When we talk about “impulse control issues,” it means the failure to resist a temptation, an urge or an impulse. Impulse control training involves teaching your dog skills to build self-control.
- Does your dog bark at other dogs when on leash, in the house or in the car?
- Does your dog have difficult focusing on you or barks when he/she sees other dogs running or playing?
- Does your dog ignore you and your efforts at calling them to chase wildlife, dogs or run up to people to excitedly greet them?
- Does your dog bark excitedly and ignore cues to leap on people you meet on the street or that visit your home?
- Does your dog steal food or other items and run off?
In this class, we will introduce exercises to teach and reinforce leave it (to ignore something of interest), wait/stay and attention/focus — all skills which are essential for a dog to harness control of their impulses.
No Reactive Dogs.
Things to Bring:
- TONS of yummy food treats cut up small. 5 different flavors in separate containers.
- A vessel from which to manage the food for efficient and effective delivery to the dog. Treat pouch, training vest, etc.
- 4 of your dog’s favorite toys.
- Mat (yoga mat, bath mat, small blanket)
- Your instructor may add training gear to your equipment list each week.
- Basic Obedience Skills
- All dogs should be able to perform, at a minimum, reliable Name Response, decent loose leash skills, Sit, Down.
- Handlers should be familiar with marker training either a Clicker or a verbal marker (ie: Yes)