Lessons from the wild

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - PETS -

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/).

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