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You must ignore your dogs attempts to get your attention by whining,
pawing, staring, and barking.
IGNORE MEANS: No looking at your dog, no speaking to your dog, no
touching your dog. When he demands attention you must pretend that he
does not even exist.
You must of course still give your dog attention every day but this must
be initiated by YOU. Give your dog attention when he is NOT demanding
As well as following the general rules above, every day plan two blocks
of twenty minutes of 100% attention and then immediately contrast that
with thirty minutes of IGNORING your dog. If you dog whines during this
period of being ignored you may want to get up and walk out of the room,
leaving him on his own for a period of ten to thirty seconds.
Your dog must now earn EVERYTHING that he wants. This means that he must
obey a command such as sit before he goes outside, before
he gets a treat, before he gets his dinner, etc.
Reserve at least half of your dogs daily food allowance to use rewards
for obeying your commands. Also make sure to have extra tasty treats (e.g.
cheese) for rewarding your dog when he behaves especially well. Do not
show him the food reward before he obeys a command instead have the food
reward magically appear AFTER he has obeyed a command.
Once your dog understands a command word (e.g. sit) he should
be rewarded with food EVERY TIME he obeys. You should wean him off of
the food treats by using them on only some occasions. These occasions
can be randomly picked by you or you may choose occasions when he obeys
especially quickly or in distracting situations. (i.g. when there are
Remember that food is not the only reward. Other rewards include verbal
praise and even eye contract from you.
Prepare your dogs dinner at the same time that you prepare your
Eat your dinner while allowing your dog to observe. Attach him away from
the table if necessary to prevent him from jumping up.
Ignore any of his attempts to get your attention while you are eating.
DO NOT feed your dog from the table!
When you are finished eating you may add scraps from your dinner into
his bowl. Then give him his dinner.
TOYS AND GAMES
Move all dog toys out of your dogs reach so that he no longer owns
any of his toys. Chews and bones can be left down for your dog but they
should never be used as a toy.
You MUST play with your dog every day. A few shorter sessions are generally
better than one long one. Make sure that YOU initiate the play session.
Take out one of his toys and play with your dog but only for as long as
YOU want and end the game (i.e. put the toy away) if he gets over excited.
It is important to play fetch with your dog. Reward him for bringing the
toy back to you, using lots of praise and maybe food treats too.
Ignore your dog if he tries to play keep away with you, (e.g.
running up to you with a toy and then running out of your reach.) Instead,
pick up a different toy and play keep away from your dog.
Try to end games (i.e. put the toy away) while your dog is still keen
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