What Does It Mean To Manage Your Dog?
What does it mean to manage your dog?
This is in reference to behavior. When our dogs make poor choices be it bark at the neighbor kids or get in the trash, this all falls into behaviors we want to change.
So, when we talk about managing your dog, it is literally just that. Time to take steps to control what is going on.
Keeping in mind, if we allow “x” behavior to continue, our dogs are not going to stop, they will continue to do what is reinforcing to them. Basically, what makes them feel good.
Barking at the neighbor kids is generally great fun for your dog, barking blows off steam and makes our dog feel better, clearly, there can be more to this, but this is a very simplified explanation.
Just like digging in the trash can be rewarding…. of course, it is they found food and paid themselves for a job well done.
In most cases, we can see a pattern when it comes to a lack of management. Most dogs that find trouble, do so because they are bored.
A bored dog is generally a destructive dog, which all boils down to a lack of management on the human side.
So how do you change things in your home?
First, make a list of all the things your dog does that you dislike.
Next, think about what you can do to change it.
For example, for the dog rooting in the trash, pick up the can and put it up on the counter when you leave, or put a baby gate up so your dog does not have access to the kitchen, or maybe putting your dog in his or her crate is an even better option.
Once you start analyzing the list of what you want to change, you will find coming up with a management solution can be easy.
Now I get that most people just want the problem to stop, I hear ya. The first step in stopping the issue is management, there really is no way to avoid it.
Many times, we call what is going on a behavior chain. This is because it happens over and over again, and we cannot stop it for one reason or another. Management will allow you to break the behavior chain, which in turn you can then train the proper response for the situation.
The hiccup is, if we don’t manage the situation first, it is nearly impossible for the training to work.
Here are a few management issues that people commonly run into:
Potty issues in the house Barking at people or dogs Lunging at other dogs on leash Fence chasing Critter Chasing Door Dashing Chewing furniture Chewing kids toys Tearing up the yard Collar / Harness Slipping
Here are some common management tools that can be used:
Baby gates Crates Exercise pens Harness Head Halter Leash Stuffed Kong High value chewy Interactive toys
My goal is to get you thinking out of the box by anticipating the problem, preventing the problem with smart management, then teach your dog a new skill to overcome the issue.
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