IF YOU HAVE A JUMPY, PUSHY, HYPER OR REACTIVE DOG THEN THIS IS VIDEO IS FOR YOU.
When it comes to jumpy, pushy, and out of control dogs the most common and popular mindset people have to get it under control is by use of pressure, correction, or punishment.
Why? Because it is quick and effective and works great if done properly but one thing you must be aware of is, if there is too much pressure added too soon in training then it is possible to create more problems with your dog instead of less. Dogs can become shut down, fearful, and even react aggressively depending on the individual dog. This, in turn, gives ammo to narrow-minded people with extremist mindsets who blame the training tools, not the methods or application, and then scream and shout, fight on the internet, make threats and lobby the government to ban the training tools.
Sadly some governments fall for emotional lies and side with the extremists. This creates a lot of problems, stress, safety issues, and negativity in the industry and in many dogs and people’s lives. It is good for no one at all.
Never forget, tools are just tools.
The other popular mindset is to feed the dog for free from the dog dish a few times a day, every day, and not use the food as a reward when shaping behaviours, creating good habits, socializing to places, people, and things, and when training. I feel this reinforces the common mindset mentioned in the paragraph above and also causes some problems in training.
Food is also a tool and can be a very powerful tool that motivates at a deep level when used properly. Food can also fail and cause issues as well when not used properly.
So, what can you do to minimize the risk of adding too much pressure too soon and possibly causing problems with the dog, problems in the training process, and in the industry?
Why not create a thinking dog who does the work for you? Now there’s an option I like the sound of don’t you?
“But Duke, for many dogs, food is not a motivator at all OR the dog is way too pushy and excited for the food and will not calm down. How can you make food work?
Watch the video for answers to these questions!
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