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Old 12-07-2012, 03:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Nipping it in the bud worked

This morning WD was waiting for me behind a gate (indoors). He started barking and jumping onto the gate as soon as he saw me (Yep, 10 months old male!) Without having to think about it I immediately turned around and disappeared into another room without looking or saying anything to him. I waited a few seconds after he was quiet and came back. He started barking and I repeated the same routine. All in all I had to do this three times. Before I walked through the gate, I put him in a down, then a sit and calmy greeted him and then ignoring him again. Never had to scold or correct him, which would only have made matters worse. For him to be left alone was the worse that could have happened to him but I still consider it gentle. And he understood.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Always good to hear these are things I have finally been learning with Beau. Hard to believe it really works (the bad does not pay but the good does!)
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've used that technique very successfully too! When I come home from work and they're in the house they greet me at the door, and are VERY excited that I'm home. Usually there are two noses stuck through the crack as soon as I start to open the door, so I immediately close it again. At first I had to do it a few times before I could get in the door without being mauled by happy dogs, but now it's much better. They're still right there, but I can tell them "back", and they'll back away from the door while I open it.

Same thing at the gate of the garage pen, where they go when we're not home - they have to sit while I open the door and wait to be released out. I don't give any commands, I just wait for it, and if it takes too long, I go back in the house for a few minutes and try again. I want this stuff to be default behavior, so it's their responsibility to know how to behave without always having to be told.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm glad you said "nip it in the bud" as opposed to the currently popular variation, "nip it in the butt".

Good work!
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Great job, I need to do this for when I come home to 3 overly excited dogs!
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The technique works very well with spouses too!
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The technique works very well with spouses too!
with anything that has a brain, including children .
My kids actually knew what I was doing and responded with "Yeah mom, Click!"
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