Barking Episode 4- Barking at Strangers- Dog training

Barking Episode 4- Barking at Strangers- Dog training

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This dog training video outlines a plan for beginning to counter condition a dog to certain types of people that a dog becomes reactive to. This video can also be used as a way to socialize young puppies to weird things in the environment. Another useful application of these exercises would be for a dog and handler team practicing to take a Canine Good Citizen test, as well as proofing a Therapy dog or Service dog for all types of situations they might encounter while on the job.

It is very common for dogs to become reactive to anything out of the ordinary. We have selectively bred them to be this way.

Many dogs will become reactive or show fear to stimuli such as a weird hat, a cane, a walker, a stroller, a person with bags, a big jacket, strange movement and anything that changes a persons profile.

You can set up training games to change your dogs emotional response from fear or arousal to calm friendliness using counter conditioning. Watch this video to check out what you can do.
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Another thing you can do to speed up the process, is to leave these scary items around in your house for the dog to habituate to and investigate. You can also wear them. If your dog is fearful of people with gloves, wear gloves when you watch TV in the evening every once in a while. Put on a different scary item before you put down your dogs dinner bowl.
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If at any point the dog were to become reactive, simply say ‘let’s go’ to the dog, and when the dog has stopped reacting you can let them watch as their favorite person removes the object, and walks away from it. You can then let your dog approach and check out the object on the ground to find out that is not dangerous.
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If you have a very shy or reactive dog, seek advice from an animal behaviorist, and during this exercise do not let the dog get within reach of the favorite person with the object, or they could get bitten.
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For a doorway. Have your dog on leash.

1- have the dogs favorite person enter and exit the doorway. Click or feed your dog for watching the person come in while the dog remains calm by your side
2- have the person come in pick up the hat or coat, and then put it on in front of the dog.
3- have the person leave in the hat or coat, and then come back in the door seconds later.
4- repeat with different scary items

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