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Leash Reactivity, What Would Jeff Do? Dog Training Tip of the Day #102

– Hey everybody, how are you? It's Jeff Gelman of Solid K9 Training with my What Would Jeff Do? dog training tip of the day, tip number 102 Going on what I was talking about yesterday about how positive reinforcement can actually reinforce bad behaviors, let me give you another really, really good one, which is really leaving people struggling

A lof of times if you've got a dog that's leash reactive, a lot of folks, what they're doing is they're told to use food to redirect the dog So if you don't know what leash reactivity is, you're walking down the street, your dog sees some sort of environmental stimulus, such as another dog or another human, those are the two big ones that are popular, the dog decides to start pulling, lunging, barking, growling, get at the end of the leash What a lot of folks have been told to do, is use food to try to redirect the dog, to get the dog away from that Number one, your average dog is not gonna take food But number two, you are actually training the dog, if it does take the food, to be leash reactive

So, dog lunges, dog lunges, dog lunges, and food shows up, food shows up I have no problem using food, we use food to train dogs We clicker train dogs, we use food to train dogs, we use positive reinforcement to train dogs But you don't come up with a reward such as food, physical touch, verbal praise, or a toy, when you're trying to stop an unwanted behavior And that is what you're doing

You know protection dogs, have you seen the dogs that are on the end of the leash? People in the sport dog community, the working dog community have them End of the leash, they're barking, they're usually on a harness The owner's standing still holding onto the leash And they're barking at the decoy, the person in the padded suit or with the arm sleeve Guess how they were trained to do that? With a reward

Historically verbal praise, physical touch, toy When the dog did that barking, lunging, a reward shows up So what people that are doing that are trying to stop leash reactivity, what you're actually doing is reinforcing leash reactivity Why? That's how we train dogs to lunge at people on command in dog sports Jeff Gelman Solid K9 Training What Would Jeff Do dog training tip of the day tip number 102

Madly in love with you Moving to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, I'm in the RV That's where I keep my trash bags I've thought about moving those outta the way 'cause every time I do a video in my RV people are like "What the hell is going on behind you Jeff?" So I'll probably switch those around, maybe you won't see them tomorrow Madly in love with you

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