After training hundreds of dogs, I notice one tool that works exceptionally well for most dogs. Pet Corrector has been able to successfully help 90+% of my clients who have used it with their dog.
Pet Corrector (PC) is simply a can of compressed air, making a “Hiss” sound similar to that of a computer keyboard cleaner. It is a noise interrupt that has many applications, including: Annoyance Barking, Counter Surfing, Jumping, Destroying of Household Items, Leash Biting, etc. Other less effective noise interrupts are a shake can full of pennies, clapping of your hands, slamming a door, or even raising your voice.
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– Only use PC to address one issue at a time. Once solved, you can use it for another applications. Using for too many behaviors at once will devalue effectiveness, as the dog becomes desensitized.
– Consistency is KEY: The unwanted behavior must be consistently interrupted every time the dog begins to perform it. Using it only 3 out of 5 times is not enough.
– Timing is Critical: The timing of the interruption must come as soon as the dog begins to perform the action (barking, jumping, etc.). If the dog has already completed the behavior, you lost the opportunity to correct. In order for dogs to make a correlation, you must catch them in the act of the unwanted behavior.
– State the appropriate command (“Quiet”, “Off”, “Stop”, etc.) immediately followed up by Pet Corrector. In doing so, you give value to the particular command. This will allow you to eventually fade away from the use of the PC, as your dog will respond to your verbal command.
– Never spray PC in the dog’s face, only into the air.
With this article, we are looking to stop certain unwanted behaviors that owners find problematic and are potentially dangerous for dogs. The goal is for the dog to learn that this particular behavior is not allowed. Just simply saying “No” and “Stop” is not enough. It must be followed up with a clear, consistent, and motivational interrupt.
Proper dog training comes down to clearly teaching our dogs what is acceptable, by rewarding good behavior; and ignoring or interrupting unwanted behaviors. A happy, confident, and well-behaved dog, is one who understands the difference between “good” and “unwanted” actions. This is just one approach that can help owners raise their best dog possible.