Category Archives: Training Challenges

Inhibition Training Challenge

inhibitionMany of the behavior problems displayed by dogs are a problem stemming  self-control or Inhibition. For example, when a dog jumps on someone it is excited and despite the effort many people put into working on this issue, they are not successful because the dog has not learned to inhibit its self in less exciting, controlled circumstances.

Working on basic self-control and inhibition training can augment other training such as jumping on people, not dashing out the door, pulling on leave and not touching forbidden objects.

January 1 2016 through February 29 2016 marks an opportunity for you to work on these inhibition training with an incentive added in.  We are issuing a challenge that makes every dog and owner who enters a winner.   Check out the information on the challenge here.

Inhibition Training

A simple training exercise you can do to teach the dog inhibition skills it to teach the dog to not access food that has been placed on the ground.  I am here to help you with that, so here is a training exercise I do:

  1. Attempt to place 1 piece of kibble on the ground.
  2. If you dog goes for the food, snatch it up and hide the food behind your back
  3. If your dog does not go for the food for a total of 2 seconds, tell the dog “get it” and let it access the food.
  4. As the dog gains skill continue to place other pieced of food out on the floor until you can spell out dog’s name out on the floor with the food before telling your dog get it.

Inhibition training is covered in Puppy Class, Puppy Play and Train Camp, the Impeccable Manners Program and Doggie MakeOver training.  If you need help with this area of training I am here to help you.

No Jumping training challenge

jumpingThere is nothing like a dog that jumps all over people to diminish the fun of the Holidays.  But it would be fair to say, working on a jumping up problem while high on an owners list it is not convenient to work on.  Can you imagine

• Having people to your house and not having to worry about the dog jumping

• Taking your dog out in public and not having to worry about the dog jumping

• Visiting friends or family and not having to worry about the dog jumping

November 1 2015 through Dec. 31 2015 marks an opportunity for you to work on these jumping problems with an incentive added in.  We are issuing a challenge that comes with a reward for the dog that shows the greatest improvement in a jumping problem.  Check out the information on the challenge here.

You are going to need some tips to help you make progress and succeed and I am here to help you with that.

  1. Use prevention tools to make it so your dog can not jump on people when you are not actively training.
  2. Teach and reward a behavior that is incompatible to jumping on people.  For example if the dog is sitting it can not jump.
  3. When the dog is displaying the incompatible behavior injunction with circumstances it would normally jump, reward the dog heavily.
  4. Reward the dog heavily for continuing to do the incompatible behavior throughout the petting.
  5. If the dog discontinues the incompatible behavior when it could jump on the person move the dog away from the person so it cant jump on them.

Jumping on people is covered in Puppy Class, Puppy Play and Train Camp, the Impeccable Manners Program and Doggie MakeOver training.  If you need help with this problem, I am here to help you.