Getting Started Week 27 - Getting to Know You...
If you want to prevent your puppy from being a problem barker every time the
mail carrier arrives, you can begin a new exercise that is intended to
create a new association with the mail carrier. You will need to
be home and able to anticipate these visits.
Say to your puppy, "Here comes the mail!" in a happy voice and get a
very tasty treat. Crouch down next to your puppy and watch the mail
carrier approach. Be happy and relaxed. When the mail carrier
reaches your mailbox say, "Yeah!" If your puppy barks, say, "Bark - Good!" as if
this is a big game. Then, put the treat on your puppy's nose and say,
"Okay, your puppy. Now, "Sit - Good, Quiet - Good! and release the treat
for a quiet sit.
Then begin to experiment with getting your puppy to sit and wait quietly
for the treat as the mail carrier approaches. Repeat, "Sit - Good,
Quiet - Good" and keep the treat on your puppy's nose and if
necessary put your thumb inside the collar to keep your puppy in a "sit"
As soon as the mail carrier reaches the mailbox and before your puppy barks,
release the treat and praise a quiet, sit, and then repeat.
3. When you think your puppy can handle it, work on the Sit-Quiet until the
carrier is leaving, then offer the treat and lots of praise and lovin'.
4. The last step - when you know
your puppy is more interested in the treat than "the job" of scaring off
the mail carrier with the barking routine - is to have your puppy on
leash and hold it securely for the "Sit-Quiet-Stay", praising. Open the
door only if your puppy seems
focused only on the treat. Ask the mail carrier if they would mind
offering a treat for a quiet sit.
5. Make sure you go out in front
of your puppy to stand next to the mail
carrier as he/she crouches down (not bending over) and extends a hand
with the treat in it. Tell your puppy, "Say Hi" in a relaxed tone to
give permission to take the treat from the mail carrier. If your
shows any tension in muscle tone, you are doing this exercise too soon.
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