Today’s topic popped into my head because I have a four-legged visitor here for a couple of days while his new dog momma is out of town.
He is an 8-month-old border collie cattle dog cross, which means he is VERY full of energy. Part of him being here is for me to evaluate him and give her some advice on training moving forward.
With him being an under-socialized rescue, she has been doing a great job getting him out and about but let me share what I saw.
Here is a little history… he bolts in and out of doors and the crate was used as a punishment (which is not to say that this was wrong, but a balance is needed). I was also told he has a tendency to resource guard his food bowl (though that has not come up while here).
Sooooo let's chat about impulse control. THIS is what I see with the door bolting, crate problems, and yes even the potential food bowl issue.
Sometimes problems arise and get labeled due to previous trauma, not to say that those problems don’t exist in many cases, but dogs can be quirky and opportunistic especially when we are treading lightly due to past trauma.
Here is the thing, since COVID I have seen more dogs with impulse control issues than ever before. It is really just recently that I am seeing the pattern.
My take on it is, our dogs got so used to us being around all the time, and in many cases, their people were at their beck and call. So in some cases, this created behaviors that we don’t necessarily love.
In the case of my little visitor, I would speculate that it was never clear (as in he didn’t know his job) how he was supposed to behave when going in and out of doors or the crate. Within a couple of hours (yes, all positive training AND using treats as a reward) he has been rock solid with a self-imposed wait when going in and out of the house door and the crate.
I truly believe he JUST DIDN’T KNOW. It was never broken down in a way that he understood, this is a common problem that I am seeing.
So the point to my story… if you have a dog that lacks impulse control, be it rushing out of the door, jumping up on people, heck even stealing food, in many instances, they may just not know their job. Once you have broken it down, made what is expected black and white, their success level goes up.
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Let’s just say that this oil is the Swiss Army Knife of EO’s. For the purpose of supporting impulse control issues, I would diffuse daily for calming support.
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