Try the following;
- Teach a “calm” behavior – remember “slow is fast, fast is slow”.
- Make sure your own energy is calm.
- Prepare the environment for CALM such as a quiet home.
- Put a lower value treat in your pocket (leave the training treat pouch out of this training session).
- Instead of a clicker you can use a verbal cue such as “yes” or “good” in a calm tone.
- If you prefer to use a clicker, try a clicker that is quiet or put the clicker in your pocket to muffle the sound.
- Once your home is quiet and you are calm, sit on the floor with your dog on leash and wait.
- Be sure not to give your dog attention (especially for unwanted behaviors such as high energy).
- If your dog does a calm behavior such as sitting or laying down give them a treat and calmly say “yes” or “good”.
- Try to avoid eye contact (you can add this into your plan later).
- After about 3 to 8 minutes of training end on a calm note.
- Practice this each day for a short period of time. Remember, consistency is key!
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