'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Saturday, 29 January 2011

It's Yer Choice.

Jess's second time playing; Lola's third. Lola kept removing herself from the situation (walking a little away, watching from a distance) to help her control herself. That's pretty interesting for me to know: if in doubt of L's ability for self control, remove her from the situation quickly. I found it quite amusing that Jess did not want the treat in her paw at first, as if she thought she just couldn't control herself if it touched her.


Elizabeth said...

Absolutely love this game! Your pups are really getting the hang of it.

Sophie said...

It's a very fun way of teaching a solid 'leave it'; much better than relying on luck or, worse, intimidation. They both enjoy playing; though L does practice avoidance (which I think is more conscious self-removal than anything).