STOPPING unwanted behavior without INTIMIDATION – Dog Training

STOPPING unwanted behavior without INTIMIDATION - Dog Training

How to interrupt your dog in TEN WAYS from doing undesirable behavior without having to use physical or psychological intimidation.

Is saying “no” “eh-eh” or pushing on your dog’s rear to get them to sit cruel or inhumane? No. Of course it’s not. But is it in line with the idea of training by reinforcing behavior. No. It is not. When you start adding in physical or psychological intimidation into your training, even the mildest, you change a simple picture into a very complex one. It is no longer easy to tell why an animal isn’t performing a specific behavior. And by mixing intimidation and reinforcers, you can water down the reinforcement value of your reinforcers causing you to have to turn to harsher and more frequent intimidation… because the “reinforcement is not working”. Punishment for incorrect behavior implies that the animal did something wrong rather than the training plan being badly thought out, so if you didn’t break the steps up correctly for the dog to learn, the dog is punished rather than the trainer.

The side effects of mixing physical and psychological intimidation into training is that you water down the reinforcers you use in the process, making them not as powerful. This makes it difficult to work with your dog when you are competing with other reinforcing things in the environment as the dog can seem like he doesn’t really want to be around you or what you have to offer and prefers the other things over you. And it can seem like your dog is “blowing you off”, being stubborn, or not listening because he is naughty. The only option you then have is turning to more intimidation and punishment to get your dog to listen and stay with you.

The problem with main stream dog training such as shows on tv, is that you will be told what you want to hear and what agrees with what you already know to keep you listening and engaged. You want to hear that you simply just say “No!” or throw something at your dog to get them to behave. Easy peasy just what you wanted to hear. If it was as simple as that to change behavior without behavioral or psychological side effects, then there would be no jails because we could just tell those who have committed a crime “No” and threaten them to not do it again.

The truth is, the training plan that will be the most effective with the least amount of side effects isn’t something easy or what you already believe to work. If so you probably wouldn’t be still having the issue. Sometimes the most effective solution, does involve a time commitment and careful planning of a behavior modification plan. It is, of course always disappointing to find this out. That you actually have more work and learning to do than you anticipated, but do you want to be fed the truth or keep sailing down the river of being fed what you want to hear?

This video explains how to create a training plan when working on a behavioral issue. Watching this video will make it more clear how interrupting undesirable behavior works in the whole training picture.

Ten ways to interrupt your dog’s undesirable behavior:
1 Attention noise
2 Recall
3 Leave it
4 Stationing behavior
5 Drop it
6 Let’s Go
7 Alternate behavior
8 Release cue
9 Treat lure
10 Move the dog

Attention noise:


Leave it:
Leave it from dogs and people-

Stationing behavior:
-Go to bed

-Go to crate

Drop it:

Let’s Go:

Alternate behavior:
In the video I talk about how you can teach “Back up” to interrupt behavior.

Release cue:

Treat lure:
This link starts at the time in a video where I use a treat to lure a dog back into a down stay who got up

Sit stay video shows what to do when the dog gets up –
Move the dog:
Train your dog in training sessions the behaviors you need to use in an emergency:
-Pick the dog up
-Jump up for little dogs

-Move the dog by the collar

-Use leash pressure to move the dog

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