Stop bothering the treat bag or treat container – dog training

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This is the default leave it from the reward bag or deal with container workout to instruct your pet to not trouble or be distracted by the treats you are utilizing while training.

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  1. Could you offer any advice for stopping my dog begging and nuzzling peoples pockets while out walking. On a walk in our local woods, numerous walkers carry treats in their pockets to which my 3 year old Flatcoat enjoys pestering them. I have started putting her on her lead when I see these people because she is embarrassing. It’s like shes never been fed. At home myself and my partner have never rewarded this behavior and we have both tried to stop her doing this with great success. Unfortunately she seems to think this doesn’t apply to other people who don’t seem to have enough authority to command her to stop… How should I approach stopping this behavior, she is a very clever dog. Should I be trying to build a stronger “leave it” command and get her to sit by me with rewards and tell the other dog walkers not to feed her. I hate that she jumps up to strangers because she will not offer this behavior to me or my partner because she knows not to. She knows mugging is wrong yet she does it with strangers???? I’ve just started watching all your videos again as we’re getting another Flatcoat puppy during the year and I wanted to refresh my memory with a few techniques and you have also been such a great trainer. Any help her would be great 🙂

    1. jaysysum she doesn’t know it’s wrong because she does it. Reward her for staying away from people. Use a toy or treat she really likes. Tell people to not feed her and turn her back on her when she approaches and jumps. Like: another dog handler comes along, use a toy and play in the opposite direction. If they are too close and she cannot listen to you, grab her harness and reward her as soon as she calms down by sitting or looking at you etc. Do you really want a new pup as long as the other jumps at strangers?

    2. Thanks for the advice and ill certainly give it a try. Regarding the new pup, 100%, we have never had 2 dogs and yes its going to be challenging, but also rewarding. This is 1 behaviour I’m not happy with but regarding every other command she is an amazing dog. She is without doubt one of the best trained dogs in our village and I have personally spent hours training with her since she was 12 weeks old. Sit, stay, fetch, mat, bed, play dead, settle, paw, wave, meerkat, down, stand, away, catch, hold, drop, touch, close the door, fetch your Kong, fetch slippers, fetch the blanket, she automatically goes to her bed the instant we sit down at the dinning table to eat, she naturally waits to walk through a door or a gate after both myself and partner. She knows invisible boundaries at the front door and standing at the kerb. I’m 100% confident to walk down the street with her off the lead and walking to heel or on my right which I’m sure many owners would fear. Believe me I’ve trained with our dog since the minute she arrived at our home. The above comment is one behaviour which is unfortunately being maintained by other dog walkers who don’t seem to think jumping is a problem. Short of having an argument I have found the only answer is to put her on her lead to stop the action from being enforced. Creating the training scenario is awkward as I usually don’t carry many treats. I would very much like to curb this behaviour before the new pup arrives later in the year but I certainly wouldn’t change my mind for this one behaviour.

    3. You could choose to teach your dogs to ignore other people, then if the people want to say you can cue “go say hi” which is a trained behavior that means, sit and wait for treats from the person- and includes the default leave it. The reason I dont use “no” or “eh eh” is not that I think its mean… instead by capturing and reinforcing the dogs “CHOICE” to leave the treats, you get a dog who wants to leave the treats… not feels conflicted. If that makes sense. Your main problem is most dogs love novelty. when I do seminars, some dogs wont eat their owners treats because they are stressed or excited, but if I have handlers switch treat bags, the dogs suddenly light up and get excited about the training. I suggest, switching your treats often and having a large variety you use. When you do this dogs dont start to see different treats as “higher value”. At the moment the other people have “higher value reinforcement” than you have so naturally your dogs will find them more reinforcing in that scenario. Using a variety of treats will also habituate your dogs to the excitement of different tastes and textures. Setting up training scenarios with friends really gets the ball rolling. I do have a video on leave it from dogs and people-

    4. Thanks for taking the time to reply…I had actually started watching the video you mentioned above and will certainly be spending some time over the next few weeks working on this behavior. Being a Flatcoated retriever she is a hugely excitable dog, the Peter pan of the dog world so they say and I can see why. She is our second Flatcoat and the 3rd dog in our lives will also be another Flatcoat. They are such loving dogs with amazing temperaments, but can sometimes be overpoweringly friendly to see anyone, which I also love about the breed. I understand the concepts you mention in the video above and I certainly don’t want to enforce the behavior using a physical tug on the lead as some other punishment which has been suggested by other trainers. I would much prefer this to be a behavior she wants to “choose” like when we sit down to dinner, she go’s to her mat in the living room through choice because she is rewarded after we have eaten, for staying on her mat. Thanks again and I’ll keep you informed on how the training goes.

      You have played a huge part in training our current dog and I look to your page first, when it comes to training. Your methods are so intuitive and a pleasure to watch and learn. Many thanks

    1. All the “fur”niture matches their hair… Also I choose clothes and furniture that hair doesnt stick to… Its mainly Splash the poofy Border Collie – shes got so much undercoat

  2. So happy you are posting regularly again 🙂 Any advice to get my dog to stop barking when people are in the hall of the building? Anytime she hears someone she barks like crazy. Days that people are moving in or out of a unit nearby are horrible because we are stuck in a bedroom all day. Thanks!

    1. Have you searched through all kikopup videos before you commented? Because she already made more than one video for that… An example: /watch?v=Jp_l9C1yT1g

  3. Hi I really love your videos and I am preparing myself with them for my puppy that I will get soon. I would love it if you could do a Video about indor marking behavior. Specialy if there is a way of preventing this kind of behavior. Do you have this kind of problems with your dogs? greetings from Germany 🙂

    1. I have an old youtube video on house training – My terrier was marking when I adopted him- the solution was going out every hour at first… and watching like a hawk… when he would go to mark I would make a kissy noise then say “lets go outside!” in an upbeat tone of voice. If youve had a dog mark your house… I suggest throw away whatever it is! or douse it in Natures Miracle. Ive had a dog pee on my shoe at the dog park, I doused it in Natures miracle and bleached it and yet right after another dog was super interested in my shoe… So if its cheap- like a rug – toss it. Im proud of my terrier 🙂 One christmas a visiting dog peed on our christmas tree! And my terrier didnt bother it 🙂 Its all about reinforcing the right places to go and to mark.

  4. Perfect timing! Just yesterday my rescue wild child over there <---- grabbed the treat container and ran off with it. Good thing I had him on a long lead lol.

    1. Excellent, thank you. Yes, that’s another one of his issues lol. Arousal biting is his worst one tho. I had a local trainer come and give me some help with that but I’m on disability so my finances are limited to pay a trainer. I have watched quite a few of your vids and I appreciate your work 🙂 I’m 57 and this will be my last young dog I think. I wanted to give him a chance as I’m pretty sure with the biting issue he would have ended up being put down. He’d already been returned to the shelter once. I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad dog, just ones raised by stupid humans. Thanks so much for the reply!

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