Getting Started Week 35 - Extinction Burst
you have found yourself off track with your puppy's training and now
want a fresh start, you will be pleased to know
it is never too late to teach any dog new tricks or - in this case -
It is much easier for both you
and your puppy if the house rules were established early on and have
stayed consistent. But if this is not the case and you feel you
need to make a change, realize that it is normal canine behavior (maybe
even normal human behavior) to try harder to achieve what worked in the
past, even when it is no longer working.
We call this the "extinction burst" because that behavior increases
before your puppy realizes it is no longer working and gives it up,
thereby making that behavior extinct.
So, be patient. Wait it out.
Don't scold or get angry, simply change the consequences your puppy
receives and you shape new behaviors.
For example, you may have held your new little puppy on your lap on the
couch but now don't want your 100lb dog on the couch. At first,
your puppy will not understand the new rule. But over time, your puppy
will realize that his or her couch days are over. It is better and
kinder if you teach a replacement behavior at the same time such as
giving your puppy a comfy bed and teaching "on your bed."
your pup jumps on you, teach a "sit" for greeting to help stop the
jumping up on you. Tell your puppy what TO do not just what NOT to do.
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