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What Would Jeff Do? Dog Training Tip of the Day #81 State of Mind

– Hey, everybody How are you? It's Jeff Gellman of Solid K9 Training with my What Would Jeff Do? dog training tip of the day

Tip number 81 Just finished up a fantastic seminar in Providence, Rhode Island Sold out seminar, it was great

So much stuff happening One of the things we kept stressing is the state of mind and the intention of the dog We're looking for a calm state of mind, and we're looking for a dog that doesn't have bad intentions, so we don't focus as much on the obedience commands Great, yep, we want a dog that listens to us, but what's the dog's state of mind? We're not mind-readers here, now don't get us wrong, but it's usually pretty easy to tell what's the dog's intent So, one of the best ways to stop an unwanted behavior is to stop, squash, punish a negative intent in a dog

How do you tell that? Pay attention to your dog You can usually tell So, for instance, say you've got a leash-reactive dog If your dog's just going (panting), whoa, that's some intent we wanna stop So, we don't mind dogs looking at other dogs, you don't mind dogs looking at people, but what are they thinking? And you can usually tell what your dog is thinking

Your dog, you know what it's like on a leash, you know what happens when it sees certain environmentals, so what you wanna do is the beginning of a sequence of loading or becoming reactive, that's when you apply your punisher You apply it then Don't redirect it I don't mind if you tell your dog to look up at you, but don't use that as the interrupter So, you wanna do punish, leash correction, remote collar correction, bonker

Did a great job bonking a dog this weekend, it was very successful as always, and what you want to do then is The dog's state of mind changes "Oh, pfft, you're right, "I'm not supposed to do that anymore, great "What do you want from me?" So, it's really, really important So, the What Would Jeff Do? Tip of the Day tip number 81 is: Intent, start paying attention to the dog's intents If you don't know what I'm talking about, spend the next week, two weeks with your dog when you're out and be like, "Hmm, I think you're thinking naughty thoughts

" And sometimes, you're like, "Well, I'm not sure if I know my dog's thinking naughty thoughts" Your dog's leash-reactive Your dog sees dogs, kids, bicycles, it reacts Don't wait until the dog's in full-blown reactivity The beginning of the sequence, apply your punisher

Jeff Gellman, Solid K9 Training Madly in love with you, I'll talk to you tomorrow Bye

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