Can Tricks Help Fix a Behavior Problem? YES!

Can Tricks Help Fix a Behavior Problem? YES!

Tricks play an important role in behavior modification because tricks add options to your pet's behavioral repertoire. Matching Law states that given two options of possible behaviors, the animal will choose the one with a stronger history of reinforcement. Adding behaviors that we like to reinforce gives your pet more options, with a higher probability that he/she will choose these behaviors over undesirable behaviors...

 

 

 

How the Leash Turns "Fight or Flight" into "FIGHT!"

How the Leash Turns "Fight or Flight" into "FIGHT!"

The "fight or flight" response is a defensive survival mechanism that comes pre-programmed in all living organisms. When we feel threatened we make an unconscious decision to run away, or to fight. When we restrain an animal and force them into a situation in which they may feel threatened, we remove half of their choice. We take away the peaceful option of running away, and leave only "fight!".

Instead of "No!", Try This!

Instead of "No!", Try This!

Rather than saying "No!" when you dog is doing something that you don't like, try redirecting his actions by offering a cue he does know. For example, if your dog is jumping on a guest, try saying "Sit". This provides the dog with information about what is acceptable and gives him an alternative to redirect his energy to.