Roadmap Category: Basic Behaviours

Why bother with visitor training? Getting into a good routine right away pays dividends down the road. You and your dog will both know what…

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Caution:

Never try to feed the dog the treat, hand to mouth! Not even if you think they’d take it – this is too much social pressure…

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Step Four:

Repeat this for 1-2 minutes, max, and then you should remove the dog from the room while the person stays exactly where they are. Both…

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Step Three:

The dog will then make a choice – stay where I am, move a little closer, or move farther away. Whatever that decision is, the…

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Step Two:

As soon as the dog sees the seated person, the person can toss a treat over the dog’s head and away, so that the dog…

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Step One:

Start with your dog in another room, out of view. The trusted person should sit on a chair in the middle of the room with…

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Treat/Retreat

When working with human-reactive dogs, it’s important that we prevent scary incidents, build trust, and create positive associations with people for our dogs. In this…

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Step Three:

Repeat until the dog ‘gets it’ and begins to purposely and quickly look away from the environment to get a reward. Now try another room!…

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Step Two:

Watch your dog’s head and ears. When the dog disengages from that environment, meaning when s/he looks away from it, sniffs the ground, turns their…

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Step One:

Begin in a very easy environment with the dog on leash. This is often in a room in your home, with the door closed. Plant…

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Do you have a dog who seems hyper-fixated on the environment when you go from inside to outside, over/through a threshold, or simply when something…

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Step 3

Say your dog’s name just once in a happy tone. Reach into your pouch and gently toss the treat directly towards your dog’s face. It’ll be interesting…

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