Started a group obedience class last night at the Humane Society & Shelter South Coast in Dartmouth MA.
Great class with some really nice dogs.
Some of the younger pups were so excited that they were not interested in treats or their owners.
They wanted to party.
So a great question was asked:
“What do I do when my dog is not interested in me or the treats?”
Some trainers would recommend force. Some would advise patience. Others would blame the dog.
Not me. I say: “Let the dog have what it wants.”
“What? How can you say that? What are you one of those new agey, kumbaya, give every dog an award for coming in sixth place, let your dog do whatever it wants type? Sorry Mr. Amazing Dog Training Man, but I need my dog to listen to me and my commands.”
……..before you think ADTM has lost his touch, let me splain:
We’ll start with advice from one of the greatest dog training books ever written. The book:
“How To Win Friends And Influence People,” by the great Dale Carnegie.
What’s that? This isn’t a dog training book. Sorry chief, but it is and it’s one of the best because on page 32 of my dog eared copy is some of the best advice you’ll ever get.
Mr Carnegie states: “Personally I am very fond of strawberries and cream, but I have found that for some strange reason, fish prefer worms. So when I went fishing, I didn’t think about what I wanted. I thought about what they wanted. I didn’t bait the hook with strawberries and cream. Rather, I dangled a worm or grasshopper in front of the fish and said: “Wouldn’t you like to have that?”
Why not use the same common sense when fishing for people?”
Or as I would say, “Why not use the same common sense when training a dog?”
You see, when your dog sees a fire hydrant he wants to sniff, another dog he wants to play with, the front door he wants to go through, that is what you would use as the reward.
Example: Most dogs go absolutely crazy when the owner picks up the leash. The dog knows the leash means walkies.
At this point if you offered a treat, your dog will probably reject it. He wants to move, not eat. This is where you would let your dog have what HE WANTS.
….. on your terms.
You want to go for a walk Junior, good. While holding the leash give your dog the command to sit.
Your dog is probably flipping around like a fish pulled out of the ocean and doesn’t come anywhere close to doing a sit.
This is where you would drop the leash and walk away. You’re going to give your dog what he wants, but he has to sit first.
After a few minutes you’ll repeat. If you are patient, if you do this the right way, you’ll be able to get the most crazy out of his mind dog to sit politely as you put on the leash.
I do this all the time with leash walking. You can control any dog on leash in a very short time without choke chains, prong collars or any other painful device when you know how to do this one simple exercise.
I show how to do it step-by-step in all of my dog training classes. You can get more info on the classes by going here NEXT:
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