Treatment Name: Behavior Modification: Counterconditioning

Treatment Type: Training Techniques

Rated for: Border Collie

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Easy to use
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Super effective, tricky to implement




Cookeville, Tennessee, United States

Posted Jan. 20, 2019

This is an important training method I have used to reduce barking, in conjunction with things like appropriate exercise and enrichment.

Counter conditioning for barking can be used to redirect your dog from, for example, barking at a ringing doorbell to instead going to lie on a mat. It is a great tool for modifying problem behaviors like barking.

With sufficient time and positive reinforcement, counter conditioning can even turn a somewhat stressful trigger into a happy opportunity for your dog.

The only downside is that it can be tricky to create a training plan and implement. It's a good idea to enlist the help of a trainer who has experience with the technique!

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