May 9th, 2011
|The first step in solving any behavior problem is to identify the opportunities a dog has to rehearse the unwanted behavior and select management tools (like leashes, crates, gates and tethers) to prevent him from rehearsing it until new, desirable behaviors are taught. If your dog is a counter-surfer, management will include keeping your counters free of tempting items when you are not able to supervise your dog. If your dog is a habitual jumper, management may involve keeping your dog leashed or behind a gate while guests enter your home during the training period. For puppies that are still learning appropriate elimination behaviors, management means crating or tethering the puppy at all times. Dogs, like everyone, get better at behaviors they practice. Preventing your dog from rehearsing unwanted behaviors will help set him up for success!
Casey Lomonaco owns Rewarding Behaviors Dog Training in Binghamton, NY.