Many 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.
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:
- Attempt to place 1 piece of kibble on the ground.
- If you dog goes for the food, snatch it up and hide the food behind your back
- 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.
- 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.