Thursday, June 30, 2011

Attention Barking

This morning, Vinson really let me have it with a couple minutes of very loud barking in the office. The standard correction with Vinson was not working, as he was taking the attention as the reward he was looking for and continued the behavior.

Luckily, I happen to work at a place full of experts on dog behavior!

After speaking with my area coordinator and the director of puppy development, they recommended taking the correction up one notch and trying a simple spray bottle of water.

The next time Vinson barked in the office, I immediately gave him a quick spray followed by a "no", and he stopped right away; and hasn't repeated the barking in the three hours since!

Another lesson learned for both Vinson and myself - sometimes you have to change your tactics based on the situation, until you find what works.

If you're having a specific issue with your pup, be sure to contact your area coordinator for advice and nip the problem in the bud!

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