Our Gang Pet Services, LLC is committed to the use of positive reinforcement.
Training tip of the day: how to keep your dog out of the trash. We recently were asked how to keep a determined Beagle out of the kitchen trash. When dealing with problem behaviors such as this, owners may choose to use a combination of management and training. Managing the situation can include making sure that you have a sturdy can with a lid that snaps shut (many kitchen trash cans are light and easy to tip over), and also limit the dog’s access to the trash by using a baby gate to keep the dog out of the kitchen. You can also teach your dog a “leave it” cue as well as reinforce the absence of the behavior. If you are in the kitchen with the dog, you can teach him to go to a designated spot - we like “on your mat” cue for managing dogs in the kitchen. Need help training these cues? Get in touch with us!
Training tip of the day and this sounds so simple, but it’s true: behavior doesn’t fix itself. Someone or something has to act/react to effect change. Doing nothing will get you the same results. If you don’t put in the time to train what you want, your dog will continue to engage in the same behaviors, whether you like them or not. Dogs are honest; they do what works for them.