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Train dog not to jump forward
When we first bring a new dog into the family, we’re all excited to watch his personality develop. At the same time, we’re cautious about having that “perfect” dog. We want him to be able to do well in any situation. This involves some training, of course. In particular, we need to teach the dog to stop “bounding” forward. I’ve tried several training tools, and there’s a lot of misinformation about this. I think it’s time for some plain English and lots of good videos.
To start, let’s look at the problem. The following video shows several different techniques.
As you can see, “L” works on the basis of “release.” If the dog is not properly controlled, there’s no way he can control the situation and avoid going forward. If the leash does release, the dog immediately takes off. It’s simple physics.
Another method is called “chase the stick.” The dog learns to focus on a stick and run as fast as he can in order to get it.
There is a more correct method in the form of “dart-fetch.” This uses a combination of high and low control of the dog. It’s not necessarily more correct than the above methods, but it does help focus the dog. This can be modified to work from the ground as well. I can even imagine how this could be applied to more aggressive breeds.
Finally, we have “catch it” which is a fairly recent technique that has been popularized by Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan. As the dog learns to catch the “catchable” toys, he also learns to focus on the dog and ignore other distractions.
This last method uses lots of positive reinforcement. When the dog is focused and is rewarded, the leash does not even need to be pulled. Just the reward has an excellent effect on the behavior.
So, if I were to say that there was only one technique that should be used, that would be right. But if I were to say that there were numerous techniques that should be employed at different times, then that would be more correct. Some situations call for more control than others.
The truth is that the goal is to gain control and maintain that control with consistency. It can be done.
I’m not sure about the rest of you, but for me, it’s not about how many of these techniques I can use in a particular situation. It’s about maintaining control through proper application of a technique when I need it. When there’s little time to apply it and little time for the dog to learn it, that’s when the leash becomes very important.
If you’re interested in learning more about this, take a look at the DVD that comes with every Cesar Millan book. And, if you find that this information is useful in your life with your dog, please, let me know.
Until next time.
What do you think?
Do you have a favorite technique or tool that you use with your dog? I’d love to hear about it.
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About the Author
Michelle Krashen is the author of two books:
What’s Your Dog Thinking: The Ultimate Dog Psychology Handbook
How to Speak Dog
As the mother of a dog with more allergies than the average dog and living with the other allergies in my home, I am deeply knowledgeable about allergies, environmental challenges and coping strategies. And this is my journal of how we've dealt with them and learned to live with the inevitable challenges that living with children and pets bring.
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