Dogs greet one another at nose level, that is what is polite in dog culture. Unfortunately, human faces usually sit quite a bit higher than a dog’s and thus dogs often jump when greeting humans. The dog is not trying to misbehave, it simply doesn’t know how to differentiate what is polite in dog culture vs. human culture. The goal is to provide the dog with a repertoire of appropriate behaviors to prevent and manage impolite greetings.
The use of food is a great way to motivate and reinforce behaviors, however there are a few reasons why learned behaviors may devolve when food is not immediately available or visible. In this post we review such concepts as; It’s Not a Treat, Motivation, Timing, the Compromise Conflict, Food as a Distraction, and Fading Food Reinforcement Strategically.
Our cutting-edge Animal Assisted Therapy program, supervised by Anita Schmidt L.C.S.W. uses a client's own pet as a tool to progress through a therapeutic treatment plan. This unique approach provides numerous benefits like the ones discussed in this short video!