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    58 - Teach him to accept 'time out'

    58 - Teach him to accept 'time out'

    ‘Time out’ is the opportunity to remove the reward of attention at times when your dog behaves inappropriately to get attention. Be honest and fair though. If your dog is being demanding because you have been too busy to give him quality time or if he has been left on his own for a while, it is only right to uphold your end of the relationship and spend some time playing with him or having a lovely relaxing TTouch session.

    Cookie calls her own ‘time out’ during an exciting and energetic game

    The most effective way to practice ‘time out’ is to get up and walk away, through a door and close it for two minutes. However, if there are other family members or pets in the room that your dog can harass, attach a light leash to your dog’s collar when he seems likely to become over-active or demanding. If he starts mouthing or play biting, climbing on you or any other member of the household, calmly pick up the leash, walk him out of the room and shut the door behind him for two minutes. If he demands attention again as soon as he is allowed back in, repeat the short time out until the penny drops that rude, inappropriate behavior loses everybody’s attention. If it is impractical to remove him or yourself, use the containment exercise (way 11) to quieten him.

    TO MAKE IT WORK

    Keep your body language neutral and avoid speaking or making eye contact. Even a glance may seem a good reward to your dog. To be effective, a time out needs to be short, that is no more than a couple of minutes. Shutting your dog away for an hour or so may make you feel better in the short term but your dog will not learn anything from the experience.

    From 100 Ways to Train the Perfect Dog, Copyright by Sarah Fisher, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with D & C

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