Written by Janine Allen
This video shows me working on impulse control and decision making with a puppy. As a foundation skill, it helps teach the puppy to resist impulse to grab things on the ground, the table, or from someone’s hand. The owner learns to have patience in setting up a scenario where the dog makes the right choice instead of constantly telling the dog “no.”
Here’s how to do it:
Place bowl of food or tasty treats—I like using FirstMate Free Range Grass Fed Lamb & Blueberries Treats—on the ground in front of the dog. Each time he/she moves toward it, cover it with your hand.
When the dog pulls away from the bowl, uncover it. IF the dog stays away from the bowl say “yes” and give a treat. Sometimes the dog will give you a bonus sit like the pup in the video. Yahoo!
Start placing food outside the bowl. When the dog moves toward the food, cover it with your hand. When the dog pulls away from the food, uncover it. IF the dog stays away from the food say “yes” and give a treat.
Place the food closer to the dog as you continue practicing. You could even advance this to placing food on your dog’s paws as a cute trick.
Now drop a dirty tissue, sock, chicken bone (or whatever item your dog likes to grab) on the ground. If the dog moves toward the item, cover it. If the dog moves away from the item, uncover it. IF the dog stays away from the item say “yes” and give a treat.
Video Star: Walt, an Aussiedoodle puppy.
Did you find these tips helpful for your and your FirstMate? Have any training skills you’re dying to learn? Let us know in the comments below!