December 16, 2012

Jump In the Box!

Do you have extra cardboard boxes laying around from online shopping?  Why not teach your dog to jump in one and sit pretty for a picture?  Free shaping is a great way to build behavior through mini images of the final picture you are looking for.  Start by clicking and tossing treats into the box for any interaction your dog has with the box (sniffing, pawing, even just looking at it).  Then up the requirements by waiting for the dog to be more interactive (touching, then pawing, then one foot in, two feet, three feet, and four, then click and toss treats in the box for the dog sitting & staying.  Grab the camera & take an adorable pic of your dog in a box wrapped in holiday paper!  Great idea for holiday cards next year :)

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I train dogs using positive reinforcement training to modify unwanted behaviors.  I step outside the traditional training box and use therapeutic-grade essential oils to assist in my behavior modification regime when it comes to dogs plagued with fear and anxiety as well as aggression.  My philosophy is to heal the dog's mind, body and spirit, not just to rid the dog of unacceptable behaviors.  I specialize in shelter dog rehab, reactive rover, and fearful fidos.