Dealing with Unacceptable Behavior

  1. Put the dog in a problem situation, and wait for him to make a mistake.
  2. Say "HEY!" emphatically + SHORT SPRAY.
  3. a) lf the dog stops the bad behavior, redirect the dog with either a command or an object. b) lf the dog maintains good behavior for two minutes, congratulate him with the SR "SOUND + GOOD!", then reward him.
  4. If the dog continues undesirable behavior despite the VW "HEYI + SHORT SPRAV", use the long spray.
  5. If the dog understands and stops his bad behavior after having received the long spray, do not redirect the dog with another command.
  6. If the dog maintains his good behavior for two minutes following the long spray, congratulate him using the SR "SOUND + GOOD!", but omit the reward.

7. If the dog persists in acting badly, isolate him, and later resume re-education before confronting the same situation.

Note: Each relapse in the course of this step-by-step approach must be immediately dealt with by going back to step 1.

Once the problem is taken care of, set the collar aside and just use the VW "HEY!" to prevent the mistake from happening. Since the dog now associates the spray with "HEY!' and the erroneous behavior. "HEY!" will keep its warning impact on the dog, even if he's not wearing the spray collar. "HEY!" can then be used to counter bad behavior, because there is always the possibility that the dog could catch you by surprise (the dog makes a mistake and is not wearing the collar). You may then use that technique when you don't have your remote control on hand. If the dog repeats the bad behavior, it means that he has not been completely rehabilitated. Therefore, put the collar back on the dog and conduct other simulations, until the dog has been completely rehabilitated.

Common Difficulties

  • Late intervention (the act has already been committed).
  • Sporadic correction (inconsistency or irregularity in correction procedures).
  • No alternative to inappropriate behavior.
  • Difficulty in orienting the dog's behavior.
  • Inability to create the required scenarios or situations.
  • Anger.
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