Originally Posted by CaptainF
I have a lap guarder. Since I live alone, it only happens when I'm visiting others. He won't let other dogs near him or the person on whose lap he is sitting. His response is
1. throat rumble
3. show teeth & look like crazy chi photo
4. air snap...
How do I decrease or eliminate this?
Find a friend with a very solidly well behaved dog who can help and set up the situation.
When heís being quiet, reward that.
So it would look like this:
1) find the distance at which he wonít growl.
2) hit that bubble and give cheese or chicken (high value because this is a major behavior) when he doesnít growl
3) move the dog a tiny bit closer
4) if he doesnít growl give treat
5) move dog closer
6) if he doesnít growl give treat
If he growls step the other dog back and repeat. (Make sure the trigger dog also gets his own treats!)
You are rewarding good behavior. No growl = chicken. Growl = no chicken. I want chicken therefore I have to stay quiet and not growl.
This is a long process but Iíve found that once they learn that itís in their best interest to make you happy because they get chicken, they CHOOSE the correct behavior. It also gets you working with your dog and reinforces the bond between you. Dogs like making their humans happy.
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