Posted on Sat, 12 November 2016 in More-training
Stopping dog to dog play for multi-dog households
If you have one dog that harasses another, or one that has low impulse control, this is how you can teach them to stop play. Start with really high value treats and a loud clicker. The loud clicker interrupts the active behaviour (acts the amygdala) and the high value treats motivate the dogs to stop and the chewing helps to calm them a little. Over time, you pair a verbal cue - such as 'Enough' - just before the clicker, and then substitute a verbal marker for the clicker. Once they are successful with this, you can give the verbal marker and send them back to play as the marker and reinforcer.