Lessons from the wild
STANLEY Coren, the American born psychologist professor emeritus whose books and television programmes on dog behaviour are popular worldwide, suggests that we take a look at wild dogs when training pets.
In the wild, adult dogs teach pups to cut down on excessive barking. Usually, the mother would place her mouth over the pup’s muzzle and growl warningly. She doesn’t bite or hurt, she’s using her mouth as we would use a hand. She then releases her pup and gives him a cheerful lick.
So, when your pup is barking, acknowledge it’s a good thing and check it out. Then fold your hand over your pet’s nose, say “Quiet” in a calm and soothing voice, then let go. Praise your pet for being a great guard dog and for listening to the quiet.
After doing this a couple of dozen times, your pet will learn what “quiet” means, and you don’t have to touch his or her nose again.
For more about Coren, check out his website (http://stanleycoren.com/).