Dogs and puppies are curious by nature. They are led by their nose and it will take them wherever the interesting smells lead.
However, sometimes their nose can lead them into mischief, and they may come face to face with something they didn’t expect.
How to use redirection is one of the best techniques to learn as a pup parent, as it can get both you and your dog out of some sticky situations! As time goes on, you will get a sense for when your dog may be about to act out and recognise their triggers, allowing you to preempt behaviours before they fully emerge.
When out walking, dogs are surrounded by stimuli, particularly in the form of other dogs and humans. Depending on how your dog perceives these stimuli, they may become very distracted, or evoke an overly-excited reaction, and at times even an aggressive one. So it is important to know how to redirect a reactive dog should the occasion call for it.
Redirection is when your dog becomes preoccupied with something else or starts to present a certain behaviour that you want to discourage. And so you ‘redirect’ them, bringing their attention away from the behaviour and back to you.
It is important to intercept the behaviour as quickly as possible, so that your pooch gets to learn the acceptable behaviours and commands when out and about.
When it comes to redirecting dog behaviour - whether you want to know “how do you redirect a dog from being excited?” or how to control aggression or discourage distraction - there are several methods you can try.
Each dog is unique and so will respond to different teachings.
Here a few tips and tricks to help with redirecting your pup:
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So, to all the puppies and pet parents out there - take it steady!