Dogs chasing bikes —
If you’re having an issue with this, I would keep your dog on the lead as you cannot predict when a cyclist is going to come along.
Ensure you have a great recall on the lead as well as the ‘Watch’. Get your dog’s attention with the ‘Watch,’ then get them to come back to you here. [Read More…]
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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Oh the chase!
With cars -
It can be unfortunate that cars ‘run away’ swiftly and allow the perfect chance for a good fast chase for your dog!
Chasing can become quite the obsession - think cats, fixation on torch lights etc. [Read More…]
Teaching the command “Quiet!”
When your dog is barking, growl a stern and guttural “Bah!”*
Then, the instant he or she IS quiet, say quiet and praise heavily. You could also reward with something high value - such as dried liver or some crumbs of cheese, both being stronger smelling, so usually more attractive to dogs.
Once the word association has been achieved, you can work on varying the length of the time, before you give your dog the treat for being quiet. [Read More…]