and eyes averted. [Read More…]