Case study: happy go lucky dog

Client Profile:  Jiggs

Jiggs, a 1.5 year old male German Shorthair Pointer, entered a 10-day residency program to improve his obedience commands with emphasis on respect, distraction training, and to address destructive behavior and counter surfing.

Jiggs is a happy go lucky dog with a desire to please. During his stay he was placed in several situations with traffic and trains going by, one on one dog meetings, and practice sessions outside in the yard, Petsmart and throughout the neighborhood. During each situation we went through all of Jiggs’ obedience commands and praised when he held the command and enforced the command when he was unable. Jiggs made great headway. His attitude was positive and enthusiastic most of the time. He had difficulty at first focusing but over the stay he was able to perform his commands well. The intense obedience/behavior modification program helped Jiggs to respect his commands even under high distraction. There was emphasis on diversifying the commands for Jiggs around distractions and in different environments as well as a long place command to establish control. Jiggs was introduced to the e-touch method and is quite accepting of this training style.

It will be important to continue to expose Jiggs to a variety of environments and situations while he is in command.   Also the use of a slow heel command will help to keep Jiggs focused. Having Jiggs sit to place a leash on him as well as practicing his obedience approximately 15 minutes a day on leash will aid with Jiggs’ obedience and respect. Obedience commands should be used on a daily basis and incorporated into every day tasks. Since Jiggs is easily distracted, praises should be verbal while in command and given in a higher pitched with animated emotion. Keeping the voice at a conversational level when giving commands and corrections is also important to remember.

We are in the process of following up at the owner’s home with Jiggs’ commands and behaviors. When owner and dog work as a team, the result is a well-mannered canine.

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