Treatment Type: Training Techniques
Rated for: West Highland White Terrier
Huntington Beach, California, United States
Posted Apr. 11, 2018
Response substitution has worked for me consistently with all of my dogs over the years. It was taught to me by my uncle when he was training hunting dogs (Labradors) and bird dogs (Springer spaniels) not to leave bite marks in the carry (game they would bring back to the hunter)
It is most effective when begun while the dog is still puppy training. Puppies will chew anything!! They are most content with shoes and other items that take awhile to destroy but also supply that counter pressure to the new teeth pushing through the gum line.
Using consistent language with your dog is very important, as well. Naming the item that IS appropriate and supplying the word each and every time will enable your do to differentiate between acceptable items and your t.v. remote for example.
Make sure that you do not leave the toy or "chewie" of choice around on a regular basis at first because you want to be consistently replacing the offensive item with a firm "No" followed by a loving, encouraging stating of the word and the item of choice each and every time your puppy/dog attempts the incorrect behavior.
Today's marketplace offers a variety of excellent options for your dog and for training purposes, healthy treat items abound. Again, pick your reward carefully and be sure that you are consistent. A lot of changes and choices will confuse your dog and frustrate you. In that regard, one word commands at the exchange will also simplify your dogs' understanding of what you want and shorten the training time involved.
Practiced consistently for several days or even weeks in the early years will provide the much needed structure craved by our furry friends and add years of harmonious days to both of your lives together!