A Dog Training Tip. Could This Be The New Cookie?

Coming home can mean sloppy kisses, hugs and sometimes the need for a helmet. Occasionally dog owners (especially those of large breed pups) require a defense running strategy through their own front door, after a long day at work.

So how do you get your dog to greet you with a more mellow approach? Sometimes the jumping up behavior is owner induced. The usual chant, walking in the door, is to go nuts with your voice while saying hello, followed by “NO JUMP” or no, get down.” Sound familiar? So how do you get your dog to chill with love other than waiving a cookie at your dog?

When people think of positive reinforcement, they think of treat or verbal good BOY. Don’t get me wrong, treat training has its benefits, but it can become a dog owner crutch. And sometimes it can actually have an opposite effect. Opposite? Yes, opposite. Treats can be an amazing tool communicating a job well done, however, in some circumstances a treat can induce a miscommunication.

Teaching your dog has many facets to it, and praise and reward are most definitely two components that lead to success. However, most when most people think of “praise” they associated it with a high-pitched sound or a food oriented “jack-pot” for their dog being good. 

I always remind my clients that you can show love in many different ways. “Affection training” is a word that I’ve coined to get dog owners to realize that praise can have a more Zen like quality to it.

People can often attribute hyper to happy. It’s not true. Affection training is a tip that teaches owners how to modify their own behavior and get the reaction they want. It’s really about reconditioning, yourself and your dog will follow!  Immediately redirect your dog to sit using a hand signal. Gesture the letter “J” with your right hand, then crouch down and say hello by slowly massaging him in a mellow way, silently. Yes, zip it! Say hello to your dog using no words. The key is to not use your voice at all for this behavior modification tip. I know it’s hard to stay silent when you see your puppy after being gone, but better to redirect the energy come at you than to chant the word NO.

This tip helps to calm down hyper dogs and learn a new way of greeting you.  Passive aggressive no more! Now that’s being smarter than your dog! Bye the way, the massage part it works on people too. That’s my treat to you, sugar free!