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Dog Training Tip: Why Are Corrections Futile? No Reward History In The Desired Behavior!

Dog Training Tip: Why Are Corrections Futile? No Reward History In The Desired Behavior!

Maggie sits expecting a reward | NYC dog trainer | Dog Relations NYC

There is a young dog in my neighborhood, a very friendly terrier.

He enjoys jumping on people. His owner however does not like it at all.

The owner has become hesitant about greeting other people and dogs in the street just because of this problem. The owner’s ability to enjoy his super cute and really excellent dog is marred and overshadowed by this one behavior.

I have been observing this situation for almost 3 years now.

So, this is what happens…

There is an encounter. The dog is on the ground and behaving ok. After a few moments the dog will jump up. The owner will correct him. No jumping! Tug on leash. Dog’s feet are on the ground. Owner ceases to pay attention to dog. At the next tiny movement: dog jumps up, owner: ah you must have treats in your pocket? NO JUMPING! Tug on the leash…pulling dog off. Dog is on ground again. Owner continues conversation and ignores dog while he is actually behaving ok.

You see the point?

If the owner understood that he should reverse his strategy and pay attention to the dog when he is not jumping and praise/feed him then he would not have this problem anymore.

This is why positive reinforcement is so much more powerful than corrections can be.


Elisabeth Weiss is a highly certified, experienced dog trainer in Manhattan, NYC. To learn more about dog training services, contact us by phone at (917) 783-1473 or our contact form.

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