Doug (the Pug)
Behavior Challenge: Barking, pulling on leash, general inability to listen and lack of manners
The problem here was ineffective communication and inconsistent expectation-setting, and at times, accidentally reinforcing unwanted behavior.
It was important that we used a tool and a technique that would empower this 2-person home to be consistent in their handling and expectation-setting of their dog. We used an e-collar to achieve this. Embarking on some basic obedience first, we taught Doug the language of the e-collar and how he could “turn it off” by doing what we asked. Once he understood the reason for the stim and how to “control” it, it was easy to quickly teach and reinforce commands like “quiet” for barking and “leave it” when he would try to get into something that he shouldn’t have. The collar could also be used effectively to reinforce boundaries in the home, keeping Doug out of spaces he wasn’t supposed to go.
Doug’s owners were successful in introducing the collar and using it, along with the training, to obtain Doug’s attention and redirect him to what he was supposed to be doing with relative ease. This made it possible for them to enjoy success more frequently and consistently, which helped Doug learn the expectations. As with most dogs, once Doug understood the expectations and knew they’d be effectively reinforced, he tested the boundaries far less often.
In Their Own Words – Our Client Experience
Our nine-month old Pug, named Doug, had issues with listening, excessive barking, pulling on the leash during walks, trying to chase cars, and chewing on stuff in the house. We had tried different kinds of training with some success, however, it was inconsistent. Doug had a hard time listening to and following commands anytime there were distractions (guests visiting, other dogs, being outside of the house, passing cars). Sarah and Paws n Motion were a perfect fit because the training sessions were customized so we could focus on our specific issues. She focused on getting us comfortable using commands and correcting behavior.
With the professional training and our e-collar (electronic training collar), Doug has learned to listen much better to our commands and us. He is more comfortable and calm when people are visiting, and is now able to walk on a loose leash. We also now have the tools to continue to reinforce Doug’s good behavior and address the bad behavior instantaneously. We can enjoy our life with Doug even more and he knows much more about what is expected of him. Thank you Paws n Motion!
Jeff and Liz, Coon Rapids