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Dog Training Q&A What Would Jeff Do?

Sep 1, 2018

What Would Jeff Do? Dog Training Tip of the Day #169

Set your dog up to fail.

I know, most folks ave heard set your dog up to be succesful. We do that first, we do it over and over again and mark it and name it and do it again and again and reward, reward, and reward more.

Then though what happens if the dog does know what to do if it does not do it, what happens when that deer goes by, that squirrel runs up a tree, the peson on the bike goes by you?

All of the training in the world that was only rewarding the dog, sometimes and most times cannot over ride the dogs natural insticts to chase, to move towards or to even more likely run away out of fear. You have to set the dog up to fail, allow it to fail, and then correct/punish the failure and then teach the dog how to recover and recover quick.

Then you have to teach the dog that not doing the command when it wants to break the command has a consequence and that the consequence pretty much sucks..or else you will have a dog that gets hit by a car one day, or runs away or you cannot rely on as close to 100% as possible.

There is always going to be the "what if" moment, and you want to role play as many of those as you can..

So we set dogs up to succeed so we can train what we want, and we set dogs up to fail so we can teach what we don't want.

Jeff Gellman
Solid K9 Training
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