Irreplaceable Extras

Several extras make the task of training your dog a fun and rewarding experience for both of you. These items will help you bridge the gap from confusion and chaos to understanding.

TREAT CUPS

There are several uses for a treat cup, all of which will increase your dog's enthusiasm for being with you. To make a treat cup, simply cut a hole in the lid of a container and fill the container halfway with your dog's food, dried cereal, or a favorite snack. Shake the cup and treat your dog ten times in a row to help him connect the sound of the cup shaking with getting a treat.

SNACK PACKS

You can use any generic fanny pack for this purpose. It is simply a hip bag filled with your dog's favorite treats/dry food. Wearing it gives you instant access to food rewards, and makes you your dog's focal point. Your dog will return to you and do whatever behavior gets you to open that pouch! In turn, this lets you select the behavior you want your dog to repeat, while eliminating the rest by simply ignoring him. For example, if your goal is to have your dog sit when he wants a treat or attention, ignore every other behavior he might offer you such as pawing, whining, jumping, or barking. Simply pretend he's not there until he sits politely. Then treat!

SPRAY-AWAY SHOOTERS

Spray-away shooters are meant to startle your dog, but they are not meant to be seen as coming from you. They are useful in correcting nipping, jumping, barking, stealing, and chewing habits. It is important not to spray your dog in the face angrily. Instead, hide the sprayer in your hand so that your dog won't see it, and spray his legs or torso from behind him so he won't know it's coming from you. The three top rated shooters are:

BITTER APPLE

This distasteful solution can be sprayed on objects and clothing to deter nipping and chewing. Place several bottles around your home and spritz objects/people calmly as your dog is chewing/biting them. He will choose to stop chewing these objects/people on his own. In this instance it is not necessary to hide the bottle from your dog, but avoid getting involved. It is simply a cause-and-effect correction that he will learn from on his own.

BREATH SPRAY

A small canister of breath spray fits neatly into a pocket or fanny pack and can be sprayed to deter mouthing or jumping. Never spray your dog in the face or eyes. Simply spray what he is biting, nipping, or jumping toward.

DIRECT STOP

This canister of citronella is more powerful than breath spray and can serve to startle your dog when he is barking or jumping on company, furniture, or counters. You do not want him to see you spraying him. Do it from behind as detailed in the section, "Spray-away Shooters."

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