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Rehab - Calming A Grabby Dog

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Uploaded on Jul 19, 2011

This is just one exercise to help a grabby dog to learn to take treats or food without removing your fingers. Start by getting the dog(s) to sit calmly in front.

Use very "high-value" treats (sliced deli meat is used here) so they stay interested. These dogs are well into their rehab so the slices are just handed over. Early on it helps to "palm" a rolled up slice and offer it a tiny bit at a time. This will force them to nibble at it and not gulp down the meat and your hand at the same time! Palming it also protects your fingers by keeping the fingers curled together in a semi-fist position.

If she grabs at it, stop and say no softly. No yelling and no "commands!" Be gentle to teach gentle. When she is reset and calm then present the treat again. Try until it works. Limit the slices to 2-4. Remember, it's just a training treat, not a meal. :-) Repeat this frequently and in no time your dog(s) will be real gentle when taking food or treats.

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