Treatment Name: Behavior Modification: Counterconditioning

Treatment Type: Training Techniques

Rated for: Border Collie

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This method is effective if the dog is avoiding you due to fear or a negative experience

Caitlin Crittenden



Posted Oct. 19, 2017

Using Counterconditioning to solve a dog's habit of not coming is effective if the reason that the dog is avoiding coming is because the dog is afraid of the person or place it is being called to or the dog has experienced unpleasant things happen to it when it come before, such as confinement, baths, shots, the end of a good time, or an angry response.
If a dog will not come because it expects a negative outcome then changing the dog's perception of what will happen if they come can be very effective. This can be done with lots of patience and fun and rewards. Eventually as the dog is shown over time that coming will result in only pleasant things happening, the dog's emotional response to being called will change, and the dog will want to come.
This approach is not very effective though for dogs who simply would rather do something else and choose to not come out of preference, or who lack respect towards their owner and their owner's commands, or who have never been taught the meaning of come before. For those causes it is better to seek other methods.

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