Paul Bunyan Dog Training Association

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Not walked (or violence involved comparison basketball PCS gentleman engine that approaching people makes bad things happen, a possible foundation for future aggressive or fearful behavior with strangers. Positive Dog is on leash, goes to jump up on approaching pedestrian. Handler restrains dog he can't reach the stranger, and asks the stranger to stop and wait for the dog to sit before petting. Jumping up is managed; dog learns that jumping up gets nothing, but sitting makes good things happen, a foundation for future good manners polite greeting behavior. Permissive Dog is on leash, goes to jump up on approaching stranger. Handler allows dog to jump up and stranger pets dog. Jumping up is reinforced; dog learns that jumping up makes good things happen, and continue to jump up to greet visitors, perhaps even intensify his efforts to jump up. Management plays a vital role the positive doesn't equal permissive piece of positive training. By removing the positive reinforcement for unwanted behaviors, you prevent your dog from being rewarded by them. This is true whether you're restraining with a leash to prevent jumping up, crating to stop adolescent house-destruction, clearing tables to manage counter-surfing, putting tempting objects out of reach to avoid chewing, or any of a list of other management applications. Behaviors that aren't rewarded some way eventually extinguish, especially if you make it a point to reinforce alternative and preferably incompatible behavior. Unless you're a dedicated pure shaper, if you train with positive methods you probably use luring to some degree. Luring is using a treat to show your dog what you want him to do. To lure a down, for example, hold the treat front of your dog's nose while he's sitting, then lower it a bit toward the floor. As his nose follows the tidbit, the behavior that you want with the click! of a clicker or a verbal marker, such as the word Yes!, and feed him the treat. Levy used a lure to teach Ziggy to put his head down and is fading its use favor of a physical cue at this stage, Ziggy more readily responds to the cue if levy is bent over, as if she were about to use the lure. Continue gradually moving the treat toward the floor, clicking and treating along the way, until he's lying down. If at any time he stands up, say Oops! and have him sit again, then resume luring the down, moving the treat toward the floor smaller increments this time. Luring to teach behaviors is just fine. Forgetting to fade the lure is not. If you 't fade the lure early the training process, you and your dog can become dependent on the presence of treats to get the behavior to happen. While I almost always have treats pockets or close by, I 't want to have to rely on treats to get dog to offer behaviors when I ask for them. Here's how to fade the lure with the down behavior: 1. Use the lure until the down happens easily when you lure to the floor your dog follows into a down position immediately, with one click! and treat at the end. For most dogs this should only take a half-dozen or repetitions. 2. Stand front of your dog with your hands at your sides, a treat the hand you've been using to lure with. If your dog mugs that hand for the treat, hide it behind your back. 3. With your dog sitting front of you, ask for the down. 4. Wait a second or two, and if he doesn't lie down lure him to the 5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 several times, sometimes waiting a little bit longer to lure, sometimes a little shorter. 6. If he's not lying down when you ask after a half-dozen repetitions, start fading the lure gradual steps. Ask for the down, pause, and when you lure, instead of moving the treat all the way to the floor, move it three-quarters of the way, and then whisk it behind your back, parallel to the floor Since he's three-quarters of the way down, he's likely to continue all the way to the floor, even though the treat is gone. If not, repeat again and go seven-eighths of the way to the floor. 7. Repeat Step 6, gradually decreasing the distance you lure toward the floor, until you've faded the lure completely. You can apply this same process to any behavior you teach initially by luring. As as the dog can perform the behavior easily for the lure, begin fading. You are, essence, translating for your dog, showing him that the word you're using is the equivalent of the lure. When you say the verbal cue down, pause, and then lure, it's as if you're saying, Dog, the word down means exactly the same thing as putting the treat front of your nose and moving it toward