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Bonking, What Would Jeff Do? Dog Training Tip of the Day #117

– Hey everybody, how are you? Jeff Gellman of Solid K9 Training with my What would Jeff Do? dog training tip of the day Tip number 118, okay

Today my trainers were out doing public access work, out on the east side of Providence, Blackstone Boulevard They saw four or five dogs that were all leash reactive Every one of those owners, and this is not bashing owners, but please stop doing this I'm trying to help as many people as possible, and you've all been fed and told a bunch of bullshit lies All these dogs were being, acting leash reactive

You know what leash reactivity is? At the end of the leash, barking their heads off All the owners were, had their hands full of treats, and were trying to give the dogs treats Now, I know why you're doing this, because that's what you were taught You were told that by a website, and article, a blog, your vet, or a training professional, but you were lied to We use a ton of positive reinforcement training, which is what you were trying to do

What you were trying to do is get the dog to associate what other dogs with something good The problem is, what you were doing, is you were practicing positive reinforcement training What positive reinforcement training does, is it reinforces a wanted command That's what it does You were adding something to food to make that command better and to get more of that

Your dog is lunging at the end of the leash, and you're giving it food You're training a leash reactive dog, and I know that's not what you want I know that's not what you want Now, what you're missing is proper punishment What you're doing is step two

Step one is, stopping the unwanted behavior Step two is, when your dog is in a calm state of mind, and then focuses up on you, that's when you apply the reward When a dog walks by your dog and they don't react, and they don't think of reacting, you mark it with the word yes or a clicker and then you deliver the reward system, which could be food or praise Now, if you're using something that escalates the dog's arousal, be careful, because then the dog could go back to being reactive So I know you're trying hard, but I want you to know, it will never work

It's impossible You're training a leash reactive dog So this is not a bash on trainers, this is not a bash on you, this is not a bash, but you're spending all this time with your dog You're making it worse You're making it worse

You've been lied to You've been fed a bunch of lies We use food to train So we're doing it, but it's all about the timing and what step of the training protocol that you're rewarding the dog So always remember, apply your reward when the dog is doing something you want it to do, not trying to convince your dog to do something else

It will not work When the dog is highly aroused, you don't have a shot in hell You don't If anything, the dog will grab the food and go back to it Now you're really training a reactive dog

So, keep that in mind Jeff Gellman, Solid K9 Training What Would Jeff Do? I'm madly in love with you We have like, and you don't have to take my word for it, use common sense Sit back and just think about it

You're dog is exploding, and you're saying good job Jeff Gellman, Solid K9 Training, madly in love with you I'll talk to you tomorrow Bye

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