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Problem Behaviors

Jumping

First, use prevention, then use one of three simple substitute behaviors for jumping:

• Sit or lie down and stay when someone comes in the door

• Find it, followed by sit or down and stay

• Go to bed and sit or lie down and stay.

There are other options of course but this routine works for many problem behaviors and is then easy for dogs to remember.

Problem B - Jumping

Bolting Out The Door

First, use prevention, then use one of three simple substitute behaviors for jumping:

• Sit or lie down and stay when someone comes in the door

• Find it, followed by sit or down and stay

• Go to bed and sit or lie down and stay.

There are other options of course but this routine works for many problem behaviors and is then easy for dogs to remember.

Problem B - Bolting Door

Begging at the Table

Feed you dog from the table...

...as long as they are on their bed several feet away!

Problem B - Begging Table

Doorbell Reactive

The great thing about this substitute behavior is that dogs bark two or three times when someone comes to the door and then they will run to their bed. Most people like it when their dog is still their home alarm system!

(doorbell ringing and door knocking traing is exactly the same)

Problem B - Doorbell Reactive

Mouthy/Bitey

Teach your dog to lick instead of bite.

Teach your dog to chew on toys instead of you!

Problem B - Mouthy Bitey

Stealing

Prevention is first: Puppy-proof your home and yard.

• Put things away so your dog can’t get them.

• Teach your dog to chew on appropriate toys

• Teach your dog to “leave it”

• Provide plenty of physical and mental exercise so your dog doesn’t steal things out of boredom or restlessness.

Problem B - Stealing

Chewing

• Make sure your dog has a healthy diet.

Prevention:

• Put things away so your dog can’t get them.

• Teach your dog to chew on appropriate toys

• Teach your dog to “leave it”

• Provide plenty of physical and mental exercise so your dog doesn’t chew out of boredom or restlessness.

Problem B - Chewing

Digging

Prevention is first.

• Teach your dog to find treats and treat-dispensing toys in the yard.

• Provide plenty of physical and mental exercise so your dog doesn’t chew out of boredom or restlessness.

Problem B - Digging
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